CHURCH NEWS - May 2017
God on a Mission
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Praise the LORD; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all. (Psalm 96:1-5)
Chris Wright in his book ‘The Mission of God’s People’ said, “Mission was not made for the church; the church was made for mission, God’s mission.” It’s May Missions Month again. It is a time when we as a Baptist Church focus on missions in a special way. Perhaps it’s also a time in which we ask what is the mission of God’s ‘propelled outwards’ people?
The answer to this question must be that the mission belongs to God. God’s mission is for all creation, a purpose for all that he has made. He has chosen to call into existence a people who will participate with him in accomplishing his mission. Mission arises from the heartbeat of a God who is on a mission.
Mission is about God means He is the one who owns the mission, inspires and sustains his mission in the world. He is the one who will ultimately bring about its completion. So in this May Mission Month, let’s ask; “what is God’s mission and what is my place in it, what is our church’s place in it?” In what ways can I truly become a ‘sent one’? So inspired by nothing less than the mission of God in his world, so that everything in me wants to know and engage in the Mission of God?
Grace and peace from Marcus
MMM is a time to reflect on our contribution to church mission that has eternal blessings of 'rich reward for services rendered' (the only use of the Greek word in the NT) knowing that the Master you are serving is Christ (Col 3:24).
This year we focus on three of our local church and cross-cultural workers:
Steve Frost who works with Horizons Community Legal Centre, a not-for-profit Christian legal service. He expresses God’s grace clearly and practically in our local community by helping disadvantaged people who can't access a lawyer.
Steve and Sandra Parsons work with the Church Missionary Society (CMS), sharing Christ with the lost people of Japan. Steven is the business manager of TEAM Japan and Sandra as the Christian Academy manager.
Juliet Galiwango, National Director (Uganda) of New Hope International. She travels around the country providing support and help to Christian schools. She shares their vision is to bring hope to developing countries through Christian education and community development.
To make the most of our opportunity to be Christ’s presence in our community we need to devote ourselves to prayer (Colossians 4:2-6). Please prayerfully consider how you can help set up, serve or cook pancakes, speak and pray with our community or help pack up.
Please join us for our Sausage Sizzling Dinner and the famous Silent Auction. Please complete the form to advise Karen of what items, produce, craft or service you can auction off on the night. Last year there was some magnificent offerings and outrageous generosity; “You bought what for how much!”
Revive is about bringing together our Baptist “family of churches” to focus on the power of the Gospel, encountering God’s Word and honouring our unity in diversity. See Marcus
You are invited to join us at our church camp at Lutanda Yarramundi, 35 minutes from Riverstone. Put it in your diary. We will have Bible studies and practical discussions on “Living in Christ”, awesome accommodation, great food, games room and outdoor activities (including canoeing, archery and a Flying Fox).
Please join us before each Sunday morning service at 9:15 am near the kitchen to pray for our service and kid’s ministries, our home groups, Bridge Café, church growth and the Riverstone community.
We welcome you to join us in a small group to build long-lasting friendships and to grow together in Christ. Speak to Marcus.
“They gathered the church together and reported on their trip, telling in detail how God had used them to throw the door of faith wide open so people of all nations could come streaming in”
Acts 14:27 MSG
Regular Ministries of our Church
Children's Ministries - Play Date, The Ark, WAVES, JAM Time
Stone Fish Youth - Years 6-12, Friday nights, 7-9pm at the church
Sermon Recordings - missed a service? download them for free from our website.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain. - 1 Corinthians 15:58
This verse begins with the word therefore, and whenever we see this word in scripture we must, according to Rick Warren ask- what is it there for? Well; Paul has just finished arguing for the resurrection. The resurrection of Christ is on the one hand, and then the hope of resurrection for those in Christ, on the other. Paul says; because of the resurrection of Jesus and our hope in him and indeed because of his victory over death itself everything is different and because everything is different Paul says; “stand firm”. Don’t get distracted. Don’t lose heart. Don’t let your faith give way- stand firm on the fact that Jesus is raised, making him King of all, and giving us an invisible hope in Him. Don’t let anything shake you Paul says. Instead give yourself fully to the work of the Lord.
This is a wonderful encouragement. If Jesus is raised from the dead, then any other task, any other god (lower case “g”), is not worthy of our time or energy what matters most is the “work of the Lord”. What is this work- anything we might do to the glory of God of course; but surely right at the guts of that work is the work of making disciples of the King. The death conquering King. We are to give ourselves fully to that work- why because such work is of eternal value- it is not in vain. Jesus was raised from the dead. So let’s be a people who give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord.
Grace and peace from Marcus