Keep Building

As members of the Church, Scripture tells us that we are; “no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” Eph 2:19-20

When we were once alienated in sin from God, we are now part of God’s family and as such we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. We belong to God and He is our heavenly Father. In addition, we are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets or that could be interpreted as the foundation of the Old and New Testaments.

We have the Word of God as our sure foundation and so the call is to continue to build our spiritual house higher upon that foundation. Strengthen your faith with prayer, fasting, Bible reading and service in the House of God. Be faithful in your witness and giving to the cause of Christ. Walk in righteousness and study God’s truth to bring liberty and peace in your heart. Since our foundation is secure, let us aim to grow higher for heaven is the limit.

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.

Higher

This year our theme is ‘Higher’ based from the text 2 Peter 1:3-8.

Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge temperance, to temperance patience, to patience godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In his final Epistle to the Church, Peter is admonishing the Church with some very pertinent and profound insights. He is calling us to “grow in grace and the knowledge our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Pet 3:18

Growth is the expectation for every Christian, particularly in the areas of grace and the knowledge of Christ. In order for that to occur, Peter reveals in this text that it must be something that we work on with diligence, by building up the various attributes of Christ-likeness in our lives. These attributes are not to be isolated features, but as interconnected characteristics of faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. Building one upon another like a house that grows higher and higher as each component is added.

These principles are characteristic of Jesus Christ and to know him in an intimate relationship means to have these principles developed in our lives. This year, we want to soar higher in Christ in our spiritual journey. We want our spiritual house to be built up higher as we abide in ‘Heavenly places in Christ’. Rise Higher in Christ, in 2015!

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.

Love Came Down

Love_Came_Down 2At this time of year, the world at large observes this period of the birth of Christ. While most merely view it as a tradition and holiday, with their understanding of the story and it’s implications limited, but for Believers it is cause for celebration not just once a year but everyday. The incarnation of Christ is the means by which we obtain salvation. But in simple terms it can be described as ‘Love Came Down’.

It reminds of a story of a little toddler who had been very naughty and in order to discipline him, his mother kept him in his play-pen for a few hours and was not allowed out. As to be expected, the child cried and complained and after receiving no reprieve from his mother, the child’s attention turned to his grandfather. The grandfather was careful not to undermine the mother’s authority but was so moved by the child’s crying that he tried to think of what he could do. After some consideration, he surprised the child by stepping into the pen where he was held and sat there with him to keep the child company, for the duration of his punishment.

This is exactly what God did for us. He came into the world and became a man firstly because His love for us compelled him. Not only did God’s love bring him to us but it caused him to take the punishment for our sins that we may inherit eternal life. So that we may love him forever.

Thank you Jesus for your great love manifested towards us.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (KJV)

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.

Keep the 2020 Vision in Focus

Slide2What a month that we’ve had at the Pentecostals of Sydney! Incredibly stressful and exhilarating at the same time. We’ve rejoiced in the Re-opening of our Church Building and in the following week we saw record attendances with over 1000 people joining us for the services throughout Turning Point. Amazingly, about 24 people received the Holy Ghost and 8 have been baptized in the last two weeks. Praise be to God! And just as wonderful was the ministry of the Holy Ghost throughout the Church with healings, deliverances, restorations and many more.

There is a feeling of relief and joy in being back home in our own church. The saints are to be commended for their tremendous work over the last 12 months. Thank you to everyone; who helped with the set up and pack up in our rented venue, who helped in our many ‘Working Bees’, who worked tirelessly to make the Dedication Service and Turning Point the great success that they were. And thank you all for your faithfulness to the things of God as well as your faithful giving to the ReBuild fund. May God bless you abundantly!

All this serves to achieve our 2020 Vision of establishing 2,020 members in this local body alone. As valuable as Turning Point is in bring souls to Christ yet, the majority of our growth comes from the daily and weekly efforts of the saints of God in winning souls, discipleship and ministry. No great event could ever replace the consistent, daily, sacrificial labours of individual saints in preaching the Gospel and making disciples of all nations (Mark 16:15, Matt 28:19). Now that we are back in our building, there are no more excuses. Let us aim to do our very best for the Lord, working to reach and disciple as many souls as we can, one precious soul at a time, before the return of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.