I love the LIFE GROUP I have been a part of this year! There is nothing quite like having an awesome bunch of people to do life with. It doesn’t mean we are all best mates but we do have a crew we can bounce ideas off, share challenges with and be encouraged by.
I was reading this week about Daniel and his mates Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Daniel 1-6). Now, you may recall well-known accounts of their survival in a den of lions or a fiery furnace respectively. Cool huh! Probably quite a bonding experience!
In truth the bond that gave them the courage and tenacity to stay true to their faith-fuelled values & beliefs was likely forged long before. They were young, captured from their homeland, isolated from their cultural heritage and ear marked for rigorous inculcation and re-education in Babylon. By capturing and imposing their beliefs on these young impressionable next-gen leaders, the Babylonian empire hoped to turn the Judeans into Babylonians.
That plan failed.
These guys, thrown together by life, through sharing their faith, realised their responsibility and calling to be the leaders that God had ordained them to be, rather than the worldly influencers Babylon intended them to serve as. Instead of their faith being diminished, it was strengthened and eventually impacted on the whole Babylonian Empire.
It’s when we have the opportunity to share our life journey with others that we gain greater clarity about what Jesus is calling us to and how we can negotiate it well. Don’t get me wrong, it is God who supplies our every need and resource, but it was the also God who created us to live in community. It was His son Jesus who established the Body of Christ, the Church. Without this sense of belonging and the dynamic synergy that comes from being part of a group of people living out their unity in Christ, we can sometimes feel incapable of even believing for God’s best, let alone actively going after it. You can go it alone…. But it’s so much better if we journey together.
In Mark 5:19, Jesus heals a man who has life has been ravaged to the point he was considered mad and chained up. When he was healed, the man wanted to go with Jesus, but the Bible tells us that Jesus sent him back to his home and his friends. Why? “To tell them how much the Lord has done for you”. Your story is not just your personal experience for your benefit. It can also help build the faith of others towards seeing their break through too!
We have the absolute privilege of being able to connect with other believers and cheer each other on, discuss Scripture together, look for ways to apply it to our lives, plus we can learn and grow from the experience of others. Each of us has a story, a testimony that can bring benefit to someone else. Most of all we can be encouraged knowing that we are not doing life on our own, all through being part of the church. Not just by visiting a building that might be called a ‘church’, but actually by connecting with others in a personal way that helps us appreciate that we are the church.
It is quite possible in a church our size to come and go from services and never really connect. Our heart is that every person would be known, valued and given the opportunity to contribute to our story. If you are not currently part of a Life Group, then I recommend that this is the term to find one that works for you and get connected to your Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – friends that will help you stand in tough times and value your input in their lives.
Life groups meet fortnightly through the term, so for a small investment of an hour or so a fortnight, you can gain a bunch of great friends to hang out with plus the encouragement to keep growing in Christ. To connect with a life group near you, simply contact me at[email protected] or phone: 9521 2933. Our team would love to put you in contact with a great Life Group near you.
Ahead this term there are some significant opportunities to both connect with our church family and make a difference in the lives of others. Our Saturday of Service is coming up on August 1st. This our annual event where our church family practically demonstrates the love of Christ by serving a needy community organisation. Last year it was The Sylvanvale Foundation. This year it is Project Youth for whom we will be providing much needed renovations to 4 residential facilities for at risk young people. If you can hold a paint brush, broom, shovel or power drill, we have a role for you. For all the details and to register your interest visit www.sosrego.com.au .
Of course, this Sunday will provide great inspiration with the launch of our new AM series ’Fear Not’ with Pastor Brad Bonhomme. In the evening, be there for ‘God Stories’ and be captivated by the incredible story of some seemingly, everyday people who have made Shirelive their church home.
See you Sunday!
It was such an incredible joy to see so many Shirelive people enjoying our “All in Sunday” on the weekend! The laughs were uncontainable as the Word was preached with power and joy, kids were relishing in the fun and games at our Kids Corner, the pastries and coffee flowed freely and it was just “one of those” family Sundays that highlighted thelove within our Church family!
