Events in 2011

Lunch at the NSW Parliament House 16-Nov-2011
"A New Wine and Fresh Skins"

Address by Lilian Schmid

Lilian Schmid

Brothers and Sisters,
Thank you all for being here today, we want to honor each one of you, also we acknowledge the traditional owners of this land the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation. We are here today to glorify Jesus, we are here today to fulfill God's promise, we are here because the Holy Spirit brought us together to pray for our beloved Sydney, we all want to transform Sydney to Jesus and the only way we can do that is to be united in the spirit. We want to see the kingdom of God in Sydney as it is in Heaven. The kingdom of God is within us.

What is Transformation? The Greek word for biblical Transformation is metamor/phosai, from which we get the English word metamor/phesis i.e. a complete change such as a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. Biblical transformation then applies to an individual believer's progress in sanctification. To transform our city we need to sanctify ourselves and be like Jesus

So what did Jesus do? Jesus came to preach, to heal and to raise the dead. Satan came to steal our identity, to kill our passion and to destroy our society, our lives and our families. Our role is to pray, evangelise, teach, heal, and sanctify ourselves to be able to sanctify our city. How can we do that? We can transform our city when we repent, have reconciliation and forgiveness. So our message today is the message of love, unity and relationship. This city will be transformed because the church will always be a witness to the truth, Jesus Christ proclaimed, almost 2,000 years ago, "I will build My church." He declared that His Church would never die out, promising that "the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it" Matt 16:18. He assured His disciples that He would guide and preserve His Church until His return, promising them, "I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matt 28:20).

It is time now to focus on what unites us and not what divides us; transformation starts from within, it is a transformation of the heart. What is Our Mission of Transformation? This transformation can only take place through our obedience to God, to live and to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ following the Great Commission to go and make disciples to all nations, the power of the Gospel changes the lives of men and women by releasing them from the guilt, power and consequences of sin, enabling them to respond with love toward God and toward others (Rom. 5:5) and making them "new creatures in Christ" (2 Cor. 5:17) - New Wine and Fresh Skins.

When Bjorn and I started Transforming Sydney in 2009 many people said, Sydney is divided, Sydney is the hardest city for unity, and how are you going to transform Sydney, I answered: "God will, this is His city and this is His territory, Sydney is God's property not ours". God has called us to this mission after meeting many Christian leaders like us who are striving to transform their cities.

Transforming Sydney was birthed when God connected us with Sue Tinworth and Rob Isaachsen from Transforming Melbourne. Transforming Sydney is also part of the National Transformation for Australia: we decided to put our hands together, seeking God's face and His calling to transform our nation. We are here to serve you, we are here to witness to the truth and act on it relying on the power of the Holy spirit to transform the three major areas: Family, Church and Marketplace. We will be arranging prayer meetings, we will be moving across the city and transforming through evangelisation, working in partnership with all of you and within your sphere of influence to raise disciples and win souls to Christ.

We are not here trying to take what you started, in fact we want to honor you and honor everyone who came before us and honor the ones who will come after us. We will be working closely with you, we don't want to see division, we want to break the spirit of division among denominations, we believe it is time the church to RISE UP as One Church, as Jesus prayed in John 17 that we may be One. In the Old Testament, we see Daniel repenting for the sins committed by his forefathers (Daniel 9). It was after this identificational repentance that he received the vision of the 70 weeks and that Israel was allowed to return and rebuild Jerusalem.

"Transforming Sydney" is not one person's vision it is a vision of many people's heart to evangelise and where they were called to serve the Lord under the unction of the Holy Spirit; in both prayer and mission, through faith and work. We will be praying and moving together to transform all regions in Sydney.

Our first fruit of this strategic movement started in October 2011 in the Inner West of Sydney. We are already praying to connect all pastors, priests, intercessors and marketplace leaders in this region, we want to establish an Inner-West ministry network, we will be having regular monthly prayer meetings for the Inner West Region, we will be providing training on spiritual mapping throughout the municipalities, councils and universities, providing training on the prayers on Evangelism, and spiritual warfare training.

We will continue the same strategy for other areas in Sydney as well. Some of Transforming Sydney team members are part of the Forest Interchurch Prayer Network which has 23 churches on board. We are also in touch with a few pastors and priests from the Lower North Shore. In the area of family we are partnering and recommending the Alpha Marriage Course, we are encouraging running the Alpha Course in all churches, and partnering with Business Life to run Business Alpha and as a tool for equipping disciples for the area of the Marketplace. We acknowledge the work of the City Bible Forum, we recommend their bible study meetings in the city of Sydney. We refer young adults to the Youth Leadership Formation Course run at the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

Transforming Sydney is also affiliated with Transform World in Singapore and has adopted the Covenant of Lausanne Movement for our strategy movement, and we confess the Apostles and the Nicene Creeds.

Humanly speaking we must honestly confess that this task of transformation seems impossible, but our trust is not in ourselves, but in Him who for our sakes, and the sake of all the people of Sydney, both died and rose again, through Jesus and the power of his Spirit all things are possible.

Lilian Schmid speaking at the NSW Parliament House

(Lilian Schmid speaking in the Strangers Dining room at the NSW Parliament House)