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5pm service: Life FROM God

Posted 26 October 2016, 10:41 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

How do you best relate to God?  This is the question we are seeking to answer in our journey through the suggestions made in this book, WITH: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God.  So far we have looked at the Life Under God perspective and the Life Over God perspective.  Today’s topic is Life From God. It is worth repeating that all the perspectives we’ll be talking about have merit.  There is something to be said for living each perspective as a part of your faith journey with God.  However, when each perspective is the sole or primary way of relating to God, we fail to experience all that God desires for us in a relationship with Him.  Life from God is fuelled by our consumer culture, where everyone and everything’s value is determined by its usefulness to me. I stand at the centre and everything orbits around me. The thinking that creeps into our Christian worldview is that God is just another one of those things that orbit around me. How can we identify the error of our posture and how can we protect ourselves from it?

Bible Passage: Luke 15:11-32

Pastor: Jim de Witte


9am service: Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

Posted 26 October 2016, 10:39 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 This week we hit the turning point in Mark. Yet before we get to Peters confession we are faced with another healing miracle, this time it's a blind man. Yet again Jesus saves the day, the man is no longer blind. Yet this miracle is different because Jesus seemingly fails, or at least half fails, at first attempt. Why? Well, this half-baked miracle is actually intricately linked what happens next, the central confession of Jesus. How? Come on Sunday to find out. 

Bible Passage: Mark 8:22-30

Pastor: Ben Peletier

5pm service: Life OVER God

Posted 19 October 2016, 10:16 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

In our second sermon from Skye Jethani’s excellent book “With” we will the spiritual dryness of a Life Over or Apart from God. Life Over God seems, at first, something that is better applied to others, because it is the posture of atheists. Atheists have no need for God. Their principles for life come from the world, the natural principles of science, and sociology so there is no need for God. So how does this type of posture make it into the church? Jethani writes, “my concern is those who claim Christian faith and even participate in a local church but may actually have the same life over God posture as atheists… they practice a faith that has little room for God”. If we aren’t careful, we begin to elevate scriptural principles over the life giving relationship Jesus died for. We gradually shift our focus, however unintentionally, from developing a deep, loving relationship with Jesus to following a set of guidelines to receive a specific outcome. By doing this we are saying thank you God for teaching us how to live, now that You’ve taught us, we don’t need you anymore. We don’t need God as we take direct control over our world through the principles we derive from Scripture. So what warnings are there for us. We will think about that on Sunday evening.

Bible Passage: John 5:31-40

Pastor: Jim de Witte


9am service: Life's Greatest Danger

Posted 19 October 2016, 10:14 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


From time to time, perhaps when we feel reflective, we may wonder: what is the greatest danger we will face in this life? Granted, it's a somewhat gloomy question to think about. Yet there can be no doubt that it's answer should be the most decisive in shaping our priorities and values. Surely we will want to be careful and watch out for the great dangers in life that may cause us harm. Indeed, Jesus affirms this logic when he urges his  closest friends to 'be careful' and 'watch out' (Mark 8:15). But what for? 'The yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod' (Mark 8:15) we are told. But what on earth is that? On Sunday morning we'll answer this question as we navigate some of the deepest waters of the Christian faith.      

Bible Passage: Mark 7:11-8:21

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

5pm service: Life Under God

Posted 12 October 2016, 9:02 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 As Christians, we spend a lot of time thinking about our relationship with God. But do we think about how this relationship actually functions?  Is this relationship like all our other relationships? What do we expect? In this new series titled 'With' we think about this, our most important relationship, beginning with the first, and one of the most common issues, living under God.

Bible Reading: Matthew 19:16-30

Pastor: Ben Peletier

9am service: Miraculous Spot the Difference

Posted 12 October 2016, 9:00 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 This week as we continue our walk through the gospel of Mark we come to the feeding of the 4000. Only a few weeks earlier we saw Jesus do something very similar. Why is  such a similar story recorded twice? What is the difference? There are so many similarities that it is easy to miss what Mark is saying here. While the stories may look the same what they point out to us are quite different.

Bible Passage: Mark 8:1-10

Pastor: Ben Peletier

5pm service: Walking the Text

Posted 6 October 2016, 8:43 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

A number of people from our church recently went on a study tour to Turkey called Walking the Text. While we refer to the tour - and rightly so - as a 'study' tour it should be said upfront that it was more than information gleaning and sight seeing. God was at work deeply and personally in the lives of the people who went. This Sunday night is about sharing these experiences in a way that will lead us all to marvel at the greatness of God and be drawn closer to him in faithful worship. Please join us.    

