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Good Friday and Easter Sunday services @ 9am

Posted 16 April 2014, 9:38 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Following Jesus to the Cross: Darkness and Light

John Stott once wrote: "The fact of suffering undoubtedly constitutes the single greatest challenge to the Christian faith, and has been in every generation." John Stott is talking about 'darkness'. The darkness of human suffering we each face in our own lives in varying degrees, ways, shapes and forms. And while our darkness confronts us with many questions, one of them seems to always rise above the rest: How do we overcome it? How do we get into the light? 

Please join us on both Good Friday and Easter Sunday as we encounter the answer to this life defining question.  

Bible Passages: Mark 15: 25-39 (Friday) and Mark 16:9-20 (Sunday)

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

Solomon Islands Container Packing

Posted 11 April 2014, 9:20 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Remember we will be packing the next container on Saturday morning the 12th of April. All welcome to lend a hand . We will be loading At McRoyal and Clendon Sts., Wacol.

Any questions ring Wayne on 32883592.


Any questions ring Wayne on 32883592.

5pm service: A Meal with Meaning

Posted 9 April 2014, 10:33 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"Why is this night different from all other nights?" To this day it is the question that a young Jewish boy would ask the father of his family on the night the Passover meal is celebrated. It's a deep question and it gets deeper and richer in meaning on the night before Jesus' death when he, as the leader of his 'family' in a room in Jerusalem, explains why "this night" is different from all other nights. Please join us on Sunday as we follow Jesus to the cross and take in the significance of that final Passover he shared with his disciples.  

Bible Passage: Mark 14:17-31

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem


9am service: Following Jesus to the Cross- Final Words

Posted 9 April 2014, 10:26 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 We are continuing our journey of following Jesus to the cross. Jesus had just a few days to reinforce and recap three years of ministry and teaching before his death, so we are watching how he acted and what he said over those days to see what was important to him. John 13-17 takes place in the upper room around the Passover celebration. They record the words and acts of the Jesus as He prepared His disciples for His betrayal and Crucifixion. He talked about love and demonstrated it as he washed his disciples’ feet. What we do find is an extended discourse containing some of the most powerful teachings of His ministry, He taught His disciples about loving one another, demonstrating that as he washed his disciples’ feet, he taught about the persecutions to come and the comfort coming through the Holy Spirit. Then He offered one of the greatest of all recorded prayers on behalf of himself, his disciples and the wider church. We would do well to read these verses often and we will touch on some of this deep teaching this Sunday morning.

Bible Passage: John 13:1, 34-35; 15:9-17; 17:23-26

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: Helping or Hindering?

Posted 2 April 2014, 6:25 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Cafe Style Service 

"A bizarre event unfolded today at the Jerusalem temple where popular Jewish teacher Jesus of Nazareth entered the building and harassed workers by turning over their tables and driving them out of the building. Bystanders say they have never seen anything like it. A spokesperson for the Sanhedrin says that an investigation is currently looking into the matter. "The temple authorities will not stand idly by while the Passover proceedings are being disrupted" one official commented. Many questions surround the actions and motivations of the respected teacher and the final outcome of the tension between Jesus and the authorities remains a subject of tense speculation in Jerusalem." If there was a "Jerusalem Times" this could well have been the headlines one day in the week before Jesus died. Join us on Sunday as we unpack what Jesus wants us to see and take to heart from his serious actions in Jerusalem on that day.     

Bible Passage: Mark 11: 12-25

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem


9am service: Following Jesus to the Cross- Palm Sunday

Posted 2 April 2014, 6:23 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Palm Sunday was the entryway to the place of crucifixion. And what a day it was. The mass hysteria of the crowd chanting praise to God and worshipping Jesus. So what is the story about? Here is a crowd who welcomed Jesus as king, despite what he had told them. This crowd had a dream. They dreamed of Israel restored to its ancient glory under God’s Messiah, the promised descendant of David. They undoubtedly hoped Jesus would expel the Romans and set up a powerful, independent, glorious kingdom. Their shouts, as Jesus rode slowly toward Jerusalem, revealed the dream that possessed them completely: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

As they came to Jerusalem shouting, the elated crowd would have envisioned an expanded city of power and influence, destined to become the centre of a kingdom that would rule over the world. How selfish the singing crowd was. They saw in Jesus the solution to the problems of the day. They thought his armies would drive out the hated Romans. They believed what they wanted to believe about him.

