Have you ever thought that God hates sex?
Maybe it’s because the Bible has lots of rules that seem to restrict our freedoms and that cause us to miss out on the ‘fun’ and ‘naughty’ side of sex?
Well, if that’s the case, then you’ve probably never read ‘The Song of Songs’.
This book of the Bible talks openly and unashamedly about sex, and its mention of private parts and private acts is enough to make anyone blush.
Throughout history some people have thought that the intimate love portrayed between the husband and wife was only just describing the love between Jesus and his church.
These people couldn’t cope with thinking that this saucy sex was in the Bible.
But God is pro-sex, and he made sex to be celebrated and enjoyed.
But like any good thing, it can easily be damaged if it’s not used according to its maker’s instructions.
And that’s why we learn in Song of Songs that true sex is wonderful, honourable, secure and committed.
It’s designed to be between a married man and a women, who together preserve this remarkable gift from God.
So instead of seeing God as some sort of spoil sport, we should see his words in the Bible about sex as the kind of wisdom that is worth a fortune.
The Song of Songs shows sex to be mind-blowingly good, but it also makes it clear that this powerful tool has the potential to cause real harm when it’s not used according to its maker’s instructions.
We carry this glorious love poem around inside our Bibles, so it is good for us to read it, and understand it.
And so, over the next four weeks, we’re going to study this remarkable book of the Bible, and whether you’re old or young, married or single, male or female, this will be a spiritual journey not to be missed!
The talks will run on 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, and 30-31 March 2019 at both our 5pm Saturday and 9am Sunday services at Jamberoo Anglican Church.
It’s been a buzz to welcome so many new people to our church over the past few weekends, and we’d really love you to join us at 5pm Saturday or 9am Sunday.
This weekend we begin a four-week series called ‘True Sex in the Song of Songs’. We’re going to look at the book of the Bible that is dedicated to sex, and learn what God thinks about this very important part of our human life.
This week’s topic is ‘True Sex is Wonderful’, where we will see that God is far from being anti-sex… because he made sex, and he made it to be enjoyed… which is truly wonderful.
You can learn more about this week’s talk by checking out this link http://jamberooanglican.com/2019/03/08/does-god-hate-sex/
Like every week, we spend some time answering your questions from the previous weeks, and this time we’ve got some pretty meaty issues to discuss:
So, join us for dinner after our 5pm Saturday service, which includes a kids’ program, with youth program after dinner. Or come at 9am Sunday for a more classic Anglican service, with some great espresso right after our service.
Grace and peace, Jodie.
This weekend our guest speaker, Adrian Lovell will be preaching on the topic ‘Hearts Aligned’ from Genesis 3 and 2 Corinthians 5.
This weekend we welcome special guests Adrian, Anita and Matias Lovell, our missionaries from Bolivia. After our 5pm church we’re having a special Bolivia-themed dinner, with trivia and activities.
Our new series ‘True Sex in the Song of Songs’ begins next week with Jodie speaking on ‘True Sex is Wonderful’.
CMS is our mission of the month. Support this ministry through the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall.
You’ll need a new password for your Elvanto login soon as we migrate to a new setup. Check emails for details.
Our current quarterly roster runs out on 24th March, so please let us know if you’re keen to serve in the coming quarter. If you know you’re not around up to the end of June, please advise unavailabilities online or via Response Slip.
Join us on Sunday 17th March for a pot-luck lunch at midday, then a 1pm AGM.
Regional youth night on 22nd March at Figtree. See Rayne for details.
Help us save money by volunteering to clean the church once a month or less.
Ben Pfahlert is guest speaker at the next quarterly Men’s Dinner this Tuesday 5th March 6.30pm at the new venue of Oak Flats Bowling Club. Tickets at www.oakflatsanglican.com/mensdinner
Each week we need to receive $2650.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $2681.00, leaving a gap of $-31.00. Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $34,450. Compared to that total we received $30,345, leaving a gap of $4,105.
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.
As news broke this week about the conviction of Cardinal Pell for child sexual abuse, I was deeply saddened.
It reminded me again of how the church has failed so many people.
Sexual abuse has occurred in churches of all denominations, and it is an overwhelming tragedy.
There have been many cases of abuse in the Anglican Church of Australia, and we remain truly sorry for the betrayal of trust and the harm experienced by so many people.
Whilst new systems now provide greater protection from abuse, it comes too late for those who have already been hurt by the leaders they trusted.
Indeed, the impact of sexual abuse in the church goes wider than the immediate victims: it affects everyone who has had faith in the church.
For those who see the church as the place to meet God and receive his grace, this news can create serious disillusionment.
After all, if the church is polluted, then it seems impossible to really know God and receive his blessings.
Yet, from the ashes of this tragedy rises a new hope.
The Bible says that every one of us can relate directly to God, without priest or sacrament.
God speaks directly to all of us in the Bible, and you can hear him for yourself.
Which means that when the church fails, God doesn’t.
Even if you feel like giving up on the church, don’t give up on Jesus.
You can meet Jesus directly by reading God’s word, the Bible for yourself.
And you can pray directly to Jesus, because his death on the cross brings the ultimate forgiveness.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).
This weekend we’re having a special South American feel, as we welcome our special friends, Adrian and Anita Lovell (along with Matias, the newest member of their family).
The Lovells serve in Cochabamba, Bolivia, which is a country in South America. They are missionaries with CMS (The Church Missionary Society) and their job is to help Christian leaders grow in their understanding of the Bible, so they can teach and influence others with the great news of Jesus.
To celebrate, we’re going to have a special Bolivia night this weekend, with special Bolivian food and trivia during our after-church dinner. So, be sure to turn up at 5pm Saturday 2nd March, and hang around for dinner, which will finish around 8pm.
During our 5pm Saturday and 9am Sunday services, Adrian Lovell will be our guest preacher, and we’ll also have a special opportunity to learn more about what these Aussies do in faraway Cochabamba!
As always, we’re also having a bunch of questions answered during our services and here they are:
If you’ve not come before, then this is an awesome weekend to join us. Sunday’s service is a little more classic in style, and Saturday night is a little more relaxed and has a bunch of kids and youth programs happening as well. We’d really, really love to see you!
Grace and peace, Jodie.