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Believe Series: Chapter 6: Church

Sunday Service

  • 25 March 2018
  • Pastor Suz Holmes
  • Believe Series: Chapter 6: Church

The Key Question:

  • How will God fulfil His Plan?


  • I believe God uses the church to bring about his plan.
  • One body / one church, with Jesus as the head.

Hebrews 10:25

  • This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing, because we need each other! In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning.

Lessons from Suz’s story:

  • Kids don’t learn to love Jesus by osmosis. They need intentional instruction.
  • We all need the support of others.
  • We need to be in relationship first, before we can call for support.

Acts 2:42-47

  • The disciples sharing everything in common.
  • A picture of perfect communion.

What does God see?

  • God sees the future us
  • God sees the perfect us!
  • God sees his church as it is going to be… the Beautiful, Stunning Bride of Christ!

Story about having to deal with Christian DTS flatmates arguing over shampoo:

  • “They’re just not there yet.”
  • We are not just quite there yet, either.
  • None of us are perfect. We are all selfish in some respect.

Ephesians 4:15

  • Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.

1 Corinthians 12:12

  • The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up on one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

We are called…

  • To tell otherers about Jesus
  • To disciple followers of Jesus
  • To love each other
  • To encourage one another
  • To teach one another
  • To build up one another
  • To release other’s callings/purposes
  • To bear each other burdens
  • To be kind and compassionate to each other



Believe Series: Chapter 5: Identity in Christ

Sunday Service

  • 18 March 2018
  • Pastor Arnie Hall
  • Believe Series: Chapter 5: Identity in Christ

The Key Question:

  • Who am I?

Genesis 17:

  • Abram becomes Abraham
  • “Exalted father” becomes “Father of many nations”
  • What the world saw vs. What God sees

Luke 19

  • Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
  • Despised by the Jews as a traitor
  • Probably despised by the Romans as a useful slave
  • Jesus dares to reach out to him, which would have hurt his reputation. Hanging with the rich.
  • But the fruit of that meeting was repentance.

Identity in Christ

  • God understands our circumstances and past
  • God deals with our circumstances and past
  • God sees the future us
  • God sees the “could be” us
  • God sees the perfect us!

I believe…

  • God loves me, so my life has value.
  • I exist to know, love and serve God.
  • God loves me, even when I don’t obey
  • I am forgiven and accepted by God


  • I am free from condemnation
  • My worth comes from my position in Jesus (not my performance)


  • I live to express who I am in Jesus (not to prove who I am)
  • I can focus on building others up and serving (not tearing down)




John 1:12

  • Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

Believe Series: Part 4: The Bible

Sunday Service

  • 11 March 2018
  • Pastor Arnie Hall
  • Believe Series: Part 4: The Bible

Part 1: God

  • Who is God?
  • I believe the God of the Bible is the only true God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” – 2 Corinthians 13:14

Part 2: Personal God

  • Does God care about me?
  • I believe God is involved in and cares about my daily life.
  • “I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2

Part 3: Salvation

  • How do I have a relationship with God?
  • I believe a person comes into a right relationship with God by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
  • “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

Part 4: The Bible

  • How do I know God and his will for my life?
  • I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God that guides my beliefs and actions.
  • “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

What this book does

  • Helps us know God better
  • Know others
  • Know ourselves
  • Know our enemy
  • Convicts us
  • Challenges us
  • Encourages us
  • Should excite us!
  • Make us better

What else do I believe about the Bible?

  • I believe the Bible is absolutely true in matters of faith and morals.
  • I believe the words of the Bible are words from God.
  • I believe the Bible has decisive authority over what I say and do.
  • I believe the Bible has the right to command my belief and action.
  • I believe the Bible is relevant to address the needs of contemporary culture.

AUT Study

  • 55,443 children born in NZ in 1998
  • Until they turned 17 (2015)
  • Percentage reported to child protection services? 23.5%
  • Our community desperately needs what the Bible offers!

Luke 12:51

  • “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.”
  • Jesus claims to inclusive, exclusivity.
  • All are welcomed into heaven, but only in His name.
  • So, it’s our job to tell others about Him.



Believe Series: Part 1: God

Sunday Service

  • 18 February 2018
  • Pastor Arnie Hall
  • Believe Series


  • As you know, Pastor Marty Barrett has been moved from Youth Leader to Adult Ministries;
  • Our new Youth Leader is Bonnie Holmes. Has a teaching degree.  Will be back from YWAM Hawaii in time for Easter Camp.
  • Vanessa Jewell continue to pray for her ongoing recovery.
  • Various births recently (3 girls)
  • A couple of weddings, including Jordan Shack and Dani Szepanski (whom we know from home-schooling).


  • With my good buddy Brendan Woodnutt


  • I believe in God the Father
    I believe in Christ the Son
    I believe in the Holy Spirit
    Our God is three in one.
  • I believe in the Resurrection
    That we will rise again
    For I believe in the Name of Jesus.


  • THINK – What I believe
  • ACT – Key practices I do
  • BE – My Virtues & Who I am becoming

Chapter 1 – God

  • “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
  • AW Tozer


  • The Key Question
  • Who is God?


  1. Exists – Easier to believe than not. Too hard to believe everything came from nothing.
  2. Creates – He makes everything original: snowflakes, fingerprints.
  3. Sustains – Despite massive population growth, we exist and survive because He sustains us.
  4. Loves – He loves all His creation, but especially us, because His love is like a parent for his children.
  5. Suffers – He hurts when His creation hurts. Our bad judgements hurt Him.
  6. Judges – He has right standards. We should be scared.
  7. Redeems – He has infinite love. He forgives us.  He will reconcile us, if we let Him.
  8. Reigns – Lord of all creation and all history.

