In Australia we're currently exploring how we're going to define marriage. As our country prepares to collectively make a decision around this issue, its timely for us as a church to examine the 'status of marriage'. Marriage is an incredibly important part of the Christian faith and as such it raises a lot of questions.
September 10th - The Beauty of Marriage - Genesis 2:23-24 September 17th - The Assumption of Marriage - 2 Cor 5:16-20
Throughout the first four books of the New Testament we see that Jesus talks a lot about the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew), or the Kingdom of God (Mark, Luke & John). In fact, when Jesus is talking about the ‘good news’, he’s talking about this Kingdom.
What is this Kingdom? What is it like? Is it in the present or in the future? How do we enter the Kingdom of Heaven and how important is this to the Christian message? Questions like "Where will we spend eternity?", "is hell real?", and "how do we live a life of faith?" are all deeply impacted by Jesus teaching on the Kingdom.
So, what is the Kingdom of Heaven like? Come along and join us for this 6-part series predominantly exploring the gospel of Matthew.
July 23rd – Entering the Kingdom - Matt 13:10-17. July 30th – Being Fruitful in the Kingdom – Matthew 13:1-9 August 6th – The Alternative to the Kingdom– Matthew 13:24-30 (Recording unavailable due to technical difficulty) August 13th – From Little Things, Big Things Grow – Matthew 13:31-33 (Recording unavailable due to technical difficulty) August 20th – Treasuring the Kingdom – Matthew 6:19-24 August 27th – The Kingdom to come – Revelation 22:1-5
During early July we'll be hearing from 2 guest speakers from within the church.
July 9th - O Happy Day - John 4:19-26 (Don Byrne) July 16th - Hope & The Resurrection - 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 (Leigh Roper)
How did Israel come to be ruled by Kings? What do we learn from the Kings of Israel? How does this relate to Jesus and the reasons why he came? Does any of this have relevance for our lives?
Come along and join us as we explore some of the Kings from the Old Testament and look at how the lessons they learned can still help us in our faith today!
June 4th - The Call for a King - Genesis 17:1-8 June 11th - Saul: The Impatient King - Deuteronomy 17:14-15 June 18th - David: The Repentant King - 1 Samuel 16:1-13 June 25th - Solomon: The Wise King - 1 Kings 1:28-40 July 2nd - Jesus: The Promised King - Isaiah 53:1-6
This May Mission Month we're taking a look at local mission, with a focus on 'share a coffee - share a story'. Across the month it would be great if we each aim to sit down with someone, share a coffee (or other drink) and share some of our own story, as well as hear their story.
Here's the Sunday Service details for the month May 7th - On being a herald - 2 Tim 1:8-12 (Pastor James) May 14th - When Jesus Crosses your Path - John 4:1-26 (John Palandri) May 21st - Special Local School Chaplain Panel Interview May 28th - Are you threshing wheat in a winepress? - Judges 6:11-16 (Geoff Hall)
Easter is a significant time in the Christian tradition. It is when we celebrate what is at the very core of faith, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. What is easter really all about? What do we need to know about Jesus to be 'saved'? Come and journey with us as we look more closely at the cross and the message of the Christian faith.
April 2nd - What's the deal with sin? - Romans 1:18-25 April 9th - Why is 'good' not enough? - Revelation 21:1-4 April 14th - Why would God die for me? (Good Friday) - No Reading April 16th - How can I be saved? (Easter Sunday) - Romans 10:9-10 April 23rd - The feet who bring good news - Romans 10:11-15
April 30th - Guest Speaker: Andrew Binns from Inglewood Community Church
Over the past 100 years western culture has changed incredibly. In the early 20th century, most people went to church. Now, there's almost more chance of someone asking the question 'what is a Christian' than there is of speaking to someone who is connected to a church. Though our culture has a strong Judeo-Christian heritage, many people today are completely unversed in what we've known as a Christian culture.
During March we're going to take some time exploring these cultural changes and asking the question 'how do we share the best news in the world in a way that our friends, family and neighbours can hear it and understand it? The message is still the same, but perhaps the changes in our culture affects how we should share the message more than we realise?
March 5th - Where do I start? - Acts 17:16-21 March 12th - Sharing the right message - John 8:2-6 March 19th - Commit to the journey - Col 4:2-6 March 26th - A big decision - Acts 15:1-6
Over the months of January and February we're looking to have a conversation as a church; 'What is God calling us to, what is His vision for our faith community?' We'll be proposing a statement that we believe the Lord has led us to, then we'll be journeying with each other as we seek to answer the question 'Is God in this?' as a church family.
