From Our Team

Bray Park Community Church

Words of thought from our Church Team

There are Some Things Worth Finishing

Just over eight years ago Tiiu, the girls and I immigrated to Australia. We bought across with us as much stuff as we possibly could and were excited about unpacking all our boxes when they arrived. We thought when other immigrants came over to visit they would say, “Wayne and Tiiu are so organised they have no unpacked boxes sitting in the garage” We have unpacked boxes in our garage trust me.

We have a huge folder on our computer full of pictures. We dream of having these put in albums and arranged by year on display. We have a collection of unfinished projects. There are some books and exercise equipment too. Things started but left unfinished. Do you finish everything you start? I imagine not. And to be honest, some things are not worth finishing.

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Big, bold and a little bit challenging.

I want to ask you a question.

Chances are it is going to be a convicting one. It was for me when I asked myself this same question earlier this year. It caused me to take stock and evaluate a number of things in my life. It caused me to change the way I pray and it created a big shift in the way that I relate to God.

The question arose when a few months ago I was listening to a sermon podcast on Acts 4 and the early church by Andy Stanley. Andy is a well known and well respected preacher and in this sermon he asks his listeners an incredibly insightful question. It is a question that I want to ask you today and it is this: If God answered all the prayers you have prayed this past week what difference would they have made in the world?

Very simple but very convicting. Let me ask that again: If God answered all the prayers you have prayed this past week what difference would they have made in the world?

For most of us, as a result of the prayers that we pray, our own lives and the lives of our families would probably be very different. We probably would have an abundance of safety and travelling mercies and maybe even more money. But beyond our own circle and our own lives would our prayers have made any impact? Could our prayers have been bigger? Bolder? Focused more on others? More fervent to see people far from God come to know and love Him?

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Find Your Rest

God set out the boundaries of the covenant relationship he had with the Israelites by giving them the Ten Commandments. God said to his people, “These are the top ten things to do and not to do.” Included in these laws are commands not to murder, steal, or commit adultery. Thousands of years later, we still take these commandments seriously. Even though we have been saved by grace, we see the benefits of living according to the Ten Commandments.

Nobody thinks murder is a great idea, nor stealing, nor committing adultery. But among the Ten Commandments is a certain one that has become too easy to forget. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. EXODUS 20:8–10

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Learn to doubt your doubts and believe your beliefs

Learn to doubt your doubts and believe your beliefs… This is a phrase I read last week in a daily devotional I often use in my quiet time with God. Learn to doubt your doubts and believe your beliefs. This is wise advice! Let me share with you what I read: Can a believer in Jesus who has occasional doubts about matters of faith ever be effective in serving the Lord? Some people think that mature and growing Christians never question their beliefs. But just as we have experiences that can build our faith, we can also have experiences that cause us to temporarily doubt. The disciple Thomas had initial doubts about reports of Jesus’ resurrection. He said, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, . . . I will not believe” (John 20:25). Christ did not rebuke Thomas but showed him the evidence he asked for....
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The Greatest Commandment

A month ago I went to Hillsong conference. At the time I was looking forward to the big hype, the music and a bit of great teaching and yes the days were just that; jam packed! It was all amazing; with some powerful messages, but for me the highlight of the conference wasn’t actually in all those sessions. For me, it was when I took time out from it all, laid on the grass in the Sydney sun, and just sat their praying to God. That is what I found the most rewarding.

We are often so caught up in the happenings of our own world we sometimes forget to take a break, to smell the roses. We can also forget to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37). Isn’t this the greatest commandment according to Jesus?

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BPCC Church Council report

Well doesn’t time fly, here we are in one of our coldest (and wettest) winters and before long we will be feeling the heat again. It has been like that at Church Council too. Life is busy and we go from one celebration, challenge and blessing to the next. God has been good to us and we are thankful for many things. Our Church team (staff and volunteers) continue to work hard and we see the blessings in the fruit. BPCC is a vibrant growing Church ministering to many.

Church Council continue to oversee the many ministry areas and we are particularly thankful for strong Children and Youth ministries. Small Groups are changing and many members are taking the opportunity to join the Wednesday night special interest groups. The Care team continue to be a witness and comfort to many people in the Church and the community who are sick or doing it tough. Our Pastors and Worship team lead us in inspiring and Biblical praise and worship.

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All About Relationships

I remember being at the shops when I was very pregnant with Luke and having a pushy shop assistant ask me over and over the sex of my baby. We had found out we were having a boy but hadn’t told anyone. She just kept saying “But you can tell me, go on, go on, I know you’re just dying to tell me.” What I felt like saying was “I haven’t told my own mother, why would I tell you!?”

