Fighting for the Faith Sermon Review God is Doing a new Thing? By Rachel Mawston Norwich Family Life Church

Chris Rosebrough, “In number two we are going to be heading across the pond and listening to a sermon entitled God is Doing a new Thing from Norwich. I am probably pronouncing this wrong. But I have a difficult time with some of the pronunciations for standard British terms. So today we will just say it is Norwich. Although I know that is wrong. I know it is I could just I could just tell I am going to be getting an email from pastor Charmley.

‘No this is how you pronounce it.’ And again the name of the sermon is God is Doing a new Thing and the reason I picked this out, actually somebody requested that I take a listen to it. But one of the things I am doing is that you might have heard of variations of this teaching before. You know when people try to justify some of the unjustifiable things that are happening in the church today they will point to a passage in you know Philippians or other places and say, ‘Look God is doing a new thing.’ And you go okay, ‘Oh okay so yeah the Bible says God is doing a new thing and so that new thing is whatever it is that they are pointing to.

You know you ask somebody in the ELCA – you know why are you blessing same sex marriages and ordaining unrepentant homosexuals and they will say, ‘Well we are in tune with the new thing that the Spirit is doing. That is kind of how that goes.’

[Segment Two – 01:17:16 – 02:34:43]

Alright we are back hour number two of Fighting for the Faith and I did consult some higher authorities to figure how to pronounce the name of this place. So I don’t make a complete fool of myself. I will just mostly have fooled myself. Alright here we go. The good, the bad, the ugly we review it all here at Fighting for the Faith. We are an equal opportunities sermon reviewing service. Today’s sermon comes to us via Norwich Family Life Church – Norwich, Norfolk, Great Britain. The name of the sermon is God is Doing a new Thing and it is presented by a gal by the name of Rachel Mawston.

Now you have probably heard similar type messages that kind of justify just about any kind of crazy things in the church. God is doing a new thing. See that means any new bizarre crazy weird, maybe even sinful thing. All you have to say is ‘Hey God is doing a new thing and that is supposed to like just end the argument. You get what I am saying so…so let me go ahead and kill the music and without any further or due here is Rachel Mawston and her sermon is God is Doing a new Thing. Here we go….

Rachel Mawston, “I am going to minister today on the subject of God doing a new thing and at the start of the year I got so excited because I felt in my spirit and as I am sure many of you have as well. The Lord is doing something new and I felt this resonate in my spirit….

Chris Rosebrough, “You felt this resonating in your spirit. What does that feel like you know? You are walking down the street and all of a sudden woah I feel like God is doing a new thing. Yeah what is that?”

Rachel Mawston, “God is doing a new thing in my heart, in our family, in our church and we are part of Hillsong Brisbane. We moved from Sydney four years ago now to a church that was already established that has been going for forty years and we were sent there to help bring the church to help with the growth, and bring the strength and it trebled or doubled in size and then trebled in size once it became Hillsong Church and we have seen the altars filled every week with people coming to know Jesus.

When I was a little girl I always used to pray that scripture ask of me and I will give you the nations for your inheritance and He sent me to Brisbane and it is honestly one of the most multicultural cities that you could come across. We have the Africans and the Indians and the South Africans and the Europeans and so many Asians and I love it because I feel like the Lord has sent me there. But he has brought the nations to us. So I get to do life with and pastor many different nationalities and I can see that….

Chris Rosebrough, “That is weird because God doesn’t call women pastors.”

Rachel Mawston, “I can see there is quite a few different nationalities here as well. But we had a baby dedication a couple of weeks ago and the platform was full. It was like spot the Aussie, you couldn’t see the full packed with families from around the world that are united serving God together and so that thing of God doing something new is not something that is cultural or something that is to do with our background. But it is something God is doing today at this time in history. He is doing a new thing ….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah this is off to a bad start here. Really bad what kind of theology would ever convince this woman that she is called to be a pastor? Because The Bible forbids that. Oh yeah she is from Hillsong. Got it okay….”

Rachel Mawston, “But it is something God is doing today at this time in history. He is doing a new thing – because He is speeding up the process, because He is coming back soon….”

Chris Rosebrough, “He is doing a new thing because He is speeding up the process. Because He is coming soon – where did you get this from?”

Rachel Mawston, “We are seeing people saved. We are seeing people healed. We had somebody’s marriage restored that had been separated for 9 years and their marriage was restored just a couple of weeks before we left and somebody else that had been praying for weeks and weeks actually years and years….”

Chris Rosebrough, “By the way if Jesus is coming soon then we need to pay close attention to what our Bible’s say because The Bible makes it very clear that in the days immediately proceeding Christ’s return it would be marked with apostasy. False teachers, false doctrine, false prophets, false signs and miracles. Uh huh yeah so I mean yeah that is what Jesus said and you think that you are a pastor. But Gods word forbids you from being a pastor and you think God is doing a new thing and you know you are saying these are the days right before Christ returns. Maybe it is – but you see because Jesus warned us about the well the dangers of the deceit of the last days. You know marked with false Christ’s, false prophets, false teachers, false signs, false wonders and the great apostasy.

I mean yeah it already I am kind of going hmm yeah well maybe this is a sign of the end times because of your rebellion against Gods word. Let’s see how you handle Gods word though….”

Rachel Mawston, “We are seeing people saved. We are seeing people healed. We had somebody’s marriage restored that had been separated for 9 years and their marriage was restored just a couple of weeks before we left and somebody else that had been praying for weeks and weeks actually years and years for a baby and lots of miscarriages.

She finally had a miracle baby and we dedicated the baby before we left and there has been so many stories of a new thing that God is doing and it starts with us.”

Chris Rosebrough, “So many stories of a new thing. Uh huh preaching from own experiences apparently.”

Rachel Mawston, “Revival starts with each one of us and as I look back over my life. I see many times where the LORD did something new in my heart and one time was just three or four months after I had Mercy and I was feeling very tired. There are times when you feel tired and worn and Sharon and Christine and I went away to a conference in Bradford and Donna Crouch from Hillsong Church was preaching there and at the time I was feeling like I was going to give up on ministry.

I felt like it was too much to do babies and I just got a bit postnatal or something or other and was feeling low. Anyone ever feel low in their spirit or am I the only one and we sat in that worship and I remember there were tears streaming down my face and I was just giving it all to the Lord.

But I had kind of come to the end. The ministry is not for me and I spoke to Donna at the end and she said, ‘Rachel…’ and I had told her I was tired and what I was doing and she goes, ‘Rachel you have got gold in you. There is nations to minister to – you just do it tired – even when you do it tired you just step out and do it tired….’ She believed in me. She spoke life into me and I went away from that conference not only continuing in ministry.

But we started wow, we started a women’s ministry. So I am so glad to hear that you are still taking a coach load of women to London and gathering the women together. Because we encourage each and that was a time, through that time I learned not to depend on my own strength and I learned the key of renewed strength. The Bible says that He renews our strength….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah He does. You see the job of a real pastor which a woman can’t be is to actually preach the word. Uh huh and just you know talking about your own life experiences and then throwing in a Bible verse here. Something you experienced and then a Bible verse out of context there. Does not make a biblical sermon….”

Rachel Mawston, “The Bible says that He renews our strength like the eagles and we rise and we walk and we run and then we are not weary and another time in Australia when at that time then I wasn’t tired. But I was just frustrated. I had been there for a year and Steve was on staff and I was volunteering and I was working as a physio and I was looking after the girls and I was doing.

Has anybody ever got to that stage where you do, do, do, and you are doing everything that is needed. But you are thinking in your heart there has got to be something new and I am doing, doing, doing but Lord what else have you got for me? You know sometimes we can feel a bit selfish even thinking that and I was sitting in bed one night. Steve was out and I was reading actually a John Maxwell book and he was challenging me to write my dreams and back then this was about seven or eight years ago….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah I am sure he was unfortunately John Maxwell is not known for his sound biblical doctrine….”

