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July 2010

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Welcome to the July August edition of the The Visionary 2010. May God continue to bless you in all you say and do, and open new opportunities of fruitfulness in your life.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ; according as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, (Eph 1:3-4 MKJV)

What a statement! We are blessed with spiritual blessings, secured in heaven itself, that were organised and determined even before the world began! And they are blessings that secured our holiness, righteousness and relationship in Him before we even knew it. And those blessings are not only experienced in the “spirit”, they are birthed, secured, and dispensed from a spiritual realm that can effect and empower everything you do for Him.

This is an “abundance of supply of ALL things pertaining to life and Godliness” for you and me, as Peter said.  So what does this mean?  It means that hooked into Jesus I cannot help but succeed!

In this edition we have “A Word from Ken” and “A Moment with Alison”, our Missions update, a report from our Joondalup graduation, our Honour Roll, and College news

 

New Resource Centres

We are so pleased to welcome  two more church Resource Centres (local church bible colleges) one from Perth in Western Australia, the South Central College a part of the Bull Creek Church of Christ, with Pastor Phil Kinney.   In N.S.W. we welcome the Caves Beach Foursquare Church, with Pastor Colin Grigg.  Both of the churches are a very welcome addition to the family of churches using Vision as their preferred material to grow and develop their people.

To you, and to every church working with is we do pray that you will be blessed, grow and see fruitfulness in all you do.

 

Word from Ken

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE?

 

 FVision Colleges Dr Ken Chantor a Christian, to "believe" means to accept the witness that God has given of himself and of his will in the scriptures. In particular, we are required to accept two things –

        1.  what the Bible says about Christ; and
        2.  what it says about us.

To believe either one of those testimonies without the other is largely futile. The purpose of scripture cannot be fulfilled unless you accept who Christ is in God, and who you are in Christ.

The second of those ideas is as important as the first; yet there are many people who fail at that point. They are willing to accept all that the Bible says about Christ, but they decline to accept what it says about themselves; consequently, they are condemned to spiritual frustration and to defeat, and the work of Christ on their behalf is rendered vain.

A vivid portrayal of what God has done for us in Christ, and of the new identity we have been given in Christ, is found in Paul's use of the phrase "in the heavenlies", which occurs only in Ephesians (1:3,20; 2:6; 3:10; 6:12).  The precise meaning of the phrase is uncertain; but it does convey the idea of that spiritual realm to which God has given us access by faith, in which all of our real spiritual warfare occurs, and in which every worthwhile blessing is found.

One lesson we can draw from this idea, is the difference between what might be called "situational" truth and "positional" truth. The first describes your actual situation here on earth; the second describes the way God sees you in the heavenlies, your "position" in Christ. For example, on earth you may be incomplete in sin; but in the heavenlies you are complete in Christ (Cl 2:10).

None of that "position" is future, for in Christ, all of that heavenly reality is already yours by right. In the reckoning of God, whatever Christ has accomplished through his crucifixion, burial, resurrection, ascension, and enthronement, belongs to you NOW! It is yours by right of the union with him that you have entered into by faith.

You should stir your imagination, in response to scripture, to see yourself where God has placed you: in the heavenlies, on the throne of Christ. Only from that vantage point can you find the right kind of strength and authority to change your situation.

Prayer Needs

    * Ken and Alison as they continue to pastor the church in St Marys, pray for continued growth in the church, in addition to their College duties.

    * For our existing distance student body around Australia and the world
    * For new church based Vision Colleges here in Australia.
    * Pray for the students in our mission colleges in Nepal, Papua New Guinea, China, Myanmar, Sth. Africa and India.
    * We need someone who can promote the colleges locally.
    * Ps Denis and Ros, and Steve and Trish, as they labour over the ministry of the church and the colleges.
    * Denis and Ros as they go to the UK in August for a holiday and to recruit for Vision

A Moment With Alison

Revelation 7:9-12

Vision Colleges Alison chantThe white robes are a sign of victory. The palm branch is a sign of victory.

The shout of the triumphant faithful ascribes salvation to God. It is God who has brought them through their trials and their tribulations and distresses: it is his power which has upheld them, and it is his glory which they share and receive. God is the great Saviour, the great rescuer, the great deliverer of his people. And the deliverance which God gives is the greatest deliverance of all, for it is not the deliverance of escape; it is the deliverance of conquest. It is not the deliverance which saves a man from trouble; it is the deliverance which brings a man triumphantly through trouble. This does not make life easy, but it certainly makes life great. It is not part of the Christian hope to look for a life in which a man is saved from all trouble and distress; the Christian hope is that a man or woman in Christ can endure any kind of trouble and distress, and remain strong through them, and come out to glory and victory on the other side.

The angels know their God and they shout his praises. He is:

    * Blessing - God created us and then redeemed and blessed us so we are doubly his.
    * Glory – He is King of kings and Lord of lords. Men must never forget the majesty of God. God’s love and his Fatherhood toward us must never be cheaply sentimentalised. God must be given the adoration and the glory which are his by right.
    * Wisdom – God is the fountain of all wisdom and the source and the origin of all truth. He is the giver of all knowledge.
    * Thanksgiving  - God is the giver of salvation and the constant provider of grace. Let us be forever grateful to him for his goodness.
    * Honour – When we bow ourselves humbly before God let us remember it is not just so that he can do things for us, though he does so many times. It is so we can offer ourselves as living sacrifices; all we are and have, to him.
    * Power – God’s arm is not shortened, he does whatever he pleases in heaven and in earth, and his power never grows less.
    * Strength – The problems of life need strength and that strength is to be found in God. The Christian’s cry should be, “I will go in the strength of the Lord.”

