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9am service: Gifts of the Spirit

Posted 20 August 2014, 9:12 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Continuing our series on the Holy Spirit we come to this big topic of Spiritual gifts. There are a number of places in the New Testament which list these various 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 we get an idea of what a gift is. Some of the gifts can look quite extraordinary while others seem so plain and ordinary. You might view the list of gifts and think you don’t have any of those gifts. That doesn’t mean the Holy Spirit hasn’t given you any gifts they just might not be on that list, or you might not know you have any of those gifts. Today we will be wrestling with the idea of Spiritual gifts and answering some of the basic questions like: What is a Spiritual gift? Do I have any gifts and what are they? How should I use my gift? And, most importantly, why should I use my gifts? I will try and do justice to this big topic in a single sermon, more as an overview rather than as a detailed analysis.

Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31

Pastor: Jim de Witte


5pm service: Working with Jesus part 2

Posted 20 August 2014, 9:11 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Last Sunday we saw how God enters into a conversation with Moses to remind him that he is a person of promise and of purpose. God also invites Moses into the mission he had for him - a mission that left Moses with great trepidation. So much so that he asks God why it is him that has to do this work. Why can't someone else do it? In response, God assures Moses that things will be OK because he will go with him. Moses will never be alone. It may seem to us that this assurance should have sufficed and yet it didn't. Moses needed more. This week we'll finish the story of how God moved Moses along into the job he had for him, much like he often moves us into the work Jesus has for us.  

Bible Passage: John 8:48-59

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

State Ladies Meeting

Posted 13 August 2014, 10:25 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

State Womens Meeting - All Ladies Welcome

Narang Community Church

Saturday 13th Sept

10am onwards, lunch provided

Guest Speaker from Leprosy Mission

RSVP: email or phone
0449 755 181

Any ladies interested in attending the conference should see Mariska Dekker, so we can organise a bus or car pooling as requested by the Nerang ladies.

5pm service: Working with Jesus

Posted 13 August 2014, 9:55 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Often when we watch a movie the best part is that critical conversation between two characters in which we get to know so much about their hearts, their lives and the story they're involved in. On Sunday night we'll come across something like this. It's a conversation between God and Moses as Moses encounters God in person for the first time in the story. We can learn stacks about our lives as Christians as we consider this incredible encounter Moses had with God. Please join us.   

Bible Passage: Exodus 3:1 - 4:17

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

9am service: Life in the Spirit

Posted 13 August 2014, 9:20 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

As we work through this series n the Holy Spirit we have seen who the Holy Spirit is and how he was experienced in the Old Testament. We have worked our way into an understanding of the Holy Spirit’s work in kick starting our Christian life as we are given the Holy Spirit and filled with the Spirit in a beautiful way that points us to Jesus Christ and our need of him as Saviour and Lord. It turns out that the Holy Spirit is involved in all of the Christian life, not just the beginning. The real question is in what ways does he work in our Christian life? To live by the Spirit is to let our life, our choices, our actions, our thoughts, our words, our attitudes and our habits be governed by God rather than by desires that are opposed to God. The Holy Spirit’s role is to help shape every part of our lives to be more like Jesus. How he does that will be part of what we look at this week and in the weeks ahead.

Bible Passage: Galatians 5: 13-26

Pastor: Jim de Witte


Car Wash

Posted 30 July 2014, 9:37 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This Saturday, 2nd August, 8am-12noon

Raising funds for Autism Ride.


5pm service: Israel's Cry to God

Posted 30 July 2014, 9:34 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

If God knows our suffering, and if He sees our pain, and if He is so loving, why doesn’t He do something? Does God really care about me? Is he interested in what happens to me? These are huge questions that plague our mind today and it is a question that comes out of the story of Exodus. In the text of today we can see that played out as we read how the people cried out to God and you can’t help but wonder why God waited so long to deliver them. We don’t know exactly how long they were slaves in Egypt but we do know that they were there for 430 years. For part of that time they lived well but eventually they were enslaved and oppressed. Exodus suggests that this went on for several generations at least, since the oppression began before Moses was born, and it continued until Moses was eighty years old.

The question we have to wrestle with is why did God wait so long to set them free? Why did he delay? We know that God is a compassionate God, we acknowledge His mercy, we celebrate His grace, we confess that God is love, so why was he willing to let his people suffer? It is more than just a mystery, it can also be a source of frustration, anger and doubt. Maybe this is your own experience of God? Together we will try and make some sense of this on Sunday night.