Rachel Mawston, “And I thought it was a very selfish thing to do. However I was challenged to start to write down what I felt the Lord had called me to do and put on my heart, and those big dreams. Started to write them down and then I looked at it and thought who do you think you are? And put it aside. Melody had been off sick and we watched a movie together called The Slipper and the Rose.

It is an old fashioned English musical. I love the old fashioned English movies and we went to church that night and the preacher was preaching and the sermon title he used was Bringing Our God Specialises in the Fairytale Stories – Bringing Dreams to Life and throughout God’s word….”

Chris Rosebrough, “God specialises in the fairytale stories. Really and bringing dreams to life. So you are just like a Disney Princess and Jesus is going to make your dreams come true so that you can live happily ever after right….”

Rachel Mawston, “He was talking about how Daniel and Esther and Mark and Moses and Joseph and how they all had come from obscurity to doing the same old and God had plucked them out and done something new in them….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah see it is all about God plucking you out of obscurity so that He can do something new in you. Notice the narcissistic emphasis here on what to do with these biblical stories….”

Rachel Mawston, “He was talking about how Daniel and Esther and Mark and Moses and Joseph and how they all had come from obscurity to doing the same old and God had plucked them out and done something new in them which has impacted….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah Jesus makes it clear that the scriptures are about Him. I remember Him saying to the Pharisees.

John 5 v 39
39 You diligently search the scriptures because you think that in them you have life; yet they are the very scriptures that testify of Me and you refuse to come to Me that you might have life….”

Rachel Mawston, “He was talking about how Daniel and Esther and Mark and Moses and Joseph and how they all had come from obscurity to doing the same old and God had plucked them out and done something new in them which has impacted whole generations and he actually showed a clip of The Slipper and The Rose movie. Now nobody in Australia had seen it. I don’t think because he asked who had seen the movie and we put our hands up. But I felt like that was just for me.

You know it is one of those things again when the Lord did something new in me and I knew that at that time in Bradford, at that time in Sydney what the Lord did that time is He renewed my mind and my mind was thinking I have got to do this. I am busy, busy, busy….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Don’t you think if the Lord had renewed your mind you would be preaching Jesus. Oh wait you are not supposed to be preaching. Don’t you think you wouldn’t be preaching….”

Rachel Mawston, “He renewed my mind to thinking, ‘What has He got for me? And what are the dreams that He has put within my heart and the calling, because He has called each and every one of us.’ But how many know you can go through same old, same old and we need to stir up those dreams and the calling on our lives and recognize that when we are fully doing what He has called us to do. That is when we are the most alive. That is when we are loving life to the full….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah that sounds really, that sounds like the kind of thing I would see in like a you know, one of those greeting cards and this really nice slogan thing, kind of a hallmark moment here. But what biblical passages actually say any of this nonsense?”

Rachel Mawston, “….That is when we are the most contagious. That is when we were the most magnetic. That is when we draw people to ourselves and that is when our…”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah when you draw people to yourselves? You see that is what false teachers do. Scripture says it is the false teachers who draw away people after themselves. Uh so you have just admitted you are a false teacher. Nice.

Rachel Mawston, “….that is when our walls here will be bursting at the seams. When there is men and women and young people and children that have got a hold of the new thing and reviving again inside and we are really in a sense in a season of revival at the moment and we are declaring it over our church services every week…”

Chris Rosebrough, “You are declaring a season of revival. Uh hmm yeah they were declaring a revival up in Northern Ireland too. Let me get to that tomorrow….”

Rachel Mawston, “That this is revival and if you look across the history of revivals, they were always marked by prayer, they were marked by a fresh desire to study Gods word….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah repentance of sin, false doctrine that seems to be missing from this particular revival….”

Rachel Mawston, “….If you look across the history of revivals, they were always marked by prayer, they were marked by a fresh desire to study Gods word and a revelation of his word. They were marked by salvations. Many people coming to know Jesus.

They were marked by supernatural healings, supernatural financial miracles and provision for the people of God and for things to happen and they were also marked by a renewal of the Spirit of God and people just seeing the presence of God out working through their lives and men and women getting up and wanting to be involved and I believe that this morning there are many of us that need to step to something new in God and whether it is praying different, worshipping differently, stepping out and ministering to somebody….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah I think the people there need to do a lot of things different. Number one not listen to female pastors. Number two repent of their false doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Number three repent of their false doctrine period and be forgiven by the shed blood of Christ and then preach Jesus and Him crucified.”

Rachel Mawston, “Reaching out in your workplace. Whether it is doing something new ministry wise. Serving in church and the Lord wants to do something new there. Maybe it is just as simple as a new hairstyle….”

Chris Rosebrough, “God is doing a new thing by telling you to get a new hairstyle. Yeah maybe I am supposed to go and get a Bieber cut…”

Rachel Mawston, “You know how many times do we go through the same old, I have had the same hairstyle for quite a lot of years and my hairdresser often says why don’t you put a red colour in or something. I am not quite that daring. But we go on the same holidays. We tend to hang with the same friends. You know some of us go to the same shops and get our clothes and we can become creatures of habit. But I know that God….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Apparently that is a bad thing. But God is doing a new thing so you need to stop being a creature of habit. You need to go on holiday somewhere else….”

Rachel Mawston, “But I know that God throughout His word regularly talks about the new thing that He is doing and I believe this morning…”
Chris Rosebrough, “And what would that be?”

Rachel Mawston, “But I know that God throughout His word regularly talks about the new thing that He is doing and I believe this morning that even though some of you might be saying, ‘Yeah Rachel it is all well and good for you. You don’t know my situation. I have been praying for God to do something new in my marriage for a long time. I have been praying for God to heal me for a long time.

Oh I have been praying for something new to happen in my family situation or whatever it might be and I have been desiring for those dreams. There maybe some of you that feel like that. I want to read this to you. Listen to God’s word…

In Isaiah 43 v 18 in The Amplified Version of The Bible….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Oh this can’t be good. Amplified there is a problem with The Amplified. Here is the problem. It is called illegitimate totality transfer. Okay you are thinking what is that? I talk about it quite regularly here at Fighting for the Faith and the idea is this is that many words in the dictionary have many different definitions. But each time a word appears in a sentence in a paragraph or a particular work it only has one of those meanings.

It doesn’t have all of them. That is no way you can’t communicate if you pour every meaning of a word into every instance that it occurs. Okay so you know if I were to say somebody threw up. There is the word up or I said somebody went up to Jerusalem. Notice I use the word up two different ways. I can say somebody woke up right or they went up town. Now each of those sentences I have used the word up. But they mean different things each time they appear. You can’t take all of the meanings of the word up and then shove them into every time the word up is used. Because then you have no idea what it means.

That is what The Amplified does, it takes all of the different definitions and shoves them into every instance that a word appears irrespective of what that word actually means in the context in which it appears. So you want to avoid several different Bible quote translations like the plague. The Amplified is one of them. The Message is another. You get what I am saying. We continue….”

Rachel Mawston, “First of all the definition of renew is to restore to freshness vigour or profession. To begin again. Look at this with me in The Amplified.

Isaiah 43 v 18-19 (Amplified Bible)
18 Do not remember the former things; neither consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it?

