Message from Pastor Matthew

DOUBLE THE POWER The testimony of Elisha

“And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian” (Luke 4:27).

 

When the Lord Jesus Christ was being rejected by the people of Nazareth, He made reference to the miraculous ministries of the prophets Elijah and Elisha. He used this to illustrate the point that a prophet is not accepted in his hometown. Elijah was looked after by a widow at Zarephath, which was a town outside Israel, and Elisha healed a leper called Naaman, who was a commander under the king of Aram.

By the authority of Jesus Christ we have to acknowledge that the miracles of these Old Testament prophets were not myths or legends, but were actual events that took place. Elisha received a double portion of Elijah’s power, and he performed twice the number of miracles. The way that Elisha heard the voice of God was amazing and fantastic.

Something to take note of is Elisha’s interaction with the kings of Israel, Judah, Edom, Aram and Moab. While being the prophet of Israel, his witness for God challenged the surrounding nations. He was sold out for God. He inspired and trained numerous other prophets, so that the prophetic ministry was well established in Israel at that time, despite the backsliding and unfaithfulness of the nation.

What is the point of contemplating Elisha’s testimony? We are told that, ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work’ (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The ministry of Elisha is recorded in Scripture for our training. He walked intimately with the Lord so that we are encouraged to walk intimately with the Lord. If you have never given your life to the Lord Jesus, I hope that you are touched by God to do so today.

God bless you as you take to heart the testimony of this wonderful prophet, Pastor Matthew.

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Women’s Ministry Day 6th July

Like a retreat but not as you know it
Like a camp but not as you know it

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Hear the Story of You

Anya McKee – NZ speaker, storyteller and author of “Feels Like I’m Breathing”

Saturday, 6th July at Ranui Baptist Church

9.00am – 4.00pm 

Cost: $25  – last day to register & pay Sunday 30 June
(includes morning  tea, lunch and afternoon tea)

Cash payment: to Penelope or to Karen in the office
Internet banking: Code: WMD Reference: your name
Pay $25 to: 12 3085 0164947 00
Any questions: phone Penelope 833 4366 or 027 2264771
If you’d like to come but can’t pay, do speak to one of us on the Women’s Ministry team

Transformation Youth Group

Moneymates Ranui Café Style

Starts Wednesday morning 5th June 2019 at 10 am – 12.00 pm. Small group setting.

Subjects covered; budgeting, action plans, saving and investing options, and

goalsetting exercises. Find out what support is available in the Community, information on the IRD and MSD, and what assistance we have in Ranui / Swanson area. Please join us and learn and grow in knowledge together. Certificate on completion of 10 modules. Morning Tea provided. Contact Facilitator: Glenn Harris glennhcrbs@yahoo.com or Budget Office 09 832 5961.

 

Million Dollar Mission

Ranui Baptist Community Care would like to thank

The Trusts

for the opportunity to raise funds
for heat pumps and cafe chairs.

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Church Services

Sunday Services:

All ages 10.00am and 6:00pm 

If you are new to the church and would like a visit from one of the pastoral team, please fill in your details on the information card in the foyer and give it to a Host or Church leader. Ranui Baptist Church is a place 'where people matter' - a place where you are valued. Feel free to come and look, ask questions and be yourself. We would enjoy your company over a coffee or cup of tea after the service.

Mission Statement

To be a church family of servants, meeting in multiple services; where everyone of every generation and culture is involved in ministry.
To be a place where people are led to Christ and discipled through genuine, faith building friendships.
To be a church where new believers are quickly set free, healed and released into their God given ministries.
To be a church that is known for His power and His practical love, a church that knows the urgency of the hour.
We believe that there will be baptisms every week.

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