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.

Welcome Home

Event_Day_screen2 2To say that the month of October is a huge month for the POS is an understatement. It marks one year since we’ve been away from our church home, when we began renovations. While our rented facility in Earlwood has had many challenges, yet God has been very good to us. We have experienced incredible services that has seen many new souls come to repentance and receiving the Holy Spirit, countless others touched, healed, delivered, encouraged and revived. In addition we have had 75 baptisms in that time.

In saying that, we are excited to go back to our Home church which feels like a brand new building. Praise God! We are grateful for such wonderful facilities but let us remember it is what happens in the building that is most important, and that is; the communion between God and His people. While we move into more comfortable surroundings, let us not get complacent with our dedication and worship. Instead, let us utilize our return home to signal a launch into a greater commitment of faith and service unto Jesus.

With Turning Point Conference beginning on Thursday, 23 October, there is a build up of excitement. We are excited, not because we are putting on a special event, but because the Church is acting by faith to see the Lord exalted in our midst. We want to fulfill His great calling to seek and to save the lost.

Finally, let this upgrade of God’s House mirror the diligence and excellence we, as God’s people, display in our service to our King. Let us put our best foot forward in loving God and loving people and make this Church what THE Church ought to be, God and His people.

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

The Real Reason for the ReBuild

ReBuild_Flash_ad_1As we count down to the completion of our ReBuild project, the stress and urgency of the construction has heightened to a tipping point. While the major structural work has been completed, there is now a myriad of minor, yet complex, features that need to be coordinated. Just as strenuous is the cost associated with this project that has led us to borrow money in order to complete it.

Some may ask, and indeed I have asked, “Is this all worth it?” “Is this the right thing to do?” As the leadership of this church has prayed and sought God’s will, we have been unanimous in our decision which is in alignment with our God-given vision and desire for God’s Kingdom.

This project is not designed for us to just have a nice building, which is a wonderful benefit, but ultimately, it is for the purpose of souls. That being said, it was warranted in order for us to have a safe and secure environment.

The Church building is a place where we gather as an Apostolic church, in worship, fellowship and the dissemination of God’s Truth. It is a healing station where the Balm of Gilead flows but it is also a headquarters by which we receive our marching orders and launch missionaries and ministries. We have a vision to expand and reach our community, city, nation and region so it is imperative that our base is strong and appealing.

However, the most important feature of this building is that it is a place where the Spirit of God descends upon His people, where His Shekinah glory is manifested. Continue to pray for this endeavor and support the establishment of this central building.

This is our desire….. And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord. 1 Kings 8:10-11

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

The Light of the World

13630One of the titles that Jesus attributed to himself was that he was ‘The Light of the World’ (John 8:12). This title reveals an aspect to God that has far-reaching implications upon humanity. Especially because of the time when Jesus came, Israel was not only in the grip of Roman oppression but widespread poverty and religious sectarianism. In essence they were in political, material and spiritual darkness.

When God became man in Jesus Christ, He brought a bright and powerful light into this gross darkness in order to bring freedom and understanding through the establishment of God’s Kingdom here on earth. While he did not come to overthrow the foreign occupiers, Jesus came to deliver humanity from a master far greater……Sin. This is the darkness that blinds humanity even to this very day.

The world is groping in the darkness looking for some semblance of understanding and truth. We are desperate to make sense of the world, in the midst of all this confusion and the muddle of life’s problems – a byproduct of sin. We have to go to the Light, and the source of it, which is Christ. When we come to the Lord, He shines a light into the darkness of man’s knowledge and the darkness of our own hearts, so that we may see with clarity and revelation. We must walk in Him, following the light and the path that is being illuminated by it. The scriptures declare that the wicked stumble in their walk because they are walking in the dark…“but the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day” Prov 4:18-19

As we walk closer to God, the light increases and brings greater and greater truth to our lives.

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