Monday, July 28, 2014

Casting off- again| Mark Jones

This message was preached by   Mark Jones at Word of Grace Church  Pune, on the 20th of July, 2014. You can listen/download to the audioby clicking here


God wants to give us a miraculous catch in waters we have already fished in. we do not put confidence in the outcome but in God. We need to look at his face and not his hands.






Luke 5- Jesus was preaching in the temple and read that famous passage from Is 61. Jesus was challenging their views on the prophets.
Beginning something is very difficult. Getting momentum is hard whether it’s a book, job, diet, etc.
Jesus was moving through the land and see people being healed. Jesus knew he was not a one man band and gathered people who will establish local churches across the land.
Jesus knew what he was doing and we see that in Luke 5. He did not come to build the community out of the old one. He was challenging their view of the prophets. This upset people. Just as they rejected the prophets, they were rejecting him. There was no place for old wineskins. What was coming was far greater than what was before. The kingdom of God is advancing and like a fermented wine.
This is a new dynamic time and God is doing a growing fermentation. Don’t look back to the older days. Don’t look back but look forward to what God is fermenting here. I’m not saying the past is not important. Isaiah built memorials for God’s faithfulness. That is not old wineskin but celebrating the future. It’s time to become flexible.
Luke 6: rock and sand. Hear the word of the Lord. A new wineskin is established in the word of the Lord. There is a historic document that must be established. We don’t throw that out. Always establish on the word and not on culture. Don’t try and be culturally relevant and lose out on the word. Don’t build on traditions or sentiment- get caught up with things that are not important. The word of God stands for all times.
Jesus came to some very discouraged fishermen. That was his focus and not the crowds. Jesus knew what he was about.
Jesus went out on the boat with Peter. He wanted time with Peter. God knows each one of us. Jesus wanted Peter to experience something great because he was going to do something great with him.
God also breaks into our ordinary life- into his boat- school, college, work, etc. That’s where God breaks in. God has gifts to be used in the world place.
This was a prime moment for a miracle- when we have done everything and want to give up. What happens when you run out of steam? It’s at that point God says, “I have got you where I want you.”
This is the time God moves in and breaks in. it’s better when we are weak, we get there quicker. When Jesus asks Peter to put back out to sea. These men were alert for opportunity. Be ready in season and out of season. They took their nets with them. They were ready. Are you ready? Are you off somewhere else because you are tired of waiting? Let God know where you are. Despondency can lead you to retreat.
Peter was already marked out. Wonder what conversation Jesus and Peter had.
The call of God does not come in with a C.V. The call of God is defined by how you live your life.

The catch!
Jesus sends them back to the same place. The strategy is right. Let your nets down again. Do it. The breakthrough will come. Will you keep fishing in the place God has called you? Jackie Pullings did not have fruit for 5 years and now 100s are getting saved.
God wants to partner with this church for miracles. You will see great fruit. It’s time. Put your nets down again. Notice Peter encountered God like Isaiah.
The sovereign power of God convinces people. We should ask for an outpouring of His spirit. We need to spend more time praying that strategizing.

Then the commission came- I will make you fishers of men. Later 3000 get saved. God is calling us to partner with him for a day of power. Miracles to authenticate the preaching of the gospel. 

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 www.wordofgracechurch.org.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Salt and Light | George Chow

This message was preached by  George Chow at Word of Grace Church  Pune, on the 13th of July, 2014. You can listen/download to the audioby clicking here


Have you been in a situation where the light suddenly went out? Have you been in a restaurant where there is not enough salt?
Jesus said some wonderful things about salt and light.






Matt 5:13- 16
Salt- Sodium Chloride- NaCl
Salt is one of the most abundant minerals. It’s one of the most stable compound- dependable, trustworthy. Salt was a mode of money ‘you are salt’- you are valuable, precious, amazing.
Q. What can salt do? There are 14000 uses of salt. Preservative, medicinal, seasoning… we are useful.
We prevent decay and protect. That’s how we should be. Medicinal- it has healing power. We are to be healers of people. Jesus wants us to be in and among the people- we make life interesting. It enhances life, doesn’t change life. We bring out the natural flavour of people.
In Col 4:5- 6 it says “seasoned with salt”. What does that mean? It tastes good and satisfying.
·       It’s a cleansing agent- just like Jesus changes us.
·       Change agent- we are the accelerant for people to know Jesus.
·       Pest control- weeds, ants, etc.
·       Peace keeper- sprinkle salt on grease fire. Salt helps reduce conflict because it melts the walls and brings reconciliation. Mark 9:50 says “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
2 Kings 2:19- 21 Elisha uses salt to clean the springs.
Q. What is light? Radiant energy, visible, fast…
What is it used for?
Reveals dirt; health- vitamin D, lasers, gives hope- lighthouse, speaks truth.
C.S. Lewis quote- I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

The harsh reality is that we are in a bad condition- India has 1 billion unsaved. So how can we be salt and light in this country?  

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 www.wordofgracechurch.org.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Is Jesus in your storm | Austin Kudalkar




This message was preached by  Austin Kudalkar at Word of Grace Church  Pune, on the 6th of July, 2014. You can listen/download to the audio by clicking here

Have you ever faced a desperate situation? If Jesus had not intervened your life would have been miserable. 







My father was critically ill last year. We went through rough times. We struggled financially. People from the church stood with s God calmed the storm and rescued my dad from death.
Even the disciples went through struggle and danger. In Mark 4:1- Jesus had taught them many parables. In the evening they went to the other side of the lake.
As they were sailing he fell off to sleep. He must have been very tired.
Without warning, a furious storm came and nearly sunk the boat. The disciples panicked- they were anxious and they were calling out to Jesus. He awoke and calmed the storm. The disciples asked him, “Don’t you care?” Jesus calmed the storm with one word and the storms subsided.
Jesus asked the disciples why they had no faith. The disciples could not figure him out that the wind and waves obey him.
The disciples had witnessed many miracles:
Mark 1:25- the demon possessed man was delivered; 1:30-34: Simon’s mother in law was healed; 1:40- man with leprosy was healed; 2:5- the paralytic; 3:5- shriveled hand healed. The disciples saw the impossible happen.
Q. What can we learn about the Lord Jesus?
He has supreme authority. Hebrews 1: 3 says that “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” He is the creator and sustainer of all things. Col 1: 16- “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
Q. What do we learn from the disciples?
They were fearful, had negative thought. They doubted Jesus inspite of seeing the miracles.
1 Peter 5:7 reminds us to “cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”Philippians 4:6 says do not be anxious about anything. So if you are anxious, you run, cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.
God is concerned for his disciples- his people. He rescues them from the storm. God rescued Daniel and his 3 friends. God shuts the lion’s mouth. What about David and Goliath? God protects and rescues us. He knows our weakness.
Q. So what does God want from us?
He wants us to be still, to trust in Him and not doubt Him. He assures us in Hebrews 13: 5:6- “never will I leave you, never will I forsake you”. What will man do to you?
Remember the miracles he has done in the past in your lives and in that of your friends.
Q. How do we apply this?
·       Believe He is the creator
·       Trust Him in all situations
·       You may be facing challenges with finances, job, barrenness, life-partner, etc. do not fear. Be faithful, trust in him and God will come through for you.





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 www.wordofgracechurch.org.

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