The Sin of Vegas

When I once visited Las Vegas, I was stunned to hear the slogan,‘If Las Vegas is Sin City, then MGM Grand is the Capitol Building.’

This hotel we were visiting for for a family meal took pride in the sin of sexual immorality, drugs, alcohol, and of course, gambling.

Yet, this week, Las Vegas experienced the effects of another form of sin that showed itself in the largest mass gun killing in US history.

This was a sin in which the people of Las Vegas did not boast.

Rather, the horrific actions that saw 58 deaths and hundreds of injuries has led people to ask the question, “why?”

But no matter how many clues we get into the depraved mind of shooter Stephen Paddock, his actions will not make sense to us unless we understand the reality of sin and human nature.

The Bible tells us that our world is marred by sin.

We live in a ‘fallen’ world, which will always experience pain, suffering, and death.

This means that the sin of Vegas is tragic, yet expected, as we await the final return of Jesus when he will bring an end to the effects of sin.

In the meantime, this shocking display of sin should naturally lead us to stop and reflect upon the reality beyond our normal, everyday life.

Any one of us could have been in the crowd at the Vegas concert, and any one of us could have had our lives ended without any warning.

As we see this extreme display of the effects of sin, we must all make sure that we are ready to face the coming judgement that faces every human, and the one and only solution to that sin and judgement is through the death of Christ Jesus.

For, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans chapter 8 verse 8)

Jodie

Coming up this weekend 7th – 8th October 2017

We’d love you to join us this weekend at church. The topic of our Bible talk is ‘God’s Amazing Plan’, and Jodie’s preaching from Acts chapter 2, verses 22 to 41.

This Saturday 7th October we are bringing our two services together for a celebration night at 5pm. We will be officially welcoming Rayne Orange to our church as our Youth Minister, and will be enjoying special Canadian-themed dinner and entertainment. We’ll also be having some special speeches of farewell and thanksgiving to some members.

This combined church service will replace our 8am service on the 8th October which will not be held this weekend.

Church news for the week beginning 30th September 2017

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend Mark Howard is speaking on the topic “Setting your mind on the Spirit”  from Romans chapter 8 verses 1 to 17, and Romans chapter 12 verses 1 to 3.

Next week’s Bible Talk

Next week, Jodie will be speaking on the topic “Joseph’s Egyptian Adventure” from Genesis chapter 37 verses 1 to 36.

Mission of the month

Triple Care Farm is our mission of the month. Support this ministry through the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall.

Dinner at the Bowlo

Join us this Thursday at 6pm at the Jamberoo Bowling Club for a relaxed meal together at the ‘Wok and Grill’ restaurant, for great steaks, tasty Chinese, and lots of laughs.

Combined Celebration Service

A reminder that on Saturday 7th October we are bringing our two services together for a celebration night at 5pm and enjoying special Canadian-themed dinner and entertainment.

This combined church service will replace our 8am service on the 8th October which will not be held this weekend. Keep the date free, and bring along your friends and family for this great night of celebration!

KBECET Annual Dinner is coming up

Saturday 14th October at Kiama Anglican Church (Yes, you can make it after our service!) 6.30pm for a 7pm start.Come and enjoy a great meal and hear the latest of Nigel’s ministry at Kiama High. See the order form in the Hall to purchase or order tickets @ $25 each. Contact Vic East on 4236 0525 or see Trevor Lucas.

 

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $6300.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $5614.00, leaving a gap of $686.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $27,300. Compared to that total we received $24,327, leaving a gap of $2,973.

Olimometer 2.52

Electronic giving is a great way to give! It helps us prayerfully plan our giving, and then the bank will help us keep that commitment, even when we may be unable to attend. To give by direct transfer then these are the details. Account name: Church of England Jamberoo. Account number: 10081274. BSB: 062562 .

What are you praying for?

praying

(CREDIT: t-bet via Flickr)

Our church has recently started testing a new, online prayer diary called ‘PrayerMate.’

It enables people to subscribe to prayer points from many, terrific organisations and missionaries.

It also helps us connect with the regular prayer points of our own church.

One benefits is that it gives me a list of people from within our church that I can specifically pray for each week.

But what should I actually pray for each person?

Well, according to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, I could start by thanking God for each person, and particularly, for their faith and their love, as he writes:

“…ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:15-16)

It’s great to start our prayers by thanking God for how he is working in each person, leading them to grow in their trust in him, and in the outworking of that through the love they have for other Christians.

