Relentless Reminders

Have you ever come to church only to hear something you already knew? Do you often sit down at bible study or church and think to yourself “yep, I already know all this stuff”.

Are we doing something wrong? Should we spend less time reminding people of things they already know?

Well the Apostle Peter doesn’t have a problem saying the same things over and over, 2 Peter 1:12 Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught.

What are ‘these things’ that Peter reminds them of? Maybe they are complicated issues of the faith that believers sometimes forget about?

He reminds believers that they should respond to God’s promises with godly living. 

More specifically, he gives them a list of qualities they should pursue; moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, patient endurance, godliness, brotherly affection and love (1:5-7)

These Christians are standing firm in the truth, so why does Peter need to remind them so often?

Did they completely forget to live godly lives just as we will forget a password, birthday or anniversary?

I don’t think so. Peter knows they didn’t intellectually forget but that they may practically forget.

Peter doesn’t just want believers to intellectually accept the truth, he wants them to live it out!

You are going to be reminded of things you already ‘know’ because the things in our heads don’t always carry across to our hands.

Which of those qualities do you know you should live out… but don’t?

Take heart friends, for “by his divine power God has given us everything we need for living a godly life” (1:3). 

We can change because God lives in us!

Take every reminder from God as a blessing and keep pushing into godliness so “God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (v. 11).

JACOB MIERENDORFF

Coming up this weekend 23-24th April 2022

This weekend we are going to be hearing from God’s word as Jodie McNeill preaches to us from Psalm 46.

After our 5pm Saturday service we’ll be having dinner, and after our 9am Sunday service we’ll be enjoying brunch together.

Jamberoo Youth is also heading off to KYCK this weekend, please pray that God will use this weekend to grow their love and knowledge of him.

We’d love you to join us in-person if you’re able, or watch our livestream at watch.jamberooanglican.com.

If you’d like to submit your own question to be answered in church next weekend, then simply hit ‘reply’ to this email.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

Church news for the week beginning 16th April 2022

OUR SERMON

This Easter Sunday we will all be together for a combined service as as Jodie McNeill preaches to us from Matthew Chapter 28.

ALIVE DAY

On Easter Sunday we’re gathering at 9am for a free, hot breakfast, followed at 10am for a special, combined service (instead of an Easter Saturday service.) Weather-permitting, we’re planning to eat and meet outside on our lawn like we did on Christmas Eve for carols, and this will be followed by some special, open-air baptisms! A terrific weekend to invite someone along to church. P.S. make sure you bring a picnic blanket or camping chair in case the ground is still wet!

KYCK 2022

Our Youth are heading off to KYCK from the 22nd-24th of April! Please be praying for the youth and leaders as they spend a weekend away together being shaped by God’s word.

CONFIRMATION SERVICE

Our Confirmation Service has been rescheduled to Tuesday 17th May. If you would like to be confirmed please let us know.

MORNING PRAYER

Join us at 7am every day (except Sunday) at zoom.jamberooanglican.com as we gather to read the Bible, pray, and encourage each other as the new day dawns.

APRIL BOOK OF THE MONTH

‘The Storm Tossed Family’ by Russell Moore. Whether you are married or single, whether you long for a child or shepherding a full house, you are part of a family. Family can be the source of some of the most transcendent human joy, and family can leave us crumpled up on the side of the road. This is not just another book about some practical steps to having a perfect family. Instead, it is a book that is painfully real about the struggles that we all have with our families while living in a broken world. Moore argues that we often actually damage our families by attempting to make them central in our lives when the gospel should be central instead. Moore’s book is challenging and helpful, whether you are a parent, a child, a spouse, or a single person. If you would like to order a physical copy or read via Kindle, you can do that here.

GIVING UPDATE

Each week we need to receive $4800.00 in order to meet our commitments. Last month, our average weekly giving was $4252.00, leaving a gap of $548.00. Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $124,800. Compared to that total we received $110,775, leaving a gap of $14,025.

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 NEW details. Account name: Jamberoo Anglican Church. Account number: 356831. BSB: 032605.

To give to our tax-deductible MTS Scholars Fund to support our apprentice youth minister, head to mts.com.au/give/jamberoo-anglican-church/


Messiah Masterclass 27 – ‘Good Friday?’ – Matthew 27 – Jodie McNeill – 15 April 2022

Formal religion

How could Good Friday possibly be ____?

