Christian Reformed Church of Australind

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Christian Reformed Church of Australind

Our church is part of the family of Christian Reformed Churches of Australia. Our congregation exists to know and understand God, glorify Him, and enjoy Him forever. We seek to understand Him from His Word. We seek to glorify Him in life and worship. We seek to enjoy Him now and for eternity. The good news is that although our sins separate us from God, we can be healed, restored and forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)

So, if you’re wanting to come to know God for the first time, or discover His beauty afresh, or if you simply wish to participate in some of our ministries, we would love to meet you in person! If you would like to know more about any of the ministries of our church, or if you have a need for which we might be able to offer help, please feel free to contact our pastors, Craig van Echten and Peter Kossen.

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Our Church is located in Australind off Paris Road.

All are welcome to come to the two services we have each Sunday at 9:30AM and 6:00PM

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We are blessed to have two Ministers at our Church

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I was privileged to grow up in a Christian home and to be part of a local church. In my late teens I grew a lot as a Christian and God brought me to the point of confessing Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. As the song goes, ‘To God be the glory great things He has done.’

At the age of 22 I wrestled with the call to ministry and decided to move from New Zealand to Geelong, Australia to train at the Reformed Theological College. The rest is history! Since 2012 I have served as Pastor in the Christian Reformed Church of Australind.

I am happily married to my wife Annette and we have been blessed with three children who were born in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Yes, we have our hands full!  Along with trying to serve the church and my family, I enjoy getting into the garden, renovating the house, politics, reading, and keeping up with current events. 

Our greatest joy in ministry is to see people find forgiveness, peace, and joy in God through Christ, and to see Christians grow to the fullness of Christ. So if you would like to visit the church we are a part of, we would love to see you!

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Peter Kossen is married to Sugi, and they have four children. He is a graduate of the Reformed Theological Collage in Geelong and the University of Western Australia. Peter has been a pastor for 26 years, pastoring churches in New Zealand and Australia. He is currently one of the Pastors of the Christian Reformed Church of Australind, Western Australia. He also works as a Prison Officer.

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Isn't Christianity just a psychological crutch?

There are at least two assumptions behind this statement. Firstly, the assumption is that Christianity is a fairy tale which Christians wish to be true for their peace of mind. But then, the same could be said of atheism! However, far from being a figment of one’s imagination, the Bible highlights how real human needs are met such as forgiveness, love, identity and purpose.

Secondly, another assumption is that Christians are weak and need the help of a crutch. The assumption is that Christianity will make life easier which is true in part. For instance, Christians experience freedom from guilt and sin, fullness of joy and peace, and the sure hope of a blessed eternity. However, it should also be pointed out that the life of a Christian can be quite difficult. Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:33). In other words Christians are called to a life of self sacrifice which for many around the world includes death itself. So, being a Christian is all satisfying, but it’s not for the faint hearted! Finally, from another angle, every person needs a crutch. The Bible highlights that every breath we take is thanks to God. For, God is the one who sustains all things and all people (Acts 17:28). He alone has the power of self existence. Not only that, the Bible highlights that we all need to rely on Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. Only Christ’s perfect sacrifice can make atonement and reconcile us to a holy and righteous God (Romans 5:1). So, Bob Prall (Campus Crusade for Christ director at Duke University) has often said, "If Christianity is a psychological crutch, then Jesus Christ came because there was an epidemic of broken legs."

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How can Jesus be the only way to God?

It seems very intolerant for Jesus to claim to be the only way. In our culture people are more comfortable with many ways to the top of the mountain, not one way. However, is it really possible for there to be many ways?

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. On one comes to the Father except through me."
John 14:6

The reality is that there are fundamental differences between the religions. Dr. Ravi Zacharias says everyone has a worldview. To put it differently, everyone has a grid in which the view the world. And a worldview basically answers four key questions. Origins, meaning, morality, and destiny. And when you start asking these questions you find the religions give very different answers. Take for example the question of destiny. A Christian says that a believer goes to heaven. A Hindu and Buddhist generally believes a person is reincarnated. A Muslim believes in going to paradise. And an Atheist generally believes we just return to the dust. So who is right? These are all competing claims. They can’t all be right. Unless of course you are reincarnated as a particle of dust in paradise!

So then the question is not so much is there only one way, but rather which way is the right way to God? To be truly open minded, we need to be open to the possibility of only one way. Can Jesus be the only way to God? Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Jn. 14:6) There is no reason to doubt this claim since Jesus is the fulfilment of over 300 prophecies. His death is recorded in history, and we still have several eye witness accounts of His resurrection in the gospels. Can Jesus be the only way to God? He sure can. You might have noticed that every other religion points to a system, but Christianity points to a person. Who else has promised the forgiveness of sins? Who else has risen from the dead to conquer death?

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Why is there evil and suffering?

This is always a hard question to wrestle with. For example;In December 2004 a massive tsunami killed more than 250,000 people around the rim of the Indian Ocean. Over the following weeks, newspapers and magazines were full of letters and articles asking ‘Where was God?’ One report wrote: ‘If God is God, he’s not good. If God is good, he’s not God. You can’t have it both ways, especially after the Indian Ocean catastrophe.’ (Quoted from Timothy Keller, Reason for God, pg23)

In December 2004 a massive tsunami killed more than 250,000 people around the rim of the Indian Ocean. Over the following weeks, newspapers and magazines were full of letters and articles asking ‘Where was God?’ One report wrote: ‘If God is God, he’s not good. If God is good, he’s not God. You can’t have it both ways, especially after the Indian Ocean catastrophe.’ (Quoted from Timothy Keller, Reason for God, pg23)

It is true that the Bible shows God to be sovereign over all things. He is in control over all that happens in His world. Not one atom is out of place. This truth is of great encouragement, for the Christian knows that he or she is safe in God’s hands. But, then what about evil? The Bible makes it clear that God is not the author of evil (James 1:13). Satan brought evil into God’s good creation. And it was Adam and Eve who disobeyed God. As a result of their disobedience, God being just, punished them. So, why is there evil and suffering? It is because Adam and Eve brought God’s curse on this world. So the finger shouldn’t be pointed at God. The Times once asked ‘What’s wrong with the world?’ G.K Chesterton wrote back, “I am.”But, then if God is sovereign, why doesn’t He put a stop to evil and suffering? The good news of the Bible is that God has put a stop to evil! Through His Son Jesus Christ, God has conquered Satan, sin, death, and as a consequence suffering, through the cross. For, on the cross, amends for sin has been made for God’s people. And so, through Christ, God is working to restore all things including this creation. Through faith in Christ, and not our own works, we become part of this grand restoration project.So the question is not ‘why is there evil and suffering.’ The question is ‘How could a just God show such amazing grace?’ We deserve far worse for our sin! And yet, God still provides the air we breathe every day. God still gives sinners an opportunity to repent.So, when the Christian is confronted by suffering, he or she only has to look at the cross to see God’s love, and be assured that the suffering will be used for their good (Rom. 8:28), and that whatever happens, the suffering of this world, will not change the blessed eternity and full restoration that awaits!

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The men of the church meet about once a month, generally on a Thursday evening for fellowship and discussion of God’s Word.

The Ladies Book Club meets once a month, generally on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm at the home of one of the ladies.

Come Join us every Wednesday fortnight as we study God's word and enjoy fellowship with each other.

Our Youth Group meets once a month generally at the Church but also at other locations for a time of fun and fellowship.

Ladies come and join us every second Thursday morning for coffee and discussion.

Come Join us for our catechism classes which are available for children and youth to receive instruction in the Christian faith.

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

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