New Church Website Online!

August 6, 2006

Been meaning to update our church website for years (I created the last one with my brother over 10 years ago) but just never got around to it.

Our church was under gone a recent ‘image’ change (well, will be in roughly 10 hours as we unveil it) and thus the website had to change too.

Without further ado, here it is:


But Who Do You Say I Am?

May 1, 2006

Went to a Christian youth conference this weekend and man was it kicking. Conference was called HUGE and it's the second year it's been run here in Melbourne. Was a really great opportunity to hear some great speakers and get some equiping for the task at hand.

One of the points that was touched on really spoke to me.  It was the the story from Mark 8:27-29;

{27} Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, "Who do men say that I am?" {28} So they answered, "John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets." {29} He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ."

Peter had a revelation as to who Jesus was. Some said John the Baptist, others speculated that it was the Old Testament prophet Elijah and still others thought that Jesus was another of God's prophets. But not Peter. He knew Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God, the King of Kings & Lord of Lords.

Today, Jesus is asking the Christian believer the same question, "But who do you say I am?"  Too many Christians seem to answer that question as the men mentioned in the above passage of scripture and their lives reflect it. They accept Jesus as their Saviour, but don't have any of his power, victory or life. And then there are those like Peter, who have had a revelation of who Jesus really is, of what he was done for them, of the victory won on the cross, of the power to conquer given to them and they proclaim, "YOU ARE THE CHRIST!" When life tries to throw them a curveball, they pull out the baseball bat that is Jesus Christ and smash that ball out of the stadium.

I'll leave you with this thought: Your revelation of who Jesus is will directly affect the size of your faith. Small Jesus = small faith. Huge Jesus = huge faith!

4 Billion Losers

April 21, 2006

Interesting post over at The Dilbert Blog entitled 4 Billion Losers – I'll summarise it here but go on over and check it out.

Recently I asked the believers among you to explain why you believe in your own prophet but not the other guy’s prophet. The LDS (Mormon) folks said they talk directly to God and get personal answers. Most of the rest of you said something along the lines that your prophet(s) (or Christ) told you that the other guy’s prophet(s) (or Christ) isn’t all that. Fair enough. I was concerned that you hadn’t thought it through.

Now I have another question for the believers. And by the way, I’m genuinely curious. I don’t do this just to stir up things, although that’s fun too. I actually wonder how you think. My question is this: How do you explain to yourself that 4 billion people (minimum) believe different from you?

Ah a discussion on religion. You can be guaranteed to get the following kinds of responses:

  1. There is no God, religion is for the weak. You're a loser, physco etc if you believe in God.
  2. There is no God, but go ahead and believe in it anyway.
  3. There is some sort of god (God, Buddha, Allah, Mother Earth, Justin Timberlake etc) that just wants you to be a "good" person and embraces all people.

Then there's my belief system. Straight up front, no messing around it is this:

  1. There is only one God (the God of the Bible).
  2. God can not associate with Sin.
  3. Men & women Sin and thus will have an eternity with no relationship with God (i.e. hell).
  4. God in His wisdom and love has given as an avenue to get forgiveness for our Sins via His son Jesus Christ. Through Jesus we can spend eternity in relationship with God (i.e. heaven).

So how come, according to The Dilbert Blog, 4billion+ other people in the world don't believe this. Well, I believe (there's that word again) it comes down to three reasons:

  1. They can't, won't or don't believe there is a God (I'm talking about the God of the Bible here).
  2. They think there might be a God, but when they think about the consequences of this (i.e. changing their life, obeying His commandments), they prefer to ignore it.
  3. They haven't heard about God.

My upbringing has had an influence on my belief in God, but only so far as establishing the concepts of God. I had to make a decision to accept this as true, personalise my faith and follow through with it. This has led to my strong belief & convictions in God. 4billion other people in the world don't have to believe in God – but I do.

What are your thoughts on this matter?