Over 80,000 people in Australia were committed to pray and fast for our nation in the days leading up to the Federal Election.
Scott Morrison’s words will go down in history “I believe in miracles”
We have all preached and tried to motivate our people to pray.
Our role is to model prayer .
Go beyond ‘prayer points’.
It’s about the love language between our spirit and the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Beware of cultural liturgies of praying.
Prayer is addictive as we fall in love with Jesus more and more.
What is more important… to be faithfully telling God about our needs down here
talking about, revealing and praying for an invasion of the kingdom of God on earth?
Evangelism is on the boil
God is raising up additional evangelistic movements in our region .
Two of the speakers at the Gong Mens Day spoke on
Life, gospel and a non-Christian world – Sam Chan
Life, Gospel and telling your story – Stephen Abbott
These sessions will continue to be offered each year to encourage and equip men to share their faith.
Itinerant street preachers Karl and Emdy Taylor, have just spent some time in Wollongong, Karl remarked that preaching here was comparatively easy, people are ready. Listen to their 90 second testimony in KCI Everyday Miracles.
A few churches are now using the programme ‘Silence Breakers’ in open air and personal evangelism. It has been produced by ‘ The Normal Christian Life’.
Ordinary congregational members are finding a new confidence in sharing the gospel and their testimonies. Many have seen God do amazing things on the streets, including healings.
Some churches report breakthrough in numbers of young people filling churches and church activities.
Port Kembla Baptist Church reports that they have a problem keeping up with the numbers and needs of new people coming to church or showing interest. At the moment, they need workers, a bus and money. The pastor says “Help!” .
The church is very conscious of their 40 days of payer late last year.
Last year the regional Anglican churches ran a ‘Jesus is___’ campaign. Bishop Peter Hayward had the last say
Says Bishop Hayward: “The message was we wanted everyone in our parishes to take one step further on whatever evangelistic work they’d ever done before. If they’ve never identified as Christian, then identify as Christian. If they haven’t prayed before, pray; if they’ve never spoken before, speak; if they’ve never invited someone before, invite. And if we collectively do this, we prayed under God’s gracious hand that he might bless our endeavours.”
Movement Day sessions are now on line.
For inspiration and ideas from Australia and overseas, check out the website
A team of disciple making trainers continues to grow in the Illawarra.
Recently Ying and Grace Kai have visited Wollongong and met with 12 workers who have started discipling groups. They helped us consider how to be more effective disciple multipliers. The overall plan is:
1. Go to the lost (they won’t come to us)
2. Share the gospel with everyone – don’t be selective.
3. Make disciples, not church members.
4. Equip everyone to be able to share their testimony.
5. Train your trainers (disciples) until they can train others
If you are interested in training, outreach or connecting at our monthly gatherings please contact Hazel 0414 463976 or David on 0402600044.
Just in (from David Milne)
We have 44 student teams of two sharing the gospel across the Illawarra on Wednesday 10th July 2-5pm, partnering with 8 churches. Praise God.
Freedom of Speech Grassroots Campaign
A national Grassroots Campaign for Freedom of Religion is welling up in Australia.
The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, has written an excellent page supporting Israel Folau’s right to Freedom of Religion follow link
The Presbyterian Church of Australia have sent the senate petition form (below) to every church for members to sign and then forward.
Other Christian organisations are coming on board quickly as the stakes get higher for religious freedom in Australia.
Many Christians simply don’t know what to do with Israel Folau. He certainly is a courageous man. There are many legitimate questions, and some have been answered in the public domain. A recent interview with Martin Iles from the ACL on the TV programme Sunrise answers a lot of these. At the time of the interview on June 26th, 15,000 people had donated an average of around $100 each which totalled $1.5 million. Last news is that the call for funding has been halted at $2 million.
We have a Biblical precedent with Paul before Festus in Acts 25. Having done nothing wrong, he appealed to Caesar.
Locally, churches and Christians have been asked to get on board.
What to do:
Print Senate Petition forms ; join with others to complete, sign and post back the signed original petitions to Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells in Wollongong. See link .
For other resources including contacting MP’s etc, see link
This may seem a lot of hard work, but it’s a practical avenue for influencing our decision makers.
The Illawarra Business Hub meets 7am on the first Friday of each month at the Yallah Woolshed.
The aim is to help encourage business people and grow in a Christian manner, giving God all the glory.
Every Friday 7am Prayer Breakfast . It’s a time for prayer for our region, fellowship and a godly start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC carpark Unanderra.
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.
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There are currently 5 people from different churches (with Darryl Stewart as Coordinator) on the board who take responsibility for the network.