DECEMBER 2012 / JANUARY 2013
inside life Magazine
Sunday Service: 9:30AM 60 Rockfield Road Penrose, Auckland
Sunday Service: 10:30AM 201 Preston Road Otara, Auckland
PASTOR’S MESSAGE The principle of the Firstborn
Matthew 1: 24 - 25 : Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had told him, and took unto him his wife: And did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. During the month of November in two of our Sunday Celebrations I enjoyed speaking about the ‘First Born’ and together we looked at how God spoke very clearly to the Children of Israel in the Old Testament that the ‘Firstborn’ belonged to Him. Exodus 13: 2 “Consecrate to Me the First born, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and beast, it is mine.’ As we come to the close of another year and celebrate Christmas once again, remembering the birth of Jesus it is an important thought that He was a ‘Firstborn’. This meant that in terms of the requirements on God’s people at that time He had either to be redeemed or sacrificed. According to the law of God there was no third alternative. Exodus 13: 12 - 13 “You shalt set apart to the LORD all that opens the womb, and every first born that comes from an animal which you have; the males shall be the LORD’S. And every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb; and if you will not redeem it, then you shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among your children you shall redeem”. As part of the unfolding story of Jesus’ birth we know that His Dad and Mum took Him up to the temple in Jerusalem and ‘presented Him before the Lord’. This would have meant taking a lamb as a sacrifice and substitute it to redeem Him. For His earthly parents to do this was altogether correct and the accepted pattern however 30 years later there is a further part to be told in the story. Jesus goes to the river Jordon to be baptised by John the Baptist and John speaking as a Prophet calls out saying, “Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1: 29)” He is pointing to the fact that God the Father, Jesus actual Father is planning not to redeem Him. That it is going to be the Will of God for Jesus to become a spotless, sinless ‘lamb of God’ and be sacrificed to pay the price of redemption on behalf of others. After 3 glorious years of teaching crowds of people and doing the most astonishing of miracles at the annual Passover festival Jesus is crucified and the price is paid, the pattern is fulfilled and the way for all to be right with God made available. That is so amazing, so profound in its symbolism and so wonderful for all who would realise that they can be redeemed from their sin and be made clean before God. No wonder that at the judgment at the end of the age the book that records the names of all of those accepted by God is called ‘The Lambs Book of Life!’ It was the lamb, the Lord Jesus Himself, who made it possible for every name to be in that book. May He be praised for all of eternity! At this Christmas season amidst all of the fun and business and celebration can I encourage you to remember the bigger context of the birth of Jesus. The whole of God’s instruction to Israel regarding the firstborn pointed forward to what Jesus would come to do and thus all that Jesus did fulfilled the ‘Principle of the Firstborn, amazing!! May God richly bless you throughout this summer holiday season. May you know His safety in all that you do and His blessing in all that happens!! You are loved and appreciated! Pastors Bruce & Maude McDonald
feature event Monday 24th December 7:30pm TLC Penrose Auditorium
We are glad you have joined us today. If you are visiting for the first time, we extend to you a warm welcome. You can find information about what we are up to here, or check out the information desk after the service. If you have children we provide fun, safe and engaging programmes for various ages. Turn through to page 5 to find out more about what is available for your children today. To find your way around each of our two campuses, check out the map below, or feel free to ask one of our friendly impact team members for assistance with any needs you may have. If you enjoyed the message this morning, or missed it and would like to hear it, then connect with us online to find this, as well as a range of other information.
This issue is a bumper one with two months rolled in one, so make sure you read up on what we are doing over the summer break and the special things we have planned for Christmas. Come along to our Christmas Eve service that we host at our Penrose campus. We celebrate our Saviour’s birthday with some carols, laughs and great company so join us for a great evening. Also make sure you note the slight changes to the office hours as our hard working team take a well earned break. Have a safe and memorable time with family and friends this festive season. We look forward to seeing what God has in store for you next year as we journey together.
AFTER CHURCH After the service please stay and have a drink with us. At Penrose you can purchase quality café style coffee and cakes from the team or help yourself to free tea and coffee available next to the café servery.
