It has been a wild week in Aotearoa, and not just in terms of the weather. The seedy side of political life has been exposed. The underbelly has been laid bare, and it ain’t pretty. Affairs, scandals, inappropriate behaviour have been in the spotlight and talkback radio has been running hot on the issue. The interesting thing for me as I have listened to comment and read opinion pieces is where people are landing on the question, “So what?” For some people, the fact that a member of parliament has behaved inappropriately in his private life has little bearing on whether he can perform his role capably in the leadership role he has been given. For others, they see that it does impact, but again in a purely functional way. To quote Chester Borrows, “The public will be thinking, ‘well if he’s prepared to lie to his wife, he will lie to us,’” i.e., the lack of trustworthiness will functionally diminish capacity to represent his electorate. But does leadership require good character alongside competency? What do you think? We are becoming an increasingly pragmatic culture where function is valued over integrity, but this only makes me love Jesus more! What a leader! He was someone who safely navigated all the snares and temptations of power while on earth because he lived according to two rules – firstly, love and honour God supremely; secondly, love and care for those around you deeply. All of us show leadership in different ways. May we be leaders who follow Jesus’ example, and may the contrast with the world’s form of leadership be all the greater for it!
This Sunday 26 July…
Two Things We Say We Know ... But Do We Really?: There is a big difference between knowing something and living differently because we know it. Revelation offers up some powerful reminders to translate knowledge into lifestyle. (Revelation 1&4)
Kids Programmes This Sunday
Spark is our program for older preschool to year 2 kids.
Blaze is for kids in years 3-5.
Ignite is for young people in years 6 and above, led by Grace and Elisha.
Soup & Toast
The next Soup & Toast lunch will be on Sunday 2 August after the service. Please stay for this time of fellowship.
Ignite Youth Group
Ignite Youth Group has began again for term 3! Check out our planner and contact the office if you are interested in joining.
Young Adults Group
The Young Adults Group meets weekly. We are going to be having dinner together before faith @ 6:30 on Sunday 28 June. If you would like to join us, please contact the church.
Please contact the office to be added to the RBC e-newsletter list.
Our mainly music sessions for young children will begin again for term 3 next Tuesday 21 July at 10am. Newcomers are welcome!
Please note that the office hours have changed to Mondays and Wednesdays from 8am-1pm.
faith @ 6:30
Our next faith @ 6:30, all-age evening service is this Sunday at 6:30pm. We do worship, activities and have some dessert too! This Sunday we will be looking at 1 John 3. Please feel free to join us this Sunday as we gather together to worship our Lord.
Young Adults Home Group
Every Thursday 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!
Myth-busters Small Group
Myth-busters is a 5 week series exploring what the Bible actually says about some key topics rather than what we think it says. Please contact the office if you are interested.
SHAPE Small Group
Pastor Murray will be leading a SHAPE Small Group series, looking at how God has wired you for service. Please register your interest by contacting the office.
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.
Thursday Morning Home Group
Home Group in the church lounge on the third Thursday of the month at 10am. After morning tea we do a bible study and pray together. Contact the office for more information.
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