This term at church, we will be looking at how we, as Christians, should relate to the 'physical world' God has given us. We will look first at money, and then at relationships with others, as two key aspects of this.
The world we live in, our Australian culture, suffers from the twin evils of greed, and sexual abuse, sexual sins of all types. Some sincere religious people respond by saying that the solution is poverty and sexual abstinence. They believe that to be truly holy is to be celibate, sexually fire in this way, and to see possessions, and the physical world - all pleasures - as evil.
But what does it mean to relate to the physical creation 'in Christ'? If we are followers of Jesus, we should surely view it through his eyes. Jesus warned of greed and its dangers, yet enjoyed much in creation - from deep friendships (relationships), to wine at weddings, and parties where he was clearly involved.
This term at church, we will look then, at how we should live, and live life to the full as followers of the Lord Jesus. For the months of February and March, we will follow the Matthias Media booklet "Cash Values", then as Easter is in the middle of the term, we will have a short series relating to Jesus' death and resurrection, while finishing the term focussing on "God and Relationships" during the month of April.
We hope and pray that as we consider these things together, that God's Spirit would speak powerfully to each of us as we learn together from his word.
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Kerry Nagel (January 2016).