Rachel Mawston, “See God can be doing something
new and we don’t even notice it….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Woah slow down there. The question is when it says in Isaiah 43 that God is doing a new thing. What is the new thing He is doing? Is it referring to God telling you that He wants you to go somewhere different on holiday. That He wants you to have a new hairstyle, is that what is being referred to here? No the answer is absolutely not. The new thing that God that Isaiah is referring to is the new covenant that is about to come about. The old covenant is going to pass away. The new covenant is going to come into being and Jesus Christ ratifies that covenant by His shed blood on the cross and He fulfils all the promises of the prophets with the exception of the prophecies regarding His return a second time.

So just quoting this passage and saying God is doing a new thing and ignoring the context and what it is the new thing that is referring to, the referent is not God is doing a new thing in your church once you get a new hairstyle. Once you go somewhere different on holiday. The new thing is referring to the new covenant…”

Rachel Mawston, “We have got to perceive and we have got to heed and we have got to listen and we have got to get on the same page and we have got to step out into the flow the stream of what He is doing.

Isaiah 43 v 19-21 (Amplified Bible)
19 I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
20 The beasts of the field honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen, 21 The people I formed for Myself, that they may set forth My praise [and they shall do it].

And it also says in another version. I think it is in The Message…

Isaiah 43 v 19 The Message (MSG)
“…a people custom made to praise me for myself…”

I believe that Norwich Family Life Centre are a people custom made for Himself. The worship this morning was an amazing sense of God’s presence….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah I mean you read a verse out of context, passage out of context. Ignore what is going on. You think Isaiah was talking about Norwich Family Life Church in Isaiah 43….”

Rachel Mawston, “There is an atmosphere in the place, where there is an expectation of the Spirit of God doing something new and He is and our history of our church here has always been built on praise and worship and being set free in praise and I believe part of that new thing is to be set free again in praise. Set free in worship. To speak with new tongues.

If you have spoken the same language of the Spirit for a lot of years, believe for new tongues. The Bible talks about new tongues and start to believe for something new in your spirit inside you. Throughout Gods word He talks about the new song. In Psalm 96 – a new covenant in Hebrews 12. A new commandment in 1 John. New wine in Proverbs 3….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah just going throughout all of The Bible and finding all of the occurrences of the word new doesn’t prove anything. What are they – what do those passages mean in the context in which they appear?”
Rachel Mawston, “New creation in 2 Corinthians…a new thing Isaiah 48, a new name Isaiah 62, a new spirit, a new heart in Ezekiel 36, new tongues in Mark 16. New life in Romans 6 and a new man or a new woman in Christ in Ephesians 4. So how do you think from Gods word God can do something new?

It is very powerful throughout the scripture that the new thing that He is going to do in us is something that is already declared, is already done and we have just got to step into it and believe….”

Chris Rosebrough, “What is she talking about?
She has no clue how to do hermeneutics at all…”

Rachel Mawston, “…and part of doing the new thing is allowing Him to restore what has been lost. So there is two parts to this message. Allow Him to restore what has been lost. Because the definition of renew is to restore what may have been lost…”

Chris Rosebrough, “So what is God going to restore that has been lost? Again this is not a biblical teaching…”

Rachel Mawston, “…To renew or restore to freshness. So partly what God wants to do today is to let go of what has been lost or to bring back restore to you what has been lost and then embrace what is new. I had a tooth that was capped and came loose. Has anybody ever experienced that? I didn’t and couldn’t afford the dentist and didn’t want to have the hassle of going and so….”

Chris Rosebrough, “We are going to hear about your
trip to the dentist. Loose cap okay….”

Rachel Mawston, “So I just got some glue stuff or a temporary thing and kept sticking it back in and you know sometimes you have to in order to embrace the new. I should have gone to the Dentist sooner and got a new one put in. But no I just kept sticking it in. I thought that will be alright. One Sunday morning I was in the side room having a bite to eat – before we went back into the service.

In between we have four services on a Sunday and it was in between one of the services and I took my tooth out so I wouldn’t swallow it when I ate. Put it on my lap and had my food and then stood up and forgot that it was on my lap and it rolled underneath the coffee table. At the time we had visiting speakers and actually no pastor Brian Houston was there that weekend and we sat in a small little room and someone noticed, ‘what is that rolling underneath the table?’ And so I had to get down underneath the table and retrieve it discreetly.

It gets worse. Then we went back out to the next service. I put it back in and you have the prayer requests earlier and Mary came up. Pastor Brian was up and he asked me to come up and pray for the prayer requests and I got up onto the platform and started to pray passionately and the tooth slid down and so I yanked it up with the microphone and kept praying and then a couple of minutes later. It wasn’t even a long prayer. It fell down again and so this time I just pulled it out with my hand – kept on praying and then walked off the platform absolutely mortified and said, ‘Stu did you see that?’

I had my eyes closed. Hopefully everyone had their eyes closed. But there they have three big massive screens and the video is on you the whole time. So the people at the back can see what is happening at the front. Nothing is missed on those big screens and I know people would have seen. So it pays to let go of what has gone in order to embrace what is new….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Don’t you feel like you are getting closer to Jesus after hearing about that tooth. I mean wow I can just feel it in my spirit. You know it is wah, yeah I mean I don’t feel nothing. What on earth is this?”

Rachel Mawston, “Get the new tooth. Get the new of what, it is good to have a laugh in church don’t you think? Especially when you are having it at my expense. So listen to Joel 2 v 25….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Joel 2 v 25 okay I am getting there first.
We continue here we go….”

Rachel Mawston, “The first part of this message actually the Hebrew word restore, actually the word restore is used one thousand and sixty times in God’s word. So I know that He is interested in restoring all things….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Oh man this a classic word of faith new apostolic reformation charismatic Bible twisting passage here we go….”

Rachel Mawston, “Especially when you are
having it at my expense. So listen to Joel 2 v 25….

Joel 2 v 25 (ESV)
25 I will restore to you the years
that the swarming locust has eaten…

Chris Rosebrough, “Who is the you in that sentence? Yeah you started Joel 2 v 25.

Joel 2 v 25 (ESV)
25 I will restore to you the years
that the swarming locust has eaten…

Who is the you? Is that me and you. I mean this is the same kind of Bible twist we get with Jeremiah 29 v 11.

Jeremiah 29 v 11
I know the plans I have for you.

Who is the you in Jeremiah 29 v 11? It ain’t you and I – that is a specific promise for the Babylonian captives. Okay yeah so who is the you here? So Joel 2, how far back do I want to go here? You know, you know what I should do. Let’s go back all the way to the beginning of Joel here and let me in fact. Let me pull up a commentary here real quick here and lets learn what we can about the purpose of the prophet Joel and this little book that we have here.

Okay so Joel, here we go. Dating the heading in Joel 1 v 1 gives no information about the prophet apart from his father’s name. Okay so we know that. The occasion we know from other post exilic books that this period was a very difficult time politically and economically for the Judean settlers. Haggai mentioned a bad harvest that devastated the community when they had insufficient resources to tie them over. It was an agricultural crisis that was the burden of Joel’s ministry.

One that threatened the survival of the struggling settlers – they experienced a severe locust plague that afflicted or affected more than one year’s harvest. Locusts are still a serious threat notably in African countries although the spring of pesticides especially from the air has decreased their harmfulness by killing them before they mature and breed.

Okay so this is a post exilic book at a particular time so this a word of comfort from God to the people of Israel post exile through the prophet Joel during a time when they had suffered some pretty severe things including a major locust plague that was mentioned in the book of Haggai. Uh that is who the YOU is there then. But I don’t think that Rachel here probably consulted any commentaries to make sure she wasn’t going to twist God’s word before she started running after her own interpretation. I can’t wait to hear what she is going to do with this.

