Friday 10th February 2023
Relativism has entered every area of our lives. This is true in terms of how we approach family as well. We see throughout scripture how unideal families battle with the reality life presents. There is violence, abandonment, disregard, role confusion and myriads of challenges families have to contend with. The question is… how do you manage the tension between where you are, and the ideal? The options to resist, redefine or ridicule the ideal family as a concept, will not bring restoration to family but rather lead to further disillusionment.
Last Sunday I was made acutely aware of the pain and brokenness in our families and especially our marriages. Many people could deeply associate with me and my family’s gap between real and ideal. As well as the complexity of not letting go of the ideal – especially in marriage!
When the Apostle Paul refers to a blueprint for marriage, he looks past all the possible candidates found in the Bible and points to a surprising example of covenant love:
'Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. '
Ephesians 5:25-28 NIV
We see Christ as the prototype husband. He gives himself up for her. What a statement. The fulfilment of the husband is found in the fulfilment of the bride’s needs. That leads to a radiant bride!
We all can benefit on two levels from this truth: Firstly, we can be assured of Christs commitment to us to the end! Secondly, we can draw from this inspirational help for our own marriages, that of our children, and those in our communities. It means those of us not married – for which there are many reasons – can play an indirect role in marriages by upholding the only worthy blueprint for marriage found in scripture.
This coming Sunday, Ben Price will dive deeper in this beautiful expression of love. Do not miss the opportunity to invite friends and family!
Fuse Youth | Friday 10th February
HEY FUSE YOUTH… This week at FUSE Youth it is Real Talk #1. See you there!
Sunday Service | Relationship Goals
This Sunday we have a guest speaker, Christian comedian Ben Price who will bring you a fantastic message sprinkled with humour. Ben will be sharing about relationship goals, marriage, and family. If you can't make it, you can catch up on our YouTube channel.
Kids Church | Sunday 12th February
This week at Kids Church…
2 to 4-year-olds | Mary and Martha | Luke 10: 38-42
5 to 12-year-olds | Love Your Enemies | Matthew 5:43-47
Register your child/ren below before attending if you are new
Boys Brigade | Monday 13th February
Be part of the action Monday night. For over 20 years the Boys Brigade has advanced Christ’s Kingdom among boys.
ANCHORS | Grades 1 & 2: 6pm – 7.15pm
JUNIORS | Grades 3 – 6: 7pm – 8.30pm
SENIORS | Grades 7 to 18 years old: 7pm – 9.30pm
Baptism Class | Wednesday 15th February
Perhaps you are interested in getting baptised or would like to know more about what baptism is all about. If that is you, then we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible.
Forge Young Adults Summer Camp | Friday 17th February
We are going to Bonnie Doon for Summer Camp! This is a weekend not to be missed by any YA (Age 16+). Make sure you bring all of your friends and get ready for a great weekend!
Life@Work Conference | Saturday 18th February
Life@Work Conference is City Bible Forum’s annual conference to encourage Christians in the workplace. Since 2013, the conference has been equipping and empowering Christians from around Australia, and the world, for their life and witness in the workplace.
Mental Health Support Gathering | Tuesday 21st February
These Gatherings are facilitated by Christians who wish to walk alongside people in their journey, loving and caring for them by providing a safe place to be heard and share life’s challenges together, offering friendship and hope. In addition, the Gatherings will provide tools to assist people in dealing with life, with specialist speakers addressing relevant topics.
Seniors Ministry | Wednesday 22nd February
Be enthralled by the history and beauty of this amazing country! As Larry & Sharon ministered there for 4 years, they will share intimate memories. If possible, wear something sky blue and white! We meet in the Connect Lounge at 1.30pm to 4.00pm Please bring a plate for everyone to share.
Baptisms | Sunday 26th February
Baptism is the complete immersion into water of those who have confessed their faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and their Saviour. Complete the expression of interest form if you would like to be contacted about being Baptised.
Young Families Camping | Friday 3rd March – Sunday 5th March
Time is ticking if you would like to camp with other young families at Warburton Holiday Park on March 3-5! Sites are filling up and are not being held for us, and we would hate anyone to miss out! Fabulous opportunity to camp with other families in a beautiful area near a river and fantastic water park.
If camping isn't possible for you this time, why not plan to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy some time with us during the day on Saturday 4 (no need to book but we'd love it if you tell us you are coming!)
Thank you for being His Presence in Every Place!