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This Sunday our morning church service starts again at the new time of 10am.
Adam is speaking to us on the topic ‘Real hope when submission leads to suffering’ from 1 Peter 3:8-17. It’s an important issue for us to consider, especially when we live in a world that is often hostile to Christianity.
We’re going to be joining together for the Lord’s Supper at both our services, and as always, we’d love to see new people join us to pop in and check us out.
If you can’t make it in person, then be sure to watch our live broadcast on www.oakflats.tv.
The controversy over the booing of AFL player Adam Goodes has reminded us of how easy it is for people to be hurt by words.
Whether Goodes is being booed because he plays for the Sydney Swans, or because of his on-field antics, or because he is Aboriginal, it is clear that he is hurt by the jeers.
Sadly, booing is part of many sports, although it is usually not meant for serious harm. It’s just like a lot of the ‘paying out’ that is so-often accepted as normal in Australian society.
Yet, it is very easy for seemingly-harmless ‘paying out’ to go too far.
Many of us have been in a group in which someone has been deeply offended by a practical joke or a friendly jibe. Before long, the whole community risks becoming emotionally unsafe because of these ‘put downs’.
When I served with the Youthworks Year 13 Gap Year program, we had a rule that it was not acceptable to engage in ‘put downs’ as a way of relating to each other.
The result was a community that showed a depth of genuine and practical love for each other, whilst still relating in a relaxed and fun-filled way.
May this be a model to our church as we seek to live Spirit-filled lives that demonstrate the difference it makes in knowing Jesus.
As we are reminded in God’s word, “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Corinthians 13:11)