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Today Kel Willis brought us the message “Unveiling the mystery of the Gospel” from Ephesians 3:1-20.
Our associate pastor John-Jo Burns reflecting on “The Power of Hope” wrote
This week the NSW Government released their “Roadmap to Freedom” from lockdown. I don’t know about you, but as I read the list of things we’d be allowed to do again (including meet in-person as a church!) I felt a sense of excitement in my soul. Even though nothing in my immediate context had changed—we’re still in lockdown for the foreseeable future—this roadmap gave me a hope for the future that I didn’t have before and made the difficulties of lockdown a little more tolerable.
Hope plays an important part in our lives. From small hopes—“I hope my package arrives today”—to large hopes—“I hope to become an engineer when I grow up”—our hopes shape our decisions and our responses to the circumstances we find ourselves in.
As Christians, we’re called to put our hope in God. Paul writes, “But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” (1 Thes 5:8) Here he’s saying that our salvation, made possible through Jesus’ death, is our hope and so our decisions and responses to life should ultimately be shaped by that hope. Living this way protects us from losing sight of what’s important—God and his plans. We may hope in roadmaps, packages or vocations, but ultimately our hope is in God and that makes all the difference to life.
Do you hope in God? If so, how is that evident in your life? If you get time, I recommend reading and reflecting on 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.
Associate pastor John-Jo Burns
Our first song is “May the peoples praise you”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.
Our second song today is “It was finished upon that cross”.
Bible Reading & Sermon
Ephesians 3 – Unveiling the Mystery of the Gospel – Rev Kel Willis
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The final song for today is “How deep the Father’s love for us”.
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