On Sunday 17th February we will be having a special service to celebrate 60 years of Hope City Church making a difference in people’s lives. We invite you to join with us at our 9:30am service at Grovely State School Performing Arts Complex to hear from people as they share their personal experience of the difference being part of the church family has made. Afterwards, we invite you to stay around and chat over a special celebration morning tea.
I’ve felt compelled to read through Nehemiah in my devotions lately and came across Nehemiah 6:15-16 this week.
The wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul. It had taken fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard the news and all the surrounding nations saw it, our enemies totally lost their nerve. They knew that God was behind this work. (Msg)
The account of Nehemiah being led to go back and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem is one that highlights to us the power of obedience. The need to trust God. The favour of God on His work. The ability for a group of people to do something significant when God is behind the work – even in the face of opposition. The importance of playing our part in seeing God’s plans coming to pass.
It can seem like a lot of moving parts, but it can really be broken down to being intentional to hear His voice and then trust him enough to play our part in His plan. In other words, asking God, “What’s my part to play?” and simply being obedient to what you feel that is.
The results are nothing short of miraculous. In the space of just 52 days – less than 2 months, they had repaired the walls of the city. Walls that ranged between 2-4 metres thick that surrounded the whole city!
And all of it came about by hearing from God and each person playing their individual part.
Not only did they see the impossible happen, but it released freedom and joy in the people who were a part of it and for those in the generations to come.
God has designed His Kingdom and His people to work in a symbiotic relationship. As we obey Him and begin to give the gift He’s put in our life, it releases great joy in our own lives AND brings the advancement of God’s kingdom. That’s not just “preacher-speak”, it’s the way God has designed it.
As a church, we want to give you every opportunity to be able to ask God, “What’s my part to play?” – releasing joy and purpose in your life, causing you to grow in your relationship with God and be a part of extending God’s kingdom.
Let me encourage you to continue to ask God, “What’s my part to play?” in your Foundations Pledge giving; in your serving in God’s house; in receiving God’s love and in giving it away – to your family, your work mates, your church.
Can’t wait to see you in church this weekend with Ian Zerna