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, 19 June 2016
Duration: 32 mins 18 secs
This passage describes the coming of Jesus to earth as someone who might become a merciful and faithful High Priest. One of the requirements of the High Priest in the Old Testament was to be a representative of the people before God. In becoming human, Jesus was made lower than the angels - He was the same as us. Jesus now goes before us and because of His human experience, He is able to be a true representative of us to God. When we fail regularly because of our sin, we have Jesus who will stand before God on our behalf and restores our relationship with Him. Jesus saves us from eternal death.
Sunday, 05 June 2016
Duration: 32 mins 33 secs
God spoke to people in ancient times through prophets and He continues to speak to us today through His Son, Jesus. God revealed himself progressively through the Old Testament teachings, but when Jesus came to earth the people were able to see the full glory of God, face to face. If we want to understand God, then we need Jesus to unlock what is revealed to us in the bible. Jesus carries the full authority of God, because He is the exact representation of God - Jesus is God!
Sunday, 22 May 2016
Duration: 33 mins 47 secs
The seventy-two sent out by Jesus were to tell people that the Kingdom of God was near. There was a warning for those who rejected this news. Nothing has changed for us today. Jesus spent all of His ministry on earth trying to realign the Jews thinking of what the Kingdom of God was about. We often decide what is best for us, and our society allows this. But there is a better alternative as we allow Jesus to be a part of our lives and we follow Him. As Christians, we are called to be ministers as we point people towards Jesus Christ. We need to be committed to share with people the message of Jesus and the Kingdom of God, looking around us for opportunities to do so.
Sunday, 15 May 2016
Duration: 28 mins 31 secs
In this passage Jesus encourages those He sends to approach each household with the intention of bringing peace. If a 'person of peace' is found at that place then peace will rest on them. If this isn't the case, they will move on to the next house. How do you recognise a 'person of peace'? You need look no further than the life of Jesus. The ministry of Jesus brought peace to people's lives. As we share the gospel of Jesus with others, we need to approach them with grace and peace.
Sunday, 08 May 2016
Duration: 29 mins 10 secs
As Christians, our life's priorities will change as we follow Jesus. We need to recognise that by trusting in Jesus, He will provide all our needs. When we let go of things, there is freedom. We need to let go of the things that stop us from carrying out God's mission for us. By travelling light we need to make space that will allow us the opportunities to share Jesus with others.
Sunday, 01 May 2016
Duration: 27 mins 58 secs
Jesus gave His disciples the power and authority to heal the sick and sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God. Jesus then went on to appoint seventy-two others to go before Him to tell others about the hope He had to offer. They were few in number and not much has changed for us today. Our mission is to tell the world about Jesus. This mission is not just for trained workers, it is the responsibility of all believers. It is the greatest way in which we can serve Jesus as we proclaim His salvation. The task is not an easy one and the need for more workers is great. Are you looking for opportunities of sharing the gospel of Jesus to those around you?
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?