Please join us this weekend as we continue our series on Acts , ‘Launching the Church’, as I speak God’s word from chapters 15 about the Council of Jerusalem. It might sound a bit dull talking about a council and politics and stuff, but let me assure you that some seriously important things were decided at what could otherwise have been a time of major crisis in the early church. And the outcome is awesome for us today!
Our regular question and answer segment is back in full force and you can look forward to this weekend for these questions below:
1 Was the Pentateuch written during the Babylonian exile?
2 Do you think that John 7:53-8:11 and Mark 16:9-20 are part of the Bible?
3 Doesn’t 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 describe the Pretribulation Rapture?
4 Why do we pray so hard for people we love to become believers if they haven’t been chosen by God?
5 What should be our response to knowing that there are many who have not been chosen (and we have)?
6 How do we have hope for someone’s death if they don’t believe in Christ?
Whether it’s your first time or your 100th at our church, I would love to see you this weekend at Saturday 5pm, where we can chat over some dinner afterwards, or Sunday 9am where the coffee is strong and morning tea is sweet. See you there!
Grace and peace,
Given that Jesus is the most perfect, complete man who ever walked on the planet, it sometimes surprise us to think that he experienced genuine emotions.
When I asked my school Scripture class this week to suggest when they thought Jesus got all emotional, some thought it might have been when he was falsely accused or when he experienced the rejection of his own people whom he came to save.
However, one of the most famous times where he expressed his emotion was when he saw first hand the sadness of the sisters of Lazarus, the man who had recently died.
Jesus knew that the pain of the death of his friend would ultimately be used through the ages as a remarkable testimony to the power of Jesus over death, which would bring great glory to God the Father.
Yet even though this was the ultimate aim, it didn’t stop him personally feeling the pain of grief from death.
Jesus knows what it means to experience the loss of a loved one, and he knows how it hurts in ways that words cannot express.
It is for this reason that Jesus is able to truly comfort us when we turn to him in our grief, knowing that he has felt just the same kind of thing that we’ve felt.
But the great power of Jesus comes with the hope that death is ultimately dealt with by his own victory over death, so that the weeping that comes from death will one day cease as God, himself, wipes away our tears.
The power of Jesus over the grave gives us confidence that death is a part of life that will be put behind us as we ultimately pass from this life to the next, safe in the arms of Jesus.