I think it was C.S. Lewis who said, “Humility is not thinking less about yourself; it is thinking about yourself less.” Over the years, I have found this quote helpful, both because it challenges the obvious sin of pride, but also the more hidden sin of ‘false humility’. Pride wishes to garner the attention or praise of other people – to be the focus of other people’s admiration. We’ve all seen it in others and, at times, also in ourselves! But ‘false humility’ often flies under the radar, so to speak. False humility is notputting ourselves into places of prominence and notstepping into areas of influence because of fear of what other people might think or say. As we would say in our fair country … an avoidance of the ‘tall poppy syndrome’! The problem with this is that God may very well be asking us intoplaces of input, leadership or into roles that call us to be visible, and if we hide behind the label of ‘humility’, we are actually disobeying him. We are robbing the world around us of contributions that, perhaps, only we could have made. False humility is just pride in disguise, since in both expressions, the opinions of other people are ultimately calling the shots. I love a small sentence found in the gospel of John. While in Jerusalem, Jesus was suddenly the focus of people’s adulation and attention. His response? ‘But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people’ (John 2:24). He wasn’t looking to the opinions of others, whether they be good and bad. Instead, he was thinking about obedience to his father, or in Lewis’ terms, ‘thinking about himself less.’ Don’t let pride sway you. But equally important, don’t let false humility keep you from living out God’s purpose for your life!
This Sunday 15 September…
Culture Confusion!... This Sunday we finish our series on Genesis, with the account of God, a tower and a whole lot of confusion! (Genesis 11).
Spring Ladies Lunch
This Saturday 12noon meet at the church to carpool and off to lunch!!! Cost $20. RSVP Olwyn or Church Office by Thursday noon.
Leisure for Pleasure
Next Tuesday, 1pm in the church lounge. There is friendly company, card and board games, quizzes, music or bring your own handcrafts. With afternoon tea to follow. All are welcome!
Kids Programs This Sunday
Spark is our program for preschool kids, led by Margaret Stewart.
Blaze is for kids in years 0-5, led by Olwyn Dickson.
Ignite is for young people in years 6 and above, led by Matt and Elisha.
mainly music for young children is every Tuesday at 10am in the church. Newcomers are welcome.
Men’s Breakfast, will be the second Saturday next month Saturday 13 October from 8am. Our Speaker will be Bruce Patrick, former Pastor of Orakei Baptist Church and Pastor of Auckland Baptist Tabernacle. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
On Tuesday 17 September we will meet at the Lido Theatre Manukau Rd, at 5.30 pm for the 5:45pm screening of “Downton Abbey”. Please see the church office for reservations.
Young Adults Group
As young people, we believe it is super important to have a network of like-minded Christ followers surrounding us. The Remuera Baptist Church Young Adults Group meets every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. We alternate between bible studies and social nights each week. If you are interested in joining us, or would like more information, please email the church office or message us on Facebook @remuerabaptistchurch
Friday 13 September from 6:30-8:30pm. Tomorrow night is just going to be a chill night. Bring some money, we will stroll on over to Ollies’ for some dessert . . . we will see where the night takes us.
Wednesday Night Home Group
Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm. Each week we share in supper, do a bible study and pray for each other. Will begin on Wednesday 13 February. Contact the office for more information.
Wednesday Morning Home Group
Home Group at the home of Joy Galt on the third Wednesday of the month at 10am. After morning tea we do a bible study and pray together. Contact the office for more information.
Young Adults Home Group
Every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. Please email the church to be added to the Facebook page, and check Facebook for updates of what we have going on. We'd love for you to join us!