That Jesus came to save them from themselves and restore them to God was the furthest thing from their minds. They expected Jesus to produce instant results. The crowd became very disappointed. Days later these same people shouted ‘crucify him! Crucify him! Jesus knew all this so when he saw the city he wept. What Jesus saw was not an expanded city, but crumbled ruins. What Jesus heard was not the misguided praise, but the wailing and crying of the victims who would suffer there. And Jesus wept.

What do we make of this fascinating, well known story? What do we make of Jesus at this time? We will explore that together on Sunday morning as part of our series, ‘Following Jesus to the Cross’.

Bible Passage: Luke 19:28-44

Pastor: Jim de Witte

Small Group Questions

Posted 28 March 2014, 11:27 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


Read: Genesis 17:9-14; Acts 2:38-39; 16:31; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 John 1:7




1. If you were baptised, what can you remember about your baptism?

2. What does it mean to you to have been baptised?

3. Do you agree or disagree with the practice of baptising infants? Why or why not?

4. How important do you think it is for the church worldwide to agree on the specifics of baptism?


Note: for the next week, every time you wash your hands, remember that Jesus' blood has washed your soul spotlessly clean of sins. Only believe it!


Read: Mark 10:32-45




1. What’s the scariest journey that you remember?

2. Why would going to Jerusalem cause the disciples to be astonished and afraid?

3. What impresses you about Jesus’ resolve?

4. What view of the kingdom are James and John clinging to? How could they respond like this in the light verses 32-34?


5pm: Following Jesus to the Cross: the Road to Jerusalem

Posted 26 March 2014, 12:38 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 “When a man knows the end is near - only the important surfaces. Impending death distills the vital. The trivial is bypassed. The unnecessary is overlooked. That which is vital remains. So, if you would know Christ, ponder his final days... He knew the end was near. He knew the finality of Friday. He read the last chapter before it was written…Knowing he had just one week with the disciples, what did Jesus tell them? Knowing it would be his last time in the temple, how did he act? Conscious that the last sand was slipping through the hourglass, what mattered?” (Max Lucado, And the Angels were Silent)

It’s a good question. In that last week of his life before the cross what mattered to Jesus?

Over the next couple of weeks we are going to try and follow Jesus on his final journey. He had a single week to reinforce and recap three years of ministry and teaching, so what did Jesus do as he prepared to die? How did he act? What did he say? How did he respond to people? What can we learn? Join us on this journey.

Bible Passage: Mark 10:32-52

Pastor: Jim de Witte

9am service: Spotless!!

Posted 26 March 2014, 11:36 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Jesus left his church two sacraments to participate in: the Lord's Supper and Baptism. Both of these are visible outward signs of invisible, inward grace at work in the lives of people. This Sunday morning we have the blessed privilege of celebrating the baptisms of Chris Wynn Nedrow the 3'rd, Dylan Brister and Nicole Brister. Please join us as we all consider together the depth of what it means to be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ and participate in the work of introducing young people to Jesus Christ.

Bible Passage: 1 John 1:7

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

Small group Questions

Posted 24 March 2014, 9:18 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Read: Colossians 4:2-6



1. What about the sermon meant something to you?

2. What part disturbed, confused or upset you?

3. In advancing the gospel, what role is played: By prayer? By watchfulness? By thankfulness? By open doors? By closed doors or chains? 4. By wise actions? By opportunity? By graceful and salty talk?

5. Evaluate all of your activities and determine how they affect your testimony for Christ. Ask yourself, "Will any particular activity provide an opportunity to present Christ or will it make it more difficult for me to present Him?"

6. We must take advantage of the opportunities time provides to serve the Lord and to do His will. If you had to buy time (...make the most of every opportunity), would there be any difference in the way you would spend it? Would you use the minutes, hours, and days of your life more wisely?

7. From verses 5-6 and the whole ‘Looking Out’ series, what principles do you want to build into your life as you relate to ‘outsiders’?


Read: John 4:27-38 (4:1-25 is the background)



1. Was there anything that stood out or confused you in the reading or in Sunday's sermon?

2. Have you ever been in a socially awkward situation like the disciples? Please share with the group. How did you manage?

3. What are some socially awkward situations we can step into as we look after the needs of others?

4. Is it easier to send help to care for people in far away places than it is to cross the street to help a needy neighbour (or colleague or friend from school)? Why?

5. Who do you think are the needy people groups in our community of the Redlands?

6. It's very easy to feel guilty about 'not doing enough' or not 'seeing the world as Jesus does'. How do we avoid an unhealthy sense of guilt trip and still see the changes in our actions that Jesus wants to make?   



