Well what a weekend we had here at Elim. Firstly thank you to Tony and Linda Kendrew for putting on yet another great “Date Night”. It’s such a key part of the life here at Elim and I’m so grateful to have quality leaders as Tony and Linda running this ministry in our Church. I know there will be others with a Passion for building stronger Marriages so please fill in a Connect Card and be part of the team.
Sunday we launched our first 9am and 10:45am services. I want to thank you all for committing to attend over the next few weeks as we trial these services. Based on what I saw yesterday I am really excited and can see huge potential for growth in our Church. Having these two services gives us more opportunities to see people come to know Jesus in a powerful way. Yesterday we saw three people choose to follow Jesus whether for the first time or recommitment. How good is our God!
We also started our new series “the Kingdom of God is Like”. This topic was Jesus central theme while he was here on Earth. He preached more about the Kingdom of God than any other topic.
This week we are looking at What the Kingdom of God is like from the parables he used. I don’t know about you but I’ve always wanted to know what heaven will be like. Who will be there? What do we do when we are there? We are going to try and answer these questions based on what the word of God says.
As a bonus treat we will have amazing items from local talented musicians each week. So invite someone to come with you. We have so much room and they will be blessed.
But let me encourage you today to never lose sight of the bigness of our God. He is El Shaddai - God Almighty. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever hope for or imagine. The question is what are you believing for today? How big is your dream? Sometimes we limit God and His work in our lives because what we ask of Him is not big enough. I remember in my Christian History Class many years ago hearing about how John Knox prayed to God..”Give me Scotland or I die” of course the Presbyterian Movement began through John Knox and has influenced Nations around the World including Scotland.
What goals do you have today? Are they a BHAG? Big Hairy Audacious Goal?
Psalm 2:8 “Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the earth as your possession.”
Our God is a big God, nothing is impossible for Him so keep dreaming, believing and asking.
If you haven’t already heard we are going to two morning services this Sunday, a 9am and 10.45am. Each service will be 75mins in length with a full kids programme available. To help launch our two services we will have guest artists from Christchurch sharing their talents with us. And for this Sunday only we will be giving away free ice cream at the end of each service.
Just to pre-warn you there will be a bit of a teething process as we trial the two services so please come with a extra amount of grace as we work through the trial period. And go the extra-mile to thank the members of our Dream Team who will be serving us on these first few weeks.
Parking will still be available in the usual places but just remember that there will be a cross over from one service to the next so expect there to be people coming and going at the same time. We have parking available in the building carpark next to the Church and well as parks on the other side of the Church. And of course there’s street parking available. Depending on the demand we can also approach our neighbours about use of their space on a Sunday.
Excitement is building
I am so excited that we’ve reached this Month. I believe as a church this simple act of going to new time slots with an added service allows more room for visitors and more options for our Church family. This creates opportunities for growth.
Come with expectant hearts. It’s your expectancy that draws out the Presence and power of God. So come spiritually hungry ready for God to fill you to overflow with his word.
Thank you to everyone who is a huge part of our Dream Team on a Sunday. You’re servant hearts help to make our Church great.
We serve and amazing God. He’s calling us all out to receive more. Let’s take these steps of faith see what God can do.
Blessings Nu and Taua.
P.S. Don’t forget tonight we have our Light Party. It’s an alternative to Halloween. It ‘s for you and your family and families in your community. Come and lets have some fun together. 5.30pm-8pm
Yesterday I celebrated a significant milestone in my life. I have now been a follower of Christ for 25 years. At that time many doubted I’d even made a true decision or that I would last a year. But I knew that things were different and that there was no going back to the old way of life. It’s been an amazing journey of many wonderful highs and of course many difficult lows. But through it all, I’m still in love with Jesus and I still choose to follow him.
One of the greatest keys for my “lasting the distance” was having a small group of friends around me that were able to speak into my life and encourage me on my journey. Within days of giving my heart to the Lord a guy who had been a Christian for a while began mentoring me. He opened up his home to me, teaching me what I needed to know about Christianity, answering all the questions that I had. We would spend hours and hours together and there was always a lot of laughs in the house.
We became so close that eventually this same mentor of mine would become my Brother In-Law, but that’s a story for another time.
There is strength in numbers. You will be so much stronger in your own journey with the Lord if you have good friends around you who are able to encourage and pray for you, teach you, mentor you, laugh with you, do life with you. I often say we were never meant to do life alone. This is and always will be a key to maturity and growth in the Church.
When you look at the life of Christ, he modeled the exact same thing. He hand picked a group of 12 men to do life with him. He taught them, encouraged them, empowered them, corrected them. Then he said go out into all the world and do the same (make disciples).
