God is the loving ruler of our world. He made the world. He made us rulers of the world under him.
We all reject the ruler - God - by trying to run life our own way without him. But we fail to rule ourselves or society or the world.
God won't let us rebel forever. God's punishment for rebellion is death and judgement.
Because of his love, God sent his Son into the world: the man Jesus Christ. Jesus always lived under God's rule. Yet by dying in our place he took our punishment and brought forgiveness.
God raised Jesus to life again as the ruler of the world. Jesus has conquered death, now gives life, and will return to judge.
So we're faced with two ways to live:
- Our way: reject the ruler - God - and try to run life our own way. The result is being condemned by God, and facing death and judgement.
- God's new way: submit to Jesus as our ruler and rely on Jesus' death and resurrection. The result is we're forgiven by God and given eternal life.
Church is a group of people who have chosen God's new way to meet together and encourage each other in their relationship with God as they read his word, the bible, together. It's also a place for the inquiring, the skeptical and the unsure to find more about this God, in three persons, loves us more than we could ever deserve.
Mittagong Region Anglican Church (St. Stephen's) is a bible-believing church in Mittagong, NSW.
We belong to the Evangelical Anglican Diocese of Sydney.
As a church, we aim to Know Christ, Grow in Christ and Show Christ to the World.