Welcome to IIC, (Ipswich International Church) we are part of the Elim Pentecostal denomination with several branches across the country. We are blessed to be a multinational congregation represented by all generations, we seek to be a family friendly church, where everybody feels part of a family. We seek to express this through relational cells and home-groups, we also encourage everybody to find a place to serve within one of the ministries in the Church.
We also seek to be a church where everybody is effectively discipled from infancy to maturity in Christ, we take seriously the mandate of Christ to make disciples of all nations. We believe everybody is still learning and we are committed to life long learning, therefore we have different tracks that are continually being developed depending on your level of maturity.
We are also called to be a contagiously generous church, and our vision is that there will be no one that has a need that cannot be met. Trusting in the resources God has given us as a body we seek to be generous with our time, our talents and our treasure in order to reach the least, the lost and the last.
IIC has a vision to be passionately mission minded. We believe that everybody is called to be a minister, therefore we seek to equip people to be missional wherever they are at, work, place of study and at home. As an international church we are called to reach the nations and language groups both here in Ipswich and beyond.
Finally we take our walk with the Holy Spirit very seriously and our desire is to be people who are intimate with the Holy Spirit who’s lives are transformed and empowered to serve others through the power of prayer and intercession.
You are welcome to the family.
In the month of June, our theme is Corner- stone. This focuses on: Jesus the Saviour, Jesus the Baptiser, Jesus the Healer,
Jesus the Soon Coming King.
This also known within Elim as the Four Square Gospel.
We rmly believe that Jesus is the Saviour of humanity. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoso- ever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Elsewhere in Romans 5:8 it says - “God demonstrated His love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Acts 4:12 re-enforces this point
- “There is salvation in none other, for there is no other name given among men by which we must be saved.”
As He is our Saviour; Jesus wants us to have complete con dence in the Power of the Gospel which transforms lives. To live this out and to share it with those who have not yet discovered this truth. Jesus cat- egorically stated that “I am the way the truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except
through me.” (John 14:6)
When a person makes a com- mitment to follow Christ the next step in their discipleship is to be baptised in water. This act of water baptism is an outward expression of an inner convic- tion. It is a public confession of faith to be a follower of Christ in which the believer is One with Christ in His death, burial and His resurrection.
Romans 6:2-4(TLB) “…Should we keep on sinning when we don’t have to? For sin’s power over us was broken when we became Christians and were baptised to become a part of Jesus Christ; through his death
the power of your sinful nature was shattered. Your old sin-lov- ing nature was buried with him by baptism when he died; and when God the Father, with glo- rious power, brought him back to life again, you were given his wonderful new life to enjoy.” From this scripture, it is clear that we are baptised into Christ and are made one with Him
in our spirit. The Holy Spirit helps us to live from this place of truth, walk in victory over sin and the works of the esh. Christ before leaving earth encouraged his disciples to wait in Jerusalem to be baptised with the Holy Spirit who empowers us for service (Acts
1:8). Just as the early disciples were em-powered we also need His Fire for passionate service, to live for Him and to serve Him.
The atoning sacri ce of Christ did not only purchase our salva- tion but also made provision for us to be healed and made whole emotionally, mentally and physically.
In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus declared His Mission and mandate “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, for He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
It is clear from the gospels that healing was a major aspect of His ministry. Further to this, in Acts 10:38 we are told that ‘God
anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power and He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil for God was with Him.’
He has empowered us His church, to do the same, so we believe in the power of God to heal the sick. We therefore lay our hands on people. We speak forth the Word of God and trust that the nished work of Christ will manifest in their life. We sometimes see instant results. Other times it takes time or does not manifest physically. Why not take the opportunity to pray for somebody when the opportunity arises.
When Jesus was on earth he talked a lot about the Kingdom of God/ Heaven (Matthew 4:17). He left people in no doubt that He belonged to a Kingdom.
He was born a King and died a King. The charge against Him was that He claimed to be The King of the Jews; the expected Messiah (Matthew 27:37). Those who embraced His rule entered and those who still do so now, have the privilege of being called royal priests. His Kingdom is here now, but is still to come in full measure. He made it absolutely clear that He will be coming back again to rule and establish His dominion.
If you are sick in any part of your body; your emotions or your mind we are happy to stand in agreement with you to see His grace of healing manifest.
This is a major truth the Church of Jesus Christ has held to for many centuries. It is rooted in the truth that Jesus is not only our Saviour but that He is also our King - Revelations 19:16 says He is: “The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords”
Revelations 22:12 a rms this:
“See, I am coming soon, and my reward is with me, to repay all according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
My prayer is that this truth will a ect the way we relate to our Father, to each other and to those who are not yet followers of Jesus.
When a group of people with a common purpose and a singular focus come together, they can achieve much together.
Genesis 1:1- In the beginning God created the heav- ens and the earth… This work of creation was car- ried out by the Triune God- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is con rmed by the speci c statement in Genesis 1:27 Let US make man in our own image and likeness.
God created both the plant and animal kingdoms with the ability to multiply. He also said that it was not good for the man to be alone. This shows that it was the plan from the beginning that through ‘the power of we’ great things would be accomplished.
The book of Nehemiah shows how the people
were faced with the challenge of rebuilding the broken wall. Although it was Nehemiah who had the vision to see the wall rebuilt, when he shared it with his fellow Israelites they embraced the vi- sion and said “Let us rebuild the wall” - Nehemiah 3:18. In spite of being threatened by their enemies they said in Nehemiah 3:20 “The God of heaven will prosper us. We His servants will arise and build…”
Where the ‘The power of We’ is at work, people think as ONE; they speak as ONE and they act as ONE. The fact is we can do more together than we can apart. Winning teams are made up of those who know it does not matter who gets the glory as long as the team wins.
Ephesians 4:4-6 reminds us that there is One body and One Spirit. We have One Hope, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism and One Father over us all.
Jesus taught His disciples to pray ‘Our’ Father… Teaching us that we belong to One family. Nearly all of the uses of YOU in the New Testa- ment although applicable to the individual, refer to a group of people rather than individuals.
This month we want to intentionally think, speak and act conscious of this fact.
During the month of April as we have taught on generosity and stewardship. It has been encourag- ing to see the response of many in our fellowship to our refurbishment and re-purposing building project. Together WE can.
Confess with me: ‘We are one body with many parts. We are together, the household of God. As living stones we are being built into one building in which Christ is the Cornerstone.’
Pastor Harold Afflu shares on what the commandments of Jesus are to followers of Christ throughout the Gospels.