The Gift of Turning Up Today

The gathering of church on each Lord’s Day is not to be a duty, though it is a discipline. It is not something to be endured, but is a delight to joyfully celebrate the risen Saviour with all God’s people.

The Spirit of God joins knits us together in an invisible spiritual reality. We are all those for whom the blood of Christ was shed and has powerfully freed us from slavery to sin.

The great Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, writing from a German prison in the time of Hitler, spoke powerfully of the privilege of Christian fellowship:

So between the death of Christ and the Last Day it is only by a gracious anticipation of the last things that Christians are privileged to live in visible fellowship with other Christians. It is by the grace of God that a congregation is permitted to gather visibly in this world to share God’s Word and sacrament. Not all Christians receive this blessing. The imprisoned, the sick, the scattered lonely, the proclaimers of the Gospel in heathen lands stand alone. They know that visible fellowship is a blessing.

Week by week we have the great privilege of anticipating the return of Christ together, don’t take this privilege for granted! And remember those who cannot receive this blessing.

Your Pastor,

Wayne Schuller – wayne@schuller.id.au

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Always Pray – Don’t Give Up Praying

The will of God is that we are to be a praying people.

God is more glorified when we bring the same petitions to him with enduring faith and not give up.

Jesus told the parable of the widow and the unjust judge (Luke 18) to illustrate perseverance in prayer. If an unjust judge will answer the constant requests of a widow, how much more will God our Father in heaven respond when we persevere in prayer!

Please be constant in praying for yourself, your family, our church, and the not-yet-Christians around you.

Pray with boldness in the name of Jesus, knowing that his blood has opened full access to the throne of grace.

Experience God like you never have before, by growing in dependence on him in constant prayer.

Your Pastor,

Wayne Schuller – wayne@schuller.id.au

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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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