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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

5pm service: Representing God

Posted 11 November 2015, 10:23 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 One of the words Christians are highly familiar with is the word: 'gospel'. The word basically means 'good news' or in verbal form 'announcing good news'. In other words, the gospel has to do with a message. It's news. Essentially it is the news that God is restoring his kingdom peace in our world through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ. But how does God choose to communicate this news to the world? And once the news is shared, what purpose does it achieve? Why is it supposed to be announced? Surprisingly, we find some very deep, insightful and comforting answers to these questions in Exodus 6:28 - 7:7. Please join us as we unpack this together.

Bible Passage: Exodus 6:28 - 7:7

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

9am service: the FEAR of Growing and Going

Posted 11 November 2015, 10:22 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


What were you afraid of as a child? Spiders, the dark, heights, teachers/principal? Fear isn’t just a reality in our childhood. What are you afraid of now? Of all the things you might be asked to do in the church which is the scariest? Teach a Kids@Church? Read the Bible in church? Sing a solo? Become the church treasurer? The worst, according to many, would be this: share your faith. But there is no growing without going. In Acts 9 Ananias overcame his fear to meet Saul; Barnabas had the faith and courage to bring Saul into the church and the rest is history. Today we will think through some things that we might be fearful of which inhibits our impact and growth.

Bible Reading: Acts 9:10-31

Pastor: Jim de Witte

9am service: The PERSONALITY of Growing and Going

Posted 4 November 2015, 10:48 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Last week we kicked off a new series on church growth as we dealt with the theme: the HEART of going and growing. We highlighted the importance on God's agenda of bringing new people into the church and we explored the reasons for that importance. This week we'll explore the theme: the PERSONALITY of church growth. Under this theme we will consider if and/or to what extent will new people coming into the church or into your ministry affect you personally? How will my experience of worship at RCRC be impacted if the church does grow? Am I OK with that - as in really OK? How should we respond if our experience of church is indeed affected? Please join us as we unpack this more on Sunday morning.      

Boble Passage: Romans 14:1-12

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem


5pm service: No Little People

Posted 4 November 2015, 10:35 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


When you preach through a book of the Bible you get some interesting challenges. Today we come across a genealogy that seems to be inserted is a random place that breaks the flow of the story. The temptation is to skip over the list of names, because it doesn’t make for very good reading, and get back into the exciting story. But genealogies must be important because God included so many of them in the Bible. As you read the list there are names known to us but many that aren’t. The thing is they are all known and named by God. They each have a place in the family of God and they all were given tasks to complete. The list serves to ground the story of God’s redemption in history and it is through these people that God is working out his plan of salvation. A comfort is to know that God knows each of us by name too and that we have our place in the family of God.

Bible Passage: Exodus 6:13-27

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: I will.....

Posted 28 October 2015, 9:14 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This short passage from Exodus brings out what God is going to do in response to Pharaoh’s rejection of the request to let his people go. God has told the concerned Moses that he ‘remembers’ his covenant, he now tells Moses what that remembering looks like. In two verses there are 7 ‘I will’ statements defining what the Lord will do to keep his promises and redeem his people. God would do for the Israelites what they couldn’t do for themselves. These promises that God makes to Israel in Egypt are the same ones he makes to his church throughout the ages. He is our redeemer, the one who delivers and protects his people. So, when we see Israel miraculously delivered from slavery in Egypt and brought to a new place, we are reminded of our own redemption. We are to remember the work of Christ that has brought us from slavery to sin to the glorious freedom of being children of God.

Bible Passage: Exodus 6:6-12

Pastor: Jim de Witte


9am service: The HEART of Going and Growing

Posted 28 October 2015, 9:12 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


Bishop J.C. Ryle once commented of the three parables in Luke 15: "There is probably no chapter of the Bible that has done greater good to the souls of men." This Sunday we are starting a new series dealing with the implications of wanting to grow as a church. The foundation of these implications,however, must rest on answering the following two questions: a) how important is it that we grow as a church? and b) if it is important, why is it so? Luke 15 gives us some very decisive answers. Please join us as we introduce this new series and unpack Luke 15:1-10 on Sunday. 

