It is tragic that one of the most beautiful concepts within the Bible is so easily distorted and used to harm others.
This concept is the equal and complementary roles within marriage that help us understand the glorious service of Jesus for the church, and his self-sacrificial love for Christians.
Yet sadly, we live in a world where sin and selfishness lead us to disobey God and to harm others for our own benefit.
This is why domestic abuse is a reality amongst people in our society, including Christians in the church.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, including women, children and men, no matter where you live, your culture or religion, or your level of education.
But as we consider this, we must remember that domestic abuse is not just about getting angry or being in a bad relationship.
Instead, domestic abuse is a “pattern of behaviour, based on exerting power and control over another, causing fear and intimidation” (www.knowdomesticabuse.church).
The Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney has recently produced an excellent website, with printed support material, to help promote and support safer environments “that recognise equality between all people, including husbands and wives and promote a culture of healthy relationships of mutual responsibility and respect in marriages, families and congregations”.
Please visit the www.knowdomesticabuse.church website to read more about how to respond to domestic abuse in your home or in the lives of others you know.
And as this website reminds us, we must remember that the Bible “rejects all abuse, whether physical, verbal, or otherwise expressed from one person towards another and always condemns the misuse of power to control or exploit others. Therefore domestic abuse is evil.”
Are you or someone you know living with domestic abuse? Talk to someone at church you trust, or visit the www.knowdomesticabuse.church website.
This week we continue our series on ‘Glorious Judgement‘, and will see how God’s judgement is full of grace and mercy at Easter time as Jodie speaks to us from God’s word.
Each week in our services we have a question and answer segment based on your questions from the week before. Here are the ones for this week:
1 Since Jesus is part of the Trinity, why does he say in Mark 10:18 that only God is truly good?
2 Which ‘pharaoh’ is referred to in the Exodus story?
3 How did the staffs turn into serpents if God wasn’t working through them?
4 Were the ‘magic tricks’ by the Egyptians a work of the Devil?
5 Would the water that turned to blood also taste like blood?
6 Should Christians continue to celebrate the Passover or is it now obsolete?
7 Is there a difference between predestination and predeterminism?
8 How can predestination and free will both be true?
9 How can we become more brave as a Christian?
Come along to our family service on Saturdays at 5pm! We have a creche and a kids’ program, followed by dinner for everyone and a youth group for Years 6-12. Or why not try out our Sunday morning service at 9am for a more classic Anglican feel, followed by morning tea and hot espresso!
Grace and peace,