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August 2014 Newlsetter

DBEC 10th Anniversary Community Dinner

A big thank you to all who came and made our 10th Anniversary community dinner and evening a happy and successful night. It was well supported by friends and visitors to the DBEC, plus a number of our regular volunteers were also able to come along—wonderful to meet old and to make new friends! A delicious 3 course meal was served, and in between courses there was time to chat to those around us. Bernie, our MC, challenged us to think about where the number 10 occurs in the Bible—some of our answers are at the end of this newsletter. Chris gave a short talk on the parable of the 10 bridesmaids (Matthew 25:1–13) and we were encouraged to be like the bridesmaids who were found ready and waiting when the bridegroom arrived—likening this to us waiting for Jesus to return to this earth to set up the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Our musicians, Naomi and Jon, accompanied us singing some songs together and we enjoyed being serenaded by Jon on the guitar whilst we ate.

Hearing and seeing the happy and playful noises of a number of young children who attended with their parents was lovely; a reminder of how life events are ever changing as most of those children were not born 10 years ago! We are planning on having another community meal, God willing, at DBEC on Friday 5th September. We do hope that you can join us then too!

What’s on?

  • Each Sunday 11:30–12:30
    God and you through Jesus
    Bible Explorers
  • Tuesdays to Fridays 12:45
    Bible readings
  • Wednesday 8pm–9:30pm
    Advanced Bible Study
    13th: Fruit of the Spirit: Self Control
    27th: Prayer—in the life of Christ
  • Thursday 10:30am–12:00pm
    Ladies’ Bible Study
  • Shop closed: Mondays

Keep the date: 5th September: community meal at DBEC

All our plans are “God willing”.

Advanced Bible Study

Wednesday at 8pm at the Bible Education Centre Followed by supper Do join us!

13 August

Topic: Fruit of the Spirit: self control

Leader: Bernie Caudrey

Self Control? Why? Or is it, why not? Seems we humans don't like Self Control unless we can feel an immediate consequence—such as when driving we will slow down when we see a speed camera. Perhaps it takes a doctor to tell us that we are risking major health problems if we continue in a certain way, to create the desire to change the bad habits.

God asks us all to have self control, to resist temptation, to seek to do good, to live a life doing not our own will but God's will. Is it possible? Jesus says he wants to help. Wow! Come and share an evening where we will discuss how Jesus can help us and guide us in the ways of God, and teach us self control today.

27 August

Topic: Prayer—in the life of Christ

Leader: Andy Galbraith

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “When you pray, say:
“’Father,
Hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who sins
against us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”

(Luke 11:1-4, from the NIV)

Examples of “ten” things in the Bible

  • Abraham bargained with God for Sodom, and got the number of righteous down from 50 to 10 people, and still 10 righteous where not found in Sodom and Gomorrah, (Gen 18:32)

  • 10 Commandments - (Ex 20)

  • Daniel and his friends are vegetables for 10 days to show it would make them healthier than eating the rich food from the king’s table. (Dan 1:12)

  • Shadow going back 10 steps (2 Kings 20:9)

  • Parable of the 10 virgins/maidens (Matt 25:1)

  • Healing the 10 Lepers (Luke 17:17)

  • Parable of the 10 coins and 1 being lost - (Luke 15:8)

  • 10 spies gave a bad report (Num 14)

  • 10 sons of Haman also die. (Esther 9:13)

  • Parable of the talents and getting authority of 10 cities (Luke 19:170).

And a few more...

Where did Joseph's ten brothers go to buy corn when the famine struck Israel? (Gen 42)

David sent out ten young men to greet Nabal and receive his payment for their work. What did Nabal do? (1 Sam 25)

When Joab was pursuing Absalom, why did he say to one of David’s men that he would have had to give him ten shekels of silver? (2 Sam 18)

Gideon took ten men of his servants, and tore down the altar to Baal and built an altar to God as the LORD had said to him. Why did he do it by night? (Judges 6)

Boaz took ten men of the elders of the city of Bethlehem, and said, ‘Sit down here’. And they sat down. What was the subject of their discussion? (Ruth 4)

Questions from: http://quiz.christiansunite.com/

June 2014 Newsletter

Advanced Bible study

Wednesday at 8pm at the Bible Education Centre
Followed by supper
Do join us!

4 June:

Topic: Fruit of the Spirit: Patience
Leader: Andy Galbraith

Whether you’re stuck in traffic, working with a difficult person or trying to make sense of the direction your life is taking—all these situations require patience. Come along and explore the biblical aspects of patience and how vital it is to our journey of following Christ.

