Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Living Questionable lives | Term:4 DVBC


New Sunday Teaching Series starting term 4 (2nd October 2022) at Diamond Valley Baptist Church!

This will also be live-streamed, so people can watch later or re-watch as part of a small group discussion

When Peter (1 Pet. 3:15-16) instructs his readers on their mission, he doesn’t insist that they need to be red-hot evangelists. He implies that because of how they are living their lives, those around them will be bursting with questions. And when the questions come, that’s when a gentle explanation can be made. 

Michael Frost, an Australian missiologist and writer puts it that we need to ‘Surprise the world’ by living lives that raise questions -- questionable lives. Our life-practices should attract questions. This is the Sunday teaching series at Diamond Valley Baptist Church for term: 4 2022. 

Download a summary PDF of ‘Surprise the World’ by Mike Frost here 
OR
Buy a copy of "Surprise the World: The Five Habits of Highly Missional People" by Michael Frost (2015, here 

Download Connect Group Discussion notes here  

Watch an Intro by Mike Frost here  

Monday, September 26, 2022

Deborah Conway | Book Of Life

"Stories of Ghosts" is an unbeliever’s examination of Old Testament themes from a   Jewish perspective, exploring the connections between ancient practice and modern life. It's a great album! You can learn more about it here 

The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is a time to blow the Shofar, a ram’s horn, and celebrate with apple and honey for a sweet New Year. Ten days later the sombre day of atonement, Yom Kippur, is a day of fasting and repenting for your sins of the previous year. 

On Rosh Hashanah you will be inscribed in the book of life and on Yom Kippur you will be sealed. Your fate for the next 12 months is written. “... who will live and who will die; who will die at his predestined time and who before his time; who by water and who by fire, who by sword, who by beast, who by famine, who by thirst, who by upheaval, who by plague, who by strangling, and who by stoning. Who will rest and who will wander, who will live in harmony and who will be harried, who will enjoy tranquillity and who will suffer, who will be impoverished and who will be enriched, who will be degraded and who will be exalted.”

This song is called BOOK OF LIFE


Deborah Conway | Book Of Life  
(Lyrics)

Lent: The Writing’s On The Wall | Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier

"It’s the cliché that means everybody else knows but you, you’ve been blind to the bleeding obvious. The phrase originates from an episode in the Old Testament, Book of Daniel, where the Babylonian King Belshazzar was entertaining his courtiers on the eve of battle, getting drunk from cups stolen from the Temple in Jerusalem, instead of being with his troops."
"The hand of G-d appeared and proceeded to write on the wall, words of judgement about not measuring up to expectations. Belshazzar was dead by dawn. He never saw it coming. None of us see it coming..." (Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier).

What are the certainties that weigh us down? What are the illusions and assumptions that immobilise and paralyse us until too late?

Marcel Proust said: "The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes."  

   (Click pic to play song...)


Sunday, September 25, 2022

Attention DVBC blokes!! Put 18-19 Nov in your diary!


 Attention DVBC blokes!!

Coming up this November — Secret men’s business is back!

A mouth watering Friday night dinner and interview with Mike Allbutt, recently returned from Mexico, followed up with a Saturday morning seminar with our very own most reverend Bob Field.

This seminar is just the tune-up you need as we head towards summer and a new start in 2023.

Don’t miss it! RSVP back today! SMS 0409 667 008 or email office@dvbc.net

Bring your mates — blokes in high school welcome too!



Questionable Lives Intro DVBC

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

CSIRO Mega-trends Report

 Interesting CSIRO Mega-trends Report:

The CSIRO's decadal megatrends report, published today, warns that extreme weather caused by climate change will cost the country more than $39 billion annually by 2050. The report is intended to identify the key global forces that will shape our lives in the coming decades, with "the view to guide long-term investment, strategic and policy directions," according to the CSIRO.

Report here.





Sunday, July 17, 2022

James | Fair Dinkum Faith


James, the very first letter of the New Testament! Written to brand new little churches, outlining the characteristics of a healthy community of faith. What does it mean for us to be a people of faith What does it mean to live as a member of Jesus’ family? Come and learn what ‘fair dinkum faith looks like! Download the Small Group study-notes from here 

Join us weekly 10am sundays at Diamond Valley Baptist Church! 

Note: Our morning services are live-streamed to the "Diamond Valley Baptist Church YouTube" channel. 
Bookmark the channel and click on the link there 10am Sundays. You can watch the ‘live’ service from home, either at the time of broadcast or later.

Friday, May 06, 2022

Poem | Church |

Maya Angelou | 1928-2014

It's Sacred; Church
Everything in God's world is sacred.  Trees and
toads and little girl's eyes. Grandfather's hands
and the murmuring voices of lovers.  Sacred.

A poet's dream, almanac compilers and rocks that
look up at the moon.  Sacred.  Everything can be
church and anything can be church.
Church was the first place where I came
child to spirit to Christ.  "Suffer little children
to come unto me, for such is the Kingdom of
Heaven."

Literally, church introduced me to my very first
friend.  Louise and I both thought the preacher
talked too long, Mrs. Sneed sang too loudly and
Brother Williams got too wild when he prayed.
We both giggled at the same time and cried just
as piteously when we were chastised.

Every time I feel the spirit, I know I am
immersed in the essence of church.  That know-
ledge changes my voice.  I speak more softly and
choose my words more carefully.  There are more
"yes, ma'ams" and "no ma'ams" and "yes, sirs" and
"no sirs" in my conversation.

Out of my heart, out of my brain, more "thank
yous" slide across my tongue.  I am blessed.

I am in church.

Church is not the luggage I bear, nor the cloak I
wear.  It is neither the hat I sport, nor the shoes,
which carry me around my world.  It is not my
destination, nor my place of departure.

I cannot define the breadth and depth and width
and height of church, but church can define me
always.  It slides the skin over my muscles and
allows my lungs to inspirate and fill so that
"Hallelujahs" like rain come from my mouth,
"Hallelujahs" fall like rain from my lips.

Church is where I go when I want a certain ful-
fillment, and church is where I don't have to go
because it is always with me,
holding me up,
propelling me forward,
sustaining me.
When I think about church and remember that
church and I are one, I am reminded that every-
thing in God's world is sacred.