So the question then becomes do you have such relationships in the Church? If the answer is yes then perfect! You are well on your way to growth and maturity in Christ. If the answer is no, then you now have something to work on.
We have some great connect groups meeting at the moment. For a wide variety of needs and for different ages and stages. From Men’s groups to young couples, from 60 plus to single women. Groups for young adults, groups for youth. The list goes on. And if there is a chance that we don’t have one to meet you where you’re at then come and talk to us and lets see what we can do to start one.
The reason we call our groups connect groups is because we want you to be connected into the life of the Church so that you can be supported and grow in your relationship with God and also so that you can support and encourage others.
There is strength in numbers. When you are connected in you have a greater opportunity to grow in Strength. Let’s do this journey together.
We love and appreciate you guys so much. Have a great week and we’ll see you this Sunday.
Hi Church, today I’ve asked Jono Anderson to share a bit more from his message on Sunday for today blog post. Enjoy!
Greetings all, I hope the jet lag effects of day light savings have now worn off and you are enjoying the extra light and weather as things start to warm up.
I caught up with Nu on Monday and he encouraged me to share a thought that I forgot to mention on Sunday, when we look at the story of Jacob and his wrestle with the stranger (Genesis 32). As believers what we have to remember is that the bible is actually all about Jesus. Too often we can fall into the trap of taking biblical stories and passages and flipping the in a way that makes humanity the primary character or perspective, but it’s all about Jesus.
As we talked about, it can be easy to take this story in Genesis 32 and look at it from a perspective that is all about Jacob, what he wanted and how he got it but this story too is really all about Jesus. You see this passage is a picture of what was to come, Jacob didn’t prevail in this wrestle, and the story isn’t actually about him. You see Jacob didn’t prevail but Jesus would!
Jesus prevailed for all humanity when he conquered the grave, and because of this we are blessed with the same inheritance that Jacob left with at the end of the story in Genesis. Through the victory at the cross our name, our nature has been changed. It’s something we cannot earn or strive to gain; this blessing that comes with salvation through Jesus is freely given and can only be freely received.
From this understanding Paul writes in Philippians 3, that all his credentials, all his status, all his striving mean nothing when compared to embracing Christ. They gain him nothing and in fact hold him back. The bible tells us that his blessings are new every day (Lamentations 3), and they are free. Why? Because it’s all about the giver of blessings, it’s all about Jesus.
Church we are truly and abundantly blessed and when we walk in that truth, in that calling we walk in the authority of Christ. Not because of anything we could ever do but because Jesus has prevailed and Numbers 23:20 tells us that what God has blessed, no one can curse.
Well we are truly into a change of season and bring it on I say! I just feel to remind us all again of our purpose as a Church. Luke 4:18-19says “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lords favour.” We are called to reveal God to the world. We see this played out in three areas:
Signs – Word – Deeds
Signs is about his presence in our lives and the outworking of that. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me” how do you see the presence of God on your life? His supernatural power on display, His Spiritual gifts manifested in and through you.
Secondly we reveal God through his Word. “To proclaim good news to the poor”. Through the teaching of the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus we can reveal the love of God to the world.
And then finally through our Deeds, “freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind”. Through serving and meeting needs we can reveal God to a hurting world.
Once this is established in our hearts the next question to ask is where do I do this? Acts 1:8 says “and you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to the Ends of the Earth”. In other words locally and globally. Wherever you are.
This is the goal here at Elim Church. We don’t major on one or the other but we try to achieve all three Signs – Word – Deed and we want to see it outworked locally and globally.
I shared this with our staff this morning and as I did it reminded me again of why I do what I do and why we as a Church exist.
Have a good look at how things are for you. Maybe it reveals what you are passionate about and gifted to do. Could it be something like Josh and Aimee Mackey who run an orphanage in Uganda. Through their deeds globally they are revealing the love of God to those in need. Or maybe it’s like Sue Doyle and her Prayer Activation course on Tuesday nights. Again she is revealing the love of God to those in need.
Ask God what it is for you and how he wants you to see this outworked. As we all begin to find the answers to these questions we will begin to see things grow. It’s a new season, a season of growth. Join the team and be part of the journey.
Blessings, Nu and Taua.
Special Announcement: I am so excited to announce that we are going to launch a second morning service in November. We have been planning to do this since we closed the 5pm service earlier this year. So we will have two new Sunday Service times: 9am and 10.45am. This will give you more options on a Sunday and more opportunity for new people to join our Church. We will have more details in the coming weeks. Keep praying for us as we continue to step out in new and exciting ways.