18 June:

Topic: Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness
Leader: Silas Bond

This evening we will continue our ongoing theme on the Fruit of the Spirit considering kindness. What is kindness? What comes to mind when you think of this subject? Does someone come to mind who you think is particularly good at showing this characteristic? Do you? What might we do to help build this characteristic in us? These are some of the questions we will cover as we consider this topic together.

Ladies English Conversation classes

Please come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, make new friends and practise speaking in English.

Wednesdays, 4th and 18th June at 10.30–11.30am

What’s on?

  • Each Sunday 11:30–12:30
    God and you through Jesus
    Bible Explorers
  • Tuesdays to Fridays 12:45
    Bible readings
  • Each Monday 7pm–9pm
    Learn English using the Bible
  • Wednesday 10:00–11:30am
    Happy Faces Playgroup
    June 4 & 18
  • Wednesday 10:00–11:30am
    Ladies conversational English class
    June 4 & 18
  • Wednesday 8pm–9:30pm
    Advanced Bible Study
    June 4: Fruit of the Spirit: Patience
    June 18: Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness
  • Thursday 10:30am–12:00pm
    Ladies’ Bible Study
  • Shop closed: Mondays

All our plans are “God willing”.

Focus on God and you through Jesus class

When: Sunday mornings
Time: 11.30am
Where: Dandenong Bible Education Centre

This is a highly interactive course which takes as its starting points

  • That there is a God; and
  • That the Bible is God’s word.

From these starting points we let the Bible tell us who this God is. We consider his character as revealed in the Bible. We ask, Does God have a purpose with His creation and if so what is it? We discover that not only does God have a plan and purpose with his creation; he has a particular interest in you.

God has a plan for us but by our actions we have separated ourselves from God. We reflect on this separation – from man’s perspective, a chasm impossible to bridge.

We then discover Jesus—God’s son and solution to this problem. Through him the chasm between man and God is able to be spanned and the relationship repaired. We consider how this is brought about and where it ultimately leads.

As this course covers the whole Bible we regularly have topics arise as asides to our main investigation. If appropriate and they add to our understanding of the main topic, we take these deviations and consider them before moving on. This ensures a good understanding of our topic and helps you reach a greater understanding of God’s plan and purpose for you through Jesus.

Why did Jesus come?

Sent by God

Jesus was born on earth because it was in the plan and purpose of God that he should come. He came to do what his Father wanted done, just as others had before him.

God has taken the initiative many times to communicate His purpose, and to tell people about His great plan. Always that required people who were sent to do a particular job.

Promised Messiah

From very early times, when things had gone badly wrong between the Creator and His creation, God promised to put things right. He was under no obligation to do so, for mankind had created the problem and continues to do so, by wilfully ignoring God and choosing to live selfishly, in a godless way. Yet, like a golden thread running through Scripture, God’s promises speak of one who would:

  • Destroy sin in all its aspects (Genesis 3:15);
  • Conquer and control everything that opposes God and thus bring a blessing to all mankind (Genesis 22:17,18);
  • Rule for God on earth, and make the world a paradise once more (2 Samuel 7:12–16).

Born a King

Jesus was someone very special indeed. He had been sent by God, as he said himself, but he was no mere prophet. Jesus was the Son of God, no less! (Hebrews 1:1,2, (2 Samuel 7:12–14).

His coming was a unique event, for he was the “only begotten son of God” (John 1:14, 18).

Marvellously, when it had proved impossible for men and women to save themselves, for everyone had failed to live up to God’s high standards, God took the initiative and sent His Son.

Born a Saviour

The child who was born was Mary’s son. He would thus inherit all the characteristics with which we are born – the same feelings, desires and human tendencies. That’s how it would be possible to say of him that he “was in all points tempted as we are” (Hebrews 4:15) and that he shared our nature. But he was also to be the Son of God, God’s only‐begotten Son.

To Save His People

So Jesus came to rescue mankind from sin and death. He was a life bringer and rescuer. You could be saved if you wanted to be – if you listened carefully to what he said and did exactly what he told you to do. That has been the offer Jesus has been making to men and women ever since he began to teach. That is why he came. But it is only possible for him to issue such an invitation because of the way he lived and the things that he chose to do. Look again at what he said about the reason for his life on earth:

“I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me” (John 6:38).

Don’t ever think that it was easy, or that there was no personal cost and effort involved. On the eve of his crucifixion, Jesus prayed earnestly to his Father for the strength he needed to endure what lay ahead. He knew that it was his Father’s will that he should die.

(Extracted from Glad Tidings № 122 pp5–7)