On Sunday night we gathered as a church for our annual Envision Night. For the first time we made it a family night, with dinner and a movie for the kids, which it an even more special night for us as a church. On the night we received an update on the progress of the finances, the future of the Parramatta Church Plant (including who is on the Launch Team), and about how we are moving forward at Wahroonga. If you would like to listen to the audio you can here: http://sovgrace.org.au/media/envision-2019
If you missed our Envision night last Sunday, we’re changing the way we communicate at Sovereign Grace Church. Instead of multiple avenues – Facebook, website, WhatsApp, Instagram etc. – we’ll be updating you on all the latest events, prayer request and praise reports every week through our new Church blog - ‘Church News’. Every Tuesday lunchtime at 12.00pm all the updates from the team that have been placed on the blog throughout the week will be sent out to you in a capture all email through MailChimp. You may initially need to check your junk mail folder to ensure you receive the emails.
If you’re having any difficulties receiving these updates please contact Brendan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Men, mark your calendars and join us on the 16th of March at the offices, Sat. Morning, 8:00 AM for our first Men’s Breakfast of 2019.
On Wednesday night we had a wonderful time praising God and asking Him to move in our community! The highlight for me (Brendan) was being caught up in the multitude of voices singing praises at the top of their lungs. We ended the night by praying for the Parramatta team as they start meeting for the first time next week. Here’s a prayer God laid on my heart for the team as they seek to reach out in their new community. It’s Habakkuk’s prayer for his people who have forsaken God.
“O‘Lord, I have heard the report of you,
and your work, O Lord, do I fear.
In the midst of the years revive it;
in the midst of the years make it known;
in wrath remember mercy.”
Two excellent book recommendations from Dave Taylor’s message on ‘Discern Your Mission’…
‘Discipling, How To Help Others Follow Jesus’ - by Mark Dever
‘The Imperfect Disciple’ - by Jared Wilson
Pure gold… Enjoy!!
On Sunday night we introduced a new discipleship resource to help anyone in the church who would like to grow in a specific area of their Christian life. To find out more, or if you’d like a soft copy click here.
With life in Sydney often so busy, it can be really tough to keep track of everything that’s happening in church. On Sunday night we announced a new initiative to help make life easy for you! Find out more here.
Simon Walker and Riley Spring have recently made a podcast where they discuss how to follow Jesus in the everyday. They have made episodes on topics such as work, mission, church, discipleship, and more to come. They are short 15-20 minute episodes designed to help you grow to be more like Jesus. AND on two episodes there is a very special guest who outdoes them both in brains and beauty but you’ll have to listen to find out who!
You can listen to it iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/following-jesus/id1446014329?mt=2
Online here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/followingjesus
The RSS feed is: https://followingjesus.podomatic.com/rss2.xml
Just last week Dave began our ‘Discern’ series with an important message entitled ‘Discern Your World’, a message based on the important words of 1 John 2.12-17. Please take a listen below if you missed it…
Dave encouraged us then to take the time to ask ourselves the following questions for the glory of the Lord…
Is there anything that I’m presently watching or listening to or participating in, that in reality, is seducing me into the world?
Is there anything in the world that I’m presently attracted to or pursuing, thinking that this might give me meaning or significance or value or security?
In all honesty, am I actively and purposefully fleeing the world, or am I flirting with the world?