Your True Purpose

One of my students asked me once, “Miss Ferrari, how many religions are there in the world?” Before I could turn to him, he eagerly grabbed his device and launched out in search. Not long after, he came back to me saying, “I don’t understand what this means.” He pointed to a statement that popped up at the bottom of the article he was reading. It read – This is an unfinished list that may never be satisfied by the standards of completeness.

what_is_your_purposeI looked at him and said, “Well… it means that the list keeps on growing and people are not satisfied with religion. They are still looking for answers to the meaning of life and the existence of God. What do YOU think it’s all about?” This was the perfect opportunity to share about the love of Christ.

The meaning of life is constantly in the minds of people today. What am I here for? Religions attempt to answer this question simply by pointing to how life should be lived on earth. Many have been left confused and dismissed the question, giving up their search for purpose. They live by the motto: Don’t hold back- you only live once. They give themselves permission to live the NOW with total disregard for any consequences which would result from poor choices or actions. The Bible calls this trend of thought foolish. However, many others continue this personal pursuit of purpose which often leads to the ultimate question: Is there life beyond this life? They wrestle within themselves and a longing awakens to be reconnected with their Creator.

It’s a natural emotion to fear what we don’t know. Though it is true that we are given one life to live on earth, life after death is as real as the next breath you take: eternal life is a transition that awaits us all. Jesus spoke often about eternity; in fact His love for us and His desire to be with us forever was what kept Him nailed to the cross. The Bible says that everybody died in Adam (spiritual death) but everybody comes alive in Christ (spiritual rebirth). If our hope in Christ is only in this life, then Paul says we are to be most pitied (1 Corinthians 15:19-22).

Here is the most exciting news: Jesus is waiting for us! John 14 3: ‘… I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.’ The place is set! A place where death is gone for good, where there will be no more tears and pain no longer exists. God promised to make all things new. Your purpose is to be with Christ eternally. Whatever you do on earth, must lead to it. Only then, you will be complete and whole!

Get yourself ready for heaven going… Don’t put it off. Let nothing or no one move you away from your eternal purpose and wait with patience for the time where God’s rule is absolute.

This a blog post from Marcela Ferrari, the Guest Connect co-ordinator of the POS.

Building Community

‘Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together’ is the encouragement to the Church in God’s Word. We are called to come together in community; interacting, engaging one another and working side by side to fulfil God’s calling and purpose. The picture that the Apostle Paul uses for the Church is as the human body with many members yet being the one body (Romans 12). Every part or member though different from one another, yet in connection with others, serves to accomplish much more together than otherwise.It is God’s body, the church in this world that is designed to fulfil the call to establish God’s Kingdom on this earth.

CommitmentIt turns out that even research demonstrates that being part of a community has incredible benefits, particularly in terms of assisting individuals in overcoming vices and bad habits. People who want to quit alcohol or lose weight are more likely to succeed in their goals when they are part of a group with similar aims. Long established programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous for example can trace the success rates for their clients to their therapeutic groups and accountability partners called sponsors. AA is still changing lives today.

Is it little wonder that God called the church to work together and coexist in a living and dynamic community. As the old saying goes; ‘A burden shared is a burden halved’. Once again this is demonstrated in the ‘two horse rule’: If one horse can pull 700 pounds and another horse can pull 800 pounds, how much weight will they pull yoked together? The answer may surprise you. The two-horse team will pull their own weight plus the weight of their interaction. Therefore, yoked together, the horses can pull 3000 pounds!”

There is power in community and together-ness!

Be part of the Church today. Not just attending service once a week but be involved in community, to pray together, share experiences, burdens and encouragements. If you’re struggling to gain the victory in your life, give your brothers and sisters in Christ a try in God’s Church. Join a Life Group (Click here to join a LG near you today!), Bible Study, KEY Youth, Men’s Group, WOW31 Ladies Ministry, Prayer Team today and live according to God’s design.

