God's genuine love

From a Pastor’s lens

‘Let love be genuine’ Romans 12.9

Term 1 has passed, and we are flying through Term 2. I thought I would take a moment to pause… and share some scripture and things God has been teaching me along the journey this term. My heart is overjoyed with the opportunities we as a Pastoral team have, to genuinely care for the children in our hands.

BE CHILDLIKE

God's genuine love

Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and don’t try to stop them. People who are like these children belong to God’s kingdom’. Matthew 19.14

Has a child ever taught you a thing or two about life?
What is it about children that God treasures?
Is it the simplicity of their joy and playful innocence or is it the trust and dependency they have for a loved one to guide, lead, protect, feed and support them?

I think it’s both.

Life is a gift, and God wants us to enjoy life, but life is not always that easy, and neither is it for children. As I learn to depend on my Heavenly Father more each day, asking Him to help me, I seem to become more like a child, thankful for breath in my lungs and the life that He has given.

A HEART TO 

genuine love and care

‘The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save. He rejoices over you with gladness; he celebrates and sings because of you, and he will refresh your life with his love’. Zephaniah 3.17

I find that times in my life when I’m focused on myself, life can quickly come crumbling down. However, when I focus on who God is, and who I am in Christ, it uplifts my perspective. This term we have been seeking to build an emphasis around God’s goodness, and praising him for who he is, knowing that this fact alone will bring hope, confidence and a revealing of our true identity.

THE HOLY BIBLE

‘The Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path’. Psalm 119:105

It fascinates me that to this day, The Holy Bible can still be found in hotels, shops, and even jails. There’s just something about that book that stands the test of time. The Bible is relevant, truthful, practical and full of stories that offer faith, hope, and love. As I walk alongside our children, God has highlighted to me the importance of the Word of God. We have started a Year 5-6 Boys Bible Study where we do nothing but simply read The Word together. We believe the Bible is alive and living and if our children can grow in the understanding of God’s truth, it will be a pillar of wisdom and liberation throughout their life.

SHARING THE GOOD NEWS

‘For I am not ashamed of the good news of Christ, for it is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes’. Romans 1.16

The Bible says ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever would believe in Him shall not perish but have eternal life’. Why would we share this message with our children? Why is God so important to us? Are our kids pressured to believe in God? Of course not. But there is a deep overflow of love that comes from our hearts as we understand the very love God has for us. By Jesus’ blood on a cross, He took our penalty of sin and death, that we might die to sin, and live with Christ – an exchange of sin for a life filled by the Spirit of God. This is an eternal life, an abundant life. We share this good news because we believe it brings life to all who believe.

Please stand with us at GCC.

I say all this with love and pray that you have a blessed day. 

Pastor Josh Wolsley, College Pastor

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