200 Years of Hope
- Christmas Day 1814 was the first Christian service in Aotearoa
- Reverend Samuel Marsden
Engage Conference (yesterday)
- How to tell an interesting story:
- I = Incident (single)
- M = Magic words (who, when, where)
- P = Powerful tagline (…and the lesson I learned was…)
- A = Appropriate (make it relevant to the audience)
- C = Colour it with facts (make it interesting)
- T = Time (about 2 minutes)
- How to start a conversation:
- Nameplate – What’s your name?
- House – Where are you from?
- Family – What’s your family situation? (asked carefully)
- Clock – What do you do with your time? (Not necessarily in employment)
- Aeroplane – Where have you been? (What interesting things have you seen?)
- Tennis Racquet – What do you do with your spare time? (Not necessarily sport)
- Light Bulb – What ideas/dreams do you have?
- Have a written personal testimony, with contact details, in order to hand out, when appropriate.
Faith, Hope & Love
- Pastor Garey Clark
- Faith – Previously covered.
- Hope – To have joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation.
- Love – Not an impulse from a feeling. Does not always run from our natural inclinations. It’s an act of the will.
1 Corinthian 9:1-18
- What are rights? Privileges for those in authority.
- Paul has the right to demand payment for teaching the gospel.
- But he exercises his power of choice not to exercise that right.
1 Corinthian 9:19-27
- Paul chooses not to exercise his right to support, in order to be free to preach to any and all.
- If he accepted support, he might be constrained (this still happens today).
- He had liberty of doing as (he felt) God pleases.
What rights will we give up so that we can offer ministry of the gospel? The right of:
- Holding a grudge – this will block communication and/or reconciliation.
- Having a protected heart – this will block love.
- Holding on to hurt – this will block growth.
- That your kids should love (and obey) you – this will block their ability to differentiate and grow.