- Who we are
- What we do
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.