A few weekends ago (10-12 August) 6:30 Church went away for the weekend to sunny Rathane at the Youthworks Conference Centres, Port Hacking, for “Invest” – a weekend of investing in God’s word, God’s people and God’s kingdom! It was a fantastic time away in a beautiful part of God’s creation with over 80 members of 6:30 Church.A few weekends ago (10-12 August) 6:30 Church went away for the weekend to sunny Rathane at the Youthworks Conference Centres, Port Hacking, for “Invest” – a weekend of investing in God’s word, God’s people and God’s kingdom! It was a fantastic time away in a beautiful part of God’s creation with over 80 members of 6:30 Church.
Over the course of the weekend Phil and I taught from God’s word in Revelation 1-3. There we saw John’s incredible vision of the risen Jesus – the one who is majestic in power and holiness, and who walks amongst his churches. We were reminded that as we see him and his grace to us clearly, then we are truly motivated to godliness and serving Jesus passionately.
We saw the strengths and weaknesses of the 7 churches in Asia Minor. As we saw Jesus’ “report card” on each of them, we were both encouraged and challenged. We were spurred on again to repent, to remember our first love, to not put up with ungodliness and false teaching, to hold on to the truth of God’s word even through suffering and persecution (and the list goes on…), ultimately to “listen to what the Spirit says to the churches” and be the victor who receives eternal life in God’s new creation.
We also heard the warning not to be Mr (or Mrs) Self-Righteous, who stands in judgement of their church, but instead we were encouraged to love our church and work for its growth when we see our church’s failings or weaknesses. Please pray for us in all this!
Some other highlights from the weekend included:
• Reading, praying, reflecting and discussing God’s word with our gospel teams each morning.
• “Games on the green” on Saturday afternoon – soccer, finska and refreshing drinks on the lawn overlooking the water.
• Dressing up and striving to restore colour to the world in our fairytale Saturday night activity.
• Hearing from 6:30 members during our sessions with our “meet-a-member” segment. It was a great joy to hear from 4 of our members in their various walks of life, and how they aim to glorify God in their lives.
God was good to us and gave us many good gifts – spectacular sunny weather (Saturday was sunny and 25 degrees!), 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, those who donated so that those who could not afford it could come, and also to those who stepped up to teach kids church at our morning congregations so that our 6:30 members could be at Invest.
To Him who loves us and has set us free from our sins by His blood, 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—the glory and dominion are His forever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:5-6