Easter Services 2012

Please come and join us as we celebrate the God’s great rescue through the death and resurrection of his Son.

Thursday 5th April – Christian Passover Meal

Friday 6th of April – 9.30am Good Friday Service

Saturday 7th of April – 6.00pm Easter Eve All Age Service for Families with Children

Sunday 8th of April – Easter Day 8.30am and 10.15am

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Are you walking with the wise?

There is a biblical proverb which has often caught my attention:

He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. (Proverbs 13:20)

Walking with the wise refers to on-going intimate fellowship with those who live in God’s world according to God’s will revealed in God’s word.

In contrast, a companion of fools is someone who chooses a circle of friends who reject God’s word and live according to their own will.

The person who “walks with the wise” gains wisdom not as a result of some kind of spiritual osmosis but rather through the sustained impact of an enduring friendship characterised by godly rebuke, encouragement, correction, example, exhortation, reminders and comfort.

On the other hand, a “companion of fools” inevitably suffers ruin (even eternal ruin) as a result of the constant, sometimes imperceptible, inevitable erosion of faith in God’s word via so-called friends’ worldly mockery, excuses, bawdiness, pride, denigration, flippancy and lack of self-control.

This does not mean that we should keep ourselves distant from those who choose folly. If we isolate ourselves from the world then we will never have the opportunity to be of any assistance to the world.

We should rather invest in deep, lasting relationships with godly brothers and sisters in Christ while we lovingly and prayerfully challenge worldly family members, friends, colleagues, acquaintances and enemies with lives and conversation marked by God’s wisdom.

Your Pastor,
Hilton

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What will be said about you?

Steven Covey, the author of The Seven Habits of a Highly Effective Person, suggests in his best-seller book that successful living is living according to the way we hope to be eulogised!

In other words, think of how you would like people to describe you at your funeral and then live that way. If you can consistently live out your preferred eulogy then you will be a success.

Although there is certainly something to be said for this little piece of wisdom, I would suggest that it is missing the point entirely.

We all want to be well-spoken of by others, but that is not nearly as important as what Jesus will say about us on the great Day of Judgement.

What Jesus will have to say about each one of us on Judgement Day will determine whether we share in the joy and bliss of eternal life in communion with our loving God or we share in the devastation and suffering of eternal death and separation from the loving God.

My earnest prayer is that when you face God in judgement Jesus will not say that you were a good person!

My sincere prayer is that when you face God in judgement Jesus will say that although you were not a good person you did trust in his death in your place and that you are therefore forgiven!

Your Pastor,
Hilton

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Growth Groups Sunday 2012

Growth Groups are small discussion groups that meet in homes during the week. Most of them meet weekly and are very rewarding times of bible study, fellowship and prayerful support.  Food and friendship abound in Growth Groups!

The groups normally study material that is prepared by myself or Hilton that connects with the Sunday preaching series. In term 1 the Growth Groups will be studying Mark chapters 1-8 along with the sermons.

If you are not in a Growth Group currently please speak to Heather Barnes, Hilton or myself about what might be a good group to be in. We are especially trying to encourage our groups to have diversity – we want to nurture inter-generational fellowship and also get good mixes between the BAC congregations.

If you are curious you can pick up a printed copy of the discussion questions each week at church (or look on the web site). All groups are happy to have “visitors” and we understand that because of work or other commitments it is not always possible to be in attendance every week. May God bless this vital ministry in 2012!

Your Pastor,

Wayne

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Celebrating Our BAC Kids Sunday School

Today we formally begin BAC Kids 2012 program for the coming year. We encourage children to enter into the next group level to match this years age at school. We are beginning a new Aussie curriculum from Youthworks (Anglican Diocese of Sydney) that is creative, age-appropriate and Biblical.

Please uphold the BAC Kids ministry in your prayers, with Pam Dean as the co-ordinator. Please pray for the teachers who prepare and teach faithfully.

Sunday school is a wonderful addition to the bible teaching, praying and discipling that God asks us to do in our homes. The Bible places the primary responsibility for Christian nurture onto parents. However regular weekly Church and Sunday School attendance build in our children a love for worship, Christian fellowship, and growth. Lifelong habits are instilled only if they are built on the foundation of committed constancy.

I commend BAC Kids and all our ministries to children and youth in our church to your prayerful support!

Your Pastor,

Wayne

 

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