Step One: Go Silently to The Cross

At The Cross:

the-crown-of-divine-grace1It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming! In that one short sentence Tony Campolo summarised the essential message of Easter. I heard it 34 years ago and through the years it has stuck with me. It’s one of those messages that explodes into revelation on so many levels.

Today is Friday, Good Friday in fact. All through the news feed and the television there have been images of churches stopping to memorialise the death of Jesus 2000 years ago. For some it is a ritual that they have practiced all their lives, or for new converts, mainly those into established institutional churches it is a new ritual. But, I do wonder, sometimes, what people are taking away from that ritual?

I grew up in a church where Good Friday, Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday were actually obligatory, confession on Good Friday, before the veneration of the cross, or at the very least on Holy Saturday, before the Vigil mass, the principle being that one should be in a place to receive Holy Communion and unconfessed sin was best being excised and absolution received. In this case obligatory meant that it was obligation to attend. Non-attendance was regarded as a sin which would send you to, at the very least, Purgatory.

I still believe that it is important to expel sin, through confession and the receipt of forgiveness. But, I no longer need to go confess my sins to another man; but through the Grace and the Mercy of God I can and must come boldly (not belligerently) before the throne of God to maintain the communication with God, my Father, as clearly and as intimately as I can.  (1John 1:9)new-covenant_Nails

The receipt of that forgiveness of sin is by faith; it has nothing whatsoever to do with whether I ‘feel’ forgiven, or not. If I relied on feelings then I would be absolutely useless to God living a life of false humility, or in dire fear of Hell.

I once lived like that, wracked by a sense of guilt and shame. I believed that nothing I did was any good. I was afraid that what other people said about me was true. I was useless; I wasn’t worthy of living; and on a number of occasions I took steps to end the screaming pain deep down on the inside of me through suicide; I just wanted the pain to stop.

I had been convinced that things that I had been involved in, things that I had done with others was sending me to Hell. That was how I reasoned continuing to do those things that had me feeling so bad about myself. “Hey, I’m already going to Hell! So, I may as well go all the way!”  I tried really hard to be the best I could be at going to hell. I put time and effort into it.

Each and every time that I did, deep down on the inside of me, I sensed the same yearning that had stopped me from taking the final step when I had tried to commit suicide. That yearning was and is that desire that draws me closer and closer to God. Draws me closer to my relationship with Jesus and is the work of the Holy Spirit deep down inside my spirit; the very core of who I am.

love-hearts-and-kisses-wallpaper-hdThis same desire for God, is also the desire that I have had, since I was a child, to serve him. To share my Love for the one who has helped me to see the potential in myself and eyes to be able to see that potential in others as well. It’s the knowledge that when I was at the place where I believed that I was truly unlovable, unworthy; where I was filled with loneliness. He took me to where I understand that I am Loved Unconditionally, made whole and given Rightstanding “In Him”; to a place where I know that I am loved and welcome; not an outcast; a place where I can serve.

It has taken time and the work is not complete. I still have to remind myself, through the scriptures, what Jesus has done for me. But, I’m confident in the fact that he is able to complete the job he has begun. At least I am able to have that confidence, now that I know where and how to look for what God has said about me, in His Word.

Sadly, there are many going through their life, in churches, who are living the way I used to live, without answers; without the knowledge they need. Hoping that the next ritual they attend, the next Crucifixion 1sacrament they receive, will provide them with the key to living free.

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming! Yes, it’s Good Friday. The day to remember the death of Jesus, on the cross at Calvary. The substitutionary work of Jesus Christ, fully human, fully divine, he who was spotless, sinless, blameless, truly innocent, gave his life, of his own free will, to bring to an end the need for human beings to perform ritual sacrifices to cover their human frailties, year after year. Once and for all, the final sacrifice.

Through this selfless act Jesus fulfilled the first part, yes, the first part of the process required to satisfy the law and the prophets. When he cried: “It is finished!” that was but the beginning. By no means was it the end.

To be continued

“A Church where Heaven and Earth Come Together!”

“A Church where the Supernatural is Natural!”

“Come Expecting to receive from Jesus!”

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After our brief hiatus last Sunday (the building was booked for an annual City of Perth celebration of Chinese New Year)

******Normal Service Resumes This Sunday******

Open Arms Fellowship will be meeting at the Northbridge Piazza Community Centre on the corner of Lake and James St.

Meetings start at 6pm on Sundays, Weekly and Everyone is welcome. (Doors open at 5.45pm.)

This is an exciting time and a great opportunity to reach out to the Perth community right in the heart of the city.

Piazza EntranceThe entrance to the community centre is behind the big screen; as indicated here by the red arrow.

There is an accessible path that is level from the Lake Street side of the piazza. The meeting room is upstairs and there is both a lift and stairs.

There will be a sign at the front door so you will know that you are at the right place.

Piazza MudmapThere is Free street parking on Sundays throughout Northbridge as well as the City of Perth carpark with its entrance off of Roe St whose James St entrance opens out onto the Piazza square.

