Pastor's Thoughts 

Our vision, "Learning Christ Together"

As we come to the last month of 2021, praise God for His faithful love to us, his people, for another year! We will take a break from the study of the book of Revelation and celebrate Advent and commemorate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. May we honor him throughout this season of family gatherings and most importantly, remembering the infant narrative/ story during one of the most important months in the Christian calendar. So far, our study of the book of Revelation focused on our completeness/perfection/ holiness in Christ when we were justified or made right with God though his call to follow him. The letters to the churches that we examined in the last few weeks explain to us the effect of tolerating false teaching in the church – for example: self-improvement, compromise with so called “deep teaching”, and a lifestyle of being “soiled” or defiled by not being filled or controlled by the Holy Spirit. Let us continue to be made complete/perfect/ holy in Christ by being changed by the Holy Spirit; as we yield ourselves to His work daily in the ordinary routines of prayer, reading His Word, and the work that the Lord has called us to do for his kingdom. Moreover, we should be careful to not associate with those who may lead us to false teachings such as self-improvement instead of relying on the grace of God to change 3 Masumi 14 Kirsten T. 15 Jordan G. 15 Lorna D. 24 Ken A. 25 Jesus Christ 2 Robert & Pat Calinisan 9 Josh & Precious Villalon DECEMBER 2021 us in our unity with our Lord Jesus and as we remember to apply the gospel story in our experiences, whether in suffering, pain, sorrow or joy. Lastly, as we look to keep a Safe Church through the policies and procedures we have just adopted as a church last Sunday, “let us consider how we may spur one another on to love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day (of Jesus’ Second Coming) approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25). Loving and doing good to one another is the basis for maintaining a Safe Church because God has poured his love upon us through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. We learn Christ by loving one another as much as we love God because he first loved us. Shalom— reckon yourselves complete/whole in Christ!

God Bless Pastor Dodie (Preferred communication: +61 421 436 848)