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!
We cannot “go to church” because according to the Bible the church is not a brick-and-mortar building. We can, however, be a “church”.
The word most commonly used by the New Testament writers to refer to the church is the noun ekklesia, which simply means “gathering” or “assembly”.
A crowd of cricket spectators is a church – it is a gathering or assembly of people to watch a game of cricket.
A Christian church is a gathering or assembly of followers of Christ to hear from the Father through the Spirit-empowered proclamation of his Word – whether that is through the preaching, eating and drinking the Lord’s Supper, baptising, Bible reading, singing, praying, or conversing over ‘a cuppa’!
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving” 1 Timothy 4:4
I love summer! I praise and glorify God for the gift of summer.
Every ray of warm light is a reflection of his inexhaustible radiance. The shade of every beautiful tree is a gift from the wisdom of his design. Every cool fizzy drink and ice-cream is an taste of the sweetness of his good character.
No earthly enjoyment is complete until received with thanksgiving to God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Praise and thanksgiving leads us to greater joys in God and deeper hunger to spend eternity with him.
“I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation”, C. S. Lewis
The Christian life is one of growing. Growth can be in spiritual knowledge, Biblical understanding, ministry experience and skills, commitment and obedience, love for God and his people, faithful endurance in painful experiences and much more.
Growth can happen slowly and require patience. It may be that the struggles we face in the coming year are ordained by God to grow us closer to Christ and in the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Thank God now for the challenges he is sending you in the coming year.
A new year is a great time to set goals or some new commitments that will nurture our growth in Christ. Do we need to read the Bible more? Are there great Christian books we’ve always wanted to read? Are we praying with our spouse and children? Are you in a Growth Group (BAC small group)? Growth requires individual discipline as well as participation and fellowship with other Christians.
Without growth in the Christian life, we stagnate. We cannot remain still or rest on our past record. What has hindered your growth in 2011 that you need to cut off? What will most help you grow in your love and joy in Jesus Christ? Pursue it!
As a church we are working our way through the opening three chapters of Scripture. We live in a universe created by the Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. His stamp and signature is on everything.
The centre of reality is God. We are made in his image to worship him and take a central place in his creation. Although we have fallen into rebellion, God’s Son entered our world for our restoration through his dying and rising to new life.
There is an ordering to the universe which exists after the fall, which is being renewed through Jesus, and will be finished when Jesus returns.
Ultimate reality is not plastic or malleable such that individual people can self-determine what it means to be authentically human. Being created beings, we are not the determiners of right and wrong, good and evil, just and unjust. If we attempt to do this, we will end up in chaos as each individual sets themselves up as little gods.
To be authentically human means to rediscover relationship with God through Jesus – and to work out living according to the design and realities of his creation and the new creation that is to come. Our church is a rescue centre for all peoples to come and discover the majesty of Jesus and new birth that he offers us through repentance and trusting in him.