Following the service you are invited to share a light supper together. During this time there is the opportunity to ask more and hear more.

If you are coming, could you please bring a plate of sandwiches or cold finger foods, dips etc to share.




9am service: Be Opened

Posted 6 October 2016, 8:41 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

John Piper, writing about this passage starts with a riddle, ‘Who is permitted to speak but not able, and able to speak but not permitted?’ The man in this account from Mark who meets Jesus. In what seems like a rather gross story we see another side of who Jesus is and we again glimpse his person and power. This is the same Jesus who reaches to us and changes us. Join us as we meet the Jesus who loves and cares for all people.

Bible Passage: Mark 7:31-37

Pastor: Jim de Witte


Car Wash - Saturday

Posted 30 September 2016, 9:01 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Volunteers URGENTLY NEEDED to help wash cars tomorrow from 8am. 

5pm service: Escaping Death

Posted 28 September 2016, 10:13 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 When Moses was trying to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt, Pharaoh refused to let them go until the final plague, which killed all of the first-born people and animals. Death was coming, so how could the Hebrews escape this death, this judgment of God? It was not because of prayer or fasting, not because they were exempt, not because they were good people. The Hebrews were protected because they obeyed God and put the blood of the lamb on their doorposts. So how do we escape death? The Passover we read about in Exodus was meant to tell us about the ultimate sacrifice that was coming.  Jesus was going to be the sacrifice that would take away the sins of all who came to Him. How is it possible for a holy God to receive sinners without violating His righteousness and justice? The inspired answer comes from the book of Exodus: ''When I see the blood, I will pass over you'' (Exodus 12:13). It is not enough to know that the blood of Jesus Christ was shed for the forgiveness of sin--one must personally trust Him as Saviour.

Bible Passage: Exodus 12:1-28

Pastor: Jim de Witte

9am service: The Faith of a Dog

Posted 28 September 2016, 10:07 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

After seeing Jesus challenge the traditions of the Pharisees we move quickly onto a physical application of Jesus teachings. Leaving the Jewish communities for some respite Jesus is quickly confronted by a pagan woman who's daughter is spiritually oppressed. In this moment Jesus is confronted with a challenge; do unclean people fit into his mission? If all foods are clean are all people clean as well? 

Jesus answers these questions with both a parable and a miracle, revealing the reason for his time on earth while pointing to a much bigger kingdom than his disciples even realised. 

Bible Passage: Mark 7:24-30

Pastor: Ben Peletier


5pm service: A Matter of Cake or Death

Posted 21 September 2016, 9:06 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Throughout this series we have seen God send nine powerful plagues. Each one displayed both God's power and the weakness of the Egyptian gods. Despite all these miraculous and powerful signs Pharaoh has still not given in, his heart is still hard and the people are still stuck in Egypt. That is until God sends one final plague. The plague that would begin the exodus.

This plague is the most confronting of all. It is death. Not the death of the military men, not the death of slaves, not even the death of magicians. No this the last plague is the death of all the first born sons, from the greatest to the smallest. This plague was so confronting that Egypt screamed as one. But what is God doing here? What is he saying? Why did he do it? What does it mean?

This final plague confronts us today in a world where it seems simply unjust. How could God do something so graphic?  

Bible Passage: Exodus 11:1-10 & 12:29-42

Pastor: Ben Peletier

9am service: Outward or Inward Religion

Posted 21 September 2016, 9:04 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Jesus comes into conflict with the religious leaders because of the different emphasis and concerns expressed. They were concerned with externals; He was concerned with the heart. Inward and outward religion comes into conflict whenever we place more emphasis on behaviour than motive and on symbolic actions than interpersonal relationships. Jesus expects a radical reorientation of our perspective, from a concern for how things look, to a concern for how they really are. How is your heart?

Bible Passage: Mark 7:1-23

Pastor: Jim de Witte


9am service: Ridiculous or Revolutionary?

Posted 16 September 2016, 8:41 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Last week Ben cracked open the poignant meaning of the feeding of the 5000. It showed us something about Jesus that neither the crowds nor his disciples understood - at least not until much later - that Jesus was the one whose body (the bread) had to be broken and 'handed out' for the forgiveness of sins. This week we'll see another event that is geared to show us something about who Jesus was. To the modern mind it seems like a rather 'ridiculous' story until it's details are connected to the grand revelation of God that we find throughout history and the scriptures. When we see this the story moves from being ridiculous to revolutionary. 

