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Easter 2020

Jesus is risen! He’s risen indeed! He’s Up! He’s up and about!

We believe that a man rose from the dead. It’s an unusual thing to believe, apparently. But what’s really unusual is when an apparently sane man claims to glorify God, be God’s Son, and be God Himself- and then backs up his claims by not only performing miracles of all shapes and sizes, but by rising from the dead after a Roman crucifixion! This man preached repentance for the forgiveness of sins, and paid for that forgiveness by His blood, offering it by faith to those who believe. His name was Jesus.

Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is the best, and most reasonable explanation of all of the facts. This is what we are convinced of, and reminded of, this Easter 2020. This truth has changed our lives, and we pray it changes- and continues to change- yours as well. In the midst of turmoil, we have Real hope, Real comfort, and Real salvation.

God is good! He is risen indeed. Join us tomorrow for our Sunday Service at 10am – just email floodingcreekcommunitychurch@gmail.com for the link.

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Good God, Good Friday

Tomorrow is Good Friday. It’s yet another day we are reminded of the fact that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ died for us, and rose again. The impact of this truth on our lives, and on the lives of every human that has ever- and will ever- walk this earth, is beyond profound.

Tomorrow, we will join a worldwide fellowship of Christians to celebrate this truth together, and to encourage each other in accordance with His mercy and grace, which our Father God has poured out on us who believe.
So please join us at 4pm tomorrow for a short service, including an opportunity to share the Lord’s Supper together.

I look forward to a time of fellowship with you despite the physical distance using the tools available to us. Thank God for that ability! Just email us for the link.

Remember – it’s Good Friday because He’s a Good God!

Hallelujah!
In Christ,

Paul and the FCCC Team,

floodingcreekcommunitychurch@gmail.com

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God is Sovereign

Autumn in Sale is simply stunning. God’s good creation, continually held together by His grace and power, remind us of His promises and faithfulness to fulfill them. Praise the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who loves us!

For the self-diagnosed “technologically impaired”, please don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you’re having trouble setting up Zoom or discovering how youtube works. That said, a lot of learning is trial and error – embrace the challenge!

National Day of Prayer for Defence

At 10am this morning, Saturday 28 Mar, we are gathering from all over the country via Zoom to pray for the Australian Defence Force.  http://zoom.us/j/8359803354 is the link! Feel free to join us. Sorry for the late notice!

Sunday services start at 9:30am!

It will come as no surprise that we will not be meeting at the School Hall in person this Sunday. Nonetheless, we will be meeting via Zoom! The same link works – http://zoom.us/j/8359803354.

Despite our enthusiasm, our current tech setup precludes transmitting an audio quality conducive to communal singing. Nonetheless, we still want to sing praises to our Lord Jesus and encourage one another in this way! To mitigate our own setup we’re going to tap into the resources of our northern brethren up at EV Church, and join in the communal singing potion of their service, which starts at 9:30am!

Go to evchurch.info/live to join in! After the singing, we are planning to continue our own service on Zoom. If you’re able to use two screens, we will start our Zoom meeting at 9:30am as well, though probably on mute…. 🙂

Community Zoom Dinners!

From Saturday evening, we plan to host a communal Zoom meeting, using the same link as always, for anyone to join (just click the link!) and have dinner together as a community. If you’d like to enjoy dinner with someone, just log on, see who else is online, and enjoy some communal conversation! The Zoom meeting will generally be active and open at least between the hours of 5:30pm and 9pm or so every evening.

If you’re feeling isolated or lonely at any other time of day, please reach out to us – we are all here for each other. Likewise, if you have any prayer points, simply email us at floodingcreekcommunitychurch@gmail.com and someone in our community can give you a call, or add your prayer point to our prayer register. We will treat any personal information with respect and privacy, but if you have particular requests about the privacy of your information, please let us know in your email.

If you’re self-isolating, please let us know so we can work out how to best support you. Don’t be a stranger 🙂 God loves you.

In Christ,
Paul and the FCCC Team.

floodingcreekcommunitychurch@gmail.com

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Growth and Growth Groups

Ross started a new series with us this morning, which has been uploaded to the Sermons page of the website! We are looking at 2 Corinthians, and Ross started by focussing on Paul’s authority as an Apostle and what that means for us. It was so encouraging to meet this morning, and also to have new visitors.

Growth is one of life’s most revealing mysteries. The way all living things grow testifies to the glory and majesty of God our creator. In the New Testament, the concept of growth is often applied to our lives, both individual and communal. As we continue to grow in number at Flooding Creek, I am highly encouraged, while also reminded that we must ensure that Christ is our “head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.” (Col 2:19b)

My prayer is that, as we grow in number, we may also grow in wisdom, in accordance with God’s will. I pray that we will learn from each other and appreciate each other’s differences, and even learn to love each other despite them! We are each being conformed to the likeness of Christ, and there are many parts to the body, so as a community of believers, I pray that we may pastor each other well, and prayerfully live communally in obedience to the pattern of teaching which was passed down to us by the apostles.

