On Anzac Day 1919, the Vickery family of Waverley offered their home to the Methodist Church to establish the War Memorial Hospital. Over the past 100 years, the hospital’s purpose has remained the same – to serve the community.
Writing to the church in Rome, Paul says we “… are not under the Law but under grace.”
Grace, God’s grace, is one of the key themes of Scripture and one of the most important for living as Christians every day of our lives. Grace is both an attribute of God’s character and a gift from God that gives us the desire and ability to live out God’s purposes for us. We discover in Romans that the gift of God’s grace comes to us through Jesus and so it’s forever; it’s limitless and it’s free.
What a great way to follow up Easter Sunday!
To live the “grace full” lives given us by the resurrected Jesus.
Passover and Good Friday are memorials of two very different and yet very similar moments in history. Passover is the story of God redeeming His chosen people from Egyptian slavery. Good Friday is 'good' because God sent His only Son to the world, and so that He would die for our sins on that special day. Redemption is ours in Jesus, with deep harmonies with Passover.
Bob Mendelsohn, Jews for Jesus national director, will explain many of the symbols of the Jewish Passover as he presides at a banquet at a Church in the Marketplace this Sunday.
What causes you to brag and boast and to be excited; to "rejoice" Paul would say in his letter to the church in Rome. In Romans 5, Paul begins to explore all the tremendous benefits we have, through our relationship with Jesus ...
Romans 5:1 says - "Therefore since, we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom, we have gained access into this grace, in which, we now stand, and we rejoice ..."
In the first 11 verses of Romans 5, Paul reminds us that -
We have peace with God and access to God ... we have hope in our lives and our problems take on a new purpose ... we're given God's loved and in that love we have security.
That's surely something to be excited about!
Salt of the Earth! When we use this phrase we mean that someone is a good, honest and reliable person. It is a compliment to be called salt of the Earth. Jesus tells His followers that they are salt of the earth. It seems that to be one of His followers there’s no alternative. What did He mean when He used the phrase? In His times salt was a preservative. Salt was also the name of a combination of minerals that was used as fertilizer.
Whether Jesus was talking about stopping things going rotten or helping things grow, when He said His disciples were salt of the Earth He was saying “Make a Difference!” That’s the message of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5). In Matthew’s Gospel the Beatitudes come immediately before Jesus tells the disciples they are salt of the Earth. That’s no coincidence. At Church in the Market Place we’re committed to Making a Difference. Sometimes we can do this by being part of a group. Other times it’s up to us. How salty are you?