This long weekend it will be great to have you with us at church. We’re going to hear from Graham Errington on the topic ‘The Son from Hell’, as we continue our journey through the Old Testament book of Judges in chapter 9.
We will also be hearing answers to the questions that were asked from members at our church last week. Actually, we had 14 questions… but I’m only going to answer half of them this week (and roll over the rest in the weeks after). They are:
1 Do Christians in other countries preach the same things as we do in Australia?
2 Can people be healed or “converted” from homosexuality to being heterosexual?
3 Did God make us so that Jesus would die for us all because he wanted Jesus to die?
4 How can you tell if God is working in someone else’s life?
5 Doesn’t God get sick of having to forgive us all the time?
6 Do we have “free will”?
7 Did Gideon crush Zeeb in a winepress?
It’s also an opportunity to share in the Lord’s Supper at both of our church services, which will help us remember afresh the amazing moment in history when Jesus died for us to forgive us for everything. Amazing stuff.
So, be sure to join us at 5pm on Saturday night for all-age church with a creche and kids’ program, followed by a hot and tasty meal together. Or come along at 9am on Sunday morning for a slightly-more ‘classic’ Anglican service, which will be followed by espresso coffee and lots of time to chat and encourage each other.
And, of course, if you’ve never joined us before, or know someone who’s not come to church for a while, then this is a perfect weekend to join us!
Grace and peace, Jodie.
Depression and anxiety are at plague proportions in our modern, affluent land, and no matter how hard we try, we can’t seem to get the joy we need.
Even though we have greater wealth, improved health, longer life-expectancy, and the opportunities to connect with countries across the globe, we seem to be sadder than ever.
I was reminded that a great antidote to many mental ailments is becoming drawn into a partnership with something much bigger than the individual.
On the one level, this means that joining an outwardly-focused club or community organisation will mean we are led to focus less on ourselves and more on others.
But on a greater level, this means that when you come to be a follower of the maker of the heavens and the earth—God, who holds the universe in his hands—you then have an invitation to see your own concerns deeply met as you lift up your head to worship the one who loves you deeply and gave his son to die for you.
Yet, even those who are followers of Jesus will find themselves in times of depression, when joy seems hard to find.
Psalm 51 tells us that in times of sin, we can be overwhelmed with guilt and sadness… and that as we humbly ask God to forgive our sin, we need to then seek something more: joy.
As David prayed,
“Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice.” (Psalm 51:7-8).
As the burden of sin is lifted from our shoulders, we can know afresh the deep, deep love of Jesus, and can experience true, deep joy in the forgiveness of sin and the hope of eternal life in Christ Jesus.