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The New City Catechism

Catechism. For some, the word probably brings back memories of long afternoons and laborious learning. For others, times of biblically rich instruction. For most, it probably only conjures up confusion. What is ‘catechism’? And why does it matter? The word ‘catechism’ comes from the Greek word katechein which means “to teach orally or to instruct by word of mouth”. In the past, documents were written to summarise Christian doctrine and to serve as a tool for Christian growth and instruction, particularly among young people. These documents were written in the form of questions and answers, and were called catechisms. For example, the first question and answer of the Heidelberg Catechism, a wonderfully rich summary of the Christian faith and one of the doctrinal standards of BPCC, is: Question 1: What is your only comfort in life and death? Answer: That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul,...
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Extraordinarily Ordinary

I’m fascinated by newspaper headlines. It’s odd, I know. But I actually think they provide insight into our culture and the times in which we live. In particular, I’m amazed at the proliferation of words like “shocking”, “scandalous”, “explosive” or “sensational”. Everything, it seems, is ‘breaking news’, which we must simply must read. And I get it; newspapers get paid when people read the news. But it speaks to something deeper that the tactics employed (and which presumably work) to make this happen are to titillate and sensationalise. The ordinary reporting of the facts is no longer enough (if it ever was); we need a side of scandal and sensationalism. The tragic result, however, of engorging ourselves on a diet of the extraordinary is that we no longer have an appetite for the ordinary. And Christians are certainly not immune. This is why I was so encouraged recently by an article...
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A Powerful Witness

Sometimes I wonder how I can possibly make known the love and reality of Jesus to others. I mean, what is the best way to share the good news of Jesus with those in our circles of influence? How can we show them that Jesus really is the Son of God and that he really does love them? How can we plug them into this reality? Because the truth is that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus is not some fairy-tale, it is a real, historical event. It is an event that changed everything. And we at BPCC want people to know this and come to understand that they can be reconciled to their Creator and Heavenly Father.  One way that we can point others to this reality is actually by the way that we love one another in the church! Jesus taught this in the Gospel of John: ‘A...
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Reflections on Youth Camp

Last weekend was our annual Youth Camp- we were up at Caloundra with 70 youth and leaders from our church and other Reformed churches around SEQ. We had an awesome time, with heaps of fun, inspiring messages, and great worship. Our activities included Tribal games, a beach afternoon, glowstick night games, and plenty of time to connect and spend time together. There were a lot of highlights from camp (we’ll be sharing photos with you soon!), but what stood out to me the most was how naturally the youth from all the churches bonded together- for most of the weekend virtually every group of people I saw had youth from multiple churches! I’m sure that the friendships made here will remain and grow through the Assemblies we also run with those churches.  We had some great teaching on Psalm 19 over the weekend- KJ Tromp from Nerang church spoke on Friday...
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A note from Pastor John

In our Worship Service coming Sunday morning, a significant event will take place for both Pastor Adam, and our church family. Adam will be formally ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament. This formal classification is how our denomination describes ministers who have completed theological studies and passed relevant denominational exams. Having met all of these requirements, Adam will be ordained, and takes a major step into his forthcoming role as Senior Pastor once I retire from formal ministry in due course. This Sunday also brings us to the end of our current sermon series The Essentials—Getting to the Heart of Christianity. In this five-part series we studied the five slogans that defined the sixteenth century Reformation of the Christian Church. The Reformation impacted the whole of Christendom and this year marks the 500th year since a monk by the name of Martin Luther unintentionally, sparked this history making movement....
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