A collection of shots taken over the course of our weekend of celebration.
I really enjoyed Sunday night’s INAPPROPRIATE event with Derek Chester-Browne. As the tag line said, it was a “story of grace” and it really lived up to its name.
Derek was honest and clear about where he has been and what God has done in his life. I knew he had been an ex drug-dealer, but I think it really struck home when he spoke about how he used to treat his family. I was moved by the incredible change that God did in this man’s heart and actions and was encouraged that in those things I struggle with, God can really change me too.
The fact that Derek isn’t all about self-motivation and self-power is fantastic. This is a story of grace, not a story of self-therapy. God really will save anyone who comes to him. I love how God spoke to Derek so clearly in the midst of all his shouting, anger and opinions. For God to tell a man to “shut and and listen” shows me that he really does communicate with us all personally. God goes looking for us. That is simply amazing.
On Sunday we launched our new site, Cornerstone Church Rosebank at the Rosebank Scout Hall. It was a fantastic morning with lots of visitors and a great celebratory atmosphere. There were jumping castles for the kids and many people in the community indicated how happy they were that we’re now in Rosebank. One couple has even been waiting since December for the launch.
Here are some quotes from people that were there on Sunday:
“It was a great vibe; great response. I’m very excited about what’s going to happen there.” – Nick Wienand
“It was such a peaceful. joyful time, and there was lots of excitement in the air. Marcus preached from Luke 4 and it was fantastic. Jesus is led by the Spirit into the desert and then returns in the power of the Spirit and starts his ministry. It was raw Gospel and all about living Jesus to the world, overcoming the devil and living by the Spirit. Worship was also awesome!” – Waldo Kruger.
“Wow, it was packed. What an awesome vibe!” – Shannon Strydom
“It was great when a couple phoned me and told me how happy they were that something was happening in that community. We’re trying to be community focused with the scouts and partnering with them and we really want to make a positive influence in Rosebank. On Sunday it was very community orientated and that was really fantastic.” – Craig Herbert
“It was fantastic. Fun was had by all. Great worship time.” – Francois vd Merwe
Calling Life Groups to help
Now that the launch has happened, the real work begins. In order to keep a momentum at the site, we’re asking Life Groups to look at pulling through on Sunday mornings (9:30am) and committing to help for three or four weeks – to welcome people and support that community. The support is really needed and very much appreciated! Speak to Waldo or Craig for details. Check out the Rosebank page for address details etc.
Photos at Facebook.
Starting Tuesday 9 April, South Side will be running an Alpha course for 10 weeks at Warwick and Lindsey’s home (Brackendowns, Johannesburg South).
What is Alpha?
Alpha provides a space for people to ask real, honest questions about the Christian faith. The evening opens up with everyone sharing a meal after which a short talk on the Christian faith is given. After the talk, the time is open for discussion and questions around the subject are encouraged.
The talks revolve around Jesus, why he died, how he lived, and so forth. Through the ten week course those involved should leave with a good understanding of what Christianity is and a good idea on what they think about Jesus and whether they want to be a Christian or not.
Please RSVP for catering. Call 011-616-4073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha: Explore Life’s Big Questions
When: 9 April – 18 June, 2013
Where: Warwick and Lindsey’s home, Brackendowns, JHB South
RSVP for catering to 011-616-4073 or email email@example.com