THE BOOK OF ROMANS CHAPTER 1

February 17, 2019

Join us this Sunday as Brodie continues on the sermon series on the Book of Romans.

In Romans 1:18-32 Paul highlights the human condition and sin, addressing four main areas that humans often stumble in: the rejection of the truth, insincere worship, the worship of idols, and rejoicing in doing wrong.

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THE GRACE THAT TRANSFORMS

February 17, 2019

What’s the most important letter (email, text) you’ve ever read; a proposal, a letter from the Tax Department, a job offer?  Some people think of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome as being the greatest letter ever written.
 
Romans has certainly influenced millions of people and changed history.  Martin Luther started the Reformation because of the book of Romans.  John Wesley started the Wesleyan revivals (the Methodist church has its origins there).
 
As we explore any of the Bible’s books it’s helpful to ask – who wrote it; who was it written to; when and why was it written; and what’s the main message?
 
In Romans 1:16-17, Paul says - "I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, first for the Jew and then for the Gentile. For in the Gospel, the righteousness from God is revealed, the righteousness that is by faith from first to last just as it is written `The righteous will live by faith.'"  

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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL

February 17, 2019

Among the immediate followers of Jesus, no man made a greater impact on the world than the apostle Paul.  He wrote much of the New Testament and he established the first churches in the Roman Empire.  He was a great man of God.
 
At the very outset of his letter to the church in Rome, Paul says he is – “…  a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God" (Romans 1:1).  He describes himself as “obligated”, “eager” and “not ashamed” to share that good news with others (Romans 1:14-17).
 
We can be encouraged by Paul’s attitude as we commit ourselves to being ministers of that same gospel.  

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BETTER TOGETHER - WHAT WE’VE LEARNED

January 28, 2019

God’s people are reminded to … “Remember today what you have learned, about the Lord through your experiences with Him” (Deuteronomy 11:2).  

Some things we only learn through experience.  And some things we experience, and learn best from, with one another.
 
The Bible talks about it with the word koinonia.  Among other things it means communion, participation and contribution.  
 
We learn and experience God best it seems when we worship, fellowship, grow, serve and reach out together.

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SERVING TOGETHER

January 20, 2019

At the outset of the Bible’s story, God says - “It is not good for man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). And just as we’re not meant to walk through life on our own, we’re not meant to fulfil God’s purposes for us on our own.  
 
We’re better together!  We’re better when we fellowship, grow, reach out and worship together.  And we’re better when we serve together.
 
God intends for us to contribute with our lives.  It’s a contribution we make by serving others and we do it best together.  Paul said it this way – “… agree with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose” (Philippians 2:2).  

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IT’S ALL IN THE TIMING

January 13, 2019

Every great achievement involves the right timing.

Great musicians know how to play in time, whether it be to a slow or fast tempo. Professional surfers know the precise moment when to catch a wave, or else risk losing the wave all together. In the Olympics a few milliseconds can be the difference between winning a gold medal or going home empty handed.

Timing is critical. 

God calls us to walk in the Spirit, and part of this is knowing when to speed up and when to slow down. It’s about being in time with God.

Ecclesiastes 8:6 “For there is a right time and a right way for everything, but we know so little.”

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WILL WE MAKE ROOM FOR JESUS?

January 6, 2019

Have you ever been on the road and looking for a place to stay and the only motel in town has a “NO Vacancy” sign lit up out the front?  Maybe, it’s not so hard for us to imagine Mary and Joseph fronting up to the innkeeper, only to be told there’s no rooms left in the inn.
 
We can be a little harsh on the innkeeper in the Christmas story.  We’d like to think if it were us we’d have something better where the “Saviour of the world” would be born.
But, truth is, even today we do it, our culture does it.  We don’t make room for Jesus.
 
Of course, we have our reasons: we don’t pay attention, or we crowd our lives with other things, or we don’t think we need to make room.  But we do!  We need to know our creator and saviour and we need the life of purpose and peace he gifts to us.
 
My prayer for you is that you will open up to God this Christmas and keep nothing back; that you will make room for Jesus.

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GOD IS WITH US ON THE JOURNEY

January 6, 2019

A young woman's life journey with God from an Ethiopian orphanage via Alaska to Bondi Junction.

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THE WAY FORWARD

January 6, 2019

God wants us to establish His kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven. What does that look like?

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RADICAL LOVE

January 6, 2019

It’s the most famous verse in the Bible – John 3:16.  “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son.  And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him anyone can have a whole and lasting life“ (The Message).
 
John 3:16 explains the reason for Christmas; it explains the Bible in a sentence – the greatest love, the greatest sacrifice, the greatest offer and the greatest gift.
 
The reason we celebrate Christmas and give gifts at Christmas is because “God so loved the world that he gave.”

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