Backwards Kingdom Continues This Sunday

Last Sunday we began a new teaching series, exploring the Backwards Kingdom of God. Join us this sunday at 10:30am as Pastor Brad continues this eye-opening and challenging series based on the teachings of Jesus.

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What To Pray over Hong Kong

Join us in Praying the following over Hong Kong:

Pray for:


The HK gov’t, Carrie Lam, her ministers for wisdom, humility and courage to facilitate constructive communications and proper process


The legislative council to communicate and debate with respect for each other and honouring those they represent


For the representatives of the PRC in HK to be supportive of the people of Hong Kong


For the united Church of HK (in all its different theological traditions, denominational forms, and faith expressions) to be united in purpose to support and encourage the people of this city at this critical time


For the people of HK not to give in to despair but to remain confident and hopeful, purposeful and ready to engage positively in building a caring, sharing community.


Pray for our church. Pray for God to use our church in mighty ways through this trial and testing to shine bright as a beacon of peace, hope and joy.


A letter from Pastor Brad Dutton

Dear New Heights Church family,

I hope you all have had a great summer of learning how to rest in the Lord. My family and I had a very good time together in the US reconnecting with friends and family......and eating lots of donuts.

Although we are very excited to be back and hopeful for all that is to come in the life of New Heights in the upcoming season, my heart is hurting for the events which have unfolded in Hong Kong this summer. In light of all that has occurred with the political unrest and violence which boiled over last Sunday, I think it's critical for us as the Church to lean in and intercede with intentionality on behalf of all 7.2 million+ people in Hong Kong.

Rather than have a "Sunday as usual" worship service this Sunday, we will dedicate the majority of our time together towards praying for Hong Kong. If you are in Hong Kong this Sunday morning, I highly encourage you to attend so that with one voice, we will pray into our home's current condition and through our intercession, be a part of changing its future trajectory. If you are not in Hong Kong, would you join us in spirit by stopping to pray over a specific list of requests and directives we will upload to our website at 10:30am HK time on Sunday?

We do need 1-2 volunteers to help facilitate our kids church video curriculum this Sunday. If you are willing to volunteer, please reply to this email and we will coordinate with you.


So that all may hear,
Pastor Brad

Summer of Rest 7 July 2019 // Rest as a Dwelling Place

This summer, we’re going on a journey to discover what rest truly means. We’re going to strip away a lot of the busy-ness of modern life and learn to enjoy simply BEING with God. We won’t be gathering as a large group for corporate worship during this time. However, follow along with us and join us for small group gatherings / online devotions!

7 July: Rest as a dwelling place

14 July: Rest as a promise

21 July: Rest as security/assurance

"Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp.” - Exodus 33:7

This week, we will look at Rest as a dwelling place. In your group(s), follow along in these steps:

  1. Open in prayer, asking God to speak to you through His word and each other

  2. Follow up from last week, asking about how each person is doing in yielding certain aspects of their life to God.

  3. Read the following:

    Read Exodus 33:7-11

    God understands fully our need to have a space of comfort and security. He created us with this urge for HOME. In the Old Testament, He gave His people specific instructions in how to create this space — or tabernacle. Even in Israel’s punishment of wandering thru the wilderness for 40 years, God still provided a space for His peoples’ souls to find rest.

    Now, read Hebrews 4.

  4. Share your takeaways from these two passages. How do you see a connection? How is Hebrews 4 a fulfilment of Exodus 33?

5. Pray for one another each day this week!

Summer of Rest 30 June 2019 // Rest as Yieldedness

This summer, we’re going on a journey to discover what rest truly means. We’re going to strip away a lot of the busy-ness of modern life and learn to enjoy simply BEING with God. We won’t be gathering as a large group for corporate worship during this time. However, follow along with us and join us for small group gatherings / online devotions!

