Stories Jesus Told: Parable of the Sower

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This Sunday we are starting a new series called ‘Stories Jesus Told’, looking at a series of the most significant parables that Jesus shared.

We begin with the Parable of the Sower (or the Parable of the Soils). It sets the scene for what Jesus is doing in ALL the parables. He speaks and invites people to be hearers of his words.

As we enter into this famous story please be praying for yourself and everyone who tunes in that we would have ears to hear, do as Jesus invites, and be the good soil that he is describing – even in the midst of challenging times.

https://youtu.be/NlFYwLUGPbg

Ephesians 1: Extra Blessing Therapy!

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This Sunday we are delighted to be having Greg Prosper bringing us a message from God’s Word. Greg is a full-time army chaplain and a long-time friend of Concord Baptist Church.

He’s sharing EBT with us: extra blessing therapy!

Paul wrote Ephesians from prison, most likely in Rome. He was isolated and separated from friends. How did he handle this time of separation?

Paul ponders his spiritual blessings. He praises God for ‘every spiritual blessing’. Physical, material blessing are not unimportant. But these spiritual blessings are already ours now as opposed to other physical blessings which come via prayer and God’s sovereign will.

Trying to count the number of spiritual blessings mentioned in the 14 verses is like eating spaghetti: messy and tangled but very nourishing and yummy!

Join us tomorrow!

Remembering those who served – Anzac Day 2020

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This week, in the lead up to Anzac Day, is an opportunity to remember some of the individuals from Concord Baptist who served in the First World War (1914-1918).

Those who do not remember the past are destined to repeat it – George Santayana

These notes have been compiled with best endeavours, but please let us know any inaccuracies so we can make a correction.

Click on the links below to find out more, and follow our posts each day this week:

Monday – R. Bamford

Tuesday – George Rogers

Wednesday – E. Linklater

Thursday – F. Harries

Friday – Robert Pickup

 

WWI Honour Board - Concord Baptist Church

Lest we forget

Losing the Plot and Getting Back On Track

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Have you ever become distracted from the thing you were meant to be doing?

As we investigate John 21:1-19 on Sunday we’ll see that after Jesus died the disciples had lost the plot a bit too. They forgot what they were meant to be doing after Jesus’ death and brief departure. And we’ll see in this passage on Sunday how Jesus responds.

Join us on YouTube this Sunday at 10am:

COVID-19 Easter Sunday

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This Easter weekend we’re looking at how John portrays the incredible story of Jesus’ death and resurrection and the good news that this proclaims for all people everywhere.

May we truly know the life, the peace and the joy that Jesus brings this Easter.

Our Easter Sunday session will premiere at our usual time (10am). We hope you can join us then.

https://youtu.be/sBMLdqideIs

 

COVID-19 Good Friday

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Easter has arrived – unlike any Easter we have celebrated in our lifetime.

Instead of meeting together to take communion and celebrate the wonderful thing that Jesus has done, we are continuing to stay at home to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

While we cannot meet face-to-face at this time, may you still know the loving presence of God. May you take the time this long weekend to read and to meditate on the incredible sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf.

We’ve been looking at John’s account of Jesus’ final days and messages to his followers.

What happened to Jesus was not an accident but the fulfillment of God’s plans and purposes for our salvation.

When Jesus cried “It is finished” he gave up his life so that we could have life in His name.

Join us tomorrow at our 10am premiere for Good Friday.

https://youtu.be/AQ7cTX7P5qw

COVID Update – 5 April

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Update for 5 April:

Join us again for this Sunday’s premiere on YouTube at 10am on Sunday 5th April:

Don’t forget daylight saving ends on Saturday night!

Before you watch the message, please take some time to pray and listen to some worship music – there is playlist of some of our favourites or you can just play anything you find uplifting at this time.

Read John 17 – and meditate on the wonder that Jesus prayed for us on the night he was betrayed. What a Saviour we worship!

COVID Update – 29 March

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Update for 29 March:

In the midst of all the uncertainty around COVID-19 may you know that our God is good and He loves us!

Like last week, this Sunday’s message premiere premiere YouTube at 10am on our channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2ZvAXKzRfdLYbL5HtrGMQg

Before you watch the message, please take some time to pray and listen to some worship music – there is playlist of some of our favorites or you can just play anything you find uplifting at this time.

Read all of John 16 – even though my message will be focused on the last few verses.

Even though we should expect trouble in this world, take heart – for Jesus has overcome the world!!!

COVID-19 Update – 20th March

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Update for 20 March:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and rapid changes in efforts to manage it’s spread, the service for this Sunday 22nd March is cancelled so we can complete an updated risk assessment and best plan arrangements going forward.

For this Sunday, please gather in your home at 9:30am and spend time worshipping God using your favourite hymn or YouTube playlist.  Spend time praying for our community and the broader world in light of what is happening. Read John 15:1-7 and then watch this Sunday’s message at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2ZvAXKzRfdLYbL5HtrGMQg (the message is scheduled to play from 10am).

Stay safe and please refer back to this site for updates.

In Christ

The Concord Baptist Diaconate