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, 17 March 2013
Duration: 30 mins 48 secs
In this passage we meet a family that is stricken by sickness, gripped by grief and defeated by death. Jesus words “I AM the Resurrection and the Life” are not just empty words used to bring hollow comfort, but are words that are full of hope, power and victory as he brings Lazarus back from the dead. The words and the reality are for you as well. Do you believe this?
Sunday, 10 March 2013
Duration: 29 mins 42 secs
In this passage Jesus tells us how He is the good Shepherd, who sacrifices Himself for the us, who shows compassion and care for those who need a shepherd and searchers out those who are lost. Is this true for you?
Sunday, 24 February 2013
Duration: 28 mins 31 secs
In this I am statement of Jesus, He is wanting us to see that not only is He the good shepherd that cares, provides and protects the sheep but He is also the GATE for the sheep and the only true way the God. There are 2 questions we all need to ask ourselves: 1. Have you entered into salvation through the only gate, which is Jesus? 2. Do you know and follow Jesus’ voice?
Sunday, 17 February 2013
Duration: 31 mins 30 secs
We struggle to do things in our life when we are in dark surroundings - we need a source of light to function properly. We are reminded that Jesus is the source of light for the world and although we live in a sinful world, God will ultimately redeem us back to Himself. Jesus has called us His redeemed people and He calls us to be a light to this world but we cannot shine unless Christ is in our lives, unless we have the Light of the World in us.
Sunday, 10 February 2013
Duration: 27 mins 49 secs
If we want spiritual food that lasts forever then we are to come to Jesus to be fed. We need to find the true bread from heaven that leads to eternal life. This is the bread that Jesus offers. What is it that would make our life easier? Not worldly possessions. First and foremost we need to fully trust and be reliant on Jesus. We need the bread that only Jesus can give!
Sunday, 03 February 2013
Introduction to a new series on the the 'I am' statements of Jesus. Everything about God comes from God and He is not determined by anything outside of Himself. When Jesus says 'I am' He takes on all of God - it is who He is. God has come to us in a personal and real way through Jesus. When we come to Jesus, we come to God. God welcomes us to Himself.
Sunday, 20 January 2013
Duration: 27 mins 26 secs
Jesus calls us as individuals although His plan for salvation includes the whole world and He wants to impact our lives. Like Peter, we can try to live up to what we’re called to do, but often we feel like we’re failing. It’s when we stop trying to do things in our own strength that God can begin to use us. The biggest discourager iscomparison. Like Jesus told Peter, we just need to do what He calls us to do. The most important question Jesus asks is, “Do you love Me?” His simple statement to a “Yes” answer is, “Follow Me!”
Sunday, 13 January 2013
Duration: 27 mins 22 secs
John’s gospel about spiritual insight and going beyond the physical. In John 4:27-42 the Samaritan woman is focused on the physical but Jesus wants to reveal something to her on a deeper level. Similarly we get caught up with the physical and miss the greater depth that Jesus has for us. We can’t see this without the Holy Spirit. We can be part of Christ’s work to bring about God’s kingdom if we open ourselves to God and others.
Sunday, 06 January 2013
Duration: 31 mins 32 secs
We did not choose Jesus, He chose us. No matter what happens in 2013, we can hold onto this truth. In John 1:35-51, we see the response of several people to Jesus. Their stories show us that despite how we may think or feel at present Jesus knows, and has still chosen us and loves us. Jesus lives with us so He knows exactly what we’re going through and can sympathise perfectly with us.
Sunday, 23 December 2012
In an increasingly biblically illiterate world, people still know the Christmas story. Jesus is what makes Christmas meaningful. In John 1:1-12 we are reminded that Jesus was there in the beginning. He is the Word, light and life. Just as we can not exist without physical light, we need the spiritual light Jesus gives. You can blindly miss Jesus if you are not looking for Him, but those who believe and receive get to become children of God.