Luke 2:41-52 (NIV)
The Boy Jesus at the Temple
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they travelled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
Firstly I think Mary and Joseph should have been in a Ian Grant seminar on raising boys that might have helped them pick up on the fact that Jesus was missing sooner. But I love Jesus’ response to Mary’s question…49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
In my Bible the term “Fathers House” is interchangeable with the term “about my Father’s business” this is a significant statement. Every word in scripture has a purpose, no word is ever wasted. Here we find that the Father’s house is the Father’s Business. He cares about what goes on in His house, the church. As Bill Hybles puts it “the local church is the Hope of the world”. I love the church. I love our church. I’ve been to a few different churches over the years and to be absolutely honest, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else (even if I wasn’t the Senior Pastor).
So with this emphasis on the church how are we doing in being about our father’s business? How are we investing into the life of the local church, the house of God? What are we putting into the church to make it a great place to be?
This can be challenging for us who are busy, we’ve got families to care for and businesses to run, jobs we’re responsible for. By the end of the week we can feel like there’s not a whole lot of room left for anything else. But can I put the challenge out there to everyone. In spite of all of this, is there something that you could do to help make this place great?
The truth is, nothing great is ever easy. But if a whole lot of people are focused on using their gifts and talents and resources and time to help make something great, it becomes a whole lot easier.
We have so many areas of our church that need people to get behind to help make it great:
· Kids programmes - helpers and leaders
· Musicians and singers for our worship team
· Creative people to be involved in design and creative elements for Sunday services and Events.
· Handyman people to help with maintenance of our facilities,
· People to help make lunches for kids at Woolston Primary school.
· People who have an understanding of building projects, development
· People to help with sourcing funding for Youth groups
· Administration support for our Key staff.
These are just a few areas that come to mind. I’m sure there’s others also.
Let’s be about our father’s business. The Fathers House is the Father’s Business, let’s make it our business too.
Cheering you on, Nu and Taua
Firstly wasn’t Sunday amazing? There was such a great sense of God’s presence during the worship which was so well lead and then hearing testimonies from Louisa Crosby and Michelle Greenstreet. I loved their transparency and honesty as they both shared about where they were at in their relationship with God. I hope to make this a regular feature in our services this year. So come back next week to see who else will be sharing their story.
In my readings I’ve be starting again at the Gospel according to Luke and going over the first encounter that Mary had with Elizabeth. The Bible says that when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Here you have two woman who experienced two miraculous conceptions. I believe Mary’s visit to the home of Elizabeth was so that she would see this miracle and it would encourage her with her own miracle. Mary, in seeing Elizabeth pregnant even though she was well past the age of child bearing, it would have confirmed in her own heart that miracles do happen. Today I want to encourage you to keep pursuing your miracle. Keep claiming it, Keep speaking it out. Breakthrough is coming, miracles do happen!
This week we have the amazing Ian Grant with us on Saturday 21st Feb, 10am – 2pm. He’ll be speaking on the Father Heart of God. It’s $5.00 at door and includes morning tea. There’s child care available at $2.00 an hour per child for children 4 – 12 years old.
Then we have Ian Grant speaking two different messages at our 10am and 5pm services. Do whatever you can to be at both meetings you will be glad you did.
And don’t forget to register for Camp. This is going to be a great time for us as a church. Getting to connect with each other takes a little bit of time and having the time and space to do this at camp is perfect. As an added bonus we have Ps Tom Hatch, Elim Christian Centre in Blenhiem as our guest speaker on the first night.
Contact Anna Benny for more information.
Let’s get behind these two great events. You’ll be so glad you did.