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Rob Kemp Funeral

Posted 10 February 2016, 11:35 AM by Jim de Witte. Permalink

 Hi all.

An oversight on my part is not informing you of the day of the funeral.

For those wishing to attend the service (following a private burial) will be held at 10.30am on Thursday 11th February (tomorrow) at Redlands Christian Reformed Church.

Sorry about the oversight.



Rob Kemp Funeral

Posted 9 February 2016, 1:09 PM by Jim de Witte. Permalink

 As announced last Sunday, Rob Kemp went to be with his Lord on Saturday 6th February after a battle with cancer. Rob and Peta had only recently moved back into the Redlands and worshipping with us. Since the move Rob had been quite ill and hospitalized following each chemo treatment.

There will be a private family committal service followed by a Thanksgiving Service at 10.30am which will be held at Redlands Christian Reformed Church (cnr of Delancey and Sturgeon sts, Ormiston).

A contact address for the family is: 51/571 Cleveland-Redland Bay rd, Victoria Point, 4165. (Adventist Retirement Village).



9am service: What About You?

Posted 3 February 2016, 8:51 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The sobering fact is that parents will have influence on their children. Verse 6 points out that The commands that God gives are to be upon YOUR heart. This is talking about parental responsibility. Your heart must be right; God must be all important to you or he can never be important to your children. You can be a negative or a positive influence. What you do will have an impact on your children. How you pursue God; how you love my husband/wife; how you respond to authority; how you treat others; how you work; how you spend money. All these things and more affect the values and perspectives of your children. Do your kids know your story; have they seen your faith journey; what about your joys and struggles in the Lord? One of the most powerful things that children can see is God at work in the lives of their parents. Seeing God make a difference in your life, will make a difference in theirs too.

Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Matthew 28:16-20

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



Car Wash

Posted 2 February 2016, 10:35 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 

Our next car wash is on:

Saturday 6th February 8am

We need lots of volunteers to help with the washing.            



5pm service: I AM...the Good Shepherd

Posted 2 February 2016, 10:34 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

One of the greatest difficulties in communicating biblical truth into our culture is bridging the gap between the ancient contexts in which these truths were spoken and the time in which we live. In the verses we read above we hear of Jesus making himself known as the 'good shepherd'. Both words beg explanation. Firstly, the word 'shepherd'. What does it mean for Jesus to call himself a shepherd? How does it affect my life if he is 'my' shepherd and how does it affect my life if he is not? Secondly, there is the word 'good'. Does this assume there are 'bad' shepherds? If so, what or who are they? And if Jesus is the 'good' shepherd, what makes him so good? Please join us on Sunday afternoon as we unpack this.    

Bible Passage: Psalm 23 & John 10:11-21

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



Today Devotionals

Posted 2 February 2016, 10:10 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The January/February 'Today Devotionals' have arrived! please collect your copy from the foyer.



9am service: Go for the Heart

Posted 27 January 2016, 11:17 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

When it comes to raising children to come to know Christ, it's been said that faith is 'caught rather than taught'. Of course this rings true only to some extent. Any faith that is robust must be a faith that is well informed and came with being taught the truth about God, his Word, sin, salvation, etc... Having said that however, simply passing on information to the next generation will almost certainly not lead them to a real encounter with Jesus Christ. Whatever seed of truth we seek to grow in the lives of our descendants requires a certain environment in which this seed can grow and flourish - the same environment that God seeks to establish in his relationship with all his children. Please join us Sunday morning as we discover what this environment is.     

Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 22:34-38

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



5pm service: I AM...the gate for the sheep

Posted 27 January 2016, 10:20 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Sheep and shepherds. These images are some of the most powerful in the Old Testament. David’s Psalm 23 picks up the warm and comforting image of the believer as a sheep in the personal care of God. The shepherd was also the common image of the OT prophets. There it stands for the spiritual leaders, comparing the exploitive spiritual leaders of God’s people with the promise of a one who would shepherd the people in God’s name. These images were so well known that the people listening to Jesus could not have missed the implications of Jesus claim in John 10. In Jesus’ next great ‘I am...’ statements he describes himself as the gate for the sheep. As the gate, Jesus presents himself as the only means of entrance to his flock and, at the same time, the way through which the flock would pass to find pasture. We will explore this imagery together on Sunday evening.

