- Who we are
- What we do
None have escaped CV19’s domination. Old words have become new, new meanings have been found while the title “pandemic”, not seriously applied worldwide since the Spanish Flu at the end of WW1 and transmitted to Australia as the troops arrived home from 1919, now sits in the shadow of the grim reaper.
In 1919, nearly 12000 Australians died of the that flu from a population of 5,303,574 or 0.23%. 102 Australians have died from CV19 so far from a population of around 25M.
What is normal?
The tragic death tolls have become front page news and behind each is a personal story that may never be told due to the volume. However, each is known to God and highly valued.
As CV19 has taken its course, there has been one dominant catch cry worldwide: “We just want life to get back to normal!!!” But what is normal, do we really want it??? Abundant Gospel opportunities have been presented by the pandemic, but has there been a rush to repent in the face of imminent death, or to witness, or revival in the heats of God’s people or an avalanche of Prayer Meetings calling for guidance and forgiveness?
Governments have struggled. NSW seems more interested in re-opening gambling facilities than places of worship. Life has never been about easy answers as one PM said.
In 2 Corinthians 5:17 God says: “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away behold, new things have come.”
What normal do you to seek after?
– Geoff Kyngdon
As of last Friday, we have been able to begin meeting in person again. But this is restricted to groups of 10 at church, 5 visitors in homes and distanced wherever we are.
Will this disrupt our existing patterns of ministry? Yes. Will this impede God’s mission of advancing his kingdom? No. Will it mean changes for us? Yes. But that is OK. In every age, the Lord Jesus and his gospel has remained firm, but the patterns of sharing it have changed. In 2020 it changes from month to month!
Change is difficult for us all, because all our patterns of life are anchored to deeply held values. Change is easier when values can be articulated. Change is much harder when we hold values we don’t even realise.
As things continue to change, and our church and evangelistic practices change as well, we would be well served by reflect upon what is worth restarting, what is worth changing, what is worth leaving stopped.
Why do we do what we do at Oak Flats Anglican? What values drive us to do things the way we do them? Should we hold to them firmly as gospel values, or loosely as cultural and personal values?
It was pointed out again to me in an email last week, that we are essentially the only church in this suburb. What must we restart, change or stop, to better reach our suburb of over 6000 people? How can we – for the sake of the gospel – be all things to all people so that by all possible means, we might save some? (1 Corinthians 9:22-23)
– Sam Pursell