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Weekly SNAC, 15 July 2018 - What are you investing in?

Each year our 6:30 Church congregation heads down to the beautiful Youthworks Conference Centres at Port Hacking for our weekend away – Invest. It’s called Invest because each year when we go away our goal is to invest in God’s people, God’s word, and God’s kingdom.

It’s a weekend full of food, sleeplessness, plenty of coffee and board games! But more importantly, it’s a time when we get stuck into God’s word and getting to know each other more, in a way that we cannot always do in the week-to-week.

Invest is the time where we invest in God’s people and God’s word, and see the fruit of that over the next year. We see people grow in love for one another, and walk away with a deeper love for our Lord Jesus and a passion to live for him! And it’s my prayer that as we do this we are investing in and growing God’s kingdom. Praise God for this great gift!

This year’s Invest is coming up in a few weeks (Friday 10 – Sunday 12 August). This year Phil and I will be teaching on the first few chapters of Revelation.

So, if you are an adult of 6:30 Church, then sign up online at snac.org.au/invest

And whoever you are, please pray for us as we prepare for the weekend and when we are there:

• Thank God for the opportunity to spend time away enjoying his creation and with people around his word.

• Thank God for the provision of food and accommodation.

• Pray that lots of good memories will be made and laughs will be had. Pray that our relationships with each other will grow.

• Pray for Phil and me as we prepare to teach God’s word.

• Pray that all of us would invest in God’s word and find great treasures there!

Troy Munns

Weekly SNAC, 8 July 2018 - SNAC YOUTH Glorifying God

Over Term 2, SNAC YOUTH joined with our Gospel Teams and Kid’s Church in looking at our St George North Vision statement. Over Term 2, SNAC YOUTH joined with our Gospel Teams and Kid’s Church in looking at our St George North Vision statement. 

It has been a great to joy to think about how we might glorify God in the context of SNAC YOUTH and in the wider SNAC family.

Here are some of the things we have done together:

  • A series of talks on Glorifying God, Proclaiming Jesus, Serving Together and Growing Disciples that clearly captured what we are on about and what that  means for us at SNAC YOUTH.
  • Seminars that allowed us to explore in detail how we can put Proclaiming Jesus, Serving Together and Growing Disciples into practice. It was particularly encouraging to see so much engagement and collaboration from our youth as they worked hard to grapple with these ideas.
  • A series of segments where we heard from 6:30 Church members on how they seek to glorify God in line with the SNAC Vision. These segments were super encouraging and provided a great opportunity for our youth to see real and tangible examples of Christian young adults living as servants of Jesus.

Please join me in praying that our youth would continue to glorify God will all of their lives, and continue to grapple with what that looks like for them as individuals and together as SNAC YOUTH.          

Brendan Moar

Weekly SNAC, 1 July 2018 - Praying for our church

One of my hopes for our gospel team studies this term, is that we would all be encouraged in our prayerfulness for our church. We were reminded in our study of 1 Cor 3, that God is the one who brings the growth - and so it’s only right that we’re committed to praying that He would grow us together to be more like Jesus. This is the reason I have been sending out weekly emails with prayers written by people across the parish. One of my hopes for our gospel team studies this term, is that we would all be encouraged in our prayerfulness for our church. We were reminded in our study of 1 Cor 3, that God is the one who brings the growth - and so it’s only right that we’re committed to praying that He would grow us together to be more like Jesus. This is the reason I have been sending out weekly emails with prayers written by people across the parish. 

However, as this term comes to a close, it’s worth thinking about how you continue (or start!) some good habits in praying for your church. Here are a couple of suggestions you could try:

1. Download Prayermate on your smartphone – This is a free ‘app’ that will help you manage the different things that you would like to be praying for each day. If you use the prayermate app, you can subscribe to our SNAC prayer feed which will give you suggestions of what you could be praying for our church that day.

2. As an alternative to downloading prayermate, you can receive these prayer points in an email. You can choose to receive an email each day or once per week. If you’re interested, please email Kevin for more details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. Set an alarm on your phone for Saturday night (or some other time) to pray for your congregational meeting the next day. Pray for the preaching of God’s word, the encouragement of each member and that God would bring newcomers.

4. Make a point of speaking to someone from your gospel team each Sunday and asking what you can pray for them. If you choose a different person each week, you’ll be able to ask your whole group. You can either pray on the spot or make a note to pray later. 

