This Sunday Phil Wheeler will be opening the Bible to John 14 and Jesus’ powerful line “I am the way and the truth and the life”. We will explore whether that is an astonishingly arrogant line or whether Jesus can actually claim it!You might like to read Stew’s Pastors’ Pen to help you prepare and pray for Sunday and you can find a study to use in your DNAs next week here.
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Welcome to The Pastors’ Pen… An update for life at Southern Cross.
In a few days we’ll have our Food for Thought Sunday!
How did your Food for Thought go? Our Gospel Community shared a counter meal together at a local club. But more important than the meal, have you been able to pray that our family and friends who don’t know Jesus might be able to see that Jesus is not bad for you (as our culture seems to be advocating). Rather, He is great for you! Offering you salvation, identity, contentment and deep satisfaction.
But don’t be too worried if your friend or neighbour can’t come, Jesus can sort something out! What about inviting them to read John’s gospel with you through Word One to One? Watch this video to stimulate your thinking and praying!
Sadly, Phil has been unwell in Sydney, but is still eager to join us. If his health does not improve, we will aim to pre-record the Bible talk and postpone the Equip night until Term 4.
Remember we are heading to John 14 on Sunday. Our family read it around the breakfast table this week. You might like to pre-read it too, so you are better prepared to answer questions of friends and family that may come up.
Listen to this potent and intriguing little conversation from John 14:
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.
As I’ve reflected on Psalm 23 over the last few weeks I’ve been particularly struck by the shepherd imagery. It brings to mind one who cares for, protects and nurtures his sheep. And when the Lord is our shepherd everything we need is provided for. As the psalm says, we lack nothing. This gentle, nurturing picture continues in verses 2-3 as the shepherd gives the sheep rest in green pastures and cares for their needs beside quiet waters. The shepherd guides and directs the sheep, leading them on the right paths. Then in verse 4 the shepherd protects, comforts and directs the sheep through the darkest valleys. Even in the darkest of days our Lord, and Shepherd, is there with us. There’s a real intimacy in these verses. When I read them I’m struck again by how blessed we are to have Jesus as our Good Shepherd who is with his sheep through all of life’s ups and downs, guiding, protecting, caring and nurturing us.
Welcome to The Pastors’ Pen—a written update for life at Southern Cross.
This week, James, Matt, Sue and I spent a couple of days at the Reach Australia conference.
It was an excellent time of Bible teaching and thoughtful seminars on how we can effectively and enthusiastically reach Australia for Christ.
A question we kept getting from Christian leaders around the country was: How is Lismore?
It’s hard to know how to answer, really, isn’t it?. It depends. Our physical city still lies broken. Many many are still without their broken homes.
So we are excited to be able to host Tim Dyer and his wife Merran this weekend as they guide us on how we respond to this brokenness and how we can continue to minister to beautiful local people whose lives are still so shattered.
So join us at Lismore High School from 2:30pm-4pm this Sunday for the seminar with Tim and Merran.
Also, please continue to pray for our ‘Food for Thought Week’ next week, that in the midst of the brokenness, people might still hear that Jesus is not bad for them!… but a stable, secure and safe place to find inconceivable hope and joy.
This is our hope both now and forever:
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. 1 Peter 1:3-4
Welcome to the Pastors’ Pen, a written update for life at Southern Cross…
Is Jesus bad for you?
Is Jesus bad for the world!?
It sounds a little bit crazy to our ears and yet that seems to be a growing trend in our post-Christian, secular culture. Now, I don’t think people would say ‘Jesus is bad for you’… But they would say the stuff that Christians push around, the exclusive claims of their religion aren’t just laughable but dangerous.
It is this space that we will get a taste of at Food for Thought Sunday coming up in two weeks’ time. Phil Wheeler will be opening the Bible to John 14 and Jesus’ powerful line “I am the way and the truth and the life” and explore whether that is an astonishingly arrogant line, or whether Jesus can actually claim it!
So, as you go out for a meal with your GC or DNA, host someone in your home or chat over coffee with your friends in the lead up to Food for Thought (May 23-27) here are some questions to have floating around in your head…
Do you think faith is a good or bad thing?
Why do you believe what you believe?
Aren’t all religions the same anyway?
As you’re chatting over your meal/coffee you might like to put these questions out there and see how the conversation goes! Then, remember to invite the person to Food for Thought Sunday on May 29.
On Food for Thought Sunday we will then hear from Jesus himself on why believing in him isn’t bad, but good and actually brilliant! I pray you are really excited about Food for Thought this year. Get praying, get inviting, get ready for some people to not be interested and some of the most unexpected ones to want to get in on it.
Phil will be preaching evangelistically on May 29 across our three gatherings – SCG at 9am, 9:45am at Lismore High School and 6pm at Lismore High School. Following 9:45am at LHS, we are aiming to have a barista caravan on-site and some delicious finger food.
Is Jesus bad for you? Do faith and religion need to be squeezed out of our culture? What does faith do anyway? Is there hope beyond death?
These questions and more will be answered as we head to John 14 on Food for Thought Sunday, May 29. I’ll let Jesus have the last word:
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.