During the last school holiday break, I attended the book launch of the Bible Society's ‘Our Mob God’s Story’. The book contains over one hundred pieces of art painted by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, each inspired by Bible verses that tell the gospel message and of their individual faith stories. I had the privilege of meeting some of these artists at the book launch and spent time with those who I had met on the Outback 2017 trip. Outback is one of the mission trips that Pacific Hills Christian School sends out each year. On this recent trip, we visited three remote Aboriginal Communities in Central Australia.

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Story telling is a powerful tool. Jesus told stories during His time on Earth, teachers tell stories each day to their classes and these artists tell both their stories and the story of Jesus through their art. It always brings me great joy when I spend time with them and I am reminded once again of the universal church, the body of Christ.

As Christians, we have the privilege to be united with others throughout both Australia and the rest of the world. The Bible talks of the Body of Christ in a number of different places.

Paul, in 1 Corinthians 12:27, speaks of the Body of Christ in that “you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it”. Also in Ephesians 4:1-16 and Romans 12:3-8, there are similar references. In fact, throughout Scripture Christians are described as being a part of the bigger body of Christ.

Because of Christ, we are united, and joined with brothers and sisters in many other places. As well as this however, we have the opportunity to share in a greater story. Whilst each of us has our own individual story that we live out, we as Christians, as followers of Christ, are united together into one big story: the story of how God has redeemed humanity through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus said “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

As you reflect on how God has worked in your life, how He is continuing to work, and the story that He is weaving in and around you, can you see His presence in each moment? Can you see how your story fits into God's story for humanity? Take comfort that our God is a God who loves deeply, cares deeply, and longs deeply to walk each and every moment of that story with us.

Mr Chris Petschack
Year 7 Advisor