Bible Reading: Mark 6:45-52

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem


5pm Service: Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Posted 14 September 2016, 9:25 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


The ninth plague in the exodus from Egypt sees God turn the lights out on Pharaoh. By blotting out the Sun God shows to all the people of Egypt that he is in total control of all creation. He is the God who created and he is the God with power to still intervene in his creation. 

But what does this mean for our life today? Is recognising that God is in control enough? For Pharaoh and Egypt that wasn't enough because he still didn't let the people go. The same is true for us. Believing isn't enough. Simply being afraid of the dark does not mean that we will see the light. We need to recognise the dark before we can ever see the light.

Bible Passage: Exodus 10:21-29

Pastor: Ben Peletier

5pm Service

Posted 1 September 2016, 3:00 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 There will be NO pm service. 

Spend the afternoon with family and friends.

The Shadow that We Cast

Posted 1 September 2016, 2:53 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Jesus spent three years developing a close relationship with his disciples. In that those three short years they watched him, listened to him and leant from him. Essentially they lived in his shadow. In John 13:15 we read of Jesus charge to his disciples at the end of his ministry: "I have set you an example, that you should do as I have done for you"  


This fathers day we consider that shadow that men cast as fathers as well as followers of Jesus. As a part of this Ben will be sharing how the shadows of his father and grandfather have shaped his life, faith and ministry.  

Bible Reading:  John 13:1-17

Pastors: Ben Peletier and Ettiene de Wilzem

5pm service: Is Self-Esteem biblical?

Posted 24 August 2016, 9:56 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 The world around us constantly tells us that we need to believe in ourself. Self-esteem is the catch phrase the supports this idea. But does it match with our biblical understanding of self value & worth? 

Bible Passage: Matthew 22: 34-40

Pastor: Ben Peletier

9am service: Afflictions Work For Us

Posted 24 August 2016, 9:54 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

2 Corinthians 4:17 draws a contrast between present tribulations and future compensations; between troubles here and triumphs hereafter.

Bible Passage:  2 Corinthians 4: 5-18

Pastor: Mark Bensley - Principal, Redlands College.

9am service: Life, Love & Theology

Posted 17 August 2016, 9:18 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

In chapters 2&3 of the book of Revelation we read the letters to the seven churches in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). Over the next two weeks Jim and Ettiene are visiting the sites of these seven churches. The first letter is addressed to the church in Ephesus, a church known for it faithfulness but lacking in love. Are we at risk of falling into the same trap?

Bible Passage: Revelation 2:1-7

Pastor: Ben Peletier


9am service: God's Purpose for You

Posted 11 August 2016, 9:10 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Have you ever wondered what is God’s will for you?  Who do I marry; what career should I choose; should I be a missionary; what activity should I pursue in church ministries; etc; etc?  These are personal questions which only you and God can answer. But the verses we will explore this morning reveal what is God’s primary purpose or will for you. If you understand what God has in store for you, his primary purpose for  you, and you allow the Holy Spirit to change your life so that God’s purpose for you can be achieved, then you may find answers to those first wonderings.

Bible Reading: Romans 8:28-34

Leader: Bevan Burnes


5pm service: I Worship, You Worship

Posted 3 August 2016, 10:34 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Over 4000 years ago God gave to Moses the ten commandments and despite the history that fills the gap to today they still stand as a guide to life before God. Yet our world falls at the first hurdle. We all struggle to simply obey the first commandment. Everyone worships something or someone. Its a simple fact of life. Where we focus our worship will determine the way we live, the way we work and the way we interact with others. 

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:1-17

Pastor: Ben Peletier


9am service: Are We There Yet?

Posted 3 August 2016, 10:20 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Last week Paul contrasted what a true believer looks like, and what a religious person looks like. The true believer lives “In Christ,” by repentance, through faith. The resume of the religious is one of merit, works, and self-glory, while the resume of the believer is one of grace, repentance, humility and God reliance.  In the passage today Paul continues his point using a series of statements to emphasise that fact that he hasn’t arrived; yet he is pressing on in that direction. It is important to note that the direction isn’t in legalistic formulas, but a continued desire to know Christ, and receive His righteousness (See Philippians 3:8-11). But the same is true for us, we haven’t arrived yet; we still have our ‘l’ plates on; we need to press on in the Christian life because there is so much more of Christ to know. But what does that look like? What we do know is that it takes effort on our part. So, again, what does that look like? We will wrestle with that on Sunday morning. Join us.

