- 25 March 2018
- Pastor Suz Holmes
- Believe Series: Chapter 6: Church
The Key Question:
- How will God fulfil His Plan?
- I believe God uses the church to bring about his plan.
- One body / one church, with Jesus as the head.
- This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing, because we need each other! In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning.
Lessons from Suz’s story:
- Kids don’t learn to love Jesus by osmosis. They need intentional instruction.
- We all need the support of others.
- We need to be in relationship first, before we can call for support.
- The disciples sharing everything in common.
- A picture of perfect communion.
What does God see?
- God sees the future us
- God sees the perfect us!
- God sees his church as it is going to be… the Beautiful, Stunning Bride of Christ!
Story about having to deal with Christian DTS flatmates arguing over shampoo:
- “They’re just not there yet.”
- We are not just quite there yet, either.
- None of us are perfect. We are all selfish in some respect.
- Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
1 Corinthians 12:12
- The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up on one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.
We are called…
- To tell otherers about Jesus
- To disciple followers of Jesus
- To love each other
- To encourage one another
- To teach one another
- To build up one another
- To release other’s callings/purposes
- To bear each other burdens
- To be kind and compassionate to each other
- 11 March 2018
- Pastor Arnie Hall
- Believe Series: Part 4: The Bible
Part 1: God
- Who is God?
- I believe the God of the Bible is the only true God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” – 2 Corinthians 13:14
Part 2: Personal God
- Does God care about me?
- I believe God is involved in and cares about my daily life.
- “I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2
Part 3: Salvation
- How do I have a relationship with God?
- I believe a person comes into a right relationship with God by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
- “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
Part 4: The Bible
- How do I know God and his will for my life?
- I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God that guides my beliefs and actions.
- “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
What this book does
- Helps us know God better
- Know others
- Know ourselves
- Know our enemy
- Convicts us
- Challenges us
- Encourages us
- Should excite us!
- Make us better
What else do I believe about the Bible?
- I believe the Bible is absolutely true in matters of faith and morals.
- I believe the words of the Bible are words from God.
- I believe the Bible has decisive authority over what I say and do.
- I believe the Bible has the right to command my belief and action.
- I believe the Bible is relevant to address the needs of contemporary culture.
- 55,443 children born in NZ in 1998
- Until they turned 17 (2015)
- Percentage reported to child protection services? 23.5%
- Our community desperately needs what the Bible offers!
- “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.”
- Jesus claims to inclusive, exclusivity.
- All are welcomed into heaven, but only in His name.
- So, it’s our job to tell others about Him.
I do not support David Seymour’s Euthanasia Bill. I do not support creating an exemption from the criminal law against killing for a specified group. In this case, it would be doctors, many of whom do not want to carry this responsibility.
I believe that once an exemption is made, it will inevitably be extended, as it has been in those countries where this law has been enacted. There are no safe-guards which this parliament could make, which any future parliament could not undo.
The current law already provides for the administration of pain relief and withdrawal of futile life-prolonging treatment. These provisions are sufficient.
It sends the wrong message to youth contemplating suicide, if we are allowing some to do so. It will become a “rights argument” that youth should be granted the same exemption.
Please leave the current law alone and scuttle this bill.