In Henny’s Words // The Driver’s Seat

It was through a friend that I attended C3 Church, Oxford Falls for the first time.  I was listening to the preaching of Pastor Phil Pringle, as he read from Isaiah 40:27-31, when suddenly I felt a comforting blanket of love, peace and joy envelop me.

 And then I knew: I had come home. 

 This was, in my view, a truly healthy church.  During the altar call, I made the decision to recommit myself to the Lord. I had drifted too long, and had wasted too many years travelling down a dead end street without fulfilling God’s amazing plan for my life.

 At that moment, I understood that if I wanted God in my life, He needed to be in the driver’s seat, not me.  But this meant that recommitting myself to the Lord did not stop at one single decision on a Sunday morning. If He was to govern my life, I needed to know Him better. After all, nobody lets someone else govern their life without knowing more about that person, do they?

 As I was hungry and thirsty and wanted more than anything to know Him, to know about Him and to have fellowship with Him, I needed to start from scratch.

 C3 Church offers a free Essentials course, which gives anyone the chance to spend some time learning from like-minded people. 

The Essentials course is led by Pastors Richard and Kate Forsyth and their team and is easily accessible for all genders, ages and backgrounds. You do not need to have a previous education of any sort to attend Essentials, as the Bible is explained from scratch. The atmosphere during the course is filled with the warmth of God as Pastor Richard so honestly tells about his own journey. 

His story makes you feel like such a normal person, despite your flaws and weaknesses, mistakes made and trials faced.  Moreover, nobody judges you if you have any questions about the Bible, praying or identifying God’s voice. Throughout the course, the lines of communication are open at all times. During the interval with coffee, tea, biscuits and delicious cakes you can also have a private word with Pastor Richard or your fellow students.

 My education has not stopped at Essentials. I am now a student at C3 College, and I absolutely love it. It is truly amazing how God revives us. If we learn to hear His voice and listen to it, He will take us to great places in life. If we respond in His ways and step out of the boat (Luke 14:29-30), we have a truly amazing journey before us.

 It takes boldness, confidence and a few hours of your life to attend Essentials but I can wholeheartedly recommend it, as the more we draw near to God, the more He will draw near to us.  And the more we know His Word, the more we understand that He will work with us, not against us.

 When I recommitted my life to Jesus that Sunday in March 2012, as the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 3:6; He made me a qualified and competent minister of the New Covenant. At the end of my life, it will be very rewarding to be able to say that I have run my race and finished my course (2 Tim 4:7), rather than saying I could have done so much more!


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About Henny 

I have been a member of C3 Church since March 2012, and over the course of the last two and a half years, I have immersed myself in church-life.  From volunteer work to concerts, live-streams to courses, attending the church has opened up so many opportunities for me to connect and create with my fellow Christians.

 I was originally born in the Netherlands and grew up there but have now lived in Sydney for almost half my life.  Before C3, I received a Bachelor of Arts in German Language and Literature, and worked as a German translator officially recognised by the Goethe Institute Australia.  At present I am attending C3 College, and I am working towards my Advanced Communicator Bronze and Competent Leader Awards at Toastmasters International. I also love the volunteer work that I do at Anglican Retirement Villages.

 But these experiences almost pale in comparison to the joy I find in my family. I have been married to my husband John for 32 years and we have two beautiful daughters aged 22 and 25.  Even though both my daughters have moved out of home, we are just as close as when we all lived under the same roof, and weekly Sunday meals have become another reason I look forward to Sundays!