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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Is Jesus against wealth? |Colin D Cruz

These messages was preached  Colin D Cruz at Word of Grace Church on the October 4th, 2015.  To listen/download the audio please click here  . To listen to the Sunday's worship and prophetic contributions please click here.

Is wealth a bad thing? Should we save? Should we gain wealth? How do we use it? 

Every year companies release something known as the IPO which is their Initial Public Offer and make their shares available to the Public at a certain price. Usually it’s a  company that is doing very well. You apply for 1000 and end up with 100. Why do people queue up to buy these shares? Initially, after purchasing it, the share price shoots.

Today I’ll give you another opportunity to participate in something here, not an IPO but our Annual Gift Day offering. This is over and above your regular giving. Why am I relating this to the IPO?

Matthew 6:19-21Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for your selves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Jesus is not against storing up wealth. It's the location that is important. He says store them up in heaven. Earthly treasures will fade away. What was precious thirty years ago is not today. Technology and time make it takes lose value.

Q. How do we store treasures in heaven?
There is no western union branch in heaven. One of the ways is by investing our time, talents and treasures into the kingdom- especially to the poor and the work of the church.

Q. What kind of offering can we collect?
Many years ago, there were 5 of us praying in a small room. Our church was about 15 members. We had a figure of Rs. 50,000 which was a huge sum then. We prayed in faith and believed God and that money had come in. Subsequently, it went on to Rs. 5 lakhs. I know many people who have given not just generously but sacrificially as well.

Jesus says where your treasure is there your heart will be also. This is an incredible statement.
Jesus gives the solution. It’s the above statement
. As we put our money into the kingdom our heart will follow. For example if I tell you on Friday that the price of the shares of a company have gone up by a substantial amount, it doesn’t make any difference to you. But if on Thursday you bought shares from this company, it matters to you that the price of the shares has gone up. Because you’ve invested into it your heart follows. I want to encourage you to obey Jesus’ clear instructions. When we do this our heart will warm up towards the things of the kingdom.

Giving is an act of worship. Consider what you may give and store up treasures in heaven.
2 Corinthians 8:2 Paul is commending the Macedonian Church who though poor, they were generous. Today we are not in extreme poverty. But even their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. The result is overflowing joy. Have you seen rich people who are unhappy?
As we give joy will come into or lives. So let’s watch the attitude with which we give. The Macedonians had great attitude. Entirely on their own, they pleaded for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.
Why do we want to give like this? Let’s look at 2 Corinthians 8:8- 9- “I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”
The reason we want to give generously and sacrificially is because Jesus who though rich became poor. Give and it will be given to you pressed down and shaken together. 
The heavenly IPO is opening up. And it’s good to do things together. Everything we do without faith is sin. So let’s do this with faith, with rich generosity and with a heart like the Macedonians. All of us have an opportunity to give. When we come to church and we give it’s not because someone is pleading with us to do it. We gladly give because Jesus saved you.

Today if you are struggling financially, money is coming in and going out, major expenses coming up, check how is your giving? It’s the heavenly principle, you give and it will be given to you. Ask God to help you give beyond your ability. When you give generously and with the right attitude, it pleases God, it shows that the grace of God is operating in your life and there are definitely blessings that follow. 

Word of Grace is an Evangelical (Born Again),  Spirit filled (Charismatic), Reformed, English speaking church in Pune that upholds the Bible as God's inspired Word for life. We are a church community that have people from every part of India and parts of the world. We are here to put the Great Command and the Great Commission into practice by equipping and releasing every member into works of service. To know more about us please log onto

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Blessing in obedience| Abdullah Jamal and Augustine Kudalkar

These messages was preached by our budding preachers Abdullah Jamal and Augustine Kudalkar at Word of Grace Church on the September 27th, 2015. Abdullah is preaching for the very first time and Augustine is preaching for the second time.  What is amazing is that unknown to each other they pick the same topic that tied in with the worship and prophetic words we received that morning. God is on the move! To listen to the worship and prophetic contributions please click here.To listen/download the audio please click here for Abdullah's message and click here for Austin's message

Abdullah Jamal:

There is blessing in every act of obedience. Today we will look at the story of Naaman the Syrian.

Luke 4: 27- And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.

2 Kings 5:1-10

Naaman was a good powerful soldier but was struck with leprosy. He has a servant girl who was an Israelite. God had a purpose for this.

Today we are God’s chosen people placed in this world. There should be something about us just like this girl.

1 Corinthians 12:18- But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be

God has strategically placed us where we are in our work place, city, etc. We have been chosen for obedience to Jesus Christ and for his glory.

2 Kings 5:5- the king of Aram releases Naaman with a letter to the king of Israel. In verse 12, Naaman gets upset with Elijah.

