welcome to pressingon

PressingOn is an initiative between twelve Baptist churches that is creating a harmonious relationship for the benefit of God's people in our area. We're 'pressing on' with each other to grow deeper and wider so that we can draw off each other's richness and make a difference together in ways we can't do alone. We're a bunch of people at varying stages in our faith journey—from those who've recently begun a life-changing relationship with God, through to others who've been journeying with Him for years!


As we renew our focus on spiritual formation we recognise we're all on a journey from the person we are today to the person God created us to be—a person in the likeness of Christ. Such a journey is a combination of God's grace, our effort, and being connected to a church community. No matter where we're at on that journey, an exploration of this site will help us discover resources intended to contribute to our journey of transformation to Christlikeness, of being spiritually formed in Him.

OUR 2020 JOURNEY

This journey builds on our 2019 series, ‘In\Visible: Faith and Life in New Zealand.’ Over 33 weeks we used the biblical image of exile to help us understand that the faith landscape in New Zealand has changed significantly, as highlighted by the 2018 McCrindle report, Faith and Belief in New Zealand. In light of the changed attitudes towards religion, spirituality and Christianity in New Zealand, the way forward for the church in New Zealand needs to be very different to how it has been in the past. The call for the church is to be a people who are more visibly and authentically living out its life in God as we embrace a gospel vision of His transforming love.


As we renewed an understanding of what it means to be the church, to be the people of God, engaging in our local communities in new and creative ways, evidencing the life of God, together, we see the journey this year as a time of great opportunity and potential for the church in New Zealand to Thrive. Over 28 weeks we’re seeking to discover what it means to become such a church as we journey together through the following sections:


THRIVE  |  JESUS ASKS US

[Term 1 - eight weeks] focusing on and responding to questions Jesus asked in the gospels.


THRIVE  |  TOGETHER

[Term 2 - six weeks] journeying through the book of Nehemiah, re-envisioning the church.


THRIVE  |  IN CHRIST

[Term 3 - four weeks] focusing on 1 Corinthians 1-4, contrasting Jesus’ way of strength, wisdom, unity and humility with worldly values. 


THRIVE  |  WHO WE ARE

[Term 3 - four weeks] focusing on who we are as the Baptist whānau in Aotearoa New Zealand.


THRIVE  |  FREEDOM

[Term 4 - four weeks] journeying through Galatians looking at the freedom that comes from life in Christ. 


THRIVE  |  LOVE AND MERCY

[Term 4 - two weeks] exploring the message of Hosea.



KEEP UP WITH THE JOURNEY

The journey is meant to be with community! We invite you to keep up with our series by being involved in one of the 12 PressingOn faith communities listed below and joining one of their small groups. Christian growth isn't fully experienced on Sundays alone, but also throughout the week through personal spiritual practices and a small group where you can have a richer and more personal discussion about life and faith.


Find below resources for you and your small group as we press on together through 2020! 

THIS WEEK'S BIBLE READING

'Freedom' is part five of our THRIVE journey. Read and reflect on this week's recommended YouVersion Bible App Devotional Plan.

WEEKLY BIBLE READING SUBSCRIPTION

Receive weekly Bible readings and reflections delivered straight to your inbox! At the start of every week, we send scripture readings accompanied by guide questions or reflections that you can either use for your own personal reflection or discuss with your small group. This is a great way to prepare you for the coming Sunday and give you a richer understanding of the Thrive topic unpacked during the sermon.

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WE'RE BETTER TOGETHER

As we grow together with 200+ churches within the Baptist Churches of New Zealand movement, PressingOn is an initiative that further promotes collaboration and unity among these churches. We recognise that we’re part of something bigger than any one church and PressingOn serves to strengthen each church’s journey, in our autonomy. Below are the twelve churches, so far, that are part of the PressingOn network.

  • BEACHLANDS

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  • BOTANY

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  • PUKEKOHE

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  • KUMEU

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  • ONE TREE POINT

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  • TOKOROA

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  • MANUKAU

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  • MANUREWA

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  • ROYAL OAK

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  • SILVERDALE

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  • WHANGAPARAOA

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  • MAIRANGI BAY

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