As I write this, it is the morning after our BPCC MEN gathering (which was on Wednesday night), and what a great night it was! We had amazing gourmet burgers and great coffee (thanks Phil, Geoff & Men & Mates guys), excellent live music (thanks Pieter, Dave and Craig) and we heard the stories of men from all different stages of life (thanks Ben, Troy, Gunther and Jack).
As I listened to each of the guys share their story I couldn’t help but think of Psalm 145:4 where it says “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” This was really the heartbeat of the night as both young and old shared testimonies of the goodness of God, through all of the ups and downs of life. We heard stories about World War 2 resistance efforts, life-changing moments in high school, motorcycle accidents and the power of community, as well as the desire to pursue God in all areas of life.
The purpose of the BPCC MEN gathering is simply to encourage one another to become the men that God has called us to be. Men, who desire to follow Jesus, love their families, serve their church and lay down their lives for the cause of the gospel. We are planning to host more BPCC MEN gatherings next year and so, can I encourage you to attend our next BPCC MEN gathering, bring your boys and invite someone along. It is a safe and relaxed environment to hear the gospel and be spurred on to love and follow Jesus.
Let me also encourage you to come along next Saturday night (19/10) for a screening of ‘October Baby’, 6:30PM at BPCC. This is a film for the whole family and is the powerful true story of a young girl who survived a failed abortion. Then on Sunday night at 6PM (20/10) we will explore ‘Abortion and the Value of Life.’ The issue of abortion is possibly the most controversial issue of our day and it is far too important to be simply ill-informed or apathetic. With much grace and truth (John 1:14) we intend to examine the important questions surrounding abortion and our response to it. Obviously, it can be a distressing topic, and although it will be presented with discretion, we would advise caution in bringing along very young children.