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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



Prayer

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

 



Separation

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



9am service: Friend of Sinners

Posted 21 May 2014, 8:56 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Have you ever wondered if you were good enough for God? There are a lot of people who stay away from God because they figure they are just not good enough for him. But what if you didn’t have to be good enough for God? What if God took care of that for you? What if God called sinners to himself rather than perfect people? That’s what this passage in Mark 2 is all about. Jesus calls sinners. And that is good news. Jesus meets with and calls Levi, a tax collector, a despised traitor, a sinner to follow him. Levi responds and even throws a party for fellow sinners at which Jesus is the host. In response to criticism from the Pharisees Jesus gives one of the most profound gospel statements in verse 17, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the “righteous” (i.e., the self-righteous) but “sinners” (i.e., not merely people who refuse to carry out the details of the law but those who are alienated from the life of God)’. Jesus’ call is to salvation, to a change a heart and life. Levi responded to this gospel call, have you?

Bible Passage: Mark 2:13-17

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: Satisfaction Guaranteed

Posted 14 May 2014, 6:16 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 

We live in a restless and dissatisfied culture. All of us feel a restlessness in our soul. It is that longing for something that will satisfy. Something that is so real, so authentic that when we find it our soul will be at rest. It what makes advertisers rich as they feed into that thirst, that restlessness. They make us dissatisfied with the car we drive, with the way we look or smell. If we buy this or that product then life will be better. This restlessness is not something new, it’s been around for thousands of years. Go back to King Solomon. He literally had everything the world had to offer at his disposal. He had wisdom, power, riches and pleasure but in Ecclesiastes he writes about the emptiness of it all. His father, King David, knew what it takes to be satisfied and he wrote about it in Psalm 63. In this psalm he talks about what ultimately satisfies. He thirsted for God and found satisfaction and security in knowing God personally, calling Him ‘my God’. If we wish to experience God in this deeply personal way we need to follow David’s lead. We too need to take every opportunity to turn our thoughts and our praise to God, and allow His presence to sustain us, like it did for David.

Pastor: Jim de Witte

Bible Passage: Psalm 63



9am service: Worship - How and Why?

Posted 14 May 2014, 6:14 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 "True worship [of God] is the highest and noblest activity of which man, by the grace of God, is capable" - John Stott. If what John Stott says is true, then we will do well to ask ourselves the following questions: 'how do we worship God' and 'why is worshipping him the noblest activity of which we are capable of'? This Sunday morning we'll explore the answer to these questions as we look at Psalm 95. Please join us.

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

Bible Passage: Psalm 95



Small Group Leaders Coffee

Posted 13 May 2014, 10:16 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 

Small group leaders, you are warmly invited to a morning tea this Saturday, 17 May, 8:30am - 10:00am at church. We hope to debrief the last few months of small groups, discuss some resources for you to use as a group and pray for each other. 



5pm Cafe Style service: How to be Happy 2

Posted 30 April 2014, 6:28 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

One of the things most human beings have in common is the desire to be truly happy. We want to live lives that are satisfying, meaningful and which matter. The key question, however, is how to achieve that? Last Sunday we looked at the first part of what Psalm 119:9-16 has to say about this this question. This Sunday we'll finish it off as we look at the second part. Please join us.

Bible Passage: Psalm 119:9-16

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



9am service: Curse and Hope

Posted 30 April 2014, 6:26 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This morning I want to deal with two concepts: CURSE and HOPE.

Genesis 3 tells of the intensely sad event when our first parents, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God and in so doing brought untold misery upon the created reality.

The message of Easter is that Jesus has overcome the evil one and that the curse of sin is lifted from all those who turn to Christ in faith.

Even though God’s people still sin, the condemnation of the curse has been removed! Freedom and forgiveness is theirs!

But even though Christ’s saving work includes the liberation of the whole of created reality, the waiting is for the return of our Lord, only then will we see the full reality of what Easter means. The new heaven and the new earth will become a reality.

That is what we hope for. And that hope is a certainty of the promises of God, an absolute certainty. 

Bible Passage: Genesis 3:8-11; 16-19   Romans 8:18-25

Pastor: Keith Warren



Good Friday and Easter Sunday services @ 9am

Posted 16 April 2014, 9:38 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Following Jesus to the Cross: Darkness and Light


John Stott once wrote: "The fact of suffering undoubtedly constitutes the single greatest challenge to the Christian faith, and has been in every generation." John Stott is talking about 'darkness'. The darkness of human suffering we each face in our own lives in varying degrees, ways, shapes and forms. And while our darkness confronts us with many questions, one of them seems to always rise above the rest: How do we overcome it? How do we get into the light? 

Please join us on both Good Friday and Easter Sunday as we encounter the answer to this life defining question.  

Bible Passages: Mark 15: 25-39 (Friday) and Mark 16:9-20 (Sunday)

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



Solomon Islands Container Packing

Posted 11 April 2014, 9:20 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Remember we will be packing the next container on Saturday morning the 12th of April. All welcome to lend a hand . We will be loading At McRoyal and Clendon Sts., Wacol.

Any questions ring Wayne on 32883592.

 

Any questions ring Wayne on 32883592.



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