Ps Taiyo Konda - Sunday - 19th September 2021

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On Sunday Ps Taiyo shared on the topic BORN TO INFLUENCE.
 
The key scripture was:
 
Matthew 5:13-16
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven“
 
Ps Taiyo shared the following points that helped us to walk in the influence God has given us.
 
1) HOLY BOLDNESS - A GODLY CONFIDENCE
2) SERVANT LEADERSHIP - INFLUENCING GOD’S WAY
2) WE ARE ALL BORN TO INFLUENCE - NO ONE IS EXCLUDED
3) VISION IS THE BREEDING GROUND OF INFLUENCE 

 
We hope that you enjoyed the message and we pray that it will continue to impact your life. 

Ps Taiyo Konda - Sunday - 12th September 2021

TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED
 
Right now there is so much chaos around the world that is being caused by Covid. But the church will always flourish in a time of chaos. On Sunday Ps Taiyo encouraged us with the following:
 
• God moves most powerfully in the dark seasons of our lives
• Jesus always appeared in the darkest hour
• There is blessing on the other side of a dead end
• God is moving even when we do not see it
 
“Being blessed isn’t determined by what is happening around you, being blessed is determined by who you are in Christ.”
 
We are too blessed to be stressed because God is working all things together for the good of those that love the Lord and are called according to His purposes.

Ps Taiyo Konda - Sunday - 5th September 2021

STAND FIRM IN GOD’S PRESENCE

We heard a great testimony from Lea about how God came through for her. 

Smith Wigglesworth prophesied: "Australia you have been chosen by God for a great move of the Holy Spirit. This move of God will be the greatest move of God ever known in mankind’s history and will start towards the end of the 20th century and move into the 21st century. This move of God will start a great revival in Australia, spread throughout the whole world and usher in the second coming of Jesus. This will be the final revival before the coming of the Lord."

It all begins with an Encounter

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you”
- we have become good at teaching the power of God but not great at allowing into our everyday lives. 
An Encounter impacts everybody.

Let the HOLY SPIRIT STIR YOU

2 Timothy 1:6-7
“Therefore I remind you to stir up (fan into flame) the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

God wants to use us to impact our community but He needs to first work on us. 

“external reformation begins with internal transformation”

- Prioritising the Bible
- Having an active prayer life
- Making everyday choices to submit our lives to Christ. 

Returning back to our first love

Revelations 2:1-4
To the [a]angel of the church of Ephesus write,
‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 “I know your works, your labor, your [b]patience, and that you cannot [c]bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 

- The enemy wants to distract us
- We worship whatever we fully focus on and are devoted to. What are we worshipping? 
- Let’s stand firm in God’s presence and move toward His plan. 

Ps Taiyo Konda - Sunday - 29th August 2021

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After more than 12 years of meeting in the school hall, we are so grateful for God's provision in providing us a permanent location at the old Kenmore Baptist building, 57 Kenmore Road, Kenmore. We have been so blessed by Kenmore State School over those years and will continue to support them through our work with Chaplaincy, RI and Community Care. Yet we are excited to see what God is doing in and through His Church.

Last Sunday Ps Taiyo shared a compelling vision of the church that He believes God is calling us to be as he challenged us to
STAND FIRM in the God Dream


Genesis 37:9
Then Joseph had another dream... 



What dreams has God laid on your heart?
If it seems impossible, be encouraged, because a God dream won't be achievable in your own strength.
A God dream will require faith and the humility to approach God like a child.
A God dream won't always make sense, but comes with an invitation to trust that God will be faithful. 
A God dream won't necessarily save you from the pit or the prison (refer to the story of Joseph) but His purposes will go beyond them.
A God dream won't just bless you, but it will be a blessing to many.


Genesis 50:20
"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today"



Do you have a God dream?
If not, we encourage you to ask God for His next step for your life. Trust Him as He guides you on this journey and don't be surprised when what lies before you is bigger than you anticipated. 
It's time to dream again!