Main Entrance Sunbeams Toilet
Nursing Mothers Room
MY STORY MERV JONES
“Our presence is an influence for blessing wherever we are.” MERV JONES
I want to give Glory to God who has shown himself more than faithful time and time again. My role is a divisional manager in a small/medium company. The last three years have been tough in my industry (Civil Engineering primarily around land development). I know many others too have had to deal with slow business activity. There were many days I had to use up leave or go without pay. The leave bank is now dry and fringe benefits were cut. Usual business practice suggests that with limited work, staff at lower rates are more profitable to use. However, my Director believed in the value of keeping the skill sets in our division and we were able to just keep noses above the waterline. In the last 2 years, we have had to release 2 managers (from 5). Other staff levels represent a similar drop. Some staff chose to move on knowing that there was little or no forward work. I continued to manage the little that came our way, look for more efficiency, connect with leads and above all believe that I was to stay there until God clearly showed me an alternative door. We are salt and light in our workplace, but of greater effect, if we do our best in all of life to honour God and obey His Word, our presence is an influence for blessing wherever we are. Bruce’s follow on word about firstfruits linked wonderfully with this story. We are now beginning to reap those results with more work coming in that will fill a timesheet with paid work. Praise the Lord! God has a unique plan & purpose for our life, his heart’s desire is to reveal it, but he calls us to faith, trust, perseverance and integrity of heart as we meditate on his Word and align our heart with his. His original plan was always to have one on one relationship with us. As we sing in Kristian Stanfill’s song This last thing remains “your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me”, its a reminder his grace is sufficient for us. God Bless, Merv
Christ-likeness Is Produced Through the Holy Spirit “God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians 2:13 NLT) It is the Holy Spirit’s job to produce Christ-like character in you. The Bible says, “As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT). This process of changing us to be more like Jesus is called sanctification. You cannot reproduce the character of Jesus on your own strength. New Year’s resolutions, willpower, and best intentions are not enough. Only the Holy Spirit has the power to make the changes God wants to make in our lives. The Bible says, “God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13). Mention the “power of the Holy Spirit,” and many people think of miraculous demonstrations and intense emotions. But most of the time the Holy Spirit’s power is released in your life in quiet, unassuming ways that you aren’t even aware of or feel. He often nudges us with “a gentle whisper” (1 Kings 19:12 NIV). Christ-likeness is not produced by imitation, but by inhabitation. We allow Christ to live through us. “This is the secret: Christ lives in you” (Colossians 1:27 NLT). How does this happen in real life? Through the choices we make. We choose to do the right thing in situations and then trust God’s Spirit to give us his power, love, faith, and wisdom to do it. Since God’s Spirit lives inside of us, these things are always available for the asking. Rick Warren © http://purposedriven.com/blogs
Sam & Krysta Ardern - Youth Leaders Penrose email@example.com (021) 077 6009 David & Carol de Thiery - Senior Youth Leaders Otara firstname.lastname@example.org (027) 341 3213
Christmas is approaching fast and thereâ€™s only 2 Youth nights left! We will be celebrating Christmas in our very own style with a Youth Christmas dinner on the 14th of this month. It has been an exciting year and we are looking forward to big things in 2013. We will be taking a team down to Parachute music festival in January and will kick off the year in Youth with a bang on the 1st of February. We hope you and your families have a fantastic Christmas God bless Sam & Krysta Ardern Youth Leaders
CHILDREN At The Life Church your children are important to us. We provide safe, fun and engaging programmes for children. Parents and caregivers are welcome to sit in on any of the lessons to see what we do.
Programmes start at 10:00am, when a notice will display on the screens. Leaders will meet parents and children at the back of the auditorium and direct you from there.
Programme starts at 9:00am and runs before the main church service.
SUPERNOVAS School Years 3 - 8 SPARKS 3 years - end of School Year 2 SUNBEAMS 0 - 2 years
KIDS-R-US 5 - 13 years
OTARA CAMPUS 09 December 16 December
Kids R Us end of year concert Final day for all Childrens programmes Penrose break up party
All of our childrenâ€™s programmes will be concluding for this year on Sunday 16th December with a fun party to celebrate the year. 2013 Start dates 20 January 03 February
Otara program start Penrose programs start
We wish all our children and their families a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
JOURNEYS TO MAXIMISED LIFE
In 2012 Pathways focused on courses that helped people build better marriages, families and lifestyles. We have had a blast watching people grow and take the next steps in their lives. Watching parents become reenergised in their parenting; watching people take control of their finances and couples deciding to invest and strengthen their marriages. For those of you who have not been on a course we thought we would give you a glimpse of what has happened over the past year but not in our words but the words of those who experienced a course. Debbie Hill Pathways Director
“The Parenting Course has helped me to understand my son better, in terms of his love language and filling his love tank and needs. I have learnt how to deal with different situations in a positive way which also has impacted our relationship positively. We have a stronger bond and will have a long-term effect on our family”. “I have become a better father since going on the Parenting Course. My children have noticed the difference in how I relate with them. My patience has increased.”
