Youth Class: Identity in christ and a relationship with God

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“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:2-3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

-knowing who you are in Christ changes the way you live and helps you have a deeper understanding of God and his word

-Galatians 2:20 “ “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

‭‭- As young people it’s easy to be swayed by the things of this world such as social media, friends or technology. We need to be well grounded and know who you are in Christ, so that you don’t believe the lies of this world.

-Once we are I afraid to stand up for what we believe in and once we start seeing ourselves the way Christ sees us others will start to see the light in us as well.

  • Don’t look for your identity in the world and start finding i in Christ
  • It’s important to develop a relationship with God. We can’t use the excuse of being too young for not knowing what is going on in the world because God can use anyone and on judgement we will be all held accountable.
  • “But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.”
  • ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭1:7-8‬ ‭KJV‬‬
  • Practical steps
  • Read the word  and pray daily
  • Be careful of friendship groups 
  • Beware of what distract you 

By Deborah Riley-Poku

Sunday Sermon: The Kingdom of God and the power of the Holy Spirit

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Key Scripture: Luke 10::12

The twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve disciples that Jesus called reflected what God wanted to do in the very beginning; to give authority and power through the Holy Spirit over demonic forces and darkness. God multiplied this power by first starting with the 12 and then the 70 (Numbers 11:23) and this is his desire in our world today. In Acts 8:4 the disciples were purposely scattered abroad so that the power of the Holy Ghost could be spread and multiplied. The Bible tells us we have been given power over serpents and scorpions – these creatures can cause tremendous pain though they may not be able to kill. In all this God had a plan and a purpose and so he called the twelve – it was not a physical calling but a spiritual calling to give them authority. You have the authority and power to declare the truth in this world.

When the Holy Ghost comes he will bring boldness as he did in the Upper Room (Acts 2 : 2 – 4). This boldness will rise up in those that are full of God. The righteous is as bold as lion. Now that the world is full of darkness and you are full of light, challenge every evil work, even as they try to tame you, through God it will be used to broadcast you. The enemy is not happy to see progress and enemies do not like us coming together and praying for God to move and heal our land, but for you, when are you are forgiven, healed and cleansed, the essence of it is the Holy Ghost and the power of God manifests in your life. 

When you declare the word of God and serve God there will be mockers and there will be accusers  (Psalms 35:15 -17) just like Sanballat and Tobiah. Some will say things behind your back because of the work of God that you will embark on. God’s power is available to anyone that believes in him. When next anyone challenges you, reply with the Holy Ghost. Sanballat and Tobiah (Nehemiah 4: 1 – 3) may mock as you build, but build praying that they will see it finished; though they may want to discourage you, they cannot truly hinder you. There will also be accusers (Luke 11:15) who will claim that you are not doing God’s work and may even go as far as accusing you of using demonic forces – it is to prevent people from seeing what you are really doing. Don’t look at them or what people have said; focus on the job that God has given you.

May God give you boldness and power under the Holy Ghost to do all.


Sunday Sermon: One Thing Is Needful

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Key Scripture: Luke 10:38-42 

Have you ever asked yourself why Jesus always chose Peter, James and John? In key areas of Jesus’ journey, they were there (Mathew 26:36-37). The choices you make and the closest people around you will determine your foundation, the life you live and things you achieve in Christ Jesus. Your friends will determine where you go in life. If you allow Him, God will place people in your life that will play key roles; they will shape and sharpen you. At times, God makes choices that don’t match ours, but He will bring people who will always be a blessing through the trials of life. The people that God has brought your way will always be there with you.

The choices you make will either make or break you, so let the Holy Spirit lead you. Jesus was about to heal the girl and the people who were mourning started to laugh. Jesus drove out the mockers, but the Father in Heaven wanted Peter, James and John around. For a great miracle to occur in your life, you need to have such individuals around. Stop trying to be like the world. God does not operate like the world but by the Spirit. He is a rewarder of those who will diligently seek Him in spirit.

In Matthew 17:1-3, we see Jesus’ transfiguration on the mount where he revealed himself as God. Why did He call Peter, James and John to join? When the things of the Spirit are about to flow in a person’s life, it is God who makes the decision on who should be around. Your spirit life is greatly determined by your spouse. If the wrong person is chosen, you will be hindered. You need people who are led by the Spirit of God. The things of God can only be determined by God, therefore let God be God to you, irrespective of what life throws at you.