God can change situations for you. Hold on, have faith. Your 7 dips are not over yet

Naaman has done 5 dips and there is no change yet. Finally he takes the 7th dip and he is cleansed. That must have been the happiest day of his life. There is blessing in every act of obedience.

Leprosy that affects the body is one thing, but what about the soul? Matthew 10:28- Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. This leprosy of sin is worse. Only Jesus can set us free from this. He is the one greater than Elijah!

Augustine Kudalkar:
Often we hear things from God but we don’t obey.

In Matthew 4 Jesus is preaching about the kingdom, he is healing the sick and great crowds follow him from everywhere.

Jesus goes to the mountain where he gives one of his greatest teaching which ends in chapter 7. Jesus talks about the wise and foolish builders. Both of them listened to the words of Jesus. Both faced the same tests in life but the outcome is different.

When we obey it’s like building on the rock. The foolish man disobeyed and it destroyed him.

Q. How do we apply?
1.      Listening to the word of God- Our daily quiet time, obeying and putting it into practice.
2.      Making disciples
3.      Matt 25:35- are we praying for the sick.
4.      Practicing hospitality. Heb 13: 1-2- do not neglect hospitality. Invite strangers to your home.
5.      Heb 10: 24-25- spur one another to love and good deeds. Let’s not neglect fellowship

Today we have the opportunity to respond as a wise builder.

Word of Grace is an Evangelical (Born Again),  Spirit filled (Charismatic), Reformed, English speaking church in Pune that upholds the Bible as God's inspired Word for life. We are a church community that have people from every part of India and parts of the world. We are here to put the Great Command and the Great Commission into practice by equipping and releasing every member into works of service. To know more about us please log onto

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Salvation- An event? A process?| Colin D'cruz

This message was preached by Colin D'cruz at Word of Grace Church on the September 20th, 2015. To listen/download the audio please click here

What do we understand about being saved? We think we chose Jesus, then we realise he chose us.

Ephesians 2 highlights 6 aspects of salvation that Paul outlines. Ephesians 1 shows us how God planned our salvation in eternity past.
1.       We were saved FROM SIN:
Q.     What was our condition before being saved?
a)      Dead in our sins: We were sinners, dead in our sins. We were saved from our sins. The Bible does not sugar coat it. What do you do for someone who is dead? As a follower of Jesus, this is your past. If you are not a follower of Jesus, this is your present condition. The main problem is that we try to solve it with education, finance, etc.

What do we mean by dead? It means spiritually dead. Ephesians 4:18 explains this- “They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts”. They cannot or are unable to respond to the things of God. It is not that a corpse does not, but it cannot respond to any stimuli.

b)      We are hostile to the things of God. Romans 8:7-The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so”. So we were not neutral.

In Matthew 8:22 Jesus uses this term as well- “let the dead bury their dead”. We are dead, not because of sin. It is because we are dead that we sin. Romans 3:23 says- “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Sin means missing the mark. It’s not that we do bad things, but that we are incapable of living upto God’s standards.

Salvation is saving us from this condition.
Q. What about the kind, generous people in the world?
In Luke 6:33 Jesus acknowledge that even sinners do good. In Luke 11:13 says “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children...” Fathers who give good gifts can also be evil.
Apart from Jesus, we are dead- we are sinners and evil because we miss the mark of God’s standard.
c)       World systems opposing God: Not only were we hostile to God, but there is a whole world system ruled by the prince of the air, which is contrary to God. 1 John 2:15 says, do not love the world. In the world system, there are 3 things:
                                                             i.            Humanism: Man is the highest and decides what’s right and wrong.
                                                            ii.            Materialism: today we are spoilt for choice and are easily dissatisfied with what we have.
                                                          iii.            Sex: everything is sold using sex.
2.       We were saved from sin, BY LOVE:

Ephesians 2:4- But God, because of his great love...
Salvation is based on love. God did not save us because of anything in us or anything we have done. It’s just his love and we need to value that. There is a difference between grace and mercy. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. Love and grace is getting something even though we don’t deserve it. That is God’s love. He adopts us into his family, makes us co-heirs and gives us everything.

3.       We were saved from sin, by love, INTO LIFE:

Ephesians 2:5- ...made us alive in Christ.
This is what has happened to us. We were hostile but God poured out of his life into ours and spiritual life has come into us.
Q. What does it mean that we have spiritual life?
                                 i.            We are sensitive to God
                               ii.            We are able to understand the Word.
                             iii.            We long to be with our brothers and sisters.

4.       We were saved from sin, by love, into life, WITH PURPOSE:

Ephesians 2:6 saysAnd God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus”.
God did not just make us alive, but seated us in the heavenly realms, so that in the coming age he might show us the riches of his grace and kindness towards us for all eternity. We often have a wrong view of God- as a strict headmaster. When we do something wrong, we don’t look forward to facing God, but he chose us so that he can show us kindness. He wants to express his kindness to us. Let’s then change our view of God. We were not saved just to get us out of hell but because he wants to show us his kindness.

