The first Sunday in February is Vision Sunday - a special date in our yearly calendar - where we reflect on the spiritual direction that the Lord is guiding us
Back in 2015 when I was appointed senior pastor, the Lord gave me a spiritual focus for us as a Church covering a seven-year period
And 2021 marks the final piece in this journey, our year of Restoration
The “seventh year” has spiritual significance in the Old Testament
Where in Leviticus 25, God directs Israel, that the land must rest, no planting at all
An opportunity to restore vital nutrients to the soil, that had been drained by constant use
And Jesus also, spoke about us as believers finding rest
In Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV) he says
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
This is our memory verse for 2021.
To hear the sermon, communion and worship, click on the youtube link.
Pastor Bill lead the Word on Sunday - the last in the "BE" Sermon Series - Be ... Born Again.
The BE series encapsulated our need to align our souls on Scripture and looked at how to BE.
We have been taken on an exploration of the Word since July through the Be Series starting with Ruth with Be of Good Cheer-(Courageous) followed by:
- Be Gentle
- Be Prepared
- Be Thankful
- Be Filled
- Be Generous
- Be Self Controlled
- Be Alert
- Be Strong
- Be Kind
- Be Listening
- Be slow (to speak)
- Be Slow (to Anger)
- Be Joyful
- Be Patient
- Be Faithful-(in Prayer)
- Be Transformed
- Be Holy
- Be Imitators
- Be Doers
- Be Witnesses
- Be Born Again
John 3:3-7 The Living Bible
3 Jesus replied, “With all the earnestness I possess I tell you this: Unless you are born again, you can never get into the Kingdom of God.”
4 “Born again!” exclaimed Nicodemus. “What do you mean? How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”
5 Jesus replied, “What I am telling you so earnestly is this: Unless one is born of water and the Spirit,[[a](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+3%3A3-7&version=TLB#fen-TLB-23294a)] he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. 6 Men can only reproduce human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven; 7 so don’t be surprised at my statement that you must be born again!
Jesus was highlighting to Nicodemus that it is vital that he undergoes a spiritual re birth, instigated by the Holy Spirit.
The “be born again” words that Jesus uses are incredibly timeless, and in fact one of our mission statements that we have written on our wall is that we as a Church are committed in seeing people “discovering Jesus.”
Thank you Riley for leading us on Sunday with the Word in the 'Be' Sermon Series 'Be ... Witnesses'.
Acts 22:15 Living Bible
15 You are to take his message everywhere, telling what you have seen and heard.
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How you can shine the light of Christ to the people in your life?
Here's an idea : What about inviting someone to watch Carols online in your home on Saturday 11 December or onsite for the Carols CarPark Party and on the Big Screens Sunday 12 December.
Pastor Stephen spoke the message this week focussing on “Be holy”.
1 Peter 1:16 New International Version
16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
What does it mean to be Australian?
What does it mean to be Holy?
How can we be Holy?
Listen to Pastor Stephen as he speaks about connecting to the great command by Jesus to love others, our neighbours, as yourself.
New International Version
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.”
Check out the followon questions that Ashley has put together on this Sermon Topic and explore more of what Holy can mean to us.