This week there’s been more bad news in the world.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he has tested a new design of nuclear weapons that cannot be intercepted, and that have a practically unlimited range.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says the likelihood of another financial crash like the GFC is a certainty, with some economists saying that we are close to seeing another economic bubble burst.
On top of this, our Facebook feeds keep reminding us of cancer and funerals and grief and trials.
In many ways, this flow of bad news is really, very normal.
Every week we hear about threats of war, economic instability, and personal sickness and death.
And none of us know if more of our own, personal trials are just around the corner.
In the end, the only certainty we have is that life is full of uncertainty.
Except for one thing: we can be certain about eternity if we put our trust in Jesus.
Jesus make it clear that we can have certainty about life after death if we follow him as our loving ruler and rescuer.
He said that his followers are his sheep, and that he is our shepherd.
And he gave this assurance:
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:27-29)
In a time of uncertainty, we can find certainty in Jesus.
No matter what happens in the world or in our household, we can have certainty if we choose to have Jesus as our shepherd.
Since Jesus is certainty, it seems crazy to put your hope in anyone or anything else.
This weekend we continue our series ‘Jesus is___’ as Simon Chaplin preaches on the topic ‘Jesus is… reliable’ from Luke chapter 6 verses 43 to 39, and John chapter 18 verses 28 to 40.
It’s the right time for us to recognise many of the needs of our missionaries, so at both our services, we will have a special update about Anglicare which is our Mission of the Month.
Also during our 5pm Saturday service, we’ll have our weekly question and answer time, and Jodie will be answering these questions:
Our 8am Sunday service will be a Morning Prayer 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.
See you at 5pm this Saturday or 8am this Sunday, God willing!