Empowered by the Spirit of Truth

Empowered by the Spirit of Truth

Friday 9th June 2023

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth

John 17:17 NIV

Jesus prayed for an immune system to be built up in the lives of his followers so that when they re-enter the world they would not be influenced by it, but instead have an influence on it. That immune system is a worldview formed by the Truth. You will therefore acknowledge why it is so important that the Truth is preached in our churches!

A church that steps away from the Truth steps away from its purpose.

That is why we consistently reference Christ as worthy to be followed as Lord and King and not merely appreciated as some kind of a good person. That is why we love others as He has loved us, and not merely as how we love ourselves. That’s why we posture ourselves as compassionate servants in our city, and not merely as a concerned crowd. That’s why we plant and grow faith communities and not just live like settlers in suburbia.

As the Truth gets hold of your worldview, you start to engage differently with your environment. You discover a bigger purpose to live for.  Many Christians believe that the prize for salvation is going to heaven someday. This actually is a fundamentally flawed belief!

The primary reward in Christianity is Christ living in us NOW BY HIS SPIRIT…not going to heaven someday!

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.

John 16:13 NIV

Waiting for heaven creates the illusion that we are still at a distance with God and need reconciliation in “phases” or “steps”.  This is the lie of religion: You can gain intimacy with God through your own effort. Christ brought closeness! He cancelled the distance between us and God completely so that we can be His presence in every place! Listen to Jesus’ prayer for us:

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

John 17:20-21 NIV

We are to influence…not to be influenced!

Food Pantry | Our city needs our help!

Last year the Food Pantry supported 96 families with 231 visits who were in need of crisis support. 96 families! Imagine, they could be your friends or neighbours. Families who are doing it tough. The City of Casey Council recognised the generous support the Food Pantry and volunteers give to our local community. Council presented BCOC Food Pantry with the ‘Community Group of the Year’ award. Let’s reach out and show our support by purchasing something from our list in your next shop. You can drop it off in the Food Pantry basket located in the foyer, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or Sundays 9am-12 noon.

Let’s Love People and Serve Our City, and buy one item to be His presence in the City of Casey!

At your next shop, please pick up:

  • Milk (long life)
  • Strawberry jam
  • Raspberry jam
  • Cooking oil
  • 2 minute noodles
  • Pancake mix
  • Tuna (large tins)
  • Soup (large tins)
  • Laundry liquid
  • Dishwashing liquid 

Fuse Youth | Friday 9th June

This week we are off to State Youth Games so there is no Fuse Youth onsite. Please pray for our huge team and that the weather will hold out!


Sunday Service | The Body Of Christ 1

The body of Christ is “the Christ…embodied”.  What does Christ mean? What does body mean in this context? It is way more than a humanitarian organisation or a religious institution. It gives Christ a body in which He can move and act as He establishes a Kingdom on earth that is known for the righteousness, peace and joy it carries. In this two week series, we’ll discover what the movement called the body of Christ is.

Why not come early and enjoy a coffee at our cafe? We look forward to seeing you!


Kids Church | Sunday 11th June

This week Kids Church…
2 to 4-year-olds | Ananias Helps Paul | Acts 9:10-31
5 to 12-year-olds | I can see clearly now | Acts 9:10-31

Men's Prayer Group | Sunday 11th June

The Men’s Prayer Group is a group of men who meet to pray together. The group meets at the church every Sunday evening. Where individuals spend time in prayer, worship, and fellowship together as men who walk together to seek the face of God. Starts 5.45pm.

Seniors Ministry | Wednesday 14th June

Be prepared to have your brain stretched as we delve into the world of amazing things! Is there something you find amazing that you can share with the Group? The Friendship Group meet in the Connect Lounge at 1.30pm to 4.00pm Please bring a plate for everyone to share.


Partners Gathering | Sunday 18th June

This is a partners only gathering where we will:

  • galvanise our unity before Christ as head of our movement
  • communicate important information on the state of the movement
  • share with our partners information about future developments
  • celebrate key breakthroughs in our movement
  • build a stronger sense of community and relationship as partners
  • create an opportunity to foster healthy communication
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Forge Young Adults Service | Sunday 18th June

We will be having a fantastic guest speaker, Senior Pastor Braam Botha who was born in Tshwane in South Africa and has many years of ministry experience. He is married to his wife Sonja and been a youth and young adults pastor for 18 years. They have three young adults in their home. He is currently serving as Senior Pastor at BCOC. He desires to see youth and young adults influence today’s church for the sake of tomorrow’s Kingdom impact on our communities. Make sure you are there to hear what Pastor Braam has to say, and stick around for a meal and some fellowship afterwards! 5.30pm – 7.30pm.


Mental Health Support Gathering | Tuesday 20th June

The Mental Health Support Gatherings is a ministry of the Berwick Church of Christ. We have been serving our community with support for over 150 years. You may be interested or might want to refer someone you care about to this opportunity. The gathering runs from 7.30pm – 9.30pm.

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Baptism Celebration | Sunday 25th June

Baptism is the complete immersion into water of those who have confessed their faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and their Saviour. However, it is more than just immersion in water. It has a number of significant meanings.

Complete the expression of interest form if you would like to be contacted about being Baptised. There is a Baptism Class on Tuesday 6th June if you would like to know more.

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Alpha Marriage Course | Wednesday 19th July

The Marriage Course is for couples who are seeking to strengthen their relationship. Some couples do the course to intentionally invest in their relationship, others are looking to address more specific challenges. Either way, the course offers essential tools and practical ideas to help you build a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Thank you for being His Presence in Every Place! 


Senior Pastor