Faith Community Anglican Church Strathpine

Address

St Faith's Church
1 Sutherland Drive
, Strathpine, 4500.


Phone

07 3881 2090


Email

secretary at faithcommunity com au

 

 

Sermon Notes - Bloom Where You are Planted

Theme: Bloom Where You are Planted

(Jesus Prays for Unity

in the Christian Community)!

 

Key Preaching Verses

John 17.20-21:  Jesus prays for all believers, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

 

Focus Questions

  • What do we Christians need to do to fulfil Jesus’ prayer that we , His followers, ought to be “one”?
  • What does “oneness in Christ” entail?  Does unity, for example, mean uniformity or unity in diversity? What is the difference between the two?
  • Are you an agent of unity, love, forgiveness and reconciliation in the life of the Church?  In what ways are you an “agent of Christian oneness”?
  • Do you work in unity with other Christians in Faith Community, within the established structures of our Church or are you a “lone ranger” who knows better than others?
  • Do you practice the “Ethical Standards of the Anglican Church of Strathpine” as adopted by the Parish Council?  Why are these ethical standards important for developing a healthy Christian community?

Take Home Challenge:

American Luther Bishop David Preus said this to a Missouri Synod, “Many people seem to view the Church as a loaf of white bread”, but he preferred to think of the Church as “More like a fruitcake, where there is always room for a few nuts.”

  • Is there room for a “few nuts” at Faith Community?  In other words is our Church an inclusive Christian Community that allows people to be themselves?
  • Do we expect people to conform (so that we can build a community of uniformity) or do we celebrate unity in diversity?
  • In what ways has our Church changed in the last few years?  Are we moving in the right directions?