30 June: Rest as yieldedness

7 July: Rest as a dwelling place

14 July: Rest as a promise

21 July: Rest as security/assurance

"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” -John 15:15

This week, we will look at Rest as the process of yielding ourselves to God’s spirit. In your group(s), follow along in these steps:

  1. Open in prayer, asking God to speak to you through His word and each other

  2. Follow up from last week, asking about how each person is doing in removing busy-ness and embracing stillness with God

  3. Read the following: All of Romans 12

  4. Watch this video

5. Share your take aways from the reading and message.

6. What are some practical ways you can YIELD to God’s spirit in your life and find rest as a result? **Write them down and share with the group

7. Pray for one another each day this week!

Summer of Rest 23 June 2019 // Rest as Stillness

This summer, we’re going on a journey to discover what rest truly means. We’re going to strip away a lot of the busy-ness of modern life and learn to enjoy simply BEING with God. We won’t be gathering as a large group for corporate worship during this time. However, follow along with us and join us for small group gatherings / online devotions!

16 June: Rest as sabbath

23 June: Rest as stillness

30 June: Rest as yieldedness

7 July: Rest as a dwelling place

14 July: Rest as a promise

21 July: Rest as security/assurance

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. -Psalm 62:5

This week, we will look at Rest as stillness before God. In your group(s), follow along in these steps:

  1. Open in prayer, asking God to speak to you through His word and each other

  2. Read the following:

    “Be still and know that I am God,” Psalm 46:10, is a popular verse for comforting ourselves and others—many people tend to think this verse means to rest or relax in who God is. This verse does encourage believers to reflect on who God is, but there is more to this psalm than one verse—and verse 10 is actually more of a wake-up call to be in awe than a gentle call to rest. Taking time out of our day to meditate on Scripture and be silent with listening ears toward God is mentioned in other sections of Scripture (Psalm 119:15, Joshua 1:8, Luke 5:16, and others). But this command—“Be still…”—is written in the context of a time of trouble and war; therefore, we should consider the verse with that context in mind.

    Instead of interpreting “be still” as a gentle suggestion, the meaning in this psalm lends itself more to: “cease striving” or “stop” and more specifically in this context “stop fighting,” which is directed toward the enemies of the people of God. The people of God should interpret the command for themselves to read more like: ‘snap out of it,’ ‘wake up,’ ‘stop fearing’—acknowledge who your God is—be in awe! However, it is good to note that there’s nothing wrong with the words in the translation “be still;” those words are not incorrect, it is simply helpful to note the context of the phrase. Verse 10 has something to say to both the enemies of God and the people of God, but it is the people of God the psalm is written to. Verse 1 starts, “God is our refuge and strength” (emphasis added). The Psalms are for God’s people.

  3. Watch this video which speaks on our addiction to busyness together:

4. Ask your group the following questions:

What are some unnecessary items you have in your life today which you will remove to make more space for stillness and Rest with God this week ?

4. write down each person’s response(s) and agree to pray for each person this week.

Summer of Rest 16 June 2019 // Rest as Sabbath

This summer, we’re going on a journey to discover what rest truly means. We’re going to strip away a lot of the busy-ness of modern life and learn to enjoy simply BEING with God. We won’t be gathering as a large group for corporate worship during this time. However, follow along with us and join us for small group gatherings / online devotions!

16 June: Rest as sabbath

23 June: Rest as stillness

30 June: Rest as yieldedness

7 July: Rest as a dwelling place

14 July: Rest as a promise

21 July: Rest as security/assurance

One of the words we see as ‘rest’ in our translation of scripture has the implication of ‘Sabbath’ in the original text.

This week, we will look at Rest as Sabbath. In your group(s), follow along in these steps:

  1. Open in prayer, asking God to speak to you through His word and each other

  2. Read Genesis 2:3, Exodus 20:8-11, Exodus 31:7

  3. Watch this video together:

4. Ask your group the following questions:

Why do you think God commanded a sabbath to His people?

Why do you think practicing a sabbath is so difficult in today’s “connected” world?

What is God challenging your sabbath to look like beginning this week?

4. Pray for one another