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25th June 2017 PM

Kept #1

 (7.06 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Jude 1:17-23
Number of Downloads: 19

The book of Jude is a dark and confronting one. We have trudged through Jude verses 5- 16 seeing a church that was being pulled apart at the seams. While it might not feel like we face the same issues from within the church, in many ways our world offers us the very same temptations. The question is what should we do about it? Our passage tonight is possibly the most important in all of Jude because it gives us some very simple and rational steps to take in the dark and complicated world.


25th June 2017 AM

Jesus' Teaching on Divorce

 (7.91 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 9:42-50
Number of Downloads: 43

Walking with Jesus, as we have been, through the gospel of Mark is a good thing. It helps us understand the teaching of Jesus in its context and, at times, forces us to deal with passages we might be tempted to skip over. Mark 10 brings us to one of those types of passages. Jesus talked about things that many people would rather not hear. But, if Jesus takes on a subject like divorce, it is certainly worthwhile for us to hear what he says about it. The issue of divorce presented as many challenges in the first century as it does now in the twenty-first century. While the passage teaches about divorce, it encompasses more, bringing the conversation around to marriage too. As we reflect on what Jesus has to say about marriage and divorce, we acknowledge that it is painful for many who have been involved or affected by divorce, so we don't want to hear these words of Jesus as condemnation but hope. So, while not shying away from what Jesus says, I hope we hear what he says accurately.


18th June 2017 PM

Confronted #3 - Ungodliness is Not a Virtue

 (6.02 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Jude 1:14-16
Number of Downloads: 40

We are continuing our series through the book of Jude, a book written to a church facing some serious issues. From what we have learnt so far a group of leaders were trying to lead the church away from the truth. In our passage today these men sound like they would fit quite well into our world today, we might have even made a sitcom about them.


18th June 2017 AM

The Seriousness of Sin

 (8.59 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 9:42-50
Number of Downloads: 36

Jesus often speaks of loving your enemy and doing good to those who hate you, and this is wise advice. But sometimes you come across some harsh words of Jesus; words of warning that grab our attention. That is what we find in these verses today. Jesus warns us to be careful that we don't cause others to stumble and fall into sin. We are challenged to avoid sin at all costs as we walk a path of service in the world. Where does the Lord need to get your attention? What is the challenge for you?


11th June 2017 PM

Confronted #2

 (6.85 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Jude 1:11-13
Number of Downloads: 85

After a couple of weeks off we are picking up in the letter of Jude once again. It's a letter written to a church facing instability and internal strife. They are a church being pulled away from the gospel by a group of selfseeking, prosperity hungry leaders who place their own interests above those of their people. To confront this issue Jude once again points to both history and visual examples to explain how these men are not who they claim to be. In a world where marketing and PR rule, we too have lots to learn about veneered truth, where people seek their own interests above that of God's.


11th June 2017 AM

Who's In and Who's Out

 (7.70 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 9:38-41
Number of Downloads: 81

Our inclination is to divide the world into us and them, those who are with us and those who are outside our tradition, those who are part of the group and those who are excluded. If there's an 'us', there has to be a 'them', right? Not everybody can be on 'our side', so there must be an 'other side'. That's the logic of Jesus' disciple John in the passage. John says that this guy wasn't 'on our side', not one of 'us', so we told him he couldn't use the word, 'Jesus'. John probably figured Jesus would be pleased with his theological linedrawing. But Jesus' response is anything but praise. He upsets this division, saying, 'whoever is not against us is for us'. Essentially, Jesus called John and the others to evaluate that man's relationship to Christ not on the basis of the group to which he belonged but on the basis of the fruit of his ministry. The man was bearing good fruit, so he should not have been treated as being outside the kingdom. We can and should work with other Christians without compromising the essential truths of the faith. We need to understand the generosity of the gospel that includes many people.


4th June 2017 AM

The Final Word

 (8.00 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 12:9-14
Series: Ecclesiastes
Number of Downloads: 77

Solomon began and ended his spiritual quest by saying that without God there is no meaning or purpose to life. He kept asking is there was more to life than what we see under the sun. If there is no God, and so no final judgement then it is hard to see how anything we really matter. But he concludes that there is a God in heaven who rules the world, so things do matter. So, the final word of Ecclesiastes is not that nothing matters, but that everything does. What we did, how we did it and why we did it will all have eternal significance. If this is true, then how should we live? Solomon has a word on that for us in his final analysis, which we will look at together this Sunday morning.


28th May 2017 PM

The Lord is my Shepherd

 (5.51 MB)
Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: Psalm 23
Number of Downloads: 46

Probably one of the most memorised and loved chapters in the Bible would be Psalm 23. Even though it's only 6 verses long, it has provided great help and comfort for so many since it was penned by King David thousands of years ago. But there is a lot we can learn about ourselves and God in this short Psalm.


21st May 2017 AM

A Meaningless Life equals A Meaningless Death

 (6.62 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Ecclestiastes 9:1-10
Number of Downloads: 91

It is claimed that Benjamin Franklin once said the only certainties in life are death and taxes. Most of us have lived long enough to face the reality of this statement. Death is life's great leveller and something that we will all face, but how are we to live when we know that our time is limited? Solomon's answer is simple, embrace the days that God has given you. If we match up this idea with the hope of the gospel we can live a meaningful life and even see the hope beyond death.


14th May 2017 AM

The Legacy of Mothers and Grandmothers

 (7.11 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 1:1-7
Number of Downloads: 67

In the passage this morning, Paul mentions his thanks for the mother and grandmother of Timothy, his 'trainee'. They had passed on a huge legacy to Timothy, one that would last for eternity. What was that legacy? The sincere faith that was lived out in their lives. We combine Mother's Day with a baptism and want to think about the number one concern for Timothy of these women. It wasn't a good job for him; it wasn't a great education to open doors of opportunity for riches and success; it wasn't a trade that helped him provide for his family. Their concern was the passing on of the Gospel. Mothers, Kat and Trev too, as you raise your children and grandchildren make this your number one concern.


7th May 2017 PM

Confronted #1

 (7.04 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Jude 1:5-10
Number of Downloads: 119

The second section in our series on Jude throws us straight into the issue that the letter addressed. There were people in the church who were actively trying to alter the gospel. People who wanted to encourage an unbiblical lifestyle and even deny Jesus sufficiency. To address this issue Jude presents his audience with some serious examples from history. Two of these examples we have and know well. The third about the fall of the angels is a little more difficult to understand. Come along to see how the issues that Jude addresses are just like those we face in the church today.


7th May 2017 AM

The Search for Meaning - Wisdom

 (7.86 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 7:1-8:1
Number of Downloads: 81

Reading Ecclesiastes forces us to look at the world around us and ask the hard questions of life; it also forces us to look deep into our hearts and think about the things we hold as meaningful. The book forces us to take a much deeper look at life. So as we navigate our way through the maze of this life how do we make good decisions? For Solomon, the answer was the gaining of wisdom? If wisdom is of great benefit, how do we get it, where do we find it? That is the wrestle for today.


30th April 2017 PM

Called

 (6.00 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Jude 1:1-4
Number of Downloads: 123

Jude is one of those odd little books at the end of the Bible that people don't often read. You can read it in ten minutes but understanding it is a whole other ball game. Jude contains some of the most challenging verses in the whole New Testament, quoting obscure non-biblical refernces and speaking of Satan arguing with the archangel Michael. The letter though, teaches us a very important and relevant lesson, we need to defend the truth of the gospel. Both the people who received this letter and we as a church today need to be willing to fight for the truth, even when our opposition lies within the church.


30th April 2017 AM

The Search for Meaning - Riches

 (8.80 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:9
Number of Downloads: 91

As we pick up our series 'The Search for Meaning', we are reminded that there are incredible similarities between Israel under Soloman and Australia today. Despite our medical and technological advances, people still look for pleasure in all the same places. The most common place, then and now, is searching for satisfaction in getting rich. In our passage today, Soloman gives us five reasons for not trusting in our money. But there is a surprising twist at the end. He says, 'Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work - this is a gift of God.' (Ecclesiastes 5:19). The lesson is that we can find enjoyment in our work and also in the living God, who has given. We need to learn how to keep both views on riches in healthy tension.


23rd April 2017 PM

Overcoming Doubt

 (8.22 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: John 20:24-31
Number of Downloads: 95

Every thinking person sometimes wrestles with doubt. That is true not only for thinking Christians, but also for atheists and agnostics. Sometimes we wonder, "What if I'm wrong? What if Christianity is not true?" For some, the doubts are relatively minor and fleeting. For others, the doubts are deep and disturbing. But wherever you're at on the spectrum, if you've been a Christian for a while, you have gone through times when you struggled with doubt. Sometimes we are made to feel guilty for harbouring doubt, but doubt can be the tool that God uses to help you grow. That was certainly the case for Thomas. After all that he had seen of the brutal treatment and death of Jesus, his hopes and dreams are crushed. The other disciples excitedly share their meeting with the risen Jesus and Thomas has doubts. Once he meets Jesus he moves from doubt to faith, making the first clear declaration of Jesus, 'My Lord and my God.' We too have sources to overcome our doubt and grow through it.


23rd April 2017 AM

The Two Lost Sons

 (7.34 MB)
Ben Klitscher
Bible Passage: Luke 15:11-32
Number of Downloads: 271

While perhaps the most famous teaching of Jesus, the parable of the 'prodigal son' is arguably his least understood. Upon closer examination of the story and its characters, it is clear that Jesus' message concerns more than just a wayward son, but also a judgmental older brother and, more importantly, a loving Father. Revealing the Fathers' heart, he invites both the wayward and not-so-wayward to abandon their hopeless conditions and draw near to the one who ferociously seeks them.


16th April 2017 AM

Easter Sunday: The Women at the Tomb

 (5.13 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Matthew 28:1-10
Number of Downloads: 147

Over the last few weeks we have considered the characters around the tomb, the people who stood and watched as Jesus was crucified. Some of these people loved Jesus, some loathed him, yet everyone watched him die. The earth shook as he breathed his last and darkness fell over the land. He was taken down and placed in a tomb and in the eyes of the world that was meant to be the end of his story. But we know better. Only three days later two of Jesus most faithful followers, two women who cared for him, go to pay their respects. These women find soon realise that something has happened, something that will change everything, quite literally, forever.


14th April 2017 AM

Good Friday: Roman Centurion

 (7.36 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 15:21-39

This Good Friday we will focus on the amazing confession of a Roman Centurion, 'Surely, this man was the Son of God'. These were the words of a seasoned soldier, one how had watched men die; who had put many to death himself. So was this a confession of faith or was it a professional soldier trying to make sense of something he had never experienced before? Obviously, the events that had happened at the cross deeply moved him to make this declaration, but what does it mean? But more importantly, is this your confession? If so, what does it mean to you? If not, why not?


9th April 2017 PM

People Around the Cross: The Disciples

 (8.12 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: John 19:16-27
Number of Downloads: 108

Where would you be standing if you were at the crucifixion? What would your response be? Would you have said, 'If I lived around the time of Jesus then I would have no trouble believing in Him.' Really? What if you were of the chosen disciples? Would you have said, 'If I was chosen as a disciple then I would never have left Him.' Really? The gospel accounts give us a very different picture. Those closest to him deserted him the moment he was arrested and bound. They fled in fear and confusion. They hid, trying to understand why their teacher was being executed. What were they thinking? Their beliefs about Jesus did not match the reality of Him hanging on a cross. They were gutted and fearful, yet God was gracious to them.


9th April 2017 AM

People Around the Cross: The Crowd

 (6.28 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-26
Number of Downloads: 113

This week we are considering the crowd in the final week of Jesus' ministry on earth. As Jesus approached Jerusalem a crowd gathered. They cried out 'Hosanna', lay their cloaks on the ground and softened the road with tree branches. They welcomed this Jesus with open arms, calling Him their saviour and a great prophet. Yet only a week later this very same nameless and faceless crowd cried out 'Crucify Him'. How could this change happen so quickly and what can we learn from them? Come along to think about the two distinct faces of this crowd.


2nd April 2017 PM

The People Who Should Have Known Better: The Religious Elite

 (5.72 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Matthew 27:39-44
Number of Downloads: 102

This second sermon in our series on the audience of the cross focuses on the religious elite; the chief priests, scribes and elders. These were the religious men of power in the time of Jesus. These were the men that handed Jesus over to the Romans. They controlled the Jewish faith and were responsible for teaching and understanding the world of God. Simply they should have known better. Why did they reject Jesus and how are we in danger of doing the same?


2nd April 2017 AM

Jesus Remember Me

 (8.53 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Luke 23:32-43
Number of Downloads: 88

It's perhaps hard to believe but we're approaching Easter time already! In light of that it's appropriate that we as a church start to focus our attention on what is the cornerstone of the Christian faith: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the weeks leading up to Easter we're going to look at some of the characters we find around the cross of Jesus and how the stories of their lives affect the stories of ours. This Sunday we start by looking at two characters being crucified alongside Jesus. Please join us as we unpack this moving event around the cross of Jesus.


26th March 2017 AM

The Search for Religion

 (7.38 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
Number of Downloads: 115

In the verses we are looking at today God now gets a mention. Up to now, much of Ecclesiastes has been about the meaninglessness of life apart from God, now we are to look to God who made our world. What is clear is that our "under the sun" lives are in a drastic need of recalibration to how we approach God. Have you ever thought about the fact that God knows and judges the way we worship? He sees into your heart; He sees the attitude behind your actions and judges whether your worship is acceptable. Solomon is saying that there is a right way and a wrong way to worship God. The right way is that of the wise person and the wrong way is that of fools. If we do not want our religion to be meaningless we need to avoid the wrong way to worship God. What is that wrong way? What is the right way?


19th March 2017 PM

Truth

 (9.02 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Exodus 20:16, John 8:32
Series: Ten Words
Number of Downloads: 112

"The injunction against bearing false witness, branded in stone and brought down by Moses from the mountaintop, has always provoked ambivalent, conflicting emotions. On the one hand, nearly everybody condemns lying. On the others, nearly everyone does it every day." Paul Gray's quote (above) in Time Magazine is highly relevant. The issue of lying - properly understood - is one that we wrestle with every single day of our lives and our world is engrossed in. It's such a big issue that God has cared to devote one of only a precious few absolute rules for humanity to this issue of truth. On Sunday we'll discover why it's so important and how God seeks to shape us when it comes to truth.


19th March 2017 AM

Injustice and Our God of Justice

 (8.19 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3
Series: Ecclesiastes
Number of Downloads: 125

When people, especially young people, think about life the question is not so much about purpose but significance. The thought is, 'I want to make a difference.' I want my life to amount to something of worth. So, people throw themselves into different causes, fighting against corruption, oppression and injustice. These are great things to put your energy into but, in the verses today, Solomon begins to dismantle the idea that doing these things will make a lasting impact. They are ultimately meaningless. Why? From an 'under the sun' perspective it never seems to end; it never is finished; there is always another place of injustice to tackle. This has been true through the ages and even today. It cries out for something more, something better, something lasting. It drives us back to God, who will redeem all things and bring righteous judgement.


12th March 2017 PM

Ten Words: STEALING

 (7.90 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Exodus 20:15
Number of Downloads: 126

This Sunday we are looking at the 8th Commandment which says, 'You shall not steal'. It is simple, blunt and to the point. Every country in the world forbids stealing, so why have a sermon on it? Because God forbids it and the biblical position goes a lot deeper than our surface understanding. Maybe you think, 'I don't steal so this sermon doesn't apply to me.' Maybe you don't, but do you live out the positive side of the command, doing all you can for your neighbour's good? The negative side is easy to deal with, the positive side sets a higher standard. We will work through this 'simple' command together.


12th March 2017 AM

Knowing the Times and the Timeless One

 (6.61 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
Number of Downloads: 143

There is a time for everything. We know the poem, we might even know the song made popular by The Byrds. It is a poetic reflection of humanities time on earth from beginning to end. It is a poem about time and yet Solomon moves straight from our finitude into the infinite nature of God. We are bound by time and yet we all have a sense of the eternal. We are limited, God is limitless.


5th March 2017 PM

Ten Words: SEX IS SACRED

 (10.26 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Exodus 20:14
Series: Ten Words
Number of Downloads: 200

"In the jungle of modern permissiveness the meaning and purpose of sex is missed and its glory is lost." How true are these words of J.I. Packer? This Sunday night, as we preach on the seventh commandment ("You shall not commit adultery) we'll hopefully discover - or rediscover - in some way the glory of sex as God intends it. While the subject will be handled sensitively and wisely, it will nevertheless be a 'mature audience' service. If any parents deem their children too young and therefore not ready to be exposed to a biblical understanding of sex, you may want to consider coming in the morning. For the rest of our church community, let's hear what God's Word has to say to us about this incredibly relevant aspect of our lives.


5th March 2017 AM

The Meaninglessness of Work

 (6.67 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 2:12-23
Series: Ecclesiastes
Number of Downloads: 162

To paraphrase a song from Rihanna, all we seem to hear is work, work, work, work work. It's a pretty fair assessmentof most of our lives. We spend most of our lives either physically or mentally at work, for many of us we spend more time with our colleagues than we do our own family. Yet one day when we take our last breaths what will our work mean? Not much according to Solomon, the man who's work was more majestic and memorable than any of ours. It's another pretty grim picture from the man who had it all. But wait there's more because this week we begin to find hope. Hope in a God who wants us to enjoy his world and a God who want's us to find eternal satisfaction in him!


26th February 2017 AM

Pleasure is Meaningless

 (6.41 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
Series: Ecclesiastes
Number of Downloads: 201

"Everything is meaningless" is the cry of the author of Ecclesiastes. Last week Jim walked us through the first chapter, showing how Solomon begins his reflective journey through life. Everything is meaningless, even wisdom. Yet in chapter 2 the focus turns from everything into the idea of pleasure. Solomon had every pleasure possible at his disposal. He had wine, women, wealth, works and wisdom. In each of them he found at least a sense of pleasure but never enough to satisfy his searching heart. Before he even lists his vices he concludes that each of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. How does this passage speak into our world? Well in many ways it cuts right to our hearts. Neil Postman's famous book, Entertaining Ourselves to Death adequately describes our society. So where does faith fit? Where does God fit? And most importantly, where does Jesus fit in this story?


19th February 2017 PM

Ten Words: RESPECT

 (6.26 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Exodus 20:12
Series: Ten Words
Number of Downloads: 179

The idea of honouring your parents seems a little out of touch in 2017. Surely they should be honouring us! While that is what the world might spin it's not what the Bible describes for us. This week, focusing in on the stories of Jonathan, David and Saul, we will consider what this command looks like for us today, realising that its reach is well beyond the confines of the family home.


19th February 2017 AM

The Search for Meaning

 (7.78 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Ecclestiastes 1:1-18
Series: Ecclesiastes
Number of Downloads: 169

The opening verses of Ecclesiastes sounds a little depressing... Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything is Meaningless. Well, it's supposed to be. Solomon is simply voicing what each of us have probably felt at some time. In the routine of life, you wake up? You take a shower, brush your teeth, eat your breakfast, get in your car, drive to work, work, drive home, watch TV, go to bed, and do it all over again. Have you ever stopped and said 'what is the meaning of it all?' That's what Solomon is doing in these verses. Perhaps the most terrifying conclusion would be that of Solomon, 'everything is meaningless'. That everything we feel and experience, work and strive to accomplish end up in futility. Ecclesiastes portrays this in a most realistic way and that, apart for God, everything is futile. This is where we will start our series on Ecclesiastes.


12th February 2017 PM

Ten Words: REST

 (7.72 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Exodus 20:8-11
Series: Ten Words
Number of Downloads: 217

Does the idea of the Sabbath day mean anything to us today? Should it? For some people in the church, the Sabbath is a legalistic command. So, how does the New Testament and the life of Jesus change how we understand it? The Sabbath is possibly the most ignored command of the 10, for some it is a strict necessity, for others, it means absolutely nothing! What are we to do or think about a command that calls us to stop and rest?


12th February 2017 AM

Stewardship of Relationships

 (7.43 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Romans 12:9-21
Number of Downloads: 197

Relationships are tricky. Each of us have relationships of different kinds, whether they be marital, family, friends, work, folks you volunteer with, people on a sports team, etc. But the bottom line is that we all experience relationships with others, and sometimes these relationships are messy and complicated and painful. Yet we can't flourish without them. That's because our God is a God of relationships. After God created Adam, He said, "It is not good for man to be alone." Obviously, God cares about relationships. The Ten Commandments is about relationships, with God and each other. Jesus summed up all Ten Commandments in two commandments (Mt. 22:37-40). Since God created us as relational beings we must wrestle through our stewardship of those relationships; thinking about how to initiate, maintain, and promote them for God's glory. We do this because God cares about us and he cares about the way we get along. But in the end, I am responsible for my relationship with God... AND, I'm responsible for my relationships with those around me. I should not only be seeking God's good, but also seek the wellbeing of others.


5th February 2017 PM

Ten Words: HONOUR

 (7.27 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Exodus 20:7
Series: Ten Words
Number of Downloads: 237

You shall not take the Lords name in vein. Seems simple enough. Don't blaspheme and you can tick this one off. But what is thepurpose of this command? Is it to stop us from swearing in God's name or is there something more significant at work? While it's true that using any of God's many names in a trite way is wrong and offensive to God there is myriad of other ways that we can drag God's name through the mud. Every single one of us breaks this command all the time. But do we even care?


5th February 2017 AM

Stewardship of Money

 (7.48 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Number of Downloads: 230

Forbes recently released its list of the 50 richest people in the world. As you look over the list you realise that someone is missing. Who? God! What God owns makes Bill Gates look like a pauper. His holdings extend as far as the universe. The Bible says that there is no one and no thing that does not belong to Him. That means that His possessions include you and me, our life, our strength, our times, our talents and our money. If that is true, we need to think through how we handle the things that God has then entrusted to us. We have been thinking about some of those things over the past couple of weeks and today we get to tackle the issue of money. More specifically, how we wisely steward the money that God has entrusted to us.


29th January 2017 PM

10 Words: IMAGE

 (6.80 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Exodus 20:4-6
Number of Downloads: 263

Last week we saw that we have a choice, a choice between the God of the bible and every other 'god' that the world has to offer. Step one is making that right choice. Step two is understanding how we worship this God. While we may think that in the western world we have rid ourselves of religious idols the opposite is actually true. In many ways, we are worse than any other people group in history because our idols are everywhere! And the church is just as bad.


29th January 2017 AM

Stewardship of Talents

 (6.65 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Matthew 25:14-30
Number of Downloads: 253

One of the most frequent questions directed at psychologists, guidance councillors, parents, pastors and many others is: 'what am I supposed to do with my life?' Somewhat ironically, in a world with seemingly limitless options and an era of history in which choice abounds more than ever this question has become commonplace. Statistics show a great deal of confusion or lack of motivation when it comes to selecting and practicing a life-long vocation consistently and with perseverance. Christians do not escape this phenomenon and need to ask themselves the question: what does God want me to do with my life? Is there something in my faith that informs - or transforms - my vocation in life? On Sunday morning we'll look at some principles from Scripture that speak to this issue.


22nd January 2017 PM

10 Commandments

 (5.87 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Number of Downloads: 271

This evening we begin a new series on The 10 Commandments.


22nd January 2017 AM

Stewardship of Time

 (7.79 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Psalm 90
Number of Downloads: 262

This week we begin a new series about stewardship. How do you manage the resources that God has given you? What things take priority and what parts of your life do you pass by? Over the next four weeks, we are going to consider four of the most important resources that God blesses us with. This week we are considering how we use time, one of the most difficult resources to manage. How do you steward the time that God has given you?


15th January 2017 AM

Imprecatory Psalm - Psalm 109

 (6.13 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Psalm 109
Number of Downloads: 323

Imprecatory Psalm


8th January 2017 AM

Psalm of Praise - Psalm 111

 (7.21 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Psalm 111
Number of Downloads: 303

Psalm of Praise


1st January 2017 AM

Simeon's Song

 (6.84 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Luke 2:21-32
Number of Downloads: 316

25th December 2016 AM

Christmas Service - Angels Song

 (4.84 MB)
Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Luke 2:8-20
Number of Downloads: 298

Christmas Day Service


18th December 2016 AM

The Voice

 (7.19 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Luke 3:1-18
Number of Downloads: 345

Mary was told the child she would have was going to be the Saviour. Her response was a song of praise. Zechariah was told that he, in his old age, was having a son who would tell of the coming Saviour. His response, after a time of being mute, was to praise God. Today we step a little later into the story when we meet 'The Voice' preparing the way for the coming Saviour. And John prepares the way by proclaiming God's message. His message is that the people need to repair their lives and prepare for Christ's coming. He does this by calling the people to repent and be baptized. But why do we look at this poem about John? Because, as someone has said, the path of the incarnation passes through John on the way to Bethlehem's manger. So, while Christmas is a time of joy and celebration, it is also a time of reflection of the words of the angels, shepherds, and the whole story. Words which talk about the salvation offered to humanity through the atonement of Jesus on the cross. It is a time to reflect on your own salvation.


11th December 2016 PM

Blessed Is

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Psalm 32
Number of Downloads: 338

Psalm 1 starts with the words: 'Blessed is the man...' It can be understood to mean 'happy is the person whose delight is in God's word upon which she or he meditates day and night'. As profound and deep as this truth is, we find that there is another Psalm which starts with almost identical words (blessed is he...) and yet "the happiness of the man speaking here is greater even than that of the man speaking in Psalm 1" (Montgomery Boice). What is this happiness of Psalm 32? Please join us as we consider the precious words of this Psalm.


11th December 2016 AM

Zechariah's Song

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Luke 1:67-80
Number of Downloads: 328

After nine months of silence, Zechariah has something to say! Of course, it's not just that he's been bursting to talk, or even that nine months of reflection has led to such deep insights. Zechariah's song, which we will look at this Sunday morning, is a prediction made by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This prophecy is a beautiful summary of the implication of all the events surrounding the birth of Jesus that Luke describes. It is a song saturated with the abundant mercy of God. God knows the need of the people; God is responding to His promises to save His people; God is bringing about the salvation of His people. This is a song of mercy, and blessing. After singing his praise of God's tender compassion, he turns to offers his Spirit-filled benediction upon his son, the one who will announce God's tender mercy and give them knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins. And so, the old priest Zechariah, near the end of his days, sings a song of mercy, blessing, and forgiveness, under the leading of the Holy Spirit.


4th December 2016 AM

Mary's Song

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Luke 1:46-56
Number of Downloads: 336

Today we begin a short series looking at the songs on Luke's gospel focussed on the birth of Jesus. We start with Mary's poem, known as the 'Magnificat'. Through it all, Mary is an example of humility, stating her dependence on God. Mary is an example of thankfulness, praising and exulting God. She saw God's work in her life as evidence of his love for all his people. We honour Mary and thank God for her simple trust. We honour her, not by praying to her, but by modelling our own relationship with God on the traits she displayed. We will look at those traits of submission, humility and praise.


27th November 2016 AM

Christian of the Year Award

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 9:30-37
Number of Downloads: 359

As you read this passage, you can imagine the disciples arguing about who would be awarded the prestigious award of 'Christian of the Year'. You picture them trying to show why they should be considered for the award, how they were greater, each convinced that they were a better disciple than the one next to them. When they hit Capernaum Jesus challenges them to share what they were discussing and all they can do is look down at their sandals. This argument they were having was not something they were comfortable sharing with Jesus because it seemed so ludicrous. The scary thought is that this kind of bickering, while not done openly, probably happens more than we care to admit. So how does Jesus address their debate? By turning their world and the expectations of the world upside-down. Today we will try to get an understanding of this upside-down kingdom that Jesus proposes.


20th November 2016 PM

Life WITH Faith, Hope and Love

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 John 4:7-12; 19-21
Number of Downloads: 379

We are wrapping up our WITH series tonight. Last week we looked back at our rejection of life with God in the Garden (Genesis 3) and we looked forward to our reunion with God in the new creation. This reunion flows from our reconciliation through Jesus Christ, who came and lived with us. Yet, how do we live with God in the here and now? It starts with understanding that we live with God as a beloved child. Jethani writes, 'Love is the beginning and the end, the origin and culmination of our relationship with God.' We can strengthen that love relationship with God by training ourselves to be aware of His constant presence and communing with Him. We live with a faith that we're always safe in God's care, we place your hope in God Himself rather than in our circumstances, and we let God's love inspire us to love others, and live in wonder, and joy.


20th November 2016 AM

Belief, Unbelief and Everything in Between

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Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Mark 9:14-29
Number of Downloads: 367

Peter, James and John have just witnessed Jesus amazing transfiguration, they got to see Jesus in his glory. What an amazing experience! But what goes up must come down, so they climb back down to the reality of the mission. When they get there they are immediately confronted with a bickering crowd who are questioning the authority and power of the disciples. For some reason, the disciples cannot heal a demon-possessed child so Jesus takes the opportunity to teach them (and us) about faith.


13th November 2016 AM

The Transfiguration

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Mark 9:1-13
Number of Downloads: 385

If you're a Christian, you may have read this passage numerous times in the past and thought to yourself: 'what a strange, strange story!' Only three of Jesus' 12 main followers up an incredibly high mountain (about 9000 feet above sea level!) to see him 'transfigured'. What does that even mean? And more importantly, why give these disciples the insight into this very, very strange event? On Sunday morning we'll unpack this and hopefully profit immensely from both understanding it and receiving it's rich nourishment for our often-weary souls.


6th November 2016 PM

Life FOR God

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Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Luke 15:11-32
Number of Downloads: 379

From within the Church a life for God would have to be the most pervasive misunderstanding of how we relate to God. Do we live as Christians simply to do God's bidding? Are we to simply pour ourselves into as many ministries as we can handle? A life for God is a dangerous posture because it elevates what we do above all else.


6th November 2016 AM

Blurred Vision

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 8:31-9:1
Number of Downloads: 388

Peter's response to Jesus' teaching about His coming death and resurrection is a clear example of blurred vision. Peter, correctly, recognised Jesus as the Christ, but loudly objected to any mention of Jesus suffering and dying. To Peter this is an inappropriate role of the Christ that he was looking at. We need clear spiritual vision to see Jesus for who He is: Messiah and Lord. With that type of vision we can then accept the requirements of discipleship that Jesus goes on to teach about. What does suffering for the Christian look like if we have the right vision?


30th October 2016 PM

Life FROM God

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Luke 15:11-32
Number of Downloads: 423

How do you best relate to God? This is the question we are seeking to answer in our journey through the suggestions made in this book, "WITH: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God". So far we have looked at the Life Under God perspective and the Life Over God perspective. Today's topic is Life From God. It is worth repeating that all the perspectives we'll be talking about have merit. There is something to be said for living each perspective as a part of your faith journey with God. However, when each perspective is the sole or primary way of relating to God, we fail to experience all that God desires for us in a relationship with Him. Life from God is fuelled by our consumer culture, where everyone's and everything's value is determined by its usefulness to me. I stand at the centre and everything orbits around me. The thinking that creeps into our Christian worldview is that God is just another one of those things that orbit around me. How can we identify the error of our posture and how can we protect ourselves from it?


30th October 2016 AM

Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

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Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Mark 8:22-30
Number of Downloads: 397

This week we hit the turning point in Mark. Yet before we get to Peter's confession we are faced with another healing miracle; this time it's a blind man. Yet again Jesus saves the day, the man is no longer blind. Yet this miracle is different because Jesus seemingly fails, or at least half fails, at first attempt. Why? Well, this half-baked miracle is actually intricately linked to what happens next, the central confession of Jesus. How?


23rd October 2016 PM

Life OVER God

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: John 5:31-40
Number of Downloads: 401

In our second sermon from Skye Jethani's excellent book "With" we will deal with the spiritual dryness of a Life Over or Apart from God. Life Over God seems, at first, something that is better applied to others, because it is the posture of atheists. Atheists have no need for God. Their principles for life come from the world, the natural principles of science, and sociology so there is no need for God. So how does this type of posture make it into the church? Jethani writes, "my concern is those who claim Christian faith and even participate in a local church but may actually have the same life over God posture as atheists... they practice a faith that has little room for God". If we aren't careful, we begin to elevate scriptural principles over the life giving relationship Jesus died for. We gradually shift our focus, however unintentionally, from developing a deep, loving relationship with Jesus to following a set of guidelines to receive a specific outcome. By doing this we are saying thank you God for teaching us how to live, now that You've taught us, we don't need you anymore. We don't need God as we take direct control over our world through the principles we derive from Scripture. So what warnings are there for us?


23rd October 2016 AM

Life's Greatest Danger

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Mark 8:11-21
Number of Downloads: 423

From time to time, perhaps when we feel reflective, we may wonder: what is the greatest danger we will face in this life? Granted, it's a somewhat gloomy question to think about. Yet there can be no doubt that it's answer should be the most decisive in shaping our priorities and values. Surely we will want to be careful and watch out for the great dangers in life that may cause us harm. Indeed, Jesus affirms this logic when He urges His closest friends to 'be careful' and 'watch out' (Mark 8:15). But what for? 'The yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod' (Mark 8:15) we are told. But what on earth is that? On Sunday morning we'll answer this question as we navigate some of the deepest waters of the Christian faith.


16th October 2016 PM

Life Under God

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Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Matthew 19:16-30
Number of Downloads: 392

As Christians, we spend a lot of time thinking about our relationship with God. But do we think about how this relationship actually functions? Is this relationship like all our other relationships? What do we expect? In this new series titled 'With' we think about this, our most important relationship, beginning with the first, and one of the most common issues, living under God.


16th October 2016 AM

Miraculous Spot the Difference

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Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Mark 8:1-10
Number of Downloads: 417

This week as we continue our walk through the gospel of Mark we come to the feeding of the 4000. Only a few weeks earlier we saw Jesus do something very similar. Why is such a similar story recorded twice? What is the difference? There are so many similarities that it is easy to miss what Mark is saying here. While the stories may look the same what they point out to us are quite different.


9th October 2016 AM

Be Opened!

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 7:31-37
Number of Downloads: 438

John Piper, writing about this passage starts with a riddle, 'Who is permitted to speak but not able, and able to speak but not permitted?' The man in this account from Mark who meets Jesus. In what seems like a rather gross story we see another side of who Jesus is and we again glimpse His person and power. This is the same Jesus who reaches to us and changes us. Join us as we meet the Jesus who loves and cares for all people.


2nd October 2016 PM

Escaping Death

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Exodus 12:1-28
Number of Downloads: 451

When Moses was trying to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt, Pharaoh refused to let them go until the final plague, which killed all of the first-born people and animals. Death was coming, so how could the Hebrews escape this death, this judgment of God? It was not because of prayer or fasting, not because they were exempt, not because they were good people. The Hebrews were protected because they obeyed God and put the blood of the lamb on their doorposts. So how do we escape death? The Passover we read about in Exodus was meant to tell us about the ultimate sacrifice that was coming. Jesus was going to be the sacrifice that would take away the sins of all who came to Him. How is it possible for a holy God to receive sinners without violating His righteousness and justice? The inspired answer comes from the book of Exodus: "When I see the blood, I will pass over you" (Exodus 12:13). It is not enough to know that the blood of Jesus Christ was shed for the forgiveness of sin--one must personally trust Him as Saviour.


2nd October 2016 AM

Faith of a Dog

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Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Mark 7:24-40
Number of Downloads: 478

After seeing Jesus challenge the traditions of the Pharisees we move quickly onto a physical application of Jesus teachings. Leaving the Jewish communities for some respite Jesus is quickly confronted by a pagan woman who's daughter is spiritually oppressed. In this moment Jesus is confronted with a challenge; do unclean people fit into His mission? If all foods are clean are all people clean as well? Jesus answers these questions with both a parable and a miracle, revealing the reason for His time on earth while pointing to a much bigger kingdom than His disciples even realised.


25th September 2016 PM

A Matter of Cake or Death

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Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Exodus 10:21-29
Number of Downloads: 461

Throughout this series we have seen God send nine powerful plagues. Each one displayed both God's power and the weakness of the Egyptian gods. Despite all these miraculous and powerful signs Pharaoh still has not given in, his heart is still hard and the people are still stuck in Egypt. That is until God sends one final plague. The plague that would begin the exodus. This plague is the most confronting of all. It is death. Not the death of the military men, not the death of slaves, not even the death of magicians. No this, the last plague, is the death of all the first born sons, from the greatest to the smallest. This plague was so confronting that Egypt screamed as one. But what is God doing here? What is He saying? Why did He do it? What does it mean? This final plague confronts us today in a world where it simply seems unjust. How could God do something so graphic?


25th September 2016 AM

Outward or Inward Religion

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 7:1-23
Number of Downloads: 472

Jesus comes into conflict with the religious leaders because of the different emphasis and concerns expressed. They were concerned with externals; He was concerned with the heart. Inward and outward religion comes into conflict whenever we place more emphasis on behaviour than motive and on symbolic actions than interpersonal relationships. Jesus expects a radical reorientation of our perspective, from a concern for how things look, to a concern for how they really are. How is your heart?


18th September 2016 PM

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

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Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Exodus 10:21-29
Number of Downloads: 527

The ninth plague in the exodus from Egypt sees God turn the lights out onPharaoh. By blotting out the Sun God shows to all the people of Egypt that he is in total control of all creation. He is the God who created and he is the God with power to stillintervenein his creation.

But what does this mean for our life today? Is recognising that God is in control enough? ForPharaohand Egypt that wasn't enough because he still didn't let thepeople go. The same is true for us. Believing isn't enough. Simply being afraid of the dark does not mean that we will see the light. We need to recognise the dark before we can ever see the light.


18th September 2016 AM

Ridiculous or Revolutionary?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Mark 6:45-52
Number of Downloads: 485

Last week Ben cracked open the poignant meaning of the feeding of the 5000. It showed us something about Jesus that neither the crowds nor his disciples understood - at least not until much later - that Jesus was the one whose body (the bread) had to be broken and 'handed out' for the forgiveness of sins. This week we'll see another event that is geared to show us something about who Jesus was. To the modern mind it seems like a rather 'ridiculous' story until it's details are connected to the grand revelation of God that we find throughout history and the scriptures. When we see this the story moves from being ridiculous to revolutionary.


11th September 2016 PM

A Ferocious Army

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Exodus 10:1-20
Number of Downloads: 473

We all love a good story. A good story can be retold over and over again and it never gets boring. A good movie can be watched again because the story captivates you. As we continue with the account of the 10 plagues in Exodus we get to the story of the locust plague that devastates the land. Why this eighth plague? It is so Moses and the people 'may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt with the Egyptians'. God wants his own people to know the story that shaped them; the story of their salvation; the story of God's power and glory. The story was so important that He wanted all His children to know. We, too, have a story. We have something to tell share with each other and our children. It is the story of Jesus Christ. Is that your story?


11th September 2016 AM

What are You Searching For?

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Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Mark 6:30-44
Number of Downloads: 481

This week we are getting back into the gospel of Mark. Jumping back in where we finished last year we begin with Jesus feeding the 5000. Marks gospel answers an important question. Who is Jesus? Over the next few weeks we will continue to fill out this question showing who Jesus is and why that matters so much today. In the feeding of the 5000 we see Jesus miraculously feed an entire crowd with only five loves and five fish. But what did Jesus intend by the miracle and who was it actually for?


4th September 2016 AM

The Shadow We Cast

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Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: John 13:1-17
Number of Downloads: 488

Jesus spent three years developing a close relationship with His disciples. In that those three short years they watched Him, listened to Him and leant from Him. Essentially they lived in His shadow. In John 13:15 we read of Jesus charge to His disciples at the end of His ministry: "I have set you an example, that you should do as I have done for you" This Father's Day we consider that shadow that men cast as fathers as well as followers of Jesus. As a part of this Ben will be sharing how the shadows of his father and grandfather have shaped his life, faith and ministry.


28th August 2016 PM

Is Self-Esteem biblical?

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Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Matthew 22: 34-40
Number of Downloads: 536

The world around us constantly tells us that we need to believe in ourself. Self-esteem is the catch phrase the supports this idea. But does it match with our biblical understanding of self value & worth?


