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One of the biggest misconceptions of the Christian church is that it’s only for ‘saints’… for people who are perfect, happy, normal… and generally nice in every way.
But nothing could be further from the truth.
The church is full of people who struggle with sin… whether they’ve already taken the step to follow in Jesus, or whether they’re still thinking about taking up that challenge.
In the Bible passage coming up this Sunday, from Mark chapter 2 verses 1 to 17, we see how Jesus came for sinners… and this is the best news anyone will ever hear.
Here’s what we read from Mark chapter 2 verses 16 and 17:
When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Good news, hey? Why don’t you come and join us this Sunday at 9am or 5pm to hear Jodie McNeill, our Senior Minister, talk about this great news for everyone.
At our church we are truly blessed to have so many people willing to serve in so many ways.
Our volunteer ‘army’ keeps the wheels turning, from cleaning and mowing through to service leading and cooking. Many hands certainly make light work… or at least lighter than it would otherwise be.
Our new roster is scheduled to come out this week, and as we see the many names attached to the many roles, we see a picture of the body of Christ in action… the many parts of the body all working together as one.
As always, check out our online church management system at thehub.oakflatsanglican.com for the latest and greatest version of our rosters, as well as the runsheet for the upcoming Sunday.
Thanks be to God for your willingness to serve, and the way in which we all work together to keep the necessary cogs turning, as we seek to see this place grow, to God’s glory!
There’s only one thing worse that having no authority: it’s having authority that doesn’t actually work.
This week we’ve seen the most powerful man on the planet fail to succeed in having authority over the people and the situations around him.
President Obama hasn’t yet been able to catch the Boston bombers, he wasn’t able to prevent the Texas explosion, and he has failed to lead his country to gun reform. What’s more, he is powerless to bring back to the life those tragically killed by bombs and guns, and will be unable to heal the people with horrific amputations.
In contrast, Jesus Christ, who wasn’t recognised as a president or king, could change life and history by simply speaking words.
As we look at Mark 1:16-45 this week, we’ll meet ‘The king with authority’, Jesus who rules everything and everyone.
We’d love you to join us this week!
One of my strongest childhood memories is going to bed on Christmas Eve, knowing that when I next open my eyes it will be Christmas Day! The feeling of waking up, with the stocking at the end of the day full with toys, is one that is hard to beat.
And now, as my children experience the same anticipation and excitement, I can’t but help sharing the joy of getting what we’ve been waiting for.
For God’s people, the wait for the man who would be their true king, their true saviour, their true redeemer, their true representative, was one that spanned many centuries.
And so you can just start to understand the excitement and joy that would have been felt by the people who heard John the Baptist’s message that the great leader of God’s people was coming… and coming soon.
Today, in our first talk of the sermon series on Mark’s Gospel, ‘Meet the King’, we see just why it was worth waiting for the arrival of Jesus, and why we, today, can share the excitement in meeting the true king of the universe… who loves us and died for us.
We’d love you to join us, especially as we start this new, 23-week series throughout the great Gospel book of Mark.
Over the months of April through to October we’re looking at the life of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Mark.
The series is called, ‘Meet the King’, because in the sixteen, action-packed chapters of Mark’s Gospel we get to meet the true king of the universe, Jesus Christ, and see just what makes him so special.
Here is the plan for the 23 week series. We’d love you to join us to experience the real Jesus as we drill down into the great words recorded in Mark’s Gospel. Read more