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Restoration and Empowerment: Secret of Extending God’s Grace June 15, 2006

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.: Brad Paik :.
(May Conference 3/3)


Luke 24:36-49
Acts 1:1-11
Acts 2:1-4

1. Restored Disciples understand WHO they are

– Jesus commitment to our lives and to his mission
– our mission begins inside of our hearts
– we need brokenness or they will see our hypocricy. We must rely solely on God’s grace

2. Restored Disciples understand that they need training for their lives

– he must train on how to reach people
– discipline of study
– when I stop learning, I stop teaching
– know your limitations

3. Only Resored Disciples can complete God’s mission

– empowered by the Holy Spirit
– spiritual leading
– we go only where God tells me to go
– we have people that want ot change their world but are unable to change themselves

Other things:

“Attempt something SO great that without Him you will absolutely fail.”
the value of an individual in the eyes of God

“If you cannot give up your life for the person that has been most traitorous to you, then your life is not worthy of Me.”

“A man is bought by grace alone.”

“It is not enough to do things in a Christian way, we must do things God’s way”

Humility: Growing in God’s Grace June 15, 2006

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.: Brad Paik :.
(May conference 2/3)

Passage: Matthew 26:69-27:10

– What is Humility? Romans 12:3-8
– commitment alone, you will absolutely fail.

– V.69: Peter sees he is a failure
– God puts you in a place where you are most absolutely uncomfortable;
lets us fail absolutely, to know who we are
– Failure is a part of discipleship; the only ultimate failure is to quit
– V.75: character of humility
– in humility you gain God’s perspective
– If you want to grow as a follower of Jesus Christ, you need to have a
kingdom perspective.
– Pray, you see God’s grace
– You begin to have hope, and rely less our own physical self
– Capacity to see God’s grace in the midst of our failures and humility
– 1 Corinthians 15:9-11
– means of which to understand God’s grace: obedience and

– 3 things change our lives
o worst life circumstances
o ppl
o spiritual disciplines

Book Plug: The celebration of discipline by Richard Foster

– Luke 22:31-32
– “After you fail, come back”
– you need to accept grace to dispense grace
– not just by understanding God’s grace do we develop humility but also through interpersonal relationships.
– Matthew 7:12
– We need to begin to relate to people in the way they need to be loved.

book plug: “Inside and Out” by Larry Crabb

o i) by being committed to fellowship
– Hebrews 10:24-25

o ii) practice boundaries, proverbs 4:3
– We have the capacity to guard our own hearts
– Help others but Bible says to guard your heart
– Don’t feed pearls to pigs
– If people are using you and not sincerely looking for help, guard your heart
– Set our right boundaries

o iii) need to encourage à nonverbal and verbal, encouragement to help
become better Christians
– use wholesome words
– how do we encourage?
– C.S. Lewis’ 4 Loves
– The ability to love unconditionally comes from God; Receive ‘gift-love’
from God and give it away
– Humility is cultivated in corporate relationships
– Everyone has capacity to impact community

o Need to learn our gifts to serve
– submission, letting go what you want so you can meet the needs of one/group you’re submitting to
– if you’re serious about discipleship, get over yourself; you’re going to

Commitment: the Requirement to Understand God’s Grace June 15, 2006

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.: Pastor Brad Paik :. New Community Presbyterian Church
(May Conference 1/3)

Passages: Acts 2:41-47, Matthew 4:17-22

Why can the Truth be so hard to be implemented in our lives?

1. Discipleship begins with Committment

– takes time. why? because we must calculate the cost
– know the cost of discipleship. Discipleship to Christ demands ALL of you
– the body of Christ can help you. The christian community is not a strong community because its members are strong but because the Lord is mighty

2. Committment alone is not enough

why? Because commitment does not cultivate humility
why? Because committment gives no vision of God
why? Because we don’t realize our weaknesses (Matt 26:31-35)
why? Because it breeds legalism and elitism

“All I need” June 14, 2006

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.: Todd Cantelon :. Freedomize Church Toronto

Todd Cantelon used to be the pastor at Freedomize but for some reason he has stopped preacher for the last 5-6 months. I've enjoyed his sermons because of the way he addresses scripture. Few pastors do a word by word exegesis and although he may be long-winded sometimes, his ideas, anectodotes and style are always very refreshing.

One of my notes from awhile ago:

Psalm 104:27-31 (New King James Version)

27These all wait for You,
That You may give them their food in due season.
28What You give them they gather in;
You open Your hand, they are filled with good.
29You hide Your face, they are troubled;
You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the earth.
31May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
May the LORD rejoice in His works.

