TITLE: Illustrations from Noah
BY: Grant Crawford
DATE: 10 April 2014 – Gauteng Connect at Cornerstone Church Bedfordview
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Hey guys & girls
Finally some more information regarding the Gospel Tsunami in Mozambique July 7-18. The heart is to reach 20 000 plus people in this one trip. We will be putting 6 teams together each with a specialised focus and application:
1) Pioneering team:
This team will pioneer and open up 12-18 new villages that has probably never had the Gospel presented to them. Thee are most definitely no churches in those villages.
2) Open Air Crusade team:
Lead by Keir Tayler – 3 cities, 7 nights 1000′s of souls & many signs & wonders!
3) Discipleship team:
This team will work with current churches and communities worked with in the past
4) Leadership Training team:
This team will work with leadership and prepare them for the harvest the crusades will generate.
5) Logistics team:
This team will be working from the base and run the logistics of food, transport, communication and others needed essentials to make everything work – the heartbeat of the team.
6) Northern regions team:
This team will do a bit of all of the above. They will pioneer, disciple and host both the Leadership Training team as well as the Open-Air Crusade teams but work in a region north of the other teams.
Who we are looking for:
We are looking for anyone with a heart for Jesus and willing to serve a greater purpose in team! No previous experience is needed, nor any equipment, bikes or 4x4s. If bikes and 4x4s are available please communicate that through to me!
A compulsory training weekend will take place 30-31 May at NCCB. Cost to be confirmed The cost for the trip will be R3000 per person all costs included!
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Partnering for the Sake of the Gospel
Business leaders have the wonderful advantage of being able to take the Gospel into many regions that pastors and translocal team members can’t. Many regions are hostile or wary of the Church and the Gospel, while other regions may be welcoming to the Gospel but church leaders have no connections there or no way in.
Tyrone Daniel, who currently leads the NCMI translocal team, will be joining us at our NCMI Business Forum on Saturday, 3 May as we look to work more closely with business people in breaking open new and difficult regions for the Gospel.
In the New Testament we read about how Priscilla and Aquila, a married couple who had a successful business, partnered with Paul in pioneering the Gospel into new regions. Ashley Bell, who leads New Covenant Church Bryanston, at our Equip time last year related how he sees the partnering of business leaders and church leaders as a Trojan horse strategy.
We believe that scripture provides a God-ordained strategy where business leaders partner with the Church in the apostolic call of God.
Please forward this invitation to anyone who you feel will find this time fruitful. The morning will include a breakfast and there is a cost of R150 p/p. It will start at 8:30am and take place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre (72 Concorde Road East, Bedfordview). Address and GPS co-ordinates below.
Please register below and note the payment details.
Cornerstone Church is taking care of administration. Please pay into the following account:
First National Bank
Branch: Bedford gardens
Branch Code: 252155
Current Account: 62052888537
Please reference it as follows: BF-INITIAL-SURNAME (For example, BF-B-GRAHAM)
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In the 1970s Hennie Keyter was an angry young man, fresh out of military service for the apartheid government of South Africa, unsure of his path in life and deeply uneasy about his faith. When God revealed to him that He had a purpose for him and a calling on his life, at first Hennie was not ready to hear it.Read More
British worship leader and singer/songwriter Jake Isaac will be in Johannesburg from 7 February – 13 February 2014. Jake is an active leader in his local church, Christian Life Fellowship back in Greenwich and has been married just over three years to his wife, Tinu. After releasing his album in 2005, For More of You, Jake has recorded two live albums and written songs with Dove & Grammy award winning Martin Smith of Delirious.
More recently, Jake was involved in leading worship at Worship Central 2013 along with Brian & Jenn Johnson, Tim Hughes & Matt Redman etc.
Jake is going to be a fantastic gift to us as he has a real heart for his generation both in the church and outside the church, and he believes that he is called to really inspire this generation of Christians to have a heart for the kingdom of God and the souls waiting to be won.
Here is a video of one of Jake’s original songs:
He is doing a tour through various churches around the city, along with training and several events at New Covenant Church Bryanston (NCCB). Please RSVP for the worship training time at NCCB on Saturday 8 February. Call 011-704-3051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is his schedule at NCCB:
• 07 Feb – YBF Youth / 7pm-9:30pm
• 08 Feb – NCCB (Worship Training) / 10am-1pm
• 09 Feb – NCCB / 9am – 10:30am
• 13 Feb – NCCB / 7pm – 9:30pm
See here for more information.
