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9am service: I Promise

Posted 22 June 2016, 10:41 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

On Sunday morning we have the immense privilege to baptise Vivian Gail Booysen. What makes this such a privilege is not necessarily the preciousness of gathering around a family who intends to raise their child to come to know Christ - special though that is. What makes this a weighty matter is that all of us are brought face to face with the eternal promises of God. These are promises and truths which, if understood correctly and received appropriately, are the most precious possession you will ever have. So, please join us as we marvel at God's promises and consider what it means for you.

Bible Passage: Jeremiah 29:1-15

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 

 



5pm service: God Causes Us to Itch

Posted 22 June 2016, 10:18 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

We are continuing our series in Exodus, looking at the third plague- of gnats. Each of the plagues is designed to build upon the next and to lead to the ultimate redemption of Israel. When they are redeemed, they’ll go to Sinai to worship the Lord, and eventually they will head for the Promised Land. The lessons grow each time too. The Lord is not merely God over the waters, but he is God over the land too. He is the Lord over one thing and not another. He isn’t just God over one group of people and not another. He is not just a God over one location, but all places. He is absolutely sovereign over all things, including Set, the god of the desert, and Chemi, the god of the fertile soil. He is still the sovereign Lord today and sometimes we need to be itchy to turn to him. What more can we learn from the plague of gnats.

Bible Passage: Exodus 8:16-19

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



Camp Oven Dinner RSVP Today Please

Posted 20 June 2016, 9:38 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

From 3pm Saturday 25th  June

RSVP by Monday 20th June

Ingeborg 0417 791 097

[email protected]

$8 per person or

$20 per family

BYO

Nibbles to share

Drinks, Glasses

Chairs/Picnic rugs

Warm Clothes!

 

Funds raised will be given to the Solomon Island S.W.I.M. team and project

 



9am service: Sheltering in God

Posted 15 June 2016, 9:08 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

What does it mean to ‘dwell in the shelter of the Most High’? How do you find rest there? These questions, and more, we ask when we read Psalm 91. The words bring up the idea safety, protection and care. But what does that look like when life is hard, when you are faced with sickness, when cancer comes knocking on your door? This morning Damien and Helen Watson will be sharing what it looks like for them. How they hold onto faith and trust in God through Damien’s journey with cancer. How God sustains them. How they try to look at the big picture. Where does hope lie? Where do you look for shelter?

Bible Passage: Psalm 51

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: A Lot of Frogs

Posted 15 June 2016, 10:04 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

If the words 'ten plagues' were to be mentioned, most people would have some fairly distinct images coming to mind. Images of frogs, locusts and boils are imprinted on us whether it is from the pictures we colored in as kids or the vivid scenes from Exodus: Gods and Kings. What wouldn't come to mind, however, is that each of these plagues is a stern judgment of God that still confronts every single human being today. The frogs exposed a critical failure of Egyptian society and in timeless fashion it's doing the same thing to Australians as well. On Sunday night we'll unpack what the frogs are meant to tell us - and it's about a whole lot more than good entertainment... 

Bible Passage: Exodus 8:1-15

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



BBQ Brunch

Posted 11 June 2016, 4:31 PM by Jim de Witte. Permalink

Join us!!!!

Tomorrow (12th June) enjoy a brekky role.

A fundraiser for the Solomon Islands Mission trip.



5pm service: A River of Blood

Posted 8 June 2016, 8:52 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Over the next few weeks, in our evening services, we will be picking up the Exodus story again. We finished with the prologue to the plagues where Pharaoh turns his back on Moses and Aaron. It was the culmination to his earlier words, ‘Who is the Lord, that I should obey him?’ (5:2) Now God begins to reveal himself to Pharaoh, demonstrating his power over all things. It begins tonight with the first ‘plague’ where the water turns to blood. Why start with this plague? The Nile was such an important part of the life of Egypt that God is making a statement through this ‘miraculous sign and wonder.’ Join us as we look into this confrontation between Pharaoh, who thought himself god, and the Lord of the universe.

Bible Passage: Exodus 7:14-24

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



9am service: Praying Together

Posted 8 June 2016, 8:50 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"With all due regard to churches’ individual circumstances, it’s hard to justify the... relegation of prayer to an obligatory sidelight... whatever a church’s brilliant programming, the power of God alone will fulfill a church’s mission and foster revival. No element of worship better signals Christians’ dependence upon God than prayer." Thomas Kidd raises a searching question. We pray regularly in our worship services but how often are these prayers - at least perceived as - an 'obligatory sidelight'? Has praying together as a church lost it's due sense of awe and intimacy? This Sunday prayer will move from the sidelight to the limelight as we pray and are reminded of the precious access we have to the Sovereign God of the universe. Please join us. 

