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Posted by Ross Lester on 2017/07/05

A couple of weeks ago, we spoke about Singleness from 1 Corinthians 7 and how the church should do better at discipling singles in a sermon titled "It's Complicated" - Sanctifying Relationship Status. After this sermon, one of our congregants, Gareth Brady, emailed me and shared how he and his wife Robyn wanted to di

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Posted by Ross Lester on 2017/02/19

Quite a few people have spoken to me about how they have noticed that the preaching calendar has changed at BBC this year. I have even had some chirps (well meaning I am sure) asking me if I have retired, or if I am being disciplined, as people aren’t seeing as much of me in the pulpit as they used to. I thought it would be helpful to be explicit on what we are trying to accomplish through the changes.

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Posted by Ross Lester on 2016/10/18

As many of you may be aware we are doing a three-week sermon series in November on how the gospel speaks into issues of race, diversity, community and hope. We are very excited about this series and we think it is well timed in our nation.

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Posted by Ross Lester on 2016/05/12

Dear BBC

As many of you already know, I brought a bit of a bug back with me from my recent travels, and that bug very quickly snuck up on me and turned into pneumonia. It has been a very frustrating couple of weeks for me personally trying to shake this thing, and we have so appreciated the prayers, meals and messages.

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Posted by Ross Lester on 2016/04/11

Dear BBC

God has been so kind to us in so many ways. He continues to choose to work in and through us in ways that confound and humble us, and we really are privileged to see his hand so powerfully guiding and working in our midst.

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Posted by Ross Lester on 2016/01/14

This last Sunday we started our new series that we have called “Simple”. It is about the gospel fueled need to strip away a lot of the clutter in our lives to return to the things that really matter. Week 1 seems to have really made an impact and our hope is that it will lead to changes in people’s lives so that they live more clearly and simply towards their purpose of glorifying God.

You can listen to the sermon here.

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Posted by Ross Lester on 2015/01/15

A couple of years ago, I was reading Arnold Dallimore's excellent biography on the life and ministry of C.H. Spurgeon. He recounted stories of when the London Tabernacle was so packed on a Sunday that there were long queues around the block with hundreds of people trying to get in to hear the message. Spurgeon got into the pulpit and asked everyone who was a member of the Tabernacle to raise their hands. He then asked them to all leave and to go pray in the basement so that visitors could find seats.

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Posted by Ross Lester on 2015/01/06

People often ask me what I am reading and which authors I am learning from. I was fortunate enough to read quite a lot in 2014, and a great deal of what I read was very helpful and enjoyable, but not everything I read made a lasting impact on me. I love books that make me do something or change something or shake it up a bit. So I compiled a list of the 5 most impactful books that I read in 2015, with very short reviews of each of them.

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Posted by Ross Lester on 2014/06/12

Dear Dads

Happy Father’s Day! I hope and pray that it is a day of spoiling, rest and enjoyment with your family. I also hope that it is a day when you stop to consider your role as a dad and pause to reflect on how you can fulfill that role in a more meaningful way. I know that you feel a great deal of pressure already and so the goal of this isn’t to add more pressure, rather it is to provoke you to think about really simple ways to make your limited time with your kids count. You matter in the lives of your kids and they need the best you to help them to become the best them.

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Posted by Ross Lester on 2014/06/10

Dear BBC

When I first joined the staff team at the church in 2006 a few of us sat down together in a room and asked the question, “What is the purpose of this church?” We just couldn’t get away from the language of the Great Commission found in Matthew 28 and so ended up articulating the purpose this way:

BBC exists to reach people for Christ through word and deed and to disciple them to spiritual maturity so that they can reach others.

Three key elements in that statement stood out to me. Reach. Mature. Send.

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Posted by Ross Lester on 2014/01/16

16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” – Matthew 6:16-18 (ESV)

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