1 Peter 4:7-11 Part 1: Dealing With Hurts and Moving Into The Next Season

1 Peter 4:7-11 Part 1: Dealing With Hurts and Moving Into The Next Season

This passage starts with the opening line: ‘The end of all things is near – therefore…’ (1 Peter 4:7) making it clear that the prediction of the end times and the judgement to come at the beginning of the chapter calls for a response from us, not just mental assent to its truth.

Jesus really is coming back! I believe it’s the next most significant event in history. It is also surely as relevant if not more relevant for us today as it was for Peter’s audience, being 2000 years closer to this ‘end time’! And what is our response to be?

First there is a response called in our attitude: to be of ‘sound judgement and sober spirit’. But this is for a purpose – for prayer. Prayer is such a mystery to me – God is omnipotent and doesn’t need us to do anything! But He lovingly invites us to partner with Him and chooses to work through our prayers – what a gracious God.  And we have seen Him working mightily through our prayers recently.

We are called to pray and we are called to love –  a love that ‘covers a multitude of sins’.

We are called to pray and we are called to love –  a love that ‘covers a multitude of sins’. This is a love which is not passive: we are to be ‘fervent’ in our love for one another. How does love cover sins? I believe it is because it is willing to forgive. There have been some hurts in the past season, some broken relationships and it’s been painful. We’ve sinned against each other at times. Some of us have been really hurt. Love does not sweep this under the carpet – I believe it is very difficult to forgive wholeheartedly if we have not acknowledged wholeheartedly the harm that has been done. We do not cover sin by denying that it hurt us. We cover sin by being real, counting the cost of releasing judgement and then forgiving with the grace that God has given us. Love covers, because in this process it does not seek to shame or expose, it seeks to restore and be reconciled. It’s not easy but it’s also not really an option, if we are truly followers of Christ, to hold on to unforgiveness.

Love is also patient and not easily angered so it chooses at times to overlook an offence because we all get it wrong at times, we are all works in progress. Love remembers that we are all in need of forgiveness as much as we need to extend forgiveness. And when people see this kind of love between brothers and sisters in the church, I believe it shows the world that God is really among us.

– Nicky Kendall

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What’s Coming Up 13th August 2018

In case you missed us at our last Sunday Celebration (Aug 12th) and want to know what’s coming up in Jubilee Church, then please find below all the notices you need to know for this week…

 

         

August 19th ‘Celebrate Community’ – Celebration will start from 10-1pm with a special community focus. Included in the morning will be a variety of activities. Please come prepared to bless! Don’t forget to bring food for our bring and share picnic afterwards.

August 26th ‘Celebrate Friends’ –  Fun informal time together from 11-1pm followed by a BBQ and games at midday. Don’t forget to invite your friends!

August 15th Power Hour of Prayer – Come join us this Wednesday evening for an hour of prayer from 7.30-8.30pm at the Jubilee Resource Hub.

“I Am He” – Article by Adam Doggett

“I Am He” – Article by Adam Doggett

‘I am He’ was a Waypoint production exploring who Jesus is and what it means to have a personal relationship with him.

It was great fun getting together with a few friends, who are extremely talented performers, to put this event on at Maidstone Family Church. The show was made up of a series of stand-alone performance pieces, including drama, poetry and music, which each told a story in its own right, but when placed together followed a central theme throughout the evening. We explored ideas of good and bad choices, purpose, breaking down and re-building, laying burdens before God and facing persecution. I loved the way that each piece was presented in a different style as Barnaby, Kellie, Jamie, Selby and myself all brought a different flavour. It’s important to bring those different styles because the audience is made up of individuals who will connect with and relate to different parts of the show. I like using metaphors, symbolism and a subtle underlying meaning, so a lot of my work comes forward in the form of allegories. Others have very different ways of storytelling, which is fantastic!

He has laid a number of stories on my heart over the last few months, so it was really special to perform those in front of an audience for the first time.

I am passionate about the creative arts, drama in particular, because it has the power to make me see things in a different way, to view life from a different perspective and to bypasses my sceptical and over-analytical nature to connect in a profound and emotional way. God has taken me on quite a journey to bring me to a place of putting on something
like this. He has laid a number of stories on my heart over the last few months, so it was really special to perform those in front of an audience for the first time. I also had the opportunity to bring out an oldie that I’ve performed before in other contexts, but I love it, so it was great doing it again!

 

The title of the show, ‘I am He’, was based on John 4, where Jesus speaks to the woman at the well. During their conversation, they talk about what true worship is and Jesus explains that he is the Messiah, the one who brings living water, the one who was promised. This really captures the heart of the event as everyone involved brought their own specific gifts as an act of worship, to glorify God and tell of his greatness. I was very encouraged to receive positive feedback, with people saying how enjoyable and thought provoking they found the evening!

