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Jun 15, 2015   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments
Hi Church!

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 

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!

THIS WEEK:

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!

COMING UP: 

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!

Ps. Kristy

Shirelive ENews

Jun 7, 2015   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments
Dearest Shire Folk!

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:

http://www.shirelive.com/podcast/

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;

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.

God Bless,

Jarrad Gibson

THIS SUNDAY: 

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!\

Coming up:

June

14th  June AM & PM             Ps Martin Steel

21st & 28th June        Building The Generations Offering

July

6th – 8th July               Ignite Winter Camp

8th – 10th July             Impact Winter Camp

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