Week 1 - Planted in Him
Planted in Him
Week 1 Planted – Ps Tony Cameneti
In this series we will look at
- Our planting In Christ
- Our planting in the church
- Our planting together
Is. 61:3 “To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” (NKJV)
God is letting Israel know of a major upgrade
- Like all of mankind they were fallen from grace
- They couldn’t know the deep joy and satisfaction that salvation in Christ brings
- They only had a set of laws written in stone
- God is telling them that He will make them righteous and plant them – to be trees of righteousness – for His glory
Let’s look at a wrong planting
Heb. 12:15 “Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” (NLT)
The joy that results from the planting of the Lord
- Is robbed from us if we allow bitterness to take root
- Please note that like any other plant, that bitterness grows up (ie it grows bigger)
- The collateral damage from growing bitterness is two-fold:
- i – troubles you
- ii – corrupts many
Look at what God calls us
Is. 61:3 “To appoint to mourners in Zion, to give to them beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, a covering of praise for a spirit of weakness, and He is calling to them, trees of righteousness, the planting of Jehovah – to be beautified.” (YNG)
Notice: God calls us trees of righteousness. We are already trees of righteousness. Here are a few things we shouldn’t be confused about:
1. Our Position in Christ
We don’t grow into becoming a Christian. The new birth is an instantaneous miracle. The moment we put our trust or faith in Christ, we are placed into the body of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new” (KJV)
Colossians 2:10 “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power” (KJV)
A parent may say to his child, ‘if you do what I want, I will love you’. God will never say this to us; because He loves us – and His love is never based on what we do.
2. God’s Love Toward Us
Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (KJV)
God loved us when we were sinners. There are no levels of love with God. He loves all people equally. We cannot gain more of God’s love.
We are planted into Christ
Col. 2:6-7 “Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and firm in your faith just as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (NET)
Notice that roots grow into Him
1. Not into a problem
An ant hill can become a mountain when problems get more time, energy and thought than God. We don’t build our life on the problem – we build our life on the solution.
2. Not into people
1 Cor. 3:4, 7 “For when one says, ‘I follow Paul,’ and another, ‘I follow Apollos,’ are you not mere men? … So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” (NIV)
3. Not into manifestations
Mark 16:20 “and they, having gone forth, did preach everywhere, the Lord working with, and confirming the word, through the signs following. Amen.” (YNG)
Please note that the preaching of the Word is first. The signs follow. In the same way our roots grow into Christ. Signs, wonders, miracles and prophecies help and inspire us – but we are not planted in them.
Col. 2:7 “rooted and built up in him …” (NET)
Col. 2:7 “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him …” (NLT)
The Purpose of Roots
- Anchor and support plants
- Absorb water and minerals
- To anchor and support us
- To take in the Word and the Spirit
When to Let Your Roots Grow Down
1 Pet. 2:2 “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (KJV)
Notice that this suggests a new born could desire the wrong thing. So the Bible directs them toward God’s Word. If we do anything with urgency – it should be get the milk of the Word to new born Christians.
Benefits of Roots
Mark 4:17 “But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.” (NLT)
Before I knew Jesus I really didn’t know how to handle problems or pressure. Roots growing deep into Christ and His Word have all the nutrients, food, solutions, peace, grace …
It’s ALL IN CHRIST!!
What Your Roots Grow Into
Col. 2:7 “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him” (NLT)
Our roots grow into our TRUE identity. Who am I? Who are you? Before I knew Jesus I wanted to be like Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Travolta. I wanted to be like someone else. After I began to learn who I am Christ, I found my true identity.
My roots are growing into ‘the new creation man’, which is:
- The righteousness of God in Christ
- Washed and clean by His blood
- His Word deposited into my heart
- His Holy Spirit deposited into my heart
- I’m a new creation
- I have the fruit of the Spirit
- I am a love being
How to Let Your Roots Grow Down
- Read and feed on God’s Word – especially who you are in Christ
- Look at things through the eyeglasses of redemption
- Communion with Jesus and the Holy Spirit through prayer
- Do what you read in the word
James 1:25 “But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out – he will be blessed in what he does.” (NET)
Week 2 - Planted in Church
Planted in Church
Week 2 Planted – Ps Patsy Cameneti
Before something becomes visible above the ground, the roots of a plant had to go down first. Roots continue to grow down even after something is visible above the ground.
