Today we have special guest Joanna Frampton (St Christopher's, Avonhead - and member of our very own Antioch) speaking to us about overseas mission. Hear about Joanna's time in PNG and be encouraged as to how we can support CMS mission partners near and far.
Today hope is in short supply especially in our age of disasters, badly behaved leaders and a global pandemic and yet hope is indispensable for human flourishing. Jesus Christ offers us all hope that cannot be taken away – it is like an anchor that keeps us safe amid the storms that assail us.
Jesus Christ the divine Son of God shared our humanity and showed us how to be fully human and fully alive. We are now called to grow to become more like Jesus and thereby to flourish more fully as human beings. Church is therefore an exciting place of transformation and hope.
Jesus took his disciples to a place dominated by polytheism to ask them who he thought he was. Peter didn’t answer “I think you are the Son of God,” he said “You are the Son of the living God.” Peter is declaring that Jesus has no rival – he is unique. How would you answer this question and are you living according to your answer?
The Canaanite woman showed great perseverance in staying engaged with Jesus in spite of push backs. She also displayed great insight in wanting the blessings of Israel to spill over toward her – a gentile. Nothing is gained by disengaging – hang in there with your questions and frustrations and you will grow through them.
Elijah was running for his life thinking that the whole of God’s purposes relied on him and he’d failed. However God spoke to him in ‘the sound of sheer silence’, renewed his calling and helped him realise there were many others who had not compromised their faith. What is your ‘Why?’ in life? Discovering it will keep you motivated and humble!