It was evident that God was present amongst us and it’s so great to see God stirring people to use their gifts for his glory. We find ourselves in a really special time within Waypoint and in Jubilee where there is space for people to step out in faith and pursue what God has called them to. As for me, I will continue to use drama to tell God stories, and look forward to seeing how he uses that in the future.

– Adam Doggett

Family Overseas Part 3: Abby & Jacob Wilson

Family Overseas Part 3: Abby & Jacob Wilson

Hello all!

Life in Canada…wow, we are loving it. God has put this little community of Claremont on Jacobs heart since he was a boy, and ever since I moved here I have loved it more and more every day.

I’ve been here for a year now and have seen so much of Gods favour going ahead of us.

I’ve been here for a year now and have seen so much of God’s favour going ahead of us. One way is with my health. 2017 seemed to be the worst year for me pain wise (I have Rheumatoid Arthritis) and it got to a point where we were planning for me to fly back to England for treatment with the NHS. The treatment I needed was un-affordable without having permanent residency in Canada. Jacob’s parents (Craig and Stacy) called for an evening of prayer for my health with the whole church.

I was blown away that people already cared for me so much! On that night we received a call from Jacob’s aunt who is a doctor and she said she had been speaking to the head of the Rheumatology department in our local hospital, who was willing to ask for ‘compassionate care’ for me to start a new treatment in Canada. This treatment was better than what I would have been given in the UK, and within a few months I had access to it, completely for free! I have been treated no differently to a patient who has health coverage, and within two weeks of being on it, it has given me so much pain relief that I often forget to take it because the pain isn’t there as a constant reminder! I haven’t had such little daily pain since before I was diagnosed in January 2013. It has meant I have been able to get up and about in the community here and be involved in Life Church in the capacity I feel God is leading me to, without being held back by pain and fatigue. 

Jacob is doing well, we have been married for almost two months now and are already very settled into enjoying married life together, what a gift from God.

He has a great job installing doors that are worth amounts of money I cannot even spell! He has a great relationship with his boss and the hours work well with what we love doing with the church too. We were blessed to find an apartment in the centre of Claremont and love being close to the family and to the Church. We are so thankful for everyone’s prayers and for the friendships that continue overseas.

Please come and visit! 

– Abby Wilson

 

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What’s Coming Up 30th July 2018

If you missed us at our last celebration at the Jubilee Auditorium on Sunday and want to know what’s coming up in Jubilee Church, then please find below all the notices you need to know for this week…

August Summer Series

– Come join us at Tree Tops Academy this month for a 4 week series celebrating family, life, the community and friends. We’ll be meeting every Sunday 10-11.30am. August 26th will be an outreach BBQ day, so remember to bring your friends.

– A reminder about parking changes as of Sunday 5th August that you will be able to park on the school grounds by using the Furfield Close entrance. We will have stewards to direct you to the grassy area to park.

Wednesday power hour prayer 

– will continue to run in August on the 1st and 15th at the Jubilee Resource Hub from 7.30-8.30pm.

Jubilee Leadership School 

–  is a newly designed course for people who want to invest time in their personal and practical leadership. Run over three terms, the course is delivered over three core themes, namely: foundations for leadership, personal leadership, and organisational leadership. For more details please email dan.maudhub@jubilee.co and book online here.

Family Overseas Part 2: Ralf, Daniela, Clara & Rosa Helfrich

Family Overseas Part 2: Ralf, Daniela, Clara & Rosa Helfrich

A year has gone by since we waved our goodbyes and left Maidstone with tons of precious memories in our suitcases.

God has filled our 14 years in the UK with so many good things and relationships and we are still so grateful for sharing life all these years with you Jubilee guys!

In a lot of ways moving back to Germany seemed like stepping out of the safe boat onto the water. The only thing we had waiting for us was a church, the Vineyard Würzburg, which we felt God had clearly spoken for to be a support for the Vision and Leaders there. But it still took lots of faith and patience to build a new life here.

We couldn’t find a house to rent at first, so some catholic nuns invited us to stay with them. The way the took us in was like Jesus welcoming us back to Germany – they just loved us. It took eight months to find a house, but finally God gave us a home, where we could really settle. And it’s big enough for more than just us – so our house is always full of visitors, friends, family and lodgers.

Ralf is working in three Day Care Centres for elderly people – and its great to see how the musical Oldies he sings with them brings a smile to their face remembering the good old times. Daniela works in a home for especially vulnerable refugees – a job she loves so much she would even do it without being paid. Clara has unfortunately forgotten all her English – no wait, the other day she said: Mummy, I DO still know English: hello and “Buon Giorno…(!)”. Rosa is discovering her own little will big time and is now the oldest in her play group. They feel really at home and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle here.

