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 many of the events 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 is all love 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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Social Outing - Whale Watching

After church on the 8th of July we're going to head south to Kurnell and take a walk around Cape Bailey to see if we can spot any whales. It's just some relaxing social time, but be advised to bring a lunch. It'll be fun!

Memorial Service for Norman Heldon

Norman Heldon passed into the spiritual world on the 4th of April and we'll be having a memorial service for him at the church at 2:30pm. He attended this church the entire 100 years of his life, and we will miss him.

Spiritual Growth Program: Practicing Forgiveness

Authentic forgiveness stems from a deep faith that we are enough, that love is abundant, and that even though we have been wronged, we don’t have to spend our emotional energy trying to  have that “debt” paid back to us. This kind of trust doesn’t come easily! It takes practice to train our minds to learn to let go of what’s not important, so we can make room for things that really matter. That’s what Practicing Forgiveness is here to offer – a place for people to come together and focus on ways to learn to accept, forgive and love each other.

This 5 week series is starting February 4th at 10am, with Monday night discussion group at 7:30pm. Please join us!

Upcoming Message

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15-07-2018

God's Appeal

We're going to start a 5 week series on the book of Jeremiah. In this book God does not come calling saying, "Do the right thing because it is the right thing to do," but instead comes saying, "Change your ways because bad things are coming your way."

Some think this is evidence of God's wrath, but it isn't God that does evil to us. It just feels that way when we are in the grip of evil. Here God is appealing to our lower selves and our fear of punishment... anything that will get us to come back to him.

Please join us! 10am start.

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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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