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Holiday series – ‘What Jesus Wants’
Today we continue our three-week series from John chapter 17, where we listen in on the remarkable prayer of Jesus to our heavenly father. This week Geoff is looking at the final section of Jesus’ prayer as we find out, ‘What Jesus wants for his church.’
Men’s Dinner 7th October
Our next Men’s dinner is on 7th October and our special guest speaker is Archbishop Harry Goodhew. Don’t miss out on this great night of teaching and encouragement!
Baptism and Confirmation
In preparation for the Confirmation service on the Thursday 23rd October, Sophie Covetz, Amanda Milliken and Chris Milliken are getting baptised on Sunday 19th October after church at the Shellharbour harbour front. It would be great to get a bunch of us from the church to head down and support them as they make a very public declaration of their faith in Jesus.
‘Wheel Hope’ Billy Cart Team
The second-annual Oak Flats Billy Cart Derby is on Sunday 26th October. Would you be interested in helping build a green machine that shows wheel hope? See Adam for details and to sign up for the team!
Bring in your BCA boxes
If you’ve got a Bush Church Aid (BCA) coin box then bring it in this month to be counted and collected.
SWITCH Women’s Conference
On 11th October our women will be heading again to the SWITCH Southern Women’s Conference to be held during the day at Nowra. Speakers include Jenny Salt and Chris Quirk. Please register yourself by visiting www.switchonline.biz so that you can be part of our group. If you can’t get online to book then chat to Mandy.
Our weekly target for 2015 is $5,200. Last month we averaged per week $3,833. To reach our 2015 target we needed $1,367. Electronic giving is a great way to give! BSB 062 638. Account 00900445 St Andrew’s Anglican Church.
In a discussion which has taken place this week about the appropriateness of people’s attire in parliament our Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, declared that the wearing of the burqa was too confronting. The comment sent shockwaves throughout the media.
While I don’t agree with the wearing of burqas, we must remember that it represents an act of submission. In an individualistic society like Australia any act of submission is going to be confronting.
However, it might be helpful for followers of Jesus to ask themselves “Is the way in which I live my life confronting to those around me”? We have been reminded through the prayer of Jesus in John 17 that his desire is that his followers would be different from the world, because they are not part of the world, while at the same time remaining in the world.
For this reason we shouldn’t confuse being confronting with being confrontational. Many Christians think that if they are confrontational, if they get into arguments, or if they are intentionally divisive that they are following Jesus faithfully. Jesus called his followers to live such radically different lives that it was like shining a light into darkness. In Matthew 5:16 he tells his followers, “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”.
Submission to Jesus should be confronting as people see a distinct and different life to their own.