The Election Special

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With the election coming up, it’s time for the Grace Collective Election Special: Hope of a Nation

Let’s be honest, some of us are super passionate about politics and some of us avoid it like the plague. Whichever category you fall into you’ll want to be part of our last minute guide to voting in this election!

We all know we should vote (Lorde has told us to…) but then it gets tricky. Who should we vote for? What issues matter the most for NZ right now? Which party is best addressing those issues? Who would Jesus vote for??

At the GC Election Special we’ll be hitting up these big questions and trying to suss it all out in light of the gospel.

More details are coming soon, and watch this space over the next few weeks for stuff to help get you thinking before the event.

The incredibly talented Emily Muli, a singer-songwriter from South Auckland, will be playing live from 6:30pm.

Everything kicks off with great food, coffee and live music so make sure you get there early. See you then!

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What Starts Out In History Class

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This is a blog post about three awkward, shy dudes who have been spending time in increasing measure with members of the homeless community in Auckland. But before it begins, they’d like to add a disclaimer:

It is with a lot of hesitancy that I’m writing this blog post. For one, I’m writing on behalf of a group of friends, some of whom are very cautious about our story being told for an array of reasons. (Because of that, this will all be anonymous). Secondly, none of us really feel like our story is something to emulate: 1) We are stumbling through the things that we do, and others are far older and wiser and far more worth listening to than us. 2) More importantly, we are learning what it is to emulate Jesus. If you are to become like anyone, let it be Him.

However, with that said, we have agreed that it should be sweet to share what I have written below with the Grace Collective because it seems timely in light of the theme ‘HOPE’ which we have been talking about. Hopefully in the words that you read below you will find traces of a God at work in ragamuffin young adults like the three of us. He is the one we always point to. After all, He is pretty sweet as. Continue reading

Hope – A Word From Selwyn

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At the last Grace Collective on ‘Heaven, Hell, and Hope” I spoke briefly on the topic of Christian hope. If you remember (and I wouldn’t blame ya if you didn’t!) I looked at a few marvellous verses from Colossians 1:3-5:

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.”

I tried to extract three main points from these verses:

  1. Our hope is undeserved – it is laid up for us, not by us. Nothing you have done, or will do, will make you deserving of this hope.
  1. Our hope is heavenly – it is laid up in heaven. A few chapters later Paul urges us to set our minds on the things that are above, and not on the things of earth (3:2). In other words, Christians are people who love to gaze and gaze and gaze at their God, especially in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as revealed in the bible.

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How Heaven, Hell and Hope Went Down

The middle of July saw the Grace Collective return on a chilly evening with Heaven Hell and Hope.

Eleanor Calder performing live

Eleanor Calder performing live.

The evening began with good food, great coffee and even better company and some live music.

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Katy talked about heaven, Max gave us hell and Selwyn finished off the evening by speaking on hope.

The #GChopeis polaroid print wall!

The #GChopeis polaroid print wall!

Our #Gchopeis instagram hashtag polaroids! Thankyou to everyone who got behind this and showed us what hope meant to you – we are keeping the hashtag going so don’t stop instagramming!

Keep an ear out for news about our next event: an election special!