In Australia, there are at least four levels of welcome:
1. Welcome to the land
Australians (and guests) are welcome on the land.
Fireplace Worship events are on land we are welcome, independent of corruption.
(Read more about recent developments in aboriginal Reconciliation.)
2. Welcome to hearing about corruption
Fireplace Worship welcomes the Australia One party.
(Australia One understands about the extent of corruption in Australia, and which is necessary for the welcome to the land, above.)
(Australia One also supports basic Law and Order.)
3. Welcome to God’s welcome
Fireplace Worship welcomes the presence of God.
(See also the Vision.)
And God’s welcome includes Evangelism.
4. Welcome to the new creation
Note that Christian baptism is rooted in the exodus story of the Israelites from Egypt:
An ancient story of leaving corruption behind.
A deeper story.
Christianity has a cosmology of new creation amid the old.
St Paul writes, ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.’ (2 Cor 5:17, ESV)
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