From Our Team

Bray Park Community Church

Words of thought from our Church Team

Two are better than one

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil’. Ecclesiastes 4:9. I was encouraged to see the fruit of our church working together last Saturday (at the October Baby movie night). I saw a group of individuals come together and use their talent and time to produce a wonderful Café and Movie experience. Individually there were; bakers, cleaners, decorators, hosts, welcomers, organisers, baristas, sound operators and audio visual operators. It was evident they had ‘good reward for their toil’ and God was glorified through it. Further, we were able to bless the ‘Priceless Life’ organisation with proceeds made from the night. I love seeing the church work as a team doing something like this! As God’s word says; we are a body of believers whom God has composed. The body has parts that serve different purposes and when individuals (parts) work as a body we are able...
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Healthy Homes

Hi Church. I’m really excited about the current AM series “Healthy Homes”.  When the idea was first put forward in a meeting, I immediately started thinking about whether Kidz Church could go along with something similar. Then I started looking in the Bible for good examples of family life and strong parenting. Hmmm, let’s see. I didn’t have to get far before I discovered that the Bible is actually full of stories of imperfect humans making poor decisions and seemingly getting the whole ‘family life’ thing wrong. There’s murder, incest, cheating, lying, adultery….the list goes on. Perhaps you find these Biblical stories disappointing. Or perhaps, like me, you find them encouraging. You see, we live as fallen people, in a fallen world. God has given us free will and unfortunately with that comes bad choices and selfish attitudes. But family is an integral area of our life that God desperately wants...
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BPCC MEN: World War 2, High-School and Motorbikes

As I write this, it is the morning after our BPCC MEN gathering (which was on Wednesday night), and what a great night it was! We had amazing gourmet burgers and great coffee (thanks Phil, Geoff & Men & Mates guys), excellent live music (thanks Pieter, Dave and Craig) and we heard the stories of men from all different stages of life (thanks Ben, Troy, Gunther and Jack). As I listened to each of the guys share their story I couldn’t help but think of Psalm 145:4 where it says “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” This was really the heartbeat of the night as both young and old shared testimonies of the goodness of God, through all of the ups and downs of life. We heard stories about World War 2 resistance efforts, life-changing moments in high school, motorcycle accidents and the...
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A Life of Service

Our current AM Church sermon series is based on the New Testament book of Galatians, and the thrust of this book is freedom – freedom in Christ because of what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross and through his resurrection. Galatians 2:16 tells us: Faith in Jesus Christ is what makes us right with God. As I’ve reflected on this biblical truth this week, I realised the freedom I’ve received in Christ is more than just being rescued from the punishment of sin… but this freedom brings me into God’s family. I am His child. I have a new identity, a new orientation. This is so for ALL who believe in Jesus Christ. If you are a Christian, you are a child of the Living God and He has you in His family… to be a difference maker! As I’m writing this blog early on Wednesday morning, I...
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GEMS

This past fortnight at GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting their Saviour) Our primary aged girls ministry at BPCC. I was reminded of the importance of adults who ‘stand in the gap’ for our young people. Over the past year one of our GEMS has been living in a foster situation. We have really seen her grow and change and develop a new found confidence in who she is. Sadly for us, but a positive step for her, is that she will not be returning to GEMS as she is moving back to be with her own family. One thing I am very grateful for is that over the past year, she has had adults stand in the gap for her. People who have provided her with basic needs and more importantly love and care. She has also had the GEMS team stand in the gap for her spiritually. This past year at...
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BPCC CADET NEWS

We have had another great year at Cadets, we regularly have 25 boys attending on a Thursday night. For those of you that don’t know Cadets is for boys from grade 2 to grade 6. We meet on a Thursday night to play games, and learn about God and how good He is to us. The boys have the opportunity to earn badges, to learn more about God’s Word, God’s World, and God’s Gifts. We have a number of camps throughout the year and try and get in a couple of activities like hiking or bike riding as well. The Cadet motto is ‘Living For Jesus’ which is something we try and show the boys by our actions and words, it is not just enough to say these words we have to live them out as well. To emphasise this, we have a theme and a mission every year. This year’s...
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Stay Available

Hey Church! I hope you are all well. I have been thinking a lot about evangelism lately and the role that Christ has for each one of us to play. One of the things that lead me to be thinking about this topic is the series that we are doing in Fusion Young Adults called 'Multiply'. It's a discipleship series and the last topic was on the 'Global Church'. It was such an interesting topic and it really opened my eyes to the fact that there are many people groups that have never heard the gospel which we so dearly treasure. This really blew my mind. It got me wondering, who is looking out for these people? Is anyone going to put their hand up to pack up their bags and preach the gospel to these nations? I mean Jesus commanded us in Matthew 28:19 to make disciples of all nations;...
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Things don’t always plan out the way you hope

