Sunday's subject...Everything is spiritual
We are beginning a journey into defining and understanding what it means when we talk about spiritual matters asking questions like, 'what is spirituality?', and then 'what do we mean by Christian spirituality?' This is an important journey. It's ultimately our theory of everything for when we speak of spiritual matters, we speak not simply of religious activities, or an experience of another realm that few are initiated into and few experience. To be spiritual is much more basic than that.
I can't remember who said it, but the comment has been made that Jesus did not come to start a new religion, and they are correct. Jesus instead spoke of coming to bring life in all its fullness (John 10), and to BEING that life (e.g. John 6:35).
For pre-Christians, this presents as the challenge to accept Jesus as THE way, truth and life, instead of making up their own path. For Christians the challenge is to allow God to take up residence in every aspect of life, and let him dig deeper than simply undergoing or undertaking religious activities. Jesus is concerned with the bedrock of life and reality itself.
Meet at Alex and Judi Shepherd's place (384 Horsham Downs Road) on Sunday, from 4pm for a pool party and BBQ. Bring your togs, and a snack or drink to share.
- Women's bible study group, BSF is launching a branch here at Chapel Hill - the only one in the north of Hamilton. They start this Monday from 7pm. If you are a women, would like to develop deeper Bible study habits and get the meat out of the word, then this is your thing. Turn up this week!
- Family outing - keen to get off the couch, see some of New Zealand's better sights, and join other Chapel Hill homies for a fun day out? Then book in 21 March for the Tongariro Crossing. More details to follow.
- Community support - Hospital chaplaincy services at Waikato Hospital have asked for our help to raise funds. To keep doing what they do, they need to raise about half of what they need. We are looking for eight people to give an hour each of their time in the morning of 28 March, to sit outside Rototuna Countdown with a bucket, and receive donations from passing shoppers.