We have just celebrated with our wider community the true reason of Christmas. It was not a story from the past but a fact that God wants to be in relationship with us, His Children today.
God’s Love invites a response from us!
New Years’ are usually noisy and we all have plenty to say about how we want to change ourselves and who we want to “be”, filled with hope and promise.
As we resolve who we want to “be” together as Churches of Christ in this State let us recall Isaiah 40:31 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on the wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint”. May we do this, remembering we are in relationship with our Lord from what He has done for us, and that He will guide us to be His people in this world.
This year, let us reclaim together the voice we are given through being intentional in our relationship with each other, especially with our Lord.
In 2018 may we continue to grow as a Movement of Churches in Faith, Hope and Love, sharing God’s message for all.
Happy New Year!
Conference President, Churches of Christ SA & NT
In the October Need2Know you will find:
- An article by Scott Combridge
- An update on marriage enrichment resources from Mark Riessen
- Surrender Conference event info
- News from Stirling Theological College, GMP and CareWorks
- Convention 2018 update
Last month we heard from visiting speakers Dean Phelan and Andrew Menzies talking about Kingdom Communities and how churches can facilitate a much broader imagination in facilitating a range of creative ways people can access the Kingdom of God.
They talked about a book they had co-authored called "Kingdom Communities: Shining the light of Christ through Faith, Hope & Love". Well that book is now published and available for purchase. See the link below to grab your copy.
Here's an endorsement from Mike Frost of Morling College;
"Read this book and I guarantee you’ll be deeply encouraged even before you finish the introduction! God is doing something new, breathing fresh life into his people, sending them out as Kingdom Communities, embedded in neighbourhoods right across the country. Andrew Menzies and Dean Phelan have got their finger on the pulse. Their book is not only full of stories from around Australia, it provides both the theological frame and the practical steps for launching a movement of Kingdom Communities wherever God has placed you."
SURRENDER Adelaide:18 Saints+Citizens | 12-14 October
"Set your hearts on things above, not on earthly things...and the Word became flesh and moved into the neighbourhood".
Consumerism and conflict, politics and power, fear and injustice mark the narrative of our world and our streets. Humanity was created from the dust of the land, yet God breathed His life into us - but have we lost connection to both? As we follow Jesus, how do we understand and balance the call to seek His kingdom coming in the now of our neighbourhoods and world, yet have faith and find hope in the promise of a creation made whole. Can we embody the way of Jesus now as citizens in our places and world, yet hold an eternal identity as saints?
Friday 12 October | 10:00am – 9.00pm (Registrations open at 9:00am)
Saturday 13 October | 10:00am – 9.00pm (Registrations open at 9:00am)
Sunday 14 October | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Marion Church of Christ | Corner Marion Road & Alawoona Avenue, South Australia