Sunday, 22 January 2017
Duration: 24 mins 29 secs
Unlike God, we have a beginning on this earth - the day we are born. We have a choice on how we live our lives. We can choose to reject Jesus or accept that it is only through Him that we can have an eternal future with God. For Christians, the choice to follow Jesus is the opportunity to widen our focus on the day to day things that we face. We can now consider the eternal perspective of our lives and for those things that we think are big isues now become small. We can now value the power of prayer and trust God completely because he is sovereign over all things, and that in all things, He works for the good of those who love Him.
Sunday, 13 September 2015
In Ephesians 4 Paul describes how God equips us through His Spirit to serve Him as part of a unified body. We are called to live lives worthy of the hope we have received by embodying characteristics similar to the Fruit of the Spirit. This is to be particularly evident in our unity, although we are each gifted differently. In this passage Paul identifies leadership gifts to equip the saints to equip other saints. The language throughout is similar to how one might prepare for battle, with each person playing their part towards a common goal. Are we living a life worthy of our calling, and are we growing together in unity and maturity?
Sunday, 12 April 2015
Duration: 30 mins 28 secs
Death – the final frontier. The unexplored territory where many have gone but none returned. The great unknown at the end of this life. Or is it? What are the logical and practical implications of the Easter story for you and I? Paul argues in 1 Corinthians 15 that it is solely on one event in human history – the death and resurrection of Jesus – that the Christian faith rests. If it falls, then everything else goes with it, including Jesus’ teachings and promises about the life to come which form the basis of Christian hope.
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Duration: 17 mins 44 secs
From where do you gain your confidence for your life beyond this one? In today's passage Paul uses dwelling and clothing metaphors to compare the temporal and the eternal and helps us to see things the way God does. He answers some challenging questions about what it looks like to live with the hope that God has promised us in the midst of difficult circumstances right now, and to be motivated to carry out God's mission in spite of them.
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Duration: 29 mins 28 secs
Integrity is the extent to which who we are on the inside matches who we are on the outside. This encompasses everything we do, say, think and feel. It includes our body, mouth, mind and heart. Maintaining personal integrity is not something we can do alone. The Bible calls us to confess our sins to each other, and keep each other accountable to what it teaches. This is really difficult to do in practice, but there are a few things that can help. Giving permission, doing it well, making it mutual, thinking spiritually and considering eternity are all important ways we can encourage each other to be people of integrity.
Here is a copy of the Christian Accountability Contract
referred to in this message.
Sunday, 14 July 2013
Duration: 30 mins 30 secs
All Christian ministry is a mixture of both trellis work and vine work. Vine work is proclaiming the good news of Jesus and seeing lives transformed by God through His Spirit as a result. Trellis work is that which supports and gives structure to the vine. It is easy for trellis work to take over from vine work as we focus on programs and events instead of people. As the Great Commission reminds us, our primary responsibility as Christians is to be disciple-making disciples of Jesus. In order to do that, we need to make a conscious mind-shift away from establishing structures and towards growing people. This is by no means an easy process, but when the vine overcomes the trellis at our church that is when we will truly be fulfilling our commissioning.
Sunday, 07 April 2013
Duration: 23 mins 48 secs
In the last of Jesus’ ‘I Am’ statements in the gospel of John, Jesus uses the illustration of a gardener and a vine and its branches to convey the spiritual reality of the relationship and work of the Father, Himself and His disciples. Jesus declares that He is the true vine in comparison with Israel, His Father is the gardener who cuts off dead branches and prunes the weak ones, and that we as disciples are the branches. He calls us to remain in Him, to know our place, to be fruitful and to show love, all for God’s glory. What do these things look like for you?