Everything Matters

Upon first glance, and a surface read of the book of Ecclesiastes, we are immediately struck by a foreboding and pessimistic perspective of the author about the weary futility and utter meaninglessness of life on earth. The repetitive qualities of nature, history and our human existence itself underscores a depressing outlook that we can neither refute or honestly deny.

52482What this deep consideration does ultimately give rise to however, is that life without God is utterly meaningless. The good news is that we can live for God, and with God, in the richness of a real and dynamic relationship of faith with our heavenly Father.

As the Righteous Judge; morally perfect and upright in all his adjudication, He brings meaning to every aspect of our lives. The mundane, day to day activities, our behaviour, and the decisions that we make all have meaning. His presence and abundant life that He gifts to us fills us with true joy and purpose. The fact that our actions and words have eternal consequences, and thereby ultimate meaning, brings us the joy of the Lord that becomes our strength.

Ecc 12:13-14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

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

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.

The Kingdom Life in Our ‘Everyday Living’

A common misconception that many Christians have is that in order for them to be living impacting and productive christian lives, they must take huge steps of faith, such as; moving out of country to become a missionary. Or perhaps make enormous sacrifices by quitting their secular jobs to serve the Lord. While these may be noble acts taken on by individuals with personal convictions, it begs the question as to whether those who do not undertake such heroic feats are actually living effective and purposeful Kingdom lives.

The truth is, the office worker, mechanic, uni student or house wife who love God and are born again believers do not have to wait until they’ve saved up enough money to retire from secular work and enter into the ministry before they can serve God, but God calls all of us to live for him and serve him in whatever place of employment and financial position we are in, today! Kingdom Life is about living according to God’s Word and in the Holy Spirit, not just in Church on Sundays where many of us attend, but in our daily routines and obligations. God desires for us to take Him with us wherever we go, that we may show His goodness by our words, actions and attitudes.

When Jesus said that the field is white and already for harvest (Jn 4:35), it was not reserved just for the third world nations but even in our nation and cities, there are souls that need to hear the gospel and see our good works. It does not mean that we have to Bible bash people and preach hell and damnation to those we work with because it is proven to be ineffective. However, we need to demonstrate Christ’s love in such a way that it may solicit curiosity at the least, or an inquiry about what we believe, at most. And ultimately a door opens for us to share our testimony and the saving power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

It is in our day to day interaction with the lost world that we serve God’s purpose by showing kindness and generosity, demonstrating the temperance of the Holy Spirit when we are under pressure, revealing the hopeful demeanour when difficulties arise and the compassion of the good samaritan to whoever is in need. We must always be ready to share the Word as Jesus is always at work in the lives of people, even in your office colleague or fellow store man. As you follow the leading of God’s prompting in the ordinary day-to-day routines it is living an impactful Kingdom life, and it can go from a simple seed sowing habit to a full blown Bible study in the office with souls being saved and added to God’s Kingdom.

This month as we come to commemorate our Passover, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, let us consider our lives of sacrifice in the work place. The sacrifice is not to resign from the job but, on the job, be willing to share your faith even at the cost of being rejected and ridiculed.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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