”For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isa 43:19 NLT
We are about enter into a new and exciting period for our church! God has been inspiring our leadership about His desire to see a new level being reached in our church. A new level of growth. A new level of expectancy. A new level of faith.
We are excited that the Lord has been drawing new families and ministries into this church over the last 2-3 years. We are seeing encouraging growth in our small groups and morning services.
Part of this fresh vision, is changing our church name into something simple and contemporary. Something that challenges people as they drive past, rather than just making us feel good. Something that speaks about God’s plan for our local community too.
“Eternity Church—Where will YOU spend it?” That is the question we want people to consider when they visit our church.
Isn't it great to know that Jesus loves us! Do we really know it? Do we really understand it?
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1a
We are children of God!. Born again into a Royal family. Loved as a child of the Most High God. We are precious in His sight! His love has been poured out to us through the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.
He has lifted us from the miry clay and set our feet upon the Rock. We are seated with Christ in high places!
“May [you] have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God . Eph 3:18-19
HE IS ALIVE!
”If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.” 1 Cor 15:19-22 NASB
Easter gives us the reassurance that we have redemption from sin. The penalty of sin is death, but now we are made alive in Christ, because Christ paid our penalty on that Cross!
We now no longer live, but Christ lives in us. The old has gone, the new has come! We have a new beginning in Him.
Let’s not waste our lives, but use every breath we have to praise Him and serve Him!
Imagine the huge range of emotions that were running through the minds of the disciples, the day Jesus rose from the grave. First the huge disappointment, grief, feelings of betrayal, fear, distress and discouragement.
All these emotions were suddenly changed at the discovery of the empty tomb. Now they are shocked, disbelieving, hopeful, bewildered and amazed.
At the glimpse of their resurrected Saviour however there is now joy, love, thankfulness, amazement, excitement, laughter and renewed hope.
In our life we will experience many of the same emotions in our Christian walk. But wouldn't be great if our feelings towards Jesus were always just like those early disciples when they too realised that Jesus had rescued everyone their sins, and knew—He is alive!
The words of the Teacher,son of David, king in Jerusalem:
2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!”
says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless. (Eccl 1:1-2)
As a young Christian when I first read the book of Ecclesiastes I thought, “how depressing!”. It was some time later before I actually realised the great wisdom that King Solomon was writing about. This book explores all the ways in life we can seek and strive after things, to find fulfilment. I believe there are a lot of people today going through that same journey. It is really only when you get too the end of the book, that Solomon summarises the answer to fulfilment, can only be found in God.
— Ps Rod
"Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes." Isa 54:2
God wants to grow us, which in turn grows the ‘church’.
I believe God wants us this year, to focus on developing and growing our Life Groups so that we are teaching and discipling each other. We need to be stretched! We need to be challenged! It is through life’s testings and experiences that God uses to make us stronger.
If you are not part of the ‘life’ of this Church, I encourage you to get involved. We are not meant to live our Christian lives alone, we need each other.
Life! Be in it!
— Ps Rod
The promises of a New Year are exciting! It is an opportunity to forget the problems of the past and look forward to new opportunities.
It is often a time when we reflect on our walk with the Lord. Have I grown stronger in my faith? Am I affecting others with His love? Have I become more generous, caring & loving? Or am I still battling with the same issues I’ve had for years?
Jesus declared in the Book of Revelation,
(2:1-8) that He is making all things new, and He will reward those who overcome. We may not be seeing the kind of breakthrough we would like in our lives—but we can be assured that God is on our side. He has made a way for us to live lives that please Him.
Why not make a decision to trust the Lord more in our lives this year, and see Him being glorified in all that do and say?
— Ps Rod
Senior Pastor at Eternity Church.