The Inside Column 8/5

Posted in: The Inside Column- May 08, 2016 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to you.  We invite you to join us after the service for a hot drink and fellowship.

Over the last couple of weeks we have been working our way through the book of Acts. If there is one thing we can take away from the series so far is that God is on the move and people’s lives are been changed through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Where we are up to so far…

In Jerusalem, AD 30, Jesus died on the cross, resurrected on the third day, and then ascended into heaven. Fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection, the Holy Spirit fell on the apostles, giving them power, purpose, and a plan, the church was born. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, Peter gave his first sermon, and 3,000 hearts were transformed. Hearing, receiving, and repenting, the young church walked in unity. Out of joy, the gospel creates community. Peter and John then continued to spread the gospel through preaching and miracles, and the church grew to over 5,000.

All of this happened over a relatively short amount of time, the good news about Jesus was starting to make its way out to the entire world. Some of the last words of Jesus where starting to be fulfilled. 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will    suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all       nations, beginning at Jerusalem.48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”- Luke 24: 45-49

Synod – What is Synod? Synod is the Nelson Diocese (all the Anglican churches in the top of the South Island) Annual General Meeting. This year we are hosting Synod here at St Barnabas. Yay! The dates for Synod are the 4 – 6 August. As part of hosting Synod we will be providing morning and afternoon teas, we will be putting on the Synod dinner on the Friday night, and generally being good hosts. Can I ask that you put these dates aside, not to make sure you are on holiday, but that if you can, you might be able to come and help in some way? We are planning on setting up teams to help run the different things we have to do, so no one person has to do everything.  ore info to come in the next couple of weeks.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Philip

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