2015 Stand for the Gospel NI Conference – registrations open

STAND registrations now open

Registrations are now open for this year’s Stand for the Gospel conferences. The North Island Conference has been running since 2010, and HBC are privileged to have the opportunity to host it again from 3-5 July.

You can download a PDF brochure for distribution here: North Island Conference flyer

We have the privilege of hosting Carl Trueman this year as our keynote speaker. We look forward to growing in our love for Christ under his faithful teaching of God’s Word.

Spaces are limited, so please register as early as you can for this special weekend as we encourage one another to stand for what’s of first importance: the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Judges and Kings: The Gospel in the Old Testament

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me…” (John 5:39)

The gospel is the triumphant declaration that God, holy and righteous, is redeeming the world through Christ, calling everyone everywhere to repent from sin and trust Jesus Christ for salvation.

At this year’s conference, we will let God speak this gospel hope to us through the pages of the Old Testament. As we consider the accounts of God at work in his covenant people Israel, we will gain a fuller understanding of the scarlet thread of redemption that runs throughout the Scriptures.

There will also be running a number of seminars to help us apply the gospel and its implications in various areas of our Christian life. Andre Bay (Shore Baptist Church) will teach on evangelism, Peter Moelker (Avondale Reformed Church) will discuss the sufficiency of Scripture, and Mandy Fleener (Rolleston Baptist Church) will lead a women’s seminar on parenting and teaching children.

Church family: serving the body of Christ

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As Christ has laid down his life for us, we have the privilege of laying down our lives in sacrificial service for the good of our brothers and sisters around the country (1 John 3:16). We are expecting a turnout similar to last year: 300 people representing over 80 different churches.

As a church family there will be opportunities to serve in a variety of ways, such as catering, hospitality, ushering, welcoming, cleaning and more.

Sign-up sheets will be available at church this Sunday – please consider how you could play a part in serving the body of Christ.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

Howick Baptist’s first meeting

As we look ahead as a church family to the mission of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ, sometimes it’s worth being reminded of what’s happened in the past. On the evening of 16th November, 1950, a group of people met in the Howick Postmaster’s home which was then situated behind the Post Office in Picton St, Howick.

Here are the minutes from that very first meeting.


Minutes of the first meeting of the Howick Baptist Fellowship, held on 16th November, 1950, at the residence of the Postmaster, Mr L.N. Clarkson.

Present:

Rev. Ridland Jamieson, minister at North Memorial, Mr C.T. McRae, president of the Auckland Auxiliary, Mr & Mrs J. Kemp, Miss O. Kemp, Miss Earl, Mr G. Greenman, Mr & Mrs N. Nicholson, Mr & Mrs L. Clarkson, Miss A. Clarkson and Mr A. Clarkson. 

Mr Jamieson opened the meeting with prayer, followed by the hymn “Jesus we look to Thee, Thy promised presence claim”, sung from the Baptist Hymnal.

The Bible Reading was taken from Acts 3:1-18.

The next hymn to be sung was “I Need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord”, followed by a period of very fervent prayer for the work of God in and around Howick.

A challenge, based on the Bible Reading, was then delivered by Mr Jamieson. He drew attention to the fact that immediately the Christian Church was formed it faced a challenge – the challenge of all the misery, physical and spiritual, which abounded on every side. It was soon after Pentecost that Peter and John were confronted with need in the shape of a lame man. But they had a message for power and hope for him, and were able to restore him to full spiritual and physical vigour. Today we are in a world which is just as needy as the lame man. The physical need may not be so great, but all around us are people who need the message of power and hope which we possess. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth we can command them to “rise and walk”.

Mr MrCrae, on taking over the second part of the meeting, said how pleased he was that a Fellowship was being formed in Howick. There was a need for a Baptist cause here because of the distance from Baptist Churches and because of the need of a more evangelical witness. There was no need to fear that the Fellowship would not grow, because the population of the area was quickly increasing and other Baptists would be moving in. He then opened the meeting for general discussion.

Mr L Clarkson described the way in which he had been led to suggest the organisation of a Fellowship. He said the progress being made in the district was very rapid indeed. Someone had prophesied that the population would reach ten thousand within a few years. It behoved the Baptists to “get in on the ground floor” and seize the opportunities now present.

