He Is Risen

He is risen, a three word statement that is so profound and carrying huge implications. Because if Jesus was not resurrected from the dead, as the great Apostle Paul said, in 1 Cor 15:14, “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.”

13132In essence, if the resurrection of Christ did not occur then, our ministry, faithful enduring, acts of love and preaching of the Gospel is useless and empty. It would all be for nought, if this event never took place. Why? Because firstly, it would mean that Jesus was wrong and he lied, when he claimed that he would rise from the dead on the third day. If this is the case then we can not trust anything that he said or did, or the veracity of the Bible. Thus, there’s no point in believing Him. Secondly, if Jesus did not rise then, there may be no resurrection for anybody else, including his followers.

Thus, if we simply disappear and no longer exist after death, then there is no perfect judgement and no ultimate accountability for the life that we have lived. If we are not having to be accountable to the ultimate Judge, then it makes no difference in the end if we obey God or disobey, if we sin or live a good life, we all just disappear and everyone’s end result is the same, nothing.

This certainly makes for a horribly bleak and miserable prospect but the Good News however is that the resurrection of Jesus is one of the most provable events in history.

Dr. Simon Greenleaf, Royall Professor of Law at Harvard University said, “There is more evidence for the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ than for just about any other event in history.”

The weight of evidence of the resurrection of Christ is overwhelming when examined, and since He did rise again, it means we can take Him at His Word because not one jot or tittle shall be passed from his Word until it’s fulfilled. We can also take courage that our lives here on earth counts towards our eternal reward. When we obey God’s Word, we can trust that we receive God’s gift of salvation. Let us walk in the newness of life and victory wrought through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, receiving God’s abundant life here on earth and everlasting life to come!

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

The Time Is NOW

Our theme for this year is ‘The Time is Now’ based out of Romans 13:11 – “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”

In this text the great Apostle is implying that the church could be in a sleep like state spiritually. In some ways, we can live our lives by being dictated to by our past, whether it’s in regret of our mistakes and failures or we are resting on our laurels by living only on yesterday’s victories. For some it may be that we are waiting for to-morrow; a better situation or the perfect op-portunity to come before we do anything significant today.

I want to urge the church this year, to make today count. That we must learn to live in the Now where we can live out God’s pur-poses and loving those close to us today, sharing our testimony to someone today, giving of our abundance today! Don’t let life pass you by with the attitude of just endur-ing work and ‘looking for a better tomorrow’ before you start really living today.

I like what John Maxwell said that’s very profound:

“We over exaggerate yesterday, we over estimate tomorrow but we underestimate today.”

Today is the day of salvation, no more procrastination or delay. We can do something for the Kingdom of God regardless of our situation now!

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

Pursuing the King

During this Christmas season as society at large enjoys a period of feasting and holidaying, we the Church, can with greater understanding rejoice in what God has done for us. It was about 2000 years ago according to the Gospel story that God became a man by overshadowing a virgin and was born as a baby in Bethlehem. It is undeniable that this event was a real one and not some legend or myth but it transpired at a point in time, in a particular place involving real individuals.

pursuingIt is a remarkable story that for some seems almost inconceivable that an all powerful Creator God would enrobe Himself in flesh and be subject to our human experiences. However, we are reminded that God would not circumvent His own law of the demand for death of a life in order to atone for the sins of man. This is why God became a man in order to pay the penalty of sin for all the world through Jesus Christ our Lord (John 3:16).

Though Christ died for the whole world, yet His gift of grace is given only to those who come to Him, acknowledging Him as the Lord and submit themselves to His commands. It is not given to everyone who lives on this earth but to them who would pursue after Him.

In the same way that the wise men sought after the King of Kings who was born in their day, following the star; with the same determination as we follow after Jesus today with all of our hearts, we shall find Him. In fact, when we become followers of Christ, this becomes our pursuit for life. We must follow the King wherever He leads and whatever He desires. We can’t allow our spiritual lives to be relegated to mere customs and religion but we have the ability to pursue a real and dynamic relationship with the Invisible God. Chase after Him with all your heart, in your daily existence and you will find the Prince of Peace.

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

 

The Centre

For much of the ancient world (except for the Bible) and even up to the last five hundred years, most people on earth believed that the sun and other celestial bodies revolved around our small but significant blue planet. While this may seem like an obvious conclusion from observation, Copernicus (1473-1543) and scientific data since have proven that it’s the Sun which is the centre of our solar system by which all planets, including our own, revolves around. But for the longest time surface observation gave the impression otherwise.

41859This idea is similar to how a person views life. Without God, we felt as though we were the centre of our universe and in many respects, that’s how we approached life. However, when we enter into a relationship with God, it is He who becomes the very epicentre of our existence.

God does not adapt to accomodate us but we begin to change and transform in order to serve His purpose and be obedient to His laws. Contrary to what some would believe, submission to God’s Word is not bondage or misery but instead it brings life and joy and fulfilment. God designed life that we would look to the Source of all life to provide us with His goodness and provisions.

Our priorities, our; time, resources, affections, attitudes, behaviours, etc, are to be in align-ment with what is pleasing to God and not the other way around. When you make his Word as the principles and ideas by which we build our lives upon, we are in the correct order that God had intended and created us for, from the very beginning. Thus it is pertinent and wise to always consider our ways, as to whether it is pleasing and glorifying to God. Are we serving in his Kingdom, and for his purpose, by reaching the lost, praying and being part of His Church?

Let our prayer be “Jesus be centre of my life!”

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of eve-ry creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Colossians 1:15-18

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