Phil Irvine

Phil Irvine

Role: Pastor

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.

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Sunday, 14 May 2017
Series: Transformed
Duration: 37 mins 32 secs
Goal setting is an important aspect we should have in our life. For Christians, goal setting is a spiritual responsibility and allows us to put our faith into action. Goals keep us focussed on what is really important in our life. God is more interested in who we are and who we become rather than what we accomplish. We will never be a person of God unless we are prepared and are willing to be a person God. Our goals should honour God, be motivated by love and be dependant on Him.
Sunday, 23 April 2017
Passage: John 4:1-9
Duration: 27 mins 24 secs
In earlier chapters of John we see Jesus immersed in His own Jewish culture and ministering to His own people. In this fourth chapter of John, Jesus heads north to Galilee, crossing over different cultural backgrounds of the Samaritans and Gentiles, highlighted when Jesus meets the Samaritan women at the well. Although Jesus was tired and weary, He is ready for any encounter. Are we ready for any encounter that God may have us face? As Christians, we are called to be on mission and we need to be ready to allow God to lead us in being faithful ambassadors for Him in this world.
Sunday, 16 April 2017
Duration: 25 mins 26 secs
The king is dead - long live the king. This has been the call through the ages as a monarch has died and a new king is put in place. When Jesus died on the cross, some said that the King was dead, but Jesus overcame death and is risen - long live the King! The women that came to the tomb were looking for a dead Jesus, but He was not there. Today, we need to be seeking an alive Jesus - the risen Lord and Saviour! Do you have a relationship with Jesus?
Sunday, 26 March 2017
Duration: 33 mins 4 secs
In some parts of the world today, we do see the importance of children - those who are used as child labour. This is a far cry from what we see in this passage where Jesus points out the importance of children, not only for those who are children, but how we are to act if we wnat to follow Jesus. What do we need to do to enter the Kingdom of God? The rich man found that it was not his outward actions that would get him to heaven - in the end it would be his own desires that would make him fail before God. We can't make it to heaven by ourselves. We need to follow Jesus and surrender our life to Him.
Sunday, 19 March 2017
Duration: 23 mins 10 secs
The disciples left everything to follow Jesus and saw amazing miracles performed by Him. The transfiguration seemed to be a good place to finish Jesus' ministry - but there was more for Jesus and the disciples to do. For Jesus it was the cross, for the disciples it was to continue to keep focusing on Jesus and spread the good news about Him, but when it came to the demon possessed boy, the disciples could not drive the demon out. They had begun to trust in themselves and rely on their own strength. How often do we first rely on our own strength when facing life's trials? Our focus and trust should be on Jesus and rely on His strength in the first instance.
Sunday, 12 March 2017
Duration: 31 mins 19 secs
In this passage, Jesus asks His disciples who they thought He was. Is this still a relevant question for today? Absolutely! It is not about what other people say, it is about who we say Jesus is. We can have the head knowledge to know who Jesus is, but do we have the heart to follow Him in all of life's circumstances we face. We need to deny ourselves and align our lives with Jesus Christ.
Sunday, 05 March 2017
Duration: 37 mins 38 secs
Jesus taught in parables so that those who believed in Him could understand the Kingdom of Heaven. Those whi did not believe would not understand. The parable of the sower is not about the amount of seed that was scattered, but where it landed. The entry point for becoming a Christian is to hear the good news about Jesus Christ. As God's kingdom grows in this world there will be opposition. Despite Satan's influence, God's ultimate plan for this world will not fail - the division of true believers from those who do not believe. What is it in your life that stops you from fixing your eye on Jesus?
Sunday, 26 February 2017
The Pharisees request Jesus to show a miraculous sign to prove that He was the Messiah. Jesus in turn elects to challenge there own believe and faith by aligning the story of Jonah with his own death and resurrection. The Pharisees had the opportunity to receive Jesus as their Saviour, but they choose to reject Him. Today we have the same opportunity to believe in Jesus, accept Him and put our full trust in Him. Do you have your life focussed on Jesus?
Sunday, 19 February 2017
Duration: 34 mins 55 secs
In this passage we see the heart Jesus' ministry and the extent of Jesus' authority - the authority to forgive sins and heal the sick. True discipleship requires leaving our old life behind and to enter into a new life with Jesus. We all sin and so we all need Jesus. From this passage, who do you align with - Matthew or the Pharisees? In this passage we see the heart Jesus' ministry and the extent of Jesus' authority - the authority to forgive sins and heal the sick. True discipleship requires leaving our old life behind and to enter into a new life with Jesus. We all sin and so we all need Jesus. From this passage, who do you align with - Matthew or the Pharisees?
Sunday, 12 February 2017
Duration: 25 mins 20 secs
Jesus wants to be our heart's desire. Where do you store your treasure? Jesus tells us that storing up treasures on earth will enslave our heart, mind and will and miss out on the opportunities that Jesus has planned for us. If we seek material things, we stumble in darkness. Our treasures ought to be used for God's glory.