It was moved by Mr L Clarkson that a Baptist fellowship should be set up in Howick. This was seconded by Mr N. Nicholson and carried.

On the motion of Mr Jamieson, seconded by Mr Kemp and carried, it was decided that Mr A Clarkson should be appointed Secretary.

It was decided to hold monthly meetings, the next to be held at the Postmaster’s residence on the 14th December, the Auxiliary to supply a speaker.

After a hymn and benediction, a pleasant social intercourse was experienced over a cup of tea.

Signed: Ridland Jamieson, Chairman (14.12.50)

New song: Not in Me (Luke 18:9-14)

What would it sound like for the Pharisee in Luke 18:9-14 to repent?

We sang this song by Eric Schumacher and David Ward for the first time on Sunday following Jono Macfarlane’s sermon on the same text.

The Pharisee’s prayer begins proclaiming what he has not done, with a list of people he is “not like”. So, repentance must be renouncing such boasts before God. In the end, the repenting Pharisee’s prayer is the same as the tax collector’s. Ultimately, whether for a Pharisee or a tax-collector, there is only one Gospel, one hope of salvation. God shows mercy to sinners, self-righteous or self-loathing, on the basis of Christ crucified and risen. In the end, neither can earn his forgiveness or merit a standing. We’re both the tax collector and the Pharisee. One moment, we are wallowing in our sin, relenting of any hope due to the greatness of our evil. The next moment, we are boasting of our own righteousness and finding comfort in our external goodness and self-control. We need songs that preach the Gospel to us in and lift us out of the ditches on both sides of the road.

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Preparing for Gathered Worship: 21 December 2014

Find out more about this week’s message, Bible passages, songs we’ll be singing, and how you can prepare to join us this Sunday as we worship God together.

SUNDAY MORNING

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This Sunday marks the fourth week of the Advent season. Advent literally means “coming” or “arrival” and it’s a time when Christians around the world reflect on the reasons for Jesus’ first arrival in this world, but also express a desire for his second coming.

During our 9:30am service, Peter Somervell will give a message titled, “Christmas in Eden”. He explains more below:

When we are thinking about bible passages that are relevant at Christmas we tend to go to Matthew 1 or the opening chapters of Luke’s gospel. We like to read of Joseph and Mary and the Shepherds and the Magi. And that is good and right as far as it goes. But the message of Christmas has its beginnings much earlier than that. In fact, the first promise of Christmas appears all the way back in Genesis 3:15, just after Adam and Eve rebelled.

Theologians call it the “protoevangelium” – the first gospel. These words spoken by God contain the first great promise of redemption in the Bible. Everything else flows from it. Spurgeon called this verse “the sum and summary of the whole bible.” Although we don’t see it at first glance, Christ is in this verse. He is the ultimate seed of the woman who would one day crush Satan’s head. In the process his “heel” would be bruised on the cross.

These word would be fulfilled 1000’s of years later at a place called Calvary outside the city walls of Jerusalem. But all that was in the future when God spoke these words. Today we are going see their significance and learn why they give us such hope and in a broken and messy world.

Here’s what else we’ll be doing this Sunday:

 

You’re most welcome to join us!

 

SUNDAY EVENING

This Sunday we will be having an evening of Christmas Carolling. We will meet in the church carpark at 5pm to distribute music and make our plans for transport. Each year, we have the privilege of visiting a number of retirement villages. It is always a great time of fellowship and joy as we minister to others together. So don’t miss out. No particular musical gifts required!

Preparing for Gathered Worship: 14 December 2014

Find out more about this week’s message, Bible passages, songs we’ll be singing, and how you can prepare to join us this Sunday as we worship God together.

SUNDAY MORNING

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This Sunday marks the third week of the Advent season. Advent literally means “coming” or “arrival” and it’s a time when Christians around the world reflect on the reasons for Jesus’ first arrival in this world, but also express a desire for his second coming. 

During our 9:30am service, our Sunday School will be presenting a play titled “Christmas on Credit”. Peter Somervell will give a short Christmas message following the play.

Here’s what else we’ll be doing this Sunday:

 

You’re most welcome to join us!

 

SUNDAY EVENING

Evening services are currently in recess – but next Sunday we will be doing some Christmas carolling from 5pm (more details next week)