Recommended Christian Websites

The Internet is a wonderful gift from God that is changing our society and culture. There are many great Christian resources. It is vital we maintain high discernment – there are so many resources that claim to honor the Bible but often have very hidden quirky doctrines or weird agendas. Keep your brain switched on!

Here are a few Christian resources I have found very helpful online:

The Bible Gateway – A great site for searching the Bible, or comparing translations, or looking up verses. Make sure to use NIV 1984 to match our church Bibles.

Sydney Anglicans.net – The best resourced and Biblically based materials for Australian Anglicans.

The Gospel Coalition – A great resource combining the best evangelical thinking and writing across the world, led by Don Carson and Tim Keller. Has an outstanding collection of online audio sermons (great listening for commuting, housework or jogging!).

Desiring God Ministries – A wonderful resource of ministries based around the Reformed Baptist John Piper. The historical biographies of great Christians and the topics section are particularly good.

The Book Depository – Free delivery secular online bookshop. Has a full range of nearly every Christian book in print. For those of us who still like paper!

Your Pastor,

Wayne Schuller – wayne@schuller.id.au

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Should Christians Buy Lottery Tickets?

Jackpot lotteries promise security and safety, but only Jesus Christ provides lasting security and safety.  Seeking to win millions is an expression of hope apart from Jesus Christ.  Therefore lotteries are an idolatry that kindles the right jealousy of our Saviour.

Hebrews 13:5 says: Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Anyone who buys a lottery ticket and claims they are not sinning by love of money are deluding themselves. A church raffle for a small donated prize is harmless. A multi-million dollar lottery is false worship. There is a difference!

If God has promised he will never leave us or forsake us, then we are secure in Christ Jesus his Son. We don’t need to add to that security. And God’s church and kingdom do not need funding from any winnings taken from those exploited in our society. Greed must be put to death! Let us show everyone in Casey the truth that Jesus Christ is the world’s only hope!

Your Pastor,

Wayne Schuller – wayne@schuller.id.au

“Pray that Christ’s people will be so satisfied in him that they will be freed from the greed that makes us crave to get rich” John Piper

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The One and Only God is Triune

When Jesus was about to ascend into heaven, he asked his apostles to baptise in the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

Jesus asked us to baptise in the one name of the one God. He doesn’t say ‘in the names’ (plural) of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Nor does he say: “in the name of the Father and the name of the Son and the name of the Spirit” which would imply three separate beings.

This one God, is a single being in three persons, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus doesn’t say ‘in the name of Father, Son, Holy Spirit’ as if each are different faces of God. He speaks of them as persons with the definite article.

When Jesus gave his apostles their marching orders, he told them to worship and serve in the name of the one God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. May we ever love and worship the one and only Triune God!

Your Pastor,

Wayne Schuller – wayne@schuller.id.au

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The Holy Spirit – Given to Glorify Christ

The best starting place in Scripture to learn of the work and role of the Holy Spirit is in John 14-16. This upper room discourse contains critical teaching of Jesus the night before he died.

Life in the Holy Spirit has many important aspects. However the most important aspect is this: Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will “testify about me” (John 15:26). A bit later he says the role of the Holy Spirit will be to glorify Jesus (John 16:14).

A person who is filled with the Spirit is someone who sees and cherishes Jesus Christ as Lord. When Jesus is glorified and lifted up, there you can be sure that the Holy Spirit is present in strong measure.

In dealing with the Corinthian confusion about the work of the Spirit – the apostle’s starting point was: “No-one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3). This is making the same point as John’s gospel – the work of the Spirit is to awaken and draw attention to the glory of Jesus Christ. The best way to honour the Holy Spirit is not by focusing on the Spirit himself but by glorifying Jesus Christ.

Your Pastor,

Wayne Schuller – wayne@schuller.id.au

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Grace – Amazing and Sweet Sounding

Today we look at the doctrine of “grace” – God’s gift of undeserved mercy offered in Jesus.

Grace is a subversive, life changing truth. Here are some key quotes on grace:

  “For all have sinned  and fall short of the glory of God,  and are justified  freely by his grace  through the redemption  that came by Christ Jesus” Romans 3:23-24

“So too, at the present time there is a remnant  chosen by grace.  And if by grace, then it is no longer by works;  if it were, grace would no longer be grace” Romans 11:5-6

“As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s  grace  in vain.” 2 Corinthians 6:1

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2:6-8

Is grace sweet sounding to you? May God ever amaze us by his grace!

Your Pastor,

Wayne – wayne@schuller.id.au

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