CHURCH NEWS - May 2018
Faith, adventure & the Kingdom
A great deal more failure is the result of excess caution than of bold experimentation with new ideas. The frontiers of the kingdom of God were never advanced by men and women of caution. – Oswald Chambers
I don’t know about you, but sometimes my own expression of Christian faith can be boring and domesticated- safe, predictable and routine. But as I read the scriptures I see a God that often advanced his cause on the backs of people that he entrusted to go out beyond the edges of their own sense of safety and comfort into a place of “uncertain trust.” “Uncertain trust”- what does that mean? Well just this- has your expression of Christian discipleship taken you to place recently were- “unless God comes through, your done.” This I think is how we are to live- banking on the provision of God- resting on his promises so their truth becomes our only hope. This is the heart of being a part of the mission of God- unless God does it- we wont make it. I have this picture of frightened disciples behind closed doors- still processing Jesus death and resurrection- then the Spirit comes- the wind comes and they throw caution to the wind. There is a job to be done- and if God is for us then who cares what comes against us. Lets recapture the adventure embedded in our faith because as CS Lewis said:
“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life or death.”
Grace and peace from Marcus
Just a reminder our annual Missions Night is coming very soon, on Saturday 26th May, at 5pm! It will be a great night, and we hope to see you there, and don't forget your gold coins for some games on the night. Please see Karen Campbell to RSVP or if you have any items to donate to the silent auction.
Elders Meeting: 10th June
Just a quick note, this is a change of date. There will be an Elders Meeting at the Reid's place at 7pm.
This term's Family Service will be run by StoneFish Youth. Geoff will be speaking and it is sure to be an awesome service. We hope to see you all there.
Leaders Meeting: 24th June
There will be a Leader's Meeting at the Reid's place at 7:30pm.
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
Romans 10:13-15 (NIV)
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.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
How should we live?
In the book of Colossians Paul reminds his readers that those who trust in Jesus have been buried with him and raised with him. That means, if we are a Christian, we are a new creation. Because we are a new creation we should be living that way.
How about spending some time, each day this month, to meditate on Colossians 3:1-17 and asking God to help you live as a new creation through the help of the Holy Spirit.
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.