Col. 2:6-7 “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (NLT)
We are planted in Christ. Our roots are to go down into Him. Our roots originate in Jesus Himself. It is not to be a casual contact with Him, not to be superficial – but to be deeply rooted. He is our identity. Then the power that resides in Him rises up in us. New things can come out of us because we are rooted in Him. When we are rooted in Him it is similar to lightning, thunder and rain that happens outside while we sit comfortably in our houses. Things can be going on around us but they do not happen to us.
Planted in Church
Col. 1:18 “Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.” (NLT)
We use the terminology ‘the body of Christ’. But, what does it mean? Being planted in the Church means to be part of / planted in His body.
John 1:14 “So, the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” (NLT)
Jesus has the eternal nature as the son of God; He has always existed – throughout eternity. But, He became flesh – full of unfailing love and faithfulness (full of grace and truth, KJV). Jesus had a physical body – filled with grace and truth – like an unopened bottle of water. We could see the grace and truth in Him. We know He was fully able to carry out the will of the Father.
He: laid hands on people and healed them
used His mouth to speak freedom
used His eyes and was moved with compassion
used His legs and they carried Him to the people
It would not have mattered if God, who had all the love, sat in Heaven and just smiled down at us. Love is shown in deed and truth. Jesus did everything He did in the physical body He was given. God needed Jesus’ physical body to get things done.
Eph. 1:23 “… which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” (NKJV)
Jesus had a physical body. He was raised from the dead in His physical body. There is also a spiritual body. It is the fullness of Him. One day we will see Him face to face. Until then, we are to be the fullness of Him, as His spiritual body. We are to be:
- Full of grace and truth
- Fully functional
- To carry out the will of God
The works of the body of Christ must be carried out by His spiritual body, the Church. To be planted in the Church is to be planted in the body. There are different kinds of root systems. One kind is that of a tap root – where there is one main root off which other roots grow. When we are planted in the body, our tap root goes into the head (Jesus) and our other roots connect in to His body.
What is the body of Christ? What must we believe to be part of the body?
1 Cor. 12:12 “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.” (NLT)
There is only 1 requirement – we must be in Christ – we must be born again. If we are in Christ, we are in the body (2 Cor 5:17).
Where is this body?
1 Cor. 12:13 “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.” (NLT)
The word ‘baptise’ is from the Greek, meaning ‘immersed’. This is not a casual contact, but is everywhere around. Just like water is everywhere around when you are swimming in it, so we are to be connected into the body of Christ. The Scripture refers to the ‘Jews or Greeks’ – ie the Jews or ‘the rest of the people’. The term ‘Greek’ is symbolic of everyone who is not a Jew. The work of Jesus on the cross was for every nation – all have equal status regardless of the walk of life, education and ethnicity.
The body of Christ is not just one type of people. All who have believed in Christ are the body of Christ. We do not self-harm the body. We do not hurt the body. We respect the body. We honour the body. Different parts of the body champion different truths. We are held together, not by our differences, but by what we have the same: there is one Christ and one baptism (Eph 4:5).
1 Cor. 12:19 “How strange a body would be if it had only one part!” (NLT)
No inner part of our own physical body is unnecessary. Every part has a function. We usually take no notice until one part does not function properly. If one part doesn’t function properly it messes up our life. Every part of the body of Christ has a function. God has given every expression of His body a function.
1 Cor. 12:20 “Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.” (NLT)
There are different Churches around. We show them respect and are grateful that we are functioning with people who love God. (Remember also – part of the Body is in Heaven)
Just like organs and systems in our physical body, local Churches each have a function. It is important that the body of Christ accomplish the will of God on earth. Every member must function as God has designed, else, the body cannot function properly. Members who are not functioning properly put strain on other parts of the body. Every bit of Jesus functioned in perfection. We are not identical to each other, but we must function as He desires in order to do the will of God.
