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How We’re Praying for Victoria

As Melbourne and Victoria enter six weeks of Stage 3 and 4 COVID lockdowns, we asked six members of the TGCA Victoria committee how they’re praying for their city and State. Why not pray these prayers for Victoria over the coming six weeks? Join our Gospel Workers National Prayer meeting on 1:00pm, Friday, 7 August here. Murray Capill, RTC Australia I’m praying God will use this massive upheaval of our lives to cause many people to stop and think about what we really live for and where hope, security and purpose are really found I’m praying for three things. First, that...

Don’t Just Preach about Christ. Preach Christ!

If you follow someone on Facebook, you can learn some interesting things about them. You might learn about where they went to school, some of their favourite foods, where they holidayed last summer, and some of the causes they are passionate about. But that is a far cry from knowing them personally. A Facebook “friend” may not be a very personal friend. In the same way, we can know a lot about Jesus and “follow” him as our “friend” and yet still not know him very personally. We can know about him, but we do not really know him. We...

Essential Services Part 3: Back to Church

Tony Payne continues his miniseries on church. [Author’s Note] In this third installment of my ‘Essential Services’miniseries, I’m pleased to introduce (my friend and colleague at Reach Australia) Andrew Heard as guest co-author. Andrew sent me draft of something that he had been writing just as I was writing my own post, and it had so much good stuff in it—and was so similar to the direction I was heading—that we decided to collaborate on this final post in the series. (The bits in plain text are mine; the sections in italics are Andrew’s.) So—given all that we have said...

Families and the Household of God: We Need Each Other

I have learnt a great deal from the families in my church—and when I say families I don’t just mean parents and their young children. There’s Kath, in her forties, who brings her elderly grandfather to church. Kath’s twin sister, niece and uncle have also started coming to church regularly. Together with Kath’s immediate family, they now take up almost two rows. Then there’s Ern and Fay, both over eighty, who always sit near the windows where the sun streams in. At first, I assumed they were a married couple; actually, they are brother and sister, both of them widowed....

Essential Services Part 2: Think Cosmic, Act Local

Part 2 of a 4-part miniseries on the church In last week’s post, we started to look at the essential why of church, and came to the conclusion that the key purpose of a local congregation lies beyond itself—in the cosmic, heavenly, spiritual congregation that Jesus Christ is building. This is the primary reality of church in the New Testament, and the local, immediate purposes that we pursue in our churches lives stem from this larger, heavenly reality. But how exactly? How does the big, primary reality of the heavenly church provide an essential why (and how) for our church...

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