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  • God changes lives - by Mike Emslie
    signs He acknowledges that this means that God is with him somehow But it is interesting that Jesus doesn t say at that point that he wishes everyone else would acknowledge his supernatural works like Nicodemus He instead tells Nicodemus that he needs to be born again What Jesus is saying here is that the kind of supernatural that Nicodemus needs to see to enter the kingdom is not just the miracles that Jesus does outside of him but the miraculous supernatural work of the Holy Spirit in him John 3 6 8 Thirdly note that being born again is not just you turning over a new leaf or getting an upgrade it is a new you If you were standing next to someone as they were born again and who knows when that happens but if you were they would still have the same accent they would still look the same they would walk the same but from that moment on there would be radical changes in what they spoke about how they lived how they made decisions how they related to people what they were passionate about There would be all sorts of changes Why Because when the Holy Spirit does His supernatural work in us although on the outside we look the same on the inside spiritually we are new persons it s like we have been born again The key to understanding this radical new you is in John 3 5 Clue in 3 7 you should not be surprised and 3 9 10 You are Israel s teacher and you do not understand these things Something in the OT Ezekiel 36 24 28 Jesus calls this in John 3 being born again Being born again of water and the Spirit as alluded to in Ezekiel God s people all become His people through being born again by the Holy Spirit as was prophesied in Ezekiel So when you are born again it s you but with a new heart and a new spirit It is a new you A radical new you Not just an improved you Not just a little better you A whole new you Completely changed God changes lives God changes lives radically And then finally it is worth noting that it needs to be radical change because of the radical situation you are in before you are born again And this is why it is the best possible news for us Ephesians 2 1 10 We are all born dead 2 1 spiritually dead Unable to see or enter the kingdom of God Worse still 2 3 end Now you can see why George Whitefield when asked why he always preached on being born again said because you must be born again By nature we are dead helpless and under wrath Did you also notice that we can do nothing about being born again That is the decision and work of God You are dead 2 1 You can t make

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  • Who do you think you are? - by Colin Retief
    to volunteer MEMBERSHIP Learn more about St Matthews and how to become a member HOME GROUPS Find a Home Group in your area UP COMING EVENTS May 28 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast May 28 9 30 14 30 Women s Convention Jun 25 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast Jul 23 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast Aug 27 8 30 10 30 Men s

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  • Absolutely Faithful #15 - by Mike Emslie
    more about St Matthews and how to become a member HOME GROUPS Find a Home Group in your area UP COMING EVENTS May 28 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast May 28 9 30 14 30 Women s Convention Jun 25 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast Jul 23 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast Aug 27 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast CONNECT ON OUR

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  • Absolutely Faithful #11 - by Mike Emslie
    St Matthews and how to become a member HOME GROUPS Find a Home Group in your area UP COMING EVENTS May 28 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast May 28 9 30 14 30 Women s Convention Jun 25 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast Jul 23 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast Aug 27 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast CONNECT ON OUR CAMPUS SERVICE

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  • Identity
    9 hrs 45 mins Absolutely Faithful 7 Mike Emslie Identity Download Audio Listen Sun Sep 30 2012 Hits 547 9 hrs 45 mins Absolutely Faithful 6 Mike Emslie Identity Download Audio Listen Sun Sep 09 2012 Hits 623 9 hrs 45 mins Absolutely Faithful 5 Mike Emslie Identity Download Audio Listen Sun Aug 26 2012 Hits 621 9 hrs 45 mins Absolutely Faithful 3 Mike Emslie Identity Download Audio Listen Sun Aug 19 2012 Hits 633 9 hrs 45 mins Absolutely Faithful 2 Mike Emslie Identity Download Audio Listen Sun Aug 05 2012 Hits 717 9 hrs 45 mins Absolutely Faithful 1 Mike Emslie Identity Download Audio Start Prev 1 2 Next End Page 2 of 2 back Powered by truthengaged SERVE Find a place to volunteer MEMBERSHIP Learn more about St Matthews and how to become a member HOME GROUPS Find a Home Group in your area UP COMING EVENTS May 28 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast May 28 9 30 14 30 Women s Convention Jun 25 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast Jul 23 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast Aug 27 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast CONNECT ON OUR CAMPUS