1 Cor. 12:18 “But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.” (NLT)
There is something in us that gives us the desire to be where we belong.
Is. 61:1-2 The ministry of Jesus fulfils all that Isaiah prophesied
Is. 61:3 We are meant to be oak trees – strong and fruitful
Psa. 92:12 “The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible].” (AMP)
God had in mind these characteristics for us. This is how we are described.
Psa. 92:13 “Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.” (AMP)
We are planted in the house of the Lord – in His Body. When we are planted, we flourish in the courts of our God.
Psa. 92:14 “[Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment].” (AMP)
We bear fruit in all stages of life, even in old age. Not just because we are such good people or know the Word so well; but because we are connected to Christ, the head, and to His body.
Col. 1:10 “Then the way you live will always honour and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” (NLT)
There is nothing dead at all about God. There is no darkness in Him. Some of His qualities are in us. God is able, through divine connections, to bring forth fruit in us.
John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” (KJV)
If a branch in us does not bear fruit, God trims it. None of us is fully functional. When we are planted in our local Church, God is able to help make us fully functional. When we pray for each other, grace strength and supply can come for every need. Nothing is too hard for God.
Week 3 - Planted Together
Week 3 Planted – Ps Tony Cameneti
Already in this series
- Our planting in Christ – who we are & what we have in Christ
- Our planting in the church – planting into the universal church & planting into a local church
Today we will look at
- Our planting ‘together’
Our text Scripture
Acts 2:46 “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart” (NKJV)
They met in public gatherings – the local Church; from house to house – small groups; ‘THEY’ met – they means ‘TOGETHER’
Today We Will Look at Four Things
- Planted For The World To Know
- Planted For The Church To Show
- Planted So We Can Grow
- Planted With Specific Roles
1. Planted For The World To Know
John 13:35 “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (NKJV)
God is using us to speak to the world
It is His MO – (mode of operation). In the Old Testament, He chose Israel as His people. He has now, in this season, chosen us so ALL could know Him – WE ARE His disciples. LOVE for ‘one another’ makes KNOWN that God is REAL and He has a people.
He didn’t plant us alone; He planted us TOGETHER. It’s important how we act toward, and talk about, each other. Let’s believe and say good things about each other. It’s important how we act toward, and talk about, our church. Let’s believe and say good things about our church. Go and tell others, ‘Come and See’. We need to maintain a culture of love – it affects how others come and see.
This is a ME generation. We need to keep our eyes on the BIG picture.
2. Planted For The Church To Show
Eph. 3:10 “Then God would use the church to show the powers and authorities in the spiritual world that he has many different kinds of wisdom.” (CEV)
Experience of Br Kenneth E Hagin
He was talking to Jesus in a vision when a demon got between them. He couldn’t see or hear Jesus clearly. Br Hagin wondered what was taking Jesus so long to do something about the demon. Finally Br Hagin commanded the demon to shut up and go in Jesus’ Name. The demon left. Jesus said, “If you hadn’t done something about that, I couldn’t”. Br Hagin said, “you didn’t mean couldn’t, you meant wouldn’t”. Jesus said, “No. There isn’t anything in the New Testament that tells the church to pray to Me or the Father so we do something about the devil. The devil has already been defeated in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Now the church has the authority over the devil.”
It is the church that makes known to the evil spiritual realm everything God accomplished in Christ. The devil has been defeated. Death has been defeated. We act, declare, speak, and command.
We are stronger and better together. Consider Clydesdale horses – 1 horse can pull 1 ton but 2 horses can pull 19 tons!!
3. Planted So We Can Grow
We are planted together so we can grow. ‘Together’ helps us grow. Alone hinders growth but together stimulates growth.
1 Cor. 8:1 “… we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” (NET)
How interesting that knowledge by itself doesn’t always build up; but knowledge WITH love does build up.
Where do we have opportunities to use love?
The Bible is full of references to ‘one another’. Do not be suspicious or doubting of each other.