5. On Monday morning, spend some time giving thanks for the opportunity to meet with your congregation. Give thanks specifically for the people who you spoke to the previous day. 

6. Print out a copy of each of Paul’s prayers recorded in the New Testament and leave in your Bible. Each time you come to pray for your congregation, choose one of these prayers and use it to pray for those in your congregation. You may need to change some of the words for the prayer to make sense (e.g. change ‘you’ to ‘we’ or ‘us’)

7. Choose a particular ministry and commit to being a prayer supporter (e.g. Scripture, Kids Plus, Jitterbugz etc.) Ask the coordinator of that ministry for some specific prayer points then start praying!
       

Kevin Stepniewski

Weekly SNAC, 24 June 2018 - Serving on a Sunday

Many of our Gospel Teams have this week been thinking through the third prong of our SNAC vision which is ‘serving together’. Jesus himself came to serve and not to be served, giving his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). In response, his followers are called to serve one another. Our Gospel Teams got very practical about what this looks like over the past week. Many of our Gospel Teams have this week been thinking through the third prong of our SNAC vision which is ‘serving together’. Jesus himself came to serve and not to be served, giving his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). In response, his followers are called to serve one another. Our Gospel Teams got very practical about what this looks like over the past week. 

There are lots of ways Christians can serve together but I thought I would focus in upon ten ways to serve on a Sunday that aren’t on your typical church roster. So here we go:

1. Come to church with the expectation of serving others. A church is the gathering of Christ’s people. We come together to build one another up in Jesus through the Word, prayer and fellowship. When we gather we all have a part to play in building up our local body of Christ (Ephesians 4). So come to church ready to do that! 

2. Pray for the Sunday meeting before you go along. Ask God to build up his people on that particular day. Pray for all the elements of the service and that each part would contribute to growing your brothers and sisters in Christ and glorifying God.

3. Cultivate a love for going to church. If we think of church as an obligation it is 100% certain to feel that way every time we go. Instead, be the person who is excited for the next gathering of God’s people. Be the person looking forward to serving and encouraging others and who serves their church by cultivating a love for church that is catching.

4. Turn up early. Leave late. The best way to get to know people and to have opportunities to serve them is to be available! Plan to be at church well before it starts and to leave well after it ends so that you can spend that time serving people. Often new visitors come early so you can chat to them before church and church members stay late so you can chat to them after as well!

5. Sit with someone you don’t know well. We humans are such creatures of habit that we can find ourselves always sitting in the same seat with the same people around us each week. Why not try sitting somewhere completely different? Pick someone you don’t know very well and take the chance to meet and encourage them!

6. Look out for visitors. It’s great to be able to catch up with friends at church. It’s also great that Christ gave us church for Christians. However, we are not a ‘closed’ community but we are always to welcome in new people to our church family. Sometimes that simply means deciding to say hello to someone you don’t know before catching up with those you do. If you follow point 4 there will be time for both things!

7. Listen to the sermon. We all know the temptation when the preacher gets up to speak, to think – great, I have 25 minutes to write my shopping list; or plan my afternoon; or go on a brain snooze. Instead, be ready to hear from God’s Word; listen to the challenges and evaluate what is being said against the Scriptures. You’d be surprised how easy it is for a preacher to tell who is engaged and who is not!

8. Talk about the sermon afterwards (Requires 4 & 7). Find at least one person after church to talk to about what in God’s Word encouraged you. 

9. If you see something that needs doing, do it! Just because you aren’t the rostered welcomer or dish washer doesn’t mean you can’t do the job. Jump in and help out! Ask those who are doing things if they need a hand. Like in a family, many hands make light work.

10. Make a post-church plan. Church life doesn’t end as you drive out of the parking lot. As you leave church make a mental note or jot down in your diary something you want to do this week to serve your church. Perhaps you want to discuss the sermon applications with someone at church who can keep you accountable. Perhaps there is a person you need to call because they weren’t at church. Perhaps you met a person you didn’t know and so you want to meet them for a coffee. Perhaps it is chatting about church with your household. Whatever it is: go home with a plan for the week having met with your church family that day.

We serve together because Christ first served us. I’ve listed 10 ideas to serve just on a Sunday at church – I’m sure you can come up with many more. I’ll leave it to you!    

Jason Veitch