The proposed vision statement is:"We desire to be a loving, vibrant Christian community intentionally seeking to support family life."
Our sermon series during this time will seek to unpack the reasons we believe God is calling us towards this aim, as well as explaining more specifically what we believe it will look like. We want the whole church family to be part of this discussion and so we will be facilitating various times for this to take place throughout January & February as part of our church services.
January 1st - The local church is the hope of the world - Matt 16:13-20, Matt 28:18-20 January 8th - The one takes priority over the 99 - Luke 15:1-7 January 15th - The Big Picture: Let the children come to me - Matt 19:13-15 January 22nd - No Message: Church prayer time January 29th - Is God in this? - John 10:1-11
February 5th - No Message: Facilitated church discussion February 12th - The Jigsaw Puzzle - Romans 12:1-8 February 19th - Church on a hill - Matt 5:14-16 February 26th - What next? Eph 2:1-10
Christmas. A season of joy, a season of hope, a season of overflowing shopping centre carparks... What is the real reason we celebrate Christmas? How do we focus on this during the 'silly season'? Do we need to re-capture 'Christmas'? Come along during December as we take a look at Jesus: The reason for the season.
December 4th - The Christmas Story - Luke 2:1-7 December 11th - Santa VS Jesus - John 3:16-21 December 18th - What is advent? - Matt 1:18-23 December 25th - The Hope of Christmas
In Matthew 11:28-30 in the message translation we read “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
A life of faith is all about finding the rhythm of God in our lives, or as it is worded here, 'the unforced rhythm of grace'. However, this kind of life takes discipline. It can be formed, but it won't just happen. So how might be learn the unforced rhythms of grace? Christians since Christ have practised various spiritual disciplines that have helped them in this pursuit. Some are still well followed, others have become less popular. We're going to look at six possible disciplines that you may like to explore in your life.
October 16th - Developng a rule of life - Matt 11:28-30 October 23rd - Reading the bible - 2 Timothy 3:10-17 October 30th - Prayer - Matt 6:5-15 November 6th - Fasting - Matt 6:16-18 November 13th - Confession - Psalm 32 November 20th - Celebration - Nehemiah 8:9-12 November 27th - *Special Visit* Greg & Shireen Seymour
During September and Early October we'll be having various people speak to us on different topics.
September 11th - Mission Sharing Sunday - Journeying to China & Africa - John Palandri September 18th - Guest Speaker: Mark Edwards (Pastor at Inglewood Community Church) Septemer 25th - Rejoice! - Philippians 4:4-9 - Pastor James Middleton October 2nd - John Palandri - Philippians 2:5-11 October 9th - David White
What is faith? We've recently adopted a new mission at Craigie which talks about 'seeing faith stories happen'. We're setting out to journey with people towards Jesus. A journey is simply a series of steps. Journeying with people towards Jesus means helping them take steps of faith, becoming more like Christ...but what does that look like? Throughout July & August we're going to learn from faith filled characters throughout the bible.
What is our next step of faith at Craigie? What is your own next step of faith? This is what we hope to help answer over these months.
July 3rd - What is faith? - Hebrews 11:1-6 July 10th - Faith - Abel - Genesis 4:1-7 July 17th - Faith - Enoch - Genesis 5:18-24 July 24th - Faith - Abraham - Hebrews 11:8-12, 17-19 July 31st - Faith - God's Original Masterpiece
August 7th - Faith - Canaanite Woman - Matt 15:21-28 August 14th - Faith - Roman Centurion - Luke 7:1-10 August 21st - Faith without works is dead - James 2:14-26 August 28th - Faith - Peter - Matt 14:22-33 September 4th - Faith - What's Next? - 1 Cor 9:24-27
Guest Speaker: 26th June, 2016 John Catterell - A Cappella Praise Title: Farming for God
One of the few taboo topics in our culture is money and yet money is a topic that Jesus spoke about a lot, tying it closely to spiritual maturity. Some churches talk about money a lot leading to the question 'Does the church just want our money'. Others barely mention it. We're going to take some time in June to see what the bible has to say about money, about giving to the church and about what it means to live a generous life.
June 5th - Jesus on Money - Mark 12:41-44 June 12th - So what about tithing? - Genesis 14:18-20 June 19th - Being a mission driven church - 2 Cor 9:6-15
Each year at Craigie we celebrate 'May Mission Month'. Throughout the month we'll be looking at various mission items, hearing from people involved in mission locally and globally and considering how we as a church can be on mission in our own context.
