Romans 8:16 “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”
This morning as I was driving in to work, I felt God wanted me to encourage us all to keep wrestling with this truth until it sinks deep into our hearts. We are children of God!
I know for those that have been in church a long time this is not a new concept but we can’t just let it be an idea. It has to be revelation in our hearts. When we understand the full extent of what it means to be a Child of God. We begin to live out of that revelation. We begin to see things not just from our natural perspective but with the perspective of our heavenly Father. We begin to recognise how our God given passions and gifts could be used for the purposes of God. We also begin to see things with eternity in mind.
So my challenge to us all is to keep striving to understand what it fully means to be a Son and Daughter of the most high God. Keep wrestling with it until it becomes a certainty in your heart. Once there you’ll start to see “Abba Father” in a whole new light.
Church wide leaders Meeting
For those in a Leadership/ serving position or key role in the church we have our last church wide leaders meeting on the 31st of October from 10am – 12pm here at church. We have Pastor Len and Linda Buttner from Eagles Ascend Ministries (http://www.eagleascend.com/ ) with us this morning. Len carries a strong prophetic anointing and I would love him to minister to us as leaders.
Also at the Leaders meeting, we would like to share the new vision of Elim Church Christchurch City before we launch it church wide. Please book this date in your calendars. (Morning tea provided) and we’ll have a movie for the kids.
Christmas Boxes to be returned by Sunday 25th October
Also don’t forget Christmas boxes must be returned by this Sunday 25th of October. Thank you so much for your generosity in blessing children all over the world this Christmas.
Good morning church;
Well I’m back after a week away at our National Conference followed by a week with Jessica and Madison for school holidays. As with most holidays the time goes by so quickly but I do feel like I’ve freshened up and I’m ready to hit the ground running again. At this year’s Conference, pastors from around the country had to elect 5 people onto the National Leadership Team of our movement. I had put my name in the hat and I’m pleased to announce that I’m officially a member of the NLT for the next three years. This means I’ll support Elim pastors from a specific region of our country. This also allows me the opportunity to meet with pastors who are at the “next level” you might say. My hope is that I’ll be able to learn even more skills, gain more knowledge from these great leaders on how to be an even better leader here in our church. Also at this Conference we voted in a new National Leader - Ps Luke Brough from Elim Christian Centre in Auckland and a new Deputy National Leader – Ps Tom Hatch from Elim Christian Centre in Blenheim.
'It’s a New Day' was the theme for the Conference and it’s a new day for us here at Elim church – Christchurch City.
I’m also very excited to announce that after working for months with the eldership and other key people from our church we’ve finalized a new vision for the church. Over the last four years we’ve been focused on Elim being a place where hope is received and hope released. And although in essence this doesn’t change. I’ve felt that it was time for us to really define who we are and who we feel God wants us to be over the next 10 years. This vision is future focused while dealing with the now. It is a vision that we can all have a part to play from the youngest to the oldest, regardless of background or experience. I can’t wait to share this with everyone later in November.
Finally I just want to again thank you all for your giving of time, talents and treasures. Being good stewards is such an important part of what it means to be a mature Christian. I’m so grateful to everyone for playing their part and shining their light for Jesus through our church.
Have a great week, see you on Sunday.