Hi my name is Phil Irvine and I’m the new Pastor at Emu Plains Community Baptist Church. My family and I have recently moved all the way from the Blue Mountains and come to live in the community here in Emu Plains. Jesus said “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.” Sometimes we find that our lives are so full with things to do, but we don’t seem to be fulfilled. I enjoy running, spending time with my family, playing Xbox and a good coffee. But what fills my life, is Jesus. If you are wanting your life full, the best it can be, why not check out Jesus and take him up on this promise.
Sunday, 01 April 2018
Duration: 26 mins 25 secs
Forgiveness is at the heart of Easter. It has been extended to us by God and we must extend forgiveness to others. Forgiveness is a life choice - a daily practice we should always strive to do, despite the circumstances we face. In today's passage, Jesus shows us, through the parable, the circumstances that we face if we do not forgive. Are we any different to the unforgiving servant? Jesus' death on the cross wiped away an impossible debt of sin for us that we could never repay. A new life can be obtained by everyone who accepts Jesus' death and resurrection for themselves.
Sunday, 25 March 2018
In our society, we value people who show humility. We tend not to like the actions of those people who deliberately raise themselves at the expense of others. Jesus came to earth to show us how to live and He put into practice His own teachings. Jesus showed true servant leadsership. We are to show humility and value others more than ourselves. Our mindset is to be like that of the attitude of Jesus.
Sunday, 18 March 2018
Duration: 27 mins 43 secs
There would be very little places in our world today where care is not needed. Jesus showed great care for others in His time on earth, healing those who were rich, poor and outcasts. He showed compassion to all people, even those who apposed Him. Ultimately, God allowed Jesus to sacrifice Himself for the sin of all mankind because of His great love and care for us all. We need to care for all people and live as an ambassador of Jesus.
Sunday, 11 March 2018
The world is full of broken relationships, between each other and between us and God. God has a passionate heart for this world and sent Jesus to teach and care for all people, whatever their standing within society. Jesus treated all people with respect and invited them to Himself. God calls us, as Christians, to care and support those people who are in need and to show the love of Jesus to others.
Sunday, 04 March 2018
Duration: 22 mins 33 secs
We are all called to treat everyone as equals. This has not been always the case in world history, particulary in relation to slavery, and is still true today. Jesus came into this world and treated all people with equal dignity. All humanity is made in the image of God. At the core of our Christian belief, everyone is equal. This is sometimes not easy to accept when we see the actions of others, but we need to be accepting of everyone because they matter to God. We all have value and worth because of what Jesus did for us all.
Sunday, 25 February 2018
Duration: 31 mins 47 secs
From a world view survey, Jesus tops the list as the most influential person in history. Some think Jesus was a mythical figure but there is enough historical evidence to prove that Jesus was a real person. We know about Jesus from those who wanted to write His story, from those who followed Him and suffered and gave up their lives for what they believed. The reality is that Jesus changed the lives of people, one at a time, and He continues to do this today.
Sunday, 18 February 2018
Duration: 20 mins 12 secs
As Christians, we have all been appointed by God to serve as ambassadors in this world to bring a reconcilation of peace between God and humanity. God makes His appeal to the world through us. We need to fear the Lord, submit to Him and persuade others to follow Him. Jesus died for all people so that those who accept Him as their Saviour can live again. Jesus dies because of His love for us. How can we not live for Christ because of this love shown for us.
Sunday, 24 December 2017
John the Baptist was one of the first people to recognise Jesus as the Messiah, even when he was in the womb! John understood who Jesus was in God's Kingdom and what He ws called to do. John prepared the people for repentance, waiting for Jesus to come. John pointed to Jesus as the Lamb of God, the one who came to save us from our sin. Where do we point - to ourselves or to Jesus?
Sunday, 17 December 2017
Duration: 21 mins 51 secs
Christmas is a time where joy and peace is promoted. Jesus came as a peacemaker into this world but, as Simeon prophesied, Jesus' coming was also going to cause conflict between people. This conflict was also going to challenge people within themselves. This inner battle we face is when our own desires conflict with what jesus wants for us. We will only find peace when we allow God to take control of our life. We see a lot of conflict in the world today because people are looking in the wrong place. True peace only comes through Jesus as people align themselves with Him.
Sunday, 10 December 2017
Duration: 33 mins 48 secs
Joseph was the earthly father of Jesus but showed great humility in standing in the background to allow the focus to be all about Jesus. Everytime that God speaks to Joseph, he responds immediately with faith and trust. Joseph was engaged to Mary but when he found out she was pregnant his first thought was to break the engagement, but instead, he obeyed the words of God and followed God's agenda. We need to follow God's agenda and not ours. In becoming a Christian we need to realise that we are a sinner and that we need to be forgiven. We give up our own rights to follow Jesus and we need to follow Him without conditions.