Whether you are looking for a spiritual home, transiting through Sydney, or just visiting, we sincerely welcome you.
Our congregation is largely ethnic Chinese. However there is a cultural diversity ranging from third generation Australian to those who have newly arrived in Australia. English, Cantonese and Mandarin are used in our church, with English as the common language. Although we are a Chinese Church, we warmly welcome people of all ethnic backgrounds.
While we are Presbyterian in terms of the governing structure and the Reformed doctrine, we extend fellowship to all who accept the Bible as the Word of God and the highest authority for their beliefs and practices.
We are not just a collection of individual or family units participating in some regular activities. We are a community of Christ, and a spiritual family committed to each other, jointly partaking of the Great Commission given by Christ.
What kind of waiting?
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
We all have seasons of waiting, don’t we? Whether it’s for a cup of coffee or a future spouse or even ministry/work opportunities, waiting is a key part of a disciple’s life. But how should we wait? Is there a way to wait that is good for our souls and spiritual formation? Are there ways to wait that are damaging for our faith?
I was recently at a GP for a checkup and my GP told me that people often become stressed as they wait for the doctor, leading to high blood pressure readings for them. It did strike me as interesting that even in a place of wellbeing and health, how a patient waits can actually cause discomfort and even sometimes cause risks to their blood pressure! How we wait can impact how we are when we are actually receiving what we are waiting for.
Scripture teaches us that there is a good way to wait and unhealthy ways to wait. To wait for our spouse but in anger is more destructive than helpful. To wait for a potential spouse but impatiently may distract us from working on our character for when the time comes to be in a relationship. To wait for God but without discipline may lead us to be distracted from Him when He is actually at work in our lives.
Waiting is a powerful discipline for a follower of Jesus. To wait patiently is to practice an act of internal control at the expense of external control. To wait is to deny my own agency and influence, so that something outside of my control may happen.
The Psalmist reminds us that we are to wait patiently before the Lord in all matters. Not passively but in preparation for Him to work. We wait with trust that the Lord would respond in His sovereign will. What are you waiting for? How are you waiting for it? In a healthy way? Or in an impatient manner? Whatever it is, let’s be reminded that Scripture encourages disciples to wait in a way that prepares us for God’s work, not just our will.
Peace on earth?
Being a large city church, you will find groups and services to cater for all members of the family; a place where children can worship alongside their parents and grand-parents. I look forward to meeting you and your family in person in the near future.
The sermons in the past few weeks starting from Acts 13 have enabled us to journey in the footsteps of Jesus’ followers and witness
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