Welcome back Pastor Stephen - wonderful to hear about your recent work with other ministries and your reflections on meeting Christians from around the work, seeing and hearing what God is doing around the world as we delve into the mini series 'Stewardship'
Catch on Sunday 12 November 10am service on You Tube - link attached.
Thanks Ashley for bringing the Word on Sunday. We appreciate you for all you do.
Connect in with the MCC Youtube channel and you'll be able to see and hear Ashley's sermon, which is the last in the mini series on Stewardship.
Some headlines to follow along with ...
You are the light of the world - the light of Jesus is in us and through us.
- Confess sins and asking for forgiveness
- Live a life worthy of our Savior
- Love one another
Let your light shine
- Shine His light in on communities
- How widely we shine matters
- Tell our testimony
- Answer common questions
- Show our faith to those around us
- Be prepared to face criticism or loss for our faith
Shine for God
- Our motives matter
We welcomed John Lamerton the CEO of Global Mission Partners. It was wonderful to hear about the outreach work and positive and lasting differences Global Mission Partners are making across the world and how we can be involved. John spoke on the Stewardship of finances and delved into the Word of 2 Corinthians 9:6-15.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
- WHY DO WE NEED STEWARDSHIP TODAY?
All about Giving (not receiving)
Generously (over Tithe)
God gives so we can “do good work”
We need to ”pay it forward”
Freely giving to the poor is the activity of righteousness
All things belong to God
God gives, so we can be generous
Our generosity is a witness and brings God praise
Catch on Sunday 19 November 10am service on You Tube - link attached.
We welcomed Sally Shaw from A Rocha Australia (The Rock) to bring the Word as we started the new sermon series “Stewardship” on Creation.
Sally encouraged us to
- Reach out to our neighbour countries
- Speak out and respond to injustices.
- Put money into ethical banks
- Superannuation that uses ethical companies
- MarionLife - supporting community
- Learn from our indigenous brothers and sisters
A Rocha Eco Church Scheme - worship, teaching, building structures and land.
Thank you Sally for sharing your passion and experience with us.
We welcomed Naomi Beames from Churches of Christ SA/NT Office to bring The Word - the last in the series on 'Ordinary People of an Extraordinary God'
Naomi looked at Psalm 8 and what it means for us.
God shows His glory and majesty in ways we don't expect.
We have a purpose in this word to steward the resources God has given to us - to show God's glory.
- with humility
- through Jesus
For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] A psalm of David.
1 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?[c]
5 You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e]
and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their[g] feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Come along and see : Sunday Services 10am Marion Family, and 6pm Cafe Church Alpha (only a couple of weeks to go).
Connect in with Pastor Stephen as he brought the Word on Sunday.
We are created by God by design for a purpose.
Regardless your past, God has a purpose for your future.
Over the past week’s we have looked at some ordinary people, regular everyday people, from the bible and then at the extraordinary way God worked in their lives.
• Elijah – PRAYED
• Servant Girl – LOVED HER ENEMIES
• Little Boy – GAVE HIS LUNCH
• John Mark – FAILURE (ISN’T FINAL)
• Barnabas – ENCOURAGED OTHERS
• Esther – STEPPED UP
This Sunday’s verses …
Matthew 4:18-22 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
Acts 4:13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.
1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Connect in with Pastor Sonya as she spoke The Word : ORDINARY PEOPLE OF AN EXTRAORDINARY GOD of 2 incredible women who were ordinary people that God has used in extraordinary ways and both of their stories leave us with plenty to think about - FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!
Esther 4:1-16 (New International Version)
Mordecai Persuades Esther to Help
4 “When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. 2 But he went only as far as the king’s gate, because no one clothed in sackcloth could enter it. 3 In every province to which the edict and order of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
4 When Esther’s eunuchs and female attendants came and told her about Mordecai, she was in great distress. She sent clothes for him to put on instead of his sackcloth, but he would not accept them. 5 Then Esther summoned Hathak, one of the king’s eunuchs assigned to attend her, and ordered him to find out what was troubling Mordecai and why.
6 So Hathak went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king’s gate. 7 Mordecai told him everything that had happened to him, including the exact amount of money Haman had promised to pay into the royal treasury for the destruction of the Jews. 8 He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict for their annihilation, which had been published in Susa, to show to Esther and explain it to her, and he told him to instruct her to go into the king’s presence to beg for mercy and plead with him for her people.
9 Hathak went back and reported to Esther what Mordecai had said. 10 Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai, 11 “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold sceptre to them and spares their lives. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king.”
12 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, 13 he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
Thanks Pastor Steve for bringing The Word on Sunday - looking at Barnabas. One of the most prominent people written about in the first book of Acts.
If you missed the sermon, connect in with Pastor Steve on You Tube and hear about we can be like Barnabas.
Acts 4: 36-37
36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed travelled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
27 During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
Last Sunday Pastor Steve continued in the series ‘Ordinary people of an Extraordinary God’.
Pastor Steve looks in detail at John Mark - A failed missionary and faithful friend.
In God’s economy- failure isn’t final.
God can use you where you are now.
Check out Pastor Stephen’s message and how it can relate to your life today.
The hope we have in God - and how He transforms our failures.
God doesn’t give up on us and has purpose for us and uses us in the next chapters.
Come along this Sunday to hear about Barnabas at the 10am service and join us at Alpha as we celebrate Canadian Thanskgiving.