Bible Passage: Luke 15:1-10

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

31st October - Reformation Day

Posted 28 October 2015, 9:04 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

When you think of the 31st October what comes to mind? Perhaps it is Halloween, an engagement party, a birthday or maybe something else of significance. For the Protestant church it is a day of special significance as it marks the day, in 1517, that Martin Luther, a German Augustinian monk, posted 95 theses on a church door in the university town of Wittenberg. The act was common academic practice of the day, inviting others into debate. But it soon sparked so much more. Luther’s intention was to bring reform to the Roman Catholic Church, but with the church refusing to listen to the call to reform and return to biblical doctrines and practices, the Protestant Reformation began. During this time God raised up godly men in different countries in order to once again restore churches throughout the world to their biblical roots and to biblical doctrines and practices. The term Protestant was not initially applied to the reformers, but later was used to describe all groups protesting Roman Catholic orthodoxy. Underlying the Protestant Reformation lay four basic doctrines in which the reformers believed the Roman Catholic Church to be in error. These four questions or doctrines are: How is a person saved? Where does religious authority lie? What is the church? And what is the essence of Christian living? In answering these questions, Protestant Reformers such as Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, and John Knox established what would be known as the “Five Solas” of the Reformation (sola being the Latin word for “alone”). These five points of doctrine were at the heart of the Protestant Reformation, and it was for these five essential Biblical doctrines that the Protestant Reformers would take their stand against the Roman Catholic Church, resisting the demands placed on them to recant, even to the point of death. We will look more at them later, just be reminded that the 31st October is a significant date in the life of the Christian church.



5pm service: When Bad Stuff Happens

Posted 21 October 2015, 9:15 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"God's promise to deliver his people seems to be contradicted by the providences that have led to their situation being made worse" - Iain Campbell. How often is this the experience of God's people? His Word is full of promises of life, light, freedom, prosperity, joy and many other delights. Yet, it's the inescapable experience of every person who becomes a Christian that all these promises are accompanied by bad things happening to them. Why is this and what do we do when we face these circumstances? Please join us on Sunday night as we look at the answers to be found in Exodus 5:22 - 6:5.

Bible Passage: Exodus 5:22 - 6:5

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem


9am service: Me and My House

Posted 21 October 2015, 9:13 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This morning we have the privilege of seeing another child brought under the covenant through the sign of baptism. With that in mind, this morning, we will look at the incredible role of parents in the family life. It goes without saying that values are passed on from one generation to the next. Whatever parents hold in high esteem in their lives, almost always, these will be the things that their kids hold in high esteem in their lives. This is the baton that we are passing on to our kids in this relay called life. All of us have hope and dreams for our kids, the question is, are they the right hopes and dreams? The most important thing for you and I to pass on to our kids are the things that really matter in the end. Faith, hope, light, salvation, love, service, eternal life. And a lot of these things are forged in the family home by parents. Joshua certainly understood the power of parents. As he came to the end of his life, he called the leaders of Israel together for one final message. Knowing that he is only one step from death, he sounds a call to renewal. In the middle of his message we find those stirring words that have been quoted and memorized for over 3000 years, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (24:15). We need to use these words to spur each other on, and that is what we will do today.

Bible Reading: Joshua 24:14-27

Pastor: Jim de Witte


Thanksgiving Service

Posted 21 October 2015, 9:11 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

On Friday 23rd October, a Thanksgiving Service will be held at Redlands Christian Reformed Church at 10:30am for the life of Ruth Van Lunteren. Please join the family and friends as we give thanks to God. 

Car Parking at Redlands Christian Reformed Church

Posted 14 October 2015, 11:03 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Car Parking for Sunday services is available behind the main auditorium on the grass or at the Child Care centre across the road.

9am service: Commissioning Service

Posted 14 October 2015, 11:00 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

On Sunday, 18th October, in the Redlands Church in Brisbane, our latest missionaries for the Solomon Islands are being commissioned.

Please join the Mission Workgroup in thanking the Lord for his gracious provision of GEOFF HUGHES, and his wife JAN, as Geoff takes up the responsibility of Director for our mission. With their backgrounds in business and education, a variety of leadership roles, and a deep desire to serve the Lord through serving the Christians and churches of the Solomons, Geoff and Jan will be our representatives in this poor but beautiful land. Please pray that, as they decide to put their retirement to a good and new use, God will be their strength.