5pm service: Looking Out - Look at the Fields

Posted 19 March 2014, 8:39 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

One definition of the word 'worldview' is: "the overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world." This is determined by a "collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group."  This Sunday evening, as we finish our 'Looking Out' series, we'll see something of how Jesus sees our world and how that informs both our view of it as well as our actions with regards to what we see through his eyes.

Bible Passage: John 4:27-38

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

9am service: Looking Out - Walking in Wisdom

Posted 19 March 2014, 8:36 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The story has been told about Dr. William Houghton when he became pastor of the Baptist Church in Atlanta. A man in that city hired a private detective to follow Dr. Houghton and report on his conduct. After a few weeks, the detective was able to report to the man that Dr. Houghton’s life matched his preaching. As a result, that man became a Christian. It reminds us that the way we live our lives has a profound effect on our opportunities to confess our faith in Jesus. What might happen if you were followed by a private detective? 

In the verses of today’s text Paul expresses his desire to be a preacher with the opportunity to present a clear gospel message. He wanted that to be the prayer of the people. We are not all called to be preachers, but we all preach sermons with our lives and our words to the world. He wanted the walk and the talk of each believer to be in harmony. The best sermon is one in which you are a Jesus-centred neighbour, spouse, parent, worker and citizen. Paul encouraged his readers to speak words of witness to others. “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Paul wanted his readers to use wisdom when they interacted with others. Their thoughtful behaviour might provide the opportunity to use the time God had given them to speak words of witness to others. Do we walk in wisdom as we look out at those around us?

Bible Passage: Colossians 4:2-18 (text 4:2-6)

Pastor: Jim de Witte


Small Group Question

Posted 14 March 2014, 10:41 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Small Group Questions

Read: Philemon (it's a very short letter)

1. Is there anything that stands out or that you don't understand from the initial reading of the passage? Feel free to talk about it freely in the group.

2. Who was Onesimus and what has he done?

3. Go through each of the characters in the story: Paul, Onesimus, Philemon (and his family) and the church in Colossi. Discuss how each of them would have/could have acted according to worldly standards and how they did act because of the gospel at work in and amongst them.

4. Paul took a great risk to 'step into' the life of Onesimus (under Roman law, he could have been harshly punished for sheltering a runaway slave). What are some risks we may be called to take in order to step into the needs of another person?


Read: 1 Corinthians 9:1-6; 11b-23

1. What is the motivation of Paul for shaping his life around the needs and concerns of others?

2. What would you do to win someone to Jesus Christ?

3. What groups of people in your community are not being ministered to: the poor? Single parent families? Ethnic groups? Students? Elderly? What would it mean for you to apply the principle of verses 19-23 in order to better communicate the gospel to them?

4. What barriers in your lifestyle would come between you and them?

5. What would you give up in order that you might demonstrate to them what Jesus Christ gave up so they could have eternal life?


Posted 12 March 2014, 11:21 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 What would you do to win someone to Jesus Christ? What right would you surrender? What would you give up in order that you might demonstrate to them what Jesus Christ gave up so they could have eternal life? These are huge questions which are worth thinking through in the light of our sermon series on ‘Looking Out’. In the book of Acts we read about the difficult life of Paul as he preaches the gospel. In his letter to the Corinthian church he gives us a picture of the strategy he used in that mission work. He writes, ‘I have become all things to all men, so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.’ (1 Corinthians 9:22b-23). Why in the world would Paul do this? How did he do this? What might that have looked like for him? What might that look like for us? Join us on Sunday evening as we look at these verses together.

Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 9:1-6; 11b-23

Pastor: Jim de Witte

9am service: Looking Out

Posted 12 March 2014, 11:19 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


We're in a sermon series where we're dealing with what it means to 'look out' and 'step in' to the needs of others around us. So far, we've looked at instances of how this took place in the life of Israel and in the life of Jesus. This Sunday, as we look at an absurd event in the New Testament, we'll see an instance of how 'looking out' and 'stepping in' played out in the life of a church. Please join us.   

Bible Passage: Philemon 8-21

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem


Small Group Questions

Posted 10 March 2014, 9:35 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


Read: Mark 1:40-45


1. Can you summarize the passage and the sermon preached on the passage?

2. What's your understanding of the word 'compassion'?

3. In a sense, Jesus' mission was 'held up' or 'troubled' by this  man's request. He had many good reasons to decline helping him, but he did help. Have you ever been in a similar situation? Would you mind sharing it with the group? NOTE: the idea is not to seek praise here but to learn from each other's experiences and failures.

4. Jesus touching the leper was a big social taboo - no one did that! Can you think of some social taboos that we can be involved in both in our community, country and world?  


