From Our Team

Bray Park Community Church

Words of thought from our Church Team

Plant Seeds

This Sunday in our morning church service we celebrate and acknowledge the end of a season for our grade 6 children. Their time at Kidz church has come to an end. A number of them have been with us at Kidz church for the last 6 years, while others have come along the way. A time like this causes me to reflect on the journey they’ve travelled so far and to envisage what lies ahead of them. Kidz Church, like all of our Children’s Ministries at BPCC is a place our children will hear the gospel message, that Jesus died for their sins, that God loves them abundantly and that we are to love and care for others. The teaching comes through caring leaders who all have their own story or journey and they share and lead from their experiences. They speak truths about God from scripture and from their own...
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The ‘E’ Word: Reflections from Organic Outreach

Evangelism. That one simple word can send shivers down the spine of many Christian’s. That one simple word can conjure up memories of awkward conversations and angry interactions. And yet that one simple word also encapsulates the mission to which God has called us to be busy with in His world. Call it what you will—evangelism, outreach, mission, sharing the gospel—the goal is the same: to reach people far from God with the great news of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ. Recently, as many of you would know, I attended the ‘Scatter: Organic Outreach Conference’ in Monterey, California. The 3-day conference was hosted by Shoreline Community Church, led by Kevin Harney, and included a great line-up of speakers and breakout sessions on a number of helpful topics. In addition, for the 2 days prior to the conference I attended Intensive Training around how to imbed outreach into the life of a...
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Get Involved this year

Thank you for your continued generosity for the upcoming Carols Event. There are still many ways we need your help! You can sign up to serve online www.bpcc.com.au/serve or at Church this Sunday. We especially need help with the following: Car Park Attenders (1 or 2 hours, between 5-7pm) Baking (drop off Friday or Saturday) BPCC Stall (welcome, sell glow sticks, info about BPCC) Kids Craft “Ask Me” helpers (welcome, assist with directions) BBQ servers I love what Rick Warren says about serving, ‘The Bible says, “In our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10b TEV). These “good deeds” are your service to the world. Whenever you serve others in any way, you are actually serving God and fulfilling one of your purposes (Colossians 3:23-24; Matthew 25:34-45; Ephesians 6:7).’ The BPCC Carols event...
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The National Church Life Survey @ BPCC

The National Church Life Survey @ BPCC The ‘National Church Life Survey’ (NCLS) is run once every 5 years, and will take place in Australian churches in October and November 2016. The survey involves hundreds of thousands of churchgoers and thousands of churches and leaders, across more than 20 denominations. The Australian NCLS is the largest study of church life in the world. The NCLS Research team, who conduct the survey, is a non-denominational group with a mission to help identify signs of hope in churches and its leadership, to build vitality and connect churches and communities.   The NCLS offers a positive, inclusive process that helps leaders to lead by: giving each person a voice comparing our church with national benchmarks and tracking BPCC’s history. BPCC has again elected to take part in the NCLS survey and an opportunity for our congregation to participate will be provided on Sunday 27th...
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We have much to be thankful for

Hi Church, Last Sunday was a wonderful celebration of God’s goodness and provision to the life and ministry of BPCC over the last 25 years. A big thank you to all who were involved on the day! I am very excited and thankful for those that have responded to the call for Carol’s sponsorship. From your generous donations, we have covered ALL the sponsorship opportunities. Praise God! How encouraging that BPCC is serious about sharing the gospel message this Christmas. We can all still be a part of making this day a success. We need volunteers to help; you can sign on after Church this Sunday, or, go sign on via our web page. (www.bpcc.com.au – serve – serve at Carols). Please pray for this year’s Carols Event. Last year we attracted more than 1000 people from our local community and we can’t wait to make 2016 bigger and better than...
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A Note from Church Council

Dear Church Family, A couple of months ago I wrote to you regarding the survey we undertook earlier this year, and at that time I gave you an update on the results and the key themes identified. In the meantime, there has been a considerable amount of work going on in the background to advance resolutions and outcomes in these key areas. The purpose of this note is to give you a further update on some of the proposed actions BPCC staff and Church Council will be putting in place. Whilst the feedback from the survey was overwhelmingly positive there were also five key areas identified where we could grow. As a reminder, these 5 key areas were: Increasing the number of community events and activities;  Fostering a greater level of energy in our worship services; Evaluating the format of sermons;  Strengthening our youth ministry, and; Intensifying our spiritual passion and...
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Carols 2016

We are so excited about the preparations for the 2016 Bray Park Community Carols! Last year attracted more than 1000 people from the greater Bray Park, Lawnton, and Petrie area, and we can’t wait to make 2016 bigger and better than ever. We hope to reach more people to share the great news of Jesus’ birth! We have opportunities available for you or your business to give back to the local community and be a part of sharing the gospel message this Christmas. Sponsorship may vary from monetary support to goods-in-kind. Like last year, we want this event to be a free event that our local community can attend. Please take a moment to browse the options below (approximate cost is listed) and consider whether you would like to be a part of this wonderful opportunity. For business: to show our appreciation we will use signage to indicate who has sponsored...
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Are you ready for November 2016?

