No matter what you think of him, Jesus Christ has transformed human history. Our calendar is divided by his short life, hospitals and schools are built in his name, and more songs have been written about him than anyone else. And though he ascended to heaven over 2,000 years ago, his followers continue to gather, continue to worship him, and continue to spread across the globe.
What did Jesus come to do?
To put it simply, Jesus came to reveal God and to restore our relationship with Him. Both of these purposes find their fulfilment in the momentous events that took place at the end of his life; his death and resurrection. If you want to really know who Jesus is and why he came, you must look to the cross upon which he died and the empty tomb from which he emerged. These events tell us of a God who is infinitely holy, and so the penalty of sin had to be paid; but also of a God who is infinitely loving, and so he paid the penalty himself. God so loved the world that he sent Jesus to die for the world, so that whoever believes in him can have life; a life of purpose, joy, and hope, both now and forevermore.
What does it mean for me?
God’s love is not for the people that have it all together; in fact, God’s love is for the people that know they don’t have it all together! It’s for all people — whether young or old, male or female, broken, weak, lost, questioning, confused, or anything else. It’s not for those who do the right things but those who trust that Jesus has done everything to bring them to God.
If you’re not sure about Jesus and want to find out more about who he is and what we believe about him, we’d love for you to join us on Sunday and we will do whatever we can to help you know and experience the love of God.
God: Our Father
There is only one true God, the Creator and Ruler of heaven and earth, who eternally exists as three equally divine yet distinct Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All things, including humankind, exist for the glory of God.
Genesis 1:1, 26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 148; Proverbs 16:4; Isaiah 45:5–6; 46:9–10; John 17:3; Romans 11:33–36; Ephesians 1:3–14; 1 Corinthians 8:4–6; 10:31; 2 Corinthians 5:15; 1 Timothy 2:5; Revelation 4:8–11
Jesus: Our Saviour
Jesus Christ is the eternally existent Son of God, co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and died a substitutionary death; offering Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of humanity by dying on a cross. He rose from the grave three days later to demonstrate His power over sin and death and to vindicate His claim to be the only way of salvation and the only way to know God. He ascended to heaven where He exercises all authority and from where He will one day return to reign and rule forevermore.
Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:20–23; 28:1–20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 2:52; 24:1–53; John 1:1–5, 29; 3:18; 10:1–18; 14:10–30; Acts 1:11; 4:12; Romans 3:21–26; 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1–4, 12–34; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; Colossians 1:15–20; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Timothy 2:5–6; Hebrews 1:1–3; 9:28; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7
Holy Spirit: Our Helper
The Holy Spirit is fully God, not a force but a Person, co-equal with both the Father and the Son. He opens blind eyes and softens hard hearts to reveal our need for Jesus Christ. He also indwells every believer from the moment of salvation and gives understanding of God’s Word, comfort in the midst of trials, reassurance in times of doubt, power to obey God’s commands, and gifts for the upbuilding of the church.
John 16:7–13, 14:16–17, 26; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:22–25; Ephesians 1:13; Titus 3:5
The Bible: God’s Written Word
God has revealed Himself to us through the Bible and it contains all that we need to know God and live for Him. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments comprise the totality of Scripture and were penned without error by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. We believe that all of Scripture ultimately points to and climaxes in Jesus Christ, who is the Word become flesh. Because it is God’s word, it has His authority, and we desire to submit our lives to it, obey its commands, treasure its wisdom, and test everything we do and teach by its standards. This is why at BPCC we place a strong emphasis on preaching, teaching, and studying the Bible.
Psalm 19:7–11; 119; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20–21
Humanity: God’s Marred Masterpiece
All people have been created in the image of God with inherent dignity, value, and worth, and to live in loving harmony with God and one another. However, having chosen to rebel against God, humanity now worship creation instead of the Creator. The Bible calls this rebellious attitude and action sin, which has fractured our relationship with God, one another, and ourselves. We are sinners by nature and choice and as a result we are alienated from God and under His just and holy wrath. We are, consequently, incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts, and thus, our greatest need is the undeserved love of God, who alone can reconcile us to Himself and restore us to our intended glory.
