Last weekend 6:30 Church went away for the weekend to sunny Rathane at the Youthworks Conference Centres, Port Hacking, for a weekend of investing in God’s word, God’s people and God’s kingdom! It was a fantastic weekend in a beautiful part of God’s creation with over 100 members of 6:30 Church.
Over the course of four sessions we had Phillip Jensen carefully walking us through the four chapters of 2 Timothy. Phillip helped us to get to know the apostle Paul who in the final years of his life was suffering because of the gospel he has unashamedly proclaimed. Paul is left all alone, no one has stuck by him and he writes this letter to Timothy to urge him not to be ashamed on account of his chains, but rather: “Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 1:13) Phillip showed us how similar our circumstances are today as we too face many pressures to deny our Lord Jesus. But he encouraged us to have the courage to stand up and be counted as Christ’s disciples.
Some other highlights from the weekend included:
• Reading and praying through 2 Timothy with our gospel teams each morning.
• Action packed archery, rock climbing and go-kart racing on Saturday afternoon.
• Travelling to many places in the world and through many time zones in our Saturday night activity with every team hoping to find the safe and crack the code to claim their prize (some of Steph’s famous cookies!)
• Hearing from those who are leaving 6:30 Church to head up to Bexley North and plant our new 4:30 congregation. It was a great joy to pray for and commission them in this exciting gospel opportunity.
God was good to us and gave us many good gifts – spectacular sunny weather, an abundance of delicious food, and most importantly, deep fellowship with each other around his powerful word.
A special thanks to all those who put the weekend together and those who donated so those who could not afford it could come (AND those who stepped up to teach kids church at our morning congregations so our 6:30 members could be at Invest).
Please continue to pray that we at 6:30 Church would continue to persevere in the gospel and stand firm for Jesus!