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, 27 March 2016
The two men travelling on the road to Emmaus were discouraged about what had happened to Jesus. Their hope was dashed - things had not gone as they had expected. They did not realise that it was Jesus who had joined them on the road. We sometimes don't realise that Jesus has come along side of us on our own journey in life. The men's faith had been dented, but Jesus does not reveal Himself to them, but directs them to God's word for them to get a fresh understanding of what had just just happened. If you want to walk closer with Jesus then spend time reading God's word and find the risen Saviour! [Due to technical issue, this recording is not available]
Sunday, 13 March 2016
Duration: 29 mins 29 secs
When Jesus saves us, He calls us to work with Him and be involved in His ministry. We are to live as witnesses for Him, and, as Christians, we represent God in this world. Our responsibility is to go where Jesus is going and to pray as we go. Our walk with God will have victories, but it will also have defeats. Either way, we are to continue to preach the kingdom of God and to have a right relationship with Him.
Sunday, 06 March 2016
Duration: 19 mins 23 secs
We live in a world that is full of hatred. How are we to respond to this? We are to love our enemies; we are to bless instead of curse; we are to pray for people who hurt us; if someone takes from us, we are to give them more; we lend expecting not to get it back. We are not to keep the focus on ourselves when trying to live this way, but to see what God has already done for us through Jesus Christ. We are to be merciful in our approach to others because God is merciful to us. Is your love self-serving, expecting something in return? Our love should be as self-giving, not through our own strength, but with the help of God.
Sunday, 28 February 2016
Duration: 24 mins 20 secs
The Pharisees role was to uphold God's law and ensure that the people were carrying out these laws. Throughout Jesus' ministry, He would challenge the Pharisees that it was not about their outward actions, but their internal attitudes that needed change. In this passage the Pharisees did not believe Jesus to be who he said He was, the Son of God. The friends of the paralysed man had the faith to bring him to Jesus, despite the difficulty in reaching Him. When Jesus calls Levi to follow Him, there was no hesitation in Levi's response in leaving everything to follow Jesus. The Pharisees could identify other peoples sin, but they could not see their own sin or be able to offer any hope to others. Only Jesus is the doctor who can offer a remedy for our sin, and He has already paid the bill. Do we get in the way of people meeting Jesus or are we helping instead? Do you see Jesus as a Saviour or as a religious leader that the Pharisees saw?
Sunday, 21 February 2016
Duration: 25 mins 46 secs
Jesus was always dealing with crowds of people and it is amazing how often he would connect with people on an individual basis to meet their needs. The same is for us today as Jesus meets with us on a personal level. He wants to transform us so that we can reach out and tell others of the message of Him. Faith will come to those who hear His message, recognise that they are a sinner, repent and turn their life around to follow Jesus. Is Jesus your Lord and Saviour? Have you repented from your way of life to follow Jesus?
Sunday, 07 February 2016
Duration: 30 mins 33 secs
This passage illustrates the commitment required to truly follow Jesus. The three men here indicated a desire to follow Jesus, but all of them had conditions before doing so. They were not prepared to deny themselves, take uo their cross daily and fully commit to following Jesus. The concern they had for themselves and others came before what Jesus had to offer. Is there a relationship in your life that is more important than your relationship with God? Will you follow Jesus, no matter what the cost?
Sunday, 31 January 2016
Duration: 24 mins 35 secs
We cannot live by the things of this world and expect them to last - they are only temporary. Our bodies are the same. We need to fix our eyes on that which is unseen - a permanent life with God in eternity. We need to see this world and our bodies as a stopover and we can be assured of our future because we can trust in God. We have the reality of Jesus being brought back to life and we have this same promise that we too will be brought back to life in heaven. We need to focus our lives around Jesus. Where is your true home?
Sunday, 24 January 2016
Duration: 25 mins 48 secs
Abram has a call from God to leave his home and travel to another country - so Abram was obedient and went. God can call us at anytime to move in a new direction in our life. This new direction may not always make sense and the end goal may not be known, but we need to be obedient to God's calling. As Abram was obedient to God, God was faithful to Abram in showing and leading him. We need to seek God, wait upon Him and then turn up!
Sunday, 17 January 2016
In our Christian life, we are a work in progress through Jesus. This passage highlights how we are to be a living sacrifice as we witness to others and we are not to be influenced by the world around us. Having a right relationship with God requires us to spend time with Him in seeking His will for us in or lives. We also need to spend time in evaluating our gifts and how best we can serve God and serve others.
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Sunday, 20 December 2015
Duration: 18 mins 53 secs
King Herod felt threatened on the news of the birth of Jesus, King of the Jews, and tried to have him killed. Herod was a man soaked in earthly power, who was abusive and destructive to others. In total contrast, Jesus was a king that would rule, not by might and force, but bring comfort and hope to others, and ultimately would give himself up so that others may live. Who is going to be king this Christmas for you? Is it going to be about self or is it going to be about the true king, Jesus Christ, who will reign in lives?