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, 11 March 2018
The world is full of broken relationships, between each other and between us and God. God has a passionate heart for this world and sent Jesus to teach and care for all people, whatever their standing within society. Jesus treated all people with respect and invited them to Himself. God calls us, as Christians, to care and support those people who are in need and to show the love of Jesus to others.
Sunday, 04 March 2018
Duration: 22 mins 33 secs
We are all called to treat everyone as equals. This has not been always the case in world history, particulary in relation to slavery, and is still true today. Jesus came into this world and treated all people with equal dignity. All humanity is made in the image of God. At the core of our Christian belief, everyone is equal. This is sometimes not easy to accept when we see the actions of others, but we need to be accepting of everyone because they matter to God. We all have value and worth because of what Jesus did for us all.
Sunday, 25 February 2018
Duration: 31 mins 47 secs
From a world view survey, Jesus tops the list as the most influential person in history. Some think Jesus was a mythical figure but there is enough historical evidence to prove that Jesus was a real person. We know about Jesus from those who wanted to write His story, from those who followed Him and suffered and gave up their lives for what they believed. The reality is that Jesus changed the lives of people, one at a time, and He continues to do this today.
Sunday, 18 February 2018
Duration: 20 mins 12 secs
As Christians, we have all been appointed by God to serve as ambassadors in this world to bring a reconcilation of peace between God and humanity. God makes His appeal to the world through us. We need to fear the Lord, submit to Him and persuade others to follow Him. Jesus died for all people so that those who accept Him as their Saviour can live again. Jesus dies because of His love for us. How can we not live for Christ because of this love shown for us.
Sunday, 24 December 2017
John the Baptist was one of the first people to recognise Jesus as the Messiah, even when he was in the womb! John understood who Jesus was in God's Kingdom and what He ws called to do. John prepared the people for repentance, waiting for Jesus to come. John pointed to Jesus as the Lamb of God, the one who came to save us from our sin. Where do we point - to ourselves or to Jesus?
Sunday, 17 December 2017
Duration: 21 mins 51 secs
Christmas is a time where joy and peace is promoted. Jesus came as a peacemaker into this world but, as Simeon prophesied, Jesus' coming was also going to cause conflict between people. This conflict was also going to challenge people within themselves. This inner battle we face is when our own desires conflict with what jesus wants for us. We will only find peace when we allow God to take control of our life. We see a lot of conflict in the world today because people are looking in the wrong place. True peace only comes through Jesus as people align themselves with Him.
Sunday, 10 December 2017
Duration: 33 mins 48 secs
Joseph was the earthly father of Jesus but showed great humility in standing in the background to allow the focus to be all about Jesus. Everytime that God speaks to Joseph, he responds immediately with faith and trust. Joseph was engaged to Mary but when he found out she was pregnant his first thought was to break the engagement, but instead, he obeyed the words of God and followed God's agenda. We need to follow God's agenda and not ours. In becoming a Christian we need to realise that we are a sinner and that we need to be forgiven. We give up our own rights to follow Jesus and we need to follow Him without conditions.
Sunday, 03 December 2017
Duration: 27 mins 27 secs
Isaiah tells the people of the day that they live in a land of darkness - not a physical darkness but a spiritual darkness. The people had turned away from and were ignorant of God. God's people looked from amongest themselves for guidance in life rather than relying on God. Isaiah prophesied the coming of Jesus, the only way our world could be saved. Jesus is the light that comes in this dark world and provides the hope of salvation to anyone who receives Him as their Saviour.
Sunday, 26 November 2017
Duration: 29 mins 29 secs
Prayer enables us to be soldiers for Jesus. With prayer we can defeat Satan because we are always in communion with God. Our prayers need to include praise, thanks and confession and not just requests for our needs. We need to watch and be alert to Satan's plans and always keep praying for God's victory in our lives or the lives of others as we pray for all of God' people.
Sunday, 19 November 2017
Duration: 31 mins 22 secs
The armour of God we have looked at to date have been defensive tools. Today we look at the sword. If the bible is the armour of God we have to protect us from Satan, then the sword is the sayings of Jesus that can pierce through our armour and speak directly to us. We can use the sword to fight against Satan. In the three temptations Jesus faced in this passage, Satan tries to get Jesus to act under His own authority, away from God. Jesus uses the Scriptures to respond accordingly. We need to use the Word of God in our own life to defeat Satan and not rely on our own strength.