Bible Passage: Exodus 2:11-25

Pastor: Jim de Witte

9am service: Count Our Blessings

Posted 30 July 2014, 9:32 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Last Sunday we mentioned that Christians worship a triune God. The Holy Spirit is God, just like the Father is God and the Son (Jesus) is also God. If this is the case, we can assume that the Holy Spirit is eternal, just like the other two members of the Trinity are eternal. And if this is the case, then we can ask: 'where was he in the Old Testament?' Did people in the Old Testament experience him at all and what's the difference between our experience of him as people who live after Pentecost and those who lived before? The answer reveals something rather exciting about the days in which we live.

Bible Passage: Genesis 1:2; Exodus 31:1-5; Judges 3:10, 14:6; 1 Samuel 16:13; Ezekiel 2:2-3

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem


5pm service: Moses: Deliverer

Posted 23 July 2014, 1:56 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The book of Exodus is focussed very much on the man, Moses, whose name appears frequently throughout the Bile. Who was he? Where did he come from? Why did God choose him? What made him special? These are some of the questions we will think about on Sunday evening as we continue our way through Exodus. We pick up the story with the birth of Moses and see how he was delivered to be a deliverer of God’s people. Join us on this journey into the life of Moses. As we do we see the parallels with the life of Jesus, the great deliverer.

Bible Passage: Exodus 1:22-2:10

Pastor: Jim de Witte


9am service: Holy Spirit: Who or What?

Posted 23 July 2014, 1:54 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 The theologian Alister E. McGrath once wrote: "The Holy Spirit has long been the Cinderella of the Trinity. The other two sisters may have gone to the theological ball; the Holy Spirit got left behind every time." Of course, this situation was true up until the rise of the charismatic movement in the 20'th century, which put the Holy Spirit centre stage of theological debate. Yet, despite the influence of the charismatic movement (and often because of it) many Christians are still left with a good deal of uncertainty about the Holy Spirit. Who or what is he? How do we experience him? How does he work? What does he do? This Sunday we'll kick off a series on the Holy Spirit which will hopefully answer many questions and bring us closer to the very One of whom we'll speak. Please join us.  

Bible Passage: John 14:15 - 18 and 14:23-26

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

5pm cafe style service: He knows my name

Posted 2 July 2014, 9:31 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 "Exodus is an epic tale of fire, sand, wind and water. The adventure takes place under the hot desert sun, just beyond the shadow of the Great Pyramids. There are two mighty nations - Israel and Egypt - led by two great men - Moses the liberating hero and Pharaoh the enslaving villain. Almost every scene is a masterpiece... [once] heard the story is never forgotten... it is the gospel of the Old Testament, God's first great act of redemption. We return to the exodus again and again, sensing that somehow it holds significance for the entire human race (Philip Graham Ryken)." This Sunday we'll embark on a journey through this marvellous book in the Bible and delve into the immense significance it holds for each and every one of us as we walk with the living God. Please join us and pray God will change us as we encounter him in this book.

Bible Passage: Exodus 1:1-7

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

9am service: Could you think of a greater present?

Posted 2 July 2014, 9:28 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The Letter of Jude is probably the least known in the whole of the New Testament. It’s somewhere at the end of the N.T., but before you know it you have passed it by and you’re in the Book of Revelation. Skipping it is easily done, for the letter only takes up one page!  

It’s my plan to preach through this epistle, the Lord willing. I haven’t yet divided it up, this letter, into ‘preachable’ sections, but I  can see now that some sermons will deal with just a few verses, and that at other times we will look at larger sections. The first sermon deals with only 2 verses, and so will the next one  (I hope to preach that on September 14). After that I have not yet figured things out, neither have I planned how many sermons there are in this very short letter. I pray (please pray with me) that I will be able to bring it all to a good end, that our gracious God will receive all the glory, and that all of us will be challenged and strengthened. 

This morning then we will look at verses 1 and 2. One of the striking truths here is that salvation is all of God, and we will take note of a heart-warming ‘confession’ of the great preacher Charles Spurgeon. He writes: It is all of God: He calls us. He loves us, and He keeps us.

Bible Passage: Jude

Pastor: Keith Warren


Proverbs - Spiritual Wisdom

Posted 25 June 2014, 6:20 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Who wrote proverbs? What is a Proverb? And why was it written? Proverbs wasn’t written just to make us wise but to show us how every aspect of life needs to be lived out of our relationship with God.

Bible Passage: Proverbs 1:1-7

Pastor: Josh Hartog - from Westside Christian Church



Jesus: Lunatic, Liar, Lord?

Posted 25 June 2014, 6:17 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

In his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis explains why it is impossible to be neutral about Jesus: "I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic...or else he would be the devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us."