This week as a staff we heard a fantastic talk from a Craig Groeshel podcast on how important our values are in determining our Culture.
Culture can be defined as the intangibles, the atmosphere of where you are. Values are what are important to you. The number one force that shapes your culture is your values. What you value determines what you do.
So the question becomes what is important to you and how is that being demonstrated in and through you. One of the values here at Elim Church is that we “Welcome everyone as Family” so it’s always great when I hear from new people who join our church how it feels “like home” “like a family” “intimate” “friendly community” “welcoming and friendly”.
When Christ launched his ministry he started in a place of worship where the reading of the word took place.
This is Luke’s account of what happens: Luke 4:17-21 (NIV) 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
What a bold statement to make as he finished reading from Isaiah 61 “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing”. But here you see what Christ was doing. He was revealing to the world what his values were. So the question then becomes did he live it out? And the answer to that is an undeniable YES HE DID!
If the opposite had happened and what he stated was not what was experienced it would have undermined his credibility. It would have brought into question every other aspect of his life. But because he was consistent what we now know as Christianity exists.
So the question for us all to ask of ourselves is…What type of Culture do we want and say we have and does it line up with what is experienced?
Try out this exercise. In my __________________ (family, business, group, friendships,church…) we have a culture of _____________________ (generosity, service, humility, honour, love…). I see this happening when____________________________.
If you need to change your culture here are some ways to do that.
Determine what your actions say about your values. (Your actions and values might be different. Why and how?) Identify the key values in your organisation or family or church... What do you personally love? What makes you righteously angry? Narrow down your values to 10 or fewer. (too many values can dilute what you want to achieve). This could be a great exercise to do with others, in your team, in your family, with your friends. See how you get on. Remember your values drive your Culture. So be clear on what it is that you value.
Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday for our next part of “At the Movies” series.
Hope you’re having a great start to the week. Looking forward to seeing you all this Sunday for the start of our New Series – At the Movies.
Today we have an update from Ps Edgar in the Philippines. Enjoy.
Hello to our Dear Friends,
We are so happy to hear from Ps Nu and see on Facebook the wonderful things that God is doing in your church, some of those were witnessed by us during our visit there last year. We felt so much love from all of you. Your hospitality, welcoming us to your homes (Praise the LORD for the Halliwell family) connect groups, taking us to visit different places, food you served and awesome restaurants you took us to (we miss that already), friendship you have given us, and most of all the spiritual fire that you’ve put within our hearts through your prayers.
We will never forget your generosity by allowing us to attend your ONE conference that brought us so much understanding to visualize more of God’s plan for the church here in Bauan. We were spiritually energized knowing that God is the God of more. Thank you so much for the lovely gifts shared by the Elim family, because of that we were able to finish some of our pending projects. God is awesome.
Thank you for sending Mommy Sue and her team here to Bauan last January, for they have brought the church a great spiritual breakthrough (It was like an EARTHQUAKE because everyone who got prayed for was down on the floor). It was like a day of Pentecost to our church. My eldest son Lem was the first one to get baptized in the Spirit, and spoke in tongues. I ran immediately toward him to make sure I caught him and on the last Sunday the same happened to my youngest son, Jem. I think I was the happiest father at that time.
After that visit a lot of things happened and the Holy Spirit hasn't stopped blessing our people. There is more hunger for the Word of God now in our people, more commitments, more willingness to serve and the desires to bring more people into the church
Our Durungao outreach is getting stronger and the desire to build a church in their place is getting clearer in their hearts. Our STA. Rosa small group was restored and although we only have a few people, we believe that in God’s time they will flourish and another two small groups will be added to our church.
We celebrated our 20th Church Anniversary Last April with a theme; Made Alive In Christ. It was very meaningful to us.
In May we had our Youth Conference talking about Power Evangelism and most of the young people who attended were from the Durungao outreach and got baptised too. On the first day the speaker was having a hard time in his teaching, but after I told him about what happened last January he flowed according to it and then another spiritual breakthrough took place.
Our children’s ministry was blessed through OCC (Operation Christmas Child) from Samaritan’s Purse Ministry. We received 65 boxes of gifts, plus school supplies from Ps Ross and Dr. Nicole.
Last March during the visit of Ps Ross, I told him about the spiritual breakthrough and he too flowed in the Spirit and another powerful spiritual experience was there too. We actually brought that to the church at Aurora and the powerful work of the Spirit was also experienced, even in our last visit on first week of June. GOD IS AMAZING.
