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    Our Vision: 

    Declare Jesus

    Develop Disciples

    Glorify God

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    Our Vision: 

    Declare Jesus

    Develop Disciples

    Glorify God

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    Our Vision: 

    Declare Jesus

    Develop Disciples

    Glorify God

Welcome to Torquay Christian Fellowship

Torquay Christian Fellowship is a member congregation of the Baptist Union of Victoria (BUV). People of all ages are important to us. Families, Children and Teens make up a significant part of the fellowship and we welcome everyone to ‘Come as you are’.

COVID-19 UPDATE

The Leadership Team met recently to review ‘Victoria’s Roadmap: Delivering the National Plan’, and it was decided to continue with our current model. We will continue to broadcast our Worship Services via Zoom on Sundays for our church community. This enables a maximum of 20 people (who are unable to use zoom) to worship on the premises with authorised staff and volunteers required to run the worship service. We will upload the recorded message to YouTube as usual. God-willing, by November 19th, Victoria will align with the National Plan phase D COVID-19 Response and restrictions will ease again. TCF Leadership will keep in communication with you as to what the National Plan phase D looks like for gatherings at TCF when more information becomes available. We want to thank you for your support and understanding. Please continue to pray for us as we navigate our TCF community through this challenging time.

Weekly Bulletin

Link to the TCF You Tube Channel for Weekly Messages

Sunday Service

10am - 11:30am on Sundays

2 Pimelea Way (off 25 Grossmans Rd), Torquay VIC 3228

Wheelchair / pram access is available

What's On

Our programs for children and youth take place during the Sunday Message.

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Children

During school term time we offer a program of creativity and learning during part of the Sunday morning service. This is made available for ages 3 to Grade 6.

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High School Youth

Most weeks the High School age youth are able to spend time during the morning service in a small group setting with our Youth leaders exploring faith with a particular focus on the questions and interests of teens.

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Babies

Families with small children are welcome. A cry room is available if needed. Pram access is available.

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DANNY’S DESK

Declare Jesus – Develop Disciples – Glorify God

‘Whatever the activity in which you engage, do it with all your ability…’
Ecclesiastes 9:10 NLT

Hello!

I saw a painting of a drummer the other day - head down and deep in ‘practice’ mode. The caption read:

‘It’s not about being better than someone else – It’s about being better than you were the day before.’

I think that it’s a natural reaction for us at times to want to be better than someone else at this skill or that ability – or maybe even aspire to have their flair or style. But the more we seem to chase after someone else’s ‘best’ - the more I think we will fall short? I reckon the key is to remind ourselves that God has created each one of us uniquely and our desire shouldn’t be to strive to be ‘better’ than anyone else. That’s not what - or who - we are called to be.

Life is so much more about how - day by day - we become better than we were the day before so that we can be present in the best way possible for the people Jesus calls us to love. I’ve come to a point in my life where I simply don’t care being better than this person or that person – I just want to be the best ‘me’ that Jesus wants me to be!

In 2nd Samuel10:9-12 Joshua is preparing for a battle against the Syrian nation. He’s not sure who is going to prevail – who is gong to be better - but he urges the Israelite army to “be of good courage…. and may the LORD do what is good in His sight.”

We don’t have to put anyone else’s best effort on the ‘field’ (world) today. We just need to bring our own best effort out there and let God take care of the rest. And when we are walking closely with Him; renewing our strength in Him day by day; and secure in the knowledge that He will do what is ‘good in His sight’ with our best, then today’s effort will always be better than yesterday’s.

John Wooden was an American basketball coach and player who said: “Success is… knowing that you did your best - to become the best - that you are capable of becoming.” The writer of Ecclesiastes says something similar thing: ‘Whatever the activity in which you engage, do it with all your ability… (9:10). To do something with ‘all our ability’ means that we have to practice it regularly so that our today is better than our yesterday.

We don’t need to despair about where we ‘got it wrong’ yesterday because - in Jesus - we have the opportunity to be better today! And so, I grab hold of Paul’s words in Colossians 3:23 to: “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” When I’m working - to the best of my ability - to be better for God today than I may have been yesterday - then He is going to honour that effort and give me more opportunities to be a positive influence for Him.
What is it that you are working on in your life to be better at today than you were yesterday?

Go then… and be your best!

Have a great week!
Danny
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DANNY’S DESK

Declare Jesus – Develop Disciples – Glorify God

“Who is my neighbour?”
Luke 10:29 NLT

Hello!

I’ve been reading a book called ‘Small Things with Great Love – Adventures in Loving Your Neighbour’ by Margot Starbuck. I say reading – because I’ve been picking it up and putting it back down again over the last 3-4 months! I’ve found it incredibly challenging. It is seriously messing with my mind! Why? Because it’s making me uncomfortable!