The Jews handed Jesus over to the ________

Judas knew that Jesus was ________

Everything was happening according to ____

Jesus calmly ___________ to his sentence

So many people knew that Jesus was ________

Pilate wants to wash his hands of his _____

The humiliation is _______

The crowd yells _____

In their taunts, they speak the _____

The end-time events are being ________

From this ______, things would never be the same

The death of Jesus replaced the ______

They declare Jesus to be the __________

Jesus was buried with _______

The tomb is ______

Good Friday is ____

Is today your best Good Friday ever?

Facing the Future

How confident are you about the future?

There are so many unknowns right now, aren’t there?

At a time of escalating war in Europe, and an ongoing global pandemic, it’s harder and harder to make plans about anything.

Sometimes it’s hard to be confident in the future when there’s so much uncertainty, but there’s actually something in which we can have total confidence.

We can have total confidence in our eternal future, if we personally follow Jesus.

The Bible tells us that if we personally follow Jesus, then we can be totally confident about Judgement Day.

In Romans 8 we read that, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” (verse 31 and 32)

We can have certainty for eternity because God gave up his Son Jesus for us.

But what’s more, we are spiritually bulletproof if we follow Jesus, verse 33:

33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honour at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

That means that on Judgement Day there will be no condemnation for those who personally follow Jesus.

Furthermore, because Jesus rose from the dead, it means that we’ve got more than enough evidence for our confidence.

We can have “right standing” with God, because Jesus took our place.

If you personally follow Jesus as your loving ruler, then he will take care of you on Judgement Day, and you will have nothing to fear.

That’s a future we can have confidence in!

JODIE McNEILL

(photo credit: Dr. Matthias Ripp via Flickr.com)

Special arrangements for this Easter weekend – 15 to 17th April 2022

This weekend is Easter and things will be a little different to normal.

This Friday at 9am, please join us in the church for a special, combined Good Friday service, as Jodie preaches to us from Matthew 27 on ‘Good Friday’.

This will be followed by hot cross buns over morning tea, together.

On Saturday night we will not be meeting at all for church… however…

On Sunday morning at 9am we will be gathering together for a free BBQ breakfast on the lawn, with delicious, freshly-cooked egg and bacon rolls.

Then church will begin at 10am out on the lawn (or in the church if the weather is bad) where we’ll have a joyful gathering as Jodie preaches from Matthew 28 on the topic, ‘Alive Day!’.

This special Easter Day service will then include the special baptism of seven of our church members, as they declare their trust in Jesus as Jodie conducts an open-air baptism in our portable pool.

This special event is for you, and for any of your friends or family members… or really anyone in our village, valley and region!

We’re going to have a break from questions this week, but we look forward to answering them in the coming weeks.

Please pray that from this weekend, many people in our village, valley and region would know how to follow Jesus and why it matters!

PS – we will not be meeting on Saturday night… so come on Sunday instead!

PPS – we’re planning to livestream both services, so if you can’t make it in person, then you can still join us online.

Messiah Masterclass 26 – ‘The Ultimate Betrayal’ – Matthew 26 – Jodie McNeill – 9 & 10 April 2022

Friendly fire

The attack on Jesus will be ________ fire

The religious leaders want to _______ Jesus

The perfume pouring was a really ____ thing

Judas did it for _____

The ________ remembers the rescue from Egypt

Jesus ________ the Passover for his disciples

The betrayal was _______ by God

Jesus radically _________ the Passover

Jesus said that all twelve disciples would ______ him

Jesus was _______ with grief to the point of death

The Father’s ____ was more important than the Son’s desire

Jesus asks his disciples to keep _____ and pray

Nobody else is able to do what _____ had to do

The betrayal is more ________ than expected

It was all happening according to ____

The religious rulers tried to falsely ______ Jesus

From now on the Son of Man takes his place of _____

Peter ______ Jesus three times, then weeps bitterly

The ______ of the Messiah was our greatest day

Church news for the week beginning 9th April 2022

OUR SERMON

This weekend we will be hearing from God’s word as Jodie McNeill preaches to us from Matthew Chapter 26 on ‘The Ultimate Betrayal’.

GOOD FRIDAY AND ALIVE DAY

On Easter Sunday we’re gathering at 9am for a free, hot breakfast, followed at 10am for a special, combined service (instead of an Easter Saturday service.) Weather-permitting, we’re planning to eat and meet outside on our lawn like we did on Christmas Eve for carols, and this will be followed by some special, open-air baptisms!. A terrific weekend to invite someone along to church. We will also be meeting for Good Friday at the normal time of 9am, which will be followed by Hot Cross Buns!

