The Pastors’ Post

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

Below is the text from the video.

Welcome to The Pastors’ Post, an update about life at Southern Cross.

One week to go until ‘Celebration Someday’!? Isn’t it devastating that we can’t come together after the challenges of this year. I heard about some members of our church family this week saying it was about now they would be thinking about what sort of decorations we would be using at the High School to set up in the main hall for Celebration Sunday. And yet like so many things from school, to sporting clubs, to work places we have had to cancel and postpone and bring wide-scale change.

However, we can be thankful that next Sunday the 20th September we will be able to begin our Celebration Week. We will meet across our four locations on Sunday morning, joined also by those from our 6pm gathering, as there will be no 6pm gathering next week 20th September. In those four locations, we will look at the life of the Visionary Jim Packer and his excitement of the hope of his adoption as a son of God. We will explore Matthew 6 and remind ourselves of the fatherly care of God, even in the midst of a pandemic. We will contemplate and explore what it means to be a daughter to be a son and to find rest in our Father’s care in COVID-19.

Then at 3pm on the same day, that afternoon, we will have a ZOOM webinar where we would have had a live baptism, but at this point we’ve had no one step forward for baptism. However, we will be emailing and posting new members an invitation today about joining our Gospel Community Vision Coordinators from 3-3:30pm at Park Ave in person, so that we can formally welcome them to our church family.

As I said, we will Zoom this welcome as a webinar but invite the new members present at Park Ave to answer two simple questions about life at SCPC. Then, we will personally provide them a gift from our extended church family, and our staff team will also provide a gift to our Vision Coordinators for their heroic endeavours across this year, and particularly through term 3 in serving our church family in these gathered, but multiplied locations and the way in which they’ve encouraged us to find rest in our Father’s care. Finally to end the webinar that afternoon, we will show the photo montage of our year at SCPC. So the webinar will be one not to be missed!!

Let me say we contemplated an epic ZOOM room with the gallery view of ZOOM to screen shot our church family for 2020 and our ‘good life’ on ZOOM, but it all seemed a little chaotic our best bet might be to craft our own version using crosswires photos!!

In the week that follows, from Sunday 20th September until Saturday 26th September, we encourage you in your Gospel Communities to celebrate how we find rest in our Father’s care in COVID-19. Gospel Communities will receive their Celebration Packs on Sunday 20th September that can be distributed across the week in whatever creative ways your Gospel Community plans. If you are not in a gospel community or linked to one and would like to be part of one, please contact our staff team at the office next week. WE also hope to prepare some devotionals from the Psalms for every day of Celebration Week on our website that even though apart we can together celebrate the love and care and protection of our Father God, and that we might find rest in our Father’s care. That’s sure something worth celebrating!

Let me read from Psalm 131:

1 My heart is not proud, Lord,
    my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
    or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
    I am like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child I am content.
3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord
    both now and forevermore.

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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.

Below is the text from the video.

Welcome to The Pastors’ Post, an update on life at Southern Cross.

This weekend, we begin a new series called ‘Visionaries’. It’s a Church History Series on how Christian leaders across the centuries responded to the glorious vision of that glorious God that we’ve seen in Ezekiel. How they sought to live out that vision in their lives, in their generation, and even for us today.

In preparing for the series, I have hugely benefited from Crossway Books. They have a series called ‘The Christian Life’ series so this weekend we’ll be beginning our journey with Augustine, and then next weekend on 13th September, we’ll have a look at the life of Charles Spurgeon from 1 Corinthians 2, and then finally on Sunday 20th September, the start of our Celebration Week, we’ll look at the life of Jim Packer who recently passed away and we’ll spend some time in Matthew 6.

Having prepared for the talk for this Sunday with Augustine from 1 John 4, it is not an easy feat!! It’s one we have been preparing for, for over three months and so I wish to publicly thank Andrew Bain, the Acting Principal of Queensland Theological College, for his willingness to meet with Matt C and I in a ZOOM room to explore Augustine the man and the message. Andrew’s insights and depth of learning were hugely beneficial to both Matt and I. So I am looking forward to this series to help us to understand that as we seek to move forward with the gospel, growing followers of Jesus at Southern Cross, we actually stand on the ‘shoulders’ of Christian men and women of the past who faithfully and courageously proclaimed Christ to their generation.

So, do be prepared though for a ‘chain of gears’. It is very hard to capture a life in 20 minutes and their engagement with God’s Word and how we can delve into God’s Word. I suspect we might begin to work out a helpful balance of a life explored and God’s word engaged by the time we finish the series! But our hope and prayer is that we will join the vision that they saw of the glorious God of Ezekiel and we would seek to live out that vision both in our life, in our generation and in generations for the future.

Let me finish by reading a portion of Hebrews 11 and the heroes of the faith that beautifully captures Ezekiel’s vision. From Hebrews 11:13:

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died.
They did not receive the things promised;
they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance,
admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.
14 People who say such things
show that they are looking for a country of their own.
15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left,
they would have had opportunity to return.
16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—
a heavenly one.
Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God,
for he has prepared a city for them.

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