July 23, 2018
Over the next 9 weeks, we'll be reading through the first letter Peter wrote to early Christians, scattered throughout the known world- included in the Bible as the book of 1 Peter.
Peter was the leader of the early church, the first to realise that Jesus was and is the Son of God. Peter still though, was human. Peter denied Jesus three times on the night of his arrest, claiming not to know him, nor be his follower. Regardless, Jesus forgives and restores Peter to his identity as a follower of Jesus, and as the leader of the church.
This letter from Peter is addressed to "elect exiles"; what does this identity mean for Christians? Sam explores who this letter was written to then, and how that can still identify us today.
July 16, 2018
We've all got stories of times we've failed in our lives. Whether it's leaving the Salmon out of a Salmon Tortilla, or leaving $200 in cash in an ATM. Tim looks at the failure of Peter, one of the key leaders of the early church, when he denies knowing Jesus three times just as Jesus is arrested and crucified. Jesus knows our failures, he isn't surprised by them, or unaware of them: he knows everything we've done in our lives. BUT Jesus knows about these failures, and forgives Peter, just as he forgives us, giving Peter a new life, with new purpose.
This biography of Peter's failure and life serves as an introduction to our new series, Strangers Far From Home, looking through the book of 1 Peter, an open letter written by Peter to believers scattered throughout the world.
July 9, 2018
"If you take the work of God's mission out of the Bible, all you're left with is a front and back cover." Kat Shields takes a look at what mission looks like and finds that for the most part, it is ordinary. An ordinary life, saturated with gospel intentionality- a commitment to building relationships modelling Jesus, and talking about faith as a natural part of conversation.
Kat is a regular member of our Sunday evening service, bringing us this talk from Luke 18.
July 9, 2018
Wycliffe Bible Translators aim to see disciples of Jesus growing through the Scriptures available in the language that speaks to their hearts. To that end, they are actively working on translating the Bible into new languages. While there are 2,000 languages currently being worked on, there are still 1,500 languages with no one working on a bible translation.
Josh Barlett visits us to give us an update on his work with Wycliffe and looks at the story of Pentecost, when the disciples began telling people about Jesus in many foreign languages, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
July 2, 2018
As a church, we're proud to support a number of excellent organisations across the world. We give 15% of our offerings to missions, including Anglican Overseas Aid. Their CEO, Bob Mitchell joins us, sharing about their work in Syria, as well as reflecting on the story of the Good Samaritan- asking who is our neighbour?
June 25, 2018
The final section of Paul's letter to the Church in Philippi packs a whole bunch of great points into a pretty short section. Tim manages to squish seven talks worth of tips from Paul into just one! Paul gives us seven things to help us "stand firm" in Jesus. Both Paul and Jesus knew of the challenge that many people go through, with the burden of worry and anxiety. Paul speaks to this in his letter, and Tim lends his thoughts and experiences to the reality of anxiety in our lives.
If you or someone you know struggles with anxiety to an extreme, reach out to someone for help. You can always call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
June 18, 2018
Julie continues our Joy in Your Life series, looking at Paul's letter to the Church in Philippi. With her triathlete training, Julie was given heaps of tips and skills, and in the same way, she gives us three tips on finishing a spiritual race.
June 13, 2018
If you've done enough "good things" in your life, you get to go to the Good Place, right? And if you haven't done enough "good things", then you'll go to the Bad Place, right? God says no! The only right way to be right with God is through a relationship with Jesus. It's not about the things that you do in your life, it's all about Jesus. Paul, in his letter to the Philippians even says it's not about Jesus PLUS anything. It isn't about Jesus plus these few key things, or traditions; it's just about putting your faith in Jesus.
If you think you've done too many bad things, so many that God can't love you, to put it plainly: you are wrong. Anyone who puts their faith in Jesus can receive God's love and forgiveness.
June 4, 2018
Our journey through Paul's first-century letter to the church in Philippi continues this week, exploring a slightly unusual phrase: "...work out your salvation...". Tim looks at what this phrase doesn't mean, to try to understand what it does mean.
What do we do in our lives to 'work out our salvation'? Tim offers a framework in his talk, which you can find here.
May 29, 2018
UPDATED: Apologies, as we originally used the wrong audio for this episode. Call it a lesson in humility.
Continuing our series through Paul's letter to the Church in Philippi, Tim explores what Paul says about humility. Paul makes it clear that if you're a Christian, you've received love and acceptance through Jesus, before you've done anything at all. Our reaction to that, though, our response to God for uniting himself with us, it to be united with others. If it's true that we're loved by God, we should be loving others. If we have the Spirit of God within us, we should be united with others through that same Spirit.
In response to Jesus, we necessarily need to live differently.