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THE GIFT OF MINISTRY

THE GIFT OF MINISTRY

May 5, 2019

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.
 
Hospital care, and the care provided by War Memorial Hospital, is deeply embedded in Christian faith.  The work of the staff is a gift of ministry, recognised in the motto on the nurse’s graduation badges – “Not to be ministered to, but to minister."
 
Today we thank God for the hospital and the ministry of care provided by the staff.  We pray for them as they accept people unconditionally, affirm people continually and assist people eagerly. 

LIVING UNDER GRACE

LIVING UNDER GRACE

April 29, 2019

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.

Sunday 21st April 2019 - The Madness of Mercy

Sunday 21st April 2019 - The Madness of Mercy

April 23, 2019
Message by: Peter Godwin
A New Day Of Mercy
“A new day will dawn on us because our God is loving and merciful.” 
Luke 1:78 (God’s Word)
 
Easter means it’s a new day of mercy “because our God is loving and merciful”. 
 
Two questions we’re going to explore today are - 
when do we need God’s mercy, and 
what happens when we accept it? 
 
(1) Ashamed: 
we need God’s mercy when we’ve messed up. God’s mercy forgives and frees us from guilt. 
(2) Angry: 
we need God’s mercy when we don’t have what we need. 
God’s mercy makes the impossible possible. 
(3) Afraid: 
we need God’s mercy when we’re facing death. 
God’s mercy will save us for eternity.
CHRIST IN THE PASSOVER

CHRIST IN THE PASSOVER

April 14, 2019

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.

THE BENEFITS OF BELIEVING

THE BENEFITS OF BELIEVING

April 7, 2019

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

SALT OF THE EARTH

March 31, 2019

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?

ACCEPTED BY GOD

ACCEPTED BY GOD

March 24, 2019

How is it that we humans can be "accepted" by God?  It's a great question.  We ask it in a variety of ways - how do we get to heaven, or how can we be "right" with God, or how can we be "acceptable" so that we'll be included in God's family?
 
Sometimes we try to find that acceptance by earning it (if we just work hard enough and our "good" outweighs our "bad"), or by belonging to the right group (by affiliation).
 
Paul argues in Romans chapter 4, that God's acceptance of us comes through faith; through our belief and trust in Jesus Christ.  He sets up his argument in Romans 3:28 - "For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law."
 
Faith alone, Paul says, saves us.  Nothing else. There is no "faith + something".  It's just faith.  God does the rest.

THE GOOD NEWS

THE GOOD NEWS

March 17, 2019

Finally we get to talk about 'The Good News!' 

Join us this Sunday as Brodie shares from Romans 3:21-31 and talks about the righteousness of God and the Good News of the Gospel. 

GOD’S FINAL VERDICT

GOD’S FINAL VERDICT

March 10, 2019

Paul's letter to the church in Rome explores the question - "... why do we need Jesus?" and in particular - "... why do we need Jesus as our Saviour?"
 
In the first 2 chapters, Paul has thought about how God is revealed to us through our nature, our consciences and to the Jews through the law.  He concludes that everybody is "responsible" and everyone is "without excuse".  He goes on to argue that it's not our place to judge people; that's a right that belongs only to God.
 
In the first part of Chapter 3, Paul sums up his previous arguments.  Like a prosecuting attorney, he concludes that "... all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God ..." (Romans 3:23) and therefore we all need a Saviour.

RELIGION CAN’T SAVE US

RELIGION CAN’T SAVE US

March 3, 2019

John 5:39-40 records Jesus speaking to a group of Pharisees, who thought they were going, to "make it" on their own -"You diligently study the Scriptures, because you think that, by them, you possess eternal life.  These are the scriptures, that testify about Me, and yet you refuse to come to Me, to have life."   

When Paul was writing to the Church in Rome he frames our need for God, the God we know in Jesus, in terms of 'sin' and 'salvation'.  We're all sinners (we all have a broken relationship with God) and God's purpose is salvation. 

Paul argues that none of us is exempt; we all need salvation.  In the second part of Chapter 2 Paul argues that, like the Pharisees Jesus spoke of, even the religious person needs forgiveness and salvation.