Over the last few weeks I've written about the common biblical metaphors for the church, we are the Body of Christ, God's Bride, God's Building. My hope as we reflect on these themes is that we would have a greater appreciation for what we belong to. Some see church as no different to joining the a local social club or sports team, but the Scriptures teach us that belonging to the local church is so much more.
Recently I discovered that the most prominent description of the church by the apostle Paul is that we are brothers and sisters in Christ. In the New Testament we are described this way 120 times. This is a theological reality for all who belong to Christ as we are welcomed into God's family.
Jesus teaches that the new status we have as belonging together to His family takes precedence over our biological family. When the disciples tell Jesus that his mum and brothers have arrived, he quite shockingly replies 'who is my mother and my brothers?', then stretching out his hand to his disciples he says it is these who are my mother and brothers (Matt 12:47). We know of course that Jesus cared deeply for his biological family, and we should too, but we see that He now views those spiritually united to him as siblings in an even truer sense.
As we are described as brothers and sisters God is certainly teaching us about Christian relationships, what they are like, what they should be like. To recognise each other as brothers and sisters means we will highly value the relationship, and seek to promote unity and harmony, conditions that are necessary for successful family life. We will have a natural affection toward one another, which will bear fruit in our actions.
I love a good family reunion, and I'm looking forward to one with you this Sunday.
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11.
Plans for this Sunday
We continue in our re-gathering stage at St Aidan's.
- 9 O'clock Church and church@5 meeting at St Aidan's
- For ten30church, we're meeting in the carpark, with Kids Church meeting in Tulloch Lodge. Please bring along a chair, this means we can spread out and there's less cleaning at the end.
Online: We are continuing to make available the Online Service as well as a Live linkup through Zoom at each gathering, access both via the Online Service page of our website.
This Sunday - Hebrews 11:23-40
Like God’s people in the Old Testament who went before us, we are called to live by faith in a world where we will endure rejection, suffering, and difficult circumstances. Unlike them we have seen God’s promises of salvation fulfilled in Christ and can look to him for hope and perseverance.
Next week: Compassion Sunday - Deuteronomy 24:10-22, 1 John 3:11-24.
Kids Church News
This week we are learning how to tell our friends about Jesus. Over the term we have learnt that this is what God wants us to do. His great commission was for his disciples to tell the whole world about Him. He wants us to tell the world that we need Him, there is nothing we can do on our own to earn our way into Heaven. We haven't been left alone to do this! If we trust in Jesus, we receive the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit helps us.
This week we hope to equip the children with another way to be able to tell their friends and family about the Good News. When they get home ask them to tell you the Good News using their 'Flipper Flapper'. This will also give you great opportunity to chat with your own children about whether they trust in Jesus as well. Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday. Next week: Compassion Sunday (if you have a sponsor child can I ask that you send their name on a piece of paper so we can write some letters to them next week)
Each month a Prayer Diary is prepared to aid us in praying for one another, for the ministry of our church, and the several missionaries we support. Here is the September Prayer Diary.
Church Working Bee - Sat 12th Sept. 8am
Next Saturday we are having a church Working Bee, we'd love for you to come along. The main jobs will be some cleaning at the church, and some tree trimming and removal from Tulloch Lodge. We are especially looking for people to bring Utes or Trailers to cart the material away. Contact Adam Ward for more details (0437 047 962).
Next Sunday we are celebrating the 2nd anniversary of our Church Partnership with Compassion International. Bruce Boyle is the new liason person for our area and will share with us from God’s word about our compassionate and gracious God. We will also hear about how Compassion through their child sponsorship program bring the love of Jesus to children living in poverty, and the impact our church and Presbytery partnership is having among the people of Pulau Sangihe Indonesia.
There will be an opportunity to sponsor a child if you would like to consider that. If you are not aware of the ministry of Compassion the video below is a great introduction.
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