There is no greater exercise in the life of devotion to God than to meditate on the praise of the angels.

To God belong blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honour, power, and strength. So let us praise him today with the angels above, let us cry out with a joyful shout. How can we not give him glory for our salvation? We are twice bought, through creation and by salvation through Jesus Christ.

Let us shout with the angels:

“Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power and strength belong to our God for ever and ever. Amen”

Korn Korner


   1. Prayer: God answers Knee-Mail.
   2. The Boss: under the same management for over 2000 years.
   3. Come As You Are: You are not too bad to come in and you are not too good to stay out.
   4. Insomnia Cure: If you can't sleep, try counting your blessings.
   5. Nutrition: The best vitamin for a Christian is B1.
   6. Cosmetic Surgery: Come in and have your faith lifted.
   7. Refunds: Try Jesus. If you don't like Him, the devil will gladly take you back.
   8. Seating Arrangements: Where will you be seated in eternity? Smoking or non-smoking?
   9. Tithing: Give God what's right -- not what's left.
  10. Which Way?: Man's way leads to a hopeless end -- God's way leads to an endless hope.

Book of the Month


Throne Rights by Dr. Ken Chant, a series of studies on our position and spiritual authority in Christ, a must read for any Christian today. Ken has covered at least some of the most important general principles of successful prayer, and in particular, throughout the book, he highlights those emphases that reflect a charismatic approach to prayer.

Church Graduation

Joondalup Perth

Although we have a “national” graduation service in Sydney each year it is not possible for all students to attend, which was the case for our students at Joondalup, Perth.  We are always willing to come to local church Graduations ceremonies, and indeed, we encourage them as was this case.  For me it was a privilege to attend their first graduation service for “Inspire Bible College” in Joondalup at the beginning of this month and to issue 16 Awards from a Cert of Attendance to a Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology.

I had visited the church last year to start Vision for them and it was a personal delight to be with the C3 Church again, and to see and hear of the personal and ministry development in the students after my previous visit a year ago. Congratulations to all of you, both staff and students, you have done well and we congratulate you.

Missions’ News

India

David Jones is back in Kottayam city in the Indian state of Kerala for the second time establishing the work there.  It is proving to be an interesting exercise and there is the possibility of a second work happening in the mountains just outside the city where the current college is.  As at the time of writing this newsletter, the student body is growing and there is greater interest from local churches there.  Please take time to pray for David and his family. He may be there for up to two months and that is a long time without your family, and they need him too.
Student Honour Roll

During the last couple of months we were delighted to see twenty-two students graduate with their awards, see the list below, although they will be able to graduate at our annual graduation ceremony, we send their awards to them for a local graduation ceremony in their church, especially when so far away. Well done all.

Student Honour Roll

Name

Award

City

State

Shane

Doyle

Associate in Biblical Studies

Bundaberg

QLD

Debbie

McDonald

Diploma of Ministry

St Andrews

NSW

Nicholas

Daniels

Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology

Kraaifontein

Sth Africa

Trisha

Orr

Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology

Glenning Valley

NSW

Sandy

Alefosio

Certificate in Biblical Studies

Kingston

QLD

Paul

Choo

Associate in Biblical Studies

Selangor,

Malaysia

Colleen

Ryan

Certificate in Christian Counselling - Family Violence

Kingaroy

Qld

Daniel

Shadbolt

Certificate IV in Christian Ministry & Theology

Joondalup

WA

Karl

Adams

Certificate in Biblical Studies

Clarkson

WA

Dawn

Freeth

Certificate in Biblical Studies

Edgewater

WA

William

Mitchell

Certificate in Biblical Studies

Merriwa

WA

Stella

Mitchell

Certificate in Biblical Studies

Merriwa

WA

Roney

Oomen

Certificate in Biblical Studies

Banksia Grove

WA

Sheridon

Robertson

Certificate in Biblical Studies

Ocean Reef

WA

Stephen

Rudolph

Certificate in Biblical Studies

Ellenbrook

WA

Ron

Tully

Certificate in Biblical Studies

Joondalup

WA

Rachel

Waters

Certificate in Biblical Studies

Clarkson

WA

Neil

Woolley

Certificate in Biblical Studies

Tapping

WA

Barbara

Snowsill

Certificate in Biblical studies with Honours

Clarkson

WA

Matthew

Hassan

Award in Biblical Studies

Perth

WA

Rachel

Hassan

Award in Biblical Studies

Perth

WA

Camilla

Lindsay

Award in Biblical Studies

Currambie

WA

Danielle

Holden

Certificate of Attendance

Joondalup

WA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Last Word

Ph 4:11, "whatever the circumstances, I have learned to be content".

In Phil 4:11 Paul uses the word “content” in the active rather than the passive sense, which changes the meaning, for many of us, of what he is saying. The Greek word is autarkeia, which carries the sense of a person who is complete in himself, able to cope with any exigency without need of help from others, a "man for all seasons", serene under all pressures, without reason to fear any day. A complete man.  A complete woman.

One must ask “Why does Paul claim "self-sufficiency", rather than Christ-sufficiency?  Paul  saw himself as so fully united with Christ that distinction was no longer possible; what was true of Christ was equally and fully true of him.  How could Paul make such a declaration?  Is such a claim boastful to the extreme? Some will argue that because Paul was an apostle this kind of language may have been appropriate for him, but it cannot be so for us. But consider the following, addressed to ordinary Christians, and to every Christian -

"God is able to cause to ABOUND toward you ALL grace, in order that in ALL things, ALWAYS having ALL-sufficiency, you may ABOUND in ALL good works!" (2 Co 9:8).

 

   

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