CHURCH NEWS - June 2018
Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope! (Romans 15:13)
In his great letter to the Romans Paul is celebrating God’s grace expressed to both the Jews and now through Christ, the nations and he is overwhelmed with joy. As he is- he is moved to pray that the full effect of all that God had done in Christ would permeate the experience of the Roman Christians and I think of course, all of those who are in Christ Jesus including us.
So what does he pray for? Well actually Paul begins by talking about the one to whom he prays, who is he and what is he like? Well- he is the God of hope. That is, who he is and that is what he gives. He is the God of hope. Initially that hope was directed at and through the people of Israel- but now in Christ this hope permeated all creation in Christ. So Paul prays for them and us- that we might be filled with uncontainable joy and peace as we trust in God. Trusting God is of course the doorway to this peace. Paul prays that through trusting in God, God’s children might know both joy and peace in increasing measure. In doing so I think he is “fairly confident.” Why because he knows that that reality is part of the will and purpose of the Holy Spirit who is the personal presence of God to radiate hope.
Grace and peace from Marcus
Thank you to everyone's involvement in May Mission. It was a great time learning about some of the mission activities we support. As a church community we raised $9,370.
Baptist World Aid Matching Grant Appeal
In the month of June Baptist World Aid is having an apeal, where what is given wil be matched by up to 6 times by the government. If you would like to contribute to the ork of Baptist World Aid there will be envelopes up the back or you can do so online at: https://baptistworldaid.org.au/appeals/matching-grant/
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.
Faith, Hope and Love
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:12-13 (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.
In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause..
Psalm 25:1-3 (NIV)
Daily Bible Reading
Do you have a bible reading plan?
If you don't, how about joining in the Riverstone Baptist Daily Bible Reading Plan, This month we are continuing our journey through the books of 1 & 2 Kings.
You can pick up a hard copy of the plan from the back table, or follow along on our Facebook page.
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.