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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.
As we come into the Passover season let us remember that "Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us."- 1 Corinthians 5:7
Our Easter/Passover services and events are;
21st April 2019 Rob Holding - Those of us who have been walking with the Lord for a number of years often need to stop and reassess how much gratitude we are actually showing Him. Sadly our redemption can become somewhat ho-hum: Yes, I know I am a sinner. Yes, I know Jesus is God. Yes, I know He died for me. Yes, I know He came back to life. Yes, I know He's coming again... etc. We need to "fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Heb 12:2) We need to "consider Him". (v.3) We need to look at things from His viewpoint. We need to feel the pain of the whip, the crown of thorns, the nails and the rejection. We need to feel the weight of sin on us that put Him on the cross and then live the relief as He takes that weight on Himself and willingly gives up His life so that we may live with Him forever. We need to do this!
24th March 2019 Barry Bjerring - The terrorism attack that took place in Christchurch last week shocked our whole country. God may well be using this tragedy that took so many lives as a wake-up call for his Church to earnestly pray and intercede for our beautiful country. We should be praying for every member of Parliament and in particular for Jacinda Ardern, our Prime Minister, that the Holy Spirit will give her wisdom, open her spiritual eyes and the spiritual eyes of every New Zealander including the Muslim community. At this time of tragedy let’s pray and intercede for New Zealand using the spiritual weapons God has given us that are mighty to the pulling down of enemy strongholds. If you are able, we would love you to join us at our prayer meetings as we intercede for our nation.
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.