THESE CISTERNS ARE MAKING ME THIRSTY - Chris Mac

13Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,14but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

- JOHN 4:13

The gift we receive from, and in, Christ is eternally sufficient. It quenches all thirst and is endless in its supply. This is made available, through his grace, to those who call on his name. It is the MOST incredible gift!

It seems so strange that we would ever want anything else. And yet that's exactly the situation we often find ourselves in. We, in our sinful nature, crave what are temporary solutions to our indelible thirst because, in our minds, they seem somehow more fulfilling. We look to the likes of relationships, wealth, careers, education or even ministry positions to fill our cups.

The issue though isn't in the relationships themselves. And there is nothing inherently evil about obtaining wealth, succeeding in our careers and having an education. We also know for certain that a desire to serve the church in ministry is beautiful and honorable.

The problem, then, is that if these desires take the place of desiring Christ... If they become our priority and our focus, we will simply find ourselves thirsty once again, looking for another fix. 

Christ alone is the source of eternal satisfaction.

Everything outside of Him is but a broken cistern.

“For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” 

 - JEREMIAH 2:13

We make for ourselves an imitation, a placebo and move from one to the other aware that none of our attempts hold any real sustenance. 

Jesus is all you need. He is, in fact, MORE than enough. This is good news! Let's seek Jesus Christ above all else. 

A church that is getting their fill from Jesus Christ is a church that is truly free, without agenda, to share the love of Christ with those around them. Because we have a 'spring of water' within us we can truly be a blessing to our community, a community that desperately needs to see and hear THIS message.

Drinking from any other source may keep us from death but it is Christ that truly gives us life.

Chris Mac

#C3BKLYN

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Chris lives in Dunedin, New Zealand with his wife Mel and daughter Stellar. Together they are making plans to move to Brooklyn, NYC in 2013 as part of a team of pioneers to plant C3 Church Brooklyn.

NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN

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PLEASE, SHOW ME YOUR GLORY

-Moses |||||| Exodus 33

 

What is a Church without His presence?

What is a relationship with God without Him?

A relationship based on what someone can give you beyond the relationship itself may have some practical benefit but it will do nothing to change our heart, our lives, our families, our towns, our churches, our cities and our nations.

Heaven is wherever His presence is.

Moses cried out in Exodus 33 for God show me your Glory!

His glory is many things but most of all it is the fullness of His presence.

The promise of His presence in our life is why there is a call for us to be cleansed of all our junk, pride, sin.

For in the removing of these things our lives are returned to their regenerated state, whereby we can again live, move and have our being in His presence.

Our lives become the resting place for His Glory that brings the only true rest for our weary souls.

He so loves us that He took upon Himself the weight of cleansing us of all ungodliness.

Everything that does not resemble or represent His divine image.

Our image & identity is unclear, muddled with impurities, varnished with deceptions and dimmed with arrogance.

Then grace...

Jesus Christ took all of what is not Him upon Himself that dark & glorious day at Calvary.

All that is not of Him in our lives now washed away in a river of sacrificial Love.

Now...

That His spirit may rest on and in our lives to begin the process of changing and reforming our hearts and lives.

Into the likeness and image of what God first spoke into being...Us reflecting Him in this world.

So that...

The fullness of His Glory may be seen

So that the prayer of Moses may be answered.

The prayer of all might be answered.

Show me your Glory.

That we might Know Him...

& His presence would always be with you & I.

 

+NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN

 

 

Strangled in the Weeds

 

Matthew 13:18-23 The Message

I have often read the parable of the sower in Matthew and applied it to that moment when a person first hears about the hope found in Jesus and makes a decision to follow Him, but this morning as I was reading, I got something else as well.

Matthew 13:18 (MSG) tells us the first seed the farmer scatters on the road refers to someone hearing the good news, but the revelation remains on the surface and doesn’t go any deeper. The second seed is cast in the gravel, this seed is responded to with instant enthusiasm, but there is no soil of character to maintain the growth into maturity. The 3rd seed is my focus today; let’s take a look at verse 22 in The Message:

 22"The seed cast in the weeds is the person who hears the kingdom news, but weeds of worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under the sun strangle what was heard, and nothing comes of it.

I think it’s easy and so common for believers to be strangled in the weeds. We can begin our journey with bright eyes and clear hearts, completely unhindered and free, but somewhere along the line for some reason, our new life in Christ which is a plant growing from a seed, gets caught up in the weeds, and strangled. When a plant is strangled by weeds it’s growth is hindered, it can’t become the stately, life giving tree it was designed and intended to be.

Often in the pursuit of building God’s kingdom, being a person of influence, being successful in life and doing the work of the ministry, the weeds sneak up and before you know it, you can’t breathe.

This verse talks about weeds of worry and weeds of illusion.

When our focus subtly and gradually shifts from the face of Christ, His grace and love, and leans toward illusions and worries about “getting more and wanting everything under the sun” – often in the name of Jesus of course and for the growth of His Kingdom and influence on the earth – that’s the moment when we can easily get strangled and as the scripture says, the ironic result of this lifestyle is that “nothing comes of it”.

When we try to hold onto life we lose life.

Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think? Yes Miss Morrisette, I really do think.

So, where is that balance? I don’t want to be a boring, dull, non-influential, unsuccessful Christian, but I also don’t want to get caught in the weeds and have “nothing come of it” all.

The next verse straightens things out for us and tells us how we can “produce a harvest beyond (our) wildest dreams” with seed no.4:

 23"The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams."

We need to hear, take in and then “Produce a harvest beyond (our) wildest dreams”. Let’s not forget to “take in” what we’ve heard. The NIV uses the word “understand it”. Seed number 4 is the only seed that hears and then “understands”.

Understanding comes from focus, time invested, thinking things through, meditating on His word and time spent in prayer. Understanding is a process in which our mind is renewed to a Godly perspective, and our worries and illusions dissipate. Understanding prevents us from getting strangled in the weeds of worry and illusion and then “produces a harvest beyond our wildest dreams”.

2 Peter 3:17-18 "But you, friends, are well-warned. Be on guard lest you lose your footing and get swept off your feet … Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ. Glory to the Master, now and forever! Yes!"

Our desire is to see a community of people across New York understand this news and apply to their lives in such a way that it produces a harvest beyond their wildest dreams, for the blessing of New York and the Glory of God.

 

Georgie Kelsey

#C3BKLYN

City Gathers to Grace

Acts 13:44 The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 

Paul & Barnabas were preaching the word at Antioch an area that was mostly filled with Gentiles.

They came with a message of radical freedom, a message of grace that was so offensive to the religious people in the city, many could not stand to hear it.

It offended people that thought they were saved by their own righteousness.

Paul came with a message of grace that says you can be FREE FROM EVERYTHING simply by believing in a man...Jesus.

Check out their message in Acts 13:39, its crazy...

by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.

Free from everything? Free from every sin? Free from every addiction? Free from every fear? Just by believing in Jesus.

This message was so offensive the religious crowd could not handle it, as was foretold by the prophets those that sought righteousness through the law turned their backs on this foolish message of grace.

Those that were desiring true freedom, that were thirsty, parched, dry, hungry for more than the here and now asked to hear this message again the following weekend.

Word spread and the bible tells us that almost the WHOLE CITY came out to hear this crazy beautiful message of GRACE.  

The message was believe in Jesus & what He has done, therein lies the freedom for your whole life.

In our worlds, in our churches, in our lives have we made it more complicated than this for the city to find their Freedom?

The city desires grace.

The city will come to grace.

#c3bklyn