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Over this past week I have been privileged to spend three days at the ‘City to City Pastors and Planters Conference’, featuring Tim Keller from Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York.
Whilst there are many insights that I will take and use in the weeks, months and years to come, a particular aspect of the conference that was of great interest was the challenge to truly understand the context of the suburb in which our church is located.
As we better understand the worldview of the non-Christian people in our local suburbs, then we’ll be better-equipped to ensure that the expression of our ministry at Oak Flats Anglican hits the mark for those in our city who don’t yet know Jesus, whilst we still maintain the historical truth that has been passed down to us.
Let us pray that God will give us great inroads into the suburb of Oak Flats and the region of Shellharbour, as we seek eagerly to see the lost won for Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father.
One of the truths about Jesus that is so often confused is what his true nature is really like.
Some people tend to think that Jesus is more ‘God’ than ‘man’, and that he only really appears to be human. Some people tend to think that Jesus is a bit more ‘man’ than ‘God’, and that he only really appears to be divine.
Neither of these views are right: in every way, Jesus was fully God, and fully man.
So, Thomas could rightly address Jesus as, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28), the man who in the same Gospel was described as “The Word became flesh” (John 1:14).
The impact of holding these two truths together means that Jesus, the divine Son of God did not just take on part of of our humanity, but all of it… and he took it all to the cross.
And so, as famous, historical theologian Gregory of Nazianzus rightly noted, “That which he has not assumed he has not healed.”
Praise God that Jesus became truly human in every way so that he could fully save us. Amen!