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Weekly SNAC 29 July 2018: Ninja Warriors

There is a fair bit of excitement in my household about the latest Ninja Warrior series on TV. We enjoyed the show last year and this season has been fun to watch so far. There is a marked improvement in the contestants this year compared to last year. Many competitors returned from series 1 but the difference is that they are all now training very specifically to meet all the obstacles that the show throws at them. In the US version of the show it took 7 seasons for someone to conquer the whole obstacle course – intense training and practice was required over years to reach that goal. We obviously hope the Australian competitors prove to be faster learners than the US ones!There is a fair bit of excitement in my household about the latest Ninja Warrior series on TV. We enjoyed the show last year and this season has been fun to watch so far. There is a marked improvement in the contestants this year compared to last year. Many competitors returned from series 1 but the difference is that they are all now training very specifically to meet all the obstacles that the show throws at them. In the US version of the show it took 7 seasons for someone to conquer the whole obstacle course – intense training and practice was required over years to reach that goal. We obviously hope the Australian competitors prove to be faster learners than the US ones!

I have to confess there is a part of me – the bit that is in denial and still thinks it is 20 years younger – that would love to have a go at Ninja Warrior. I enjoy my sport, I like to be fit, I used to rock climb – how hard could it be? Well, you only have to watch the successful competitors to see it requires total commitment, the strength and stamina of the young and a punishing training schedule and diet for at least 12 months. 

At moments like this it is good for me to remember Paul’s words in 1 Timothy that “the training of the body has a limited benefit” because I’ll never win Ninja Warrior! I was reminded of what matters even more than dedicated training of the body as we read through 1 Timothy in our Gospel Team this week. Paul writes to his young ministry apprentice Timothy (perhaps a keen sportsman himself?) encouraging him to focus not just on what has some benefit but on what has most benefit. The fuller quote goes like this:

1 Timothy 4:7b: …train yourself in godliness, 8 for 

the training of the body has a limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 

9 This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance.  10 In fact, we labor and strive for this, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the  Savior of everyone, especially of those who believe. 

Whether we appreciate physical exercise or not we can all appreciate the focussed dedication of the athlete who wins the Olympic Marathon or conquers Mount Everest or wins Ninja Warrior Australia. But I wonder whether we appreciate that godliness requires even greater devotion, deliberate and focussed training and commitment?                

Paul is saying that godliness is beneficial in every way both now and into eternity whereas on Ninja Warrior you just get some money and temporary acclaim. Paul uses his own example in verse 10: he labours and strives for godliness and he wants Timothy, and all Christians, to do the same.

So, here is a challenge: will we be Ninja Warriors for Jesus? 

Of course I don’t mean lots of physical exercise or dressing up in black pyjamas! I mean, will we commit with even more energetic passion, drive, specific training and discipleship in the way of Jesus and with a determination for godliness than any athlete ever could? That is our challenge! But if we will, with God’s help, then the prize rewards us now and its benefits last forever.   

Jason Veitch

Weekly SNAC, 22 July 2018 - Kids Holiday Club 2018

The force was strong this week in Carlton as 160 kids and their leaders packed into our halls. Our young Padawan did craft, sang, danced, ate, played games, and laughed together. Our Parable Master, Tim, taught us the ways of God’s Kingdom using Jesus’ parables and some fun Star Wars challenges. We helped our friends Jed and Annie save the earth from the Evil Empire and destroy the Death Star before it destroyed us! Phew! A Fantastic Week!The force was strong this week in Carlton as 160 kids and their leaders packed into our halls. Our young Padawan did craft, sang, danced, ate, played games, and laughed together. Our Parable Master, Tim, taught us the ways of God’s Kingdom using Jesus’ parables and some fun Star Wars challenges. We helped our friends Jed and Annie save the earth from the Evil Empire and destroy the Death Star before it destroyed us! Phew! A Fantastic Week!

There were so many highlights at KHC this year! One of them was definitely hearing from God’s word about how God’s Kingdom Awakens. Here’s what we learnt each day.

On Day 1 we saw that God’s Kingdom is Promised. We looked at Revelation 21 and heard that God’s Kingdom is an amazing place that lasts forever. But there’s a problem. Because of our sin we can’t be part of God’s Kingdom.