Rom. 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor” (NASB)
Rom. 12:16 “Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.” (NASB)
Rom. 14:19 “So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” (NASB)
Rom. 15:7 “Wherefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.” (NASB)
1 Cor. 12:25 “that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.” (NASB)
Gal. 5:13 …through love serve one another
Eph. 4:2 …show tolerance for one another
Eph. 4:32 …be kind to one another
Eph. 5:21 …be subject to one another
Phil. 2:3 …regard one another as more important than yourselves
Col. 3:13 …bear with one another
Col. 3:13 …forgive one another
1 Thess. 4:18 …comfort one another
1 Thess. 5:11 …encourage one another
1 Thess. 5:13 …live in peace with one another
1 Thess. 5:15 …seek after that which is good for one another
Heb. 10:24 …stimulate one another to love and good deeds
James 5:16 …confess your sins to one another
James 5:16 …pray for one another
1 Peter 4:9 …be hospital to one another without complaint
1 Peter 4:10 …employ your spiritual gift for one another
1 Peter 5:5 …clothe yourselves with humility toward one another
The overlooked side of spiritual growth
Does hearing the Word of God alone cause spiritual growth? Does revelation knowledge by itself mean we are growing spiritually? We need to remind ourselves what happens when we are planted in a local church – it causes us to live and work side by side with others. The New Testament is loaded with truth about this. Christians have an opportunity to grow spiritually when they are together.
God’s will is that we live out our Christian lives with one another as ‘family’. When your brother or sister in your natural family does something irritating or unkind to you, you don’t disown them and you don’t move out. You work it out. Each particular local church is like a family. God wants us to live life together as a family.
4. Planted With Specific Roles
Eph. 4:16 “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (NLT)
Each part doing its specific work HELPS the other parts to grow.
2 Cor. 8:5 “And they did more than we had hoped. They gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us, just as God wanted them to do.” (CEV)
We give ourselves firstly to the Lord, then to each other. We are to have the ‘Big Picture Awareness’ – to see as many saved as possible, to see as many established as possible, to train as many as possible, to send as many as possible.
Practical Application (of the Great Commission)
The local church provides the place from which to go as well as the place to bring those we reach. Some para-church ministries do pieces of the big picture – but always with the aim to get people into the local churches.
Where do I fit?
Look at finding your place with big picture awareness – (not self-awareness). Why? – Because we are here to serve. Where you fit today may not be where you end up – accept your starting place.
1 Cor. 12:18 “But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.” (NKJV)
Week 4 - The Reward of Faithfulness
The Reward of Faithfulness
Week 4 Planted – Ps James Eddison
Ps Tony shared on ‘planted’. It requires faithfulness to be planted, to stay planted and to grow. God blesses us when we are faithful.
God gave to each person talents. He gives us talents when we are born into this world; then He adds others when we are born again; then gives us still more when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit. He puts them in us so we can share them and give in to the kingdom of God. God has a plan for each of us. For instance – He may have called you to be a preacher but is saying ‘wait, you are not ready yet’. But it will happen.
Matt 25:14-30 the Parable of the Talents (NKJV)
This is a prophetic parable about Jesus’ return. God gave us talents and He expects us to use them before He returns. The faithful servant hears ‘well done, because you were faithful in a few things, I will make you ruler over many things’. We all want to stand before God and hear Him say that to us.
God rewards faithfulness. The servant with only the one talent was afraid to use his talent. Fear can cause us to not attempt anything.
Rom 11:29 “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable (for He does not withdraw what He has given, nor does He change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call).” (AMP)
God given talents are irreversible. But, the Lord does not reward quantity but faithfulness. The Lord expects a return on what He has given us. We want Him to say ‘well done’. Jesus is coming soon. Examine your heart – God has given us all talents and abilities and something to do with them. We have opportunities to be faithful.
Say: Yes, I am going to do this. I am going to exercise my faith and use these talents.