If God has been warning you concerning people around you, heed His voice; it may be the turning point in your life. It is possible for a friend who doesn’t necessarily say anything about you to hinder you and be of the wrong spirit. The wrong spirit will likely contradict what God has said to you. A good friend is someone who “means well even when he hurts you” (Proverbs 27:6). Meanwhile, a companion of fools will destroy you in the end (Proverbs 13:20). You are known in the spirit by the people who are closest to you in the spirit. Evaluate your choices, the friends you make, the places you go and let Christ be the centre. As we draw close to the coming of the Antichrist, many will be deceived. You must make up your mind that you won’t be one of them.

Youth Class: Distractions

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In a time like this where some of us have little or no work to do like we did before when work and school rota’s were normal it can be very easy to become distracted; allow our minds to become idle. Take heed because I’m sure you have heard the saying “an idle mind is the devil’s playground.”
“Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” – Proverbs‬ ‭4:23. In other words carefully guard your thoughts because are the source of what is carried out in your life.
How do you overcome distractions?

  • Always assess your thoughts, continually attempt to verify them. Are they true? Honest? Of a good report? “Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise.” – Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭CEV‬‬.
  • Read the word of God! “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the LORD! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways. You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes!” – Psalms‬ ‭119:1-5‬ ‭

What is the thing that God has told you to focus on during this period? Time is something we don’t get back and in this period where it may seem full of negativity, in hindsight God has blessed us with free time, time to pursue the things He has called us to.

Sunday Sermon: Choices

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Key Scripture: Luke 8:49

Have you ever asked yourself why Jesus always chose Peter, James and John? In key areas of Jesus’ journey, they were there (Mathew 26:36-37). The choices you make and the closest people around you will determine your foundation, the life you live and things you achieve in Christ Jesus. Your friends will determine where you go in life. If you allow Him, God will place people in your life that will play key roles; they will shape and sharpen you. At times, God makes choices that don’t match ours, but He will bring people who will always be a blessing through the trials of life. The people that God has brought your way will always be there with you.

The choices you make will either make or break you, so let the Holy Spirit lead you. Jesus was about to heal the girl and the people who were mourning started to laugh. Jesus drove out the mockers, but the Father in Heaven wanted Peter, James and John around. For a great miracle to occur in your life, you need to have such individuals around. Stop trying to be like the world. God does not operate like the world but by the Spirit. He is a rewarder of those who will diligently seek Him in spirit.

In Matthew 17:1-3, we see Jesus’ transfiguration on the mount where he revealed himself as God. Why did He call Peter, James and John to join? When the things of the Spirit are about to flow in a person’s life, it is God who makes the decision on who should be around. Your spirit life is greatly determined by your spouse. If the wrong person is chosen, you will be hindered. You need people who are led by the Spirit of God. The things of God can only be determined by God, therefore let God be God to you, irrespective of what life throws at you.

If God has been warning you concerning people around you, heed His voice; it may be the turning point in your life. It is possible for a friend who doesn’t necessarily say anything about you to hinder you and be of the wrong spirit. The wrong spirit will likely contradict what God has said to you. A good friend is someone who “means well even when he hurts you” (Proverbs 27:6). Meanwhile, a companion of fools will destroy you in the end (Proverbs 13:20). You are known in the spirit by the people who are closest to you in the spirit. Evaluate your choices, the friends you make, the places you go and let Christ be the centre. As we draw close to the coming of the Antichrist, many will be deceived. You must make up your mind that you won’t be one of them.

Youth Class: Change

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What season are you in now? Jesus was aware of the seasons as his life and ministry went through many. He experienced seasons of miracles and seasons of teaching. Seasons of favour with men, and seasons where he was abandoned by most. 

You will go through changes in life, including moving to a new school year. How can you navigate these new changes?


1. Do not be afraid – It’s really easy to fall into the trap of fear when life changes come. You know things aren’t going to be the same as before and the fear of the unknown or fear of the changes can become very real.  Be sure to watch out for fear in your life and if you see it creeping in be sure to tell it no. Don’t allow fear to become something that holds you back.

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

2. Draw close to God – When you enter into a new season, don’t neglect your relationship with God.  You will always have a choice. Will you let those changes draw you closer to God, or will you push Him away?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8)

3. Get help – Don’t avoid asking for help if you need it. Pastors have great life advice they can give you to help you through life changes. Be willing to ask for their advice or help if you need it. God has placed these people in your life. They can be an encouragement when you need it the most.