To that end, I’m keen as a bean for growth groups to recommence tomorrow! We’ll be continuing our study on Isaiah through Ridley Certificates for Small Groups. Ryan and Samm are kindly hosting at 7pm on Mondays, and we are hosting at 5:30pm on Tuesdays. Sign up to our mailing list by emailing us at floodingcreekcommunitychurch@gmail.com for more information!

In Christ, Paul.

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God is with us.

God’s presence among us is what sets us apart as believers. This is a tremendous truth, made possible by Jesus’ death on the cross. Hallelujah! Grasping the fullness of the biblical God who is with us, and who has saved us, is a lifelong journey which I truly enjoy doing alongside you all.

On that note, Ross finished Jude today! I’ve really enjoyed the way God has used Ross throughout this series to highlight parts of Jude I may not have otherwise considered. I consider it one of this life’s greatest pleasures to experience the way God reveals himself to us by the Holy Spirit, using his gifted teachers and prophets, through the scriptures he has preserved for us. Recent sermons from the last few weeks have been uploaded to help you in this very purpose, so check them out on the Sermons page!

Ross also recommended a famous sermon by CS Lewis today, entitled “The Weight of Glory”. It’s far better reading than this post, I’d wager! I eagerly look forward to discussing its content with many of you reading this. You can find it here: http://www.wheelersburg.net/Downloads/Lewis%20Glory.pdf

If you’d like join our mailing list, or if you have a question for us, please feel free to email us at floodingcreekcommunitychurch@gmail.com.

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—  to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Love in Christ, Paul

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A note to the church.

FCCC has been without a pastor for over two years now. As the search continues into the new year and beyond please pray for the selection panel and potential applicants, that God’s will would be done and that we may have a Spirit of wisdom and understanding.

My hope is that this church – all the beautiful men and women who call Flooding Creek home and more ecumenically the local population of Christ-followers – may remember three important lessons from our church’s story.

One.

Grief and lament are a biblical form of worship. As I read the book of Psalms, I am reminded that when we are faced with disappointment (which personally I am feeling quite strongly at the moment), or, to broaden the scope further- when we lament the death of a loved one, feel despair, anxiety, neglect, or any number of emotions natural for humans living in a broken world, we must remember to do so in the same pattern as the Psalmists.

We should indeed lament – in crying out to our God we remind ourselves that God is God. He is our immovable foundation, and His salvation and righteous works are worthy of praise. His purposes have been made known – and whatever God’s plan is, despite it not looking exactly the way we might want or expect in this moment, it will most certainly culminate in the fulfillment of God’s reign on earth when Jesus returns in glory. Hallelujah.

Two.

When we face conflict- especially within the church, or with those who are in leadership, or if we are tempted to complain about a sermon or teaching, or if we feel wronged for whatever reason, remember:

a. Forgive as God forgave us.
b. Our brothers and sisters are saved sinners just like us, so their intentions are probably good – we must try to see the best in them.
c. Apply the principles taught by Jesus in Matthew 18. Approach them personally and talk it out. When doing so, let us remember the purpose of doing so (Romans 14:19, Ephesians 4:3, Hebrews 12:14), and remember to pray with them.

When these (and other, similar) biblical Christian principles are not applied to our personal circumstances and decisions, a sequence of events inevitably follows including gossip, strife, and broken relationships – and other hell-like descriptors. Ultimately, we could sum it up with a buzz-phrase like “be like Christ”; my prayer is that buzz-phrases like these would not be wasted on us.

Three.

If you come to Flooding Creek, it is likely that you have a heart for the lost, and that through His church you want people in Sale to hear the good news of Jesus’ reign, his resounding defeat of both sin and death, and that by the grace of God they would repent and follow Him.

My reminder is that you ARE the church. The good news of Jesus is spread by US. Predestined, certainly; the command remains.

Revival, and effective evangelism – when it works – is always rooted in the white-hot faith of the church. In this day and age especially, it is of paramount importance that we, you and I, practice the spiritual disciplines which help make us resilient to the negative aspects of our culture, ground us in the hope of the gospel, and help us to rely on the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and understanding – which He lavishes on us freely when we read and apply His carefully preserved scriptures and purposefully develop our now-un-broken relationship with the God who created us. This in order that we may indeed be able to answer confidently for our hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. Ie, read the bible and pray – (perhaps even) before you touch the phone in the morning(!) (…I’d like to try this.)

What we mustn’t do is just wait for a pastor to come and then expect that he and his family will magically inspire us and finally show us the way to live and evangelise Sale. We can’t expect him to come and do all the work, all the evangelism, and all the scripture reading on behalf of the church, and then expect that FCCC will somehow grow God’s kingdom in Sale. That is unrealistic, not to mention ineffective, inefficient, unfair, and ungodly.

The truth is, the pattern of living (the Way, Truth, Life) has been shown us already; we don’t actually even NEED a pastor as such. Sure, it would be great, and an extra set of hands and feet would be wonderful – but in the end, this church is God’s church. He wants to use us whether we’ve a pastor or not! Please pray for one to be sent (we’re all sent…), but let’s not sit on our laurels in the meantime.

