This week our Acts series, ‘Launching the Church’, follows Paul in Athens as he proclaims the truth about the Saviour, Jesus Christ, from Acts 17:16-34. We’ll see how Paul talks to a group of deep thinkers about why God is real and how they need to respond. It’s a great example of connecting with people in a relativistic world with lots of gods and idols.
We also have a weekly question time during our services. If you have a question, please fill out a response slip or send an email to us. Here are the questions we’re answering this weekend:
1 Who are the modern-day equivalents of the ancient Bereans?
2 If Lydia never heard Paul’s message would she be in Heaven?
3 If God wants everyone to believe in Him then why does he choose only some people?
4 In Acts 16 how did the slave girl predict the future?
5 Are people still possessed by spirits and demons like the fortune-telling woman?
6 Is it necessary to get baptised?
7 Will everyone in the same household be saved?
8 Does the Apostles Creed include all we need to believe for salvation and thus fellowship?
9 Will traditional Catholics go to heaven?
Please join us for church this Saturday at 5pm, with a kids’ program, followed by dinner and then a youth group for the teens. Or come this Sunday at 9am for a more classic Anglican style service and we can chat over morning tea and hot espresso!
Grace and peace,
Kanye West is one of the world’s most famous personalities, known not only for his music, fashion and politics, but also for his famous wife, Kim Kardashian.
This week Kanye released an album with the title ‘JESUS IS KING’, where he sings with great honesty and passion about his newfound Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
News of his conversion has caused a stir around the world, with both Christians and non-Christians expressing some scepticism about the authenticity of his new faith.
Yet the more that I’ve heard him speak this week, and the more I’ve listened to this album, the more I’m blown away by his passion for Jesus.
The man who once regarded himself as god has now made an unblushing declaration that Jesus is king, not Kanye.
His radical transformation reminded me of the conversion of the Apostle Paul, who went from being one of the Christianity’s most violent critics, to become its greatest advocate and proclaimer.
When Paul was converted, many of the Christians doubted his faith and feared for their lives.
Yet before long, the believers recognised him as a brother, and they praised God for the remarkable work of the Holy Spirit in bringing such dramatic transformation.
I’ve been praying a lot for Kanye this week.
I’m praying that he doesn’t grow weary of proclaiming Christ, and that he keeps pursuing his new-found passion for Christlike living.
And I’m praying that the slogan ‘JESUS IS KING’ will lead many others down the same pathway to Christ that Kanye now walks.
If you don’t know Jesus as King, then why not read the Bible like Kanye did, and see how Jesus can also turn your life around?