28th August 2016 AM

Afflictions Work For Us

 (8.19 MB)
Mark Bensley - Principal of Redlands College
Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 4: 5-18
Number of Downloads: 482

2 Corinthians 4:17 drawsa contrast between present tribulations and future compensations; between troubles here and triumphs hereafter.


21st August 2016 PM

Honest Prayer

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KJ Tromp
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 9:5b-37
Number of Downloads: 526

Nehemiah the builder, governor and spiritual giant during a critical time for Israel - God's people - leads a congregation of believers to pray a powerfully honest prayer. It gives us a wonderful insight into communal prayer, but also some very good principles for our own walk with God.


21st August 2016 AM

Life, Love & Theology

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Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Revelation 2:1-7
Number of Downloads: 500

In chapters 2&3 of the book of Revelation we read the letters to the seven churches in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). Over the next two weeks Jim and Ettiene are visiting the sites of these seven churches. The first letter is addressed to the church in Ephesus, a church known for it faithfulness but lacking in love. Are we at risk of falling into the same trap?


14th August 2016 PM

Our Hope Is Certain

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Josh Hartog
Bible Passage: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17; Psalm 130:7
Number of Downloads: 497

Often the things we hope for are just wishful thinking, but biblical hope is certain, because our hope is in God and His gracious work in our lives. Our hope is certain because it's not based on us or our circumstances, but on God and His power and love.


14th August 2016 AM

God's Purpose for You

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Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: Romans 8:28-34
Number of Downloads: 542

Have you ever wondered what is God's will for you? Who do I marry; what career should I choose; should I be a missionary; what activity should I pursue in church ministries; etc; etc? These are personal questions which only you and God can answer. But the verses we will explore this morning reveal what is God's primary purpose or will for you. If you understand what God has in store for you, His primary purpose for you, and you allow the Holy Spirit to change your life so that God's purpose for you can be achieved, then you may find answers to those first wonderings.


7th August 2016 PM

I Worship, You Worship

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Ben Peletier
Bible Passage: Exodus 20:1-17
Number of Downloads: 508
Over 4000 years ago God gave to Moses the ten commandments and despite the history that fills the gap to today they still stand as a guide to life before God. Yet our world falls at the first hurdle. We all struggle to simply obey the first commandment. Everyone worships something or someone. Its a simple fact of life. Where we focus our worship will determine the way we live, the way we work and the way we interact with others.

7th August 2016 AM

Are We There Yet?

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Philippians 3:12-4:1
Series: Philippians
Number of Downloads: 524

Last week Paul contrasted what a true believer looks like, and what a religious person looks like. The true believer lives "In Christ," by repentance, through faith. The resume of the religious is one of merit, works, and self-glory, while the resume of the believer is one of grace, repentance, humility and God reliance. In the passage today Paul continues his point using a series of statements to emphasise that fact that he hasn't arrived; yet he is pressing on in that direction. It is important to note that the direction isn't in legalistic formulas, but a continued desire to know Christ, and receive His righteousness (See Philippians 3:8-11). But the same is true for us, we haven't arrived yet; we still have our 'l' plates on; we need to press on in the Christian life because there is so much more of Christ to know. But what does that look like? What we do know is that it takes effort on our part. So, again, what does that look like? We will wrestle with that on Sunday morning. Join us.


31st July 2016 PM

The Worst Hailstorm

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Exodus 9:13-35
Series: Exodus
Number of Downloads: 519

Tonight we are beginning the third and final cycle of God's mighty acts of power against Egypt and against Pharaoh and against all the gods of Egypt. As we follow Pharaoh through the plagues, we keep wanting to ask, "Come on, what is it going to take?" What's it going to take to get through the hard heart of Pharaoh. The blows against Egypt are mounting. This seventh plague account is longer than any of the other narratives, and it signals a significant escalation in intensity of God's actions against Egypt, yet Pharaoh continues to hold out. What's going on? Maybe Pharaoh is just an extreme case of a tendency present in all of us. Maybe we are seeing a bit of our stubborn self-will, our tendency to renege on our promises when relief comes, our ability to lie to ourselves. Tonight we look again at the effects of the cosmic battle being played out over the land of Egypt and we see the grace of God in a storm of hail.


31st July 2016 AM

I Want...

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Philippians 3:1-11
Number of Downloads: 519

"I just don't know what I want. Despite all my efforts I can't figure out what I want to do." These are words that Cathy Caprino, career coach and writer for FORBES magazine, hears all too often. In a world saturated with opportunities and options it's amazing how little we seem to know of what we want our lives to be about. What defines us? What will make us reach the end of our lives and have no - or perhaps as little as possible - regrets over what we spent our lives on? What do we want? This is the question we'll look at today and we'll consider a powerful testimony to guide us towards the best thing to want in life.


24th July 2016 PM

Could Not Stand

 (8.29 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Exodus 9:8-12
Series: Exodus
Number of Downloads: 544

When hardship strikes some people will try and bring comfort with the saying, If you have your health, you have everything'. The idea is that you can cope with things that annoy, some economic hardship and some inconveniences as long as you are healthy. People might have been encouraging Pharaoh that way but the next plague hits Pharaoh, and the Egyptians, personally. Now their health is impacted. The gods they worshipped for health and protection are impotent against the God of the Hebrews. So how does Pharaoh respond now his health is impacted. 'He would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said to Moses'. What's going on here? How are we supposed to respond to this? Here is another plague to wrestle with.


24th July 2016 AM

Two Worthy Lives

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Philippians 2:19-30
Series: Philippians
Number of Downloads: 538

Last week we considered the high call of what it means to live lives worthy of the gospel of Christ (Phil 1:27): to live selflessly humble - to live in such a way that all our power, abilities and resources are geared to build others up and not ourselves. This Christian-worthy way of life, we said, is based firmly on the unique humility of Jesus Christ himself. After all of this, however, we may still be left somewhat in the dark as to the question of 'what does it look like for me to live 100% for others'? Does it end with me selling my house and becoming a missionary in a developing country? Should I give up whatever I'm studying and do theological training? Should I become a pastor? If not, what then? Thankfully, in the very next section of Philippians we see Paul being immensely helpful at giving us guidance. On Sunday morning we'll crack into his advice.


17th July 2016 PM

Sacred Cows

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Exodus 9:1-7
Number of Downloads: 533

On Sunday evening we are picking up the next plague that comes on Pharaoh and the Egyptians. This one impacts the livestock of the people and the first that brings death. God is breaking down the gods of the Egyptians one by one, to expose their reliance on the things that cannot save the. What 'sacred cows' might God need to remove from our lives so we look to him? What is the importance of and understanding heart and the importance of how the decision we make today...that will impact our tomorrow. Pharaoh had the chance 'today' to submit to God and avoid the disaster of 'tomorrow' when the plague struck. We have the similar 'today' opportunity. Join us as we again delve into the plagues of Exodus.


17th July 2016 AM

What is Humility?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Philippians 2:1-11
Series: Philippians
Number of Downloads: 509

"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ." These are Paul's words to the Philippian Christians and to us when it comes to how we should live. Our every action, every word, every thought are to be done in a 'manner worthy of the gospel of Christ'. It's perhaps somewhat easy to see the implications of this for us as individuals, but what does it mean for us as a Christian group of people in relationships with each other? Karl Barth once commented: "there are no letters in the New Testament apart from the problems of the church." Every letter addresses issues that God's church faced then and most certainly faces now. In light of this, what is it that will make this group of Christians - us, Redlands Christian Reformed Church - a church worthy of the gospel of Christ in our dealings with one another? This morning we'll consider the deep and absolute call that God places on the life of his church in order to be 'worthy of the gospel of Christ'


10th July 2016 PM

Lord of the Flies

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Exodus 8:20-32
Number of Downloads: 676

Philip Ryken, in his commentary on Exodus, writes,'In the end Pharaoh was defeated by mighty forces like darkness and death. But long before the sky turned black over Egypt and the angel of death snatched the firstborn son, it was the little things that got to Pharaoh - little things like lice and flies. One of the wonders of the exodus is that God used tiny insects to demonstrate his power over Pharaoh and his gods.'Flies! God used flies to humble Pharaoh and the Egyptians. Flies speak to us of filth, disease, contamination and nuisance. Flies in the land was bad news for everyone - everyone that is, except the Israelite slaves, they were untroubled by this plague, for throughout the area of Goshen not a fly was to be seen. What is going on here? Again we turn to the plagues of Egypt and see what God is doing to redeem his people.


3rd July 2016 AM

Shining as Stars

 (7.96 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Philippians 1:1-11
Series: Philippians
Number of Downloads: 590

We are starting a series delving into the letter Paul writes to the Philippian church. His letter is sometimes described as a love letter. There is a wonderful note of joy and thanksgiving that runs through this entire letter. Even these first few verses make it abundantly clear why. It has a very warm beginning and the first few paragraphs, which we will be looking at, ooze love. Paul begins this section of his letter with this simple but profound statement: "I thank my God every time I remember you." Imagine, for a moment, what it would be like to start our letters like this. Or to start our conversations. Try it. Seriously. The next time you have a significant conversation with a friend, start by telling the other person that every time you think of them, you give God thanks for their friendship and support. Or the next time you have a significant meeting at work, start by telling the whole group why you are grateful to work with them. Or the next time you sit down with your family, turn to each one and say what you are grateful for about each one. Thanksgiving is powerful because it builds up the other person, names what is beautiful and wonderful, and links it to the goodness of God the giver of all gifts. Each of us could do with a little more thanksgiving in our life. We will look a little more closely at this aspect of Paul's prayer on Sunday morning.


26th June 2016 PM

God Causes Us to Itch

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Exodus 8:16-19
Series: Exodus
Number of Downloads: 789

We are continuing our series in Exodus, looking at the third plague- of gnats. Each of the plagues is designed to build upon the next and to lead to the ultimate redemption of Israel. When they are redeemed, they'll go to Sinai to worship the Lord, and eventually they will head for the Promised Land. The lessons grow each time too. The Lord is not merely God over the waters, but he is God over the land too. He is the Lord over one thing and not another. He isn't just God over one group of people and not another. He is not just a God over one location, but all places. He is absolutely sovereign over all things, including Set, the god of the desert, and Chemi, the god of the fertile soil. He is still the sovereign Lord today and sometimes we need to be itchy to turn to him. What more can we learn from the plague of gnats.


26th June 2016 AM

I Promise

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Jeremiah 29:1-15
Number of Downloads: 740

On Sunday morning we have the immense privilege to baptise Vivian Gail Booysen. What makes this such a privilege is not necessarily the preciousness of gathering around a family who intends to raise their child to come to know Christ - special though that is. What makes this a weighty matter is that all of us are brought face to face with the eternal promises of God. These are promises and truths which, if understood correctly and received appropriately, are the most precious possession you will ever have. So, please join us as we marvel at God's promises and consider what it means for you.


19th June 2016 PM

A Lot of Frogs

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Exodus 8:1-15
Series: Exodus
Number of Downloads: 753

If the words 'ten plagues' were to be mentioned, most people would have some fairly distinct images coming to mind. Images of frogs, locusts and boils are imprinted on us whether it is from the pictures we colored in as kids or the vivid scenes from Exodus: Gods and Kings. What wouldn't come to mind, however, is that each of these plagues is a stern judgment of God that still confronts every single human being today. The frogs exposed a critical failure of Egyptian society and in timeless fashion it's doing the same thing to Australians as well. On Sunday night we'll unpack what the frogs are meant to tell us - and it's about a whole lot more than good entertainment...


19th June 2016 AM

Sheltering in God

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 91
Number of Downloads: 989

What does it mean to 'dwell in the shelter of the Most High'? How do you find rest there? These questions, and more, we ask when we read Psalm 91. The words bring up the idea safety, protection and care. But what does that look like when life is hard, when you are faced with sickness, when cancer comes knocking on your door? This morning Damien and Helen Watson will be sharing what it looks like for them. How they hold onto faith and trust in God through Damien's journey with cancer. How God sustains them. How they try to look at the big picture. Where does hope lie? Where do you look for shelter?


12th June 2016 PM

A River of Blood

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Exodus 7:14-24
Number of Downloads: 779

Over the next few weeks, in our evening services, we will be picking up the Exodus story again. We finished with the prologue to the plagues where Pharaoh turns his back on Moses and Aaron. It was the culmination to his earlier words, 'Who is the Lord, that I should obey him?' (5:2) Now God begins to reveal himself to Pharaoh, demonstrating his power over all things. It begins tonight with the first 'plague' where the water turns to blood. Why start with this plague? The Nile was such an important part of the life of Egypt that God is making a statement through this 'miraculous sign and wonder.' Join us as we look into this confrontation between Pharaoh, who thought himself god, and the Lord of the universe.


5th June 2016 PM

Christian Thinking about Science and Technology

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Chris Downs
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:23-31
Number of Downloads: 788

Our world is being shaped by many new advances in science and technology. Genetic modification of crop plants and animals, assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), and advanced information technology and artificial intelligence systems all offer considerable promise - or do they? How should we think Christianly about science and technology? Just because advances in science and technology are possible, are they beneficial?


5th June 2016 AM

Love: Spiritual Gifts in Perspective

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:31-14:1
Series: Spiritual Gifts
Number of Downloads: 782

Sam Storms writes: If love for other Christians does not control and shape how you employ your spiritual gift, your gift is worse than worthless, it is dangerous. Spiritual gifts are a wonderful blessing from God, but compared to the transcendent value of love they are but a temporary and incomplete dimension of Christian life. 1 Corinthians 13 is in the middle of a huge section on spiritual gifts. In chapter 12 Paul discussed the types and place of spiritual gifts, emphasising the way God has put them together in the church so it can function well. Then in chapter 14 Paul writes about the proper exercise of the gifts, how to do it and how not to do it. And right in the middle is the proper energy...the proper motive...the proper power...the proper environment in which the gifts operate...LOVE. It's part of the more excellent way we will look at this morning.


29th May 2016 PM

Are all religions the same?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: John 14:6
Series: Apologetics
Number of Downloads: 788

Mahatma Gandhi once said: "The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different." While these are words spoken by a leader of old we hear them frequently mentioned in conversations and discussions about religion in our society. People say stuff like: 'I believe all religions are basically the same' or 'it is the same deity behind them all which is 'accessed' differently through various forms of spirituality'. Behind this thinking lies the assumption that all religions or worldviews can be right about its claims on truth and reality. But can they? Sunday evening we'll unpack this question. Please join us.


29th May 2016 AM

Spiritual Gifts - Communication Gifts

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Acts 18:18-2
Series: Spiritual Gifts
Number of Downloads: 776

God has given the church spiritual gifts. We have been looking at these gifts over the past number of weeks. The purpose of the gifts given is for the glory of God and the helping of others. Today we look at the grouping of gifts under the umbrella of communication gifts: teaching, preaching and exhortation (encouragement). This is the art of communicating truth to others so that their lives will be changed through their growing understanding. Every one of us has an understanding of Jesus and the Bible because someone in our lives had one of these gifts. These gifts hold special honour because they bear fruit. Today we will see how these gifts are displayed and how they can be practically applied in the life of the church.


22nd May 2016 PM

A Crack in the Curtain

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John Van Dijk
Bible Passage: Job 1:6-12; Job 19:13-29
Number of Downloads: 752

A few weeks ago, pastor Jim preached a great sermon in the apologetics series on why bad things happen to God's people. “How can a good God allow suffering in this life?†is the title of the sermon and you can still listen to it on our website. This is a great introduction to today's sermon. In the Old Testament we find the story of Job. Now by all accounts Job was a good man – he feared God and shunned evil – he was blameless and upright. (Job 1:1). When you read his story and the way his life is devastated by one major event after another – you would think that Job would be allowed to ask “How can a good God allow suffering in this life?â€.

Don't we often experience a similar situation? Life is great until….. you get a bad prognosis from the oncologist, or one of your relatives is in a serious accident, or a business deal goes bad, or a marriage falls apart. I am sure have experienced this yourself, or you are even experiencing this now. Your life becomes engulfed in fire. Your soul is troubled. Your faith scorched. Will I ever survive life's inferno?

How do you answer questions like that? What can we say? Can we read the mind of God? Fortunately the Bible does give us some answers and today we will look at some of those – join us to open the crack in the curtain to take a glimpse.


22nd May 2016 AM

Will my faith sustain me?

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 46
Number of Downloads: 770

The start to Ruby Black's life was anything but normal. There were moments of heartache, fear, uncertainty and so much more. When faced with circumstances completely outside of your control, is there someone you can trust? We are taught that God is faithful; that he is true; we believe the promises of God in the Bible but what happens when crisis hits? It is the chance to go from knowing these things of God, to experiencing them. This is the testimony of Lachie and Bonnie through the premature birth of Ruby and her long hospitalisation. Today becomes a time to celebrate Ruby's life, the promises of God in her baptism and the faith we hold onto, because we know that 'God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear' (Psalm 46).


15th May 2016 AM

Gifts of Leadership

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Judges 4:1-7
Series: Spiritual Gifts
Number of Downloads: 748

"The church ought to see itself as a leadership factory that stirs up the gifts of God in people, not an auditorium that gathers people behind a leader. Jesus did not build his church by recruiting the 12 brightest from the rabbi's list of "up and coming stars" and platforming them in large stadiums around the world. His disciples were mostly blue-collar workers with little to no formal theological training." - J.D. Greear. One of the great strengths of this quote is its celebration of the fact that God has given gifts (notice the plural) of leadership to his church. This Sunday we'll have a peek into what some of these gifts are, the value they have in the body of Christ and also clarify some great misunderstandings that often surround this group of spiritual gifts.


8th May 2016 AM

A Fierce Flourishing

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Isaiah 55:1-13
Number of Downloads: 773

One of the ministries of our church is called Mum's Cafe. This year their theme is 'A Fierce Flourishing.' According to one dictionary the meaning of the word 'flourish' is to "grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly congenial environment." It's fair to say that every human being wants their life to flourish - to grow and develop in a healthy and vigorous way... But what does this look like and how can it happen? This Sunday, as we turn to Isaiah 55 we'll see how we can flourish fiercely, particularly as mothers but indeed all of us.


1st May 2016 PM

How can a good God allow suffering in this life?

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 1: 3-11
Series: Apologetics
Number of Downloads: 777

How can a good God allow suffering in this life? It's a huge question, isn't it? Hardly a day goes by when we don't come across suffering. Devastation caused by earthquakes and tsunamis... millions living in poverty... children being abused... family breakdowns... bullying... people suffer. We suffer. So it's right to say to God: "God, if you're there, why don't you do something about it?" People have endeavoured to come to grips with these puzzling questions from the dawn of recorded history. To humans, it seems so obvious - if God truly is, as Christians proclaim, all-loving and all-powerful, He could stop the evil and suffering in this world. So why doesn't He? Atheists and agnostics often point to this conundrum to support their disbelief and scepticism. How does a believer answer? As part of our apologetic series we will tackle this topic on Sunday night.


1st May 2016 AM

Spiritual Gifts - Gifts of Service

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Romans 12:3-8
Series: Spiritual Gifts
Number of Downloads: 729

We're two weeks into our series on spiritual gifts. So far we have looked at what spiritual gifts are in theory and why they have been given by the Holy Spirit to the church. For the next few Sundays we will delve a little deeper into the actual gifts and come up close to them as we unpack them in categories. By giving a brief description of each gift and seeing how we observe it in Scripture, we'll again discover how unique - and therefore indispensable - each of the gifts are. Please join us as we discover more of God's grace to His church in these remarkable gifts.


24th April 2016 PM

Can a loving God send people to hell?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Luke 16:19-31
Series: Apologetics
Number of Downloads: 787

"For a conscious creature to undergo physical and mental torture through unending time... is horrible and disturbing beyond words and the thought of such torment being deliberately inflicted by divine decree is totally incompatible with the idea of God as infinite love." These words from John Hick, a one time professor of theology at Birmingham University mirrors the sentiment of many when it comes to the Christian doctrine of hell. It seems so incompatible that a God who 'is love' (1 John 4:8) would commit to such an extreme act as to condemn people to an eternal punishment by himself. Is it true? And if it is, how can it be believed alongside the claim that God is a God of love? This Sunday evening we'll unpack this question further.


24th April 2016 AM

Purpose of Spiritual Gifts

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7
Series: Spiritual Gifts
Number of Downloads: 691

We are looking further into Spiritual Gifts this Sunday and run into the question, 'What is the purpose of Spiritual gifts?' In Romans 1:11-12 Paul writes, 'I long to see you that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong- that is that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith'. The thing we see is that the spiritual gifts are for strengthening the faith of others. These gifts are meant to be graces from God for the instruction and encouragement of the church. Someone wrote, 'When God got ready to organize his church, He didn't set up a dictatorship with the pastor at the head. He also didn't set up a democracy where everybody had an equal say in everything. When God got ready to organize the church, He set up a body with Christ as the head and each Christian as a part of the body. Spiritual gifts enable the body parts (you and me) to function correctly.' We will be looking at what that means for us, as individuals and a church.


17th April 2016 PM

Can we Trust the Bible?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Matthew 5:17-18; 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Series: Apologetics
Number of Downloads: 698

"Jesus love me this I know, for the Bible tells me so." Perhaps the greatest strength of this children's hymn is it's sheer simplicity of truth. Yet any critic has to ask: "is '... for the Bible tells me so...' a good enough foundation to build a worldview on and indeed entrust your very life to? How do we know the Bible is true? How do we know it's not tampered with? Is there anything that can give us assurance that it is reliable? This Sunday night we kick off a series of apologetics sermons. Apologetics means 'to defend'. In the case of this series we'll give a defense of various Christian doctrines and beliefs that are often put forward to discount the credibility of the Christian faith. This series will be immensely helpful for anyone skeptic of the Christian faith but keen to do more investigation. Furthermore, it will be a very valuable for time for Christians to grow in their understanding of why their faith is realistic and how it can be explained in conversations with friends and family who ask the hard questions. You are more than welcome to join us.


17th April 2016 AM

Spiritual Gifts - What are they?

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:1-27
Series: Spiritual Gifts
Number of Downloads: 644

A spiritual gift is an expression of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers which empowers them to serve the body of Christ, the church. What do you think when you read this quote? What questions does it raise for you? Today we are starting a series looking at the topic of spiritual gifts. There are a number of places in the New Testament which list various spiritual gifts. Some examples are 1 Corinthians 12-14, Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Peter 4:7-11. From these passages we can put together a bit of a list of Spiritual gifts and get an idea of what a gift is. Some of the gifts can look quite extraordinary while others seem so plain and ordinary. What we will be doing over the next few weeks is try and understand spiritual gifts, giving you the opportunity to discover, develop and deploy your gift mix. Why? For the glory of God and the growth of his kingdom.


10th April 2016 PM

The Parable of the Talents

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Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: Matthew 25: 14-30
Number of Downloads: 651

We know that Jesus has promised that He is coming back, but what should we be doing in the meantime? In Matthew 25, Jesus gives two well-known parables and when both taken together, provide a good balance in terms of what we should be doing while we wait for His return. For our focus on Sunday evening will be the Parable of the Talents, an often misunderstood parable of Jesus, and yet one that packs a punch.


10th April 2016 AM

Authentic Christian Living

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Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: Romans 13:8-14
Number of Downloads: 655

The world is full of fake imitations of goods and products. When it comes to us human beings, we use the wordhypocriteto describe people who purport to be something or someone who is not real or genuine. Unfortunately this is not confined to non-christians. Many "Christians" may also be labelled hypocrites, i.e. those who profess to be christian, but whose everyday living does not fit the model the Bible teaches for a real, authentic Christian life style. Throughout the New Testament epistles, Paul has a lot to say about how we should live as genuine followers of Christ and today we will ask ourselves four questions: How important is our conduct as Christians; should our Christianity be only for Sundays; Is it a 24/7 lifestyle and are you a genuine follower?


3rd April 2016 PM

Were You There When They Caught the Fish

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: John 21:1-14
Series: Were you there?
Number of Downloads: 654

In the weeks leading up to Easter we brought to life some of the events preceding Jesus' crucifixion. On Good Friday we sat in the darkness of his death and on Easter Sunday we saw the light of his resurrection. But what now? Christians know that the story of Jesus soon shifts to the book of Acts and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Yet before it does there are a few intimate encounters that people have with the resurrected Jesus. On Sunday afternoon we'll unpack one of these - a living parable with some hugely significant lessons for the church. Please join us.


3rd April 2016 AM

The Days After

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Michael Choi
Bible Passage: John 10:10, 20:31
Number of Downloads: 684

Last week for 3 days over Easter we despaired over the crucifixion of Christ, we lamented over His death and we finally celebrated His victory over the binding force of hell.

Yes, it is true that Jesus' resurrection is great news and hundreds of millions of people around the world celebrated the hope they have in Christ, that one day, as promised by the Bible, they too will be resurrected.

So we have hope after death, that's great. But what about hope BEFORE death?

What are we to do, the days after this roller coaster ride of emotional events?

The answer lies in something Jesus said on the cross and this Sunday, we will revisit Golgotha to find out.


27th March 2016 AM

An Empty Tomb

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Series: John 20:1-9 and 24-31

At the time of Jesus' arrest, the gospel writer Luke reports Jesus saying to his captors: "Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me.But this is your hour - when darkness reigns(22:53).' Throughout Friday and Saturday that darkness reigns in every sense of the word, spiritually, physically and emotionally. History is covered in blackness. But then... "... early on the first day of the week,while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb...(John 20:1)." What she finds there changes everything! Please join us on Sunday morning as we journey through this passage and in some way come to terms with what happened in that dark, dusty, moldy tomb and why it above any other historical event has the power to turn our lives around.


25th March 2016 AM

Good Friday

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 15:33-39

During the crucifixion ‘at the sixth hour darkness came over whole land until the ninth hour.’ Darkness from midday to 3pm? Something ominous and evil is going on here because the darkness cannot readily be accounted for by natural phenomena. How would it feel to be standing there watching events as they unfold and being enveloped in darkness? That would freak me out big time. What is going on here? Amos alludes to it in his prophecy, “In that day,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.’” (8:9). What happened in those hours of darkness? We will think about that on Good Friday.


20th March 2016 PM

Were you there at My Victory?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:54-58
Series: Were you there?
Number of Downloads: 625

Legendary American football coach Vince Lombardi famously said: "winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." The apostle Paul, describing life metaphorically as a race, says that his aim is to win the 'race' and not to lose it (Phil 3:12-14; 1 Cor 9:24-27; 2 Tim 4:6-8). Both these famous authors wanted the exact same thing - victory! One craved it in the game of football and the other in the 'game' of life. But what is victory in the 'game' of life? And if we can successfully define what that victory is, how do we get it? This Sunday as we celebrate the churches cricket competition drawing to a close we'll unpack these questions.


20th March 2016 AM

Were you there at Jesus' trial

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Matthew 26:57-67; 27:11-26
Series: Were you there?
Number of Downloads: 614

We tend to find trials fascinating. They are so full of suspense and drama. Over the past couple of years there have been some sensational trials that have us riveted to the proceedings and waiting for the outcome, the verdict. Gerard Baden-Clay and Oscar Pistorius are a couple that come to mind. The trial of Jesus Christ, which led to his guilty verdict and crucifixion, is probably the most sensational trial in all of history. If it were being played out in the courts today, it would be front page news. But is that the way you see the trial? Or is it, as spectacular and important as it was, we skim over the details of it because we feel it was just a sham, something that had to happen and so was inevitable. But that's not the case at all. For things to be done right, proper legal procedures needed to be followed and the law upheld. This morning we will look a little more closely at the trial, hear the testimony and receive your verdict. As Montgomery Boice writes, 'The strange thing about this case is that the decision you make will not determine the destiny of the defendant [Jesus]. It will determine the destiny of yourself, the judge.'


13th March 2016 PM

Were You There... when Peter denied Jesus?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Luke 22: 54-62
Series: Were you there?
Number of Downloads: 566

In the story we have this evening the focus is on Peter, Jesus' disciple and friend, a man who had left everything to follow Jesus. He was one of the first called to follow. He was one of a very few who witnessed Christ's transfiguration. He was the disciple who walked on water. He was the disciple who was nicknamed “The rockâ€. And it's this disciple, this one who claimed to love Jesus so much, who so miserably fails under stress. Given an opportunity to prove his faith, Peter crumbles. Given an opportunity to stand up for Christ, Peter huddles by a fire, hiding his face. It's a huge reminder that the followers of Jesus are human. How would you react in the intensity of this strange night? We can be just like Peter, crumbling when the heat is on. Yet it's so easy to focus on what Peter does wrong here we actually miss what he does right. How differently might our lives look if we took a Peter-approach to our own crumbling? What if, the next time we said something we shouldn't in a time of stress– we simply said “I'm sorry.†What if the next time, we did something we regretted – we faced it; owned up to our loved ones, owned up to ourselves; owned up to our God. How do you respond when you 'hear the rooster crow'?


13th March 2016 AM

Were You There...

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: John 18:1-11
Number of Downloads: 622

"It takes some work for us to reclaim for our imaginations the true picture of the arrest of Jesus. Some of you might see in your mind's eye the richly painted, perfectly posed scene often depicted in classical art. Others of us are stuck with a cardboard and plastic version of what we've seen acted out in some church basement." How true are these words of Michael Card? It's so hard for us, 2000 years removed from the scene of Jesus' arrest to 'get' how intense and how significant every detailed aspect of this event is. This Sunday as we step into that event we'll come closer to grips with the magnitude of what occurred in that garden and how it alters our lives beyond measure. Please join us.


6th March 2016 PM

Were You There.....

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Matthew 26:36-46
Series: Were you there?
Number of Downloads: 604

....when Jesus prayed in the Garden?

It is always a temptation for us to minimize the suffering of our Lord. Perhaps that is natural because we were not there to witness it. We tend to view our Saviour as calm, cool, and in control. He had everything planned, didn't He? Yet, here we read of His great sorrow and fear (Luke, the doctor, says he had sweat falling like great drops of blood), and yet somehow it all seems so unreal! We almost feel as though He must have been play acting for us. Jesus knew what was going to happen. He knew that He would die, and He knew that He would rise from the dead! What did He have to fear? What so often escapes our attention is that He was also true man. He wasn't God pretending to be a man, but a real, genuine, normal, mortal man.In the face of his coming death he was fearful, but not just for his physical death but for the significance of his death for all humanity. Our aim this Sunday evening is to try and put ourselves there in the Garden of Gethsemane with Jesus and the disciples to see what it might mean for us.


6th March 2016 AM

'Is It Me?'

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Psalm 41:9, John 13:18-30
Series: Were you there?
Number of Downloads: 677

"In my dream I was carried away to a great and high mountain where I saw that great city, the goal of all our hopes and desires, the end of our salvation, the Holy City of God, the new Jerusalem. Around the city, as around the earthly Jerusalem, there ran a wall great and high. There were twelve gates, north, south, east and west;and every gate was a pearl, and at every gate stood one of the Great Angels. On the gates were written the names of the Twelve Tribes of the children of Israel, from Reuben to Benjamin. The wall of the city stood upon twelve massive foundation stones, and on each stone was the name of one of the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb; and as I walked around the city, thrilling with joy and rapture at the glory and splendor of it, I read the names written upon the twelve stones - Peter, James, John, and all the others. But one name was missing. I looked in vain for that name, either on the twelve gates or on the twelve foundation stones - and that name was Judas..." - Clarence Edward Macartney. On Sunday morning, as we we start a new Easter series called 'Were you There', we'll unpack what happened to the one who's name was missing and what can we learn from him. Please join us.


28th February 2016 PM

Were you therewhen Jesus washed the Disciples feet?

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: John 13:1-17
Number of Downloads: 618

This chapter begins with John's account of Jesus' final hours before his crucifixion. Over the next few weeks, leading up to Easter, we will track Jesus' journey to the cross. In one sense, it is the journey Jesus now took to the cross that demonstrated the full extent of his love. But John, more likely, has in mind here what Jesus did and said at the Last Supper, beginning with the foot washing story that is so well known. We live in a very proud and egotistical society. It is now considered acceptable and even normal for people to promote themselves, to praise themselves, and to put themselves first. Pride is considered a virtue by many. Humility, on the other hand, is considered a weakness. Yet Jesus, confident in his own identity, was not diminished by his humbling himself to serve. If we are confident in our identity in Christ, knowing we are deeply loved by God, should not experience any of the insecurity that generates competition and struggle. So what has the servant Jesus done for us? What are we, as fellow servants, to do for one another?


28th February 2016 AM

Families of Faith: Widen the Circle

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Acts 16:1-5
Series: Families of Faith
Number of Downloads: 591

Many of us have heard the African proverb: "It takes a village to raise a child." In African culture this boils down to some extensive sharing of intimate parenting responsibilities among mums, dads, siblings, cousins, uncles, aunts, grandmas, grandpas and even friends. While this may seem like a strange phenomenon to Western culture we can learn a very important faith lesson from the Africans. It says to us that it takes more than just the authentic voices of parents to lead their children to Christ. Forming a living faith in the hearts of the future generations is everybody's business in a church. Irrespective of age, gender, children or no children we all are somehow burdened by the responsibility of passing on the truth of the gospel to the generations after us. The big question, of course, is how? How do we all do this? Please join us on Sunday morning as we explore this topic and finish of our series on Families of Faith.


21st February 2016 PM

I AM... the True Vine

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: John 15:1-17
Series: I AM
Number of Downloads: 613

The evening series has had us looking at the "I AM" statements of Jesus. We have already talked about Jesus being the Light, the Gate, the Bread of Life, the Good Shepherd and the Way, the Truth and the Life. Each of these sayings reveals some aspect of who Jesus is. Today Jesus takes us to a vineyard when he says, I am the true vine. Throughout the Old Testament, vineyard language is used to portray Israel and its relationship to God. In John 15 Jesus picks up this old vineyard song. Jesus says that He is the true vine. He is the true Israel. He is the true Messiah. Only in Him can true life and true fruitfulness be found. Not only is Jesus the vine, but we are the branches. Through our relationship with Jesus Christ we are connected to life-giving faith and sustenance. The branches that abide in the true Vine represent those who are truly saved and the promise of Jesus is that He will remain with them. So what does it mean to know Jesus as the true vine? What does it mean to 'remain in Him'? These are great questions we will look at on Sunday night.


21st February 2016 AM

Families of Faith: Creating Rhythms

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 6:7-9; Luke 2:39-51
Series: Families of Faith
Number of Downloads: 592

We live busy lives as we rush from one thing to the next. But there is one time we can't rush, when we have to slow down; where you have to have courage to face your fears; when you need to be patient; when you need to give careful instructions. That time is the first time your child sits in the driver's seat of the car and you are the passenger. You want to make sure that everything is right before whack the car into gear and kangaroo hop away from the curve. Moses, in Deuteronomy 6, is painting a similar picture for us when it comes to the spiritual instruction and guiding of our children. We will look at these instructions Moses gives and apply them in our busy lives, establishing rhythms of healthy family life


14th February 2016 PM

I AM...Way, Truth & Life

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: John 14:1-6
Number of Downloads: 498

C.S. Lewis once wrote: "There have been times when I think we do not desire heaven, but more often I find myself wondering whether in our heart of hearts, we have ever desired anything else..." Mankind's greatest efforts and greatest desire in history have been to have what Christianity calls 'heaven', a place where among other things life endures, death is absent, health abounds and nothing but joy is known. Virtually everything we do on earth is a striving to make this a reality and every fear we face is because it won't be. It's into this fear that Jesus speaks in John 16:1-6 when he says "Do not let your hearts be troubled..."

Please join us on Sunday afternoon as we marvel, take in and enjoy the beauty of a Christian's unshakable security over the future.


14th February 2016 AM

Useful in a Whole New Way

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Murray Capill
Bible Passage: Philemon
Number of Downloads: 664

We all like to feel useful in some way or other. No one wants to feel like they are useless. So it is good news that as the gospel of Jesus Christ changes us it makes us useful in a whole new way. We see that in a delightful way in Philemon, Paul's shortest and most personal letter. This letter opens up to us how to lead really useful lives.


7th February 2016 PM

I AM...the Good Shepherd

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Psalm 23 and John 10:11-21
Number of Downloads: 580

One of the greatest difficulties in communicating biblical truth into our culture is bridging the gap between the ancient contexts in which these truths were spoken and the time in which we live. In the verses we read above we hear of Jesus making himself known as the 'good shepherd'. Both words beg explanation. Firstly, the word 'shepherd'. What does it mean for Jesus to call himself a shepherd? How does it affect my life if he is 'my' shepherd and how does it affect my life if he is not? Secondly, there is the word 'good'. Does this assume there are 'bad' shepherds? If so, what or who are they? And if Jesus is the 'good' shepherd, what makes him so good? Please join us on Sunday afternoon as we unpack this.


7th February 2016 AM

What about you?

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Matthew 28:16-20
Series: Families of Faith
Number of Downloads: 592

The sobering fact is that parents will have an influence on their children. Verse 6 points out that the commands that God gives are to be upon YOUR heart. This is talking about parental responsibility. Your heart must be right; God must be all important to you or He can never be important to your children. You can be a negative or a positive influence. What you do will have an impact on your children. How you pursue God; how you love your husband/ wife; how you respond to authority; how you treat others; how you work; how you spend money. All these things and more affect the values and perspectives of your children. Do your kids know your story; have they seen your faith journey; what about your joys and struggles in the Lord? One of the most powerful things that children can see is God at work in the lives of their parents. Seeing God make a difference in your life, will make a difference in theirs too.


31st January 2016 PM

I AM.....the gate for the Sheep

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: John 10:1-10
Number of Downloads: 563

Sheep and shepherds. These images are some of the most powerful in the Old Testament. David's Psalm 23 picks up the warm and comforting image of the believer as a sheep in the personal care of God. The shepherd was also the common image of the OT prophets. There it stands for the spiritual leaders, comparing the exploitive spiritual leaders of God's people with the promise of a one who would shepherd the people in God's name. These images were so well known that the people listening to Jesus could not have missed the implications of Jesus claim in John 10. In Jesus' next great 'I am...' statements he describes himself as the gate for the sheep. As the gate, Jesus presents himself as the only means of entrance to his flock and, at the same time, the way through which the flock would pass to find pasture. We will explore this imagery together on Sunday evening.


31st January 2016 AM

Go for the Heart

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 22:34-38
Series: Families of Faith
Number of Downloads: 559

When it comes to raising children to come to know Christ, it's been said that faith is 'caught rather than taught'. Of course this rings true only to some extent. Any faith that is robust must be a faith that is well informed and came with being taught the truth about God, His Word, sin, salvation, etc... Having said that however, simply passing on information to the next generation will almost certainly not lead them to a real encounter with Jesus Christ. Whatever seed of truth we seek to grow in the lives of our descendants requires a certain environment in which this seed can grow and flourish - the same environment that God seeks to establish in His relationship with all His children. Please join us Sunday morning as we discover what this environment is.


24th January 2016 PM

I AM...the Light of the World

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: John 8:12-30
Series: I AM
Number of Downloads: 575

Light is one of the essential themes in John's Gospel. The word is used 23 times, starting in the opening verses (1:4). Today, Jesus picks up the image and makes his second 'I am' statement, claiming "I am the light of the world." (John 8:12). Jesus is picking up the image of the OT where the pillar of cloud and fire was continually with the people. It was a reminder of the presence of God along with his protection and guidance. This was true for the people of Israel then and it is true for us, as the people of God, now. With and in Jesus we have the presence, protection and guidance of God. How do we respond? Our call is to see the light, walk in the light and we reflect the light. The choice is easy, according to Jesus, we either walk in the light or we remain in the darkness.


24th January 2016 AM

Families of Faith

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 6:4-12
Number of Downloads: 595

As schools slowly get ready for a new year we as a church are also preparing for a new year of passing on the truth of the gospel to future generations. Thinking through the process of how we do this led us to the idea of preaching a series on what it means for God's people to be 'Families of Faith'. This may sound like it has only to do with parents, but it's not. 'Passing on the truth' is everyone's business in a church. We were reminded of this only last week as we all committed around the baptism font to help raise a child to come to know Christ. We hope that this series will redefine for both the individual families in our church as well as the big family of our entire congregation what it means to faithfully live out the promises we make about passing on the truth. Along the way we will also discover some key essentials for each of us in our lives as Christians. Please join us on this journey.


