11 June 2017

At the end of Matthew’s gospel, before Christ ascended, he said “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to be obey everything I have commanded you and remember I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18 – 20). These are the verses that we know as the Great Commission and they tie God as Trinity and his mission together.
Last weekend Joanne and I visited Brittany and James Daymond out at Narromine. James is working for the Anglican church out there as an evangelist. He has divided up the local area into 6 or 7 different segments and he and Britt set about each afternoon to tell local people about Jesus. There are about 6500 people in that area and about 3500 or so in the town. It was great to hear about what he is doing and how the Lord is opening gates for them. It was also great to hear the encouragement that the people at the church (and even the Rector) have received from James and Britt coming among them. So here is one area of God’s mission.
Another area of God’s mission is the work being done in the Georges River Region via Peter Lin. Peter is known to many of you as the Rector of Fairfield. We supported the ministry in various ways and through various people. Peter is now the Bishop of the Georges River region. We support ministries recommended by Peter in that part of Sydney. At the moment that is the work at Chester Hill Anglican Church and the work Stu Woods is doing. I am sure Peter will let you know about both today. Chester Hill wrote to us last week with some prayer points. They gave thanks for a friend of their church who is translating the sermons into Mandarin, they asked for wisdom for a new ministry to refugees and new migrants through driving lessons and they thanked God for the number of people who have come to church through the Homework Club.
God is at work. He is at work as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Together their great concern is that people might come into a living relationship with our heavenly Father through Christ and by his Spirit. Today we will pray for God’s mission to succeed and be extended. We will hear of our partnership in Christ with other people and churches and we will rejoice that God is indeed Father, Son and Holy Spirit and what we can worship him. Now there’s a great thing to do on a long weekend. Stuart