This Sunday I finish our sermon series “Greater”. We’re looking at the life of the Apostle Paul and some of the things he accomplished in his ministry that has specific relevance for us today. One of the keys to Pauls ministry was the perspective he had. He saw things from a greater perspective and as a result was able to do things others would struggle to do.
In Acts 17:17 it says that Paul “reasoned” in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with who happened to be there. The synagogue was the religious centre of the day, it was a place of worship and prayer, of meditation and reading of scripture. The marketplace was the workforce, business, commercial hub. Paul was comfortable in both settings because he had a greater perspective. He saw both places as opportunities to reason with people.
For us today there are plenty of opportunities. Both inside and outside the church. The question is what will you do?
As many of you know, I spent 5 days in Auckland at a Family Reunion. During this time I had an opportunity to share a devotion with my family. So I talked about the first family the Bible references: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It was a nerve racking time as I was speaking to people that have known me my entire life. But I overcame some of the nerves and was able to share the Gospel in all its fullness. Thank you Lord!
We are all ambassadors of Christ. We have an opportunity to influence the lives of people we meet. I want to encourage you to be on your guard always as an representative for the Lord. Be ready to share and encourage. Look for opportunities to pray for people, serve with random acts of kindness and invite people to church.
If we keep our sights on God and His love for us. It will radically change our outlook on life, it will give us Greater perspective.
I love the journey we are on. Don’t miss out this Sunday. Cancel your plans to be elsewhere Sunday and lets keep our sights on God as we worship Him together.
Have a great week, see you Sunday!
Nu and Taua
This morning I started a new devotional book by my good friend Ps Steve Green from Elim Christian Centre in Auckland, so I thought I’d share my observations from what I received this morning.
1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
As a follower of Christ, our gifts are not to please our desires but as a means to serve others. It’s a “Gift” that God gave us. We must cherish, honour and value this gift as be responsible for it. We are to use our gifts and excel in them that we may serve others in the best way we know how and in doing so, demonstrate the grace of God. Whether it is in Business, Music, Parenting, Education, Health…whatever it may be.
My position to influence, to communicate, to lead, must be with the intention to serve others and not an opportunity to lift my own profile or status. But I must only use my gifts to serve others and reveal God’s great love, compassion and Grace to the World.
As we walk this journey of faith closely with God. We will discover the Gifts that He’s placed in us and see that these gifts are our opportunity to serve and bless others, revealing His Grace for the world.
Don’t forget we’re into doing random acts of kindness for 5 people this week. Ask God to show you who you should bless this week and take a risk.
Let’s come and worship God together this Sunday.
Discover Purpose Course
Discover Purpose is a two-week course to help you identify your personality type, spiritual gifts and passions in order to see you most effective with your family, your workplace and our church.
SUNDAY APRIL 17TH AND SUNDAY APRIL 24TH
12pm – 1pm with lunch provided and only $15 per person
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Philippines Giving Project
This year we will be identifying a select number of special projects to give to both locally and globally as we seek to outwork our vision
CONNECT | EQUIP | INFLUENCE.
The first of these projects is to bless the Living Epistle of Jesus Community Church in Bauan, the Philippines, with whom we feel God has strategically connected us. One of the main practical needs that the church currently has is to upgrade their church facilities by tiling the church floor. NZ$5,500 will enable the entire church floor to be tiled, significantly enhancing the church facility as it increasingly becomes a hub for the various community ministries run out of LEOJCC.
We would greatly appreciate it if you could prayerfully consider contributing towards this project over the coming month. Every individual or family who contributes $50 or more will be given a special gift to take home as a token of your generosity and as a reminder at home to keep the LEOJCC congregation in your prayers as we partner with them to bring hope to the nations! To find out more, talk to our team at the display stand in the foyer after church