The Inside Column 7/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 07, 2012 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

With the church fair only three weeks away we are looking at filling up the help rosters, if you have not put your name down to help on one of the stalls NOW is the time, this is a lot of fun, and the more people that can help the easier it is for everyone. One of the things we are going to be running is a giant food raffle and we want to fill up a shopping trolley with groceries. Can I ask that everyone that can over the next couple of weeks bring in non-perishable food items that we can use for one great big raffle.

Now that Spring is here it is a great time to clean out your old clothes, all that stuff that you never use, those old tools and things, and bring them all to the church hall for the White Elephant. Make sure you put the Fair date of 27 October in your diary or on your fridge and bring all your friends for a great time together.

How are you going reading through the Minor Prophets? Today we have Jonathan speaking to us from Amos. My hope is that as we read through and preach on the Minor Prophets that we will see what they tell us about the nature of God.

On Tuesday 16 October we are going to have a day of prayer from 7.00am through to 7.00pm. We have divided the day into 30 minute slots and I would love as many people as possible to make some time to come together and pray in the chapel. There is a signup sheet in the foyer so put your name down, and write your prayer time on the appointment card and take it with you to remind you. It does not matter if there is more than one person praying at each time, and then from 6.30pm all are invited to come together for a time of corporate prayer and worship.

I will be away for a few days at New Wine and Wellington over the next couple of weeks but will be in the office on Thursday and Friday of each week if you would like to talk or would like me to visit please give me a call at the church office.

Yours in Christ

Philip

The Inside Column 30/9

Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 30, 2012 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

With the church fair only four weeks away we are looking at filling up the help rosters. If you have not put your name down to help on one of the stalls NOW is the time. The fair is a lot of fun, and the more people that can help the easier it is for everyone.  One of the things we are going to be running is a giant food raffle and we want to fill up a shopping trolley with groceries. We ask that everyone that is able bring in a non perishable food item over the next couple of weeks that we can use for one great big raffle.

Spring is here! It is a great time to clean out your house and garage and sort out your old clothes, the stuff that you never use, all those old tools and things, and bring them all to the church hall for the White Elephant.

Make sure you put the fair date, the 27th of October in your diary and bring all your friends for a great time together.

The big Question is going well with some very lively debate taking place last week at the Honest Lawyer. I overheard a   comment from one of the other tables that Science has disproved God so we have no need for religion these days.  How would you answer that question?

1 Peter 3:15 says  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

I love this passage, especially  the gentleness and respect part. If you find yourself facing this question, there is a great book called “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel that I recommend to you.

The school holidays are here. The prayer meeting and some House Groups stop for 2 weeks and start again from the 15th of October.

We hope and pray that everyone will have a great break and enjoy some time with their families.

 

Yours in Christ

The Inside Column 23/9

Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 23, 2012 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

We have started a new preaching series from the Minor Prophets. Over the next 10 weeks we will be look at what the Prophets tell us about God, and his love and forgiveness for his chosen people. Can I encourage you to read through the Minor Prophets. They are not very long books.

Today we will be looking at the Prophet Jonah, Jonah is almost certainly the best-known Minor Prophet. All kinds of children’s stories talk about Jonah and the whale. I even know a song (who did, who did, who did, swallowed Jonah? Whale did, Whale did, Whale did, swallowed Jonah) – don’t worry I won’t sing it. So anybody who has any kind of church background probably has some kind of idea about Jonah, but it’s pretty much an idea of it being a children’s story. There is of course a lot that we can learn from the book of Jonah. It is far more than just a children’s story.

Last week we started a new outreach at the Honest Lawyer with Tahunanui Church. The idea was to bring a friend have a drink and some food and ask “If God was here right now, what is the one question you would ask Him?” We had a good turn out and a great social time together, then we collected up the questions and over the next couple of weeks will try and to answer them.

