CBC Update

CBC UPDATE   –   24 May 2024

Dear friends,

But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?  Romans 10:14

Paul followed a general pattern as he travelled. Upon entering a city, he would go first to the local Jewish synagogue. At some point, he would explain from the Scriptures about Jesus, the Messiah. Some Jews and Godfearing Gentiles would come to faith, but others would oppose Paul and stir up crowds against him..

To quiet the mobs and stay safe, Paul often had to leave, and the pattern would repeat when he went to another town. In Acts 17 we see a change in the pattern, though. Paul went to Athens while Silas and Timothy stayed in Berea a little longer. In Athens, Paul went to the synagogue and then to the marketplace, and some philosophers brought him to the Areopagus, where ideas were debated. Paul took this opportunity to draw people’s attention to the “unknown God” that was mentioned on an altar nearby. Paul was “greatly distressed” at seeing so many idols in Athens, and he wanted to tell everyone about the true God whom they all needed to know.

When was the last time your heart was troubled in this way? We live in a world of idols today too. The idols of social networks, technology, individualism, materialism, greed, money, power, and so much more are all around us. We can follow Paul’s pattern of engagement, but we also need a distressed heart—in tune with God’s love for the world.

This Sunday we will be focusing on some of the local marketplaces where members of CBC go to show the good news of Jesus in both word and deed. There are those who on some Sunday mornings go to HopeStreet in the inner city to feed the homeless and assist in a service at Woolloomooloo Baptist. Others teach scripture in some of our local primary schools while others regularly mentor kids at Kurnell Primary. You may consider joining in with those who seek to share Jesus with those in our community who otherwise would never hear the Gospel.