When there’s unrest in the streets…
The past week we have been exposed to the unrest in people’s hearts when protests turned into violence…right here in magnificent Melbourne. It seems even one of the most livable cities in the world can have some serious problems! Who would have thought that it would come to this?
Humans consistently strive for better living circumstances. When we experience reality moving in the opposite way of our ideals it can lead to fear and even anxiety. We hate seeing our dreams turn into dust and that is where we easily step out in reactive behavior that leads to even greater tension. The question remains:
It reminds me of the instance where two of Jesus’ closest disciples tried to position themselves at the top of the perceived hierarchy they believed He was setting up:
‘Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” ‘
Mark 10:35-37 NIV
Jesus’ response was such a challenge for the “me-at-the-top” mindset:
‘Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ‘
Mark 10:35-37,43-45 NIV
Jesus introduces a different way to arrive at the top: strive to be a servant! What a challenge for the mindset of our day. It prompts us to see ourselves in Him and in His way of doing things. This is where we find rest: In Christ…we serve! This is confirmed in the book of Acts which is the book in the Bible that demonstrates the way of life in the early church. This rest in Christ and servanthood like Christ will turn our world upside down. This is God’s way of being a light in a dark world. This is God’s way of achieving a significant and successful life. Are you resting in Christ? Are you serving like Christ? He knows how to take care of you!
Acts 17:28 “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being."
Fuse Youth | Break
Fuse is on a break over the school holidays, but don’t panic! You can catch up on any episodes you have missed on Fuse TV.
Kids Church | Break
Kids Church is taking a short break this weekend but you can catch up on all our episodes on Kids Church TV.
Sunday Service | Work Is Worship – Triumph
We sometimes dislocate Sunday’s faith with Monday’s work. Our purpose to Be His Presence In Every Place integrates these realities with one another. Whether you are retired, a stay-at-home parent, CE0, sole operator or a volunteer somewhere: Your work matters. In this journey we will discover how to make the most of our work-life as we see it as a way to worship. Watch live stream on YouTube and Facebook.
GTM 1 | Tuesday 28th September
The 8-week course itself will start the following week at 7.30pm, and includes the life changing Freedom Weekend on Friday night 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday morning the 21st of November. Book here.
Search To Find | Monday 4th October
These are unprecedented times, where people are looking for answers – why not invite a friend to explore faith, God and spiritual reality from the comfort of their own home. Search will run completely online over ZOOM. ‘Search to Find’ begins with an introductory session, ‘Is it true? When it comes to faith, God, and spiritual reality, how do you know what is real and what is true?
Location: Online Zoom
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GTM 3 | Tuesday 5th October
The final 8-week unit of GTM is designed to help participants develop confidence and to step into their God given purpose in life starting at 7.30pm.
It is not right to let another year go by without grabbing an opportunity to connect, grow, and bring others on the journey!! Book here.
GTM 2 Young Adults | Sunday 10th October
This is the second 8-week unit for those who have completed GTM 1 starting at 12.30pm. Book here.
GTM 2 | Wednesday 13th October
This is the second 8-week unit for those who have completed GTM 1 starting at 7.30pm. It includes a Retreat with God, planned for Saturday 27th November. Book here.
Worship and Praise | Listen
Take a moment, crank up the volume and listen to our fantastic worship team sing beautiful songs of praise and worship. Rest in the moment with God, and listen to what he has to say to you. You can listen on our YouTube Channel playlist, Worship.
Thank you for being His Presence in Every Place!