You see it’s all about relationships. I didn’t have any sort of relationship with that shop assistant. Why would I feel comfortable sharing something so very important to me, with her? We know that as adults we are far more likely to listen to advice/correction/wisdom(!) from those close to us, those we respect, those we are doing life with, than from someone we don’t really know that well.

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Testing our Spiritual Growth

It was just before the July school holidays when Tiiu and I received Kezia and Tiana’s ‘Student Progress Report’ for semester one and then followed much discussion around the grades. We do open these reports with one eye shut hoping our incentives have paid off; of course we like to get feedback on the progress they are making and encourage them to set some new goals. But something much harder to test and so much more important is how our girls are growing in godly character, their love for Jesus Christ and others.

“If you want a good litmus test of your spiritual growth, simply examine the nature and quality of your relationships with others. Are you more loving, more compassionate, more patient, more understanding, more caring, more giving, more forgiving than you were a year ago?” (Invitation to a Journey: M. Robert Mulholland Jr.)

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Hillsong 2012

Last week I had the privilege of attending Hillsong Conference 2012 in Sydney. I went as part of a group of around 70 students from Genesis Christian College as well as about 20 people from BPCC. This year was my fourth time attending the conference so I knew what was coming; passionate worship, powerful teaching, helpful elective sessions and way too much McDonalds.

However the thing that never ceases to amaze me about Hillsong Conference is the amazing spirit of unity amongst the people in attendance. For those of you that don’t know, Hillsong Conference is a gathering of roughly 20,000 believers (mostly) who all represent hundreds of different churches and many different denominations and ministries. In fact, during one of the morning rallies, Hillsong Lead Pastor Joel A’Bell, shared with us the different denominations that were present at the conference; Catholic to Charismatic, Baptist to Brethren, Salvation Army to Seventh Day Adventist, Presbyterian to Pentecostal.

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Life is a gift

Coming Sunday is my first time back in the pulpit since my recent heart surgery… and I am so thankful to say I’m feeling great! God’s grace continues to extend His lend to me of life on earth. Have you ever thought of your life being lent to you for a time? In Job 8:9 we read: Our days on earth are but a shadow. And in James 4:14 You do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

 Life is a gift lent to us by God for a time. The choices we make in life determine to a great extent how our life unfolds. I’m intending to speak about this in my message on Sunday AM – I’ve titled my sermon: Take Initiative. I’m really looking forward to worshipping God with you and sharing God’s Truth on how we can best do this life He lends us all!

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GOD WANTS US TO GROW UP…

Hello church family, do you know God wants us to grow up;

Ephesians 4:7-16 (Message Bible)
“…Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift…He handed out gifts above and below, filled heaven with his gifts, filled earth with his gifts. He handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher to train Christ's followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ's body, the church, until we're all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God's Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.”
”No prolonged infancies among us, please. We'll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.”

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Meet Together

Hi WELCOME TO CHURCH!! It is good for us to be together and to encourage one another.

Hebrews 10 - 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Next term we will be running another ALPHA course, it starts Wednesday 18 July. The Alpha course is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith, grow as a new Christian or brush up on the basics. I ask you firstly to pray for those in your circle of influence; family, friends and work mates. And secondly to invite those God places on your heart to the Alpha course.

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Inspire Youth

I have been at Bray Park now for exactly five years, and I think it's amazing how much the church has grown and expanded since I first stepped through the front door. During one of my first sermons, I heard Proverbs 29:18, "where there is no vision, thepeople perish". It is so true! God is a light to our path (Psalm 119:105) and we need to take what we currently see and prayerfully move forward, where God is directing and leading us.

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Rev. Barry Allen

This weekend we welcome into our AM Church pulpit, my long-time friend and colleague Rev. Barry Allen. Barry and his wife Sue have been part of our church family since Barry retired as the Snr Pastor of Pine Rivers Uniting Church. Barry also teaches Church History on our Wednesday Ministry Night. I’m sure you will be blessed as he explains God’s Word as he continues our current sermon series The Story.

Barry is also involved in Kairos—Prison Ministry, in Arthur Gorrie Prison. He told me a team of men will be going into Wolston Correctional Centre to lead a short Bible course each day from 2-6 July, to be followed up with fortnightly visits to support and encourage the 24 participants in their ongoing journey with the Lord. The main aim of Kairos is to introduce the person and work of Jesus Christ and encourage men to both accept God’s forgiveness and begin to forgive those who have hurt them by following the example of Christ. Please pray for these men and this ministry. At the Connection Centre, is a prayer list which I’d like you to place your first name on – this will be taken into the prison and hung around the prison conference room as a tangible expression of God’s love.

