Bruce Mounsey - formerly of Gisborne now Morrinsville
Bruce Mounsey . . . encouragement . . .
Bruce Mounsey - formerly of Gisborne - now in Morrinsville, NZ
A lover of God and His church, whatever shape, size, or tradition.
A pastor in Gisborne for several years, now living in Morrinsville.
Involved with “Fresh Expressions of Church” in the UK, a movement encouraging Christians to explore fresh thinking about mission, and what it means to be Church in the 21st Century,
Bruce shares via these unique Videos:
"Christmas all year round"
Three words given to Mary by the angel,
which we need to carry with us through this year
"The Lord is with you"
"Do not be afraid"
"Nothing is impossible with God"
Future Church Matt 13:52
Matt 16:18. Jesus said, "I will build my church"
What does the church of the future look like.?
What are the new treasures we need to discover?
The future will be different from the past
We need courage and faith to embrace "God's 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.
The Yoke Matthew 11:28-30 - Jesus said, “Come to me, take my yoke on 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.
Learning from Children - Matthew 11:25-26
As adults we can learn from children
We need to rediscover again the child within us. The beautiful simplicity and certainty of a child
What would Jesus say at our funerals? Cemetery.
What challenging insightful words of life would he speak to us?
He would speak not to the dead person
but to us who still have life before us
Throwing Stones - John 8:1-11
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 Matthew 13:1-23
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
Jesus Prayed John 17:1-26, Matthew 26:36-46
John 17 is the longest recorded prayer of Jesus
Praying for protection, unity and love, for the present and future church
Matt 26 The most intense short prayer of Jesus for himself
The war is lost or won in Gethsemane!