We pray that God will continually use you and bless you in His Kingdom. May His triumph never cease and His powerful work through the Holy Spirit be with you always.
Yesterday I spent the day with Elim Christian Centre Auckland attending the ECC Network meeting that happens bimonthly. I’m always encouraged and challenged when I attend these meetings as I am able to hear of the amazing things that God is doing through our Churches throughout the Country.
Ps Luke Brough shared some great thoughts around trusting the journey we are all on. Here are some points to note:
1.The Journey prepares us for the destination. Matthew 5:11-12 New International Version (NIV) 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The journey isn’t always easy. A lot of the time there are challenges we face towards the destination we aiming for. The good news is that there is a destination, there is a reward so stay on course! Don’t give up, don’t let go. Heaven is our reward.
During the times of slavery in the US. The Negro Spirituals would see Heaven as their destination, as their reward. They kept their faith inspite of their horrible experiences and the difficulties of their journey.
2.The Journey prepares us for ministry (to serve others).
What you get is not as important as what you become.
Building things like a good strong work ethic, being able to be good with your time. Discipline of being self-motivated. These are all results of what happens to you on your journey and not what you receive at the destination.
Genesis tells us the story of Joseph. Joseph had a call on his life but the journey towards it was anything but smooth. Abandoned then sold as a slave by his brothers, accused falsely of rape and thrown into prison to die. But along the way in spite of his circumstance, he grew and matured into a strong leader with great skills and character. Finally standing in the Palace as an advisor to Pharaoh.
Genesis 50:20 New International Version (NIV) 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
King David was the same when he faced Goliath. He spoke of defeating the Lion and the Bear first. David grew in his journey towards defeating Goliath, towards becoming King. I want to encourage you to learn from the Journey you are on. The journey will develop you, grow you, shape you. Trust the journey.
Well I don't know about you but I'm still buzzing about the weekend and how powerful it really was. So much happened at the Replenish Conference that I believe we will still reap the blessings of in the days, weeks and years to come.
The speakers were once again outstanding. They were each carry something so special and unique. A special moment was having Jacqui White share a year on after Emily's passing. It was simply courageous and we honour you Jacqui for sharing what you shared.
I would again like to thank all our amazing volunteers, who served at the Conference. We simply couldn't do any of it without you. As a Pastor its seeing those sacrificing their time, skills, energy to serve others that truly make my job a joy. So thank you on behalf of Taua and the planning team and the Movement, you are amazing!
I am so excited about the next couple of weeks at Church. This Sunday we have our very own Sue Doyle preaching and praying for people. If you are in need of prayer for yourself or for someone else then make sure you don't miss out. This is our Breakthrough Sunday!
Then the following Sunday we have a group of young talented singers joining us. Tone 6 are performing and we'll hear from them of what it's been like since they began. Here's a video clip of them. https://youtu.be/Dimfm5zJOQs
Both services are going to be amazing and great for inviting people. Take a risk today and invite someone to church this week. You might just be surprised at what they say.
Have an amazing week, walk in the grace God has given you and stay in step with his Spirit.
Greetings Church, Over the last few days I’ve been processing a passage from Mark 5:25-34 New International Version (NIV):
25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
There’s so much to unpack in this story but here’s my initial thoughts: How was it that when everyone was touching Jesus only one got the miracle? Here’s my conclusion. There’s a difference between touching Jesus with curiosity and touching Jesus with faith. 1. Curiosity will make you part of the crowd. Faith will make you stand out from the crowd. 2. Curiosity will make you desperate to observe the power of God Faith will make you desperate to draw out the power of God. 3. Curiosity will make you miss out on an opportunity Faith will make you seize the opportunity and get your answer. Jesus said it was her faith that healed her. As she reached out to touch his garment she activated her faith and released the power. I want to encourage you to reach out and touch Jesus not with curiosity but with faith. Let his power flow in and through your situation today.
This Weekend is going to be amazing. We have our replenish conference with over 200 Women gathering in our Church. If you haven’t yet registered do it this week. If you want to serve and support then come down and be a part of the team.
Also on Sunday we have Ps Karolina Gunsser in our special “Conference overflow Service”. Don’t miss this and bring as many people as you can.
Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Blessings Nu and Taua
Pastors Nu and Taua have been married for 18 years and have two amazing daughters, Jessica and Madison . They have been Senior Pastors of Elim Church - Christchurch City since 2012. They are passionate about seeing people encounter the love of Father God in a real way. And also see Breakthrough in their lives. They believe Father God has a purpose and a plan for each and everyone and as we journey with Him we begin to see what we were truly meant for. Join with us on this journey.