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FCCC is a God-loving, evangelical, reformed church in Sale, Victoria.

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  • 19 Jan 2020
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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.

  • 12 Jan 2020
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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

  • 07 Dec 2019
Blog, General

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.

  • 25 Nov 2019
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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.

  • 12 Sep 2019
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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.

  • 04 Aug 2019
Blog, General

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!

  • 12 Jun 2019
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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.

  • 18 Jul 2016
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Abraham’s Thoughtful Faith

Often people characterise faith as the opposite of thinking. It’s a blind leap in the dark. Friedrich Nietzsche, the nineteenth century atheist philosopher said, “Faith is not wanting to know what is true”. A little more modern example is Richard Dawkins:

“Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”

Tim Minchin, the Australian comedian agrees:

“Science adjusts its views based on what’s observed. Faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved.”

This is a common opinion now, but it is not the view of the Bible, and Abraham is a great example of thoughtful faith. In Genesis 15 we read:

‘He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.’ (Genesis 15:5-6)

What was it that caused Abraham (his name was changed from Abram in Genesis 17) to trust God? Paul tells us in Romans 4:

“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” (Romans 4:20-21)

Abraham was fully persuaded that God had the power to grant him as many descendants as the stars. He didn’t just take a leap in the dark, or leave all reason behind, he reasoned his way to his faith. Abraham did a similar thing when God called him to sacrifice Isaac:

“Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead” (Heb 11:19)

Abraham worked from what he knew about God and then reasoned his way to trusting him. That’s what faith is, it’s trust. It’s not a leap in the dark. Trust is given to the one who is trustworthy. Abraham reasoned that God had the power to do what he promised. His faith was based on evidence. Christians also believe based on evidence. The key claim of Christianity is an historical one: Jesus of Nazareth physically rose from the dead. The eye witness testimonies of the risen Jesus lie at the heart of the New Testament’s evidence for Christian faith. Christians believe because they investigate the evidence and find it convincing. It’s logical. It’s reasonable. It’s based on historical observations. It’s based on evidence. Christian faith is no cop-out. In fact one might suggest that deliberately ignoring the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection is to ‘evade the need to think and evaluate evidence’.

  • 14 Jun 2016
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A Journey with Cancer

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Since January one of our pastors, Dan Godde, has been diagnosed with Leukemia and has been receiving treatment. This has meant long stays in Melbourne away from family and church. Rob, our other pastor, has happily stepped up into Dan’s role and is doing a great job. Dan’s journey with cancer looks likely to be a long one. Doctor’s project that if his treatment is successful, he will probably not return to work until next year. This news has brought grief to Dan’s family, our church family and his friends. But in the midst we are comforted, because our God is a good God and he is in control of this world, even when things look bleak. Please join us in praying for Dan and his family. Also, please pray for the leaders of Flooding Creek. Many of our church members have stood up and taken on more leadership this year, and we have already seen how in the midst of this trial God is blessing us.

If you would like to follow Dan’s progress, than you might like to read his blog here.

  • 04 Jan 2016
Blog, General, Sermon Series

World’s Biggest Problem Survey Results

The survey results are in. 162 people responded to the survey and the top 10 results are:

  1. Terrorism 15%
  2. Lack of respect 12%
  3. War 12%
  4. Poverty 11%
  5. Greed 8%
  6. Religion 7%
  7. Pollution 4%
  8. Drugs 4%
  9. Lack of belief in God 4%
  10. Humanity 3%

Other answers included politicians, animal cruelty and overpopulation.

Later in the year we’ll be seeing how the Bible addresses the biggest issues in the world.

3 – War and Poverty
2 – Lack of Respect
1 – Terrorism

Stand by for the dates…

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