1 Corinthians: A Loving Church – 8: True Apostleship – 1 Corinthians 4:1-13 – Jodie McNeill – 4 December 2022

What makes a successful leader?

They’ve been judging in a _______ way

The Apostles are lower _____

The Apostles are __________ to Jesus

God’s people need to keep the gospel ____

God is ________ to us

It’s the only _______ that gets us to God

Paul isn’t a people _______

The ultimate judge of leaders is the ____

It’s wrong to _____ leaders about unimportant things

God’s word says ________ in leaders is wrong

We mustn’t plagiarise ___

They’ve arrogantly moved on from the ________

A glorious ______ is like our humiliated Messiah

There’s nothing attractive about an apostle’s ______

Followers of Jesus don’t _________

To see the glory of the Apostles, look in the ______

Real church leaders are like _____

Church news for the week beginning 4th December 2022 

OUR SERMON

This weekend we will be hearing from God’s word as Jodie McNeill preaches to us from 1 Corinthians 4:1-13 on ‘True Apostleship’.

CHURCHILL CAROLS

This Christmas Eve 24th December we’d love you to bring your friends and family to carols! Come along at 5pm for a free sausage sizzle with all-age outdoor games, then at 6pm we’re gathering for an hour-long, all-age carols service on the lawn, followed by gingerbread cookies and supper, plus more outdoor games.

TOYS AND TUCKER

Please consider partnering with Anglicare for their annual Toys ’n’ Tucker appeal. Everything is online this year and it’s easy to help out. Gifts are purchased through the online store. Anglicare then collects the gifts and distributes them for you! You can purchase a gift from the online store here.

MORNING PRAYER

Join us at 7 am every day (except Sunday) at zoom.jamberooanglican.com as we gather to read the Bible, pray, and encourage each other as the new day dawns.

DECEMBER & JANUARY BOOK OF THE MONTH

‘Enjoying God’ By Tim Chester.

We believe in God, we serve God, we trust God, but would we say that we enjoy God on a day to day basis?

What exactly does a personal relationship with God look like, and how is it even possible?

Tim Chester shows us how we can enjoy God in every moment of every day, whether we are experiencing good times or hard times; whether we are changing diapers, or stuck on a train. He explores how the Father, the Son and the Spirit relate to us in our day-to-day lives, and how to respond.

We have physical copies available for purchase over in the church hall. However, if you wish to order your own copy online or read via Kindle, you can do that here.

GIVING UPDATE

Each week we need to receive $4800.00 in order to meet our commitments. Last month, our average weekly giving was $5164.00, leaving a gap of $-364.00. Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $228,000. Compared to that total we received $215,467, leaving a gap of $12,533.

Electronic giving is a great way to give! It helps us prayerfully plan our giving, and then the bank will help us keep that commitment, even when we may be unable to attend. To give by direct transfer then these are the NEW details. Account name: Jamberoo Anglican Church. Account number: 356831. BSB: 032605.

To give to our tax-deductible MTS Scholars Fund to support our apprentice youth minister, head to mts.com.au/give/jamberoo-anglican-church/

Mobilised for Mission!

This week our staff team headed off for a two-day retreat to prayerfully reflect on the ministry of our church and our mission for the future.

We considered together a ‘Biblical Theology of Edification,’ that helped us think about how Jesus is building his church (Matthew 16:16) and the role that we are to take.

Then, we reflected on our vision statement, and from this, we began work on an accompanying mission statement to help us think about how we should seek “to see each person in our village, valley and region know how to follow Jesus and why it matters.”

From this we drafted this mission statement, for your reflection and comment:

Our mission is to:
Pray to our sovereign Lord;
Equip people for ministry, and;
Proclaim Christ faithfully.

It’s still a draft, and we’d love your feedback and thoughts as we consider what God expects us to be doing as we take our part in the building of Christ’s church.

But these are the reasons we chose these three words to summarise our role.

Firstly, we want to genuinely depend on the Holy Spirit as we pray to our sovereign Lord about all things… and especially for our vision of our village, valley and region.

Secondly, we’ll focus on equipping every person in our church and beyond to take their part in the ministry that will work together towards the vision becoming a reality.

Thirdly, we’ll devote ourselves to using ‘the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God’, as we proclaim Christ faithfully to all.

Over the next three weeks I look forward to sharing a short reflection on why these are the three things we should focus on as we seek to see our vision become a reality, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God.

What do you think of the mission statement? How will it challenge how you think about our church?