17th January 2016 PM

I AM...the Bread of Life

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: John 6:25-29
Number of Downloads: 570

Jesus said 'I am' on seven occasions. Each 'I am' is a description Jesus gave of Himself and is recorded in John's Gospel. The Seven 'I am' sayings help us better understand the divinity of Jesus Christ because each time Jesus uses the phrase it reveals something more of his role or identity. Over the next few weeks we will be looking a little more closely at these 'I am' statements of Jesus and what it reveals to us about Jesus.

The first one we come across is in John 6:35 where Jesus describes himself and the bread of life. Bread was the staple food of the people in Jesus' day. It was so basic in the diet that 'bread' is a synonym in the Bible for 'food'; that which sustains physical life. Jesus could have found no more powerful way to affirm that he is the source and sustainer of spiritual life than to compare himself to the bread that sustained the physical life of all his listeners.


17th January 2016 AM

From Duty to Delight

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Ephesians 4:17 - 5:2
Number of Downloads: 540

We have the privilege to baptise a young baby. As she grows up she will understand that the Christian life involves doing a duty. She has a duty towards God's law and uncompromising holiness to which he calls every person who considers himself or herself a Christian. This she will understand. Yet if this is all she understands the Christian life to be, we can be guaranteed that she will fail in her holiness. Her motivation for wanting to be a holy person has to be steeped in and empowered by something infinitely more powerful than her mere will power to be a 'good Christian'. Today we'll find out how she might move from duty to delight.


10th January 2016 AM

DRSABCD Action Plan

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Romans 10:1-17
Number of Downloads: 527

Every year I have to renew my basic First Aid Certificate by attending a 3 hour lesson and test on resuscitation. There we are taught the DRSABCD steps. I was thinking through those steps and thought the same action plan acronym ifs well with God's plan of rescue, salvation and resuscitation. We would do well to remember and implement the action plan in our lives and the lives of others. Join us in the morning service as we learn the steps!


3rd January 2016 AM

Which way do you look?

 (6.47 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 121
Number of Downloads: 560

27th December 2015 AM

Requirements

 (5.81 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Micah 6:1-8
Series: Micah
Number of Downloads: 528

Sunday 27th of December AM Service Sermon. Jim de Witte continues the Micah series in todays sermon.


25th December 2015 AM

Christmas Service

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 2:24; John 12:46; Matthew 16:17; Romans 8:17-18; Romans 5:8

Christmas Service 2015


20th December 2015 PM

O Little Town of Bethlehem

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Micah 4:8-5:5a; Matthew 2:1-12
Series: Micah
Number of Downloads: 505

In the midst of despair and misery Micah brings a message of hope to the people. They will be rescued and redeemed. How? As Matthew understood it, Micah had prophesised that the Messiah, the delivering king, would be born in Bethlehem. The hope of Israel would be fulfilled in the birth of a child in Bethlehem. the promises of Micah took 700 years to arrive. It was so long a time that hardly anyone was ready when it did come. So what? out of the small, significant town of Bethlehem will come the one who is our ultimate Saviour too. It sems so long ago when this happened but the significance of the story is still the same. God still speaks through the Bethlehem story. Are you listening?


20th December 2015 AM

Peace on Earth

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Micah 4:1-5, Luke 2:8-14
Series: Micah
Number of Downloads: 470

In a book like Micah it can be easy to get discouraged as you read through oracle upon oracle of doom, judgement and gloom. Our discouragement may even be heightened when we look at the world around us and realise that much of what the prophet critizes is true of our world and even of ourselves. Yet, embedded in the midst of all this sternness we also find some of the most beautiful words of hope and promise. This Sunday we'll deal with just such a passage dealing with god's peace that is to come to earth. A peace which, as Bruce Waltke writes: "does not lie exclusively in an unattainable Utopia but is available now to all who will come to the heavenly Mount Zion." Please join us on Sunday as we celebrate the message of encouragement and hope.


13th December 2015 PM

The Definitive Word

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Micah 3:5-4:5; John 1:1-14
Series: Micah
Number of Downloads: 535

We are continuing in our series in Micah, linking it to the Christmas story. In the Micah passage the prophet turns God's judgement against the priests and prophets of the religious establishment, who were supposed to speak the Word of God. Their message was supposed to be consistent with the scriptural call for justice and with God's contemporary revelations to them. Instead of teaching God's Word they were adjusting their message based on payment they received, failing dismally in their obligation to God. When we come to John's gospel we read that the Word became flesh. The Word of God that should have been spoken by the prophets stepped into our world. The definitive Word of God has come. This is the Word we need to listen to; this is the Word that needs to be proclaimed. Proclaiming this Word is the essential ministry of the church and of each believer. Micah's messianic hope is that the gospel will be preached with such purity and grace that all the peoples of the earth will stream up to Jerusalem. This is the Christmas story.


13th December 2015 AM

Bad News and Good News

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Micah 2:1-13 and Luke 2:1-5
Series: Micah
Number of Downloads: 470

The great theologian Augustine divided all of mankind into two cities 'formed by two loves:the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God andthe heavenly city by the love of God, even to the contempt of self'. On Sunday morning we'll see how the words of the prophet Micah upholds this truth and tells us in sobering terms what God has to say about each of these 'cities' - what their futures involve, how they work and how to gain citizenship in each. Please join us on Sunday morning as we consider to which city we belong and how to gain citizenship in the city formed by love for God, even to the contempt of ourselves.


6th December 2015 AM

God is on the Move

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Micah 1:1-9; John 1:14-18
Series: Micah
Number of Downloads: 480

In the opening verses of Micah we read that God is on the move. Those who heard this message might have initially been excited thinking, 'Great, God will deliver us'. But this was bad news; God is angry with them because they were unfaithful to him and destroying each other and he is coming in judgement. In John's gospel God is on the move again but this time he is coming to dwell amongst his people. This is the good news of the Christmas story; this is what we celebrate at Christmas; this is how God will deal with our sin and rebellion and his righteous anger against it. Our sin and rebellion is as great as the people in Micah's day but we, living on this side of Christmas and Easter, can witness how God has dealt graciously with us in Jesus Christ. What a great thing to celebrate this Christmas.


29th November 2015 PM

One Thing

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 27
Number of Downloads: 482

What's the one thing that makes life worth living? There are so many things that grab our time and attention in our busy world and hectic lives. We live in a world where people are looking for the one thing that will make them truly happy; the one thing that gives life meaning and purpose. What's the one thing I your life that gives you purpose and meaning? In Psalm 27, with everything going on around him, David was able to focus on the one thing that mattered most for him. On Sunday evening we will think about the one thing that consumed David and ask how that might work for us.


29th November 2015 AM

The HABITS of Growing and Going

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Romans 15:1-7
Number of Downloads: 445

We are winding up our short series focussing on factors we need to consider as a growing and going church. We don't tackle this issue for selfish reasons like larger numbers, bigger income or self-preservation, so why do we tackle it? As our vision statement says, 'For the glory of God'. Paul states it this way in our text, 'Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God'. Paul reminds us of the attitude we must have if the unity of the church is to be preserved and his kingdom grow. So we will finish today by looking at 7 habits we need to develop to remain a growing and going church.


22nd November 2015 PM

God vs Satan

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Exodus 7:8-13
Number of Downloads: 467

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" - Ephesians 6:12. So often we associate these words of the apostle Paul with our times - the time of the church after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit - where Christians are often made aware and equipped to take their stand in spiritual conflict. Yet as we look at Exodus 7:8-13 we discover how acutely this conflict plays out already in Pharaoh's courts in Egypt. In this prologue to the ten plagues we are given some profound insights into the proof of God's legitimacy, His strategy to confront evil and his authority over Satan. Please join us for our last sermon on Exodus.


22nd November 2015 AM

The COST of Growing and Going

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Numbers 13:1-16; 26-33
Number of Downloads: 410

Over the past couple of weeks we have been looking at the concept of growing and going. We tackled themes such as the heart, personality and fear of growing and going. This morning we're going to look at the cost of church growth. Let's be honest with each other and acknowledge that this church cannot and will not grow without some cost on your behalf and some cost on mine. What might that cost look like, and are we willing to pay the cost? The text this morning focuses on the 12 spies Moses has sent into the Promised Land. He sent them to do what spies to best and bring back a report. 10 of the 12 were excited by the potential of the land, but weren't willing to pay the cost of entering. Caleb and Joshua, while not ignoring the problems, looked beyond them to the solution by stating 'The Lord is with us'. How do we tackle the cost of growing and going?


15th November 2015 PM

Representing God

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Exodus 6:28 - 7:7
Number of Downloads: 426

One of the words Christians are highly familiar with is the word: 'gospel'. The word basically means 'good news' or in verbal form 'announcing good news'. In other words, the gospel has to do with a message. It's news. Essentially it is the news that God is restoring his kingdom peace in our world through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ. But how does God choose to communicate this news to the world? And once the news is shared, what purpose does it achieve? Why is it supposed to be announced? Surprisingly, we find some very deep, insightful and comforting answers to these questions in Exodus 6:28 - 7:7. Please join us as we unpack this together.


15th November 2015 AM

the FEAR of Growing and Going

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Acts 9:10-31
Series: Growing and Going
Number of Downloads: 402

What were you afraid of as a child? Spiders, the dark, heights, teachers/principal? Fear isn't just a reality in our childhood. What are you afraid of now? Of all the things you might be asked to do in the church which is the scariest? Teach a [email protected]? Read the Bible in church? Sing a solo? Become the church treasurer? The worst, according to many, would be this: share your faith. But there is no growing without going. In Acts 9 Ananias overcame his fear to meet Saul; Barnabas had the faith and courage to bring Saul into the church and the rest is history. Today we will think through some things that we might be fearful of which inhibits our impact and growth.


8th November 2015 PM

No Little People

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Exodus 6:13-27
Number of Downloads: 404

When you preach through a book of the Bible you get some interesting challenges. Today we come across a genealogy that seems to be inserted is a random place that breaks the flow of the story. The temptation is to skip over the list of names, because it doesn't make for very good reading, and get back into the exciting story. But genealogies must be important because God included so many of them in the Bible. As you read the list there are names known to us but many that aren't. The thing is they are all known and named by God. They each have a place in the family of God and they all were given tasks to complete. The list serves to ground the story of God's redemption in history and it is through these people that God is working out his plan of salvation. A comfort is to know that God knows each of us by name too and that we have our place in the family of God.


8th November 2015 AM

The PERSONALITY of Growing and Going

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Romans 14:1-12
Series: Growing and Going
Number of Downloads: 389

Last week we kicked off a new series on church growth as we dealt with the theme: the HEART of going and growing. We highlighted the importance on God's agenda of bringing new people into the church and we explored the reasons for that importance. This week we'll explore the theme: the PERSONALITY of church growth. Under this theme we will consider if and/or to what extent will new people coming into the church or into your ministry affect you personally? How will my experience of worship at RCRC be impacted if the church does grow? Am I OK with that - as in really OK? How should we respond if our experience of church is indeed affected? Please join us as we unpack this more on Sunday morning.


1st November 2015 PM

I will.....

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Exodus 6:6-12
Number of Downloads: 370

This short passage from Exodus brings out what God is going to do in response to Pharaoh's rejection of the request to let his people go. God has told the concerned Moses that he 'remembers' his covenant, he now tells Moses what that remembering looks like. In two verses there are 7 'I will' statements defining what the Lord will do to keep his promises and redeem his people. God would do for the Israelites what they couldn't do for themselves. These promises that God makes to Israel in Egypt are the same ones he makes to his church throughout the ages. He is our redeemer, the one who delivers and protects his people. So, when we see Israel miraculously delivered from slavery in Egypt and brought to a new place, we are reminded of our own redemption. We are to remember the work of Christ that has brought us from slavery to sin to the glorious freedom of being children of God.


1st November 2015 AM

The HEART of Going and Growing

 (7.35 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Luke 15:1-10
Series: Growing and Going
Number of Downloads: 373

Bishop J.C. Ryle once commented of the three parables in Luke 15: "There is probably no chapter of the Bible that has done greater good to the souls of men." This Sunday we are starting a new series dealing with the implications of wanting to grow as a church. The foundation of these implications,however, must rest on answering the following two questions: a) how important is it that we grow as a church? and b) if it is important, why is it so? Luke 15 gives us some very decisive answers. Please join us as we introduce this new series and unpack Luke 15:1-10 on Sunday.


25th October 2015 PM

When Bad Stuff Happens

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Exodus 5:22 - 6:5
Number of Downloads: 381

"God's promise to deliver his people seems to be contradicted by the providences that have led to their situation being made worse" - Iain Campbell. How often is this the experience of God's people? His Word is full of promises of life, light, freedom, prosperity, joy and many other delights. Yet, it's the inescapable experience of every person who becomes a Christian that all these promises are accompanied by bad things happening to them. Why is this and what do we do when we face these circumstances? Please join us on Sunday night as we look at the answers to be found in Exodus 5:22 - 6:5.


25th October 2015 AM

Me and My House

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Joshua 24:14-27
Number of Downloads: 377

This morning we have the privilege of seeing another child brought under the covenant through the sign of baptism. With that in mind, this morning, we will look at the incredible role of parents in the family life. It goes without saying that values are passed on from one generation to the next. Whatever parents hold in high esteem in their lives, almost always, these will be the things that their kids hold in high esteem in their lives. This is the baton that we are passing on to our kids in this relay called life. All of us have hope and dreams for our kids, the question is, are they the right hopes and dreams? The most important thing for you and I to pass on to our kids are the things that really matter in the end. Faith, hope, light, salvation, love, service, eternal life. And a lot of these things are forged in the family home by parents. Joshua certainly understood the power of parents. As he came to the end of his life, he called the leaders of Israel together for one final message. Knowing that he is only one step from death, he sounds a call to renewal. In the middle of his message we find those stirring words that have been quoted and memorized for over 3000 years, "But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord" (24:15). We need to use these words to spur each other on, and that is what we will do today.


18th October 2015 PM

Why Sin Sucks

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Exodus 5:10-21
Number of Downloads: 416

One of the greatest privileges of living in Australia is fair workplace agreements. While many of us still complain, we should all recognize that compared to most of the world we have a pretty sweet deal when it comes to wages, employment terms, safety standards and powerful bodies to protect the rights of workers. In this next section of Exodus (5:10-21) we encounter some employment circumstances which blow the mind as the Israelites face extreme oppression and harsh treatment from their taskmasters under the directives of a cruel Pharaoh. The lesson to be learned, however, is not one to do with fair workplace agreements. Rather, God's word shows his people of all times that there is a cruel taskmaster who we need to watch out for in our lives. Who is he? How does he enslave us and what is the answer to our oppression? Please join us on Sunday evening to find out more.


18th October 2015 AM

Reporting For Duty

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Isaiah 46: 9-11
Number of Downloads: 399

Corrie ten Boom once wrote, 'Don't bother to give God instructions, just report for duty'. Geoff and Jan are reporting for duty, one which calls them to a work in the Solomon Islands. God has taken them on a journey over the past 9 months to the point we are at this morning as we commission them to that work. Meeting with Geoff one morning he mentioned some verses from Isaiah 46 that struck him as significant in their journey. These are the verses we will look at this morning. Here the prophet reminds the people that God is sovereign and His purposes stand. Geoff and Jan are standing in the purpose of God, reporting for duty. We rejoice in this but ask the question, 'What about me?'


11th October 2015 PM

What Are You Living For?

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Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 7:25-40
Number of Downloads: 457

It is always very easy to get comfortable in life and be overly concerned with the things of here and now. But in this challenging passage that we'll be looking at this Sunday night the Apostle Paul reminds us of our priorities and our purpose of life. What exactly does it mean to "let those who have wives live as though they had none" or let "those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it"? Please join us on Sunday evening as we unpack this passage.


11th October 2015 AM

Up to a Point

 (7.73 MB)
John Van Dijk
Bible Passage: Bible Passage: Mark 10:17-31
Number of Downloads: 402

The parable of the Rich Young Man is a really challenging message for all of us. Last Sunday, Ettiene introduced us to the FINE print of being a Christian. Discipleship comes at a cost. Like the rich young man, we are all keen to follow Jesus "up to a point". This is more or less the Australian version of Christianity in four words. Many of us are all for following Jesus, up to a point. But the problem with that is, if we only follow Jesus up to a point, we miss out on the fullness of His blessing, fullness of His power, the joy, the abundant life that He came to give us. So this Sunday morning we will explore this message and identify how we can be set free to enjoy fullness of God's blessings.


4th October 2015 PM

Sex Sells

 (5.98 MB)
John Van Dijk
Bible Passage: Genesis 2:21-25
Number of Downloads: 390

Sex sells - doesn't it? That is why even today, sex is still used in advertising on a regular basis. How do we as Christians live counter to the cultural pressures around us, and do that in a way that is life-giving and positive? I think, when it comes to the issue of sex, we Christians have a very positive, very life-affirming message to share. We just don't know it. So today we will explore what the Bible tells us how we as Christian deal with the sensitive subject of sex. This is a great message, but does come with a PG-13 warning.


4th October 2015 AM

The FINE Print of being a Christian

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Mark 6:6-30
Series: Mark
Number of Downloads: 373

"What does it mean to be a Christian?" Certainly - to use some church language here - entry and completion of the Christian life starts and rests on the Holy Spirit enabling us to believe that Jesus Christ as the Son of God died, was buried and raised to life for the forgiveness of our sin, so that we may enter a life lived with God both now and forever. But what is this new life like? What can we expect from it? What do we need to know about it to ensure no disillusionment when we enter it? On Sunday morning we will see how Mark answers these questions in 6:6-30.


27th September 2015 PM

Who Is The Lord?

 (7.09 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Exodus 5:1-9
Number of Downloads: 357

A few months ago we preached through Exodus chapters 1-4. Having taken a break from that series we are now resuming to preach through to chapter 7 before we start a Christmas series (yes, it is indeed hard to believe that we are already approaching Christmas stuff!). In v. 2 of Sunday night's passage Pharaoh, the Egyptian ruler, raises the central question of the entire Exodus event: 'Who is the LORD, that I should obey him... ?' We need to consider: is this a question we wrestle with ourselves? Why or why not? And if it is, how may our hearts change so that our lives can reflect the correct answer. Please join us as we discover more on Sunday.


27th September 2015 AM

Jesus in a Box

 (7.90 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 6:1-6
Number of Downloads: 323

In Mark 6:6, we have this amazing statement that should cause us to stop in our tracks, "And he [Jesus] was amazes at their lack of faith." The context is the unbelief in him and the offense at him of the people in his home town of Nazareth. It is a sobering thing to have the very Son of God stand astonished at your unbelief! Are we at risk of unbelief? I think for most of us the danger is not overt unbelief, but the subtle unbelief of forgetfulness; familiarity that diminishes our awe. are we so familiar with church, Christianity and Jesus the Man that we completely miss or forget Jesus, the Son of God? The people of Nazareth thought they knew who Jesus was so they ended up asking disdainfully (as Eugene Petersen puts it), "Who does he think he is?" What about you? Have you put Jesus in a box, where you have it all worked out? The identity of Jesus is a consistent theme in Mark. In the gospel, we hear the opinions of the rulers, religious authorities, crowds, disciples and family members. For the author of Mark, the important question keeps coming around to "who do you, the reader, say Jesus is?"


20th September 2015 AM

Touch of Faith

 (7.85 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 5:21-43
Number of Downloads: 398

What do you do when life seems to spiral out of control, when you become desperate and don't know where to turn? In the story today we have two desperate people coming to Jesus, one an outcast of society and one risking becoming an outcast (Synagogue rulers should have nothing to do with Jesus). in his fast-paced Gospel Mark records Jesus' divine power as he overcomes demons, heals disease, challenges ignorance and hatred, accepts outcasts and shows love to his enemies, even at the point of death. Mark is great at recording the reactions of people to Jesus: fear, faith, ridicule and so much more. At the centre of this story lies the challenge for those who come to Jesus to respond in faith rather than fear. Today, two very different, but equally desperate, people are challenged to pout their faith into action as they bring their troubles to him. for both it took a huge amount of courage. What are the lessons we learn from the story? Find out as you join us on Sunday morning.


13th September 2015 PM

Blessed are the Underdogs

 (6.72 MB)
KJ Tromp - from Nerang Community Church
Bible Passage: Matthew 5:1-12
Number of Downloads: 371

Jesus preached a sermon on the godly underdog, we call it the "Beatitudes". You know how it goes, "blessed are the poor in spirit", "blessed are those who mourn" etc. Many people, whether you are a Christian or not, can relate to being marginalised, but Jesus wanted to address very real situations and he wants to offer a very specific hope. If you've ever wondered how these "Beatitudes" fit within your spiritual walk, here's an opportunity to find out!


13th September 2015 AM

Jesus Can

 (7.96 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Mark 5:1-20
Number of Downloads: 353

Two weeks ago we heard how Jesus proved his Lordship over creation as he calmed a violent storm at sea (Mark 4:35-41). This prompted those who saw it to ask the question: 'Who is this?' Indeed this is the central question the entire gospel of Mark poses to the reader. Who is this man Jesus? What do I do with him? Do I ignore him? Do I accept him? Thankfully Mark gives us much to consider as our minds are made up or as we are reminded of who Jesus is. This Sunday we'll look at the next bit of evidence Mark presents us with. It involves the calming of another storm, but a very different kind of storm... Please join us.


12th September 2015 AM

The Journey

 (10.02 MB)
Amin and Saba

Amin and Saba, two Christian converts from Islam, who fled religious persecution from Iran share the story of their harrowing trip to Australia


6th September 2015 AM

Our Loving Father

 (5.86 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 John 3:1-3
Number of Downloads: 394

The term "father" generates different feelings in all of us. We all have Fathers. The truth is, there are some great fathers, some ordinary fathers, and some terrible father. While we acknowledge this about fathers today we won't be focussing on the way fathers fail but we will look the most wonderful Father of them all. Over 50 times Jesus pointed to 'our Father' or 'your Father' and that should excite us. How has this father shown his love for us? What can we learn from his actions? How can we be encouraged and blessed by his love for us? 1 John 3 gives us a beautiful picture of that love that has been heaped on us. Today we will receive and celebrate that love.


30th August 2015 PM

Praise Him

 (7.20 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Psalm 103
Series: Hot Topics
Number of Downloads: 157

Most Christians know the words of the old doxology: Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heav'nly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. On Sunday night we'll take some time to pause, reflect and be reminded of the significance of praising God in our lives as Christians.


30th August 2015 AM

Don't you care?

 (7.91 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 4:35-41
Series: Who are we?
Number of Downloads: 165

We are continuing our walk with Jesus, as we explore who he is through Mark's Gospel. Today we see Jesus with His disciples in a boat caught up in a storm. The disciples have been around Jesus for some time now, but still, when the storm hits they panic and think they are all going to die. Fear is our natural reaction when we feel out of control and do not know the outcome of our life situations. There are times in our lives when we cry out, just like the disciples, 'Lord, don't you care!?'. In the simplicity of this story we get our fundamental lesson. Jesus doesn't wake up, look at the storm and start panicking with them, He just rebukes it and it is still. The lesson is simply, Jesus is in control. We see Jesus for exactly who he is, the one with power and control over nature and everything else. We all face storms in our lives, not storms caused by the weather, but storms caused by hurts, choices, and the actions of others. Jesus can rebuke the storms in our lives. Even if the storm continues to rage, if we are holding on to Jesus then we know we will survive. I believe that God allows us to go through storms to test our faith, to see if we look at the storm and panic, or rebuke it. Together we will explore this story further as we walk with Jesus through Mark's gospel.


23rd August 2015 PM

Is my thinking/conscience correct?

 (11.49 MB)
Michael Choi
Bible Passage: Hebrews 9:11-14
Series: Hot Topics
Number of Downloads: 229

Last Sunday we learnt how our mindset, which includes our thinking, our conviction and our opinion, can influence our conscience and in turn, helps formulate our worldview. The Scriptures informed us that our mind was intended for the love, peace and laws of God but it has been corrupted and being described in the Bible as defiled, hardened, blinded, darkened, deceived and defiled, just a name a few.

We also heard that our conscience is unique to human, common (not identical) to all human and important to us as a regulator of right and wrong. We studied what conscience is not an infallible guide to the truth, is not necessary our habits, customs and cultures. It is also not how we feel.

These set the background for us to venture this week to find out how conscience actually works (where is that switch?), how to tune our conscience and what we have to do so that we are finally right with God.


23rd August 2015 AM

Glory

 (8.42 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 11:33-36
Series: Who are we?
Number of Downloads: 158

What does it mean to glorify God? Why should we glorify God? How can we glorify God? These are the questions that come to mind when we reflect on the last point in our church's core values which reminds us that we do everything to the glory of God. "Glorifying" means feeling and thinking and acting in ways that reflect God's greatness, that make much of God. So how do we do that as a church? God's glory is shown in the gathering of the church as we bring him praise and honour. As we seek to grow, individually and as a church, we are bringing God glory. God's glory is seen in our giving and our going when we do them making much of God and not ourselves. But now you might ask yourself, "If God is infinitely glorious already by Himself, how is it that we can bring glory to Him?" Can we add to His glory? Are we able to make God more loving then He already is? Can we add to His justice? Not at all.Rather it is talking about reflecting and displaying God's glory. Psalm 19:1 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." If God's creation declares and reflects His glory, how much should we. The question of why and how will be the focus of the message.


16th August 2015 PM

Is my thinking/conscience correct?

 (7.03 MB)
Michael Choi
Bible Passage: Judges 17:6
Series: Hot Topics
Number of Downloads: 239

In recent weeks our church had a series of messages on socially sensitive issues such as abortion, refugees and gender equality etc. The larger Australian community is also currently debating on same sex marriage and whether a conscience vote is appropriate for our politicians. In a democracy everyone is entitled to their opinion but how do we reconcile this with the Biblical teaching in the book of Judges that "every man did which was right in his own eyes"? Taken in context, this passage has a clearly negative connotation.

Most people believe their opinion on right and wrong should be guided by their conscience. We also know that most paedophiles do not think they have done anything wrong and they believe their conscience is clear. How conscience could varies so much between people? Is conscience a good guide to right and wrong? Can Christians rely on our conscience to make decision? Is my thinking/conscience correct?

Over the next 2 weeks we are going to look at some of these issues so that we are better prepared to face the challenges of an increasingly polarised world on many difficult issues.


16th August 2015 AM

GO!

 (11.40 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Acts 1:1-11
Series: Who are we?
Number of Downloads: 178

In their resource,Gospel-Centered Church, authors Tim Chester and Steve Timmis write that:"Most mission strategies involve two elements: building relationships and sharing the gospel message." Indeed, this is what our mission and vision statement implies when it states that we are: "GOING as faithful servants of Christ into the community and the world. This is so that our families, friends, neighbours, school-mates and work colleagues whether in Australia, or around the world may also come to know Christ, and of the great news and hope that can be found in Christ." Timmis and Chester go on, however, to state that a third element needs to be involved in an effective mission strategy namely including people in community." On Sunday morning we'll consider how important this third element is and who we need to be as a community to be a 'going' gathering. Please join us.


9th August 2015 PM

Thinking Through Same-Sex Marriage

 (9.10 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Genesis 2:15-25
Series: Hot Topics
Number of Downloads: 314

How does one define marriage? This question lies at the heart of one of the hottest topics of our day. And this topic raises so many questions. Is marriage really that important in the first place? What's the problem with redefining it? Are we really going to say it is wrong for two people of the same sex to marry, especially if they love each other? Is this discussion of marriage in our culture simply a matter of tradition that is open to changing with the times? Or is marriage an institution that was ordained to be consistent through all time? More foundational than each of these questions is how the gospel applies to marriage. What does God say about marriage? Finally, we need to wrestle with the question of what it means for a Christian to live in a culture that is now attempting to define marriage differently than the Bible does. Our stance could lead us to stand counter to the culture around us.On Sunday eveningwe will try and unravel some of this, so join us in the discussion.


9th August 2015 AM

Give

 (7.33 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Romans 12:1-8
Series: Who are we?
Number of Downloads: 177

This Sunday we'll continue our journey of preaching through our mission statement. The word we'll focus on is the word 'GIVE'. The statement reads: "...GIVING ourselves by loving and serving others." While it seems clear enough what the statement wishes to say, it is easy to miss the scope of it. Perhaps we get a better grasp of it when we ask questions like: what exactly am I supposed to 'give'? How much am I supposed to 'give'? Do you mean 'give' to the church or what? Why would I give? It is perhaps at this point where the Christian life becomes remarkably challenging, distinct and breathtakingly beautiful. Please join us on Sunday morning as we discover more.


2nd August 2015 PM

Dealing with abuse

 (10.10 MB)
Richard Fay
Series: Hot Topics
Number of Downloads: 193

Dealing with abuse: How Christ confronts and heals.

Family violence has been described as an epidemic, with over half a million Australian women reporting incidents every year. Men are also victims but are rarely reported. 2015 Australian of the year Rosie Batty, whose 11 year old son was murdered by his father, has raised public awareness of this issue. What is family violence, what are its causes, andwhatshould the church's response be?


2nd August 2015 AM

Growing

 (8.36 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 2 Peter 1:1-11 (text:2 Peter 3:18)
Series: Who are we?
Number of Downloads: 187

God wants you to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour. But how? How do you who are in Christ grow in a proper and healthy manner? We need to say that it is not becoming more saved than at the moment of conversion; it is not being more forgiven or more justified. It is learning more of what God wants through his word; it is being able to do more of what God wants; it is living more of the love of God. These are surely lofty personal goals, but what might that mean for the church? Paul uses the example of the church as a body, interconnected and therefore growth would be a necessary outcome for that body. How do we measure that? Numerical growth is one indicator but, important though it is, it will flow out of being a church that demonstrates the practices of the New Testament church where we read those believers, "devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." But that was not all. "The believers were together and had everything in common... Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts..." (Acts 2:42, 44, 46-47). What if they were our goals for growth? What if we set the aims for intentional gathering to help each other grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? How would that impact our church community and the wider community?


26th July 2015 PM

Asylum Seekers

 (8.97 MB)
Rev. David Busch
Series: Hot Topics
Number of Downloads: 194

Asylum seekers and refugees have become one of the most polarising political issues in Australia. But beyond the politics and rhetoric, what might God be calling us as Christians to see and understand? What are the elements of a biblical and Christ-like response to this challenging need? David Busch is a Uniting Church pastor working in multicultural ministry, and coordinator of Redlands for Refugees.


26th July 2015 AM

Gather

 (10.36 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Hebrews 10:19-24
Series: Who are we?
Number of Downloads: 168

As we continue our series on 'Who Are We?' we will unpack what it means for us to 'gather' as a church. Our vision statement says that we are a church "... gathering people to Christ, as his Word is proclaimed week by week in church services, small groups, youth gatherings and one on one..." In many ways we know this already, but what we may not know is why this is critically important. What is the value in coming to church - not only every so often but regularly and faithfully? What are some of the implications on my lifestyle if I do commit to a regular church life? How do I overcome obstacles that may be keeping me from a regular church involvement? These are the questions we will unpack a bit as we delve into this topic. You are warmly invited to join us and to bring your children along as there will be a children's talk before they move to [email protected]


19th July 2015 PM

Islam

 (10.68 MB)
Rev. Phillip Scheepers (Reformed Theological College)
Bible Passage: Acts 17
Series: Hot Topics
Number of Downloads: 217

Dealing with those who have a different belief than ours and how to bring the gospel into that. Join us and be informed about this issue that regularly dominates our news bulletins.


19th July 2015 AM

Gospel

 (8.26 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: John 3:16
Series: Who Are We?
Number of Downloads: 183

On Sunday we are kicking off a new sermon series called 'Who Are We?'. In the course of this series we will remind ourselves of the core essentials of what it means to be a part of this church. These essentials revolve around six words that we adopted to describe who we are. On Sunday morning we will look at the first one: gospel. In our mission and vision statement it is stated that the gospel is at the heart of all we say and do. What is it then and why is it so important and foundational that all we say and do is based on the gospel? This Sunday - and the whole series - will beespecially relevant for your children, so please join in as a whole family.


12th July 2015 PM

Abortion and the Value of Life

 (9.08 MB)
Adam Schoenmaker
Bible Passage: 139:13-16
Series: Hot Topics
Number of Downloads: 235

Abortion is one the most controversial and debated issues in our culture. Quite simply, though, if each 'statistic' is a human life then in abortion we are witnessing one of the most wide-scale and systematic human rights abuses in the history of the world. So, how should we understand and respond to abortion? Come along this Sunday night as we discuss the nature of abortion, and try to navigate a way forward through the confusion and vehemence of this "hot topic"


12th July 2015 AM

In Jesus Name

 (8.89 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Colossians 3:22 - 4:18
Series: Colossians
Number of Downloads: 147

As we come to the close of Colossians we realise that the strength of Paul's instructions for Christian living all flow from His call in Colossians 3:17, 'Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him'. How we live is then guided by this challenge; everything is filtered through this command. And it is a huge call that makes us assess all areas of our lives from our thinking through to our actions. It relates to the role of husband and wife; parents and children, which we looked at last week. It also relates to the relationship between slaves and masters; Christians and the world and all ministry workers. As we wrap up the letter Paul has written we will touch on these relationships.


5th July 2015 PM

Gender Equality

 (10.84 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Various
Series: Hot Topics
Number of Downloads: 187

The debate about gender roles in the church is a hot topic that many have written on. There is much commentary on it, even from those who generally want nothing to do with the church. They feel that it is incumbent on them to inform the church that it needs to 'get with the times'. Within the church the difficulty is that there are godly scholars, equally committed to the inerrancy of the Bible, who come to different conclusions. This tells us that the issue is not as straight forward as we would perhaps like. Tonight we will approach the topic from more of an overview of the Bible, rather than trying to unpack too many proof texts. This will hopefully give food for thought in the ongoing debate about what it might mean to be created different but equal.


5th July 2015 AM

Jesus and Your Family

 (7.61 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Colossians 3:18 - 4:1
Series: Colossians
Number of Downloads: 298

So far In Colossians we read: "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God (3:1)" and that Christians are to grow in holiness "... since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed... (3:9b-10a)." In essence this means that since Christians are new people in Jesus they are to do away with their old way of living and live out their new life in Jesus (literally 'live Jesus' in 2:6). But where is this 'new life' most evidently lived out? Where does it really matter and what does 'living Jesus' in these relationships really mean? Please join us on Sunday AM as we answer these questions.


28th June 2015 PM

Hot Topics: Unequally Yoked

 (8.63 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 6:14 - 7:1; 1 Corinthians 7:12-16
Series: Hot Topics
Number of Downloads: 213

This is it! We are kicking off our HOT TOPICS series this Sunday afternoon. On Sunday we'll be looking at the issue, quite commonly known among Christians, of being 'unequally yoked'. What does the Bible have to say about Christians forming intimate relationships with non-Christians? To be sure, this speaks very powerfully into the area of dating and marriage, but we see it also has a huge bearing on other relationships like that among family members and our closest friendships. In addition to this, we'll see that God's Word not only has something to say to those who can yet choose with whom they will form intimate relationships but it also brings tremendous instruction, hope and encouragement to anyone who has existing relations where the parties involved have different beliefs to Christianity. Please join us and encourage an unbelieving spouse or friend to come along - they will find a safe and helpful environment that may help your relationship(s) immensely.


28th June 2015 AM

Since!

 (8.09 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Colossians 3:1-17
Series: Colossians
Number of Downloads: 190

If the Christian life is all about Jesus Christ and the challenge from Paul is to keep Jesus Christ as Lord at the centre of your Christian experience then that will flow positively into your experience of life. Since we are so closely identified with Jesus then that will bring some thrilling changes to the Christian life. Paul sets the challenge to the Colossians, and us, to live as heavenly people and in doing so to bring something of the quality of heaven to earth and let that permeate all our relationships and life situations. We will seek to do what pleases God, not because we have to but because we want to. together we will explore the challenge Paul puts to the Church.


21st June 2015 PM

The Tale of Two Men

 (7.17 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Luke 16:19-31
Number of Downloads: 193

This striking parable of Jesus gives one of the clearest pictures of the after-death experience in the tale of two men. There is blessing for God's own and torment for those who refuse his grace. And between these two states lies an uncrossable gap. You can scoff at Jesus warning here but we can't deny the reality. Here we have the only time when Jesus drew aside the veil between this world and the next and allowed us to see what is beyond, and to see the intimate relationship between the here and the hereafter. This is a very important matter which we will look at together on Sunday evening. The choices we make this life do fix our destiny so what is your choice?


21st June 2015 AM

Fullness and Freedom

 (7.22 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Colossians 2:6-23
Number of Downloads: 176

Sunday morning we have the beautiful opportunity to baptise Tate Hemelaar into the covenant community of God. As we do that we may well pause to ask the question: what will it take to make this little man's entire life - every inch of his total being - as full and free as it can possibly be? This is a question each of us can revisit with respect to our own lives. Our world has much ever-changing advice to offer about this question and even religion has some confusing answers. On Sunday, however, we'll hear what God has to say about what will make us full and free.


14th June 2015 PM

Are you ready?

 (7.76 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Matthew 25:1-13
Number of Downloads: 217

On Saturday morning we (Ettiene and Dana) received a visit from our friendly local Jehovah's witnesses. My conversation with these ladies, well into their late seventies or early eighties, sparked some thoughts in my head. One such thought was that despite the many vital differences in our theology I utterly respect the intense urgency with which they consider the 'end times' as they put it. Unlike Jehovah's witnesses, Christians believe this is a time when Jesus Christ, as exalted Lord and God, will return to judge the living and the dead and create a new heavens and a new earth for those who believe in him alone for their salvation. The question we will consider on Sunday night is: how serious is Jesus' return for Christians? To what extent does it shape how we live life now? Please join us as we consider Matthew 25:1-13.

Thinus Roos Testimony:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvp69alTNBE


14th June 2015 AM

The Mystery

 (7.65 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Colossians 1:24 - 2:5
Number of Downloads: 178

As Paul writes to this small, struggling church in Colossae he outlines the supremacy of Jesus Christ and leads into the nature of his ministry, which is to tell everyone about this Christ despite the struggles, sufferings and setbacks. Paul did not view his suffering as heroic or entitling him to join a long line of special, more righteous people. He sees it as something that flows the suffering servant and the nature of the message he brought. He was entrusted with a message that he was compelled to pass on faithfully and completely. He did that by standing beside the church in Colossae, even though he had not even met them. The question or challenge for us is how we view the importance of the gospel we carry around in our hearts and lives?


7th June 2015 PM

Ask, Seek, Knock

 (9.32 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Luke 11:5-13
Number of Downloads: 273

One of the most basic habits every Christian is encouraged to develop is to pray and yet, if you were to ask many aChristian: 'what do you find hardest about your Christian experience?'you will hear them say:'prayer'. Why is it that we find prayer so hard and how can our prayer lives change to become themeaningful and real experience we hope it to be? On Sunday night we'll hear some insights on this as we look at one of Jesus' parables on prayer.


7th June 2015 AM

The Supremacy of Christ

 (7.72 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Colossians 1:15-23
Series: Colossians
Number of Downloads: 208

How do you view Jesus? What relevance would people say he has for life today? In theses verses from Colossians Paul is making some astonishing claims about who Jesus is. Through Jesus the universe was created and through him the world is rescued. This universal supremacy of Jesus Christ matches the universality of the gospel and assures believers of the sufficiency of Jesus. These verses are of highest praise for Jesus and would make a great hymn. We may not be able to fully understand the theological depth of the words, but we can appreciate its greatness. From these verses we understand that he has the whole world in his hands and that redemption is in Christ alone! So we have nothing to fear!


31st May 2015 PM

Holy Spending

 (9.16 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Luke 16:1-13
Number of Downloads: 183

Earlier this year we preached a sermon series on living a holy lifestyle. We considered what it means to intentionally set apart (make holy) everything in our day to day lives for God's purposes. While there are many things we need to set apart for God's purposes in our day to day lives - more than one sermon series can cover - there is perhaps one area worthy of our special attention: money. On Sunday night, as we'll open Luke 16:1-13, we will reflect on what God has to say about money in the life of a Christian. Please join us.


