Building the Kingdom

This year, at the Pentecostals of Sydney we have been taking a fresh look at what it means to live in God’s Kingdom as citizens and heirs of His promise. Including the privileges and responsibilities reserved for us. One aspect that has challenged the mindsets of many is that ministry is only for those who have a ministerial license or have been anointed as leaders.

Let me dispel this misconception once again to remind you that all of us are not only called as God’s children but also his ministers or servants. Ephesians 4:11-12 tells us that; “he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,” ESV

Building the KingdomPaul clearly states that the responsibility of the leadership is to equip and empower the rest of the Church for the work of ministry and to edify the body of Christ. Thus the work of ministry is for the saints. There is a distinction in the work but everyone is expected to be involved in serving others and building up the Church.

So the question is what are you doing to build up the Church, your fellow believer, your brother and sister in Christ, as well as building up the Kingdom of God? Admittedly we are living in a consumer-driven society, where many are on a constant pursuit of personal gain and accumulation of resources. And unfortunately, we can take the same approach even in the Church; seeking only to gain some personal benefit. Maturity comes however, when we are actively involved in serving, giving and building up others.

I want to challenge you in this midpoint of the year, to look to becoming a builder of souls and the Church. We have various ministries that you can get involved in, including; teaching Bible studies, Life groups, Music team, Greeters ministry and of course to become a Disciple Maker, connecting with and teaching a young lamb in the ways of Christ. Be a Builder and not just a consumer!

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

What You Do For Christ Will Last

These last few weeks have been an unprecedented emotionally charged time for our Church as we laid to rest our much beloved Bishop Ted Slack. Our hearts were struck with great sadness at the realisation that a great era has officially ended and that Bishop will no longer be in our midst. Yet we rejoice in the knowledge that he was ushered into glory, receiving his reward for unwavering faithfulness.

20578.jpgAnd so, as we have honoured him in the past week, we thank our Lord Jesus Christ for the blessings of having had him in our lives and we continue to honour this great man by taking heed to his teaching and life.

One of the greatest lessons that I learned from his life was his humility. Br Slack sought not for riches, nor for fame, but lived simply and prudently within a very modest income. His heart was set for heavenly riches and God’s own reward of eternal significance. He lived out Christ’s teaching:

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

He revealed where his treasure was, in the Kingdom of God. So often life in this world is driven by an incessant quest for gain and accomplishment. We can get caught up in this rat race and our purpose becomes influenced by the values of the world. Let me remind you that we can not take our money, cars, houses or toys with us when we die but only what you do for Christ will last. So, be a diligent worker, deposit regularly into your bank account in heaven, live your life unto Christ, not unto self, and your life may be profound, like that of our beloved Bishop.

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