Bible passage:Philippians 3:12-4:1

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: The Worst Hailstorm

Posted 27 July 2016, 11:13 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Tonight we are beginning the third and final cycle of God’s mighty acts of power against Egypt and against Pharaoh and against all the gods of Egypt. As we follow Pharaoh through the plagues, we keep wanting to ask, “Come on, what is it going to take?” What’s it going to take to get through the hard heart of Pharaoh. The blows against Egypt are mounting. This seventh plague account is longer than any of the other narratives, and it signals a significant escalation in intensity of God’s actions against Egypt, yet Pharaoh continues to hold out. What’s going on? Maybe Pharaoh is just an extreme case of a tendency present in all of us. Maybe we are seeing a bit of our stubborn self-will, our tendency to renege on our promises when relief comes, our ability to lie to ourselves. Tonight we look again at the effects of the cosmic battle being played out over the land of Egypt and we see the grace of God in a storm of hail.

Bible passage: Exodus 9:13-35

Pastor: Jim de Witte


9am service: I want....

Posted 27 July 2016, 10:39 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


"I just don't know what I want. Despite all my efforts I can't figure out what I want to do." These are words that Cathy Caprino, career coach and writer for FORBES magazine, hear all too often. In a world saturated with opportunities and options it's amazing how little we seem to know of what we want out lives to be about. What defines us? What will make us reach the end of our lives and have no - or perhaps as little as possible - regrets over what we spent our lives on? What do we want? This is the question we'll look at on Sunday morning and we'll consider a powerful testimony to guide us towards the best thing to want in life. Please join us.   

Bible Passage: Philippians 3:1-11

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

5pm service: Could Not Stand

Posted 21 July 2016, 8:42 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 When hardship strikes some people will try and bring comfort with the saying, If you have your health, you have everything’. The idea is that you can cope with things that annoy, some economic hardship and some inconveniences as long as you are healthy. People might have been encouraging Pharaoh that way but the next plague hits Pharaoh, and the Egyptians, personally. Now their health is impacted. The gods they worshipped for health and protection are impotent against the God of the Hebrews. So how does Pharaoh respond now his health is impacted. ‘He would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said to Moses’. What’s going on here? How are we supposed to respond to this? Here is another plague to wrestle with on Sunday evening. Join us.

Bible Passage: Exodus 9:8-12

Pastor: Jim de Witte

9am service: Two Worthy Lives

Posted 21 July 2016, 8:40 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Last week we considered the high call of what it means to live lives worthy of the gospel of Christ (Phil 1:27): to live selflessly humble - to live in such a way that all our power, abilities and resources are geared to build others up and not ourselves. This Christian-worthy way of life, we said, is based firmly on the unique humility of Jesus Christ himself. After all of this, however, we may still be left somewhat in the dark as to the question of 'what does it look like for me to live 100% for others'? Does it end with me selling my house and becoming a missionary in a developing country? Should I give up whatever I'm studying and do theological training? Should I become a pastor? If not, what then? Thankfully, in the very next section of Philippians we see Paul being immensely helpful at giving us guidance. On Sunday morning we'll crack into his advice.    

Bible Passage: Philippians 2:19-30

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

Jo Sikkema Funeral Details

Posted 14 July 2016, 8:46 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Funeral Details for Jo Sikkema 

5pm service: Sacred Cows

Posted 14 July 2016, 8:32 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

On Sunday evening we are picking up the next plague that comes on Pharaoh and the Egyptians. This one impacts the livestock of the people and the first that brings death. God is breaking down the gods of the Egyptians one by one, to expose their reliance on the things that cannot save the. What ‘sacred cows’ might God need to remove from our lives so we look to him? What is the importance of and understanding heart and the importance of how the decision we make today...that will impact our tomorrow. Pharaoh had the chance 'today' to submit to God and avoid the disaster of 'tomorrow' when the plague struck. We have the similar 'today' opportunity. Join us as we again delve into the plagues of Exodus.

Bible Passage: Exodus 9:1-7

Pastor: Jim de Witte


9am service: What is Humility

Posted 14 July 2016, 8:31 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ." These are Paul's words to the Philippian Christians and to us when it comes to how we should live. Our every action, every word, every thought are to be done in a 'manner worthy of the gospel of Christ'. It's perhaps somewhat easy to see the implications of this for us as individuals, but what does it mean for us as a Christian group of people in relationships with each other? Karl Barth once commented: "there are no letters in the New Testament apart from the problems of the church." Every letter addresses issues that God's church faced then and most certainly faces now. In light of this, what is it that will make this group of Christians - us, Redlands Christian Reformed Church - a church worthy of the gospel of Christ in our dealings with one another? On Sunday we'll consider the deep and absolute call that God places on the life of his church in order to be 'worthy of the gospel of Christ'. Please join us.  

Bible Passage: Philippians 2:1-11

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

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