This week marks the beginning of a new era in teaching Scripture at Oak Flats High School, as Adam Hotson, our assistant minister, joins me as together we teach the Bible to over a hundred students each week in years 7 and 8.
Last year I only taught each year 7 class once per fortnight, but this year I’m teaching those year 7 students every Friday, and Adam is teaching all the year 8 scripture students every week as well.
This is a significant jump in the face-to-face Bible teaching in our local high school, and we pray that it is a blessing to the students, the staff, and the whole school, as the gospel of grace wafts around the classrooms and playgrounds.
Please pray for Adam and me as we seek to teach well the truths of the gospel, and pray for the school staff who support us with such warmth and energy.
Pray also that through this ministry, many people would grow to a deeper understanding of the cross of Christ, so that they might repent and believe in the real Jesus, and find real hope in him.
The Anglican Church of Australia is a diverse organisation, showcasing a variety of different expressions of ‘doing church’.
Yet, amongst this diversity there has long been the expectation that there is a unity of belief, based on the historical documents of the Book of Common Prayer, the 39 Articles of Religion, and the constitution and canons of the Anglican Church of Australia.
This weekend, Sarah Macneil (no relation) is consecrated as bishop of Grafton.
Whilst it is a concern that this position is held by a woman, the greatest problem is that Dr Macneil has stated that she is supportive of ordaining homosexual ministers, as well as preaching that the central teaching of penal substitutionary atonement, (namely that Jesus took the Father’s punishment for us), is “mechanistic and grim.”
These views are seriously out of line with the official position of our national church, and threaten to bring further serious division within our denomination.
Please pray that Dr Macneil changes her views to conform with God’s word and that the senior leadership within the Anglican church will have great wisdom in dealing with this division.
Pray also that the name of Jesus is not brought into disrepute over this conflict, and that people will come to know and grow in Jesus despite these errors in teaching.
For more details about this issue, please read the statement by the Anglican Church League.