Children’s Church – 29 January

Scripture teaches us how important the cornerstone is when building. A building can stand strong or straight with a solid cornerstone set in place. As scripture teaches us (Psalm 118), the same applies to Jesus. He is our cornerstone and without him in our lives, we will be weak and will struggle. Our focus on Sunday was on Jesus, our cornerstone, and how we need to know who he truly is.

Our Part
One key focus was looking at some of the titles given to Jesus. Is he just a carpenter, a Nazarene, a wise teacher, a prophet? Or is he the Son of God, the Messiah, the promised Saviour of all mankind? It can be easy to answer this question, but do we live with such conviction? We wanted to teach your children that Jesus is more than just a nice man, or a smart one, or a charismatic leader. Jesus is our King, our Saviour, our Cornerstone… and he wants to be with us and we should want to be with him.

Your Part
Read or re-tell Matthew 16:13-17 to your children. It is the story where Jesus asks his disciples who they think he is. Ask your children the same question and see what they say, and more importantly why they say it. Saying the right thing doesn’t mean one believes it. Our hope is that you get to spend time, many times, talking to your children about who Jesus is. Our teachers really enjoy it but you should enjoy it more, and try it more. And let them know who Jesus is to you and why you believe so.

– The Children’s Church team

Eddie Bakker: No Ordinary Life

As a young man, Eddie Bakker had many ambitions. He was successful and deeply convinced that he would become very rich. This was his dream. He was sure it would become reality. His life, however, took a totally different turn. Come and hear Eddie’s story on Sunday night as he encourages you to know this: God has an extraordinary life prepared for you.

Eddie leads a church in Germany, which he planted many years ago out of South Africa. He is also part of the NCMI translocal team.
This message is also based on Eddie’s book, No Ordinary Life.

Eddie Bakker: No Ordinary Life

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As a young man, Eddie Bakker had many ambitions. He was successful and deeply convinced that he would become very rich. This was his dream. He was sure it would become reality. His life, however, took a totally different turn. Come and hear Eddie’s story on Sunday night as he encourages you to know this: God has an extraordinary life prepared for you.

Eddie leads a church in Germany, which he planted many years ago out of South Africa. He is also part of the NCMI translocal team.
This message is also based on Eddie’s book, No Ordinary Life.
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The River pt 2: The King and His Kingdom

Marcus Herbert speaks about how we need to have one pursuit and one pursuit only: Christ.

 

The River Pt 2: The King and His Kingdom

Marcus Herbert speaks about how we need to have one pursuit and one pursuit only: Christ.

29 January 2017 at Bedfordview AM.

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The River Life Group discussion: Sunday, 29 January 2017

This last Sunday we kicked off our new series “The River”, which looks at Ezekiel 47 in the Bible. God promises that where his river flows – his Kingdom, his rule, his authority, his presence, his love, his holiness – there will be abundant life for all. But we need to get into this river to have it.

THIS WEEK IN LIFE GROUPS

This week (starting 29 January) we’ll be looking at the following scripture and discussing it, in light of our current series.

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10b

1. “I…”
What is the significance, and implication, of Jesus making this promise?

2. “…came…”
What is the significance of Jesus having come?

3. “…that they may have…”
What must we do to have eternal life, the life Jesus speaks of?

4. “…life and have it abundantly.”
How is Jesus’ promise of life different to the promises of the world?

5. What is our response after hearing this promise?

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NOT IN A LIFE GROUP?

We have Life Groups all over Johannesburg. Here’s how to find one:

1. See the Life Groups board at your site (it’s usually marked pretty well, or ask an elder to show you where it is).
2. Chat to an elder / deacon / leader about a Life Group in your area.
3. Call 011-616-4073 for details of Life Groups in your area.
4. Email info@cornerstonechurch.co.za and ask for details.

See here for more details on what Life Groups are about.

Eddie Bakker at Bedfordview PM (29 January)

God has an extraordinary life prepared for you.

Children’s church reflection for 22 January 2017

People love the idea of belonging to something. There is satisfaction found in belonging to a club or a team, be it the Chelsea supporters’ club, a local book club, a social justice group, etc. To belong makes us feel accepted and gives us purpose. This Sunday we looked at the greatest sense of belonging we could ever experience, and that is belonging to God’s kingdom.

OUR PART

We looked at what we are building, continuing with the theme of “Building God’s Kingdom”. In order to be a good builder, you need to know what it is you are actually building, so we explored God’s Kingdom. Scripture describes to us how beautiful God’s kingdom is, how the very look of it is beautiful, how in it we are free from sin and won’t suffer from sickness, hurt, or sadness.

There is so much incredible promise in this kingdom. But the greatest promise is that we get to be with the King. God is the greatest King of all, the King of kings, and we get to spend eternity with Him. We looked at the story of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Daniel 2) and the dream revealed how God’s kingdom is the greatest kingdom to ever exist. And the great news is that we belong to this Kingdom because of Jesus. What an amazing truth we got to share with your children. They belong, but not just to anything: they belong to the greatest kingdom of all led by the greatest King of all.

YOUR PART

Don’t be afraid to speak about heaven or about eternity and what God promises. Many questions are hard to explain or simply cannot be answered yet, but this news of the kingdom we belong to needs to be known. Explain to your children how we belong to that kingdom now and how we play a part in its advancing now. Our children are already ambassadors for God’s kingdom. Help them know how to show their belonging: talk about Jesus, worship Him, be involved in a church, pray.

Because of Jesus, we have freedom in God’s kingdom, we belong and we can approach our King always. Spend time with your children meeting the King.

Download this term’s curriculum here.

– The Children’s Church team

The River Pt 1: The Big Picture (Bedfordview PM)

Craig Herbert opens up our new series on “The River”, where we will be studying Ezekiel 47 and trusting God on his promises of abundant life.

 

The River Pt 1: The Big Picture

Marcus Herbert opens up our new series on “The River”, where we will be studying Ezekiel 47 and trusting God on his promises of abundant life.