Welcome to these talks on holy living. We will focus on the first three chapters of 1 Peter and consider what they say to us on how we should live as God’s holy people – people chosen and set apart for God’s purposes.
Please pray that God will speak to us as we study his word so that we will grow in holiness … expressed through our thoughts, words and actions.
Feb 16 1 Peter 1:10-16 Call to holy living
Feb 23 1 Peter 1:17-21 Redeemed people of God
Mar 9 1 Peter 2:4-10 A living stone – special Guest preacher Bp Glenn Lyons
Mar 16 1 Peter 2:11-17 God’s people in the world – special Guest preacher Bp Glenn Lyons
The Cathedral is a fine example of post WW2 building construction reflecting the characteristics of the late 20th Century Brutalist style (so i am told), with roughness and angularity often complemented by large scale unbroken wall surfaces. Within the vertical slits of the building are stained glass windows which are only really appreciated from within the building. The plan of the building resembles a star.
Over the last 50 years 6 Bishops have served in the Cathedral. It continues to be place where the bible is preached each week.
We will celebrate on Saturday 8th March with a Family Festival beginning at 8am with a pancake breakfast, followed by games, face painting, jumping castle etc. Later in the morning High tea will be served. All are welcome.
On Sunday 9th there are Celebration Services at 9.30am and 5.00pm with special guest preacher from South Africa, Bishop Glenn Lyons. There will be a luncheon at the QE2 centre where there will be a display and slide of memorabilia. All are welcome.
Christmas is rapidly approaching—are we getting ready?
Not just for visitors and family; not just for the gifts and Christmas meals; but for our celebration of the Saviour’s birth? It’s easy to lose our focus in the midst of everything rushing to meet us at this busy time of the year.
But how do we ‘prepare’ for Christmas as Christians? Some suggestions …
- pray for wisdom to celebrate the coming of Christ in a manner that honours God;
- reflect on how to communicate the reason for Christ’s birth—the angel of the Lord said to Joseph, ‘She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’ (Matthew 1:21)
- retell the story of Christmas during your Christmas meals or family times, taking time to thank God for his gift of the promised messiah who brings forgiveness;
- focus on giving not receiving: how can you encourage an outward concern for others, modelled on God’s concern for us, his rebellious creatures?
- celebrate Christmas with your church family—aim to be at one of our Cathedral services; rearrange other things to show your priority of Christ first. Why not invite your family to share in what’s really important for you!
Christmas should be a time of appreciating God’s gift to us—Christ, the eternal Son of God, taking on humanity to save them. Without this action we would be hope-less.
Yours in Christ, Gary
Last week we looked at a biblical view of sexuality. Our response to current discussions on a homosexual lifestyle, need to be shaped God’s viewpoint as revealed throughout the whole of the Bible. The foundation for a biblical approach to ethics is laid down in Genesis 1-2. In the creation accounts we see how God creates with order, purpose and hence goals. So God creates humanity in his own image – and it’s reflected in our biological male and femaleness. We’re created with an intentional design seen:
• in our basic difference; ie, we complement one another (male/female);
• as we reflect the triune God (differentiation in unity)
Thus we image or represent God to each other relationally and sexually; while we image God to creation through responsible rule (126ff) & care (215).
God’s created order, with its designed nature and purpose for humanity, leads us to see homosexual practice as wrong and immoral. Why??
Because it …
• rejects the basic difference God created humanity;
• overturns the created order and its goal; and
• so exchanges natural relations for unnatural ones (cf. Roms 126ff)
Today we will be considering how God’s creation morality is reflected in the key New Testament passage of Romans 118-32.
Homosexual acts are sinful, but so is any sexual immorality, adultery, theft, greed, getting drunk or slandering people (1 Cor 69f). Yet Christ died for all sinners – including gays. So, we must not treat homosexual sin as horrendous; while regarding other sins as simply little errors. Nor, should we lessen our responsibility to love and share the good news with people caught up in homosexual desire or practice. We need much grace, wisdom and self-control as we live and speak before a watching world.
