Resources A selection of resources to help you in your faith journey
Stay connected to God, the Word and each other
During this time of social distancing while we try to manage the spread of COVD-19 (Coronavirus) it is even more important that we remain connected with God, the Word and with each other.
You are invited to be family together
- Select a Bible study or family faith resource to use daily or weekly at home, or
- Why not get your virtual small group watching the same video or resource, then come together through phone or video-link at an agreed time to reflect, discuss and pray for each other.
We have linked to curated sets of resources for home Bible study and faith formation from great providers like Grow Ministries, BibleProject and Open Doors, including new studies each week from the latter two – click here to access.
God’s Little Street Library
Good Shepherd Community Church provides all sorts of books for a good read but we will always make sure there is a copy of the 'Good Book' there for you.
We have a Community Garden a Community Hub and a Men’s Shed with lots of happy dedicated volunteers to care of the library and we welcome any neighbourhood involvement and donations.
Click here for details of the street library.
This time of pandemic presents additional opportunities to show God's love through acts of service
Regular Electronic Giving
We encourage our members and friends to think about taking up Regular Electronic Giving (REG). This way you know you are regularly giving to the church with your treasure and can support ministry even when you can’t make it to Sunday worship. This is especially important while worship centres have been closed down to help manage the spread of COVID-19 (Corona virus). We can also better manage our church budget and fulfill our vision.
We understand that money is a taboo topic for some people. Jesus taught often about money. In fact 40% of his parables mention money. Jesus wants us to use the money he has blessed us with in a Godly way. For a guide to gospel giving, click here.
A selection of sermons
What do you do when the hard questions are asked?
Do you panic inwardly if someone asks a hard question like,
'Why should I bother with God if I’m happy?' or
'If God is real why does He allow suffering?'
Click here for Vicki's workshop notes.
The end times
Eschatology, is a part of theology concerned with the final events of history, or the ultimate destiny of humanity. It is the study or the science of last things – of death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind. Intrigued? Click on the titles below for Pastor Paul's sermon notes in this series:
1. Escha Who? Eschatology and other things that scare pastors
2. The three main views of the End Times
3. The Day of the Lord
4. The Anti-Christ and the Man of Lawlessness
5. The second coming of Jesus Christ.
Your spiritual gifts
We are each given various spiritual giftings - click here for Pastor Paul's sermon notes on identifying and growing in these gifts.
The olive press – 2019 Easter message
A series looking at the suffering of Jesus Christ from the perspective of the olive grove in which He prayed prior to his crucifixion. Click here for Pastor Paul's sermon notes.
Reaching the not-yet-saved
One of the best ways to experience more life in our congregation is by participating in seeing not-yet-Christians become new disciples living in God. Dean Eaton is a faithful guide who gives us concrete ways to join God in helping to bring people into God’s family in everyday kind of ways.
This booklet by Dean Eaton, SENT—Seeking the orphans of God, focuses on reaching the not-yet-saved, and may be accessed by clicking here.
Sermon notes from the whole SENT series are available by clicking on the titles below:
2. The Saving God
3. The Seeking God
4. The Sending God
5. Sent to Discover God’s Orphans
6. Sent to Walk with God’s Orphans
7. Sent to Live with God’s Orphans
8. Sent to Communicate with God’s Orphans
9. Sent to Talk with God’s Orphans
10. Sent to Grow with God’s Orphans
11. Sent to Build up God’s Church
What are angels really like?
Entertainment media portray angels in a variety of ways and forms, but what does the Bible say? Click here for Pastor Paul's sermon notes.
Relationships preaching series
What is God's design for relationships? Click here for Pastor Paul's sermon notes in handbook form.
Power to you–His incomparably great power
The Apostle Paul describes four attributes of God: Power, Working, Strength, Might – and he nearly runs out of adjectives to describe this properly. His prayer is that we know his incomparably great power. Click here for Pastor Paul's sermon notes.
Endurance – making it to the end successfully
That’s the Christian call, to:
- run this race of life
- bear fruit that reflects our salvation, and
- make it to the end faithful to Jesus Christ
But how do we do that? Click here for Pastor Paul's sermon notes.
Some Christians hold that faith, positive speech, and donations to religious causes will increase one's material wealth. But what does the Bible really say? Click here for Pastor Paul's sermon notes.