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Christmas Trees

Is your Christmas tree up yet? If it was up to our youngest daughter, our tree would have gone up weeks ago, but others in our family are adamant you aren’t even allowed to mention Christmas until December. Our neighbours spend a lot of time and energy (and money) putting up amazing lights and decorations at Christmas time, and of course, they started back in October! One house in particular has a really big Christmas tree made entirely of lights. It’s so bright and tall that we can see it from our back veranda, even though it’s quite a distance away. It’s beautiful. We’ve spent the last few weeks of Kidz Church talking about Christmas trees. We’ve talked about the lights, the ornaments, the tinsel, and of course, the star. Each element teaches us something about Jesus and His love for us. When a bulb burns out on a string of...
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Man over Matter?

To me, our world sometimes seems like a pendulum, swinging from one extreme to the next. There was a time when the pendulum swung towards globalisation and free trade between countries (especially after WWII). In the last year or so, however, we have seen nationalist (more protective) movements gaining momentum, such as, the election of Trump and the decision for Brexit in Great Britain. It almost seems like our world is constantly reactive, rather than proactive. We throw the baby out with the bath-water when things don’t seem to be going well. Thankfully, as Christians, we have the Bible. The beauty of the Scriptures is that they contain timeless truth, and we can anchor our lives according to this truth in each and every season, fad and era of this world. Our world has not only swung to extremes in the arena of economics and politics, but also in the natural...
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Reflections on my first year at BPCC

Exactly one year ago today was my first day at BPCC—wow, it has gone fast! Reflecting on the year that has been, I have learnt a lot, been challenged a lot, laughed a lot, grown a lot, and enjoyed it a lot! There are a couple of things, though, that have really stood out to me about BPCC as I reflect on the year. We have an awesome community. From the first time that I visited BPCC, I’ve been struck by the strong sense of family and unity that we have in our church, and when I moved up I was immediately welcomed and accepted—which was a huge blessing, having moved away from all my family and friends! And throughout this past year the community has been a great encouragement and help to myself personally and to our Youth Ministry. There are so many people who have cheerfully helped me out...
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Our Children and Lord’s Supper

Whenever we partake in the Lord’s Supper, it is a special moment. The Lord’s Supper is one of only two sacraments (means of grace) given to us by Jesus (the other being baptism). It is momentous because the Lord Jesus meets us visibly and vitally at His Table. But perhaps you’ve wondered: Should our children come to the Table? Should they too receive the Lord’s Supper? This is a good question. In order to clarify our position, we have prepared a positon statement on this very question, most of which can be found below. For the full paper, head over to the church website at: www.bpcc.com.au/grow/resources. What is the Lord’s Supper?Jesus Christ instituted what is known as the Lord’s Supper (Matt. 26:26–30; Mark 14:22–26; Luke 22:19–20). He commanded that all Christians should eat bread and drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of him and his death, and all that it...
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What is the Church?

I have often asked myself this one question: ‘What is the Church’? In fact, I find myself thinking about this often. What really is the Church? What should we look like? Are we at BPCC a faithful expression of the Scripture’s teaching on the Church? One ingredient that I think is absolutely essential for us to be the Church is mission. We are to have a sense of mission as the people of God. We’re not meant to be static and inward, but an outward-oriented movement! A movement that is energetically and prayerfully seeking to tell others the good news about Jesus. In doing this, we are to welcome people into our community and teach them how to follow him faithfully. We are to model the Christian life for them, and point them to the Scriptures. We are to make disciples. And funnily enough, this is at the core of our...
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