31st May 2015 AM

Thank God

 (8.95 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Colossians 1:1-14
Series: Colossians
Number of Downloads: 219

We are being a series in the letter Paul writes to the Colossian church. This letter was written to a small Christian community almost 2000 years ago, yet it still speaks to us today. It was a community that faced opposition, not in the form of persecution, but as a challenge to their faith, hope and sufficiency being in Jesus Christ. A world, like ours today, which scoffs at the Christian faith. Paul writes to this church, and us, to help them better understand their faith, to have confidence in it and to have a deep sense of gratitude to God for what he has done for them in Christ. The way people are taught to detect counterfeit money is to learn everything about a genuine note. Paul applies the same principle to help people understand their faith. Know the truth of it and you can recognise what is false. He begins his letter with a word of prayer and deep thanks to God. These words are for us to.


24th May 2015 PM

Who's the Boss

 (9.34 MB)
Michael Choi
Bible Passage: Colossians 3:22-4:1
Number of Downloads: 211

Sunday being a day of rest the last subject we like to talk about is work, let alone our boss. In fact, most of us work because we have to in order to put food on the table and to pay the bill etc. (Am I Right?)

We long for the day we can be free from the burden of work or at the very least, being our own boss so that we can do what we want. (How did I know that inner secret of yours?)

Do we have to work in heaven or do we get served pina colada by angels? Is work, a punishment while on earth but heaven is where boundless beaches meet endless football fields or shopping malls?

If you want to keep dreaming, stay away from the church this Sunday afternoon. If you want to know what God has to say, you're most welcome.


24th May 2015 AM

Any Old Bush Will Do

 (7.09 MB)
Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: Exodus 3:1-10
Number of Downloads: 173

Have you ever imagined that looking at a bush could radically change the direction of your life? This actually happened to Moses. In a split second reaction, Moses fell from the Egyptian royal court to tending sheep in the desert. But when he inspected a bush, a new career path opened up to him. As you can imagine, he was completely unprepared and, he thought, unqualified for this new career path. But God, the I AM, was able to reassure him and equip him for the task that lay ahead. This morning we will discover what was so 'magical' about this bush.


17th May 2015 PM

Joy in Submission

 (8.22 MB)

Bible Passage: John 3:22-36
Number of Downloads: 238

17th May 2015 AM

The Christian Life

 (6.84 MB)
Mark Bensley - Principal of Redlands College
Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 4:1-8
Number of Downloads: 244

In 2 Timothy 4:7 the apostle Paul describes the Christian life in three metaphors - A Fight, a Race and a Trust. They tell us that the Christian life demands bravery, perseverance and fidelity.


10th May 2015 AM

Unconditional Love

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 John 4:7-12
Number of Downloads: 253

The closest thing to unconditional love that many of us have ever experienced is the love of a mother, whether our own or someone who has chosen to be our adopted mum. Unconditional love is the way that God expresses his love for us so it is fitting to discuss His unconditional love on Mother's Day. It is important that we grasp this great love of God for us. Tim Keller writes, "Holiness is not about becoming good enough for God to love me; it's about increasing my capacity to receive and enjoy his love". How do you not only grasp his love for you, how well do you receive it?


3rd May 2015 PM

Still I am Confident

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Psalm 27
Number of Downloads: 217

Even at a very young age we understand that life is tough. Early in life we start coming to grips with the ever-increasing realities of a broken world in which we can feel pain, rejection, fear, loneliness, worthlessness and deep confusion. How do we deal with these realities? Every one of us have looked in any number of places to alleviate the hurt of these things and found in a matter of time that it did not last. So where do we go to find lasting, meaningful and deeply satisfying answers to the tormenting realities of our broken world? Sunday night we'll reflect on Psalm 27 and see the marvelous confidence the people of Jesus can have in the midst of an utterly broken world.


3rd May 2015 AM

IF

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 2 Chronicles 7:14-15
Number of Downloads: 182

The verses of the text start with the small but powerful word 'If'. It's a conditional clause. If we have wandered from God there is a way back. If I am in a dark place. If we want to be a greater church in God's kingdom work, there is a way for that. If we wonder how we can even come before God there is a way. A way that God himself prescribes. There is a way back. Humble yourself; pray and seek God; Acknowledge wrong. God promises to hear, forgive, heal, restore and bring us greater things. These verses are a prayer for revival and a spiritual awakening that depends on the great work of our sovereign God. Are we willing to listen to these words of God for our lives and our church?


26th April 2015 PM

Being Prayerful

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: James 5:13-20
Series: James
Number of Downloads: 208

We have come to our last message based on the brief but powerful letter of James. James has touched on many themes but now finally he comes to talk about prayer in the life of a Christian. Rather than being something we do as a last resort, prayer should be something that is as natural as breathing. It should be our 'default' position. Why? Because, James says, prayer works and is powerful. Prayer is communication with God and it can take different forms and can be done in different ways. What James expects is that prayer infuses every part of the life of the follower of Jesus. If they're in trouble, they pray. If they're in a good place, they pray. If they're sick, they pray. In every situation, James expects the follower of Jesus to be speaking with God, praising him for the good times, asking for relief in the bad times. I think we take this for granted but don't really follow it through. The Bible says that prayer should be a constant state in our lives, always speaking with God. How are we doing on that score? How does James encourage us to be these people of prayer?


19th April 2015 PM

Give Me Patience

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: James 5:7-12
Series: James
Number of Downloads: 231

Life is filled with things that bother us and that are problems for us. These things like: how to be a Christian parent; how to deal with “difficult peopleâ€; how to deal with emotions such as anger; how to keep from saying things that we know are not things God would have us be saying; how to respond when things are moving a lot slower that we would like for them to. So how can we be patient with someone or in some situation, and how to build up that patience? It's a good question in the context of today's instant society where we are used togetting fast food; where we can instant message people; where we can send a text message on our phones and get impatient if someone doesn't respond instantly. So how can we be more patient; how can we build patience? We need to listen again to what James writes in James 5:7-12 where we see the lesson of the farmer and the prophets.


19th April 2015 AM

Do You Love Me?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: John 21:15-19
Number of Downloads: 205

Today we will consider another encounter of a disciple with the resurrected Jesus in the gospel of John. In this encounter is an invitation Jesus extends to follow him. It is much the same invitation he extends to us - an invitation that involves much. To truly follow Christ means that every decision, every dream of our lives is filtered through his Word with the goal of glorifying him. Following Jesus means he becomes everything to us. We are to 'take up our cross daily and follow him.' The issue is that more often than not we don't know exactly what this looks like or how to accomplish it. Following Christ as he desires for us is a cause seated far above our selfish and sinful abilities. We simply lack the power and ability to do it. So, how can it happen then? Sunday morning we'll see some answers.


12th April 2015 PM

When is Wealth a Sin?

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: James 5:1-6
Series: James
Number of Downloads: 208

Tonight we are jumping back into the book of James, picking up where we left off before our Easter series. We come to these opening verses of chapter 5 and find this powerful condemnation of rich exploiters. While James is generally blunt and direct this criticism of the behaviour of Christians throughout his letter this condemnation seems almost out of place. So what do we do with these harsh verses? If the Bible does not teach that money itself is evil why does James speak so strongly against it here? What is he doing? Who is he addressing? Why is he writing this? What can we learn from this? Perhaps movie script writers are onto the very same thing that James is challenging here in his letter to the church. It is interesting that in many good vs evil movies the evil person will often be filthy rich and using those riches in exploitive ways to try and gain world domination. This underlying theme is one that James speaks against in his letter and we will look at why that is so.


12th April 2015 AM

My Lord and My God!

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: John 20:24-31
Number of Downloads: 204

"Seeing is believing." We are all very familiar with this statement which drives so much of what our culture believes is true and what is not. It is therefore striking to see in the New Testament that even one of Jesus' closest followers lived by this code. One of the disciples, Thomas, absolutely refused to believe Jesus was raised form the dead to rule as Lord and God. On Sunday morning we'll look at his story and discover the journey that he and us need to make to move from uncertainty to certainty about the resurrected Jesus.


5th April 2015 AM

New Life Resolution

 (8.92 MB)

Bible Passage: Luke 24:1-12
Number of Downloads: 224

Today is Easter Sunday, and all over the world, Christian preachers are preaching on one subject: The Empty Tomb.One of the difficulties in thinking through the Easter story is that it is so familiar to most of us. So familiar, we can miss what Easter is really all about. We can so easily loose the power and impact of the resurrection. We need to shout out and celebrate: Christ is Risen! Today, of all days in the church calendar, should bring us back to reality and call us to renew our sure and certain hope in the resurrection of Jesus and the eternal life he has won for us. So today we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the new life he brings. But we will also ask the question: 'What is that to me?' What will change, or needs to change, for me living with the understanding of the resurrection of Jesus. What are the New Life Resolutions I need to make because of the finished work of Jesus and the new life he brings.


3rd April 2015 AM

It is Finished

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: John 19:28-30
Series: Last Words
The words of an old Scottish hymn sum up well what Good Friday's message is about:

Cast your deadly "doing" down -

Down at Jesus' feet;

Stand in Him, in Him alone,

Gloriously complete.

On Friday we will consider what Jesus' final words on the cross, 'It if Finished' means for our Christian walks.


29th March 2015 PM

"Father, into your hands..."

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Psalm 31:1-5; Luke 23:44-49
Series: Last Words
Number of Downloads: 224

What's your only comfort in life and death? That I am not my own but belong, body and soul, in life and death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. These words from the Heidelberg Catechism are a beautiful expression of trust in the sufficiency of Jesus to look after us both now and forever. While they were written hundreds of years after the New Testament and they express the Christian's trust in Christ, we find that on the cross Jesus models for us in a striking way what it means to ultimately trust God with everything. Sunday night we'll unpack it more. Please join us.


29th March 2015 AM

Forsaken

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 22; Mark 15:33-39
Series: Last Words
Number of Downloads: 201

'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' In his book, The Hard Sayings of Jesus' F.F. Bruce calls this phrase 'the hardest of all the hard statements'. The problem is not with the words, they are simple. But what do they mean? What do we understand of the experience of Jesus and the Father here? We can never comprehend the depths Jesus' anguish. Literally, truly and actually God the Father abandoned His own Son at that moment on the cross. We will need to explore why this happened and what that means for us. As we do, all we can do is stand at the foot of the cross, hear that cry, and realise that what Jesus did for us cost Him more than we can begin to imagine. And we say, Thank you.'


22nd March 2015 PM

I am Thirsty!

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: John 19: 16b-30
Number of Downloads: 270

I am thirsty!It's such a simple and short statement. We say it often. It's a common condition of the human body. As we read the suffering of Jesus we become acutely aware that this suffering was very real and very physical. What he suffered is in many ways unimaginable, especially since it was so undeserved. But not only was he experiencing a physical thirst, it was a spiritual thirst as well. Think of the others words he spoke from the cross, 'My God, my God why have you forsaken me?' The experience of Jesus' thirst was so that we need not suffer the agony of spiritual thirst, of the emptiness of the soul and the forsakenness of God. We should never loose perspective on just how much Jesus suffered for our sake.


22nd March 2015 AM

Here is Your Mother

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 5:16; John 19:17-27
Number of Downloads: 226

"...he said to his mother, 'Dear woman, here is your son,' and to the disciple, 'Here is your mother.'" Ordinarily these words may not move us to see huge significance in them. Had they been spoken by anyone else in history we may scarcely know about them. Since, however, they are some of the final words uttered by the Son of God as he is dying on the cross we have scores to gain by pausing to reflect what it means for us. On Sunday morning we'll discover how much guidance, beauty and hope resides in these few words spoken by a loving Son to his mother. Please join us.


15th March 2015 PM

Today you will be with me

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Luke 23:26-43
Number of Downloads: 297

As Jesus hung on the cross we are listening in on a conversation between three dying men. It is amazing to see how one those hung beside Jesus changes. He has watched the way Jesus conducted himself on the cross and was convicted of his own sin and guilt. He understands who Jesus is and blurts out a request, 'Remember me when you come into your kingdom'. Jesus responds with, 'Today you will be with me in paradise'. This must be one of the most comforting phrases ever heard by a person. It is also an encouragement for us in that this thief on the cross could do nothing for himself except ask Jesus for help. He couldn't lift a hand to bring about his own salvation (no good works) so he was reduced to asking. Jesus offered the gift of God's grace and he took it. It brings home the reality that, like the thief, we can do nothing to save ourselves. Like the thief, we simply need to ask for forgiveness and receive that wonderful gift of grace.


15th March 2015 AM

Forgive Them

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Luke 23: 32-38
Series: Last Words
Number of Downloads: 262

Quite often we remember people by what their last words on earth were. The final words a person speaks are important. With death closing in, the final words of a dying person are often an accurate reflection of what mattered most in the heart of that person. With this in mind, we will start a new preaching series on Sunday morning called Famous Last Words. From now until Easter we want to look at the final words Jesus spoke as he was being crucified. What do his final words tell us about who he was, why he came and what mattered most in the heart of Jesus? Please join us on Sunday morning as we start this journey together.


8th March 2015 PM

Friendship

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: : Proverbs 12:26, Proverbs 27:6, Psalm 119:63, 1 Corinthians 15:33, John 15:12-13
Number of Downloads: 287

Wikipedia defines friendship as follows: "friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people" or "friendship is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association." While both these definitions can be said to be true, we may wonder if there is more to friendship than simply 'mutual affection' or an 'interpersonal bond'. How would 'friendship' be defined by Jesus? What is God's purpose with friendship? And, if we are to intentionally set apart our friendships for God's purposes, what does that look like - what are the things we'll do and bring to our friendships? This Sunday, as we finish off our series on holiness, we'll look at these questions. Please join us.


8th March 2015 AM

What Shall I wear?

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Colossians 3:12-17
Series: Towards Wholeness
Number of Downloads: 272

"What shall I wear?" is a question many people ask nearly every morning. What are my plans for the day and how should I dress for those things, whether that is work or rest, meetings or sport. The usual wrestle is weighing up fashion versus form, or style versus substance. But when Christians ask this question, other issues should come into consideration. Questions like, is it modest? Is it proper for those professing godliness? As we continue to consider how we can make every part of our life holy, set apart for God today we will consider the view of clothing, how we dress, and the message we portray through that.


1st March 2015 PM

Cleaning

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Gen 1:15; 1 Cor 6:18-20
Series: Towards Wholeness
Number of Downloads: 264

Most of us have heard the saying "cleanliness is next to godliness". It may remind many of us of our disgruntled parents who said it over our untidy bedrooms as children or having heard it as the justification for the Saturday morning cleaning spree in the Christian household. Is it true though? Is being clean actually something that is connected to godliness? In terms of our preaching series on holy living, does cleanliness have anything to do with being holy and if so, how? Please join us Sunday evening as we unpack this question more.


1st March 2015 AM

Exercise

 (6.79 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Cor 6:19-20; 1 Cor 9:24-27
Series: Towards Wholeness
Number of Downloads: 256

What do experts tell us makes for a healthy lifestyle today? Rest, good nutrition and exercise to name a few. The Bible also talks about the importance of all these things, making a connection between our faith and our physical and mental health. We believe that God wants us to be healthy and that part of our calling as Christians is to do whatever we can to promote healthy living in ourselves and others. It's part of being good stewards of creation. With the huge emphasis today on improving our health and fitness today we will look at the idea of physical exercise in relation to our setting apart all of our lives for God and moving towards wholeness.


22nd February 2015 PM

Holy Eating

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Genesis 1:29-30; 9:3; Luke 7:31-35
Series: Towards Wholeness
Number of Downloads: 306

Last Sunday morning we kicked off a series on holiness and heard that it is God's wish for us to be holy in every area of our lives - to set apart everything for God's purposes. For many of us, however, this call boils down to the following question: what does it mean to be holy? When God says that to me, what does he mean? What are some key areas or activities I engage in every day of my life which I am invited to intentionally set apart for God's purposes? And once I discover what they are, what are some guidelines or ideas to help me set these apart for his purposes? On Sunday evening we'll reflect on one of these areas - what it means to set aside the way we eat for God's purposes. Please join us as we unpack this together.


22nd February 2015 AM

Toward Wholeness: Sleep

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 127:1-2
Series: Towards Wholeness
Number of Downloads: 352

We are opening up the building blocks that take us on the path toward wholeness, as was introduced to last week by Johann Eloff. This morning we are looking at sleep and its important place in developing holiness. We don't often think of sleep this way but the Bible has quite a bit to say on the topic. We all know that sleep is never more appreciated than when it eludes us and it is not something we can store up for later. We can also cheat on sleep for a while but eventually sleep catches up with us. The person who trusts in God needs to see sleep as a gift from Him. The Psalmist sums it up well saying, "for He grants sleep to those he loves.' (Psalm 127:2). Sleep is a daily gift we receive from God. So how should we approach the concept of sleep and using that to honour God?


15th February 2015 PM

Plans

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: James 4:13-17
Series: James
Number of Downloads: 271

This subject of making plans is very relevant for us today, for we all make plans of one sort or another. Plans for college and jobs; Plans for relationships, marriage and family; Plans for holidays and retirement; Plans for our future. Making plans, in itself, is not wrong. In Paul's letter he often made plans regarding his travels through the churches. In fact, making plans making plans (or setting goals) is a key to success in any venture we may undertake in life. But there is a "right" way to plan, and a "wrong" way; and James discusses both, which we will, look at tonight.


15th February 2015 AM

Walking with God

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Johann Eloff
Bible Passage: Galatians 5:16,19; 3:26,29; Romans 12:1,2
Number of Downloads: 264

'Walking with God Towards Wholeness in Christ'

Today I invite you to join me, walking with God, aiming at lifestyle adjustment, towards wholeness in Christ!"


8th February 2015 PM

The Key is Humility

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: James 4:1-12
Series: James
Number of Downloads: 343

When you read through our text for the first time, it looks a bit like a puzzle and you wonder what's going on.Why is James being so blunt and direct? How do the verses link together? What's going on? What can we learn from these verses?We need to realize that James is writing to believers like you and me. Can you imagine that? Believers involved in quarrels and conflicts? Probably you can, without too much effort. We are not immune to things like wars, fights, desires, murder, greed, and coveting. James identifies two primary conflicts that cause this trouble in the church. First, we are at war with each other and second, at war with God. These conflicts are deeply interrelated and flow from the human heart. A heart affected by sin. The key to dealing with this conflict, internally and externally, is humility. this is highlighted by the phrase, 'God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble'.


8th February 2015 AM

Impress them

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 6:6-9
Number of Downloads: 205

"And so do you promise, in reliance on the Holy Spirit and with the help of the Christian community, to do all in your power to instruct your child in the Christian faith, cause him to be so instructed, and to lead him by your example into a life of Christian discipleship?" So many times this question was asked of parents and communities and it will be asked again on Sunday morning as werejoice in the baptism of Oliver Black and Casper Rooskov. But what does it look like for us to do this in practice? As we remind ourselves of the meaning of baptism and consider God's words to his covenant community in Deuteronomy we'll find out on Sunday morning.


1st February 2015 PM

Wisdom for Living

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: James 3:13-18
Number of Downloads: 238

In 2015, Guinness World Records the ultimate authority in record breaking achievements – celebrates the 60th anniversary of its first published edition and the creation of one of the world's most successful and recognized brands. The idea for a book of records begins in the early 1950s when Sir Hugh Beaver (1890—1967), Managing Director of the Guinness Brewery, has the idea for a Guinness promotion based on the idea of settling pub arguments and invites the twins Norris and Ross McWhirter to compile a book of facts and figures. What takes shape is a book that will go on to become an all-time best seller and the rest is history. We have a far better best seller to help us to live harmoniously: the wisdom of God's Word. James wants us to apply this godly wisdom to our personal lives and relationships. The conclusion that James comes up with is that 'we are what we do'. Not 'we are what our job title states about us', or 'we are what we own', nor even 'we are what we say we believe'. It is what we do that shows who we really are, and it is what we do that reveals the kind of wisdom that we operate with, the kind of understanding that we have. So let's not be impressed with how well another person can speak. God is impressed only with how well we live what we believe and teach. James wants to help us understand this truth.


1st February 2015 AM

God's Criteria

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 Timothy 3
Number of Downloads: 311

This Sunday morning we have the privilege of installing new elders and deacons who will embark of a journey of helping to lead God's church. While many of us may be well familiar with this practice, many of us may indeed wonder: why does the church do this? What are these people supposed to do and what qualifies a person to help lead God's church (what is God looking out for in leaders)? On Sunday we hope to shed some light on these questions as we welcome these new leaders and look at what the Word of God has to say about leadership.


25th January 2015 PM

Talk Isn't Cheap

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: James 3:1-18
Series: James
Number of Downloads: 309

"Sticks and stones can break my bones but words cannot hurt me." As children some of us knew these words as the best defense against bullying taunts from the mean kids. The truth, however, is that they simply are not true. Words have immense power. They can hurt. This Sunday, as we pick up a next installment in a series on James, we'll discover how important taming the tongue is as well as how it is actually done.


25th January 2015 AM

Redeemed!

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Ruth 4
Series: Ruth
Number of Downloads: 310

We don't use the concept of redemption much anymore. But we need to understand redemption from the perspective of the story of Ruth, but also what that might mean for us today. So what does it mean to redeem? The dictionary says: 'to gain or regain the possession of something in exchange for payment; or to pay the necessary money to clear a debt'. This is what Ruth and Naomi needed and this is where they hoped their scheming to attract Boaz's attention would lead. This was because he was the one with the ability to redeem them as he was a close relative (Kinsman-redeemer) given that authority. But would he or someone else do it because the role included taking the widow Ruth to be his wife. If he did, he would redeem her from poverty and aloneness and shame. That's what redemption is all about; ours under Jesus Christ contains much of the same concept of kinsman-redeemer. We can look and learn together.


18th January 2015 PM

Behold He Stinketh!

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Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: John 11:1-44
Number of Downloads: 296

Jesus performed quite a number of miracles during His ministry on this Earth, but one of His last receives the most air time in any of the gospels - the resurrection of Lazarus. Why was this miracle so important and significant? And what was Jesus trying to teach with it?


18th January 2015 AM

Under His Wings

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Ruth 3
Series: Ruth
Number of Downloads: 434

Ruth chapter 3 is intriguing to say the least. Naomi takes the initiative to find a husband for Ruth. But the strategy she comes up with is odd and risky. It's clear that this is Naomi's way of trying to get Boaz to marry Ruth. It is not clear why she should go about it like this. Why not just have a conversation with Boaz instead of this highly suggestive and risky midnight manoeuvre. Dress your best, sneak up on Boaz in the dark after a night of work and celebration. Everybody, including Ruth, must be, "And just where do you suppose that will lead?" To which Naomi gives the extraordinary answer in verse 4, "He will tell you what to do." All of this was a risk to Ruth's reputation, but she obviously thought it worth the risk. Perhaps she and Naomi were so sure of Boaz's character that they knew it would all work out for the good. These verses are full of ambiguity, mystery, suspense and intrigue. What's going on here, and what can we learn from it all? What can it possibly mean for us today?


11th January 2015 PM

God's Perfect Timing

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Ruth 2
Series: Ruth
Number of Downloads: 310

The right place at the right time. Coincidence? Chance? Good luck? The wrong place at the wrong time. Bad luck? Fate? Accidental? Is this how we look at the circumstances of our lives? Where is God in all of this. That was the question that plagued Naomi in chapter 1 as she wonders why she has been dealt such a hard life. Even then she missed the beauty of a daughter-in-law's confession of faith and love for her. The chapter ends with the note that they arrived in time for the barley harvest. Now in chapter 2 Ruth 'happens' to be in the right place at the right time and in a 'coincidence' ends up under the protection and care of an extended family member. God has been there all along and it is amazing to see his perfect timing bringing more into the life of Naomi and Ruth than they could ever hope or wish for. If God does it in the lives of these ordinary people, what about in our lives? Let's explore these ideas together on Sunday evening.


11th January 2015 AM

Happiness or Rejoicing

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Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: Philippians 1:1-11
Number of Downloads: 409

At the time of writing the letter to the Philippians, Paul was being held in prison, though the letter does not say the location of his imprisonment. It is thought that on this occassion he was imprisoned in Rome. Paul was visited in prison by Epaphroditus, the Philippian church's representative, to give Paul whatever help he needed, including a gift from the church. Epaphroditus then most likely carried the letter back to Philippi. Paul asked the Philippians not to be discouraged by his situation. Rather, he was rejoicing that he had opportunity to spread the gospel and enjoy good fellowship with the christians in Rome. His letter is very up-beat! It radiates with joy in the Lord which, in spite of his imprisonment, flows from his awareness of the presence of Jesus, his confidence that he is in Christ's hands, his pleasure over the advancement of the gospel, and his single-minded desire to know Jesus. As christians, we are to be joyful, even when things are going badly, even when we feel like complaining. Christ still reigns, and we still know him, so we can rejoice at all times.


4th January 2015 PM

How Do We Look at Social Media?

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KJ Tromp
Number of Downloads: 432

As Christians we are called to be "sober-minded and watchful" (1 Pet 5:8) when it comes to aspects of our day-to-day living. Have we done that when it comes to our social media usage? How do we evaluate it's influence on our lives and others? What are the benefits and the pit-falls of it? Join us Sunday night as we discuss this relevant topic!


4th January 2015 AM

God in the Ordinary

 (8.23 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Ruth 1
Series: Ruth
Number of Downloads: 354

As we step into the new year we may look around and wonder what the year will hold for us. We may just continue to go through the monotonous routine of life struggling to find meaning. We may be concerned about what lies ahead and wonder if Go really cares or if he even notices. When you look at your life what do you see? Is the glass half empty or half full? Over the next couple of weeks we will work through the story of Ruth, surely one of the loveliest love stories ever written, one Mills and Boon would be proud of. In it we will discover God at work through the most ordinary people and events. We will also discover God at work in the everyday ordinariness of our lives too. It will remind us that, whatever 2015 holds for us, God is with us.


28th December 2014 AM

Thank You

 (6.44 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Psalm 100
Number of Downloads: 397

21st December 2014 PM

Christmas Moratorium

 (6.68 MB)
John Van Dijk
Bible Passage: Isaiah 9:1-11, Matthew 1:18-25
Number of Downloads: 452

There are so many attractive distractions in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The Christmas and Advent period is a great season for many – but with so many distractions – like having to buy presents – having many parties – taking the kids to see Santa – sending greeting cards to all your family and friends – etc. Do we still have time to focus on the real reason of Christmas – the birth of God's son – the celebrations that happened some 2000 years ago? Should we call for a moratorium on Christmas?


21st December 2014 AM

David and Bathsheba

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 2 Samuel 11:1-17; 12:1-9
Number of Downloads: 272

In our small series leading up to Christmas we have looked at two women of the Bible so far: Tamar, a woman whose story reveals hope and Rahab whose story speaks of an unshakable faith in God. This Sunday we will look at another woman in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Her name is Bathsheba and her story is one which illustrates the grace of God like few others. Please join us.


14th December 2014 PM

Youve got to be kidding me 2!

 (12.67 MB)
Michael Choi
Bible Passage: Luke 18:9-14
Number of Downloads: 351

When we read the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector as told by Jesus in Luke 18:9-14, we were not surprised with God's choices for a new member of his household. We were all brought up to instinctively dislike the Pharisees and what they stood for. After all, they plotted and murdered Jesus, didn't they?

A tax collector on the other hand seems like the type of job no one really like to tell others when asked around a Christmas BBQ. Nonetheless, it is just a job with the same negative vibe similar to that of say, a second hand car salesman, a funeral director or politician (I should know). But someone has to do the job and reluctantly we accepted we all need it.

If you really find out the surreptitious and secret life of a tax collector and what they did to make a buck; the murders, the treacheries and the betrayals, you would have shouted to God 'You've got to be kidding me !' for His choice of a serial executioner.

Come and find out why you would never want a tax collector as your neighbour in your street, let alone living next to one in heaven.


14th December 2014 AM

Saved

 (7.94 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Joshua 2
Number of Downloads: 312

One of the prized rediscovered truths of the Reformation is that Christians are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. It is an argument so powerfully set forth as we read and study the pages of the New Testament, especially the book of Romans. Yet, this Sunday we'll see how this most precious of truths have played out in the life of a woman in the Old Testament as she discovered in the most unlikely of circumstances.


7th December 2014 AM

Faithful Deception

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Genesis 37:26 - 38:6
Number of Downloads: 390

In recent years it has become quite popular for people to trace their ancestry trough helpful websites and other resources. We are often intrigued by the details of our heritage, some of which makes us proud and others which we find rather embarrassing or shocking. In the lead up to Christmas Day, we plan to have a look at the human family tree of Jesus Christ. As we do so, we'll pay particular attention to some striking stories of some of women there. Please join us this Sunday as we'll start with the story of Tamar.


30th November 2014 PM

Exercising Your Faith

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: James 2:14-26
Series: James
Number of Downloads: 430

We all understand that there is faith and there is faith. One kind says, 'I believe' and means, 'I suppose it's true'. The other kind says, 'I believe' and means, 'I commit myself heart and soul to God.' It is hard to get confused about which faith someone is talking about when they say, 'I belei9ve'. James says there is a way to tell and it is seen in how the person lives out there 'I believe' statement. Faith that makes us right with God is also seen in how we live every day. A true faith that changes us on the inside will affect how we behave on the outside. Your true, saving faith in God is seen in the choices you make every day, the choices to exercise you faith. The question James asks is, 'What kind of faith do you have?'


30th November 2014 AM

Out of weakness made strong - all things through Christ

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Mark Bensley - Principal of Redlands College
Bible Passage: Hebrews 11:32-34; Philippians 4:11-13
Number of Downloads: 1245

There is all the difference in the world between the "I can" life and the "I can't" life. One is the life of victory and gladness; the other is the life of depressing inadequacy. The Lord is looking for men and women weak enough to use for His purposes. We may easily be too big for God to use, but never too small. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift - CHRIST.


23rd November 2014 PM

Favouritism

 (8.03 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: James 2:1-13
Series: James
Number of Downloads: 354

23rd November 2014 AM

Wisdom for the Heart

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Proverbs 4:20-23; Matthew 7:24-27
Series: Wisdom
Number of Downloads: 417

For the past few weeks we have been looking at 'wisdom'. We considered how to live wisely when it comes to our families, the words we speak, our friendships, our work, our future, those with authority over us and money. On Sunday we will finish the series by going to the source from which our behaviour in all of the above areas flow - our hearts. What does Proverbs have to say about our hearts and how can we benefit from its wisdom for out hearts?


16th November 2014 PM

The Labour of Listening

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: James 1:19-27
Series: James
Number of Downloads: 448

James 1:18 (The Message)reads:"He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures."If this is true, if God truly has given new life to his people to show off how good he is, we may well ask: 'what is it about his people that is so good-looking? What is it that he is accomplishing in them that makes them so different and gives them such beauty?' Please come along as we unpack James 1:19-27 to find out more.


16th November 2014 AM

Wisdom with Money

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Proverbs 11:24-31; 30:7-9
Series: Wisdom
Number of Downloads: 347

There is always an awkwardness about raising the subject of money and wealth. Maybe you're thinking, I've heard it all before? Maybe you think you know what we are going to be talking about? Maybe you get angry when the talk of money comes up because it is no one's business? Maybe you think it doesn't concern me because I have no money? There are varying responses to the topic of money but we want to look at what God, in His wisdom, has to say about money. Many people wrongly believe that the Bible teaches that it's wrong to have money. They think that the Bible says that "Money is the root of all evil". It actually says"The love of money is the root of all evil." God is not opposed to wealth. Surprisingly the book of Proverbs is basically quite positive about money and how it is a blessing to the earner and the wider community. But we can so quickly make money a curse. God is very much opposed to the misuse and abuse of money. He wants us to use our money wisely, no matter how much or how little we have. So we need the principles of God's Word to instruct and guide us, without it will we get into trouble, and that goes for more than just with money, but also every other area of our lives. Proverbs is a good starting point for that instruction.


9th November 2014 PM

To Babel and beyond

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Greg Tenni
Bible Passage: Genesis 10:8-12, 11:1-9
Number of Downloads: 384

For most of us, the story of the tower of Babel is just an interesting little Sunday School lesson that explains how all the different languages in the world came about. But tonight we want to look more closely at this story, and as we work our way through the text, we will discover a lot more about what was really going on at that building site. We will also see that the events surrounding the building of the tower have effects that reach down through the centuries and give us valuable lessons for our lives today.


9th November 2014 AM

Wisdom with Authority

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Proverbs 16:12-15;29:12-14; 31:8-9
Series: Wisdom
Number of Downloads: 376

What does it take to be a good leader? We may not be a king or Prime Minister of a country but we all have some form of leadership and authority in our lives. If you are a parent or grandparent, a business owner or a teacher, an Elder or Deacon, a team leader or a peer you have a position of influence, authority and leadership. Whatever leadership role you find yourself in now or in the future, how will you lead? Will you lead with justice, honesty, kindness, love, and fairness? Will you be a person of integrity and service? This morning we again delve into Proverbs to answer our questions of what it takes to be in a leader and a follower. What Proverbs indicates is that authority and wisdom go hand in hand. That following and wisdom go hand in hand. The wise person listens to counsel. A fool, on the other hand, does not respect authority and is unwilling to humble themselves enough to learn from those who know more than they do.

Ultimately we look to Jesus as the greatest leader and follower in the history of the world. He is the greatest follower because he obeyed his heavenly father perfectly. He is the greatest leader because he has transformed the lives of millions of people all over the world for two-thousands and he is still doing it today. Jesus is our perfect model for leading and following.


2nd November 2014 PM

Temptations!

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: James 1:1-18
Series: James
Number of Downloads: 273

We recently started a sermon series on the book of James. This is more 'Wisdom Literature' which gives some practical thinking and advice on everyday living. Last time we looked at the first 12 verses of chapter 1, considering the tough question on 'How hurting helps us'. We continue this Sunday with the verses 13-18 where Paul shifts from the external trials to the internal struggle and temptation. James is typically blunt in his assessment of the consequence of when temptation strikes and we succumb to it. There is nobody to blame except us. Our failures are not society's fault, still less God's fault. They are our fault. Our temptations are not necessarily evil in themselves but they are opportunities to display the beauty of Jesus and the reality of our faith. What transforms a situation into a temptation comes from within us; we are tempted by our thoughts and reactions, our feelings and desires. The question that we wrestle with is: how do we understand temptation and how do we deal with it to the glory of God?


2nd November 2014 AM

Wisdom for the Future

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Proverbs 23:17-18
Series: Wisdom
Number of Downloads: 417

"The future was always more important than the past (PAUL PARK,A Princess of Roumania)." Regardless of the validity of this statement as truth, it does seem to capture the predominant feeling of our culture towards the future. We are in many ways obsessed with it. For many, if not most of us, almost everything we do is driven by a concern to secure a good future. But what is a good future? And how is it secured? Please join us on Sunday morning as we see what Proverbs has to say about these questions.


26th October 2014 AM

Wisdom in Work

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Proverbs 6:6-11; 26:13-16
Series: Wisdom
Number of Downloads: 397

Do you realize you're going to spend (or have spent) over 120,000 hours of your life in paid work, which is about 40% of your waking hours! Unless you're retired, you are probably groaning inside at the thought of that. In a culture that celebrates entertainment and relaxation, why not put in an average day's work then go home and watch TV? Why not do just enough to get through the workweek, then “kick back and chill out” on the weekend? Why should God's people act differently? Proverbs is all about living wisely in this world. It touches on practical, everyday living. It has some wisdom to share with us about all these questions and so much more. How can we find satisfaction in work? How do we keep a proper perspective on all these things?

So it shouldn't surprise us that God addresses work in the Bible since it is such a major part of our lives. As work constitutes such a large part of our lives, I think God is concerned with how we live and act in those hours. We need to start off by saying that work is not a curse but a reflection of God and his character. As people created in the image of God we reflect the character of God in how we do our work. If we are then followers of Jesus Christ, that should affect our work. So what sort of attitude should we have? So how do we honour God in our work? What are the benefits of work and rest? Join us as we consider what Proverbs has to say on this important topic.


19th October 2014 PM

How Hurting Helps Us

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: James 1:1-12
Series: James
Number of Downloads: 437

If lived faithfully, the Christian life will inevitably be accompanied by times of deep hurt and trials. So easily can circumstances drive us into a corner where our tearful eyes have one question written on them: why? What is the point of my pain and my suffering? How can I deal with it in a way that truly satisfies? This Sunday we will look at some answers from the letter of James


19th October 2014 AM

Wisdom in Friendships

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: John 15:9-17
Series: Wisdom
Number of Downloads: 282

Proverbs deals with social realities and today we are looking at the reality of friendships. We may be of the best character but choose to hang out with the wrong crowd. What happens then? 'Bad company corrupts good character' (1 Corinthians 15:33). The wise person chooses friends who are good-hearted, even-tempered, considerate and kind. Wise people should work at choosing, forging, and keeping good friendships. These friendships will grow and shape us. But what about 'friendships' that flow out of our work or school environment? How do they fit in with the biblical concept of friendship? How can we influence them, without being influenced by them? What does Proverbs have to say that might help us? But of all the friendships we could possible develop, none can excel the one we can have with Him who truly "sticks closer than a brother" – our Lord Jesus Christ! We are freed to be a great friend by the great friendship of Jesus on the cross. When we look to that friendship we find so much more which flows into our daily friendships.


12th October 2014 AM

Wisdom with Words

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Proverbs 15:1-7
Series: Wisdom
Number of Downloads: 430

Word are important. After all, God created the universe with words. He spoke and it was so. Jesus was called THE WORD. "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." Proverbs has a lot to say about what we say and how we use our words. Tongue, words, and lips are used over 150 times so it certainly is a central issue. In fact, Proverbs tells us that the tongue (words) has the power of life and death (18:21)!

But it is not just the spoken word that can be used for good or bad, or have the power of life and death. With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, text messaging, email, and every other form of online communication we have power with the words we use. They can be used to encourage people, make people laugh, share helpful information, and so much more. But social networks can also be used to kill a person. We hear from time to time that yet another young person has been so lost and desperate that they chose to end their life. Investigations show the deep hurt experienced by words used in social media.

Today we will look at some of the wisdom God grants us in how we use our words.


5th October 2014 PM

Exodus 4 - Gods sovereignty vs our choice

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Exodus 3:21; Romans 9:16-23; 10:8-11
Number of Downloads: 441

"The Lord said to Moses, "When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do.But I will harden his heartso that he will not let the people go."" Exodus 4:21.The words in bold bring us face-to-face with one of the most perplexing questions arising from Scripture: who is responsible for what's going on in the world and in our hearts? Is it God or us? Was it God who caused Pharaoh to disobey him or was it Pharaoh himself who chose to? Was it, therefore, fair and just for God to treat Pharaoh the way he does in Exodus or was God cruel and even benign in his dealings with Pharaoh? Can we accept a God who, as this verse seems to indicate, actively causes infidelity and subsequently enacts his wrath upon that disobedience? These are some of the very difficult questions that both the church and people outside the church wrestle with. Sunday night we'll explore this more fully and hopefully discover the beauty that lies within these very deep doctrines.


5th October 2014 AM

Wisdom for Families

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Proverbs 17:1; 24:3-4
Series: Wisdom
Number of Downloads: 416

Over the next few weeks we will be looking together at the Wisdom literature, especially wisdom as we find it in the book of Proverbs. as one commentator writes, 'Proverbs answers the universal question, "How shall I live my life?" It does not so much focus on how an individual can be successful and self-fulfilled as it does on how a person can live so as to please God' With that understanding the proverbs are not so much about how to be saved but how to equip yourself to live as a Christian in a secular society, becoming 'streetwise' Christians. Back on the 29th June Rev. Josh Hartog laid down the foundations of Proverbs for Christian living (well worth listening to). This series continues on that theme of Proverbial living. This morning we are looking at Wisdom with Families. Everyone has a family; everyone is involved in some sort of family, so the sermon will speak to everyone one of us. How does God help us to live wisely in our family relationships? We all want that; God wants that; we all want families that live God's way and be encouraged by that.


