Our world-wide Anglican fellowship is a pretty ‘broad’ church in many ways.
There are people from all continents, who gather together in lots of different ways, speaking different languages and bringing God’s word to many different tribes and nations in a way that is meaningful to the individual contexts.
Unfortunately, there are some ways in which our church is more broad than it should be… and that’s in the important area of what we believe about the death of Jesus.
Strictly speaking, all Anglican ministers believe that Jesus died ‘for us’, but sadly, not all believe that this means that he was a substitute for God’s just punishment towards everyone who has rejected God’s rule in their lives.
Yet, the message of the Bible clearly shows us that Jesus’ death was more than an example; he died as a genuine substitute for us: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Let us never forget the true power of the cross!
Christmas is full of dreams… but so often those dreams are not realised.
We dream for real presents, but we end up with undies and socks; we dream about rich relationships, but we end up with conflict and awkward moments; we dream about fulfilment, but we end up empty.
Our world is dreaming of a real Christmas, and we know that it’s only in knowing Jesus that a person can have a Christmas full of real hope in the real Jesus.
Our Christmas campaign this year is all about handing out 4,000 Christmas cards with a cute baby in a santa outfit and a caption that says “I’m dreaming of a real Christmas!”
Inside, we have details of our Community Carols Celebration and our Christmas Day Service, and an opportunity for a personalised message.
We’ve also printed colour posters that we pray will be displayed in shops, schools and community centres around our area.
Please join with me in praying that the cards get into the hands of lots of people who this year might consider finding the Christmas of their dreams in the Lord Jesus Christ.