Our Mission is to
Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.
Matthew 5:1-12, True Happiness
How would you answer a question: ‘do you like to be happier than today?’ I guess everyone tries to be ‘happy’, but has a different idea of what happiness means. Happiness, for us in general, is a psychological state of inward satisfaction. The aim of happiness is to feel good about ourselves and our lives. It seems to come and go in our lives and is dependent upon many external factors. However, true happiness or blessedness is deeper and far more inward than general happiness. It has its origins in God. It refers to a deep abiding happiness that can neither be given or taken away by the world. It is the gift of God to all people.
In today’s text, Jesus preaches the beatitudes, ‘divine joy and perfect happiness’ to the people of the day. Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted because of righteousness” (vs. 3-10). These words offer us a picture of Jesus, who is the Anointed One as it affirms after his baptism: “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). And the face of the Blessed One shows poverty, gentleness, grief, hunger, and thirst for righteousness, mercy, purity of heart, a desire to make peace, and the signs of persecution.
The whole message of the Gospel is to ‘become like Jesus’. We have his self-portrait. When we keep that in front of our eyes, we will soon learn what it means to follow Jesus and become like him. We might not be able to fully live the beatitudes today. But the good news is that is not the point. Like any ideal of true, perfect happiness, the road is as important as the destination. Striving to live the beatitudes day by day opens us to God’s leading and the way to his kingdom. IL-WOONG.
WHAT IS TIMEOUT?
“Timeout” is an opportunity for women of all ages to take time out and come together for Christian fellowship and friendship; to take time out to learn together, to share mutual interests and to grow through hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“Timeout” is a place to:-
Experience the support of the church community, reaching beyond and into the local community and overseas.
The support of the Christian Studies Teacher at Peakhurst High School is an important part of our community outreach. The annual Fashion Parade and High Tea provide much needed funds for this ministry.
Operation Christmas Child is an opportunity to give practical help, and to let those who receive the boxes know that people care and want to share Jesus’ love with them.
Come along and join us each month. You’ll be very welcome.
Saturday February 8th – Breakfast at Bitton Oatley – 8.30am at 119a Mulga Road, Oatley.
Please join us as we start off the year with breakfast together at Bitton which promises us “five star gourmet at café prices”. RSVP to Annette 9584 2533