In Luke 10 an expert in the law tells Jesus what the greatest commandment is, to: “… love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” (v27). In v29, he asks: “Who is my neighbour?” It’s an attempt to make himself feel better for the ‘good’ things he’s doing in his life. As we know, Jesus launches into the story we know as ‘The Good Samaritan’ in Luke 10: 30-37.

The word ‘neighbour’ appears prominently in the Bible - about 157 times. And the essence is that a neighbour is much more than the person we find a natural affinity with. Our neighbour is the person who we – like the Good Samaritan - willingly ‘cross the road’ for. Margot Starbuck writes: “Is crossing the road for a ‘beloved’ Other risky? Yes. Inconvenient. Terribly. Uncomfortable? Absolutely. And yet crossing the road to meet the stranger is the way we walk when we study and track and trail – when we follow – the person of Jesus.”

When I think about this;:

I WANT to be a ‘road-crosser’
I NEED to be a ‘road-crosser’
I’m CALLED to be a ‘road-crosser’
But where am I actually BEING a ‘road-crosser?’

Margot writes to encourage us to shift our focus: “If you think that the poor and weak and broken-hearted aren’t residing in your daily orbit of influence, I’d challenge you to take another look. You may not have any clinically-diagnosed lepers in my community, but I promise you that there are others – sick, lonely, poor, shunned – who are closer than you think. Every community has people who are invisible or overlooked, and each of us can move toward wholeness through the friendships we offer and receive.”

I think at times I just get comfortable where I am. I want to meet my neighbour; to love them; care for them; and show them what a life looks like with Jesus in the lead. But at times – shamefully - my day-to-day ‘to-do list’ becomes the priority - the convenient excuse!? (Then again, sometimes I’m just a little bit terrified that if I do cross the road – I might just stuff it up! Is it only me who thinks that!?)

‘Road-crossing is uncomfortable- but isn’t that the whole point?’ Road-crossing is risky – because we place any outcome in the hands of Jesus. But - when we step out to meet our ‘neighbour’ - then we have made an intentional decision to trust that Jesus is in it, and right there, we have realigned our focus from our own business to kingdom business.

Can I encourage you to ask yourself - “Who is my neighbour?”

And then: Notice. Discern. Step.

This is the holy rhythm into which we as disciples of Jesus Christ are invited to tread forward.

Have a great week!

Danny
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DANNY’S DESK

Declare Jesus – Develop Disciples – Glorify God
“Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”
Matthew 10:32 NLT

Hello!

Last weekend Julie and I were walking up near Pt. Danger (Torquay) when we stopped to chat to a guy who was sitting on one of the pine barriers at the side of the path. He was holding this massive camera with filters, and other ‘camera-ry’ thingies and was staring intently into the undergrowth. We were intrigued as to what he was looking for and asked him what he was doing. He said that he was trying to photograph the common ‘Peacock’ spider – (or ‘Maratus Pavonis’ for the scientists!) This tiny spider measures just 4.34 millimetres – or 0.171 of an inch, and he held up his thumb saying that you could get about 4 of them on a thumbnail! He shared us all manner of facts, details about - and photos of -this tiny little arachnid! It’s called a ‘peacock’ spider because – just like the peacock that it is named after - the male has this very colourful ‘tail’ that he swings about - dancing to attract a mate. A tiny - yet a vital part of God’s natural world.

As are we. There are over 7.8 billion people on the earth. (Ok I Googled that!) Check out Psalm 139, (but don’t apply vv21-22 – because ‘hate’ is a very strong word!) to gain a better understanding of just how significant we are to God. But when you look at the planet’s ever-growing population, there are times when we might think that anything we say or do makes little or no difference at all in the whole scheme of things! So don’t think like that!!

In Matthew 10:29-32 Jesus tells His Disciples: “… But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. 32 “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.” OK – so I used a tiny spider instead of a tiny sparrow – but the analogy still fits! Both are ‘tiny’ parts of God’s amazing creation - and yet each play their role in the world. Of course, they are both unconcerned with the bigger picture and just go about doing what comes naturally to them.

We - on the other hand - need to be very much concerned with the bigger picture because each one of us plays our role in the growth of the kingdom. We shouldn’t need to be ‘captured’ with a huge camera with special filters and extra equipment in order for the world to know as us followers of Jesus. We don’t need bright lights or special effects to be effective in growing God’s kingdom. Matthew 10:32 - “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”

Everyone who acknowledges Jesus here, will be acknowledged by Jesus to God. How good is that?

So don’t – for one moment – think that you are a seemingly insignificant tiny peacock spider. You aren’t. You are very much seen by God as significant in His desire to see you – through sharing your story of life with Jesus - to bring more people into a personal, life-transforming relationship with Him and to see His kingdom here on earth grow.

Have a great week!
Danny
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