June 3, 2018
Message by: Paul Mulroney
Some people say the Bible is a rule book for living. Some rules get special attention. Christians regard the 10 Commandments as pretty important. The 4th Commandment starts by saying “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” Jesus disciples were criticised by the Pharisees for picking grain to eat on the Sabbath. Picking grain was seen by them as work and not in keeping with the holiness of the day. Jesus stood up for his followers. He saw God’s commandments as quite different from a set of rules to follow.
We often assume that there are rules of behaviour that everyone, or at least all Christians, must follow. Most of the time that may be so but is it the approach that Jesus had to rules? Sometimes we are at our most un-Christlike when we want others to follow what we think are the rules.
April 15, 2018
Message by: Peter Godwin
We said it on Easter Sunday – “Jesus is risen.” That’s a pretty radical thing to say. So, if we say that it’s true, what does it mean for us now; what does it mean for how we live our lives that, ‘Jesus is risen?’
Today, we want to go to Jesus Himself, and ask Him what He’s calling us to do. What kind of life, does He want of us? And it’s pretty radical. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew Chapters 5-7) Jesus says some pretty challenging things to us.
So, what are we to do when Jesus’ calls to follow Him, and to give our one life to Him, seems not just challenging, but in many ways, even unreasonable? Here’s a start. Let’s remember that –
Jesus is a loving Saviour
Jesus wants to make our lives better, not worse
Jesus knows more than we do
Jesus lived what He taught.
April 2, 2018
Message by: Rev. Peter Godwin
First, we watched movies in black and white, then colour and now 3D. Each advance brought a deeper and more rewarding experience than the one before.
Easter, and faith in the resurrected Jesus, can be the same for us.
We can see Jesus’ resurrection as simply a proof that he was uniquely who he claimed to be – the Son of God. At a deeper level we can believe that Jesus’ resurrection is the promise, and the key, to life lived always, life lived eternally, in God’s presence. Then, we can know 3-dimensional living - not just the proof, not just the promise but also the power of the resurrection.
Baptism is the Christians ID card, the mark of 3D living. Baptism says I accept the proof and believe the promise and count on the power that was evident in Jesus’ resurrection.
March 26, 2018
Message by: Peter Godwin
It’s said that “attitude is everything” and we know what that means. We’ve all felt the impact of “attitude” in our own lives.
We have a choice about our “attitudes” every day of our lives. We can’t change our past and we can’t stop the inevitable. But we can choose our “attitude”.
The story of Palm Sunday and Jesus’ entering Jerusalem is a great opportunity to think about our “attitude” to him.