This week, I travelled to Wellington to speak at Elim International Church for good friends Ric and Marissa Knott. I shared there a message that had been on my heart for a while and that I had shared in our Church.
In this message I talked about the two types of prayers we commonly pray. The first one is “intimate” prayer. This is helpful for making our requests known to God. We are intimate with God and as a result we grow deeper in our relationship with Him. We fall more in love. He hears our heart and we hear His. It’s a beautiful thing that can take place any time of the day. Morning, noon or night depending on your preference and circumstances. Intimate prayer builds you up, makes you stronger.
The second most commonly used prayer is the prayer of "Intercession". This is not building us up but about building up those around us. This is no longer about strengthening our own lives but the lives of those around us. The prayer of intercession is about standing in the Gap for another.
What I have come to realise is that when we prayer prayers of intimacy we are wanting to “receive from God”, but when we pray prayers of intercession we are taking from God. We are pulling down, grabbing hold of, connecting ourselves to something greater.
Intercession is about moving from prayers that start with the phrase “Dear Jesus” to prayers that start with “In the Name of Jesus!” Intercession is about standing on the authority and power you have in Jesus and speaking from that place. Intercession is powerful and bold, it knows no limits, it has no boundaries.
This week I want to encourage you to grow more disciplined in the area of both Intimate and intercessory prayer. Keep Asking God for the big things you are believing for. Personally I’ve seen God move again and again that you will not be able to convince me otherwise.
Our God is a big God, nothing is impossible for him. Let’s keep going in prayer and see what the Lord can do.
John 16:24 “Until now you have not asked for anything in my Name. Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete.”
Ps. Nu Telea.
Well yesterday we as a staff were able to hand out 200 packets of hot cross buns to people and homes in our immediate area. To be honest we could have done with another 200 packets. Most people that we encountered really appreciated our small act of kindness. We were able to get into the apartment block near the church and were welcomed by the staff that worked there. They were totally blown away by the simple gesture. We were also able to leave a whole tray of buns for Christchurch City Mission and bags at YWCA. They again were blessed by the small act of kindness, I think Taua and Robyn even managed to get their photo taken.
I met a couple of men walking near where we were standing, I managed to give them a bag and talk to them a while and invite them to our services. One said he had heard of Elim and that a relative had invited him years ago. He went on to say it was very timely and that he may just turn up.
As we walked around our neighbourhood, I was again reminded of the great opportunities there are around us. So many people are living in the inner City and we as a church in the City are positioned perfectly to make a difference in the lives of those people.
Over the next few years, more and more apartments, town houses and homes will be built all within a stones throw of us. I’ve heard it said there were plans for up to 20, 000 people to be housed in and around the City. We have a great opportunity to really reach out to these families, students, young couples and people of all walks of life right here where we are. We are in Exciting times!!
Let’s keep praying for our Church and our influence into this city. The bible says in Luke 10 “The harvest is plentiful, but the worker are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field”. God is calling us as his labourers out into the harvest field. It’s through our prayers and skills and talents. Through our giving and serving, our sacrifice that we will see many come to salvation in Jesus Christ.
I am absolutely convinced that we all have a part to play. Each of us has a significant role in order to achieve our goal.
Let’s partner with the Lord and see the breakthrough we are believing for.
This weekend: We have a Combined Elim Churches Good Friday service. 10am here with hot cross buns and hot drinks after the service. As this is only an 1 hour service, Powerzone will be operating with kids going out straightaway.
Then make sure you are back on Sunday for our Resurrection Sunday Service. So much to praise God for. So much to be thankful for. Let’s join together at 9am and 10:45am services and worship our risen Saviour.
4-5 May: Ps Becs Green from Elim Christian Centre, Botany will be with us. Bec’s and her husband Steve lead the largest Elim Campus in Auckland. She is a dynamic speaker and will be speaking at the Girls Night on the 4th of May and then at both services 5th of May.
Cheering you on, Nu and Taua.
We are excited to announce Taua Telea as our new Pastoral Care Pastor! Check out the video below to find out more.
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.
What a great day we had yesterday. It was so good to see our families come together and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I love the way we celebrate with kids taking centre stage. What a talented bunch of kids we have in this church and wasn’t the choir amazing! We saw 365 people here on Sunday over the two services. Great to hear friends and family were being invited to church. I love your boldness and passion for people, well done! Thank you to everyone involved on stage and behind the scenes, you are all such a blessing to the church.
Christmas Box Appeal. Our target was to raise $3000.00 to pay for 100 boxes. We received a total of $3022.00 so goal achieved! Thank you everyone for your generosity.
Yesterday I preached from Isaiah 9:6-7 about the Jesus – a Child and Son. This was probably one of my most enjoyable of my messages that I’ve preached this year and will go down as a favourite. I feel there are some deep truths that will help you this Christmas and Holiday season. Have a listen this week and let it soak into your spirit as you make your preparations for the Holidays.
If you haven’t yet heard the message go to the App store, search for Elim Christchurch, download our app and have another listen.
We only have one service this Sunday at 10am. Then at 12pm join us for our picnic hangouts at Hagley park by the kids play area. Bring your lunch and let’s have some fun together as we step into the holiday fun. (note if weather is bad, we’ll have an indoor picnic at the church).
Sunday services for Dec/Jan
23rd Dec – 10am, Picnic at Hagley Park by kids play area.
30th Dec – 10am, Picnic at Hagley Park by kids play area.