May 1st - Pastor James Middleton May 8th - Don Byrne May 15th - Scott Falconer May 22nd - Pastor James Middleton May 29th - Geoff Hall
We live in a constantly evolving world. In some ways these changes are good and in some ways they are not so good. However, as the world does not stand still neither can the church. How do we at Craigie Baptist Church reach our friends with the good news in the 21st century? What does it actually mean to be sent into the world? Come along to Craigie in April and journey with us as we explore evangelism in the 21st century.
April 3rd - Ambassadors for Christ - 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 April 10th - Seeking people of peace - Luke 10:5-12 April 17th - On being a sower - Matt 13:3-9 April 24th - Harvest - Matt 9:37-38
One simple question, who do you think Jesus is?
In the lead up the Easter we're going to be exploring the idea that the entire Christian faith hinges on one question, 'Who do you say I am?'. Everything hinges on how you answer this question.
Do you have questions about Christianity? Do you struggle to understand or believe the story of Jesus? We'd love you to come along and journey with us as we prepare to celebrate what Christ did for us at Easter.
March 6th - Who do you think Jesus is? | Luke 9:18-27 March 13th - Is there a case for Christ? | John 20:30-31 March 20th - Was Jesus a liar, lunatic, legend or Lord? | John 10:7-10 March 25th- Why did Jesus have to die? | Romans 3:23-26 *GOOD FRIDAY* March 27th - How could the resurrection story change your life? | 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 *EASTER SUNDAY*
Welcome Home. That's how we want people to feel when they first come to Craigie Baptist Church. That is what many people at Craigie suggested as a 'memory' when asked about their time at Craigie, it just felt like 'Home'.
What does Home look and feel like to a world in need? What might it look like for us to be Home for those outside faith today? Join with us throughout the end of January and through February as we journey together, beginning to discover the New Craigie that God is calling us to be.
January 24th - Belonging Together: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 (Play Sermon) January 31st - Modern Family: Mark 10:13-16 *Special Service - Baby Dedication* (Play Sermon) February 7th - Thriving in Conflict: Philippians 2 (Play Sermon) February 14th - The Next Generation: 1 Cor 9:19-23 (Play Sermon) February 21st - Phil Bryant (Church Consultant) One more for Jesus: Acts 20:17-24 (Play Sermon) February 28th - Row Boat or Sail Boat?: Ephesians 3:14-21(Play Sermon)
The beginning of a year can often feel like a new 'chapter' in life. Many things start again in and around the January/February window. A new school year begins. New focuses take shape. New. New. New.
As 2016 kicks off we're going to take some time looking at 'New Beginnings'. Pastor James will start the 3 part series off with a flyover view of the year ahead, looking at the seasons mentioned in Ecclesiastes 3. Then John Palandri and Chris Green will share over the next 2 weeks while Pastor James is away.
January 3rd - A New Season: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Play Sermon) January 10th - Jesus, A New Beginning: Acts 1:1-11 Guest Speaker: John Palandri (Play Sermon) January 17th - New Year, New Life: Romans 7:15-24 Guest Speaker: Chris Green (Play Sermon)
As we draw towards Christmas we're going to take a look each week at how each of the Gospels started. Though each of the gospels focus on Jesus in their first chapter, they all do so with a different viewpoint.
Come along and join with us as we prepare for Christmas, celebrating the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
In November we're taking some times to 'rest' in the Psalms. The book of Psalms provides some great insight into how to live a balanced life. We'll be taking some time to look at a few key Psalms that will hopefully help us start to prepare for the coming Christmas season and a new year ahead, full of opportunity.
Sometimes life can feel quite challenging. For many of us, the world we live in today can cause us to feel vulnerable and alone. For all of us, we go through times of disappointment and despair. During this 4 weeks series we'll look at some of the best ways that we, the church, can find encouragement both from one another but also from God.
October 11th - What are you running towards? / Heb 12:1-3 (Play Sermon) October 18th - Dead words have life! / Heb 4:12-13 (Play Sermon) October 25th - How could an apple change the world? / Heb 3:12-14 (Play Sermon) November 1st - Good works or God works? / Heb 10:1-18 (Play Sermon)
For the last two weeks of September we'll be looking at a short two week series from Proverbs as we continue to journey together as a church.
September 20th - Following God's footsteps / Proverbs 16:1-9 (Play Sermon) September 27th - Trust begins in the heart / Proverbs 3:1-8 (Play Sermon)
From August until early September we ran a series on Jesus' teachings from the book of Matthew. Jesus words were full of truth for the people of His day and continue to be full of truth for us now.