28th September 2014 PM

Developing a Christian Mind

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Bill Berends
Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 3:7-19; Romans 11:33-12:2
Number of Downloads: 540

The message looks at the worldview of our society pointing out where it falls short of God's requirements and goes on to encourage us to develop a Christian worldview based on the teachings of Scripture.


28th September 2014 AM

Youve got to be kidding me!

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Michael Choi
Bible Passage: Matthew 20:1-16
Number of Downloads: 317

If we read the Bible with our minds and our hearts, we would have discovered God's words in its authenticity, its accuracy, its authority and its assurance. But if we are also being honest we would have also come across passages in the Bible that we found hard to understand the meanings, fathom the significance or simply appreciate the relevancy. In fact, some passages really challenge our mind set to the point of perhaps being rejected by us. We just keep it quietly within ourselves.

Any fair minded person would probably consider the owner of the vineyard in this parable unreasonable and unfair. Imagine you or one of your children worked for this owner for 11 hours and came home with the same pay as those who did only 1 hour of work? How would you feel? What would you do?

To add insult to 'common sense', Jesus said this is not just the practise of one individual landowner but in fact what the Kingdom of heaven is like! At this point, for me, every fibre in my bone screamed 'You've got to be kidding me!'

Come and hear what God has to say about the way His heaven operates.


21st September 2014 PM

Back to Egypt

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Exodus 4:18-31
Series: Exodus
Number of Downloads: 523

There are a number of passages in the Bible that baffle us and stretch our faith. And among them is the one we're looking at on Sunday tonight. Moses has just been given the charge to journey to Egypt, there to commence the most audacious, awesome and dangerous mission of demanding that the great Pharaoh release his vast crowd of Israelite slaves. Moses goes with God's assured promise of protection, providence and ultimate victory. What an exciting time! And yet, no sooner has he set out on the journey, disaster strikes. On the way, "the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him."What is going on here? Moses was God's chosen deliverer of Israel,but the Lord was about to kill him. Everything seemed ready for the deliverance of Israel,but the Lord was about to kill him.Why would God want to kill Moses? Just what are we to make of this? This almost seems like the stuff of nightmares; what's going on? What it was that caused God to launch that fearsome attack on His chosen leader is mystifying in the extreme. But we will have a go at wrestling with this very question on Sunday night. Join us in this adventure with Moses.


21st September 2014 AM

Defending the Faith

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Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Jude 1-21
Series: Jude
Number of Downloads: 434

'Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.' Jude 3,4. Reading through the New Testament it is striking how the young church was attacked in many different ways. The congregation Jude is writing to also has its share of trouble, but it all comes from WITHIN! The teaching of wrong theologies and false doctrines have crept into the church. That of course is yet another tool of the devil: he did not succeed in keeping Jesus away from the cross, so now it's his aim to destroy the church in two ways: from the OUTSIDE (persecution!) and from the INSIDE, wrong teaching and a denial that Jesus is Lord. This particular congregation is warned that in order to survive, they must CONTEND FO THE FAITH, to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. Are WE contenders?


14th September 2014 PM

Back to Egypt

 (5.66 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Exodus 4:18-31
Series: Exodus
Number of Downloads: 475

After spending some considerable time on the conversation God had with Moses at the burning bush, our journey through Exodus moves on. Moses sets out to return to Egypt. This return journey brings us to one of those Old Testament passages that preachers often hope to avoid (I was hoping Jim would be rostered on for this one but it seems God had other plans :) It is such a strange piece in the story of Exodus. Yet, once we dig into it a bit we very soon discover that it shows us nothing less than what's at the very heart of the Exodus and indeed the very heart of God himself. Please join us as we unpack this marvel together.


14th September 2014 AM

Wonderfully Made

 (6.55 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 139
Number of Downloads: 519

Today we are looking at Psalm 139, a psalm which speaks to our fears of forgetting. Not so much about beingforgetful, as it is about beingforgotten, and more importantly, being forgotten by God. Psalm 139 answers that directly by stating that GodNEVERforgets His people! We are always in his view; always in his care; always within reach; always; everywhere. If you are ever wondering whether your life matters or not sit down with this Psalm and let the words sink deep into your heart. It is a wonderful Psalm of praise to God our creator, and to us as creations of God.


7th September 2014 AM

Cracked Pots

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Bible Passage: Genesis 25:27-34; 27:1-40; 28:10-22; 2 Corinthians 4:7
Number of Downloads: 368

While not everyone has happy childhood memories of their fathers, I wonder if your earliest memories can recollect your belief that dad is the best! He is the strongest! He could lift you up with one hand! He drives the biggest car. The dog listens to him. As long as he was there, nothing - absolutely nothing - could harm you. But then, as your years increased, so did your disappointments in this man. Slowly, you came to realise that he was not as strong as you thought. He was not as good as you thought. He was a cracked pot. Deep down, every father knows this. Every child knows this. Every wife knows it. This Sunday we will connect with some stories, both from the Bible and from our community, of some cracked pots. Through the power of the gospel we'll rediscover the hope that every cracked pot has!


31st August 2014 PM

Working with Jesus - part 3

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Exodus 3:16 - 4:17
Series: Exodus
Number of Downloads: 431

This is the third and final sermon on God's conversation with Moses through the burning bush in Exodus 3:1-4:17. So far we've seen God giving Moses great encouragement to go on the difficult task of leading his people out of Egypt. God assures Moses that he is with him and he assures Moses that He, as the great I AM is well worth the cause. Moses, however, is not ready to go yet. He shows more hesitation before he goes. Hesitation that we quite often wrestle with too before we are ready to set out on the tasks Christ calls us to.


31st August 2014 AM

Unity in the Spirit

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Ephesians 4:1-16
Series: Holy Spirit
Number of Downloads: 407

God has given us a wonderful gift. Through his Son we are brought into the family of God. We are united in Christ, we are one. This oneness, this unity, is a GIFT of the Spirit, something we have from Christ. The possession of this gift is ours already, not something we need to try to get, but it is something we are told to use and build on. That is our starting point. But why is Christian unity so important? Unity among believers is a big deal in the Bible. Jesus prayed for it just before He went to the cross (John 17). God wants His people to "make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:3). So if all Christians base their beliefs on the Bible, they should be able to settle every argument according to its truth, right? Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Our human nature, preferences, and different interpretations of Scripture can cause disagreements. So if unity among believers is so important why can it be so hard at times? What does unity look like? How can we maintain unity? These are some of the questions we will think through in the service.


24th August 2014 PM

Working with Jesus part 2

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: John 8:48-59
Series: Exodus
Number of Downloads: 379

Last Sunday we saw how God enters into a conversation with Moses to remind him that he is a person of promise and of purpose. God also invites Moses into the mission he had for him - a mission that left Moses with great trepidation. So much so that he asks God why it is him that has to do this work. Why can't someone else do it? In response, God assures Moses that things will be OK because he will go with him. Moses will never be alone. It may seem to us that this assurance should have sufficed and yet it didn't. Moses needed more. This week we'll finish the story of how God moved Moses along into the job he had for him, much like he often moves us into the work Jesus has for us.


24th August 2014 AM

Gifts of the Spirit

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Series: Holy Spirit
Number of Downloads: 450

Continuing our series on the Holy Spirit we come to this big topic of Spiritual gifts. There are a number of places in the New Testament which list these various gifts. Some examples are 1 Corinthians 12-14, Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Peter 4:7-11. From these passages we can put together a bit of a list of Spiritual gifts and we get an idea of what a gift is. Some of the gifts can look quite extraordinary while others seem so plain and ordinary. You might view the list of gifts and think you don't have any of those gifts. That doesn't mean the Holy Spirit hasn't given you any gifts they just might not be on that list, or you might not know you have any of those gifts. Today we will be wrestling with the idea of Spiritual gifts and answering some of the basic questions like: What is a Spiritual gift? Do I have any gifts and what are they? How should I use my gift? And, most importantly, why should I use my gifts? I will try and do justice to this big topic in a single sermon, more as an overview rather than as a detailed analysis.


17th August 2014 PM

Working with Jesus

 (8.78 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Exodus 3:1 - 4:17
Series: Exodus
Number of Downloads: 521

Often when we watch a movie the best part is that critical conversation between two characters in which we get to know so much about their hearts, their lives and the story they're involved in. On Sunday night we'll come across something like this. It's a conversation between God and Moses as Moses encounters God in person for the first time in the story. We can learn stacks about our lives as Christians as we consider this incredible encounter Moses had with God.


17th August 2014 AM

Life in the Spirit

 (7.85 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Galatians 5 13 - 26
Number of Downloads: 420

As we work through this series on the Holy Spirit we have seen who the Holy Spirit is and how he was experienced in the Old Testament. We have worked our way into an understanding of the Holy Spirit's work in kick starting our Christian life as we are given the Holy Spirit and filled with the Spirit in a beautiful way that points us to Jesus Christ and our need of Him as Saviour and Lord. It turns out that the Holy Spirit is involved in all of the Christian life, not just the beginning. The real question is in what ways does He work in our Christian life? To live by the Spirit is to let our life, our choices, our actions, our thoughts, our words, our attitudes and our habits be governed by God rather than by desires that are opposed to God. The Holy Spirit's role is to help shape every part of our lives to be more like Jesus. How He does that will be part of what we look at this week and in the weeks ahead.


10th August 2014 PM

Stairway to Heaven

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Bert Kuipers
Bible Passage: Genesis 28: 10 - 17 and John 13:36 - 14:7
Number of Downloads: 327

What do you use a ladder for? Well, it's a useful device to reach a destination that is too high to reach by yourself. Today we'll be thinking of how this illustration can be applied to the Christian life.


10th August 2014 AM

Baptised in the Spirit

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Acts 2:32-42
Series: Holy Spirit
Number of Downloads: 514

Most people know the saying we teach our kids that goes: when you point the finger at someone, be careful, there's always three fingers pointing back. This Sunday we will look at the question: 'how do I receive the Holy Spirit?' In many ways, this is a highly controversial question in the church - even today. Much finger pointing takes place over it. This Sunday we will indeed point the finger, as we should, but we'll also consider some fingers pointing back as we evaluate what Scripture has to say about receiving (or being baptised in) the Holy Spirit. Please join us.


3rd August 2014 PM

Israel's Cry to God

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Exodus 2:11-25
Series: Exodus
Number of Downloads: 279

If God knows our suffering, and if He sees our pain, and if He is so loving, why doesn't He do something? Does God really care about me? Is he interested in what happens to me? These are huge questions that plague our mind today and it is a question that comes out of the story of Exodus. In the text of today we can see that played out as we read how the people cried out to God and you can't help but wonder why God waited so long to deliver them. We don't know exactly how long they were slaves in Egypt but we do know that they were there for 430 years. For part of that time they lived well but eventually they were enslaved and oppressed. Exodus suggests that this went on for several generations at least, since the oppression began before Moses was born, and it continued until Moses was eighty years old.


The question we have to wrestle with is why did God wait so long to set them free? Why did he delay? We know that God is a compassionate God, we acknowledge His mercy, we celebrate His grace, we confess that God is love, so why was he willing to let his people suffer? It is more than just a mystery, it can also be a source of frustration, anger and doubt. Maybe this is your own experience of God? Together we will try and make some sense of this on Sunday night.


3rd August 2014 AM

Count Our Blessings

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Genesis 1:2; Exodus 31:1-5; Judges 3:10, 14:6; 1 Samuel 16:13; Ezekiel 2:2-3
Series: Holy Spirit
Number of Downloads: 420

Last Sunday we mentioned that Christians worship a triune God. The Holy Spirit is God, just like the Father is God and the Son (Jesus) is also God. If this is the case, we can assume that the Holy Spirit is eternal, just like the other two members of the Trinity are eternal. And if this is the case, then we can ask: 'where was he in the Old Testament?' Did people in the Old Testament experience him at all and what's the difference between our experience of him as people who live after Pentecost and those who lived before? The answer reveals something rather exciting about the days in which we live.


27th July 2014 PM

Moses: Deliverer

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Exodus 1:22-2:10
Number of Downloads: 348

The book of Exodus is focussed very much on the man, Moses, whose name appears frequently throughout the Bile. Who was he? Where did he come from? Why did God choose him? What made him special? These are some of the questions we will think about on Sunday evening as we continue our way through Exodus. We pick up the story with the birth of Moses and see how he was delivered to be a deliverer of God's people. Join us on this journey into the life of Moses. As we do we see the parallels with the life of Jesus, the great deliverer.


27th July 2014 AM

Holy Spirit: Who or What?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: John 14:15-27
Series: Holy Spirit
Number of Downloads: 355

The theologian Alister E. McGrath once wrote: "The Holy Spirit has long been the Cinderella of the Trinity. The other two sisters may have gone to the theological ball; the Holy Spirit got left behind every time." Of course, this situation wastrue up until the rise of thecharismatic movement in the 20'th century, which put the Holy Spiritcentre stage of theological debate. Yet, despite the influence of the charismatic movement (and often because of it) manyChristians are still left with a good deal of uncertainty about the Holy Spirit. Who or what is he?How do we experience him? How does he work? What does he do? This Sunday we'll kick off a series on the Holy Spirit which will hopefully answer many questions andbringus closer to the very Oneof whom we'll speak. Please join us.


20th July 2014 PM

Two Value Systems & One Worm

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KJ Tromp
Bible Passage: Jonah 4:1-11
Number of Downloads: 397

We all have our values. We value our time, our money, our family and our God. This is normal and natural for us. What we value is also reflected in how we feel and act when these things are taken away from us. Sunday evening, we will look at the clash of two value systems as the prophet Jonah comes up against the value system of God. We'll see just how different our values can be with what God really values and hopefully we'll be able to make some minor adjustments in our own lifestyles and how we think about our priorities.


20th July 2014 AM

Kingdom Parables

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 4:1-20
Number of Downloads: 413

What does the kingdom of God look like? If you hired the greatest artists alive today and told him to paint a picture of the kingdom of God, what would it look like? Some of you might think of a giant castle or a grand cathedral or a country filled with people who worship God as King. But what does it look like? How do we know when we see it? Well that's the question Jesus answers today. Chapter four of Mark is something of a chapter of parables. It contains almost all of the parables that Mark records in his gospel. Parables hide as well as reveal. They hide the truth from those who are not ready to hear but they reveal the truth of the kingdom tothose who seek it. Jesus' parables confront our hearts with the reality of the kingdom of God, but if we are not seeking the kingdom they are nothing other than cute and curious stories.

Last week we looked at the first and longest parable of the sower. Today, we are going to look at three parables that Jesus tells one right after another. In these parables Jesus focuses our attention on the growth of the kingdom of God and so we need to look at them individually, but also all together so we begin to understand what Jesus is getting at. It is all designed to give a picture of what the kingdom of God looks like. We see that the kingdom of God begins small but ends huge; it is hidden but then revealed. Its growth is mysterious. It overwhelms the world and cannot be contained by its opponents. Through it all, despite opposition, we keep on sowing and God keeps on working and the harvest will be complete.


13th July 2014 PM

Whose side are you on?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Exodus 1:8-21
Series: Exodus
Number of Downloads: 439

This week our journey through Exodus introduces us to a figure from whom we can learnstacks about opposing God. We only know him by his title: Pharaoh. Please come along thejourney as we start to uncover the breadth, width and depth of an eternal conflict in whichwe take part. We'll also see a great example of the role we are called to play in this struggle.


13th July 2014 AM

Parable of the Sower

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 4:1-20
Number of Downloads: 425

As we work our way through Mark's gospel we come to this very well known parable of Jesusand, in this case, we get the explanation of the parable too. It must be an important parablebecause it is repeated three times, in Matthew, Mark and Luke. And the story is very simple.It's a story about soils and their difference. Some soils types are non-productive, while someare very productive. But what's Jesus talking about? What's the point of the story? As achurch we are mandated to preach the gospel and this parable is designed to help usunderstand what happens are we preach that gospel. As we 'sow' the gospel we can becomedisappointed, discouraged or frustrated and we wonder what the problem is. Why is it thatsome people respond to the gospel while others do not? Why is it that you can talk aboutJesus with a bunch of your friends, and some will respond positively while others will shut youdown? Why is it that a preacher or evangelist can share the same message with a wholegroup of people all at the same time, and some will accept the message while for others itseems to fall on deaf ears? That is the question that Jesus raises and then answers in thisparable. We learn that the issue is not the sower and it's not the seed, the issue is the soil.


6th July 2014 AM

Could you think of a greater present?

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Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Jude
Number of Downloads: 390

The Letter of Jude is probably the least known in the whole of the New Testament. It's somewhere at the end of the N.T., but before you know it you have passed it by and you're in the Book of Revelation. Skipping it is easily done, for the letter only takes up one page!

It's my plan to preach through this epistle, the Lord willing. I haven't yet divided it up, this letter, into 'preachable' sections, but I can see now that some sermons will deal with just a few verses, and that at other times we will look at larger sections. The first sermon deals with only 2 verses, and so will the next one (I hope to preach that on September 14). After that I have not yet figured things out, neither have I planned how many sermons there are in this very short letter. I pray (please pray with me) that I will be able to bring it all to a good end, that our gracious God will receive all the glory, and that all of us will be challenged and strengthened.

This morning then we will look at verses 1 and 2. One of the striking truths here is that salvation is all of God,and we will take note of a heart-warming 'confession' of the great preacher Charles Spurgeon. He writes: It is all of God: He calls us. He loves us, and He keeps us.


29th June 2014 AM

Jesus: Lunatic, Liar, Lord?

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 3: 20-35
Number of Downloads: 393

In his bookMere Christianity, C.S. Lewis explains why it is impossible to be neutral about Jesus: "I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic...or else he would be the devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us."

You can almost imagine Lewis writing this after reading these verses from Mark's gospel. The whole gospel was written to answer the question on who Jesus is and in these very verses we have the family of Jesus thinking he has gone mad (a lunatic) while the religious leaders, say He's possessed by Beelzebul and so call Jesus a liar who claims to be from God but, in fact, is from Satan.

So who is Jesus in the gospel but also in your life?


28th June 2014 AM

Sharpening the Evangelistic Edge of Your Church

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Phillip Scheepers

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22nd June 2014 PM

About Face

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John Van Dijk
Bible Passage: Acts 4:32-5:11
Number of Downloads: 440

A couple of Sundays ago we celebrated the event of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit atPentecost. During the early days of the Christian church there was explosive growth asdescribed in the book of Acts.Just at Pentecost alone, 3000 people were added to thechurch and the Lord added to their number daily. Then Peter and John healed a crippledbeggar and even the Sanhedrin was astonished at the developments. Everythingseemed to be going very well for the new church. In Acts 2 and 4 we read that all thebelievers were together and sold everything they had and gave to anyone as he hadneed. In Acts 4 we read that they shared their possessions, bringing the proceeds to theApostles. But then in Acts 5 we read the story of Ananias and Sapphira. They were nothonest before God and suffered a terrible consequence. They set a terrible example tothe church community by pretending to bring their whole gift to the church. We oftenpretend to have it all together. How do we deal with this and what example do we atRCRC set to our community in the Redlands? This afternoon we will learn how we canexperience the freedom that Jesus offers us from phoniness and other sins, like hypocrisy.


22nd June 2014 AM

Ordinary Men

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 3:7-19
Number of Downloads: 337

Let's face it, most of us are ordinary people. We think that we are nothing really special. Wequestion whether God would even be interested in us, or want or need us. We compareourselves to the 12 Apostles and we feel even smaller. That's because we have the idea thatthese were incredibly special people, picked by Jesus for a big task. We have stained glasswindows depicting them so they must have been gifted teachers; men who are abovereproach and on a level with Jesus, that's why He chose them. But nothing could be furtherfrom the truth. They are not other worldly, they are not nearly as divine as we think, and theyare not the cream of the crop among men. They're not among the best, most educated, mosthighly skilled people humanly speaking. The truth is, they too, are distinguished by the samemark as us, they are ordinary. Yet, we know from Scripture that the men Jesus called toHimself in this passage were ordinary men who could do extraordinary things because Godwas with them. That should be an amazing encouragement to us this morning because mostof us are ordinary people. And if God only called or used extra-ordinary people for Hiskingdom, we would be left out of the action. But praise God, He uses ordinary people to doHis work. In fact, I would say that is one of the extraordinary things about God, is that He usesordinary people like you and me.


15th June 2014 PM

The Profile of a True Disciple

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Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: Luke 6:20-26
Number of Downloads: 323

What are the marks of a true disciple of Jesus? The answer Jesus gives may very much surprise you. This Sunday evening we are going to be looking at some challenging statements made by Jesus found in Luke 6.


15th June 2014 AM

Lord of the Sabbath

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 21: 1-6, Mark 2: 23-3:6
Number of Downloads: 297

The Sabbath was originally given to give people rest and recreation. Properly observed, it would be a joy. But the Pharisees had so ringed it with their thousands of hair-splitting interpretations of what it meant to cease work on the Sabbath that they had made it a terrible burden to bear. The passage today forces us to stop and evaluate our lives. The Pharisees are upset with Jesus because their entire claim to spiritual superiority was based on rigorous observance of man-made rules and Jesus dared to set them aside. So how do we measure our spirituality? By a list of 'do's and don'ts' we observe, or something more? Or do we listen to what Jesus says and see him as the fulfilment of the Law, as Lord of the Sabbath? Do we take Jesus as our model, and focus not on our acts of devotion, but on a spontaneous response to the needs of others for Jesus' sake?


8th June 2014 PM

Pentecost Sunday

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Acts 2:1-24; 36-41
Number of Downloads: 431

Pentecost is an important day in the life of God's church on earth. Pentecost marks the beginning of new life and for Christians it marks the birth of the New Testament church. In Acts 2 we read of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the fearful followers of Jesus, and how it transformed them. On that day the Holy Spirit fulfilled Jesus' words of promise by bursting on the scene with a mighty wind and fire. The New Testament Church was formed, and Jesus' followers were empowered to blaze a worldwide movement proclaiming the good news of God's salvation offered to all people. The result of the coming of the Holy Spirit is that the church has power to take the gospel to the world. That power is still at work today, with lives daily being transformed by the message of Jesus Christ. So what are we to make of that day and how does it impact us now? These are the questions we will think about in the service this Sunday evening.


8th June 2014 AM

Separation

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Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: Genesis 13:5-18
Number of Downloads: 337

The life story of Abraham and his family is one that fascinates me greatly. He was an old man near the end of his life, yet in his 'retirement', God called him to go on a journey to 'somewhere he knew not'. Amongst millions of heathen people, God chose Abram, not because of who and what he was, but because of who God was. Abram became extraordinary because God chose him. And God chose Abram because Abram loved God. But this 'fame' came at a great price - separation from his family and homeland. God promised Abram that he would give him a land, make him the father of a nation through whom all nations would be blessed. We, like Abram, are faced with many choices and decisions throughout our lifetime. Abram made some bad decisions the consequences of which have plagued mankind to this very day. These decisions were his decisions, not decisions made in consultation with God. This morning we look at a decision which had a good result for Abram but an horrendous outcome for his nephew, Lot.


1st June 2014 PM

Ascension Day

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 John 2:1; John 14:2; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
Number of Downloads: 334

"He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty." While posing many historical and scientific challenges to modern minds, Christians wholeheartedlyaffirm this Biblical truth so clearly stated in the Apostle's Creed.The God of the Bible really did raise Jesus fromdeath andhe ascended to be with God until one day he returns. On Sunday evening, however, we will not consider so much thehistoricity or factuality of the ascension as we'll consider how Christ's ascension benefits those for whom he died.What has he gone to do? And how does it help us? Please join us.


1st June 2014 AM

Ascension Sunday

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:19b-23
Number of Downloads: 435

Today, in both services, we will be focussing on the Ascension of Jesus because, following the church calendar, last Thursday was Ascension Day. Ascension Day marks the 40thday after the resurrection when the Bible tells us Jesus left the earth and ascended back to heaven.

For the forty days from Easter to Ascension, Jesus gave his disciples their last bits of instruction. He helped them put all the pieces together, which could not happen until they had experienced his resurrection. Then he blessed them and ascended into the heavens until a cloud hid him from their eyes. Instead of being sad, Luke tells us in his gospel that the disciples were filled with joy.
What does this mean? Why was it so? Why is it important? What is the significance of the ascension? Does it matter? These are important questions we will try and deal with in both services. The morning service will focus more on the meaning and importance of the resurrection and the evening service will focus more on why Jesus ascended and what he is doing now.


25th May 2014 PM

A Brand New Life

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Romans 6:1-14, 2 Corinthians 5:17
Number of Downloads: 460

"We may never be martyrs but we can die to self, to sin, to the world, to our plans and ambitions. That is the significance of baptism; we died with Christ and rose to new life" ~ Vance Haver. This Sunday evening we have the express privilege of baptising Harrison Bull and Madelaine Bull.As we do that, we'll consider again the marvellous truth of a brand new life given to the believer in Christ Jesus and symbolised by baptism.Please join us for this special occasion.


25th May 2014 AM

Friend of Sinners

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 2:13-17
Number of Downloads: 395

Have you ever wondered if you were good enough for God? There are a lot of people who stay away from God because they figure they are just not good enough for him. But what if you didn't have to be good enough for God? What if God took care of that for you? What if God called sinners to himself rather than perfect people? That's what this passage in Mark 2 is all about. Jesus calls sinners. And that is good news. Jesus meets with and calls Levi, a tax collector, a despised traitor, a sinner to follow him. Levi responds and even throws a party for fellow sinners at which Jesus is the host. In response to criticism from the Pharisees Jesus gives one of the most profound gospel statements in verse 17, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the "righteous" (i.e., the self-righteous) but "sinners" (i.e., not merely people who refuse to carry out the details of the law but those who are alienated from the life of God)'. Jesus' call is to salvation, to a change a heart and life. Levi responded to this gospel call, have you?


18th May 2014 PM

Satisfaction Guaranteed

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 63
Number of Downloads: 336

We live in a restless and dissatisfied culture. All of us feel a restlessness in our soul. It is that longing for something that will satisfy. Something that is so real, so authentic that when we find it our soul will be at rest. It what makes advertisers rich as they feed into that thirst, that restlessness. They make us dissatisfied with the car we drive, with the way we look or smell. If we buy this or that product then life will be better. This restlessness is not something new, it's been around for thousands of years. Go back to King Solomon. He literally had everything the world had to offer at his disposal. He had wisdom, power, riches and pleasure but in Ecclesiastes he writes about the emptiness of it all. His father, King David, knew what it takes to be satisfied and he wrote about it in Psalm 63. In this psalm he talks about what ultimately satisfies. He thirsted for God and found satisfaction and security in knowing God personally, calling Him 'my God'. If we wish to experience God in this deeply personal way we need to follow David's lead. We too need to take every opportunity to turn our thoughts and our praise to God, and allow His presence to sustain us, like it did for David.


18th May 2014 AM

Worship - How and Why?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Psalm 95
Number of Downloads: 458

"True worship [of God] is the highest and noblest activity of which man, by the grace of God, is capable" - John Stott. If what John Stott says is true, thenwe will do well to ask ourselves the following questions: 'how do we worship God' and 'why is worshipping him the noblest activity of which we are capable of'? This Sunday morning we'll explore the answer to these questions as we look at Psalm 95. Please join us.


11th May 2014 PM

Under His Wings

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 91; Luke 13: 31-35
Number of Downloads: 440

There are many pictures in the Bible that describe God's nature and character: He is a rock, the door, a shepherd, the light ... and many others. God's character is so multi-faceted that none of these images, in themselves, fully communicate the richness of His nature. Each one gives a small insight into how He relates to us. But have you ever thought of God as a mother hen? Of course, God isn't literally a hen with wings and feathers. The point is God wants to shelter and protect us from harm. So on this Mothers' Day evening service we will learn something about God by looking at a mother hen's care of her chicks.


11th May 2014 AM

Mother's Day 2014

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 5:16, John 19:26-27
Number of Downloads: 347

One of the greatest expressions of God's grace to us is our mothers. Itis appropriate, therefore, that we stop, remember, appreciate and givethanks for our mothers on Mothers' Day. As Christians we do that asan act of worship. We acknowledge our mothers as a gift from God. We thank Him for them and we commit them to His power to transformthem and empower them to be the mums He wants them to be.


4th May 2014 AM

Curse and Hope

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Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Genesis 3:8-11; 16-19 Romans 8:18-25
Number of Downloads: 243

This morning I want to deal with two concepts: CURSE and HOPE.

Genesis 3 tells of the intensely sad event when our first parents, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God and in so doing brought untold misery upon the created reality.

The message of Easter is that Jesus has overcome the evil one and that the curse of sin is lifted from all those who turn to Christ in faith.

Even though God's people still sin, the condemnation of the curse has been removed! Freedom and forgiveness is theirs!

But even though Christ's saving work includes the liberation of the whole of created reality, the waiting is for the return of our Lord, only then will we see the full reality of what Easter means. The new heaven and the new earth will become a reality.

That is what we hope for. And that hope is a certainty of the promises of God, an absolute certainty.


27th April 2014 PM

How to be Happy

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Psalm 119:9-16
Number of Downloads: 376

One of the things most human beings have in common is the desire to be truly happy. We want to live lives that are satisfying, meaningful and which mattered. The key question, however, is how to achieve that? On Sunday night, as we draw near to some incredibly basic truths of the Christian faith, we will remind ourselves of what God has to say on this question. Please join us.


20th April 2014 AM

Following Jesus to the Cross: Darkness and Light

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Mark 16 : 9 - 20
Number of Downloads: 328

John Stott once wrote: "The fact of suffering undoubtedly constitutes the single greatest challenge to the Christian faith, and has been in every generation." John Stott is talking about 'darkness'. Thedarkness of human suffering we each face inour own lives in varying degrees, ways, shapes and forms. And whileourdarknessconfronts us with many questions, one of them seems to always rise above the rest: How do weovercome it? How do we get into the light?


18th April 2014 AM

Following Jesus to the Cross: Darkness and Light

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Mark 15: 25-40

John Stott once wrote: "The fact of suffering undoubtedly constitutes the single greatest challenge to the Christian faith, and has been in every generation." John Stott is talking about 'darkness'. Thedarkness of human suffering we each face inour own lives in varying degrees, ways, shapes and forms. And whileourdarknessconfronts us with many questions, one of them seems to always rise above the rest: How do weovercome it? How do we get into the light?


13th April 2014 PM

A Meal with Meaning

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Mark 14:17-31
Number of Downloads: 309

"Why is this night different from all other nights?" To this day it isthe question that a young Jewish boy would ask the father of his family on the night the Passover meal is celebrated. It's a deep question and itgets deeper and richerin meaning on the night before Jesus' death when he, as the leader of his 'family' in a room in Jerusalem,explains why"this night" is different from all other nights. Please join us on Sunday as we follow Jesus to the cross and take in the significance of that final Passover he shared with his disciples.


13th April 2014 AM

Following Jesus to the Cross - Final Words

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: John 13:1, 34-35; 15:9-17; 17:23-26
Number of Downloads: 320

We are continuing our journey of following Jesus to the cross. Jesus had just a few days to reinforce and recap three years of ministry and teaching before his death, so we are watching how he acted and what he said over those days to see what was important to him. John 13-17 takes place in the upper room around the Passover celebration. They record the words and acts of the Jesus as He prepared His disciples for His betrayal and Crucifixion. He talked about love and demonstrated it as he washed his disciples' feet. What we do find is an extended discourse containing some of the most powerful teachings of His ministry, He taught His disciples about loving one another, demonstrating that as he washed his disciples' feet, he taught about the persecutions to come and the comfort coming through the Holy Spirit. Then He offered one of the greatest of all recorded prayers on behalf of himself, his disciples and the wider church. We would do well to read these verses often and we will touch on some of this deep teaching this Sunday morning.


6th April 2014 AM

Triumphal Entry

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Luke 19:28-44
Series: Following Jesus to the Cross
Number of Downloads: 333

Palm Sunday was the entryway to the place of crucifixion. And what a day it was. The mass hysteria of the crowd chanting praise to God and worshipping Jesus. So what is the story about? Here is a crowd who welcomed Jesus as king, despite what he had told them. This crowd had a dream. They dreamed of Israel restored to its ancient glory under God's Messiah, the promised descendant of David. They undoubtedly hoped Jesus would expel the Romans and set up a powerful, independent, glorious kingdom. Their shouts, as Jesus rode slowly toward Jerusalem, revealed the dream that possessed them completely: "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!"

As they came to Jerusalem shouting, the elated crowd would have envisioned an expanded city of power and influence, destined to become the centre of a kingdom that would rule over the world. How selfish the singing crowd was. They saw in Jesus the solution to the problems of the day. They thought his armies would drive out the hated Romans. They believed what they wanted to believe about him.

That Jesus came to save them from themselves and restore them to God was the furthest thing from their minds. They expected Jesus to produce instant results. The crowd became very disappointed. Days later these same people shouted "crucify him! Crucify him!" Jesus knew all this so when he saw the city he wept. What Jesus saw was not an expanded city, but crumbled ruins. What Jesus heard was not the misguided praise, but the wailing and crying of the victims who would suffer there. And Jesus wept.

What do we make of this fascinating, well known story? What do we make of Jesus at this time? We will explore that together on Sunday morning as part of our series, 'Following Jesus to the Cross'.


30th March 2014 PM

Following Jesus to the Cross: The Road to Jerusalem

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 10:32-52
Series: Following Jesus to the Cross
Number of Downloads: 1194

"When a man knows the end is near - only the important surfaces. Impending death distills the vital. The trivial is bypassed. The unnecessary is overlooked. That which is vital remains. So, if you would know Christ, ponder his final days... He knew the end was near. He knew the finality of Friday. He read the last chapter before it was written ... Knowing he had just one week with the disciples, what did Jesus tell them? Knowing it would be his last time in the temple, how did he act? Conscious that the last sand was slipping through the hourglass, what mattered?" (Max Lucado,And the Angels were Silent)

It's a good question. In that last week of his life before the cross what mattered to Jesus?

Over the next couple of weeks we are going to try and follow Jesus on his final journey. He had a single week to reinforce and recap three years of ministry and teaching, so what did Jesus do as he prepared to die? How did he act? What did he say? How did he respond to people? What can we learn? Join us on this journey.


30th March 2014 AM

Spotless!!

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 John 1:7
Number of Downloads: 289

Jesus left his church two sacramentsto participate in: the Lord's Supper and Baptism. Both of these arevisible outward signsofinvisible, inward graceat work in the lives of people.This Sunday morning we have the blessed privilege of celebrating the baptisms of Chris Wynn Nedrow the 3rd, Dylan Brister and Nicole Brister. Please join us as weall consider together the depth of what it means to be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ and participate in the work of introducing young people to Jesus Christ.


23rd March 2014 PM

Looking Out - Look at the Fields

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: John 4:27-38
Series: Looking Out
Number of Downloads: 422

ne definition of the word 'worldview' is:"the overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world."Thisis determined by a"collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group." This Sunday evening, as we finish our 'Looking Out' series, we'll see something of howJesus seesour world andhow that informs bothour viewof it as well asour actionswith regards to what we see through his eyes.


23rd March 2014 AM

Looking Out - Walking in Wisdom

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Colossians 4:2-18
Series: Looking Out
Number of Downloads: 332

The story has been told about Dr. William Houghton when he became pastor of the Baptist Church in Atlanta. A man in that city hired a private detective to follow Dr. Houghton and report on his conduct. After a few weeks, the detective was able to report to the man that Dr. Houghton's life matched his preaching. As a result, that man became a Christian. It reminds us that the way we live our lives has a profound effect on our opportunities to confess our faith in Jesus. What might happen if you were followed by a private detective?
In the verses of today's text Paul expresses his desire to be a preacher with the opportunity to present a clear gospel message. He wanted that to be the prayer of the people. We are not all called to be preachers, but we all preach sermons with our lives and our words to the world. He wanted the walk and the talk of each believer to be in harmony. The best sermon is one in which you are a Jesus-centred neighbour, spouse, parent, worker and citizen. Paul encouraged his readers to speak words of witness to others. "Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." Paul wanted his readers to use wisdom when they interacted with others. Their thoughtful behaviour might provide the opportunity to use the time God had given them to speak words of witness to others. Do we walk in wisdom as we look out at those around us?


16th March 2014 PM

Looking Out

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 9:1-6; 11b-23
Series: Looking Out
Number of Downloads: 461

What would you do to win someone to Jesus Christ? What right would you surrender? What would you give up in order that you might demonstrate to them what Jesus Christ gave up so they could have eternal life? These are huge questions which are worth thinking through in the light of our sermon series on 'Looking Out'. In the book of Acts we read about the difficult life of Paul as he preaches the gospel. In his letter to the Corinthian church he gives us a picture of the strategy he used in that mission work. He writes, 'I have become all things to all men, so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.' (1 Corinthians 9:22b-23). Why in the world would Paul do this? How did he do this? What might that have looked like for him? What might that look like for us? Join us on Sunday evening as we look at these verses together.


16th March 2014 AM

Looking Out - Paul's Strategy

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Philemon 8-21
Series: Looking Out
Number of Downloads: 354

We're in a sermon series where we'redealing with what it means to'look out'and'step in'to the needs of others around us.So far, we've looked at instances ofhow this took placein the life of Israel and in the life of Jesus. This Sunday, as we look at an absurd event in theNew Testament,we'll seean instance of how 'looking out' and 'stepping in' played out in the life of a church.Please join us.


9th March 2014 PM

Looking Out: Rope Handlers

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 2:1-12
Number of Downloads: 328

As we continue to look out the window to what's going on around us we are looking at the life and times of Jesus. From the passage we are looking at tonight we recognise that Jesus is the one with the power to forgive and the power to heal. It is only in him where these things are found and Mark is moving through his gospel demonstrating this. What we will also focus on is the role that the friends of the paralysed man played in bringing their friend to Jesus. We will look at the characteristics that we see displayed and ask how we, in with our faith in Jesus, can display those same characteristics. It's a beautiful story of friendship and courage. Join us in the evening service.


9th March 2014 AM

Jesus Looking Out

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Mark 1:40-45
Series: Looking Out
Number of Downloads: 421

Last week we introduced our new series called 'Looking Out' as we looked at how God's people in the Old Testament were (or were supposed to) look out the window of their lives, see the needs of others and let the love of God move them to stepinto those needs.This week we journeyon to an encounter in the New Testamentwhere we see this central biblical calling on the lives of God's peoplelived out by Jesus Christ. Please join us.


2nd March 2014 PM

Looking Out

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 2 Kings 5
Series: Looking Out
Number of Downloads: 276

A recent survey our church did on church health showed that one of the exciting areas in which we can grow mostis the area of what we'll call 'looking out' in this new preaching series. When we 'look out' of the confines of our established church relationships,the seemingly relentless current into which our busy livesaredragged andout of the usual things that fill our minds,it's likely God will let us seetheneeds of others - both in our church community and beyond.Subsequently, it is very likely that we'll senseGod's call on usas individuals andas a church to step into these needs driven by the love of Christ for people. It's our hope that through this series, God will indeed show us what the needs around us are and more than that, how each of us can contribute to reach into these needs. This Sunday PM is the first instalment of this series as we look at how a slave girl in Israelsaw a need and met it with remarkable results.


2nd March 2014 AM

Looking Out- A Light to the Nations

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Isaiah 58:1-14
Series: Looking Out
Number of Downloads: 258

Coming out of the NCD survey we as a church scored fairly low in the quality characteristic of Needs Based Evangelism. To help us think that through we are running a short sermon based/small group series to help us think through what it means to build up this characteristic. Today we are looking at what that looked like for the Old Testament people of God. What was the purpose of the nation of Israel, whom God called out of all the nations? It always was, and continues to be for us, this: "I will make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth." (Isaiah 49:6b). This morning we will look at how the nation of Israel could be that light, and how well they performed in that area. What would an NCD survey look like for them? Join us as we explore this together.