Bible Passage: John 10:1-10

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



9am service: Families of Faith

Posted 20 January 2016, 10:05 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

As schools slowly get ready for a new year we as a church are also preparing for a new year of passing on the truth of the gospel to future generations. Thinking through the process of how we do this led us to the idea of preaching a series on what it means for God's people to be 'Families of Faith'. This may sound like it has only to do with parents, but it's not. 'Passing on the truth' is everyone's business in a church. We were reminded of this only last week as we all committed around the baptism font to help raise a child to come to know Christ. We hope that this series will redefine for both the individual families in our church as well as the big family of our entire congregation what it means to faithfully live out the promises we make about passing on the truth. Along the way we will also discover some key essentials for each of us in our lives as Christians. Please join us on this journey. 

Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 6:4-12 

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



5pm service: I AM...the Light of the World

Posted 20 January 2016, 9:08 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Light is one of the essential themes in John’s Gospel. The word is used 23 times, starting in the opening verses (1:4). Today, Jesus picks up the image and makes his second ‘I am’ statement, claiming “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12). Jesus is picking up the image of the OT where the pillar of cloud and fire was continually with the people. It was a reminder of the presence of God along with his protection and guidance. This was true for the people of Israel then and it is true for us, as the people of God, now. With and in Jesus we have the presence, protection and guidance of God. How do we respond? Our call is to see the light, walk in the light and we reflect the light. The choice is easy, according to Jesus, we either walk in the light or we remain in the darkness.

Bible Passage: John 8:12-30

Pastor: Jim de Witte



Prayer Points

Posted 15 January 2016, 10:30 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Please be in prayer for our church at this time. It seems that we are under unprecedented pressure at the moment with the health and well-being of many people. Please pray for Johanna Waterson and the family. Her MRI results show a 'lump' which needs a biopsy. Johanna writes, ‘we journey on with a lot of hope but also dread. We covet your continued prayers’. Yet Johanna is not the only one undergoing biopsies, scans and significant surgery. There are a couple of others too who would covet prayers as they await results and next steps for surgery and continuing treatment. Todd Hammond is in hospital recovering from complex knee surgery and is presently in some pain and discomfort. Please pray for his healing, restoration and recovery. Alongside Todd we have a number of others who struggle with pain and injury. Margaret van den Akker has also spent time in hospital after a fall. Please pray for God’s sustaining grace, especially to those suffer with ongoing chronic pain such as Keith Warren and John Pesch. This week James Visser (known and loved by many of us) had surgery for testicular cancer and tests have found other spots. James and the family covet our prayers, along with the Watson family as Damien will undergo another scan to determine his cancer prognosis. These are tough times for families and we pray that they might know and feel the love, grace and compassion of God, expressed through his people. We also know of those who struggle with mental health issues and the constant battles within the mind. We pray that God might grant them peace and healing. Other struggle with grief and loss and need to know that the Lord is near. These struggles of the church family remind us that we live in a broken world and that we need the grace of God and the love of his people.



5pm service: I AM...the Bread of Life

Posted 15 January 2016, 10:17 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Jesus said ‘I am’ on seven occasions.  Each ‘I am’ is a description Jesus gave of Himself and is recorded in John’s Gospel.  The Seven ‘I am’ sayings help us better understand the divinity of Jesus Christ because each time Jesus uses the phrase it reveals something more of his role or identity. Over the next few weeks we will be looking a little more closely at these ‘I am’ statements of Jesus and what it reveals to us about Jesus.

The first one we come across is in John 6:35 where Jesus describes himself and the bread of life. Bread was the staple food of the people in Jesus’ day. It was so basic in the diet that ‘bread’ is a synonym in the Bible for ‘food’; that which sustains physical life. Jesus could have found no more powerful way to affirm that he is the source and sustainer of spiritual life than to compare himself to the bread that sustained the physical life of all his listeners.

Bible Passage: John 6:25-29

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 

 



Small Group Questions

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

 AM service

Read: Ephesians 4:17-5:2

 

Questions: 

 

1. What stood out to you or what questions did you have about the content of the message or passage? 

2. What does it mean to 'be holy'? 

3. The first point of the message was 'Christians should be holy' (Eph 4:22 - 5:2). How important do you think this is in the life of a Christian? Why? 

4. What should motivate Christians towards striving for holiness (you may want to read Ephesians 2:1-10)? 

5. We said that 'being made holy' is a process like 'being raised' as a child - it can be a 'two steps forward and one step backwards' experience. What should a Christians do when they've taken a 'step backwards'?    