Carla and I have just returned from two weeks leave. We try to get away with our caravan every mid-year, we love it! Usually Carla’s sister and brother-in-law come with us with their caravan. The first week of our trip was great! Travelled through northern NSW, caught up with friends from church for a few nights who were camping as well. All was going wonderfully! The second week our brother-in-law’s chronic back problem resulted in him being taken by ambulance to hospital – he was transferred to Brisbane and underwent surgery on Wednesday this week(discectomy). You can imagine our plans were seriously altered! But that’s not the end of it… I also spent most a day in hospital on a drip receiving medication to fix the atrial-fibrillation (heart) episode that really knocked me around. Why do I tell you this? Simply to point out no-one is in control of their life...
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Kidz Church News

A BIG thank you to everyone who has been busy collecting and donating items for our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. The children will have plenty of lovely items to choose from when they pack the shoeboxes at Kidz Church next Sunday 8th Sept. Please, if you have been waiting to bring your donations in, we do need them to the church office by Friday 6th Sept. All of our children have also prepared an "All about me" letter and a small craft item to go into the box as well, for a personal touch:) Excitement has been building all term and we look forward to making lots of special memories next Sunday when we pack and pray over these boxes. As mentioned previously, each box requires $9 for postage and handling costs so any financial contributions will be gratefully accepted. There will be opportunity to give for this appeal in early...
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Expectations... And Behaviour

I’m sitting in my office reflecting on the sermon from last Sunday. Clear in my mind is the illustration that pastor John used when it comes to EXPECTATIONS ……………. And BEHAVIOUR. We have a choice; we can “Believe the best” or “assume the worst”. It is a matter of choice. I got to thinking of the many choices we make in life. I can choose love;      to let the love of God flow through me to touch the lives of others.I can choose joy;       sometimes the circumstances in life may make it difficult to be joyful but I need to remember that I still do have a choice as to how I think or act.I choose peace;         the opposite of peace is war or maybe just a troubled mind. To be at peace with one’s self and others is a choice.I choose patience;     this choice comes up quite often. Waiting for...
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New Website / Online Giving

As most of you are probably aware we recently launched a BRAND NEW WEBSITE (www.bpcc.com.au)! We are extremely pleased with the new site as it is clear, up-to-date and reflective of who we are as a church family. We hope that you will take the time to have a tour and familiarize yourself with the new site. You will notice that the website is organized around our strategy: CONNECT – GROW – SERVE – GO. This was an intentional decision so as to make clear the pathway of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and a member of His church. CONNECT will have information on ways that you can connect to the Church while GROW has the avenues available for you to grow in your walk with Jesus at BPCC. SERVE and GO will show you the opportunities available to serve at BPCC and to get on...
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Two things… elder nominations & I’m after some advice…

Elder nominations Church Council is seeking nominations for elders from our members. The practice in our church is that elders serve a term of three years on Church Council. The biblical criteria for elders is given to us in 1Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9. Please forward nominations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sunday 25 August. I’m after some advice When it comes to asking for help, some of us are reluctant to do this – why do you think that is? I’ve wrestled with this, and to be honest, I still do. I think we like to consider ourselves ‘self-sufficient’ and ‘competent’ when we nut things out ourselves. My upbringing led me to conclude (wrongly), those who ask for help are a little weak. I’ve had to un-learn that… asking for help is actually healthy. Seeking advice is biblical. The wise listen to advice. (Pr.12:15)Plans are established by seeking advice. (Pr.20:18) Help with promotions...
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Helping & Equipping Families

Hello church family – let me share with you the conviction Church Leadership has to helping and equipping families tackle the challenges we face in today’s world. I’m sure you’ll agree with us, family life is hard work at times! For example: Staying in love and being happy in marriage ‘till-death-do-us-part.’ Raising children to reach their full God-given potential. Handling conflict. Families facing storms and heartbreak. Etc… So… our commitment to you is that we will teach and provide resources to help families grow and flourish! Here’s what we’re doing for the rest of the year: Right now we’re in an AM Church Sermon Series called Staying In Love (this series starts in Café Church 11 August). There’s something in us that craves a relationship with that one special someone who knows us like no one else – we want to share life with, do life with, & finish life with...
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I thought you were supposed to be a Christian?

