Both Ps Murray and Ps Meredith are originally from South Australia, where they had served in the various facets of Senior Pastoral ministry in several churches over many years, being ordained in 1990. They have two sons, Chris & Tom.
They share a genuine love for people and a passion to see lives impacted with the miracle working power of God. Changing lives through the power of faith in God’s Word. Committed to seeing people turned from a destiny of meaninglessness into lives coming into connection with the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and through His power, healed, restored and re-established as people to learn the ways of the Kingdom of God and put them into daily lifestyle practice.
Hi Everyone and welcome to September.
Today it is on my heart to share about families.
When we all arrived on this earth we soon learned that we were part of an earthly family. Then later we learned that we were also part of a spiritual family.
God is the Father of all believers. Freedom City Church is a local manifestation of God’s family (the universal church). In FCC, we have fathers, mothers, older and younger brothers & sisters, and new babies being born into our spiritual family. We receive benefits as family members, but we also have responsibilities.
At FCC, one of our core values is that the church is the family of God. This should influence our priorities and how we treat one another. I encourage and believe that it is indeed the case, that we have the same regard and commitment and love for our spiritual families as we do for our natural families. So let’s not choose to just meet together once a week—but rather lets choose more to commit our lives to one another. Through meals together, coffees together, pot luck teas together at each other’s houses. Let’s also remember the singles in our church because they are also special members of our church family, and fellowship is a wonderful way of affirming that with each other.
A healthy natural family has commitment & loyalties among family members. Home becomes a safe place, and fathers and mothers provide that amazing sense of security in which to raise their children with healthy values and perspectives. Sadly not all home environments end up being like this but no matter what kind of a home you live in, love between family members is critical to providing that safe environment.
Commitment in your spiritual family, is very similar. It is saying I am willing to give of myself for the benefit of my brothers & sisters.
God demonstrated His commitment to us by sending Jesus to die for our sins on the cross. Because of this John says we ought to love one another with the same kind of unselfish love.
Jesus said (John 13:35) By This shall all men know that you are my disciples, that you have love one for another.
(1 John 4:9-11) This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
This church family concept is so much on my heart at the moment, which I believe is coming from the Holy Spirit. So let’s take time to work at it and demonstrate to the world what it means to have a loving spiritual family, where everyone is precious, accepted & valued. We truly love and value you & are delighted to be family
God loves you & so do we. Pss Murray & Meredith.