This week our Youth are at Camp – which is always life changing! You are going to LOVE the testimonies you hear on Sunday night (as well as our guest preacher, Dave Edgar!)
Thought for the Week
Church, in the next few weeks we get to experience Kingdom life in a POWERFUL couple of ways!
Let me tell you about SSOSM & Saturday of Service!
- SSOSM Term 3 (Begins Tuesday 14th July)
1 Corinthians 4:20 (The Message)
God’s Way is not a matter of mere talk; it’s an empowered life.
SSOSM is all about empowering you to live the Spirit filled life! These 5 fortnightly sessions are exciting, practical and full of power! They are a combination of Video teaching and powerful class activities.
This term we will be running:
- KYLO (With Carlo & Heather Cartini)….the perfect course to help you become Spirit-led and see breakthrough in all your relationships
- Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind (with Shane Martin) …The Holy Spirit has power to touch your thinking and transform your life!
- Fashioned to Reign (with Fiona Thomas) …ever wondered what a woman’s place is? Grappled with those seemingly sexist Bible passages? – you’ll love this course! It’s amazing what the Spirit of God wants to do through women!
AND THREE POWERFUL NEW COURSES! …..
- Spiritual Warfare (with Larissa De Michiel)… we are in a war – that’s for sure – and there are powerful keys to help you enforce the victory Jesus bought for you!
- Prayer and Intercession (with Gill McGregor) … you too can become powerful and effective in your prayer life!
- Preaching School (with Ps. Brad Bonhomme) …come and learn the art of preaching and public communication from one of Australia’s best preachers!
All courses are $50 which covers 5 sessions and all course material.
Register today! Call Elyse at Reception on 9521 2933 or See Aziza Green and her team THIS SUNDAY!
- Saturday of Service 2015 (Saturday 1st August)
John 1:14 (The Message)
“The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.”
SOS is all about making God’s love real to our local community!
This year we are serving Project Youth, a local charity that provides accommodation & workplace training for up to 100 at-risk youth in the Shire.
We will be renovating four of their accommodation sites – three houses and a block of eight units. There’s lots to be done:
- interior and exterior painting
- tree lopping
- hanging doors and replacing windows
- catering the team BBQ’s, etc.
THERE’S A JOB FOR EVERYONE! …and so much fun to be had!
The day starts 7.30am (BBQ & Rego at church).
The day will end with a celebration BBQ on each of the four sites, with everything finished by 2.30pm.
To register, go to www.sosrego.com
To help us organise you into the best team for you, PLEASE REGISTER THIS WEEK!
14th July: SSOSM Term 3 Begins
19th July: AM: Fear Not (new AM Series with Ps. Brad Bonhomme)
21st July / 4th Aug: Safe Places Training (Child Protection training for all Board, Elders, Staff, Youth & Kids Workers)
19th July: PM: God Stories: Incredible Life Stories of God’s Amazing Grace
26th July: Welcome Lunch for all New People at Shirelive!
26th July: PM: Preach it FOURword… some new voices will be bringing the fire!
1st August: Saturday of Service: Rego this week at www.sosrego.com
Have a wonderful week Church!
Over the month of June as we focused on ‘Building the Generations.’ In Shirelive Kids we talked about how the church is not a building, but it’s actually made up of people. Young people, older people, people with all different jobs, skills, backgrounds and various stages of life. We all get to play a role in helping God build His amazing church.
Our kids did not underestimate the part they could play in ‘Building the Generations’, and it was incredible to see their generosity as they gave significant amounts of their pocket money in the BTG offering.
Together as a church, over the last few weeks, we all invested our hearts and finances to build our church for the generations to come.
And now it’s time to celebrate!!!
We are having all the generations come together for our FIRST EVER ”All In Sunday” this Sunday morning. All our kids, youth and adults will be in both services for a day of powerful worship, laughs, special treats and family moments.