JODIE McNEILL

(Photo credit: Kentucky National Guard via Flickr.com)

Coming up this Sunday 4th December 2022  

This Sunday we are going to be hearing from God’s word as Jodie McNeill preaches to us from 1 Corinthians Chapter 4:1-13 on ‘True Apostleship’.

After our 9am service we’ll be enjoying brunch together, and after our 4pm service we’ll be having dinner.

We’d love you to join us in-person if you’re able, or watch our livestream at watch.jamberooanglican.com.

If you’d like to submit your own question to be answered in church in the future, then simply hit ‘reply’ to this email.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

1 Corinthians: A Loving Church – 7: God the Builder – 1 Corinthians 3:10-23 – Jodie McNeill – 27 November 2022

The Great Australian Dream

We find our purpose in ________ things

There’s a building worth investing your ____ in

__________ are the building

_____ is now the temple

We are God’s ______ because Jesus is God’s temple

Paul laid the __________

Paul’s ability to build came from ___

The building must be done with great ____

Our materials need to stand the ____ of time

Paul is thinking of the test of _________ Day

There will be a ______ for the faithful builder

People will feel the pain of building _____ in God’s temple

The Christians are the very ______ of God

God’s building is ____

You’ll be held ___________

Your labour will not be in ____

The Corinthians just cared about __________

Quality building builds on the __________ of Jesus

Factions and infighting need to _________

They belong to ______ who belongs to God

Are you really ready to _____ God’s church?

Don’t waste your life

Church news for the week beginning 27th November 2022

OUR SERMON

This weekend we will be hearing from God’s word as Jodie McNeill preaches to us from 1 Corinthians 3:10-23 on ‘God The Builder’.

CHURCHILL CAROLS

This Christmas Eve 24th December we’d love you to bring your friends and family to carols! Come along at 5pm for a free sausage sizzle with all-age outdoor games, then at 6pm we’re gathering for an hour-long, all-age carols service on the lawn, followed by gingerbread cookies and supper, plus more outdoor games.

TOYS AND TUCKER

Please consider partnering with Anglicare for their annual Toys ’n’ Tucker appeal. Everything is online this year and it’s easy to help out. Gifts are purchased through the online store. Anglicare then collects the gifts and distributes them for you! You can purchase a gift from the online store here.

MORNING PRAYER

Join us at 7 am every day (except Sunday) at zoom.jamberooanglican.com as we gather to read the Bible, pray, and encourage each other as the new day dawns.

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER BOOK OF THE MONTH

‘God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible’ By Vaughan Roberts.

Sixty-six books written by forty people over nearly 2,000 years, in two languages and several different genres. Sworn by in court, fought over by religious people, quoted in arguments. The Bible is clearly no ordinary book.

How can you begin to read and understand it as a whole?

This book gives you the big picture of the Bible! It provides both the encouragement and the tools to help you read the Bible with confidence and understanding. And it points you to the Bible’s supreme subject, Jesus Christ, and the salvation God offers through him. We have physical copies available for purchase over in the church hall. However, if you wish to order your own copy online or read via Kindle, you can do that here.

GIVING UPDATE

Each week we need to receive $4800.00 in order to meet our commitments. Last month, our average weekly giving was $5164.00, leaving a gap of $-364.00. Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $228,000. Compared to that total we received $215,467, leaving a gap of $12,533.

Electronic giving is a great way to give! It helps us prayerfully plan our giving, and then the bank will help us keep that commitment, even when we may be unable to attend. To give by direct transfer then these are the NEW details. Account name: Jamberoo Anglican Church. Account number: 356831. BSB: 032605.

To give to our tax-deductible MTS Scholars Fund to support our apprentice youth minister, head to mts.com.au/give/jamberoo-anglican-church/

Coming up this Sunday 27th November 2022 

This Sunday we are going to be hearing from God’s word as Jodie McNeill preaches to us from 1 Corinthians Chapter 3:10-23 on ‘God The Builder’.

After our 9am service we’ll be enjoying brunch together, and after our 4pm service we’ll be having dinner.

We’d love you to join us in-person if you’re able, or watch our livestream at watch.jamberooanglican.com.

If you’d like to submit your own question to be answered in church in the future, then simply hit ‘reply’ to this email.

Here are the questions that Jodie plans to answer for us on Sunday:

1 Is it selfish to be motivated by heavenly rewards?
2 How should we share our faith with someone who’s been traumatised by a church?
3 Did Jesus ever forget what he was going to say?
4 Is it OK to clap when we’re singing in church?
5 Why don’t churches clap after a song, like in a concert?
6 How should we pronounce, ‘Hebron?’
7 What are your favourite Colin Buchanan songs?
8 Why are the pews so hard and uncomfortable?

