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richmond baptist church FROM THE PASTOR “Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15.57 New Zealand is a country with breathtaking scenery, mouthwatering produce and an unparalleled passion for Rugby. In 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007 the entire nation went through extended periods of depression. It was in each of these years that the All Blacks, New Zealand’s national Rugby team, failed to win the Rugby World Cup. The failure of 15 men to win the coveted trophy caused the national mood to drop, spending to fall and the nation to go through several months of grieving what could have been. The entire nations mood, their hope and joy, rested on the shoulders of a few young men and a coach.

Before you judge our friends across the ditch too harshly, I ask you to consider what affects your mood? What events, or circumstances in life have an impact on your hope and joy? Is it a battle with sin that you cannot seem to win? That sense of constant failure as you try and fail, in a seemingly unending cycle. Is it a quiet voice that tells you that you are not good enough, that you are destined to fail and that there is no hope? This voice is the voice of a liar and his words are lies. There is hope, in 1 Corinthians 15.57 Paul reminds us that we have victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul reminds the Corinthians, and us also, that the corruptible, sinful heart that struggles with doubt and failure will be replaced with an incorruptible, new heart.

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CONT... Today - 25 March David Walter Lose your life with me Mark 8.22-9.1 Join us in the cafe after the service

Next Week - 1 April Ps Mike Russell Serve with me Mark 10.32-45 Please join us for a coffee, followed by lunch in the cafe

Church lunch: please bring a

salad to share for an autumn bbq

This victory was won at the cross, as Jesus body was broken and his blood was shed, he took the penalty of your sin and my sin in himself. The victory was won when Jesus rose from the dead, with new life, not only for himself but for all who repent and believe. The victory is won, there is hope because of Jesus. We celebrate this victory at Easter. This year we are holding our Good Friday service at 9am at Hare Street Uniting Church. Then on Sunday join us for our celebration service on Easter Sunday, here at 10am. We hope to see you there! Elliot “Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.� 1 Corinthians 15.43-44

NOTICES –– Church Members: Next Sunday (1st April) immediately after the service we will have a brief meeting to welcome Zac & Michelle Wilcox and Abe Alcorn into membership. We will also be updating the church on the recent transition in roles. Elliot has taken on the role of Senior Pastor and Mike, while still retaining his mentor role, has moved into the role of supporting Pastor. For more info please speak with Pam, one of the other officers or Mike & Elliot. Please see the Notice of Members Meeting for more details. –– Fusion Awakenings Events: A Good Friday Prayer Vigil will be held in Victoria Square from 6pm Easter Sunday - family festival in Hindmarsh Square. An Easter March will commence at 2.30pm, following a celebration programme from 1.30pm. Easter in the City in Rundle Mall (near Myer), 12.30pm to 2pm from 12th April till 14th April, featuring Christian schools [] –– A note from the Keanes: “A special thanks to all who have cooked for us (yum!), given notes of encouragement and support and for all of the lovely and useful gifts that you have given in recent weeks. We are so thankful for our church family and pray God’s richest blessings on each of you.” –– Please email with any items for the newsletter


ˆˆ David Potts 2 April

ˆˆ Joel Mortimer 2 April


PRAYER REQUESTS –– Praise God for Nate’s new job! –– Praise God for our newest church members, Zac, Michelle & Abe

–– Pray for the youngest person in our church, Ronin, for good health and that he will grow in the ways of Jesus, pray for his parents too. Mike Russell Pastor 0432 688 791

Elliot Keane Pastor 0408 180 284

Office 8352 8887

Newsletter - 25 March 2012  
Newsletter - 25 March 2012  

Richmond Baptist Church Newsletter: 25 March 2012