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Bray Park Community Church

Words of thought from our Church Team

The Blessing of Baptism

At our 6PM service this Sunday our dear brother Ric Cottrell will be baptised. Ric started coming to BPCC in 2013, and since then he has become a much-loved member of our community and, more importantly, a member of God’s forever family. So, let me encourage you to come along and join with the angels in heaven (Luke 15:10) as we celebrate God’s grace and mercy to Ric through the death & resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. In light of Ric’s baptism, I thought it might be timely to remind ourselves exactly what baptism is and why it is a blessing from God. The website of the Christian Reformed Churches of North America (https://www.crcna.org) tells us: “…this sacrament (baptism) is much more than a mere symbol of being united with Christ, or a testimony of one’s personal faith, or the dedication of a child to God. The sacrament of baptism...
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Welcome One Another

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. (Romans 15:7)   A couple of weeks ago Pastor John gave us all a gentle reminder about the importance of welcoming one another—especially on a Sunday, and especially those who are visiting or new among us. You might think the Bible has nothing to say about something so seemingly small as greeting people. But you’d be wrong. The Bible has lots to say about the importance of hospitality (love for strangers) and greeting one another with love and concern.    Romans 15:7 (above) is just one example (see also Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:2; 1 Peter 4:9; 3 John 8). What stands out to me in this verse is that when we welcome one another, we glorify God. Normally when I think about activities that glorify God, I think of singing, or preaching, or prayer. Those are the...
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Easter demonstrates God’s love for you personally.

The weeks leading into Easter are known as Lent, and many followers of Jesus use this time to intentionally self-examine their lives. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom.5:8) The following short meditation from Max Lucado helps us focus on ways Jesus’ death and resurrection has given us new life. Saturated in Love Where God’s love is there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear. (1Jn.4:18) We fear rejection, so we follow the crowd.  We fear not fitting in, so we take the drugs.  For fear of standing out, we wear what everyone else wears.  For fear of blending in, we wear what no one else wears.  For fear of sleeping alone, we sleep with anyone.  For fear of not being loved, we search for love in all the wrong places.  But God flushes those...
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We Can make a Difference

I am sure that most of you heard about the atrocity that happened in Syria this week. In a chemical attack, more than 70 lives (including children and babies) have been lost and hundreds injured. Images of parents rushing their children into hospitals, a father holding his 21-month-old twin daughters, lifeless, in his arms; they are seared into my conscious. There is a part of me that is so devastated and overwhelmed that I think there is nothing I can do. But as I say a silent prayer for hope for these people, I am reminded that I can make a difference and that God has called me to be a part of His ‘making all things new’. (Rev 21:5a ‘And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new."’) Rather than thinking we can make little difference, know that God can use us (collectively) to make a...
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Looking Forward to Term Two

Welcome to the new month of April, in which we remember and celebrate Easter. Easter is the most significant event in the Christian faith! It is also the event Jesus told his followers to remember and celebrate (cf. Luke 22:14-20). Special services will be held Good Friday 9.00AM and Easter Sunday 9.00AM followed by our Easter on the Lawn celebration to which we invite our community. Invitation cards are available from the Connection Centre for you to share with friends and neighbours. Please take advantage of this opportunity to promote God’s love for His world this Easter.   We also come to the end of Term One for our schools. Can you believe how quickly time moves along? As we gear up for Term Two, a number of exciting Wednesday Night Growth Courses are planned. In this News Letter you will find further information. Please use the relevant courses to invite...
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