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It is amazing to think that God chooses people like you and me to communicate his message about Jesus.
Yet as we teach others the word of God, we share Jesus through our lips and our lives.
I learnt a lot about word ministry when I did a two-year MTS apprenticeship before I studied at Moore College.
This hands-on apprenticeship gave me the chance to follow in the footsteps of my minister in serving on a church team.
I’m delighted to announce that we’re planning to launch this program for next year at Oak Flats Anglican.
The new ‘MTS Scholar’ program enables all gifts to be tax-deductible, and apprentices are normally able to get AUSTUDY.
I am now seeking financial support through fundraising tax-deductible gifts outside our parish.
MTS is handling all the tax-deductible gifts through their website and are managing all the finances.
For full details of our MTS program visit www.oakflatsanglican.com/mts.
Pray that our fundraising attempts outside our church will be fruitful for this important ministry.
Pray also that we will find one or two great candidates to join us to learn and serve in our church.
If you have any questions or suggestions about this program, then I’d love to chat with you.
Doctors and scientists are clever people, but they’ve never been able to solve the biggest problem of all: death.
We are born and then we die.
Other than the exceptions of Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:11), everyone who lived has died.
Death is the biggest problem that humans face.
Which means that finding the cure for death would be the greatest discovery of all time.
Enter Jesus. He had power over death.
He raised Lazarus from the dead by just calling his name.
And because God raised Jesus from the dead, he will also raise us from the dead if we trust in Jesus.
Here is the solution to death, right before our very eyes.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die” (John 11:25).
And this is the greatest breakthrough of all time.
Join us this Sunday at 9am and 5pm to hear Adam Hotson speak on the topic, ‘Jesus is the resurrection and the life’.
This week I received a printed flyer in my letterbox that said ‘WARNING: Prepare for a Tsunami to hit the East Coast of Australia.’
Whoever wrote this document said that they’d had several dreams in which they saw a giant wave hit the Illawarra.
So, they published a short document to warn people to turn to God before facing this ‘natural’ disaster upon our coast.
It is true that God uses tragedy to remind people about the judgement that all people will one day face.
When a tower fell on and killed some unsuspecting people, Jesus used that disaster to warn people to repent (Luke chapter 13 verse 3).
So, any time is a good time to remember that God will soon judge all people and that it’s only when we trust in Jesus that we will escape.
But when it comes to having dreams that predict the future, we can’t be sure that they are true revelations from God.
So much so that God warns us to “not believe every spirit… because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1John chapter 4 verse 1).
We can only know for certain that God is speaking when we read the words in the Bible.
Everything else might be a false word, even if it is a powerful dream.
We can’t know if God is or is not sending a Tsunami, and we can’t rely on our dreams to know for sure.
But regardless, we should all live as if Jesus is returning today… and make sure we’re friends with him when he comes back.
Are you friends with Jesus? Don’t let today pass by without turning to him and finding forgiveness.
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.