Pastor Steve Kennedy will be with us as our special guest speaker and this always meanlots of laughing! Pastor Steve is one of the funniest preachers on the planet and every age group will be captivated by his stories. He also shares the gospel message in very unique and powerful ways so THIS is a weekend to bring your friends who don’t yet know Jesus.
The kids will get awesome holiday packs full of activities and fun surprises. And for the first time, there will be a KIDS CORNER in the foyer with games, crafts, and lots of fun.
The parents rooms will also be available for families with little ones. There will be a live feed of the service …enjoyed on our BRAND NEW COUCHES!!! (thank you Sebel for your generous gift to our parents)
We’ll also be praying for all the teenagers on Sunday night as they prepare to head to YOUTH CAMP next week! Sponsorships are still needed if you wish to invest into the life of a young person.
Can’t wait for an amazing day in church with you all this Sunday!
See you soon.
Love from Ps. Hannah Shand (Shirelive Kids Pastor)
Last Sunday was a milestone in our church. Together we worshipped, came around the Word and we gave.
Thank you Shirelive church for your financial generosity and your love for God’s house.
Thought for the Week
Every time I think of you, I thank God for you.
Andrew (my husband) and I drive to work together on Tuesday (as a Board member he is currently spending Tuesdays at the church offices updating our HR policies and procedures).
On the way this morning we were praying. We spent the 15 minutes drive in gratitude to God for His specific blessings.
Church, you were what we were thanking God for.
As Ps. Tim recounted stories of how our church was built (we were founded in 1949! We turned 66yrs old this year), hearts swelled. As he shared the story of a single lady who gave of her salary to help build our first building way back then, faith arose! As Ps. Alison called us to worship through our financial giving, you responded.
I thank God for you.
I thank God that Shirelive is a church full of people who have a revelation of what financial generosity actually means… lives touched, souls saved, generations built on a solid foundation and people cared for by a generous church.
I thank God for you.
Thank you for giving generously. Thank you for having a big vision. Thank you for seeing beyond the now and into the future. Thank you for loving the Lord and His house.
This week there will be time given again in all services to give in our “Building the Generations” Offering. If you were away last week or if you were still seeking God about how you should participate, there is still time to give your “One-off” gift before June 30thand make your Faith Promise for the next 12 months. (NB. Every giver will receive a tax receipt from Shirelive Foundation as all BTG giving is tax deductible).
In the words of Paul, “I thank God for you” Shirelive. Your generosity echoes into future generations.
We are writing to you together this week!
We were both so encouraged by the ministry with Ps. Martin Steel last week. As long-term givers and people passionate about the Church, we are thrilled to ‘sow again’ in our Building the Generations Offering and trust God in our sowing and reaping!
If you missed last Sunday, you can find the podcasts here:
Thought for the Week
2 Corinthians 9:7
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver
2 Corinthians 9:10
For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.
From a young age I (Andrew) have felt a desire in my heart and a “grace gift” in the area of financial giving. Tithing, offering and special giving (like ‘Building the Generations’) have been a part of my life since I was a teenager working at Pizza Haven Engadine!
With that God has been very specific at times about the way He has called me to receive His blessing and build wealth to financially support His purposes. I remember a time I was invited into an investment scheme (in export goats!) that promised a great return and seemed like a great way to fund a significant contribution to the Kingdom. As much as I wanted it, however, God was so clear with me that this was not the way He had called me to build wealth. His grace on me was for the steady and consistent accumulation of wealth, not a ‘quick’ deal and I am so thankful that God would reveal his plan in this area for my life.
At times His leading to invest in Kingdom giving has meant delaying the purchase of a new car for several years or not buying real estate when I wanted to in areas I wanted to buy in. But I tell everyone who will listen, there has not been a single ’delay’ (because God’s timing is perfect) in these purchases that hasn’t worked out in God providing something far, far better than what I would have settled for!