Genesis 1:26; 6:5; 9:6; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:8, 12–21; 7:18; Ephesians 2:1–3
The Gospel: God’s Good News
Although we have rebelled against God and deserve His wrath, God has loving pursued us and unfolded a plan to save us through Jesus Christ. This unfolding plan of salvation is revealed in the Bible. The Old Testament tells us what God will do to save His people from their sins (promises made) and the New Testament shows us how this plan is fulfilled perfectly in Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life of obedience, died in our place for our sins on the cross, and was raised from the dead on the third day (promises kept). This is the gospel, or good news. The gospel is the power of God for salvation. It redeems us from sin, re-orders our worship, and satisfies our restlessness by bringing us into a restored relationship with God and by giving us eternal life with Him both now and forever. Salvation cannot be earned or achieved through our good works, only received as a gift of grace.
Isaiah 53:1–11; Romans 1:16; 8:18–23; 10:13; Ephesians 1:4–5; 2:4–9; Philippians 2:4–11; Colossians 2:13–15; 1 Corinthians 15:1–11; 2 Corinthians 5:21, 2 Timothy 2:25; Titus 3:5–6; Hebrews 2:9, 4:15
The Church: God’s Redeemed People
When we come to faith in Christ, we do not remain on our own but are brought into the family of God; the church. God places us in community for our good, for the good of others, and for His glory. We believe that we are to gather together in large and small settings to worship God, proclaim the gospel and share our lives together for God’s glory and our good. Because we belong to the family we also strive to contribute by giving, serving, and practically loving and caring for one another. We believe that Jesus Christ instituted two sacraments — Lord’s Supper and baptism — as symbols of His saving work, and that those who belong to the people of God should participate in the sacraments.
Matthew 26:26–29; Mark 14:22–25; Luke 22:14–23; Acts 2:38–39; Romans 6:3–4; 1 Corinthians 11:17–34; 12:13; Colossians 2:11–12; 1 Peter 3:21
New Heavens and New Earth: God’s Glorious Future
We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally, gloriously, bodily, and imminently to usher in His kingdom and to bring His judgement. We trust in God’s promise that a day is coming when He will banish sin, sickness, death, decay, and Satan, and that those who have rejected God will be eternally separated from him in hell, while those who have received the incomprehensible gift of His forgiveness will receive eternal life with Him in heaven. When Jesus returns, he will usher in the New Heavens and New Earth where we will live peacefully and joyfully in harmony with God and one another forever.
Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 3:20-21; 24:15; Revelation 19:11-16; 21:1-5
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Who We Are
We are a diverse community of people from Bray Park and its surrounding suburbs who have come to know and experience the love of God through Jesus Christ and are striving to follow Him and love one another. Though we are made up of people from all different ages and backgrounds, we are united in our common devotion to Jesus and invite you to join us as we follow Him.
We are part of the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia (CRCA), which means we are part of the Reformed denomination and theological tradition. While being Reformed is an important part of our history and our ethos, we want people from all traditions and backgrounds to feel comfortable following Jesus with us. So, if you’re from a different church background or no church background at all, we invite you to join us and we trust you will feel welcomed and at home.
Where We Have Come From
Our story began in Stafford with 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 good news of Jesus. Since then we have continued to experience God’s goodness and we remain excited about what God is doing in and through us as we seek to make and grow disciples of Jesus Christ in our local community and beyond.
Where We Are Going
Before he returned to heaven, Jesus said: “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:18-20). The mission of Jesus’ church is to make disciples of Jesus, and this is precisely why BPCC exists and where we are going. It is our hope and prayer that more and more people would come to know the love of God through Jesus and follow Him with us.
Vision: To be a gospel-centred church seeking to make and grow disciples of Jesus Christ for the good of our community and the glory of God.
Mission: To make growing disciples of Jesus Christ through gospel-centred and Spirit-empowered worship, community, service and mission.
We are committed to making and growing disciples of Jesus Christ. To do this, we invite people to connect to God through Jesus, to grow in Jesus, to serve like Jesus and to go with Jesus into the world.