23rd February 2014 PM

Head, Heart, Hands

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Number of Downloads: 251

One of the questionsChristiansalways seems to come back to in new and fresh ways is the question: 'what does it mean for me to follow Jesus? What does it come down to in real terms of how I live my life?' It's true that once the cost is counted, many realizethis journey may just not be the onefor them and it brings us to a point where we have to ask ourselves: 'do wedareto follow Jesus?' This is the question we'll work with on Sunday PM as we get into some feedback from the CRCA youth convention earlier this year. You're welcome to join us!


23rd February 2014 AM

Apprentices of the Master

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 1 : 14 - 20
Number of Downloads: 195

People sometimes ask: 'Did Jesus have a 'mission strategy'? In the gospel of Mark we get apiece of the answer. The answer is 'yes'. In verse 17 Jesus says, 'Come follow me and I willmake you fishers of men'. This becomes the master and apprentice model that works so wellin industry. Jesus would be the person to follow and as they followed he would be the onewho would teach and shape them for the work ahead. Jesus is the one with the power tocreate, cure, control and re-create people. In his gospel Mark points that out so clearly. Part ofthat re-creating was to make them 'fishers of men'; to give them a purpose to fulfil. WhenJesus ascended to heaven he left these trained men to continue his mission of proclaimingthe good news of God. Where do we fit into that picture? Are we following Jesus? Are weletting Jesus shape us? Are we fulfilling his mission, proclaiming the good news?


16th February 2014 PM

What's in it for me?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Romans 8:1-2; Philippians 3:20-21; John 3:36
Number of Downloads: 335

"What's in it for me?" This is the question that we ask ourselves with almost everything we do, at least subconsciously. And while it's a question that Christian circlesmostly see as a bad question for it's selfishness and anti-Christlike sentiments, we have to wonder if there are times when it is appropriate to wonder with regards to the Christian faith: 'what's in it for me?'This Sundaywe'll see how the Apostle's Creed answers this question as wefinish this series.Please join us.


16th February 2014 AM

The Messenger's Mission

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark 1:1-8
Number of Downloads: 266

John the Baptist must be one of the most peculiar characters of Scripture. From Mark's gospel we know he had a strange fashion sense, wearing clothes made out of rough camel hair; we know of his diet oddness, locusts and wild honey. Some might dismiss him as a crackpot, an oddball, or a weirdo but there was no mistaking his message: repentance and forgiveness...and the people flocked from everywhere to hear and respond to this message. In fulfilment of prophecy, God sent him as the messenger to prepare the way for his Son Jesus. John predicted that one more powerful was soon to appear. He urged listeners to prepare by repenting and offered water baptism as a sign of repentance and appeal for forgiveness. You and I continue the ministry of John the Baptist. We too can speak of the more powerful one who is to appear again. We too urge people to change their hearts and minds about God and receive forgiveness. We continue the mission of messengers sent to prepare the hearts and lives of our friends. How well do we see our role in this mission?


9th February 2014 AM

Who is Jesus?

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Mark1:1-3
Number of Downloads: 240

Mark starts his gospel with the statement: The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. That's it. Mark doesn't argue the point, instead he went on to demonstrate it, reporting a series of unique events and acts that made it clear who Jesus is. As you read through the gospel there is a sense of urgency in Mark as he strives to make it clear that the one he wrote about is the Son of God, come to live in our world; come to display in all he says and does the character of God. Ultimately he comes to show that the one called the Son of God was forsaken by God so we wouldn't have to. All we can do is stand in awe of the one who gave it all. The question that gets asked of us readers today is...who is Jesus to you?


2nd February 2014 PM

The Holy Spirit

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: John 16:5-16
Number of Downloads: 365

Just think about these questions: "Why do I believe the Bible is God's Word when others don't?" "Why do I believe Jesus is God and Saviour?" "Why do I repent and have faith?" "Where do I get the strength to live the Christian life?" "How come I am able to grow in the faith?" "What makes me a witness to Christ?" The answer has to do with the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit none of this is possible. So who is the Holy Spirit? In the Apostles' Creed we say, 'I believe in the Holy Spirit'. Tonight we will look at this third person of the Trinity, The Holy Spirit.


2nd February 2014 AM

The Great Equalizer

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Matthew 20:1-16
Number of Downloads: 341

A farmer once employed people to work in his vineyard at various stages of the day - some started very early and some very, very late in the day. Striking is the thought then, when, at the end of the day the farmer pays all the workers exactlythe same amount! What do we make of it? What's the point Jesus is making in this parable and what's the rub for us? Please join us Sunday as we have a look.


26th January 2014 PM

Keep Watch!

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Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: Matthew 24:42-51
Number of Downloads: 208

Sometimes we live as though Jesus couldn't possibly return today. We get distracted with the things of daily life and don't give much thought to what is to come. In the passage we'll be looking at this Sunday night, we are going to look at Jesus' command to "Keep Watch!"


26th January 2014 AM

A Sweet Deal!

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Matthew 13:44-46
Number of Downloads: 317

While still early in the new year, many of us are probably still wondering what this year will hold. What are the precious things we want toget, hold on to or experience? To be sure, there are some things we arealready aware of but there are alsomany things that we will experience that we don't know of yet. Throughout all of these ponderings, however, we will do well to be reminded (or informed for the first time) what the most precious thing is and howworthy this thing is of ourrelentless pursuit.ThisSunday we'll have a look at it as we listen to a parableof Jesus.


19th January 2014 PM

The Gospel: Unity despite different contexts

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KJ Tromp
Bible Passage: Galatians 2:1-10
Number of Downloads: 272

Paul warned the Galatians that adopting a different gospel message to the one he was preaching meant that everyone's freedom was at stake. For Paul a misunderstanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ could lead to making us slaves and preventing us from enjoying the freedom we have in Christ. Paul is saying that the true gospel gives freedom and that the false gospel leads to slavery. How does the Gospel give us freedom?


19th January 2014 AM

The Final Hallelujah

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 150
Number of Downloads: 249

Life is full of praise...Parents praising their children, Grandparents praising their grandchildren, men praising car, women praising outfits. We praise a painter's masterpiece, a conductor's symphony, a chef's meal, an architect's building...Praise is a release of inner joy and excitement (Psalm 39:1-3). As CS Lewis said, 'It is "inner health" made audible'. Praise is naturally spontaneous, and it flows freely, not needing prompting. If life is full of praise, then it would seem fitting that all the praise be directed to God, the author of life. As we come to the last Psalm (150) this call to praise God reaches its noisy crescendo. Psalm 150 is the 'grand finale' of the psalms, containing 13 hallelujahs! This wonderful psalm answers four questions about our praise: where, why, how, and who. Let's get as excited in our praise of God as this beautiful Psalm.


12th January 2014 PM

The Creation Choir

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 148
Number of Downloads: 337

On his 'Indescribable' tour Louie Giglio says, "Scientists are stumped. One of their dilemmas is that there must be more inhabited planets in the universe. One of their arguments, which is a good one, is that if the universe is simply a habitation for you and me then it is way oversized. But, what if the primary purpose of the universe is not to be a home for you and me...What if its primary purpose is to show off the splendour, and the majesty, and the greatness and the glory of the God who created it all. Then the universe is not too big at all. Then the universe is just about the right size!" These words are a great summary of Psalm 148 which calls all of creation to praise our creator God. Together we will look at this beautiful Psalm that makes up one of the crescendo Psalms in the back of the Psalm collection.


12th January 2014 AM

The Worthy Walk

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Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: Ephesians 4:1-13
Number of Downloads: 282

More material in the New Testament pertains to Ephesus than to any other community of new believers. When Paul writes to the New Testament churches or to individuals, he usually is addressing a problem in the church. But this is not the case in Ephesians. He made three visits and spent three years building the church and it seems his letter was to reassure the new believers of their assurance of salvation and then give them some principles on how to live their new life in Christ. Last Sunday we found that God is a sculptor, endeavouring to make us masterpieces to display His glory. This morning, Paul gives the Ephesians (and us) some guidelines on how "to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.." (Eph. 4:1)


5th January 2014 AM

Masterpiece on Display

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Bevan Burns
Bible Passage: Ephesians 2: 1 - 10
Number of Downloads: 341

Today we look at how God is working in our lives, a tremendous exhibition of His wisdom, His power, His love, His life, His character, His peace , and His joy.


29th December 2013 AM

Simeon and Anna

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Luke 2:21-40
Number of Downloads: 350

25th December 2013 AM

Christmas Service

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Jim de Witte

22nd December 2013 PM

Mysterious Wisemen

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Matthew 2:1-12
Number of Downloads: 302

As we continue to look at the characters of Christmas the focus on Sunday turns to the Magi, those mysterious Wiseman from the east. Oh the questions we would love to ask them: Who were they? Where did they come from? Were they astrologers? How did they know about the Star? Unfortunately a lot of these questions cannot be answered by the pages of Scripture. The questions we can ask though are: Why are they in the Christmas story? What can we learn from them? It's a story that fascinates us with all its mystery, but we need to be in awe of the lengths they went to in their journey to find Jesus. They travelled a great distance and when they found him presented significant gifts to the child. Join us on Sunday evening for our journey into this account of the Magi.


22nd December 2013 AM

The Shepards

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John Van Dijk
Bible Passage: Luke 2:8-20
Number of Downloads: 326

As we are looking at the characters of Christmas there are some very obvious favourites. Of course Mary & Joseph play a very significant role and the birth of Jesus is the focus of the Christmas story. And the wise men from the East are very significant. And then there are the Shepherds, they do not appear very significant at all, in fact, shepherds were social outcasts at the time of Jesus' birth. Yet when God shares the wonderful news of the birth of His Son, he sends his angels and shares it with the Shepherds first. This morning we will look at these shepherds, understand who they are and explore why God sends his angels to these insignificant men.


15th December 2013 PM

John the Baptist

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Luke 1: 8-25; 57-66
Number of Downloads: 355

We don't often think of John the Baptist when thinking of Christmas. He doesn't appear in the Christmas pageants or in our Carols yet Luke starts his gospel with a whole lot of the first chapter dedicated to the account of his extraordinary birth. Why? This account of Zechariah, Elizabeth and John provide the context and preparation for the Christmas story we are more familiar with. Unlike so many people, John the Baptist knew his mission in life. He knew that he had been set apart for a purpose. That purpose was to challenge the people to prepare for the coming of the Messiah by repenting and believing, by turning from sin and being baptised as a sign of repentance. More importantly, the story brings us back to the point that nothing is impossible with God. A barren woman becomes pregnant, a virgin is with child, a Saviour is born, Immanuel- God with us.


8th December 2013 PM

Joseph - the forgotten man of Christmas

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Matthew 1: 18-25; 2:13-23
Number of Downloads: 225

In the lead up to Christmas we are focussing on the characters of Christmas. This afternoon we are looking at Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. I don't know about you, but I've never really given Joseph much thought before. The truth is that we know very little about him. Joseph is very much a background figure, with Mary who gets most of the attention. Yet Joseph is the man our God entrusts with his very own Son. He was entrusted with one of the greatest responsibilities in the history of the world. I think that we do well to have a little closer look at Joseph and the part that he played in God's great redemption plan.


1st December 2013 AM

Time with God

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Kings 19:1-18
Series: Elijah
Number of Downloads: 391

"I've had enough" "I can't take any more" "It's the last straw". Have you ever said any of these things? Well, if you can identify at all with this sentiment, isn't it good to know that we find in the pages of Scripture someone who feels exactly the same way? And what was the name of that person? It was Elijah, someone who for many years had been a kind of spiritual super-hero leading the people of Israel back to the Lord, fearlessly and boldly confronting false worship, decisively dealing with the prophets who spoke lies in the name of foreign gods. Yet even Elijah, great and famous as he was, reached a point of all-time low ebb. Elijah sees that there's no change at all in the royal family, that it has been a hollow victory and so he wants to get away from it all. He heads off to the mountain where it all began for God's people; back to Mt Horeb where God appeared to Moses.

Sometimes when you read about this passage, it can become a playground for amateurpsychologists and psychiatrists, trying to analyse Elijah, but let's focus on the real hero of thestory - not Elijah, but God. Through the passage, we'll see how God draws near to his people;how God graciously deals with Elijah; and how God keeps his people.


24th November 2013 PM

The Final Countdown

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Matthew 25:31-46
Number of Downloads: 361

"Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever(Thomas Jefferson)."Is it true that God's justice will not sleep forever? Is it true that Christ will return to judge, condemnand reward with an eternal destiny the life ofevery human being who ever lived? Perhaps more importantly: is this good news or bad news - how is this supposed to make us feel?This Sunday we'll take some time to consider these very controversial, confusing and often unpopular issues which form part of a BiblicalChristian faith.


24th November 2013 AM

Unless....

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 127
Number of Downloads: 357

I love the show Grand Designs. I love watching people embark on ambitious projects to renovate or rebuild some amazing piece of history. They have a grand vision and complex plans, they put together a tight budget and an even tighter timetable on completing the work and we watch it all unfold on the screen, compressed into a 1 hour show. I wonder what the plans for building our homes and families would look like compressed into a short span of time. The psalmist writes, 'Unless...' the Lord builds we build in vain. On a special day like today with the baptism of young Marcus Crawford what does it look like to have the Lord as builder? What comfort, joy and hope does that give us as parents and grandparents in the life of the children God has blessed us with? We will work through that together as we look at the Psalm.


17th November 2013 PM

Where is Jesus now?

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:15-23
Number of Downloads: 218

Where is Jesus now? Do you ever think about that question or is it something that concerns only theologians? Is it one of those questions that has no real bearing on how I live today? You may not have thought much about the Ascension, but it is an important event in the Christian calendar and we do well to wrestle with the importance for us in understanding and living with the beauty of this event. Scripture portrays this as the coronation of Jesus with benefits for all believers. Join us on Sunday evening as we look into this special event, the Ascension.


17th November 2013 AM

Punishment, Prayer and Proclamation

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 Kings 18:40-46
Number of Downloads: 383

Have you ever wondered: if God is sovereign,controls all things and lets history pan out exactly as he wants to, why do we need to pray?Do our prayers have any ability to changeGod's mind or to change the course of events? If not, what's the point of praying, seeing'what will be will be'regardless of our input. This Sunday we'll learn fromthe story of Elijah.Hope to seeyou there.


10th November 2013 AM

Who is the real God?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 Kings 18: 16-46
Number of Downloads: 372

Talking about our materialistic and consumer-driven culture, an author named Krishan Kumar says: "In this simulated world, images become objects, rather than reflecting them, reality becomes Hyper-Reality. In Hyper-Reality it is no longer possible to distinguish the imaginary from the real... the true from the false." In so many ways this phenomenon isn't new. While it seems obvious to us, we see how, in their context, Israel had the same predicament: who is the real God and who the false? This Sunday we'll see how Mt Carmel settles the question.


3rd November 2013 AM

Obadiah: cowardice or courage?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 Kings 18:1-15
Number of Downloads: 398

As we continue our journey through the story or Elijah, we meet yet another very colourful and quite enigmatic character in Scripture. One whose calling, life and attitude towards living out his faith in a hostile environment reflects much of our own experience with remarkable accuracy. Please join us on Sunday morning as we meet Obadiah.


27th October 2013 PM

Why did Jesus suffer and die?

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 2:13-25
Number of Downloads: 328

We probably don't think much about death; we certainly don't like talking about it. We also don't talk much about the death of Jesus except around Easter, but we should do so more often. In the Apostles' Creed the church confesses: 'We believe in Jesus Christ...who suffered under Pontius Pilate; and was crucified, dead and buried.' And we ask ourselves, 'So what?' What is the meaning of his suffering? Why do we have Pontius Pilate? Is it important that he was crucified on a cross? Why did he have to go all the way to death? Why was he buried? Since Christ has died for us, why do we still have to die? What advantage do we receive from Christ's death on the cross? These are huge questions that have been asked for centuries. These are questions we will work through on Sunday evening. The answer to these questions will bring us comfort, hope and assurance.


27th October 2013 AM

Dare we trust in God?

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Kings 17:7-24
Series: Elijah
Number of Downloads: 374

“Everything in the universe is either caused by God or allowed by God, and there is no third category.” That's a hugely important statement made by Tony Evans. What sparks in your mind when you hear this? So many times we look at a heart-breaking situation and wish there was a third category, “Bad things that happen for no reason”. But there is no such category and so we are left with so many mysteries about why God does what he does, and allows what he allows. In the text is says that it came to pass that the son grew sick. It's the writer's way of saying that what happened here was not an accident. After many months of the flour and the oil never running out suddenly the boy gets sick and dies. Why does it happen that way? We walk with the Lord and we do the best we can, and one day the phone call comes that changes life forever. Or we get a report from the doctor with bad news. Or our children get into terrible trouble. Or our marriage falls apart. Why do these things happen?

Life will be painful and difficult at times, even for Christians, but suffering gives God an opportunity to display His power and the power of His Word. The end of the story brings a grateful response from the widow, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth” (v. 24). As we work through this account in the Bible we might ask ourselves how God's love and power is in the journey of our lives.


20th October 2013 PM

Why a virgin birth?

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Luke 1:26-38; Hebrews 2:5-18
Number of Downloads: 320

As we delve deeper into the ancient church document called the Apostles' Creed, we come to a line representing an issue that has sparked debate across two thousand years. The line we talked about last week, 'And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord' brought out, in summary form, who Jesus was and what he did. The next pair of phrases, 'conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary' begins the unpacking of these roles of Jesus. And it begins by putting before us the fact that Jesus is both fully God and fully man. 'Conceived by the Holy Spirit' brings in the divine aspect of Jesus' nature, while having Jesus carried in a real woman's womb and physically born to a historical mother in the usual way, speaks to his being fully human.

As we approach December this idea of Mary, the virgin birth and the joy of Christmas washes over us and never challenges us to really think it through. We believe it because we hear about it every Christmas. We might end up thinking 'Nice, but it doesn't matter'. That would be a huge mistake. We can be certain that the early Christians didn't feel that way or they wouldn't have included these phrases in the Creed.

When we look at this couplet of the Apostle's Creed we have to ask ourselves a number of questions: What's the big deal? Why believe in the Holy Spirit conception and virgin birth? Why is there so much controversy about it? What difference does it make that Jesus was 'conceived by the Holy Spirit', and 'born of the Virgin Mary'? We will try and work through some of this on Sunday evening.


20th October 2013 AM

No Other Name

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Adam Schoenmaker (Youth Pastor at Bray Park Community Church)
Bible Passage: Acts 4 1:22
Number of Downloads: 466

Jesus Christ - there is no other name given under heaven by which men must be saved. This is, and always has been, viewed as an intolerant and exclusive message. But as we examine the story of Peter and John before the Council (Acts 4:1-22), we will discover not only how we might respond to this charge but also how the gospel of Jesus Christ is actually the most inclusive and liberating message of all time.


13th October 2013 PM

Jesus, Christ, Son, Lord

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: John 1:1-14
Number of Downloads: 257

“What has happened in the West is thathis [Jesus] impact over the centuries has been so felt that the ethos and moral impetus of his message has changed the course of Western civilisation.” There is little doubt by most people that this claimby Ravi Zacharias is accurate. There is more doubt, however over the biblical claimsabout Jesus we find the Apostle Creed.Sunday PM we'll unpack these claims and consider again just what we are called to believe about Jesusif we'll wear the name Christ-ian.


13th October 2013 AM

Our Unlikely God

 (7.95 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Luke 4:14-30; 1 Kings 17:7-16
Series: Elijah
Number of Downloads: 337

An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines two normally contradictory terms. It's an oxymoron that God informs Elijah that a widow would provide for him. It reminds us that so often God's ways seem strange to us. We do not always understand what he is doing. This is so true as we continue to work our way through the story of Elijah the prophet in 1 Kings. After Elijah delivers a stinging rebuke to King Ahab, God hides away his word from the people as he commands Elijah to hide in the Kerith ravine where he will be feed by the birds. Now God directs him to go to Zarephath where he would find a widow who would provide for him. As we read the story we again need to stop and ask ourselves not only, 'What is God doing?' but also, 'What do we learn from this story?' These and other questions will be the focus of the message on Sunday morning.


6th October 2013 AM

Witness Protection

 (7.95 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Kings 16:29-17:6
Series: Elijah
Number of Downloads: 421

We continue the series on Elijah. God withdraws Elijah into "witness protection". How does this relate to us today?


29th September 2013 PM

The Apostles' Creed

 (8.13 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: The Apostles' Creed
Number of Downloads: 321

29th September 2013 AM

My God is YHWH

 (8.02 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Kings 16:23-17:1
Series: Elijah
Number of Downloads: 325

An introduction to a series on Elijah, as we look at who he is and his background.


22nd September 2013 PM

Living for the Glory of God

 (6.86 MB)
Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:23-33
Number of Downloads: 341

22nd September 2013 AM

Showing Jesus

 (5.24 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: John 1:19-31
Series: Re:Vision
Number of Downloads: 246

God willing, on Sunday morning we'll finish our sermon series, Re: Vision -Six weeks ago, we looked at thebasis for our being Christians -the gospel of Jesus Christ. We then looked at the responses the gospel produces in our hearts, heads and hands as the Holy Spirit lives out Christ's live through us - wegather, grow, giveand go.Finally, thisSundaywe'll consider the purpose of all of these things. Please join us to celebrate God's presence together.


15th September 2013 PM

Fear Factor

 (7.51 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 1:1-12
Number of Downloads: 394

This Sunday we step out of the vision statement series because we had a special celebration in the morning service but we aren't stepping completely away from the themes of the vision because a common thread of some of the comments from people following last Sunday's messages was fear. Fear of ridicule; fear of stuffing the Gospel message up; fear of rejection; fear of standing out against the rest; fear of failure; fear of being offensive. Personal fears; social fears and spiritual fears. Fear. So how do we face our fears? You do that by remembering the ground of your salvation: 'The appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and brought life and immortality through the gospel.' Paul was writing these words to encourage Timothy, and he also says: “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (or fear), but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” God did not want Timothy to be scared or frightened and the same goes for you and me. So how does this help us? Come along on Sunday evening and find out more.


15th September 2013 AM

THE END OF THE BOOK SAYS: IN JESUS ALL IS GOOD!

 (11.88 MB)
Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Psalm 13, 2 Corinthians 4:13 - 5:5
Number of Downloads: 575

Who of us is not relieved that the election activities have come to an end. Especially during the last few weeks and months, with all the electioneering going on.

Whenever a candidate spoke or wrote, so often people asked themselves: Is this person to be trusted? Are these words honest words, true words?

And at times these words were not sincere and truthful.

Compare the Bible with that; that book is in a class by itself. Not only its words are honest and true, because it is the Word of God; but there is also another Bible characteristic which stands out: this book is honest and straightforward. It tells it like it is, at times in quite emotional language.

As a case in point we will look at some of the Psalms, where the authors are really questioning God. Why doesn't God do anything, why doesn't He step in and act? Show His power? Stop the evil?

It is not only the Old Testament psalmists who are troubled by that. Also Jesus Himself goes through that agony: where is God?

Maybe you at times go through similar questions.

How do we deal with that?

Some are not dealing with it at all: I have known people who became bitter and twisted and went through life full of anger towards God.

The answer is: TRUST! Whatever happens to us, and it is true that there are times that things don't make much sense, nevertheless: trusting the very words of God, that is the ultimate answer. Believing that God never lies. Believing that we can always count on God.

That - in Jesus, because of Jesus - God is on my side!

Always!


8th September 2013 PM

Re Vision Go

 (7.03 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Exodus 19:1-6
Series: Re:Vision
Number of Downloads: 378

We are gospel people who gather, grow, give and... go. Out of all the g-words in our statement, this is arguably the most fear invoking or guilt associated or just plain confusing word for many Christians living in a missional context such as ours. Why? Because doing mission in our setting is incredibly tough! People aren't interested in God, do not realize their need/want for him and have dozens of other competitors for their devotion. We all know this. It is therefore absolutely necessary – if we are going to stay the course – that we have a clear understanding of what God has to say on the issue of 'going' – understanding his plan, his work in our world and how exactly we form a part of that. Sunday night we'll delve into this a little deeper. Please join us.


8th September 2013 AM

ReVision: Go=Mission Possible

 (6.19 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Matthew 5:1-16
Series: Re:Vision
Number of Downloads: 450

So what is the Gospel message according to your life? Jesus says that Christians are to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. But what does that mean? Jesus is talking about who we are and what we do in his name. As the Gospel community that gathers, grows and gives we also have the command to 'Go'. And we go as salt and light, not in our own power but with the light of the Gospel in us and the power of God working through us.

So we ask, 'What would this city of Redlands be without us? What would this region be like without the Church of Jesus Christ? Where would our nation be without the people of God?' If Jesus could call His disciples “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world,” He can say the same to you today. So give the world a taste and glimpse of who Christ is.


1st September 2013 PM

We are all in this together

 (4.99 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Romans 12:1-8
Series: Re:Vision
Number of Downloads: 440

We have been looking at who we are as the church in the Redlands we are a gathering, gospel community who encourage each other to grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. But there is so much more to being in community together. We grow as we work together. In Romans Paul lays out the truth of the Gospel in 11 chapters and then opens chapter 12 with a challenge. After we have seen God's wonderful plan of salvation and new life giving ourselves to the Lord is a reasonable expression of worship and gratitude. We'll explore what that might look like for RCRC


1st September 2013 AM

Re: Vision - Give

 (5.38 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Acts 20:35
Series: Re:Vision
Number of Downloads: 388

So far in the Re: Visions series we said that we are a gospel people who gather and who grow into maturity in Christ. So, again we may ask the question, what follows next? What is the natural outflow of people, changed by the gospel, gathering and growing up in Christ? It's growing into the attitude of which Corrie Ten Boom once spoke when she said: “the measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation”. This Sunday we'll explore what it means to live a life of donations as we look at what it means for the Christian to give.


25th August 2013 PM

ReVision: A Place to Grow

 (7.41 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 2 Peter 1:1-11, 2 Peter 3:18
Series: Re:Vision
Number of Downloads: 389

When you were growing up, did your parents ever say to you, 'I wish you would grow up!'? You know what they meant, don't you? They wanted you to act more mature than you had been acting. I wonder if God looks down at His church and says 'I wish they would grow up!'?

It's important to grow up. Most of us, at different times, are concerned with growing up. Have you thought about growth? I'm not talking about physical growth, but about spiritual growth. We hear a lot about bigger churches and more and more people. Great stuff, but even more important than church growth is individual growth, personal, spiritual growth. Are you growing up?

It is the vision of the Redlands Christian Reformed Church that we help each person grow in maturity. How do we do that? How can the church community help with that? How do we spur each other on to love and good deeds? That is the issue we will look at tonight.


25th August 2013 AM

ReVision - Grow

 (8.35 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Ephesians 1:15-23
Series: Re:Vision
Number of Downloads: 350

“We are gospel people who gather.” This has been the message we explored in a deeper sense over the last two weeks. The next question we have to ask ourselves then is: what does God want to do with a people whom the gospel has renewed and who gathers regularly? The answer is: 'grow'. God desires to grow his people. This Sunday, as we look at a prayer of Paul's to the Ephesian church, we'll discover more about what it means to 'grow' as a Christian congregation


18th August 2013 PM

Why gather as the church?

 (6.70 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 95:1-11
Series: Re-vision
Number of Downloads: 434

Two Christians gather to have coffee: Is that the church? Five or six people gather to read the Bible: Is that the church? We gather to hear a pastor preach and we sing some: Is that the church? What does it mean to gather as the church? The Protestant Reformers concluded that there were three marks of the church (preaching of the Word, administration of the sacraments and church discipline). The focus here is more on the authority the pastor exercises, but says very little on congregational life.

So why do we gather? We gather together because by God's grace we belong together. We have all heard, and responded to, the one gospel, and we are united as members in the one body. The essential aim of the gathering is to worship the God and to encourage and grow one another as followers of Jesus Christ. There is sharing food, making prayer, offering praise, and bringing out Biblical teachings, testimonies of God's grace at work in our lives and the singing of Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (with gratitude in our hearts). We can add to that preaching and the sacraments. We participate in something beyond ourselves. The Lord Jesus is the rule and the authority of any gathering. Where the body gathers He is the invited and welcomed participant. We don't merely gather as like-minded people, but as followers of Jesus Christ.

What are some of the expectations should we have when we gather as the church, in whatever size group that might be? An interesting question.


18th August 2013 AM

Re: Vision - Gather

 (7.24 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Acts 20:13-38
Series: Re:Vision
Number of Downloads: 388

Last Sunday we kicked off Re: Vision by saying that we are gospel people! We heard that the gospel IS the power of God for salvation as Jesus himself turns the hearts of those who will believe to God. This week we'll start to look at four responses coming from this grace we receive in Christ, the first of which is 'gathering'. Gospel people are gathering people. But what does it mean to 'gather' and what happens when we gather? Please join us to dig into these questions together.


11th August 2013 PM

Re: Vision - 'Gospel People....'

 (7.81 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Acts 18:24 - 19:7
Series: Re:Vision
Number of Downloads: 465

This Sunday we are kicking off a sermon series called Re: Vision. It would be easy to say that this series is focusing on what our job as a church is, in other words the grand plan of what we're going to do in the future. Right at the outset, however, we need to realize that this is entirely the wrong question to start with. The starting question for the church of all times and places never was and never will be a question of what we do, but a question of who we are or perhaps even more accurately... whose we are? Sunday we will unpack this question as we look at one of the first churches in the New Testament. Hope to see you there!


11th August 2013 AM

Not Ashamed

 (6.97 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Romans 1: 1-17
Series: Re:Vision
Number of Downloads: 292

This morning we begin our series looking at some of the core values that we believe our church holds onto. The first is the Gospel, which is at the heart of all we say and do. If we are honest every one of us at one time or another has been ashamed of the gospel. Whether it is before our family, our friends, or our workmates there are times when we have been embarrassed to stand up for Jesus and the gospel; where we failed to speak the truth of the gospel, or simply share the message that Jesus is both Lord and Saviour. It is not because we don't believe in Jesus but it's because the world doesn't believe. Our world is opposed to God's gospel, it ridicules the gospel, it does not tolerate the gospel and we don't want to be ridiculed. We don't want people to oppose us, we don't want to be rejected or seen as intolerant. And so instead of standing up for Jesus we back down, instead of being proud of the gospel we become ashamed. How do we overcome this? The answer is found in verses 16 and 17 of Romans 1, which we will look at together this morning.


4th August 2013 PM

Noah's Famous Ark

 (6.83 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Genesis 6:14-22, 7:24, 8:1
Number of Downloads: 232

Last week we explored God's justice at work in the story of Noah's Ark as he judges human sinfulness. Left there, it has to be said that the outlook for a bright future is pretty bleak. Thankfully, however, the story of Noah's ark is about so much more than God's righteous judgment. We also meet his incredible grace! Please join us as we finish off this amazing story.


4th August 2013 AM

Love Never Fails!

 (7.05 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Series: Love is ...
Number of Downloads: 257

When we get to heaven there are so many things that will be gone. We won't need teaching because we will know all things; we won't need preaching because the gospel is complete; we won't need faith because we will see God; we won't need hope because we will be complete in the presence of God. So what's left...love! That's why Paul can say, 'Love never fails'. Love will be there when all other things are gone. This means that the challenge for every one of us is to develop that loving attitude now. That sounds like hard work, and it is but this love based on the wonderful news that God's love for us never fails. We are the ones who fail each other and fail God. We live with that love of God flowing in us and through us.


28th July 2013 PM

Noahs Famous Ark

 (6.92 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Number of Downloads: 302

“I loved this story when I was a kid” is the overbearing general sentiment you'll find about the famous story of Noah's ark in the Bible. And while it's great to have kids excited about stories of the Bible, the problem is that Noah's ark is not a kids story per se! On Sunday evening we'll stop and consider the true depth of this famous Bible story and answer some of the hard questions when it comes to the somewhat outrageous ideas it asks the reader to believe.


28th July 2013 AM

Love always perseveres

 (7.55 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Hebrews 12:1-7
Series: Love is ...
Number of Downloads: 343

There is an old saying that goes,

'To dwell above with the saints I love, that will be glory.

To dwell below with the saints I know, now that's another story.'

How true is that! The challenge coming out of a series of sermons on 1 Corinthians 13 is not about knowing what to do...but about having the capacity to do it. And Christian love, as commanded by Paul, is not for the weak which is why he ends by challenging our love to always protect, trust, hope and now persevere. Always. Christian love is like the energizer bunny; it just keeps going and going and going. It is tenacious. What are the relationships (home, work, family, church) that you feel like giving up on? How do you persevere (or endure KJV)? I know that in our own strength we can't love like this. We are failures. That's why we need the gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for our failures to love. And, if we belong to him, then he will work this love into us as we trust in him. He will work persevering into us.


21st July 2013 PM

Daniel and the Lions

 (8.12 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Daniel 6:1-28
Number of Downloads: 361

Daniel...what a man! For many years he was a prominent leader under a number of famous emperors. What an illustrious career. But when we read the biblical story, we realise that the outstanding feature of Daniel's life was not his success as a statesman but his humble dependence on God. The story of Daniel in the lion's den is one of the best-known and best-loved stories in all the Bible. Children love to hear it and Sunday school teachers love to tell it. It has encouraged the people of God for thousands of years. And why shouldn't it? The story is filled with unexpected twists and turns and the good guy wins and the bad guys...well, the bad guys are torn to pieces. Along the way we learn the secret of Daniel's success. Somehow he managed to survive and thrive in a spiritually hostile environment. The world doesn't want its conscience pricked and doesn't reward those who dare to stand up for what they believe. The book of Daniel tells us how to live for God in a hostile environment...with prayer and dependence on Him. What does that look like for us today?


21st July 2013 AM

Jesus is the Centre of All Things

 (7.92 MB)
Jonathan Vandenberg
Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 2
Number of Downloads: 276

On Sunday the 21'st of July, we are hosting Jonathan Vandenberg, the CRCA National Youth Coordinator. Jonathan has studied in the fields of Youth Work, Theology, Human Resource Management, Education, Ceremony and Wine. Jonathan has over 20 years experience as a youth ministry professional in the CRCA and zig zags the nation training, consulting, speaking, mentoring and developing ministry projects and events. Aside from his busy work life, Jonathan resides on various boards of ministry projects, is a member of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry and preparing to plant a church. Jonathan has published in international journals and magazine columns. Shortly he will be releasing a Family faith life resource that will be available in all major Christian bookstalls and through the CRCA resource centre website.

Jonathan will be sharing a message with us on 2 Timothy 2. The basic themes are around remembering that Jesus is the centre of all things and being people of purity as his messengers.


14th July 2013 PM

David and Goliath

 (8.69 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 17:1-16; 37b-51
Number of Downloads: 306

Tonight we begin a series where we look at some of the best known stories of the Bible and we start with David and Goliath. The story is so well known that the phrase 'David verses Goliath' has become part of our language, referring to a situation where one person or team is considered the underdog, to the point where no-one thinks they should be able to win. Yet there are times when 'David' wins. But is that what God wants us to understand from this story, that the 'little guy' can sometimes beat the 'big guy'? or is there something more? We remember the story but do we know its meaning? Tonight we will look at the story again, delve into our understanding of it and listen to what God is saying to us through this well-loved story.


14th July 2013 AM

Love is ... hope

 (6.02 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 1:3-11
Series: Love is ...
Number of Downloads: 204

According to one thesaurus, the word 'optimistic' [op-tuh-mis-tik] can be defined as 'believing positively'. While it may sound like popular psychology, we'll find that the Bible has a lot to say about 'believing positively', especially as a fruit of the love God wishes to establish among his people. This Sunday morning we'll see how 'believing positively' is a fundamental virtue among God's people.


7th July 2013 AM

Strength in Weakness

 (6.62 MB)
Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Number of Downloads: 269

A close study of second Corinthians reveals that our times are not unlike their times. As Paul prepares for a visit to the Corinthian church, he is fearful that he will not be happy with what is occurring in the church and that the church will not be pleased with what he has to say about their un-christian practices and life style. False 'apostles' had come to the church who were boasting about their exploits, how faithful and how tremendously dedicated they were. They were hypnotizing these Corinthians into believing that they were true apostles of Christ, teaching them false things, etc. In order to gain the attention of the Corinthians, Paul has to boast of his exploits. But what exploits does he boast about? If you were in Paul's shoes, what would you boast about?


30th June 2013 PM

How Long O Lord

 (6.88 MB)
Jeremy de Vries
Number of Downloads: 218
Do you, or have you ever felt abandoned by God? If so, you're not the only one...King David felt immense feelings of abandonment by God...but God never left him...and He will never leave you.

30th June 2013 AM

Nothing to Worry About

 (7.17 MB)
Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: Matthew 6:24-34
Number of Downloads: 484

Worry and stress are a daily part of many people's lives. It has massive effects on their health, productivity and for the Christian, usefulness to the Lord. We're going to be unpacking Matthew 6 where Jesus commands us not to be anxious, looking at why it's something we don't need to do. This is a challenging passage, but on Sunday we will explore how we really have nothing to worry about.


23rd June 2013 PM

The Final Curtain

 (8.11 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Revelation 20:1-15
Series: Revelation
Number of Downloads: 303

Revelation 20! This chapter in the Bible brings out a topic that causes unending debate...the Millennium, or 1000years. The big question is when, in history, does what is written in chapter 20 occur? Central to our understanding of this chapter is a right view of the teaching concerning the thousand years. This chapter has been a bitter debating ground for Christians for many centuries so it needs to be approached with great humility of spirit, recognizing the difficulties of interpretation and showing respect for the honest interpretation of others. Together we will try to unpack this, knowing that there are many Christians who view things differently. One thing all positions agree with is that Christ will come again physically and visibly, and the church's hope is focused in Him. When He returns, He will consummate God's kingdom. The rule and reign of God will be completely expressed as God's victory over sin, evil, Satan, and death is accomplished. The final curtain will come down on Satan and the shalom of God will be left. What a moment that will be.


23rd June 2013 AM

Love ... always trusts

 (7.04 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Luke 23: 26-46, 1 Corinthians 13:7
Series: Love is ...
Number of Downloads: 414

Isaac Watts once said: “Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks.” After some sober reflection we'd have to agree. Trusting other people as well as trusting God has to be one of the most difficult things we are asked to do, and yet, so much of 'being church' depends on our ability to trust others. This is why Paul recommends 'love' as the 'better way' or 'greater gift' in 1 Corinthians 13, because it 'always trusts'. Sunday morning we'll unpack in very practical terms why this ability of love is so important in the church as well as how and where Christians are to embrace trust in church life.


16th June 2013 AM

Love ... Protects

 (7.69 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 2:18 - 25, 1 Corinthians 13:4 - 8a
Series: Love is ...
Number of Downloads: 292

As we move through 1 Corinthians 13 we are turning a corner as we come to verse 7 where Paul writes, 'It [love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.' Before this he has given us eight things love does not do...now he's going to give us five things love does do. Paul says that love always protects. At least, that's the way the NIV puts it. Other translations say that love bears all things. One of the wonderful things about people who love you is that they do not deliberately expose you to things that will hurt you. Love defends the character of the other person as much as possible within the limits of truth. Love won't lie about weaknesses, but neither will it deliberately expose and emphasize them. Love protects. And because of that, love stays; love bears up under the stresses of a relationship whether
that is in the family home of the church. It has staying power through the love of Christ that
lives in us.

How would you like to be around people like that? People who bear with you, give you the benefit of the doubt, people who pick you up when you are down. Don't you like to be around people who bear all things for you, protect you at all times, and trust in God's good work in your life? Those are people who you love to be with, and those are the people who love to be with you, as you display Christ's love to each other.


9th June 2013 PM

We've been waiting for this

 (8.28 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Revelation 19:1-21
Series: Revelation
Number of Downloads: 209

In Revelation 19 the scene shifts again to heaven. Earth's tragic tale has ended. Babylon lies in ruins. Surely this is cause for rejoicing. God now reigns and all the saints will celebrate that the wedding supper of the Lamb. Chapter 19 is certainly a chapter of contrasts! Our attention is turned now from the wedding celebrations aspect of the glory and victory of Christ to a very different aspect of that glory and victory. Christ now leads out armies of angels that snuff out mankind's last resistance to his rule. The beast and false prophet of chapter 13 are condemned to the lake of fire and Satan is bound. This is what we've been waiting for! The Day of the Lord is coming. Again, there is a need for self-examination. Where do you belong in the visions of this chapter? On which side are you? Under the banner of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords; celebrating at the wedding supper of the Lamb? This is the only place where security can be found.