5.       We were saved from sin, by love, into life, with purpose, THROUGH FAITH:

Ephesians 2:8 says “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith”.
The way to enter into these great purposes of God is by faith in Jesus. All we can do us believe. Romans 10: 9 says “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”.

6.       We were saved from sin, by love, into life, with purpose, through faith, TO DO GOOD WORKS which God prepared in advance:

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
This spiritually dead person has been saved so that you may do good works. In John 15:8 Jesus says bear much fruit showing yourself to be my disciples. Sin was missing the mark, but bearing fruit glorifies Jesus. Now we live for his glory. We do this by bearing fruit.
In this verse “workmanship” means masterpiece- no two are alike. You are God’s masterpiece and you have a purpose i.e. to do good works. This is one goal of your salvation.

Q. What are these good works?
a)      Make disciples- Matthew 28:18-20. This involves evangelism and training.
b)      Matthew 25:35 highlights a number of these good works- are we a people who do this- hospitality, praying, visiting the sick, etc. When you do this, God is glorified.
How are we living this morning? Are we living to bear much fruit for Jesus? Are we joined together in community, in serving each other, etc.?

Word of Grace is an Evangelical (Born Again),  Spirit filled (Charismatic), Reformed, English speaking church in Pune that upholds the Bible as God's inspired Word for life. We are a church community that have people from every part of India and parts of the world. We are here to put the Great Command and the Great Commission into practice by equipping and releasing every member into works of service. To know more about us please log onto

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Intimacy with God = Intimacy with Community | Bill B

This message was preached by Bill B at Word of Grace Church on the September 13th, 2015. To listen/download the audioplease click here

God has had me on a journey in my relationship with him. I wanted to be a man of God and so I studied His word, gave myself to community. Intimacy is a God given desire. He does not want you to know about Him but to know him in your heart. We are too focused on head knowledge and intellectual insight.

The essence of Christianity is to live in union with Him. That’s the journey every Christian should be on. Then Christ flows through us and that’s attractive to some and some will reject it. We are called to be Jesus on the earth today by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Q. How do we journey into this intimacy?
In Acts 2, it depicts that deepening your intimacy with Christ through the dynamic relationship we have with one another. Without this, we will never fully know intimacy with Christ.

In this passage, Peter is not preaching something but someone, i.e. Christ. The Holy Spirit through Christ brings us into communion with the Father. We can get confuse with the Trinity- its unexplainable but they live in a love relationship with one another. They pour themselves out for each other and so should we for each other.

We need a spiritual encounter with Him. What we know and see is not enough. He is wooing us into a deeper communion with Him.

In Acts 2:37, the new believers ask, “Brother, what then shall we do?” This should be our response when we read the word or listen to a sermon. Faith is being built into the life that God has called us into. In verse 38 is where it all begins. 

The first call is to repent. We hear this a lot in the Christian circles. Just turning away from wrong is a shallow understanding. Some feel true repentance means you won’t sin again. That is not true. Repentance is sorrow over my sin. It is also a journey, not an event. Repentance is turning toward Christ and we are dependent on God to change us. We work at it but with His strength.

Then he says, be baptized. It is the union of the physical and spiritual. We receive the person of the Holy Spirit and we need to live into it. We are united with Christ at Baptism. That is exciting! It’s all about relationship and intimacy with Jesus.

We don’t understand all of it but we walk in it by faith. In verse 38, it says, receive the Holy Spirit and not eternal life. To be in union with Jesus is eternal life. Right in Genesis, we were created to live in communion with Him.

In Verse 41, three thousand get added to the number. One sermon, 3000 people saved! That is a miracle. 

After baptism, they began to meet together in smaller groups, sharing life together. How we develop intimacy is by listening to God’s word and saying yes together to what God has spoken.

Today we are very independent in our decisions. We make individual and corporate decisions for God. This means, I need to sacrifice what I desire for the greater good. An individual is an individual. A person lives in community. If you want to live an individualistic life, then Christianity is not for you.

Obedience is relational. Jesus said, if you love me, you will obey what I have commanded. Love is expressed through obedience. God does not demand us to join him, he invites us to do so. Our faith is a faith of beauty and not of laws and judgements.

So we make personal and corporate decisions. We are created to support one another. They were continually devoting themselves to fellowship i.e. a common life with one another

They broke bread together. They ate together. When we participate in this it is faith that is needed. When we participate in the communion, we take in Christ by faith. Christ is in me right from the start but there is a journey of having him in you deeper too.
Jesus said, remember me. Remembering means to re-member or be re-joined or attachment. As we remember there is a greater attachment to Christ.

Prayer: The early church had prayers that they said together as a community. Today we do it in singing. We join in one voice together. Prayer is first and foremost communion with God, being in the presence with God.