Rachel Mawston, “Get the new tooth. Get the new of what, it is good to have a laugh in church don’t you think? Especially when you are having it at my expense. So listen to Joel 2 v 25. The first part of this message actually the Hebrew word restore, actually the word restore is used one thousand and sixty times in God’s word. So I know that He is interested in restoring all things

Joel 2 v 25 (NKJV)
25 “So I will restore to you the years

that the swarming locust has eaten,
The crawling locust,
The consuming locust,
And the chewing locust,
My great army which I sent among you.

In some versions of the Bible it says the hopping locust or the stripping locust.

Joel 2 v 25-27 (NKJV)
26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
And praise the name of the LORD your God,
Who has dealt wondrously with you;
And My people shall never be put to shame.
27 Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel:
I am the LORD your God
And there is no other.

He is all we need and He said it again and there is more….

Joel 2 v 27 (NKJV)
27 My people shall never be put to shame.

Locusts in middle eastern times are they are like a grass hopper and they hatch in their multiple thousands. They start to crawl around and eat the vegetation around the area where they have hatched and as they get bigger, they start to go even further and The Bible here talks about the crawling and the chewing locusts. They start to chew and they gnaw and they gnaw and they gnaw and they start to eat the vegetation and when that is all gone, they develop massive hind legs – big bigly eyes and they start to hop and they hop for more vegetation and they eat and they crawl and they hop and they chew and they gnaw at all the vegetation around bit by bit.

Then eventually they take off in massive swarms and cover a complete field of harvest and if the locusts take off in swarms it would be and still is absolute devastation for the farmer in the middle east. They would lose everything and it would be every bit of vegetation would just be nibbled down to nothing and there would be such a swarm that you wouldn’t be able to see through all the locusts.

It says there that God will restore the years. Some of you have taken so long to build something. Years to build and overnight….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah what does it matter if I have taken years to build something. I wasn’t living at the time of the prophet Joel, post exile Israel and I haven’t lost anything to locusts. Yeah they just don’t make their way up here to Indiana very often….”

Rachel Mawston, “Something can be lost can’t it? Overnight health can be lost, a marriage situation, even with our church here. How ever many years ago and it burnt to the ground….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah but Joel is not talking about a marriage situation that has been eaten by locusts. I mean that would be kind of awkward. It would be very difficult to probably cure that and your normal marriage counselling. You know what are you two here for? Well locusts have eaten our marriage. No really how did it happen? I mean in a situation like that you have to apply pesticides. Yeah I mean that is the only way to save a marriage eaten by locusts that I know of….”

Rachel Mawston, “There can be so many ways that we experience loss. Loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship with a child – with maybe a daughter or a son who walked away from God and the relationship with you was not what it once was – or maybe it is loss of a friendship that wasn’t that is not quite what it once was. Maybe it is loss of confidence because of what you have been through. Maybe it is just loss of a desire to dream again. You know that story I told about the dreams. Maybe it is a loss of trust in people because….”

Chris Rosebrough, “So have your dreams been eaten by locusts? Again pesticides that it will bring your dream you know. You see after apply the pesticides and get rid of the locusts that are eating your dreams. You know you might have to put your dream in a greenhouse or something like that in order to kind of revive it.”

Rachel Mawston, “Maybe it is a loss of trust in people because you have been let down and it can be gnawing like the locusts – just gnaw and we can all be at different stages of what we have lost and some of us it might just be that your marriage or a relationship or a friendship or one of those areas I have talked about. The locusts has just slowly gnawed. For some it might feel like there is complete devastation and it has completely gone….”

Chris Rosebrough, “See who knew God really is doing a new thing. He is allowing marriages to be destroyed by locusts and dreams to be destroyed by locusts….”

[God promises Israel material restoration by divinely healing the land of Israel (Joel 2 v 21-27). God promises to restore Israel spiritual restoration by sending his Holy Spirit – prophecy fulfilled in NT. God promises Israel national restoration by judging the unrighteous]

Rachel Mawston, “But there is hope. Listen to what God words says it says I….

Joel 2 v 26
26 You will eat in plenty and be satisfied…

When Jesus fed the four thousand and the five thousand when he did the amazing miracle at the end it said they ate to their full, in some versions they ate until they were satisfied and then there were leftovers.

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah and the feeding of the five thousand I wasn’t there and you weren’t there and that is a historical miracle there and I am sure the baskets full were not eaten by locusts. It doesn’t say anything about that…”

Rachel Mawston, “I believe you are going to be satisfied. You are going to eat to your full – so to speak and there will be leftovers as….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Clearly this is true in the new heavens and new earth.
Yeah that is not promised for Christians now….”

Rachel Mawston, “I believe you are going to be satisfied. You are going to eat to your full – so to speak and there will be leftovers as a church as individuals as that which God is going to restore. You will be satisfied. It won’t just be that will do. It won’t be that will do. Don’t expect that will do kind of faith mentality. Expect exceedingly abundantly life without boundaries, life without limits whatever it was there. I love that promo video. Expect exceedingly abundantly above all that you can ask or think and know that God can do it and the second part of it is…

Joel 2 v 27
“…You will never be put to shame…”

Sometimes with loss, people can experience shame.
Sometimes with a loss of a marriage that didn’t work out or a child or a business. There can be a sense of shame. Where did I go wrong?”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah now we are talking about the affects and consequences of sin right. Are we going to talk about sin and the need to repent and be forgiven then?”

Rachel Mawston, “What did I do? Wasn’t God there? And we can hold our heads down. It says here twice.

Joel 2 v 27
27 My people will never be put to shame.

The Hebrew word for restore is shalam which is a bit like shalom which means peace, a greeting. Here it says to shalam is to restore to wholeness. To cause to live in peace. The LORD wants to restore wholeness, a sense of peace, a sense of contentment. The past has gone today is a new day. Believe it. He can do it exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask. I am going to ask Steve to jump up for a minute and to talk about the thing that God wants to do that is new but in restoring what was lost….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Alright now here comes her husband Steve.
Tag team preaching today here.”

Steve Mawston, “Didn’t she do well? She is not just a pretty face. But she is a very pretty face and has got prettier over the years I reckon.

Joel 2 v 25
25 “So I will restore the years that the locust has eaten,

I will restore. I love that. There is nothing uncertain about that. There is a certainty to it. God said I will restore. It is not a might, it is not a possibility….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah again there is a reference issue there. Because when you read it in context and understand who Joel is prophesying to…yeah you are turning this into some big blanket statement that somehow God is going to restore things that have been eaten by metaphorical allegorical locusts in my life and that is not what this passage is saying….”

Steve Mawston “…There is a promise in it.
God makes promises to HIS people and he says…

Joel 2 v 27
‘I will restore the years that the locust has eaten…’

Some of you there is things that have been missing in your life for years. You have been longing for and praying for and God says I will restore. We had this great testimony in our church. There was a guy he is a builder and he lost, I don’t know you lose these things David Buck. But he lost a digger. Like a JCB. Now it was stolen apparently. That is a big thing to lose. It was this huge digger. It was worth $80,000 dollars which is £60,000 and the worse thing was that at the time his wife was pregnant and struggling and she was the one that was meant to insure it and she hadn’t insured it.

This is two friends of ours. Jed and Tony – how many know $80,000 dollars is a lot to lose and pastor Robert Ferguson came to our church and he told a story of an old lady in Hockley in Birmingham and how one time he was with this lady….”
Chris Rosebrough, “An old lady in Hockley huh? Yeah that story is probably not found in The Bible…”

Steve Mawston, “She lost something and she opened the window and she called out and she said, ‘Devil I make a citizen’s arrest over you and I command you to return what belongs to me…’ And that is what she did she made a citizens arrest and literally by end of the week she had back what she lost. So Robert Ferguson remembered this as a young guy and he preached this message in our church called How to Make a Citizens Arrest. He talked about this old lady in Hockley.

