Summary: Looks at the type of community God wants us to be from a biblical perspective. Is the vision for your church biblical, are we moving in the right direction? Is our teaching biblical? Is our prayer life vibrant? do we welcome the stranger into our home?

South Perth Baptist Church Vision for 2011

The Goldfields Water Supply Scheme is a pipeline and dam project which delivers water to communities in Western Australia's Eastern Goldfields, particularly Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie. The project was started in 1896 and was completed in 1903. Taking 7 years to build and covering 600 kilometers, travelling through some of the harshest environments in the world.

During the early 1890s, thousands of settlers had swarmed into the barren and dry desert centre of Western Australia in search of gold, but existing infrastructure for the supply of water was non-existent and an urgent need arose. The pipeline continues to operate today, supplying water to over 100,000 people in over 33,000 households as well as mines, farms and other enterprises.

Although supported by Premier Forrest, O'Connor had to deal with widespread criticism and derision from members of the Western Australian Parliament as well as the local press based on a belief that scope of the engineering task was too great and that it would never work. There was also a concern that the gold discoveries would soon dry up and the state would be left with a significant debt to repay but little or no commerce to support it.

Sunday Times editor Frederick Vosper - who was also a politician, ran a personal attack on O'Connor's integrity and ability through the paper.

O'Connor committed suicide in March 1902 less than 12 months before the final commissioning of the pipeline. Lady Forrest officially started the pumping machinery at Pumping Station number one on the 22 January, and on 24 January 1903 water flowed into the Mount Charlotte Reservoir at Kalgoorlie.

The beach where O'Connor died was named after him and there is also a statue sculpted by Tony Jones, of him in the water there.

The novel The Drowner by Robert Drewe provides a fictionalised account of O'Connor and the building of the pipeline.

On 7 December 1898, his daughter Eva married Sir George Julius at St John's Church, Fremantle, Western Australia. Julius was the first chairman of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) which later became the CSIRO.

The C. Y. O'Connor College of TAFE in Western Australia bears his name.

Statue of O'Connor and horse at C.Y. O'Connor beach

A bronze statue of O'Connor stands in front of the Fremantle Port Authority buildings, commemorating O'Connor's achievements.

O'connor has also had a school named after him called O'connor Primary School, in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

CY O’Conner was a man of vision. Despite all the opposition he stood his ground and changed the state of Western Australia. His dream was so great that it cost him his life, but still he stuck to his guns.

What is our churches vision for 2011? How will we as a community make a difference?

I would like to start with our church’s vision statement and then move on down to some bible passages.


To know God

and honour Him by

worshipping, praying and

obeying His Word


To grow a loving and united

community, equipping people for

learning, giving and serving God in all things



To go into the South Perth

community and beyond,

showing in a culturally relevant way

that people matter to God.

This document appears in our newsletters, on our walls and clearly marks out what South Perth Baptist Church is about.

But let us look at what the early church was like and what they did right.

Acts 2: 42 – 47

Specifically I want to break down verse 42.

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2: 42

Let us break this down even more

1) Teaching

2) Eating together

3) Prayer


Acts 2:42a “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching”

What is amazing is that the centre of any church is not evangelism or anything like that

“11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5: 11 – 14

Before I move onto the more serious stuff I would like to have a little quiz to test your bible knowledge:

Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth?

A. Ruthless.

Q. What do they call pastors in Germany?

A. German Shepherds.

Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?

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