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Bray Park Community Church

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Nathanael is the Youth Pastor at BPCC and is passionate about seeing young people engage with the gospel and find a personal faith in Christ.


Nathanael is originally from Melbourne and moved to join the team at BPCC in late 2016. He is in his early 20's and single and is studying his Bachelor of Theology while working with the young people here. In his spare time enjoys woodworking and video games.


Reflections on Youth Camp

Last weekend was our annual Youth Camp- we were up at Caloundra with 70 youth and leaders from our church and other Reformed churches around SEQ. We had an awesome time, with heaps of fun, inspiring messages, and great worship. Our activities included Tribal games, a beach afternoon, glowstick night games, and plenty of time to connect and spend time together. There were a lot of highlights from camp (we’ll be sharing photos with you soon!), but what stood out to me the most was how naturally the youth from all the churches bonded together- for most of the weekend virtually every group of people I saw had youth from multiple churches! I’m sure that the friendships made here will remain and grow through the Assemblies we also run with those churches.  We had some great teaching on Psalm 19 over the weekend- KJ Tromp from Nerang church spoke on Friday...
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What is the Gospel?

I was asked recently by one of our young people to explain the message of the gospel. They wanted to know how you might describe the good news of Jesus to someone in 30 seconds or so.  This is also something that has been coming up in group discussions lately. I mean, it’s certainly an important question. How do we explain the central message of our faith in a simple and quick way– a message which Paul considered ‘as of first importance’ (1 Corinthians 15:3)? For starters, the term ‘gospel’ literally means good news. It is a translation of the original Greek word εὐαγγέλιον (euangelion), which means 'good' (εὐ) 'message or proclamation' (αγγέλιον).  So, what is this good news about? There is so much that can be said; so much about God’s love and grace to us as people who have, and sadly, still do rebel against him.How could one explain...
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Have you heard about the Wise Convention?

It is the next national youth and young adults convention, which will be held in Victoria in January 2018. The national Conventions are held every two years, and are an awesome event. I know many people whose faith and lives have been changed through Conventions- including my own, I first decided to take responsibility for my faith and give my life to Christ at a convention in Tasmania. I’ve attended three Conventions so far, and each has been a very memorable and impacting experience. I am actually a part of the committee organising the 2018 Wise Convention, and can confirm that it is shaping up to be a particularly good one- we have been blessed with a great site, talented speakers, and our preparations have been running smoothly and ahead of schedule. What? The CRCA National Youth & Young Adults Convention is a bi-annual event held for young people aged 15-28...
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The Comfort and Challenge of Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23) It can be challenging to find peace in our modern age. We are rushed off our feet with work and study, family and church, and a million other things which drain our time and energy. Our society is geared toward...
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