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John3(3)

August 28th, 2017
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Jesus has said you must be born again. He has declared that he is the only one who has come from heaven. So no human pretenders had any value –and that included the pompous Romans Emperors.

He predicts he will be lifted up like the snake in the wilderness to demonstrate the love of God for us all.

And now we will look at one of the best known scriptures. In the US people wear this verse on T shirts.

John 3:I6

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Gave: sent to die. The metaphor here is of a father who sends his precious son to serve a cause that is larger than the immediate family.

It evokes the feeling of parents sending their children off to war, a feeling that pulls on our hearts today. Yet the cause is the opposite of war, and the focal point turns the military values of the time on their head.

It’s just as amazing — only a million times more so — as if you should say to your son, “There is something I want you to do for me: I have some enemies – hearts that are hostile to me – that deserve to perish, and I want you to go and die in their place, so that they can be born again and have eternal life.”

Whatever else we know about God, that is at the core of who he is.

All of God, as we heard in the Bible reading, is in this decision. It is a freedom within God that has purposed this from the beginning.

It was always known that the task was monumental.

John 3:17-18

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

He is not like the destroying snakes. They inject their poison. Their sin is already in them – their sin will kill them.

This “Son” is not like the other so-called “Sons of God,” Emperors who come to conquer by violence and terror.

This “Son” is not sent to condemn and judge and exclude but to invite the world into a saving circle of trust and offer life.

And yet Jesus has described the working of God in this world like the wind. It doesn’t happen the way we plan or predict. Where or what type of people receive this new life from above can surprise us. This plan involves a deep trust in God’s wisdom which confounds the wisdom of this world.

God is free. None of us deserves to be made alive. And none of us has the power to make it happen. If anybody is rescued, God does it.

Paul had a prayer, we heard in Ephesians, for the church which really applies to this verse:

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Brown’s farewell

August 9th, 2017
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On Saturday September 2nd we will be officially saying good bye to Peter and Lenita Brown who are moving to Melbourne. There is an open invitation to the occasion. The service commences at 2.30pm. the actual farewell starts at 3.30pm. followed by tea/coffee and snacks.

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August Church Matters

August 7th, 2017
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The August issue of Church matters is now available.

In it we share our overseas mission budget, update on registration of the the land in Liberia and the closure of the school there, a report on the toiletry bags for the women’s refuge centre and a PNG update from Alotau.

To view please click here.

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