“It’s the little things that make BIG things happen”
When we think of our purpose, chances are we think of big, grandiose goals and sweeping statements.
In reality, living with purpose isn’t about achievements and accomplishing goals on our to-do list.
Truly living a meaningful, fulfilling life is about finding purpose in everyday moments….
Sunday 22nd Nov’ 2020:
One of the questions I get asked most as a Christian is “How do I know what my ministry is”? “How do I know what to get involved in within the church?” “How do I know what my strengths and weaknesses in ministry are?”
Stewart answered these and more on Sunday 15th November…
Sunday, 8th November: Have you noticed how hard it’s getting to be a follower of Jesus out there – in the world of today? So much so that it’s not surprising that many of us have less and less to say about our faith in Jesus and in fact our faith journey has become more and more private! But is this something new?
No. To be a disciple of Jesus is an intentional step / choice. So let’s explore what it means to be followers of Jesus in this new season of “Church” – post Covid!!
HillSide is back to “normal” at Nobel for our 9am Sunday Service.
We have space so if you are in good health and not at much risk. Please do join us – all we ask that you kindly and patiently follow the necessary protocols and be seated in the hall by 8:55am as we are continuing to stream our 9am service!
For those who are unable to meet with us you can still stream in with us for 9am on Facebook.
Sunday, 1st Nov’: When we build something two things need to happen: The bricks need to be piled one on top of the other so that the building grows bigger. But perhaps the most important part of a building is the cement that holds those bricks together. Without that it all comes crashing down. What do we need to do to be a strong congregation?
“Every church needs to grow warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through worship, and larger through evangelism.” ~ Rick Warren
On Sunday, 25th October, we were not telling you to go out “Bible bashing” but rather suggested ways we can all be Christ’s ambassadors.
If you and your church were to disappear off the face of the earth tomorrow, would anyone in the community around you notice you were gone? And if the community did even notice would they say ‘we are really glad they are gone’, or ‘we are really going to miss them’? ~Timothy Keller
On Sunday, 18th October, we looked at reaching our community, as we tackled another vital purpose of the church!
This series on the Purpose driven Church, once again invites us to go back to basics.
This week, 11th October, the invitation is to look again at the centrality and meaning of true worship. ‘The Message’ translation of John 4: 21 – 24 is quite helpful in this regard. Just one or two sentences (from the conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman) to wet our appetite!
“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth … That’s the kind of people the Father is looking for”.
“Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirit, their true selves, in adoration”.
I think that this season that we’ve been through with Covid has in fact been a great gift to the church. It has challenged us to re-imagine what it means to be God’s people in the world of today, a key challenge being our understanding of true worship.
A core purpose of a Christian life is mission – serving outside of the church.
“What comes to mind when we talk about mission? I have visions of bashing people over the head with a bible, of these authoritative Christian missionaries going off to the jungle to “tame the natives.” The word mission is tainted with too many negative images. But what if mission is not about going out, but rather about going within? On Sunday, 4th October, we reclaim the word mission to understand its relevance to society today and what this means for our lives as disciples of Christ!”
“It is impossible to serve God without serving one another”. ~ Alistair Begg
On Sunday, 27th September, we took a close look at our God given shape as we looked at what it takes to serve God.
“You were created to become like Christ”.
On Sunday, 20th September, Joel focused on discipleship: How can we develop and grow as we strive to be true Christ followers?
On Sunday the 13th Sept’ Rev’ Ron Robertson focused on the importance of community.The fact that we were made / created for relationship. God said in Genesis 2 after creating Adam – ‘It’s not good for him to live alone’! In the face of a generation / world where the primary focus is on individualism – me, my I, selfies, etc, it’s time to re explore the meaning of belonging, what it means to be a part of community in the best sense! Not card carrying members, but being part of the family of God!
You were planned for God’s pleasure. The moment you were born into the world, God was there as an unseen witness, smiling at your birth. He wanted you alive, and your arrival gave him great pleasure. God did not need to create you, but he chose to create you for his own enjoyment. – Rick Warren
Once we understand this fundamental reality, we realize the significance of our lives.
Lauren kicked off this series on Sunday the 6th September; we journey with how we can begin to live for God’s pleasure.
We are SO excited about this new series that we’re encouraging you to do some preparation:
Rick Warren’s “Purpose Driven Life” read at: https://pdfread.net/dl/viewer.html?file=The%20PurposeDriven%20Life%20What%20on%20Earth%20Am%20I%20Here%20For%20By%20Rick%20Warren-pdfread.net.pdf.php
Your life has PURPOSE
Your story is IMPORTANT
Your dreams COUNT
Your voice MATTERS
You were born to make an IMPACT!