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Growth and Growth Groups

Ross started a new series with us this morning, which has been uploaded to the Sermons page of the website! We are looking at 2 Corinthians, and Ross started by focussing on Paul’s authority as an Apostle and what that means for us. It was so encouraging to meet this morning, and also to have new visitors.

Growth is one of life’s most revealing mysteries. The way all living things grow testifies to the glory and majesty of God our creator. In the New Testament, the concept of growth is often applied to our lives, both individual and communal. As we continue to grow in number at Flooding Creek, I am highly encouraged, while also reminded that we must ensure that Christ is our “head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.” (Col 2:19b)

My prayer is that, as we grow in number, we may also grow in wisdom, in accordance with God’s will. I pray that we will learn from each other and appreciate each other’s differences, and even learn to love each other despite them! We are each being conformed to the likeness of Christ, and there are many parts to the body, so as a community of believers, I pray that we may pastor each other well, and prayerfully live communally in obedience to the pattern of teaching which was passed down to us by the apostles.

To that end, I’m keen as a bean for growth groups to recommence tomorrow! We’ll be continuing our study on Isaiah through Ridley Certificates for Small Groups. Ryan and Samm are kindly hosting at 7pm on Mondays, and we are hosting at 5:30pm on Tuesdays. Sign up to our mailing list by emailing us at floodingcreekcommunitychurch@gmail.com for more information!

In Christ, Paul.

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Perfect judgement

This weekend, we were privileged to have the company and encouragement of Andrew Macpherson, visiting us from over the ditch; Palmy North NZ. Andrew preached from the challenging Old Testament scripture of 1 Kings 21. It was a delight to extract some encouraging truths from this fascinating story. Among other things, it is an assurance to know that God’s judgement is perfectly just, perfectly timed, and perfectly in line with His nature – to the exact extent of His grace, mercy, compassion, sovereignty, and omnipotence. He is gracious to provide opportunity to repent, and faithful in His promises.

At the end of the day, while we don’t always know the details of God’s plan, we can rest assured that He is good, and that He works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. God’s judgement will surely come, His plan will come to fruition, and He will be glorified!

Thanks for being an encouragement to us, Andrew, and for visiting us here in sunny Sale; you and your wife are more than welcome any time!

Following the service this morning we had a little BBQ at the fountain park. It was great to hang out despite the chilly wind!

Before the service the last few weeks, Simone has been serving us by organising a small coffee table out the front in the carpark. It has been very encouraging to have some conversation opportunities and community engagement on a regular basis. If you’re able, please come and join us before the service for a quick cuppa!

Over the next few weeks we’ll continue hearing from Dr Don Carson in his series called “The God Who Is There”. From September we’re also looking forward to having Ross and Ruby Brightwell back in town more regularly, God-willing!

It is a pleasure and a true privilege to meet regularly with fellow believers who delight in God’s word, working out our salvation with fear and trembling, and proclaiming the good news about Jesus together! May God use us for His glory and for the kingdom in Sale through the work of the Holy Spirit. God is good!