Dec 6, 2015
The Wisemen
Posted by Phil Inglis

"God, if you are there, give me a sign."
Have you ever said something like that?

Signs and omens are a part of the human psyche. In the case of the Wise Men in the christmas story, they saw a star and interpreted it to mean that the prophesied king of the Jews, who would rule the world, had been born.

Out of all the people in the world who saw the star in the sky, it was the wise men who saw the star, interpreted the evidence and pursued the truth across deserts, rivers and mountains. When leaving to return home they again paid attention to heaven and returned home a different way to avoid the jealous rage of King Herod.

Each year we celebrate Christmas, and even though there are a million things going on, family, friends, presents, food and carols, in the middle of it all, is the sign, the annual reminder, that God did come to earth. If we are truly wise, we will see that sign every year, and celebrate a truth older than the universe, the love of God and hope for the future.

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  • Dec 6, 2015The Wisemen
    Dec 6, 2015
    The Wisemen
    Posted by Phil Inglis

    "God, if you are there, give me a sign."
    Have you ever said something like that?

    Signs and omens are a part of the human psyche. In the case of the Wise Men in the christmas story, they saw a star and interpreted it to mean that the prophesied king of the Jews, who would rule the world, had been born.

    Out of all the people in the world who saw the star in the sky, it was the wise men who saw the star, interpreted the evidence and pursued the truth across deserts, rivers and mountains. When leaving to return home they again paid attention to heaven and returned home a different way to avoid the jealous rage of King Herod.

    Each year we celebrate Christmas, and even though there are a million things going on, family, friends, presents, food and carols, in the middle of it all, is the sign, the annual reminder, that God did come to earth. If we are truly wise, we will see that sign every year, and celebrate a truth older than the universe, the love of God and hope for the future.

  • Nov 29, 2015Knowing God Helps
    Nov 29, 2015
    Knowing God Helps
    Posted by Bill Simpson
    Series: Pray
     
  • Nov 22, 2015Mark Soper – Overcoming Spiritual Staleness
    Nov 22, 2015
    Mark Soper – Overcoming Spiritual Staleness
    Posted by Mark Soper
    Everyone goes through periods where they feel spiritually stale like week old bread.  Often we begin to act a bit the same as well, crusty, tasteless and stale.  
    How do we deal with those times?  What do we do?  How do we dig ourselves out of those mires.  
  • Nov 22, 2015Unity
    Nov 22, 2015
    Unity
    Posted by Rebecca Inglis
    Series: Pray
    John Lennon, before I was even born wrote the song “Imagine” in which he shares his vision that the world would be as one:

    “You may say I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will be as one.”

    After recent world events, many of us would re-iterate this dream and say and pray, peace in our time, O Lord. I truly believe that a key to seeing the world as one, is for the church of Jesus to be one, to be united.

    Paul prayed for unity (Romans 15:5-7), Jesus prayed for unity (John 17:20-23). Why? SO THAT God would be glorified and the world would know that God sent Jesus to reach a lost and broken world. I reckon that so many in the world are sick and tired of hearing about the love of Jesus. They want to see it. And how will they see it? They'll see it when we, the church of Jesus, love one another, accept one another and are unified.

    As we continue to look at prayer, the fact that prayer changes us, my prayer for our church is that we would be united: that we cease comparison, judgement and competition and seek God’s purposes above all else. Join me in praying for a unified church so that God would be glorified and we would indeed see peace, in our time. We look forward to gathering together this Sunday at 10am.

    - 2015.11.22 - PRAY2-UNITY".
  • Nov 15, 2015Strengthened with Power
    Nov 15, 2015
    Strengthened with Power
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Pray

    Martin Luther was great leader in the Christian church around 500 years ago. He had a friend, his right hand man, who became sick. He had lost his voice and all sorts of things were going wrong. Luther received word that his friend was going to die and he should come home to visit with him. Instead Luther sent this message.

    "I command you in the name of God to live because I still have need of you in the work of reforming the church. The Lord will never let me hear that you are dead, but will permit you to survive me. For this I am praying... because I seek only to glorify the name of God."
    That's a pretty powerful statement and in this case Luther's prayers were answered. Myconius recovered, lived for 6 more years and out-lived Martin Luther.

    So often we find ourselves praying prayers that are small and generic. We fall into a trap that means we hold back our prayers, we water them down and generalise them.

    In his letters to different churches in the New Testament Paul writes many prayers. Join us over the next three Sunday's as we take close look at how Paul prayed and how he instructed the early generations of Christ followers to pray.

  • Nov 8, 2015Grander Vision Living
    Nov 8, 2015
    Grander Vision Living
    Posted by Rebecca Inglis
    Series: Just Walk

    Proverbs 29:18 says “Where there is no vision, the people perish” and I have often thought of this in relation to businesses, organizations, churches and movements. But I’ve been challenged lately about what that looks like in an individual life. What does it look like to have no, or a small, vision for your life? I reckon so many people, even Jesus following people, are living life without vision, surviving, rather than living the full abundant life that Jesus purposed for us. In effect, perishing. Do you live with a vision big enough to inspire you?

