Saints in Berwick?

In most of the letters that Jesus’ apostle Paul wrote he addressed the members of the churches as ‘saints’ or ‘holy ones’.

A ‘saint’ is a sacred or holy person and anything that is sacred or holy is simply ‘set apart’ or ‘made different’.

Under the New Covenant the Church is called to be what God has made us in Christ Jesus, namely holy or set apart. We need to be distinct from other people by reserving our worship, our lives, for the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Being a saint has nothing to do with being honoured by a pope or being an annoying religious type!

Being a saint has everything to do with responding to God’s mercy towards us by daily giving our ourselves wholeheartedly to God in our relationships and in

our work, our play and our rest (Romans 12:1-2).

Your Pastor,

Hilton

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Faith in the Real World

Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:7 “we walk by faith, and not by sight”.

We live in a world where we daily exercise faith. Based upon reasonable evidence we trust that certain things will take place: we trust that the alarm will go off according to the instruction book, that the train will arrive according to the timetable or that the news programme will broadcast according to the guide.

Biblical faith is not much different – God calls us to trust his word and live in positive response to it. Exercising faith in God’s promises is reasonable because he has proven himself entirely reliable.

A simple example of living by faith is trusting God when he tells us: “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

So do you? Do you keep your life free from love of money? Are you living in contentment? Or are you continually drooling over advertising for bigger or newer products and comparing yourself to others?

God has promised to continually care for us and provide for our needs. Will you live by faith?

Your Pastor

Hilton

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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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