Elim Service

I recognized 6 people on the worship team whom I know their full name:

  • Nina Villegas, bass guitar
  • Sharlene Vere-Jones, acoustic guitar
  • Duncan Cowan, piano
  • Ben Brunskil, lead guitar
  • Sarah Powell, backing vocals (same age as Tane; both born into this church; first time on stage with the worship team today.)
  • Marisa Knott (nee Soukotta), lead vocals.  She has a talent in this area.  Can’t help but be ushered into the Presence through her godly example.
  • There were others, but this indicates I’ve been out of the loop for a while.


  • Undivided
  • Rain Down
  • Revelation Song
  • Halleluyah – Our God Reigns (unplanned, prompted by Marisa).


  • Pastor Steve Green from Whangarei Elim Church (formerly from Auckland)
  • Former Youth Pastor.  Married to Rebecca.
  • City of a hundred beaches
  • Love – the most excellent way (1 Cor 13)

What is God’s Love Really Like?

  • Testimony of hiding with a friend.  When found, his father went from despair to anger in an instant.  Steve felt he’d lost his father’s love.  Tried to earn it back by being good.
  • At six, loved a girl at school; but the next day, she changed her mind.
  • The different experiences we have shape our understanding of God’s love.  Steve therefore thought God’s love is:
    • temporary
    • conditional
  • But the good news is that God’s love isn’t either of these two things!

Parable of Prodigal Son:

  • You’re not loved because of what you do;
  • you are loved because of who you are.
  • Example: Nobody loves a new-born baby because of what it does (poos & cries).  You love him/her because of who s/he is.  S/he is your child.

You can’t go anywhere that separates you from God’s love

  • It’s unconditional.
  • The cross: a picture of God’s perfect love.
  • John 15:13 – There is no greater love than this; to lay one’s life down for someone else.
  • Romans 5:8-21 – God demonstrates His love for us in this; while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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