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, 14 September 2014
When we show God's love to others, it is proof that we are walking with Jesus and that we have fellowship with God. Love is the very being of the nature of God and if we are united to God through Jesus Christ, then we will share in His nature. God's ultimate love for us was the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross so that we could be saved and have eternal life with Him. Is your focus towards God in showing His love in words and actions to others?
Sunday, 07 September 2014
Duration: 16 mins 27 secs
The amazing reality, as Christians, is that we have Jesus living in us. We can't pretend to be a child of God, because how we live is a indication of whether God is truly in us. We need to acknowledge that God is greater than anything this world has to offer and when things are going well in our lives we need to recognise that this is from God and not from anything we have done. We need to learn to trust Jesus in all that we do and not rely on ourselves.
Sunday, 31 August 2014
Duration: 49 mins 14 secs
John's key message is to love God and to love others. There are 4 levels of relationship we can have with each other. (1) Murder, where someone is totally controlled by Satan to do such an evil act. (2) Hatred, where we walk in the darkness by not forgiving someone who may have done wrong by us. (3) Indifference, which is the total opposite of love by ignoring those who are in need. (4) Christian love, where we show self sacrificial love by giving up of ourselves everyday for the needs of others. Time is the thing most of us have little of and yet this is the greatest thing we can give of ourselves to others. Love is meeting the need of any person, at any time and at any cost.
Sunday, 17 August 2014
Duration: 31 mins 29 secs
All through his letter John has been drawing to contrasting groups of people. There is a group that walks in the light as Jesus is in the light and there is a group that lives in darkness. As we come to 1 John 3:10 we can see that these people are different because they belong to different families. John says they will either be children of God or children of the devil. We need to live in the light and be a part of the children of God.
Sunday, 10 August 2014
Duration: 21 mins 46 secs
We are living in the last hour. John makes that clear in this passage and says that we know it is so because of the prevalence of antichrists - those who seek to distort the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So how are we to ensure that we remain in the truth? We have already been anointed by God with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit works in us to confirm the truth and does not add to or subtract from it by bringing His own new revelations. The gospel has not and will not change, and it brings with it the promise of eternal life. We are to remain in Jesus and not be lead astray by false teaching, that we might be confident and unashamed before Him when He returns.
Sunday, 03 August 2014
Duration: 26 mins 14 secs
What does it mean to be a disciple (a follower) of Jesus? John tells us that as a follower of Jesus we must show obedience to Him. Jesus had a vertical relationship with God the Father but He also had a horizontal relationship with others. If we want to walk with and live like Jesus, we need to show our love for God and show our obedience to Him. We also need to show our love for others. Are you living in the light by following Jesus and obeying Him?
Sunday, 27 July 2014
The way we learn to overcome sin is to walk in the light. The message from John in this passage is that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. When we walk in the dark (a separate life from Jesus) our life will be a struggle, with no hope for our future. To walk in the light is to follow and obey Jesus and confess our sins. When we fellowship with Jesus, we see more easily our own shortcomings and sin. Confession of our sins keeps us walking in the light. If we don't do this, are we really walking in the light with Jesus?
Sunday, 20 July 2014
Duration: 35 mins 43 secs
How do we know that Jesus is the Word of Life? We often hear what the world says is certain, death and taxes. God says what is certain is that Jesus Christ is Lord. This passage confirms that Jesus was there from the beginning, He came as man on this earth and we can have eternal life in fellowship with Him and God. God wants us to live a life of certainty, one that is being with Jesus Christ. John 20:29 tells us that as Christians we are blessed because even though we have not physically seen Jesus, we have faith and believe in Him. Are you sure of the truth and certainty that God has for you?
Sunday, 06 July 2014
Duration: 38 mins 14 secs
What is faith? When we believe and trust in Jesus Christ and not in ourselves. Faith though, is more than just belief. Faith is active - it unites us with Jesus Christ. Faith allows us to understand, it allows us to offer ourselves to God for His service, it allows us to build for God, it allows us to obey God's calling, it allows us to long for a future with God, it allows us to be blessed by God and allows us to worship Him. Faith trusts the Christ that promises! Do you trust, love and follow Jesus?
Sunday, 29 June 2014
Duration: 35 mins 25 secs
Solomon reminds us at the beginning of Proverbs that this book is for "gaining wisdom and instruction". At the end of this book Solomon decribes the attributes of the wife of noble character. But is this passage about what a wife should do to please her husband and family? No, it is more about what we as people need to do to please God! In God's eyes, marriage is husbands and wives complementing each other and not competing against each other. Marriage should be about love, about submission, about leading, about unity, about working together, and to fear and have faith in God. To fear God is to see Him as He really is - righteous and holy, and to recognise who we are - sinful and not worthy of Him. The fear we have of God should not drive us away from Him, but draw us closer to Him.