Message from Pastor Matthew


‘I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 1:3-6).

There are many good lessons we can learn from the prayer life of the apostle Paul. Today I want to highlight the importance of being thankful. As a church, we should be thankful for every person that is a part of our fellowship, no matter if they are visiting for the first time or have been a part of the church for many years. Every person has a purpose in the Lord’s great plan.

As a church, we are working together in a partnership for the gospel. We are living witnesses for Christ because of the good things He has done in our lives. He began the good work, and He has promised to carry it on to completion. I claim this promise for Ranui Baptist Church. Jesus began the good work many years ago, and we are blessed to be a part of it today. The work will continue until Christ returns when He comes with His reward to bless His faithful servants.

How thankful we should be for having the love of God in our hearts. Let’s rejoice in the ways that God has blessed us and let’s remember one another in our prayers. The apostle Paul was ‘giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins’ (Colossians 1:12-14). We should have this same kind of joyful thanks for one another’s great salvation.

We should appreciate everything that the Lord has done for us with joyful praise. Even in our difficult times, we can be victorious over those circumstances when we have a heart of worship for God’s love and grace. Thankfulness purifies us from grumbling and complaining so that we can shine the light of God to those around us (Philippians 2:14-18).

As the apostle Paul was pouring out his life in service of Christ, he was full of joy. His main hope was that the people he was working with would be blameless and pure on the day of Christ so that he would be able to rejoice with them. Our hope for Ranui Baptist is that we will also stand before the Lord in the light of His approval. Let’s seek to please our Lord and Saviour in all that we do, as we maintain thankful hearts that rejoice in Him.

God bless you as you pray with thankfulness,
Pastor Matthew.

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Transformation Youth Group

Moneymates Wednesdays 10am-12pm

Moneymates is for anyone struggling with finances, school costs, MSD assistance, IRD issues, Creditors Debt, Bank problems and general community issues.
Facilitator Glenn Harris has 9 years experience in Financial Mentoring and Administration, and his wife Wendy, who has 10 years Hospitality experience, is assisting with morning tea. Roger, one of the first clients to complete Moneymates, is helping with Intro Music and Karakia.
Glenn, who has experience in working with many clients and locals in the Ranui / Swanson / Massey community, can also give advice on Budgets and Cashflow and Goal Savings. We have already had some successful results from previous meetings. A Certificate is awarded on completion of the 8 to 10-week programme.
Wednesdays 10.00am to 12.00pm. Session One started on 30 January. Ten Modules in Total. All are welcome.

Contact: Glenn Harris, CareRanui Budgeting Service 09 832 5961 or text Glenn 027 882 4804. Ranui Baptist Church Office 09 833 7815 (referral only).

Church Services

Sunday Services:

All ages 10.00am and 6:00pm 

If you are new to the church and would like a visit from one of the pastoral team, please fill in your details on the information card in the foyer and give it to a Host or Church leader. Ranui Baptist Church is a place 'where people matter' - a place where you are valued. Feel free to come and look, ask questions and be yourself. We would enjoy your company over a coffee or cup of tea after the service.

Mission Statement

To be a church family of servants, meeting in multiple services; where everyone of every generation and culture is involved in ministry.
To be a place where people are led to Christ and discipled through genuine, faith building friendships.
To be a church where new believers are quickly set free, healed and released into their God given ministries.
To be a church that is known for His power and His practical love, a church that knows the urgency of the hour.
We believe that there will be baptisms every week.