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Nov 11, 2018
Forgive Everyone, Always
Posted by Phil Inglis

One of Jesus closest and most outspoken followers once asked him, “how many times should I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven times?” Jesus responded, “Seven?! Nope, try, seventy times seven.” Jesus might as well have simply said, "forgive everyone always." But, this just can’t seem right, can it? If someone hurts us surely we have the right to feel angry and upset? Surely we have the right to expect an apology, at least?

For 26 years Marilyn Elias was a reporter for one of the largest newspapers in the world. Her field was social sciences. She reported on the newest discoveries in psychology, counselling, anthropology, and social work. She once said, “The happiest people surround themselves with family and friends, don't care about keeping up with the Joneses next door, lose themselves in daily activities and, most important, forgive easily.” In 26 years of experience she names forgiveness as one of the essential keys to a life of happiness.

Perhaps Jesus wasn’t demanding that his followers forgive everyone always because it was their duty. Rather, he was begging his followers to forgive everyone always because he knows that it leads to happiness! This is easier said than done. Fortunately we are given some powerful tools that help us work through the ongoing process of forgiveness.

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  • Nov 11, 2018Forgive Everyone, Always
    Nov 11, 2018
    Forgive Everyone, Always
    Posted by Phil Inglis

    One of Jesus closest and most outspoken followers once asked him, “how many times should I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven times?” Jesus responded, “Seven?! Nope, try, seventy times seven.” Jesus might as well have simply said, "forgive everyone always." But, this just can’t seem right, can it? If someone hurts us surely we have the right to feel angry and upset? Surely we have the right to expect an apology, at least?

    For 26 years Marilyn Elias was a reporter for one of the largest newspapers in the world. Her field was social sciences. She reported on the newest discoveries in psychology, counselling, anthropology, and social work. She once said, “The happiest people surround themselves with family and friends, don't care about keeping up with the Joneses next door, lose themselves in daily activities and, most important, forgive easily.” In 26 years of experience she names forgiveness as one of the essential keys to a life of happiness.

    Perhaps Jesus wasn’t demanding that his followers forgive everyone always because it was their duty. Rather, he was begging his followers to forgive everyone always because he knows that it leads to happiness! This is easier said than done. Fortunately we are given some powerful tools that help us work through the ongoing process of forgiveness.

  • Nov 4, 2018Welcome Everyone Always
    Nov 4, 2018
    Welcome Everyone Always
    Posted by Sarah Walker

    “You can’t sit with us!” Most teenagers or twenty-somethings would recognise this line from the 2004 comedy, Mean Girls. The movie is an over-dramatised description of high school social cliques and the damaging effects they can have on teenagers. This moment in the movie happens when one of the popular girls breaks a cardinal fashion rule and turns up to the group’s lunch time hang out in track pants. This moment is meant to make us laugh - it’s rare in real life for anyone to be that blunt, but it’s also there to remind us of how ridiculous it looks when we exclude people because we don’t like their track pants.

    Sometimes, the world looks far too similar to the Mean Girls cafeteria. People only interacting with those who share the same beliefs or ethnicity or sexual orientation. This might be ok for those who are on the inside, it might be ok for the world to be unwelcoming and exclusive. But it’s not ok for the church. The church is called to welcome everyone, always. Why? Because Christ first welcomed us. There should be no, “You can’t sit with us!” moments in the life of the church because we are fully aware that each one of us is made in the image of God. Christians have a call and responsibility to welcome all people, especially those who are strangers and outsiders. Welcoming is more than just a warm feeling; it takes courage and open-mindedness to walk alongside people who are different than us, but often when we do we realise we are not so different after all. When we become more welcoming people, we not only help the people around us to feel accepted and valuable, but we grow in character and our lives become richer.

