How should we respond to the legalisation of abortion in QLD? On Wednesday night the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018 was passed in the QLD Parliament, allowing abortion on request up to 22 weeks and after 22 weeks with consent from two doctors. As followers of Jesus, how should we respond? What follows, while far from comprehensive, is a few simple steps we can take and ways we can respond. We should grieve: When human life is treated as disposable and dispensable, God grieves (Jeremiah 22:3). And so should we. We should allow ourselves time to lament the reality that destruction of human life in the womb has been enshrined in the law of our state. We should pray: We should allow our grief to turn us to prayer.
What if I don’t feel God? I’ll never forget the conversation. He sat across from me and quietly muttered: “I’m done, Adam. Everyone else seems to feel God, but I don’t feel anything. I’ve asked for God to reveal himself to me, but he’s silent.” It was gut-wrenching. It was someone I cared about. And sadly, it’s not unusual. I’ve spoken to a number of people through the years who have rejected God because they felt as if God had rejected them. What about you? Have you ever felt badly for not feeling anything? Have you ever thought to yourself: “What’s wrong with me? Why don’t I feel God?” The truth is, if you believe that what it means to be a Christian is an uninterrupted sense of overwhelming
Why Church Membership? Maybe you've heard us talk about church membership here at BPCC, and you wonder what it’s all about? How do you become a member? What are the privileges and responsibilities involved? Well, the short answer is that a member is someone who is ‘ALL-IN’ for both Jesus and his local church here at BPCC. If you want the long answer, you can always come to our next membership course after our morning service on Sunday 28th October. It will run for about two hours and lunch will be provided as well! Membership in a local church is such a blessing for everyone involved. I recently read an article from David Mathis, the Executive Director at desiringgod.org. He made some really good points out the wonderful benefits
Sharing God’s Goodness Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. (Psalm 103:22) People who have experienced God’s goodness, share God’s goodness. At least, this is certainly true of David in Psalm 103. In this song, King David recounts all the kindness of God in his own life and in the life of Israel through the years. David overflows with gratitude to God, and by the end of the Psalm he is calling upon the entire cosmos to worship him (vv.20-22)! It’s as if David was so overwhelmed by the goodness of God that he wasn’t satisfied with worshipping by himself. He wanted everyone to know and love and worship this amazing God as well! This is a great example for us. For we only
The Genesis Project Dear Church, There are few sections of the Bible with such significance, beauty, intrigue, devastation, and drama as the first 11 chapters of Genesis. These chapters record for us the account of creation, the fall of humanity into sin, the flood and deliverance of Noah and his family, and the tower of Babel. Not to mention the fact that they introduce us to God and give us the first hints of God’s plan to save the world through the snake-crushing Son (3:15). In fact, world-renowned theologian J.I. Packer suggests that these chapters reveal for us the grace and mercy of God in a number of key ways: “His goodness and generosity to humans… appears in the dominion he gave mankind at creation and renewed after the
What makes a good leader? Recently, one of our young people interviewed me for a school project on leadership—specifically, what does it take to be a good leader? I think this is an important question, because in different ways and at different times we all need to show good leadership in our lives, and we can all use a reminder of a few key ways we can be a Christ-like leader. A Christ-like leader must be focused on Jesus, and point others toward Him. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul reminds his readers to “follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” We will never be perfect leaders, but Christ is. If we are motivated by a desire to constantly seek him, and we reflect that to those
The Prayer God Loves to Answer Most I love praying. Admittedly, I know I could spend more time praying. But when I make time to pray, not just a quick prayer while I’m driving or going to sleep, I mean really take time to get on my knees and pray, I am always left feeling closer to God and encouraged by His goodness, love, and faithfulness. Last Sunday, as part of our new series looking at Jesus’ prayer in John 17, the sermon was titled ‘Praying for Glory’. We were reminded that Jesus prayed not to conform God to His agenda, rather Jesus prayed to conform His heart to God’s agenda. When we follow Jesus’ example and focus (or mediate) on Scripture and the truths of God, God is
GEMS and Cadets are primary-aged boys and girls ministries at BPCC. We meet every fortnight (during school term) on Thursday evenings at the church to have fun, build friendships, and learn more about our great God. Also, every year the GEMS and Cadets clubs from all over Australia raise money for a specific mission project. This year we are raising some much-needed funds for the Honiara Hospital School in the Solomon Islands. This is a small school built by the Reformed churches of Australia and New Zealand through SWIM, the missions base in the Solomon Islands run by the CRCA. The hospital school is located at the Honiara Hospital (the major referral hospital to all of Solomon Islands). It was built for the children who miss school while they