6th Jan – 10am, Picnic at Hagley Park by kids play area.
13th Jan – 10am, Picnic at Hagley Park by kids play area.
If whether is bad we’ll have indoor picnics at the church. This is a Great opportunity to get to know people in the church in a more relaxed setting.
Have a great week. Be blessed beyond measure as you remember Jesus Christ in everything you do.
Love and Blessings Nu and Taua.
Well, we are well and truly into the Christmas season with so much happening around the city to remind us of the season we are in. I hope that in the midst of all the craziness you pause and remember all that the Lord has done in your life.
Christmas can mean different things to different people. To those in the retail and business sector it can be a time when the most purchases are made, when the most stock is sold and late nights and early morning starts to help those shoppers who like to leave things to the last minute.
In the education sector, its exams and graduations and trying to get everything done before the academic year ends.
For others, it's putting the final touches on the holiday you’ve been planning for months. You are pacing yourself and have just enough energy to get you over the last few weeks before the break.
But for the Christian, the follower of Christ, this season reminds us of what God gave. Salvation entered into the world. The Hope of the World. The answer to humanities emptiness and brokenness.
Luke 4:18-19 New International Version
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
When Jesus came, change came. When Jesus arrived, the promise was fulfilled. Let’s keep perspective and not let the craziness distract us from enjoying and celebrating what this time is really all about. Let’s join together this Sunday and continue the celebrations.
I’m loving our Sunday meetings. I feel like God is doing something special and we’re on the brink of something great. Keep coming with expectant hearts each Sunday and let’s see what God does.
We appreciate you all so much. Thank you for being a part of the journey with us.
Cheering you on,
Nu and Taua
It’s with a sense of sadness that I announce that after 5 years as our Children’s Pastor, Mike Scott is stepping down from his role on the team. Mike has been such a key part of our team and has been a great supporter of the direction we have been heading in. He has done an amazing job in growing our Powerzone and JTeam programmes, making it one of the best in the City. He has been a tireless worker, always willing to lend a hand in whatever was needed. We are going to miss having Mike around. Good news is you’ll still see Mike at church and maybe even involved in other areas around Church.
On behalf of the Church and Staff I would like to thank you Mike for everything you’ve done. You’ve been an real blessing and joy to have around. We’re gonna miss your quirky sense of humour around the office. We support you 100 percent in whatever God has for you in the future.
We’ll be taking some time out in our Sunday service on the 16th of December to honour Mike so make sure you are there!
We will be advertising to fill the Children’s Pastors role for 2019 and will keep you informed as to when we will be open for applications soon. Feel free to Spread the word. This will be a part-time position.
Well, what a great weekend we had with Ps Ants Cuthers from Hamilton Elim Church. He brought such a wonderful message about asking the question “what can I do?” Last Sunday saw our biggest numbers too since trialing the two morning services with just under 300 people attending across the two services. It’s clear to see that giving our people options is really working. Well done to everyone involved in making Sundays happen. You are all such a key part of the team.
We’re doing a few new things on our Sunday mornings.
Firstly you would’ve noticed we’ve started offering Espresso coffee. This is again a great way to bless our visitors and also serve our own people. For guests it’s free and for everyone else it’s $3.50 or less. We still have our regular plunger coffee available in the Auditorium.
Also for all our people on the Dream Team on a Sunday we have set up a lounge with free drinks, snacks, cereal just for you. If you are serving in any way on a Sunday you are more than welcome to go in there and help yourself.
On that note we are looking to train up more Baristas to be part of the Dream team on a Sunday. If you are interested to receive the free training, fill in a contact card and we’ll let you know what night it will be happening.
This weekend we have Ps Mike Griffiths with us. Ps Mike leads an amazing Church in Auckland with his wife Liz. Ps Mike is going to continue our series on the Kingdom of God is like by looking at the current situation around Sexual Identity, Transgenderism and the Churches response. This is going to be a service you won’t want to miss. Bring people with you.
Let me encourage you with this passage from 3 John: 11 “Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. “
From Ps Ants message and in reading this passage this morning (Which I borrowed from Taua’s reading) what good can you do this week? What good can you do this month? Is there a need that you see? Maybe the question is not “who is helping this person out or who is serving that need but how can I be a part of what is happening?”
This Sunday we also have baby dedications so make sure you are there this Sunday it’s going to be amazing!
Cheering you on,
Nu and Taua.
As we continue our series on “the Kingdom of God is like” let me share this thought from yesterday with you again. In Matthew 13:31-32 it says,
31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
So the Mustard seed is the Kingdom of God or the revelation we have of Jesus. The field is our hearts. When the Kingdom of God is received into our hearts, even though it might be small, it will grow bigger and it will have an impact on the world around us.
I’ve seen this time and again in others and also in my own life. I’ve seen people fall in love with Jesus and give up everything to serve him. Yesterday I shared how I gave up a job to volunteer in the Youth ministry and that through that a door opened up into the world I now live in today. Whatever I lost in terms of finances and opportunities in that role, I gained a thousand times over.
I want to encourage you today to allow the Kingdom of God to sink deep into your hearts. It will change you, it will transform you. You will grow and your life will make a difference in the lives of others.
I believe we are called to make a difference. Whether small or great, whether it be to impact the life of one person or many. Our lives, once that seed is in there is to be used to make a difference. Everything you need you already have. The Kingdom of God is in you.
Cheering you on, Nu and Taua.
Good Morning Church