In the same morning service, the new Mission Workgroup, established by Classis Queensland, will be commissioned for its support and management role. Jack Visser, Gary Vowles, Renee Flynn, Ingeborg de Ruysscher, Mark Flynn, Cor de Ruysscher and Jack de Vries, from various Brisbane churches,  will be pleased to receive the wonderful support that the retiring Tasmanian Workgroup has always valued from churches, individuals and families.   Praise God!

Peter van der Schoor( retiring chairman) 

Solomon Island Fundraising Morning Tea

Posted 14 October 2015, 10:57 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

A fundraising morning tea will be held after church on Sunday 18th October as part of Geoff & Jan’s commissioning service for their work in the Solomon Islands.

Are you able to help bake a slice or cake or help serve? You can use a favourite recipe and just bring the whole cake or slice to church for us to cut up and sell.

We will be selling slices with tea and coffee to help support the work Geoff & Jan will be doing at the SWIM base.

Come and purchase some tasty treats for a good cause.


5pm service: Why Sin Sucks!

Posted 14 October 2015, 10:54 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

One of the greatest privileges of living in Australia is fair workplace agreements. While many of us still complain, we should all recognize that compared to most of the world we have a pretty sweet deal when it comes to wages, employment terms, safety standards and powerful bodies to protect the rights of workers. In this next section of Exodus (5:10-21) we encounter some employment circumstances which blow the mind as the Israelites face extreme oppression and harsh treatment from their taskmasters under the directives of a cruel Pharaoh. The lesson to be learned, however, is not one to do with fair workplace agreements. Rather, God's word shows his people of all times that there is a cruel taskmaster who we need to watch out for in our lives. Who is he? How does he enslave us and what is the answer to our oppression? Please join us on Sunday evening to find out more. 

Bible Passage: Exodus 5:10-21

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

New SWIM Base Directors

Posted 7 October 2015, 10:40 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Geoff & Jan Hughes will be commissioned as Directors for the SWIM base during a worship service at Redlands Christian Reformed Church planned for Sunday 18 October 2015, starting at 9:00 am. 

We would be delighted if you could join us to celebrate this joyous occasion.

During this service, the new SWIM Base Support team will be introduced as well. 


Posted 7 October 2015, 10:38 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

A fundraising morning tea will be held after church on Sunday 18th October as part of Geoff & Jan’s Commissioning Service for their work in the Solomon Islands.

Are you able to help bake a slice or cake or help serve? You can use a favourite recipe and just bring the whole cake or slice into church for us to cut up and serve.

We will be selling slices with tea and coffee to help support the work Geoff & Jan will be doing at the SWIM base.

Please contact me if you are able to help on [email protected] and I will email you the details.

Jesus in a Box

Posted 22 September 2015, 3:22 PM by Jim de Witte. Permalink

 Preacher: Pastor Jim de Witte

Bible Reading: Mark 6:1-6

In Mark 6:6, we have this amazing statement that should cause us to stop in our tracks, "And he [Jesus] was amazes at their lack of faith." The context is the unbelief in him and the offense at him of the people in his home town of Nazareth. It is a sobering thing to have the very Son of God stand astonished at your unbelief! Are we at risk of unbelief? I think for most of us the danger is not overt unbelief, but the subtle unbelief of forgetfulness; familiarity that diminishes our awe. are we so familiar with church, Christianity and Jesus the Man that we completely miss or forget Jesus, the Son of God? The people of Nazareth thought they knew who Jesus was so they ended up asking disdainfully (as Eugene Petersen puts it), "Who does he think he is?" What about you? Have you put Jesus in a box, where you have it all worked out? The identity of Jesus is a consistent theme in Mark. In the gospel, we hear the opinions of the rulers, religious authorities, crowds, disciples and family members. For the author of Mark, the important question keeps coming around to "who do you, the reader, say Jesus is?"

Posted 16 September 2015, 4:57 PM by Jim de Witte. Permalink

The Touch of Faith

Bible Reading: Mark 5:21-43


What do you do when life seems to spiral out of control, when you become desperate and don't know where to turn? In the story today we have two desperate people coming to Jesus, one an outcast of society and one risking becoming an outcast (Synagogue rulers should have nothing to do with Jesus). in his fast-paced Gospel Mark records Jesus' divine power as he overcomes demons, heals disease, challenges ignorance and hatred, accepts outcasts and shows love to his enemies, even at the point of death. Mark is great at recording the reactions of people to Jesus: fear, faith, ridicule and so much more. At the centre of this story lies the challenge for those who come to Jesus to respond in  faith rather than fear. Today, two very different, but equally desperate, people are challenged to pout their faith into action as they bring their troubles to him. for both it took a huge amount of courage. What are the lessons we learn from the story? Find out as you join us on Sunday morning.

