Welcome to Rotorua Baptist Church

Feel free to take a good look around our site, there is a variety of information here about RBC which explains something of who we are, and what is important to us.  If you have any questions or would like to talk to myself or one of the staff, please contact us via phone, email or catch up with us after a Sunday service which starts at 10am.

Rev Jock Brunskill
Pastor


 


 


 

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Where to find us

100 Malfroy Rd,
Victoria,
Rotorua
ph. (07) 348 5263


Upcoming Services


Sunday 3rd September 2017

Please come and join us at 10am this Sunday as celebrate “Dads”. New Zealand has a record of ‘father-hunger’ and many children are growing up fatherless. At age 15, only about 1 in 4 teenagers live with both their biological parents. Most teenagers in New Zealand have experienced multiple changes in household composition. About 1 in 4 children in New Zealand are growing up in single parent families and the majority of those single parents are female. Males are the parent in only about 12% of single parent families. I myself was raised by my widowed mother in a one parent family. Scripture has much to teach us about fathers: there we find men who lived with the pain of childlessness, fathers who were blending multiple parent families, and adoptive fathers. We see warrior fathers who sacrificed their children for their mission, and Dad’s who sacrificed everything for their daughters. There are rule-book Dads like Manoah, delinquent Dads like Eli, wounded fathers like David, and waiting Fathers like the prodigal’s Dad. There are fathers in the faith as spiritual Dads. Above all, we see God, the perfect father, who defines his identity toward us as our Abba Father who is in heaven. Jesus himself was co-parented by a man who was not his biological father. Just as Mary was specially chosen, so was Joseph chosen. He was probably much older than his young wife, and it seems likely that Joseph died before Jesus began his ministry. Certainly Joseph was around when Jesus was missing aged 12 but he doesn’t appear later in the Gospel record. Joseph was a man who heard from God, he was courageous and protective, he obeyed […]

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Sunday 20th August 2017

This Sunday we look at forgiveness, 10am kick-off. The Bible says, “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Heb 9:22b) which alerts us to its cost in terms of sacrifice – but also its importance. In Matthew 18, Peter was prepared to go to 7 times (cf. Luke 17:4). But in response Jesus said not 49 times which would be seven times seven, which is what I used to think he said. If you read this again you will see Jesus said 77 times – which is even more. What did the Lord mean and what was he emphasizing? And why 77 times? How many times have we been forgiven by the Lord? Are we already forgiven everything we will ever do? Where is the place then for confession of sin? I think you will see that the whole area of forgiveness is worth thinking into quite a lot. There is a saying, “To err is human, but to forgive is divine’. That’s not a Biblical reference. It comes from an essay on criticism by Alexander Pope. But Jesus did forgive sins and demonstrated that He had the authority to do so. He forgave a sinful woman and forgave the sins of a paralysed man who was lowered through the roof. But ultimately Jesus went to the Cross as a sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins, grief and shame. Also, he forgave those who crucified him. We too are to forgive. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ forgave you.” (Eph 4:32)

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Does God really guide us and does He share with us any plans? This may sound a simple question, but it isn't because we are talking about communication with GOD! We have been talking about how he communicates with us, and how we communicate with him. Most of us need a few more listening skills though..
Sunday 24 June we continue to explore this theme and focus upon the OT character of Gideon. Many know of him because of his 'fleece' but that wasn't to obtain guidance? Or was it? And how is your sheepskin?
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What is the proper task of a church leadership team? Tomorrow at our 10 am Sunday service we will reflect on this question from Acts 20 in the New Testament. Paul calls the Elders to say goodbye. In the account by Luke, Paul tells us what he modeled to them and surprises us by his depth of relationship with them. He charges them with watchfulness and oversight. What did he mean? ... See MoreSee Less

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The women were first to the tomb on that Easter Sunday morning. They were there early, carrying spices to anoint the body of Jesus. They were the first witnesses of the resurrection. Later, Peter and John also discovered the body was not in the tomb. The grave clothes lay empty as though the body had de-materialized. It wasn't like Jesus left his dead body behind. No, he left none; just the burial wrappings themselves. It sounds like they weren't even disturbed. The resurrection of Jesus is foundational to Christian belief. The first-hand witnesses were stunned by the wounds he bore from crucifixion. Even doubting Thomas believed. Their lives show how much they were changed by it. And in the last book of the Bible, Jesus is seen in that extended vision as bearing those wounds still. ... See MoreSee Less

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