Missions Week This Week

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Missions week is a space created every four weeks to help us to be faithfully on mission. Here are some ideas of things you could do this week based around C4. If you’d like some more ideas you can download our missions week cheat sheet here.

Connect: 
// Bake some cookies and knock on your neighbours door
// Invite a lady in your mum's group out for coffee

Care: 
// Organise a working bee to bless a neighbour in need.
// Invite a friend to join your GC for dinner.

Communicate: 
// Ask a colleague if they'd like to read the Bible with you?
// Organise for your GC to run a Christianity Explored course and invite some friends to join.

Call: 
// Ask a friend what is stopping them from following Jesus?
// Offer to read a book / watch videos with them.

KYCK 2019 Review

From Abi Chavez, Youth Leader…

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In April this year, 17 of our SG Youth went up to Katoomba for a Christian Youth convention called ‘KYCK’.  Each year 6,000 or so teenagers come together over three weekends for fun, donuts, fellowship, worship and most importantly, sermons from the Word of God that help our youth grow in their knowledge and understanding of our incredible Saviour! 

 This year at KYCK, we jumped into the book of John where we had 6 sessions focused on Believing, Loving and Remaining. The speakers used passages to help the youth think about what we believe and whom we believe in as Christians. They also talked about who we are loved by and what that means for us as children of God. Then finishing off with a talk from John 15 about remaining in the vine and what that looks like for us as followers of Jesus to live out in our everyday lives. 

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As a Youth Group we got to spend some time hanging out and enjoying some quality fellowship together. Most excitingly, we got to celebrate the amazing news of some of our own youth girls, committing and recommitting their lives to Christ that weekend!

The Lord really does move in the hearts of youth, and it was an incredible joy and privilege to witness that first hand, hearing the testimonies of these girls confessing Jesus to be their Lord and King!! 

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We would love you to join us in praying for the Youth, that the Lord would continue to be at work in their hearts and that they may continue to cling to the vine and live their lives fully for Jesus in all that they do. 

By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. – John 15:8-11

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Praying For Dave's Travels

Hey Folks, I’m just at the airport, heading off overseas once again and so I’d love your prayers!!

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Monday to Thursday I’m going to be in Louisville, Kentucky, attending a Leadership Development Retreat with around 10 other guys. Many of these men have become dear friends over the years and so please pray for refreshment and learning for all involved.

On Friday, I then relocate to Gilbert, Arizona to spend time with Rich Richardson and Sovereign Grace Church, Gilbert. Please pray that I can serve them well and make much of Christ.

Thanks so much!!

Parramatta Plant Update: Venue + Public Information Night

We are excited to announce that we have secured a location for launching the Parramatta Church! We will be heading to Tara Anglican Junior School! This is such a kind provision from God as we have a great space for a very good price! Thank you all for your prayers and support!

Also, on Thursday 8th August at 7:30pm we are hosting a Public Information Night for the Church Plant and would LOVE for you to come along and attend if you’d like to! We will be hosting it at Tara Junior School. More details to come, so stay tuned! Riley

Our New Church Administrator

Hey Guys, I just wanted to write you with some encouraging news!! We have recently been in discussion as a Pastoral Team about our need for an Administrator. As things have grown Globally for Dave, as well as for us here in our Church in Sydney, there's been a growing awareness of a need to find someone to fulfill this role of Administration... And to be honest, good Church Administrators don't exactly grow on trees, particularly when we need them to be part-time!!

But the Lord knows what we need and as we looked at on Sunday, “He always provides”, and so I'm pleased to announce that Glen Jones will be taking on the role of our Church Administrator, on a part-time 20 hours a week basis, from July.

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To say we are thrilled is an understatement. The Lord has provided in gifting and in finances to make this possible, and so to Him be all the glory.

In His Grace, Dave

Ladies Breakfast Recap

Thanks so much to all of you who attended the Ladies Breakfast on Saturday!

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It was a great turn out and we had a wonderful time of food, fellowship and opening up God’s word together. We looked at the topic of fear and were reminded from the Bible of how when the cares of this world consume us, we need to humble ourselves, remember who God is and fear Him. This is how we begin to move from fear to freedom. 

If you missed the morning you can catch up with the message by following the link below:

http://sovgrace.org.au/media/titus-2/fear-freedom

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Book Review: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

If you’re looking for a good read to encourage you in your faith this winter let me strongly recommend Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus.

Seeking Allah Finding Jesus is the autobiography of Nabeel Qureshi a prominent Christian apologist and speaker with Ravi Zacharias Ministries who passed away in 2017 after battling with stomach cancer.

Nabeel takes the reader on an immensely personal journey into his upbringing as the child of Pakistani migrants living in the USA and his dramatic conversion from Islam to Christianity.

I know what you’re thinking, ‘Why should I add this book to my lengthy list of yet to read books?’ Here are just a few reasons:

Firstly, you’ll grow in compassion for our Muslim friends and neighbours. You can’t help read this book and find yourself moved by the plight of our Muslim neighbours who don’t know Christ. Nabeel paints such a moving picture of what life looked like for him before his conversion: his worldview, his family, his community, his view of the West. I finished the book with my desire to see Muslims come to know Christ freshly stirred.

