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Keith Bricknell

John Bunyan

By Keith Bricknell
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31 Aug, 2014
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Today is the 326th anniversary of the passing of John Bunyan, a man of little formal education, but of great courage and deep faith. He was a Dissenter that is one who opposed the state Church of England and sought to practice his faith within the folds of a Baptist Church which he pastored in Bedford. Such an act was illegal and several times he was imprisoned for preaching and teaching his views that were based upon the Bible.

Foremost amongst these was that the Church was made up of those who had personally committed their lives to Jesus Christ as their Redeemer, Lord and Saviour. This was not only his teaching of Christianity as being a personal decision on the part of each individual, but it was also an insistence that the Church was made up only of Believers, the doctrine of a Regenerate Church!

During the time of the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell, such views were tolerated, but not so under the Monarchy. Bunyan was imprisoned and his family impoverished as a result. It was during his times in prison that he began writing, firstly “Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners”, his spiritual autobiography. Then on a second imprisonment, “The Pilgrim’s Progress from this World to That Which is to Come”, his great allegory of Christian fleeing from the City of Destruction and undertaking a great Journey until at last he comes to the Celestial City. It was published in 1687, just 10 years before he died.

So popular was the book that it is said that at one time along with the Bible, a copy of it was found in every English speaking home. When he wrote about Christian’s persecutions and obstacles he was speaking as one who had faced similar sufferings for his faith. I guess that is why the deep faith that shines through the book seems so genuine. If I was to sum up the book it would be in that phrase that Jesus used:

“In the world you shall have tribulation, but do not fear I have overcome the world!” John 16.33

It is a reminder for us that our Christian life is not only a significant life changing experience, but also a faith journey a pilgrimage. Throughout our lives there will come blessings, trials and troubles and perhaps persecutions, but nevertheless like Bunyan’s character, we too can know the companionship of others with us and the good hand of the Lord upon us.

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Calendar

Sep

21

There will be a Special General Meeting held on 21st September at 2pm at Moore Park Church to consider and vote on the appointment of a new pastor.

  • Where Indooroopilly
  • Contact Church office: 3878 4268
  • Time 2.00pm

Oct

18

On the 18th October we will have our annual Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner! This is an event where a host (and helper) prepares a meal for 6-8 ‘guests’. Only on the night does anyone know who they are having dinner with and where that dinner will take place!!

This is a fun night and a chance to meet others in our church family. If you would like to be a host or help a host prepare, cook and serve please let speak to Leith Harding or Marie Kuipers. Funds raised on the night support short-term mission teams from Moore Park Baptist Church.

  • Where Various
  • Contact Church office: 3878 4268
  • Time TBA

Dec

26

The Grace Centre in Bahir Dar, is a God-led sanctuary for families struggling with the challenges of poverty, illness and single parenting in rural Ethiopia. The Grace Centre provides free Childcare so single parents can work to support their children; free healthcare and training in health issues; before and after school care including meals, uniforms and tutoring for families in need; literacy, numeracy and training; counseling, mentoring and support so families can remain together; transitional care and reunification for children in need.

Short Term Mission Teams assist the Grace Centre in many ways. They are able to undertake tasks, build resources and host training programs. They also provide a very necessary element of support and encouragement to all the staff in the roles, their walk with God and assist in their daily witness to the Grace families and children.

Tasks to be undertaken at the Grace Centre include -
 Sharing Gods word at bible studies and prayer times with senior staff;
 Encouraging all staff by walking with them in their various roles at the clinic, child care centres, grounds work, maintenance and teaching;
 Teaching English language skills to high school children and English conversation skills;
 creating a shared play area for the day care children including playground, gardens etc;
 Visiting and doing activities/ outings the children in the prison.

The cost including airfares, insurance, accommodation, most meals, transfers and team sight-seeing events – $5,400 per adult. There is also the opportunity to stay in Thailand and visit the Callows family after 17th Jan

If you are interested in joining us please contact Leith or Rob Harding 0410557721 l.harding@qut.edu.au

  • Where Ethiopia
  • Contact Office - 3878 4268; Leith or Rob Harding: 0410 557721
  • Time

Dec

30

Our Service times are Sundays 8am, 10am and 5pm. Our Bellbowrie congregation meets at 9.30am only on Sundays in the Moggill State School Hall, 3417 Moggill Road.

Please note there will be a COMBINED (8am + 10am) SERVICE at 9am on Sunday, 7th September.

If you would like any further information or would like to talk to one of our Pastors, please contact the Church Office by phone or email (office@moorepark.org.au).

  • Where 80 Taringa Parade, Indooroopilly
  • Contact Church office 38784268
  • Time