Ps Taiyo Konda - Sunday - 22nd August 2021

Hebrews 6:12
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.



It is always so encouraging to hear the words that Ps Taiyo has been hearing God speak over our Church community:

1. That we will be known

2. That we will be a church of influence

3. That we will be a healing spring

And it's important to note that we don't ever seek these things in and of themselves, but rather, our motivation should always come from our relationship with God and our desire for His name to be glorified in our world!  But in order for us to possess these promises, we need to stand firm in faith. Faith, according to Hebrews is "confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see" (Hebrews 11:1). When we continue reading in Hebrews 11, we see a list of people of faith, men and women who believed God at His Word and are honoured in this hall of fame. 


Each one of us has been given a measure of faith (Romans 12:3) but it is up to us to exercise that faith that we have been given.


How can we Stand Firm in Faith?

1. Speak Faith

2. Leak Faith

3. Seek Faith

Ps Clark Magele- Sunday - 15th August 2021

1 Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”



This is such an important message in the midst of such turbulent times. When we are surrounded by uncertainty and every kind of theory and opinion, the question remains, in what, or in whom, do we put our trust?

Ps Clark drew our attention to the woman of faith in Mark 5, though she wasn't always known as a woman of faith. For many, she is simply known as "the woman with the issue of blood". Here is a woman who, for 12 years, had suffered greatly at the hands of doctors, had been rejected and isolated, disregarded as a woman deserving of God's judgement. And yet, she is a woman of faith for when she hears the stories about Jesus, she lays all else aside and reaches out with the faith to believe that Jesus had the power to heal her.


Mark 5:27-28, 34
When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed."... Jesus said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."



What lessons can we learn from this woman of faith?

1. What are we hearing and listening to?
This woman could have listened to the voices that told her she was unworthy. But instead, he listened and responded to the stories that she heard about Jesus. 
Philippians 4:8-9


2. Meditate on God's Word

This woman had such confidence in what Jesus had the power to do. These weren't stories that she had simply heard, they are stories she had meditated on until they became her utmost conviction.
Psalm 1:1-2


3. Learn to action the Word of God

This woman responded in faith to what she had heard and believed. She courageously entered the crowd and reached out to touch the garment of Jesus and through her faith which was put into action, she was healed.

Luke 11:28

Ps Taiyo Konda - Sunday - 8th August 2021

1 Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”



There's a well known parable told by Jesus in Luke 15 which many know as the story of the Prodigal Son. Within this story Jesus speaks of a young man who made a big mistake and a string of bad decisions. But the point of the story is not to merely highlight the error of the son, but rather, to point to the grace of the Father. When the son eventually stops running and returns to his Father, rather than being met with shame and condemnation, the Father runs towards him with open arms, not to make him a slave, but to restore him in his position as a son. Jesus tells this parable with the invitation for all of us who have gone our own way, who have been left broken, hurt, and filled with shame because of our own string of bad decisions.  It's an invitation to stop running from God, knowing that in His arms we find grace that covers our shame and honours us as children of God.

Ps Taiyo reminded us that God uses our mess to become our message which will become someone else's miracle. God's grace covers our brokenness and the mess of our life to shape us, to give us a purpose and to shine His glory through us. 

So you are invited to
1. Refuse the lies of shame that tell you you're not worthy,
2. To declare "Shame off you!"
3. To return to the Father and sit in a seat of grace


Psalm 71:1
In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame.


Be encouraged by this image of a bowl which has been restored by the Japanese cultural activity of Kinsugi in which a broken piece of pottery is mended with liquid gold. 

In the same way, God brings the broken pieces of our lives back together. In His incredible grace, God will take our brokenness and make us into a vessel of beauty and healing. 

