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Stepping Out

Focus topic for April

My hunch is that those of us who have been transformed by the love of Christ and made new by his Spirit want to respond with faith in action. We’ve experienced God’s love, so we want to share God’s love! We’ve received grace, so we want others to experience grace.

I want to live and preach the gospel passionately and whole heartedly, but it doesn’t always translate to action and obedience.

One reason we struggle to live 100% Spirit led, Jesus impacted lives is because of the distractions and pulls of the world. That’s why we spent time last month on “making space”. Creating some margin for what matters. Aligning ourselves with God and his ways. But if I’m honest, another reason I experience less than God’s best for me is that I’m hesitant to step out. I’m afraid of what it might cost. What opposition I might face. What pain might show up. Whether I’m really “ready for that”.

When I make space for God, I do hear his promptings, his whispers. But whether I heed them is another matter. “You want me to what God? Hmm, I must have misheard you”. Its not always easy to step out and be obedient. 

The apostle Peter’s first letter (1 Peter) is a message of hope to Christians having a hard time as they follow Jesus. It is also a reminder that in the midst of hardship we have a great opportunity to show others the generous love of God. God is present and works closely with us in the ‘stepping out’ to serve him. 

Is there something God’s been tapping you on the shoulder about that you’re avoiding? Someone you know needs to hear the gospel but are you waiting for another person to be the messenger? Some way you’re called to serve but don’t think you’re ready? There are times to wait, make space and seek clarification from God. But there are times to step out and experience God’s presence in the challenge.

As we read and study 1 Peter together, consider this: What is one way God is calling you to 'step out' this month? Commit it to God. Tell someone. And have a crack.

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Life Groups

Cinnamon Donuts - Girls age 14+ bible study. Mondays 7-8.30pm in the Library. Bek: 0458 127 744

Ladies Bible Study - Fridays 10am-12pm (during term time) in the Library. Frances: 0414 667 960

Saturday Life Group - 8pm in Harrisdale, fortnightly. Nat: 0421 546 467 
Spice of Life - a monthly group for Ladies meeting in various locations. Tina: 0400 858 490
Retirees on a Roll - first Wednesday of the month (various times, locations). Margaret Hill: 0438 066 133
Saturday Life group - Luke: 0423 958 973 (day/time TBC)
Bible Study - Every other Tuesday 7-8pm. Jill: 9459 2920
Billabong Blokes - Every Fourth Wednesday at 7pm. Martin Dodge: 0457 146 462
BfG Breakfast for Good - first Saturday of every month at 8am in various locations.
Challenging each other to get out of our comfort zones. Sarah R: 0459 559 443




Programs & Activities

Playgroup Runs during school term at The Billabong. To volunteer or for more info call Deb: 0437 118 896
Amplify - a community of teenagers led by young adults, helping them in faith & life. Cam & Anneliis: 0401 787 626
Billabong Crafters - 4th Saturday of the month 8.30am-12pm at The Billabong. Bring your craft and share ideas and skills. facebook.com/billabongcrafters

Admin and Bookings:
 
9455 6474, admin@thebillabong.org.au
Minister: Revd. Luke Williams. luke@thebillabong.org.au 
Children and Families: Anna Bandiera. anna@thebillabong.org.au
Leadership Team: Marilyn Burdett, Lisa Harries, Martin Hill, John Whaley 
and Teresa Beauglehole. leadershipteam@thebillabong.org.au

Need prayer?

Do you need a community of praying people to pray for you or someone close to you? You can simply email prayernet@thebillabong.org.au and your request will be sent to a prayer network of The Billabong. (If you'd like to join the PrayerNet list so you receive these requests, please email admin@thebillabong.org.au)

Reading 1 Peter this month

Whether its a chapter a day, a few verses a day or reading it all in one sitting, 1 Peter is nice and short but full of meaning and encouragement. Its a letter written to Christians facing hardship, and can give us confidence to step out, even though we know that won't be easy. Why not put a reminder on your phone or slip the pocket sized printout (from Celebrations) into your wallet to prompt you to a part of it each morning!

Staff appointments

We are pleased to welcome two new members to our staff team at The Billabong: Anna (children and families) and her husband Ben and kids Kairi, Noah and Thea, and our new church admin assistant Anneliis Harries (who starts 16th April). Most of us are in the office on weekdays except Wednesdays so please feel free to drop in and say hi! Our best wishes also go to Kassie Phillips who has moved on to a new job after 12 months with The Billabong. A new facilities manager will be appointed as soon as possible.


Tutoring assistance

Meena (a teacher in our congregation) is happy to help Billabongers from yrs 7 to 10 with free English tutoring on Wednesday from 4 to 6pm at The Billabong. Ideally 6 students per group. Enquire by emailing admin@thebillabong.org.au or call 9455 6474.


The Big Picture: Seeing the Bible as a Whole

This short course provides a great overview of the Bible, what it’s all about and how it holds together. It starts weekly on Tuesday 8th May, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, running for 6 sessions, at WPC Maida Vale. The cost is $100 and registrations are essential and can be done online at www.trybooking.com/OBGR For more info contact Kelly Penhale at ccs@ttc.wa.edu.au


For the Love of God

For the Love of God is a documentary by the Centre for Public Christianity and theologian John Dickson. Exploring the worst and best parts of Christian History, and also tracing the origins of Western values like human rights, charity, humility, and non-violence back to the influence of Jesus. Tickets for the first screening in WA on Wednesday 6 June at 6.45pm can be bought at https://fan-force.com. A Q&A with a special guest will also be held. For more info about the movie visit https://fortheloveofgodproject.com


Alpha

Would you be willing to #TryAlpha? Or have you done Alpha, loved it, and want to be on the host team? Express your interest to Luke Williams. Taster sessions are planned for mid May, with a launch in late May. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. If you're not a church-goer, but have questions about life and faith, Alpha is for you. Come for a bite to eat, watch a talk and have a chat. 


Handy Men and Women List

There are a number of jobs that need completing around the Billabong from time to time. If you have various maintenance skills and would like to be added on to the church email list as a volunteer, to be notified when a job comes up, please contact reception on admin@thebillabong.org.au or call 9455 6474.