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

UpRising Conference

What is an UpRising? The word uprising is defined as ‘an act of resistance’ or ‘a revolt’, certainly strong words that you could argue carry negative connotations. With this in mind ‘UpRising’ would appear to be an unusual name to call a major youth conference, that is until we understand what we are ‘resisting’ and ‘revolting’ against.

Philippians 2:15 reads, ‘That you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world’. This letter was written to the Philippians, yet still applies to the world we live in today. As apostolic people we must resist endorsing, participating in and promoting a world which is distancing itself from biblical truths and morality. We are called to act in love, to not judge others, to contribute positively to society but not at the expense of compromising our biblical and Christian values.

With this in mind I want to highlight the true essence of what UpRising Conference is built on. It is built on a desire to see both young people and saints alike, rise up in the pursuit of God’s best. It is built on a conscious choice to go beyond low expectations, to step out of mediocrity and into excellency in the things of God. It is built on inspiring, empowering and equipping apostolic young people to both recognise and respond to the call of God in their life. A ‘revolt’, a firm ‘resistance’ against low expectations and a decision to become everything God has called them to be.

We extend a warm welcome for you to attend UpRising Conference this weekend! We are believing God for a mighty move of his presence, for hearts to be touched, for many to be inspired! 1 Peter 2:9 says, ‘But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar; that ye shall show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness and into his marvellous light’. An UpRising awaits…

This is a blog post from Greg Willmott, the Youth Pastor of Kingdom Elevated Youth, the youth group of the POS.

Grace – Great Grace

It was a beautiful day to enjoy the outdoors, the sun was bright, warm and brought brief solace from the office work environment.  I was enjoying a short lunch break at Wynyard Park when my privacy was suddenly interrupted.  “Can I get a cigarette?” a gruff, female voice asked.  Her natural voice was noticeably masked by years of irreversible damage that smoking had caused, and a heavy smoker’s voice was the result.  I looked up, her eyes met mine.

grace_group-600x400Her disheveled presentation and her lack of general personal grooming indicted that she had more than a cigarette addiction.  Years of substance abuse were etched in her face.  The old lady that I was seeing was most likely only middle aged.

I guessed her question was directed at myself.  “No ma’am, I don’t smoke,” I replied.

“Oh that’d be right, you have a job,” she immediately snarled.  She followed up with some incoherent words mixed with the type of swear words I barely knew existed.  She walked away, looking over her shoulder as she relentlessly kept up the pace of the verbal abuse.

I didn’t reply.  I didn’t know what I could say that could ease the frustration of this woman at this moment.  I would normally be embarrassed to have such unwanted attention focused on me, but this time was different.  Others watched the outburst with curiosity while continuing to munch on their sandwiches.  They appeared to accept this as normal behavior.

Suddenly my vision changed.  I now saw an unkempt lady exercising a loss of vocal self-control.  Rather, I saw a soul that was fearfully and wonderfully made.  A person that was made in the image of God.

And this made me angry.  Angry that this lady had believed a lie.  Angry that she had been tricked by the thief who came for nothing but for to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  John 10:10

This was not the life that God had intended for her.  It was unlikely the life that she had intended for herself, but for reasons unknown, she had made some poor life choices, and the end result was anything but desirable.

And then came the moment of clarity.  But for the grace of God, go I.

These moments give me the shivers as I catch a glimpse of where I could have been if it wasn’t for the grace of God.

What if I hadn’t responded when God called me?  What if I chose the beggarly elements of the world instead of the riches that the Kingdom of God offers?  Could that be me today?  I now had a renewed over-whelming sense of gratitude and thanksgiving.

The apostle Paul recognized that anything good in his life was not of his doing, but only the grace of God when he penned the words to the Corinthian church:

But by the grace of God I am what I am… 1 Corinthians 15:10

Not only should we have compassion and pray for those who have been marred by the stain of sin, but it should also lead to self-reflection, with remembrance of where God brought us from and where we could be today.  And that, my friend, should cause us to have an attitude of thanksgiving!

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  Psalm 100:4

This is a blog post from Shawn Arbeau, the Sunday School Director of the POS.