For more information please speak to Barry: 0428 154 124 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Giving my Best

I was listening to 96.5 this week and one of the presenters was talking about giving your best and achieving optimum results. They said the only way to do that is by putting in time and hard work.

  • an Olympic contestant achieves results through gruelling training…
  • you lose weight by taking time to exercise and eat well…
  • you will give a great work presentation by spending time to prepare and practise you will have a tidy house if you take time to clean and organise it

You get the idea!?

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Opportunities to Help

Let me try to share the excitement I felt when representing our church at the monthly meeting of the” PineRivers Care Network Meeting” this week. Eight Churches were represented plus the Intake and Response worker from Pine Rivers Neighbourhood centre, two homeless intervention workers and a representative from Men’s shed.

As a network each church is rostered for Emergency Food distribution. Our day is Wednesday. In April the network helped 488 families, all of whom live in our district. Our food comes from your donations which many of you bring in on a Sunday. Thank You for your support. We top up the cupboard by purchasing needed items each week.

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Rules are Necessary

In our AM Church service we continue our overview of God’s involvement [The Story] with humankind from creation to the present day as we’re reminded of the purpose and relevance of the Ten Commandments. I know that many people struggle with the concept of a God who has rules and regulations which He says are to be obeyed. But rules are necessary! Think about it… every day we get in a car and drive to work or school, or wherever… we follow countless rules and we’re all very thankful other road users are too! No one says: “Surely, road rules are not necessary.” Following road rules is not a recipe for ruining our trips in a car, they’re given to us to ensure we get to our destination safely. Think of God’s Ten Command-ments as our road rules for life to ensure we get to our eternal destiny safely. The Story#5 – New Commandments and a New Covenant.

In our Kidz Church Service they too will focus on God’s Ten Commandments as their teaching program follows the same themes as AM Church. You are welcome to join them for worship – I assure you, you will be blessed as you see a packed Youth Shed of children bring worship to God.

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He Will Give You The Energy

We rejoice with Pioneer Community Church (church plant we are supporting) in Mackay as their new Pastor Renier Van Der Klashorst led the service for the first time on the 29th of April. Please continue to support them in your prayer time and today you have the opportunity to give through the second offering towards the gospel work being done through the Mackay church

Colin Inglis attends our church and he is passionate about mission work in Thailand. Colin will be heading to Thailand in August this year and would like to take a team along with him for around 2 weeks, the cost is approximately $1,500 and there will be opportunity to do ministry with other Christians, help Thai students and Thais in need. Colin says if you have faith in Christ, a heart for people and a valid passport then this is a great opportunity to put your faith into action and make a difference. Please contact him on 0414 388 134 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will hear more in the near future.

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The Bible is not about you!

I am guessing that a lot of you grew up thinking about the Bible the way I did. I am guessing that a lot of you went to Sunday School or Catechism and learnt about the Bible the way I did. I learnt, whether implicitly or explicitly, that the Bible is God’s instruction manual; filled with rules to keep and examples to follow. If you had of asked me, I could have told you all about the stories in the Bible; Noah and the Ark, David and Goliath and Daniel in the lion’s den. I could have told you that we should obey God like Noah did, trust God like David did and be daring and brave like Daniel was. But now I realise that, while all of these lessons may be true and good, they actually miss the point of what the Bible is all about.

You see, it is entirely possible to read and study the Bible, to memorize parts of the Bible while missing the very point of the Bible! In other words, it is possible to read the stories and miss the Story. This is what happened to two of Jesus disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24.

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Term 2

Term 2 for 2012 starts! Isn’t it amazing how fast time goes? Let me remind you to register for our Wednesday Ministry Night classes starting 2 May. The five classes being offered include: Love & Respect (relationships); CAP Money (budgeting); Pro-Faith (for teens); Church History; & The Course of Your Life (Christian living).

As a church we have a number of ministries extending love and help to the less privileged living in under resourced places – Eg. Burma – New Life Orphanage; Solomon Islands – Bethesda Mission; India – our adopted village Perumalpatti. As well as those, we also support Compassion in their vision to release children from poverty. This Sunday morning in AM Church we have the opportunity to hear more about their ministry – we have the privilege of meeting Andrew Murray (Compassion’s relations manager) and Miss Michelle Tolentino from the Philippines who is a graduate of Compassion’s Leadership Development Program. I know you will be blessed and encouraged in hearing Michelle’s story of God’s love and power. Today’s second offering will be for Compassion – please use this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those so desperately needing out help.

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