- Week 6 – Day 2
1 Pet. 2:25 For you were like sheep being led astray, but you have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
5:4 And when the Chief Shepherd is manifested, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
Peter was so impressed with [the] commission of the Lord [to shepherd His sheep] that in [1 Peter] he tells the believers that they were like sheep being led astray, but they have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer (Christ) of their souls (2:25). Christ’s shepherding of His flock includes His caring for their outward things and also their inner being, their souls. He takes care of the things concerning their souls by overseeing their souls. Christ indwells us to be our life and everything, but He is also overseeing, observing, the condition and situation of our inner being. He shepherds us by caring for the welfare of our inner being and by exercising His oversight over the condition of our soul, our real person.
Peter exhorts the elders to shepherd the flock of God among them so that when the Chief Shepherd is manifested, they, the faithful elders, will receive the unfading crown of glory (5:1-4). (CWWL, 1994-1997, vol. 4, “Crystallizationstudy of the Gospel of John,” p. 448)
New Year Arrangements for the Meetings of the Church
Praise the Lord! We look to the Lord to the New Year to His further blessings on the church. We also look to Him to lead and guide each and every one of us in attending the meetings of the church whether they are held at our meeting halls or our homes.
Lord’s Day and Lord’s Table Meetings
We will announce in the coming weeks the arrangements for saints to attend face-to-face meetings or continue to join these meetings through Zoom. Until then, we will all continue to meet on Zoom. Once we announce and confirm the new arrangements, we will follow the Covid Protection Framework guidelines on the basis that there will be no separation between the vaxed and unvaxed. There will be no one at the door monitoring for vaccination passports. The church receives all those whom God has received (Rom. 14:3; 15:7). There will also be no talk on being vaxed or unvaxed. Let us minister our enjoyment of Christ to one another instead. Each and every saint has the full freedom to decide for themselves if they wish to attend physically or continue on Zoom. All our meetings will combine face-to-face with Zoom so that all the saints may fully participate in them.
Prayer Meetings of the Church
As of immediate, each hall or district may decide if they would like to hold a prayer meeting at the hall within the Covid Protection Framework limits. For example, under Orange Traffic Light, the limit is 50 saints meeting physically together. Once again, there will be no separation between the vaxed and unvaxed. There will be no one at the door monitoring for vaccination passports. There will also be no talk on being vaxed or unvaxed. All our prayer meetings will also combine face-to-face with Zoom so that all the saints may fully participate in them.
Home and Small Group Meetings
As of immediate, saints may meet physically in a home within the Covid Protection Framework limits. They may also eat together in a home. There should also be no talk on being vaxed or unvaxed. Let us minister our enjoyment of Christ to one another instead. If at all possible, all such home meetings should combine face-to-face with Zoom so that the saints may fully participate in them.
Lord’s Day meetings will start from 10AM.
The Zoom links are listed as below:
Children’s Meeting for Lord’s Day
- Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83066802273?pwd=c1pKa2NZTUhhdEp0akRidGlOYTRTdz09
- Meeting ID: 830 6680 2273
- Passcode: JesusLoves
- English – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2067072883 Zoom ID: 206 707 2883 Password: h1
- Chinese – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83920660944 Zoom ID: 839 2066 0944
- Chinese – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6124633001 Zoom ID: 612 463 3001
- English – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7119490475 Zoom ID: 711 949 0475
- Chinese – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/411038815 Zoom ID: 411 038 815
- English – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/858119770 ID: 858 119 770 Phone Dial in: 09 884 6780
- Korean – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5730053784 ID: 573 005 3784 Password: 1234
- Eng/Ch – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3075811529 Password: hall5 Zoom ID 307 581 1529
Weekly Reading Schedule
“Messages for Building Up New Believers – Volume 3” by Watchman Nee – Chapter 36 – Words
No serving until further notice.
Study preparation for the next LSM video training on First and Second Samuel held early next year here in Auckland:
Weekly Reading Schedule – Chapters of Life Study 28-30
Weekly Listening Schedule – Radio Broadcast Programs 25-26
NZTC Blending Conference (Waitangi weekend)
6 English language meetings during 5th–7th February (no translation). 4 Chinese and Korean language meetings respectively during 4th–7th February. The same outlines will be used in the three language meetings. Registration closes on 30th January. For further details of both physical and online meetings please refer to web link
International Chinese-Speaking Conference
International Chinese Speaking Conference will be held online 18-20 February. No registration required. Translation to English and Korean are available online as well.
Message 1: Friday 18th, 7:30PM
Message 2: Saturday 19th, 9AM
Message 3: Saturday 19th, 11AM
Message 4: Saturday 19th, 7:30PM
Message 5: Lord’s Day 20th, 2PM
Intermediate and Highschooler Summer Clubs
Don’t be bored at home this summer. Join one of our 31-plus summer clubs now. Something for everyone. Link: https://churchinauckland.org.nz/highschoolers/