Welcome to 2014

shutterstock_152627735The General Conference in Melbourne was just outstanding. You need to make sure that you will not miss the next one which is in Sydney next year, so book the 2 – 7 Jan 2015 for you to attend. In closing the door to last year, it is important to leave the mistakes, disappointments and any other negativity there. However, we ought to value the lessons that we picked up and to rejoice in what God had accomplished through the Church.

Last year we saw an increase of souls being born again with 70 Baptisms and even more receiving the Holy Spirit. This is a significant rise from last year and we take heart from God’s great blessings. This year, we want to reach more souls for Jesus and we believe we can see even more conversions in our city and beyond.

Another highlight was how the Church willingly gave in times of need. When the Bundaberg church building was destroyed by flood, the saints of POS gave. We sent a couple of young men to help with the repairs. The spirit of compassion was evident through giving for other appeals such as the Philippines Typhoon victims and as per usual the consistent giving for our Home and Overseas Mission programs. The unity of the Brethren was never more evident than when we began our ReBuild project to renovate the Church. Many pledged their commitment to their Church. This year we believe for greater commitments as we see our renovations completed and our building re-opened later this year.

What did you learn from last year? How are you a little more mature and stronger as a Christian since the last 12 months? It’s been over a week since we started our BREAD Bible reading program. Along with the commitment to pray, drawing closer to God and being more involved, I am convinced that God will honour our efforts for Him by rewarding us with revival and the salvation of souls. So take up the challenge for this new year, there are endless possibilities that await our realisation.

God told Joshua, in essence, that as far as you are willing to walk, that’s how much land you can have. How much of God you are willing to have this year, depends on how much you want. Greater things for 2014!

Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. Josh 1:3 (KJV)

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