TITLE: Revelation Chapter 3:7-13: The Letter to the Church at Philadelphia
PREACHER: Marcus Herbert
DATE: 29 July 2012 – Sunday AM
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We were once again all shown-up by Uptown when it comes to busting the moves at last night’s All-Sites Celebration, with the Uptown guys giving us all a good lesson in partying!
It was a brilliant time together as we celebrated the amazing things God has been doing in Cornerstone and the fantastic promises He has for us as we look forward. After a wonderful time of singing and dancing, we prayed into the new areas we believe God is opening up for us – Yeoville and Rosebank. For both of these areas we’re trusting to see venues open up and sites firmly established.
Prayers also went towards seeing all the sites – not just Bedfordview – develop into resource centres as leaders are raised up and sent to plant churches and pioneer for God. We’re a church in the city and that is becoming a greater reality. All-Sites Celebration is a time when we really begin to feel that reality coming through and I was grateful for an evening of connecting with Cornerstone guys from all over Jozi.
It was a real privilege helping out the guys from the Klopper Friday Club on Mandela Day and giving their venue some much-needed attention!
We got there in the morning and noted the big job ahead – there were broken windows, cracking paint, dirty and broken light-fittings, dirty curtains, and much more. So we got to work, stripping everything, coating the main hall, sorting out the kitchen and the passages, cleaning the carpets, fixing the windows, taking care of the paint… the list continues.
Throughout the day a number of people stopped by to do their 67 minutes in the spirit of Mandela Day. Some of the guys from hArt (another Ukwakha Isizwe project) also arrived to do their bit. By 3:30pm the change in the building was fantastic. It was really awesome doing this for the Klopper guys and the Life Team were sweaty and tired but elated!
Some photos will be posted tomorrow.
It’s honestly a privilege to be part of the work that Jesus is doing in another nation. We spent time with a number of churches and leaders over the two weeks that Marcus and I were in New Zealand, being part of what they are doing and encouraging them.
After a twenty-seven hour flight to Auckland, Marcus and I journeyed with Bruce and Josh Benge to Hamilton (about an hour south). There we had the privilege of joining their prayer meeting and connecting with the Horsham Downs community church.
For the two days that followed, we had the joy of being with a son of Cornerstone church, Cliff Cherry. Cliff has transitioned the leadership of a church and these couple of days were certainly part of God’s timing as Cliff talked us through some of the transitional steps that were soon to be announced to the church in Havlock North – these included a change of name and a new site in the city. It was an exciting time as the church completely embraced this change and rose to take hold of the inheritance our King has for them.
Next was a six hour drive up through some amazing scenery to EQUIP New Zealand in Auckland. We met many leaders and spent a fair amount of time with the leaders from Faith City, Mike and Alison Nicholas; and Gateway, Andrew and Emma Bergh. (We were hosted so well wherever we went!)
EQUIP times are such breakthrough moments. They are times when God speaks, when He clarifies things and when our King reminds us of the spiritual season we’re in. During one of the sessions, Allison Nicholas reminded us that the spiritual season we are in dictates the way we are to move forward. Every church has to hear what God is saying to them to be successful.
God personalised the conference for me, even though we were in a corporate setting and far away from home. Here are some thoughts that impacted me:
With watching the Fathers team up, lead and encourage strongly, while relatively young, front-footed guys link arms and intentionally take new ground, my heart has been stirred and I can only fall on my knees and thank our King that he loves us so much. No matter what nation we are a part of, Jesus calls us to partner with him.
Acts Chapter 2 gives us a great snapshot into the life of the early church. We read about what they did, how they responded to what was happening and how God blessed their community. It is one of the clearest pictures we have from scripture of what was involved in early church life.
With the start of term 3, we are launching Wednesday Night Life. We read in Acts 2:42 that the early church devoted themselves to four things: the apostles teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer. At Wednesday Night Life, that’s exactly what we do. Every Wednesday, we start with prayer before sharing a meal together, after which we get some good, solid Bible teaching. Each of these aspects is vital both to the individual and to the body of believers.
This term’s teaching will focus on the value of Lifegroups – or as the Bible puts it, meeting together in each other’s homes. We’re putting formal Lifegroup meetings on hold for the duration of term 3 to make room for everyone in the church to attend this important Bible study.
Join us on Wednesdays as we spend time with God and each other – striving to see his Kingdom come in our lives and the life of the Church. Those with kids needn’t worry, there will be childcare available.
Wednesday Night Life Bedfordview
Launch: Wednesday, 1 August
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Cornerstone Church Bedfordview
Childcare will be available