You can almost imagine Lewis writing this after reading these verses from Mark’s gospel. The whole gospel was written to answer the question on who Jesus is and in these very verses we have the family of Jesus thinking he has gone mad (a lunatic) while the religious leaders, say He's possessed by Beelzebul and so call Jesus a liar who claims to be from God but, in fact, is from Satan.

So who is Jesus in the gospel but also in your life?

Bible Passage: Mark 3: 20-35

Pastor: Jim de Witte

Chocolate Chip Cookie Sale

Posted 20 June 2014, 8:06 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The GEMS have been busy baking chocolate chip cookies to raise money for New Life Foundation in Myanma (Burma). 

Please come and purchase some beautiful treats after the morning worship service on Sunday. Bags of cookies will be $2.00 each.

Please support this cause.


Susan Larsen

Posted 18 June 2014, 9:19 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

On Sunday evening we will have Susan Larsen sharing on the work that she was involved in over in the Solomon Islands. Thos who have been to the Solomon Islands would know Susan. She was instrumental in setting up the Bethesda Disability Clinic and working there for nearly 5 years. The work is now well established and has been handed over to others to continue running the centre. Susan is returning to the Solomon Islands to work in a school for deaf girls, setting up systems for vocational training. This Sunday she will present a DVD about the centre and sharing more about the work. We can stay after for a cup of coffee and speak further with Susan after the service.

Funeral Service for Carol Bottema

Posted 18 June 2014, 9:13 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Family and Friends are warmly invited to attend a Service for Carol, at Great Southern Memorial Park, 1774 Mt Cotton Road, Carbrook, on Thursday 19th June 2014, at 10.00 am.

This will be followed by refreshments at Redlands Christian Reformed Church. Cnr. Sturgeon & Delancy Sts, Ormiston.

In lieu of flowers Carol’s wish was for donations to be made to New Life Orphanage (envelops will be available on the day).

Carol Bottema

Posted 15 June 2014, 7:52 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 This morning, Sunday 15th June, Carol Bottema was called to her eternal home.

Please uphold Fred, Chris and Natile in your prayers at this time. Pray for God's peace, comfort, assurance and grace.


More details will be posted as they become available.

5pm service: The Profile of a True Disciple

Posted 11 June 2014, 10:40 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

What are the marks of a true disciple of Jesus? The answer Jesus gives may very much surprise you. This Sunday evening we are going to be looking at some challenging statements made by Jesus found in Luke 6.

Bible Passage: Luke 6:20-26

Pastor: Ryan Hemelaar


Posted 11 June 2014, 8:46 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

  • Carol Bottema went back into hospital 9th June. It has become apparent that Carol can no longer be cared for at home, medically speaking, and so will now remain in Palliative Care. Fred and Carol have currently asked for no visitors, though I will know more soon. Please uphold Carol, Fred, Chris and Natalie in your prayers at this time. Pray for God’s peace, comfort, assurance and grace. If you have any more questions please contact Pastor Jim, not the family.
  • Ettiene de Wilzem, has travelled to South Africa to spend time with his grandmother who had a serious fall.


9am service: Lord of the Sabbath

Posted 11 June 2014, 8:41 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 The Sabbath was originally given to give people rest and recreation. Properly observed, it would be a joy. But the Pharisees had so ringed it with their thousands of hair-splitting interpretations of what it meant to cease work on the Sabbath that they had made it a terrible burden to bear. The passage today forces us to stop and evaluate our lives. The Pharisees are upset with Jesus because their entire claim to spiritual superiority was based on rigorous observance of man-made rules and Jesus dared to set them aside. So how do we measure our spirituality? By a list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ we observe, or something more? Or do we listen to what Jesus says and see him as the fulfilment of the Law, as Lord of the Sabbath? Do we take Jesus as our model, and focus not on our acts of devotion, but on a spontaneous response to the needs of others for Jesus’ sake?

Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 21: 1-6 & Mark 2: 23-3:6

Pastor: Jim de Witte

Small Group Questions

Posted 10 June 2014, 1:06 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


For Small groups discussing our sermons here are some questions relating to the Pentecost Sermon:

  1. What do you make of the Pentecost account in Acts 2?

  2. What encouragement do you get from the story?

  3. If you were one of the crowd, how would you have felt or responded?

  4. When have you experienced an empowering from God to witness about Jesus?

  5. Where is God’s Spirit at work today in your life, church or world?

Small Group Questions

Posted 10 June 2014, 1:00 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


For Small groups discussing our sermons here are some questions relating to the Pentecost Sermon:

  1. What do you make of the Pentecost account in Acts 2?

  2. What encouragement do you get from the story?

  3. If you were one of the crowd, how would you have felt or responded?

  4. When have you experienced an empowering from God to witness about Jesus?

  5. Where is God’s Spirit at work today in your life, church or world?

Carol Bottema

Posted 10 June 2014, 12:44 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


Carol Bottema went back into hospital last night (9th June). It has become apparent that Carol can no longer be cared for at home, medically speaking, and so will now remain in Palliative Care. Fred and Carol have currently asked for no visitors, though I will know more soon. Please uphold Carol, Fred, Chris and Natalie in your prayers at this time. Pray for God’s peace, comfort, assurance and grace. If you have any more questions please contact Pastor Jim, not the family.

