Every Day Evangelism Training 2019

Join us for Berwick Anglican’s 2019 Everyday Evangelism Course, with leading Australian Evangelist Stephen Abbott. The course will equip anyone to share the good news of Jesus Christ in an authentic way. Starts 21 February 2019, 7:30pm.

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BAC Summer Film Series 2019

Christian history offers plenty of ammunition to its critics; crusades, inquisitions, witch trials, the oppression of women… For the Love of God confronts the worst of what Christians have done but also traces the origins of Western values like human rights, charity, humility, and non-violence back to the influence of Jesus.

Join us as we screen this four part documentary over the four Sundays of January 2019 (Jan 6, Jan 13, Jan 20 and Jan 27) within Berwick Anglican Church’s 5pm Service and together weigh up the good, the bad, the ugly – and the unexpected – about the impact Christianity has had on the world we live in.

Doors open 4:30pm. Children’s program for primary school aged kids provided. All Welcome!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Jesus is precious. He is our Saviour King. He humbly entered our world. He alone forgives our selfish rebellion against God. He came to die as a perfect atonement for us. He is risen as a perfect advocate for us in heaven.

Jesus knows the burdens we each carry and he sympathises with us. He himself entered our world and he bore the gamut of human experience. God is not distant but ready and available through his Son. Do not neglect Jesus who is now king of kings and lord of lords, our coming judge!

I pray you will draw near to Jesus this Christmas and you will stay close to him into the new year. May 2019 be a time of walking in deeper confidence in Christ. At the BAC bookstall you can purchase a new Bible. May careful reading of the word of God guard and empower us in the coming year.

Your Pastor,
Wayne

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Spiritual Growth at Christmas

“With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.Psalm 119:10-11 (NIV)

One of the most special times of the day for me is a moment that my family shares together after dinner. Just after 7pm when my son has packed away his toys for the day, my wife, kids and I sit down in the lounge room to read the bible and pray. It has become more special because I see the joy my son has when I tell him it is time to read the bible together.

After exclaiming to all of us, “Going to read the bible!” about 10 times, he sits and listens as Elise and I read the bible. As soon as we finish reading, he looks at me and says, “Now pray?” Then we all take turns in praying together, and again my son prays too. Often he thanks God for his Thomas trains by name, then Elise and I encourage him to thank God for many things he has been able to do for the day. It truly is the most special time of the day, and I pray that God will use this time for us to seek him with our whole hearts, and that it would build up all of my family for Christ’s kingdom and purposes.

What are you doing to grow together as a family under Christ? Can I encourage you to consider reading the bible together as a family. The writer of Psalm 119 encourages Christians to seek God with our whole hearts and to store God’s word in our hearts, and one of the most encouraging ways I have found is to do this is as a family. And the lead up to Christmas gives you the best place to begin reading – in Matthew or Luke’s Gospels as they retell the first Christmas, the birth of Jesus, the promised Messiah.

Reece Kelly
Assistant Minister

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The Power of Invitation at Christmas

Invitation is at the very centre of what Christmas is all about. One of the key moments in the Christmas story is God’s invitation to the shepherds of Bethlehem to come and see Jesus lying in a manger; God’s angles say to the shepherds

‘I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord’ (Luke 2:10-11 NIV).

And in Jesus coming to earth at Christmas, everybody is offered God’s great invitation to forgiveness of sin and eternal life;

‘..to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God’ (John 1:12 NIV).

Invitations are powerful! Research has shown that the single best-received method of seeing new people come to church is a personal invitation, and that the majority of people would be likely to consider visiting a church if somebody they knew well would invite them to come along.

Why not prayerfully invite a friend, family member, co-worker or neighbour to one of our services at Berwick Anglican Church this Christmas?

Ben Soderlund

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