But after that, Paul prays that they would know God better:

“I keep asking that the God  of our Lord Jesus Christ, the  glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better” (Ephesians 1:17)

The reason we pray that people would know God better is so that they can enjoy the riches of their relationship with him.

It’s a bit like getting to “know” a friend or a spouse: it’s not so we can pass a knowledge test about them, but it’s so we can grow deeper in our friendship.

So, let’s keep thanking God for each other’s faith and love, and keep asking him to help us know God better.

Jodie.

Coming up this weekend 30th September – 1st October 2017

This weekend we welcome our own Mark Howard who will speak to us on the topic of “Setting your mind on the Spirit” from Romans chapter 8 verses 1 to 17, and Romans chapter 12 verses 1 to 3.

At our 5pm Saturday service we will have an opportunity to meet one of our church members, which is always a great encouragement to us all.

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, 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.

Church news for the week beginning 23rd September 2017

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend Graham Errington is speaking on the topic “Which is better?” from Luke chapter 10 verses 38 to 42.

Next week’s Bible Talk

Next week, Mark Howard will be speaking on the topic “The Spiritual Mind” from Romans chapter 1 verses 16 to 32.

Mission of the month

Triple Care Farm is our mission of the month. Support this ministry through the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall.

Combined Celebration Service

A reminder that on Saturday 7th October we are bringing our two services together for a celebration night at 5pm and enjoying special Canadian-themed dinner and entertainment.

This combined church service will replace our 8am service on the 8th October which will not be held this weekend. Keep the date free, and bring along your friends and family for this great night of celebration!

KBECET Annual Dinner is coming up

Saturday 14th October at Kiama Anglican Church (Yes, you can make it after our service!) 6.30pm for a 7pm start.Come and enjoy a great meal and hear the latest of Nigel’s ministry at Kiama High. See the order form in the Hall to purchase or order tickets @ $25 each. Contact Vic East on 4236 0525 or see Trevor Lucas.

 

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $6300.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $5614.00, leaving a gap of $686.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $27,300. Compared to that total we received $24,327, leaving a gap of $2,973.

Olimometer 2.52

Electronic giving is a great way to give! It helps us prayerfully plan our giving, and then the bank will help us keep that commitment, even when we may be unable to attend. To give by direct transfer then these are the details. Account name: Church of England Jamberoo. Account number: 10081274. BSB: 062562 .

When it’s safer to defend a lion

lion

(CREDIT: Mathias Appel via Flickr)

Recently I read someone attack a Christian about the Bible, saying, “that’s fine if you want to believe a bunch of goat herders living in tents from 4000 years ago!”

As Christians, our trust in the Bible as the divinely-inspired word of God is increasingly seen as antiquated at best, and dangerously misguided at worst.

As people say, “what could such an ancient text say to us today?”

The question for us is this: how do we defend our belief that it’s God’s word to us today in our modern society, when it was written in a such different time and place?

There is no doubt that our society has changed, but its worth remembering some things haven’t.

Firstly, God hasn’t changed.

God is eternal, and whatever our society thinks of him or his Word, cannot change him.

One of the fundamental characteristics of God is that he is a God who speaks: from speaking creation into being, to revealing who he by sending his Son, the WORD.

God is a God who speaks, and the Bible is where God’s living words are recorded for us.

Secondly, human nature hasn’t changed.

For all our sophistication it’s hard to see how our society has overcome some of its fundamental problems.

The Bible offers an explanation for that: while God is a God who speaks, we are people who do not listen to him.

The Bible is able to penetrate beyond modern appearances to diagnose our real current problems, and prescribe a lasting solution.

We shouldn’t be surprised at the world’s rejection of his word.

But where do we go to convince our friends that it is true, or even ourselves when we are feeling a little shaky about this? We go to the source, the Bible.

Since it really is God’s word to us today, he has the power to speak to us, overcome our doubts and convince us of the truth of his Son.

As the great preacher Charles Spurgeon once said, “Defend the Bible? I would as soon defend a lion!”

Simon Chaplin.

Coming up this weekend 23rd – 24th September 2017

This weekend Graham Errington will be speaking on the topic “Which is better?” from Luke chapter 10 verses 38 to 42.

