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Being Transformed By Prayer

How quickly we can rattle through our prayers! ‘Our Father in heaven … for ever and ever, amen.’ ‘Excellent,’ we think, ‘Done that’. But this will not do. Before winter I swam laps at the pool, using the time to pray one line of the Lord’s Prayer per lap. It was only through slowing down as I prayed that I saw what I’d been missing by galloping over the words. I was…

How To Teach Generosity

How refreshing it is to be treated with astounding generosity! How liberating it is to be generous ourselves! Today we think about generosity as an aspect of discipleship. But, if you’re like me, we all need help with this. How is it taught? Jesus told his disciples to teach his other followers to be generous. This was part of his great commission to his disciples…

Belonging To Church

As we’re progressing through our Discipleship series, isn’t it helpful to see how the topics build on each other: that we are saved by grace, into a relationship with our Lord Jesus, who we know through his word, and we’re therefore a part of the church: God’s people gathered around his word. As Christians, we belong to our Lord Jesus Christ (e.g. Romans 1:6). And, since…

Three Reasons To Follow Jesus

At the heart of who we are is not our membership to a church (though church is essential), nor commitment to a way of life (though how we live matters to God), nor even a set of beliefs (though these are fundamental), but devotion to a person—to Jesus Christ. People first became Jesus’ disciples when he called them to follow him. And they did. They weren’t following a…

Christians Are People Of Praise

Christians are people of praise. We always have been—although we don’t have a monopoly on praise. C.S. Lewis, the Christian writer, said, The world rings with praise—readers praising their favourite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favourite game. C.S. Lewis But Christians are always a people of praise because—through Christ—we know the one…

The Reality Of Easter

By the time I get to the days leading into Easter I expect to have read a number of articles about Christianity and the veracity of the claims about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Normally a newspaper or magazine recycles some theory that casts doubt on whether it is reasonable for Christians to believe what they do. Last weekend I read through all the newspapers…

What Does This Mean?

Amazed and perplexed, they asked ‘What does this mean?’ You see, in Jerusalem that day there were Jews representing many nations and languages, and yet each one heard the proclamation of the Holy Spirit in their own language. They were bewildered because the disciples of Jesus could speak in their own vernacular, and they made perfect sense! How strange to hear something…

Tips For Being A Welcoming Church

Isn’t it wonderful having so many new people joining us at church over these past few weeks, as people have moved to Adelaide for work or study! It’s a reminder to us of the importance of being a church where people are welcomed, and helped to integrate into our community. Our Heavenly Father has welcomed us, bringing us salvation in Christ when we were still his enemies…

Word Up!

Christians are word people. I don’t mean simply that ‘Christians are people of the Word of God’, although that is true. I mean that Christians need to listen, read, think and speak words with great intention and purpose. Let me see if I can explain, starting with some background. Consider the place of the Word in the life of a believer. It was by God’s spoken word that…

Top 10 Books A Christian Should Read

Christians are people of words, so I encourage you to become a good reader. Here are 10 core titles that would give you a solid grounding and a good start. 1. The Bible If you could only read one book, make sure it’s the Bible. With 66 books in one volume, it’s a great deal! Good translations (of the many out there) include the New International Version, the Holman Bible,…