Category Archives: Bible Study

NZ Baptist Missionary Society

Sunday Service

  • 11 June 2017
  • Pastor Martin Campbell (from Belfast)
  • Missions


  • Born & raised during The Troubles
  • Moved to London, to work in an oncology unit.
  • Met Joyce in Glasgow.
  • Married 1993.
  • Alasdair born 1996.
  • Moved to Afghanistan 1997.
  • Moved to NZ 2007.
  • Moved to Afghanistan 2010.
  • Moved to NZ 2013.
  • Strangely at home in an airport.
  • Missionary kids have a 3rd culture.  They fit into a lot of places, but never really feel at home anywhere.

Eastwest College

  • Established 1966
  • Gordonton

Trees as models:

  • Christian diversity: One trunk with a broad spectrum.
  • Christian churches: Mutual support with other trees
  • Holding up the fruit bearer: The supports aren’t bearing fruit, but they are necessary to enable the fruit bearing trees.  Supporters enable missionaries.
  • Growing in hard places: A tree can establish, even in rock.  Like Afghanistan.  Needs patience, perseverance; weather the winder.

Isaiah 25:4 & Hosea 14:4-8

Mark 4

  • The parable of the mustard seed.

Jonah 4

  • Mission is the awakening of the conscience
  • And the conscience informed by the Holy Spirit.
  • It is not right for us Christians to be angry about our lack of covering (our government leaving our Christian Heritage) when there is a world that needs the gospel.

Jonah’s understanding of God

  • …is focused on his own (or his people’s) prosperity – a conflict with God was inevitable.
  • …a sense of righteousness superior to God’s righteousness – a conflict with God was inevitable.

Don’t make our children the centre of our universe

  • Make God the centre.
  • Our true legacy should be to model this to our children.
  • Else, they will not know True North. They will think they are the centre of the universe.



3 Pillars: Pentecost

Sunday Service

  • 4 June 2017
  • Pastor Al Hall
  • Three Pillars (significant events in the life of a Christian)
  • Pillar 1: Transfiguration
  • Pillar 2: Ascension
  • Pillar 3: Pentecost

The Book of the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2

  • The people came running: there was a spectacle
  • The wind came from heaven
  • The flames came from a single source and landed separately on them

Top 9 things about Pentecost

9. Pentecost Sunday occurs 50 days after Easter

8. The Bible records the Pentecost in Acts 2

7. Pentecost comes 10 days after the ascension of Jesus Christ

6. Pentecost is also known as “The Birthday of the Church”

5. Pentecost fulfils Jesus promise to send the “counsellor” & “spirit of truth” in in John 16:5-15

4. Pentecost launches the large-scale spreading of the gospel after Jesus ascension: some 3,000 people were baptised

3. In Western churches, Pentecost is usually represented with the colour red, which symbolises the Holy Spirit.

2. Jews also celebrate Pentecost, but not for the same reason. The celebration observes God giving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai 50 days after the Exodus.

  1. Pentecost is celebrated by us today!

(Some) Characteristics of the Holy Spirit (as demonstrated at Pentecost)

  • Rowdy
  • Surprising
  • A bit out of control
  • Powerful
  • Supernatural
  • Effective
  • Cross cultural
  • Transforming
  • Personal and collective



Church like this (result of Pentecost):

  • Devoted to learning (putting it into practice)
  • Sharing meals (intimate and restorative)
  • A sense of awe (observing God at work)
  • Miraculous signs and wonders (participating in His will)
  • Met & fellowshipped together (spend time, do stuff, be accountable)
  • Shared everything (e.g. kids clothing exchange)
  • Shared with those in need (more to come)
  • Worshipped together (collective prayer is powerful)
  • Met in homes (be a rebel: go against our current societal norms; be daring and vulnerable)
  • Great joy and generosity
  • Praised God
  • Enjoyed good will of the people
  • The Lord added to those who were being saved (otherwise, what is the point?)


Pillar 1 of 3: Transfiguration

Sunday Service

  • 21 May 2017
  • Pastor Al Hall
  • New Series: Three Pillars (significant events in the life of a Christian)
  • Pillar 1: The Transfiguration


  • I’m turning 49 on the 23rd of this month
  • Pastor Arnie turns 50 in a couple of months.

Matthew 17:1-9

  • The true glory of Jesus
  • But, the disciples were admonished to keep it quiet.
  • Why?
  • To give them time to process it properly?
  • Christianity allows for reasonable questions.

Jesus Answered Questions

  1. Is Jesus God? – Yes
  2. Does Jesus make the old testament irrelevant? – No
  3. Is Jesus what was prophesised? – Yes
  4. Can I trust Jesus? – Yes (it’s called Faith because it involves Trust)
  5. Is Jesus different to everything that has been (and is to come)? – Yes
  6. What does Jesus require of me?
    1. Listen to Him
    2. Obey Him
  7. How do I feel about Jesus?
    1. The disciples were terrified by this event. That was not Jesus’ intent.
    2. John 1:14 – The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the gory of the one and only son, who came from the father, full of grace and truth.
  8. Does God care? – Yes
    1. Matthew 17:7 – And Jesus came and touched them, and said, ‘Arise, and be not afraid.’


