Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

We often speak of major historical events as being ‘world-changing’. At Easter we celebrate the impact of the death and resurrection of Jesus:

Easter is historical. We have gospel eyewitness accounts and also Roman accounts of the death of Jesus and the reports of his resurrection. Many died for holding true to what they saw with their own eyes.

Easter is powerful. The gospel of Jesus’ death is the power of God for salvation. There is nothing more powerful than resurrection from the dead!

Easter is universal. The purpose of Jesus’ death was to make him Saviour and Lord of all nations. Jesus turns no-one away who calls on his name.

Easter is personal. We all work hard to deny our mistakes, or repair them, or make amends. But ultimately we need to put all our personal evils beneath the cross of Jesus – only his blood can cleanse and save. Wash me Saviour or I die!

Easter truly is the weekend that changed the world!

Your Pastor,

Wayne Schuller – wayne@schuller.id.au

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A Book for Christian Parents (+ Grandparents!)

“Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Ted Tripp is one of the best Christian parenting books I have read over the years. We have copies available on the bookstall. There are so many conflicted misunderstandings about parenting, it is good to be pointed to Biblical principles and methods.

Here are some select quotes:

The purpose for your authority in the lives of your children is not to hold them under your power, but to empower them to be self-controlled people living freely under the authority of God.”

Obedience means training a child “to do what he is told – without challenge, without excuse, without delay.”

Made in the image of God, a child is designed with a worship orientation. Even as a young child, he is either worshiping and serving God or idols… The question is not ‘will he worship?’ It is always ‘whom will he worship?‘”

The teenage years are often years of rebellion. Some of the rebellion is simply a misguided attempt to establish individuality. But often, teenage rebellion has deeper roots. In some kids, it is an expression of rebellion that has been latent all along… Parents often seem to be taken by surprise, when actually the rebellion has been dormant for years.

What your children need is spiritual nurture… They need to understand that all of life rushes toward the day when we shall stand before God and give account.

May God help us to faithfully nurture our children and grandchildren in obedience to the great gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Your Pastor,

Wayne Schuller- wayne@schuller.id.au

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Apart from Jesus We Can Do Nothing

In John 15 Jesus speaks the parable of the vine and the branches. God the Father is the gardener, Jesus is the vine and we are the branches.

His command for us is to “abide in me” (John 15:4). If branches don’t abide in the vine they will not bear fruit and will be cut off by God the Father.

It is vital (literally!) to remain in Jesus. He says: “Remain in me and I will remain in you”. We must not live life our own way, only following Jesus when it suits us. The Lord Jesus deserves and needs to be the centre and Lord of our whole existence.

It is dangerous to risk leaving Jesus out of our decisions, whether big or small. It is also pointless. Jesus says: “Apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

The good news is if we abide in Jesus, even if it is difficult, we will bear much fruit in him, to the glory of God the Father. This is God’s will for our lives.

Your Pastor,

Wayne Schuller

 

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Easter Services 2012

Please come and join us as we celebrate the God’s great rescue through the death and resurrection of his Son.

Thursday 5th April – Christian Passover Meal

Friday 6th of April – 9.30am Good Friday Service

Saturday 7th of April – 6.00pm Easter Eve All Age Service for Families with Children

Sunday 8th of April – Easter Day 8.30am and 10.15am

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Are you walking with the wise?

There is a biblical proverb which has often caught my attention:

He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. (Proverbs 13:20)

Walking with the wise refers to on-going intimate fellowship with those who live in God’s world according to God’s will revealed in God’s word.

In contrast, a companion of fools is someone who chooses a circle of friends who reject God’s word and live according to their own will.

The person who “walks with the wise” gains wisdom not as a result of some kind of spiritual osmosis but rather through the sustained impact of an enduring friendship characterised by godly rebuke, encouragement, correction, example, exhortation, reminders and comfort.

On the other hand, a “companion of fools” inevitably suffers ruin (even eternal ruin) as a result of the constant, sometimes imperceptible, inevitable erosion of faith in God’s word via so-called friends’ worldly mockery, excuses, bawdiness, pride, denigration, flippancy and lack of self-control.

This does not mean that we should keep ourselves distant from those who choose folly. If we isolate ourselves from the world then we will never have the opportunity to be of any assistance to the world.

We should rather invest in deep, lasting relationships with godly brothers and sisters in Christ while we lovingly and prayerfully challenge worldly family members, friends, colleagues, acquaintances and enemies with lives and conversation marked by God’s wisdom.

Your Pastor,
Hilton

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