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The Pastors’ Post

Here is a short video from one of our pastors, Stew, as he talks about life at SCPC this week.

Welcome to The Pastors’ Post an update about life at Southern Cross. On Wednesday this week, our special guest in The Lounge Room was former deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson, who joined us on ZOOM. John’s warmth, depth of character, integrity and Christian conviction was evident. In his time, he shared with us his passion for civil freedom and freedom of conscience. He also reflected with us on the prayers that filled his life as he led our nation as Acting Prime Minister through the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He closed his time with us outlining what he would say if he found himself across the road in country NSW where he lives and his neighbour asked him: what must he do to be saved? He described a clear, winsome explanation of Christ crucified. It was brilliant!

Now this weekend is our AGM. Three letters that could see some people turn around and run the opposite direction! But our Leadership Team and Committee of Management encourage you not to run, but to come. Come to hear about how we seek to enact our mission at Southern Cross through our generosity. The Budget we presented at our Congregational meeting last November will be re-presented so there shouldn’t be any surprises. And yet it won’t surprise you that our budget is our operating budget and doesn’t capture everything we aspire towards so please consider how you can give towards our budget and also grow our generosity to support our vision at Southern Cross Presbyterian Church.

Finally, this weekend is our last time with Linda. I have loved having Linda with us and our Equip night with her on Tuesday was superb. If you missed it, chat to someone who was there and ask them to tell you a story: about a short man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, wealthy, cheat! Please pray for Linda as she prepares to return to Taiwan later this year.

Let me close with what this short man, Zacchaeus, receives in the end of his encounter with Jesus. From Luke 19:7-10:

7 All the people saw this and began to mutter,
“He (Jesus) has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord,
“Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything,
I will pay back four times the amount.”

9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house,
because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Thanks for tuning into The Pastors’ Post.

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This Sunday 28th February

This Sunday 28th February, we’ll be seeing God’s mission spreading across the world in our Term One series: ‘To the Ends of the Earth’. Stew Playsted & Matt Crosthwaite will be opening up the Bible to Acts chapter 19, to consider how repentance leads to a magical change in people, turning them from idols to the living God. We’ll be asking the question: What does repentance look like in your life?

Unfortunately, if you are sick on the day, you will not be able to attend and will need to access a Covid test.

If you’re unable to meet in person on any Sunday, you’re welcome to listen to an audio recording of the Bible talk here on our website.

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Equip with Linda

There’s more than one way to share the gospel! Join with Linda tonight, 7:30pm at Park Ave to learn one creative way to make the message hearable.

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The Pastors’ Post

Here is a short video from one of our pastors, Stew, as he talks about life at SCPC this week.

Welcome to The Pastors’ Post, an update about life at Southern Cross. On Wednesday night this week, our Vision Coordinators and Apprentices met with Paul McKendrick. Paul is Associate Superintendent with Ministry & Mission and his role is to support and encourage healthy pastoral ministry across NSW. He warned us about some of the dangers of Gospel ministry and some prominent Christian leaders who have fallen through grave moral failure or power imbalances.  

So he took us to 1 Thessalonians chapter two to be reminded of what healthy Gospel ministry and communities look like. It was a tremendous night, we are grateful to Paul and ministry and mission for their support of Southern Cross and our Gospel Communities.

Now, don’t forget our DNAs will not be meeting next week as Tuesday night is our first Equip night of 2021 as Linda helps us to think of strategies that can help us move across the road to share the Gospel with our neighbours.

Some of the work of Linda and the OMF team in their development of storytelling techniques may become more and more helpful as we engage our post-Christian society and culture. So please join us next Tuesday 23rd Feb at Park Ave, 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start.

Then the next day, we have our first Lounge Room of 2021 with a special guest. I can assure the retirees from Southern Cross it will prove to be a fruitful time as we listen to this Christian leader. They will join us on Zoom, but we invite our retirees to Park Ave from 11am-12:30pm to watch the Zoom meeting together. Alternatively, you can of course Zoom in from home if you are more comfortable to do that. Details will be on the website today regarding next week’s Lounge Room.

Finally, from next Sunday 28th Feb, we will be transitioning to the NSW Services App sign-in QR scanner, in line with business and community groups in NSW. Remember as you may have used the app in many other settings, if you have dependents you can save those settings to aid a more prompt sign in process. We have a NSW services QR code available this Sunday 21st if you wish to trial it ready for the move to that system on Sunday 28th Feb at Southern Cross’s Sunday gatherings.

Let me close with the reading our Vision Coordinators & Apprentices spent some time in on Wednesday night, from 1 Thessalonians 2: 

5 You know we never used flattery,
nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—
God is our witness.
6 We were not looking for praise from people,
not from you or anyone else,
even though as apostles of Christ
we could have asserted our authority.
7 Instead, we were like young children among you.

Just as a nursing mother cares for her children,
8 so we cared for you.
Because we loved you so much,
we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God
but our lives as well.

9 Surely you remember, brothers and sisters,
our toil and hardship;
we worked night and day
in order not to be a burden to anyone
while we preached the gospel of God to you.
10 You are witnesses, and so is God,
of how holy, righteous and blameless
we were among you who believed.
11 For you know that we dealt with each of you
as a father deals with his own children,
12 encouraging, comforting and urging
you to live lives worthy of God,
who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

Thanks for tuning into The Pastors’ Post.

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