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It’s been a few days since the Real Hope Week hit Oak Flats Anglican, and we’re thrilled with what happened in this action-packed week of reach out to the local community.
One of the team members from Moore College put together this video to give a taste of what happened. It’s from the perspective of the theological students and their role as visiting ministers to our church… but you can get an idea of how much fun they had joining with us during the week.
Please keep praying that God gets all the glory as the impact of that week keeps making waves around our local area.
Crucifixion is something that is part of a bygone era. When people are executed these days, other forms of killing are chosen… whether it’s electric chair, lethal injection, or other means.
The problem with this is that we have almost romanticised the cross of Christ, and in doing so, we have dampened the true horror of this awful tool of pain and suffering.
But for Jesus, it was more than just pain and suffering: it was also humiliation and scorn.
In Galatians chapter 3 verse 13, we are reminded that ‘Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”’
This Easter, let’s not forget the cost of the cross for Christ, and how by being cursed he set us free from the curse of the law which leads to eternal death.
Easter is really important for followers of Jesus, because at Easter we remember two of the most amazing things that happened in Jesus’ life.
Firstly, on Good Friday, we remember that Jesus was executed in a shocking way so that he could willingly make a swap with anyone who chose to follow him.
He swapped his life for ours, and because of that, anyone who trusts in Jesus can become friends with God and forgiven for all we’ve done.
Secondly, on Easter Sunday, we remember that Jesus rose from the dead, coming to life to show that he had done what no one else could do… fixed the problem of death.
Because he rose from the dead, it showed his crucifixion worked, and that is really, really good news for everyone who trusts in Jesus as their king and their saviour.
This Friday at 9am we’re coming together for Good Friday. Jodie, our Senior Minister, is talking on the topic, ‘Call me Barabbas’, which is all about how the criminal called Barabbas was set free from the punishment he deserved because of the swap that happened with Jesus.
On Sunday at 9am and at 5pm we’re joining together for Easter Sunday. Jodie will be speaking about the ‘famous first words’ of Jesus, when he met people just after he rose from the dead.
We’d really love you to join us, especially if you’ve never set foot in a church before. Our church can be your church.
It’s a challenge that all of us have to come to terms with… do you have real hope?
Hope comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes: sometimes it’s hope in relationships… sometimes it’s hope in possessions… sometimes it’s hope in achievements.
But at the end of the day, our relationships, possessions and achievements will all come to an end when we breathe our last breath.
Only hope in the real Jesus will stand the test of time… and only hope in the real Jesus will last as we end our life.
Don’t leave our church on Sunday without securing your future, in this life and the next.
Don’t leave our church on Sunday without putting your hope in the real Jesus… a hope that is real in every way!
It’s only a few sleeps till our ‘Family Fun Night’, and already there’s a buzz around the Oak Flats community.
We’ve got lots of people taking the word to the streets, complete with our fancy green t-shirts, with the ‘Get Real’ on the back.
So, if you’re young, have young people in your family, or are young-at-heart, then make sure you turn up at church at 5pm this Sunday night the 24th of March, for what is shaping up to be a highlight of the Oak Flats Anglican calendar.
Dan Wu is going to speak from the Bible on the topic, ‘Finding Real Hope’, and if you’re a person who hasn’t yet worked out what it means to personally follow Jesus, then you won’t find a better way to understand the basics of Christianity and what Jesus is on about.
We’ll also be having some great music, a clown show, plus a bit of time to pray to God about the things that are on our mind.
The kids will go out during the church service for their own, special kids’ program, which will give them a great chance to hang with others their age to hear about how awesome it is to follow Jesus.
Then, after the church service, the family fun will continue with a whole lot of FREE stuff… free sausage sizzle, free jumping castle, free slushies, free face painting, and a free sticky wall (which is like a jumping castle covered in velcro which you throw yourself at whilst wearing special overalls… too much fun!)
So, come along at 5pm (and a bit earlier to make sure you get a seat!) and hang out with us at 35 Fisher Street for a great night!