Mar 1, 2015
We Are Compassionate
Posted by Rebecca Inglis
Series: We Are...
Paul, in the book of Ephesians, walks us through what it means to be a community of faith. A Kingdom culture is evident when we are growing in faith, when we are humble, accepting, respectful, when we work together, when we speak the truth in love. This Sunday morning at 10am, we continuing looking at who we are as the church and consider the importance of compassion and encouragement.
 
The ministry of Jesus flowed from His heart of compassion toward those in need. Compassion is a word of action. It is not observing from the sidelines; it is the heartfelt care for another with both the intent and action. The Church is to be the conduit through which people experience the steadfast love and compassion of God. Isaiah 30:18 says, "The Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion." The Church can do no less.
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  • Mar 1, 2015We Are Compassionate
    Mar 1, 2015
    We Are Compassionate
    Posted by Rebecca Inglis
    Series: We Are...
    Paul, in the book of Ephesians, walks us through what it means to be a community of faith. A Kingdom culture is evident when we are growing in faith, when we are humble, accepting, respectful, when we work together, when we speak the truth in love. This Sunday morning at 10am, we continuing looking at who we are as the church and consider the importance of compassion and encouragement.
     
    The ministry of Jesus flowed from His heart of compassion toward those in need. Compassion is a word of action. It is not observing from the sidelines; it is the heartfelt care for another with both the intent and action. The Church is to be the conduit through which people experience the steadfast love and compassion of God. Isaiah 30:18 says, "The Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion." The Church can do no less.
  • Feb 22, 2015SNS: Consistency
    Feb 22, 2015
    SNS: Consistency
    Posted by Rebecca Inglis
     
  • Feb 22, 2015We Work Together and Speak the Truth In Love
    Feb 22, 2015
    We Work Together and Speak the Truth In Love
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: We Are...
    Our family have recently been watching some of the early seasons of the ‘90s sitcom 'Friends’. The first interesting thing to note was that none of these friends had mobile phones! Then, later in the show they got some phones but they were very simple devices, not at all like the phones young adults carry around now.
     
    The other thing to note about the show is that it’s heavily based on extended conversations, either in the living room of an apartment, or the couch of the ‘central perk’ coffee shop. In each episode, humorous conversations would be centred around things like, relationship difficulties, sex and family issues, everyday living frustrations and employment problems. Episodes reveal differences around understanding the problem being faced and the various approaches that could provide a solution. Much of the interest comes from the honesty, the truthfulness with which they approach conversations, and their willingness to listen to the contribution each of the friends makes, because it's clear to each of them how much they are loved and valued by the other members of the 'friends' small-group.
     
    In many ways the group reflects a small piece of heaven on earth, a small group of people sharing life in deep and meaningful ways. While the friends clearly lack the wisdom, power and guidance of the Holy Spirit as part of their lives, the relationships they have with each other do reflect the kinds of relationships the bible suggests we should strive for when it says we should work together, building each other up by speaking the truth in love.
  • Feb 15, 2015We Are Accepting and Respectful
    Feb 15, 2015
    We Are Accepting and Respectful
    Posted by Rebecca Inglis
    Series: We Are...
    In a speech Lady Gaga once said, “I think acceptance and love is something that feeds every community.” While we may not appreciate all that Lady Gaga says or does I believe this statement is God inspired. This deep truth is foundational to any community. As a church, we believe we should be a flag-ship example of what it is to be an accepting and loving community.
    Fred* is a bloke who walks into our building a few times a week. He looks homeless (I am not sure if he is or not) but he is disheveled and unkempt and speaks awkwardly and seems to have some form of mental illness. Over the last year I have seen many people from the corps who are here during the week and on Sunday mornings having a chat, shouting him coffee and speaking to him with respect and acceptance. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed but, over the last year or so he has changed his appearance, his speech has become clearer, his attitude has become less aggressive and even cheerful. He said to a staff member in the foyer this week that he even enjoyed dropping into the meeting, because he felt ‘Lifted Up.’
    Respect and acceptance is something that feeds every community.
  • Feb 8, 2015We Are Humble
    Feb 8, 2015
    We Are Humble
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: We Are...
    How would you feel if your mother came into your work and asked your boss to give you a raise? When I first started work I wasn't keen for my parents to be seen dropping me off, let alone come in and talk to the manager of the McDonalds store.
    Imagine then you are one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, you are a student of the most influential, controversial, famous and powerful teacher ever. A teacher who's teaching centred around the kingdom of God, a kingdom in which he would be ruler. Now imagine that your mother comes up to your teacher one day and asks that you (and your brother) be given preferential treatment when Jesus sits on the throne of this Kingdom. Surprisingly It happened to James and John, they must have been embarrassed. One of the key descriptions of people of the Kingdom of God is humility and therefore the very request negated any possibility of it being granted.
  • Feb 1, 2015We Are Growing in Faith
    Feb 1, 2015
    We Are Growing in Faith
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: We Are...
    How many of you would describe your High School experience as 'Heavenly'? I went to a church run high school in western Sydney and our principal would often say that our school was a little slice of heaven here on earth. To our ears it sounded ridiculous. The junior boys change room after sport was closer to hell than heaven, especially if cleanliness is next to Godliness.
    Obviously there is something profound in what my old principal said and it had to do with the culture of a community of faith. The ways in which people spoke and behaved towards God and each other that is radically different.
  • Jan 25, 2015Testing
    Jan 25, 2015
    Testing
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: New Year
    Jesus was tested by the devil.
  • Jan 18, 2015Influence
    Jan 18, 2015
    Influence
    Posted by Rebecca Inglis
    Series: New Year
    No matter who we are, we have the ability to use our influence to shine the light of God brightly onto someone else's path OR we have the ability to use influence for power and manipulation and evil, and to cast a shadow of pain and hurt onto someone else. Join with us this Sunday at 10am as we seek to understand better the influence we have and how to use it in the way God intended.