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Welcome to Ashburton Presbyterian Church!

We are a group of ordinary people who know, love and follow Jesus. We believe He is at work in our world through the ordinary and we desire to be part of that work.

Our focus is “Sharing Jesus’ love with our community.” We are passionate about people learning about Jesus and coming to know Him.

We want to spread His fame. This begins with our own lives, and extends into our homes, workplaces, schools, TAFEs and universities, our businesses, shopping centres, and throughout our city.

In “sharing Jesus’ love with our community” we take seriously the things He said are important. Jesus said that everything God requires of us is summed up in

  • loving God with all we have and all we are, and then

  • loving our neighbours, in the same way we love ourselves.

This is the ‘Great Commandment’ and you can read it in Matthew 22:37–40.

As part of loving our neighbours, we also obey His command to make His fame known so people may believe, have eternal life, and learn from Him. This is the ‘Great Commission,’ and it is found in Matthew 28:18-20.


Easter – but why is Good Friday called “good”?

(with thanks to Parker & Hart, creators of the comic strip “B.C.”)

What could possibly be good about a Friday when Jesus, the Son of God, who became man and lived as we live, was so cruelly treated over 2000 years ago?

He was

  • never convicted of any sin

  • charged using false witnesses and false evidence but it still didn’t “stick”

  • forced to declare that He was the Son of God (which was and is true) and then “convicted” of blasphemy

  • sentenced by a religious court illegally convened (in Australia we call that a “kangaroo court”)

  • declared innocent four times by the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate

  • and yet, was executed in the cruellest way known to mankind.

How could any of this be called good? Because He went through all that for us.

Since we are the guilty ones and deserve God’s judgement for having turned our backs on Him, we should have been charged and convicted.

Imagine how you would feel if you were facing court, awaiting the sentence, and then the judge says “someone else has taken your place – you can go free”. Would that be a good feeling?

So Easter is the good news of the death and resurrection of Jesus, which is why Friday is called “Good.”

 


Finding solid ground in Christ

He lifted me out of the pit…
He set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
Psalm 40:2