Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Paper November 2010

The Paper – Editorial November 2010
Come and Worship

Everbody tells us we need a Plan! The motivationalists, the financial planners, the self-improvement teachers. They all quote President Roosevelt’s famous saying that “to Fail to Plan is a Plan to Fail”. But for most of us starting with a blank piece of paper is a challenge! We do not know what we do not know! We don’t know what the options are to be able to make the best choice, and so our Vision for the future is limited by our experiences from the past.
There is a little poem which used to frequently appear in autograph books which reads:
He that knoweth not, and knoweth not that he knoweth not, he is a fool, Shun him;
He that knoweth not and knoweth that he knoweth not, he is simple, Teach him;
He that knoweth and knoweth not that he knoweth, he is asleep, Wake him; but
He that knoweth and knoweth that he knoweth, he is wise, Follow him.
The Christmas Story is often epitomised in the Wise Men who came to worship the Baby Jesus. They knew what they were looking for (they had a Plan), and they knew why they were looking – they were convicted of their beliefs. Their journey did not “ just happen”. Clearly these people, perhaps astrologers, had been studying, and looking for some high level signs in the order of the Universe. Whether they understood the magnitude of their revelation or not we do not know, but clearly they were convicted to the point where they were prepared to make a Plan and follow it. We might question whether they felt fulfilled after finding “a baby”, or whether they may have expected a different manifestation of His Kingship. Was this what they had expected, and did they already know the future of this baby – to give His life to reconcile humanity to God? The story related in the Bible says that they came and worshiped Him, indicating that they knew in their own minds that their vision had been fulfilled. Not only were they convicted in following the Star, but they accepted that it led them to the right outcome. They “knew that they knew”, so, according to the poem, they were wise!
Christians, like others, need some “revelation” to get us thinking beyond our own limited experiences, to be able to come up with a visionary plan for our lives. This we find in the pages of the Bible. Often in life it is the hope, the expectation and the internal empowerment that we get from an event that confirms its validity to us rather than the immediate outcomes of the event itself. Most people come to a realisation that life is more than the physical events that occur around us. There is another dimension (perhaps the spiritual) that adds meaning and value to the things that happen around us (the physical). Christmas is one of those times when this is more apparent. Whether you believe in the Christmas Story or not, people are compelled to acknowledge a greater force of unity, concern and caring in the World around us at Christmas than at most other times during the year. To Christians this is a manifestation of the Spirit of God, and demonstrates the presence of a loving God encouraging us to Plan for a better future. When it comes to these critical issues of life, do you need shunning, teaching or waking, or are you like the Wise Men, you “know that you know”. Are you seeking in your heart and mind?
If you would like to talk more about Christian beliefs and how the events of Christmas can set a vision to encourage us to Plan for a better life here and now, as well as show us how to Plan for eternity, please come along to our Church some time (see Church Notices for dates and times), or contact a Church near you and attend over this Christmas period where someone would be only too happy to discuss these issues further.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Outline of Service 14th Novemner 2010

Church: 196 Campbell Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Outline of Service 14th November 2010

Israel - A History Lesson

Hymn 28: God’s Promises

Praise God for His watchfulness – Psalm 111:1-10

Bible Readings:
The Genesis of Israel – Genesis 17:1-8
Continuance Confirmed – 1 Chron 17:16-27
The Kingdom Divided – 1 Kings 12:1-17
Promised Return to Unity – Ezekiel 37:15-24
The Final Sealing – Revelations 7:1-8
Hold the Hope – Romans 11:1-5, 25-27, 33-36

Hymn 67: Israel’s Hope

• God chose Israel as a Special People
• There are Promises to Israel yet to be Fulfilled
• These Promises will be Fulfilled at Jesus’ Return
• Israel will live in Obedience to God’s Laws

Hymn 96: Israel’s Keeper


Friday, October 22, 2010

Service 24th October 2010

Outline of Service 24th October 2010

Personal Commitment
..and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8

Hymn 123: Jesus – Individual Inspiration

Recognition of God’s Presence – Psalm 34:1-4, 14-18

Bible Readings:

Dedication to Others – Isaiah 58:1-10

Responsibility of Obedience – Ephesians 6:1-13

…Let him deny himself… – Luke 9:11-27

Hymn 20: The Inward Ear

• Jesus has paid the sacrifice for sin
• If we sin we can be forgiven
• We must believe with a personal commitment
• God draws, and we follow

Hymn 129: The Spiritual War


Friday, October 8, 2010

Outline of Service 10th October 2010

Jesus – The Focal Point – Hebrews 1:8
But unto the Son [he saith], Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness [is] the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Hymn 44: Jesus – The Focal Point

The King of Glory – Psalm 24:1-10

Bible Readings:

A Failed Attempt – Genesis 22:1-14

In Type and In Reality – Hebrews 10:1-18

Not Earthly Wisdom! – 1 Corinthians 1:17-25

Hymn 69: Past, Present and Future

• Jesus has made everything right with God
• There is Only One Jesus in all Eternity
• Jesus sacrifice forgives our sins
• Because He Lives we can Live also
• Jesus will Reign with God For Ever

Hymn 119: Worship Him with the Whole of Creation


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Service Outline 26th September 2010

196 Campbell Street, Darlinghurst
NSW 2010 Ph 1300 135 299
Mobile: 0418 688 607 –

Outline of Service 26th September 2010

The Whole Duty of Man – Eccles 12:13

Hymn 32: An Inward Conviction
Phases of Creation – Ecclesiastes 12:1-14
Bible Readings:
True Worship – Isaiah 58:1-11
A God Relationship – Hebrews 12:1-14
Always Be Ready – Mark 13:28-37

Hymn 113 (Tune 115): God’s Power
• Each person has a spirit, soul and body
• What is the whole duty of man
• The need for an inward conviction
• But wait - there is more!
Hymn 72: Watch and Pray


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Service 12th September 2010

Church: 196 Campbell Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 Ph 1300 135 299
Mobile: 0418 688 607 – Internet:

Outline of Service 12th September 2010

The Plan for this World – Ps 104:5

Hymn 26: Summary of God’s Plan

The Great Creator – Psalm 104:1-5, 19-35

Bible Readings:

God’s Plan in More Detail – 2 Esdras 3:1-22

A Parable – Matthew 13:24-30, 34-35

The Last Days – 2 Peter 3:1-10

Hymn 125: A Personal Invitation

• God created this physical world, with a Plan
• Each person has a spirit, soul and body
• Satan attracts us to sin
• God will overcome evil in His Elect
• God will rest again and prevail over all

Hymn 46: A High Level View


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Service 22nd August 2010

Church: 196 Campbell Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 Ph 1300 135 299
Mobile: 0418 688 607 – Internet:

Outline of Service 22nd August 2010

God Created Everything – Isa 45:7

Hymn 30 (Tune 26): Seeing Clearly

Bible Readings:

God’s Plan Includes Everyone – Isaiah 45:1-13

A Parable – Ezekiel 28:1-19

Evil and Sin – Revelations 20:1-15

Resist in Humility – 1 Peter 5:1-10

Hymn 36 (Tune 34): The Veil Removed

• God created evil
• God allows evil to prove His Creation
• God will overcome evil in us
• Ultimately God Will Prevail

Hymn 54: All Under God


Friday, August 6, 2010

Service Outline 8th August 2010

Church: 196 Campbell Street, Darlinghurst NSW2010 Ph 1300 135 299
Mobile: 0418 688 607
Outline of Service 8th August 2010

In the Beginning – Tuning on the Light John 1:3

Hymn 128: Come Worship God

Bible Readings:

In the Beginning – Genesis 1:1-5
God in Creation – 2 Esdras 4:1-52
The Light of the World – John 1:1-5
Non Physical Substance – Hebrews 11:1-3
Hymn 57 (Tune 54): Heaven and Earth

• God existed before anything
• God is a Spirit
• God made everything
• We can see in spirit through faith
Hymn 34: Lead Us, and Help Us to Follow