Secondly, you’ll be encouraged by the way in which God powerfully used a simple friendship to bring Nabeel to Christ. Nabeel, who had struggled to find friends for most of his teenage years, started his journey towards Christ by in large due to the persistence of his good friend, former atheist come Christian, David Wood (he has a powerful testimony which you can view here).

Thirdly, you’ll be encouraged in your own faith. A big part of Nabeel’s journey towards Christ was a detailed examination of the historical evidence to support the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Evidence that contradicts the teachings of the Quran and the Hadiths. I found following Nabeel’s journey towards faith, the immense cost he faced in making a decision for Christ, and, the way in which God met him with grace time and time again deeply encouraging.

All in all, if you’re looking for an encouraging read I highly recommend you buy ‘Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus’ by Nabeel Qureshi.

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

Titus 2 Breakfast... This Saturday!!

In the world we live in there are so many things that can tempt us to fear,  but what does it mean to fear God? How does the fear of the Lord drive out the ungodly fears that can debilitate us?

Come and join us for a morning of food, fellowship and opening up God’s word together as we follow Jesus’ example and see what it means to fear God and live in the freedom that He brings. 

  • 1st June: 8.30-10.30am

  • SG Offices: 21/7 Sefton Road

  • $5 a head

  • Speaker - Emma Taylor

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World Foster Day - 31st May

The Bible tells us to care for “orphans” (James 1.27) and as we look around in society today, wondering where those orphans are, the answer is that all our “orphans” here in Australia are actually in Foster Care. In NSW alone over 18,000 kids are in Foster Care. What a privilege then that we get to care for them. Sometimes directly by moving them into our homes, and sometimes indirectly by being Aunties and Uncles to these kids, but any which way, what an important God-given responsibility we have in this. It takes a village to raise children, and that includes those in Foster Care.

That’s what I thank God then for ‘World Foster Day’, a day that I was recently made aware of by one of our members, Marine Erasmus. Here’s the details for you…

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Children around the world face the harsh realities of life away from a loving family. Many of these children are placed in alternative care, known in many cases as foster care. #Worldfosterday on 31 May is the first initiative of it’s kind to educate, raise awareness and gather people around this important issue in our society.

#Worldfosterday aims to advocate and empower individuals, organisations, churches and government to get involved in this form of alternative care. Numerous scientific studies and research show the positive effect that a healthy family environment has on a child and the clear advantages that this has for society as a whole. For this purpose #Worldfosterday aims to shine a light on foster care.

Foster care is defined as the placement of a child, who needs to be removed from the parental home, into the custody of a suitable family or person willing to be foster parents. Understanding the complexities of alternative care and the great need for foster families puts us on the road to a long term, sustainable solution.

31 May will become a day of joining families, organisations, churches and governments internationally in doing their part towards creating a bright future for vulnerable children. #Worldfosterday is partnering with various organisations already doing great work in their communities and individuals are encouraged to find a family to support, volunteer at various organisations or even just to learn more about this issue.

Please visit our website www.worldfosterday.org for more info or follow World Foster Day on Social Media. You can also contact info@worldfosterday.org for more information.

Sunday Recap: In our Weakness God Saves

This past Sunday Simon Walker opened up God’s word to us from Exodus 17:8–16. In this passage we see God working in and through Moses to save his people from an attack by Amalek. It’s a beautiful picture of the help God provides to weak people in need of salvation.

Point 1. The Problem: here we see that Israel faces an enemy that is taking advantage of them in their weakness and which they are unable to fight against in and of themselves. There only hope for victory is the power of God symbolised by Moses’ raised staff.

Point 2. The Partnership: here we see the way in which God uses people together in order to achieve his glorious purposes. Moses holds aloft the staff of God while Joshua fights and Aaron and Hur support Moses by holding his failing arm in the air. These partnerships remind us that God has placed us in community with a deep need for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Point 3. The Altar: here we see Moses’ response of appropriate thanksgiving to God, recording the event and building an altar of thanks. In addition, we also see the way this passage points us forward to the future Joshua, who empowered by the Holy Spirit would deal the decisive blow against the enemies of God in the giving of his life.

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Easter Sunday Baptisms

On Easter Sunday we had the privilege of baptizing India Wood and Nic Beed. Watch below to see their testimony of how the Lord pursued them and saved them from their sin into new life in Christ! Isn’t incredible that God would use our ordinary local church to be a part of the most extraordinary thing that can happen in someone’s life!? Church, let’s keep on reaching out, befriending the lost, having patience, and slowly, bit by bit, making disciples!

Parramatta Update

Every Thursday night the Parra Launch team has been gathering for fellowship and training as we prepare to embark on this exciting and scary mission of planting a church in Parramatta. We have also been meeting in Parramatta to eat, drink, and start to make it our new home. In terms of location, we have a couple of open doors but need further wisdom as to where exactly we want to be and who we want to reach. Please be praying for us as a team to be: personally following Jesus, united as a team, on mission in our community, and full of faith not fear as we go ahead!