Bray Park Community Church (BPCC) enjoys a rich and vital history with its roots in the Protestant Reformation and its membership in the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia (CRCA). BPCC was actually started in Stafford by a group of passionate European migrants and local Queenslanders, who later sensed God’s leading to move to Bray Park, emboldened with the vision to start a Christian school and to reach more people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Since then BPCC has continued to experience God’s goodness and we remain emboldened and excited about what God is doing in and through His church, as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ in the Pine Rivers shire and beyond.
What is important at BPCC?
As a member of the CRCA, BPCC is a part of the Reformed denomination and theological tradition. This means at BPCC we believe the Bible is the Word of God, that there is only one God who exists eternally as a Trinity, and that Jesus Christ, in His life, death and resurrection, secured our right relationship with God by grace alone, through faith alone. Basically, what it means to be Reformed is that we hold tightly to the important matters, like who God is, who Jesus is, what the Bible is about, how people become followers of Jesus, and what that means.
However, while being Reformed is an important part of our DNA, we don’t necessarily make a huge deal about it, because we want people from all traditions and backgrounds to feel comfortable following Jesus with us. For more information regarding what we believe refer here (for more information on the CRCA refer to www.crca.org.au)
Core Values of BPCC
In order to help us remember and stay focused on what is important, we have distilled these foundational truths into three core values that define what it means to be a part of BPCC.
Core Value #1
We worship the Triune God
The Bible reveals that God exists as a Trinity, as three persons; Father (Eph. 4:6; 1 Cor. 8:6), Son (John 1:1-3; 20:28; Tit. 2:13) and Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30; 2 Cor. 3:17), who are each equally and fully God. This means we worship God as He has revealed Himself to us; as one God who exists in three persons.
Core Value #2
We proclaim the gospel
The gospel is the good news that the overflowing joy of fellowship with God is ours freely and eternally by faith in the truly-human life, sin-forgiving death and hope-giving resurrection of Jesus Christ (Acts 10:36-43; 1 Cor. 1:17-18; 15:1-5). The gospel is a message that is to be proclaimed and believed (Mark 1:14-15), it is the point of the whole Bible (Gal. 3:8), it is from God above (Gal. 1:11-12) and so, it is of first importance in our church and in our lives (1 Cor 15:3-4).
Core Value #3
We love one another
To worship God - who is love (1 John 4:8) - and to let the gospel - the message of God’s love - dwell among us richly (Col. 3:16), will produce a community of love. And it is precisely this community of love that will put Jesus on vivid display in our wider community and in our world (John 13:34-35). To love one another as Christ has loved us (John 13:34-35) means to lay down our wants, our desires, even our rights, for the good and flourishing of others.