Having been away from church for 2 weeks, Vivian and I have finally made our way back last Sunday, and Anna has attended her very first International Unichurch service. It is weird not going to church on Sunday mornings, and it feels great to be back, listening to Bible preached, singing songs, catching up with friends, and encouraging brothers and sisters in Christ.
Last Sunday at church was quiet. People were still in holiday mode, and quite a few people from MBF have gong to graduate Conference. Nick preached from 1 Thessalonians 4, which he has splitted into 2 distinct sections. Verse 1 to 12 is about godliness in purity, and verse 13 to 18 is about assurance of final resurrection. We are encouraged to live according to his will (1 Thessalonians 4:3), and hold on to the hope we all share by encouraging each other (1 Thessalonians 4:18). MBF worked through the same passage in our Bible study time, and I found it is easier to work chapter 4 together with chapter 5, when the coming of the Lord is in its full context.
We did not, however, look at the "controversial" passage like verse 13-17 and rapturism. The idea of rapturism seems to be believed by "most" Christians in the world, even though I hardly know anyone who believe in pre-tribulation rapturism here in Sydney. It would be interesting to do a bit of research on it.
Because most MBF people are either packing to go to MYC, or have attended the graduate conference, we did not end up having a Bible study on Sunday. The weather was chilling cold and very windy, and it was inconvenient to carry around a new born who needs frequent feeds, so we ended up driving back home right afterwards. Nevertheless, last Sunday's church experience was "exceptional" - probably because I missed it so much for the past 2 weeks.