I have been amazed to watch as time and time again I have seen God provide seed for me to sow – sometimes in the form of increases such as promotions, annual bonuses or tax returns and sometimes in different ways to use what I already have, like extra work opportunities, wisdom to avoid bad financial decisions and even just smarter ways to save. As I have sown what He has provided as seed (sometimes as a sacrifice, where I have needed to delay my own plans significantly and trust God’s leading), He has totally provided and increased my resources.
I (Kristy) too have also engaged my heart in giving since I was a youngster earning $3.00 for babysitting (I think my HR manager husband is appalled that I was paid under the minimum wage!). I was single until the age of 37 and I participated in our annual “Building the Generations” as a single girl for many years. I never saw God fail to look after meand I was even able to see my dream of owning property fulfilled.
This year is our first year of giving as a married couple (with a child on the way! We have certainly experienced “rapid acceleration” as Ps. Brad would put it!). We have spent the last few weeks praying and having conversations about how we feel God is leading us to give, both in our one-off offering and our promise for the next 12 months. We’ve made a decision and we will be filling out our Give Card tonight (after State of Origin!) in preparation for Sunday. We know that as we give what we have ‘purposed in our heart’ we will experience God’s supernatural provision.
Can us Millses encourage you to consider what you will give this Sunday as your “One-Off Gift” as well as your “Faith Promise” for the next 12 months? We are so convinced that God’s giving principles work (we have experienced it! It’s been our life testimony) and we want every individual and family to experience the goodness of God as we have.
If you have any questions about “Building the Generations” you can contact Kristy at the Shirelive office. Alternatively, Andrew (& Ps. Deb Lenzo) will be in the foyer at our “BTG Lounge” on Sunday ready to help you with any questions about our “Building the Generations” Offering.
Andrew & Kristy Mills
I am so proud (in a healthy way) to be a part of a church uniquely graced by God for financial generosity. It is a distinctive that I am grateful to God for.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:
2 Corinthians 8:6, 10 NLT
6 So we have urged Titus, who encouraged your giving in the first place, to return to you and encourage you to finish this ministry of giving.
10 Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago.Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it.
I have always been excited by the beginning…
In painting a room, I am thrilled by the first rolls of colour. The first week of a new job is one of my favorites. The first months of marriage were exciting and new for me. The first few days of knowing I was pregnant were wonder–filled. The joy of placing my annual BTG Promise in the offering last year was fulfilling.
Then life happened and that which was joyful and new became something of greater commitment to the conviction I have of completion. The painting required hours to finish. The job, though fulfilling, required discipline and work. Marriage has required a decision to love in action some days. Beyond the wonder, pregnancy has required some physical endurance (even though we are only just past the half-way mark!).
….and my BTG promise has required a commitment to finish a good work that I started a year ago.
As we consider these scriptures a clear challenge emerges (as an aside, I deeply appreciate the preeminence that scripture is given in our church, particularly the Biblical approach that Ps. Brad has been leading us through regarding finance and stewardship. Upholding the authority of scripture engenders trust).
Here in these scriptures Paul is speaking to the Corinthian church about a giving project that began a year before this particular letter. It was a relief project for the churches in Jerusalem and Judea. Several churches had committed to generous giving to help these Christians in distress (none more so than the Macedonian churches, who even though they were very poor, gave in a bafflingly generous way!).
Paul notes that the Corinthians were the FIRST to BEGIN to GIVE! They lost no time and started straight away! Now he is writing to encourage them to COMPLETE what they started.
Paul recognizes wholeheartedly that the Corinthians’ FINANCIAL GIVING IS A MINSTRY (v6.) He was not asking them for their time, their prayer or their talent in this case. He was exhorting them to COMPLETE their FINANCIAL GIVING MINISTRY…to FINISH THEIR GIVING IN THE SAME WAY THAT THEY SO GENEROUSLY STARTED.
Though this letter is to a specific group of people, I truly believe that it has been put in the scriptures to speak to us.
We need the same encouragement! Many of us gave generously and promised generously in the last Building the Generations month. Now is the time to revisit that commitment and prepare for completion. This means taking stock of what was promised and planning for its completing.
