Real Community: Unity

Date 29th May 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Romans 12:14-16

In John 17 Jesus prayed for the church. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. But really, as we look at the church and the pressures that are applied we have to question whether this is

Real Community: Love

Date 22nd May 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Romans 12 : 1 - 8

LOVE. It’s sung about, spoken about, written about, acted out in numerous different ways. For different people it can mean very different things- for some people love is equated to lust, for others, a strong liking. But generally our definitions and experiences of love are self focused. But for the follower of Jesus, knowing the

Who Should Lead Church?

Date 15th May 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Acts 20:13-38 + 1 Peter 5:1-4

At the moment we are calling for nominations for the office of elder in the church. So this Sunday we want to look at eldership in the New Testament. Who are these people, how are they called, what is their role, and what qualifications should we look for as we nominate men to serve? It’s

The Gospel in the City

Date 08th May 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Acts 19: 8 - 20

No doubt the Redlands is a great and blessed place to live in. It is comfortable, clean, affluent. If you could be born anywhere in the world, few places would be as attractive as here. But the reality is that underneath it all the Redlands is as sick as any other community in the world,

The Gospel at Work

Date 01st May 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Acts 16:1-11

There seem to be so many barriers to people becoming Christians. People are too comfortable, they don’t need God. People love their sin, who would want to give it up (we don’t want to, and we know the grace of God). And giving up a sleep in on a Sunday morning, really? But despite all

Everything is New

Date 22nd April 2011  by Cilnton Berends  Bible passage Matthew 27:45-56

Did anyone really know on that first Good Friday, what was going on? Did people understand the significance of Jesus’ death on the cross? While at the time it might not have been clear, God left some pretty powerful signs for the world that this death was more than just an ‘injustice’ or a ‘mistake’

What’s the Kingdom of God?

Date 17th April 2011  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Mark 1:14-20

Whenever the queen visits Australia, many of us may wonder: ‘what’s it like living in a kingdom?’ or ‘what’s it like having a king?’ It’s something we Aussies are not really familiar with, are we? In fact, most Aussies probably dread the idea of living under a king. We find, however, that Easter – a

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

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