Doubt Proves that Faith Exists
Doubt almost seems like a bad word in Christian circles. All too often it is equated with falling away — with losing your faith. Christians fight against doubt and are often encouraged to just have faith. But doubts are a normal part of our lives, and we live with them most of the time. Sometimes those doubts can be quite debilitating, and in our faith, they can lead us to feel guilty and maybe even think that we aren’t a very good a follower of Jesus.
But is doubt always a bad thing? Could questioning our faith — when properly addressed — be a useful thing for us to experience?
As mentioned before, doubt is a natural part of being human. It comes to all of us periodically. So rather than run from it, use it to your advantage. Bring your doubts to God. Seek answers to your doubts. When you do that, doubts can lead to growth.
And it may actually be that there will be times when your doubts are really hard to answer. If that happens remember even though you might at times doubt God, God never doubts you. And always tell yourself that you can rely on his love for you and his promises to you.
Bible Reading: John 20:19-31
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Next Grow Ministries Workshop
Our next workshop with Grow Ministries has been tentatively rescheduled for Saturday 21st May. More details to come.
Faith Practice – Caring Conversations. How did you go with your caring conversations over Easter? Let’s continue to look out for others and connect during our question/conversation time during worship.
Faith Practice – Acts of Service. As our community seeks Father’s leading, how can you serve our community with the gifts and abilities God has given you? And how could you encourage someone younger within our community to serve?
A community which intentionally develops intergenerational relationships to grow faith in Jesus so that He can build His Kingdom here and now.”
Grow Team Leader
Lutheran Family Care Support
Due to the upcoming long weekend and the current school holidays, the next food collection for LC will be Sunday 1st May, after our single 10:30am service.
Donations can also be left in the church office before the 1st. Due to the reduced office hours please phone to check if the office is open, on 8263 5087.
Requests for April:
- tinned spaghetti
- individual soaps
Thank you for continuing and very generous support.
The SA Government has announced new Covid-19 rulings which are effective from Good Friday 15th April 2022. Please continue to maintain 1.5m distancing and exit the facility via the café doors.
- Masks do not need to be worn in churches
- Check-in via QR code or paper sign-in is no longer required
- Members should not attend church or other events/gatherings if they are not feeling well or think they have been exposed to COVID-19
- No density restrictions for all worship services
- No density restrictions if serving food or drink – standing whilst eating also permitted
- COVID Marshalls: to be advised.
- Holy Communion may be celebrated at the Communion rail. Individual cups are to be provided for all communicants but the Common Cup can be used by the pastor for consecration only
- Congregational singing and choirs are permitted
- Post-service fellowship: morning tea is able to be provided with people adding their own milk and sugar and helping themselves to any food
- Home gatherings are unrestricted
- Hand sanitiser will continue to be provided and good hygiene practise is encouraged
- People can continue to wear a mask if they choose to do so.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
The church is required to comply with current Covid-19 arrangements as mandated by the State Government. From 15th April 2022 masks and check-ins are no longer required, however please respect the safety of staff and others by complying with continued physical distancing and by exiting the church through the café doors.
Please do not attend the church if you are feeling unwell. Thank you!
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