Bible Passage: Acts 4:24-31         

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



Camp Oven Dinner - Postponed

Posted 3 June 2016, 8:55 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Due to the forecast of heavy rain, the Camp Oven Dinner planned for this Saturday has been postponed till 25th June. 



5pm service: Christian Thinking about Science and Techno

Posted 1 June 2016, 9:35 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Our world is being shaped by many new advances in science and technology. Genetic modification of crop plants and animals, assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), and advanced information technology and artificial intelligence systems all offer considerable promise – or do they? How should we think Christianly about science and technology? Just because advances in science and technology are possible, are they beneficial?

Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:23-31

Speaker: Chris Downs



Prayer for Geoff Hughes

Posted 26 May 2016, 10:46 AM by Jim de Witte. Permalink

Hi all. We just receivied news this morning that Geoff Hughes, our ministry worker in the Solomon Islands is very sick. He has a possible blood and stomach infection and is on an IV antibiotic drip. Please pray that these antibiotics will be effective in treating him. pray that God will bring healing and renewed health.



5pm service: Are all religions the same?

Posted 25 May 2016, 9:08 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Mahatma Gandhi once said: "The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different." While these are words spoken by a leader of old we hear them frequently mentioned in conversations and discussions about religion in our society. People say stuff like: 'I believe all religions are basically the same' or 'it is the same deity behind them all which is 'accessed' differently through various forms of spirituality'. Behind this thinking lies the assumption that all religions or worldviews can be right about its claims on truth and reality. But can they? Sunday evening we'll unpack this question. Please join us.     

Bible Passage: John 14:6 

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



9am service: Spiritual Gifts- Communication Gifts

Posted 25 May 2016, 9:07 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

God has given the church spiritual gifts. We have been looking at these gifts over the past number of weeks. The purpose of the gifts given is for the glory of God and the helping of others. Today we look at the grouping of gifts under the umbrella of communication gifts: teaching, preaching and exhortation (encouragement). This is the art of communicating truth to others so that their lives will be changed through their growing understanding. Every one of us has an understanding of Jesus and the Bible because someone in our lives had one of these gifts. These gifts hold special honour because they bear fruit. Today we will see how these gifts are displayed and how they can be practically applied in the life of the church.

Bible Passage: Acts 18:18-28

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



5pm service: A Crack in the Curtain

Posted 18 May 2016, 9:22 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

A few weeks ago, pastor Jim preached a great sermon in the apologetics series on why bad things happen to God’s people.  “How can a good God allow suffering in this life?” is the title of the sermon and you can still listen to it on our website.  This is a great introduction to today’s sermon.  In the Old Testament we find the story of Job.  Now by all accounts Job was a good man – he feared God and shunned evil – he was blameless and upright. (Job 1:1).  When you read his story and the way his life is devastated by one major event after another – you would think that Job would be allowed to ask “How can a good God allow suffering in this life?”. 

Don’t we often experience a similar situation?  Life is great until…..  you get a bad prognosis from the oncologist, or one of your relatives is in a serious accident, or a business deal goes bad, or a marriage falls apart.  I am sure have experienced this yourself, or you are even experiencing this now.  Your life becomes engulfed in fire.  Your soul is troubled.  Your faith scorched.  Will I ever survive life’s inferno?

How do you answer questions like that?  What can we say?  Can we read the mind of God?  Fortunately the Bible does give us some answers and today we will look at some of those – join us to open the crack in the curtain to take a glimpse.

Bible Passage: Job 1:6-12 & Job 19:13-29

Preacher: John Van Dijk



9am service: Will my Faith Sustain Me?

Posted 18 May 2016, 9:20 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The start to Ruby Black’s life was anything but normal. There were moments of heartache, fear, uncertainty and so much more. When faced with circumstances completely outside of your control, is there someone you can trust? We are taught that God is faithful; that he is true; we believe the promises of God in the Bible but what happens when crisis hits? It is the chance to go from knowing these things of God, to experiencing them. This is the testimony of Lachie and Bonnie through the premature birth of Ruby and her long hospitalisation. Today becomes a time to celebrate Ruby’s life, the promises of God in her baptism and the faith we hold onto, because we know that ‘God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear’ (Psalm 46).

Bible Passage: Psalm 46

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: A Fierce Flourishing

Posted 4 May 2016, 9:59 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

One of the ministries of our church is called Mum's Cafe. This year their theme is 'A Fierce Flourishing.' According to one dictionary the meaning of the word 'flourish' is to "grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly congenial environment." It's fair to say that every human being wants their life to flourish - to grow and develop in a healthy and vigorous way... But what does this look like and how can it happen? This Sunday, as we turn to Isaiah 55 we'll see how we can flourish fiercely, particularly as mothers but indeed all of us.  

