2505, 2021

Boldly

 We boldly need to continue to teach, equip and correct using all scripture Over these last months the attack on the Christian Church and the inspiration and authority of the Bible has not abated, despite the pandemic and the continuing acts of terrorism around the world. Some in the Church believe that we have brought this upon ourselves when scripture has been made culturally understandable to the society of today; when this is done sometimes the biblical message is sifted by worldly experience or knowledge until it fits with that experience and knowledge. This has happened in the context of marriage and family where the scriptural purpose and values of marriage and family are almost completely opposed to the world view. Regrettably, there are some in the Christian Church who believe their marriage, their family and indeed their life are all good, but is their measure against the world’s [...]

1012, 2020

In any year Christmas can be difficult times….

In any year Christmas can be difficult times for many families and individuals, and this year there have been added “stressors” during the year through quarantine-related separation and loss. Where families, or friends are experiencing anxiety or depression, it is okay to acknowledge it! Stress grows when people feel pushed and pulled in several seemingly impossible directions all at the same time. Stress also grows as spouses become more and more fatigued from trying to meet others’ needs and expectations, and sometimes from the usually unfounded fear of somehow letting their family and others down at Christmas. It is an unfortunate reality of life that when a husband or wife feels stressed they often turn away from their spouse. At a time when they need each other, they may instead criticize each other, which experts agree will be unhelpful. When under stress, a person is likely to take their frustration verbally [...]

812, 2020

One Ethic

One Ethic, One Standard in Life - GOD's Back in 2003 John C Maxwell had published a little book with a challenging title for some “There’s No Such Thing as Business Ethics” with a dedication reading “This book is dedicated to you for your commitment to making ethical decisions and living an ethical life. Doing the right thing may not always be easy – but it is always right.” He bases his arguments on what has been called The Golden Rule -  “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 Through the twists and the turns of the year that we have seen in our nation from the fires through to Covid-19 we have had one certainty “we can trust in the Lord”, amongst the many verses in scripture this one is often [...]

812, 2020

Marriage and Divorce 2019

Overview of Marriages and Divorces in 2019 Matthew 19:3-6 “And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” [ESV] Back on the 27th November the Australian Bureau of Statistics issued its 2019 report on marriage and divorce which escaped the notice of many. The ABS state in their report that “There were 113,815 registered marriages in Australia in 2019, a decrease of 5,373 (4.5%) compared to 2018 (119,188).” Included in this figure [...]

1008, 2020

God’s design for sex, marriage, and the family matters

“The greatest political storm flutters only a fringe of humanity. But an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children literally alter the destiny of nations.” – G. K. CHESTERTON God’s design for sex, marriage, and the family matters. It matters to God and it should matter to us. It matters to our communities and to our nation – Marriage is a main component of the Lord’s blueprint for humans to flourish spiritually and materially. The health of a community directly correlates to the types of relationships that build it. Marriage and thus families are the foundational elements of every society because societies and cultures are comprised of lots of families living in them. We in the church should be world changers; and one way to do it is through forming communities with a marriage culture that shows God’s design and purpose for marriage to the world [...]

504, 2019

THE CHALLENGE – Building Christ centred marriages across the nation

We live in a relationally broken culture which is driven by world values! We in the church need to meaningfully show the world how fullness of life can extend beyond the individual into a committed, God-honouring Christ centred marriage? Our God is a relational God who is in a perfect triune relationship. Jesus said “...I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly”(John 10:10 NRSV). We believe that our Lord desires all married people to have meaningful and fulfilling marriages. In our ministry, ‘pre-marriage’ and also marriage provides an incredible opportunity to share the gospel. There are still people who will look to the church for help, before getting married and during their marriage, whether it is in trouble or for ideas to make their marriage better. The starting point for great lives, great marriages is of course salvation, and seeking to lead Christ centred lives, and the [...]

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband..”—
Ephesians 5. 31-33

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