It has been called many things by many people. The "curious record of the visions of a drug addict" (George Bernard Shaw); "the most rabid outburst of vindictiveness in all recorded history" (Friedrich Nietzsche); a "misogynist male fantasy at the end of time" (feminist New Testament scholar, Tina Pippin). It is the one book of the Bible that John Calvin never wrote a commentary on. The German Reformer, Martin Luther, was deeply suspicious about it, saying that Jesus Christ could not be found within its pages. It inspired David Koresh to hole himself up in a secluded compound near Waco, Texas, along with many followers, leading to a shootout with U.S. officials in 1993 and the loss of many lives. It inspired one of the most financially successful and deeply flawed Christian book-series of all time, the Left Behind series. It has also inspired some of the most breathtaking works of artistry - Handel's Messiah and the paintings of Joachim of Fiore and William Blake, to name a few. A Christian academic called Luke Timothy Johnson says, "Few writings in all of literature have been so obsessively read with such generally disastrous results as the Book of Revelation. Its history of interpretation is largely a story of tragic misinterpretation." It causes polarisation, confusion, fear, obsession and hope in almost equal measure, which is all the more reason to preach from it! After all, the correct response to poor interpretation is not NO interpretation, but GOOD interpretation. So ... buckle up. Bring your crash helmet. Fire extinguishers might also be helpful. This Sunday, we begin our journey through the book of Revelation.
This Sunday 19 July…
Revelation - An Introduction:We begin our journey through this most fascinating of books. What does Jesus want us to learn through it? Come along!
Kids Programmes This Sunday
Spark is our program for older preschool to year 2 kids.
Blaze is for kids in years 3-5.
Ignite is for young people in years 6 and above, led by Grace and Elisha.
Soup & Toast
The next Soup & Toast lunch will be on Sunday 2 August after the service. Please stay for this time of fellowship.
Ignite Youth Group
There is no Ignite Youth on Fridays or Sundays for the next couple of weeks as it is the School Holidays.
Young Adults Group
The Young Adults Group meets weekly. We are going to be having dinner together before faith @ 6:30 on Sunday 28 June. If you would like to join us, please contact the church.
Leisure for Pleasure
Next Tuesday at 1pm in the church lounge. There is friendly company, card and board games, quizzes, music or bring your own handcrafts. With afternoon tea to follow. All are welcome!
Our mainly music sessions for young children will begin again for term 3 next Tuesday 21 July at 10am. Newcomers are welcome!
Please note that the office hours for next week are Tuesday and Thursday from 8am-1pm.
faith @ 6:30
The next all age evening service, faith @ 6:30 will be held on Sunday 26 July. We do worship, have discussions, and eat ice-cream too! Don't forget to pop this in your diary!
Young Adults Home Group
Every Thursday evening at 7:30pm. Please email the church to be added to the Facebook page, and check Facebook for updates of what we have going on. We'd love for you to join us!
Myth-busters Small Group
Myth-busters is a 5 week series exploring what the Bible actually says about some key topics rather than what we think it says. Please contact the office if you are interested.
SHAPE Small Group
Pastor Murray will be leading a SHAPE Small Group series, looking at how God has wired you for service. Please register your interest by contacting the office.
Wednesday Night Home Group
Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm. Each week we share in supper, do a bible study and pray for each other. Will begin on Wednesday 13 February. Contact the office for more information.
Thursday Morning Home Group
Home Group in the church lounge on the third Thursday of the month at 10am. After morning tea we do a bible study and pray together. Contact the office for more information.
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