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We're an Assemblies of God church in the heart of the Western Bay of Plenty in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Our mission statement is "Growing, Maturing and Exporting Genuine Disciples of Christ". Our vision is to be seen by God and the community as a church of real Christians living out their faith in word and deed.
We also love Israel and are on a journey of discovering how we, as 21st century kiwis, ought to be worshiping the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Our main worship service is on Sunday mornings at 10am and we have various small groups and Bible studies during the week. To find out more about us please use the menu tab or contact us on 549-0508 or email@example.com.
23rd June 2019 - Bob Gass died earlier this month. I met him in 2004 at a United Christian Broadcasters International meeting in Australia where he was one of the speakers. By that time The Word for Today had been published since 1994. Bob was horrified when was told that people had used The Word For Today as their only devotional for nearly ten years. “But it’s so relevant every day” someone said. “Of course it is” He responded, “It’s MILK!”. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:2 to desire the sincere milk of the word “like newborn babes.” However the writer of Hebrews encourages us to grow to the point where we are able to consume “strong meat” (Heb 5:12). There is no contradiction here, it is simply a matter of maturity. Meat eaters still drink milk, but babies don’t eat roast beef. The Word For Today has been invaluable to tens of thousands of Christians in the last 25 years - I was personally encouraged by it the other day – but if you really want to grow in the Lord, listen to Bob’s wise advice and seek to be challenged in your faith by finding something to go alongside TWFT.
This month's Free Monthly movie
Sharon and Jinny praising God with scripture for the awesome sunset on Saturday night.
A lot of people tell me they don't believe what I believe (God, Jesus, the Bible - just in case you missed that) but when I ask them what THEY believe and what they base that belief on they are unable to answer. Check out what happened to comedian Jeff Allen when someone challenged him with that question (scroll to 3:15)
On the first Sunday of each month we hold a Mission Sunday, highlighting one of the ministries we support as a church. This month it was the congregation of Kehilat Haderech in Karmiel, North Israel, who we have a special relationship with. I came across this video of pastor Yossi Ovadia talking about the work that they do.
We are praying that God will display His healing power here in Katikati. I placed some videos on our church Facebook group but because not everybody is connected that way I am putting them here as well. PLEASE NOTE: I am not endorsing the teaching or lives of any of these people, what I am endorsing is the healing power of God.
Once a month the churches of Katikati have a combined service. It is an enormous blessing to have the unity we have between the churches here and to see people from all Christian denominations come together as one. (Psalm 133:3) . It is not as common as you would think.
When people ask me why we have denominations I describe it using the simile of ice cream. Sharon loves Goldrush. I also enjoy Goldrush but I prefer hokey pokey. Sometimes on a double I will combine it with boysenberry ripple or passionfruit. And I really like the new chocolate caramel. But one flavour l do NOT like is chocolate. I am very happy for other people to like it but it's not my cup of tea (if you'll excuse the mixed metaphore).
Does that make sense?
I'm a Pentecostal, although I was brought up Presbyterian, have been a card carrying Baptist, spent many years in Elim (three times) and also been a part of two wonderful Open Brethren fellowships. I have to tell you I also love the traditional Anglican liturgical service (not that I get to attend one very often). I like the Brethren open worship where anyone who has a word or a song or a psalm can bring it and I like the Pentecostal open worship where it sometimes feels like you're singing with the angels. There are many ways of worshiping God, denominations simply show our preferences.
As to the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses etc. they're more like gelato - they look and taste very similar to ice cream but they actually have a completely different foundation. (i.e. although they claim to, they do not actually worship our God).
So, safe guard our unity. Don't talk badly about the other churches or other Christians (Prov 16:28) and please remember to pray for all the pastors in town.