This weekend we continue a mini-series called ‘Know and Tell the Gospel’. Jodie will be speaking on the topic “The power of the gospel”, from Romans chapter 1 verses 8 to 17.
It’s also the right time for us to recognise many of the needs of our missionaries, so we’ll have a special report about what’s been happening in the lives of our partners in global, word ministry.
Our 8am Sunday service will be Lord’s Supper Sunday Service.
If you’re wanting to check out our church we’d really love you to visit us on Saturday at 5pm for a contemporary service with kids’ program and dinner afterwards, or come along on Sunday at 8am for a prayerbook service.
If you can’t make it in person, you’re welcome to jump online to watch the service (with the same sermon and many other items) at www.oakflats.tv.
When I was in the Navy I learnt an important lesson: the ‘hurry up and wait’.
It usually occurred when we’d be told without much notice to be in the next place, that’s usually not very close to where you are, in less time then it really takes you to get there. This is called the hurry up.
Typically what would happen once we had arrived is that the hierarchy would then take another 30 minutes to figure out exactly what it was that they wanted us to do. We did plenty of waiting like this.
As Christians, we’re actually in the ‘hurry up and wait’ business, too.
In the Bible, Jesus tells us to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19), but the Bible also tells us that the ‘time is near’ for Jesus’ return. (Revelation 1:3).
This time could even be today or tomorrow.
I want to challenge you to hurry up. Share your faith in Jesus with friends and family, the ones you’ve wanted to share the good news of Jesus with but haven’t quite gotten around to it.
I want to challenge you because, as the Bible tells us, the time is indeed near.
If you don’t trust Jesus, hurry up and investigate Jesus because without trusting in him there is no hope of the ‘wait’.
This is because Christians wait in hope of Jesus’ glorious return.
Whether he returns today, tomorrow or not until more generations have come and gone, Christians await his glorious return knowing we will finally be at home with Jesus when he comes.
So, what are you waiting for? Hurry up!
Mitch Herps (Moore Theological College student)