Jesus saves

02-jesus-savesMy home town had a sign like this – Romans 10.13 written in garish neon. The sign only bothered me after I had become a Christian. What did it mean? If salvation depended on what I said or thought, I was stuffed. Even today, I meet people for whom Paul’s words induce worry because they don’t measure up.

I think Desmond Tutu nailed what Paul meant here, ‘God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low.’ Paul expressed in completely outrageous terms just how low God’s standards are (Romans 10). God’s passionate embrace extends even to those who weren’t looking or even asking for it. Come along to Basement on Sunday and discover God’s embrace from 10am.

Missing the point

missingpoint Lots of people don’t get Jesus. Most of them are church people. Don’t get me wrong, they’re nice in a Dolores Umbridge kind of way.

Folks who miss the point of Jesus can be spotted easily. They’re usually talking more about upholding the faith than wondering how to live it. They have a Bible verse for everything and see endless outreach possibilities provided that everyone fits in with how they like things. They  believe that everyone is lost and know how they should all be saved.

Paul points out that this view gets it all wrong (Romans 9.1-33). Grace and mercy are not owned by good people. Rather, God makes people good – whether they are terrible, plain, smart or just missing the point. Why not come along to Basement from 10am to discover more points that you’ve probably missed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morning tea

morningteaThis Sunday,  Basement is having a morning tea off-site at the Brightons.

If you’d like to join us, send Wayne an SMS on 0407 408 333 and he’ll you the details.

Basement will meet again at St Mark’s on Sun 18 September.

Love

givingupHard times, hate, hunger, homelessness, bullying and backstabbing are a few things that make us want to give up on life. They they tear us up and wear us out. The disappointment they leave behind goes so deep it feels – bottomless.

The only thing that stretches further than the pain is the love of God in Christ. As Eugene Peterson put it, “God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son” (Romans 8.32, MSG). Love is not a consolation prize for the weak. It’s a razor-sharp, unstoppable lifeline that cuts through everything to reach anyone. Even me.

So if you feel like giving up, come along to Basement @ 10am to discover God’s passion for you.

The spiritual life

breatheSpirituality can seem strange and out of place in our world today. We’re often unsure of its value or whether it makes any difference at all, especially when we’re chasing money, intimacy or power. We wonder how will doing religious things and going to old fashioned buildings help anyone?

Spirituality is vital for our wellbeing but it is not about being good or even doing religious things. It’s simply about breathing. Deep breathing. Or more to the point, letting God breathe into us (Romans 8.1-13). To discover how God can breathe into your life, why not join us at Basement this Sunday at 10am?

 

 

 

Struggle

strugglewithinSaints, it might be said, are simply sinners who have stopped pretending. They know the heart’s pull but they also hear God’s call. They aren’t perfect and they don’t act like God’s policeman. Rather, they are acutely aware of how tricksy the heart can be and they long to know grace in themselves and the world around them.

Join us for coffee at Basement this Sunday 24 July at 10am to talk about the struggle we all share. The struggle of wanting more of God and yet living with more of the same. Come along to discover how grace can change not only the world, but someone like you.