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God vs Suffering
Every other worldview has an easy answer to suffering (karma, judgement, detachment, and random order), but the bible does not reveal an easy answer. Instead, Christians are encouraged to cry out to God. In crying out to God about injustice, we ought to remember that we are part of the problem. All people have fallen short of the glory of God, sinning against a holy God and harming one another.
We ought to cry out for God's mercy, and remember that Jesus, the suffering servant, was forsaken at the cross and bore the wrath of God for sin so that all who believe in him by faith could be spared. Through Christ, we have mercy, love, and faith during suffering. By the Spirit, we long for the day when Christ shall come to bring in the new heaven and new earth, where all pain and suffering will be gone, and Christ himself will wipe away every tear from our face.
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10 Oct 2014
Luke is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne West. He joined City on a Hill in its early days, serving as the Community Pastor in Melbourne, before being asked to lead a new church plant. Having grown up in Melbourne’s western suburbs, he has a deep knowledge of and passion for the area, and a great desire to see the gospel bring transformation. A gifted communicator, he loves the work of pastoring a church, opening God’s word each week and seeing the Spirit work. Luke graduated with a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University, has a Grad Dip in Divinity and a Masters of Ministry from Ridley College. He is an ordained Anglican minister in the Diocese of Melbourne and an active member of Acts 29.
9 Oct 2014
Andrew is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Geelong. He has spent most of his life as an officer in the Australian Army. Graduating with the Sword of Honour from the Australian Defence Force Academy, he served in Infantry and Intelligence, including operations in East Timor with the commandos. He holds a postgraduate degree in International Relations from Oxford University and an MDiv from Ridley College. Andrew later became an Army Chaplain at the Australian Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, before leaving the full time Army in 2013 to plant City on a Hill Geelong. Andrew has been married to his beautiful wife Danna for over 20 years and has five young children. He loves the ocean, traveling, camping, playing with his kids (including attending their innumerable sporting matches), and reading military history.