So Jed and Tony friends of ours, they often pick the kids up from school. They decided they were going to make a citizens arrest and so they got together in prayer and then they believed God for that digger to come back. It had been done for 18 months. Within 9 days they had a phone call. The phone call was from a guy that didn’t even like Jed. They were kind of enemies and this guy called him. He said, ‘I don’t know why I am even calling you. But I just think I have seen your digger in the local garage. So Jed drove up there and sure enough it was his digger. 9 days later and it was restored back to him.

Joel 2 v 27
‘I will restore the years that the locust has eaten…’

God is a rebuilder. He is a restorer. He is a redeemer. He wants to build your life. The enemy is a thief. He comes to steal….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Now this sounds like the gospel doesn’t it? See that is the issue is that we are dealing with an artificial false gospel. Yes God is a redeemer. God is a restorer. Where has He done this restoration, redemption work? Not in restoring dreams that have been eaten up by locusts. But by restoring you – redeeming you. Dying on the cross for your sins and mine. That is not what we are hearing here and now we have got the God of locusts restoration and you know God is not into that kind of insecticide stuff at least not for us. Because that is not what applies.

But God is into restoring. He restores us to right relationship with Him by unilaterally acting on our behalf. For in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for our sins. See the difference we are not hearing about that. Now we are just hearing some kind of temporal health and wealth kind of thing. Just stretch out in faith and believe this and make citizens arrests of Satan and oh yeah you are just going to be on easy street….”

Steve Mawston, “God is a rebuilder. He is a restorer. He is a redeemer. He wants to build your life. The enemy is a thief. He comes to steal, kill and destroy. But Jesus came to give you life and life in all of its fullness.

Joel 2 v 27
I will restore the years.

You have got to say it with a northern accent. Everyone say year. The years – whoever said that Colin. Thank you for that.


Joel 2 v 27

I will restore the years the locust has eaten.

We kind of last year. We had a great year in our families life of favour and blessing and restoration and I told the church about how when I was 18 years of age – I was talking to Peter who is 18 who was doing his a levels and I remembered when I was doing my a levels. Ferry Hill comprehensive school in the armpit of England – in the north east.

Alright and very few people ever went to University from our part of the world. There was nobody in the history who had ever went to university. I was the first one and I was doing my a levels. I was doing history, geography, and economics and I had an economics teacher by the name of Mr. Dobson and for some reason he took a bit of a shine to me and I don’t know why that was but he believed in me and he had connections to L.S.E The London School of Economics. It was a very prestigious school in London where if you do graduate you from the L.S.E you know you can go into stocks and shares and all kinds of investment and pretty much it sets you up for a good life at L.S.E – at that time it was very difficult to get into.

But he had connections and he was able to get me a scholarship and he was telling me. You know talking me through this for eighteen months and trying to cajole me and persuade me to go to L.S.E and it was around that time that the call of God was stirring in my life and I didn’t know at 17. But at 18 I knew in my heart that God had called me to go to Bible college and so I remember the day when I went to Mr. Dobson and I looked him in the eye and I said Mr. Dobson, “I am not going to L.S.E. I am actually going to go to L.B.C. London Bible College.

And in life we often have the choice is it going to be L.S.E or L.B.C – is it going to be the way of the world or the way of the word. That is the choice we all have to make in life…”

Chris Rosebrough, “It is weird because it sounds to me like you have combined the two and when you combine the world with the word you end up losing the word…”

Steve Mawston “…and I chose to go to Bible College and I will never forget his response. Mr. Dobson he said and he looked me in the eye and said, ‘You will regret this for the rest of your life and that was a really encouraging thing to say wasn’t it – aren’t teachers fantastic? The teacher told my dad when he graduated from Russia Ford High School.

He said to him, ‘Mawston you will bring untold misery on your family…’ That is what he said to my dad and he could not have been further from the truth. That is why it is important you don’t just accept the words that are spoken over your life. You accept the word that is spoken over your life and so you know Rachel and I have been involved I guess in ministry pretty much since I went to Bible College. I was then employed in my home church. I then worked for the YMCA here.

I then went off to Australia. So I have been involved in if you like full time Christian ministry for over 20 years now and in that time when I turned 40. Now you are looking shocked that I am 40. But I am. I am now 43 and when I turned 40 I kind of went through this inner journey where I am looking at my life and thinking, “You know I have got the next 40 years of my life ahead of me. What do I need to change? What have I done well? What have I not done so well in and pretty much across my life I really felt like I had been blessed and favoured by God. But if there is one area that I thought you know what there was a few regrets. It would have been in the area of finance.

You see all of our married lives. We have been married for 20 years. We have always lived in a rented home. We have never lived in a property that we owned and you know I am getting to 40…”

Chris Rosebrough, “Who is he preaching about? Himself…”

Steve Mawston, “I am thinking you know I would look around at all my friends that had you know brought a house when they were young and then they got some equity and they built a bigger house and you know most of my friends that I grew up have now got these beautiful houses and here I am – I am 40 years old and I still don’t live in my own house and so really prayed, ‘God, what do you want me to do?’

I have got some good advice and the advice was that I needed to buy a house – which is all well and good. But when I turned 40 it was post GFC and in Australia banks weren’t lending money. To get a loan, to buy a house, you needed a twenty percent deposit. Now there was two challenges with those buying a house. Number one was the size of the deposit. Number two was the size of my wife’s expectations. Alright and how many men can relate to that?

So the kind of house that I knew I would choose was very specific. It had to have four bedrooms so there is enough space for the kids and us and then if we had guests and mum and dad came over and because we live in Australia it had to have a pool and I am like yeah you are living in dreamland. But Rachel has always had this gift of faith and expectation.

So she wouldn’t budge an inch – wouldn’t budge an inch and I remember we were at our Life Group one night and there was a little Irish girl called Lisa Moore and at the end of the night we prayed for each other and everyone was leaving and she walked to the door. But then she walked back. She said, ‘Steven and Rachel can I just talk to you for a second?’

So she said to us, ‘Look I really feel this is Tuesday night…’ She said, ‘I really feel God has spoken to me. You guys need to get your own house. So that was Tuesday night. I thought cool. That is kind of what we want to do. So that was confirmation. The next night Rachel was speaking at our Next Steps night in our church and she was preaching and a guy came up to her on the Wednesday night – the very next night. He said, ‘I want you and your husband to my house to meet me and my wife and I have got a seed that I want to give you.

I thought strange seed. But we thought we would go anyway it would be a good feed and they are nice people and we would see what the seed was and so we went there on the Sunday and after we had eaten this beautiful meal – then he gave us an envelope and on the outside of the envelope was a bit of sellotape with a seed stuck to it and inside was a cheque for $5,000 dollars.

Chris Rosebrough, “What is it with these guys where seed equals money?”

Steve Mawston, “He said I don’t know your situation. But I really feel this is towards you guys buying your own house. So he gave us that. So that was Tuesday, that was Wednesday. So then he says to us well I was at an auction yesterday and the house didn’t – the block of land didn’t sell…

Chris Rosebrough, “Keep in mind this story does not appear anywhere in scripture. This isn’t a biblical story. This is not even a Christian story. This is a personal experience…”

Steve Mawston, “Do you want me to go and show you it? So he took us. It was about two minutes away from his house. He took us down to this beautiful block of land. Seven hundred square metre and it had been brought by a hundred and sixty dollars – $160 – and he had gone bankrupt. So it was now owned by the bank and the bank had been offered two hundred and fifty thousand dollars – $250,000.
But they wanted more money for it. Right so they had taken it to an auction.

