A Spirit-Led Life
The Scriptures give us insight into how we might have a meaningful and fulfilling life. In Romans 7 Paul teaches that if we try to live the Christian life in human effort we will fail miserably—for we will experience condemnation, hopelessness, entrapment, burn out and exhaustion—then in Romans 8 he tells us how to move beyond that to a growing mature walk with and by Holy Spirit.
Our actions and behaviours are determined by our mind-set—as a person thinks in their mind so they are—what we choose to dwell on in our minds determines how we behave. It’s a question of our preoccupations, our ambitions, and our interests, which engross us—what we set our minds on will ultimately determine how we spend our time, money and energy. And it’s also what we set our minds on that determines how we live the Christian life—a mind under the control of Holy Spirit will produce the fruit of Holy Spirit—a mind set on the flesh will produce fruit of “Fleshly” behaviour.
The problem for every believer has always been how to be in the world and not buy into its philosophy of life—far too often many believers try to compromise with the world, to be socially accepted—hence they look at appearance, performance, and status to find fulfilment and acceptance.
Every Christian lives in a physical body like all other people, but they are not obliged to it—the world system doesn’t characterize them—they are to belong to another realm—another dimension—they are to be “in the Spirit” of God. And Paul speaks also of one being “in Christ,” and Christ being in them—followers of Jesus are to live very close to God and be in His constant presence—one is not to be an occasional visitor.
And when Holy Spirit has taken up full residence within the believer, to be a permanent dweller, this then becomes their strength—in fact, it becomes their life—a life living out the fruit of Holy Spirit. This is where the believer finds their identity, worth, security, significance, and sufficiency—it comes from Jesus’ dwelling within us by His Spirit—the world system will leave you high and dry every time—only Jesus and Holy Spirit satisfies—and that’s why every Christian is into recycling!!
Pastor Wayne Kerber
Bible Readings: Romans 8: 1-11 (NLT)
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When – Monday 17th to Friday 21st July
We are seeking a team during this time to remove old carpet squares and furniture (including the altar).
Please advise Belinda Konrad, Ross Pukallus, or the front office of your availability so this can happen in a smooth and organised manner without too much disruption of our activities. Thank you to all those who assisted in the past, your time would be greatly appreciated again.
What does this mean? Our church can now purchase Friends of Gideons New Testaments, which members can take to use in personal witnessing situations.
Our first box of 50 has arrived. Please take one or more to pray over and personally give to someone you know whom you can encourage to read it.
See Ian Hutchinson for more details.
Our next KAPS event will be held after the school holidays. It will be a little different. Join us for our first KAPS movie night on Saturday 29th July with worship at 6pm, followed by dinner. The movie begins at 7pm. For those who are keen, you are invited to an optional sleepover! (Please contact Rachel for more details if you are planning to stay over.) See flyer for details. Love to see you!
Rachel and Georgie
July Food Collection
Thank you for your continued and generous support of our monthly food collections in support of the wonderful work of Lutheran Care.
Our next collection will be on Sunday 30th July at both services. Donations can also be left in the front office of the church up to the collection date.
Requests for this month
Family Support Team
Date: Saturday, 5th August at 7:30
In support of the Family Hub at Ingle Farm
Cost: $10 Students $5 Primary age children free. Tickets on sale from July 9th after services
Night of fun music + wine auction +games + raffle
A great night to share with friends or as a fellowship group activity.
Tickets also available from Joan Mc Carthy or Lorraine Johns. You can book a table to share with friends or your Fellowship Group.
Salisbury Lutheran Women’s Fellowship
We warmly invite you to the METRO NORTH ZONE FELLOWSHIP DAY
Date: 17th August 2023 at 10.00 am
Arrival time: 9.30 am for morning cuppa and sign in.
Venue: 10 Waterloo Corner Road SALISBURY
(Please park on Waterloo Corner Roadside of the church)
Bring your own lunch. Wear name badge.
Soup, tea, and coffee provided.
- Mark Underwood – Pastoral Care Worker at Lake Windermere School
- Sandy Davis – Lutheran Care
- Jeanette Mann – Blueprint Ministries
Theme: “Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.”
RSVP: 1st August 2023
Margaret Sallis on 0439 781 333 or Email: email@example.com
Community Family Support News
Young people aged around 10 years, together with their parents/ caregivers, are invited to take part in our Step-Up program to prepare for Holy Communion. Taking the approach that parents/ carers are the primary faith developers in their children, Step Up is designed to support parents/carers in preparing their child for Holy Communion.
This course will be offered soon over 4 consecutive Friday nights (11th, 18th, 25th August, and 1st September). The actual ‘Step Up Service’ will take place on 10th September at the 10:30am worship service. If you are interested, please contact Georgie here by Friday 4th August. Look forward to hearing from you.
Growing Faith at Home
Once again, the bible text that is referenced in this week’s GFH resource is the one we will be exploring on Sunday. Pastor Wayne will share a message on the ‘Spirit led Life’. It can be helpful to pause for a moment and reflect on how we are connecting with, and being guided by, the Holy Spirit. Have a look at this week’s GFH resource for some discussion starters and some creative ways to ‘dig into this area’. You might just get your hands dirty!
Ruby Keller has crocheted a blanket to raise funds for Hope’s ministry. If you would like to donate, guess the number of marbles in the jar. Gold coin donation for each guess. See Peter and Di Schlenk in the café after services.
Blueprint Dinner 2023
The Blueprint Dinner is on 5th August – to book go to https://www.facebook.com/events/927365398523089
Can you help with donations?
If you are not able to attend the dinner, there are other ways to support this event. Blueprint Ministries are looking for donations of goods or experiences for the silent auction, prizes, and wine wall. If you are able to help, contact Jeanette 08 8267 5211
The money raised supports the Christmas & Easter Children’s packs/Grandparent packs and the Congregational Ministry Grants for Children & Young people.
We give thanks for all those who have contributed to our online devotions this year. Now we are looking for more! If you have one or more of your own that you would like to share, please send them through to the church office via firstname.lastname@example.org
Tea and coffee are available after Sunday services, and you are most welcome to come and enjoy the free percolated and instant coffee and tea.
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Name Badge Request
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Diary Dates 2023
17th July Volunteers Needed to Remove Old Carpet
18th July Carpet Removal Begins
29th July 6pm Saturday, KAPS Movie Night and Optional Sleepover
30th July LC Food Collection
1st August 1pm Ladies Fellowship Meeting with Lutheran Disability
5th August 7:30pm Karaoke Night
13th August Country Drive to Barossa
17th August 10am Salisbury Lutheran – Metro North Zone Fellowship Day
27th August 4-7pm KAPS
30th August LC Food Collection
“…Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honour and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Philippians 2:9-11 (NLT)
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