No God?

  • Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!
  • Psalm 14:1

God is seen in:

  • Creation – see above.
  • Events – both positive and negative.
  • Promises – fulfilled prophecy proves the Prophet was true.
  • Power – the oceans (largely) stay in their appointed places.
  • Commands – all His decrees are righteous.
  • You! – are His greatest creations.
  • His Word – eternal, inerrant, perfect.

The Trinity

  • The Father is not the Son
  • The Son is not The Holy Spirit
  • The Holy Spirit is not the Father
  • The Father is God
  • The Son is God
  • The Holy Spirit is God

Let’s be clear

  • God is not three separate Gods.
  • God is not one God who appears in different roles or modes.
  • Jesus is not subordinate to God the Father.


  • In what ways have you experienced God as Father, Son, Holy Spirit?
  • What behaviours do we observe from each?

2 Corinthians 13:14

  • May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.


  • I believe the God of the Bible is the only true God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Re-Series Part 4: Real

Sunday Service

  1. 28 January 2018
  2. Pastor Marty Barrett
  3. Re-Series Part 4: Real

Funny Marty:

  1. Reaffirming
  2. Recap
  3. Re-evaluate
  4. Reiterate
  5. Recall
  6. Regularly
  7. Regard
  8. Regret
  9. Redo
  10. Reduce
  11. Recycle
  12. Rejoiced
  13. Reimbursed
  14. Realise
  15. Really
  16. Reimbursed
  17. Rethink
  18. Revive
  19. Reality
  20. Restore
  21. Read
  22. Reinvigorated
  23. Rejuvenated
  24. Refreshed

MCBC Motto:

  • Real People | Real Life
  • What does it mean to be real?

The opposite of real

  • Fake
  • Counterfeit
  • Wanna be the real thing, but without breaching copyright.



Jesus the REAL deal

  • Jesus is God
  • He is the son of God
  • He came to this Earth in human form, born as a baby.
  • He grew and lived a pure life
  • He carried out his calling to fulfil prophecies.
  • He performed miracles empowered by the Holy Spirit
  • He died for each and every one of us and for our sins
  • He defeated death by raising back to life
  • He is the only way to the Father
  • He came so that our lives would be different
  • He calls us to follow him

Be Imitators of God

  • Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved Children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
  • But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure or greedy person – such a person is an idolater – has nay inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
  • Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), and find out what pleases the Lord.  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.  It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.  But everything exposed by the light becomes visible – and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.  This is why it is said: “Wake up sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
  • Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirt, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.
  • Ephesians 5


  • Being transparent doesn’t mean sharing every secret on Facebook; it does mean sharing with significant others who are sharing your life’s journey.
  • Being real doesn’t mean showing your Christian mask at church; it means being strength and drawing strength in different seasons and from different Christians.



My Submission on David Seymour’s Euthanasia Bill


I do not support David Seymour’s Euthanasia Bill.  I do not support creating an exemption from the criminal law against killing for a specified group.  In this case, it would be doctors, many of whom do not want to carry this responsibility.

I believe that once an exemption is made, it will inevitably be extended, as it has been in those countries where this law has been enacted. There are no safe-guards which this parliament could make, which any future parliament could not undo.

The current law already provides for the administration of pain relief and withdrawal of futile life-prolonging treatment. These provisions are sufficient.

It sends the wrong message to youth contemplating suicide, if we are allowing some to do so.  It will become a “rights argument” that youth should be granted the same exemption.


Please leave the current law alone and scuttle this bill.

Re-Series: Part III – Refresh

Sunday Service

  • 14 January 2018
  • Pastor Al (Arnie) Hall
  • Re-Series Part 2: Re-Fresh

Refresh – How it Works

  • Rest
  • Relaxation
  • Balance


  • Rejoice in the Lord and again I say rejoice.
  • Philippians 4:4


Side note by James:

  • What is the difference between teaching and preaching?
  • Pastor Al preaches well.
  • James teaches well.

What is the difference?

  • Preaching appeals to the spirit.
  • Teaching appeals to the mind.
  • Singing appeals to the soul.


Psalm 5:11&12

  • But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them…

Psalm 86:4

  • Bring joy to your servant, Lord for I put my trust in you. (NIV)
  • Give me happiness O Lord, for I give myself to you. (TLB)
  • The different translations complement each other, and do not contradict.
  • It is dangerous to be a translation snob.
  • Different versions have different strengths.

Psalm 92:4

  • You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done. (NLT)

Deuteronomy 16:11

  • And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservants, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.

Matthew 5:11-12

  • Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecute the prophets who were before you.

Romans 5:3-4

  • Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Psalm 106:3

  • Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.
  • There is joy for those who deal justly with outers and always do what is right.

Luke 15:10

  • I tell you, in the same way there is rejoicing among the angels of God over one repentant sinner.

Don’t rejoice

  • When our enemies fail
  • In evil

Nehemiah 8:10

  • The joy of the LORD is your strength.

Proverbs 10:28

  • The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.

Philippians 4:6

  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Hebrews 12:2

  • Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sad down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Joy gives us:

  • Strength
  • A future
  • Antidote for anxiousness
  • Endurance

1 Peter 1:8.9

  • Though you have not seen him, you love him;
  • And even thou you do not see him now, you believe in him…

Romans 3:15

  • May the God of all hope fill you with all joy & peace that you may abound in all hope.