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    Our Vision: 

    Declare Jesus

    Develop Disciples

    Glorify God

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    Our Vision: 

    Declare Jesus

    Develop Disciples

    Glorify God

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    Our Vision: 

    Declare Jesus

    Develop Disciples

    Glorify God

Welcome to Torquay Christian Fellowship

Torquay Christian Fellowship is a member congregation of the Baptist Union of Victoria (BUV). People of all ages are important to us. Families, Children and Teens make up a significant part of the fellowship and we welcome everyone to ‘Come as you are’.

COVID-19

As part of our ongoing response to COVID-19, we would like to advise you that the Torquay Christian Fellowship Leadership Team in cooperation with the DHHS has decided to suspend Sunday Services in the TCF Building until further notice, this is to protect the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable.

We would like to thank you for your understanding during this extraordinary time for all of us, and we encourage you to tune in to our TCF YouTube Channel and to keep in contact via the TCF FB page/text/phone until our onsite Sunday Services resume.

We take courage from the fact that these events have not caught our God by surprise, and we firmly believe that what the enemy intends for harm, He will use for good. (Romans 8:28).
Blessings,

Rev. Danny McDowell and the Torquay Christian Fellowship Leadership Team.

Our office will remain open Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm

YouTube Channel for Sunday Messages

Our Weekly Bulletins

Sunday Service

10am - 11:30am on Sundays

2 Pimelea Way (off 25 Grossmans Rd), Torquay VIC 3228

Wheelchair / pram access is available

What's On

Our programs for children and youth take place during the Sunday Message.

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Children

During school term time we offer a program of creativity and learning during part of the Sunday morning service. This is made available for ages 3 to Grade 6.

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High School Youth

Most weeks the High School age youth are able to spend time during the morning service in a small group setting with our Youth leaders exploring faith with a particular focus on the questions and interests of teens.

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Babies

Families with small children are welcome. A cry room is available if needed. Pram access is available.

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BUV Flourishing Churches Devotions
Congregational Mission Part 3 - Justice

by Rev Paul Manning


What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘justice’ or the phrase ‘social justice’? Within the Church there’s often differing definitions and ideas about justice. It is also often seen as secondary, an optional extra to congregational mission or evangelism.

In our secular culture, there are four categories of justice theories :

- Libertarian – justice is basically about freedom;
- Liberal – justice is basically about fairness;
- Utilitarian – justice is basically about happiness;
- Postmodern – justice is basically about power.

All theories share two assumptions: there is no transcendent, moral absolutes on which to base justice and; they all see human nature as a blank slate that can be wholly reshaped by human means.[1]

Since none of these theories include God, using them to inform Congregational Mission is limited. And with God missing, the idea that justice is secondary, an optional extra to the Church’s mission, is only reinforced.

Fortunately, there’s an alternative, Biblical Justice, a theory of justice which includes God and can inform Congregational Mission. Biblical Justice is grounded in several truths:

· We are created by God in His image [Genesis 1:26, 5:2; Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6].

· We are created by God for loving Him as well as our neighbour as we love ourselves. Jesus makes this clear in Matthew, Mark and Luke when He identifies the greatest command as “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” [Luke 10:27]

· God is just, therefore, the Scriptures condemns injustice because ‘with the Lord our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.’ [2 Chronicles 19:7; refer also Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 103:6; Romans 9:14; 2 Thessalonians 1:6] In fact, justice, doing what is right and just is identified as a most acceptable act of worship [Proverbs 21:3; Amos 5:21-24].

· Biblical Justice is rooted in seeking the welfare of those who are unable to fend for themselves; because these are the people who frequently get abused and treated unjustly. We’re told to show concern and care to the poor, widows, orphans and foreigners; we’re to defend and seek the welfare of those who are most vulnerable to suffer from injustice [Isaiah 1:17; Jeremiah 22:3].


What implications are linked to Biblical Justice for the individual follower of Jesus as well as for the collective followers of Jesus and Congregational Mission?

First, made in the image of God, all people must be treated equally and with dignity. Second, Biblical Justice is all about loving God and loving others. It’s about our vertical relationship with God as well as our horizontal relationship with each other. Therefore, Biblical Justice demands a balanced approach, we must tell the gospel and confront sin, as we simultaneously stand against injustice.

In answer to the question: “And who is my neighbour?” Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan [Luke 10:25-37]. We’re told of a man who was travelling on his own, minding his own business, when he was attacked, stripped naked, and left to die. Clearly, this man had been a victim of injustice in that his basic rights were violated, via the unprovoked violent attack by others. The attack was unfair and undeserved; through no fault of his own, he was beaten, naked, half dead; the man was disempowered, degrade, humiliated, pushed aside, left to die.

Adding salt to the wound, two men, a priest and a Levite, who both held top roles within Jewish culture/society, (two men who should have known and done better), walked past him; their actions only reinforced – almost validated - the injustice already experienced by this man. Unable to help himself, the man became trapped within the circumstances into which he’d been pushed.

