Giving To The Vision

Speaker: Rev Adrian Youings

Readings: 1 Chronicles 29:1-9, Luke 21: 1-4

1 Chronicles 29:1-9 (NIV)

Gifts for Building the Temple

29 Then King David said to the whole assembly: “My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced. The task is great, because this palatial structure is not for man but for the Lord God. With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God—gold for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise,[a] stones of various colors, and all kinds of fine stone and marble—all of these in large quantities.Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple: three thousand talents[b] of gold (gold of Ophir) and seven thousand talents[c] of refined silver, for the overlaying of the walls of the buildings, for the gold work and the silver work, and for all the work to be done by the craftsmen. Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today?”

Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the king’s work gave willingly. They gave toward the work on the temple of God five thousand talents[d] and ten thousand darics[e] of gold, ten thousand talents[f] of silver, eighteen thousand talents[g] of bronze and a hundred thousand talents[h] of iron. Anyone who had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the temple of the Lord in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite. The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Chronicles 29:2 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  2. 1 Chronicles 29:4 That is, about 110 tons or about 100 metric tons
  3. 1 Chronicles 29:4 That is, about 260 tons or about 235 metric tons
  4. 1 Chronicles 29:7 That is, about 190 tons or about 170 metric tons
  5. 1 Chronicles 29:7 That is, about 185 pounds or about 84 kilograms
  6. 1 Chronicles 29:7 That is, about 380 tons or about 340 metric tons
  7. 1 Chronicles 29:7 That is, about 675 tons or about 610 metric tons
  8. 1 Chronicles 29:7 That is, about 3,800 tons or about 3,400 metric tons

Luke 21:1-4 (NIV)

The Widow’s Offering

21 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.“Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

Living the Vision – Vision Sunday 2016

Speaker: Rev Adrian Youings

Reading: Jeremiah 30:18-24 (NIV)

18 “This is what the Lord says:

“‘I will restore the fortunes of Jacob’s tents
    and have compassion on his dwellings;
the city will be rebuilt on her ruins,
    and the palace will stand in its proper place.
19 From them will come songs of thanksgiving
    and the sound of rejoicing.
I will add to their numbers,
    and they will not be decreased;
I will bring them honor,
    and they will not be disdained.
20 Their children will be as in days of old,
    and their community will be established before me;
    I will punish all who oppress them.
21 Their leader will be one of their own;
    their ruler will arise from among them.
I will bring him near and he will come close to me—
    for who is he who will devote himself
    to be close to me?’
declares the Lord.
22 “‘So you will be my people,
    and I will be your God.’”

23 See, the storm of the Lord
    will burst out in wrath,
a driving wind swirling down
    on the heads of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back
    until he fully accomplishes
    the purposes of his heart.
In days to come
    you will understand this.


All Saints Trull

Our Mission: becoming and making mature disciples of Jesus in Trull and beyond

Verse for this year: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:20)

Where are we now? We have put in…

Foundations for Future Growth

Over the last 5 years, our numbers have plateaued. However, the numbers must be looked at carefully. We have welcomed many new people during those years but overall we have not grown. There are no obvious ‘leakage’ points. We have seen small numbers of new Christians.  I believe we have laid important foundations which, with prayer and God’s blessing, might begin to lead to numerical growth in near future…

  1. Buildings

TCCC now fully up and running and is an excellent resource for community engagement and service:

  • Managed well and well publicised
  • Paying its way pretty well
  • The Hive café is a tremendous focal point
  • Community interest and bookings are increasing
  • Church exploring new ideas (eg Poetry, Buzz, Dementia support)
  1. Service Patterns

We have now established four stronger Sunday congregations

  • All have strong core (tho’ early days)
  • All have good space for numerical growth
  • All distinct (welcome wide variety people)
  • Excellent team of leaders, preachers, and musicians
  1. Whole-life Discipleship (Frontline)

We have established the ‘frontline’ idea at the heart of way we think about church and our own lives as Christians. Our focus on Sundays is more focused on encouraging, supporting and equipping people to live out their God-given calling 24/7 on those frontlines of work, family, leisure, neighbourhoods.

  • Balanced ongoing discipleship programme: Head – Hands – Heart
  • Practical ways of being more frontline-focused (eg Powerhouse, TTT, What’s God been doing”)
  • Centred our teaching/growth groups on ‘frontline’ so as to root it.
  1. Created some good opportunities with key parts of community demographic
  • Older people : Coffee Connect, Craft group, 12-2, Hive, Dementia support
  • Families & YP: Launchpad, Worship Thru’ Play, Trull School, Pulse, Angels

As well as more general outreach events: Christmas craft, poetry evening, The Buzz etc

 


 

Vision for 2016-17

  1. Numerical Growth

“I will add to their numbers and they will not be decreased” (Jer 30 v19)

To see church members passionate to see family, friend’s colleagues and neighbours come to a living faith in Jesus Christ. The primary focus this year should be ‘evangelism’. We are ambassadors for Christ – he is making his appeal through us – we must implore people to be reconciled to. We have laid the foundations, now focus on prayerfully and expectantly seeking to see those who are not yet Christians become Christians.