    I think the word of God encourages us to abandon our lesser visions in favour of living life the way God intended: with one eye on him, one eye on the people he loves, and a heart that beats fast for kingdom-building activity. Jesus really was all about people. Can the same be said of us? Do we live in light of the reality that the only thing we can take to heaven are the people whose lives we touch? Do we then throw our one and only life — all of our energies, our resources, our passion into making a difference with people? If we do live with this sort of Grander Vision, we will one day say, “Now that was a life well-lived!”

    Join us this Sunday for our final instalment of this series, considering how God would have us expand our vision to see things as he sees them, and then what we need to do to act on his leadings.

  • Nov 1, 2015Learn to tell your story well
    Nov 1, 2015
    Learn to tell your story well
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Just Walk

    There is supernatural strength inherent in words. When we speak words of life, of light, of encouragement, of authenticity, and of grace, we can often leave the listener with a deep desire to know more of this God we know.

    The words we choose to use when conveying God’s story and our faith stories can make or break an interaction with someone. So what are the “right” words to use when sharing something as significant as God’s redemptive story? Is there a “right” way to tell your personal faith story?

    Even people who have been following Christ for ages often struggle to convey the heart of God’s redemptive activity and the “nut” of the difference God has makes in their lives. Sometimes people talk too much; they use fuzzy terminology; they drop four-syllable “Christianese” words; they speak in a way that comes across as haughty, pious, or superior. Obviously, none of these approaches serves the cause of Christ very effectively. Reflecting Christ in everyday life by definition means communicating with effectiveness and efficiency — as well as humility, brevity, clarity, and simplicity.

    So, regardless of whether we feel like we are formally “gifted” in evangelism or not, all of us can be prepared to engage in spiritual conversations simply by taking the time to understand our own stories and the story of God. Then, when any conversation takes a spiritual turn, we can relate these two great stories with humility, clarity, and brevity.

    Join us this Sunday as we explore the story of God and consider our own stories as we reflect on the Power of Story.

  • Oct 25, 2015Living in 3D
    Oct 25, 2015
    Living in 3D
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Just Walk

    Developing relationships is hard work. Meeting new people means learning lots of new information, trying to understand the new people you meet and trying to fit them into your understanding of the world. When you move into a new school, move into a new job, when you join a new sports club, or when you join a church. Learning about new people, considering their preferences, their opinions and learning their stories takes effort and energy.

    It’s no wonder that over time, once original introductions and relationships are established we take a deep breath and gradually wind back our efforts to meet new people. We sit back and enjoy the comfortable company of the people we know and like. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with this! Friends are essential, their support and love is integral to our understanding of ourselves.

    But! We want to grow in our influence, we want to make a difference. Whether it be in business, at school or in our efforts to cross rooms, we have to make sure we have the energy and ability to cross rooms and meet people.

    So, how? When you gather up your energy and walk across a room to meet someone new how do you do it best? What do you say? Where do you start? How do you make the meeting matter?

    This Sunday, in our "walk across the room" series, we explore better how to engage with people, build relationships and make our meetings matter.

  • Oct 18, 2015Vines and Giants – Children’s Ministry Sunday
    Oct 18, 2015
    Vines and Giants – Children’s Ministry Sunday
    The Kids message from Wollongong Salvos Kids Ministries Sunday! 
  • Oct 11, 2015The Single Greatest Gift
    Oct 11, 2015
    The Single Greatest Gift
    Posted by Rebecca Inglis
    Series: Just Walk

    For some Christians even the word ‘evangelism’ causes nerves. It makes people uncomfortable. But what if evangelism is as easy as taking a walk across the room?

    This week, the first in a series called Just Walk Across the Room, we are going to consider the enormous kingdom impact we can have if we simply reach out a hand of friendship to people who don’t yet know God.

    Many Christians spend their lives clinging to safe, “Circles of Comfort” instead of looking outside the circle to really see the people they are called to impact. They huddle together with their “already-saved” friends and in doing so, deny God the opportunity to use them in the work of evangelism.

    Jesus modeled a far different approach, in leaving his own Circle of Comfort — the warm, perfect fellowship of the Trinity —in order to come to planet earth. He entered the uncertain and unfamiliar for the explicit purpose of enfolding lost and sin-scarred people—just like you and me—with grace and love. And when his earthly ministry came to a close, Jesus in essence said, “this walk-across-the- room behavior is exactly what I want all of my followers to do in my place! Leave your Circles of Comfort. Reach out your hand, open your mouth, take the risk, and see what my Father might do!”

    Join us this Sunday at 10am as we remember that the greatest gift Christ-followers can give to the people in their lives is an introduction to the God who created them, who loves them, and who has a purpose for them.