  • Oct 28, 2018Love Everyone Always
    Oct 28, 2018
    Love Everyone Always
    Posted by Rebecca Inglis
    The world can be so negative and ugly. At times, people are straight out unkind. This should disturb us, because regardless of the colour of their skin, the origin of their birth, their political affiliation, social status or lifestyle choices, each and every human being has been created in the image of God and is someone for whom Jesus died. As followers of Jesus we have to keep asking ourselves, “What does it mean to live out the teachings of Jesus?” When we do, we cannot go past the commandment where Jesus tells us to, ‘love our neighbour’. This has been God’s simple yet brilliant plan from the beginning. He made a whole world of neighbours. We call it earth, but God just calls it a really big neighbourhood, and tells us to go and love our neighbours - to go and love everyone, always.

    We are part of a Salvation Army that sees salvation as boundless. God’s ocean of love is deep - it is for the whosever, for everyone, always. The Salvation Army here in Australia has a vision to, ‘live, love and fight alongside others to transform Australia one life at a time with the love of Jesus.’

    This Sunday, five new soldiers are signing up to live, love and fight, because they desire to see lives changed by the love of Jesus. They make their covenant, not with The Salvation Army, but with God, who is love and teaches us both what love is and how to love. This call to love is not soppy, commercialised or superficial. It’s an all-in commitment to a radically different way of treating everyone we come into contact with. There’s no school to learn how to love everyone and we are not expected to love people flawlessly, but we can love them fearlessly, furiously, and unreasonably. People will figure out what we believe by how we love.

  • Sep 23, 2018Kingdom Come- What About Us
    Sep 23, 2018
    Kingdom Come- What About Us
    Posted by Sarah Walker
    Series: Kingdom Come
  • Sep 16, 2018Kingdom Come- Advocating for the Oppressed
    Sep 16, 2018
    Kingdom Come- Advocating for the Oppressed
    Posted by Bill Simpson
    Series: Kingdom Come
    Kingdom Come- Advocating for the Oppressed
  • Sep 9, 2018Kingdom Come- Confronting the Powerful
    Sep 9, 2018
    Kingdom Come- Confronting the Powerful
    Posted by Bill Simpson
    Series: Kingdom Come
  • Sep 3, 2018Kingdom Come 4 – Challenging Culture
    Sep 3, 2018
    Kingdom Come 4 – Challenging Culture
    Posted by Matt Cairns
    Series: Kingdom Come
    Kingdom Come 4 - Challenging Culture
  • Aug 26, 2018Kingdom Come 3 – Including the Excluded
    Aug 26, 2018
    Kingdom Come 3 – Including the Excluded
    Series: Kingdom Come
    Kingdom Come 3 - Including the Excluded
  • Aug 19, 2018Kingdom Come 2 – Mission of God
    Aug 19, 2018
    Kingdom Come 2 – Mission of God
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Kingdom Come
    Phil Inglis brings us part two of our Kingdom Come series and we ask ourselves, what exactly is God trying to achieve here on earth?  Is Justice simply about equality or is there more to it?  Are we called to fulfil the duty of a Christian or to respond to the beauty of Christ?
  • Aug 12, 2018Kingdom Come 1 – The Inextricable Link
    Aug 12, 2018
    Kingdom Come 1 – The Inextricable Link

    I love tools. Whether it's a hammer, a sewing machine, or even a computer, I love the precision engineering and sheer usefulness of well made tools. With tools, I can build things, repair things, paint things, make things, remodel things and design things in far quicker, more efficient and effective ways.

    There’s a children’s TV show in which a handyman has a bunch of tools that can talk. The builder knows what to do and how to do it, and he asks the tools to help; he shows them what needs to be done and he encourages them as they work together to achieve great things.

    We believe that God is continually at work in the world. We believe that God is on a mission to restore harmony, peace and prosperity to all living things. Before The Salvation Army was called 'The Salvation Army' it was 'The Christian Mission'. Our whole reason for existence is to participate in God’s great mission. We believe that we have been asked to get involved in God’s great mission, to be used as tools by God as he creates and re-creates the universe.

    The question we have to ask ourselves is, "HOW?" How does God want to use people? How does God want to change the world? How willing are we to be used to bring about that change?

    Over the next 7 weeks we will unpack these questions. We will look at what God is trying to achieve, what God wants to do, and how we are asked to get involved in his mission here on earth. Join us at 10am on Sunday as we launch our new series, 'Kingdom Come'.