On Day 2 we met a paralysed man. His friends lowered him through the roof to meet Jesus. Jesus healed the man! Amazing! But even more amazing was that Jesus forgave his sins! We saw that there is hope for us to be part of God’s Kingdom.On Day 2 we met a paralysed man. His friends lowered him through the roof to meet Jesus. Jesus healed the man! Amazing! But even more amazing was that Jesus forgave his sins! We saw that there is hope for us to be part of God’s Kingdom.

On Day 3 we saw Jesus on the cross through the eyes of the two criminals on crosses on either side of Jesus. One criminal thought Jesus was a failure. But the other criminal thought Jesus was King. We saw that Jesus is the King of God’s Kingdom. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection he forgives our sin and makes a way for us to be part of God’s Kingdom again if we turn back to God                    and believe the good news. Hooray!

On Day 4 we met 3 different people who met Jesus, the Philippian Jailer from the Bible, Fergus our KHC leader and Aracely a KHC kid. They told us all about how they met Jesus and put their trust in him. Now they’re part of God’s Kingdom.
A huge thanks goes out to all our volunteers who helped make this week a fantastic Kids Holiday Club! It’s a joy to partner in the gospel with our family here at SNAC.

The greatest highlight each year is having so many kids and families from our community hear the wonderful news of Jesus. Both kids and adults were given Bibles and many friendships were built and connections made! Please continue praying that God might use all that happened last week for his glory and to build his kingdom.

Mark 1:15 (our memory verse from this week)

Jesus said, ‘The time has come. God’s Kingdom will soon be here. Turn back to God and believe the good news!’      

 

Sarah Munns

Weekly SNAC, 15 July 2018 - What are you investing in?

Each year our 6:30 Church congregation heads down to the beautiful Youthworks Conference Centres at Port Hacking for our weekend away – Invest. It’s called Invest because each year when we go away our goal is to invest in God’s people, God’s word, and God’s kingdom.

It’s a weekend full of food, sleeplessness, plenty of coffee and board games! But more importantly, it’s a time when we get stuck into God’s word and getting to know each other more, in a way that we cannot always do in the week-to-week.

Invest is the time where we invest in God’s people and God’s word, and see the fruit of that over the next year. We see people grow in love for one another, and walk away with a deeper love for our Lord Jesus and a passion to live for him! And it’s my prayer that as we do this we are investing in and growing God’s kingdom. Praise God for this great gift!

This year’s Invest is coming up in a few weeks (Friday 10 – Sunday 12 August). This year Phil and I will be teaching on the first few chapters of Revelation.

So, if you are an adult of 6:30 Church, then sign up online at snac.org.au/invest

And whoever you are, please pray for us as we prepare for the weekend and when we are there:

• Thank God for the opportunity to spend time away enjoying his creation and with people around his word.

• Thank God for the provision of food and accommodation.

• Pray that lots of good memories will be made and laughs will be had. Pray that our relationships with each other will grow.

• Pray for Phil and me as we prepare to teach God’s word.

• Pray that all of us would invest in God’s word and find great treasures there!

Troy Munns

Weekly SNAC, 8 July 2018 - SNAC YOUTH Glorifying God

Over Term 2, SNAC YOUTH joined with our Gospel Teams and Kid’s Church in looking at our St George North Vision statement. Over Term 2, SNAC YOUTH joined with our Gospel Teams and Kid’s Church in looking at our St George North Vision statement. 

It has been a great to joy to think about how we might glorify God in the context of SNAC YOUTH and in the wider SNAC family.

Here are some of the things we have done together:

  • A series of talks on Glorifying God, Proclaiming Jesus, Serving Together and Growing Disciples that clearly captured what we are on about and what that  means for us at SNAC YOUTH.
  • Seminars that allowed us to explore in detail how we can put Proclaiming Jesus, Serving Together and Growing Disciples into practice. It was particularly encouraging to see so much engagement and collaboration from our youth as they worked hard to grapple with these ideas.
  • A series of segments where we heard from 6:30 Church members on how they seek to glorify God in line with the SNAC Vision. These segments were super encouraging and provided a great opportunity for our youth to see real and tangible examples of Christian young adults living as servants of Jesus.

Please join me in praying that our youth would continue to glorify God will all of their lives, and continue to grapple with what that looks like for them as individuals and together as SNAC YOUTH.          

Brendan Moar