What do I have? Part 3

Sunday Service

  • 7 May 2017
  • Pastor Al Hall

What do I have?

  1. Gifts
  2. Resources e.g. Time
  3. Praise

What is Praise?

  • To praise God is to call attention to his glory!
  • To praise God is to point out how awesome he is! (South Auckland Translation)

How to Praise God:

  • Where: Everywhere
  • What: Every act and attribute of God
  • With: Everything you’ve got
  • Who: Everything that breathes

But, God doesn’t make us praise Him.  So, what happens when we don’t praise Him?

We fail in our “duty” to praise God when:

  • We withhold from God’s glory, that which belongs to Him.
  • We shut our eyes to the signs of his presence.
  • We become forgetful of his mercies.
  • We become unthankful for his kindness.

Praise stops us becoming ungrateful, unthankful, spoilt brats.

Psalm 103

  1. Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
  2. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfied your desire with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s…
  3. The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
  4. Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding who obey his word.
  5. Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.
  6. Praise the Lord, all his works everything in his dominion.
  7. Praise the Lord, my soul!

We must earnestly cultivate the spirit and habit of praise

  • By lifting my soul from its slothfulness and sluggishness
  • By fixing my heart upon God.
  • By meditating on his works and ways. Look at a sunset: It’s part science & part art.
  • By recounting his benefits.
  • By dwelling upon his amazing gift of Jesus.

What can you give praise to God for?

What do I have? Resources

Sunday Service

  • 23 April 2017
  • Pastor Al Hall
  • What do I have?
  • Resources

The Bible challenges us to look at our income through the lenses of:

  • Contentment
  • Stewardship
  • Giving

What resources do I/you have?

  • Treasure (Income)
  • Talent (Abilities)
  • Time (on Earth)

Matthew 20:16

  • Some are last who will be first.
  • Some are first who will be last

Biblical Principles of Time

  • So what?
  • Relating Faith to Life & Life to Faith
What do I have?


What does this mean for me?
25 Bible Verses about the principals of time What will I change and how am I going to do that?
What does the Bible Say?

1.       So, then be careful how you live.  Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time because the times are evil.  Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Eph. 5:15-17)

2.       Behave wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of your time.  (Colossians 4:5)

·         Watcher fewer Facebook and YouTube video clips.

·         Prioritise conversation over meme-watching.


Seek wisdom from the Lord

3.       Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

4.       If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be give him.  James 1:5

More prayer and meditation.


Live with Eternity in Mind.

5.       So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:18

6.       Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.  He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.  Ecclesiastes 3:11

7.       So, we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.  For we walk by faith, not by sight, and we are confident and satisfied to be out of the body and at home with the Lord.  Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him.  For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.  2 Corinthians 5:6-10

What to spend time on:

·         Character development.

·         Caring for my kids.


Keep in mind that you are never guaranteed tomorrow.

8.       Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Proverbs 27:1

9.       Now listen, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town, stay there a year, conduct business, and make money.  You do not know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  James 4:13-14

I don’t want to die, but I am READY:

·         Temporary citizen of NZ.

·         Permanent resident of Heaven.

Don’t Procrastinate!  Make plans for the future.

10.   For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Luke 14:28

11.   The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Provers 31:5

12.   Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.  Learn from their ways and become wise!  Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labour hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.  Prov. 6:6-8

This year:

·         Alpha course leader;

·         Purity (men’s course) leader.


Next year:

·         Tane’s wedding;

·         Hamish’s first year at uni.


Allow the Lord to Guide your life through the Spirit.

13.   A person plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps. Prov. 16:9

14.   But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.  For he will not speak on this own authority, but will speak whatever he hears, and will tell you what is to come.  John 16:13

Be prepared to have my day interrupted by Divine Appointments.  And make myself available to respond to these.  “Always be prepared to give a reasoned account for the hope within you.”
Make Time for God Every Day

15.   But I will call on God, and the LORD will rescue me.  Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the LORD hears my voice. Psalm 55:16-17.

Completed: 40 days of Lent

Pickup: a new Bible reading plan.


16.   What you’re doing is not good, Moses’ father-in-law said to him.  Exodus 18:17-21

17.   But seek, ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matt 6:33

This year:

·         Lead one person to the Lord.

·         Pray the sinner’s prayer with one person.

Put your trust in the Lord

18.   But I trust in you, LORD. I say, “You are my God.  My times are in your hands.  Deliver me from the hands of my enemies and from those who pursue me. Psalm 31:14-15

19.   Commit your ways to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act.  Psalm 37:5

Do one thing outside my comfort zone:

·         First, find my comfort zone.

