805, 2020

Story Behind the Song: Because He Lives

By |May 8th, 2020|

Story Behind the Song: Because He Lives With Mother’s Day this weekend, it seems fitting to share the story behind the well-known song ‘Because He Lives’. You might be wondering; how does this song relate to Mother’s Day? It’s the lyrics in the second verse and the story behind the song that reveal the connection. The second verse is not usually sung during corporate worship because the lyrics are so specific to motherhood that the context of the lyrics can seem confusing without explanation. The song was written by Bill and Gloria Gaither in the late 1960’s. Gloria wrote the lyrics when she was heavily pregnant with their third child. Like many beautiful and powerful songs, the lyrics were written through personal hardship and difficulty. At the end of

105, 2020

Where Do We Go Now?

By |May 1st, 2020|

Where Do We Go Now? Earlier this year (on Sunday the 26th of January to be precise), I preached a sermon titled ‘Where Do We Go from Here?’. We looked at Jesus’ challenging words in John 6 about the necessity of “eating” his flesh and “drinking” his blood to receive and enjoy true and lasting life (v.53-69), and we talked about where we believe God is leading us as a church into the future. It seems an odd combination, I know, but the point, I hope, was obvious. Wherever we go, whatever plans we make, whatever steps we take, the point of it all, and the hope through it all, is to bring us all closer to Jesus. This is why the church exists, after all; to glorify God

2404, 2020

When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned

By |April 24th, 2020|

When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned Today as I sit at home and write this, it’s my youngest daughter’s 11th birthday. So far, there’s been pancakes with ice-cream for breakfast, birthday balloons, and birthday presents. And tonight, we’ll attempt to recreate her favourite restaurant at home, with lots of sushi and a couple of train sets. But the reality is, though my daughter is having a great day, and tonight will be lots of fun, this birthday is not entirely how she expected it to be. There’ll be no grandparents joining in the celebrations, no cousins, no uncles and aunties, or friends. They will all be staying safely at home, and so will we. There will, no doubt, be lots of online chats and phone calls throughout the day,

2304, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #2

By |April 23rd, 2020|

Thursday 23rd April, 2020 Dear Church Family, Thank you to all those who have joined us for Church Online these last few weeks. We’ve had lots of encouraging feedback and we are excited by the opportunities before us in this unusual season. Yet we are also deeply aware that even though a church service streamed onto our TV or device is a blessing; it’s not the same as actually gathering together in the same place and in the same building. It’s my hope and prayer that this season of physical distancing will deepen our anticipation for the day when we will be able to gather together again as God’s people. Here is the latest update regarding our ongoing response to the restrictions and implications of the coronavirus

1704, 2020

Staying Aware of Spiritual Risks

By |April 17th, 2020|

Staying Aware of Spiritual Risks I’d like to take a moment to make you aware of some of the spiritual risks we face during this time of isolation. I think it goes without saying that our normal routines have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and this goes for our spiritual rhythms as well. Our spiritual enemy, Satan, is constantly scheming and working to discourage our faith (2 Corinthians 2:11; Ephesians 6:11–13), so I want to encourage you to create healthy habits that will enable you to stay spiritually strong during the pandemic. I want to particularly encourage you not to give up on the habit of meeting together (Hebrews 10:24–25), even though it is online. The risk in this time is to let our ‘meeting habits’ slide, whether

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