Ps Taiyo Konda - Sunday - 1st August 2021

(No Video This Week - It was a zoom call and was not recorded)
The first in our series of our new theme
STAND FIRM
was such a timely reminder as Ps Taiyo reminded us that our peace, comfort, provision, protection... all comes as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. 

1 Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”



There is a story found in the book of Matthew where Peter does the impossible - he walks on water (Matthew 14:22-33). All is going well for Peter until he takes his eyes off Jesus and begins to pay attention to the waves. In this moment he begins to sink, but Jesus, in his grace and mercy, pulls Peter out of the water and brings him back to the safety of the boat. As we reflect on this story, we notice that the circumstances themselves don't change. What changes is where Peter fixes his attention.

On Sunday, Pastor Taiyo reminded us that even in our darkest hour, when we take our eyes off the waves and the problem and focus them on Jesus, we can walk over any obstacle that is thrown at us. 

Three ways to build our foundations on Jesus
1) Plant yourself in God’s house - 
Ps 92:12-14
2) Use what God has already put in your hand - 
Ex 4:2
3) Cultivate an atmosphere of worship - 
Ps 22:3

This week, in all the chaos and uncertainty, we are invited to walk with confidence as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. It is when our focus is set on him that we can overcome every wave, standing firm in our faith in the midst of the storms.

Ps Taiyo Konda - Sunday - 25th July 2021

There are a lot of lessons that we can learn from the Israelites including a warning against 'stinking thinking'. Even though God had set His people free from slavery in Egypt, they didn't successfully change their mindset. Rather than trusting in God who had already rescued them, they missed the full freedom that God was offering them because they failed to believe. 


Exodus 6:8
“And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.”



When Moses sent out the 12 spies to survey the land that God had promised to them (Numbers 13), only Joshua and Caleb believed that God would be faithful to His promise. The other 10 spies saw the circumstances and allowed fear and unbelief to cloud their thinking.

Joshua and Caleb are a picture of a church who has faith.
The 10 spies are a picture of a church who misses the mark. 


God has called His church to take the Kingdom of God with us everywhere we go. He has called us to take ground spiritually and physically. He has put dreams in our hearts and has proven His character in His faithfulness towards us. The question is, are we going to trust God, living from a place of faith and belief, or will we follow the example of the Israelites who failed to live in the full freedom that God had on offer for them?

Ps Amanda Busstra - Sunday - 18th July 2021

Emotional Freedom

Jesus was the epitome of walking in freedom and yet we witness through the Gospels that Jesus felt all range of emotions.  And so while we recognise that emotions themselves aren't the result of the fall, the negative emotions that we feel are our inbuilt way of recognising that what we face in our world isn't right! Negative emotions, as painful as they are, are not bad. Grief is an appropriate response to pain and suffering. Righteous anger is an appropriate response to injustice. Guilt is an appropriate response to sin. YET the hope that comes through Jesus is that no matter what pain we face, this is not the end of the story! 

Ecclesiastes 3:1,4
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the sun...
A time to weep and a time to laugh,
A time to mourn and a time to dance.


How can we work towards walking in Emotional Freedom?

1. Choose where to camp out
When it comes to our emotions, we don't get to choose which ones we feel and it would be unhealthy to try to bury them. But we do get to choose which ones we camp out on. King David was a master at this! He was a man who knew the highs and lows of life, and the Psalms are filled with songs sung by David which are real, raw, crying out questions to God. And yet, through it all, David again and again made a declaration of praise. Even though I feel... Yet I will praise you!

2. Examine our beliefs
Satan is referred to in the Bible as the father of lies, who's goal is to make us question who we really are whilst at the same time creating a distrust of who God is. Often our emotions (like the warning light in the car) can point to lies that we have subconsciously believed. The goal therefore is to identify what we believe and why we believe it and then ask ourselves the question - is this what God says about me?

Ask the Holy Spirit today to help you identify any lies you have believed or places you have camped out. And then know that Jesus has freedom for you.

Luke 4:18-19
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour. 
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