For over 100 years we have been a community of people gathering just north of the mighty Waimakiriri River to honour and worship God. We are a diverse bunch of people from across North Canterbury – and beyond who desire to see the Kingdom of God impact our lives and the lives of those in our community.
It would be great to see you, feel free to come visit!
We are continuing our month of prayer. Over the last week we have gathered and spent time reflecting on what God is saying to us about our church, town and region. We have had various ‘stations’ to help spark creative interaction in prayer. There have been good times of corporate prayer as we have gathered together.
Check out the photos below of the stations as we continue this journey discerning where and how God is moving in the life of Kaiapoi Baptist Church.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2
Prayer is a wonderful gift. It is a vital part of the life of a disciple and the life of a church. As a church we are currently facing some challenges, our community is also struggling and the wider Canterbury region seems to be enveloped in a cloud of mental stress and unwellness.
As a leadership we are calling the church to a sustained period of prayer through the month of November. Our focus will be simple: Our church, Our community, Our Region.
We will be having times of corporate prayer where the church will be encouraged to gather and pray for Gods direction, protection and intervention in our world. These times will include both corporate and individual prayer.
Continue reading A Call to Prayer Part Two
We are facing an exciting and challenging time as a church. For over 100 years Kaiapoi Baptist has been a place of worship and fellowship. God has been faithful over many years.
Last Tuesday the Elders and Pastoral Staff met and spent an extended time in prayer. We want to hear what God is saying about the next season here at Kaiapoi Baptist Church and we invite you to join us.
Continue reading A Call to Prayer
Treasures Handed Down
Prayer and Self Denial 2017
Each year we partner with the New Zealand Baptist Missionary Society supporting Prayer and Self-Denial. It is not just about the financial resources raised or the prayer support targeted at our NZBMS team. It is also about us recognising that we are a part of a wider Baptist family that goes beyond our town, our region and our nation. This year the focus is on taonga/treasure: The Gospel as Treasure, People are Treasure, and Where is your Treasure?
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.”
“For you are a Holy people who belong to the Lord your God. Of all people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be His own special treasure.” Deuteronomy 7:6
“Where ever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
Continue reading Nga Taonga Tuku Iho
Over the last few weeks we have been focusing on Discipleship – Following Jesus one step at a time. On Sunday we looked at building, so some of our younger members of church and some young at heart decided to build something. Check it out!!
Carey Baptist College is hosting a conference on July 11th called: “Home or Away” – Locating sport and leisure in Christian faith and practice. One of our Pastors, Paul will be speaking on his love for pig hunting. Check out the images and information below.
I love pig hunting! It’s a ticket into another world for me, the timeless contest where hunters test their strength and resolve, and the courage and skills of their dogs, against a strong, resourceful, and potentially lethal quarry.
I love being a Christian. It’s the ticket into another world, the timeless experience of being connected to the eternal God. It’s a test of faith and trust. It’s a journey that is almost impossible without brave and resourceful friends, and there is a dangerous, deceitful, deadly foe on the prowl. This presentation will explore the intersection of Christian faith and the sport of pig hunting. It will consider theological issues around killing for sport, the ethics of killing, and hunting as a gift from God. It will examine the unique pastoral opportunities offered by this pursuit. It will consider the environmental implications for believers, and whether we can see hunting as a parable not just told but lived and experienced. This paper will draw on personal experiences over many years, reflections from a variety of hunters, reflections from my mother-in-law, and Biblical reflections on the abundant life that Jesus promised. My argument will be that while hunting is not for everyone, a life of challenge and adventure, the joys of success and the pain of failure, the welcoming of things which build courage and trust into our lives, are all part of God’s good purposes for each of us, and these things can be found and celebrated in our leisure time activities and sporting endeavours.
Paul Askin Co-Pastor, Kaiapoi Baptist Church
On a cold Sunday Evening more than 80 people gathered to enjoy a great shared meal. We were celebrating Emmanuel – God with Us – Always! The food, the fellowship, it was the church getting together to build relationship. From the youngest to the oldest it was a great evening.
I wonder what we can do next time….?
Coming up this Sunday Evening we will be gathering together to celebrate “Emmanuel – Jesus with us – All the Time!!” Be prepared for an evening of great fellowship, fun and food! There will be something for everyone and it’s a great opportunity to gather together and get to know each other better.
As a part of our commitment to discipleship we will be posting some discussion questions weekly on our resources page. These questions will be related to the sermon from Sunday morning and are designed to help discussion and interaction around our sermon series on discipleship and for small groups to use as a jumping off point.
Different contributors will be posing the questions and the goal is that they will be available by 5pm on Mondays – most weeks!
“Come follow me.” It seems like such a simple statement by Jesus when he calls the disciples. But the reality was extremely complicated, over a period of three years or so Jesus taught the disciples much, showed them the reality of the Kingdom and they became his disciples. He commissioned them to “go and make disciples” and that’s what we are called to be: disciples that make disciples. Mike Breen in his book Building a Discipleship Culture says: “If you make disciples, you will always get the church. But if you make a church, you rarely get disciples.” As a church we feel that God is calling us to “make disciples”.
So come and join us as we spend the next wee part of life looking at: “Following Jesus One Step at a time.”