This weekend we continue the series titled ‘Jesus is___’ as Jodie preaches on the topic ‘Jesus is… God’ from John chapter 1 verses 43 to 51.
At our 5pm Saturday service we will have an opportunity to meet one of our church members, which is always a great encouragement to us all.
Also during our 5pm Saturday service is the return of our popular weekly question and answer time, and Jodie will be answering these questions:
Our 8am Sunday service will be a Holy Communion First Order AAPB 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. Our youth group ‘Alive’ runs straight after dinner on Saturday night. Or come along on Sunday at 8am for a Prayer Book 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.
I was buzzing after Tuesday night’s combined prayer and training night for the ‘Jesus Is___’ campaign.
180 local Anglicans joined together to pray and sing, and to be pumped up and trained to talk about Jesus.
On the way home from the meeting, I stopped at the petrol station, and I realised I was still wearing my ‘Jesus Is___’ t-shirt.
Even though I’d been encouraging others to be courageous in speaking about Jesus, I suddenly felt a bit self-conscious.
Would the cashier ask me what the t-shirt meant? Or would the guy at the petrol pump pay me out?
And then I remembered what Sandy Grant taught us about the 12 words that help start the conversation:
“We’re interested in people’s opinions. (point at the logo). Jesus is… What goes in the blank?”
And then I relaxed, knowing that I was ready to have a chat with whoever I might encounter.
When it comes to March, I’m looking forward to regularly wearing the t-shirt, badge, or wristband, and using the coffee cup.
I’m expecting that it’s possible that I’ll have some awkward moments, but I’m also sure that I’ll have some terrific opportunities to chat with people about Jesus.
There’s no name that is more beautiful than the name of Jesus, and it will be an honour to wear his name, even if it sometimes gets a bit uncomfortable.
And we all need to remember that… “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. …praise God that you bear that name” (1 Peter 4:14, 16b).
Will you join me in displaying Jesus’ name by purchasing some merchandise? Orders close this Sunday, so now’s your last chance to let us know what you need!