We’re really looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

1 Corinthians: A Loving Church – 6: Warning Against Worldliness – 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 – Jodie McNeill – 20 November 2022

The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

A thin line between evangelism and ____ promotion

We want our church to ____ for God’s glory

Paul treated them like they weren’t _________ Jesus

The _____ and the Spirit

Their big ____ were jealousy and quarrelling

They’re not acting in a ______ way

They’re following different leaders and ________

Paul’s just a ________

Unchristian __________ is sad and ugly

They just did the ___ that God gave them

God made the plants ____

It’s not all about ___

God will ______ us

Our hard work is not in ____

It’s all about ___

We want God’s field to grow, for his _____

We’re all part of God’s eternal _______

Church news for the week beginning 20th November 2022

OUR SERMON

This weekend we will be hearing from God’s word as Jodie McNeill preaches to us from 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 on ‘Warning Against Worldliness’.

CHURCHILL CAROLS

This Christmas Eve 24th December we’d love you to bring your friends and family to carols! Come along at 5pm for a free sausage sizzle with all-age outdoor games, then at 6pm we’re gathering for an hour-long, all-age carols service on the lawn, followed by gingerbread cookies and supper, plus more outdoor games.

CORE THIS WEEK

Our final ‘Core’ leadership meeting will be held this Tuesday 22nd November at 7pm in the church hall.

ONE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Come along to a family friendly Christian music festival from 3pm – 9pm on Saturday November 26th at the Kiama Pavilion. You can find the link to purchase tickets here.

MORNING PRAYER

Join us at 7 am every day (except Sunday) at zoom.jamberooanglican.com as we gather to read the Bible, pray, and encourage each other as the new day dawns.

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER BOOK OF THE MONTH

‘God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible’ By Vaughan Roberts.

Sixty-six books written by forty people over nearly 2,000 years, in two languages and several different genres. Sworn by in court, fought over by religious people, quoted in arguments. The Bible is clearly no ordinary book.

How can you begin to read and understand it as a whole?

This book gives you the big picture of the Bible! It provides both the encouragement and the tools to help you read the Bible with confidence and understanding. And it points you to the Bible’s supreme subject, Jesus Christ, and the salvation God offers through him. We have physical copies available for purchase over in the church hall. However, if you wish to order your own copy online or read via Kindle, you can do that here.

GIVING UPDATE

Each week we need to receive $4800.00 in order to meet our commitments. Last month, our average weekly giving was $5164.00, leaving a gap of $-364.00. Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $228,000. Compared to that total we received $215,467, leaving a gap of $12,533.

Electronic giving is a great way to give! It helps us prayerfully plan our giving, and then the bank will help us keep that commitment, even when we may be unable to attend. To give by direct transfer then these are the NEW details. Account name: Jamberoo Anglican Church. Account number: 356831. BSB: 032605.

To give to our tax-deductible MTS Scholars Fund to support our apprentice youth minister, head to mts.com.au/give/jamberoo-anglican-church/

The Blessing of Baptism

Baptism is a special washing of water that is a sign of God’s washing away of our sin that comes from believing in the death of Jesus and his resurrection.

Baptism doesn’t save someone from their sin but it does signify that a person is part of the household of God, a member of the church.

When a person becomes a Christian when they are older than a child, they can declare their own faith when they are baptised before the church.

But, when an infant is born into a family with a believing parent, we baptise those babies to show they are a member of the church because they are in a household of Christian parents.

When those infants grow older, we pray that they will own their own faith, and declare it publicly at a ‘Confirmation’ service.

The New Testament shows a close connection between the circumcision of baby boys in the Old Covenant with the baptism of babies in the New Covenant (see Colossians 2:11-12).

There is also a statement in 1 Corinthians 7:14 that says that children of an unbelieving father are considered to be “sanctified.”

Mandy and I baptised our four children when they were babies so that we could receive this wonderful sign from Jesus that declares to the church that our children are Christians because they’re born to Christian parents.

We’ve always spoken of our children as Christians, even before they could walk or talk, and we’ve prayed that our children would one day receive all the benefits of what their baptism points to when they are able to own that faith when they are older.

So, we haven’t prayed that our kids would grow up to become Christians, but instead have prayed that they’d grow up to own their faith, which they publicly declared at their Confirmation service.

If you or a member of your family would like to be baptised, then I’d love to chat with you to make a time for this special event in the life of our church.

JODIE McNEILL

(Photo credit: Colin Bowern via Flickr.com)