“CAP Money has helped me plan my meals and now I shop only for the food I need, saving me money” “CAP Money has taught me to just taking out the money I need each week. This has meant that my money now lasts until I am next paid as opposed to running out within a week of being paid.” “CAP Money has helped me focus on my savings, now I have savings - it’s great!” “Since doing CAP Money I have cut up my Farmers card, and increased my AP’s so that by February 2013 I will almost be debt free. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.” “I enjoyed the Divine Design course. I have always had some idea of what my gifting’s were and these were confirmed during the course. There were however some additional strengths, which I had not been so aware of, and this has given me a deeper understanding of myself and who I am in God. The course is a great way to discover who you are in God, and to give you confidence to step out in these areas.”
DECEMBER 02 05
Sunday Services P O Prayer Service P
7:00pm Main Auditorium
10:00am TLC Sports Centre
Sunday Services P O Childrens Church Party Prayer Meeting P
Christmas Day Service O
Christmas Day Service
10:30am TLC Otara Campus
Sunday Services P O New Years Eve Service
10:00am - 11:30am TLC Auditorium Penrose Hosted by El-Shaddai Worship Centre
7:00pm TLC Boardroom Penrose
7:30pm TLC Auditorium Penrose
9:00am - 3:00pm Penrose
Sunday Services P O Christmas Eve Service
10:30pm - 12:30am TLC Auditorium Penrose Hosted by El-Shaddai Worship Centre
The office will be closed on the 24th, 25th and 26th of December before opening for next two days, the 27th and 28th. Out team will then be taking a break over the New Year period and the office will reopen on Tuesday the 8th of January. If you have an urgent need during this time then please make contact with your life group leader in the first instance, otherwise contact Pastor Bruce McDonald.
Have a safe Christmas and New Year with your family and friends. FRIDAY MORNINGS - 10:00am (Last day of 2012, December 7th Starts again on February 8th 2013) Penrose Sports Centre Price: $4 per family
This year at mainly music we have had a blast! We had some awesome families join us and we can’t wait to see what God has in store for us in 2013. If you have Friday mornings free and would like to join us in this rewarding ministry, then please contact Suzy or Nat. CONTACT:
Suzy Just (021) 670 917 Natalie Jones (021) 386 628 email@example.com
SATURDAY 8th – 9:00am - 3:00pm
This is the final working bee for 2012. Come along and help us prepare the site for the holidays. CONTACT: Merv Jones (021) 711724
Otara Children’s program begins
All church picnic
Time and location TBC
Life groups launch
All welcome Please contact a leader for details
Youth program begins
We’ve had a great year of connecting with other Men and building some great relationships. Make sure that you are a part of this next year!
PO PO PO
See youth leaders for details
Penrose Children’s program begins
We would like to bless some families who may find this time of year difficult, by giving them some food hampers. Please be generous and bring some non perishable items to church on Sunday 10th December, and place them in the basket located in the cafe. Help make a difference to others this Christmas!
We meet every first and third Tuesday of the month. A great place to develop meaningful relationships and enjoy spiritual input and discussions. Contatct: Adair Smith (021) 770 522
Healing Rooms The Living Room is a place where you can receive prayer. Our teams of experienced and compassionate prayer partners are ready to pray for healing and other needs as requested. Anyone is welcome to receive prayer. Our last healing rooms for the year is Saturday the 15th and will resume in the new year.
SATURDAYS – 10:00am - 12:00pm Penrose Campus - Opposite the Auditorium Otara Campus - Above the Auditorium CONTACT: Chris Starrenburg (021) 277 5091 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastors Bruce & Maude McDonald SENIOR MINISTERS
ELDERS AND WIVES
Dan & Pam Ogle
Merv & Gay Jones
Murray & Raewyn Stewart
Chris & Jeanette Starrenburg
Saiyad & Reubina Irshad
Bruce & Dayna Gray
David & Carol de Thiery
Sam & Krysta
Adair Smith PASTORAL CARE DIRECTOR
Postal PO Box 24377 Royal Oak Auckland 1345 NZ
John & Sharon Eccles
Penrose 60 Rockfield Rd Penrose Auckland 1061 NZ
Otara 201 Preston Road Otara Auckland 2023 NZ
P: (09) 918 1699 F: (09) 579 5150 E: email@example.com
Published on Dec 4, 2012