Senior Pastors update

Have you ever received a useless gift for Christmas, or for your birthday? I’m not sure if I have, but I must confess to have given a useless gift! Yes, this year, I gave my husband 3 sessions with a personal trainer, and from his lukewarm reaction I knew that I had given him something he would never use! At the end of a year or at the beginning of a new year we often take stock of our lives and make moves to rid ourselves of useless things that hinder us in our lives, both natural and spiritual. Sometimes this de-cluttering takes the form of New Year’s Resolutions – AKA good intentions – that are quickly forgotten as our lives take on their customary busyness.

On December 30th, which we had named ‘Shredder Sunday’, we finished 2012 by shredding those things which were hindering our walk with God, being motivated by the scripture in Hebrews 12: 1 – 2a [NIV] “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” And we named 2013 ‘The Year of Increase’.

I think it’s a good practice to name your year. By naming the year ‘Increase’, we are speaking into being, through the power of the tongue, God’s desire for our lives as disciples through whom Jesus is building his church. We were challenged to acknowledge that all defeat, failure, depression, frustration and sin have their root in UNBELIEF. So, in order to experience increase in our lives we must not only throw off, but shred, every entanglement that the enemy can use to distract, discourage and divert us from God’s purpose for our lives. We need to shred every hint of unbelief. Unbelief is the opposite of faith. “And without faith it is impossible to please God.” [Hebrews 11: 6 NIV] If you are a person who walks by faith in God, you can expect INCREASE, FAVOUR and BLESSING 

Senior Pastors Update

In our church recently we have been thinking about the fact that each believer, or Jesus-follower, has a mission; and that is to make disciples. According to the words of Jesus in Matthew 28: 16 – 20, every disciple of Jesus has been given a mission, an assignment, an errand, a task. It’s no small task.

Much of our discipling is done in small groups – after all, Jesus had a smallish group of rough diamonds that he made into disciples, those who followed his teachings and who taught others to follow his teachings. In small groups (we call them life groups at Blue Mountains City Church), several people can be discipled at once, iron sharpening iron.

In life groups, there’s a relational dynamic that’s missing in a large group like a crowd at a church service. It can be daunting for a person to come into a large group, whereas a life group can create a smaller circle of people to relate to on a more intimate level; when we meet together in life groups, we can grow as disciples of Jesus – obeying the teachings of Jesus – and spur each other on in our faith.

By meeting in life groups, people can develop authentic relationships while growing in their faith. Not only that, but also true Biblical community, and friendship evangelism can occur in life groups, where the primary focus must be on building significant relationships. So why don’t you join a life group and get connected! As Larry Osborne says in his book, ‘Sticky Church’, every Christian needs to be “velcroed” to the Bible and to other Christians.