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Jun 17, 2018
Different- Calling in a Dark World

“God’s calling me to be a missionary.” “I’m called to be a teacher.” “I’m called to be an officer.” “God is calling me to _______” When I was a kid, I was fairly convinced that I needed to ‘discover God’s call on my life’. To be honest, I’m not even really sure what that means. Somehow, I’d misunderstood the concept of calling, and believed it to mean something incredibly narrow. I was anticipating an audible voice of God that would reveal to me my life’s purpose. If I didn’t hear it, well, perhaps I wasn’t one of those ‘called’ people and I could just choose for myself the direction my life should go.

Reading through the book of 1 Peter, we see that he uses the words call, calling, or called, over and over again. When Peter uses these words, they are not in reference to an occupation or career, but a different way of life. A call to a different standard of living, every single day. A call to live holy, from our God who is holy.

As it turns out, I do believe I’m called to be an officer, but that calling is temporary in the scheme of eternity. What matters more is how I live out everyday. ‘An exemplary life’, as Peter puts it, is what I am called to live as a follower of Christ. Do you want confirmation on what you believe to be God’s call on your life? Then start living out his call to a relationship with him, to a better way of living, to a life of holiness. The reality is, if we don’t understand our daily call to a different standard, we will never grasp our temporary call to an assignment.

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  • Jun 17, 2018Different- Calling in a Dark World
    Jun 17, 2018
    Different- Calling in a Dark World

    “God’s calling me to be a missionary.” “I’m called to be a teacher.” “I’m called to be an officer.” “God is calling me to _______” When I was a kid, I was fairly convinced that I needed to ‘discover God’s call on my life’. To be honest, I’m not even really sure what that means. Somehow, I’d misunderstood the concept of calling, and believed it to mean something incredibly narrow. I was anticipating an audible voice of God that would reveal to me my life’s purpose. If I didn’t hear it, well, perhaps I wasn’t one of those ‘called’ people and I could just choose for myself the direction my life should go.

    Reading through the book of 1 Peter, we see that he uses the words call, calling, or called, over and over again. When Peter uses these words, they are not in reference to an occupation or career, but a different way of life. A call to a different standard of living, every single day. A call to live holy, from our God who is holy.

    As it turns out, I do believe I’m called to be an officer, but that calling is temporary in the scheme of eternity. What matters more is how I live out everyday. ‘An exemplary life’, as Peter puts it, is what I am called to live as a follower of Christ. Do you want confirmation on what you believe to be God’s call on your life? Then start living out his call to a relationship with him, to a better way of living, to a life of holiness. The reality is, if we don’t understand our daily call to a different standard, we will never grasp our temporary call to an assignment.

  • Jun 10, 2018Different- Values in an Unholy Culture
    Jun 10, 2018
    Different- Values in an Unholy Culture
    Series: Different

    When my three children were young, we travelled as a family for a month throughout Southeast Asia. Everywhere we went, people would stare at Bradley, Chloe and Emily, and some would even try to touch them. People were fascinated by them and they became the centre of attention so often because they were so different; they stood out. People would “Ooo” and “Ahhh” at them, in awe of their baby blonde hair and gorgeous blue eyes, which screamed that they were foreigners. It was obvious they were not Asian, they did not belong there and they certainly did not fit in.

    When the Apostle Peter was writing to a group of people that were severely persecuted in the First Century, he told them to live out their time on earth as ‘foreigners’ in reverent fear (1 Peter 1:17). Other translations say ‘temporary residents’ or ‘strangers.’ Peter, inspiring hope, reminds his readers again and again that this world was not their home; they were just passing through, they were sojourners.

    This world is not our home either. Peter reminds us that as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven we are foreigners here on earth and therefore we will stand out. If you're a follower of Jesus, you're called to be different. You'll have different values, different passions, different uses of your time and different uses of your resources. You'll be different as a parent, you'll be different as a spouse, you'll be different in the way that you work. The result of a different life driven by faith should be that people are fascinated by you.

