I don’t know about you, but it is hard to believe that we are on the cusp of another new year, and on the verge of celebrating Christmas.

During this Christmas season, I have sought to tell the Christmas story through the lens of 3 words; Purpose, Priority and Activity.

Purpose– why you do something or why something exists:
Priority– something that is very important  and must be ​dealt with before other things
Activity– the ​work of an individual or a group to achieve an aim

The story of Scrooge provides an excellent demonstration of how a change in purpose alters priority and activity.

When Scrooge awakes from his dream, he realises that he has the opportunity to change.
Before being visited by his deceased partner Jacob Marley, his purpose was money, his priority was to use people to save money and his activity was getting and counting money.
After enlightenment his purpose became people, his priority changed to using money to save people, and his activity shifted from acquiring money to distributing money.

We celebrate Christmas because God’s plan of redemption on our behalf involved him sending his son.
The bible stories that precede and herald Jesus’s birth are littered with purpose.
However once Jesus got here, he too had to demonstrate purpose, priority and activity, because ultimately his goal was the cross.

These 3 words are is best summed up in John 3:16: This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.

Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God’s plans and purposes for us are true, so as you go through this season, commit to aligning your purpose with God’s purpose, this will influence your priority, and the right activity will follow.

Festive Season Services

Our Festive Services are as follows:

Sunday Morning Service– 20th December 10:30am
Christmas Celebration– 20th December 6.00pm
Christmas Morning Service – 25th December 10:00am – 11:00am
Closed on the 27th December

As always, I would like to offer my thanks for your ongoing commitment to BCLC during 2015.
On behalf of Merlyn, our family, our Trustees, Staff, Production Team, Connect Leaders and Volunteers, I would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.

Godspeed,

Pastor Nigel Ipinson-Fleming