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Service Times: Sunday 10:00am & 5:30pm

Church Wide Series - week 2

Some of the stand out quotes for me from Steve's message on the weekend:

  • God is not an individualist.
  • There's an element to God's relationship with us that's only experienced in community.
  • Christian community is central to our identity and crucial to our mission.
  • The unity of the church will testify to the reality of Jesus.
  • We're either testifying to the truth of God's love by how we live together, or we're undermining it.

Church Wide Series - week 1

First Things First

God's power in our weakness

On Sunday morning, I had a killer headache.

But let me back up.  On Thursday night, Jonathan had shared with me the news of his resignation, which was to be communicated to the church after the morning service on Sunday.  On Saturday, both the worship leaders scheduled to lead the services on Sunday let me know they were unwell and couldn't do it; only one of them could find a replacement, so I stepped in to lead Sunday morning.  Saturday afternoon we had a birthday party for one of our kids... at which another of our kids then fell off the monkey bars and broke her arm (third trip to Emergency with broken bones in about 6 weeks).  And then, I was also preaching at both services on Sunday.

So when I woke up with a headache that did not budge, no matter how many Panadol or Nurofen I'd had... it was not looking great. 

I pressed on - because I had to! - and then afterwards, I was really surprised by the number of people who so positively affirmed the service and my part in it.  One text talked about my "vibrant song leading," and many strongly appreciated the message.  Humanly speaking, it makes no sense (for example, nothing in me felt remotely vibrant!).  But I'm so glad that "humanly speaking" is not the full picture. 

Our God is good and gracious and glorious. In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul writes,

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I was weak on Sunday.  But praise God - his grace is sufficient.  Praise God - his power is perfected in our weakness.  Praise God - he is shown to be all the more glorious through his use of our weakness.

Maybe I should have a headache more often?

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