In a year that has seen bushfire and flood emergencies, we are now bracing for a further escalation of the ‘Coronavirus’.
As fears grow that the COVID-19 virus will soon be declared a global pandemic, our Prime Minister has now announced the launch of a plan to respond to the rapid and uncontrollable spread of this disease.
Like the fire and flood emergencies, we are again facing an emergency that we are powerless to control in our own strength.
This is the same realisation that drove so many Australians to their knees in prayer, as we collectively asked the true and living God to send saturating rain to quench the flames and the drought.
Now is the time for our world to gather to ask the Lord of the universe to miraculously stop the spread of this destructive disease, and to help restore communities crippled by the effects of this virus.
When we pray, we acknowledge our powerlessness and our need for a genuine, super-power.
For if Trump and Jinping, are unable to come up with a way to fix this crisis, then again it shows that faith in technology is no match for faith in Jesus.
And so, as we prayed for rain to fix the fires and drought, let us pray that God would stop the spread of this virus.
Yet above all, pray that this global threat might lead people to acknowledge their genuine need of Jesus, and bring them to genuine repentance and true faith in Christ.
For the same Lord who stopped the plague when King David repented of his arrogance (2 Samuel 24:25) is the same Lord who is also able to answer our prayer for our planet.
Let us pray that our planet might come in great number before the Lord in repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
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This week Jodie will lead us as we start a new two-week series ‘Know and Tell the Gospel‘, as we look at the first topic: ‘Know the Gospel’. This is an ideal opportunity for us to be very clear about the basics of what we believe, so we can easily know it and share it with others.
We have a regular question and answer segment in our services. To ask a question, simply fill out a response slip at church. Here are the questions that Jodie will tackle this week:
1 What will happen on Judgement Day for the people who never heard about Jesus?
2 Should we be hungry for heaven when we know that it will be destroyed when Jesus returns?
3 Is it selfish to hope that Jesus won’t return for a while because you aren’t ready?
4 When it says that everyone will confess that Jesus is Lord, does this include people going to hell?
5 What is the “wealth” in the Parable of the Talents and what do the interest and bankers mean?
6 Is the Parable of the Talents about our gifts or about the gospel?
7 Is Satan’s role in our sin just his temptation, or can we blame him for physical events?
8 What are your top tips on how to have a thriving, personal relationship with Jesus?
Join us on Saturdays at 5pm for our family service, with a kids program followed by dinner for everyone and a youth group for years 6-12. Or come along on Sunday mornings at 9am for a more classic Anglican feel, followed by morning tea and hot espresso!
Grace and peace from Jamberoo Anglican!