The Inside Column 01/09

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshiping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Today we have a guest speaker Dr Omar Djoeandy. Omar is in NZ for the service of our new Bishop Steve Maina yesterday at the Cathedral, and it is our privilege to have him with us today to speak. At the age of 16 Omar surrendered to follow Jesus and his mission. He graduated from Medicine at the University of NSW in Sydney, Australia in 1984. He has worked as a General Practitioner in Sydney and in Nairobi. From 1998 to 2003 he served as an Associate Pastor at Nairobi Chapel, Kenya when it grew from 800 to over 2,000. During that time Omar published his book “Redefining Success” (2002) and had opportunities to be on radio and TV.

He served as the National Director of SIM Australia (2004-2019) and provided visionary, courageous and team-building leadership that contributed to SIM Australia’s growth from 94 to 125 long-term missionaries. He has visited 21 countries and preached in 12 including PNG, NZ, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Pakistan, Thailand, Kenya and South Africa.

Now Omar continues as a member of SIM Australia, serving half-time in Mission Engagement – preaching, inspiring, challenging and coaching churches and people for global mission, especially towards the least reached. In the other half-time, he is revising and publishing Redefining Success. He is married to Kay, a Counsellor, and they have three children. Kay and Omar are members of Caringbah Baptist Church.

Last Wednesday, with sad hearts, we held the funeral of Muriel Pratt. Muriel was a much loved and long standing member of our church and although she had various health issues in the last couple of years that limited her involvement, she remained active in many groups in the church. She will be much missed and our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Points from my sermon a couple of weeks ago on confession…

Replay the week in your mind. Take a few minutes to reflection on the last week, allowing it to play like a movie in your mind. Call to mind the highs and the lows of the week and all of the emotions tied to those moments.

Invite the Holy Spirit into your reflection. Ask the Holy Spirit this simple question: “When did I fail to love God or love someone else this week?” Take a few moments to quietly replay the week in your mind, allowing the Holy Spirit to show you moments where you did not love God or others

Acknowledge those moments before God and ask for forgiveness. Once those moments have come to mind, confess them to God by acknowledging the wrongdoing towards him or towards someone else. After you’ve acknowledged them to God, call to mind God’s readiness to forgive you and thank him for his forgiveness.

Yours in Christ

Phil

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