At BAC activities and church services we want to give God our very best. Pursuing excellence gives God glory, and it communicates to our visitors our strong commitment to Jesus.
My prayer is that you will be inviting many friends and family to BAC services across December and Christmas.
I hope with me you will be confident that:
- services will start on time and not go for too long
- the music will be well prepared and uplifting
- the preaching will be prayerfully prepared, Biblical, relevant and Christ honouring
- there will be smiling faces at welcoming and good food to share after each service
- there will be lots of people keen to say hello
I pray you will have confidence when inviting people to BAC.
In the 2016 National Church Life Survey we found that only 39% of BAC regulars had invited someone to church that year. We are working hard and praying so that this percentage can increase. May BAC become a more inviting and engaging church this Christmas!
As you know, yesterday Victorians were called upon to give their voice on who should be in government. When we go to the booths to vote this reminds me of the hope that we should look to for the future of our state. My vote is placing my hope in a particular leader and party, and placing my trust in them that they have will do their best for all people.
As we move into the Christmas season, what is it you hope for in the future? Presents? Family gatherings? A holiday? A longer holiday? God’s chosen people Israel were hoping for the long awaited Messiah. One who would shepherd his people in the strength of the LORD, so that there would be no more turmoil, no more exile (Micah 5:4). But Israel’s Messiah came looking a little different than they expected, so much so that many didn’t believe that Jesus was the promised one, and so they continued looking for hope when Jesus was right in front of them.
Sometimes as we hope we too can be distracted, even though Jesus is what Christmas is about. Instead of material things, we must remember the eternal hope laid out for us through trust in King Jesus. He has promised that one day he will return and for us to watch out for His coming!
So friends, what is it you hope for in the future? As you begin your Christmas shopping, planning for the holidays and spending time with loved ones, may you never forget the greatest hope that has come, and who we wait for to come again, Jesus Christ.
All welcome to our Christmas services where the Lord Jesus will be proclaimed from the Scriptures.
Sunday December 23rd: Celebration Services at 8:30am, 10:15am and 5pm
Monday December 24th: 6pm Christmas Eve Carols, 11pm Christmas Eve Communion
Tuesday December 25th: 9am Christmas Day Celebration
Today we especially want to encourage thanksgiving to God for all he has done for us at BAC. Today instead of asking someone “How are you?”, please ask: “What are you thankful for today?”
In Luke 17 Jesus had an encounter where 10 lepers were healed. Luke recalls that:
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Luke 17:15-16 (NIV)
In giving thanks, this person increased their joy by coming back to praise God and fall at Jesus feet in thanks. And although he was a Samaritan outcast, he is remembered for his great example! However Jesus had to ask: “Where are the other nine?” Luke 17:17 (NIV). I pray that at BAC we can do better than 10% thankfulness!
On Tuesday night we thankfully celebrated the year that has been and all God has done through our church, even in hardships. We look forward to the next 12 months. I pray that God will invigorate you to give of your time, energy, money and prayers thankfully into the coming year.
Today marks Remembrance Day around the world:
“At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare.” (taken from the Australian War Memorial website)
We give thanks to God for those who made the ultimate sacrifice to provide and protect the freedoms and life we enjoy in Australia today. We honour and proclaim what was done for us.
In his letter to Timothy, Paul wrote: ‘Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel’ (2 Timothy 2:8 NIV)
To remember includes recalling, honouring and proclaiming our great rescue through King Jesus. Let us not only remember Jesus, but also honour and proclaim his great redemptive death and resurrection. Don’t forget or let gratitude grow cold!