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GEMS 2014

Last Thursday night saw our first GEMS meeting for 2014, we had over 30 girls attend from grades 1 - 7. We had a great night getting to know the new girls and catching up with the GEMS from Last Year. Some of you may not know this, but the name GEMS actually stands for ‘Girls Everywhere Meeting their Saviour’. So GEMS is essentially about; sharing the Gospel with young girls, it’s our prayer we can teach and encourage them towards a personal relationship with Christ. Every year all of our clubs around Australia work through a theme which forms the focus of our teaching throughout the year. This year our theme is It’s God’s…... Handle with Care. We are very enthusiastic about helping our GEMS discover not only that everything belongs to God (including their lives), but also teaching them how we are to be good stewards with what God...
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Growth Groups mushroomed this week!

Growth Groups mushroomed this week! A stack of people decided to join a Growth Group for the next five weeks as we continue our new series: God’s Mission, Our Mission. I’m so encouraged by this because when groups of people get together to study God’s word and pray for one another, then life change happens. And, as relationships grow in these settings, then the fruit of belonging and caring heightens. Then the influence and impact of the Church spreads. This brings glory to God and extends His kingdom. Today’s message is the second in this new series and focuses on worship. In our Growth Group booklet accompanying this series, it says: All human beings worship. Whether religious or irreligious, we have all identified something or someone that we believe is worthy of our time, money and the meditations of our heart. But we were made to worship only one thing: our...
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We live in a society more commitment-averse then ever before. People are choosing to remain single for longer, while having children is delayed or even rejected all together. Not so long ago it was commonplace for an employee to spend their entire career with the one company. Now people change jobs every few years. Today commitment is something to be avoided, not celebrated. Unfortunately, this attitude has found its way into the church, especially in the West, with many people happy to sit on the sidelines and never commit. In other words, many people are happy to believe, but would rather not belong. Many people are happy to receive, but don’t want to give; to be served, but not to serve. The result being, church has become more a place to attend, than a people to belong too. But is this really what God desires for His church? Not at all!...
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Next Sunday (2nd February) we will launch into our church-wide sermon series “GOD’S MISSION, OUR MISSION.” I am really excited about this series and I am praying that it will help clarify the vision and direction of BPCC and that it will spur all of us on to contin-ue the mission that God has called us to – to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Why I’m so keen for this series is because not only will we be looking at where we believe God is leading BPCC, but we will also be encouraging everyone to join a Growth Group! Growth Groups are smaller gatherings during the week where you will have the opportunity for fellowship, care, accountability and Bible study. There will be Growth Group booklets available at the Connections Centre which have further information about the sermons, discussion questions, and recommended reading. Make sure you grab one! This year we...
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This time of year is known as Advent

Christmas is only days away… and this time of year is known as Advent. The four weeks leading into Christmas is traditionally a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus the Saviour – the Son of God, who came from heaven to fulfil the restoration process of our forever after lives with our Creator God and Father. I love this time of year. Many of us will take advantage of family dinners and get-togethers with friends, and holidays. For Carla and I, we will be heading off for a two week camping holiday with ALL our grown kids, their spouses and our grandkids – 15 of us! And I’ve just heard, there’s another grandchild on the way – arrives in June!Carla and I want to take this opportunity to wish our church family a wonderful Christmas. Celebrating the birth of our Saviour is such a privilege –...
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And shall call his name Immanuel

Seven hundred years before Jesus was born, it was announced by the OT prophet Isaiah. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Is.7:14) That’s an interesting name don’t you think? Immanuel is Jesus’ other name. In Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth, he uses the name Jesus. In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”… “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will...
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Knowing God's Word

This week at Worship Team rehearsal we had our usual devotion time during which I shared with the Team a specific scripture that has often helped me in times of stress. We then had a time where each person shared their favourite bible verse(s). It was so encouraging to hear from others how scripture is used in their life. Not just in times of need, but in times of celebration, for direction, for motivation, for peace! It reminded me the importance of truly knowing scripture. Gods word actually tells us to know scripture, you're probably aware of this commandment God gives us; "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be...
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I Forgot God

