Author Archives: torycayzer

Reconnect Sunday 26 August 2018

This Sunday 10.30am, all invited and welcome!

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You are the people of God

It’s only human nature to ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater.’ We stress a personal relationship with Jesus so much – to avoid people thinking the physical church institute is what saves us – that church becomes optional for believers.

Yet, the Bible paints a wonderful image of the church as God’s spiritual house that spans the whole world and all history (and beyond!). This is no optional extra for the Christian.

Peter says that when we become a Christian we become a living stone in God’s house (1 Peter 2:5). God’s house is built on the Living Stone, Jesus, chosen as the cornerstone.

What’s more, God chooses us to be living stones to declare the praises of him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9).

The most important thing in this life (and the next) is being living stones with Jesus, God’s Chosen One. What a joy to be the church!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Fully sober

Life is busy. Time goes fast. We live in an age of distraction; and so concentration is more difficult than ever. It’s easy to lose sight of what matters. It’s easy to forget what time it really is.

For the Christian, time is set by two major world events. The first appearance of Jesus Christ when he came and died on the Cross for the sins of the world; and the second appearance when Jesus will return to judge the world. We live in the last days.

Like a drunk person who can’t make right judgments, staggering from one place to the next, with blurry sight and thoughts, and is out of touch with reality, so is a Christian who forgets that we live in the last days.

Peter says: Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. (1 Peter 1:13)

Let’s encourage one another to be fully sober ready for the return of our Saviour Jesus Christ!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Living hope

The Christian has living hope (1 Peter 1:3).

We can be certain of our future with Jesus in heaven because of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. We rely on what Jesus has done, not what I can see or what I can do.

The importance of knowing with certainty you have eternal life is joy and freedom in this life:

#Freedom from fear and anxiety. Because of Jesus, we know God loves us and is for us.

#Freedom from legalism and ‘Christian workaholism.’ All we do is in response to God’s mercy in Jesus, it’s not to impress him or make the grade.

#Freedom for evangelism. Because we are sure of our standing with God, we are set free to get on with sharing the good news so that others can have certainty of a future with Jesus.

Grace and peace be yours in abundance!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Beautiful Feet Sunday

4 billion people in the world are living in the dark meaningless world that we’ve experienced in Ecclesiastes.

Who will share the good news of the one new thing under the sun that changes everything for everyone: the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ?

All of us are partners. Some of us will pray for world mission, others give, care, and go.

Today is Beautiful Feet Sunday. The Church Mission Society (CMS) calls us to give in one or more of these ways, so that the good news of Jesus can be taken to the world. As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:9–15)

Can I encourage you to prayerfully consider how you are supporting world mission today?

If you would like to give: http://www.cms.org.au/qnnsw

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Work under the sun

After reading Ecclesiastes, it would be easy to say ‘What is the point of work… or anything?’

Is work a waste of time since everything in this life under the sun is meaningless and futile?

Should we all quit our day jobs and become evangelists to tell people about Jesus so they are saved… since that is all that lasts?

Jesus, the one new thing under the sun means that your work does matter. Your work matters, because you matter. Your work is done under the Lord and so is an expression of your relationship with the Lord.

That also means we are to work whole-heartedly since it is the Lord we work for.

The other good news Jesus brings is that since he fulfils us in every way, we don’t need to find our fulfilment in work – that is good news indeed!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.