Online service, 20th September
Welcome to our CP10 service online
Thanks for joining our September Questions series as we continue to explore questions that help us better understand the Christian faith, based on Rebecca McLaughlin’s book ‘Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions For The World’s Largest Religion’. We hope you find today’s service an informative and encouraging time of worship. Please contact our Pastor Chadd Hafer if you have any prayer requests or feedback about our online service (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Songs of worship
Let’s begin worshipping our God in recognising how His glory is present everywhere – last week, Chadd explored how Christianity is a diverse religion in which all peoples are welcome, and today, the followers of Christ come from so many backgrounds. Let’s remind ourselves of how God’s love spreads across the lands to all people.
Today, Chadd will be examining whether Christianity uses an outdated moral code – this song reminds us that God: ’The Ancient Of Days’ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. As He continues to nurture us, we will continue to praise Him and follow his commands.
WSCCC Annual General Meeting
The WSCCC Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 27 September. Members who’d like to attend the meeting (on-site or by zoom) need to RSVP by Friday 25 September. Those who are voting by proxy, valid electronic proxy forms must be received by 12:30pm on Friday 25 September to be counted. Please note that you must vote by proxy unless you are attending the meeting on-site. Refer to the email from the Diaconate on the AGM for more details.
GlueStick Yourth Year 12 Study Lounge
The GlueStick Youth Year 12 Study Lounge is on 28 September to 2 October, 9am-4pm at WS Strathfield. Study supervision and lunch will be provided for free. Get in touch if you are interested or know anyone who would benefit from this; contact details are in the bulletin.
CP Building Project
Construction at CP is now underway! We thank God that we now have enough funds to cover the project. This year’s building fund budget is to start the repayments of the interest-free loans raised. Please continue giving prayerfully and generously, especially during each of our bi-monthly special building fund offerings
We encourage you to download the bulletin for other announcements and to continuously pray for various ministries of the church.
Over the last few weeks, the CP10 youth have found it a blessing to meet in people’s homes to do church together. Through God’s grace, they have been able to continue to grow in faith with each other, even during the constantly changing conditions of the COVID-19 era. They have particularly enjoyed remaining active in their Christian faith by maintaining their fellowship and friendships.
As followers of Jesus, we have the awesome privilege to talk directly to our Heavenly Father anytime, all the time. As Christ’s church, we pray together as one body, praising God for His unchanging character, confessing our sins and asking His forgiveness, supporting one another and persevering together until Christ returns. Let us continue praying together!
Financial giving towards gospel work is a way we Christians worship God in response to His generosity to us. This act of worship reminds us of our dependence on Him to supply all our needs, including paying for the church development project.
Let us give with thankful hearts as we remember all that God has done for us.
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The first of our two Bible readings today is taken from 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 20, where Paul instructs us to leave our sinful lives behind and live as Christ’s washed, sanctified and justified people who honour God with our bodies. Our second reading is taken from Matthew 5:17 – 30, where Jesus teaches us how to live good and righteous lives that please God.
1 Corinthians 6:9 – 20
9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.
18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Matthew 5:17 – 30
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
Today we continue our series on some important questions about our Christian faith. This morning we’ll look at the question: “Is the Christian moral code too old fashioned for our modern world? So how do we answer this question and renew our own confidence in God’s good and loving nature?”
Today’s talk will address two specific issues:
- Generally speaking, what moral good is there in the Christian religion?
- Specifically, isn’t Biblical morality out of date, especially in regard to its old-fashioned ideas about human sexuality?
Song of Response
Let us remind each other of how we are united in Christ as we find comfort in God’s consistency throughout the ages. The moral code of the world continues to shift, the plans of the world are unstable, but God remains constant throughout all. Therefore, let us sing how great our God is, as he lovingly leads us.