I would like to say two things about this. Firstly this is a amazing opportunity for us as a church to reach out to our friends, family, work mates and I would hate anybody to miss out. Secondly this is core business for us as Christians. Jesus said in Mark 16:15  “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”  The Gospel meaning ‘good news’. We have the good news of hope and grace, and with all good news there is great joy in sharing it.

With this type of event you can join in at any time, bring a friend, buy them a drink and see what question they might ask, and what God might do in their lives.

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

The Inside Column 16/9

Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 16, 2012 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all!

Today we start a new preaching series on the Minor Prophets. It can be easy for us to read the Old Testament, and think it’s all about an angry God wiping out nations to bring other people into line for the things they do wrong.

It’s tempting to ignore much of the Old Testament and the acts of God in favour of the New Testament where we can more easily see God revealed in Jesus. This is a pity because we can learn a lot from the Old Testament about God’s nature, His love for his chosen people, His mercy and forgiveness. We may even see aspects of ourselves in the  sinful people the Prophets take aim at, although we may not like it. I would encourage you to read through the Minor Prophets as we go through the series as they are not very long books.

Augustine apparently first coined the phrase “minor prophets” in the fifth century A.D. to distinguish them from the “major prophets.” The term “minor” is not used to indicate the unimportance of these books, but merely refer to the length of the writings when compared to the writings of the Major Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, etc). Although much shorter than Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, these twelve prophetic books proclaim significant messages and the theological importance of them is by no means minor.

Although there is some variety in the  content of the prophecies of the Minor Prophets, most of the prophecies follow a basic five point pattern.

  • There is a warning of impending judgment because of sinfulness. These  sins often reflect a broken covenant.
  • The prophetic warning is often followed by an identification and description of the sins.
  • Having identified the sins, the prophet then announces and describes coming judgment.
  • Impending judgment is often followed by a call for repentance.
  • The prophet then proclaims a promise of future deliverance or restoration.

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

The Inside Column 9/9

Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 09, 2012 No Comments

Good morning and a warm welcome to all!

Youth Worker update…

House44 Boy’s night has been a struggle due to an increase in drug usage. Some of the boy’s have recently been taken into custody for serious offences and are awaiting sentencing. One is out on bail and two others are still in custody. The overall influence on the group has been a challenge to handle. Please pray for the ability to deal with behaviours that harm the youth and for youth workers and youth alike.  Ask that we may connect in positive manner through which there can be personal development, growth and hope for these boys. Our team is now Antonia and Antonio alongside Jean and myself.

There is the opportunity to apply for a community grant toward some improvements on the St Barnabas hall in order to make it more useful as a facility to the public and specifically for physical activities involving youth (such as the youth programmes and events that are currently using it supported by House 44, Presbyterian Support, NCC and St Barnabas).

Numbers attending the after school programme have been steady, averaging about 8-15 youth this term. House 44 has applied for some funding toward extending the days the afterschool youth group to other days of the week.

Church Youth saw a great turn out for the 80’s REWIND dinner. The regressive dinner had an eighties dress theme. Starting with dessert at St Barnabas consisting of some amazing chocolate brownies made by the Suckling’s accompanied by ice cream. A regression to the Greenwood’s followed with a roast banquet and a quick fashion parade before further regressing on to the Millener’s for an amazing selection of entrées. The youth seemed to really enjoy the evening which was very educational. Danny Tanner won the ‘golden REWIND tape’ award for his Run DMC style dress, with bling and a ghetto blaster that could actually play genuine tapes! Nathan and his crew were awarded the team prize for their Miami Vice attire. Also of note was Yazze and Annie’s attire, some splashes of fluoro in there and Jordy sporting the best eighties mullet I have seen in a long time!

The first week of August the youth went to Grace Church to see ‘Excel’ – a visiting Christian performing arts group. Thanks for those involved in helping with extra transport the last couple of youth group events, it has been much appreciated.

Yours in Christ

Jonathan