304, 2020

A Letter from Church Council

By |April 3rd, 2020|

A Letter from Church Council Dear Church Family, My prayer is that this finds you well and encouraged by God’s faithfulness in this difficult time as our community and indeed the world face the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to write to you on behalf of Church Council to ensure ongoing communication from us and also to let you know we continue to pray for you and for Pastor Adam and the staff team. We are extremely grateful to God for the way the team at BPCC has been able to set up online connectivity of our Sunday services, youth get-togethers and many other ministries. Whilst it’s not ideal, being able to connect this way is the next best thing. Of course, we know that

2003, 2020

What Can We Do?

By |March 20th, 2020|

What Can We Do? This week I read an article by a Christian pastor in China who shared some of the lessons his church had learnt about ministry in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. He estimated they are about 8 weeks ahead of us in terms of the virus’ progression. One of the things that stood out to me in his articles was their tireless efforts to keep connecting with one another creatively using technology. Many of his church members had a lot of spare time on their hands, and rather than waiting around doing nothing (or watching Netflix!), they redeemed the time by devoting themselves all the more to prayer, to each other, and to the Scriptures. As isolation increases and things slow down, I believe our

1803, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

By |March 18th, 2020|

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Wednesday 18th March, 2020 Dear Church Family, I wanted to give you an update regarding our response as a church to the advice from the Government and Department of Health about the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If you haven’t yet heard, the Government has now placed a ban on indoor gatherings of 100 people or more and has called on all of us to employ preventative measures in our social interactions. In light of this and because of our commitment to honour the authorities (Rom. 13:1-7) and to care for the vulnerable (Mic. 6:8), we have been led to make the following decisions. What’s the plan? Sunday gatherings will be streamed online Instead of our usual Sunday gatherings being held in our building, we will be

1303, 2020

Peace and Practicality in a Pandemic

By |March 13th, 2020|

Peace and Practicality in a Pandemic For the last couple of months, we have been in a sermon series exploring the fruit of the Spirit; the characteristics God is producing in our lives by the presence of his Spirit. A few weeks ago, we explored the fruit of peace. Now let’s be honest, on a global and societal level 2020 has been somewhat short on peace! We’ve seen extensive drought give way to destructive bushfires, followed by a flurry of flooding—only in Australia! And now the coronavirus is spreading its way across our globe, taking lives, filling our news feed, and emptying our supermarket shelves. It’s hard not to feel at least a little bit anxious. For this reason, it’s important for us to ground ourselves in the sovereignty

603, 2020

Story Behind the Song: ‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’

By |March 6th, 2020|

Story Behind the Song: ‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’ I have vivid memories of when my Dad first taught me how to drive. With white knuckles and sweaty hands, I gripped the steering wheel and stared at the road. I remember fixing my eyes on the white lines trying to navigate the car to stay exactly in the middle of the lane. Dad must have seen where I was looking and said to me, “Don’t look at the road directly in front of you. Lift your eyes up and look ahead further.” When I looked up and out I found navigating the car was instantly easier. I could still see the white lines and keep in the middle of the lane as well as being able to see everything

2802, 2020

A New Name for a New Season

By |February 28th, 2020|

A New Name for a New Season Earlier this year I shared with you some of the things Church Council have been thinking through and praying about over the last 12 months, including the possibility of changing our name. When we first relocated from Stafford to our current location we were known as Bray Park Reformed Church. This made sense at the time because we belonged (and still do) to the ‘Christian Reformed Churches of Australia’ denomination and we were located (and still are) in the suburb of Bray Park. However, given the declining relevance of denominational affiliation to the average Australian, the term ‘Reformed’ was dropped and we became Bray Park Community Church. Now, for a number of reasons, we believe the time has come for a new

2102, 2020

The Husband’s Calling

By |February 21st, 2020|

The Husband’s Calling I was listening to a podcast the other day where the two speakers were talking about cultivating a healthy marriage. They were speaking specifically to the unique challenges of pastors but what they said applies to all Christian husbands. As I was listening, they brought up Ephesians 5:25, where it says ‘Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her’. This verse has remained on my mind over the past few days. On the one hand, I love how straightforward it is. I don’t have a huge list of things that I need to remember in order to be a Godly husband. Instead, I have an example. Jesus loved the church by laying down his life for her, now

1402, 2020

A Prayer for Valentine’s Day

By |February 14th, 2020|

Prayer for Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day is celebrated by many, ignored by some, and painful for others. It’s not a day that is usually recognised on the Christian calendar and its history and origin are uncertain. Despite the differences we might feel about this day, I think it’s a great opportunity for us to be united in prayer. Specifically, to pray for marriages, for singles, and for the fruit of love in our lives. Prayer for Marriages One of my favourite events to attend are weddings. I love the atmosphere and anticipation while people wait for the bride to arrive, the look on the groom’s face when the bride walks down the aisle, watching shaking hands as rings are exchanged. It’s a beautiful occasion. But we all know that