He’ll also be at these churches in the coming weeks:
Saturday 8 Feb – Cosmo City Church / 3:30PM – 5PM
Monday 10 Feb – Fourways Community Church (FCC) / 7PM – 9:30PM
Tuesday 11 Feb – Cornerstone Bedfordview / 7PM – 9:30PM
Wednesday 12 Feb – newDAY Edenvale / 7PM – 9:30PM
Thursday 13 Feb – NCCB / 7PM – 9:30PM
The Connect Camp is happening from Tuesday, 4 March (10AM) to Thursday, 6 March (12:30pm) at YFC Cyara.
We’re looking forward to a great time worshipping and hearing God together! The camp is an intentional time of connecting with each other and sharing what God is doing across our region. There will be times of teaching and envisioning, with lots of space for fun together. Please invite elders who may not be on the NCMI Connect mailing list.Read More
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by Grant Crawford – from Gauteng Connect on 24 October, 2013 at Fourways Crossing Church
3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
We can see here that Jude is encouraging us not to flow with the trends. He is saying that he was eager to write about other things, but first wants to outline what it is we should fight for. He then lists these things, saying that certain people have perverted grace, distorting the grace message for their own end. So we can do that and we must be careful with that and we must stand against that.
He then talks about those who “deny… Jesus Christ.” So we must preach Jesus! We must fight for that – fight for keeping Jesus as central!
5 Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterwards destroyed those who did not believe.
God is judge and we mustn’t mess with that. This is another truth we must contend for. Remember when Herod was eaten by worms? What was the point of that? Well, we can see that when you oppose God, you’re going to lose, and that God does kill people. The text doesn’t say that Herod slipped and died accidentally, but it says an angel of God killed him. (Acts 12:23.) Or remember what God did to Nebuchadnezzar, having him eat grass? Nebuchadnezzar was told to bow before the King of Kings. Herod was told to bow too when Peter was rescued from jail. God is the judge and we must fight for that truth.
8 Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones.
Why do they get into sensuality and cause hassles in the Church? Why do they reject authority? Because they’re relying on dreams and fanciful thoughts instead of the Word. The Word is a rock and riverbed, you don’t mess with it. We must fight for this truth too.
But now let’s look at the conclusion here in Jude.
22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.
Here’s what we’ve also got to fight for – snatching them out of the fire.
So we can see here that we fight for the preaching of Jesus; for God as judge; for the Word; and for the rescuing of people from the fire – we fight for the truth of grace.
So how do we do that?
I think that often merges into the question of style. We’re fighting for the rock of seeing people saved, but how that’s done varies in millions of different ways because God is infinitely creative and wise. He uses different ways to achieve this.
Some might say they don’t like this or that style and that’s fine, as long as we agree on this: that we are to be plucking them from the fire.
One of the styles God is using in the world today is the practice of having multiple sites of one church. I’ve been very reluctant to speak on this before because it usually only applies to a small percentage of an audience. Plus, we’re rookies in this thing – at NCF we’ve only been doing this for seven years, which is hardly a proven track record. And thirdly, the practice of planting sites fits under the element of style and therefore we can’t get dogmatic about it.
But I’ve been concerned about this because it seems to have become the in-vogue thing. I’ve often seen that if a church is struggling these days, the go-to solution is to hook up with a bigger church. Not that that’s wrong, but I’m concerned when it becomes the in-thing to do. Sometimes it works to get an emergency sorted out – for example, we took over a church because of an issue of immorality (there was also a solution of sending someone else but this was the better solution); or it can work when the guy leading a church ought not to be leading; so I’m not against this but I am saying that it’s often becoming the default solution, and as a result we need to comment on it with some degree of understanding and talk about it. My personal opinion is that this should be the last resort, not the default.
If we don’t speak about this then things can get clumsy and complicated and that will obscure Jesus, who is our focus. If you don’t understand your structures then you serve your structures rather than Jesus and the Gospel. So let’s clear the decks a little bit and keep Jesus the main thing and embrace what God is doing today.
I want to talk about these things:
1. Why would we do multi-site?
2. Its benefits
3. Its dangers
4. Signs that multi-site is not for you
1. Why would we do multi-site?
I started by quoting Jude because this is about style and also because there is only one reaso...Read More