Pastor Tim Pianta 65 Main Street, Tolga, Phone 0418882605 Email tolgacommunitychurch@gmail.com ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Passon on the Banner of Witnessing in our Nation

As our Pastor was away Ps Phyllis shared with us on Passing on the Banner of Witnessing in our Nation on Sunday.  The question posed to us was "How do I become a better witness for Christ Jesus?"

Bible Readings:
  • Hebrews 12:1-2
  • Psalm 116
  • Deut 6:6-7
  • Romans 8:38
  • Acts 20:24
  • Matthew 25:21
We live in a nation that has it's heritage founded on the ways of Almigthy God.  This land is rich in Christian witness with men and women living Christ like lives in very difficult surroundings. Some to mention:  Rev Richard Johnson, Ludwig Liechart, Charles Sturt, Edward Eyre, Caroline Chisolm, Mary McKinnon, Rev John Flynn, Fred McKay and the list goes on.

Reference to Australia's Christian Heritage (by Col Stinger).  Suggested reading.

When we are involved in witnessing for Christ we all have an enemy who's only desire is to cause disunity amongst God's people and we need to guard against this.  Phyllis then shared three ways that TCC members are involved in their Church and passing on the banner of witnessing.

Three ways that members of Tolga Community Church are involved in passing on the banner of witnessing:
  • The involvement of the young people, even the youngest that attend TCC
  • Wildlife - one of our members is a local wildlife carer and we often have "little visitors" attend with her.  This provides opportunities for people to feel welcomed and begin conversations.  The children also enjoy seeing which new "visitor" will come on a Sunday
  • The presence of the Holy Spirit (this is frequently commented on by visitors to TCC)
The men and women who came to Australia handed down to us a Christian Heritage and witness.  We want to see every person who comes to TCC to be encouraged to become one of the great cloud of witnesses in this nation ( and even further afield) for now and all future generations.

(Posted by Sally)

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