BAPTISMS

Are you interested in being Baptised? If so, please let us know as we are having baptisms on Alive Day!

CONFIRMATION SERVICE

Our Confirmation Service has been rescheduled to Tuesday 17th May. If you would like to be confirmed please let us know.

MORNING PRAYER

Join us at 7am every day (except Sunday) at zoom.jamberooanglican.com as we gather to read the Bible, pray, and encourage each other as the new day dawns.

APRIL BOOK OF THE MONTH

‘The Storm Tossed Family’ by Russell Moore. Whether you are married or single, whether you long for a child or shepherding a full house, you are part of a family. Family can be the source of some of the most transcendent human joy, and family can leave us crumpled up on the side of the road. This is not just another book about some practical steps to having a perfect family. Instead, it is a book that is painfully real about the struggles that we all have with our families while living in a broken world. Moore argues that we often actually damage our families by attempting to make them central in our lives when the gospel should be central instead. Moore’s book is challenging and helpful, whether you are a parent, a child, a spouse, or a single person. If you would like to order a physical copy or read via Kindle, you can do that here.

GIVING UPDATE

Each week we need to receive $4800.00 in order to meet our commitments. Last month, our average weekly giving was $4252.00, leaving a gap of $548.00. Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $124,800. Compared to that total we received $110,775, leaving a gap of $14,025.

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 NEW details. Account name: Jamberoo Anglican Church. Account number: 356831. BSB: 032605.

To give to our tax-deductible MTS Scholars Fund to support our apprentice youth minister, head to mts.com.au/give/jamberoo-anglican-church/


Spiritual Confidence

Often when I’m having a chat with someone and it seems right to talk to them about the good news of Jesus, I’ll ask them this question: “If you were to die today and stand before God and He were to say to you, ‘why should I let you into My Heaven?’ What would you say?”

It’s a question that the ‘Evangelism Explosion’ organisation wrote to help people get talking about God… and to help ‘diagnose’ where people find their confidence in eternal things.

Just recently I asked someone this question, and I heard again the normal answer: “Well, I’d tell him that I’ve been a pretty good person and that I haven’t done anything really bad…”

This answer naturally leads me to say, “well, you know, that answer doesn’t actually work for anyone, because with God, even one rebellious act against him is enough to make us deserve Hell.”

And from there, I tell them that there’s only ever been one person in history who lived a life that pleased our Father in Heaven, and that’s Jesus.

And because Jesus lived a perfect life, he is the only person who could offer to swap his perfect performance for our imperfect performance… and that’s exactly what happened when he died on the cross for us.

So, if we follow Jesus, having asked for his forgiveness, then he will bring us that certainty for eternity because of his great kindness to us.

Then, I’ll often talk about the story of the salvation of the thief on the cross… which is such a great moment in history that shows the power of grace, not works.

This then leads to a stark reality: since this is true, we can have complete confidence in our eternal life with Jesus in Heaven.

That’s spiritual confidence… because all our confidence is on the performance of Jesus, not us… and his grace to us is not because of anything we’ve done.

JODIE McNEILL

(Photo credit: Chris & Karen Highland via flickr.com)

Coming up this weekend 9-10th April 2022

This weekend we are going to be hearing from God’s word as Jodie McNeill preaches to us from Matthew Chapter 26 on ‘The Ultimate Betrayal’.

After our 5pm Saturday service we’ll be having dinner, and after our 9am Sunday service we’ll be enjoying brunch together.

We’d love you to join us in-person if you’re able, or watch our livestream at watch.jamberooanglican.com.

These are the questions that Jodie plans to answer this weekend during church:

1 Should we understand the long ages of humans in the Bible literally?
2 How many English translations are there of the Bible?
3 How would people far from Jerusalem have understood the darkness that came when Jesus died?
4 If Jesus says we should “ask, seek, knock”, then why did the bridegroom not open the door?
5 In Matthew 25, why does Jesus only commend those who care for his followers?
6 When Jesus promotes practical care for his followers, does he teach salvation by works?
7 Does the guidance of the Holy Spirit sound like an inner voice?
8 Should we expect to receive instructions directly from the Holy Spirit, like the apostles did in Acts?
9 Is it possible for some Christians to ignore the Holy Spirit?
10 Is it OK to be pleased that an evil person has died?

If you’d like to submit your own question to be answered in church next weekend, then simply hit ‘reply’ to this email.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you this weekend!