As you do, He will give you more. It is easy to be sloppy and lazy. But we are called to excellence. We are to reflect His character, His nature. He expects a return on His investment in us. Sometimes we miss it and go down the wrong track – but we can repent. We need to show ourselves faithful to what He has called us to do.
Trustworthy, Worthy of Trust, Doing one’s duty, Keeping one’s promise, Reliable, Dependable, True to the facts, Accurate, Precise, Loyal, Constant, True to a Person, Belief, Honour, or Love, Steadfast, Devoted
Old Testament definition: To be true, to be certain, to be firm, to be permanent.
Deut 7:9 “Therefore know (without any doubt) and understand that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who is keeping His covenant and His (steadfast) lovingkindness to a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments“ (AMP)
God is always faithful to us.
Jesus was faithful to what the Father called Him to: He came to us. We, the Christians, reflect God to the world. Faithfulness is one of His characteristics that we should display.
II Thess. 3:3 “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.” (NKJV)
1 Cor 1:9 “God is faithful (He is reliable, trustworthy and ever true to His promise – He can be depended on), and through Him you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (AMP)
God will always be faithful to us.
1 Thess 5:24 “Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you (to Himself for your salvation), and He will do it (He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own).” (AMP)
II Tim 2:13 “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself” (NKJV)
God is full of faith – faithful to His Word, His promises. We are to stand on His Word and remain faithful to it.
Characteristics of God’s Faithfulness
1. God is faithful because ‘He is always there’
Matt. 28:20 “… and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” (NKJV)
Heb 13:5-6 “… for He has said, ‘I will never (under any circumstances) desert you (nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless), nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you (assuredly not)!” (AMP)
To be faithful means we are always where we are supposed to be, when we are supposed to be there. Faithful means being reliable, trustworthy, a person to be counted upon. When something is important to you, you get up early, you make preparation, you are there, and you are not late.
Imagine what would have happened to the children of Israel at the Red Sea if God was not faithful to be there for them and did not turn up on time ….
Prov 20:6 “Many a man proclaims his own loyalty and goodness, but who can find a faithful and trustworthy man?” (AMP)
God is looking for faithful people to reach out to those who do not know Him.
2. God never lies
Num 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (NKJV)
Heb 6:18 “that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.” (NKJV)
Sometimes it is tough to tell the truth – with respect to money matters, or to protect our position or reputation.
Faithfulness never lies! We always tell the truth.
Prov 14:5 “A faithful witness will not lie” (NKJV)
3. God is always the same
Mal 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I do not change” (NKJV)
James 1:17 “… He never changes or casts a shifting shadow” (NLT)
Being faithful means being consistent, steady and steadfast. God may give us a challenge, but He gives us the Holy Spirit and His ability to get the job done. He equips us to do what He has called us to do. If it really was the plan of God this month, it’s still going to be the plan of God next month. If it really was the will of God yesterday, it’s still the will of God today. He never changes.
You don’t bargain with God! Sometimes it costs to be faithful but later ‘it pays off’.
Luke 16:10 “He that is faithful in least is faithful also in much.” (NKJV)
Faithfulness is the same whether it’s supervised of unsupervised. Being faithful can bring promotion. The secret is, ‘when you know God, you know He is your source’. God knows exactly what’s happening. There are no little things in the work of God.
4. God always keeps His Word
Josh 21:45 “Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.” (NKJV)
Ps 119:89 “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven” (NKJV)
Jesus is called faithful and true – we are to be faithful and true.
God blesses us when He sees our heart of faithfulness. Jesus was faithful. Moses was faithful and he was called ‘the friend of God’ and God spoke to him face-to-face. Our father, Abraham, was faithful.
None of us has missed out on being given anything. Even if you think you have nothing – volunteer and serve. God sees …
Your faithfulness effects eternity! We need to think about it because we can do something about it now!
Don’t compare yourself with other for this is unwise. The Lord is not looking for the most popular but the faithful ones.
When Jesus says ‘well done’ to you, you won’t even think or remember the past.
Life is short – opportunities are NOW! God knows who to give more to – those who are faithful.
He has good things for you. keep your heart right with Him until the end.