That’s it for now. I pray and hope this post is an encouragement to you all. Please discern and distill God’s truth from it by the Holy Spirit; I’m not the boss. Jesus is the boss.

I look forward to reaching the people of Sale with the good news of Jesus Christ with you, firmly embedded in the Truth in Love, for His glory. 

Paul R.

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Sermons are up!

Woohoo! It’s taken a while, but after running into various technical difficulties over the last few months, I’ve finally found the time to work out how to externally link the sermons we’ve recorded over the last couple of months!

Please let us know if you have any issues with accessing the media, or if the file format isn’t working for you. If you have questions about something you’ve heard in the sermon, please let us know and we can put you in touch.

Check them out, Ross has delivered some absolute crackers over the last couple months as we’ve been exploring Jude together. Praise God for His word.

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Sunday 15 Sep 19

Hi everyone, just a heads up post regarding this Sunday, 15 September 2019. Guthridge Primary, where we normally meet, will have the hall set up for their school play, so we are going to be meeting at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Sale at 89 Dundas Street at the normal time of 10:00am. Thanks to Sale Presbyterian for their hospitality!
Look forward to seeing you there! In Christ.

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Perfect judgement

This weekend, we were privileged to have the company and encouragement of Andrew Macpherson, visiting us from over the ditch; Palmy North NZ. Andrew preached from the challenging Old Testament scripture of 1 Kings 21. It was a delight to extract some encouraging truths from this fascinating story. Among other things, it is an assurance to know that God’s judgement is perfectly just, perfectly timed, and perfectly in line with His nature – to the exact extent of His grace, mercy, compassion, sovereignty, and omnipotence. He is gracious to provide opportunity to repent, and faithful in His promises.

At the end of the day, while we don’t always know the details of God’s plan, we can rest assured that He is good, and that He works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. God’s judgement will surely come, His plan will come to fruition, and He will be glorified!

Thanks for being an encouragement to us, Andrew, and for visiting us here in sunny Sale; you and your wife are more than welcome any time!

Following the service this morning we had a little BBQ at the fountain park. It was great to hang out despite the chilly wind!

Before the service the last few weeks, Simone has been serving us by organising a small coffee table out the front in the carpark. It has been very encouraging to have some conversation opportunities and community engagement on a regular basis. If you’re able, please come and join us before the service for a quick cuppa!

Over the next few weeks we’ll continue hearing from Dr Don Carson in his series called “The God Who Is There”. From September we’re also looking forward to having Ross and Ruby Brightwell back in town more regularly, God-willing!

It is a pleasure and a true privilege to meet regularly with fellow believers who delight in God’s word, working out our salvation with fear and trembling, and proclaiming the good news about Jesus together! May God use us for His glory and for the kingdom in Sale through the work of the Holy Spirit. God is good!

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Alive in Christ

It’s been a while…

Dan’s last post was on Abraham’s Thoughtful Faith. If you haven’t yet read it, may I recommend that you do. Dan’s faith was indeed a thoughtful one, and his faith, by the grace and gift of God, remained strong until the end of his time on this earth. Dan, our founding pastor, friend, and leader, passed away in January 2017 after a battle with leukaemia. He has been sorely missed since.

This blog post aims to shed a little light on what FCCC has been up to since then, which I hope you find encouraging.

After Dan died, the community found itself in grief and mourning, though not without hope. At that time Dan’s MTS apprentice, Rob Nicholls, bravely stepped up into the role of Acting Senior Pastor. Despite Rob’s minimal experience, he did a remarkable job and helped our community through a very difficult time. In October 2017, Rob and his family decided, with the blessing of the church community, to continue his theological studies in Brisbane.

Since that time, FCCC has had to band together in a significant way. We have continued to meet together weekly, enjoying encouragement and community as we unite to hear God’s word taught faithfully. We have been greatly supported by Ross and Ruby Brightwell who have travelled regularly from Melbourne to teach and minister to us, and at other times we have enjoyed the opportunity to listen to video sermons, or to hear from one of our own. Growth groups have continued to meet regularly; most recently we have completed a study through Ridley Bible College’s small group series on 1 Corinthians, which was both encouraging and challenging. I believe I can speak for all of those who attended in saying that we really enjoyed it and learned a lot from His word through it. 

In the last couple of weeks, we have just started a series on Revelation. It promises to be both fascinating and challenging, and as always God has plenty to communicate and reveal through His preserved, living and active word.

We continue to meet regularly in these ways, and are actively searching for a new Senior Pastor willing to partner with us in the gospel, for the sake of His glory in Sale. 

God is good. He has been faithful in his provision in the difficult times we have faced, and we are joyful to be His servants for His kingdom in Sale. Please come and visit us, we would love to meet you and fellowship with you! If you have any questions, or you’d like to get in touch, the best way is by emailing us at floodingcreekcommunitychurch@gmail.com.