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God's Judgement is Just

Dear Friends,

Dear Friends, It is incredible how much turmoil there is the world. Apart from the current places of sustained conflict such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq there have recently been terrorist or unprovoked attacks in France, Japan, Ansbach, Wuerzburg, Munich, Reutlingen Germany. What is happening in our world? There is a growing level of violence occurring in unprecedented ways. Respect for traditional authority structures have broken down as well as a disregard for the sanctity of life. As we have been travelling through Genesis we have been reminded that people are created in the image of God and therefore are valuable. But as the human race began to disregard God and His laws there was an accompanying disrespect for the sanctity of life. In Genesis 6:11-12 we see a picture of corruption and violence in the world which has become an epidemic. In the days of Noah the world was a very unsafe place to live because people disregarded God and this led them to disregard people. Respect had gone out the window. As a result of this God states in 6:13 that he will send judgement and wipe out the world. When we speak about God’s judgement many people feel uncomfortable about this.  

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God's Boundaries

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Thankyou for all who covered Cheryl and my responsibilities while we were away and for your prayers for our holiday. God graciously blessed us. Visiting numerous art galleries and museums across Europe was very stimulating and provided much material for reflection because art expresses the cultural context in which the artist lived. At the Pergamon Museum in Berlin there were various artefacts from the Babylonian period including items from the kingdoms of Nebuchadnezzar and Darius. 

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2 Ways to Respond to God

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Today we have a brief interlude from Genesis as Rev Peter Adkins from BCA helps us think about mission to the lost within Australia from Matthew 7:13-29. Matthew ,a follower of Jesus and a Gospel writer is seeking to show that Jesus is the fulfilment of God’s promises in the Old Testament to send a Messiah or special king who will save God’s people. Matthew opens his Gospel with a genealogy to show that Jesus is the seed of Abraham and of David and so has the right pedigree to be the Messiah. In Chp 7 Matthew is showing us that just as God gave the Law in the Old Testament Jesus Himself has God’s approval and gives God’s law with authority. In Matthew 7 Jesus is calling people to listen to His Words and build their lives on His Word – Matthew 7:26. Jesus is teaching God’s Word and the people recognize His authority. In Joshua 24:15-16 the people are on the verge of entering the promised land so Joshua has set before them God’s Word and God’s call on their lives.  

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God Can Heal

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In Genesis 5:1 the presence of God’s image in people is reaffirmed. Despite the failure of Adam and Eve (Chp 3) and then the growth of sin in (Chp 4) God has not abandoned the world. Even though God is still committed to the human race death is a present reality. Chapter 5 says 8 times that various people “died”. We are brought face to the face that when Adam and Eve sinned death entered the world and this sentence of death continues to hang over us. Paul teaches us 1 Corinthians 15:26 that the last enemy is death. I have just read an amazing testimony from Bishop Ivan Lee as he faces death. He has pancreatic cancer and is currently in remission. As a Christian we know that God can heal but our greatest hope is that death has been conquered through Jesus.  

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Where Sin Abounds - The Right Reverend Dr Michael Stead

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Introduction: An avalanche of sin. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning, to continuing your sermon series in the book of Genesis. This morning, we are looking at Genesis 4. In the preceding chapter, humanity committed just one sin, one act of disobedience, as Adam and Eve sought to be like God. You may well think – “Look, it was only one piece of fruit - what’s the big deal?” The big deal is that one act of disobedience triggered an avalanche of sin in subsequent generations. By the time we get to Gen 6, it says that man's wickedness had become so great “that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time”. Genesis 4 sits in between Gen 3 and Gen 6 to show us how humanity moved from ‘one piece of fruit’ to ‘every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time’! It shows how sin took hold of Cain… and how sin takes hold of us. The chapter shows how God responds to sin, and it also gives us a hint about God’s solution to the problem. As we look at Gen 4 together today, can I encourage you to have your bible’s open + sermon outlines…  

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Do Not Allow Sin to Grow

Dear Friends,

As we make our way through Genesis chapter 4 teaches us that the sin of Adam and Eve in disobeying God and thinking they knew better than Him is present in their children. The Bible teaches us that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23). The disease of sin affects all human beings. We see this sin expressed in rivalry and anger and jealousy and that this sin escalates. The story of Abel and Cain is a warning to not allow sin to grow and develop but to face it quickly and repent of it. Both Cain and Abel brought offerings to the Lord (Gen 4:3-4) but God looked with favour on Abel and his offering but not Cain and his offering & Cain’s response was jealousy. Abel brought the fat portions or the best portions of the animal and Cain brought some offerings of fruits of the soil.  

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