When Paul encouraged the Corinthians church to give more, he gave them the example of the Macedonian church —¬† who had been undergoing severe trial and extreme poverty; but they gave generously. And he continued to say, “But just as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us — see that you also excel in his grace of giving.” (2 Cor 8:7)

Instead of quoting the law and bashing them with guilt, Paul told them, “for you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. (2 Cor 8:9)

Forget how much you should give, giving one-tenth of your income to your church is just a guideline; it is a minimum of your duty according to the Law of Moses.

“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.” (2 Cor 8:12) “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor 9:7)

When Paul said in Romans 12:1, “to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God…” Paul is saying that it is right that we offer everything we have back to our Lord; because everything we have is from the Lord.

You may go to “Give” and give your offering to the church through netbanking.

An Email from Simon and Jo Nagel

Hi faithful brothers and sisters!

We are in the midst of one of the busiest weeks of the year at UNSW: O-Week. There’s thousands of new students and many returnees who flood the campus each day. Campus Bible Study are out there each day trying to meet people and invite them to read the Bible with us because we want them to know our Lord Jesus. Please pray for good relationships to be formed both with those who are already Christians and with those who, ¬†like Roger whom I met yesterday, are searching for the truth.
Amidst all that I’m trying to be a part of New College events in order to meet first-years and invite them to Unichurch. There were about 30 newcomers to church last week and we’re praying that many of them will return, plus bring their friends!
I’m about to head out for a pub crawl! Not my favourite thing in the world, but I’m making the effort to try and get to know people, praying that relationships I form now will bear fruit throughout the year.

Please keep praying for Jo and I that we’d love Jesus more than anything. Why? As we heard on Sunday night at Unichurch, while we were still sinners and undeserving of anything, Christ died for us.

Praying that you find joy in him,
Simon and Jo Nagel.

Two New Things that you may have noticed…

(1) You may have noticed, homework help has been happening for a while. With 2 more tutors joining in, we are now able to make a “bigger announcement” that homework help is here: Every Sunday 2pm to 4pm at the garage.

If you are high schoolers and you have problems with your homeworks; bring them to church on Sunday. Chris, Matt and Darren are here to help you.

(2) You may have noticed, I have put the old news and old prayer requests on archives. So, every time when you check our news and prayer request, you don’t download the whole lot. You just download the current month.