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What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? Can modern disciples learn to live like the Twelve? Are there patterns in the Gospels we can follow? How can we help each other along the way?
These are the questions I have been asking for most of my Christian journey. They are what I had in mind when I became a church leader and they are the reason I persisted at it for twenty-five years. They are also the reason I took three months off work to interrogate ‘Ise pages and the culture of the New Testament and are also the reason I have written this book.
I believe that when Jesus told his disciples to ‘make disciples…teaching them to obey everything 1 have commanded you’, he meant it. And he was confident that he had set a pattern that would make it possible for them, and us, to do so.
Please follow follow me on a journey through John’s gospel through the eyes of someone who has insatiable curiosity and cannot help asking the four questions above. I believe you will learn a lot more about Jesus and also about yourself as his follower. Come, let as journey together…

“Craig is a man of great integrity and wisdom. He knows the Word and has vast knowledge but shares it with such humility, grace and wisdom. He engages, inspires and instructs as he teaches and his writing is no different. This book invites and draws me to engage again with the person of Jesus and to learn from the principles of His life, who He sass and what He did. Craig addresses some significant questions, mindsets and patterns but dates this with an case that takes me deeper into the conversation and closer to the truth rather than being distracted or confused in the debate.
Craig’s writing also helps me to integrate these lessons in my life, lived in today’s culture. This book is an inspiring and informative read, and is also a book that helps me to ‘do the stuff: not just know more but to live more authentically as a disciple of Jesus. I can recommend the man who wrote this book. I can recommend the man this book is written about. And, unsurprisingly, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.”
RICH ROBINSON Director 3D. Europe

3DM Publishing
5ISBN 21.95 111 52195>

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Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.6 cm


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What We Believe

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God and inerrant in the original writings. We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that the lost and sinful man must be saved, and that man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We believe in and practice the holy ordinance of water baptism, which signifies the believer’s death, burial, and resurrection into new life with Christ Jesus, and the regular celebration of Holy Communion as commanded by our Lord.

We believe in the present ministry and baptism of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; those that are saved into the resurrection of life and those that are unsaved into the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our History

In recognition of the tremendous growth forecast for the Plenty Valley, Bishop Stephen Hale set up a Taskforce in 2007 to investigate the possibility of establishing a new Anglican community in the area. With representation from local churches and Ivanhoe Grammar School, this Taskforce developed a plan that included the need for a point person to further the work. In response to this, two years ago St John’s Diamond Creek took a great step of faith by employing a staff member to not only serve its own congregation but to focus on establishing a new parish for Mernda. Craig spent his first year getting to know the area, building relationships and discerning what God was already up to in His mission of reaching residents and retailers with His love. Throughout the following year a core team began to form around a vision that arose again and again through prayer, of a red gum taking root in the heart of Mernda and growing while the roots reached out to every corner of the community. This vision of being organic church integrally connected to local community found a means of expression through the “Sheffield Model”, which was first developed by St Thomas’s in Sheffield (UK) nearly 15 years ago.

With a focus on “missional communities” the Sheffield model emphasises the need for Christians to meet with people in their own world rather than expecting them to enter ours. After spending time with the staff of St Thomas’s, Craig and the team began work on adapting the model for our own local context and subsequently launched two playgroups in the second half of 2010. A missional community has also begun forming around crafts and the creative arts which runs a stall at the Laurimar market to raise money for various causes. Three preview services were also held as God continued to draw people into the Plentylife community.

We now launch with a much clearer vision of who God wants us to be, a five-strong leadership team with responsibilities for missional communities, youth, families, and administration, and leadership for three missional communities focused on families, crafts and the creative arts and the outdoor life. And it’s true that we wouldn’t be at this point today if it wasn’t for the generous support of the Diocese, St Johns and other supporting churches! So now together we look forward to what else God might have in store for us according to His grace.