9th June 2013 AM

Love is ... truthful

 (6.42 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 2 Samuel 12:1-20, 1 Corinthians 13:6
Series: Love is ...
Number of Downloads: 292

If we agree with Professor Dumbledore, (a character in J.K. Rowling's,Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)that “the truth... is abeautifulandterriblething...” we have some investigating to do. This Sunday we'll discover that indeed, the truth is both a 'beautiful' and 'terrible' thing, but even so,lovealways rejoices with the truth!


2nd June 2013 AM

Love ... forgives

 (8.20 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Matthew 18:15-35
Series: Love is ...
Number of Downloads: 311

Love keeps no record of wrongs; it 'doesn't keep a score of the sins of others' (Petersen). In the church we talk a lot about forgiveness, because we know that there are times when we are wronged, or hurt by another. Paul says, 'Forgive and don't keep counting the past; don't dredge up those old sins when dealing with a present problem. Keep no record of wrong. So how about us? How do we measure up? I admit it's very tempting when you have a dispute with someone to dredge up past issues and bring them into the present problem. It happens in marriages and it happens in churches. But love keeps no record of wrongs and this takes a conscious effort on our part. Home life and church life would be so much better if we don't keep bringing up past history into a current problem. It would improve your relationships at work, at home, at school, everywhere, if we just lived, love keeps no record of wrongs. How can we do that?


26th May 2013 PM

An Unholy Trinity

 (8.15 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Revelation 13:1-14:5
Number of Downloads: 205

In Revelation 12 we are left with the picture of the dragon (Satan) going off to make war against the church and individual believers. Now, in chapter 13 an 'unholy trinity' is formed with the dragon and the beast from the sea and the beast from the earth. What does all that mean? Here we find an alliance working together to deceive the world, destroy the church and damage the gospel. So how do we stand firm in our allegiance to Christ against this unholy trinity? Given the chaos of the chapters 12 and 13 what comfort and assurance do we find in the passage?


26th May 2013 AM

Love is ... not easily angered

 (8.28 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: John 2:12-17 and James 1:19-20
Series: Love is ...
Number of Downloads: 237

Sometimes it feels so good to be angry! In many places in the Bible we read that God gets angry: “I feared the anger and wrath of the Lord, for he was angry enough to destroy you... (Deuteronomy 9:19.” In Psalm 4:4 we read: “In your anger, do not sin...” and in Ephesians 4:6: “Do not let the sun go down when you are still angry...” At first glance it may seem that anger is totally forbidden in the life of a believer, but a careful reading and consideration of these verses will reveal something slightly different... Sunday morning, as we look at love... which is not easily angered (1 Corinthians 13:5) we'll discover the truth about anger. Please join us.


19th May 2013 PM

Behind the Scene

 (15.69 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Revelations 12:1-13:1
Number of Downloads: 224

We have now reached the halfway point in the book of Revelation and again the scene shifts. We are given the story behind history, which enables us to see why the world is as it is, why evil is so awful, and where we fit in. We have here a behind-the-scenes look at the unequal cosmic spiritual battle that is going on. What we see is that the church-world struggle is really a conflict between the Lord Jesus Christ and Satan, fought on the grounds of earth throughout time and history. It's a reminder that 'Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms' (Ephesians 6:12). Join us as we look at the three main characters in this spiritual battle.


19th May 2013 AM

Love is Polite

 (5.48 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Series: Love is ...
Number of Downloads: 318

When we think of politeness, we're often taken back to our childhood days. The days of having drilled into us the virtues of saying 'please', 'thank you' and letting the other kids go down the slide first. Is that all there is to politeness though? Is it simply a cultural expectation that gets passed on down the ages or is there something more to it? Does the challenge to be polite (or not rude as is mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13) ever get less difficult as we grow older, and if it doesn't, where does it come to the fore in our lives? More on these questions on Sunday.


12th May 2013 PM

Back to Earth

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Revelation 6:1-8:1
Number of Downloads: 335

In Revelation chapter 5 the Lord Jesus Christ was seen to be the only one in heaven and on earth who was worthy to take the scroll 'from the right hand of him who sat on the throne'. This scroll is sealed with seven seals. Now what we find right through from 6:1-8:1 is that one by one those seals are opened, the vision moves back to the reality on earth, with many tragedies unfolding across the world. Events that have occurred in every age of history and are observable in the world around us today. All these things are necessary preludes to the return of Jesus Christ and the bringing of 'a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness' (2 Peter 3:13). What we see is the timelessness of Revelation. All of history is constantly under review, rather than the seals following some chronological sequence. But what are we to make of all of this? How does it bring hope and comfort to the original readers and to us today?


12th May 2013 AM

Beautiful

 (8.14 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Isaiah 61:1-3
Number of Downloads: 371

We welcome you to a Mother's Day service with a difference. Come and hear how everyday Mum's navigate life with some amazing stories of what God has done.


5th May 2013 AM

Love is ... Humble

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a, Philippians 2:1-11
Series: Love is ...
Number of Downloads: 277

In 1 Corinthians 13, the famous Bible chapter on love, the apostle Paul details God's greatest gift. Part of the description of love is a list of negatives—what love is not. Two of these negatives, found in verse 4, are love “does not boast” and “is not proud”. In contrast to love being demonstrated in patience and kindness, mentioned in the beginning of the verse, boasting and pride are not marks of love. Paul's mention of these points is significant, given the issues he was addressing in the Corinthian church to whom he is writing. There was arrogance in the way they spoke, and acted but there is no arrogance in love. Boasting and pride puts the focus and attention on you. Love, displayed in humility, turns that perspective around with the focus and attention on Christ and the other person. And, as was posted on Facebook this week, 'Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.' (C.S. Lewis) How are we doing as individuals and as a church community? What characterises you and me?


28th April 2013 PM

A Vision of Jesus

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Revelation 1:9 -20
Number of Downloads: 280

One childhood memory that most people remember is that of being scared at night. We weren't quite sure if we would survive the strange noises in the house, the thunder outside or the threatening darkness that surrounds. Quite often the church – or even the Christian life – is a little bit like that. Much darkness, at times discernible and at times not, surrounds the church. Often it appears as if the church in the West is on a steady path of extinction with only a moderate flickering of hope here and there as we see churches grow. In the midst of these observations there is one key question to ask: will the church survive the darkness? And if so, why? At Sunday's PM will hear the answer from Revelation 1. Please join us as we continue our journey through this wonderful book!


28th April 2013 AM

Love is ... not Envious

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Genesis 4:1-16
Series: Love is ...
Number of Downloads: 155

John MacArthur said, “One of the hardest battles a Christian must fight is against jealousy. There is always someone who is a little better…than you are.” But you may be wondering, “What's so wrong with a little jealousy. I mean, how much harm can it potentially cause another?” Jealousy/envy is sin because it because it alienates us from one another and from God. This is a particular problem for churches and family, so Paul reminds the Corinthian believers, and us, that love does not envy which brings us back to the 10 commandments, 'You shall not covet'. But true love, God's love, rejoices in the good gifts that God has given to others and is content with what it has. Then there is no room for envy amongst God's people because the focus is on building others up and meeting their needs with the gifts that each of us has been given. How important is that for us to know and act on today?


21st April 2013 PM

Revelation 101

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Revelation 1
Number of Downloads: 331

Yes we are braving it! Preaching through the book of Revelation during the PM services of Term 2. For dozens of reasons this book in the Bible has been associated with so many ill feelings: confusion, fear, embarrassment, scorn and misuse (one writer calls it the 'playground of the cults'). Of course, the tragedy about all of this is that the church often shies away from preaching this marvellous book, which, despite all our misgivings, God chose to have as his final word to his people in Scripture. Surely, just as we cherish the last words of a person before they pass away, the 'last words' of Jesus in his written word have to be of the utmost importance in the life of the Christian. It's for this reason and more that we'll embark on a magnificent journey through the message of Revelation on Sunday.


21st April 2013 AM

Love is ... kind

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 2 Samuel 9:1-8, Luke 10:25-37
Series: Love is ...
Number of Downloads: 317

On Sunday we are going to look at the rather underrated description for love which is 'Love is...kind.' Mark Twain called kindness “a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” He was absolutely right. It is truly the universal language, understood by people from every nation, by the rich and the poor, by the old and the young, by both male and female. Kindness is a universal language because it does not speak to the intellect, but directly to the heart. I wonder how many lives have been changed by someone showing kindness. How has your life been changed by an act of kindness? And the truth that underlines all this is the kindness of God which Paul writes about in Titus 3:4, “But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.”


14th April 2013 AM

Love Is Patient

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Series: Love is ...
Number of Downloads: 404

Today we continue the 'Love is...' series, looking at the concept that 'Love is Patient'. That seems so straight forward but, as R. C. Sproul puts it, “When the Bible speaks of patience…it speaks of it as a virtue that goes far beyond the mere ability to await some future gain. It involves more than the rest or peace of the soul that trusts in God's perfect timing. The patience that is in view here focuses more on interpersonal relationships with other people. It is the patience of longsuffering and of forbearing in the midst of personal injury. This is the most difficult patience of all.” If Paul is writing to the church, what are the implications for us when we say, 'Love is patient'.


7th April 2013 AM

Love is ...

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 John 4:7-12
Series: Love is ...
Number of Downloads: 271

If we were to ask five people what love is, we'd probably get five different answers. According to Aristotle, “love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies”. According to H.L Mencken, “love is like war: easy to start, but very hard to stop”. According to John Lennon, “love is the flower you've got to let grow”. While all these quotes are taken in isolation and out of context, they already prove to us that a single, standard definition of what love is and what expression it takes in life, is a very disputable matter. What about the Christian? What is the Christian's answer to the question of what love is and how it should form part of life? On Sunday we're launching into a series which will answer this vital question for Christians.


31st March 2013 AM

Christ is Risen!

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Number of Downloads: 259

Jesus' death, burial and resurrection is the most significant event in the history of humankind. Good Friday was the blackest moment in history, but it gives way to victory and we can stand today in awe and total amazement at Jesus' resurrection from the dead.

The Life Application Bible commentary rightly points out that 'The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the central fact of Christian history. On it the church is built; without it there would be no Christian church today. Jesus' resurrection is unique. Other religions have strong ethical systems, concepts about paradise and afterlife, and various holy writings. Only Christianity has a God who became human, literally died for his people, and was raised again in power and glory to rule his church forever.'

The importance of the resurrection in Christianity and in Christian belief was eloquently stated by Paul in 1 Cor 15:12-14“If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith”. What Paul wrote approximately twenty five years after the resurrection is alsotrue today.Let us celebrate that resurrection together this Sunday.


29th March 2013 AM

Stained

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Jim de Witte, Ettiene de Wilzem

Many a mother would be able to talk about and compare with other mothers her agony in removing stains from clothes. We regularly see ads on TV which tells of so and so's new powder with renewed and strengthened ability to get rid of those pesky stains. This Easter, in a practical and memorable way, we'll be remembering our Saviour's sacrifice for his children in terms of staining and stain removing.


24th March 2013 PM

Will everything be ok?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Psalm 121
Number of Downloads: 370

Life is a Journey; Enjoy the Ride

The quote above is designed to make us look at life from a new perspective – a perspective which presumes that once we see life as a journey, we'll automatically enjoy it. What if we don't, though? The reality is that life's journey is fraught with calamities and challenges far beyond our abilities to cope with. Is there an assurance that we can indeed endure and even enjoy the full, eternal journey of life? Can we stand on the verge of embarking on a new phase of our life journeys and know that everything will be OK? Sunday night we'll explore the answer.


24th March 2013 AM

Prayer for protection

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Matthew 6:13; James 1:1-18
Number of Downloads: 282

In the Lord's Prayer Jesus calls us to remember we are weak and that we need the Lord's protection. As we live in this world we have, what one person described, as the 'unholy trinity' attacking us. Three of them (the devil, the World, and Flesh) united in their desire to see God's work in our lives come to nothing; to see God's people dragged down and destroyed. That is why Jesus' prayer pattern includes the words, 'Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one'. We don't like being weak, but we are. In our own strength we cannot stand for even a moment. So we seek God's grace and strength to deliver us day after day, hour by hour, and moment by moment. God has given us so much, do you really think he will close his ears to your cry for help in the face of temptation. Absolutely not! God will answer your prayer for deliverance.


17th March 2013 AM

Daily Confession

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Matthew 6:12; Matthew 18: 21-35
Number of Downloads: 334

Some people say, "You don't have to pray every day for forgiveness. You are forgiven, past, present and future. You don't need to pray for daily forgiveness anymore, especially if you are a mature Christian. You're past all that." Well, that is not what Jesus taught. He said, "Pray... forgive us our debts, not just once, but again and again, as we forgive our debtors."

Yes, you are already forgiven in Jesus by faith; we are sanctified; we are justified if we are believers; but we are on a journey of sanctification, we haven't arrived yet. As we continue to live in this world we are living in the 'already but not yet' time. We need ongoing faith and ongoing forgiveness and ongoing prayer and ongoing perseverance. As we pray for forgiveness each day we will find the strength to forgive others and also to ask forgiveness off those we have offended.

So do we need to pray this prayer today? Yes and for many good reasons which we will explore together on Sunday morning.


10th March 2013 PM

Darkness is my closest friend

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 88
Number of Downloads: 268

As Christians today we continue to live in a world filled with pain and struggle. That's why we have to deal with both physical illness and mental illness. This world is not as it was meant to be, with God's people living in peace with God and one another. The events of Genesis 3 changed all of that. Tonight we will reflect a little on mental illness, but really only touching the surface. Mental illness is a very isolating thing. It tends to separate us from others and the community. That is because there has always been a lot of stigma and shame associated with mental illness. It also takes a lot of energy to be around people and if you are suffering from depression or anxiety, that can be very difficult.

In Psalm 88 we get these haunting words at the end of the Psalm...darkness is my closet friend! These are words of pain and struggle. These are words of suffering and depression. Maybe these are (or were) your words. Through the lens of Psalm 88 will hopefully grow in our understanding of what it means to struggle with mental health and how we can walk alongside those who struggle and maybe even give us permission to speak about mental illness in ways that affirm and support those who struggle. And probably the best thing we can do as a church community is to learn how to love our neighbour when our neighbour is ill. That can be a very hard thing to do when somebody is very depressed and uncommunicative, but we need to find a way to walk beside them.


10th March 2013 AM

Our Daily Bread

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Matthew 6:11; 25-34
Number of Downloads: 281

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string” vs. Jesus Christ: “Give us our daily bread”. Western culture's insistence on freedom found in the autonomy and self-reliance of the individual vs. Christianity's truth expressed in total, utter, self-abandoning reliance on the provision of God. Sunday morning we'll look at how the notion that Christians are totally dependent on God affects the contents of our prayers. There's quite a lot more than meets the eye with this simple request... Please join us for the morning.


3rd March 2013 AM

Hallowed be Your Name

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Matthew 6:9-10 Revelation 11:17, 22:20
Number of Downloads: 349

If you've been around in Christian circles for long enough, you'll probably be familiar with the words: “... Hallowed be thy name...” They aren't words we really use in today's language and apart from sounding kind of authentic and even cool to say in a prayer, we have to ask the question: do we really understand what it means for us to pray them? What are we essentially saying or asking through our usage of these incredibly deep and pervasive words of Scripture? Sunday morning we'll unpack it as we continue to journey through our series, iPray


24th February 2013 PM

Homosexuality and Same Sex Marriage

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Genesis 2:18-25; Romans 1:18-27
Number of Downloads: 337

Louie Giglio (Indescribable DVD) had to step aside from praying at the inauguration of President Barak Obama in January 2013 after comments surfaced in which he described homosexuality as a sin in the eyes of God in a sermon a number of years ago. This highlights the fact that homosexuality is one of the most divisive issues within churches and across our country today. As a society and culture we are drifting further form biblical foundations and principles. So the question that comes to us today is: How should we respond to the popular ideology surrounding homosexuality and same sex marriage? We certainly need to have an opinion on such matters. But it ought to be an opinion that is not shaped by fundamentalism of popular culture but by a clear understanding of the scriptures. So what does God's Word say about this? How should we respond as Christians to this hot potato that is currently being debated? So we have to take the Bible seriously in what it says about homosexuality and marriage, but also in that it tells me to love my neighbour, treating each person with love and respect, even when we disagree. So what does God's Word say?


24th February 2013 AM

Made for Service

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Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: Ephesians 2:1-10
Number of Downloads: 222

In spite of enormous success, Elvis was, according to friends, an unfulfilled and unhappy man. He died of obesity and drug dependency at 42. And in an interview with his wife, Priscilla, she said this about her husband: “Elvis never came to terms with who he was meant to be or what his purpose in life was. He thought he was here for a reason, maybe to preach, maybe to serve, maybe to save, maybe to care for people. That agonizing desire was always with him and he knew he wasn't fulfilling it. So he'd go on stage and he wouldn't have to think about it.
Elvis felt like he was here to do something, to serve, to preach, to save…to do something with his life, but he just couldn't quite figure it out.”


17th February 2013 PM

To tattoo or not to tattoo?

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1; Romans 14:1-4
Number of Downloads: 414

Tattoos are the fad of society today. We no longer see them as symbols of bikies and antisocial people. Today we see them on teenagers and housewives; politicians and musicians. You can't watch a professional sporting event without seeing many men with their arms covered in ink. Given the rise in the popularity of people inking themselves it is only right that Christians should pause and ask themselves, 'What does God say about Christians and tattoos?' 'Is it Ok for Christians to have tattoos?' We will wrestle with this very current issue on Sunday evening and try and seek some clarity.


17th February 2013 AM

Dangerous Prayer

 (9.72 MB)
John Van Dijk
Bible Passage: Isaiah 6: 1-8; Luke 1:38; Psalm 51:1-17
Series: Prayer
Number of Downloads: 282

Dangerous is not a word we normally associate with praying, but I think that's because we don't really understand prayer. Prayer is not soft or sedate. Prayer is an adventure. It's like riding a really big wave when you are surfing. It is a battle where we engage with the God who defeats the forces of evil. Now, it's true, prayer is meant to comfort us when we need it, but that's just the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to prayer. Today we will look at 2 dangerous prayers: “Lord – use me” and “Lord – forgive me”.


10th February 2013 PM

Can you be unsaved?

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KJ Tromp
Bible Passage: John 10:22-30
Number of Downloads: 343

Many of us know of someone who once claimed to be a believer, but now seem very far from God. What happened? Could they turn away from the assurance of God's love and mercy? Can you be unsaved? Join us Sunday night as we unpack Scripture to reveal the answer.


10th February 2013 AM

How to Pray

 (7.99 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Matthew 6:5-15, Luke 11:1-2
Series: Prayer
Number of Downloads: 293

As Christian we know a lot about prayer. Last week we heard some good reasons why we should pray. BUT though we know a lot about prayer, putting it into practice is harder. So, how to pray? On one level that is easy to answer, in prayer we go to the Father and tell him what's on our heart. Yet on another level it's hard, because it is personal, we might even feel unworthy to knock on heaven's door and there seem to be just so many different ways of praying. Do we have to be formal with God, can we pray with our eyes open; do we have to kneel in prayer; are there certain words we need to use in our prayers? How do we begin or end our prayers? So how? Jesus set a pattern for prayer in response to a question from his Disciples and so it is good to see the lessons Jesus taught in that prayer and the scaffolding with which to build our own prayer life. Today we will begin that exploration, wrestling with the question of how to pray.


3rd February 2013 AM

Why should Christians Pray?

 (6.70 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Luke 5:16; 6:12, 9:18, 28
Series: Prayer
Number of Downloads: 265

Giving his views on prayer, the great reformer, Martin Luther, once said that prayer is “the real calling of the Christian”. For the most part, it's probably safe to say that if we match this understanding of prayer against our own prayer lives, both individually and corporately, we are left with many questions. If prayer is the real calling of the Christian, do we really understand it, engage in it and value it as we should? This Sunday we are kicking off a preaching series on prayer as we look at the questions, what is prayer and why pray? May God lead us and show us a lot more about prayer as we discover (or re-discover) more of this wonderful gift he gives to his people.


27th January 2013 PM

Real Peace

 (7.70 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Isaiah 9:1-7; Ephesians 2:11-18
Number of Downloads: 256

What does it mean to be Australian? What's so good about living here in this country? The answers that you might give to these questions could vary quite a bit depending on your stage of life and your experiences in this country.

But maybe the greatest thing about living here in Australia is the peace and freedom we have received from God's hand. Peace and freedom to worship the way we like, to speak freely, to travel where we like, to work and to enjoy our leisure time, to vote for the political leadership of our country.

But are the people of Australia

really free and at peace? Yes, we have political freedom and peace meaning which makes Australia a great to live, but do Australians enjoy the kind of peace that only comes from God? If Jesus is the Prince of Peace then surely there are many who think they have peace and freedom, but are sadly missing out on truth. How about you?


27th January 2013 AM

God-Almighty

 (6.48 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Psalm 139:1-24
Number of Downloads: 199

A few weeks ago we opened the Word at Psalm 139 and we looked at two of God's attributes: his

omniscience and his omnipresence. God knows everything and he is everywhere. This Sunday we'll conclude the two part series on Psalm 139 as we look at God's omnipotence and how we are ultimately called to respond to him as we see David's response in the Psalm.


20th January 2013 AM

Rejoice in the Lord?

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Habakkuk 3:1-19
Number of Downloads: 327

What is the most difficult experience you have had to weather in your life? For Habakkuk that was the life destroying prospect of starvation and even death. Yet faced with this prospect he still says that the will rejoice in the Lord. Wow! What would your or my response be when faced with hardship? What is our response in hardship? Habakkuk's response was, in fear and trembling, to hang onto God. He says that through it all he will always rejoice in the Lord, and be joyful in God his Saviour. We will look at what that means and how we can have that attitude of trust, despite what is happening around us.


13th January 2013 AM

Remember Mercy!

 (6.87 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Habakkuk 3:1-19
Number of Downloads: 357

We are continuing our journey through the book of Habakkuk and we come, at the start of chapter 3, to a transformation in Habakkuk. He begins with complaints and sadness, even anger, but moves to awe and praise. Our sovereign God is going to deal with sin, but Habakkuk calls on God to remember mercy. God has acted in judgement against our sin but he has done so in mercy through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Thank God he has acted this way for us.


30th December 2012 AM

Jesus

 (7.63 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Philippians 3:4-11, 18-19
Number of Downloads: 376

What will make 2013 worth the living?


25th December 2012 AM

Christmas is ... Love

 (4.42 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Matthew 1:18-21

23rd December 2012 AM

Christmas is ... Joy

 (6.87 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Luke 2:8-20
Number of Downloads: 349

Christmas is the time of the year that is normally marked by excitement, gladness and laughter. It would be wrong, however, to assume that these words will mark the experience of Christmas for all people. This may well be a very sad Christmas for many in our community – a fact which leaves us with the question: while Christmas may not be a time of great excitement, joy and laughter for these people, can it still be a time of joy? What is real and true joy? These are the questions we'll explore on Sunday morning.


16th December 2012 PM

Christmas is .... giving

 (7.22 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Matthew 2:1-12
Series: Christmas is ...
Number of Downloads: 234

Christmas is a time of giving. Estimates are that Australians will spend $16.2 billion on everything from festive holidays to Boxing Day Sales during Christmas 2012! (Source: Comm Bank). Why? Why are we so infatuated with giving at Christmas time? Well God started it off and the Wise men set the pattern in place. Jesus is the perfect gift from God for a hurting world. In worship the Wise men gave gifts to God. But what can we give to God that is of any value in response?


16th December 2012 AM

Christmas is .... hope

 (5.34 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Jeremiah 29:10-14
Series: Christmas is ...
Number of Downloads: 265

Hope. It's a word we generally use to express a wish or a desire. We say: 'I hope that it all goes well' or 'I hope that I get that job' to name a couple of examples. Is there more to the idea of hope though? Indeed we find great writers like Martin Luther saying that: “everything that is done in the world is done by hope”. If Martin Luther is correct, we may suppose that there is an awful lot more to the idea of 'hope' than we may initially think. This Sunday morning, as part of our Christmas is... series, we'll look at 'hope' – what it is and what Christmas has to do with hope


9th December 2012 AM

Thank you Jesus!

 (6.20 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Psalm 100
Number of Downloads: 303

One of the first things we were taught as children was to say 'thank you' after we have received something. The idea behind this behaviour is usually to acknowledge and honour the kindness or love which was extended from the giving party. As with many other common customs or cultural norms, however, it's easy to lose sight of what it really means to say 'thank you' or be thankful. We reduce it to a simple matter of good manners and its meaning never quite extends or reaches into the depths of our hearts and this impacts on our relationship with God – a relationship in which thankfulness plays a major role! This Sunday morning we'll look at what it means to be thankful, why we are to be thankful to God and how do we express our thankfulness to him.


2nd December 2012 AM

Out of the Cradle

 (4.71 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Luke 2:1-20
Number of Downloads: 243

The [email protected] children will be presenting the wonderful Christmas story as a play and in song. Christmas has a special appeal with the story of shepherds and wisemen, with stars and angels. Add the cuteness factor of a new born baby and you get a beautiful story that captures the imagination of people around the world and down through the centuries. But there is mystery in the story too. With Christmas hope is in the air and there are messages of joy. We need to listen to those messages and watch Jesus come out of the cradle and into the world. Then you will find the true Christmas story.


25th November 2012 PM

God's Plan Never Fails

 (7.19 MB)
KJ Tromp
Bible Passage: Ruth : 1 - 23
Number of Downloads: 270

God deosn't make mistakes. In fact he corrects ours. Tonight we look at how God took the desperate situation of Ruth and Naomi and transformed it with amazing provision. We discover a man called Boaz who is able to look after them. God is sovereign, meaning He is in control. He can redeem any situation, we just need to remain faithful and dependent on Him.


25th November 2012 AM

Do Justice

 (7.79 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Matthew 25: 31 - 40
Number of Downloads: 331

Do you 'Do Justice'? This is not asking whether you want justice, but whether you act justly. Just think for a moment about how mad you got when somebody treated you unfairly. I'm sure you all have a story to tell and you might still get angry just thinking about it. God says...get that angry...not at your perceived injustice, but when you see someone else as the victim of injustice...and then act on their behalf. This is the heart of God toward all who are treated unjustly. Do we have God's heart for this? What does it mean for us to have God's heart for against injustice? This Abolitionist Sunday we will be joining with thousands across Australia to consider this issue in respect to child labour and slavery.


18th November 2012 PM

Victory or Failure

 (8.04 MB)
Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: Joshua 7:1-12
Number of Downloads: 227

Many readers of Joshua and indeed other Old Testament books, are troubled by the role warfare plays in the numerous accounts of God's dealings with the Israelites. However it must be remembered that the book of Joshua does not portray war as a means of gaining human goals or achievements. It must be understood in the context of the history of redemption unfolding in the preceding Old Testament books and the interaction of God's grace and judgment. God is seeking to reclaim a portion of his world from the powers of this world that had claimed it for themselves, defending their claim by force and false gods. God has commissioned his people to serve as his army to take Canaan in his name out of the hands of the idolatrous Canaanites.


18th November 2012 AM

The Ultimate Ridicule

 (7.32 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Isaiah 44:6-23, Habakkuk 2:18-20
Number of Downloads: 219

'The Lord is in his holy temple'. This is the deeper reality to a life and world that seems so unfair. It is a picture that God is sovereign, that he is in control no matter how dark things seem to be. It is a picture of imminent judgement. There is a great day of final judgement, so never assume that God is powerless or inattentive. Habakkuk warns that God judges the wicked even as they seem to prosper. For the nation of Israel this was a reminder of the sovereignty of God. It causes us to stop and think of all that we have received in Christ. We have a life that is full and eternally secure. You have a fellowship with Christian friends. You have the knowledge that you are secure in God's love. The challenge to us is which god sits on the throne of our lives?


11th November 2012 PM

From NO WAY to OK!

 (6.31 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Luke 5:1-11
Number of Downloads: 267

Every so often, life dishes up a challenge for us that makes us respond with the good old: NO WAY! There is NO WAY that I can jump out of a plane! Or do a project this big! Or shake this or that behaviour or habit! Or whatever it may be for you. Often we respond this way because, quite frankly, we're daunted out of our skins. We know that we don't have what it takes to come to the party. We feel unqualified, unequipped and that surely there must be a better person to do this than me! Sunday afternoon we'll look at God's challenge for our lives and let him show us the exciting ways in which we can and should respond.


11th November 2012 AM

Getting Wisdom

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Proverbs 1:1-7
Number of Downloads: 217

The fear of the Lord is beginning of wisdom...How much better to get wisdom than gold. Today is GEMS Sunday when we hear about, and celebrate, the wonderful things that happen at GEMS. They have been learning about wisdom and the point of the message is that we should all 'get wisdom'. We should make an effort to become wiser today than we were yesterday. These words are not just for GEMS girls but for us all! Today is just an excuse to say something that applies to us all. How do we gain wisdom in our age of information, because there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. So what are some of the wisdom we gain for everyday living from that we have learned from parents, teachers, friends and God? How does that wisdom help us to grow? Together we will explore what the girls have learned and what we can learn from that.


4th November 2012 AM

Yeah!

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Philippians 1:3-6
Number of Downloads: 324

We all have had victories, gifts or blessings in our lives which caused us to exclaim in an exuberant tone of joyfulness the word 'YEEAAAH!' or just the simple old, but very loud and emotionally charged 'YEESSS!' We all know the feeling when we experience this on the sports field, at work, school, uni or in our relationships with other people. But what about our faith? Do we know what it feels like and indeed why it is that Christians experience the biggest and deepest 'YEAH!' of all people at all times? This morning, as we hear from God's Word as well as listen to a testimony we'll celebrate the biggest 'YEAH'!


28th October 2012 PM

Encouragement

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Johann Eloff
Bible Passage: Hebrews 10:26-39
Number of Downloads: 417

A message that encourages us to be in community


28th October 2012 AM

Hope Rising

 (7.51 MB)
Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Habakkuk 2:2-20
Number of Downloads: 250

Habakkuk's frustration was at a boiling point. Violence, injustice, strife, and conflict surrounded him, and he wanted God to do something about it. But he didn't complain behind God's back. Instead, he went straight to God. “How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen” were his opening words. God was listening (he always is) and was getting ready to address the situation…just not in the way that Habakkuk thought appropriate. God's plan left Habakkuk “utterly amazed” (1:5). The wicked Babylonians were going to be used as an instrument of his justice. But God was going to deal with the proud Babylonians as well.

And, then, in amongst the prophecy against the Babylonians hope begins to rise. God is at work and just as certain and fully as the water covers the sea, the whole earth would know of his power and glory. In contrast to how the Babylonians enslave, kill, rob, and mistreat people we read that God, Who is in control of everything, will ultimately be glorified. No matter how awful things are on this earth, regardless of how we treat each other, and no matter the pains and sorrows we experience, we can trust and know that God is sovereign over time, history, and all of creation. He will be glorified in all things, even in the midst of our pain, and He will be known even by those who reject Him.


21st October 2012 PM

Hallelujah- Praise the Lord

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 146
Number of Downloads: 292

Roy Clements, English Baptist Pastor, noted that there are 3 words that are understood in every language on earth: amen; hallelujah and Coca-Cola. Amen we know; Coca-Cola we know...but what does Hallelujah mean? Our culture has trivialised the word and uses it in shameful ways, but what does the word mean and how should we use it? Psalm 146 is the opening Psalm in a series that call us to 'Praise the Lord'. The Psalmist then gives us some wonderful reasons why we should praise the Lord. The Psalmist calls us to praise God whatever our circumstances and whatever our situation because in the Lord we are ultimately secure.


21st October 2012 AM

Greatness Lies in Grace

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Luke 22:14-30
Number of Downloads: 237

William Shakespeare once said about 'greatness': “some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”

It is fair to say that most of us are born with the desire to be 'great'. A desire to live lives of great significance and to be the possessors of some highly sought after personal commodities like power, status and influence in whatever circles we find ourselves in, whether it is our marriage, our family, our workplace, sports team or even church. But what makes a person great? This is the question we will look at Sunday morning as we open God's Word as well as celebrate the Lord's Supper together.


14th October 2012 PM

Something Old, Something New

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 19 and Matthew 13:51-52
Number of Downloads: 440

There are things we learn at school which we think will be totally useless when you've finished school. There is trivia we keep in our heads that is only useful if you want to go on Millionaire Hotseat. What about the things we learn in church? Do the things we learn about God and the Bible really make a difference in our lives? Well, after teaching his disciples, in parables, about the Kingdom of Heaven Jesus poses this question, “Have you understood all these things?” if the response is 'yes' then the challenge is to let these truths (old and new) shape our lives. Jesus sums this thought up with another short, sharp parable at the end of his teaching.


14th October 2012 AM

You Are God's Workmanship

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Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: Ephesians 2 : 1 - 10
Number of Downloads: 267

Have you ever thought what it would be like if God suddenly withdrew his presence and his salvation process ceased? I am sure there would be chaos because every bit of glory, joy, gladness and warmth would be gone. For these blessings come from God's activity among us, from God at work redeeming, reaching out, seeking to arrest the attention of men and women and boys and girls all over the earth. If all that suddenly ceased, life would become incredibly dull and drab and dreary. Give thanks to God for what he has done in Jesus Christ. A resurrection has occurred, we are new people, different from anything we were before. We have new power, a new attitude and been delivered from striving, from pressure and have been allowed to be confident that God is working out purposes in our lives. Do you realise you are on display?


7th October 2012 AM

Two Roads in Life

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Habakkuk 2:1-20
Series: Habakkuk
Number of Downloads: 356

A revelation has been given to Habakkuk. It is a revelation for all time and it speaks of justice. Justice will be handed down in the course of God's time. As we look at God's response to Habakkuk we will be focussing on verse 4 and 5. In these verses God makes a contrast for all to think about. There are only ever two kinds of people; the puffed up arrogant man and the righteous man. Both are travelling very different roads through life, with very different destinations. The question is: how do you know which road you are travelling on? Together we will explore the roads and draw encourage, strength and hope from God.


30th September 2012 PM

The Cost Of Following Jesus

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Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: Luke 14:25-33
Number of Downloads: 456

When most people think about what Jesus taught, usually what enters their mind is something like, "Love your neighbour as yourself." Yes Jesus definitely did teach that, but there were also times when he taught some things which seemed very offensive. The passage we are looking at this Sunday evening contains one of the 'offensive' things Jesus spoke about. He taught that we should "hate our father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters" (Luke 14:26). Wait a minute, isn't that inconsistent with his other teachings? We'll find out what Jesus meant this Sunday evening service as we unpack this part of Luke 14 together.


30th September 2012 AM

When God repents

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Greg Tenni
Bible Passage: Genesis 6:1-22
Number of Downloads: 405

In Genesis 6 we read that God repents, but not in a way that makes anybody feel comfortable; so we will try to look at some of the reasons behind this. We also deal with the question of whether it is God who is angry with us, or if it is we who are angry with God. How we understand these questions will affect our relationship with God and with one another.


23rd September 2012 PM

Blessed are all...

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Psalm 2
Number of Downloads: 276

Psalm 1 starts with the words “Blessed is the man... “ and Psalm 2 ends with the words “Blessed are all...” Together Psalm 1 and 2 tell us what is it that makes a person blessed. Last week, as we looked at the two pictures of a tree and of chaff, we unpacked what Psalm 1 has to say about our lives if we want to wind up like trees. This week we'll look at what Psalm to has to add to that idea of being ultimately blessed...


23rd September 2012 AM

Prayer in Despair

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 73 and Habakkuk 1:12-2:1
Series: Habakkuk
Number of Downloads: 409

For Habakkuk things seemed to have gone from bad to worse. He asked God to act to change the people, but when God responds with the bombshell that he will be sending in the Babylonians to deal with the problem Habakkuk is confused. It's as if Habakkuk is thinking "two wrongs do not make a right!" And so he was puzzled. How often we find ourselves in a similar state- confused by the events the sovereign God has allowed into our lives- Why me God? Why now? What did I do to deserve this? Etc. We need to take a clue from Habakkuk. When we are bewildered by the Lord's strange dealings with us it is essential to begin with the right approach to God. We need to begin with 'right thinking' about God and begin, as Habakkuk does by thinking about who God is...the everlasting, Holy God. Together we will see Habakkuk's approach to the revelation of God, and how we can respond in similar ways.


16th September 2012 PM

Blessed is the one...

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Psalm 1
Number of Downloads: 261

American journalist, novelist and Nobel prize winner, Ernest Hemmingway once said: “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know”. How true is this of western culture today? We pride ourselves on being the most 'intelligent' people who ever lived, and as Australians we certainly are among the best educated people in the world. Yet, despite all these privileges, Hemmingway's quote rings true as we look at the shock inducing rise of suicides in Australia (2361 people in 2010 – the leading cause of death for ages 15-44!). A fact which begs the question: 'how can we become a society of deeply happy and satisfied people who cherish life?' This Sunday afternoon we'll look at the answer from Psalm 1 in the Bible.


16th September 2012 AM

The Strange Ways of God

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 2 Kings 23:36-24:17 and Habakkuk 1:5-11
Series: Habakkuk
Number of Downloads: 350

Today we continue our journey through the prayer diary of Habakkuk. The prophet had long prayed against the sins of God's special nation- Judah. he loved God and he his nation and he hungered for God to act to bring relief and peace and revival. He longed for God to change hearts and lives and bring about blessing. In verses 5-11 God breaks his long silence with a specific direct, verbal answer. But it was not the answer that Habakkuk expected and it really pushes him to continue in faith and trust in his sovereign Lord. It is the strange ways of God that at times surprise us and at other times might shock us. How are we to view the way we see God work in the world? How do we keep our faith and trust in the light of God's seemingly strange ways? The response of God in Habakkuk might help us with that.


9th September 2012 AM

A Prophet's Burden

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Psalm 13, Habakkuk 1:1-4
Series: Habakkuk
Number of Downloads: 353

The book of Habakkuk takes us back some 2700 years. As we open the prophet's prayer diary we see that he lived in a very different world but as you listen to his prayers and God's word in responding to him it becomes clear that the human condition was much the same as it is today. As we listen to Habakkuk pray and listen to God's response we may be stunned by the actual answers to his prayers. In the opening verses Habakkuk is looking at the corruption in his society and wondering how God could permit the nation to continue in such a state. This morning we will look at Habakkuk's burden which centre's around God's silence. How could God sit idly by? What is God doing in the face of evil and suffering? He cries out to God, but there was silence from heaven. As we read Habakkuk we can perhaps identify with his burden and his pain. Is God listening?


2nd September 2012 AM

A different spirit....

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Numbers 14:24
Number of Downloads: 372

Pope John XXIII once said: “It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” On Sunday, the day when we give our full attention to Fathers we will take the time to both thank our fathers for their tireless efforts to be 'real fathers' as well as look into what the essential ingredient is to be a 'real father'.


26th August 2012 PM

Infiltrating the World

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Matthew 13:31-33, Exodus 12:14-20
Number of Downloads: 423

Jesus spoke about the Kingdom of God in parables to both reveal truths, but also conceal truths. In the parable of the mustard seed Jesus makes known the extent and outward spread of the kingdom, the kingdom he established. In the parable of the yeast, which we will look at tonight, Jesus draws attention to the infiltrating power of the kingdom that leaves nothing unaffected. As those in the spreading kingdom, how are we meant to infiltrate the world with the power of the kingdom, and how well do we do that?


26th August 2012 AM

The Search for Satisfaction

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Psalm 63
Number of Downloads: 311

Drought [drowt] – a lengthy and serious lack of something. I wonder how often this possible description of the word 'drought' can be applied to the experience of our lives? As we continue to keep up with our culture's relentless demands on our time and energies, how often are we abandoned to lengthy periods of feeling like our lives lack something? We're not quite sure what something is, but deep down within us we know that we spend most of our lives searching for it and longing for this something that will satisfy us. This Sunday morning we'll look at what it is that we truly long for – the very thing that will satisfy our souls.


