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Sufficient grace to make us whole

October 12th 2014


You are sited thinking about what has just happened. It’s not the first time you have faulted this way. Both of you had agreed never to let this happen again. You were going to avoid it, you had promised. She has failed you, you have failed too. You were sure you heard a voice saying, “don’t do it. It’s not good.”

Guilt torments your veins. You can’t pray, you are stained. He can’t lead the prayers at the CG, he is not worthy. They look at each other; they both know what the other is thinking. Will it ever come to light? What will they think of me when they know what I have been up to?

We all sin in the various aspects of our lives. The above scenario might be what plays out after anything, a bribe being given, a sexual sin being committed, a lie being told, name it, the feeling is always the same afterwards. Guilt.  If that which you are ashamed of is ever reviled, will you ever have the courage to stand and face the people you interact with?

The speaker of the day, Wambua Nzaku defined Grace as unmerited favor. One that we did not deserve but are having it either way.

Wambua Nzaku

Wambua Nzaku

Ephesians 2:8-9

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

We do not deserve this form of grace but we have been given either way. We are perpetual sinners and if it were not for the grace of God, we would not be where we are today. Though we are sinful in nature, the word of God has a way to make us better and more steadfast in obeying God. The saddest truth is that we always plan to sin. We pre-meditate upon it and set plans on how to go about it, leading to the question,…

Psalms 130:3

3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?

In John 3:16, God gave and He gave of his son, that we may have life and life in eternal. It’s up to us to accept this and make it a reality in our lives. Through Jesus we receive grace and mercy as stated in 1 Timothy 1:15-16

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

We need to remember that it’s not through our might that we are the way we are. God has great plans for our lives and we need to constantly seek Him. Do not be quick to judge yourself. Self-pity and loath are not products of our Father, He will not hate you for what you did. Repent and he will take you in a heartbeat.

1 Corinthians 15:10

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

God has you in mind. It is never laborious to obey Him and follow His teaching. Either way, if you fall, He is there to pick you up with sufficient grace. Romans 5:20-25 says,

20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

As you go through life remember, in the Lord’s prayer, we start by worshiping God and asking for forgiveness way later. It is not about us, it’s about our merciful and all gracious God. Put your focus on God as you pray and live and everything else will be as easy as never before.

The drama team did a very good job with the announcements. That was very hilarious.

The drama team doing announcements.

The drama team doing announcements.

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28th September 2014

For the past four Sundays, the church has been doing a series dubbed Heroes. We have covered heroes from a very interesting angle having Julie Gichuru as a speaker to one. The heroes we covered were very different and unique. They are people who are less talked about in our Sunday schools and sermons but they are heroes nonetheless.

the words on the projection say it all

the words on the projection say it all

There are people in your life who are heroes. In most cases these people are either taken for granted and not appreciated for who they are. When was the last time you saw your dad as a hero? Think of all the times he did unfathomable things for you. Your mother? That stranger?

This week’s hero was no different and the speaker for the day was, the all funny and downright honest Carol Kiama. She kicked off with a definition of heroes as defined by Wikipedia.

Pastor Carol Kiama

Pastor Carol Kiama

a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Her story of how her father rescued her from being a snack to an otherwise grizzly beast of a dog, after the taste of her blood, struck a nerve. She had defied rules set out not to go near the dogs but she choose to jumped over into the dogs kennel. Just like most of us, when we did not deserve the ‘saving’ the hero came through and made sure that you realized how near disaster you were.

The scripture reading came from 2 Kings 5:1-15

Naaman’s Leprosy Healed

Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.”

Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”

So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said,

Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.

And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.”

So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.”

Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ 12 Are not the Abanah[a] and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.

The hero in this case was the slave girl. She was definitely in a place of honor and power as she was allowed to talk to her ‘owner’. She had served faithfully though it was not in her place to serve as such. She had been captured and her life destroyed by those that she was serving. And the commander of the army at that point was the Man in whose house she served. We therefore expect resentment and anger but it does not look like this was the case.

From her we learn that to be used of the Lord, we need to:

Change our attitude.

We need to change our attitude about where we are at and what we are doing there. We have been placed there for the purpose that we are to fulfill. The moment you look at things from a positive angle, you become confident in what you are doing.

Be faithful where you are

In whatever you are doing and wherever you are placed. You are asked to be faithful with the little. Do beyond what is expected of you. Go the extra mile and show the value in whatever you are doing. It is not for your glory but for the glory of the one who lives in you.

Speak out

We all have great talents within which should be used. Whenever we shy away from saying what we think and what we believe is right, we will end up not believing in ourselves. The biggest problem with this is, the solution that you were to offer that might have changed lives will never be realized.

There is no Gain without pain

Whenever you feel as though Christ has departed from you and has left you to your own devices, whenever you think that is the worst pain you will ever go through, remember that God is instilling in you powers that will take you to greater heights. He is fixing you with wings that will allow you to fly above eagles.

Change focus and look at the Lord.

The Lord knows the bigger picture. You might be focusing on the now, but God sees the bigger frame, the light that’s invisibly to you. Focus on him and you will be sure not to get side tracked by sideshows.

In addition, just as the slave girl, whose name we don’t know, gave Naaman a new lease of life, she brought more people to the realization of the God of Israel. She influenced nations and kings through speaking out.

Whenever two people look at the same thing, they see different results. Be the one who sees through God’s eyes. Step into your destiny and arise!

the MCs for the week have fun with a Reggae tune

the MCs for the week have fun with a Reggae tune

What did you take away from the sermon?

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