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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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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.