Being away at the LiT (‘Leaders in Training’ camp) this week, we were talking about being resolute.
Resolute isn’t a word we often use these days and I wonder if it is because people in the world today are not resolute in much?
Though failings are not always due to a lack of resolve, passion, or commitment, it is still the case that when things don’t work out, we often do not like to recognise our part.
If you get a poor grade in school, it’s because the teacher didn’t instruct well enough.
If your marriage is failing, it’s your spouse’s fault, or their job, or the kids.
If you get knocked over really badly in the surf, many will hang up their wetsuits before having the resolve to get back on the board.
We are simply used to giving up at what we are not gifted at rather than being purposeful, determined, and unwavering.
Yet, as Christians Jesus calls us to be resolute in following him towards eternal life just as he “resolutely set out for Jerusalem” in Luke 9:51.
Jesus’ setting out for Jerusalem was not just him going on a trip, but it was him being purposeful, determined, and unwavering in going towards suffering, humiliation, and hardship for the sake of saving us.
Michael Raiter, one of the speakers this week, told us that we all need to go through Jerusalem on our journey following Jesus to heaven.
We are welcoming suffering, and hardship, but for the sake of the gospel.
Though the journey will not be easy, we must be RESOLUTE just as Jesus was.
And along the way, hopefully we will find the strength to do our best in education, our families, surfing, and in all things for the glory of the kingdom.
This weekend we take a break from our series on Romans, and Simon Chaplin will be speaking on the topic ‘The glory of God’ from Psalm 19.
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.
At our Saturday 5pm service will also 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’ is taking a break for the holidays. 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.