Good morning church, This Sunday with the rapidly changing environment and proximity to Christmas, we have decided to use an external video for todays sermon. One of the joys of the internet is that you have access to the greatest preachers both alive and passed, RC Sproul being the former. He was an amazing preacher and you can find many more of his sermons either on his website (ligonier.com) or through YouTube.
As far as getting back to church goes, that is still largely unknown. With both the northern and southern zones of the beaches still in lockdown it is likely that we will be online for at least the next few weeks. If you do live on the beaches, please stay in the zone you live in.
When we are allowed back, our ability to meet in our building will be dependent on the people per square meters rule. We will endeavor to keep you updated with all that we know. I (Ben) have cancelled the leave that I was meant to be taking currently so feel free to contact me if you have any queries.
Stay safe, have a good week and please follow the health requirements.
This Weeks Sermon
From the Ligonier website: Ours is an age that emphasizes emotionalism and experience. Emotions and experiences are not necessarily bad things, but they should not be set up in opposition to the mind, to reason. In this message, Dr. R.C. Sproul exhorts us to remember that Jesus called us to love God with all of our minds.
Blessed Christmas everyone. This year will be very different for us on the Northern Beaches. Just a week ago we would have expected to be celebrating this day together. A lot has changed and yet the point and purpose of Christmas has not. We can still celebrate that fateful day when Jesus was born.
This Christmas, we want to focus in on one of the names that Jesus was given, a name that sums up the entire series we have been working with. Emmanuel, God with us. Log in this Friday as we see how Jesus is the only reason and the only way that we can experience a life with God both in here and now as well as into the eternal future
Sunday 20 December:
Over the last four Sundays, we have considered the ways in which we can get the point and the purpose of our relationship with God wrong. Each of the mistakes we have considered are easy to make and some of them even appear to be morally desirable. Each of them though misses the point because each replace a relationship with God with something else.
This week though, as we approach Christmas, we step back and look at the big picture. We ask the question, "what is it that God really desired from us?" Tracing three of the key points of the Biblical story we see that what God wants is something more meaningful than we often conceive or imagine. What he wants is us with him, eternally
Sunday 13 December- Ben Peletier 10am @ 58 Fisher Road Dee Why
Luke 15:25-32 - Life For God
Last week we looked at how a life from God can in many way sound good, but can become dangerous to our faith. If life is simply from God, then we can easily end up expecting him to simply meet our needs and desires. This week though, we look at an equally tempting attitude, a life for God.
Like all of the postures we have considered, a life for God sounds like a positive thing, it's something we need to do. Yet as we see in Jesus parable of the prodigal son, if this is the primary way we relate to God, we too can find ourselves distanced from God, wondering what it is missing or what we have done wrong.