May Sermon Quotes

It has been another great month at The Pentecostals of Sydney. We have experienced awesome times of worship and wonderful preaching of God’s Word. Following are some quotations from the sermons preached throughout this past month to help you reflect on what God has shown us in His Word and what He has in store for your life and the church!

True Worship
Pastor Stan Harvey | 6 May 2012 | Sunday AM

“True worship involves worshipping Him from your inner being and in Biblical truth.”

“Worship is putting God in His rightful place.”

“You cannot seek Deity and always maintain your dignity.”

The King’s Word
Pastor Stan Harvey | 6 May 2012 | Sunday PM

“God’s Word is powerful but it can be nullified in our hearts. When His Word comes to us we have a choice to either neutralize it through unbelief or continue to give it life through our faith.”

God Can Take the Least and Make the Most
Robyn Harvey | 13 May 2012 | Sunday AM

“Hopelessness is selfishness. Hopelessness focuses so much on self that it cannot see anything else.”

“If you give the little that you have to God, He will take care of your needs.”

Beyond The Last Cake
Asst. Pst Jena Grech | 13 May 2012 | Sunday PM

“There is nothing more crippling in your life than fear. Satan uses fear in our lives; fear of debt, fear of loss, fear of the unknown. But if you look through the Bible God says, over 75 times, ‘Fear not!’ Put your trust in God.”

Building Your Life: Foundation of Salvation
Pastor Stan Harvey | 20 May 2012 | Sunday AM

“Only the salvation provided by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross can bridge this chasm between us and God. Only the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus has the power to stamp out our penalty of eternal death.”

Act Like It
Pastor Stan Harvey | 20 May 2012 | Sunday PM

“Since God is worthy of such praise, I’m going to act like it! Since it cost so much for God at Calvary, I’m going to act like it! Since sin is beneath me as a child of God, I’m going to act like it! God has already won the battle all we have to do is act like we’ve got the victory!”

Contending For The Faith

The book of Jude begins with an exhortation to the Church to contend with earnestness, struggle and determination for the faith or body of beliefs that was once delivered to the saints (Jude verse 3). In a world of political correctness and the blurring of moral absolutes, this seems irrelevant and incompatible. Even in Christendom, where unity and compromise is the order of the day, this command finds little acceptance and is considered archaic and incongruent.

But is that really the case? Do we now deny the absolute authority and truth of the Word of God because we don’t want to offend anybody who doesn’t see it the way that we do? Of course not!

Jude reminds us that not only are we to believe the truth and make decisions based on the truth that have eternal consequences but he also says that we have to fight for it.

Some may argue however, that truth does not need anyone to fight for it since truth is truth; it will speak for itself and can never be eliminated. What Jude is telling us is that we have to fight for ourselves to believe it, keep it, uphold it and preach it against opposing forces and voices that contradict our beliefs; the Apostles’ doctrine. “For there are certain men crept in unawares…” (Jude 4) who will try to deviate us from the true doctrine of Jesus Christ.

The New Testament is replete with emphatic warnings against false teachers and false teaching: Acts 17:11, 1 Tim 4:1-6, 1 Tim 1:18-20, 2 Tim 2:15-18, 2 Tim 4:3-4, 2 Peter 2:1-3, 1 John 4:1. False teachers and teachings that are not just in the world because we know that there is a lot of deception out there but the warning is that false teaching is constantly coming into the Church and attacking the faith of God’s people.

If you are not convinced as to the importance of true doctrine please refer to these scriptures:

Mat 7:15-23; Mat 24:10; Mk 22:23; Acts 20:25-31; Rom 16:17-18; Gal 1:6-9; Col 2:8,18-19; 2 Thes 2:1-12; 1 Tim 1:3-7; 1 Timothy 4:8,16; 1 Tim 5:3-10; 1 Tim 6:20-21; 2 Tim 3:1-9; 2 Tim 4:1-5; Tit 1:9-16; 2 Pet 2:4-22; 2 Pet 3:14-18; 1 Jn 1:18-27; 1 Jn 4:2-6; 2 Jn 7-11

It has been emphasized time and again in scripture because it is a matter of our eternal destiny. Truth will save us and bring us eternal life. Falsehood will condemn us to eternal torment. It is as simple as that because the Bible makes no concessions for anything else. Even sincerity will not save you since you can be sincere and be sincerely wrong. Only obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ will save.

This does not mean we should approach people who don’t believe the teachings of the Apostles and Prophets by condemning them and proclaiming their errors. This is rarely effective.

We must still employ wisdom in soul winning and be led by the Spirit of God to lead to the truth those who are open. However, we must never be apologetic or cower back in fear when we are required to share the truth. But ‘he that winneth souls is wise” Prov 11:30. Let us not seek to start arguments and debates, although this may sometimes be the effect of standing for truth, but let us be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Let me end this article with the grave warning and deep concern of the Apostle Paul in Acts 20:29-31

“29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”

We must earnestly contend for the faith. Study His Word and be ready to speak the truth in love.

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.

Mothers

May is the month we celebrate Mothers! Everywhere in the shopping malls and many other places, they are reminding us that Sunday 13th May is Mother’s Day! Slogans like, ‘Make this the best Mother’s Day ever’ or ‘Make your mother feel special’ are all around.

I have the privilege of being at both ends…a mother and a daughter…and a grandmother (that sounds so old…even though I am not!)

Any mother will tell you that there is nothing that she would not want to give her children even if it means doing without herself. But the greatest thing that I can give my children, is not something physical, it is spiritual. Praying and interceding for my children is the greatest thing I can do for them.  Education, marriage, financial stability are all important but they will mean nothing in light of eternity. I believe prayers never die and even though we may pass away, the prayers we have prayed will bear fruit in our children’s lives.

To my children, I want to be known as a good cook, good housekeeper, loving, caring and giving but more importantly I want to be known to them as a pray-er, a worshipper and a lover of God and His word. That is the example I want to be to them. What about you? How do you want to be known by your children?

Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest presidents America ever, had said, “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” How wonderful is that!  How precious his mother’s prayers must have been to him!

We give honour to all our mothers! You are greatly loved and appreciated!

This is a post from Jena Grech, the Assistant Pastor of The Pentecostals of Sydney and author of “Fruitful in the Land of My Affliction”

New Media Online

It’s the first of the month so that means we have a new POS Handout. Be sure to check it out below. It is interactive so you can visit many different things on the web by clicking on the link within the Handout.

We have also uploaded a couple new videos to our YouTube Channel. One of them features our wonderful Assistant Pastor and the other one is from our beloved Pastor. Hope they bless you today!