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Welcome to Hurstville New Church!

One of the most common questions we get is "What is the New Church?" To start with, it is its own denomination that is based on the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg. If you've never heard of him, you're not alone. He was an 18th century genius, basically the Leonardo daVinci of Sweden. He was raised a Lutheran, but in his 50s had a spiritual awakening, realizing that much of what he knew to be true was in fact not true. Through the rest of his life he wrote 34 volumes of books detailing how God is to be understood, and standing against Biblical literalism to show that the Bible stories are in fact a metaphor or allegory for our life. While most of the events actually did happen, the Bible is written from the perspective of the author, which enables us to relate to the plight of the people involved.

However, what really separates the New Church from other religious groups is our understanding of God. We believe that there is only one God and He is known by many names to the religions of the world. All religions lead to God, but what makes Christianity special is the belief that Jesus was the human incarnation of the one true God. Swedenborg makes the point that believing in one God is essential to our lives, because if we split Him into a trinity of persons we come up with all kinds of errors about His true nature.

Take this for example: traditional Christianity says that Jesus had to come to Earth to appease an angry Father. The Father needed "justice" for the sins of humanity, and it was only Jesus' sacrifice that could bring it. By contrast, Swedenborg says that God loves all people, is never angry, and certainly does not need a blood sacrifice. More to the point though, if Jesus IS God, it shows that He came to us out of pure love, and not to satisfy the needs of an angry father. If we see God in this way, you'll find that is has a transforming effect on how you see the world around you.

Please take a look at the video below, or at our Media page to see a quick description of our weekly messages, and see if anything calls to you...or just click around through our site. Of course we'd love it if you attended one of our worship services, Bible studies or events! We'll do our best to make you feel right at home.

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Our News

New YouTube Channel

Starting 11 October, we will be live streaming our services from a new channel. The idea is to separate the Bible Study videos from the worship services, in hopes that it will actually increase the viewership of both. Essentially I think that people want consistency, so that's what we'll give them. We'll still be posting the links to each weeks live stream in the "Upcoming Message" section, so it will likely be a non-issue for regular viewers, but here's the link to the channel: https://youtube.com/channel/UCfIPEk7DRiaq0eIL_xtwSlA

We're Back!

Government restrictions have eased, so we've now opened our doors to the public again.

If you prefer to watch online, you can check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/toddbeiswenger.

Additionally, links to upcoming live streamed services can be found by looking just to your left in the "Upcoming Message" section, and previously streamed services can be found on our media page.

General Church Retreat, formerly known as the "Assembly" in the USA

CANCELLED - New dates to be determined.

There's an organizational tradition of having an assembly every 5 years or so, and well, it's time for another. This time it is happening in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania from June 18-21. There will be lectures, workshops, activites, worship... there will be plenty to do! Costs are $50(USD) per day if you book in early. For more information click here.

Upcoming Message

01-11-2020

Women Healed by Jesus

Last week we looked at women in the Bible that lead men astray, and how they are symbols for things in our life that we find attractive even if they aren't good.

This week we look at women that are healed by Jesus, and examine what it takes to heal our broken hearts.

All are welcome. Please join us! Or alternatively you can watch the service live here on YouTube. https://youtu.be/xwLU3VYxdSk

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Having a rough day, month or life? Maybe you know somebody who would benefit from a prayer? Send us your prayer requests and we will add them to our prayers!

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Who is Emanuel Swedenborg?

The New Church is founded on the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg. Watch this video to get an introduction to this not so well known yet extraordinary man.

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