I often reflect back on how I got to the position I am in. I look at all the milestones and intersections. Decisions that were made, mistakes I’ve regretted making and one of the things that has had the most impact on the choices I’ve made has been the people around me.
I’ve been blessed with really strong mature Christians, both men and women, who have invested into my life and helped in my Spiritual formation. Without these people giving sound advice, standing with me in prayer or opening the doors of opportunity for me to step through, I’m not certain I would be here today.
When you study the life of Christ and his ministry to the world, two things will stand out. Firstly, his intimate relationship with God. He had such a strong bond that allowed him to face challenges and trials and overcome them all. Secondly you see his deep desire for his disciples. He brought them close to him. He taught them, corrected them, basically for the three and a half years of his ministry he “did life with them”.
As with everything Jesus did, he gave us an insight into the life we’re called to live. We are called to “Do life together”. It’s in these relationships that we can grow in God. we’re challenged, encouraged. We have people standing with us in our time of need and we can stand with others in their time of need.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
At Elim Church we emphasize the Connect groups because we believe it’s the place where a lot of growth takes place. You are taught, challenged and have people standing with you.
This Sunday we’ll have a Connect Group sign up table in the foyer. Head there and sign up to be in a group this year. You can try a few groups until you find the one that works best for you. But the key is to get connected.
Let this be the year where Spiritual formation and growth happens in your life.
Cheering you on,
Nu and Taua Telea.
Firstly what a great service we had on Sunday with Ps Jennifer Wilkinson preaching a great message called Unexpected Blessings. If you missed it or want to listen to it again download our app – Elim Christchurch - from the App Store or go to our website – elimchristchurch.org
This week I’ve been reading through some of the Psalms. The book of Psalms is such a great source of inspiration and encouragement for your soul. It carries such a powerful anointing to lift your sights and see the bigness and goodness of God. It reminds us that God is near and not a distant God. That he cares about what you are going through. And it reminds you that there is hope and comfort in Him.
Here’s a great example of what I mean. Psalm 91
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
Start your day of the right way and get into the word of God. Maybe start with these words from Psalms 91 and meditate on what it really means for you today. God is on your side, in Him you will find peace.
In an ever changing World, God remains the same. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Enjoy your reading!
We are so excited about this year. We have a lot planned for term one. But here are some things you definitely need to know.
Have an amazing week. Rest in his presence often and know that our Father in heaven is in control.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Blessings Nu and Taua.