This week has again had a great amount of biblical thinking and learning, but not without it’s struggle; I’ve not really dedicated much time to my own personal bible reading and prayer, I’ve been distracted and undisciplined.
Monday night I went back to my folks place to check that it was still standing whilst they’re away. After checking the place and collecting my mail from the next door neighbours, I ducked out to the shops before coming back home to cook dinner: a chilli and lime mushroom risotto. It took a good hour or so from start to finish, but the fruits of my labor proved to be a very very tasty and creamy risotto.
Tuesday was a frustrating day. Important things that I said didn’t seem to get noticed and less important things continued to be blown out of proportion. Towards the end of the day, though, I dropped in on Steph and Hamish, aka SHToose and had a good little chat about rewards in the kingdom of God, and faith by works. For dinner Steph cooked us an avocado and chicken pasta with bacon bits; a tasty meal indeed.
On Wednesday night at growth group we continued to look at Colossians, this week at Chapter 3: 1-17 which talks about our resurrection with Christ, how we are hidden with Christ our God. As an outworking of this resurrection, we are to set our minds on things above, rather than earthly things, and to love and serve the body of Christ with the word of Christ dwelling richly within us and doing so in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ with thanksgiving.
Thursday night at Moore as we continued to look at Biblical Theology, this week looking at how to listen, reflect and let the Word renovate our lives and thinking. We applied this pattern of looking at the bible to the first three chapters of Genesis. It was really good to get into some good detail over these important chapters of the bible, especially to hear about God’s created order. I don’t think I’ve really pondered the way it’s reversed and restored in the fall and judgement.
Friday night touch was a pretty interesting one. I scored 2 tries early on in the game, one with a quick dart around a couple of players down the wing early on, and the second grabbing an intercept on our 15m and being able to ‘run’ the full length of the field before it being called a try. About 1/3 of the way through the game, as Kinsella crossed the line for a try with Wolnizer in tow, somehow Simon managed to trip over Kinsella and hit his head on the ground, knocking himself unconscious. He was out for a good few minutes, warranting a call to 000 to hail an ambulance which took him away for a checkup and cat-scan.
Yesterday was pretty quiet again… For most of the day I watched some tv, played around with music files and played some Gears of War with Jase. In the evening, after dropping in to vote, I drove Jase back out to Newtown and then worked on my video for SALT.
This morning Nic and I sat down to read Acts 7 and 8 together. These chapters are really great!! Stephen’s speech is a great summary of milestone Old Testament passages, and then he rebukes the crowd before they stone him, but he commits his life into God’s hands and also asks God not to hold their sinful act of murder against them. Then we read the story of Simon the Magician who hears the gospel, but doesn’t quite grasp it and tries to buy his way into the kingdom of God, and then Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch who exclaims “how can I understand unless someone guides me?”; a great rebuke to those that aren’t actively out there helping people to read and understand God’s word.
Tonight at graceat6, we had a great missional focus on our Go themed week. Steph got up and ran through some tips/encouragements on how we can bring the gospel message to our friends by:
- speaking openly
- gathering socially
before interviewing Sophie Antognelli about her blog: Perjoyence and how she is using that as a tool to help answer questions her friends have about Christianity.
Bruce spoke to us about the Progress of the Word. In the book of Acts we see how the Word of the Lord continues to increase, and there’s a kind of pattern that we can see: a transitional point, where something changes, followed by impressive progress of the Word, where growth is both in numbers and also in depth of faith, and all this is because God enables it to happen, He is the author of it all.
This progress of the Word is also unending, as we see in Acts 28:30-31. Jesus is the hero of the ‘story’, not Paul, but the story is not finished: the gospel has come to Rome; not by the witnesses (apostles) because they are dying, but it is by those that have read the testimonies of Jesus and of the apostles. The Word ought to change us so that we are faithful, not hypocrites. Even when we fail, God is not hampered, because His Word will achieve His purposes….