Two things affect me when I ask myself that question; challenges and responsibilities. By challenges I mean those things that come out of the blue and we have to deal with them as best we can. They often take time, resources and energy that depletes our effectiveness for those things we want to do, or, be the person we want to be. By responsibilities I mean those ‘things’ we know we are responsible for, and expected of us. And sometimes we don’t meet these responsibilities as well as we could or should. This takes more wind out of our sales. Challenges and responsibilities. How can you and I avoid letting these two things steal our joy as we enter the crazy busy period leading into Christmas and the New Year? Here’s how I’m finding hope, energy and passion for this final stretch of 2016! I’m being reminded of my uniqueness –...
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Connect, Grow, Serve, Go...

are four words we use to describe the way we grow as disciples of Jesus here at BPCC – all summarised in our church booklet Who We Are – available at our Church Connection Centre. One of the ways we as a church ‘Go’ into the world with God’s love, is through our involvement and support of the New Life Orphanage in Myanmar. New Life Orphanage supports, cares and educates 170 orphans. Each year several from our church family here go to visit and take part in various teaching, and building projects. I had the opportunity to visit the orphanage a few years ago, and it was a defining moment for me – I was so impacted by the love and commitment of those who serve there. I ‘felt’ the impact of the words we read in James 1:27. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:...
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The most repeated command in the Bible

Last weekend we kicked off our Term 4 sermon series, ‘Faith in a Secular World: Daniel 1–6’. I hope and pray it was instructive and inspiring for you to learn from Daniel’s example about how we can live and thrive in a secular world like ours. I know personally it was good for my heart, soul and mind to be reminded of the truth that in spite of present appearances, God is in control. And, we see this reassuring truth not only in the book of Daniel but throughout the entire Bible. One example is in Isaiah 41:10 where God says: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Or in Luke 12:32 where Jesus says: “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's...
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Just One More...

Everyone at Kidz church knows term 3 is my favourite term of the whole year. Why? Because we pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child! I just love that we get to be part of this amazing mercy project that impacts so many lives. Many of the children who receive these boxes may be forgotten by the world, but each and every one of them is precious to our God. I recently read and shared a Samaritan’s Purse article on Facebook entitled “Just One More”. It spoke of a lady who, with the help of her church had packed 110 shoeboxes, a nice even amount. On the day the boxes were to be sent off on the next stage of their journey, she discovered she had enough to pack just one more box, and so she did. They finished up with 111 boxes. This idea of ‘just one more’ stuck with her....
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As we enter the final three months of 2016

As we enter the final three months of 2016, I get excited about what’s coming up in the life of our church. Next Sunday we start a new 6-part series “Faith in a Secular World.” We will learn how we can live our Christian life in our secular environment. Growth Group guides and family Bible reading plans are being prepared for this series – we will have them available next Sunday. If you’d like to join a Growth Group for this series, please register your interest at the Connections Centre, or online at www.bpcc.com.au    Next month we will also celebrate 25 years as a church in Bray Park! Sunday 13 November has been set for this special celebration – please mark it in your calendar. On that day will see some interesting pictures and hear some wonderful stories of what’s happened over the years for BPCC!   I am pleased...
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A note from Church Council

Dear Church Family, Recently we sent out a survey in order to provide you with an avenue to give feedback and in order that we might continue to grow and be more effective in fulfilling our mission: ‘To make and grow disciples of Jesus Christ’. Over the last few weeks, Church Council have been collating the results and organising them into a workable format. This process is well underway, and so I wanted to give you an update on our progress. I am very pleased to report that the survey was filled with positive feedback and overwhelmingly demonstrated a great passion for Jesus and for his church at BPCC. In particular, the positive areas highlighted by the survey included: biblically faithful teaching and a great team of pastors; a strong sense of belonging to the church family; a deep appreciation of the outreach into our community; a wonderful children’s ministry; a...
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How to be good steward of your influence

