“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
LUKE 4:19 NIV
At the beginning of 2022, we declared “The Year of the Lord’s Favour” over our church; prophetic words first spoken by Isaiah and again by Jesus seven centuries later as the fulfilment of this prophecy.
But what does it mean to have God’s favour on us? The Year of the Lord’s favour is also known as Jubilee. When Israel celebrated the Jubilee, they looked back on God’s faithfulness and forward to a time of fruitfulness. Jubilee represents FREEDOM from bondage, FORGIVENESS of debts, RESTORATION and rest. This is foundational to health and wellbeing because just as John prayed, God wants His people to prosper and be in health from a soul that is prospering. This is especially true for our church as we collectively navigate the present season, with the goal to build a healthy church, by building healthy people whose foundation is Jesus!
It is with this in mind that we approach our Heart For The House Miracle Offering, with a sense of expectancy and vision for the future, continuing with the call to build the church for future generations. As we navigate this season of change, it’s good to remind ourselves that the foundations upon which Hillsong Church is established remain unchanged. Our purpose as a church remains the same. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) is to go into all the world with His message as we continue loving God, and loving people.
Heart For The House is a special time for our church. It’s the time once a year when everyone who calls Hillsong Church home has the opportunity to bring a sacrificial offering, above
our regular tithes and offerings, that enables the vision of our church to become a reality. Ultimately our contribution to Heart For The House helps our church outwork the message of Jesus and advance His kingdom across the earth.
Proverbs 11:25 says ‘Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered’. Sometimes it’s not an easy time to sow, but this verse encourages us that God remains faithful. For those of you who are sowing in a season of hardship, can we encourage you – this could actually be an opportunity for God to do the miraculous!
As you prayerfully consider your gift, we pray that you would know that every contribution matters. Especially in this rebuilding season, it’s going to take all of us, playing our part, to see our church be all that it’s called to be, as we continue to build a healthy home and make a difference in our world.
We are so grateful for your love, faithfulness, and generosity — and we are expectant to hear powerful miracle stories in your life and in the lives of the many people that will be impacted through our collective sacrifice.
Remember, it is His freedom, forgiveness, rest, and restoration that will bring about a healthy church that prospers in all things in Jesus’ Name.
Phil & Lucinda Dooley
Interim Global Senior Pastors
WAYS TO GIVE
Simply click the button below to give online using your debit or credit card.
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Giving envelopes will be available in Church for cash, cheques or SnapScan giving. For more information you can contact our team on a Sunday
OUTSIDE SOUTH AFRICA
For all giving outside of South Africa, please kindly email us at [email protected] and we would be happy to assist!
“Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude.”
Through this offering, we are building a HOME stretching across Africa. A HOME where everyone can find a place to belong, be loved and worship Jesus.
Church has been home to me since day one of being part of Hillsong. I kind of grew up in church but something that kept me coming, something that kept me convicted about the house of the Lord was actually a scripture that says, “ I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever so that I can be in awe of the beauty of the Lord.”
I think knowing the power of coming to the house of the Lord has changed everything for me, community was a big part of it but knowing that coming to this room, this building can shift my life. That’s what kept me coming back, knowing that I would feel refreshed, renewed and find good people as well!
Manga Jane Sililo
My first Sunday was the day church launched in June 2008. Although I grew up in church, that Sunday (at age 12) was the first time I felt fully comfortable to raise my hands in worship. I remember opening my eyes to see if anyone was looking at me/judging me but no one was. Everyone was focused on God. From that moment, I knew I had to make this my church my home.
As a young person, I was finally allowed to start serving in church – which was huge for me. I had the greatest youth pastors and leaders who drew out the best in me. Even during my years of studying at uni while being a youth leader, I had an amazing support system. I’ve found my greatest friends in church (who have become family) and I’m so grateful for that.
There have been ups and downs on this 14 year journey but I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Church has played a huge role in shaping who I am today and given me the confidence to achieve my goals and dreams in my personal life. I’m excited for what God has in store in the future.
Through this offering, we can all participate in what God is doing across this continent. It’s our opportunity to show our gratitude through our generosity.
Hillsong Africa Foundation’s core purpose is to build lives that build a nation. This is achieved through a variety of programs including Shine WOMEN, ShineGIRL, Strength (for young men), and youth after-school programs. We can’t do everything, but each one of us can do something to make a difference in the life of someone.
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iHub’s vision is to provide innovative access to opportunities to African youth that will unlock the potential of the next generation, connecting them to the local & global digital economy. We can’t tackle this massive issue on our own. We all have a part to play, and together we can shape the future!
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Since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020, we have been privileged to support families and equip community kitchens with huge food supplies to make over 6 million meals. In 2022 we continued building and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders through our distribution network.
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In the lead up to our Heart for the House Miracle Offering We’re going on a journey of cultivating gratitude.
Take 5 mins and allow these two questions to guide your writing:
Morning: What am I grateful for today?
Evening: Where did I sense God’s guidance, strength or provision today?
Why is gratitude important?
Gratitude in Hebrew literally means ‘recognising the good’. Practising gratitude means recognising the good that is already ours.
When we see what is possible with what we have been given, we are acknowledging the good in our lives. It doesn’t mean we overlook the reality of what is going on in our world, but helps us to find meaning in what we have, not overwhelmed and worried about what we don’t have. Who then is rich? Those who can rejoice in their own lot.
When we are grateful, we live with appreciation of who we are and what we have, and that enables us to reach out to others.
Gratitude is more than just a feeling. It’s the act of responding in kindness to show our appreciation towards the goodness of God. Gratitude forms the foundation of our generosity.
Together, our collective generosity honours God for who He is and overflows to bless others that all the earth may know the goodness of God.