Nobody turned up for the first auction. So it didn’t sell – auctioned it again. The second time, three months later – nobody turned up for the auction. It didn’t sell. So it was just lying there. So we looked at this block of land and it looked beautiful and it reminded us of England and so we decided to put a bid in. I mean I haven’t got a clue about bidding for land. I have never put a bid on anything in my life.

So I got this guy to tell me. I said how much shall I put a bid in? And he said a hundred and eighty thousand – $180,000 – so I said well they just turned down two hundred and fifty thousand – $250,000. You said you believe in God don’t you? So we put a bid in for one hundred and eighty thousand. When I put the bid in the guy was from my church the agent. I didn’t know that…”

Chris Rosebrough, “Isn’t it funny how these stories that all revolve around money just have a way of hooking people via their greed…”

Steve Mawston, “And he was really friendly and he said look and he said, ‘Steve I really want to help you. I will do what I can. But they turned two hundred and fifty thousand. I think you are going to have to offer a bit more than one hundred and eighty. So I called my friend he said, ‘No don’t offer any more – a hundred and eighty it is…’ He said, ‘If you get it for a hundred and ninety you will have done really well…’
So I said, ‘No it is one hundred and eighty. Go back one more time. See what the bank said. The bank came back to us and said, ‘Okay we accept your offer – a hundred and eighty thousand dollars.’

So we got some land. Then I had to choose a house…”

Chris Rosebrough, “It must be a miracle. This is what it means to have locusts removed from your property apparently…”

Steve Mawston, “I had to choose a house. We built the house. The builder was a friend of mine. I said I am going to build your house and I am not going to make a penny on it. I will build it for you, for the cost that it cost me. So we had $5,000 dollars. We got a house. We got land. The Queensland government gave us $10,000 because we are first home buyers in Australia and $7,000 because it was a brand new building.

The price of our deposit was $22,000 dollars. Seventeen, the government gave us $5,000. The guy had given us. We had every penny paid for. We have now six months later. We have moved into a beautiful house. It has got four bedrooms…”

Chris Rosebrough, “That is a lovely real estate story. I have no idea what this has to do with God’s word, sound biblical doctrine, Christ and him crucified for our sins…”

Steve Mawston, “We had every penny paid for. We have now six months later. We have moved into a beautiful house. It has got four bedrooms. It has got a swimming pool…”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah that is great I am glad for you…”

Steve Mawston “…It has got a swimming pool and all of those years where I felt everyone else was moving ahead and we were going nowhere. We had someone come in to value the property two weeks ago. The guy that valued it was the guy that first sold it for $260,000 and it is seen on the records that I brought it for – he said how did you buy it for that amount? And he valued the property and the property is worth one hundred and thirty thousand dollars – $130,000 more than what I am paying for it already.

God says I will restore the years…

Joel 2 v 27
I will restore the years the locust has eaten…

Mr. Dobson…”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah and your real estate story has nothing to do with Joel 2?”

Steve Mawston, “Mr. Dobson if you are listening to this CD our God is able. Come on give Rachel a welcome as she comes again…”

Chris Rosebrough, “Back to Rachel to finish up…”

Rachel Mawston, “Awesome and actually our furniture
has been second hand for a lot of years now…”

Chris Rosebrough, “Oh so are you now at first hand furniture. I mean it must be like the locusts have gone away…”

Rachel Mawston, “Awesome and actually our furniture has been second hand for a lot of years now and it would not have looked good in a new house and one of my desires was to have some new furniture and part of the guy that built the house cost price. We got the mortgage for a certain amount and he built it for this amount.

So there was a big chunk of money left that we could use to furnish the house and we were able to go out and buy new things and I was just I just felt blessed that the LORD had…”

Chris Rosebrough, “This is what we call false signs and false wonders…”

Rachel Mawston, “So there was a big chunk of money left that we could use to furnish the house and we were able to go out and buy new things and I was just I just felt blessed that the LORD had done more than I had even asked for and we are able to have people over and so you can come and visit and stay with us.

So the LORD wants to restore a huge key to restoring what was lost and a huge key to embracing what is new is when he restores the joy of our salvation. When you have walked with God for a lot of years, you can very easily although you still love him. You can slip into same old very easily. The most spiritual – the most fantastic of preachers. The most awesome of worship leaders…”

Chris Rosebrough, “Just fall into the same old oh no…”

Rachel Mawston, “The people that are seasoned and have worked followed the LORD for a lot of years. We can all slip into not having the same joy of salvation. I was so challenged with this when we went to a conference in March this year our Colour Your World Women’s Conference in Sydney and I flew there with my daughter Melody.

She came with me for the first time this year and we I love the conference. But the LORD did something new in just loving him and going back to my roots and the joy of salvation and the joy of sins forgiven and I just kept being in tears and kept sensing the presence of God and so thankful for HIS Holy Spirit, so thankful for the way I have been brought up and knowing the word and loving the word and honestly saying to the LORD, if I never minister again. If I never get to do any of those dreams that I have written down on that paper just to know that I am brought with a price…”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah you are. The blood of Jesus, something we haven’t really heard anything about in this sermon….”

Rachel Mawston, “I am going to heaven just to know that I can walk with you and talk with you and love you and just do something to love others. Every day that is enough for me….”

Chris Rosebrough, “That is great and all – why don’t you obey him and HIS word? You know women are not supposed to be pastors. Why don’t you preach Christ and Him crucified even though you are not supposed to be preaching? You get what I am saying…”

Rachel Mawston, “…and on the way home on the plane I was reading Psalm 51 and David said, ‘Create in me a clean heart…’ It is v10…

Psalm 51 v 10
10 Create in me a clean heart, O LORD,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

And it goes on to stay restore to me the joy of my salvation…

Chris Rosebrough, “Yes this is talking about God’s mercy and his forgiveness. Yeah great passage. Let’s see if we get a gospel nugget out of it…”

Rachel Mawston, “…And here David was coming to the LORD repenting. He committed adultery and murder and covered up a murder and you know what we may have done could be small in comparison…”

Chris Rosebrough, “The one thing you learn about your sinful state when you look at God’s law is we are all wretched sinners. James says that if you have broken one of the commandments you have broken them all and so Christians understand this none of us is righteous – not one. You don’t want to engage in the kind of game we sit there and go, ‘Well his sins are way worse than my sins because I am better…’

No blessed are the poor the spiritual beggars who know they have nothing at all. More major problems here. Even though she is steering into something that sounds like it could accidentally become the gospel. Let’s see what happens we continue…”

Rachel Mawston, “But he was calling unto God to restore the joy and this man it says and I know you have heard before he was a man after God’s own heart…”

Chris Rosebrough, “No he wasn’t just asking for joy. It is the joy of his salvation. Not just joy, joy of his salvation. Yeah got to pay attention to the whole sentence there and you know….

Psalm 51 v 10
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a steadfast spirit within me…
Cast me not away from your presence

Yeah all of that stuff was the important thing and the joy of his salvation is none other than God himself…”

Rachel Mawston, “But he was calling unto God to restore the joy and this man it says and I know you have heard before he was a man after God’s own heart and I believe it is because he saw the value of the presence of God and restoring a joy that fills your day to day life. Just because of whose you are and because of who what he has equipped us to do and just being with him and being in his presence and I wrote some of these scriptures down.

Not scriptures actually some thoughts down on the plane. I don’t know if it was the first or I think it was the second Colour Conference and I just wrote down what salvation means to me and just thought about salvation again and this is what I wrote….

I wrote I have been rescued from death. Life has meaning and purpose. I have peace of mind. I have joy of knowing my sins are forgiven and forgotten. I have expectation for my future. I have new life fulfilled exciting and abundant. I know the one who made me.

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah I have got to give her credit for that. That was a gospel nugget. Now if you are not familiar with a gospel nugget we rarely hear those nowadays. But the idea is that it is not a main point of the sermon and was somehow the gospel was mentioned somehow in passing not really the main point. But you know you heard it so.

