Seminar Update & see you tomorrow!

So last week, we had a really fabulous time looking at 'Is There More To Life?' We began the evening with a lovely meal and it was nice to give everyone a chance to relax and get to know each other before the seminar. 

Simon then lead us in some thoughts on how it’s very easy to go through your whole life, through each stage and ask, “Is this it…there’s got to be more to life than this."

Bernard Levin, who is regarded as Briton’s best and most famous journalist (until his death in 2004) wrote:

“Countries like ours are full of people who have all the material comforts they desire, together with such non-material blessings like a happy family, yet they lead lives of desperation, understand nothing but the fact that there is a hole inside them and that however much food and drink they pour into it, however many motorcars and television sets they stuff it with, however many well-balanced children and loyal friends, they parade around the edges of it…it aches.”

Russell Brand said this, “Drugs and alcohol are not my problem. Reality is my problem. Drugs and alcohol are my solution to fill up a hole inside me.” And looking back, I think many of us experience a hole in our life, a sort of hunger that can’t be satisfied, possibly a spiritual hunger. 

Most, if not all of us experience that feeling. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life”. What he was saying was that I am the one who can satisfy this spiritual hunger, that nothing else satisfies.

You have probably heard the well-known story of a nanny from Sweden. One time, the children she was looking after were having a big fight. She ran upstairs and what she meant to say is, “What on earth are you doing?” But what she actually said was, “What are you doing on earth?”

What a great question, “What are you doing on earth?” In other words, where have I come from, where am I heading? Who am I? What is the point of my life? Is there any real meaning and purpose to life? Can I be happy?

These are the most important questions of life. A lot of people spend their life trying to find out the ultimate meaning and purpose of life.

Simon then went on to talk about if God doesn't exist, then life is ultimately meaningless. One of my favourite quotes from the evening was by CS Lewis.

How true these statements are! 

Tomorrow night, we look in more detail at how we know that God exists and what proof is out there. Last week, we looked at the Fibonacci Sequence and this week we will look at even more amazing things that seem to have been explicitly designed. I would suggest that if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it is worth considering calling it a duck!

For more information on our seminars click here. Please come tomorrow night, we would love to see you! It doesn't matter if you missed the first one. See you at 6.30pm tomorrow (200 Gimberts Road Morisset). 

Camp

One of our members, Mel, has moved up to Kempsey and we all drove up to visit her and spend the weekend at Crescent Head.

It was fabulous to get out in nature, read the readings together, eat, play volleyball and tennis and even fit in a Spring swim! How blessed we are to live in such a beautiful country where we can enjoy God's creation whilst having the freedom to discuss His Word.

A look at James

We're trying a new style of Bible Class, a little more informal to get people interacting more and to make it a bit more relaxed.

On Wednesday, we sat down in a circle, Bibles open on tables and looked at James. Apparently James has more allusions to Jesus than in the whole of the New Testament. It is written by Jesus' brother, who had a very close relationship with him and some fantastic insights to share. He addresses us as his brethren and shares his thoughts with the early ecclesias (churches) who began to loose their first joy with new issues and personality disagreements creeping in. It was a fabulous night looking at the value of 'counting it all joy when you meet trials' and discussing how we can do this, along with 'praying without doubting' in order to be 'steadfast under trial, for when we have stood the test, we will receive the crown of life'. Easy to say, hard to do.

Chapter 1 ends with one of the most famous verses, 'Religion that is pure and undefiled is to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world'. Let's go out and try and do more good this week. 

Baptisms, Study Weeks and Weddings

July has been a busy one! We've had a few cancelled Sunday mornings and bible classes due to some wonderful things that have been on. Sorry for the lack of blog posts but we have had so much on (including a lot of us travelling to Canada for a wedding of one of our members).

First of all, one of our friends from Sydney was baptised! It was so lovely to witness her beliefs and her faith as she chose life and chose God. She was baptised at home, in a simple bath, surrounded by trees. 

Mark 16:16 whoever believes and is baptised will be saved

Later, a few of us went to Study Week, which was an absolutely inspiring week about not being ashamed of Jesus. It was a fantastic week discussing 1 Peter, having fun and singing great praise.