Love and the Holy Spirit is not a topic often addressed. Pastor Dwayne explained how Holy Spirit came with power to help us to spread the love of Jesus to those around us. Glenda and Debra led the worship time and there were two encouraging messages that are recorded just before the sermon. I hope you will be blessed by it. I still struggle to find a way to record the worship, but here is a try on one song. I would appreciate feedback if you would like to hear more of the worship part of our meetings?
The planned celebration in the park had to be moved indoor due to the weather, but we had even more fun! Aarno, Cathy and Gordon provided testimonies about their fathers, Sandra entertained us with her violin (one part included in the recording) and we had a nice meal with lots of conversations lasting a long time afterwards. We listened to video song "Prodigal" by Sidewalk Prophets.
The Sunday evening service was just as much a blessing as the morning. Justin Manzey didn't get to his 8 points, but we have been inspired by what we've learnt. There were prophetic messages for a number of persons in both services. Those recordings are separate - ask Ferdi for access to them.
Three Elements in the Foundation
1. The Great Commandment: Matthew 22:37-39
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
2. The Great Commission: Matthew 28:19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
3. The Great Action Plan: Ephesians 4:7, 11-16
7 However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
To love, to live and to lead like Jesus.
Justin Manzey from Latitude Ministries visited us this morning. A powerful message about the calling of the church. From his experiences with churches all over the world he showed what is the essence of the church as intended by Jesus. From an excellent worship time, to ministry after the service; it was an encouraging time.
1 Corinthians 3:6 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 7 It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. 9 For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.
Mark 4:8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they sprouted, grew, and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
1 Corinthians 12:4 There are different gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are different ministries, but the same Lord. 6 There are different ways of working, but the same God works all things in all men. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
Luke 10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them,“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
2 Peter 1:3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
Three “I will” statements of Jesus:
1. I will send the Holy Spirit.
John 14:26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
2. I will come again.
John 14:3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
3. I will build My Church.
Matthew 16:18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell, will not conquer it.
Mary Kaiser is a 92-year old ex-resident of Keremeos and gave us a very entertaining message, motivating us to obedience. It was so enjoyable and inspiring! The worship team from 10th Ave took us back in time with some old songs. The recording starts with an encouraging word from the Holy Spirit based on the song below, Steve introduced Mary (see his photos below) and pastor Dwayne closed the service. Georgina had the girls from Kids Church on the lawn on this hot Sunday.