4 October 2020
Updated: Oct 16
Acts 14: 21-28 - Lessons in Leadership
Welcome everyone - today Christy, Nick, Alan, Sarah & David will be leading us. One of our greatest challenges is how to get clear sound. Sometimes we do better than others, but you might like to use a speaker or headphones to hear more clearly.
The children's service can be found on www.hillsong.co.uk, or go to YouTube: "Hillsong kids online service". It is released each Sunday morning, so do check that it is the most recent post!
One of the songs that Nick and I really clung to through this period was "No Longer Slaves". The line that did it for us was, "I'm no longer a slave to fear, I AM A CHILD OF GOD." We played it over and over through sleepless nights and found it brought us much sought-after peace. Whatever circumstances you're facing as you join us this morning, may it minister to you with it's healing words of truth too.
All of us are called to be leaders - whether it be at school or work, or within our families, or setting a Christian example amongst our friends. The picture we see in the Bible of good leaders are always people who are first willing to be led:
Lord, would you open our hearts and understanding to the message Alan brings us today.
Reading: Acts 14:21-28
It is so good to know that we can lean on you in all circumstances. We'd love to just stay in this place of knowing you are in the lead and fully able to take care of everything. We acknowledge, though, that you have called us to be part of your "team" and you are invested in growing us in our faith and character. This often requires us stepping into positions of influence that you have prepared for us. Guide us, equip us, embolden us, and through it all, shine through us wherever you've placed us as we not only seek to answer your call ourselves, but look for ways to support and encourage one another in doing likewise. For your name's sake, Amen.
Garden / Video bible studies
If anyone would still like to link in with a group, please contact Sarah or the office so we can assist you in doing so.
As you meet this week, begin by praying for the Holy Spirit to guide your discussion. Then read Acts 14:21-28 and discuss these questions (if you run out of time, you might like to take question 5 for personal reflection at home.):
1) Some people were greatly impressed by Paul and Barnabas, others wanted to kill them! Have you ever had anyone in leadership over you that you either really respected, or really struggled with? Share these experiences and how you dealt with them.
2) What lessons in leadership stood out to you from Nick's testimony?
3) How do these compare with what we have learned of Paul's and Barnabas's first experiences of leading a mission and setting up churches in Acts 14?
4) Think of those in leadership within your church right now. What kinds of challenges are they facing and how might you best support them in leading the church at this time?
5) Whether we're given an official title of "leader" or not, every single one of us is placed in positions of influence throughout our lives. What positions of influence are you currently in (think of school / work / family / friendships / clubs / etc.) and what does it mean for you to be a "godly leader" in these roles? (Consider what Alan told us about the types of "qualifications" needed for christian leaders as found in 1 Tim.3:1-7).
Should we resume services at the Community Centre?
Over the past few weeks, several folk have been investigating ways to cater for both live attendants and folk who need to shield. Please pray for the leaders as they meet again on 5 October to consider the options based on this latest research. There is much to consider both in terms of the technology involved and in terms of how best to help everyone participate in meaningful services under the current restrictions. Please pray that the Lord would really make it clear to us what is best for the church and what he requires of each of us, not just amongst the leadership, but within the church as a whole at this point. Know that we treasure you all and so appreciate all the encouragement and prayers you've already been offering to us and one another through this challenging time. Once again, if you are aware of any particular needs within the church community arising out of the current conditions, please do let us know so we can assist where possible.
Love in a Box
Andy and Anne would like to support Love in a Box again this year, especially as many charities are suffering and the gifts in the box bring so much joy to children who would not receive a Christmas present otherwise. The boxes need to be ready for collection by 1 November. If you would like to take part we will drop a leaflet and/or a shoebox off to you if you either call or email us. If you are unable to complete a shoebox but would still like to take part, please donate any of the following: Toothpaste Toothbrushes Flannels Soap Sweets Toys that will fit in a shoebox ie cars, small dolls Colouring books Pens, pencils etc Colouring pencils Note pads Pencil cases Hat Gloves Playing cards Small soft toys When ready, please drop the items/box off with Anne and Andy, or contact them and they will collect it.
Before lockdown we were considering nominees for both Secretary and Treasurer, currently held by members of the Deaconate. However these important roles still need prayerful consideration by you all, and we will be seeking people to fill these roles as soon as we can hold a members meeting/AGM. So please join us in prayer as we listen for who the Lord might be calling to these positions.
Paul Dennison, from the Bridge Church is collecting for the Food Bank. Sarah and David are still happy to receive food at their home until we are back at church, and even then to organise its delivery to the Bridge. The government has said they will only provide vouchers for the summer and not in future holidays, so Hayling Holiday Lunches will resume when needed.
If you'd like to donate to the work of this church, you can do so at:
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If you would like to find out more about how and why Christians donate to churches this article provides relevant scriptures and some interesting history on the topic.