TODAY WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO JOIN US THROUGH THESE SIMPLE STEPS AS WE WORSHIP & JOURNEY TOGETHER.
Prepare your heart and mind as you begin church at home. A great way to do this is through Scripture. Take a moment and read Psalm 86:1-13 then give God praise for who He is and what's He's done!
THE MESSAGE: CAREY SUNDAY
For nearly 100 years Carey Baptist College has been partnering with Baptist churches across Aotearoa to train leaders for ministry and mission. Today we are celebrating this partnership! Carey offers Ministry Training programmes at their campus and by distance from anywhere in New Zealand. Individuals can now experience Carey's formation programme without leaving their local church or community. They don’t need to come to Carey. Carey will come to them!
Additionally, Carey’s Centre for Lifelong Learning is now developing online training resources not just for pastors and leaders, but for anyone wanting to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Today we invite you to watch a short promo about Carey College followed by a special message from Carey College president, Dr. John Tucker based on Matthew 28:16-20 which focuses on our calling as churches to make disciples.
Matthew says that when the disciples saw Jesus “they worshiped him; but some doubted” (v. 17). The original language actually suggests all the disciples worshiped him and doubted him. They all doubted him. How do you sometimes doubt Christ’s authority?
Jesus’ one command or imperative in this passage is to “make disciples” (v. 19). Who are you helping to grow up in Christ? For whom are you praying?
In v. 20 Jesus adds a second key step: “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” In his message John Tucker said that, “The words of Christ don’t just instruct or inform; they empower, they transform.” When have you experienced Christ’s word in Scripture empowering of transforming you?
At the close of this encounter Jesus bestows a blessing on his followers. He says to them, as you seek to make disciples “I will be with you wherever you go.” Where, at the moment, do you most need to experience Jesus’ presence?
MISSION & PRAYER
Spend time this week thinking about the process of discipleship. Are there 1 or 2 people you can help grow in their faith?
Ask God to show you how he's working in the lives of others and how you can participate in what He's doing.
Make sure to check in with a few others to see how they're doing in light of our current environment.
For more information on Pastoral and Youth Pastoral Leadership at Carey click here
To check out a short video about Carey's Pastoral Leadership Training click here