We live our lives, consciously or not, in reference to stories. A mate of mine once said that he was brought up with his parents telling him that the purpose of life was to be happy, and that money and possessions were the route to being happy. That was his family’s story – the narrative that shaped his purpose and values in living. For Jews at the time of Christ, there were four main stories which shaped their lives: the creation story, the exodus story, the exile story and the priestly story. Pastor and author, Tim Keel, writes, ‘Each of these stories describes some aspect of God’s interaction, intent, and provision for his people. If we read the Gospel accounts and examine closely the behaviour and teaching of Jesus with those framing stories in mind, we start to see that he is almost always interacting in some way with one of these four framing stories. As Jesus incarnates God’s plan of salvation, he is constantly reclaiming, reinterpreting, or renegotiating some aspect of the creation, exodus, exile, or priestly narrative.’ The priestly story described the way that God gave the nation the system of sacrifice to deal with the problem of sin. This last story is largely how the church has framed the gospel, but ironically it was the story that Jesus spent the least amount of time on. The gospel writers also seemed to put their focus on the other stories (any guesses which story was on John’s mind when he starts his gospel by writing, “In the beginning …”?!) God’s good news is more than just forgiveness of sin … it is re-creation … it is return from exile etc. God, I believe, continually calls us to a richer and deeper understanding of his impossibly rich and deep salvation Story. This Story makes every other story of our culture look shallow and petty in contrast. Which story are you living by?
Promise Keepers is an annual Christian Men's Conference held on Saturday 1 September. This year theme is LEGACY Our legacy is built on how we treat the people we meet along the way. For more information about the event, please click here.
Kids Programs This Sunday
Spark is our program for preschool kids, led by Margaret Stewart.
Blaze is for kids in years 0-4, led by Kelly Jenkins.
Ignite is for young people in years 6-10, led by Olwyn Dickson.
CAP Money Course
(Fast-paced condensed programme)
Friday 7 September from 9.30am - 1.00pm. This one is aimed at those that can't commit to 3 individual (evening) sessions and perhaps have flexible working and/or kids at school or kindy. The free online tool comes with registration and will give you a chance to gain an overview of your finances, at a glance. So, how about getting on top of things and pick up some hints n tips along the way...and some good coffee besides!😊 You can register online here, look for the current RBC course, or contact the church office.
BMF District Meeting
The next BMF District Meeting will be held on Monday 13 August from 10:30am-1:30pm in the church lounge. One of our church supported workers in East Asia will be speaking.
The next Ladies' Lunch will be held on Saturday 19 August. Please click here to view the invitation.
mainly music for young children is every Tuesday morning from 10am in the church. Newcomers are welcome!
6PM @ RBC
Saturday 1 September from 8am. Our speaker will Peter Browning from The Baptist Association. Peter will be speaking on what the Baptist association does and about the wider body of Christ etc. Peter has a real passion for what this means. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
Wednesday Night Home Group
Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm. Contact the office for more information.
Wednesday Morning Home Group
Home Group at the home of Joy Galt on the third Wednesday of the month at 10am. Contact the office for more information.
Sunday Afternoon Home Group
Home Group run by David and Heather Reid every second Sunday after the service at the Reid's home. Contact the office for more information.
Young Adults Home Group
Every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. Please email the church to be added to the Facebook page, and check Facebook for updates.