  • Jun 3, 2018Different- Faith in Trials
    Jun 3, 2018
    Different- Faith in Trials
    Series: Different

    It may not always be obvious, but Christians are called to be different. Not just any kind of different, a special kind of different that the bible calls ‘HOLY.’ It's the same kind of different that God is. It’s not always easy trying to be holy. Trying to be different like God is difficult, because life itself is often not predictable.

    Almost from the moment you take your first breath life is challenging: going to school, navigating relationships, building a career, growing a family. All of these things add challenges and complications to life. Then add life’s more unpredictable events: being laid-off at work, having a car breakdown, being evicted from your home, flood, bushfire, divorce, the death of family members and friends. It doesn’t take long to figure out that life comes with some very traumatic challenges and trials. But if we read the scriptures and listen to the teachings of Jesus, we know that we are called to be holy in the face of these trials. We are called to be different, just like God is different, when we are confronted with trauma and pain.

    This week Phil is going to launch a brand new message series, walking through the New Testament book of 1 Peter. We will consider and try to better understand that when trials come, we are called to stand strong in our faith and be different.

  • May 20, 2018Pentecost – The Power of The Holy Spirit
    May 20, 2018
    Pentecost – The Power of The Holy Spirit
    Series: Pentecost
    When we are young we often develop quite separate worlds, for instance one when we are at school and another when we are at home. On occasions those worlds meet; parent teacher nights, birthday parties or perhaps a parent volunteering in the school canteen. When I went to high school, this meeting of worlds went to a whole new level. My father was a teacher at my high school, he was always there. My friends all wondered what it was like and actually thought it must have been terrible and hard and awkward all the time. It wasn’t. It was actually pretty great.
    In the Bible we see something similar. For millennia humans had considered God to be resident in some temple or other place of worship. There were specific places and times when people would go to meet with God. There appeared to be one world for God and one for humanity, with only occasional times and places when the two would overlap. When Jesus ascended to heaven, everything changed. In Acts 2 we read the incredible story of God coming to live in ALL people as the Holy Spirit. Not just occasionally, not in specific places, not just in the person of Jesus, but in all people, all the time. Some people might think that makes life terrible, hard and awkward all the time. It wasn’t. It is actually pretty great.
    Tune in as we talk about what the Holy Spirit brings to the lives of all believers.
  • May 13, 2018Foundations Week 11 – What about the church?
    May 13, 2018
    Foundations Week 11 – What about the church?
    Series: Foundations
    A young man was struggling in his faith and found himself drifting in his doubts. Seeking advice, he went to see a wise older man who lived in a cottage with a coal fire. The two men discussed the young man’s troubles, and as they did the older man got up and walked over to the fire. With his tongs, he reached in and took a red-hot coal out of the fire and placed it on the hearth. He watched the coal transform from red-hot to black and cool. When the young man finished speaking, the wise old man picked up his tongs once again and put the coal back into the fire. Within a few minutes the coal was red-hot again. He didn’t need to say a thing. The young man left knowing exactly why his faith had gone dull.
     
    There seems to be a trend in western society of people who are saying goodbye to the local church. We’ve heard statistics of those who leave because they no longer believe or they are no longer engaged. But, surprisingly, others leave because they say they want more of God in their lives and the church just isn’t doing it for them. Often, their disenchantment with the Church is legitimate. But we have to ask, would Jesus, the Head of the Church, favour a churchless Christianity? Many who are disillusioned with the Church today romanticise the early church, not realising how broken things were then as well. Take Corinth, for example. As the most prominently represented New Testament church, Corinth was a dysfunctional mess. But Paul never gave up on Corinth. Instead of walking away, he pressed in. He knew why the church existed, and he believed in what it could be.
     
    There is no such thing as a perfect local church. But the impact of being part of a local church is transformative. It’s where we live in community with other believers; where we belong; where we work together. The church is where we grow, recharge and reignite our faith. It’s where we be Jesus, together. In this message we wrap up our ‘Foundations’ series by answering the question, “What about the church?” Tune in as we we’re reminded of why the church really matters.