During our 5pm Saturday service, we’ll have our weekly question and answer time, and Graham will be answering these questions:

  1. Who wrote 2 Samuel, and who is the narrator in last week’s chapter?
  2. Why do we say that David would fulfil God’s promises when God always planned to fulfil things through Jesus?
  3. Why do people in the Uniting Church handle the Bible wrongly?
  4. Why do we choose to ignore the Bible’s teaching about food laws and rituals, yet choose to obey the teaching about homosexuality?
  5. Was the minister in Victoria right to not marry a heterosexual couple because they supported same-sex marriage?
  6. What are the differences between Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses?
  7. Will Jesus only come back when everyone has heard of him?
  8. What will you say to Jesus when you see him face to face?
  9. How could Jesus not know when he would return when he was on earth, since he is in a complete relationship with his heavenly Father?
  10. Why is the word LORD always in capitals in the Bible?

We will also share the Lord’s Supper at 5pm Saturday, so come along and be reminded again of the great service of Jesus Christ, who died for our sins.

Our 8am Sunday service will be a Holy Communion Second Order 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, or come along on Sunday at 8am for a Prayer Book service.

Church news for the week beginning 16th September 2017

2 Samuel series continues

This weekend we continue our series looking at 2 Samuel as Simon Chaplin preaches from chapter 11 verses 1 to 27 with the title, “The sin of the King”.

Next week’s Bible Talk

Next week, Graham Errington will be speaking on the topic “Which is better?” from Luke chapter 10 verses 38 to 42.

Mission of the month

Triple Care Farm is our mission of the month. Support this ministry through the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall.

Our Quarterly Inter-Church Service is on again!

Join with other Jamberoo Christians at 7.00 pm on Sunday 17th for a time of prayer, singing, fellowship and reflection on the theme of Renewal, at Jamberoo Uniting Church, Wyalla Road.

Combined Celebration Service

A reminder that on Saturday 7th October we are bringing our two services together for a celebration night at 5pm and enjoying special Canadian-themed dinner and entertainment.

This combined church service will replace our 8am service on the 8th October which will not be held this weekend. Keep the date free, and bring along your friends and family for this great night of celebration!

New Midweek Service

On Thursday 2nd November at 11am we will trial a new ‘Midweek Service’ which will be followed by a light lunch. We are praying that this service will provide a format that will serve our members who often find the 8am time difficult, and that it will be an ideal service to which we might invite our friends. Keep the date free!

New Rosters

New rosters are out now. If you need a paper version, grab one from the information table, or otherwise log onto www.jamberooanglican.net to see what dates and roles you are scheduled for.

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $6300.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $5614.00, leaving a gap of $686.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $27,300. Compared to that total we received $24,327, leaving a gap of $2,973.

Olimometer 2.52

Electronic giving is a great way to give! It helps us prayerfully plan our giving, and then the bank will help us keep that commitment, even when we may be unable to attend. To give by direct transfer then these are the details. Account name: Church of England Jamberoo. Account number: 10081274. BSB: 062562 .

Your true face on Facebook

Young kids love to dress up and pretend to be somebody else.

Whether it’s Elsa or Buzz Lightyear, they love to play another character.

Adults also enjoy pretending to be someone else, often at a costume party or a masquerade ball.

Sometimes we pretend to be someone else on social media.

Even though Facebook requires the use of real names, people don’t always act in a way that matches their real-life persona.

Sometimes this can be a form of social ‘makeup’, where we try to appear our very best when we’re sharing our photos or making comments.

At other times we keep silent about our beliefs and opinions, especially when discussion rages about controversial matters like same-sex marriage.

We can also appear different to the real world when our comments, likes, and shares clash with the person we claim to be at church or in our daily communities.

There’s a constant temptation to have a different ‘face’ when we’re on Facebook.

In his first letter, the Apostle Peter warns Christians to “rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.” (1 Peter 2:1.)

This means that when we’re online we need to avoid hypocrisy by making sure we don’t have a different ‘face’ to our real-life persona.

The person we are when we’re engaging with Facebook needs to be the same person we are when we’re chatting in the real world with friends, family and colleagues.

And the motivation is simple and powerful: we “have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” (1 Peter 1:23)

God’s word has given us a radical new life, and we are called to live this life online as well as offline, to God’s glory.

Jodie McNeill

This is an excerpt of Jodie’s upcoming seminar at this year’s MTS Mission Minded Conference called, “Can I be a Christian and on social media at the same time?”