Well, not literally. I mean I didn’t leave Him behind anywhere or have a sudden onset of amnesia, forgetting His name. I mean that I forgot what He was like. I forgot His character. I forgot Him. In this past week, my Bible reading plan has led me into Deuteronomy. What struck me as I read through the first few chapters was the way in which Moses goes over, in great detail, the record of God’s interactions with Israel. He recounts God’s faithfulness to Israel, all the way through their journey in the wilderness and now in leading them to the edge of the Promised Land. As they stand on the cusp of the land flowing with milk and honey, God peculiarly and insistently commands Israel to “Remember and don’t forget!” (Deut. 5:15; 6:12; 8:2, 11; 9:7). You see, God knew the challenges that awaited His people in a land of...
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Do not be anxious about anything

Hello church! How amazing to think that each week our church runs four services: AM Church, Kidz Church, Café Church and PM Church. Although we might not physically be in the same place at the same time, we are all one big church family. I do not write this to boast, but I write this with great excitement! That God has so richly blessed us over the years. For the past seven weeks I’ve been travelling through Europe with my family. It was such a good time to spend time together, seeing the magnificent world! But I am so glad to be back, and back to my church family! Last week I was reading Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and...
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Connect, Grow, Serve, Go

In our church you constantly hear four words used to describe what we’re about – Connect, Grow, Serve, Go. If you’re new to our church community, you probably wonder what these words mean? Let me remind us all: Connect: We intentionally want to see everyone connect to Jesus [vertically] and to one another [horizontally] Grow: We intentionally want to grow in Christ-likeness, to be more and more like Jesus in how we live Serve: We intentionally want to meet the needs of others Go: We intentionally want to be difference makers for Jesus in our circles of influence [home, school, work, community] As you look at these four words, which do you think needs more of your intentional focus? Are you connected to God through Jesus? Has the significance of what Jesus has done for you personally via the cross impacted you to the point where you want to worship him?...
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Two are better than one

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil’. Ecclesiastes 4:9. I was encouraged to see the fruit of our church working together last Saturday (at the October Baby movie night). I saw a group of individuals come together and use their talent and time to produce a wonderful Café and Movie experience. Individually there were; bakers, cleaners, decorators, hosts, welcomers, organisers, baristas, sound operators and audio visual operators. It was evident they had ‘good reward for their toil’ and God was glorified through it. Further, we were able to bless the ‘Priceless Life’ organisation with proceeds made from the night. I love seeing the church work as a team doing something like this! As God’s word says; we are a body of believers whom God has composed. The body has parts that serve different purposes and when individuals (parts) work as a body we are able...
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Healthy Homes

Hi Church. I’m really excited about the current AM series “Healthy Homes”.  When the idea was first put forward in a meeting, I immediately started thinking about whether Kidz Church could go along with something similar. Then I started looking in the Bible for good examples of family life and strong parenting. Hmmm, let’s see. I didn’t have to get far before I discovered that the Bible is actually full of stories of imperfect humans making poor decisions and seemingly getting the whole ‘family life’ thing wrong. There’s murder, incest, cheating, lying, adultery….the list goes on. Perhaps you find these Biblical stories disappointing. Or perhaps, like me, you find them encouraging. You see, we live as fallen people, in a fallen world. God has given us free will and unfortunately with that comes bad choices and selfish attitudes. But family is an integral area of our life that God desperately wants...
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BPCC MEN: World War 2, High-School and Motorbikes

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...
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A Life of Service