But it used to be that we would hear these all the time. Now we rarely hear them so we have got to give credit here. That was the gospel flying in and going out probably about what five point three the way she is preaching. We continue…”

I know the one who made me and the one who knows me best. My past failures are gone. Today is a new day, any condemnation or guilt is relieved and placed on Him. I live in wholeness. Right standing with my God, because of what He has done. He hears my every prayer and the cry of my heart.

He makes all things possible. Everlasting life and eternal hope are mine. Purpose for my every day. I am empowered, called, anointed, appointed, destined for great things. I have been transformed from death to life. I am accepted and loved just as I am. I am chosen and precious. I am brought with a price.

I am a joint heir with Jesus and all His promises. I am a daughter of the king of kings and lord of lords. I am called by name. I have been predestined in my mother’s womb. Every hair of my head is counted. I have authority over sickness, and every obstacle the enemy brings across my path. I have wisdom for life. I am cheered on by those who have gone before.

I am heaven destined. I am protected by angels. I am a new creation. I have a daily love relationship with my maker. My feet are on solid rock. I have life security. I am made in His image and His power flows in my veins. I am filled and empowered with His Spirit. I am endued and equipped with resurrection power. Alive in God – precious to God – His work of art….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah notice all the me’s eise, me, me, me. Who is she talking about? Yeah she is talking about herself…”

Rachel Mawston, “Made in His image. I am living proof of my Saviours keeping power and I see the evidence of changed lives all around me. Knowing this, knowing all of this keeps me fuelled with joy and a desire and a passion in my heart. The Bible talks about a fire shut up in my bones and we need to be people living today with a fire and a passion and a love for our God. Come on let’s applaud our Saviour…”

Chris Rosebrough, “You know actually you are
applauding yourself. That is what you are doing…”

Rachel Mawston, “Come on let’s applaud our Saviour for all He has done.

Psalm 103 v 1-2
1 Bless the LORD, Oh my soul;
all that is within me.
2 I bless your name.
Forget not all His benefits…”

Chris Rosebrough, “Man her screeching like that. Fingers on a chalk board…”

Rachel Mawston, “Forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103 v 1).
He heals us. He redeems us.

Psalm 103 v 5
He satisfies our mouth with good things.

He renews our strength. He renews our youth. That is something else he renews. He renews our youth and you know a sense of renewing youth is the ability to be filled with wide eyed wonder and just expect anything to happen.

[The mysterious way of the long lived eagle symbolized strength and speed
(Exodus 19 v 4; Jeremiah 48 v 40), which also characterizes human youth. As a general rule, a person blessed of God will grow weak and slow down less rapidly than otherwise (Isaiah 40 v 29-31, which uses the same language)

Isaiah 40 v 31
31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Chris Rosebrough, “What just insert your own meaning into a you know ripped out of context verse that is why you rip them out of context so you can make it mean whatever you want it to mean.

Rachel Mawston, “That is what kids do. I learn it from my little Mercy and Mel’s all the time. They just expect great things to happen. When they pray they just assume that it is going to happen. They have a child like faith and the Bible calls us to be like children. The kingdom of God is like a little child.

When we have not childish. But a child like faith to expect that anything can happen. To be grateful for all that we have. To see fresh possibilities in every situation. To see not the obstacles but the opportunities that they present – because the obstacles do come and the storms do come our way. But they all provide opportunities to love him more dearly. To see him more clearly. To be able to reach out with His arms of love. So to restore that which has been lost. To restore the joy of our salvation and then to be able to reach out and take hold of that which is new for each one of us…”

Chris Rosebrough, “So has the joy your salvation been eaten by locusts. Yeah well you are going to have it restored you know.

Rachel Mawston, “Oh gosh I don’t know what to tell you about and what to leave out. Listen to this actually when I talked about the Joel 2 scripture about the locusts restoring what the locusts have eaten…”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah the one you didn’t pay attention to the context or the historical context and you made it say something that it is not saying. Made God promise something that He is not promising. Yeah that text. I am familiar with it yeah. Yeah it is burned into my brain now probably forever…”

Rachel Mawston, “It says in there that my people will never be put to shame and they will know that I am in the midst and there is no other and it says my people will praise the name of the LORD.

Joel 2 v 27 (NKJV)
27 Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel:
I am the LORD your God
And there is no other.
My people shall never be put to shame.

And that scripture I read at the beginning about God doing a new thing and the key to that was going to be praise…”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah from Isaiah 43 doesn’t have anything to do with Joel 2 by the way at least the scripture that you ripped out of context…”

Rachel Mawston “…The key to restoring all things is going to be praise and I remember when I had a miscarriage years and years ago…”

Chris Rosebrough, “The key is praise. So it depends on us, ah ular no gospel there

Rachel Mawston, “…The key to my restoring in that time was praise. I started singing a new song, at that time we were singing shout to the LORD. My comfort my tower of refuge and strength and I started to worship and praise with a whole new light and every time since then when I worship I actually think about every word that I am singing and just that in itself can give a freshness to our worship…”

Chris Rosebrough, “Good on you yeah…”

Rachel Mawston, “When you think about every one of those words on the screen –

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah and that freshness will
just get rid of those locusts you know…”

Rachel Mawston, “…most of them are the word of God. They are scripture. It starts to bring to life. It starts to restore what has been lost. It starts to rekindle those embers and the fire and makes us ready to reach out with confidence, with boldness to embrace what is new. Let me just leave and you read this scripture. I am just going to leave a few things out there. Philippians 3 v 13 it says so skipping ahead a few scriptures

Philippians 3 v 13
13 I forget those things which are behind and I reach forwards to those things which are ahead, I press towards the goal….

I press toward the goal. (repeats) That means we
are pushing against some resistance….

Chris Rosebrough, “And you think that passage in Philippians has to do with locusts and stuff like that. I don’t think so. But let’s keep listening for a minute.

Philippians 3 v 13
13 One thing I do I forget those things which are behind and I reach forwards to those things which are ahead, I press towards the goal for the prize of the upward call in Christ Jesus….

I press toward the goal. (repeats) That means
we are pushing against some resistance….

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah the things that he is leaving behind and forgetting that is a very specific thing. Let’s take a look at Philippians 3. Great passage by the way when it comes to properly understanding the difference between law and gospel. God’s law condemns us and many people think that because we are guilty before God of sinning and you know our sin has separated us from God.

That it is our responsibility through our law keeping to make the relationship right. It is not. Okay God is the one who clothes us in Christ’s righteousness. God is the one who forgives us and we are not saved by our works. That is the whole point here in Philippians 3. I will start at Philippians 3 v 2.

Philippians 3 v 2-6 (ESV)
2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more:

5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

This is Paul describing himself as a Pharisee right.

Philippians 3 v 7-8
7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them…

(all of his works as a Pharisee) I count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind (all of his sin right) and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

Chris Rosebrough, “Great passage unfortunately she is not paying attention to the context and she left out all the important parts and now she is the parts that she has ripped out of context and disconnected from the gospel. She is trying to make it fit with this locust theology thing and new thing theology that is not what this passage is about at all….”

Rachel Mawston, “I press toward the goal. That means we are pushing against some resistance. It is not always easy. But we intentionally press. We intentionally write down those dreams and desires. We intentionally speak to people about what we feel that the LORD is going to do in and through us. We start declaring it over our congregation. We declare it over our Life Groups…”

Chris Rosebrough, “Where are you getting this from
Philippians 3 again? I just read it in context it is not there….”

