CHURCH NEWS - September 2017
See what great love!
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:7-8
In John’s first letter- he marvels at the love that God has for us in Christ. 1 John 3:1 is the high watermark of the revelation of God’s love by John- he says; “See what great love the father lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” God’s love for him and indeed for every believer is almost overwhelming for John. He is it seems, delighted by it. But it should be noted that John is keen that the experience of that love is not something that he dams up- or anticipates believers hoarding to themselves. Far from it- his hope is that that love will overflow into the lives of others. He puts this notion succinctly when he says- “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for one another.” John believes deeply in the notion that any love received from God in the life of the believer is to passed on and given away, in practical and tangible ways. It’s as if the fullness of God’s love empowers those in Christ to love others and for John that has practical implications. So he says- again in chapter 3, “dear children, let us not love with Words or tongue but in actions and in truth.” So all that to say, lets marvel at and delight in the love God has for us- and out of that let’s love those around us like he loves us.
Grace and peace from Marcus
We will be looking at the first letter of John and we will come face to face with the twin realities of the Christian life, of God’s love for us and his call for us to be marked by love in relation to the world around us. We are convinced that love is primary and that conviction arises from the scripture and for the revelation of the love of God that arises from the heart of God.
As a church we want to be a place were the children that are a part of our church flourish in their faith and are kept safe at all times. For that reason we want to encourage all those who serve with minors in our church to participate in this training event. Please let Paul know as soon as you can.
You are invited to join us at our church camp at Lutanda Yarramundi, 35 minutes from Riverstone. The camp will be a great opportunity to build relationships, have some fun and grow in our faith. So sign up today and plan to be a part of this great opportunity.
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.
The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:2-3
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.