Praise and Worship Night

Posted 16 September 2015, 4:09 PM by Jim de Witte. Permalink

Praise and Worship Night

Everyone is invited to a special Praise and Worship night led by our wonderful musicians.

It will be this SUnday evening (20th September) at 5pm.

During the night we will come together in praise and prayer as we reflect on the love and grace of God.

Join us for this great night.

5pm service: Blessed are the Underdogs

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

Jesus preached a sermon on the godly underdog, we call it the "Beatitudes". You know how it goes, "blessed are the poor in spirit", "blessed are those who mourn" etc. Many people, whether you are a Christian or not, can relate to being marginalised, but Jesus wanted to address very real situations and he wants to offer a very specific hope. If you've ever wondered how these "Beatitudes" fit within your spiritual walk, here's an opportunity to find out!

Bible Passage: Matthew 5:1-12

Pastor: KJ Tromp - from Nerang Community Church


9am service: Jesus Can

Posted 9 September 2015, 9:08 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Two weeks ago we heard how Jesus proved his Lordship over creation as he calmed a violent storm at sea (Mark 4:35-41). This prompted those who saw it to ask the question: 'Who is this?' Indeed this is the central question the entire gospel of Mark poses to the reader. Who is this man Jesus? What do I do with him? Do I ignore him? Do I accept him? Thankfully Mark gives us much to consider as our minds are made up or as we are reminded of who Jesus is. This Sunday we'll look at the next bit of evidence Mark presents us with. It involves the calming of another storm, but a very different kind of storm... Please join us. 

Bible Passage: Mark 5: 1-20

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

Gems. Tribe, G-Force Celebration

Posted 2 September 2015, 9:20 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Gems, Tribe, G-Force Celebration 

Prayer Meeting

Posted 2 September 2015, 9:16 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Every Thursday night a small group meets to pray for the church community and the world. This coming Thursday (3rd September) we would invite you to come along and join us in prayer for these things. We would also like to come together as a church family to pray more specifically for Damien Watson, who commences his Key Truda treatment for his melanomas, and for Jenny du Plessis, who has undergone delicate nerve transplants in her hands. For Damien we pray that the treatment will be used by God to push back the cancer and for Jenny we pray that the surgery will be successful and eventually give her better movement in her hands.

Join us at 7pm on Thursday.


9am service: Our Loving Father

Posted 2 September 2015, 8:48 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 The term “father” generates different feelings in all of us. We all have Fathers. The truth is, there are some great fathers, some ordinary fathers, and some terrible father. While we acknowledge this about fathers today we won’t be focussing on the way fathers fail but we will look the most wonderful Father of them all. Over 50 times Jesus pointed to ‘our Father’ or ‘your Father’ and that should excite us. How has this father shown his love for us? What can we learn from his actions? How can we be encouraged and blessed by his love for us? 1 John 3 gives us a beautiful picture of that love that has been heaped on us. Today we will receive and celebrate that love.

Bible Passage: 1 John 3:1-3

Pastor: Jim de Witte

Breakfast - Saturday 5th September

Posted 1 September 2015, 9:22 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

You are all invited to a free breakfast this Saturday, 5 September at 8:30am at church.  The breakfast is hosted by the Deaconate and the aim of the breakfast meeting is to:

  • Bring the different ministries of mercy under the attention of the wider congregation
  • Determine needs and concerns of the ministries
  • Find ways in which we could support these ministries and find volunteers to assist where needed
  • Find ways in which we could encourage awareness and concern for others.

It would be great if we could establish a care program in which every family is connected and we are able to respond to needs that arise within the congregation, and to get people involved in the different ministries of mercy. 

Please come along and help us to care for people in need.

To ensure we have enough food, please RSVP to:

Jan:  0423 539 432

Renee:  0400 717 694

Linda:  0402 768 662

Email:  [email protected]


5pm Service: Sons of Korah

Posted 1 September 2015, 9:11 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Sons Of Korah flyer 

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