- Who we are
- What we do
God has made us with individual tastes and preferences.
We have different styles and colours of clothing and hair.
We enjoy different music, movies and sports.
Often the things we like are the same as others who are the same age or stage as us.
That’s why some churches choose to make each of their services different in style.
Some are more traditional, and others are more contemporary.
But that often means that the oldies and the youngies often don’t sit together at church on Sundays.
At Oak Flats Anglican we want all ages together at all our Sunday services.
So from this week, we’re going to experiment with making both our services identical.
We also plan to launch a 9am kids’ program in the coming weeks that is the same as our 5pm one.
This means that church may not perfectly match our personal preferences.
But it will mean that we’ll have all ages together at every Sunday service.
And we think that’s something that’s pretty special.
Students in my High School Scripture class often ask me whether or not Jesus really existed.
They want proof that Jesus from Nazareth was a real figure of history and not just a figure of our imaginations.
The truth is that nearly every proper historian agrees that Jesus was a real person who is a part of world history.
What’s more, the actual words of the New Testament stand up to the tests of history, too.
Which means that we’ve all got to take the words of Jesus seriously and listen to what he says.
And as the author C. S. Lewis famously noted, we will then be forced to choose whether Jesus was a lunatic, a liar or Lord.
This Sunday, we’ll be hearing how Jesus said he was Lord… and why he’s not a liar or a lunatic.
Jesus is Lord… and it’s great news for us who believe it and trust in him.
Do you ever wonder why we are here?
Do you question if there’s a God?
Do you want to know what life’s all about?
Christianity Explored is a six-week course that gives you time and space to think about these big questions of life.
It explores the life of Jesus, who is at the heart of the Christian Faith.
You don’t need to know anything about the Bible.
You won’t be asked to read aloud, or pray, or to sing.
You can ask any questions you want.
The course is free of charge, and even includes a tasty meal.
We meet in our church building at 35 Fisher Street, Oak Flats at 7pm on six Monday nights on 12th, 19th, and 26th of May, and the 2nd, 16th, and 23rd of June 2014.
To help us make sure there’s enough food, just let our Assistant Minister Adam Hotson know that you’re coming by emailing him or phoning him 0432 776 472.
Lots of people have ideas about who Jesus is.
But in May and June we’re going to hear directly from Jesus.
In the fourth biography of Jesus’ life in the Bible called ‘John’, Jesus tells us about himself using the words “I am.”
He talks about himself by comparing himself to things like a gate, a light, and even bread.
But as we go deeper into his words, we see things about him that might even surprise us.
So, we’re going to study what Jesus said about himself in those eight sections of the Bible.
Whether you’re just checking out Jesus or if you’ve been following him for decades, you’ll be sure to grow as you hear these talks.
Here’s the list of talk topics, the dates, and the bits of the Bible that they come from.
|4th May 2014||Jesus is the bread of life||John chapter 6 verses 35 to 59|
|11th May 2014||Jesus is the light of the world||John chapter 8 verses 12 to 20|
|18th May 2014||Jesus is the Lord||John chapter 8 verses 31 to 59|
|25th May 2014||Jesus is the gate||John chapter 10 verses 1 to 10|
|1st June 2014||Jesus is the good shepherd||John chapter 10 verses 11 to 21|
|8th June 2014||Jesus is the resurrection and the life||John chapter 11 verses 17 to 44|
|15th June 2014||Jesus is the way, the truth and the life||John chapter 14 verses 1 to 14|
|22nd June 2014||Jesus is the true vine||John chapter 15 verses 1 to 17|
Our church times are 9am and 5pm on Sundays at 35 Fisher Street, Oak Flats.
Come along… you won’t be disappointed!
When we’re not fighting to survive, we usually spend our time trying to get satisfied.
People try and get satisfied by making money, or seeking sex, or running after the ultimate ‘good time’.
Yet even with all the money, sex, and pleasure, we won’t be truly satisfied unless we fill ourselves with Jesus.
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life: whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John chapter six verse 35).
This means that he is able to fill us up in a way that no one and nothing else can.
Seeking satisfaction in other places will only end up failing.
If you want true satisfaction then come to Jesus and believe in him.
Jesus will fill you up with all the satisfaction you could ever want.