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June 2014 Newsletter

Advanced Bible study

Wednesday at 8pm at the Bible Education Centre
Followed by supper
Do join us!

4 June:

Topic: Fruit of the Spirit: Patience
Leader: Andy Galbraith

Whether you’re stuck in traffic, working with a difficult person or trying to make sense of the direction your life is taking—all these situations require patience. Come along and explore the biblical aspects of patience and how vital it is to our journey of following Christ.

18 June:

Topic: Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness
Leader: Silas Bond

This evening we will continue our ongoing theme on the Fruit of the Spirit considering kindness. What is kindness? What comes to mind when you think of this subject? Does someone come to mind who you think is particularly good at showing this characteristic? Do you? What might we do to help build this characteristic in us? These are some of the questions we will cover as we consider this topic together.

Ladies English Conversation classes

Please come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, make new friends and practise speaking in English.

Wednesdays, 4th and 18th June at 10.30–11.30am

What’s on?

  • Each Sunday 11:30–12:30
    God and you through Jesus
    Bible Explorers
  • Tuesdays to Fridays 12:45
    Bible readings
  • Each Monday 7pm–9pm
    Learn English using the Bible
  • Wednesday 10:00–11:30am
    Happy Faces Playgroup
    June 4 & 18
  • Wednesday 10:00–11:30am
    Ladies conversational English class
    June 4 & 18
  • Wednesday 8pm–9:30pm
    Advanced Bible Study
    June 4: Fruit of the Spirit: Patience
    June 18: Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness
  • Thursday 10:30am–12:00pm
    Ladies’ Bible Study
  • Shop closed: Mondays

All our plans are “God willing”.

Focus on God and you through Jesus class

When: Sunday mornings
Time: 11.30am
Where: Dandenong Bible Education Centre

This is a highly interactive course which takes as its starting points

  • That there is a God; and
  • That the Bible is God’s word.

From these starting points we let the Bible tell us who this God is. We consider his character as revealed in the Bible. We ask, Does God have a purpose with His creation and if so what is it? We discover that not only does God have a plan and purpose with his creation; he has a particular interest in you.

God has a plan for us but by our actions we have separated ourselves from God. We reflect on this separation – from man’s perspective, a chasm impossible to bridge.

We then discover Jesus—God’s son and solution to this problem. Through him the chasm between man and God is able to be spanned and the relationship repaired. We consider how this is brought about and where it ultimately leads.

As this course covers the whole Bible we regularly have topics arise as asides to our main investigation. If appropriate and they add to our understanding of the main topic, we take these deviations and consider them before moving on. This ensures a good understanding of our topic and helps you reach a greater understanding of God’s plan and purpose for you through Jesus.

Why did Jesus come?

Sent by God

Jesus was born on earth because it was in the plan and purpose of God that he should come. He came to do what his Father wanted done, just as others had before him.

God has taken the initiative many times to communicate His purpose, and to tell people about His great plan. Always that required people who were sent to do a particular job.

Promised Messiah

From very early times, when things had gone badly wrong between the Creator and His creation, God promised to put things right. He was under no obligation to do so, for mankind had created the problem and continues to do so, by wilfully ignoring God and choosing to live selfishly, in a godless way. Yet, like a golden thread running through Scripture, God’s promises speak of one who would:

  • Destroy sin in all its aspects (Genesis 3:15);
  • Conquer and control everything that opposes God and thus bring a blessing to all mankind (Genesis 22:17,18);
  • Rule for God on earth, and make the world a paradise once more (2 Samuel 7:12–16).

Born a King

Jesus was someone very special indeed. He had been sent by God, as he said himself, but he was no mere prophet. Jesus was the Son of God, no less! (Hebrews 1:1,2, (2 Samuel 7:12–14).

His coming was a unique event, for he was the “only begotten son of God” (John 1:14, 18).

Marvellously, when it had proved impossible for men and women to save themselves, for everyone had failed to live up to God’s high standards, God took the initiative and sent His Son.

Born a Saviour

The child who was born was Mary’s son. He would thus inherit all the characteristics with which we are born – the same feelings, desires and human tendencies. That’s how it would be possible to say of him that he “was in all points tempted as we are” (Hebrews 4:15) and that he shared our nature. But he was also to be the Son of God, God’s only‐begotten Son.

To Save His People

So Jesus came to rescue mankind from sin and death. He was a life bringer and rescuer. You could be saved if you wanted to be – if you listened carefully to what he said and did exactly what he told you to do. That has been the offer Jesus has been making to men and women ever since he began to teach. That is why he came. But it is only possible for him to issue such an invitation because of the way he lived and the things that he chose to do. Look again at what he said about the reason for his life on earth:

“I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me” (John 6:38).

Don’t ever think that it was easy, or that there was no personal cost and effort involved. On the eve of his crucifixion, Jesus prayed earnestly to his Father for the strength he needed to endure what lay ahead. He knew that it was his Father’s will that he should die.

(Extracted from Glad Tidings № 122 pp5–7)

May 2014 Newsletter

Advanced Bible study

Wednesday at 8pm at the Bible Education Centre
Followed by supper
Do join us!

7 May:

Topic: Fruit of the Spirit: Peace
Leader: Chris Galbraith
How do we try and achieve Godly peace in this frenetic world?

21 May:

Topic: Proverbs for today
Leader: Jon Morgan
We use proverbs like “Look before you leap” to guide us to make wise decisions in our life. The Bible has an entire book dedicated to Proverbs about many areas of life. Come along to look at some of these Proverbs and how we can use them to guide us today.

Matthew 5:3–10

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

What’s on?

  • Each Sunday 11:30–12:30
    God and you through Jesus
    Bible Explorers
  • Tuesdays to Fridays 12:45
    Bible readings
  • Each Monday 7pm–9pm
    Learn English using the Bible
  • Wednesday 10:00–11:30am
    Happy Faces Playgroup
    May 7 & 21
  • Wednesday 8pm–9:30pm
    Advanced Bible Study
    May 7: Fruit of the Spirit: Peace
    May 21: Proverbs for today
  • Thursday 10:30am–12:00pm
    Ladies’ Bible Study
  • Shop closed: Mondays

All our plans are “God willing”.

Focus on Dandenong Youth class

Person 1: Hey! Are you going to the youth class? Person 2: No! What’s that about? Person 1: It’s a group of approx 5–10 young people discussing practical Bible teachings. Person 2: That sounds super applicable to my life. Can I come? Person 1: That would be great! Person 2: See you there!

Can you complete the following proverbs?

  • Cast your bread …

  • Go to the ant, you sluggard, consider its …

  • Pay attention and listen to the …

  • A gentle answer turns away …

  • The sleep of a labourer …

  • Pride goes before …

  • Whoever digs a pit …

  • Heap coals of fire …

  • Even a live dog is better than a …

Clues: Proverbs 25:22, 6:6, 15:1, 22:17, 16:18; Ecclesiastes: 9:4, 5:12, 11:1, 10:8