About the Pastor

Pastor Haydn Sennitt

Hello my name is Haydn Sennitt, the sole senior pastor of Georges River Congregational Church. I graduated with a Bachelor of Theology in 2014 and am currently undertaking a Master of Theology (examining the topic of grief in the book of Lamentations). I became a Christian in 1998, just as I was finishing high school; I have been married since 2007 and have two daughters.

I really love serving God and His people, looking after his family, reading, creative writing, cooking, and regular exercise. I like to read the works of great theological minds writers such as CH Spurgeon, John Bunyan, and John Piper. I also thoroughly enjoy practising the spiritual disciplines such as (Lectio Divina), contemplation, and silence.

My passions in ministry include…

One of my favourite verses of Scripture (a VERY hard thing to choose) is Zephaniah 3:17, because it testifies to how much God loves the people He's saved.

You can find my personal blog here (The Red Rattler).

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Having said all the above, why is it that the modern church is declining? This has sadly been happening because although it has long enjoyed a privileged position in society, it has largely become comfortable, soft, and lifeless. Like a couch potato who watches TV all day, doesn’t exercise, and loads up on junk food, so the Church has become. As a result, there’s little evidence of people going deeply into God (contra. Psalm 84:2,10). Very few Christians walk the holy road according to their calling, and they no longer expect the miraculous, pray, pursue wholeness and maturity, and even think that holiness is an option. (After all, if you’re predestined to be saved, why bother? You’re getting to heaven anyway, right?) Consequently, as the mainstream secularist culture and its institutions abandon Christian ethics and marginalise the Church, Christians are largely standing by and allowing it all to happen without barely even a protest. Many have surrendered to it, not even caring any more.

Sadly, this means that such people must make a choice – either renounce Christ and go with the world OR stay away from the dirt of the world and walk in holiness, without which no one will see God. Why call Jesus Saviour and Lord if we have no interest in doing what He says (Luke 6:46)? There is no “third way”; a man may be cold or hot – but he cannot be both. When I first became a Christian, I was convicted of this , and much of that is due to Christian men who took their walk with Christ seriously. John Bunyan’s classic allegory, 'The Pilgrim’s Progress', has had a unassailable influence on me concerning this.

It is my conviction that the world today needs Christians prepared to lose all to follow Jesus Christ. We don’t need more Christian books, conferences with talking beards, blogs written by nodding heads, publishing companies, boutique ministries, seminaries, archbishops or denominations. We don’t need more greasy ecclesiastical poles to climb through which leaders move heaven and earth to become Mr Big or Miss Look-At-Me. Those have largely failed to prepare Christ’s body for heaven and many have been anaesthetised by the enemy into sleepiness and mediocrity. Many are using such things as veritable Towers of Babel to make names for themselves, rather than actually building the church. Many are even sewing the seeds of confusion in the Church by advocating, for instance, ‘gay Christianity’ and watering down the authority of God’s Word. Many are becoming even more legalistic and rigid.

Rather, we need Christians (particularly leaders) who are prepared to face the worst for bearing Christ’s name. We need folk who are so hungry and thirsty for God and righteousness that they pray from their heart and are prepared to bruise their bodies, spirits, and souls to ensure they rid themselves of sin in order to make it to the end of their journey. We desperately need men, women, and children who treat this life seriously as the best training ground for growing in righteousness in order to be fit for heaven. We need folk who believe from their hearts (not merely their heads) and can say with full conviction words like "God, in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore!" (Psalm 16:11b, NKJV). We need folk who love the Word of God and use it as their only source of inspiration, so that they are wiser than their leaders and elders. We need Christians to stop blaming the world for its ills and take some personal responsibility for it themselves in repentance, as Nehemiah and Daniel did. Sadly, such Christian folk are so rare today in Australia that I often weep over it in prayer. Worse, many pastors fail to understand all this and are turning to weak, man-centred solutions to “fix” things, but it won’t do.

More than ever, we need Christian ‘believers’ who are not content to merely be saved and going to Heaven while, in the meantime, remaining in immaturity and disobedience. We need obedient disciples who want to look like Jesus and therefore have the Father and the Son dwelling in them. My motto in life (which I’ve borrowed from John Piper) is, “God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him. I want that for myself and the church. I know many will find this a calling that is “too difficult”. I’m convicted that while it is really difficult, it is not too difficult, because there are countless others who have walked this hard road – and yet made it to the end of their journey, trusting God. Additionally, the Word of God commands, encourages, models, and exhorts such a walk over and over again. It was exemplified in none other than the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, and because of Him we too can make it, as Hebrews 12:1-2 beautifully puts it: Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

To this end, my prayer is that of Paul’s, from 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12: Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. That is what my ministry is all about.

Latest Sermon

8th December 2019
Pastor Haydn Sennitt
"The 8 Deadly Sins - Envy."
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  • Panania NSW 2213
  • AUSTRALIA
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Coming Events


Tuesday 10/12/2019
7:30 pm
Tuesday Evening Bible Study.
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Wednesday 11/12/2019
10:00 am
Wednesday Morning Bible Study.
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Wednesday 11/12/2019
7:30 pm
Wednesday Evening Bible Study.
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Sunday 15/12/2019
10:00 am
Church Service.
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