Welcome to everyone reading this article today either at church, at home or online.
“Emmanuel”, one of the names given to Jesus of Nazareth, means “God with us” and in a nutshell, Jesus was God putting himself “Front & Centre” for all of humanity for all time. All of us, for all time now know that that God loves us and is intimately concerned and aware of what it means to be human. Society as we know it was changed forever and continues to be shaped by that reality.
We can also know what God is like and the real purpose for his time on earth as well as promise to be with us forever by His Holy Spirit.
This will be our major goal for 2018 – to get to know Jesus better. That’s what discipleship is all about, following and learning from Jesus.
We will do that from the pulpit to the playground and everything in between. Our preaching series this year will follow a curriculum called “The Life of Jesus” and will match what the children are learning in Sunday School. That way, parents and grandparents will be able to have conversations at home about the same ideas, week by week.
But we will also learn about Jesus through our Explore groups, where we do life together, pray and study God’s word, the Bible. Explore groups are our primary place of belonging and pastoral care. If you’re not in one, we strongly encourage you to do so. This is the place in which you’ll know and be better known by other members of the church and where we can actively care for each other.
Over the next couple of years, some of our Explore groups will expand to become Missional Communities which, as well as the above, also become our primary place of mission. Yes, that’s right, everyone can be involved in mission! These are mid-sized groups of about 20-30 people which are “small enough to care, large enough to dare”. You can expect to see these developed in our “flagship” ministries: Playgroup; Tiny Town; Chaplaincy support at Enoggera State School (including RI instructors and Kids Hope mentors); Seniors, etc.
The first one to kick-off this year will be the Alpha Community which commences on Tuesday February 6th from 6:30pm. Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and in our context marks the beginning of things. Alpha Community will be a place where you can begin to belong and especially where you can begin to believe. It will take the shape of and include as its mission the Alpha course. There will be a meal, some worship, a talk, discussion and prayer each week. It’s a great place for you to come and reconnect with God and with His people. It’s also a great place to bring a friend, where all questions are okay.
If you have any questions about any of this or something else entirely, please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the other staff. It’s going to be a big year as we learn more about and put Jesus, Front & Centre!
God bless, Ian.