708, 2020

What’s Happening at Youth

By |August 7th, 2020|

What’s Happening at Youth? BPCC Youth is back in full swing for Term 3, and we’ve had a great (COVID-Safe) start to the term! While we appreciate the resources that enabled us to meet online, it is so great to be back in-person, having lots of fun and many powerful discussions with our young people as we seek to equip them up to be life-long disciples of Jesus. We are meeting back in person on Friday nights, from 7-9pm. Our Friday night program is open to anyone in high school (Yr. 7-12), and while each night is different, each Friday there is plenty of fun, space to hangout, opportunities to ask questions, and a biblical message which anyone can engage with. If you are in high school, or you

3107, 2020

Everybody Worships

By |July 31st, 2020|

Everybody Worships I love the quote Adam shared last Sunday about worship from late author David Foster Wallace: “There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.” It’s common for us to think that ‘worship’ is what we do only on Sunday when we sing. But singing is only one of the many ways that we worship (though it’s one of my favourite ways, for sure!). We also corporately worship God through giving, praying, reading God’s word, and so on. An accurate definition of worship is ‘extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem’. The car enthusiast who spends all their money on car parts and time watching car races; worships cars. The businessman who

2407, 2020

Story Behind the Song – ‘I Surrender All’

By |July 24th, 2020|

Story Behind the Song – ‘I Surrender All’ I recently read the story behind the well-known song ‘I Surrender All’ in a book titled 'Near to the Heart of God' by Robert J Morgan. It’s moving/inspiring/helpful and I’d like to share it with you and also the story of an individual whose life was changed by the deep truths in this song. The lyrics of this song were written by Judson Van DeVenter around 1890 (later put to music by Winfield S. Weeden, published in 1896). Van DenVenter was an accomplished musician and worked as an art teacher and supervisor of art in local public schools where he lived. Records reveal that he was an active member in his church and involved in evangelistic meetings. We can suppose it

1707, 2020

Our Inability to Rescue: A Reflection on Moses

By |July 17th, 2020|

Our Inability to Rescue: A Reflection on Moses I’ve been spending some time in Exodus 2-3 lately and I noticed some things I hadn’t before. For example, I never noticed how strongly Moses was driven to rescue others out of difficulty. He had this sense of justice that seemed to move him to get involved in other people’s issues. In a matter of a few verses, he gets between two Hebrews fighting with each other (Exodus 2:13), he stands up for women who were being bullied (Exodus 2:17), and he even goes as far as killing a cruel Egyptian taskmaster (Exodus 2:12)! I can’t help but admire Moses’ gutsiness. He was a man full of faith (Hebrews 11:24-28). But… I was also struck by how horribly unsuccessful he was

1007, 2020

When You Come Together

By |July 10th, 2020|

When You Come Together Do you know what happened on Sunday 15th of March, 2020? If you can’t immediately recall, I don’t blame you; it was a long time ago! Almost four months to be exact, or 17 weeks to be even more exact. And if we’re being really pedantic, 119 days. So, what was it? What took place on this day? Well, Sunday 15th of March, 2020 was the last time that we gathered together physically in our building as a church family. It was the last Sunday that we sang together in the same room; uniting our unique voices into one sonorous sound in praise of our glorious God. It was the last Sunday that we bowed our heads in prayer while sitting next to and near

307, 2020

Operation Christmas Child 2020

By |July 3rd, 2020|

Operation Christmas Child 2020 If you’ve been part of BPCC for a while you’ll know that across term 3 our church promotes and actively supports Operation Christmas Child. And you may be wondering if it’s going ahead this year. Well, I’m excited to say, yes, it is. COVID-19 restrictions will impact how we run the project at BPCC this year, but we are keen to continue our support of this amazing ministry. Operation Christmas Child is a unique project of Samaritans’ Purse, that brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes. OCC partners with local churches in developing nations to reach out to children by providing gift-filled shoeboxes and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ. After receiving shoebox gifts, children are

2606, 2020

What Should You Do With Doubt?

By |June 26th, 2020|

What Should You Do with Doubt? Do you ever experience doubt? Do you ever feel an uncertainty or lack of conviction when it comes to your faith? If you’re being honest, you do. Doubt affects the lives of many, if not all, believers at some stage. Perhaps especially during times of uncertainty such as we are navigating at the moment. Indeed, the journey of faith is not a straight-line trending upwards, it is a journey marked by peaks and valleys, seasons of joy and struggle. The reasons for our doubt are multi-faceted. Doubt can be brought on by a personal crisis, a painful experience, a traumatic memory, a medical diagnosis, a difficult question, a theological misunderstanding, a sinful compromise, or more. Similarly, the nature of our doubt can vary.

1906, 2020

Will God Always Protect Us from Harm?

By |June 19th, 2020|

Will God Always Protect Us from Harm? 7 The LORD will protect you from all harm; he will protect your life. 8 The LORD will protect your coming and going both now and forever. (Psalm 121:7-8) It’s a beautiful promise! But… some might wonder whether we are supposed to take this promise seriously…. I mean, can we expect to avoid all harm and pain in this life because we are God’s people? Is that what this verse is promising? We only need to take a look at our social media feeds to see that our world is full of pain and anger, and Christians aren’t excluded from it. In fact, Open Doors Australia estimates that ‘in the top 50 countries alone, 260 million Christians face intimidation, prison, or even

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