One of the great things about this venue is its location to the Perth Railway station and Bus port, making it even easier for people to get access to the meetings.

Coffee shops and restaurants nearby provide a great opportunity for fellowship after or even before meetings.

Pass the word around! Let people know! Better yet, come along and join us for praise & worship, teaching, healing, prayer and Holy Communion weekly from 6pm.cropped-OPEN-ARMS-Big-Logo-Moving-Banner.jpg

For further information contact Pastor Graham on 0405 285 233

or by email: pastor@openarmsaustralia.org

Remember: It doesn’t matter if you’re Young or Old, Gay Lesbian Bisexual Trans Intersex or Straight. Everyone is WELCOME at OPEN ARMS!

ALERT! ALERT! Exciting News!!! WE’RE MOVING!!!

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Perth’s only Affirming and Welcoming Pentecostal Church is moving into the city!!!

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As of Sunday February 7 Open Arms Fellowship will be meeting at the Northbridge Piazza Community Centre on the corner of Lake and James St.

Meetings start at 6pm on Sundays, Weekly and Everyone is welcome.

This is an exciting time and a great opportunity to reach out to the Perth community right in the heart of the city.

Piazza EntranceThe entrance to the community centre is behind the big screen; as indicated here by the red arrow.

There is an accessible path that is level from the Lake Street side of the piazza. The meeting room is upstairs and there is both a lift and stairs.

There will be a sign at the front door so you will know that you are at the right place.

Piazza MudmapThere is street parking throughout Northbridge as well as the City of Perth carpark with its entrance off of Roe St.

One of the great things about this venue is its location to the Perth Railway station and Bus port, making it even easier for people to get access to the meetings.

Coffee shops and restaurants nearby provide a great opportunity for fellowship after or even before meetings.

Pass the word around! Let people know! Better yet, come along and join us for worship, teaching, healing, prayer and Holy Communion weekly from 6pm.cropped-OPEN-ARMS-Big-Logo-Moving-Banner.jpg

 

For further information contact Pastor Graham on 0405 285 233

or by email: pastor@openarmsaustralia.org

Remember: It doesn’t matter if you’re Young or Old, Gay Lesbian Bisexual Trans Intersex or Straight. Everyone is WELCOME at OPEN ARMS!

Exciting Website Under Construction

This is a short note to let you know that we haven’t disappeared.

Open Arms Fellowship Website is undergoing some great changes that will make it more dynamic and smoother to interact with Pastor Graham and also to access resources.

However, while that is going on You need to be aware that there are a number of teaching messages that have been added to our downloads page over the past month or so on the subjects of Healing and also the New Series that we started this year on Your Authority in Christ.

To access those simply go to the link in our Downloads section and you can select from 2015 and 2016 to gain access to those.

All of our downloads are free of charge.

In coming weeks we will simply ask people to register to download and from then on, they will use that same login to download.

But, for now you can simply click on the link.

Make sure you return soon to see some of the changes and the growing number of resources available.

 

The Word ALWAYS Works. Plant it, Water it, Nurture it and it will produce a harvest in your life.

God is ALWAYS ready to pour out his blessings on those who will come to him.

Praise the Lord.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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2016 is a brand new opportunity. A fresh start.

This will be a year of Consolidation, Transformation and Growth as we build on the foundations and the strengths of the past.

Here at Open Arms we wish you and your families a very Happy and a very Prosperous New Year. May the Lord continue his work in us, to change us, more and more, into his image, in this world; as we grow up In Him, into the Unity of the Faith. As we grow up, as dear children seeking a deeper relationship with the one who gave his life to provide us all with his Grace.

I look forward to seeing just what God will do, this year, as we continue our weekly Healing meetings. We will be announcing a change to the time of our Sunday services mid January; so keep on the lookout for that announcement. This website will be undergoing a transformation in the near future and I hope you will return often to the blessings that the Lord provides.

But, for now, enjoy the start of this brand New Year and we’ll see you soon.

With much Love

Pastor Graham

Sunday Meetings

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The early church expected Signs, Wonders and Miracles follow the Preaching and Teaching of the Word of God.

So do we! Jesus said that we were to proclaim the Gospel and that he would back it up. (Mark 16:15-20)

AND

That he is NOT Holding the sins of Anyone in the world against them. (2Cor 5:19-20)

Faith can only grow when the Word of God is taught (Rom 10:17). The Four Gospels demonstrate that Jesus’ own practice was to Teach, Preach and then Heal (Matt 4:23 & 9:35).

In other words he taught until he perceived that the people had heard and developed sufficient Faith to be in a place to receive their healing.

At Open Arms we teach the Word of God and the truth about God’s willingness to Heal ALL who come to him, In Faith, believing that it is His Will that they be healed.

Come and get the truth about God’s ability to heal today, just as he did at the beginning of the life of the church. Healing did not peter out when Peter petered out.

“This same Jesus,…is the one who made this man to walk. It is not by us. But, it is By His Name and Faith in His Name that this man is able to walk, as you see before you.” (Acts Chapter 3)

Come and hear the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus the Christ, the Nazarene.