9:30am Church Service
to show God’s love by word and deed, and to encourage others to follow Him
The Bible has many ways of describing what a Christian is, or has become. A Christian is a sinner – yet a forgiven sinner. A Christian is an adopted child of God. A Christian is a new creation in Christ Jesus. In all of these you notice that something has happened to the person.
This transformation begins when a person comes to realise that they have done wrong – both against other people and ultimately, against God. In the book Pilgrim’s Progress sin is pictured as being a great burden that weighs down a person’s back. We all know something of this when we feel a grubby conscience – God has written His law on our hearts (Rom. 2:15). God’s standard is perfection, yet a Christian realises that not every thought they have thought, every word they have said and every action that they have done has not been pure.
Yet, God has acted to fix this problem. The Apostle Paul cut to the heart of what God has done when he said this to the Christians in the city of Corinth: “I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).” A Christian is someone who knows this and believes this- they have turned to God in repentance and faith. As such, we can be assured of being with God in heaven after we die, because of what Christ has done.
You see from all this that a Christian is not someone who was christened or baptised as a child, or a “good person,” or someone who vaguely believes there is a God. I am not saved by being a “good person.” I am saved on the basis of what Christ has done and God has opened my heart to believe in Him.
Then, having come to love and trust God, it is my prayer that I will become more and more like Jesus. I long to be able to look back from the moment I came to trust in Him and to see how He has changed me: “Yes, God has worked within me. I am more like Christ.”
As Christians, when we meet together on Sunday, we desire three things, 1) to worship God. Above all this is our motive in meeting together. 2) to hear from His Word. 3) to encourage one another.
What is a Youth Group? As Christians, we believe that God is the God of all people, including youth. And so, each we will meet together with the purpose of having fun and learning about God. The Bible verse that we have as our ‘theme’ is 1 Timothy 4:12,
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
Each of the leaders has completed the required Working With Children Checks and Breaking the Silence training.
What happens at Youth Group? We will more or less do the following each week. We will spend the first hour playing games together, listen to a short talk from the Bible with some questions and then have some food together.
Who is invited? Anyone in Years 5 to 9 at school.
What time is it? We meet at the Presbyterian Church hall on Saturday evenings, 5pm to 7pm during school term time.
How much does it cost? Nothing. You don’t need to bring anything.
If you have any questions, then feel free to contact Graham and Karen Barnes on (02) 6777 2539.
A list of interesting links to encourage your growth
Listen to sermons from Sydney Missionary and Bible College here.
Phone: (02) 6777 2539
Our church is a welcoming community of people who love and follow Jesus Christ.
If you would like to know more about the Christian faith, feel free to contact me, or see a clear explanation here.