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Celebration Church and Living Church

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In Matthew 16.18 Jesus himself said “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” Think about that – the church is Jesus’ idea and His plan and has His promise of divine protection and guaranteed victory against hell.

If you want to be in the place you can be confident of guaranteed victory against hell, then plug into and get planted into a church! Hebrews 10.25 says not to forsake or give up assembling together.

Now how we should assemble is the issue I want to think about today: because I believe a healthy church should provide 7 things for a Christian who assembles with them:

1. A place where they are inspired by a huge vision (Pro. 29.18)
2. A place where they can worship in unity (Eph. 5.18ff)
3. A place where they can be equipped by effective preaching (Eph. 4.11ff)
4. A place where they can be loved for who they are (John 13.34)
5. A place where they can serve both practically and spiritually (Php. 2.1-4, Acts. 20.35)
6. A place where they can be corrected if they are missing it (2 Tim. 3.16)
7. A place where they can be discipled and become a leader themselves (Matt. 28.19, Luke 6.39-40)

Most churches do not provide a healthy balance of all these elements.

Large theatre style churches provide 1-3, often based around 2 or 3. People will go to these churches just for the worship or the preacher. That’s fine for a season, but for real Christian growth you need more!

Family based or tribal based churches will provide 4, 5 and 6 – and if the face fits and you have the right surname will help you with 7.

Just watching a TV church might just provide 3, if it is the right preacher. But nothing else.

Most traditional churches will provide 2, 4 and 5.

But a healthy growing church must concentrate on supplying all 7. Whether any given individual will receive all 7 is their choice (people are as integral to a healthy church as they choose to be), but the church should be providing them.

As far as I can see, the only way to provide all seven is by having two very different church gatherings each week. The Celebration Church provides 1-3, the Living Church meets in houses in the week and provides 4-7.

Your destiny is to be a powerhouse, a person of influence, a changer of nations, a healer of the sick, a destroyer of the devil, a discipler of nations. Where you go to church is far too important to be left to chance, or habit, or geography. Find a church that will provide what you need and get integrated. Some people just want a worship service but I am committed to providing for people who want to be world changers.

Destiny!

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Destiny and Destination – Tree of Life Church London

Just uploaded 3 1/2 sermons to the internet.

2. It’s A Good Destiny!
God is a good God. His destiny for you is GOOD! You will love doing what God has called you to do! So many Christians think doing God’s will is a chore or a difficult task. No – following God’s will is the most exciting life you could ever have.

For some reason the audio recording failed during this message, so you only have the first half of this sermon. However, there is some great teaching in the first half, so enjoy!

3. Angry and Jealous
Anger and jealousy are both emotions that God has created you with. Anger normally ends up as a destructive force but in this powerful message Benjamin shows how anger can be a creative force that empowers us into walking in our destiny, and that jealousy can often reveal God’s will to us in a clear way.

4. The Geography of Destiny
You are designed to function in a particular place with particular people doing a particular task. If you are not doing what you are called to do in the place you are called to do it, you will put in maximum effort and get minimum results. In this clear teaching, Benjamin shows how to get into the place you are supposed to be in.

6. What Do You Want
God has a plan and a destiny for you and being in that destiny will be the greatest joy of your life. However, if you choose to do God’s will and follow God’s destiny, you have to give up everything that is not in God’s will. In this challenging message, Benjamin will lead you to decide if you are willing to pay the price to enjoy God’s best for your life and answer the question “What Do You Want?”

The Naked devil

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Angels and Demons – Tree of Life Church London

One of the greatest dangers for the charismatic church at the end of the age is an obsession with the devil – that the church magnifies the devil and minimizes God and His greatness.

In this powerful and Biblical message, Benjamin shares what the devil really is and who we really are and what spiritual warfare really is. This message will deal with some of the charismatic traditions that steal our freedom in Christ and our victory.

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