Written by Deaconess Rachel

Sunday Sermon: The Blessings and The Troubles

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Key Scripture: Luke 6:19-26

Jesus clearly stated the blessings and the woes, but he was talking about spiritual things. Can you say to yourself, ‘I am blessed’? On one hand, there are many receiving God’s blessings, but on the other are those who are against God. Christians are often excluded because they refuse to conform to the standards of others, but we are blessed. The world fails to understand this because it doesn’t match their teachings. It is evil when ‘solidarity’ makes you bow down to the things of the world. As a Christian, you should not support an ideology if it’s against God. You may not be appreciated by the world, but you have special blessings with the Lord. Your life may not meet the world’s standards, but your dreams and vision should be of the Lord. Don’t be afraid of the evil tidings because the Lord will keep and sustain you.

There is a difference between the physical and the spiritual. The blessings Jesus is talking about is spiritual and eternal (the kingdom of heaven).  In John 18:35-37, Jesus paints the picture that his kingdom is not of this world, but the spiritual world. If something happens in the physical, it was first determined in the spirit world. Many rich individuals are lavished with awards; however, they are poor before God and have no record in heaven. What’s your record in heaven? Have you decided that the devil won’t have a part in your life?

Who will be able to stand before the Lord? (Psalm 24:3-5) The world is full of darkness with violence, poverty and terror etc, but what is the church doing? Do you know where God is leading you?  Prosperity is a small component of God but prosperity preachers will make you believe that’s all there is. Wealth cannot deliver you because there’s a limit to how far it can go (1 Timothy 6:17). The teaching of earthly success should not disregard the words of Jesus Christ who said we should seek the kingdom of God first. 

The world is preparing for one country, one currency and one leader, who shall stand?  You better take your life in Christ seriously. Don’t worry about tomorrow, but let your light so shine before men.

Youth Class: Living With Purpose

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We have finished another amazing period of fasting, where God has constantly reminded us that we ought to be seeking his purpose in this world.

Isaiah 58:8

8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.

Your purpose is your light

The Bible uses light to explain the work of God multiple times in our lives, and the scripture below speaks of coming from a period of fasting into the promises and purpose of God. 

However in order for us to get there we must understand what God expects from us for our light to break forth in the midst of darkness.

Light is a symbol of purpose – it was made to shine and God has made us with a distinct purpose that is perfect for what he wants to do against everything that may prove challenging to us. 

Conditions for living in your purpose

Isaiah 58:9

9 Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity.

Submission to God

The work yoke means subjection and servitude. The Bible says that you should take the yoke of Christ. Whether we acknowledge it or not if we are yoked by something, some idea or someone we cannot have the yoke of Christ that he gives us and so the light is hindered by the yoke.

What thoughts, people or relationships affect your submission and are hiding your light?

What yoke have you submitted to and forgotten the purpose God has called you to fulfill – which is easier and leads to freedom?

Letting go of offenses

The Bible says that holding offenses and casting blame will make sure that your light never breaks forth. 

A good way to know you are casting responsibility on others, is by taking the time to assess your own heart. Are you truly pursuing purposes in those situations that are not about you? Offense makes it easy to defend yourself – forgetting that God is working on greater things. God is able to work all things together for those who live in the reality that his purpose is what they are called to. If you are stuck in offense perhaps you are not moving forward in purpose.

Chasing empty things 

The scriptures say that vain things must be abandoned if our light is to break forth. 

To let go of vanity we must first stop lying to ourselves or living in lies that we are surrounded with in this word. Perhaps the things you are pursuing are vain or perhaps you are simply speaking in vain – you are speaking of things of God but deep down in your heart you refuse to deal with what is hindering you from true obedience to them.

Think about the things you have told God you believed him for, the things you said you were going to do, the bible verses the Holy Spirit used to help you in a time of need. Are you lying by speaking in vain because you have not truly attempted to act on them since they were spoken.

Vain in the hebrew means emptiness, if God is the fullness than all else is… vain. 

Focusing on ministering

The scriptures tell us that when we serve others and help those who are afflicted then our purpose will become uncovered. Perhaps you are here waiting for light to shine on you – when you ought to use whatever you have to bless others – so that your light can rise in obscurity. 

It is God that makes you shine, but we must be obedient to his own plans because in them is his purpose far greater than our own.

Do not let this period be a waste, your light will be seen if you obey the God of light, who makes your purpose perfect in his name. 