– Psalm 104 is psalm of praise to the soverign Lord for his creation and providence


– "these": all of creation
– all of Creation is at the edge of their seat waiting for God the creator to make its next move

– We cry out in worship and prayer because our need drives us to- the most vibrant churches are full of broken people because they need to experience God- It is more difficult to cultivate neediness when we have no needs
– If we want to live, we need to cultivate a neediness for God- The needy (if u cultivate a genuine neediness of God) Christian comes off as being more secure
– we need not affirmation from peers, society, position, success
– only need Jesus and nothing else

– "That you may give them their food"
– give them their food -> to judge them
– His provision is a function of His judgement
– God provides for us every day -> God is constantly judging us

– "In Due season" -> he gives us what we need when we need it
– "What I have is what God's given me, therefore it is enough"
– all of our spending/earning should bow to that "therefore"
– any other attitidue is to a varying degree idolatrous
– have a growning contentment in sufficiency
– cultivate an ongoing thankfulness for what you have been given


– "What you give them"
– you have earned nothing, everything you have is gift
– we cannot gather more than he gives, but we must work to gather
– that gathering strives you towards, thanksgiving, humility and joy.
– The christian life is exciting because you dont' know what he left for you until you are
on your knees stooping to pick it up.
– you therefore must not take anything for granted

– "you opened your hand and they are filled with good"
– keep looking for God's goodness

of Grace and Mercy June 14, 2006

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"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents[b] was brought to him. 25Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

 26"The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.' 27The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

Matthew 18:23-27 

Last friday, at Josiah we touched upon the difference between grace and mercy.  Now most people would initially consider these 2 synonymous, however you would never say "have grace on me".  I was reminded of pastor Bob's story.  An act of grace would be for someone else to pay the servant's loan for him.  The conclusion?  Mercy:  punishment is waived.  You go free.  Grace:  punishment was paid for by someone else.  You go free   The end result is the same however the means of obtaining that freedom.  

The act of Christ is therefore not an act of mercy but of Grace.  Hence the apostle Paul's statement "you were bought at a price…"  This leads to other paradoxial ideas such as grace being a free gift but also costly at the same time.  Can God have mercy on our sins? I suppose not eh…      

Love and Marriage June 13, 2006

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I have all 4 parts from the seven-22 series by Voddie. This is a fantastic series for all you hormone raging university students :) e-mail me if you would like it.

In 1 year, this will be me June 13, 2006

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I was talking with my friend Oliver the other day and with so many of our friends now being recent graduates, we were sharing about our respective campus ministries and here is something that came up; something to chew on. Paraphrasing…

"One of the unique challenges that campus ministry provides is the uniformity of its population and when graduates come out, there is a sharp transition because they are not aware of what a real church ministry is actually like. How do i minister and evangelize now in the workplace when there is such diversity when everyone is in a different lifestage? and when I talk with graduates, I start to think, are we doing something wrong in the college ministry that leaves them so ill prepared for the future?"

I wonder what GCN thinks about this.. hmm..

Foundations of Leadership (3/3) June 12, 2006

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.: Paul An :. Westside Community Church Feb 19th 2006

The Leadership of Jesus

a. Kingdom Perspective (Matt 7:28-29)

b. Maximizing People's Potential (Mk 3:13-14)

c. Compassion for the people (Matt. 9:35-36)

d. Power of God -> Salvation, healing, deliverance and Transformation (Luke 5:15-16)
acquired through prayer and a life of obedience to Him

e. Servanthood (John 13:1-9)

f. Prayer (Luke 6:12-19)

Make every effort to be sanctified and have Jesus's leadership developing in your life

Foundations of Leadership (2/3) June 12, 2006

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.: Paul An :. Westside Community Church Feb 12th 2006

"Faith is the most important trait in a Leader"

1.  What is Faith?  Faith is unwavering expectation and confidence in God

2.  Why is it so important?
a.  Faith Honours God (Heb. 11:6)

b.  God works through faith and faith alone (John 14:12)
c.  Ignoring the facts:  Facts can be changed (2 Cor 4:18, Mark 5:35-39)

d.  Listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit (John 16:12)

e.  Impacting people's lives (1 Cor 3:6)

Continue to stretch your faith.  Lousy leadership results from a life of unbelief.     

Foundations of Leadership (1/3) June 12, 2006

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.: Paul An :. Westside Community Church Feb 5th 2006

1. Right Perspective
"In order for you to be a great servant, you must become a great leader because serving in your fellowship is to become a leader"

"Leadership is Influence. No more, no less. In order to achieve long term influence, you must impact them with the word of God."

2. Functions of a Leader
a. Constantly casting and recasting your vision and communicating it to your team. Typically a committee will lose their vision in 2 months.

A clear vision will bring about passion which results in ownership of your ministry. Continue to tell your congregation how to get onboard your ministry

b. Building a Team: It is impossible to accompish your vision alone

c. Leading a change: Constantly improve and maximize your effectivness. Never try and maintain present effectiveness

d. Intentionally develop your emerging leadership

3. Where it all begins: What ministry has God placed a burden in your heart for?