Matthew 11:1-5 (NIV)
Jesus and John the Baptist
1 After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.
2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples
3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see:
5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.
It’s amazing to think that as John the Baptist sat in prison he makes one last request of his disciples. He sends them to find out if Jesus is “the one” or should they expect another. It’s amazing that he needed to know for certain because it was John who baptised Jesus and saw for himself the Spirit of God descend on Jesus like a dove.
You could have assumed that this supernatural encounter would’ve been enough for anyone to believe, especially John the Baptist.
But I think Johns request for confirmation was more to strengthen his own faith, to bring resolve in his own heart in the light of the very real threat of death. So Christ instead of defending his deity with pride and arrogance, simply says to John’s disciples go back and report what you’ve heard and seen…it was the fulfilment of prophecy from the prophets of old. This would have been of great comfort to John and brought him a real sense of peace.
In our times of struggle, in the dark moments of our lives, as with John, remind yourselves of who Christ is and what he has done in the past and will do in your future. Let it be resolved in your heart that Jesus Christ is the one there is no other.
Cheering you on, have a great week.
Blessings and love,
Nu and Taua.
Last weekend I was invited to speak at Elim Christian Centre in Blenheim for Ps Tom and Suzanne Hatch. At the services we were welcomed by the church and I even managed to spot a few familiar faces in the crowd. Even though this was our first time speaking at the church it felt very much like home and the people there I felt like I knew well. In many ways this is a testament to the desire for greater unity in the movement by our National Leaders. They are really working hard at defining what makes Elim unique and then they are communicating this throughout the nation. The ultimate goal is that anyone can travel anywhere in the country and find an Elim church and feel like they have come home. What a great vision to be a part of.
Really this speaks of being part of a family. As with all families, there are good days and there are bad days. There are times you will never forget and there are moments you wish you could forget. There are those in your family you get along with really well and then there are those you wish you could avoid. But at the end of the day they are still family and family is family. When there is a need you’ll be there and they’ll be there for you. That’s just what families do.
The concept of church being a family allows us to cross boundaries, to get personal with each other beyond the polite Sunday greetings into the realms of intimacy and vulnerability. When we understand that spiritually we are brothers and sisters in Christ (a term that seems to have become less fashionable in church these days) we begin to see things and people in a whole different light. People are no longer a means to an end and church is no longer a task to be endured. But we begin to realize that we are connected in Christ and are called to care for each other. It was Jesus’ blood spilt on a Cross that binds us together, that makes us a family and as the old saying goes…Blood is thicker than water.
I really love our family here at Elim Church – Christchurch City. Thank you for being a part of it!!
Blessings Nu and Taua.
On Saturday we hosted the Volunteers BBQ at Spencer Park to thank all our amazing people who commit their time to making church happen. At the BBQ I had a moment where I was sitting and talking with one of our oldest volunteers, Tony Le Cren. As we talked we looked out and saw how kids were running around playing, people were connecting and having fun and we both agreed it was a beautiful sight and was a great sign of things to come. (There are some photos on our Facebook page if you want to have a look)
Again I would like to thank each and every person who has been faithfully serving at church this year. Whether as a regular volunteer in one of our teams or in a one off capacity. You have made this place what it is today. Thank you on behalf of all the Staff, Leaders and Elders. We are truly grateful in how you demonstrate your love for God through serving in our church.
As we come close to the end of another year I can’t help but reflect on the journey thus far. I feel like in the last 12 months we have again gone to a different place. We are going from one level of glory to the next in many ways. I’m absolutely loving our Sunday meetings. Our Youth groups, Children’s programmes are doing so well. The Alpha course is doing well, the Pre-school is beginning to see increase. Our worship team has been really lifting the standard of worship on Sundays. There’s so much to be thankful for. Let’s keep praying for more of God’s wisdom and favour as we move forward into the New Year. Let’s keep asking Him for clear direction in how we can truly be a church that influences and impacts this city.
In September of this year we had Daniel Walker from Nvader speak at our services. Daniel asked that I mention that there is a documentary Undercover Rescue focusing on the work of Nvader will be screening on Wednesday at 9:30pm, TV One.
Here is the link: http://tvnz.co.nz/undercover-rescue/promo-2014-11-05-video-6123421
This is a real chance to see the kind of work they do.
Blessings Nu and Taua
Sunday was amazing!!!
Wow is how I would describe our services on Sunday. I just love the atmosphere and presence of God, the worship and the message from Ps Phil Godsiff and Ps Mike Griffiths. For those at the 5pm service you would have been treated to the amazing talent of people from our church and the CPIT Jazz School who performed a wonderful Bruno Mars song called Treasure.
I keep hearing comments of how friendly people are in our church. Members are inviting new people over for lunch. It’s so great to hear this is happening naturally throughout the church. Every bit of encouragement you give is building faith and love into those that receive it. Well done everyone and let’s keep focused on our Vision: To be a place where Hope is received and where Hope is released.
This Saturday is our big Volunteer Appreciation Picnic at Spencer Park. This is our chance to thank everyone that has helped to make this place great. If you’ve volunteered in any capacity this year, either regularly through one of our ministries or in one of our “one off” events then we want to thank you. Bring your family and lets us thank you in person.
Here’s the details again: Date: Saturday 8th November
Venue: Spencer Park Picnic Area 4 & 5
Time: 3.30pm till 8pm
If you haven’t RSVP to the invitation it is not too late just send a confirmation by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday……
I’m looking forward to preaching our final message on “In His Presence” this Sunday. Make sure you don’t miss it as we end off with the great promise of God to always be with us.
Blessings and Love,
Nu and Taua