Yours in Christ, Gary
A two part series on Human Sexuality
24th Nov part 1 God & Human Sexuality
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1st Dec part 2 God Wrath and Sexuality
[thaudio href=’http://www.geraldtonanglicans.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/God-Wrath-and-Sexuality.mp3′] God Wrath and Human Sexuality [/thaudio]
Thinking biblically about current issues is very important.
But sometimes it’s difficult knowing how to put the Bible’s teaching together when we face perplexing or controversial problems. Ethical issues constantly confront our society whether it’s big picture global warming; or matters of life and death like abortion or euthanasia. At the moment one challenging area of ethics is the nature of our sexuality:
- is it a fixed or given aspect of who we are as humans? or,
- is sexuality an aspect of life we can choose to define ourselves?
The answers influence how we regard ‘marriage’ and family life in our society (including sex education in schools; and who should be able to foster or adopt children). Within our church life issues such as, what is an acceptable lifestyle before God, and, who is suitable for leading congregations, are under review across the world. So in the next two sermons we will be considering the ethical question about human sexuality
In a recent Guardian interview I referred to the Anglican Church’s most definitive statement in modern times on sexuality, resolution 1.10 from the 1998 Lambeth Conference (a worldwide gathering). It rejects homosexual practice as incompatible with Scripture, but calls on Anglicans to
“minister pastorally and sensitively to all, irrespective of sexual
orientation, and to condemn irrational fear of homosexuals, violence
within marriage and any trivialisation and commercialisation of sex”.
It also states the church cannot advise the “legitimising or blessing of same sex unions nor ordain those involved in same gender unions”. As well, it speaks of faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman “in lifelong union and abstinence for those not called to marriage”.
So how did Lambeth reach such a view?
By examining the Bible’s teaching which we’ll be doing. Gary
No part of scripture is more human than the Psalms. At church over the next 5 weeks we will see how they point us to a sovereign God, a righteous judge and a merciful saviour. They point us to Christ.
Our program is below, included are two different sermons on each passage
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[thaudio href=’http://www.geraldtonanglicans.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Psalm-2-645-815.mp3′]Psalm 2 – 6.45am 8.15am[/thaudio]
[thaudio href=’http://www.geraldtonanglicans.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Psalm-2-10.00-5.00.mp3′] Psalm 2 – 10.00am 5.00pm[/thaudio]
[thaudio href=’http://www.geraldtonanglicans.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ps-27-645-815.mp3′] Psalm 27 6.45am & 8.15am[/thaudio]
[thaudio href=’http://www.geraldtonanglicans.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ps-27-1000-500.mp3′] Psalm 27 10.00am 5.00pm[/thaudio]
[thaudio href=’http://www.geraldtonanglicans.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Ps-32-645-815.mp3′] Psalm 32 6.45am & 8.15am [/thaudio]
[thaudio href=’http://www.geraldtonanglicans.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Ps-32-1000-500.mp3′] Psalm 32 10.00am & 5pm [/thaudio]
[thaudio href=’http://www.geraldtonanglicans.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Ps-40-645-815.mp3′] Psalm 40 6.45am 8.15am [/thaudio]
[thaudio href=’http://www.geraldtonanglicans.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ps-40-1000-500.mp3′] Psalm 40 10.00am & 5pm [/thaudio]
The Galvin family spent this week with us in Geraldton.
Listen to Brad’s great talk on being Partners in the Gospel –
[thaudio href=’http://www.geraldtonanglicans.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Phil-1.1-11.mp3′]Partners in the Gospel Philippians 1.1-11[/thaudio]
or download here “Partners in the Gospel”
To Keep up with their news see http://www.cms.org.au/missionary/africa/brad-and-neroli-galvin/index
As we look to this significant event in our church life we’re aiming to:
- thank God for his work among us and for those who have served him through the cathedral’s ministry
- raise awareness of the ministry of the cathedral
- make the cathedral into a Geraldton landmark
- celebrate Christ and his saving message in many ways
Some of these aims will work out through improved lighting of our building—the cross and the stained glass windows. Some through making the cathedral more open and welcoming (eg. replacing front wooden doors with glass doors). Some through creative activities beginning or being held during 2014 (eg. a Trinity college mission).
Please keep thinking and praying about this event.