Our Mission is to
Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.
Luke 5:1-11, 27-32, Grander Vision Living (Series: Walk Across the Room)
As we started the current sermon series we asked the question, what if we knew that simply just crossing the room and saying hello to someone, we can change that person. In the first message, we are reminded that walk-across-the room to introduce God to others, we need ‘willingness to take a step into the unknown zone; listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit; and just walk. In the second, we learnt that after we decide to take a walk across a room, it is important to focus on developing friendship; discovering the other person’s story; and listening for the Spirit’s guidance about appropriate next steps. Then last Sunday, we discover the power of story, just refreshing our understanding of how much weight our words carry and of how critical it is to tell God’s story and our own faith story to others well.
In today’s story Luke 5, Jesus challenges Peter, James and John to have grander vision that they are to become fishers of men and women instead of investing their time and energy in catching fish. In fact, becoming the fishers of men is not only to apply to them but to all of us. What Jesus emphasises is that the priority is people and the challenge is to place people’s needs before our own. What God asks us today is: If you are a teacher, student, doctor, house wife… how can you be the one with Grander Vision and thinking bigger?
God wants to use you to change the world. When will you put some action behind your faith and take that walk? Bill Hybels addresses “Our responsibility is to stay the course, walking when we are prompted to walk, talking when we are prompted to talk, staying quiet when silence is required, and trusting God with the outcome of redeeming his broken people.” IL-Woong.
I can only imagine. In cinemas 15th March. It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many … often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft.
Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.
Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favourite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.
Directed by the Erwin Brothers (October Baby, Moms’ Night Out, and Woodlawn), I CAN ONLY IMAGINE stars J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Shirer, with Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid.
A gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love—or from an eternal home in Heaven. Watch trailer.
DVD and Bok of the Week:
Superbook – The Good Samaritan DVD. Joy is so hungry, she couldn’t possibly share her pizza with some kids in the neighbourhood – or could she? Prepare for adventure as Superbook takes Joy, Chris and Gizmo to hear Jesus tell the story of a traveller who is beaten and robbed. Who will rescue the dying man – religious leaders passing by, or a foreigner disliked by local people? Witness the importance of caring for others, and discover how everyone is our neighbour.
The Billy Graham Story by John Pollock. In 2003, Billy Graham was listed for the forty-fifth year among Gallup’s ‘Top Ten’ most admired men – more than any other individual. One of the most respected religious leaders of our time, Dr. Graham has addressed over eighty-three mission people face-to-face and at last on billion people through television, radio, and satellite. As a Christian statesman and evangelist of integrity, his influence on the growth of Christianity cannot be overestimated. This authorised biography of Billy Graham draws from materials made available from his private files, correspondence, and personal interviews.