 



9am service: From Duty to Delight

Posted 15 January 2016, 9:59 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 On Sunday morning we'll have the privilege to baptise Celia Crawford. As she grows up she will understand that the Christian life involves doing a duty. She has a duty towards God's law and uncompromising holiness to which he calls every person who considers him or herself a Christian. This she will understand. Yet if this is all she understands the Christian life to be, we can be guaranteed that she will fail in her holiness. Her motivation for wanting to be a holy person has to be steeped in and empowered by something infinitely more powerful than her mere will power to be a 'good Christian'. On Sunday we'll find out how she might move from duty to delight.

Bible Passage: Ephesians 4:17-5:2

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



Kids@Church Information Meeting

Posted 14 January 2016, 4:24 PM by Jim de Witte. Permalink

This coming Sunday, after the morning service, we are hosting an information session on the exciting new year ahead for Kids@Church. This invitation to meeting is for current leaders, assistant (and Junior) leaders, parents and anyone who might be interested in helping out. With the retirement of a couple of teachers we are looking for some extra support, so come along and see what K@C is all about. Pastor Jim.



Today Devotionals

Posted 8 January 2016, 1:29 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The Today Devotionals  have not yet arrived. if you wish to follow the January/Febraury devotions, they are available on line:

http://today.reframemedia.com/

 

 



Lords Supper

Posted 8 January 2016, 1:25 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 ON SUNDAY we hope to celebrate the Lord’s Supper in both services.  
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: A God Who Answers

Posted 8 January 2016, 1:23 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

When you think of the book of Jonah, you think of a whale or giant fish, right? It is true, that animal features in the book. But we would miss a lot if we thought that was all it's about. In fact, one whole chapter of the book is a prayer of Jonah's. A prayer that will teach us a lot about how and why God answers us. Come along this Sunday night as we unpack this together.

Bible Passage: Jonah 2

Pastor: Ryan Hemelaar

 



9am service: DRSABCD Action Plan

Posted 8 January 2016, 1:22 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Every year I have to renew my basic First Aid Certificate by attending a 3 hour lesson and test on resuscitation. There we are taught the DRSABCD steps. I was thinking through those steps and thought the same action plan acronym ifs well with God’s plan of rescue, salvation and resuscitation. We would do well to remember and implement the action plan in our lives and the lives of others. Join us in the morning service as we learn the steps!

Bible Passage: Romans 10:1-17

Pastor: Jim de Witte





5pm service: O Little Town of Bethlehem

Posted 16 December 2015, 10:59 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

In the midst of despair and misery Micah brings a message of hope to the people. They will be rescued and redeemed. How? As Matthew understood it, Micah had prophesised that the Messiah, the delivering king, would be born in Bethlehem. The hope of Israel would be fulfilled in the birth of a child in Bethlehem. the promises of Micah took 700 years to arrive. It was so long a time that hardly anyone was ready when it did come. So what? out of the small, significant town of Bethlehem will come the one who is our ultimate Saviour too. It sems so long ago when this happened but the significance of the story is still the same. God still speaks through the Bethlehem story. Are you listening?

Bible Passage: Micah 4:8-5:5a; Matthew 2:1-12

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: Peace on Earth

Posted 16 December 2015, 10:51 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 In a book like Micah it can be easy to get discouraged as you read through oracle upon oracle of doom, judgement and gloom. Our discouragement may even be heightened when we look at the world around us and realise that much of what the prophet critizes is true of our world and even of ourselves. Yet, embedded in the midst of all this sternness we also find some of the most beautiful words of hope and promise. This Sunday we'll deal with just such a passage dealing with god's peace that is to come to earth. A peace which, as Bruce Waltke writes: "does not lie exclusively in an unattainable Utopia but is available now to all who will come to the heavenly Mount Zion." Please join us on Sunday as we celebrate the message of encouragement and hope.

Bible Passage: Micah 4:1-5, Luke 2:8-14

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



5pm service: The Definitive Word

Posted 10 December 2015, 9:36 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 We are continuing in our series in Micah, linking it to the Christmas story. In the Micah passage the prophet turns God’s judgement against the priests and prophets of the religious establishment, who were supposed to speak the Word of God. Their message was supposed to be consistent with the scriptural call for justice and with God’s contemporary revelations to them. Instead of teaching God’s Word they were adjusting their message based on payment they received, failing dismally in their obligation to God. When we come to John’s gospel we read that the Word became flesh. The Word of God that should have been spoken by the prophets stepped into our world. The definitive Word of God has come. This is the Word we need to listen to; this is the Word that needs to be proclaimed. Proclaiming this Word is the essential ministry of the church and of each believer. Micah’s messianic hope is that the gospel will be preached with such purity and grace that all the peoples of the earth will stream up to Jerusalem. This is the Christmas story.

