Welcome to VILLAGE CHURCH DINGLEY.
We would like to invite you to join us each Sunday morning at 10am to our vibrant and relevant Worship Service that will Inspire you to Discover and Develop Life in Christ.
7 December - Pastor Rodney Hole
14 December - Mal Crouch - Kids breakup
21 December - Pastor Rodney Hole
25 December - 9AM Christmas Day - Pastor Rodney Hole
28 December - Pastor Rodney Hole
Celebrate His Birth with us
Thursday 25 December - 9am
“For God so loved the world that he GAVE
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Saturday 13 December 2014
7am - 8am
5 Fir St, Dingley Village (Church Office)
Everyone is welcome to come and join in a time of prayer for each other, our Church and our Community
This month we are praying for Rev. Tan Yone and Susan Cha.
Working with WorldShare in Myanmar
Please be praying for the Cha’s as they minister to the disadvantaged children of Myanmar, through the Grace Haven Orphanages.
These are either orphans or from extremely poor families.
Pray for the launch of a long-term university student ministry in Yangon.
Over the course of 2015, we as a church will be working through the book of John, with the primary purpose of growing in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. My prayer is that the Gospel of John will give Village Church a fuller, deeper and richer understanding of the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Knowing and loving Christ is how we are dramatically liberated from sin and temptation. It is that which is used by God through the Spirit, to transform us into His image. (Jn. 8:31-32, 16:13-15, Rom. 8:32).
“Is it I Rabbi?”
Possibly one of the most overlooked incidents regarding the love of Christ is that of Christ’s interaction with Judas Iscariot. To a certain extent, most people understand who Judas was and we all most certainly know that he was the one who betrayed Christ with a kiss! Some have worked out that Judas had always been dipping into the “Money for the Poor box” and was a thief (Jn. 12:5-6).
One could spend a considerable amount of time studying the character and plights of Judas Iscariot, but for the sake of time we can simply say that he was a man who was a thief, a liar, a deceiver, a covetous man and worst of all, he betrayed the Son of the living God!
What is interesting is that if we were to combine the research and study of all believers for the last 2000 years of church history and wrote a detailed record of who Judas was, we would still never know him like Christ knew him!
Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, the One who was able to read the hearts, motives and thoughts of men would have know everything that made Judas tick. Jesus would have seen every evil motive, thought, desire and deed that resided within Judas.
Yet amazingly, with such divine knowledge and insight regarding Judas, Jesus patiently served him, taught and shepherded him and even on the night of His betrayal gave Judas the honorary first piece of the broken bread. Moreover, upon announcing to His disciples that one of them would indeed betray Him, the disciples didn't immediately turn to Judas and say, “I knew it!” But they all looked at one another in disbelief, wondering who the betrayer could be.
Surely this highlights the perfect love that Jesus showed to Judas! It is by this truth alone, that I am personally humbled and broken. It is this act of love, which highlights my own lack of love and draws me to the cross of Christ. I have indeed found within myself the propensity to withdraw my love from those who are hurting me; I am confounded and grieved over the initial fleshly response that comes from within my own heart when I am slighted or mistreated.
The deceitful utterance of my own heart pleads with me to protect myself from those who are hurting me. It beckons me to disregard Christ’s instruction “to love my enemies”, yet it fails to tell me that true freedom and liberation from the bitterness of sin only come from that which my heart fears the most. Loving the one who is sinning or has sinned against me.
Part 2 of this post will be dedicated to the practical steps that we can take to fortify ourselves against the weakness of our flesh, so that we will be ready and able to love like Christ loved.
For the Glory of Christ