Since I arrived here from Canada three weeks ago it has been interesting to experience a federal election in another country.
The premise of the election is the same, although there are some minor differences such as compulsory voting.
While some Canadians ask the question, “should I vote as a Christian?”, we all should ask the question, “how should I vote as a Christian?”
The first thing we must always remember is that God is in control (Romans 13:1).
God is the true leader and creator of this world and everything goes through Him.
As followers of God it is our duty to choose a leader who speaks and acts out Christian principles.
In order to do this we must be informed on what each party represents and use our judgment to make godly decisions.
Sounds easy enough right? Well, as we all know, parties can promise many different things, some of which follow earthly principles and not biblical principles.
So in order to receive the proper guidance, we must study God’s word, the Bible.
To know what principles God wants our leaders to possess, we need to be in constant study of Scripture.
For we read, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16)
And we must pray, asking thatour decision will be according to God’s will, and that the leaders will make wise decisions.
For we are reminded that, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking” (James 1:5).
And we must never forget to “pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2-3)
This Saturday there’s something even more important than voting! Come along to hear God speak to you and us as we listen to his word, the Bible, and enjoy food, friendship, and the experience of coming together to enjoy a rich relationship with Jesus.
Our talk this week continues our ‘Hope Beyond Chaos’ series as I teach us about the humorous story of Eglon, and the slightly-underwhelming (but enormously encouraging) story of Barak. The title is ‘Holy Laughter and Lightning’, from the Old Testament book in the Bible, Judges chapter 3:12-4:24.
We’ve also got a bunch of questions that you asked from church last week, which I will answer during our church services. They are:
1 Why did God pass over the houses of the Israelites at the Passover?
2 Why does God ‘give’ cancer to people who don’t deserve it?
3 How can someone ask for forgiveness after they’ve committed suicide?
4 Is it a sin to be angry at God?
5 Why does God make us wait for his answer to some prayers, and how do we gain patience?
So what are you waiting for? It’s a great week to come along for the first time, or bring someone for the first time. We meet at 5pm on Saturday, which is followed by a tasty meal then youth group (for high-schoolers), and 9am Sunday for a slightly-more ‘classic’ Anglican service, with awesome espresso.
See you this weekend, God willing!
Grace and peace, Jodie.
This weekend we continue our series ‘Hope Beyond Chaos’ as Jodie delivers the second talk ‘The Cycle of Salvation’, from 2:6-3:11.
Next week we will continue our series on Judges as Jodie opens up Judges 3:12-4:24 with the title, ‘Holy Laughter and Lightning’
Saturday 15th June 9am-2pm in Dapto. Speaker: Sam Chan. Don’t miss it! Details www.gongmensday.org
We welcome Dan Dekoning, Derek Klumpenhouwer, and Parker Wall from Canadian seminary Briercrest College, who are joining us for four weeks to work with us in ministering to youth, children and people of all ages. Be sure to say hello… and pray for great opportunities to share the good news of Jesus.
The youth of our church are combining with Robertson Anglican for a special event at 6pm Friday 24th May at Robertson. Chat with Rayne for more details and transport arrangements.
Members and friends of Jamberoo and Roberson Anglican are invited for a tasty breakfast on Saturday 25th May at 8am to hear from our Canadian guests, to be held at the home of James Rosten.
On Saturday 25th May at 5pm we’re having a Canada night. Special food, trivia, fun… and a special prayer focus.
Anglicare is our mission of the month. Support at the ‘Mission Table’.
Each week we need to receive $2650.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $2561.00, leaving a gap of $89.00. Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $56,975. Compared to that total we received $52,330, leaving a gap of $4,645.
Electronic giving is a great way to give! It helps us prayerfully plan our giving, and then the bank will help us keep that commitment, even when we may be unable to attend. To give by direct transfer then these are the details. Account name: Church of England Jamberoo. Account number: 10081274. BSB: 062562.
The question of whether or not God forgives those who commit suicide is often asked after a tragic death of this nature.
Throughout Scripture we read that there is only one sin that puts us beyond forgiveness, and that is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28-29), which refers to when a person continually resists and rejects the call to repentance until death.
Suicide does not keep a person from going to heaven; only continual rejection of God does.
Suicide does not hold an ounce of power over the forgiveness we receive from God, for Jesus Christ conquered death when he died and rose from the dead.
By the blood of Jesus, the lamb, we are able to receive the forgiveness that we did not deserve.
We have all been through times in our lives when nothing seems to be going right, and it is in those moments of weakness that we might contemplate suicide.
For some, taking their own life feels like the only way out.
As Christians, we must be there for each other and continually share God’s love with the people around us.
Is ending our lives a sin? Yes. Is it unforgivable? No.
Suicide robs us of the gift of life that only God can give us, yet it is not greater than the body and blood of Christ that was broken and shed for the forgiveness of all sins.
Through the grace and mercy of Jesus, our debts are pain in full.
No matter what you are going through, there is hope found in Jesus Christ.
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken” (Psalm 55:22)
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7)
We’ve started our new series ‘Hope beyond chaos’ and it’s a fresh reminder that when things go sour, God stays sweet. If you’ve never joined us before, then come along this Saturday night at 5pm or Sunday at 9am and hear from the Old Testament book of Judges how God continues to be faithful and kind to his people, even when we fail to follow him as we ought.
I’ll be speaking on the topic ‘The Cycle of Salvation’ and it’s all about God’s faithfulness. You can read ahead from Judges chapter 2 verses 5 to chapter 3 verse 11.
If you’ve been following the news from our church then you’ll know that we’re hosting three Canadian Bible college students for the month of May, and you can meet them on Saturday night. They’ll be leading our youth group this week after church on Saturday, so it’s a perfect time for new teenagers to come along.
After a week with no questions, we’ve got ten! Here are the questions you’ve asked from response slips and emails, which I’ll answer during our church services this weekend:
1 Why did you say that we are by-products (that is unintentional) of God’s salvation, considering creation and the cross?
2 How is it possible that the tribe of Benjamin failed to drive out the Jebusites when they had already been completely destroyed?
3 When we ask God for guidance how does he answer and speak to us?
4 How are we sure of God’s guidance?
5 If we want to gain money in order to give it away then is it wrong to want a business to grow?
6 Is there any sin that God won’t forgive?
7 Does God ever stop forgiving us?
8 How can I feel God’s peace?
9 How can I be assured that I am going to Heaven?
10 If you claim to be a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you of it?
So, come and join us this weekend on Saturday at 5pm for an all-age service with creche, infants and primary programs, followed by dinner then youth group. Then on Sunday at 9am we have a classic Anglican service followed by a delicious morning tea with espresso coffee.