Here's How It Started
In 1995 Pastor Sue Nesbit had a powerful prophetic encounter with God. In this encounter God highlighted Mosgiel as the starting place of something very powerful that would go throughout New Zealand. In 2013 God led a group of us to do monthly meetings in the centre of the town. We also believed He wanted us to start a church in Mosgiel but were waiting for His timing. The strategy He gave us was simple. We were to "strike the ground" (2 Kings 13:18) by making seven prophetic decrees (listed here). After striking the ground three times I thought we would finish. One morning while I was getting ready for the day God unexpectedly spoke to me, "Three times is not enough." We determined to strike the ground seven times. God didn't tell me anything else, so once again I thought we would strike the ground seven times, and then finish. It wasn't until the seventh strike that He told me, "I want you to start a church in Mosgiel." - Nathan Shaw
Family | Creativity | Destiny
God is a warm and loving Father who loves every person like a parent loves their own child. God loves family. It was His idea. He is not cold and distant like many believe. The church is God's family. It is a place full of love, belonging, significance, celebration and joy. Religiosity isolates people. Christianity, on the other hand, is a celebration that connects people with God and with each other.
God loves creativity. He is infinitely creative. The more you experience and know Him the more your unique creativity is discovered and expressed. Sometimes God is portrayed as being very narrow in His interests. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whether it's a songwriter composing a song, a designer creaing an invention, or just an every day conversation, God loves creativity in its many and varied forms.
Jesus was a carpenter. He was industrious. Being in business is not unspiritual. God created us to do something. He also gives us the wisdom to be successful and to help others while we are doing it. We each have unique destinies. It is not God's intention for us to just sit around trying to be holy.
Imagine combining the dynamics of Family, Creativity and Destiny. That's more than relevant – it's positively explosive. It is also something we hope to emulate at Celebration Church.
So what's it all about?
:: The Supernatural
Jesus said that, "He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also" (John 14:12).
Every Christian is called to do supernatural works.
:: Prophetic and Apostolic Ministry
These two ministries are important because of the foundational revelation they bring of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:19-22).
Every Christian is called to be like Jesus.
Jesus said, "The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Pray to the Lord of the harvest to thrust labourers into His harvest" (Matthew 9:38).
Every Christian is an evangelist.
The church is the body of Christ. If we are properly connected to Christ we will grow in every respect - authority, character and ministry (Ephesians 4:16, Colossians 2:19).
Every Christian is destined for increase and growth.
We can have abundance for every good work by obeying God's word and receiving His supernatural grace (2 Corinthians 9:8).
Every Christian is a recipient of God's supernatural grace.
God gives equipping ministries to the church so that everyone can be prepared to serve and lead (Ephesians 4:11-12).
Every person is a potential leader.
:: Esteem for people
"...let each esteem others better than himself..." (Philippians 2:3).
Every person is important to God.