March – Vision Sunday – Salt and Light

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Who is Port Church?
The first Sunday of each month we’ve taken a look at the vision for Port Church – who we are and why we do things the way we do.  If you’ve missed any of these messages then you can listen by visiting our Podcasts page.
There are three great pictures of the church in the bible – the church being people, you and me:
  – salt
  – light
  – wind
In Matthew 5:13 Jesus tells his disciples that we are the salt of the earth.  Salt has been well used in cooking for countless years, to bring out the flavours of a dish or to preserve food so it can be enjoyed at a later date.  It takes only a small amount of salt to enhance the flavour when cooking, too much and the effect is extremely unpleasant.  However, when the aim is to preserve meat so that it can be used in the future an extreme amount of salt is required, to ensure that every possible part of the meat is covered and therefore protected.  The important key is knowing the purpose for which the salt is being used.
Once you get a taste for salt then you want more of it.  No longer does a bland dish satisfy your taste buds – you crave that extra flavour again.  There are so many comparisons to be drawn from this picture.  As salt, we are to bring out the flavour of life to those around us – to give them a taste of life with Christ that leads them to crave more.
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02.26.17 – Ninevah & Jonah

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The book of Jonah shows us how God relentlessly pursue us in love and grace for his purpose.
God pursues us so that we want to pursue him.  The Ninnevites were renowned for their truly horrific acts and treatment of their enemies.  They were not looking for God in any way BUT God pursued them through Jonah, and in response they pursued him.
Jonah preached an eight word salvation message: “forty more days and Ninevah will be overthrown“.  His message didn’t convince them that he was amazing, but rather as he spoke these simple words they saw God’s glory.  God can do more with one word from him than you can do with a lifetime of words.
Belief causes action.
If there is no action then have you truly believed something?
The king was dressed in royal robes; a reminder of his glory, his rule, wealth and power.  He exchanged them for sackcloth – a rough fabric, not .  The king asked people to be uncomfortable by putting sackcloth on.  He encouraged them to give up the temporary comforts of life in order to feel the weight of God’s word.  This was an opportunity for them to question whether their decisions and choices have an impact on eternity.  The only hope they had was to hope in God.
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02.19.17 – I Am Jonah – Ninevah Repents

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As we continue through the book of Jonah we see these three key things:
  • God’s call remains
  • God’s grace restores
  • God’s plan is revival
Whilst we naturally want to serve ourselves, and the trinity of me, myself and I, God continually reminds us of who he is and his plan for humanity.  It is worth asking do you really want to have your way?  Or would you rather find out what God’s will for you life is?
In chapter 3 of Jonah the fish has vomited Jonah exactly where he was supposed to go in the first place – right at Ninevah.  Here, again he hears the exact same message from God:
Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”
(Jonah 3:1-2)
God didn’t ask Jonah to do anything different, or offer him another option.  Jonah was probably expecting God to say something else now, after the experience he’d just been through.  However, God’s call remains.  The city of Ninevah might not be looking for God yet but God had the city in his heart.  His grace brings restoration to the city through Jonah, finally obeying the call of God.
God is reaching those who don’t even seem to be looking for him.
REVIVAL happens when God shows up to do what only he can do.  It is at this point those that were dead are brought to life.
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02.12.17 – I Am Jonah – In The Belly Of The Fish

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Jonah keeps trying to run further and further from God but the more he runs the deeper and darker it gets for him until he is ultimately in the belly of a fish.  Now he can no longer run – he is completely in God’s hand, and in a place where he can finally come face to face with himself.  It is right here where he can come to repentance.
Repentance is to change your thinking back to God’s way of thinking.  It is to tell it exactly like it is, without justifying or defending yourself.  It is to lay everything completely before God, revealing 100%.

“When my life was ebbing away,
    I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
    to your holy temple.

 “Those who cling to worthless idols
    turn away from God’s love for them.
 But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
    will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
    I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

(Jonah 2:7-9)

Idols promise the ultimate significance, security and satisfaction, but they never deliver.  They promise to FILL YOU but leave you empty, dissatisfied and craving more.  God is not against you having things but he is against things having you.  “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and ALL these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)  Repentance is to turn away from anything that has taken God’s place in our heart and life.
I think everyone should get rich and famous and do everything they’ve ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.
- Jim Carrey
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