Friday, July 31, 2015

Service Outline Sydney 9th August 2015 - Moving Forward

Outline of Service 9th August 2015

Moving Forward   Joshua 2:24

Hymn 104:  An Ever Powerful Helper
The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4
Psalm 46:1-11  The Lord is With Us

Bible Readings:                                                   
Crossing the Jordan:  Joshua  3:1-8, 14-17; 4:18-24
A New Start:  Luke 5:1-11
Examples for Us:  1 Corinthians 10:1-11

Hymn 117:  God Gains the Victory
·        Crossing the Jordan was the point of entry into the Promised Land
·        As we enter new phases in our own lives we need to cross-over from the old and embrace the new
·        Peter “crossed the Jordan” that day, and gave his life to following Jesus
·        God puts in our hearts what to do and what not to do!
·        We need to seek strength from God to help us leave the old behind and face the obstacles that might be before us to enter into the new
·        Jesus Christ promised life for those who believe, and life more abundantly for those alive and obediently waiting when He returns.

Hymn 35:  An Invitation to Life

Friday, July 17, 2015

Service Sydney Church 26th July 2015 - Outline

Outline of Service 26th July 2015

Making Sure the Vision  Joshua 2:24

Hymn 47:  A Vision of the Victory
The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-21, 27-29  Trust God for the Victory

Bible Readings:                                                   
Joshua Confirms the Vision:  Joshua 2:1-24
Vision of a different New Land:  Revelation 21:1-16
Roadblocks to Overcome:  Matthew 16:21-28

Hymn 125:  Making Sure the Promises
·        Joshua sought to confirm that the Vision he had was of God
·        God gives Visions that apply at different levels:  the World, the Nation and the Individual
·        In the New Testament John saw a Vision of a New Kingdom
·        Our Vision today is to enter into the New Kingdom wholly when Jesus Christ returns
·        Are you convicted that the Vision is true for you, and do you show this in your life. 

Hymn 81:  Signposts

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Editorial for The Paper July 2015

A Bigger Picture

At this time of the year, with all the leaves from the trees falling on the footpaths, and clogging up the gutters, it is easy to overlook the fact that each leaf was once attached to a tree and was part of a living organism!  We think of the leaves on the ground as “rubbish”, and often forget that each has come from connection to a living plant.  A leaf does not come into being on its own, but is created as part of a life cycle of a much bigger eco-system.  Each leaf had to be formed, grow and eventually fall from its creative tree.  The existence of the leaf indicates that there is a tree somewhere to which it belongs (or belonged) and from which it came).

When talking about the role of history in our society, Michael Crichton wrote:   “If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree.”  (See for this and further quotes.)   He was emphasising the point that none of us has suddenly appeared independently on the face of the planet, but that each of us is the product of what has been before (history), and the lives of each of us is the result of events which have preceded us.  Whilst it is likely that this comment may have been made simply in support of recognising the importance of history in our education, it also highlights the importance of each person as an individual, and encourages us to try to understand the past.

I think many people today think of themselves as “disconnected leaves”.  People wonder why they are “blowing around” without any apparent reason, not being aware of their own origins, purpose and beginnings.  People are reluctant to recognise that each of us is what we are because of events of history which have caused us to “grow” where we are.  I further believe that our life here is a physical manifestation of an existence in a greater dimension.  I believe that each of us has a spirit and a soul as well as a body.  Our body appears at a certain point in the spectrum of our life cycle, and there is a life force which is greater than just the physical manifestation.  I believe that our spirit pre-existed the manifestation of our earthly appearance, and continues to live on (as part of the continuing life of “the tree”) even after the leaf has fallen, and our bodies have gone through the cycle of physical existence.

As a religious person I share a belief with many others that the source of our life comes from a Great Creator, God, (recognising that there are many ways this can be expressed).  Further, as a Christian, I believe that the Creator sent the man Jesus Christ into this World some two thousand years ago to show us an example of a life style that we should seek to follow – a life style, which, if followed, would enable us to always stay connected to the life source.  His physical life was cut off, as a leaf from the tree, but after His resurrection He was physically grafted into the life-source again, and continues to live connected to it forever.  By the Power of the Creator, and through belief in Him, we understand that we will continue to live in a “spiritual” form in the world to come.  As a Christian Israelite, I also believe that this same Jesus Christ will return to this Earth again, at which time the elements of physical corruption and decay will be overcome, and our physical life could potentially continue without “falling from the tree”, and our life could be transformed into a perfected physical (as well as spiritual) being.  This belief gives us a reason for living, and a vision with hope and purpose for the future.

We would like to invite you to talk more about the purpose of our life here on Earth, the Life Force, and the way in which the Bible sets out the history of where we have come from, and gives us hope for the future.  We would like to invite you to contact us, or a Church in your local Community, to discuss these issues.  Feel free to contact us at any time, or see Church Notices in this Paper for times of Meetings at the Christian Israelite Church Sanctuary at 196 Campbell Street – we have been in continuous service there since 1853 helping to meet the needs of people in a changing society. 
Rodney Gray – Pastor Christian Israelite Church, 196 Campbell Street, Sydney ( or visit

Sydney Service Outline 12 July 2015

Outline of Service 12th July 2015

Preparation  Luke 14:28

Hymn 102:  An Inward Work
The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4
Psalm 37:34-40  God’s Preparation

Bible Readings:                                                   
Joshua Chosen and Prepared:  Joshua 1:1-18
Preparing to Enter the New Land:  Luke 14:12-33
Following the Leader:  Colossians 3:1-4, 12-17

Hymn 89:  Entering the Land
·        Joshua had been prepared by God to lead Israel into the Promised Land
·        Jesus spoke of a new Kingdom, and how the enter it
·        Jesus showed us how to prepare to enter the new Kingdom, the Promised Land
·        As with Joshua, God will choose and prepare His chosen people to enter the Land
·        Entering the Land is entering into life wholly, being preserved in spirit and soul and body when Jesus Christ returns.    

Hymn 37:  An Eternal Kingdom