Choose an alternative culture to live in

May 11, 2021

'Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”'
Matthew 28:16-20 NIV

Every nation on earth develops its own unique culture. Loosely defined culture is socially transmitted patterns of action and expression. Material culture refers to physical objects, such as dwellings, clothing, tools, and crafts. Culture also includes arts, beliefs, knowledge, and technology. When cultures form they develop disciplines – socially transmitted patterns -  around which it find its security.   When Jesus sends his disciples out on His mission he actually sends them to introduce a new culture…a culture that can best be named “The Kingdom of God”.  Through the ages the Kingdom Jesus introduced was taught to people in many different ways and in many different cultures.  The goal is not to usurp the current culture and act in a triumphalist attitude, but to influence through the attitude of serving while in this world. That is the surprizing strategy…having greater influence through serving in a greater way! Listen to Jesus’ expression of this new Kingdom of God way:

' Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. '
Matthew 5:5 NIV

This coming Sunday I will speak on what we believe should be our discipleship framework as Berwick Church of Christ. We offer people an alternative culture to live in – The Kingdom of God – and it must be taught! It connects you with a bigger purpose to live for and sets you up for a significant life.


Vision Sunday 2.0



🎤 EVENT | Book now for this weekend's service - Vision Sunday. Bookings are essential. Book here.

Free coffee and donuts!



Stay after the service this Sunday to celebrate Vision Sunday with free coffee and donuts!


Calling all years 7-12. The Shed is OPEN!


The Shed is an after-school youth centre where youth can come hang out. A hub where youth can learn to make wise choices as they journey their teenage years. Empowering youth to make wise choices. Invite your school friends and neighbours to come along for basketball, pool, games and plenty of fun every Friday during school term! Book here. 


Bookings on Sundays & attendance


We had a wonderful turn out on Mother’s Day and we trust all the mums were blessed, thank you for helping us manage our booking system, remember that if you book but can’t make it, email [email protected] to let us know.

It will be critical that you book in early on the 23rd May as we want to provide you with a personalized gift, and we need an accurate attendance list as early as possible, you will need to be here on that day to receive it, and we would request that you come early to help us register people on entry as smoothly as possible.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you this weekend.

AGM



Our annual AGM will commence on the 23rd of May. We would love for all our partners to book in on Trybooking for the event as it will be an on-site AGM.  We would like to remind you the annual reports are available on the website.  Download a copy by clicking here.  Printed copies are available from the Next Steps Desk on Sunday. An email was sent out last week to all partners to help them assess their involvement as partners and to help them prepare for the AGM. Book here.
 

Young Adults Camp



Our community of young adults will be coming together for a weekend retreat at the end of May and this is an incredible opportunity for them to gather together, build strong relationships and grow in their relationship with Jesus.
 
You can help our young adults maximise this opportunity by sponsoring a young person who would not have the resources to attend, but would however benefit greatly from the weekend experience, and the generosity of our church family. The camp cost is $150.
 
If you are blessed to be in a position to sponsor someone, or even several, please email [email protected] and inform us of your amazing gift.


Merge!



On Friday night, we had just over 200 youth gather together for a Merge event hosted at Waverley Christian College. Youth groups from the Casey/Cardinia area of all different denominations joined together for a combined youth event. The night kicked off with worship lead by the amazing Merge band and was followed by Dave Edgar (State Director of Youth Alive) sharing his incredibly powerful testimony. We saw many teenagers giving their lives to Jesus and encountering God.

GTM and Search to Find




The combined power for experiencing real life transformation and growth is huge with over 30 people involved in The Search to Find, Evangelism course and the Growing to Maturity (GTM) Discipleship course. Both groups launched on Tuesday night 27th of April beginning with a meal, then split into their own areas for the videos and discussion.  
 
Is amazing to watch how quickly the groups are forming, and the facilitators and bringers are stepping up into their roles. One of the most effective avenues for growth for believers, who are one step in front of someone else, is to help lead them. We are always looking for more facilitators and helpers.
 
Our goal is to see Search and GTM groups start most terms and in as many places as possible. This Sunday lunch we will begin a new Search to Find group for Clyde. If you know someone distant to God or new to Faith who lives in the general area, why not bring them along. Bookings close Saturday 5pm.  
 
Search Bookings BOOK NOW!     
 

Office phone is back!



Thank you for your patience while our office phone system was diverted. We are now back using our original phone number. To contact us, call: (03) 9702 1011.

 

BRAAM BOTHA
Senior Pastor