Good News Update 245 - 28 March  2018 

Celebrate Jesus!

As Easter approaches, we thank God for those who took part in this year's 40 Day Prayer Relay.   With its aim to  Revere Jesus , this finished just three days ago on Palm Sunday.  Looking back, it was truly a wonderful opportunity to "unite with Christians across Australia to pray in agreement and proclaim the Gospel to unreached people locally & globally before Jesus comes!"

We can only believe that these 40 Days of continuous prayer, praise and worship have been an excellent preparation for Passion Week (or Holy Week) which began on Palm Sunday and culminates this Easter Sunday.

While we remember the agony and death on a cross that Jesus endured on our behalf, we also joyfully celebrate His glorious resurrection. The victory of Christ's resurrection is the great turning point of a lost humanity. It is common for Easter Sunday to be the biggest service of the year as followers of Jesus celebrate His resurrection

Please watch this short YouTube in which we pass on our Easter greetings.

click the above image or this link 

Last week, we shared with you a new Christian movie I Can Only Imagine. Released on 15 March, it is based on the true story behind the song with the same name. It is now in its second week. Please see this excellent movie so that it will continue in cinemas so that many will find Christ. 

Scene from the movie: the aged apostle Paul visited in his prison cell in Rome by Luke
This week it is our joy to highlight another Christian movie! This is  Paul, Apostle of Christ, an historical drama, which will start showing in cinemas in 
Australia on 29 March.

John Robb, Chairman for the International Prayer Council, writes, "it is a movie that covers the awful persecution of the followers of Christ in the first century, especially in Rome under the Emperor Nero. ... According to the director with whom some of us prayed the other night, even the non-Christian actors and film crew were all weeping as they filmed this historic retelling of Paul's imprisonment and execution along with many other followers of Jesus who also bravely met their deaths during that horrendous time of suffering for the church in Rome." 
Click here to  VIEW the TRAILER and  FIND A SHOWING NEAR YOU  . 

Such movies can be a source of great encouragement in our Christian faith.  They can also be a powerful introduction to Jesus for family and friends.

To this end we also want to commend to you Australia for Jesus
a growing movement of Christians who have a burning desire to help Australians come to know Jesus.  Here are the 3 ways to be involved - 
  1. Pray for the LostJoin prayer meetings for specific prayer for souls to be won for Christ.
  2. Present the Gospel - Share the Gospel with your friends & family.
  3. Parent New Believers - Help new Christians to become dedicated disciples of Jesus Christ.
You can REGISTER HERE and get free access to tools, resources and training.  These include a 15-part video series on how we can see a
God Revolution in our nation. 

Please -
  • Pray that Christian movies showing this Easter will impact and transform the lives of all those who see them.
  • Pray that many nominal or irregular Christians will be drawn to attend a church where they will hear the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Take a friend or family member to church or to a Christian movie to hear the Good News about Jesus. 
Thank you!

Now we finish with words from Paul, the apostle for Christ - 

"Now, brothers and sisters,
I want to remind you of the Gospel I preached to you,
which you received and on which you have taken your stand.
By this Gospel you are saved 
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:
that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures"
(1 Corinthians 15:1-2a,3-4)

"Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!"
(2 Corinthians 9:15)

We pray this Easter will be extra rich and meaningful for you.

Yours for our risen Saviour!

David Rowsome & Warwick Marsh

Canberra Declaration 
Warwick: phone 0418 225 212
David: phone 07 34220969