Shirelive is a church graced for generous financial giving for the purpose of the Kingdom of God. As we approach 21st June (our Offering Sunday) I know that together we are committed to finish what we started!
May God bless you and your family as you prepare for an exciting Offering Sunday on 21st June!
9.30am & 5.30pm Ps. Martin Steel
Ps. Martin Steel is one of the foremost prophetic leadership voices in the world today. Renowned for his ability to cut to the heart of the matter with his profound Bible teaching, spiritual insight and extraordinary revelation, we know you will be deeply ministered to this Sunday in all services.
KIDS! This Sunday night you will be enjoying “Mastermind” our big, fun quiz night! And parents, no need to feed your kids before church – we are providing FREE ‘Winter Dinners’ during these chilly months! See you Sunday for a yummo dinner & a super fun night!
Coffee With Ps. Ali & the Girls! Thursday 18th June, 7.30pm, San Churros Miranda(right up the top of the new outside eatery!)
Ladies, we are gathering again! This time, we are indulging in all things decadent & sweet as we hang out together for a good catch up! Make sure you are there nice and early as we will be saving table space just for you!
18th June Coffee with Ps. Ali & The Girls
21st & 28th June Building The Generations Offering
July 6th – 8th July Ignite Winter Camp
8th – 10th July Impact Winter Camp
See you Sunday Church!
What an incredible weekend of ministry!!
In both services we experienced amazing times of worship and really saw God move powerfully in our ‘Anointing Service’ with Ps Scott Hanzy! There was a real sense of freedom and it was powerful to see God’s hand at work in so many lives!
The highlight for me, however, was Ps Brad’s message in the morning that set a platform for ‘BUILDING THE GENERATIONS’!
2 Corinthians 8:7 (NIV)
But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
I felt encouraged and inspired to not only pursue a life full of faith, knowledge and love but to also aspire to be a person who excels in the grace of giving and a life of generosity.
I would encourage you to listen again to this powerful word in the lead up to our ‘Building The Generations’ offering to be received on the 21st of June. Here’s the link:
Every week, we as Pastors, have the incredible opportunity to pray for the people of Shirelive and declare breakthrough and blessing over their lives! This week was one of those prayer meetings where God was in the meeting before we were… God was speaking so clearly and the word I received was ‘PILGRIMAGE’.
This is not a word I was awfully familiar with but when I looked it up it’s meaning and significance was clear;
A pilgrimage is a journey to a promised destination, towards which we are changed in the journey. It is the walking out of one’s faith with the purpose of spiritual awakening. It is a divine adventure, an act of devotion, a holy sacrifice.
God showed me that over the next few weeks with our lead up to ‘Building The Generations’ it isn’t going to be a natural journey based solely on practical considerations, checks and balances or strategic thinking but that this will be a spiritual journey of great significance! That we would all participate in a divine adventure and that through an act of devotion we would bring a holy sacrifice that would lead to a spiritual awakening causing supernatural breakthrough!!
Psalm 84:5 (NIV)
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
Let’s journey this together church, not in our own strength but through the power of the Holy Spirit as we set our hearts on pilgrimage.
Sunday AM (9.30am): Building the Generations!
Ps. Brad will be continuing on from last week and building upon the revelation of the ‘Grace Of Giving’. Roger Head, one of our Board members, will also be presenting the significant progress we have made as a church and sharing some thoughts for the next part of our journey. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to celebrate what God has done!
Sunday PM (5.30am): Preach It Fourword! Prepare to be inspired and blown away by some of the gold we have rising up in our house! This Sunday Jackson Moore, Ali Sopoaga, Alex Johnson & Kat Boukouvalas will be bringing it!. It’s going to be an amazing night so make sure you’re there!\
14th June AM & PM Ps Martin Steel
21st & 28th June Building The Generations Offering
6th – 8th July Ignite Winter Camp
8th – 10th July Impact Winter Camp
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