Monthly Archives: May 2013

Who to give to?

Another thought provoking article on giving, this time especially who Christians should give to…

Reconciliation in Australia

This is Reconciliation Week. It seems we are still far from being reconciled in Australia. Fear, enmity, divisions, segregation, inequality in health and education continue… will we ever be reconciled?

The Bible is clear that true reconciliation is Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:14). That’s because he is the one who tears down the barrier that divides us, making the two one. On the Cross he destroyed sin, the real barrier to reconciliation.

As long as sin exists, fear, enmity, divisions, segregation, and inequality will continue. And so our efforts toward ‘reconciliation’ will be a pale shadow of reconciliation in Christ.

Sure, let’s join our community in supporting Reconciliation Week… it is good for our society. But as we do, let’s point our community to true reconciliation: Jesus Christ, our peace.

Only Jesus can reconcile us to God and to each other. Because only Jesus can remove our sin.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Look to Thee for grace

Our situation is far worse than we would like to admit. At the same time, God’s grace is far more amazing than we can imagine. That was God’s word to us in Ephesians 1:1–2:10 over the last two weeks.

The hymn writer Augustus Toplady (1740–78) said it in ‘Rock of Ages’ as:

Nothing in my hand I bring,

simply to Thy cross I cling;

naked, come to Thee for dress;

helpless, look to Thee for grace;

foul, I to the fountain fly;

wash me, Saviour, or I die.

God raised us from the dead to be alive with every spiritual blessing in Christ. He lavishes his grace upon us. All we can do is come to him with empty hands and cling to his grace in Jesus Christ.

Have you accepted his grace?

How does his grace overflow from you to others?

Let’s pray his grace will flow into our towns!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

It is by grace you have been saved.

One little word can change the world. In our Bible passage today it is the word ‘but’:

Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved (Ephesians 2:4–5).

Is there a more amazing ‘but’ imaginable?

From death in sin to life in Christ… that ‘but’ changed the world forever for all those in Christ.

Our salvation is all about the grace of God – God, who is rich in mercy. As we read last week in Ephesians 1:1–14, God’s plan of salvation for his creation is all for the praise of his glory. There is nothing we can boast about or claim credit for.

We all know that dead people can’t bring themselves back to life. Stand at the cemetery and scream out as loud as your lungs can: ‘Come back to life!’

…and nothing will happen. Only God can give life to a dead body. And that is what he has done in Christ.

God made us alive with Christ. There is no life outside of Christ. And so the only response that leaves us with is to praise God and thank him for his grace to us in Christ.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

‘What is the meaning of life?’

…how would you answer that timeless question?

The answer: everything coming together in Jesus Christ. See Ephesians 1:9–10; that is God’s meaning of life. God’s will, and God’s purpose, for everything, is ‘to bring all things in heaven and earth together under one head’. All things will be in their right place in the new creation in Christ.

God not only gives Christians the privilege of knowing this plan but also of being right in the thick of it. In fact, he chose you (Christian) to be part of His plan before you or me or anything was created. Mind blowing hey!?!

As we read the book of Ephesians this term we will go from this huge cosmic plan to the daily little details in our lives. We’ll see what it means for us as a church family in how we relate to one another, what it means for living in our district, what our marriages and families should look like, and even how we go about working. It all has to be centred on God’s grand plan of bringing all things together in Christ. Christ must be at the centre.

Let’s pray for one another to realise this glorious calling God gives us, and encourage one another to live out this glorious calling.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.