Te Rongopai DVD
Dr Stuart Lange presents a five-part series documenting the story of the Gospel in New Zealand from Samuel Marsden forwards – its impact, the complications, and the way Christianity has had a significant impact in shaping New Zealand society both then and now.
DVD: 65 mins in 5 chapters and can be played in any zone
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The challenging, and sometimes depressing, news we receive daily, ranging from domestic violence at home to the Euro-Brexit abroad, reminded me of something we posted back in 2008 about the British Methodist minister, W.E. Sangster.
In a 1953 sermon, Sangster, who was pastor of Westminster Central Hall, London, asked “What would a religious revival do for Britain?” His answer: 1) pay old debts; 2) reduce sexual immorality; 3) disinfect the theatre; 4) cut the divorce rate; 5) reduce juvenile crime; 6) lessen the prison population; 7) improve the quality and increase the output of work; 8) restore a high sense of destiny for the nation; 9) make Britain invincible in the war of ideas; and 10) give happiness and peace to all the people, (found in a web article by Mark Bumpus, First Baptist Church, Mineral Wells).
Would revival … would turning back to God, solve all our nation’s problems? It may be hard for some people to see how. But it’s even harder to see how the results that Sangster claims would be bad in any way.
There’s evidence to suggest that the benefits claimed by Sangster do happen.
There are stories in our newspapers from time-to-time of people who settle decade-old debts after having “found God”.
Churches are well known for promoting marriage as the proper context for sexual relationships and supporting people in their relationships. While we don’t always manage to live up to our ideals, it is an important part of our faith. The evidence linking uncommitted relationships and negative outcomes is pretty strong.
“Disinfecting the theatre” would extend to TV, videos, and films, which would no longer need to carry warnings about “content which may offend” – and of course the internet.
NZ church life survey figures indicate that marriage break-up rates are significantly lower in the Church than the general population. This translates into fewer family breakdowns and resulting cost in society.
The majority of young people are not involved in crime whether they are part of a church or not. But youth involved in Church are supported in spiritual growth, and frequently participate in activities for the benefit of local communities.
A UK survey showed that Christians volunteer for community activities at over 4 times the rate of the general population.
The evidence from our faith-based prison units shows that the behaviour in prison is better, and recidivism rates are reduced, where people have found faith in God.
The “Puritan work ethic” is now something of a cliché, but highlights the fact that Christians have played a significant role in developing people’s understanding of work. Scripture says “do everything as if for God and not just for humans” which is a constant challenge to the quality of our work.
New Zealand was once called “Godzone”. Revival would restore a sense of destiny for the nation. A nation hungry for God would be a nation hungry for justice, goodness, purity, strong families, compassion, honesty, and integrity. Who does not want to see these things in in New Zealand?
Revival would open people to God’s wisdom which is infinite. This wisdom is the foundation of Christian living which evidence again suggests leads generally to happier, wealthier, longer lives, and even enjoy better sex lives than the general population. Who would not want these blessings for themselves, their families, and for our country?
Life is intended to be lived in right relationship with God, which helps people live in right relationship with each other. In faith communities people develop a relationship with God, which the Bible says is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom.
A secularist approach to solving society’s ills, does so, without reference to God. But the heart-change God produces in revival, which can be seen every week in churches around the country, could remove many of these ills altogether.
Glyn Carpenter was National Director of New Zealand Christian Network from March 2003 to 2017. He attends Northcote Baptist Church in Auckland, is married to Christine (married in 1981), and they have three sons – two working as doctors and one in computer science.
The first children's ministry training day for 2020 provided by CBM.
In this training day we cover: Ministry to children, Effectively presenting the Gospel, Counselling New Christians, Memorizing Scripture and have practical group sessions
Cost for the day is $75.00 pp includes notes and morning tea
+64 9 630 5271
Show your support by joining us for the Auckland March for Life.
Gather at Freyberg Square at 1 pm
The aims of the Marc for Life Auckland are to: Celebrate life, Remember the more than 500,000+ pre-born babies who have lost their lives to abortion, Increase public awareness of abortion and its impact on women, families and society, Bring all New Zealanders of goodwill together, united in the one common vision of making abortion unthinkable.
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March For Life NZ
This online teaching series delves into how conflict within church settings can be resolved before it becomes damaging and dangerous. Sign up and join John Peachey, Leadership Coach - The Think Farm, as he teaches this online series....
Carey Centre for Lifelong Learning
+64 9 526 6362
This webinar series is a stimulating training resource for the ongoing development of leaders, practitioners, and volunteers.
Our focus is on what you need to learn right now: material that will resource you in your current leadership and volunteer roles.
MARCH - Apologetics
APRIL - Mission
MAY - Anthropology
JUNE - History
JULY - Te Ao Māori ‘Māori world’
AUGUST - Forgiveness
SEPTEMBER - New Testament
OCTOBER - Christology
Cost per seminar $25 or SUBSCRIBE to the series for $150
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A fun-filled weekend where kids aged 9-16 with physical and mild intellectual disabilities can have a blast, make new friends and enjoy a weekend especially designed with them in mind!...
An achingly beautiful choral work featuring the Los Angeles Master Chorale performing the great Renaissance composer Orlando di Lasso’s final and most famous composition. It conveys a powerful sense of mortality while vividly illuminating the Biblical story of St. Peter, whose grief after he denies Christ surges through this profoundly moving cycle of 20 madrigals (songs)....
Auckland Arts Festival
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This online teaching series will look at ways to grow and develop your leadership along-with insight into some of the key components for doing children’s ministry and mission with excellence. Sign up and join Karen Warner, Baptist Children and Family Ministries, as she teaches on something she is very passionate about....
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