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Domestic abuse occurs regularly in all parts of our society, including church communities such as St Faith's. It is difficult to see, but is clearly a violation of Scripture, of basic human rights, and of the law of our land. All forms of domestic abuse are wrong and must stop.

As a community of believers seeking to be transformed by Jesus, love like Jesus and impact the world for Jesus, our desire is to make St Faith's a safe place for victims of domestic abuse.

Attached is the Sydney Anglican Policy on Responding to Domestic Abuse which we have adopted and are seeking to put into practice in our church community.

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Domestic Violence Bible Study 2018

Devoted 1.2 from Neil Souter on Vimeo.

 

"Devoted" is a daily bible reading and prayer challenge prepared for the members of St Faith's. If we want to be a community who are being transformed by Jesus, loving like Jesus and impacting the world for Jesus, then we need to be devoted to God, hearing from his word and seeking him in prayer. Together, we'll set out for the month of February to read God's word and commit to praying each day.

"DEVOTED" JOURNAL - Download here. 

"DEVOTED" with children

If you have children the Swedish method can be very helpful. With younger children you may want to use a CEV version of the bible. A great place to start is to simply do first point (the light bulb). Before you read out the passage ask them to listen to you read and for them to tell you what they liked. After they share what they liked you could lead them in a prayer based on what they said. Depending on the age of your child you could go further and ask them if they have any questions and finally what they think God calling us to do after reading this passage. This could be done at a set time each day, around the dinner table or before the children’s bedtime as a family.

SHARE WHAT YOU’VE BEEN LEARNING

 You’re not doing this challenge alone! There’s a whole bunch of people from St Faith’s doing it with you. Same passage! Same Day! What an encouragement it would be to share how God has been speaking to you by his Spirit. You can do this in three ways:

  1. In our general conversations when we see each other. Asking each other how the challenge is going.
  2. Come to church and small group ready to share something that God has been teaching/encouraging you in.
  3. Via Social media:
  • St Faith’s Facebook page. If you are on Facebook share on our page what you have been getting out of the studies and prayer time each day.
  • For Twitter and Instargram use the hashtag: #devoted14

 

James chapter one shows the importance of HEARING and HEEDING the word of God. Verse 21 says to "humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you." And verse 22 challenges us to do something with what we hear, "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."

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During my recent sermon on James 1 (you can listen to it here) I gave 5 websites/apps that can help you turn your smart phone from a distraction into a device that helps you listen to the Word of God.

Here are the 5 websites/apps I mentioned in the sermon:

  1. WWW.BIBLE.COM // YouVersion is an incredible service to bible reading people around the world! It is packed with the bible in pretty much every language that has the Bible. It has apps for all smart phones and a really easy to use browser. There are 100s of devotionals and reading guides and even the flexibility to build your own plan. YouVersion became even easier to remember with the recent purchase of bible.com.
  2. FIGHTER VERSES // Scripture Memory System that will take you approx 15 years to get through them all! Useable website, apps for iOS and Android. Get the Word stuck in your head!
  3. GROWING FAITH // Australian website that will help you to be better equipped to consider parenting from perspective of Bible. Sign up for their weekly email.
  4. FERVR // This award winning Australian website is suitable for youth and young adults. Fresh content + fresh look.
  5. STFAITHS.NET // our new church website! Check in for sermons and other articles to help you dig into the bible.

Here are 5 bonus websites/apps for further help with hearing:

  1. DESIRING GOD // this website is full 30+ years of resources from the ministry of John Piper. Make sure you check out the Desiring God App and the Solid Joy Daily Devotional App too.
  2. SOULIES // Our youth community website has fresh content on it every week that seeks to help teenagers get into the word. Especially see the daily bible journal.
  3. SYDNEY ANGLICANS // As well as great content about the Bible and Christian life around our network of churches, this site also has links to Christian news around the world.
  4. BIBLE SOCIETY + ETERNITY NEWSPAPER // The Bible Society's goal is to get people into the Bible. They have some fantastic bible reading resources (here's one Bible Society project I was part of). Eternity News offers good coverage of Australian Christians news.
  5. THE GOSPEL COALITION // Predominantly based in North America, this network of news and blogs are aiming to be "Equipping the next generation for gospel-faithful ministry and promote church reform and culture transformation. Led by Tim Keller and Don Carson." Their app is worth checking out too.

Dave Miers

ps - let me know if you've got any other useful tools in the comments below...

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