Read:  Mark 2:1-12


1. What struck you most about the story of Jesus healing the paralysed man?

2. If you were the paralysed man when your friends decided to take you to Jesus, seeing the effort they went to, how would you feel?

3. What might it look like for ‘rope-handlers’ today?

4. Who are the people who need you as a ‘rope handler’ today?

5. Share any experiences you might have had being a ‘rope handler’ bringing a friend to Jesus.

6. If you are in trouble in the middle of the night, which four friends would you call? Why?


Can You Help?

Posted 5 March 2014, 8:04 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Due to unforeseen circumstances, GEMS needs two people to help with the program on Friday night. 

It will be a fun night of games and making bunting flags for craft.

if you can help please contact Helen Watson  0408 626 863.

5pm service: Looking Out: Rope Handlers

Posted 5 March 2014, 9:35 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

As we continue to look out the window to what’s going on around us we are looking at the life and times of Jesus. From the passage we are looking at tonight we recognise that Jesus is the one with the power to forgive and the power to heal. It is only in him where these things are found and Mark is moving through his gospel demonstrating this. What we will also focus on is the role that the friends of the paralysed man played in bringing their friend to Jesus. We will look at the characteristics that we see displayed and ask how we, in with our faith in Jesus, can display those same characteristics. It’s a beautiful story of friendship and courage. Join us in the evening service. 

Bible Passage: Mark 2:1-12

Pastor: Jim de Witte

9am service: Jesus Looking Out

Posted 5 March 2014, 9:25 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Last week we introduced our new series called 'Looking Out' as we looked at how God's people in the Old Testament were (or were supposed to) look out the window of their lives, see the needs of others and let the love of God move them to step into those needs. This week we journey on to an encounter in the New Testament where we see this central biblical calling on the lives of God's people lived out by Jesus Christ. Please join us.

Bible Passage: Mark 1:40-45

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

Small Group Questions

Posted 28 February 2014, 9:52 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Small group questions

Read: Isaiah 58:1-14

1. Jesus said that believers are ‘the light of the world’ (Matt 5:14). From the Isaiah passage, what did he mean by this image? How might that apply for us today as you look at our efforts to follow Jesus?

2. In which religious activities do you find yourself going through the motions: attending church; reading the Bible; prayer? How should these activities (and others) affect us as individuals and as a church community? 

3. What is the connection between these activities and concern for justice and care for the poor and needy?

Read: 2 Kings 5

1. Was there anything in the sermon that stood our for you or troubled you?

2. If you were the slave girl, would you have done the same thing? Why or why not?

3. Do you feel that our church is faithful at stepping into the needs of church members? Why or why not?  

4. Do you feel that our church is faithful at stepping into the needs of people in our community and not part of our congregation? Why or why not?   


Church Community Lunch

Posted 26 February 2014, 6:17 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


When: Sunday 2nd March (This Week)

Where: Church grounds


After the morning service, the Church Community is invited to share lunch together. Please make a note in your diary for this time of Community.

A BBQ lunch is planned for the day.

If you surname starts with A—N please bring a salad or bread to share.

If your surname starts with O-Z please bring a sweet dish to share.


5pm service: Looking Out

Posted 26 February 2014, 6:15 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 A recent survey our church did on church health showed that one of the exciting areas in which we can grow most is the area of what we'll call 'looking out' in this new preaching series. When we 'look out' of the confines of our established church relationships, the seemingly relentless current into which our busy lives are dragged and out of the usual things that fill our minds, it's likely God will let us see the needs of others - both in our church community and beyond. Subsequently, it is very likely that we'll sense God's call on us as individuals and as a church to step into these needs driven by the love of Christ for people. It's our hope that through this series, God will indeed show us what the needs around us are and more than that, how each of us can contribute to reach into these needs. This Sunday PM is the first instalment of this series as we look at how a slave girl in Israel saw a need and met it with remarkable results.

Bible Passage: 2 Kings 5

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

9am service: Looking Out- A Light to the Nations

Posted 26 February 2014, 6:14 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Coming out of the NCD survey we as a church scored fairly low in the quality characteristic of Needs Based Evangelism. To help us think that through we are running a short sermon based/small group series to help us think through what it means to build up this characteristic. Today we are looking at what that looked like for the Old Testament people of God. What was the purpose of the nation of Israel, whom God called out of all the nations? It always was, and continues to be for us, this: “I will make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6b). This morning we will look at how the nation of Israel could be that light, and how well they performed in that area. What would an NCD survey look like for them? Join us as we explore this together.