Bible Passage: Isaiah 55:1-13

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



Funeral Service Details

Posted 27 April 2016, 8:49 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The Funeral Service for Rachel Barham will be held at Redlands Christian Reformed Church at 2pm, Thursday 28th April.     

Thanks to those who have offered to help for the funeral service. We still need help with the serving and cleanup of afternoon tea.

  

 

 



5pm service: How can a good God allow suffering in this

Posted 27 April 2016, 8:23 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

How can a good God allow suffering in this life? It’s a huge question, isn’t it? Hardly a day goes by when we don’t come across suffering. Devastation caused by earthquakes and tsunamis… millions living in poverty… children being abused… family breakdowns… bullying… people suffer. We suffer. So it’s right to say to God: “God, if you’re there, why don’t you do something about it?” People have endeavoured to come to grips with these puzzling questions from the dawn of recorded history. To humans, it seems so obvious—if God truly is, as Christians proclaim, all-loving and all-powerful, He could stop the evil and suffering in this world. So why doesn’t He? Atheists and agnostics often point to this conundrum to support their disbelief and scepticism. How does a believer answer? As part of our apologetic series we will tackle this topic on Sunday night.

Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 1: 3-11

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: Gifts of Service

Posted 27 April 2016, 8:22 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

We're two weeks into our series on spiritual gifts. So far we looked at what spiritual gifts are in theory and why they have been given by the Holy Spirit to the church. For the next few Sundays we will be delving a little deeper into the actual gifts and come up close to them as we unpack them in categories. By giving a brief description of each gift and seeing how we observe it in Scripture, we'll again discover how unique - and therefore indispensable - each of the gifts are. Please join us as we discover more of God's grace to his church in these remarkable gifts.  

Bible Passage: Romans 12:6-8

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



5pm service: Can a loving God send people to hell?

Posted 20 April 2016, 10:17 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"For a conscious creature to undergo physical and mental torture through unending time... is horrible and disturbing beyond words and the thought of such torment being deliberately inflicted by divine decree is totally incompatible with the idea of God as infinite love." These words from John Hick, a one time professor of theology at Birmingham University mirrors the sentiment of many when it comes to the Christian doctrine of hell. It seems so incompatible that a God who 'is love' (1 John 4:8) would commit to such an extreme act as to condemn people to an eternal punishment by himself. Is it true? And if it is, how can it be believed alongside the claim that God is a God of love? This Sunday evening we'll unpack this question further.  

Bible Passage: Luke 16:19-31

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem




9am service: Spiritual gifts - Why do we need Them?

Posted 20 April 2016, 10:14 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

We are looking further into Spiritual Gifts this Sunday and run into the question, ‘What is the purpose of Spiritual gifts?’ In Romans 1:11-12 Paul writes, ‘I long to see you that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong- that is that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith’. The thing we see is that the spiritual gifts are for strengthening the faith of others. These gifts are meant to be graces from God for the instruction and encouragement of the church. Someone wrote, ‘When God got ready to organize his church, he didn’t set up a dictatorship with the pastor at the head. He also didn’t set up a democracy where everybody had an equal say in everything. When God got ready to organize the church, he set up a body with Christ as the head and each Christian as a part of the body. Spiritual gifts enable the body parts (you and me) to function correctly.’ We will be looking at what that means for us, as individuals and a church, on Sunday morning.

Bible Passage: Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



5pm service: Can we Trust the Bible?

Posted 14 April 2016, 9:48 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"Jesus love me this I know, for the Bible tells me so." Perhaps the greatest strength of this children's hymn is it's sheer simplicity of truth. Yet any critic has to ask: "is '... for the Bible tells me so...' a good enough foundation to build a worldview on and indeed entrust your very life to? How do we know the Bible is true? How do we know it's not tampered with? Is there anything that can give us assurance that it is reliable? This Sunday night we kick off a series of apologetics sermons. Apologetics means 'to defend'. In the case of this series we'll give a defense of various Christian doctrines and beliefs that are often put forward to discount the credibility of the Christian faith. This series will be immensely helpful for anyone skeptic of the Christian faith but keen to do more investigation. Furthermore, it will be a very valuable for time for Christians to grow in their understanding of why their faith is realistic and how it can be explained in conversations with friends and family who ask the hard questions. You are more than welcome to join us.    

Bible Passage: Matthew 5:17-18; 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



9am service: Spiritual Gifts - What are they?

Posted 14 April 2016, 9:47 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

A spiritual gift is an expression of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers which empowers them to serve the body of Christ, the church. What do you think when you read this quote? What questions does it raise for you? Today we are starting a series looking at the topic of spiritual gifts. There are a number of places in the New Testament which list various spiritual gifts. Some examples are 1 Corinthians 12-14, Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Peter 4:7-11. From these passages we can put together a bit of a list of Spiritual gifts and get an idea of what a gift is. Some of the gifts can look quite extraordinary while others seem so plain and ordinary. What we will be doing over the next few weeks is try and understand spiritual gifts, giving you the opportunity to discover, develop and deploy your gift mix. Why? For the glory of God and the growth of his kingdom.

Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 12: 1-27

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 

 



NETWORK - Spiritual Gifts Course

Posted 8 April 2016, 9:20 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

SIGN UP THIS SUNDAY 10th April

What are my gifts?

This is a question that many people ask. So, as a church, we want to help people discover their spiritual gifts, personal style, and God-given passion for serving in the body of Christ. We will do that through the Network course, which is designed for helping people discover their spiritual gifts and empower them for ministry. The material, developed in partnership with the Willow Creek Church, helps guide you to the place of ministry that best reflects who you are. Want to get more involved? Want to have greater effectiveness? More enthusiasm? Less burn-out? Want to have a better understanding of who God created you to be? The join in the Network Discover your Gifts course!

Last year we ran a pilot group through the course and we now plan to roll it out across the church for small groups and individuals, beginning in the week of the 17th April.

Our desire is to see as many people as possible discover their gifts and help build the kingdom of God, serving in ways that empowers them and blesses many.

You can sign up as a Small Group or an individual.

 

 



5pm service: The Parable of the Talents

Posted 6 April 2016, 1:46 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

We know that Jesus has promised that He is coming back, but what should we be doing in the meantime? In Matthew 25, Jesus gives two well-known parables and when both taken together, provide a good balance in terms of what we should be doing while we wait for His return. For our focus on Sunday evening will be the Parable of the Talents, an often misunderstood parable of Jesus, and yet one that packs a punch.

Bible Passage: Matthew 25: 14-30

Preacher: Ryan Hemelaar



9am service: Authentic Christian Living

Posted 6 April 2016, 1:45 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The world is full of fake imitations of goods and products.  When it comes to us human beings, we use the word hypocrite  to describe  people who purport  to be something or someone who is not real or genuine.  Unfortunately this is not confined to non-christians.  Many   “Christians” may also be labelled  hypocrites, i.e.  those who profess to be christian, but whose everyday living does not fit the model the Bible teaches for a  real, authentic  Christian life style.  Throughout the New Testament epistles, Paul has a lot to say about how we should live as genuine followers of Christ and today we will ask ourselves four questions: How important is our conduct as Christians; should our Christianity be only for Sundays; Is it a 24/7 lifestyle and are you a genuine follower?

Bible Passage: Romans 13:8-14

Preacher: Bevan Burnes



Car Wash - Saturday

Posted 30 March 2016, 9:49 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Car Wash this Saturday 2nd April

Starting at 8:00am.

Volunteers Needed. 

Proceeds are destined for Burma and the vehicle purchase.

 



5pm service: Were You There When They Caught the Fish

Posted 30 March 2016, 9:47 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

In the weeks leading up to Easter we brought to life some of the events preceding Jesus' crucifixion. On Good Friday we sat in the darkness of his death and on Easter Sunday we saw the light of his resurrection. But what now? Christians know that the story of Jesus soon shifts to the book of Acts and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Yet before it does there are a few intimate encounters that people have with the resurrected Jesus. On Sunday afternoon we'll unpack one of these - a living parable with some hugely significant lessons for the church. Please join us.  

Bible Passage: John 21:1-14

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



9am service: The Days After

Posted 30 March 2016, 9:44 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Last week for 3 days over Easter we despaired over the crucifixion of Christ, we lamented over His death and we finally celebrated His victory over the binding force of hell.

Yes, it is true that Jesus’ resurrection is great news and hundreds of millions of people around the world celebrated the hope they have in Christ, that one day, as promised by the Bible, they too will be resurrected.

So we have hope after death, that’s great. But what about hope BEFORE death?  

What are we to do, the days after this roller coaster ride of emotional events?

The answer lies in something Jesus said on the cross and this Sunday, we will revisit Golgotha to find out.

Bible Passages: John 10:10 (NKJV)10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

 

John 20:31 (NIV)30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Preacher: Michael Choi




Good Friday 9am

Posted 23 March 2016, 2:27 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 During the crucifixion ‘at the sixth hour darkness came over whole land until the ninth hour.’ Darkness from midday to 3pm? Something ominous and evil is going on here because the darkness cannot readily be accounted for by natural phenomena. How would it feel to be standing there watching events as they unfold and being enveloped in darkness? That would freak me out big time. What is going on here? Amos alludes to it in his prophecy, “In that day,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.’” (8:9). What happened in those hours of darkness? We will think about that on Good Friday.

Bible Passage: Mark 15:33-39

Pastor: Jim de Witte



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