 

Although the Vineyard Church is very different from Jubilee, we have never had a doubt that its been the right time and place to move here. We have spent lots of time getting to know the people in the body before taking on any responsibility. Only recently now we started a house-group project with Alex Jäger – who some of you might still know from School of the Word. Ralf is involved with the worship bands again and is part of the “Prophetic Team”. We also preached as a couple for the first time last week.

 

It’s good to be back home, although it took us quite some time to feel at “home” in Germany again. Looking back its not been the easiest year but one of the most adventurous and filled with Gods surprises and provision – we can truly say, He has been so good to us! We are grateful how God has prepared us, called us and planted us here in our home soil again.

Thanks to all of you who have been praying, visiting, been friends, send messages and encouraged us! You guys will forever be part of who we are! Love you!

– Ralf & Daniela Helfrich

 

Parkwood BBQ

Parkwood BBQ

God answered Habakkuk in Chapter 2:2 “Write the vision, and make it plain…”

At the moment we are ‘Jubilee Church on the move’ both spiritually and physically. This piece of God’s wisdom we can apply to many areas. We have begun the move to Tree Tops School, our temporary home, but even now the next move after that is upon us.

So it was with great excitement and not a little trepidation that we gathered on the 19th of July at what will be our next church home in Parkwood.  Here the vision stood clearly before us.  There were several guided tours of the building laying out once again what was going where and what each area would become.  As I stood there, mainly looking through BBQ smoke, I couldn’t help but wonder how many lives would be impacted and changed as a result of us making this move?  Suddenly my visionary glasses were in place and I could see a transformed building, a place where Jesus Christ was worshipped and adored, a place where people were loved and cared for.

An army, so I am told, marches on its stomach! Well Jubilee is no different! My willing band of merry little barbequers cooked 160 pork sausages, 160 burgers and 8kilos of onions!  My thanks goes to Wikus, Roger and Ade for their sterling efforts on the fire front and to Becky and Ibi who served everyone so well with great smiles.

It was also an evening to stake our tent pegs in the ground. Thankfully the sun hadn’t baked the ground too hard and we were able to take our pegs with our names and scriptures and hammer them in. For me it was a significant act. It said I am willing, I want to be part of this, I am prepared to be part of the effort to see this come about. It was great to see so many pegs in the ground.

It was so important for us as a Church to stand there, to be thankful for the provision of the building, but also for each one of us to see it. For some it was a reminder, for others it was a new sight. But now the vision is clear!

– An article by Susie Steele

Entering His Courts with Praise – My Journey

Entering His Courts with Praise – My Journey

I just love it when any event involves a group of women getting together. Put Jesus at the centre of it and it makes the perfect combination. When Hazel approached me to be part of the core team of ‘Enter His Courts’ ladies day, I was uncertain. I had been feeling really disconnected from God, an apathy and lacking the passion to connect with Him. I doubted if I was in the right place to be involved.

At the first meeting, we prayed about the theme and for the ladies we wanted to invite. The theme touched my heart and I could hear Him gently whispering to me to enter His courts. “Come my precious daughter, come and be with Me”. I realised He wasn’t disconnected from me but there were barriers of pain and fear that were stopping Me from coming to Him.

Hazel asked us to think about what we wanted to contribute. Something had been stirring in me since I heard a testimony about gifting. God whispered “Dance with Me”. This was a challenge as my dancing had been about constant comparison, never feeling good enough, criticism, and from a very young age horrendous stage fright that would have me shake uncontrollably and then despise myself afterwards.

I had a relatively short but successful career as a dance teacher. I loved giving confidence to children where I lacked so much. However personally and emotionally I was a mess. I never completed my training and when I got married, I stopped and I felt relieved. For money reasons five years ago I went back to it. I completed a very gruelling year of training to get back in shape in order to get my teaching exams.  This was following three miscarriages and a traumatic pregnancy. I stepped back into an environment where I hadn’t healed and looking back it wasn’t God’s will. It ended by becoming bed-bound and relying on everybody for help. I felt God had permanently shut the door on dancing.

 

Slowly God filled the loss with joy. I realised that my identity is not in my dancing. When it was taken away I found a new identity, one that is found in Christ alone. In this time I have had several words about my dancing. Even at Jump in just the week before it was mentioned again. Even at that point I didn’t see it as I would literally be dancing again.

Slowly God filled the loss with joy. I realised that my identity is not in my dancing.

Hazel suggested I dance in the Spirit if I felt God ask me too. The thought of doing something unprepared and spontaneous made me feel sick. She reminded me that there was no pressure, I hadn’t committed to anything and I wasn’t letting anybody down. I knew that if God wanted me to do it then He would have to give me the courage and strength to move. In my own strength I wouldn’t have the guts to stand up and do it.