Maybe someone has said that to you before: "I thought you were supposed to be a Christian?" Maybe you have thought that about someone else before. Either way, it is a very common accusation levelled at Christians; that their lives do not line up with their beliefs, or simply, that they are hypocrites. In fact, a recent Australian study (http://olivetreemedia.com.au/the-apologetics-series.aspx) revealed that the number 2 "blockage" for people to come to Church was because of alleged hypocrisy amongst church leaders and people in the pews. Hypocrisy is a legitimate concern for those outside the church and in our schools and workplaces. Luckily, it was also a legitimate concern for Jesus. Jesus had some harsh words for those who indulged in hypocrisy. In Matthew 6 Jesus condemns the way the Pharisees pray ostentatiously in public and make a big scene of their giving and fasting. Jesus calls them hypocrites, which actually means...
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Worship

QUEENSLANDER! QUEENSLANDER! QUEENSLANDER! I heard the Queensland fans roar with passion and excitement during Wednesday night’s game. Even in my own lounge room the passion from the Queensland supports was electric, authentic, and heartfelt! As I watched the game and the spectators, I marvelled at the passion I witnessed. I marvelled at the ‘worship’ that poured forth from the fans. The word ‘worship’ is derived from the Old English worthscipe, meaning worthiness or worth-ship-to give. Simply, it means to give worth to something or someone. During the State of Origin game, people were clearly giving much worth to the game, and to the team they support. It got me thinking about how we worship or ascribe worth to God and reminded me of the story of David dancing before the LORD in 2 Samuel 6. Scripture tells us that when the Ark of the LORD was returned to Jerusalem, King David...
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Christ is Enough

I've just returned from a massive week at Hillsong Conference in Sydney. The theme was "This Is Revival", and it's safe to say I feel very revived, and ready for the last half of 2013. If you've never been I would highly recommend you attend the 2014 Conference. I was reminded throughout the week that Christ is enough (this also happens to be a new Hillsong song). We often lose focus and think, "God, if only I had this I'd be a better Christian...", or "God can you please give me this"... Christ is enough. I was challenged throughout the week, and am now challenging you, to stop needing our wants, and to thank God for wanting to meet our needs. God sent Jesus to meet out biggest need, the need for a Saviour. I truly thank God for that! "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only...
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Help for dashed hopes

Each week I receive a devotional thought written by Max Lucado and I thought I would like to share some of his thoughts with you.

Have you ever wondered why we have so many stories in the Bible of people who feel their life has reached a hopeless situation and they are seeking help from outside themselves?

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Mid Year mark

Hi Church

This coming weekend sees us hit the mid-year mark! Can you believe half of 2013 will be behind us? I’m hoping you are all keeping well physically and spiritually as we balance the many responsibilities we face in this hurry-up world we’re living in. I’ve been thinking about our Sunday Worship Services and the sermons our preaching team preach: Are they helping us in our busy lives to stay focused on what’s important and close to our Lord and Leader Jesus Christ? In other words: Are our services and sermons helpful?

Our current sermon series in AM Church is focusing on the life and ministry of the Old Testament character Elijah – the no-nonsense, uncultured, unsophisticated prophet of God who has the bedside manner of John Wayne! I like the man! So far we’ve been reminded through studying his life: (1) to stand up for right; (2) to stay the course – choose to ‘turn right’ when life’s challenges take you into a ‘T-intersection.’ Coming Sunday we see how absolutely true this fact is: God is boss! He is in charge and He is in control. My prayer is that from knowing more about Elijah, you and I will make the latter half of 2013 go better!

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Carols 2013

Hello Church,

It feels too soon, but planning for Carols 2013 has begun! I find it a joy to be involved in organising the Carols services. As we plan for and prepare for this year’s Carols event, I am increasingly aware that I need people to come along side me (and Caroline) to get the ball rolling.

Last year I remember asking Madeleine Schoeman if she would be interested in helping with the decorations. I knew she was busy with Roux (her then four year old son who was in the middle of cancer treatment). Her immediate answer was “Yes I’d love to help again. I was hoping you would ask me”! I was so encouraged by her enthusiastic response; still I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t be too much with her busy schedule. I still remember her reply, it was something along the lines of “I love decorating and I love having the opportunity to help in my church by doing it…”

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Heaven or Earth?

As I was studying for our current PM sermon series through the book of Colossians recently (“Jesus + Nothing = Everything”), I re-discovered an earth-shattering, paradigm-shifting and life-changing truth. This little but powerful truth is so simple, yet it is also so easily forgotten. And because it is so easily forgotten I believe it is the reason that so many of us struggle to make sense of our walk with Jesus and the accompanying joys and responsibilities.

The truth I am talking about is simply this: as a redeemed Christ-follower you and I are no longer citizens of earth but we are right now citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20; Eph.2:9; Col. 3:3). Simple huh? But so profound and practical! Let me explain.

When you and I are born into this world we are naturally citizens of earth. We are born in sin as part of a race that has rebelled against its Creator (Psalm 51). Our sinful physical birth means that we are spiritually dead. This is why Jesus says to Nicodemus “you must be born again!” (John 3:3). Now I am quite certain that Jesus did not intend for Nicodemus to climb back into his mother but rather he meant ‘spiritual’ re-birth.

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