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

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.

Spiritual Growth Discussion Group

Starting February 3rd, 7:30pm we'll be running the a spiritual growth program titled "Growing Through Challenges."

This is a four-week program explores the Biblical story of Gideon, a young man who was called on by the Lord to overcome many challenges. Through his example of patience, hard work, and faith, we too possess the tools to come out stronger on the other side.

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!

Upcoming Message

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23-02-2020

Giving Credit to God

This Sunday will be the last one in our 4 part series "Growing Through Challenges." In this final part Gideon defeats the Midianites despite being outnumberd 450 to 1. The result is that the Israelites now want to make Gideon their leader, but he declines, saying they should make the Lord their leader.

This is a hard one for our ego, but need to give God the credit for the good things in our lives. We are created to share God's love and His glory, but when we take the credit for ourselves we in essence try to contain His glory which becomes like a poison for us. Share the love, share the joy, and you will surprise your ego by actually being happier and more peaceful.

Service at 10am.

All are welcome. Please join us!

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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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