We had a lot of fun last Sunday night at ‘faith@6:30’. Thanks to Simon, Elisha and Matt for all their efforts! They had prepared a simulation game where everyone was given a new identity that covered gender, ethnicity, employment and marital/parental status. So, a young male student may suddenly find he is a middle-aged female Asian janitor(!) and during the course of the night he was treated as such (being paid and treated differently depending on his new identity etc.). The purpose of the night was to give a very small taste into issues of injustice in our country – how some people are treated unfairly simply on the basis of who they are rather than what they can bring. It made me reflect - in my own life, I have noticed that the times when I am most sensitive to the needs of the poor are when I have little resources myself. Conversely, I have noticed that increasing wealth tends not to make me more generous, but to make me more insensitive … more removed … from those in need. Have you noticed this too? It is something, I think, we need to actively combat. Simon gave a great insight at the end of our evening together from the parable of the sheep and goats in Matthew 25. There, a phrase is repeated four times – a sure sign that it is something important! “When did we see …” The ‘righteous’ were those who ‘saw’; who were sensitive to the needs around them, and because they were sensitive, they acted. The ‘unrighteous’ were those who simply did not see. They did not act because their own self-imposed blindness made them unconscious of the needs around them. Both the righteous and the unrighteous lived in the same world but they lived dramatically different lives based on their ability to see. Let us be those who do not live blind to injustice. Let us be those who see and then who act.
This Sunday 6 October
The Heart Is Everything: We live in a Facebook world where people present a carefully curated version of themselves. But Jesus' eyes are looking elsewhere, and Mark urges us to follow his gaze and do some heart inspection (Mark 7).
This Sunday 6 October is our monthly prayer service in the church. Next week, the service will focus on prayer for our family and youth ministries next year with the long-term outlook of hiring a part-time Youth Pastor. This service will begin at an alternative time of 6pm so that more of the congregation are able to come.
Ignite Youth Group
Games Night! Next Friday at 6:30pm in the church. It will not be your ordinary games night, but BIGGER and BETTER than you have ever known! Are you ready for the challenge?
Kids Programs This Sunday
There will be no kids programs this Sunday as it is the school holidays. There will be activity sheets available for them.
mainly music for young kids has finished for term 3 and will begin again on Tuesday 15 October at 10am in the church.
Men’s Breakfast, will be Saturday 13 October from 8am. Our Speaker will be Bruce Patrick, former Pastor of Orakei Baptist Church and Pastor of Auckland Baptist Tabernacle. Bruce will be speaking on One Of The Most Remarkable Stories Never Told” ... the amazing adventures of Octavius Hadfield, one of our greatest early missionaries: pioneer missionary to the Cook Strait region, Anglican Bishop and Primate. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
Remuera Baptist Church (641 Remuera Road) is hosting a 'Trick-or-Treat Drop-In' on Halloween Day, 31 October, from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Loads of free entertainment suitable for kids young and old. There will be a magician, bouncy castles, a sausage sizzle, face-painting ... and most exciting of all ... a chocolate-factory-themed adventure!
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
Have you ever wanted a short, sharp look at the basics of the Christian faith and how to live this faith out in our daily lives? Introducing, 'GrowLife' - a series of 4-week modules that will take you on a journey of God-discovery and Self-discovery, ideal for both yourself and for unchurched friends. Please contact the church office if you are interested.
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!