  • Preaching/GG’s in Spring term on book of Acts
  • ‘Hands’ term (Jan –April) – equipping/shaping for evangelism:
  • 6th February: Church and Parents working together – nurturing faith in children
  • 2nd March Rachel Jordan CofE National Advisor Evangelism: ‘Talking Jesus’ in Trull
  • March: PCC focus on connecting with our community
  • Holy Week: The Significance of the Cross for people today (3 sessions)
  • April: Dr Denis Alexander (Faraday Institute, Cambridge Uni) Science & God

 

  1. Joyful Worship

“songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing” (Jer 30 v19)

To see and hear our church community confident and joyful because of what they know and have experienced of God’s of goodness, even at times of hardship.

  • First 6 months bedding-down of the new service pattern
  • “What is worship?” – focus on during heart term (summer 2016)
  • Encourage more sharing of where we have experienced God’s goodness across the services, and more expectation of experiencing God’s goodness

 

  1. Strong Community

a community in which I take pride” (Jer 30 v20)

To see our church community more connected and committed to one another, Our three new congregations will feel quite ‘odd’ for a while so we need to work hard at establishing them as congregations (worshipping, caring, missional communities).

  • Greater focus on each congregation as individual unit
  • Work hard at binding together members of the individual congregations the three ‘new’ congregations (follow the lead of 8am)
  • Congregational oversight teams focus on nurturing of each congregation to be thriving/growing unit

 

  1. Devoted leadership

“I will bring him near and he will come close to me, for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?” (Jer 30 v21)

A key factor in churches not growing is leadership structure. Aim this year to establish a structure of leadership and understanding of roles in the church that will release numerical growth. It will require an increased commitment and focus on the part of some key leaders and esp. the PCC. It will require re-defining roles and responsibilities. A greater focus on ministry-oversight leaders.

Seeing The Vision

Speaker: Rev Adrian Youings

Jeremiah 30 (NIV)

Restoration of Israel

30 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity[a] and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord.”

These are the words the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah: “This is what the Lord says:

“‘Cries of fear are heard—
    terror, not peace.
Ask and see:
    Can a man bear children?
Then why do I see every strong man
    with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor,
    every face turned deathly pale?
How awful that day will be!
    No other will be like it.
It will be a time of trouble for Jacob,
    but he will be saved out of it.

“‘In that day,’ declares the Lord Almighty,
    ‘I will break the yoke off their necks
and will tear off their bonds;
    no longer will foreigners enslave them.
Instead, they will serve the Lord their God
    and David their king,
    whom I will raise up for them.

10 “‘So do not be afraid, Jacob my servant;
    do not be dismayed, Israel,’
declares the Lord.
‘I will surely save you out of a distant place,
    your descendants from the land of their exile.
Jacob will again have peace and security,
    and no one will make him afraid.
11 I am with you and will save you,’
    declares the Lord.
‘Though I completely destroy all the nations
    among which I scatter you,
    I will not completely destroy you.
I will discipline you but only in due measure;
    I will not let you go entirely unpunished.’

12 “This is what the Lord says:

“‘Your wound is incurable,
    your injury beyond healing.
13 There is no one to plead your cause,
    no remedy for your sore,
    no healing for you.
14 All your allies have forgotten you;
    they care nothing for you.
I have struck you as an enemy would
    and punished you as would the cruel,
because your guilt is so great
    and your sins so many.
15 Why do you cry out over your wound,
    your pain that has no cure?
Because of your great guilt and many sins
    I have done these things to you.

16 “‘But all who devour you will be devoured;
    all your enemies will go into exile.
Those who plunder you will be plundered;
    all who make spoil of you I will despoil.
17 But I will restore you to health
    and heal your wounds,’
declares the Lord,
‘because you are called an outcast,
    Zion for whom no one cares.’

18 “This is what the Lord says:

“‘I will restore the fortunes of Jacob’s tents
    and have compassion on his dwellings;
the city will be rebuilt on her ruins,
    and the palace will stand in its proper place.
19 From them will come songs of thanksgiving
    and the sound of rejoicing.
I will add to their numbers,
    and they will not be decreased;
I will bring them honor,
    and they will not be disdained.
20 Their children will be as in days of old,
    and their community will be established before me;
    I will punish all who oppress them.
21 Their leader will be one of their own;
    their ruler will arise from among them.
I will bring him near and he will come close to me—
    for who is he who will devote himself
    to be close to me?’
declares the Lord.
22 “‘So you will be my people,
    and I will be your God.’”

23 See, the storm of the Lord
    will burst out in wrath,
a driving wind swirling down
    on the heads of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back
    until he fully accomplishes
    the purposes of his heart.
In days to come
    you will understand this.

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 30:3 Or will restore the fortunes of my people Israel and Judah