A Promise to hold on to…

Alice YoungUncategorised

As we begin our Advent series on the names of God in Isaiah 9:6, the passage I’m encouraging you to memorise this month is the beautiful prophetic promise these names come from – Isaiah 9:2-7. This promise is a glimpse of hope, peace and joy sandwiched between some very gloomy and hopeless passages, which only emphasises its opening statement – … Read More

People make churches

Alice YoungUncategorised

Heather Waldron finished serving as our Office Manager on Tue 30 June. At our recent Member’s meeting we gave this minute of appreciation:  “Over the past 13 years, Heather served sacrificially as Unley Park Baptist Church’s Administrator and Office Manager. Heather was integral in supporting volunteers, coordinating events, and organising the life of our church. Heather’s contribution through this time includes the success of our wonderful Christmas … Read More

How has our church innovated?

Alice YoungUncategorised

As age-old institutions, churches are not famous for innovation. But I thought as an exercise of thankfulness it would be good to reflect on just how our church community has responded in these past few months. On March 22, we shut our building and live-streamed for the first time. This was done with just over a week turnaround, while we maintained business … Read More

Essential 100 Bible Passages

Jason HoetDaily Bible, Uncategorised

The Essential 100 Challenge (E100) helps you get an overview of the Bible… without getting bogged down. The Plan guides you through 50 Old Testament passages and 50 New Testament passages — The Essential 100 — so you can see the big picture of God’s Word, and form a daily Bible reading habit in the process. E100 is an achievable … Read More

What does Easter mean for our time?

Alice YoungEvents, FrontPage, Pastor, Uncategorised

1 Cor 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”  Our conversations have been filled the world’s tragedy and our personal anxiety. We drive down empty roads and pass empty shops. In a way we have not experienced in our lifetime, our whole world is aware of its mortality and fragility. What might Easter … Read More

Coronavirus Church Update

Jason HoetFrontPage, News, Uncategorised

It seems today is the day for coronavirus updates. Now COVID-19 is a declared pandemic already there is a significant impact on our community’s work, lifestyle and public gatherings. Just today the PM has advised against “organised non-essential gatherings of persons of 500 people or greater”. Our state South Australia, in line with the rest of Australia, has implemented a … Read More

When faith is confusing

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor, Uncategorised

John 3:3 “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” By the first response the conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus is a lesson in conflicted confusion. For all his learning the Jewish teacher cannot comprehend what Jesus might mean by “born again”. He fails to connect what Jesus says, to … Read More

Defeating Temptation

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor, Uncategorised

Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are. 1 John 2:16 has the trifecta for temptations which come our way –“ the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life”. Throughout his wilderness testing the devil tempted Jesus in these 3 areas: the flesh hungered for stones to become bread, the eyes were shown the splendour of kingdoms, pride was aroused by the questioning the Son of God’s privilege.  The power of temptation is in not being satisfied with … Read More

School is Back

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor, Uncategorised

Deuteronomy 6: 4-7 “The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.” School is back. The roads are full again with commuting families and buses. It feels like … Read More

The responsibilities of being Australian

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor, Uncategorised

People who become Australia citizens make a pledge as a public commitment to Australia. The pledge focuses on our system of government, our public freedoms and our law. Through this people accept the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.  There is incredible privilege in being an Australian. We are one of the wealthiest nations in the world, our country is an amazing place to live. These past few weeks remind us our sunburnt land needs to be respected. With fires, floods, hailstorms, … Read More