From the Pastors

News and Reflections from Graham and Ellie

YES! has just started a new series in the Gospel of Mark. We’ve called this new series ‘Radical’ because Jesus makes all the difference. Radical means ‘changed’ or ‘different’ or ‘unexpected’. Jesus is radical. His teaching and ministry practices are extraordinary. The love He demonstrates and the hope that He offers is incredible. As we seek to be a Christ-like community, we take up the cross and follow our Radical Lord and Saviour. We want to grow together as God’s family to reflect His love in this world.

Attached is our series booklet which includes some background information on the Gospel of Mark, some Bible studies, and a reading plan to help you develop the discipline of reading the Bible devotionally and to encourage your spiritual well-being and growth. We pray that God will bless us as we study His Word together and learn more about Jesus our Lord and Saviour. To Him be the glory!

Mark 8 Radical Discipleship

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PS: Please see the ‘Sermons’ section for our learning time talks.

7th July 2013 – New Teaching Series

This Sunday we launch into our next teaching series. It’s entitled: Everyday Church, and over the course of the six weeks we will take a closer look the first letter of Peter and what it means to be the church on God’s mission in our daily lives in our everyday lives. We think it’s going to be a great follow-up to the series that we have just finished (Mission: Having an impact), and will help to establish some really practical things in motion in each of our lives. And since 1 Peter is quite a short little book, we’re going to have lots of time to work through it carefully.

The series will be:

Life at the Margins (1 Peter 1:1-12)

Everyday Community (1 Peter 1:13-2:8)

Everyday Pastoral Care (1 Peter 1:22-2:3)

Everyday Mission (1 Peter 2:9-3:16)

Everyday Evangelism (1 Peter 3:15-16)

Hope at the Margins (1 Peter 3:8-5:14)

Of course, it’d be great if you could read 1 Peter through before this Sunday.

3rd July 2013 – Laughs and Lunch

Today we met for lunch with clergy from some of our neighbouring churches – Brisbane North Church of Christ, All Saints Chermside, and Chermside-Kedron Community Church. This is the first time getting together with this group, and we had a blast. It is incredibly encouraging to just sit and share, and laugh and commiserate about the challenges, joys, and blessings of being in church ministry.

As we get to know each other and learn about each other’s congregations we are looking for practical ways that we can join together to encourage each other and serve the wider community.

One joint activity that our four churches will be having is a joint Christmas service on the evening of December 1 at the Chermside-Kedron Community church (the big Uniting Church near Aldi). More details as the date gets closer.

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