Monthly Archives: June 2015

No Turning Back to The Law

The gospel is the difference between life and death. Those who accept God’s offer of life in Jesus are free from the rule of law, sin, and death. That’s what we’ve read in Romans 5–7.

We have been released from what bound us. And so it would make no sense to turn back to the old life of law, sin, and death. Now we belong to Jesus, and so are free to serve in the Spirit.

That doesn’t mean the Law is the problem, in fact, it’s holy, righteous, and good. The problem is our sin. Law can show us our sin, but it can’t deal with it. The Law can not save us from sin.

Only Jesus can. And so the Apostle Paul encourages us to remember we belong to Jesus, the one who can save us. Let’s encourage each other in the freedom and life we share in Jesus.

What are ways you can do that this week?

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

How do we support those sent out with ‘Beautiful Feet’?!

Today is Beautiful Feet Sunday, a day we stop to think about our part in God’s world-wide mission. The mission agency we support is the Church Missionary Society (CMS), and you can give online to their work or find out more about Beautiful Feet Sunday at: http://www.cms.org.au/beautifulfeet

Here are the missionaries Barwon District Anglican Churches support:

David, Alisan, Etienne (15), and Caris (13) Greef are with the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in Namibia. They work with Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary (NETS) equipping Christians from Namibia and surrounding countries to live godly lives and serve local churches and communities. The Greefs are helping to adapt courses for online learning so that NETS is more widely available and affordable. David was the Vicar of St John’s Collarenebri Anglican Church.

I asked ‘What are some helpful ways people have cared for you?’ David answered: ‘Here are some things we have experienced: 1. Being visited on location! 2. Being given gifts – especially for children! but it includes gifts to adults, like being taken to a cricket match, or given an Amazon voucher, or being sent a set of Christian talks.  3. Letters, emails, Facebook postings / encouragements 4. Being lent a car whilst on Home Assignment 5. Being lent a home (someone moves out of their home and lets us live there for 6 months!!!) 6. making sure that a home has all basic essentials in it before we move in … including wood for a fire! 7. making a flat / accommodation available whilst we are visiting a parish 8. taking the family on an outing to an interesting place.’

To receive the Greef’s monthly emails, contact CMS at: qld@cms.org.au

Chris, Deb, Katelyn (3), and Emily (1) Bowers are with Wycliffe Bible Translators and Moody Aviation in the USA. Chris trains aircraft pilots to fly people to the mission field. Deb is the daughter of Gary and Virginia Stuart (our previous vicar). To receive email updates contact: debbie_bowers@sil.org

Nate, Jenni, Eliana (5), Lilah (4), Ambrose (2), and Anastasia (6mths) Schoen are with the Southern Baptists in Mozambique. They are in the north among the Yao people, a people group predominantly Muslim with very few believers. To receive updates contact: nateandjenni@gmail.com. See their blog: http://nateandjenni.blogspot.com.au/

The Anglican Diocese of Malaita (Solomon Islands) has a partnership with our Diocese of Armidale. Not strictly ‘missionaries’ sent, we want to share our gospel resources with them by running kids’ clubs, training leaders, and building projects. For the history of the partnership: http://www.malaitapartnership.com/

Alive in Christ

Have you been asked, or wondered yourself, ‘If salvation is a free gift from God, and so how good we are makes no difference to our standing with God… wouldn’t that mean Christians have no reason to do good, and so can even live sinful lives?!’

In fact, Roman Catholicism has made this criticism of Protestants since the Reformation.

In Romans 6:1–23, the Apostle Paul says: ‘NO!’

When Jesus died on the Cross, our old life of sin was put to death. When He rose to new life, our new life of righteousness began.

We were united with him in his death and resurrection. We are no longer slaves to sin, but have been set free to serve Jesus. And so the grace of God in Jesus is what enables us to live holy lives of righteousness…. not to save us, but because we are saved from sin and death!

It would make no sense to go back to our old way of living, for now we are alive in Christ.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.