Rachel Mawston, “We declare it over our families. We are forgetting what has gone before and we are pressing ahead to the goal to the prize to the upward calling He is preparing the bride. He is preparing each one of us for the new thing that He is already starting I believe. But he is faithful to complete what He has started in you.

Embrace the new. Isaiah 43 v 17 this is what I read at the beginning. Listen to this in The Message. This is what God says. The God who builds a road right through the ocean who carves a path through

Isaiah 43 v 16-21 (The Message MSG)
16-21 This is what GOD says,
the God who builds a road right through the ocean,
who carves a path through pounding waves,
The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—
they lie down and then can’t get up;
they’re snuffed out like so many candles:
“Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. Be ready….

I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah again all of these passages have been ripped out of context and none of them hang together the way you have hung them….”

Rachel Mawston, “There it is! I’m making a road through the desert…’

It is time for expansion. It is time to reach out.
Enlarge our circle of love. God does something new….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Enlarge our bank accounts and
our properties and things like that yeah….”

Rachel Mawston, “God does something new in us so that we can reach out to the woman in what is the shops here? I thinking of our local supermarkets Asda. Asda how can I forget? Asda, Sainsburys, the local woman that you check out. The school mums, the school gate, the people that you work with that come across your path. The person that fixes your car.

The person that you buy a coffee from. That person that you have been inviting to church for years and they still haven’t come. I believe God is going to give you something new to say to them or do something new in them and they will come. People that have gone and left. They will come back….”
Chris Rosebrough, “Absolutely clueless as to what The Bible is about. Doesn’t have any desire to even pay attention to what any of it actually means in context. This is nonsense….”

Rachel Mawston, “People that have gone and left. They will come back. God is restoring and bringing back. But he is also doing that something new in you that you will be able to reach out and the relationships that you form with people that are out there are going to be in here and they are going to be your friends and they are going to be your family. But it is all to do with relationship and we need to expand. Isaiah 54. I have just got to give you all these amazing scriptures.

Isaiah 54 v 1-3 and you have heard this before
and this is a prophetic word for you and for the church.

Chris Rosebrough, “Isaiah 54 it is about Jesus. I am sure.

Rachel Mawston, “Isaiah 54 v 2, “Enlarge the place of your tent….”

Chris Rosebrough, “They got all these verses out of context. Enlarge the tent. Do something new. Remove the locusts and experience prosperity. This is flat out narcissistic heresy. Not the preaching of Christ,
nor of even rightly handling Gods word.

Rachel Mawston, “Isaiah 54 v 2. Let your curtains or your
habitations be stretched out…”
Don’t get comfortable with your little group. Don’t get comfortable with your family. Don’t get comfortable with your friends. Don’t get comfortable with your day to day routine.

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah don’t get comfortable with your Bible twisting Rachel….”

Rachel Mawston, “Don’t get comfortable with your ministry
and what you are doing now. Allow him to stretch. Spare not…

Israel 54 v 2
Do not spare;
Lengthen your cords,

Yes you are still attached. But you are lengthening and as our reach increases – our depth we need to go down even deeper and the word of God needs to become more precious to us. We need to study this word and this year I have had a fresh revelation of God’s word and I have read it for years. But suddenly it is becoming more like life to me. In my day to day and doing an extra study actually – a Beth Moore study. I don’t know how many of you have heard of Beth Moore. She teaches and studies God’s word and doing those studies.

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah that explains where some of the problems are here…”

Rachel Mawston, “But just every day journaling and taking His word into my day to day life. He gives you the key to speak to people around. He gives you the key to be able to go deeper. He gives you the key in this word. The Bible says he gives you the keys to the kingdom. What is bound on earth is bound in heaven. What is loosed on earth, is loosed in heaven.

You need to see chains broken. It is already done. You just declare it be so. It is done in heaven. It is going to be done in earth. You need to see things bound up that have been tying you down and tying you down. They need to be bound up. It is already done in heaven. So let it be done in earth in Jesus name. So enlarge the place of your tent in Jesus name.

Isaiah 54 v 2
So enlarge the place of your tent…

In some versions of The Bible it says enlarge
your habitation or enlarge your house. That is you personally….”

Yeah see I mean if you have got a two bedroom jobbie right now, you are going to have your house expanded probably to five or six bedrooms. Because The Bible says so right here right. No it doesn’t. This is not what Gods word is promising you…”

Rachel Mawston, “In some versions of The Bible it says enlarge your habitation or enlarge your house. That is you personally your home. Your day to day life. Think bigger. Think enlarging. Think God enlarge me. Enlarge my capacity. Enlarge my thinking. Enlarge my heart to reach out and extend and it says spare not.

Don’t hold back. Be generous. Generous with our finances. Generous with our smiles. Generous with our encouragement. Generous with the words that we give. Generous with inviting people to our homes. Generous with going to that person one extra time to invite them to church. Even when you think, ‘Uh give up on them. Someone else will get them…’ You go back and keep inviting them and keep being generous and reach out and God will do what He has promised.

You know the tent was something very common to the Hebrew people….”

Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah it had to do with real estate just like
your house with a swimming pool and all yeah…”

Rachel Mawston, “You know the tent was something very common to the Hebrew people and the tabernacle was the presence of God was carried in a tent and through Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus the children of God camped from place to place in tents and when the family grew they would need to enlarge the tent and the way that they enlarged the tent.

The roof was made of goat’s hair – woven goats hair and the sun would shine and it would kind of melt with the tar stuff that they would use and it would cause it to be waterproof. Every once in a while when the family grew they would need to add a strip to enlarge the tent. They would not get a new tent. They would add a strip of goat’s hair that would take a year to weave and the family would weave it and would add a strip.

So the tent would be handed on from one generation to the next generation and each time the family grew. It would be enlarged and extra patches of goats hair would get added on which would take a year to make. So the tent itself was like an air loam. Something that was spoke of the generations.

That which God is doing in enlarging and embracing something new is built on generations and this soil foundations that have been built from years and years ago. Forty years ago, fifty years ago that has been added to and added to and added to and sometimes can take a year to weave a new bit of cloth that is going to enlarge. Sometimes it can be painful.

But you know what God is speeding up that process because his family is growing quickly and so we have got to be able to draw on the foundations of generations gone and embrace. It is our responsibility to embrace what is new for the generations to come in Jesus name amen.
Chris Rosebrough, “Done, total biblical train wreck. Why because this wasn’t a biblical teaching. It was a bunch of verses ripped from their context specifically ignoring their context so that then you can hang all these verses together to make them say something that none of them says. To teach something that nowhere in the Bible is something like this taught.

The idea is that when you make when you rip verses out of context you can make The Bible say anything. You take the verse that says Judas went and hung himself and then connect it with the other verses. It says go thou and do likewise and you connect the dots it makes it sound like, ‘Hey God wants you to do yourself in…’ Yet Gods word makes it clear He doesn’t want you to do yourself in. That is what this was. This was a suicidal theology.

Why because she rather than fear the LORD, pay attention to His word and treat Gods word as the very oracles of God and very carefully make sure that she doesn’t twist anything that Gods word says. She has been taught very poorly at Hillsong and now at this other church to basically wrestle the scriptures out of context. Make it about you. Talk about you and not preach Christ.

All under the pretence of this is a Christian sermon delivered by a Christian lady who is teaching us something that God wants us to hear. But He doesn’t want us to hear any of this nonsense. Because all of this nonsense is false doctrine – you get what I am saying.

Alright we are at the end of another addition of Fighting for the Faith. If you would like to email me regarding anything you have heard on this edition or any previous editions. You can do so my email address is or you can subscribe on Facebook – or follow me on Twitter. My name there is @piratechristian. Until tomorrow may God richly bless you in the grace and mercy won by Jesus Christ and His vicarious death on the cross for all of His sins amen.



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