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Hillsong Conference Friday 2006 Filled up, but sad to leave

Heading home tommorow after picking up some more presents for my beautiful wife and children. Having a understanding wife, who is willing to let me go for the week, and is such a competant mum really helps.

Reinhold Bonke 9.30am "How we make God visible"
Bonke spoke using various bible passages (Is 6, Mark 16, Exodus 14) on how God is made visible, despite being invisible. Obviously it is because we are to make Him visible. Bonke encouraged us to be like the disciple Peter who had to call out to Jesus, and then get out of the boat to walk on water.

Peter challenged Jesus, "can I come?"
The focus of the miracle was on the faith of Peter (despite his subsequent doubt)
In other words we are to understand that we have a responsibility to show Jesus and His power, it is through us He chooses to work.

Franklin Jentzen ""The seventh sneeze"
Have a guess where this sermon title comes from? Seriously, where in the Bible does it mention someone sneezing seven times?

Look up 2 Kings 4.32
This was the best sermons I have heard Franklin preach. Wonderful, insightful message on handling pressure and the contrast between the flesh and the spirit. He talked about how the sneeze is an involuntary expulsion of something unwanted. The boy came alive after sneezing seven times.

Franklin then went into the New Testament and then proceeded to give a wonderful overview of the difficulties, the hindrances, the early church faced. It was so interesting. Normally we hear how victorious and overcoming the early church was, but Franklin showed us how in fact there were 7 (at least) times the church was hindered.
Here are only some of the key ones....
Acts 5 Greed
Acts 6 "There arose a murmuring"
Acts 8 Fear
Acts 10 Racial predjuice

Franklin is such a passionate preacher, try to resist getting swept up into his message if you can! I could not. This was a moving and challenging message.

Bayliss Connor
Houston had his customary sore throat. (I have been coming for 6 years now, and he always gets a sore throat). Bobbie was not his fill in preacher (as she often is) but he called upon Baylis to preach.
He spoke on 2 Corinthians 6, Ps 119 and Is 54
His basic message was covered by Bruce Wilkinson in the prayer of Jabez, which Bayliss referenced and mentioned.
He called us to have a willingness to deal with manure (!), which provided perhaps a more balanced view than Wilkinson gave us.
It was a really encouraging message because he talked about the incredible difficulties his church has had in its relocation process. The council took them to court and they had incredible legal bills which were necesary because of some legal issue where the council try to take the property and do not need to give any compensation. The process of relocation was explained and was a four year process. With some churches only telling part of the story, it was great to hear the difficulties faced by this church.

One another incidental quote he gave was a beauty.
"God had a family before He had a church"
Yes, and important to remember what is most important.

Home and back to reality tommorow. Really refreshed and looking forward to preaching some of this stuff.

Franklin then

4 comments:

  Anonymous

12:30 am

Ah Ps Mark, what can I say.

Yes ministers need support and encouragement from their brethren, but after reading your comments at Lionfish's blog about being sick of people wanting spiritual milk and then reading your Hillsong reports in which you find refreshment and good teaching from people who quote The Prayer of Jabez or from frauds like Bonnke, and knowing that you are a minster, then I am afraid to say my friend, that you seriously do need even just a bit of milk yourself; God only knows what you are teaching your own.

Does it sound harsh? Yep.

And no I don't even live in the same city as Hillsong and don't go to a Pentecostal church - just one, like every other one I've been to - is full of Pentecostal refugees. I am now thinking that even with our own problems and issues, we should nevertheless start praying for and preparing for an influx of Baptists as well.

*sigh*

saint
(DAB)

  Ab Truth

10:53 am

with you saint

my father has been a baptist minister for 45 years and has recently gone over to the presbyterians as the baptists are just caving to the hedgmony of Hillsong... if we can't beat them join them attitude...

Reinhardt Bonnke is an absolute charleton (just one of the many endorsed by hillsong and christian city with phil pringle) - pretends to raise someone from the dead who laters turns out to be one of his staff with a faked death certificate...

  Alex H

1:02 pm

ab truth - how are Baptists caving to the hegemony of Hillsong? I am a Baptist minister and I've never been to Hillsong, never read a book or heard a sermon by Brian Houston. We sing some Hills songs, but then many we will never sing. So what does your assertion mean? (Maybe it's different in other states than mine).

And I'm only vaguely aware of this Reinhard Bonnke controversy - have the claims of fraud been substantiated?

DAB, since Mark won't defend himself... I know Mark to be a faithful pastor who loves Christ, has a passion for the lost to come to Him, and faithfully ministers to his flock. And he knows what it means to suffer slander and accusation at the hands (or mouths) or recalcitrant church goers more interested in their own power and comfort than the cause of the gospel. Get over yourself.

  mdtaylor

3:25 am

Wow Mark, 2 slams and no response.
Alex h cool bro'
I think I'd give Mark a big adda boy!
It's easy being anonymous...

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