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NBC is a community of Christians affiliated with Queensland Baptists who connect with the express purpose of sharing the grace of God with the Northern Beaches of Townsville. We are a new kind of old church committed to engaging our community in a contemporary way while holding on to the ancient truths of the Bible.

We exist to celebrate God in all we do, to build authentic community with one another, and make connections with the community around us.

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    Do you remember what green grass looks like? I thought I’d include a picture here in case you’d forgotten. This is one I took shortly after it had rained and the lawn was slightly out of control. I dare say my yard looks very different now.

    Ephesians 4:11-14 (ESV)
    11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

    It is not enough to receive the Gospel and to then simply sit idly. In fact, any real revelation of the Good News of Jesus Christ is enough to galvanise even the most slothful amongst us to action. Here in his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul exhorted his friends to strive for even greater knowledge of Jesus, and for the unity that comes from shared experiences of faith. According to Paul, it is this that leads to maturity in Christ. It’s about growing up.

    Mature disciples of Jesus are not swayed by political agendas or clever debates or social agendas. Maturity brings with it a steadfastness necessary for living according to God’s Kingdom culture. Followers of Christ then, ought to have a passion to live according to God’s Way.

    Just as green grass slowly fades to brown if it isn’t watered, so do disciples who do not regularly partake of God’s Word. We can become worn down by the world we live in, until we start to resemble its fallen state rather than that of Our Lord. I encourage you to seek out the Word of God daily in your life, so that you might be equipped for every good work.

    2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV) 6 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

    —Ps. Adrian

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    One of the hardest teachings that I find in the Bible for me to follow is the following from Jesus:

    Matthew 5:44-45 (ESV)
    44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

    People are complicated and selfish and frustrating and hypocritical and petty and completely unloving. Unfortunately, all of these very negative descriptive words can be applied to me as well! I can only imagine what God must think of us at times.

    In this passage, Jesus reminded His disciples that whilst Yahweh is the Lord of the righteous, He also rules over the unsaved. Our Father provides and cares for all and not just the redeemed. As a result, we the disciples of Jesus, must also show no partiality when it comes to our relationships with people. The respect and love that we have for one another should also be extended to those outside of God’s church. After all, this is true discipleship.

    I took the image above quite by accident as I held the camera in my hand. This quick snap reminded me that my children watch and are taught by my every action. I wonder if we would make more of an effort if we remembered the little disciples that we have following us around. If you don’t have children, then perhaps you might consider those who look up to you. We all have an influence in the lives of others.

    Though I often find this teaching difficult, the Lord often gently reminds me:

    Romans 5:8 (ESV)
    8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    I too was once outside of His church. I too was once marred by sin and lived a life without any eternal hope, yet Jesus died for me anyway. May the love and unity that we have be something that we share extravagantly with others, as Our Lord and Saviour did with us.

    —Ps. Adrian

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