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As I shared in our Focus 2015 message a few weeks ago, the New Testament idea of fellowship could be best described as being a “mutual bond of purpose”.

So what is the purpose we are mutually bound to fulfill?

As a church, our mutual bond of purpose is built upon our common union we have because of our faith in Christ. His death on the cross, His resurrection from the dead and the sending of the Holy Spirit to fill each one of us has made us joint heirs with Jesus. We are sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father and brother and sisters together with Jesus.

As result of sharing this common union with Jesus we have a united purpose to obey Jesus’  three great commands:

Continue reading 2015 The Year of Koinonia (Fellowship)

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Jesus Throws Nothing Away

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that it depends on what you are looking for.

I saw this piece of flotsam high up in the rocks at one of my favourite beaches at Evans Head this Christmas. A large group of us were on a low tide walk around a beautiful headland.  I am not sure if anyone else noticed it, but I saw an old bit of wood stuck in the rocks.  I immediately got excited and saw the potential in the piece of washed up rubbish. I saw a dining room table. The next day I went back and took a handsaw with me. Someone asked me why I had a saw on the beach. I answered  “To cut a piece of drift wood”. They looked at me as if I was weird. I felt weird. But I was on a mission… Continue reading Jesus Throws Nothing Away

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The wall, well, window and door are all symbols that speak of essential elements of the places we live. Without these elements our houses would be impossible and unpleasant places to live. God has used these elements as symbols to speak to us about the things He wanting us to build as a church. The church is God’s house. It is not a building but people put together to serve God, one another and the world at large.

Continue reading What Does A Wall, Well, Window and Door Have To Do With Our Future?

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Occasionally I hear the song on the radio with the line, “what if God was one of us?”  I am not sure the writer was thinking of Jesus when she penned the lyrics, but for some people I think it makes them think of Jesus. Immanuel, which Matthew refers to in his Gospel (Matthew 1:23), was the name first given to Jesus by the prophet Isaiah 700 years before His birth (Isaiah 7:14). Immanuel, means “God with us.” The word incarnation means to put on flesh. The Son of God who had forever been Spirit became a human and “put on flesh” and became one of us.

You might say, “Isn’t God always with us?” Continue reading Immanuel Incarnation: God With Us, God as One of Us

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A friend of mine recently sent this excerpt from David Pawson’s commentary on revelation.

The church in Philadelphia was a busy little church. Jesus said, ‘I know your deeds’. They had this  glorious opportunity and even though verse eight might suggest to us that they were small in number and had little influence, that does not matter. A little church with a big faith in God can do much more than a big church with a little faith in God.  So their incapacity for witness was not a handicap. Jesus moves on to talk about their fidelity. This is the secret of successful service for the Lord. We are not called to be successful… Continue reading Small Church, Big Faith

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Recently the leadership of Queensland Baptist published a manifesto or dream paper of what they see us becoming as a movement. As a leadership we were so excited by this manifesto we wanted to pass it onto you. In many ways it summarises our heart and vision as a church and we are so excited that the leadership of our denomination have made such a bold and faith filled declaration.

It articulates so many things that we dream of becoming too. As you read this be inspired and encouraged. Know that God is working above and beyond us and and that we a small part of
something much bigger and greater than ourselves.
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We are QB and we are followers of Jesus… Continue reading Queensland Baptist’s Manifesto

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New congregations best reach new generations, new residents and new people groups. Firstly, new congregations attract and engage the energy and passion of the younger generation who are able to relate with the new generations. Secondly, new residents in a community are looking to build their social networks and they often connect first with other new residents and lastly, new socio-cultural groups in a community are always reached better by new congregations.

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New congregations have, by nature, a greater focus on Continue reading 8 Reasons We Have Been Called to Start New Congregations

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One Faith, Many Faces

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One of the core values of New Heart is to sincerely welcome people from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We envisage becoming a movement of churches…transforming generations and nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In recent decades, Australia has become one of the most multicultural nations in the world. Students come to study here, workers come to try their luck here, refugees come to find “refuge” here, families come to reunite here, and entrepreneurs come to launch their businesses here. No wonder we were baptised by early explorers as “The Great Southland of the Holy Spirit!” because that was precisely the Holy Spirit’s work at Pentecost; to bring people together, get them saved and enable them to declare the wonders of God in their own foreign languages. (Acts 2:11,12/37,38) Continue reading One Faith, Many Faces

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Building the Seen and Unseen

There is a story found in the book of Ezra that connects with the book of the prophet Haggai. Haggai records the words of the Lord to the remnant that had returned from exile in Babylon to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. The remnant had already rebuilt the altar and had laid the foundations of the temple, but not long after, their enemies began to harass and intimidate them in order to frustrate their plans and the people became afraid and stopped building (Ezra 4:5). Continue reading Building the Seen and Unseen

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Forty years ago (1974) a small group of pioneers left the comfort and safety of Mt Gravatt Baptist to courageously go into a new harvest field; the new suburb of Rochedale South. They met
together in humble beginnings under a house. Whilst the founding members might not have seen themselves as daring, bold or courageous, their willingness to pioneer in their neighbourhood would touch many lives. As with all God’s endeavours, this came with great sacrifice, but it also came with great reward. We are indebted to our founding pioneers for their courageous tenacity, which set an example for us to follow and a legacy to pass on to the generations to come. Continue reading Jesus: The Pioneer and Finisher of Our Faith

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