NGPC GATHERS EVERY SUNDAY FOR WORSHIP AT 9:30 am.
NGPC GATHERS EVERY SUNDAY AT 60 VICTORIA ST, NORTH GEELONG.
NGPC Teaching Elder: Darren Middleton
NGPC CHURCH CULTURE AND COMA.
We're a reformed and evangelical congregation who believe our primary mission is to make disciples who make disciples (Matt 28:19-20). At the very core of our fellowship is Jesus and his gospel, this is expressed on Sunday as we gather for corporate worship (9:30-10:40 am), fellowship (morning tea) and study/training (11:40-12:20 pm).
At NGPC, we work hard at being intentional about creating a discipleship culture. All the leaders model and teach how to read the Bible well using COMA as a method to equip the whole congregation. During the week, we meet fortnightly in homes all over Geelong in discipleship quads/pods (groups of 4 men or 4 women reading and understanding Scripture using COMA) while the alternate fortnight we meet in Bible study groups [mixed groups of 12-14 men and woman using COMA].
What is COMA?
- Context [of passage in chapter, book and the bible’s story]
- Observation [what does the text say?]
- Meaning [what does it mean?]
- Implication/Application [What are the implications of this truth? What should I think, believe, feel or do?]
Where is COMA used?
- COMA is the required method of teaching by all NGPC leaders.
- COMA will be used in quads/pods, Oikos, and evidence of it will be seen in the pulpit also.
Why are we using COMA?
- We believe we need to understand the Bible since it is God’s final authoritative word to us. [Heb. 1:1-3]
- We believe we need to understand the Bible as it is God’s way of sanctifying/saving us. [2Tim. 3:15-17]
- We believe we need to understand the Bible to guard the gospel to ameliorate false teaching. [1Tim. 4:1-2]
Therefore, at NGPC we are trying to teach everyone how to read the Bible well - expecting the following outcomes:
- To understand, follow, and enjoy Jesus as his disciples.
- To understand, share, and enjoy the grace of the gospel of Jesus.
- To equip men, and women for works of service [ministry], in the church, home, work and community.
- To equip the heads of the home to make disciple-making disciples of their children via family worship and discipleship.
NGPC MISSION: Making disciple-making disciples of Jesus, worshipping, witnessing and serving together.
- MATTHEW 28:18-20
- WHAT: Make disciples who make disciple
- HOW: baptism and teaching.
- WHERE and WHEN: As you go.
NGPC DISCIPLESHIP STRATEGY: to be clear, logical, aligned and reviewed.
- Discipleship PROCESS is clear to all.
- Discipleship MOVEMENT is logical in its process.
- Discipleship IMPLEMENTATION is aligned in every ministry area.
- Discipleship process REVIEWED every year to avoid a drift of mission.
NGPC CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN THE CONGREGATION.
AT NGPC, we believe that God covenants with believers and their children. Children are members of the covenant community, so we encourage parents, and children to worship together. Practically, it means we don’t have Sunday School during our worship services, as parents and children worship as a family. We believe worshipping with our children is both biblical and beneficial. Since children remain in the service with mum and dad, they are encouraged to be actively engaged. They take up the offering; they participate in the children’s talk and song, and they are addressed in the sermon. It is also wise to try and explain to your child what each segment of the service means, for example, you could remind them that when we pray, we are talking to God. That when we sing we are praising God, and instructing each other, etc.
However, we also know that children will be both distracted, and distracting, and that training them takes much time and effort. You can be assured at NGPC that parents will receive encouragement, and support from the congregation, and elders as they seek to train their children in public worship. We also have a cry room available to settle children, and a church culture that encourages and supports parents as they train their children.
NGPC CONGREGATION GROWING. NEW NGPC BUILDING PURCHASED.
As of September 2014, we SOLD our building at 60 Victoria Street, North Geelong. We have a lease arrangement for the next two years (till Sept. 2016). We have recently purchased a new 3000m2 building on Thompsons Road, North Geelong. Our intention is to use 1200m2 for a new worship building. We hope to have the fit out complete by August 2016. For NOW, however, you will still find us at 60 VICTORIA, NORTH GEELONG. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Darren on 0406 588 120 or the manse on 5275 0817.