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  • Of Acts 4 - by Mike Emslie
    their minds Who do you think you are They were not expecting any substantial answer because as far as they were concerned in terms of the temple and Jewish religion there was no higher earthly authority than the high priest who was present with them and had certainly not given them the authority to do and say this If they had to name drop they would drop the name of the High Priest Peter would have known this was in their thinking he may have thought about the answer that he was about to give he was going to name drop in a way that wouldn t impress them and maybe he started filling up with concern But God fills Peter with power instead and he says the following Peter s defence 4 8 12 Peter s defence is not really of himself but a testimony about Jesus Peter sees one man s physical supernatural cure as a picture of the spiritual supernatural salvation which is offered to all in Christ And what Peter is saying is there is no other name no one else who has the authority the power to heal people physically and spiritually Only Jesus qualifies is authorized by God through his death resurrection and exaltation to be the Saviour of our souls There is no one else who qualifies no other name carries any power and authority to save The High Priest is nothing dropping his name means nothing in the big picture of things 4 12 Only Jesus has the authority to save Implications We saw last week Genesis 3 that we every human being desperately need to be saved Today we have seen that only Jesus can do that Only He can heal us spiritually That means No other person no matter how many followers they have no matter what they promise no matter what they can do to wow their followers no matter how Christ like they are can save anyone from sin No other religion no matter how much good they do has any salvation to offer this world desperate for salvation because they have no Saviour who has the authority or power to save No matter how sincere the followers of other religions are they will not be saved because salvation only happens through faith in Christ not through sincerity No matter how wrong Christians get it their Saviour Jesus Christ is still the only Saviour that can save people from their sin There is no other way religious or not that can save anyone from their sin and the judgement due that sin That is why Jesus said in John 14 6 I am the way and the truth and the life No one comes to the Father except through me When it comes to salvation there are not many roads to Rome many ways to God To deny that Jesus is the only way to be saved is to say that Jesus is a liar Peter his apostle

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  • Of Acts 4 - by Mike Emslie
    do you think you are They were not expecting any substantial answer because as far as they were concerned in terms of the temple and Jewish religion there was no higher earthly authority than the high priest who was present with them and had certainly not given them the authority to do and say this If they had to name drop they would drop the name of the High Priest Peter would have known this was in their thinking he may have thought about the answer that he was about to give he was going to name drop in a way that wouldn t impress them and maybe he started filling up with concern But God fills Peter with power instead and he says the following Peter s defence 4 8 12 Peter s defence is not really of himself but a testimony about Jesus Peter sees one man s physical supernatural cure as a picture of the spiritual supernatural salvation which is offered to all in Christ And what Peter is saying is there is no other name no one else who has the authority the power to heal people physically and spiritually Only Jesus qualifies is authorized by God through his death resurrection and exaltation to be the Saviour of our souls There is no one else who qualifies no other name carries any power and authority to save The High Priest is nothing dropping his name means nothing in the big picture of things 4 12 Only Jesus has the authority to save Implications We saw last week Genesis 3 that we every human being desperately need to be saved Today we have seen that only Jesus can do that Only He can heal us spiritually That means No other person no matter how many followers they have no matter what they promise no matter what they can do to wow their followers no matter how Christ like they are can save anyone from sin No other religion no matter how much good they do has any salvation to offer this world desperate for salvation because they have no Saviour who has the authority or power to save No matter how sincere the followers of other religions are they will not be saved because salvation only happens through faith in Christ not through sincerity No matter how wrong Christians get it their Saviour Jesus Christ is still the only Saviour that can save people from their sin There is no other way religious or not that can save anyone from their sin and the judgement due that sin That is why Jesus said in John 14 6 I am the way and the truth and the life No one comes to the Father except through me When it comes to salvation there are not many roads to Rome many ways to God To deny that Jesus is the only way to be saved is to say that Jesus is a liar Peter his apostle was mislead or

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  • Of Genesis 3 - by Mike Emslie
    Scripture shows that this sinful condition is passed on to every other human being that ever lives after that Implications of the truth of Genesis 3 If we believe Genesis 3 then the biggest problem this world has and we all know there are serious problems is not The breakdown of the family Substance abuse Financial problems Global economic problems Consumerism Crime Corrupt politicians Bad leadership Lack of education Natural disasters War Religious terrorism Religious intolerance Pollution Global warming Poverty Human trafficking Abuse of women and children Pornography What we eat Disease Etc etc etc As terrible as all these things are none of them individually or a combination of them or even all of them together because they are all happening is the big issue facing us as people on this planet The biggest issue of which all those things are purely symptoms is what happened in Genesis 3 And then actually the biggest problem facing this world is a God problem When mankind eyes were opened to good and evil through an evil act of rebellion against God mankind changed Adam Eve and every other person after that became sinners who naturally and willingly sinned And this transformed the world into the mess we now know it as Mention Genesis 4 But that s only half the story because Genesis 3 makes it clear and you see this worked out in the rest of the Bible in ways that freaks out 21 st century people that God in judgement on sinners makes sure that the consequences of sin will be experienced in this world and through death in eternity for eternity God response to sin is one of wrath and judgement There is no greater issue than that Now of course that is not all to know about God s character and even in Genesis 3 there is an indication that God is willing to show mercy 3 21 And there is an indication that God is willing to provide a God solution to the God problem a way out of this horror 3 15 we know where that is going But Genesis 3 tells us we have a God problem And then ironically it is not Politics Business Education The military The police Medicine Service provision Disaster management The green movement Activism Academia Etc That have the most important role to play in this world but the church doesn t seem to me that the world thinks like that Religion in general and the church specifically is seen to be an optional thing or not to do with reality But according to Genesis 3 the world have got everything upside down then and now And the God problem that we have because of sin has certain other implications for us and our thinking If Genesis 3 is true Then the popular idea that we are all born innocent and later become infected by the evil of the world is not true According to Genesis 3 and how

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