·         Then, exceed it.


We must have a good work ethic

20.   IN all hard work, there is profit, but merely talking about it only brings poverty. Prover 14:23

21.   Do not love sleep or you’ll become poor, keep your eyes open and you’ll have plenty of food. Prov. 20:12

22.   How long will you lie there, you sluggard: When will you get up from your sleep?  Prov. 6:9

23.   Lazy hands make for poverty.  But diligent hands bring wealth. Prov. 10:4

Achieve one “Being Your Best” award this year at Spark.

24.   There is a season for everything, and a time for every event under heaven; a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted. Eccl 3:1-2

25.   Fight the good fight for the faith; take hold of eternal life that you were called to and have made a good confession about in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Tim 6:12

Relax: it is the Lord’s job to save, not mine.  It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict of sin, not mine.  It is my job to inform those who are seeking, of the path to Life.



What my new bride had to put up with

Series:              Advanced Communication
Manual:           Humorously Speaking
Project:            5 – The Humorous Speech
Title:                What my new bride had to put up with

Fellow toastmasters.  I was not always the smooth, suave sophisticate you see before you now (in jandels, shorts and t-shirt).  There were many rough edges my new bride had to polish over.  Here are some of the things my new bride had to put up with.

Appropriately enough, the first topic revolves around food (pat a rather large belly).

I ate fast.  I had learned to while growing up.  The best times were sharing fish ‘n chips with mates.  But when you’ve got guy mates and fish ‘n chips, you learn how to eat quickly in order to get your fair share.  In fact, we invented a way to blow on our hot chips and eat them at the same time.  Here’s how: (demo, loudly sucking in hot chips).

When it came to food habits, instantly there was a clash of expectations.  I expected to eat fast in order to get more.  She expected to eat slow and enjoy the meal.  And, she would leave the best parts until last.  This caused some small amount of difficulty.  I would finish my plate, then assume she was leaving behind the part she didn’t want.  Boy, was I wrong!  Don’t try and steal the food off the plate of your bride.  Not good.  (Mime being stabbed in the hand by a fork.)

I learned that my bride was a great cook, but initially I didn’t realise this.  She would serve up amazing meals, only to have me, if not exactly reject them, then at least merely accept them without comment.  This caused her some concern.  So, we sat down together, and listed the foods that I didn’t like.  It turned out, there were 3 pages of A4, double-sided, that I didn’t like!  Then, she systematically went through the list and prepared meals in new and imaginative ways.  It was then that I discovered something about myself: it wasn’t that I didn’t like those foods; it was that I didn’t like the way my mother used to boil everything to death!

Another thing my bride had to put up with, was a tendency towards uneducated over-enthusiasm.  Let me give you an example.  At our church one week, we had a visiting preacher teach us on Spiritual Warfare prayer.  This is where you pray against the works of the devil.  The preacher encouraged us to be vigorous in our exhortations.  So, being part Maori, I thought it would be cool to mix prayer with a haka.  However, there’s one particular manoeuvre which I hadn’t quite mastered.  This is where you pretend to punch the ground.  (Demo)  Except, I accidently connected.  And broke the knuckle of my little finger.

This made for an interesting explanation at the A&E.  “This looks like a typical break as a result of a punch.  Were you fighting?” – “No, I was praying.”

“Oh.  Remind me not to visit your church.”

The last thing my bride had to put up with was a flair for the dramatic.  An example of this was when we were both interns at our church.  At one point, it was left up to us five interns to prepare and present an entire service.  Things were going swimmingly, until we got to the offering time.  We had decided to dress up as the cast from the Blues Brothers, play the Peter Gunn theme, and with toy guns “demand” the tithe.  After all, “we were on a mission from God.”  Apparently, this was the worse offering that church had ever received.  We were never asked to do that again.  In fact, I’ve just realised, this may be the reason we were never allowed back on stage again.

So, women are from Venus, men are from Mars and vive la difference!


What do I have?

Sunday Service

  • 23 April 2017
  • Suzie Holmes
  • What do I have?
  • Spiritual Gifts
Romans 12 1 Corinthians 12 Ephesians 4


















Tongues Interpretation









Other gifts

  • Martyrdom
  • Celibacy
  • Poverty
Romans 12:6 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 Ephesians 4:7 & 16
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.


There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.


But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.


Serve with our gifts

  • Don’t be lazy
  • Step out in them
  • Accept the gift and invest in it

Don’t compare

  • Don’t be envious of others gifting
  • Don’t be prideful of your gift
  • Honour each other

Love is the greatest gift

  • Let it be your highest goal
  • Really love people
  • Choose to walk and act in love


  1. God has given each of us gifts
  2. Serve with our gifts
  3. Don’t compare gifts
  4. Love is the greatest gift. Make this your highest goal

Image is of James at a 12 hour prayer meeting this week.