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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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Christmas Carol Service

On Sunday, December 22nd, we won't be having our normal morning service, but instead having a Christmas story and carols service at 7pm. There's no sermon or message, we're just reading through the story and singing some of our favorite Christmas music. Join in with us!

What Was the Purpose of Jesus' Death?

One of the "new" things about the "New Church" is that we see Jesus' death and resurrection differently than traditional Christian churches. To us, it isn't about satisfying an angry God, or making reconsiliation with Him. Rather, it's about Jesus saving us from ourselves by preventing us from losing our free will. This affects all people, not just Christians.

For more information, watch this short video: https://youtu.be/6PO5suV5-C8

Spit to Manly Walk,10 March

Join us for some social time. After our service on the 10th, we're going to take advantage of the cheap public transit and beautiful weather by doing the spit to Manly walk. The plan is to get to the train station by 12:30, and see the spit bridge open at 2:30. Then we'll do the walk and take the Manly ferry back to Circular Quay and home again. It'll be a good outing!

Spiritual Growth Discussion Group

Starting February 11th, 7:30pm we'll be running the "Love Over Ego" spiritual growth program that follows the Biblical story of Daniel. It's a six week program, and for more details on the weekly topics click here.

Upcoming Message

15-12-2019

Balaam's Prophecy of the Messiah

For better or worse, you get your own pastor back this week. In our series of kids talks, believe it or not, we've been working to have the Balaam and Balak story this Sunday. I timed it this way because this story ends with a Balaam issuing a prophecy about the Lord's birth, so it seems like a good lead in to the Christmas story.

Beyond the prophesy though, we have a good lesson that when we are doing as the Lord says - like the Children of Israel were - we are protected when our enemies curse us. In fact, the curse is turned into a blessing. This will be a family service, so it'll be short and sweet.

Please join us! 10am start.

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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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