MOUNSEY, Selwyn Bruce (Bruce). Sadly, I bring you the news that my precious husband Bruce went home to be with the Lord on Saturday 5 August 2023, aged 77 years. We celebrated Bruce's life at Morrinsville Baptist Church, 56 Moorhouse Street, Morrinsville on Thursday 10 August at 2.00pm.Correspondence to:
Colleen Mounsey C/- PO Box 439, Hamilton 3240.
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I am a disciple and follower of Jesus Christ.
Loving His church in its varied, shapes, sizes, and traditions.
I have pastored a local Christian fellowship in Gisborne, N.Z.
I have spent ten years in the U.K. involved in mission.
My concern is for the future of churches in our nation.
My desire is to encourage different models of church for the future.
We all pray.
The disciples asked Jesus,"Lord teach us to pray."
They realized there was more to learn about prayer.
We learn by doing. We improve with practise
Prayer is a dialogue not a monologue.
It is a two way conversation of speaking and listening.
Treasures Old and New
How can we use old and new treasures for building the future?
What are our anxieties and anticipations for the future?
In 5 years will your group/church look the same or different?
The Parable of the Jigsaw Puzzle
Jesus told parables, and sometimes giving interpretations.
Other times the listeners had to discover the meaning for themselves.
Discover the difference between our jigsaw and His jigsaw
What does the future look like? How do the pieces fit together?
What are the mistakes we make in trying to discern the future?
Turning Stones to Bread
The opportunity to turn stones in to bread.
What are the stones we throw?
Bruising or building up the family of God?
Choosing to throw stones or pass bread?
Gospel and Culture
Imagine…. what happened when Jesus stayed two nights in a Samaritan village
Who did he stay with?
Why did the disciples sleep under the stars?
Jesus was radical, a risk taker. He crossed cultural and religious boundaries
He was not afraid of being misunderstood.
“Come to me, take my yoke upon you, and learn from me”
The yoke is used as an illustration of learning with Jesus.
1: Learning new things
2: Unlearning truth and tradition.
3: Relearning what has been lost or forgotten.
A disciple is a lifelong learner.
What would Jesus say at our funerals?
What challenging, comforting, insightful words of life
would he speak to us?
What would he say to to those of us
who still have life before us?
We need to drop the stones that we throw at each other.
Hear Jesus words “Neither do I condemn you”
for our secrets from the past
Imagine what possibly happened to the woman
after she left Jesus?
The Sowers Creed
Our creed, is what we believe
I believe in .....
The sower, the soil, the seed, in sowing,
in harvesting, and multiplying.
We are all sowers working together as a team.
John 17 is the longest recorded prayer of Jesus
Praying for protection, unity and love,
and the present and future church. Matthew 26:26-46. The most intense short prayer of Jesus
for himself . The war is lost or won in Gethsemane