Bible Passage: Isaiah 58:1-14

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: Head, Heart, Hands

Posted 19 February 2014, 10:02 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

One of the questions Christians always seems to come back to in new and fresh ways is the question: 'what does it mean for me to follow Jesus? What does it come down to in real terms of how I live my life?' It's true that once the cost is counted, many realize this journey may just not be the one for them and it brings us to a point where we have to ask ourselves: 'do we dare to follow Jesus?' This is the question we'll work with on Sunday PM as we get into some feedback from the CRCA youth convention earlier this year. You're welcome to join us!

Bible Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem


9am service: Apprentices of the Master.

Posted 19 February 2014, 9:59 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 People sometimes ask, ‘Did Jesus have a ‘mission strategy’?’ In the gospel of Mark we get a piece of the answer. The answer is ‘yes’. In verse 17 Jesus says, ‘Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men’. This becomes the master and apprentice model that works so well in industry. Jesus would be the person to follow and as they followed he would be the one who would teach and shape them for the work ahead. Jesus is the one with the power to create, cure, control, and re-create people. In his gospel Mark points that out so clearly. Part of that re-creating was to make them ‘fishers of men’; to give them a purpose to fulfil. When Jesus ascended to heaven he left these trained men to continue his mission of proclaiming the good news of God. Where do we fit into that picture? Are we following Jesus? Are we letting Jesus shape us? Are we fulfilling his mission, proclaiming the good news?

Bible Passage: Mark 1:14-20

Pastor: Jim de Witte

Garage Sale - Reminder

Posted 12 February 2014, 11:16 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Saturday 15th February

7am - 12noon

Items can be dropped at the church:

February 10th-14th, 5pm-8pm.

We will NOT be selling CLOTHING. 

Info: Damien Watson

              Mob 0448 822 588


5pm service: What's in it for me?

Posted 12 February 2014, 11:13 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"What's in it for me?' This is the question that we ask ourselves with almost everything we do, at least subconsciously. And while it's a question that Christian circles mostly see as a bad question for it's selfishness and anti-Christlike sentiments, we have to wonder if there are times when it is appropriate to wonder with regards to the Christian faith: 'what's in it for me?' This Sunday we'll see how the Apostle's Creed answers this question as we finish this series. Please join us.

Bible Passage: Romans 8:1-2; Philippians 3:20-21; John 3:36

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

9am service: The Messenger's Mission

Posted 12 February 2014, 11:12 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 John the Baptist must be one of the most peculiar characters of Scripture. From Mark’s gospel we know he had a strange fashion sense, wearing clothes made out of rough camel hair; we know of his diet oddness, locusts and wild honey. Some might dismiss him as a crackpot, an oddball, or a weirdo but there was no mistaking his message: repentance and forgiveness...and the people flocked from everywhere to hear and respond to this message. In fulfilment of prophecy, God sent him as the messenger to prepare the way for his Son Jesus. John predicted that one more powerful was soon to appear. He urged listeners to prepare by repenting and offered water baptism as a sign of repentance and appeal for forgiveness. You and I continue the ministry of John the Baptist. We too can speak of the more powerful one who is to appear again. We too urge people to change their hearts and minds about God and receive forgiveness. We continue the mission of messengers sent to prepare the hearts and lives of our friends. How well do we see our role in this mission?

Bible Passage: Mark 1:1-8

Pastor: Jim de Witte

Lord's Supper

Posted 5 February 2014, 9:44 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This week we hope to celebrate the Lord’s Supper in the morning service.

God’s Word calls us to examine ourselves before we eat of the bread and drink of the cup (1 Corinthians 11:28).

In the light of that we are called to ask ourselves these questions:

  • Do I believe that my sins are forgiven only because my Lord sacrificed himself for me on the cross?
  • Is it my sincere desire to love God and my neighbour, and to serve them according to God’s Word?

Pray that God will help you to see afresh His grace and forgiveness in Jesus Christ.

Pray too that if anything is not right that you might, in repentance, know God’s mercy and grace to help you change.


5pm service: I believe..

Posted 5 February 2014, 9:41 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

One of the greatest responsibilities and, at times, burdens if we want to follow Christ is to participate in the life of the church. One of the key questions we then have to ask ourselves is: why would I sign up for all the hard stuff about church life? What are some of the things that may motivate me to follow through on my commitment to Christ and his body? There are a lot of exciting truths to be heard on these questions on Sunday PM as we meet together - truths which would hopefully renew our enthusiasm for church. Please join us.

Bible Passage:Matthew 16:13-20

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem


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