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    National volunteers week

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011


    This week is National Volunteers Week so as a church we want to thank everyone in the church who gives both time and expertise to benefit Edwardstown Baptist Church. Without your involvement the church would not achieve much - if anything! Volunteers are at the core of what churches do.

    As I thought about volunteerism and how popular it is in Australian culture and how the church has so many volunteers I began to realise there is a significant difference between volunteering and ministering. Volunteering is performing a task for free to benefit someone or to benefit a non-profit organisation. Ministering is performing a service, whether paid or unpaid, to assist others, an organisation, or a church in Jesus name. The three words “in Jesus name,” makes all the difference to whether we are volunteering or ministering.

    Volunteering makes us feel good and benefits others, ministering not only makes us feel good and benefits others, but most importantly it advances God’s work and glorifies His Name on earth. Ministering therefore, is volunteering with a spiritual purpose that will last for eternity. The Scriptures emphasize the importance of ministering to others by voluntarily serving them, utilising our gifts and abilities to do so. In many ways this is not actually serving God for non-payment because payment will indeed be made in the form of rewards at the coming judgement.

    In some ways working for reward takes away from the generosity of heart to give freely of our time and skills in response to God’s love and blessings to us. I tend to view future reward as a bonus to serving God rather than an expectation. If God wants to reward us for serving Him we can only praise Him for His generosity but in reality He has done more than enough in forgiving, cleansing, transforming, adopting and securing our eternal destiny. That seems to be reward enough and should inspire a total surrender of our lives to His service.

    So as you volunteer here at Edwardstown Baptist Church be aware that you are considered much more than a volunteer, but a minister of Jesus Christ bringing glory to His Name, serving His purposes on earth, and benefiting His people. Thank you for your generosity of time and effort - we couldn’t do church with you.

    “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” (Matthew 10:42)


    Brian





    Disaster in Japan

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011


    The crisis in Japan continues as the full impact of last week’s earthquake and tsunami are felt. We now know that possibly thousands have been killed and hundreds of thousands have been made homeless. The crisis continues with the explosions at the nuclear power plants and there is much debate about whether they have already or are about to go into nuclear meltdown. What an absolute tragedy of epic proportions, it is enough to make you want to sit alone in silence and weep……

    Perhaps that is exactly the place God wants us to be as human beings that we might come to an end of ourselves and recognise our own frailty and deep need of a saving relationship with God’s Son Jesus Christ.

    Few nations in the world are as technically advanced as Japan whose computer and engineering brilliance has helped humanity develop many electronic wonders of the 21st century. Thousands of electronic devices have been designed and manufactured in Japan, allowing us to be more productive and to feel more empowered and capable as human beings.

    When creation momentarily twitches however, all of our self-confident brilliance comes crashing down and we suddenly feel vulnerable, frightened and completely overwhelmed by the ferocity of the elements. From dust we have come and to dust we shall return – whether we are a high-powered businessman lording over a multi-national corporation, or whether a simple tribesmen eking out a living off the land. We are all poor, blind and naked and desperately in need of a meaningful relationship with the omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent God in whose world we reside.

    It is His world and we are His invited guests, born to experience the wonders of His creatorial power. Our visit to His domain is brief and our claims to own a portion of what is His is in reality comical – no matter how well known or well heeled we are. He has reminded us in no uncertain terms that our grip on this world is tenuous at best and we are foolish to think otherwise.  His and His alone is the power and the glory and the wisdom and the strength and all that we have and are is simply a contract of loan until we breathe our last and our bodies expire.

    While we tremble in awe at the immeasurable power of His creation we are reminded that what to us is quite overwhelming is to Him just a footstool, a place worthy only to rest His feet!

    This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things and so they came into being?” declares the Lord.  (Isaiah 66:1-2a)

    “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)







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