Regular time set apart spent with God is integral to our faith growing. It allows us to talk with God as well as time to listen to His Spirit. Just as you want to spend time with your family and other loved ones, God wants us to spend time with Him. Prayer and Bible Study are essential and if you don’t already have resources, we have some options for you. If you are computer savvy—then there are plenty of choices to either read online, or download, or sign up to receive in your email inbox daily.
There is also a great free APP called “YouVersion”
If you would rather have a printed copy then there are books in the foyer library or you may like to sign up to receive a regular copy of “Everyday with Jesus” just $8.50 a copy. For many years Rex has diligently purchased the EDWJ books from Koorong for easy access. He now needs to hand over the baton to another volunteer. Is this you? If you would like more info, please feel free to have a chat with Rex, or the Church Office staff.
Spending time with God….It doesn’t matter how we do it, it matters that we do! Start today and feel the difference.
Be Like a Servant
24 Later, the apostles began to argue about which one of them was the most important. 25 But Jesus said to them, “The kings of the world rule over their people, and those who have authority over others want to be called ‘the great providers for the people.’ 26 But you must not be like that. The one with the most authority among you should act as if he is the least important. The one who leads should be like one who serves.27 Who is more important: the one serving or the one sitting at the table being served? Everyone thinks it’s the one being served, right? But I have been with you as the one who serves.
For 2019 as a church and as individuals, let's establish a habit that will continue through the year. When we SERVE others we SERVE Jesus!
You can add value every day if you will…
- VALUE people.
- Think of ways to add VALUE to people.
- Look for ways to add VALUE to people.
- Add VALUE to people.
- Encourage others to add VALUE to people.
Discovering Jesus. Valuing People. Building Community
Continuing from previous weeks where we have been highlighting some of the many gifts that God gives us: What we have listed so far is :
- The gift of a Saviour
- The gift of love
- The of peace
- The gift of grace
But wait! There’s more….
The gift of God’s Holy Spirit:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…” – Acts 1:8
The gift of a brand new life:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
The gift of freedom from bondage and sin:
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” – Romans 8:1-2
The gift of supernatural strength:
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13
The gift of purpose:
“For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jer. 29:11
The gift of prayer/ direct access to God:
“And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”1 John 5:14-15
The gift of hope:
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
Last week we looked at the need to accept gifts. So what are the gifts God gives us? The first one, is the priceless gift of His one and only Son. Gods gift of a Saviour “And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Matt 1:21”
That couldn’t be possible without love, real and perfect love. God’s gift of love: “Jer 31:3: I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself”
Because of that love we can receive God’s gift of peace. “I am leaving you with a gift– peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” John 14:27.
And God’s gift of grace: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” Eph 2:8-9
Sounding wonderful so far...but wait there’s more! Check in next week.