From Our Team

Bray Park Community Church

Words of thought from our Church Team

Can You Help?

I write with the hope that together we can raise the necessary funds to purchase an electric drum kit for the Youth Shed. Why? Well, each week Youth and Kids Church meet in the Youth Shed to run their weekly worship services. I am sure you would agree with me that it is wonderful our young people can corporately worship together each week. I also think you’d agree that we want to make sure the Youth Shed has adequate resources to make this possible. Over the last twelve months there have been a number of people working behind the scenes, investing their time, energy, and resources, to make some big improvements to the Youth Shed sound and audio-visual equipment. These changes have enabled Youth and Kids Church to do more in their weekly services. But there is further work to be done. One of the major areas that we still need...
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Regaining Simplicity

This week I was sitting and listening to a man who has lived over three times as long as me (he is 96-years-old). It was a joy to hear him describe times that I have only heard about in documentaries and books. I was especially fascinated when he recalled what it was like during World War II. But, there was one thing that he said that really stuck with me. He was reflecting on the difficulties we face today and he said, “Times were just so much more simple when I was young”, as if simplicity was the answer to our problems. I reflected on that thought while I was driving home. I think we have to admit that our world has grown more complex. Even my Dad can recall the time when people used to do one thing at a time, like sitting around the radio to listen to a...
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Hitching Ourselves to the Old Testament

Have you ever read the Old Testament? Are you currently reading it? Do you understand its general thrust and message? I know for many of us the answer is ‘no’. It could be that we’re simply daunted by its size. It could be that we’ve tried to read it before and came to a grinding halt somewhere near the beginning of Leviticus. It could be that we’re just put off by the title itself; the word ‘Old’ doesn’t seem to imply either importance or relevance. And it certainly doesn’t help when prominent church leaders suggest, as one did recently, that Christians ought to “unhitch” the Old Testament from their faith. So, what is the importance and relevance of the Old Testament? Why should you spend precious time poring over its pages and mining the depths of its riches? David Murray, author of Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and...
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Great is Thy Faithfulness

My grandfather-in-law passed away last week at the age of 95. He was much loved and will be very missed. He was a wonderful man, very caring and gentle. He was a man who showed great integrity and strength. And he was a faithful servant of God, and so it brings us comfort to know that he is now free of his earthly, broken body and with His Saviour. At the funeral we will be singing, Great is Thy Faithfulness. I just love this old hymn. The words are so rich and powerful, and they declare the very character of God. They speak of God’s unfailing faithfulness to us, His unending mercies, His provision in our lives daily and His unchanging nature. We live in a world of constant change, nothing stays the same for long. Things around us are always being upgraded or updated. There’s always something bigger and better...
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Nothing New Under the Sun

I’ve always loved history; I find it fascinating to learn about what has happened in the past and how our world got to where it is today. And I’m especially fascinated by how history keeps on repeating itself; every few generations people keep on making the same mistakes, trying the same things, and encountering the same problems. And each time, we act under the assumption that we are making our own unique advances, because we haven’t learned from the past.Studying early church history this semester has shown me the same thing. The modern New Age movements are expressing the same ideas that were evident in the Gnostic sects that plagued the early church (they believed human beings are divine souls trapped in the physical world). Or the hard-line Christians today who claim their denomination is the one true church are just echoing the Donatists of the early North African church (they...
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