Bereavement Resource

Over the years I’ve also found many Christian families welcome the opportunity within a bereavement context to witness to their relatives and friends about the life they, or their loved one, have as followers of Jesus – like telling stories in the funeral service.

Funeral services are a wonderful opportunity to sensitively communicate the hope that can be found in Christ. The bereavement resource is designed as a gentle keepsake that people can take away with them and ponder further. There are lots of ways that a resource like that this can be used:

• An insert in a funeral service order of service

• A resource available from a table in the church foyer

• A gift posted/given to grieving families during pastoral contact

• etc.

Obviously there is more to presenting the gospel than giving out a piece of paper. People come to faith through relationships and friendship. But sometimes the Holy Spirit also uses tools that plant life-producing seeds in the minds of those He is drawing to Himself, and maybe a resource like this one is something God might use in the hearts and minds of those confronted with the loss of a friend or relative.

If using a resource like this strikes a chord, our suggestion is that your church purchases a reasonably large supply that you have on hand for when the occasion is right. We will always seek to make prompt delivery orders whenever requested, but usually the planning for a funeral event is only a few days and it would be better to have stock on hand rather than rushing an order through.

To order contact Melanie in our Sydney office:

p  +61 (02) 9868 9236
E [email protected]

To view the whole resource click here: Bereavement Resource

 

Bereavement Resource

Crossover Australia is pleased to release our latest resource entitled “In The Shadow of Death,” specifically targeting those experiencing bereavement.

This resource was born from a phone conversation with a pastor who was planning the funeral service for his son. He inquired whether Crossover had anything suitable that could be given out (like an insert in the funeral order of service) that gently pointed people to Jesus and the hope of the good news. Sadly, we didn’t have anything available, but it sparked a thought – and here is the result. (more…)

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About 1,700 years ago, Roman Emperor Julian gained eternal infamy as “the Apostate” for his renewed attack in Christendom which had become “mainstream” during the reign of his uncle, Constantine I, widely viewed as the first Christian Emperor.

Julian the Apostate was a man of letters, and transcripts exist of his rants against the Christians whom he referred to as the ‘Galilean Sect’. The ineffectiveness of widespread persecution of Christians was still within living memory and for the most part Julian did not set out to destroy Christianity but to drive the religion out of “the governing classes of the empire”.  (more…)