A Different Kind of King

Date 17th April 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Matthew 21:1-11

It’s pretty fair to say that we don’t think much about royalty in our day. Sure, there is a bit of hype around an upcoming royal wedding, but royalties impact on our daily life is quite insignificant. But this wasn’t the case in the time of the New Testament, in fact for much of the

Responding to Easter

Date 10th April 2011  by John Hoogenhout - Pastor for Bray Park Community Church  Bible passage Matthew 27:11-26

Have you ever wondered what was going through the minds of those witnessing Jesus in the week prior to his crucifixion? Imagine you were in the crowd? You heard Pilate question Jesus and debate with the chief priests and elders. What would you be thinking? What would you have said had you been asked for

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Date 10th April 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Matthew 26:36-46

Throughout the sermons in Acts we saw a common teaching that Jesus suffered and died at the hands of evil men, but also according to the plan of God. But why was it so necessary for Jesus to die, couldn’t God have just waved a magic wand? This Sunday we start heading towards Easter with

Living with a Faithful God

Date 03rd April 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Psalm 46

Certainty. It’s not that easy to find. In families, in careers, in finances, in sports. Even in the church. Sometimes the most adequate words to describe our world and our lives are words like: turmoil, change, uncertainty, chaos. The Bible affirms this too, that in the world and in life there is tremendous uncertainty and

Acts: Grace at Work

Date 27th March 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Acts 15:1-35

The good news of Jesus is good news of God’s grace (unmerited favour) to sinners and the church. But this week in Acts we are going to come to two challenges to that grace, both in the forms of how it applies to individuals, and how it operates in the church. And we’ll see that

Acts: The World is a Different Place

Date 20th March 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Acts 13:16-48

Isn’t it amazing that good news can both exciting and scary all at the same time? Like when you first hear that you are having a baby, or that you have been offered your first job, or that the offer on your first home has been accepted. Its both incredibly exciting, and somewhat terrifying all

Acts: Breaking Barriers

Date 13th March 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Acts 10:1-11

There are few things worse than being written off. Too slow. Too old. Too young. Too inexperienced. These labels put a barrier up and are all about exclusion. As we go through the book of Acts we have been seeing that when it comes to the gospel, what once were barriers, are barriers no more.

Dealing with Division

Date 06th March 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Acts 6:1-7

Dealing with Division: Every family knows the reality of difficulties and friction. It seems to be whenever you get people living together in close proximity there are bound to be some issues. The same is true in the church, even in the early church. This Sunday we come to Acts 6:1-7, which has the potential,

Acts: On Fire, Under Fire

Date 06th March 2011  by David Groenenboom  Bible passage Acts 5:12-42

On Fire, Under Fire. One of the challenges about reading Acts is coming face to face with the sheer amount of opposition the people faced. This passage is another point of tension – to put it mildly – between the NT church and the leaders of the Jewish faith. Amazing things happen, and God is

Acts: Does God Require Perfection?

Date 27th February 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Acts 5:1-11

Someone commented to me in the last week “I want to belong to the church of Acts 2.” And it seems very attractive, like they had no problems, and everyone was included, and exciting things we always happening. What’s not to love? And then we hit Acts 5, and all of a sudden it get

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SOLA SCRIPTURE: What does the Bible mean to you?

Date: 08 October 2017, 09:10 by Load Audio & Video

On the 31st October 1517, Martin Luther mailed his 95 theses onto the church door in Wittenberg. He had no idea that his actions would change the course of history. He hoped to spark debate about church practices he considered corrupt. Instead he ignited a revolution whose flames burn bright to this day. Michael Reeves and

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SOLA FIDE: Footsteps of Faith

Date: 22 October 2017, 09:10 by Load Audio & Video

What does it mean when people or Christians say that we are justified by faith alone?   Does this Biblical truth give you comfort or does it confuse you?    You might believe this truth, but do your actions prove otherwise?  This morning Pastor Jack De Vries will consider ‘by faith alone’ (sola fidein Latin) as we

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A Ferocious Army

Date: 11 September 2016, 17:09 by aiims

We all love a good story. A good story can be retold over and over again and it never gets boring. A good movie can be watched again because the story captivates you. As we continue with the account of the 10 plagues in Exodus we get to the story of the locust plague that

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Hot Topics: Is My Thinking/Conscience Correct? – Part 1

Date: 16 August 2015, 17:08 by aiims

In recent weeks our church had a series of messages on socially sensitive issues such as abortion, refugees and gender equality etc. The larger Australian community is also currently debating on same sex marriage and whether a conscience vote is appropriate for our politicians. In a democracy everyone is entitled to their opinion but how

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Do Justice

Date: 25 November 2012, 09:11 by aiims

Do you ‘Do Justice’? This is not asking whether you want justice, but whether you act justly. Just think for a moment about how mad you got when somebody treated you unfairly. I’m sure you all have a story to tell and you might still get angry just thinking about it. God says…get that angry…not

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