Following in the footprints of Jesus


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Meetings via ZOOM

With the corona virus disrupting lives across the world, and without access to our usual meeting place at Opal, we took the bold step this week of setting up this morning's worship service via ZOOM.  In four localities, instead of one, we linked up just before 10:00 a.m. to break bread and to fellowship.  What a blessing, to meet in the safety of our own homes, but through the technology available to everyone with a reliable internet connection.  Praise to our wonderful Father!

New meeting place...

From Sunday, 16 June 2019, we will be meeting in the Ground Floor Meeting Room at the Opal North Lakes Aged Care Centre (2 North Lakes Drive, North Lakes) at the new time of 10:00 a.m.

The Example of Philip the Evangelist

This morning's lesson looked at Acts 8:26-40 and the example of the evangelist Philip, called by the Holy Spirit to minister to a nobleman travelling along the desert road which lead from Jerusalem down to the Philistine city of Gaza.  The eunuch held the distinguished position of Treasurer in the government of Queen Candace of Ethiopia and was apparently a proselyte to the Jewish faith for verse 26 tells us that he "had come up to Jerusalem to worship" (International Standard Version).

Hearing him reading from the Old Testament book of Isaiah, Philip asked if he understood what he was reading, and was invited to join the eunuch in his chariot.  Luke tells us that Philip "began at the same Scripture and preached unto him Jesus."   

Their brief encounter is just one of many conversions presented in the book of Acts which demonstrate the nature of Biblical baptism.  Firstly, baptism is a full immersion in water (verses 36-39), not a sprinkling or pouring as some falsely believe.  Secondly, baptism always follows quickly upon a believer understanding and professing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (verse37).  There is no waiting or delay.

Philip's message was simply the gospel of Jesus, nothing more, nothing less.  As a result of his obedience to Philip's teaching, the eunuch went on his way rejoicing, and Philip was "caught up" by the Lord to continue preaching to the villages along the Mediterranean coast.

The Fruit of the Spirit

This morning's message came from the apostle Paul's letter to the Galatian church, Galatians 5:22-23:

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law."

  • Love – The ability to overlook the sins and faults of others (Matthew 18:21-22)
  • Joy – The ability to worship God from the heart under adverse conditions (Job 1:21)
  • Peace – The ability "to be still and know that I am God" during tough times (Psalm 46:10)
  • Long-suffering (or patience) – The ability to wait on the Lord (Psalm 62:5)
  • Gentleness – The ability to put others before you in kindness and benevolence (Philippians 2:4)
  • Goodness – The ability to live by good, moral worth, even in private (Hebrews 4:13)
  • Faith (or faithfulness) – The ability to believe God when "common sense" says otherwise (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Meekness (or gentleness) – The ability to be tender in spirit, exhibiting no spiritual pride (Numbers 12:3)
  • Temperance (or self-control) – The ability to rule over the desires of the flesh (Romans 8:13)

Salt Cleanses

In this morning's lesson we looked at the Bible's teaching on salt and on how it preserves, how it flavours, how it cleanses, and how it creates thirst.

If we are to be "the salt of the earth", our teaching must also act like salt.

Firstly, it must preserve the integrity, the purpose and the truth of the gospel message.  Secondly, it must help to draw out the flavour of God's Word, so that we can understand it better.  Thirdly, like salt, our teaching must also be a cleanser, purging our minds of men's ideas and centuries of mixed up thinking.

1 Timothy 6:3-5 teaches us that, "Whoever teaches false doctrine and doesn't agree with the accurate words of our Lord Jesus Christ and godly teachings is a conceited person. He shows that he doesn't understand anything. Rather, he has an unhealthy desire to argue and quarrel about words. This produces jealousy, rivalry, cursing, suspicion, and conflict between people whose corrupt minds have been robbed of the truth. They think that a godly life is a way to make a profit." ("God's Word" translation).

Fourthly, our teaching must create a thirst in others to know God and His Word.

Singing Files

Singing has always been one of the key activities of the Lord's church.  From the days of the apostles, Christians have sung psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to teach one another and to praise God.  Acts 16:25, 1 Corinthians 14:15 & 26, Ephesians 5:19-20, Colossians 3:16, James 5:13, for example.

We are presently uploading a cappella songs from around the world to our Singing page.  Hopefully, these will become a resource, not only for listening pleasure, but also for learning new songs.  Most of the songs can be found in our church hymnal Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs.

Merging of Websites

Jesus of Nazareth was one of the most interesting characters ever to walk the earth.  He was a God-fearing man who lived and taught under the Law of Moses, including the Ten Commandments and all the laws and regulations bound on the Jewish people.

In 2017 we will be looking more closely at the life of Jesus, His teachings, and the church which He built, and adding to the material on this website.  Please check back for updates and new material from time to time.  Thanks!

Hymn Book

Our group uses the new Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs hymnal from Sumphonia.

The book contains 850 old and new songs written for four-part harmony.

Bracken Ridge

From this Sunday we will be meeting in the Community Space, part of the Jabiru College in Barrett Street, Bracken Ridge, Queensland.  9:30am each week.

The Bracken Ridge area is well serviced by public transport even on a Sunday morning, with a 330 bus service passing the Community Space and Library site each way roughly every fifteen minutes.

The outbound service from the city,  passing through the suburbs of Chermside, Zillmere, and Taigum, sets down at Stop 37 near the Bracken Ridge Library next door to the Community Space, with the inbound trip departing outside the Library itself.

Coming Soon

In the next few weeks we will be starting a new work on the northern side of Brisbane.  No man-made doctrines, no un-Scriptural titles for leaders... just a simple copy of the New Testament church.  Back soon...

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