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Christian leaders work to boost the faith of others. So, it is vital that every leader throughout the church is being conformed to Christ more and more each day.
This is the fourth promise in my commencement of ministry at Oak Flats:
Will you be diligent in prayer, and in the reading of the scriptures, undertaking studies that help to a fuller knowledge of them, and turning aside from the pursuit of studies for self-indulgence and worldly gain? (AAPB)
This year and next I will be attending training through the Centre for Ministry Development with a cohort of new rectors as my own professional development. Please pray that this will benefit me in my leadership and also the church.
But more important than professional development is spiritual development. We know in Acts 6:4 that the tasks of the church were allocated to different people, so that the 12 apostles could focus their attention on spiritual development:
“[We] will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
Through these two things hearts, minds and lives are shaped for Christ. So, ministers must grow in their own prayer and understanding the word and devote their time to growing others in them.
When writing to Timothy, we know that Paul, even to the end of his life and ministry was devoted to study and growth in understanding and communicating the scriptures:
“When you come, bring… my scrolls, especially the parchments.”
(2 Timothy 4:13)
And his command to Timothy:
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
(2 Timothy 2:15)
Please pray for me that I will grow in these things, and also come and speak to me about how I may grow you and others in the church in lively faith in God through the word and prayer. It is my job!
– SAM PURSELL
This Sunday we conclude our series looking at Hebrews with Sam speaking on the topic ‘Holy Lives‘, from Hebrews 12:1-25.
It’s also the right time for us to recognise many of the needs of our missionaries, so we’ll have a special report about what’s been happening in the lives of our partners in global, word ministry.
So, please come and join us at either 9.30am or 5pm. Or if you can’t make it in person, jump online to www.oakflats.tv and watch our live stream.
See you at 9.30am or 5pm this Sunday, God willing!
The third promise of my ministry duties is to work against false teaching in the church.
Will you be ready to drive away all false and strange doctrines that are contrary to God’s word; and to this end both publicly and privately to warn and encourage all within your care, both the sick and the well, as often as the occasion demands? (AAPB)
Just recently bishops in the Church of England presented a paper on marriage, which largely affirmed Biblical and historical Christian teaching on marriage. To some this was a great thing, for despite much wavering, marriage as a lifelong union between a man and woman was being affirmed. To others who desire for the church to be more like the British culture however, this was met with outrage.
Surprisingly (to some), shortly afterwards, many bishops began to communicate their sadness at the letter which they had been a part of drafting and signing off from! The problem occurs when a Christian leader (1) wants to be seen to affirm Christian teaching, while their real agenda is against it, or (2) they are truly for correct teaching but have no desire to confront false teaching within the church.
3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. (Jude 3-4)
We always want to talk first and foremost about the salvation we share. But to keep that clear and secure, we must also be willing to contend against false teaching and teachers in all situations.
– SAM PURSELL
This Sunday we continue our series looking at Hebrews with Sam speaking on the topic ‘Holy and Awesome Worship‘, from Hebrews 12:18-29.
We will also be sharing in the Lord’s Supper this Sunday, so be sure to join us for this important reminder of the death of Jesus.
As always, come along and visit us at 9.30am or 5pm at 35 Fisher Street Oak Flats, or if you can’t make it in person, jump online at www.oakflats.tv to watch a livestream of our services.
Teachers have an important role in contemporary society. Through their teaching they contribute to the academic development of their students, enabling them to grow to live fulfilled lives and to be positive contributors to their communities.
The impact of teachers on their students is not limited to classroom teaching and learning. Professional and community expectations for teachers are high for the delivery of:
The work of teachers in these areas is not values free. Each teacher brings to their work, intentionally or unintentionally, their personal beliefs and practices which shape their professional behaviour. The diverse and often competing values found in Australian society are mirrored in the teaching profession.
“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:16)
It is important that the voice of Christian teachers be present and heard in our schools to counter the many ‘isms’ and ideologies that are actively influencing our students and the education system in general.
“You are the salt of the earth.” …. “You are the light of the world… let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 13-16)
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
The responsibility, extent and complexity of the Gospel ministry of teachers means that teachers need the spiritual resources and support of their Christian family.
Steven Kinsella (Anglican EdComm) and Bishop Chris Edwards
As the school year begins, let us pray for schools, students and not forget to pray for our teachers, particularly those who are Christian.