Well maybe it was because we were talking about sex, but last weekend was probably our biggest weekend in recent history, as we gathered in great number to hear God’s word, to pray to him, and to do it in a community of energetic, enthusiastic and loving disciples of Christ.
If you’re thinking of joining us this weekend, you’d be very, very welcome. We love it when new people come along, and we really do go out of our way to include visitors and newcomers. God is working among us to draw many people into our church, and maybe this is the weekend you’re going to experience that, first-hand?
Our topic this weekend is ‘True Sex is Honourable’, as we look at our second instalment in the four-week series on the Old Testament book, ‘The Song of Songs’. It’s going to be an important word from God about an issue that touches all of us in a real way. Don’t miss out!
Each week we have some questions from the week before that we answer. Here they are for this week:
Our service times are 5pm Saturday, which caters really well for kids and youth, but still includes good numbers of people from all ages and stages. We have dinner afterwards, then they youth hang around for their group. Or, join us 9am Sunday for a classic Anglican service, which includes espresso coffee for morning tea.
I’ve known Jesus for a long time, and to be honest, I find it hard to understand why someone wouldn’t want to accept his love and forgiveness?
But I wonder if sex is the excuse people give for why they don’t want to follow Jesus and enjoy a relationship with their loving creator?
Perhaps people don’t want to follow Jesus because they think that it will mean they have to give up their sexual freedoms in order to be constrained by the Bible’s rules?
They don’t want to give up having sex with their boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancee… or the person they’re having an affair with.
They don’t want to stop having homosexual sex or visiting prostitutes, or doing all the kinds of things that they know God forbids.
Or maybe people don’t want to follow Jesus because they feel that their sexual sins will somehow disqualify them from being a Christian.
After all, it would seem impossible that Jesus would accept someone who’s had the kind of sex that is prohibited in the Bible.
But both of those excuses don’t work.
When Jesus chatted to a woman who was drawing water from a well, he promised her spiritual water that would fulfil her forever.
And even though this woman had been in a series of sexual relationships, Jesus was willing to accept her and to give her the kind of satisfaction that sex couldn’t bring.
So, no matter what you’ve done, Jesus will forgive you if you seek him.
And even though your sexual practices will be restricted to the maker’s instructions, it will actually provide the true sex that was designed for the greatest enjoyment.
As Jesus promised the woman,
“…those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 14:4)