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Jesus said ... "I have come that they might have life and have it to the full" John 10:10
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Service Times: Sunday 10:00am & 5:30pm

God's power in our weakness

On Sunday morning, I had a killer headache.

But let me back up.  On Thursday night, Jonathan had shared with me the news of his resignation, which was to be communicated to the church after the morning service on Sunday.  On Saturday, both the worship leaders scheduled to lead the services on Sunday let me know they were unwell and couldn't do it; only one of them could find a replacement, so I stepped in to lead Sunday morning.  Saturday afternoon we had a birthday party for one of our kids... at which another of our kids then fell off the monkey bars and broke her arm (third trip to Emergency with broken bones in about 6 weeks).  And then, I was also preaching at both services on Sunday.

So when I woke up with a headache that did not budge, no matter how many Panadol or Nurofen I'd had... it was not looking great. 

I pressed on - because I had to! - and then afterwards, I was really surprised by the number of people who so positively affirmed the service and my part in it.  One text talked about my "vibrant song leading," and many strongly appreciated the message.  Humanly speaking, it makes no sense (for example, nothing in me felt remotely vibrant!).  But I'm so glad that "humanly speaking" is not the full picture. 

Our God is good and gracious and glorious. In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul writes,

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I was weak on Sunday.  But praise God - his grace is sufficient.  Praise God - his power is perfected in our weakness.  Praise God - he is shown to be all the more glorious through his use of our weakness.

Maybe I should have a headache more often?

Participating in corporate worship

Unless the Lord builds the house...

I've been really wrestling recently with the tension between our work and God's work.  I think we need to bring all the best of our preparation and "performance" to our ministry (whatever it is); we can't be casual about serving God and his people.  And yet there is the very real reality that I can work my little heart out, but have no impact in people's lives - because I'm not their God, I'm not their Saviour, I'm not the power to effect transformation in their hearts.  Only God - Father, Son and Spirit - can do that.  So my big prayer at the moment, in my life and for our church, is that God would be doing the work, and that I'm just on board with that.  I will do my best... but often my best is to be praying for God's Spirit to be working his will in his people.

About Us

Vision

Wodonga District Baptist Church has a vision to Thrive!

We strive to be a community where people can flourish, thrive and experience the "life to the full" that Jesus said he came to give (John 10:10 NIV). The only way for anyone to thrive is through Jesus. Jesus said "... Remain in me ... apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:4-5 NIV). We want to help every person come to know Jesus and grow ever closer in relationship with Him.

Thriving is not just a feeling, it is an out working of having faith and trust in Jesus.

These key statements capture the heart of what it means to Thrive!

We thrive when we ...

     Obey God whatever the Cost

     Trust God whatever the Circumstances

     Share Christ whatever the Response

     Have Faith whatever the Obstacles

Mission

We are transforming people who are far from God into vitally empowered servants of Jesus

Core Values

Christ Centeredness

Jesus Christ is the head of our church

Biblical Basis

The Bible is God's Word and the primary authority for knowing God's revelation

Worship

We strive to worship God in every facet of our lives

Prayer

We are a church devoted to prayer

Loving Christian community

We are a church that is committed to love and care for one another

Growth

God wants us to grow to be more like Jesus

Service

We offer humble service to others, by using our abilities, skills, resources and spiritual gifts for God's glory

Integrity

We strive to be a church that is open, transparent, moral and just

Evangelism

We have a passion to share the good news of Jesus Christ with everyone

Welcome

We welcome all people - no matter who they are or what they have done

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