Bible Passage: Micah 3:5-4:5; John 1:1-14

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: Bad News and Good News

Posted 10 December 2015, 9:34 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The great theologian Augustine divided all of mankind into two cities ‘formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God and the heavenly city by the love of God, even to the contempt of self'. On Sunday morning we'll see how the words of the prophet Micah upholds this truth and tells us in sobering terms what God has to say about each of these 'cities' - what their futures involve, how they work and how to gain citizenship in each. Please join us on Sunday morning as we consider to which city we belong and how to gain citizenship in the city formed by love for God, even to the contempt of ourselves.

Bible Passage: Micah 2:1-13 and Luke 2:1-5

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



Community Christmas Carols

Posted 2 December 2015, 9:12 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Sunday 6th December, 6pm.

Gormet burgers, soft drinks, coffee and cake available for purchase.

Free sausage sizzle and jumping castle.

Carols on the grass 7pm, BYO Chairs and Blankets.

 



9am service: God is on the Move

Posted 2 December 2015, 9:03 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

In the opening verses of Micah we read that God is on the move. Those who heard this message might have initially been excited thinking, ‘Great, God will deliver us’. But this was bad news; God is angry with them because they were unfaithful to him and destroying each other and he is coming in judgement. In John’s gospel God is on the move again but this time he is coming to dwell amongst his people. This is the good news of the Christmas story; this is what we celebrate at Christmas; this is how God will deal with our sin and rebellion and his righteous anger against it. Our sin and rebellion is as great as the people in Micah’s day but we, living on this side of Christmas and Easter, can witness how God has dealt graciously with us in Jesus Christ. What a great thing to celebrate this Christmas.

Bible Passage: Micah 1:1-9; John 1:14-18

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



Car Wash

Posted 2 December 2015, 9:01 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Car Wash

Saturday 8am

Redlands Christian Reformed Church

Supporting Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

Volunteers needed for washing cars and greeting visitors.

 



5pm service: One Thing

Posted 25 November 2015, 9:26 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 What’s the one thing that makes life worth living? There are so many things that grab our time and attention in our busy world and hectic lives. We live in a world where people are looking for the one thing that will make them truly happy; the one thing that gives life meaning and purpose. What’s the one thing I your life that gives you purpose and meaning? In Psalm 27, with everything going on around him, David was able to focus on the one thing that mattered most for him. On Sunday evening we will think about the one thing that consumed David and ask how that might work for us.

Bible Passage: Psalm 27

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: The HABITS of Growing and Going

Posted 25 November 2015, 9:24 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 We are winding up our short series focussing on factors we need to consider as a growing and going church. We don’t tackle this issue for selfish reasons like larger numbers, bigger income or self-preservation, so why do we tackle it? As our vision statement says, ‘For the glory of God’. Paul states it this way in our text, ‘Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God’. Paul reminds us of the attitude we must have if the unity of the church is to be preserved and his kingdom grow. So we will finish today by looking at 7 habits we need to develop to remain a growing and going church.

Bible Reading: Romans 15:1-7

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: The COST of gGrowing and Going

Posted 18 November 2015, 9:39 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Over the past couple of weeks we have been looking at the concept of growing and going. We tackled themes such as the heart, personality and fear of growing and going. This morning we’re going to look at the cost of church growth. Let’s be honest with each other and acknowledge that this church cannot and will not grow without some cost on your behalf and some cost on mine. What might that cost look like, and are we willing to pay the cost? The text this morning focuses on the 12 spies Moses has sent into the Promised Land. He sent them to do what spies to best and bring back a report. 10 of the 12 were excited by the potential of the land, but weren’t willing to pay the cost of entering. Caleb and Joshua, while not ignoring the problems, looked beyond them to the solution by stating ‘The Lord is with us’.  How do we tackle the cost of growing and going?

Bible Passage: Numbers 13:1-16; 26-33

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: God vs Satan

Posted 18 November 2015, 9:37 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" - Ephesians 6:12. So often we associate these words of the apostle Paul with our times - the time of the church after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit - where Christians are often made aware and equipped to take their stand in spiritual conflict. Yet as we look at Exodus 7:8-13 we discover how acutely this conflict plays out already in Pharaoh's courts in Egypt. In this prologue to the ten plagues we are given some profound insights into  the proof of God's legitimacy, His strategy to confront evil and his authority over Satan. Please join us for our last sermon on Exodus.

Bible Passage: Exodus 7:8-13

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



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