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"Pentecost to Pentecostal: A Brief History of the Church"
VISION • MISSION • VALUES
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Sarah & Jim Chamberlin @ Ascend Church • Sunday, 6 May
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Rob & Lyn Packer
"Growing in the Prophetic" Conference
18th & 19th August
More info soon...
Taking the High Places in our region!!
Healing the Land! There has been a growing sense among the leadership here at Ascend Church that we are to establish the claim of Jesus over our whenua (land). We have started with the high places ...
Mt Tarawera • "Healing our History"
The Ascend Team was privileged to be the guests of Ngāti Rangitihi, close kin to our whānau and guardians of Mt Tarawera, a maunga tapu (sacred mountain) to our local hapu & iwi. We were honoured that some of their representatives joined in with us as we acknowledged Jesus, as Creator and Lord over our whenua (land)!
An original prophetic painting by Jessica Newman
NEW MUSIC: "We Cry Out" (original song)
Jebraun's Blog • "Such a Time as This"
What is it? "Encouragement for today, hope for the future.
Looking at life on the right side of the Cross!" - Jeb
Darren Wallbank's Blog • "Brick on Brick"
What is it? "Precept upon precept teaching on the sanctification process." - Darren
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The Treasure Chest
The Treasure Chest contains books, podcasts, articles, links, preaching and teaching ... anything that has been "speaking" to me lately from around the Body of Christ! Gems that I think are worth a look. Some are meant to challenge, some to edify, some to comfort. Enjoy!
Blessings - scott
"How We Got Our Bible" ... Allen Parr talks about the process, criteria & challenges that the Church Fathers went through in order to establish the sixty six books collected in the Old and New Testament to give us the Bible we cherish today.
An erudite look at the scholarship of this important subject, put in terms anyone can follow along with.
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"Communio Sanctorum: History of the Christian Church" ... Communio Sanctorum (meaning "Communion of the Saints") is an podcast that offers short, easy to follow episodes that overview the history of the Church. A daunting task, but Lance Ralston creates a great balance between detail and context that doesn't leave the listener overwhelmed, only informed! You will never know where you are going, unless you know where you have been. A general knowledge of Church history is important for every student of the Bible. This is a great place to start!
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"What is an Apostle?" by Kris Vallotton ... What will the next season of the Body of Christ look like? How are groups of Believers being gathered together, in their diversity, now and in the future? The reestablishing of idea and concept of Apostolic ministry is foundational to the next season in the Church. Kris defines what it means to be an apostle, and shares foundational truths on what it looks like to move from denominationalism to apostleships.
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"Translating God" by Shawn Bolz ... is a compelling look at Word of Knowledge based prophetic ministry. This book serves as an inspirational guide that puts God's great love back into prophetic ministry as a primary goal, full of real life stories that articulate the culture of love behind God's heart for the prophetic. Through a thought-provoking ministry philosophy and Shawn's glorious successes and very real failures, you will be inspired and equipped to learn how to hear God for yourself and others.
Highly Recommend book & video
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"The Complete Wineskin" by Harold Eberle ... very insightful look at the role of church leadership, 5-fold ministry, and how they should cooperate for the most effective impact of The Body. A re-introduction of Holy Spirit's original blueprint for The Church. The Biblical model is presented in a clear and compelling manner. This books sets a great platform for any church in any culture!
A great read!
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The Bible Project is a Portland based non-profit that utilizes short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. They create videos, podcasts, and study guides that explore the Bible’s unified story by focusing on its overarching themes and each book’s literary design. They are committed to understanding the Bible in its historical context and communicating its wisdom for the modern world. Their mission is to help people see the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus. We hope that people from all backgrounds will find value in this work, regardless of their religious or non-religious convictions.
A truly amazing resource!
Great for family devotions and Bible Studies!
Ascend Church is a committed supporter of unity in the Body of Christ and the wider Church of our city through the Rotorua Association of Christian Churches
Kia ko tahi tatou! Let us be one!
I runga i te ingoa o te Matua, o te Tama, o te Wairua Tapu. Amene.