It’s been quite an experience for us as we’ve spent the past three weekends looking at the topic ‘True Sex in the Song of Songs’… a study of a remarkable book of the Bible. Some people have thought that this book simply describes the love of Jesus for his church, but it doesn’t take much to realise that its really just about sex.
This week is the fourth week, and we’re looking at the topic ‘True Sex is Committed’, as we explore what the Bible says about commitment… which will lead us to cover marriage and singleness, and a whole lot more. Our Bible passage is chapters 7 and 8 from Song of Songs.
As part of our normal gatherings we spend a little time hearing some answers to questions from last week, and here are the questions you can look forward to hearing answers for:
1. Given that Baal is the moon god, does this mean that Allah is a reincarnation of Baal because Islam’s symbol is a crescent moon?
2. Since Jesus will reject some people who say “Lord, Lord” (Matthew 7), then why will a person be saved simply by confessing Jesus is Lord (Romans 10)?
3. What does it mean in Song of Songs when it says, “the watchmen made their rounds”?
4. Is marriage a human ‘right’?
5. Does the Bible talk about whether it’s right to marry a non-Christian?
6. How do new-age feminists’ values line up with Christian values?
7. How should we discuss the topic of sex with non-Christian friends who are sexually-active and unmarried?
8. When you say that a “survivor should seek counselling”, who are you referring to?
9. How can I recover from the trauma of sexual abuse when I feel like I’m not good enough for God to heal me?
10. If someone likes tattoos but not hymns, doesn’t this disprove your theory about the modern attraction to ancient forms of worship?
11. Why don’t our services include a reading from the New Testament every week?
If you’ve never joined us before, then this is a perfect week to come along. Join us on Saturday at 5pm, for church with a kids’ and youth program, followed by a hearty dinner together. Or come on Sunday at 9am for church followed by a terrific espresso coffee.
I’m really hoping you’ll join us this weekend! It will be awesome to have you with us.
Grace and peace, Jodie.
Last Friday afternoon, I came across the horrific news from Christchurch, where two shootings saw at least fifty people murdered… and all by the hands of an Aussie.
I watched as thousands of Australians spoke up and responded to the tragedy, laying flowers in mosques and showing support for our neighbours in Christchurch.
However, I was left wondering about the best way to respond to this tragedy.
I read an article by Samuel Green and he had three helpful reflections.
Firstly, it’s important to address the seriousness of the issue.
This was an act of pure evil and we cannot excuse or justify it in any way: this mass murder was driven by racism alone.
However, we know all people are created in the image of God, and that Jesus’ death was for all people who turn to him in repentance.
This leaves us with no excuse for any acts or thoughts driven by racism.
Secondly, we want to reach out to the Muslim community and assure them of our love and support.
This is a great time to meet with our Muslim friends and listen to their concerns and worries.
We can attend community events standing against these acts of violence as people who promote peace, just like our Saviour Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Finally, we can be praying.
As the families of the victims mourn their losses and the family of the shooter grapples with this tragedy, we can pray that God would be glorified, and that through this horrific event, the good news of Jesus would be spread.
Despite the sinfulness and cowardly acts of violence in our world, God still rules as king, and remains in control.
We have a God in whom we can bring all our worries to and trust in him alone.