Isaiah 58:11

11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

You will not run dry as you pursue God – so give your all to his purpose for your life.

Sunday Sermon: Treasures Of The Heart

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Key Scripture:  Luke 4:45 – 49

The heart of man is the place where you store treasure and this treasure can be good or it can be evil. The word “good” to some simply means helping others, and “evil” means moral evil or natural disasters, but what is good according to God? The Bible says that all our works are as filthy rags before God (Isaiah 64:6) and that people can find themselves calling good evil and evil good (Isaiah 5:20). Without the Spirit of God – we cannot do the things of God which are good. Without His Spirit we have no account before God because without Jesus Christ we are dead in sins. Ensure you have received that Spirit. The natural mind cannot please God; the will of God is only possible and acceptable in Jesus Christ. 

 (Luke 6:46) Are you calling on God and not doing the will of the Father in heaven? Jesus was God but to do the will of God He became inferior; He did not count equality with God as robbery (Philippians 2:6) . Are you finding it difficult to do the will of God, questioning the will of God and saying you are uncertain that you can do it. We should not be deceived by calling him Lord when we are not willing to do his will. To please God and have good treasure is only possible in Jesus Christ. Looking at the world around us, there are challenging days ahead where we will be stretched as Christians.  

The life of a Christian is like a building project. You need a strong foundation that can carry the weight of life so that you do not forget who you are. You are a child of God redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.  He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all you can ask, He is a deliverer and with that you must remember that your life is a building beautifully designed by God so that when it is tested and tried it will stand. You will be persecuted for following Christ – so make sure your life is sorted in Jesus Christ and let Jesus be the Lord of your life. This is the time to make sure your foundation is solid, through prayer and fasting and finding out what the will of God is for your life. God is the one that will decide for you, including ministry and you will begin to flow, but remember God is looking to have a relationship with you in the secret places. Take care of the little foxes that damage the vines, damaging your fruit and making you fruitless. 

 Address the things that are needed in your life and the grace of God will abound in you. Lastly, make sure you are doing what God wants you to do.


Prepare

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It is exactly three months when our country (UK) went on lockdown. Many businesses were forced to close without knowing whether they will be allowed to open again. Most people began to work from home due to the pandemic. For some, it was as if nothing has happened; they had to be going to work due to the fact that their organisations were known to be providing essential services other than NHS workers. Schools, shut down. In the midst of it all, a lot of people lost their jobs or were furloughed. 

This lockdown has forced many families to spend time together probably for the first time in a long time.  Spending time by eating at table together, playing games. Many Christians having fellowship by praying and studying the word of God with their families. For some of us, it has been a period of doing a spiritual MOT with God. Checking our walk with the Lord, revisiting abandoned  projects or things God has spoken to us for a longest period of time. For others, it has been new God given ideas and working on them. Or discovering  talents and gifts God has already placed in us. 

Sooner or later, churches would probably be allowed to meet again, all restrictions may be removed but one question still remains unanswered. Will the world return to ‘normality’ again? Probably not. The world had changed. As things are easing down, now is the time to pause and assesses our lives and ask, am I prepared for what is ahead or is yet to come. We know the end is near? Are you prepared? This is the time to sharpen all the armours God has given us and not come out of this lock down with blunt armours. The amours to enable you to stand against the wiles of the devil. Loins girt with truth, breastplate of righteousness; your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; taking the shield of faith; the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God(Ephesians 6:10-18)

 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”. (Ephesians 6:12)

Our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ was hated by the world whiles He was on earth. He was crucified. He died to save you and I. Even after His resurrection and ascension to Heaven, persecution of his disciples and followers began.  This did not stop them from preaching the gospel  even unto death. All the disciples of Jesus were killed apart from John who didn’t die after they boiled him. He is  believed to have died of natural causes . Peter was crucified, upside down at his request, since he did not feel he was worthy to die in the same manner as his Lord. Andrew was scourged, and then tied rather than nailed to a cross, so that he would suffer for a longer time before dying. And so were the rest of the disciples killed. 

This is not the time to relax. This is the time to prepare for what is to come. We have been blessed to be led in prayer every morning as a church by our Senior Pastor. As things begin to ease and churches begin to meet, let us not stop.  I hope this has challenged us enough. Let this be a pattern in your own personal life and family to prepare yourself daily in prayer and in the word before leaving the house. Having done all, to stand so that you will be able to stand the evil day. (Ephesians 6:13) And the Lord will help us in Jesus name!