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, 26 April 2020
Duration: 22 mins 44 secs
In this passage we see the doubts of Thomas expressed, which Jesus is not perturbed by. We can learn from Thomas' story as he makes one of clearest and boldest statements of faith - he overcomes his doubts and believes. Jesus wants us to move from doubt to faith. Whatever stumbling block is in our way, Jesus has conquered it. Blessed are those who believe without seeing.
Sunday, 22 March 2020
Duration: 21 mins 44 secs
The world knows with the COVID-19 pandemic that we are living in unprecedented times. Jesus on earth knew the events about to unfold were unprecedented times. In this passage, Jesus is arrested and we see the rebellion against the will of God in trying to save an earthly kingdom. God was in control back then and is in control of all that is happening around us today. Trust yourself to Him.
Sunday, 15 March 2020
Duration: 34 mins 59 secs
The last words of Jesus to His disciples in the upper room are words of a prayer. In this prayer, He prays for God to be glorified through His finished work, that the disciples would know His protection and His sanctifying work in their lives and that all Christians would have a unity in this world that is a reflection of the unity that He has with God.
Sunday, 08 March 2020
Duration: 22 mins 49 secs
As Jesus continues to prepare His disciples for His departure, He promises them that He will not leave them alone but send them a helper, the Holy Spirit. In this passage, we see how the Spirit is; our advocate, is truth, will testify about Jesus, guides us, speaks the words of Jesus and glorifies God. How well do we know the Spirit that Jesus has given to us?
Sunday, 01 March 2020
Duration: 28 mins 31 secs
In this passage, we get to see three ways in which Jesus wants us to grow. UP - Remaining in Him, In - As we grow in our love for one another and OUT - Bearing fruit in our lives that is in partnership with Jesus' business.
Sunday, 23 February 2020
As we start a new series we will be looking at the second half of the Gospel of John. In this section today we see that Jesus is the answer in times of trouble. Why should our hearts be troubled if we know the Creator of the universe? Jesus is the way to the Father and it is only through Him that we can truly know God.
Sunday, 08 December 2019
Duration: 19 mins 20 secs
God's people had turned away from Him and were living in a spiritual darkness. They looked from amongest themselves for guidance in life rather than relying on God. Isaiah prophesied the coming of the Messiah, the only way our world could be saved. Jesus is the light that comes in this dark world and provides the hope of salvation to anyone who receives Him as their Saviour.
Sunday, 01 December 2019
As we look forward to Christmas coming for this year we are looking at the prophecies of Isaiah that look forward to the Messiah coming. The prophecies are concerned with who He is and what He came to do. In this passage, we see the promise of the virgin conceiving and giving birth to a Son. Through this Son, fears are released and victory is won. And what does God want of us? To stand firm in our faith.
Sunday, 24 November 2019
Duration: 23 mins 53 secs
As Peter continues in his discipleship he learns a very important lesson about God's Kingdom in this passage. Jesus opened up the doors to Heaven to all people, not just Jews. By doing this he also showed that all people needed Jesus. Peter's role was to lead people through the door and lead them to Jesus, for only faith in Him is the way to God's Kingdom.
Sunday, 17 November 2019
Duration: 19 mins 32 secs
Peter has left his fishing boat and family to follow Jesus. We see in this passage Peter declaring to the crowd that Jesus is David's promised descendant, the Messiah. Whilst some people were fearful, as they did not believe Jesus would rise from the dead, thousands of people did believe Peter's message and were baptised. The waters of baptism are a witness to others of what has already taken place in our lives and is not a requirement of salvation.