Our Gospel is great news. In these troubled times, we can be overcome by the weight of the bad news and issues surrounding us.
Now is a great time to reflect on our identity in Christ.
Some key truths about who we are:
Member of the Body of Christ
Crucified with Jesus
Child of God
One in spirit with Jesus
Appointed for ministry
Baptised into Christ
Temple of Holy Spirit
… you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2
Group singing or chanting is particularly high risk and so should continue to be avoided.
Have strategies in place to manage gatherings that may occur immediately outside the premises, such as at the conclusion of services. This may involve suspending or adjusting the practice of greeting congregants as they arrive or depart to ensure appropriate physical distancing.
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Things are progressing steadily for the transition of KCI into Together for the Illawarra. In the meantime, this eLink will continue in its present form. Please pray with us that all will go smoothly.
lllawarra Online Church Services Directory
Click the image above (or follow link) to access the page.
If you have an online service and would like people to easily find it, submit the details by filling out the form (click “Submit your church” button at the top right when the link opens)
The Illawarra allocation of around 25,000 has all been distributed. There is another shipment of 320,000 bound for Australia. Dennis Bagnall is having a knee replacement and will not be back on the streets for some time.
Pastors, leaders, and indeed most of our church members are doing it tough. The natural instinct is to do everything possible to return to familiar models of church and other regular activities. The pressure can take its toll.
Pastors are falling on their own swords, even entertaining suicide.
An overview of world history, prophetic calls in the Old Testament, the political situation of the 1st Century, Jesus’ warnings, plus the Book of Revelation, serve as reminders that times change.
Today we see accelerating moves in the status of world politics and power bases.
Let us see the COVID restrictions as an opportunity to learn how to become an effective underground church.
We can learn a lot from China and Iran where the church is growing at around 20%pa, has no centralised leadership, no buildings, no high tech support, loves Israel, and women are a driving force.
So what is our long term ‘plan b’?
Change focus from platform ministry to discipleship.
Let go of liturgy and symbolism.
Move church into homes.
Promote autonomous groups.
Minimise or eliminate paid staff.
Find a use for, or sell, under-utilised real estate.
Let’s keep our ears to the ground.
Tough times don’t mean we lose our faith, hope and joy
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1
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There are currently 4 people from different churches (with Darryl Stewart as Coordinator) on the board who take responsibility for the network.
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