The Good Life 4: Maturity

Our theme this Sunday is maturity. There are so many ways of thinking about it:
 
‘When something reaches its full level of development, it has achieved maturity. Easy enough when you’re a perfectly ripe peach. Maturity in humans is not so easy to accomplish or achieve.’
 
‘To answer the question “What is maturity?”, we first need to look at the behaviors that make people childish and turn those traits upside-down. First and foremost, maturity is the realization that it’s not just about you-you-you.’
 
‘We’re getting there’: we really are. This maturity is not an end point. This growth is not an arrival; it’s a continuous communion, a life which reaches beyond any one of us, a life which is not measured in outputs or outcomes, but in sheer being. Be-ing, is who God is and what God enables.
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Glory in the Church?

“I pray that you may be strengthened in your inner being, with power through God’s Spirit”

This is not the strength of your talents, or your techniques, or your leadership models or your strategies.

No, this is about being strong in knowing where your centre is.

Strong in knowing who you are and whose you are.

Strong in the life of God: “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.”

Living in the Peace of God

‘Peace, perfect peace’—We find it hard to learn what peace truly is.
It’s not about victory, or dominance, control or success.
It’s about community-building,
it’s about making peace across difference,
it’s about forgiveness and healing and hope. Christ is, himself, our peace. He has put an end to the divisions and alienation between peoples and God. His gift is a new community, a new life, in peace.

Grappling with dreams

26779853762_388e259214_k.jpg“In the current political conversation the language of aspiration is being thrown around with great passion by those who believe that aspiration is one of the highest motivators we have in life. In most cases the basis of such aspiration is personal dreams. We are told to pursue our dreams as though they are the most important thing for us to do in life. We see this with sports persons and those who are highly ambitious with their careers. As a society we tend to celebrate those who are driven by their personal dreams.

We too can have our personal dreams of ambition and success but as Christians our personal dreams must be subject to a greater dream whose source is God. The dreams of God however, operate at a very different level to those of the world. God’s dreams both inspire and disturb. They are given not just to individuals but to church communities.

The story of Joseph is the story of a family wrestling with God’s dream. It is a dream of great promise that carries a great cost. How this family handles the dream provides us with food for thought as to how we handle the dreams of God for our lives and our church community. God’s dreams always invite us to live in new and different ways.”

Rev Ross Morgan

The Parable of the Growing Seed – 17 June

He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.
The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

 

Community News:

Frank Rees is away on holiday and study leave until mid July. For these weeks, our preachers will be as follows:
June 17: Sherry and Geoff Maddock: Sherry has been appointed as community outreach worker with the Collins Street Baptist Church and Geoff serves with the BUV as a mission catalyst worker.
June 24: Rev Dr Ken Manley, former Principal of Whitley College.
July 1: Rev Dr Ken Manley.
July 8: Rev Ross Morgan, from Grovedale Baptist Church, whose ministry has a particular focus on engaging with community needs, including amongst older people. Please be in prayerful anticipation of the contribution each of these friends will bring to our services and our ongoing discernment of God’s

 

There is a great new freedom here…

…a freedom that allows us to play, to grow, to try things out, to become who we could be—not just individually, but in a community of growing, helping each other to grow, learn, become.
In the household of God, the Spirit invites us to be at home.

Story Name: Ramsey Garden

Announcements:

Church Conversation Today!
Following Morning Tea in the Barn, we will hold a Church Conversation.
All are welcome!
Most will have received an email regarding the Conversation during the week. If you are not available via email, please collect print materials from the foyer today.

BHBC has a prayer chain
if you would like to request prayer, please contact the co-ordinator, Glennys.

New Church Directory
A draft of the new church directory will be laid out today in the Barn during morning tea. Please take a look and make any necessary additions, changes, or suggestions!

The new Church Roster
is now available for the months of June-August.
We have some gaps so if you would like to get involved anywhere please speak to Lorraine or Teang.

Travellers June Event
Change of date! Now Sat 23 June. Shirley Valentine at Whitehorse Theatre.
RSVP: 30 May
Contact: John or Pat