You will often hear me say something about ‘being a difference maker for Jesus in our circles of influence.’ We all have circles of influence: home, work, school, friends. Well, in a weekly devotional I subscribe to from Rick Warren (Saddleback Church), he addressed this very point – and stated it very well. I want to share it with you:- Everything you have is a gift from God – your health, your life, your salvation, your freedom, your friends, your family, your opportunities. God expects you to make the most of the things he gives you. The word for that in the Bible is called “stewardship.” Stewardship is the Old English word for “management.” And just as you manage your time and your money, you also manage your influence. God expects you to use your influence to help other people. What is influence? The Cambridge Dictionary defines influence as, “the power...
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Connect Course

We hope you are blessed and encouraged as you worship with us this weekend. All of us are on a journey in life and I believe we’re created to do this journey according to God’s purpose as God’s family. BPCC is about making and growing disciples of Jesus Christ. How we reach this is clarified in the steps: Connect, Grow, Serve, Go. Connectto God and one another Growin grace and Christ-likeness ServeGod by meeting the needs of others Goand be a difference maker for God in the world and our circles of influence If you are new and would like to know more about BPCC or if you are ready to take the next steps to becoming a member of BPCC, we invite you to join us on Wednesday 14th September, 7:30pm. Come along to meet others, talk to BPCC leaders, and hear an introduction to the life and vision of...
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Pondering the Plebiscite

It is an issue that has seemingly divided the nation—and one that is not going away any time soon. Should the Marriage Act (1961) be revised to include same-sex couples? In more recent times the debate has centred on whether a plebiscite (a national poll) should be held on the issue. Some are opposed to a plebiscite because they claim the debate will engender hatred and abuse towards gay and lesbian Australians. Others say it will cost too much. Some, like former High Court Justice Michael Kirby, oppose a plebiscite simply on the grounds that national polls rarely come back in the affirmative. On the other hand, advocates for a plebiscite argue that such a momentous change to the definition of marriage should be put to the people, rather than being decided within Parliament. In any case, whether the plebiscite goes ahead or not, one thing is for sure, the social,...
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The Importance of Gauges

We may take gauges for granted, but when they tell us something is wrong, we know it is important to take notice and address whatever we are being warned of. For example, if you ignore the message of an empty fuel tank in your car… you’ll end up walking! A number of years ago I was reminded how important ‘personal gauges’ are too. Gauges that reveal my heart for God, or my heart for my family, or my heart for people… The truth and importance of this was explained in a powerful book written by Kevin Harney. Kevin was a guest preacher here back in March, and led a seminar on sharing our Christian faith. Kevin’s book impacted me deeply on how valuable it is to regularly read my personal gauges on a whole raft of real-life areas: Faith; Prayer; Marriage; Family; Social/Fun; Sabbath; Work; Personal Development; Inner-Circle; Kingdom Passion; Time...
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Jesus, The Beatles, and Rest

In 1968 The Beatles released a self-titled album that eventually came to be known as ‘The White Album’. On this influential album is a song titled: “I’m So Tired.” Though it was recorded almost 50 years ago, it could easily have been written about us today: I'm so tired, I haven't slept a wink; I'm so tired, my mind is on the blink; I wonder should I get up and fix myself a drink. I'm so tired I don't know what to do; I'm so tired my mind is set on you; I wonder should I call you but I know what you would do. You'd say I'm putting you on; But it's no joke, it's doing me harm. You know I can't sleep, I can't stop my brain; You know it's three weeks, I'm going insane You know I'd give you everything I've got; For a little peace of mind...
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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

In the New Testament a man named Zacchaeus had a surprise dinner guest. One day, as Jesus was walking by and the crowds gathered around, Zacchaeus climbed a tree to get a better view. He presumed Jesus would just pass him by, but Jesus had so much more planned for Zacchaeus. Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly....
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Has God got your attention?

Last Sunday we explored the story of Moses’ life-changing encounter with God at the burning bush in the wilderness of Horeb (Exodus 3:1–10). After 40 years of exile in Midian, God captured Moses’ attention with a strange and inexplicable sight—a bush that burned but did not burn up. Perhaps this extremely significant encounter got you thinking: Does God still reveal Himself to us in this kind of eye-catching way today? Now, on one level the answer is obviously no, because “…in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son…” (Heb. 1:2). Jesus Christ is God’s enfleshed, final Word to humanity. And what a Word He is; a Word full of grace and truth (John 1:14). And yet, at another level, there is little doubt that God still uses metaphorical ‘burning bushes’ to capture our attention and turn us aside. Think about what the burning bush actually was. It...
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