Pentecost Sunday

Posted 4 June 2014, 9:45 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Pentecost is an important day in the life of God’s church on earth. Pentecost marks the beginning of new life and for Christians it marks the birth of the New Testament church. In Acts 2 we read of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the fearful followers of Jesus, and how it transformed them. On that day the Holy Spirit fulfilled Jesus’ words of promise by bursting on the scene with a mighty wind and fire. The New Testament Church was formed, and Jesus’ followers were empowered to blaze a worldwide movement proclaiming the good news of God’s salvation offered to all people. The result of the coming of the Holy Spirit is that the church has power to take the gospel to the world. That power is still at work today, with lives daily being transformed by the message of Jesus Christ. So what are we to make of that day and how does it impact us now? These are the questions we will think about in the service this Sunday evening.

Bible Passage: Acts 2:1-24; 36-41

Pastor: Jim de Witte



Posted 4 June 2014, 9:43 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The life story of Abraham and his family is one that fascinates me greatly. He was an old man near the end of his life, yet in his ‘retirement’, God called him to go on a journey to ‘somewhere he knew not’.   Amongst millions of heathen people, God chose Abram, not because of who and what he was, but because of who God was.  Abram became extraordinary because God chose him.  And God chose Abram because Abram loved God.  But this ‘fame’ came at a great price – separation from his family and homeland. God promised Abram that he would give him a land, make him the father of a nation through whom all nations would be blessed.  We, like Abram, are faced with many choices and decisions throughout our lifetime.  Abram made some bad decisions the consequences of which have plagued mankind to this very day.  These decisions were his decisions, not decisions made in consultation with God. This morning we look at a decision which had a good result for Abram but an horrendous outcome for his nephew, Lot.

Bible Passage: Genesis 13:5-18

Pastor: Bevan Burnes

Movie Preview

Posted 4 June 2014, 9:35 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Heaven is for Real 

Todd and Sonja Burpo are a real-life couple whose son Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth: things he couldn't possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event.
Adapted from: Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back is a 2010 New York Times best-selling Christian book written by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent. It was published by Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Now showing at Victoria Point Cineplex

5pm service: Ascension Day

Posted 28 May 2014, 9:55 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty." While posing many historical and scientific challenges to modern minds, Christians wholeheartedly affirm this Biblical truth so clearly stated in the Apostle's Creed. The God of the Bible really did raise Jesus from death and he ascended to be with God until one day he returns. On Sunday evening, however, we will not consider so much the historicity or factuality of the ascension as we'll consider how Christ's ascension benefits those for whom he died. What has he gone to do? And how does it help us? Please join us. 

Bible Passage: 1 John 2:1; John 14:2; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

9am service: Ascension Sunday

Posted 28 May 2014, 9:53 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


Today, in both services, we will be focussing on the Ascension of Jesus because, following the church calendar, last Thursday was Ascension Day. Ascension Day marks the 40th day after the resurrection when the Bible tells us Jesus left the earth and ascended back to heaven.

For the forty days from Easter to Ascension, Jesus gave his disciples their last bits of instruction. He helped them put all the pieces together, which could not happen until they had experienced his resurrection. Then he blessed them and ascended into the heavens until a cloud hid him from their eyes. Instead of being sad, Luke tells us in his gospel that the disciples were filled with joy.
What does this mean? Why was it so? Why is it important? What is the significance of the ascension? Does it matter? These are important questions we will try and deal with in both services.  The morning service will focus more on the meaning and importance of the resurrection and the evening service will focus more on why Jesus ascended and what he is doing now.

Bible Passage: Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:19b-23

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: A Brand New Life

Posted 21 May 2014, 8:58 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 “We may never be martyrs but we can die to self, to sin, to the world, to our plans and ambitions. That is the significance of baptism; we died with Christ and rose to new life”  ~ Vance Haver. This Sunday evening we have the express privilege of baptising Harrison Bull and Madelaine Bull. As we do that, we'll consider again the marvellous truth of a brand new life given to the believer in Christ Jesus and symbolised by baptism. Please join us for this special occasion.  

Bible Passage: Romans 6:1-14 and 2 Corinthians 5:17

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

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