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Fellowship NEWS
Sunday 24 April 1977

FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY ....

There are two things that the Christian must understand when it comes to divine guidance in decision making:  First, God has an overall plan for your life;  second, God's goal is a moral goal.  His plan for you has less to do with geography than it does with ethics.  His supreme objective is to make you like His Son.  Whether the process of making what He wants of you involves travel, money, joy, pain or whatever, is secondary.  His goal is to make you holy, and the kind of guidance He will give you will reflect this.

It is precisely at this point that you may have problems.  Usually, when we want guidance, we have in the back of our minds some overall objective toward which we are striving.  I may ask you to direct me to Main Street, but my real objective is to find a certain doctor who can cure me of cancer.  Similarly, I may want to know whether I should apply for job Y or job Z, but in the back of my mind I am really struggling with vague goals which have to do with happiness, success, or even money.

Thus, when we ask God for guidance, we may have one goal in mind while He has another.  We may not therefore be interested in the kind of guidance He has to offer.  God is less worried about whether I make a mistake about the geography than about the morality.  It matters less that I wind up in the wrong job than that I make a wrong moral choice.

AMONG THE SAINTS . . . . .

A WARM WELCOME

TO ALL VISITORS with us this week.  We hope that you will be uplifted by the worship service this morning, be inspired by the teaching from God's Word, and feel the presence of God in the gathering together of His people.

THE BOYS BRIGADE
is away for a camp this weekend.  This will be for their spiritual and physical benefit.  We ask that you be praying for the boys and for their leaders.  This is a vital outreach of our church and other churches.  Four of our own men are leaders and a number of boys from our congregation are involved.  Let's not take this ministry for granted.

A SPECIAL OFFERING
for David & Barbara Prestidge and family will be received today.  As mentioned last week, this offering will be taken every three months to assist in their financial needs whilst David is training for the ministry.
An offering plate is in the front porch to receive your contribution.

EXCERPTS FROM A RECENT LETTER FROM DAVID PRESTIDGE . . .
It's great to get the Fellowship News and read of the news from Motueka.  I am sure the Lord is blessing you greatly ... We have been going to the Wattle Park Church and are involved with the Sunday School, the Youth Group, and on Sunday nights after church the young adults come round to the manse for a time of Bible Study and fellowship ... and I preach once a month ... My studies are very exciting.  We are doing the Pauline letters in the N.T. and have started Genesis in the O.T.  I also find Greek to be exciting, but very hard! ... The children love it here because of the Church activities ... It is good, the way the Lord is looking after us.  We were overjoyed by the news of the offering from Fellowship Sunday.  We thank you very much ... I got a pay rise in my Monday job.  We thank and praise the Lord.  He has promised to supply all our needs and we see it happening every day.  We thank you for your prayers ... We can't wait for the two years to go by so we can visit you all.
May God bless you all,   Love from David, Barbara and family.

REMINDER
Please remember articles are required for C.W.F. Ladies' "Market Day" Stall - 13th May is getting steadily closer !
C.W.F. Meeting next week, (2nd May) to make final arrangements for stall.  And ladies, don't forget your "mystery parcel" for sales table.

HE REQUIRED OBEDIENCE
by R.E. Coleman

Jesus expected the men He was with to obey Him.  They were not required to be smart but they had to be loyal.  This is because of the distinguishing mark by which they were known.  They were called His "disciples", meaning that they were "learners" or "pupils" of the Master.  It was not until much later that they started to be called "Christian", although it was inevitable, for in time obedient followers invariably take on the character of their leader!

The simplicity of this approach is marvellous if not astounding.  None of the disciples were asked at first to make a statement of faith or accept a well defined creed, although they doubtless recognised Jesus to be the Messiah.  For the moment, all they were asked to do was to follow Jesus.  Of course, clearly implied in their initial invitation was a call to faith in the person of Christ and obedience to His Word.  If this was not comprehended in the beginning, it would be perceived as they continued in the Way with the Master.  No one will follow a person in whom he has no trust, nor will he sincerely take the step of faith unless he is willing to obey what his leader says.
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Tick the things that you feel are hindering YOUR relationship with God, because you have put them before God in importance:

Husband -- Wife -- Children -- Friends -- Brother/Sister -- Car

Time -- Lifegoals -- Home -- Job -- Education -- Hobbies

Income -- Savings -- Sports -- T.V. -- Personal happiness -- Other


NOTE: God does not want to take these things away from you.  He just wants to be first in your life.  If your life focuses round one or more of these things, rather than Jesus Christ, you need to refocus your life in order to experience God's greatest blessings.
THIS WEEK AT OUR CHURCH ....
Tonight at 7:00p.m.  Come and support the Gospel Service.
"Jesus' Opinion of the Church - Pergamum" (Rev. 2: 12-17)

Monday, 25 April Singing Practice for Youth Group, 7p.m. at the Church.

Tuesday, 26 April Ladies' Bible Study, meets at the home of Mrs. Margaret Christie, 9:45a.m.

Wednesday, 27 April Prayer Meeting and Bible Study, at Mrs. Allred's home, at 7:30p.m.  Study section Phil. 2: 12-18.

Thursday, 28 April Boys' Brigade: Team Section, meets at the hall, 6:30p.m.

Sunday, 1 May - 9:50a.m. Sunday School.
11:00a.m. Worship and Communion.
Sermon: "Learning from your mistakes." (Ex. 2:11-15)
7:00p.m. Gospel Service. Sermon: "Jesus' Opinion of the Church - Thyatira". (Rev. 2: 18-29)
This will be a film service, followed by supper.  Ladies, a plate please.
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THOSE SERVING:
This Sunday
President: M. Jeffries
Readers: O.T.- M. Stevens; N.T.- A. Holyoake
Doorkeeper: A. Trewavas
Helpers: T. Christie, R. Trewavas
Organist a.m. B. Holyoake; p.m. G. Holyoake
Flowers etc.: M. Christie, H. Glover
Grounds: Fenemors

1/5/77
President: E. Repp
Readers: O.T. - R. Hunt; N.T. - P. Trewavas
Doorkeeper: T. Barrow
Helpers: E. Jackett, B. Clark
Organist a.m. G. Holyoake; p.m. G. Didcott
Flowers etc.: A. Absalom, A. Bisley
Grounds: P. & R. Trewavas
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LAST WEEK'S STATISTICS:
Number of Communicants - 81
Offering Received - $173.42
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