During worship my heart was racing the whole time. I felt like I was standing on the edge of a mountain and knowing that He wanted me to take a leap. I was absolutely terrified. The first couple of steps I could barely breathe. Once I did I realised it wasn’t fear… it was adrenaline. I was worshipping Him with everything I had, marching into battle for Him, following Him wherever He asked me to go. It was all for Him!

   

Afterwards I just felt how proud of me He was. No critism, no comparison, no regret, Just joy. That was the ultimate blessing. So when people started approaching me I could not believe the impact it had had on them. He took my sacrifice, my willingness to obey Him and it didn’t just bless me. Ladies came up to me saying it shifted something in the Spirit, it changed how they were feeling, it made them worship Him more, it encouraged them to lay down their fears. He gave me a gift to give to others.

For the day God gave me a picture of a beautiful doorway and behind this doorway was His courts. The doorway had been barricaded up to the top. You couldn’t climb over it but He was inviting us to enter and be with Him. To enter we needed to smash through them. Smash through insecurities, comparisons, deep fears, lies, the things that stop us in life, stop us from living our God-given destiny.

I stepped forward and I smashed mine to pieces and throughout the day I saw one lady after another smash through their barricades whether it be by coming forward to wash their hands, standing up and receiving prayer or talking to somebody that they’ve not talked to before. Victory was had by so many beautiful ladies and each one standing and glorifying His name! A day I shall never forget.

– An article by Deb Jensen

Family Overseas Part 1: Update from Glenn & Bek Robinson

Family Overseas Part 1: Update from Glenn & Bek Robinson

My dad has said on many occasions that we are like cats, always landing on our feet, but we know that is no coincidence.

To our wonderful Jubilee family,

Can you believe it’s been nine months since we left Maidstone and began this new chapter back in Australia.

God has been so good to us, going before us and preparing the way. My dad has said on many occasions that we are like cats, always landing on our feet, but we know that is no coincidence.

We have seen so many prayers answered: provision of cars, jobs, home, friendships and most recently a church family. However in the early days it all felt extremely overwhelming- Australia is a big place and there were so many decisions to be made regarding where exactly we would settle.

One day, while worshiping at Glenn’s parent’s church, I felt God give me (Bek) a picture. It was of a map with a line drawn linking various points which led to a large x marking the destination point. I felt God say that He had a specific destination in mind. A location where He intended to plant us, and use us for His Glory, but only He had the map that would take us there. We would need to trust in His leading to each new point on the map.

This has certainly been our experience. God is so unbelievably faithful!

 

 

So where are we on the map now?

Glenn is working for a company called Anglicare. It is a Christian organisation who provide various care facilities to the community. He manages the marketing of the aged care facilities across Sydney which he says is “thrilling”.

I was working for Fresh Hope as Andrew Balls Executive Assistant but I have recently changed roles…and become a mummy to two beautiful boys!!

While twin parenthood has its challenges, God’s mercies are new every day and we are loving it.

Our only sadness is that our Jubilee family aren’t with us to share in the daily journey with our two little miracles- they are pretty amazing little guys. We wish you could all come and give some cuddles!

Finally, we’ve recently joined a core team pioneering a Fresh Hope church in our local area. It’s in its very early stages but already God is opening so many doors into the community and giving favour with the leaders and authorities. We are personally enjoying the small faith community and relationships the group provides.

We miss you all SO much, and love hearing from you, so please keep up your messages even if it takes us a little longer than usual to get back to you.

Love lots Glenn, Bek, Cole and Jesse

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What’s Coming Up 23rd July 2018

If you missed us yesterday at Sunday Celebration and want to know what’s coming up in Jubilee Church, then please find below all the notices you need to know for this week…

Sunday 29th July – Final celebration in the Jubilee Auditorium for a 10am start. It will be a time of giving thanks to God for all that He’s done over the past 9 years. Don’t miss out!

August Summer Series – Over the four Sundays in August, each morning will focus on celebrating a specific theme – 5th: Celebrate Family; 12th Celebrate Life; 19th: Celebrate Community; 26th: Celebrate Friends. Address: Tree Tops Primary Academy ME15 9JW

Wednesday Power Hour Prayer – will continue to run in August on the 1st and 15th at the Jubilee Resource Hub from 7.30-8.30pm.

School of the Word – is running a full-time course from September 2018 to July 2019 for people who have a desire to know God’s Word and grow in their faith. For more details please see the School of the Word page or email mel.lewis@jubilee.co

Jubilee Leadership School – is a newly designed course for people who want to invest time in their personal and practical leadership. Run over three terms, the course is delivered over three core themes, namely: foundations for leadership, personal leadership, and organisational leadership. For more details please email dan.maudhub@jubilee.co and book online here.