Our current AM Church sermon series is based on the New Testament book of Galatians, and the thrust of this book is freedom – freedom in Christ because of what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross and through his resurrection. Galatians 2:16 tells us: Faith in Jesus Christ is what makes us right with God. As I’ve reflected on this biblical truth this week, I realised the freedom I’ve received in Christ is more than just being rescued from the punishment of sin… but this freedom brings me into God’s family. I am His child. I have a new identity, a new orientation. This is so for ALL who believe in Jesus Christ. If you are a Christian, you are a child of the Living God and He has you in His family… to be a difference maker! As I’m writing this blog early on Wednesday morning, I...
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This past fortnight at GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting their Saviour) Our primary aged girls ministry at BPCC. I was reminded of the importance of adults who ‘stand in the gap’ for our young people. Over the past year one of our GEMS has been living in a foster situation. We have really seen her grow and change and develop a new found confidence in who she is. Sadly for us, but a positive step for her, is that she will not be returning to GEMS as she is moving back to be with her own family. One thing I am very grateful for is that over the past year, she has had adults stand in the gap for her. People who have provided her with basic needs and more importantly love and care. She has also had the GEMS team stand in the gap for her spiritually. This past year at...
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We have had another great year at Cadets, we regularly have 25 boys attending on a Thursday night. For those of you that don’t know Cadets is for boys from grade 2 to grade 6. We meet on a Thursday night to play games, and learn about God and how good He is to us. The boys have the opportunity to earn badges, to learn more about God’s Word, God’s World, and God’s Gifts. We have a number of camps throughout the year and try and get in a couple of activities like hiking or bike riding as well. The Cadet motto is ‘Living For Jesus’ which is something we try and show the boys by our actions and words, it is not just enough to say these words we have to live them out as well. To emphasise this, we have a theme and a mission every year. This year’s...
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Stay Available

Hey Church! I hope you are all well. I have been thinking a lot about evangelism lately and the role that Christ has for each one of us to play. One of the things that lead me to be thinking about this topic is the series that we are doing in Fusion Young Adults called 'Multiply'. It's a discipleship series and the last topic was on the 'Global Church'. It was such an interesting topic and it really opened my eyes to the fact that there are many people groups that have never heard the gospel which we so dearly treasure. This really blew my mind. It got me wondering, who is looking out for these people? Is anyone going to put their hand up to pack up their bags and preach the gospel to these nations? I mean Jesus commanded us in Matthew 28:19 to make disciples of all nations;...
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Things don’t always plan out the way you hope

Carla and I have just returned from two weeks leave. We try to get away with our caravan every mid-year, we love it! Usually Carla’s sister and brother-in-law come with us with their caravan. The first week of our trip was great! Travelled through northern NSW, caught up with friends from church for a few nights who were camping as well. All was going wonderfully! The second week our brother-in-law’s chronic back problem resulted in him being taken by ambulance to hospital – he was transferred to Brisbane and underwent surgery on Wednesday this week(discectomy). You can imagine our plans were seriously altered! But that’s not the end of it… I also spent most a day in hospital on a drip receiving medication to fix the atrial-fibrillation (heart) episode that really knocked me around. Why do I tell you this? Simply to point out no-one is in control of their life...
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Kidz Church News

A BIG thank you to everyone who has been busy collecting and donating items for our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. The children will have plenty of lovely items to choose from when they pack the shoeboxes at Kidz Church next Sunday 8th Sept. Please, if you have been waiting to bring your donations in, we do need them to the church office by Friday 6th Sept. All of our children have also prepared an "All about me" letter and a small craft item to go into the box as well, for a personal touch:) Excitement has been building all term and we look forward to making lots of special memories next Sunday when we pack and pray over these boxes. As mentioned previously, each box requires $9 for postage and handling costs so any financial contributions will be gratefully accepted. There will be opportunity to give for this appeal in early...
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Expectations... And Behaviour

I’m sitting in my office reflecting on the sermon from last Sunday. Clear in my mind is the illustration that pastor John used when it comes to EXPECTATIONS ……………. And BEHAVIOUR. We have a choice; we can “Believe the best” or “assume the worst”. It is a matter of choice. I got to thinking of the many choices we make in life. I can choose love;      to let the love of God flow through me to touch the lives of others.I can choose joy;       sometimes the circumstances in life may make it difficult to be joyful but I need to remember that I still do have a choice as to how I think or act.I choose peace;         the opposite of peace is war or maybe just a troubled mind. To be at peace with one’s self and others is a choice.I choose patience;     this choice comes up quite often. Waiting for...
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