The 'good Samaritan' saw the injustice - he did something, he acted, he gave the man a helping hand up and out of the unfair, undeserved circumstances.

Putting it in today’s language… he stopped his car, jumped out, ran over to the man, picked him up, put him in his car, drove him to the nearest private hospital, paid for his care, checked on him a day later, and paid the remaining amount owed. The ‘good Samaritan’, the one who stopped, got his hands dirty, he literally got blood on his hands and dirt on his clothes.

We need more people willing to get their hands dirty. More willing to show love and give hope; we need to be people loving God and loving our neighbour as ourselves!

Remember, Jesus told this story in answer to the Jewish lawyer’s question, “Who is my Neighbour?” [Luke 10:29]. In the end Jesus’ answer is simple – EVERYONE – everyone is your neighbour, there are no exceptions.

With this answer Jesus makes the point we need to treat ALL people equally, there’s no exceptions. Jesus does this by making the Samaritan the hero in the story and by doing this He reinforces that we are to act justly, show mercy, to love and give hope, even our ‘enemies’ are included in the ALL; there’s no exceptions, ALL people are our neighbour and potentially need us to show them love and give them hope. This includes people who are 'local' as well s people who are 'global'. This means we do need to think beyond our borders, we do need to think global, we do need to respond to the injustice being experienced by people we probably will never meet.

Through the story of the Good Samaritan Jesus makes clear we are not to just talk about justice, we must do justice. He ends the parable with the instruction to “Go and do likewise.” [Luke 10:37]

This means we need a balanced approach to Congregational Mission; we need to include justice. We need to dispense compassion and love into our broken world; and give those trapped in unjust circumstances freedom and hope. We need to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. [Micah 6:8]


QUESTIONS:

1. How did Jesus demonstrate a balanced approach between sharing the gospel while responding to injustice?

2. How can you ‘do justice’ in your life? List 1 or 2 practical things you could do this week.

3. What are some practical ways you can ‘do justice’ in your congregational mission?

Blessings,

Paul

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DANNY’S DESK

When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?” 14 “Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the LORD’s army.” At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?” 15 The commander of the LORD’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did as he was told.
Joshua 5:13-15(NLT)

Hello,

Inside the walls of the Old Testament temple, where you walked was considered holy ground. It was a place of sanctuary that was special - set apart for worship. We can’t actually gather at the ‘temple’ right now, but the great news is that we are the ‘temple of God’ (1 Corinthians 3:16) and as such, He is with us wherever we go. Josh Dubois writes:

Where we sit and read God’s Word – that is holy ground
Where we write or type what He inspires within us – that’s holy ground.
Where we work to help His people – that’s holy ground.
Where we live out His love in the world – that’s holy ground.
Let’s treat these places with the sanctity they deserve.
“For the place where you are standing is holy.”

Jesus, help us to remember that wherever we are, You are with us and that we stand on holy ground. The places and situations we find ourselves and the people we interact with are appointments that have been divinely set up for Your purpose and for Your glory. And we want to recognise and honour that. Amen.

Have a great week everyone!

Danny

Don’t you realise that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16 NLT

Here’s the Zoom link for the Sunday 9am prayer meeting:

us02web.zoom.us/j/5369110199?pwd=SDdOVDFmUFRMR1VHczNHVnhCTjM1dz09

Meeting ID: 536 911 0199
Passcode: 201009

(Next week we will have some more prayer meeting Zoom links for opportunities to gather and pray at different times during the week.)

ACCESSING THE TCF YOUTUBE CHANNEL

It has come to our attention that some of our fellowship struggled to find the message on our YouTube channel last week.

Important – if you look at the YouTube homepage uploads, you will only see what has been uploaded by TCF and not what has been shared in any other format – please make sure that you go to Playlists once in YouTube to view all messages.

Here are some ways to find the message each week with whatever device you might be using:

1. Click on the link we email each week in Danny’s Desk e-news, this will take you straight to the Playlists on our YouTube channel. Click on the date of the message you would like to view, and you should see some songs, a message, bible reading and announcements. www.youtube.com/channel/UC8HYJLxm949-vUbKhFIzLdA/playlists?view_as=subscriber

OR

2. Go to our website tcfnet.org.au/ On the homepage, scroll down to YouTube channel for Sunday Messages and click on the link – this will take you to the Playlists on our YouTube channel as per option 1 above.

OR

3. Open YouTube on the device you want to watch the Message on (phone, computer, TV etc.) in the search box type Torquay Christian Fellowship.

Click on the title Torquay Christian Fellowship and
this will take you to the Home page. From here click on the Heading Playlists OR scroll down to Created Playlists and you will see the messages in order of date, click on the message you would like to view, and you should see some songs, a message, bible reading and announcements.
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