Monthly Archives: August 2016

Do good for the land you live in!

On the ABC TV show QnA, a Senator said opposition to same-sex marriage comes from a place of hate, and that Christian views ought to be dismissed from the debate (17 Aug 2015).

Is that right?

In a democratic country all people ought to be free to speak, regardless of their religion or lifestyle.

What’s more, Christians have a strong history of following Jesus in doing good for their society.

We are strangers in this land (our citizenship is in heaven) but we are to seek the good of this land we are in now, for the glory of God (Jeremiah 29:1–14; 1 Peter 2:11–12).

I look forward to seeking the Bible’s wisdom on same-sex marriage over the next 4 weeks. Let’s encourage each other to follow Jesus for the good of others, and show our world the art of respectful loving disagreement – Jesus is the master of respectful disagreement.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Be subject to governing authorities

It might seem like a big jump from sincere love last week to submitting to governing authorities this week.

But it’s the transformed Christian life in view of God’s mercy (Romans 12:1). We are to live at peace with others and not repay evil (Romans 12:17–21), instead God has established governing authorities for justice (Romans 13:1). We know that God is loving and kind to us, and so we can trust his Word that governing authorities are for the common good.

Sometimes we ask ‘But what about… must I…?’ when it comes to government and laws. The Apostle Paul flips the question to ‘How can I show sincere love to others?’ (Romans 13:8–10).

Let’s support and pray for our governing authorities knowing they are part of God’s good plan for his creation. Look forward to when Jesus returns to bring in his Kingdom where there will be everlasting peace, righteousness, and justice.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Love must be sincere!

We all know love is a central part of Christianity. But in Romans 12, Christians are called to a love that is, ummm… impossible, and unbelievable.

…unless, Jesus is at the heart of our love.

It is believable because it is the same love God showed for us on the Cross and it is believable because Jesus frees us from sin and death to live this love.

The Christian life is a response to the wonder of the loving kindness of God in Jesus. The love God commands is impossible without him.

My prayer is that each of us would be transformed by the mercy of God so that people see the difference in our lives, and know it is Jesus.

I pray that our church family and our community would then be transformed through God in us.

Will you pray this with me?

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Better to give

In the words of Jesus, ‘It’s better to give than receive.’

The last two weeks has been a great week of giving. Thanks for supporting our partners from Turramurra; thanks for helping put on gospel outreach events in our towns; thanks for inviting friends and family; and thanks for praying for God’s grace to be known and received.

The Christian life is about giving. Today in Romans 12:1 we see why this is so crucial: ‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.’

God’s mercy in the Cross of Christ means everything we have is set-apart (holy) for giving so that God might be pleased.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.