19th August 2012 PM

From Little to Big

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Matthew 13:10-17; 31-35
Number of Downloads: 192

Jesus often spoke in parables which conceal as much as they reveal about the truths of God. Jesus compares the kingdom of God to the mustard seed. The mustard seed is small and insignificant and yet the description is that it grows to something of grandeur in which the birds of the air find shelter. How is that a kingdom image and what does it mean for us to be part of the growing tree? What are the revealed and concealed things in this parable? What hope does it give us as we live for Christ in our world?


19th August 2012 AM

Worshipping Well

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 14:26-40
Number of Downloads: 268

How can we be the church that God has called us to be?

We asked this question a number of weeks ago and we turned to 1 Corinthians 12-14 to see what Paul has to say to this question. We saw in the first sermon that God graciously gives a variety of different gifts to the body of Christ. Though there are many gifts, we know that he intends for these different gifts to be used as part of but one body, as the parts serve one another. Secondly we saw that the ultimate gift is the gift of self-sacrificial love – only when God's church is rich in this gift will she flourish. This Sunday we'll look at the last of the three chapters and what Paul has to say about how we are to worship God corporately.


12th August 2012 AM

The Compromising Church

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Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: Revelation 3:14-22
Number of Downloads: 407

Our Lord describes Laodicea as a lukewarm, poor, blind and naked church. Not a very flattering description! He wishes that the church was either 'hot' or 'cold'. Maybe we can understand his reference to being 'hot', but 'cold'! Laodicea was a very prosperous commercial centre and so the words of the Lord were uncomfortably apt. Thankfully, archaeology has filled in some interesting background to this Letter and gives us a better understanding of the Lord's harsh words. As with all the churches the Lord addresses, the state of a church has often corresponded to the state of the respective city. Laodicea compromised with the social climate of the day and failed to find in Christ the source of all true wealth, splendour and vision. Luke warmness is the worst condition to which a church can sink. Incidently, the name Laodicea means 'The Judgment of the People' or to put it loosely, 'People's rights'! If the Laodicean church reflected the state of the city, could it be the church of today?


5th August 2012 PM

Walking in Wisdom

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Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: Colossians 3:1-4; 4:2-6
Number of Downloads: 415

What does it mean to walk in wisdom? Is it to follow the advice of the latest gossip magazines? Or to pick up life tips from today's pop music? We are going to find out what the Apostle Paul means when he says we should walk in wisdom this coming Sunday evening. Read the last two chapters of Colossians to get a head start.


5th August 2012 AM

Faster, Higher, Stronger

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Number of Downloads: 427

The attention of the entire world (and ours) is focussed on London where our greatest athletes are competing in the 2012 Olympic Games. For these athletes, life has been a journey of dedication, commitment, training and perseverance that has brought them to the glory of Olympic competition and the chance of a gold medal that marks them out as the best in the world.

The Bible is filled with Olympic terms and metaphors urging us to use the commitment of an athlete to be what God would have us to be. In 1 Corinthians 9 Paul uses the image of the Christian life being a race, where we strive to win the prize, a prize that comes after strict discipline and training. What does that look like for us? What does it mean for us to be training and competing in this race?


29th July 2012 PM

Love

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 13
Number of Downloads: 370

One of the things that every member of a church wants is – to put it quite frankly – for their church to simply be awesome. They want a church which works, a church in which they feel they belong and they want to be a part of. This being the case, we can proceed and ask: what makes all these things happen? What is it about church life that produces these fruits and turns church into a treasured experience in the heart of the believer? Of course, ultimately, the answer cannot be a 'what' but a 'who' as it is Christ who works in his church through his Spirit to produce churches like the ones mentioned above. But what is it that the Spirit gives? What is it that Christ has given and shown his church as the most excellent way to be the church he's called us to be? Sunday evening, through song, prayer and preaching we'll find out.


29th July 2012 AM

God's Teaching Plan

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Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 6:1-12
Number of Downloads: 249

Parenting is a tough job and what we do makes all the difference in the world. So how does God want us to do it? As parents, we have a huge influence in the lives of our children. So how do we influence them God's way? As parents, our attitudes and actions shape the attitude and actions of our children. So how do we shape those attitudes and actions in godly ways?


22nd July 2012 PM

The 'fine print' of following Jesus

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Mark 8:31-9:1
Number of Downloads: 267

In our everyday life most of us have had to do with 'fine print', whether it was with regards to something as simple as a phone contract, health policy or something more complex like buying a property or business. Most of us are familiar with the important notion of 'checking the fine print' before we sign up or commit to a contract. The question we are looking at Sunday PM is this: is there fine print when 'signing up' to follow Jesus? Are there some requirements or understanding of what following Christ actually will require of us that are not stated as clearly in contemporary culture's portrayal of what discipleship is, and therefore, are there aspects of discipleship in our walks of faith that we need to come to terms in a more accurate way?


22nd July 2012 AM

Installation Service of Jim de Witte

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Keith Warren & Jim de Witte
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 4:11, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Number of Downloads: 292

In the service this morning there will be two sermons preached, one by Jim and one by Keith. But I hasten to add: these sermons will be much shorter than usual.
Keith hopes to focus on the absolute centrality of the Word of God in Jim's ministry amongst us. We will consider some words in 1 Peter 4 : 11. Jim hopes to focus on ministry being a relationship and what you can expect from the pastor.


15th July 2012 PM

Why should we not do wrong?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Romans 6:1-14
Number of Downloads: 452

Sin – 'knowingly doing wrong' or 'knowingly violating the law or will of God' is a word or a concept not often preached or spoken about in Christian circles nowadays. In many ways, I suppose we can say it's fallen from favour in our culture. This leads the church and many Christians to ask: 'is it all that important that the Christian strives as hard as ever to live a holy and sinless life?' We hear very often that we live in the great era of God's grace. We are living under a new covenant. This gives Christians all the more reason to reconsider whether sin in the life of a Christian is as serious an issue as it was for God's people in the Old Testament. And if it is a serious issue, why? We will look at these questions as we consider Romans 6:1-14 and see how God's word urges his children to view sin in their lives and why.


15th July 2012 AM

Is Christianity a Straitjacket

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KJ Tromp
Bible Passage: John 14:1-6
Number of Downloads: 412

Ever been tempted to think that Christianity robs you of certain pleasures? Ever been told by others that being a Christian is like being in a straitjacket? Meanwhile Jesus says, "I have come that they may have life, and life to the full" and "whoever the Son sets free is free indeed". We will explore with how loving Jesus Christ and being obedient to God's will can actually be the most liberating freedom anyone can have.


8th July 2012 AM

The Grapevine Connection

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Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: John 15:1-10
Number of Downloads: 349

Computer networks and other forms of communication networks have become important systems in the market place as well as for personal use as we increasingly want to be “up-to-date” not only on world events, but also the latest news on society celebrities, who's doing what to whom, intimate family details etc.
There is a similar network that Jesus describes in His image of the vine and the branches. Jesus is the “central processing unit” as He provides the life, the direction, and the commands for His followers, those of us “on-line”. But to be effective, believers must maintain their relationship with Jesus. If we “sign off” by allowing sin to disrupt our walk with Christ, we lose fellowship with Him and with other believers.


1st July 2012 AM

Needing a Rest ?

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Greg Tenni
Bible Passage: Genesis
Number of Downloads: 342

Often when we come to a genealogy in the Bible, the first thing we do is to skip over it to the next part of the "real" story. After all, who cares that A-hab begat B-hab and B-hab begat C-hab, even if he was the father of the boy who found the donkeys? But there is so much more to these genealogies if we look more closely at them. This morning we will be looking at Genesis 5 to see how hope in God and an unshakeable trust in His promises sustained His people through the ages


24th June 2012 PM

Why Christianity?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: John 3:16
Number of Downloads: 320

In a day and age when religion in society is actually on the increase, we may well ask: what is it about Christianity that sets it apart from other world religions? Is there anything special about this one particular religion or are they all the same essentially? Sunday afternoon we'll answer these fascinating questions as we look four major world religions, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and of course, Christianity.


24th June 2012 AM

Love

 (8.46 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 13
Number of Downloads: 374

Christ is calling his church to be an expression of his perfect kingdom on earth. More often than not, the church struggles with this mandate and have to come back to the question: how are we to be the people that God is calling us to be? What are the essentials that have to be part of our make-up? Two weeks ago we looked at the question: who's most important in the church? We answered this from 1 Corinthians 12 and this week we'll take the next step as we see from 1 Corinthians 13 what the key ingredient is to a church worthy of Christ's name as well as why this is so.


17th June 2012 PM

Should I not be concerned about them!

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 12
Number of Downloads: 420

If one was to ask a secular person: 'suppose God was real, who would he be really concerned about?', it's probably safe to assume that he would respond: 'Christians, given that they are the people who take him seriously.' It's perhaps also fair to say that, given this person operates from a secular worldview, he or she would be cor-rect in their logical assumption. But what if we ask the same question to a Chris-tian? How would they respond? We can arguably assume that for some, the an-swer might be the same: God is only concerned about his own. Others might say (or at least think subconsciously): God's concern for any individual sort of depends on how good or how bad that person is - God has greater concern for those who live closer to his will than others. Still others might think God is actually more concerned with those who are not his people. So, which is it? Sunday night, as we finish off the series on Jonah, we'll look at God's astonishing answer to this ques-tion as well as the often more astonishing effect it has on God's people.


17th June 2012 AM

Encouragement!

 (9.95 MB)
Johann Eloff
Bible Passage: Hebrews 10:26-39
Number of Downloads: 296

10th June 2012 AM

The Right Motive - The Wrong Method

 (8.47 MB)
Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: Romans 4:16-25
Number of Downloads: 282

When we are planning a car trip, a study of the road map reveals there are many roads that we could take to reach our destination. Which road should we take? We also realise that there are consequences to any action that we take on life's journey. What we do can set in motion a series of events that may continue long after we are gone. Unfortunately, when making decisions, most of us probably think of the short term consequences. Abraham had many choices to make on his journey to the Land of Promise. And there were many other decisions to make upon arrival in the Land. Today we will examine one of the most momentous decisions facing Abraham which unfortunately has eternal consequences. We probably don't know the long-term effects of our decisions, but shouldn't that make us think carefully and seek God's guidance as we make choices and take action today.


3rd June 2012 PM

We're Ambassadors of whom?

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Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Number of Downloads: 493

Almost every nation in the world commissions certain people to be ambassadors who will represent their nation while residing in another. It's usually a job only for a select few. But the Bible speaks of all Christians being ambassadors as well, with an important responsibility, one that is even higher than representing a country on Earth. What is this responsibility? And who are we representing? This Sunday evening, we're going to explore 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 to find who we are ambassadors for and what task we have in this role.


3rd June 2012 AM

Who's most important in church?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 12
Number of Downloads: 417

Everywhere we look in society we see that, as people, we arrange ourselves in certain hierarchical patterns. This is important, because without it we would find it hard to function. But what if, in a very subtle way, the importance attached to certain roles in the hierarchy extend beyond mere functionality? In other words, do we view the CEO of a company as more important in the life of the company than a 'normal' employee? Is a principal more important to a school than a teacher? Very often, if not mostly, society does view these 'higher profiles' as actually more important people in the life of the organisation than 'lower profiles'. Whether this is to be desired or not, we can ask the question: what about the church? Who are the most important people in church? As we look at 1 Corinthians 12 this Sunday we'll see what God has to say about these questions


27th May 2012 AM

Is this Church?

 (10.87 MB)
Jack De Vries
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Number of Downloads: 400

On this Pentecost Sunday we remember the radical expansion of the early church. Jack De Vries, our denominational Ministry Development Coach, will be teaching this morning on the challenges of reaching the lost for Christ. He will challenge us to think about these questions: will you be a stumbling block or a stepping stone for unbelievers? Will you put up barriers or tear them down for the sake of the gospel? When you reach out to the unbelievers around you, will you expect that they fit into your mold? Or are you willing to change - are you willing to become like them in order to win them? Are you willing to become all things to all people so that by all possible means you might save some?


20th May 2012 PM

The Birth of John the Baptist

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Josh Hartog
Number of Downloads: 2462

Zechariah and Elizabeth's circumstances weren't all that normal, but probably the most abnormal thing about them is how they saw God's activity in their lives and responded with praise. Tonight we're going to examine the story of John's birth and see how, like Zechariah and Elizabeth, God's salvation in Jesus Christ can transform our lives.


20th May 2012 AM

God Hears!

 (9.99 MB)
Johann Eloff
Bible Passage: Galations 3:26
Number of Downloads: 2017

13th May 2012 PM

Stories of God

 (6.20 MB)
Ettiene De Wilzem
Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 3:10-17
Number of Downloads: 3539

It's that time of the year again where we stop to listen to the stories of people to whom God has revealed himself. It is in that sense that their testimonies or 'life stories' literally become 'stories of God'. Stories of how God reached out, who he put in place and what experiences led them to accept as adults the truth of the Christian faith as they profess it publicly during this service. Do not miss out on this very special occasion where we witness the hand of God in action!


13th May 2012 AM

God Loves Children!

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Ettiene De Wilzem
Bible Passage: Matthew 19:13-15
Number of Downloads: 3211

When was the last time you did either of the following things: watched an animation movie, played with dolls, defeated trolls or raced toy cars with your children or grandchildren? One of the things we lose when grow older is being excited and enthused like little children over virtually anything, even empty boxes in which a refrigerator came! And while in a certain sense it is wonderful that we grow up and mature, there is also a sense in which we lose certain qualities of children that God really wants us to have! This Sunday, as we hear Jesus' exhortation on children and as we baptise a little child, we will hear more about the childlike qualities God wants us to have. Children are really welcome!


6th May 2012 PM

Living to Please Him

 (5.99 MB)
Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
Number of Downloads: 7113

In life, we all set goals that we'd like to reach or continue to live by. Whether it be to exercise more, do better in our studies, or simply be happy. These goals can often be the motivating factor for the things we do in life. But sometimes we can mix up which goals are the important ones. The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians about an overarching goal or aim that has a much bigger impact than losing 20 kilos. Come along this Sunday evening as we explore what this aim is by unpacking God's Word together.


6th May 2012 AM

East of Eden

 (8.66 MB)
Greg Tenni
Bible Passage: Genesis 3 : 21 - 4 : 26
Number of Downloads: 414

In Genesis 4 we see two developing themes. The most obvious theme is the progress of human rebellion and a movement away from God, but behind that picture we also see God at work to bring people back to Him so that sin and death do not have the final say in this world. The garden has been closed, paradise has been lost, and now we need to decide whether to continue wandering away from God, or to turn and accept the forgiveness He offers.


29th April 2012 PM

The Lord Provides

 (6.64 MB)
Ettiene De Wizem
Bible Passage: Jonah 1:17 and Chapter 2
Number of Downloads: 433

Say good bye, these days are gone,

And we can't keep holding on

When all we need is some relief

Through these hard times (Matchbox Twenty)


29th April 2012 AM

Losing My First Love

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Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: Revelation 2:1-7
Number of Downloads: 323

First century believers faced stiff opposition from political authorities determined to stop the spread of the Christian gospel. In spite of this, they were able to spread the gospel to "the ends of the earth". One reason for this was a concentration on reaching cities. In Ephesus, for example, Christian leaders influenced groups of workers who not only 'turned the city upside down', but took the word inland so that "all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord." (Acts 19:10). Although John sends his letters to seven churches existing at the end of the first century, the book of Revelation is an open letter to all Christians and churches, including those of us who follow Christ today. What challenges do churches and Christians face today? What words of commendation and warning might Christ say to us and His church today?

(Apologies for the poor quality of the recording. We experienced some technical issues.)


22nd April 2012 PM

God's call of Discomfort

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Ettiene de Wilzen
Bible Passage: Jonah 1:1-4
Number of Downloads: 373

Christians mostly perceive God as a source of comfort in their lives. This is a well founded perception, since the Bible portrays God as being exactly that, especially in times when injustice and the painful effects of sin really hurts us. But, can God also be a God of discomfort? Can he be the one who calls or even steer us into incredibly uncomfortable situations where we really don't want to be? This questions receives a good answer from the story of a man in the Old Testament called Jonah...


22nd April 2012 AM

Learn to be Wise

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Rev Bill Wiersma
Bible Passage: Psalm 111
Number of Downloads: 411

The other day someone said that Christians try to please God for fear of ending up in hell if they don't. Not true.

Believers in Christ are so overcome by the fact that God's Son was willing to suffer and die on a cross for their everlasting good, that they wish to break with behaviour that destroys and instead want to live a life that honours God and that shows concern for others. In other words, Christians love because they know they are immensely loved.


15th April 2012 PM

The World in His Hands

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Ettiene De Wilzem
Bible Passage: Jonah 1
Number of Downloads: 300

"He's got the whole world, in his hands..." Many of us are familiar with these words from the popular children's song. While we were children and we sing it with the actions, we must confess that the power of it doesn't really strike us unitl we're adults. Does God really hold the whole world in his hands? Does he really have the power to command the sea to calm down and it will do his bidding? Can he really cool down the heat of the sun if he wishes to? Can he control my circumstances in a way that I can see his power over them? These are all great questions that we'll consider on Sunday afternoon as we look at Jonah 1, the first in a four part series on Jonah.


15th April 2012 AM

God's Presence in our Bitterness

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KJ Tromp (Christian Reformed Church of Mansfield)
Bible Passage: Ruth 1: 1-22
Number of Downloads: 244

We often struggle with the idea of suffering in our lives and seeing the goodness of God in our lives. Sometimes we just want to give up on God, take a break from Him and do things our own way because we think it'll go a lot better that way. There was a woman in the Bible called Naomi who got dealt a pretty tough hand and on Sunday we'll have a look at how her story unfolded and how it speaks to our lives.


8th April 2012 AM

Yes, dry bones can live!

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Ezekiel 37:1-14
Number of Downloads: 410

All of us, from time to time, hit those stretches on life's journey where we look into our own lives and we are not very excited about what we see... We often face circumstances or challenges which leave us pretty numb on the inside and it doesn't take long before our lives feel like a devastating drought. We're scorched, empty and eventually we face up to the real question: 'will it ever be better?' Can there be life again in these dry bones? For Christians this Sunday is Resurrection Sunday, and it's all about life! Please join us to hear where and how this life is to be found!


6th April 2012 AM

It is Finished!

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Ettiene de Wilzem

All over the world for the last 2000 odd years the symbol of Christianity has been a cross. Most people know that and most churches all over the denominational spectrum agree that yes, indeed, this is the proper symbol to identify the Christian faith with. Why is this? And why is it that Christians all over the world pull out and dust of their crosses on Good Friday? What is good about a cross?


1st April 2012 PM

How well should Christians sleep?

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Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: Mark 4:26-29
Number of Downloads: 299

How well do you sleep at night? This seems an odd question to ask. But if the Bible makes clear that Jesus is the only way of forgiveness and that those who do not believe in Him are eternally lost, should we be sleeping well at night? Or should we stay up being worried about whether we had enough eloquence when we spoke to our friend the other day about Jesus? This Sunday night, we're going to be looking at a parable of Jesus that will answer these questions, and tell us whether we should sleep well at night or not.


1st April 2012 AM

Healthy Eldership builds Healthy Churches

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 4:12 - 5:4
Number of Downloads: 393

Many people often wonder: who holds churches together? Who leads a church and ensures that it fulfils it's God given mandate mandate? Where does the buck stop? Is it with the pastor? While ultimately the buck stops with the resurrected Jesus Christ who, through his Spirit leads, empowers and directs his church, there is a vitally important group of people whom God calls into his service to further his eternal cause on earth. We will hear more about them on Sunday morning.


25th March 2012 PM

Living in the Light of Christ's Return

 (6.21 MB)
Wayne Crouch
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 4:7-11
Number of Downloads: 363

When the time is short things get urgent and I have also noticed they get simplified. There is something about the shortness of time that adds urgency and simplicity. In 1 Peter 4:11 Peter says, "The end of all things is near." In the light of this "any moment" view of Christs return, Peter say we should respond with certain specific actions. We should live a certain way. Peter gives us four commands and one goal!


25th March 2012 AM

John's Heritage

 (7.92 MB)
Joshua Hartog
Bible Passage: Luke 1:5-25
Number of Downloads: 346

Luke begins his Gospel not with Jesus' birth, or Jesus' baptism, but with John the Baptist. John prepared the way for Jesus, but who exactly is John, what made him so special? Part of that answer lies with the heritage that John received from his parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth. As we look at John's heritage Luke challenges us not to just live normal lives, but to leave a legacy of righteousness, faithfulness and prayer


18th March 2012 PM

Downward Mobility

 (6.03 MB)
John Hoogenhout
Bible Passage: John 13:1-17
Number of Downloads: 346

Downward Mobility is a strange concept to promote in our day and age. We live in a world where status-seeking is not just accepted, it is commended! You would be considered 'odd' if you intentionally sought to reduce your status or position in society. However, Jesus teaches that status-seekers deceive themselves. Join us at 5.00pm to hear more...


18th March 2012 AM

Mother of all the Living

 (7.68 MB)
Greg Tenni
Bible Passage: Genesis 3:6-20
Number of Downloads: 316

When we think about Eve's role in the history of the world, we tend to think only of the tragic event involving forbidden fruit. But when we read the story more closely, we find that God also uses Eve to bring grace and hope into a broken world. Sin is not the end of the story for Eve, nor for any of us, but God is restoring His good creation and He invites us to work with Him in making that process a reality.


11th March 2012 PM

Power Transfusions

 (7.71 MB)
John Hoogenhout
Number of Downloads: 393

Learning from Jesus' last week on earth before he went to cross to pay for our sin. We see how he invited his closest friends to be with him and we'll learn how friends can give power transfusions. Intrigued? Find out more on Sunday night.


11th March 2012 AM

From rich fools to generous children

 (6.98 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Luke 12:13-34
Number of Downloads: 386

One of our biggest concerns in life - if not the biggest - is setting ourselves up as early as possible to be financially secure and ensure that we have an enjoyable - and hopefully early - retirement. And while there is nothing wrong with making responsible and appropriate provision for the future, God's people cannot embrace the popular Australian ideal of: 'my biggest aim in life is to get myself financially secure with more than I can spend in my lifetime so that I can sit back with a beer and for the rest of my days enjoy what I have earned.' This morning we will see that God has a very different view of what wealth truly is and what place material wealth must take in the life of the follower of Jesus.


4th March 2012 PM

Biblical Love

 (7.80 MB)

Bible Passage: 1 Cor 12:21b-14:1
Number of Downloads: 392

4th March 2012 AM

Power in a Pot

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Bible Passage: 2 Cor 3:18 - 4:10
Number of Downloads: 413

What does it mean to live a real authentic Christian life?

The New York Times asked the founder of McDonald's what he believed in. "God, my family and McDonald's hamburgers," he replied, but then added, "and when I get to the office, I reverse the order." His apparently facetious comment masks an ironic truth: For many Christians, God has first priority -on Sunday mornings-but life goes on as usual the rest of the week. Our religious experience is considered private, affecting inner feelings perhaps, but not outward actions. Bur being Christian is more than mouthing pious hymns or believing in a vague deity. To follow the Christ of the Scriptures inevitably and radically alters one's opinions and values on everything from life-style, to the dignity of life, to justice, to art, to intellectual perceptions. It involves the totality of our lives." Charles Colson, from his book, Who Speaks for God?


26th February 2012 PM

A Royal Invitation

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Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: Matthew 22:1-14
Number of Downloads: 319

Are you coming to the King's Feast? This Sunday evening we are going to be looking at the Parable of the Wedding Feast, a parable of Jesus...with a twist. The original guests didn't want to come, so others were invited, but one of the replacement guests fails to wear the proper wedding garment. What's wrong with not having a particular garment on? Why was this so serious of an issue? Find out this Sunday as we unpack this passage together.


26th February 2012 AM

Growing to the Glory of God

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Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Colossians 1:3-14
Number of Downloads: 349

Today will be my last sermon dealing with 2 Peter 3:18. Our focus will be on 2 things:

We are to grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. In answer to the question: how are we to do that, what is a good way to grow, we must also realize that this growth in grace and knowledge must lead to glory to Christ, glory to God.

May Andrew and Belinda, in presenting Gianna Ada to receive God's covenant love in baptism, receive all they need to be godly parents to their little ones.


19th February 2012 PM

Introduction to Luke

 (6.66 MB)
Josh Hartog - Westside Christian Church
Bible Passage: Luke 1:1-4
Number of Downloads: 319

Jesus Christ as a person is at the heart of what Christianity is all about. But who, or what is Jesus, and what did he teach, and why is he so important? How do we know what we know about Jesus, and is what we know historically reliable? Join us as we open the Gospel of Luke and look at what Luke has to say about this person Jesus and his purpose for telling us about Jesus' life and ministry.


19th February 2012 AM

A New Name

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Johann Eloff
Bible Passage: Genesis 32:22-31
Number of Downloads: 362

Johann explores Jacob's struggle with God, receiving his new name Israel and his subsequent change in character. We too have a new name; Christian. What does that mean for us?


12th February 2012 PM

Praying Persistently

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Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: Luke 18:1-8
Number of Downloads: 307

Sometimes it can be easy to give up praying about an issue when it doesn't seem like anything is happening. Jesus tells a parable in Luke 18:1-8 illustrating the secret of praying persistently. Come along this Sunday evening as we look into this and unpack God's word together.


12th February 2012 AM

The Serious Side of Child's Play

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Ray Rus
Bible Passage: Matthew 21:16
Number of Downloads: 390

Much of our thinking about how we relate children is "one way traffic"; what we as adults do for them. Do children, though, have a ministry to adults? How does God use children to be a blessing to us? What does it take to receive? What happens when we don't?


5th February 2012 PM

Jesus, Hope of the World

 (7.75 MB)
Jim de Witte (from Dandenong CRC)
Bible Passage: Isaiah 42:1-9
Number of Downloads: 408

The question of who Jesus is and what he came to do is not only a question that is around today, but has been around from the day he was born. It was a question that Matthew was attempting to answer in his gospel. He quotes from the book of Isaiah to show that one aspect of Jesus' life and ministry was to bring hope to those who have been bruised or hurt by life. He brings us that hope, and we follow in his steps as those who bring that hope to a hurting world around us.


5th February 2012 AM

God is Love

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Jim de Witte (from Dandenong CRC)
Bible Passage: 1 John 4:7-21
Number of Downloads: 364

We can quote the phrase 'God is Love' but so what? What does it mean, how is it seen and how is it understood and lived out?


29th January 2012 AM

God's Promises Sealed

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Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: Ephesians 1:3-14
Number of Downloads: 385

In the uncertain times that we are living in, it is easy to forget who is in charge and that He has a plan. It is even easy to forget the many ways He has poured out blessings upon us. The Apostle Paul begins his letter to the Ephesians reminding the Church about the amazing things God has done already in this world, even before it was created. He then looks to the future and speaks of God's promise and seal of an eternal inheritance that is awaiting believers. Come along this Sunday morning as we delve into the first chapter of the book of Ephesians.


22nd January 2012 AM

Beyond Good and Evil

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Greg Tenni
Bible Passage: Genesis 2:15-3:7
Number of Downloads: 417

This morning we want to look at that moment in time when everything went horribly wrong for humanity. In the midst of paradise, a seemingly harmless suggestion leads to a desire to be-come rulers of our own destiny, independent from God. But then, as now, our craving for superior knowledge and individual greatness only destroys those relationships which make us truly human.


15th January 2012 AM

Growing the Kingdon

 (6.28 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 3:10 - 4:8
Number of Downloads: 308

8th January 2012 AM

Growing the Kingdom

 (6.66 MB)
Rev Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Colossians 3:1-17
Number of Downloads: 392

In 2 Peter 3:18 God's people are told that they are to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We looked at that verse in two evening services in October and November, and this morning I want to combine some of the main things that we saw in the preaching. There is still another sermon to come, focusing on yet other important truths, and I hope to deal with that in the morning service on February 12.


25th December 2011 AM

From the Cradle to the Cross

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Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Matthew 2:13-18
Number of Downloads: 311

With all the positive sides that there are to Christmas, we must realize that not everyone was pleased with this miracle: Immanuel, God with us!
Jesus had to face persecution very soon after He was born; King Herod wanted Him out of the way. But he failed.
And Jesus continued on another 33 years of suffering and rejection, and then His earthly life came to a bitter end. What was the cause of His death? OUR SINS!
So Christmas is also a time for personal reflection.


18th December 2011 PM

Part 3 - God Incarnate

 (10.65 MB)
Craig Ireland
Bible Passage: Galatians 4 : 4 - 5
Number of Downloads: 428

What happened in the barren womb of the virgin girl was the most explosive and creative miracle God had ever blessed humanity with. This sunday's message we seek to learn why.


18th December 2011 AM

Jesus is for Ordinary People

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Luke 2:8-20
Number of Downloads: 380

At the slight risk of offence, it can be said that most Aussies are 'ordinary' people who have 'ordinary' jobs and 'ordinary' families. When it comes to religion - and in particular a religious celebration of Christmas - many people say: 'well, what has it got to do with me?' Doesn't religion belong to a time and date in history when it was relevant for a very different society than us? Others say: 'yes, we should hold on to our religious roots, as it is part of our heritage, but honestly, it has little bearing on how we live our lives'. This morning we will learn from some very ordinary people who came to see the true relevance of Christmas for their lives.


11th December 2011 PM

The Trinity's Masterpiece

 (8.54 MB)
Craig Ireland
Bible Passage: 1 Timothy 3:16
Number of Downloads: 438

What happened in the barren womb of the virgin girl was the most explosive and creative miracle God had ever blessed humanity with. This sunday's message we seek to learn why.


11th December 2011 AM

Can God make you a Christian?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Matthew 2:1-12
Number of Downloads: 453

Recently I had a conversation with someone about evangelism. We mused on the great need of teaching Christian children how to evangelise. In the course of our conversation it felt almost as if we have lost sight of God's ability and eagerness to show himself to people who don't know him. It's almost like we don't expect or anticipate to see God bringing people to faith - it's an aspect of the kingdom of God that seems to have gone off the radar for many Christians. Why is that, we wondered? Is it because we live in a world where God is less active? Is it that our world is so far removed from God that we see fewer and fewer people turning to him? Can he really show himself to people around us whom we just cannot see coming to faith? This morning we will see how the story of three characters we usually meet in a nativity set has some great truths to tell us about the questions above.


4th December 2011 PM

The Incarnation

 (15.52 MB)
Craig Ireland
Bible Passage: John 1: 1 - 18
Number of Downloads: 447

In this service Craig unpacks the truth about Jesus being fully 100% God as well as being fully 100% man.


4th December 2011 AM

Tired? Stressed? You'll feel better with God

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Matthew 1:18-25
Number of Downloads: 323

The birth of a baby is always a moving event. We can't help but be overawed when we see new life come about. As we are entering the festive season, we stop and recognize a very special birth, that of Jesus Christ. Right from the beginning we see that this was no ordinary birth - no ordinary conception, no ordinary parents. He was truly something special. For the next few Sundays, we'll look at some of the amazing events and truths surrounding the birth of this man, Jesus Christ.


27th November 2011 PM

Running the Race with Faith

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Josh Hartog
Bible Passage: Hebrews 11:1-12:3
Number of Downloads: 414

I watched my five year old daughter run a race for the first time a few months ago and it wasn't easy, I think I found it harder than she did. But life is a lot like a race, it has a starting point, it has a marked out course, and it has a goal, a finish line that we're striving for. In Hebrews 11 we see a list of those who have run before us, and the thing that unites them all is faith. So what is faith? What does it look like? And how do you run the race we call life with faith?


27th November 2011 AM

Don't Back Down - Build Up

 (7.62 MB)
Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 4:1-15
Number of Downloads: 449

Nehemiah was granted permission and the responsibility to take his people back toJerusalemto rebuild the broken city walls and gates. The repair was necessary to protect the 'holy city' from enemy attacks. After the work had begun, he faced scorn, slander, and threats from enemies, i.e. external threats, as well as fear and discouragement from his own people, i.e. internal threats. We also have a responsibility to safeguard our lives from spiritual attack. We are well aware of the external attacks that come upon us, but sadly, there are subtle attacks from within the christian community that hinder God's work and destroy sections of his Church.


20th November 2011 PM

What does Worship look like?

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Micah 6:1-8
Number of Downloads: 333

When you think of the word Worship - what sort of images come to mind?

Some scenes from Mel Gibson's Apocalypse where tribal people sacrifice human hearts?

People in a church singing while led by a band?

The silhouette of a girl on a beach with her hands stretched out towards the sun setting over the water...or what?

Today we'll look at another, perhaps very different picture of what worship truly looks like...


20th November 2011 AM

Abolitionist Sunday - Any Slavery in Australia?

 (4.99 MB)
Jacob van Rensburg
Bible Passage: Galatians 3:21 - 4:10
Number of Downloads: 487

Today is recognised as Abolitionist Sunday by churches around Australia who want to take action to abolish human trafficking and slavery.

It may surprise many people that slavery is still a big problem today, with an estimated 27 million people having been trafficked.

Today we recognise that this is a challenge to us as Christians - joining the next generation of abolitionists to shed light on this injustice and finally end human trafficking and slavery.


13th November 2011 PM

Growth # 2

 (8.50 MB)
Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Colossians 3:1-17
Number of Downloads: 425

Tonight we will have a further look at "growing in grace" as per 2 Peter 3:18.


13th November 2011 AM

iWorship vs Worship

 (7.95 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Genesis 4:1-5a
Number of Downloads: 423

How often have you looked at another person and secretly envied their sense of hapiness, fullness or closeness to God? It just seems as if there is something in their experience of life which makes yours look dry, lacking and even makes you angry! Do these people indeed have something that you don't and if so what is it and how do we get it? With these questions in mind, we will look at an old story of two brothers in the Bible and find some answers.


6th November 2011 PM

Be a Good Workman

 (8.73 MB)
Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 2:1-7, 14-15
Number of Downloads: 384

Faced with persecution and opposition, Paul urged Timothy to continue his preaching and teaching ministry without fear or shame, utilising the gifts given to him by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps us to be wise and strong and God honours our confident testimony, even when we suffer. To overcome the fear of what people might say or do, we must take our eyes off people and focus on Jesus. We can count on opposition and hardship as we serve Christ, but He will give us the strength we need to persevere. "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."


6th November 2011 AM

Show Respect

 (9.16 MB)
Rev. Bill Wiersma
Bible Passage: Leviticus 20:1-15, Matthew 15:1-20
Number of Downloads: 413

One of the greatest lessons we can possibly learn is that respect for God is fundamental to a good attitude to the people around us. In the words of the Bible, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom is about knowing what to do and what not to do, when. Wisdom requires values and selfcontrol.

God's fundamental value for life is love; to love God himself and to love the person God puts on your way. That must become the desire of our hearts, to love because we have discovered the joy of being loved by God.


30th October 2011 AM

Friendship is Forever

 (6.56 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 4 : 8 - 12
Number of Downloads: 322

Despite there being more people in the Redlands and we can communicate more effectively than ever, statistics show that people are feeling increasingly lonely. What's going on and how do we fix the problem? As we look at Ecclesiastes 4:8-12 this morning we will see yet again how the Bible's counter-cultural insights points us into the direction of a world where true friendship reigns.


23rd October 2011 PM

Christian Growth

 (5.62 MB)
Keith Warren
Bible Passage: 2 Peter 1:1-11
Number of Downloads: 296

We will look at 2 Peter 3:18, and this will be the first sermon dealing with this text. There will be a second sermon to follow., at a later date.

One of the worst things that can happen to a mother must be when she is told by the nurse at the clinic: Your baby is not growing, not growing at all! To hear that must be quite devastating, for 'new life' is supposed to grow, new life is meant to develop and mature.

How devastating it must be for God when He sees that there are those who claim to be Christ-followers and yet they do not grow and develop as people of God.

What can we learn from the Scriptures about that?


23rd October 2011 AM

Love the giver

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Genesis 22:1-19
Number of Downloads: 441

As Aussies we are given so much to be thankful for in our part of the world. Aussies who have accepted the gospel have a share in an even greater gift - the promise of eternal life with our Creator. Is it possible for us to value these promises and gifts of God more than God himself and how will it become evident if we do?


16th October 2011 PM

Dream a Dream

 (6.79 MB)
Israel - from New Life Youth Centre
Bible Passage: Genesis 37:1-11
Number of Downloads: 299

Joseph had a dream laid upon him from God. He proceeded to share this dream with his brothers who then in turn hated him for it.

What dream is God putting in your heart. How are you going to deal with any ridicule you get when you share it.


16th October 2011 AM

May God be with You

 (7.49 MB)
Israel - from New Life Orphanages
Bible Passage: Genesis 39:1-6, 21-23
Number of Downloads: 419

It is with much thankfulness to God, that one of our leaders of the orphanage, Israel was able to get his visa application approved and be our special guest at church this Sunday.

Israel will be sharing God's word with us both in the morning and evening services.


9th October 2011 PM

Genesis 2: Back to the Future

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Greg Tenni
Bible Passage: Genesis 2:4-25
Number of Downloads: 288

When we look at the way the world works, we often find ourselves saying "This is not right. That's not how things should be".

There seems to be, tucked away in the back of our minds somewhere, images of beauty, truth and justice that we find missing from the picture we see around us each day.

Where do these sort of ideas come from, and is there any hope that they will become reality one day?

Genesis 2 deals with some of these questions, as it presents us with a mix of what used to be and what is yet to come.


9th October 2011 AM

US teaching the ANGELS?

 (8.16 MB)
Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Ephesians 3
Number of Downloads: 476

The setting of this part of Scripture: The gospel is spreading throughout the world, and the Christian community continues to develop.

As one author puts it: History is the theatre, the world is the stage, and church members in every land are the actors. God himself has written the play, and he directs and produces it. Act by act, scene by scene, the story continues to unfold.

But who are the audience?

THE ANGELS! (Eph 3:10,11)

The angels must have been so amazed when they see Gentiles and Jews in the new society as equals!

In the church the angels see the manifold wisdom of God (verse 10) and his eternal purpose (verse 11). This has all become clear in the ministry of Christ Jesus our Lord.


2nd October 2011 AM

God's Plan for Families

 (8.23 MB)
Adrian De Bruyn
Bible Passage: Ephesians 5:21-6:4
Number of Downloads: 419

There has been no shortage of advice for families. We've had Dr Spock, Super-Nanny, as well has all kinds of advice from other well meaning people who at times made a lot of money and or fame dreaming up different ways to bring up kids.

So where is it really at?

God not only cares to bring us into a new and forgiven relationship with him but also gives us instruction how we are to live into that forgiven and renewed relationship. The work of the Holy Spirit is also shown in our family life as an expression of our gratefulness to God for the grace He has shown us in Christ.

Let us then be instructed from God's Word this morning about this matter.


25th September 2011 AM

God's Word and You

 (5.69 MB)
Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: Psalm 19:7-14
Number of Downloads: 310

"The Law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul" speaks the Psalmist. You may wonder why King David can speak so highly of God's law that he says we should even meditate on it continually. This Sunday morning we will look at Psalm 19 to see what the Psalmist is talking about and discover how God's law relates to us today.


11th September 2011 PM

What Am I Here for?

 (3.64 MB)
Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: Colossians 1: 15-12
Number of Downloads: 436

We were all saddened by the tragic loss of life in the recent house fire at Slacks Creek. At the same time I was deeply humbled by the outpouring of praise to God in the midst of such a tragedy. While many will question why a loving God would allow this to happen or even question whether there is a God, the answer came as ... "In spite of the pain, people were singing praises to God. If anything holds these people together, and the community together, it is their faith in God. ... They have tremendous faith and belief that He always knows what is best for us.....we believe He has something good for us." (Mr Pale , Community elder, Sunday Mail 28 August 2011). This family has found the reason, the significance and the purpose of life. Have you?


11th September 2011 AM

Who is in control of your life? God?

 (1.39 MB)
Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Ephesians 5:18-21
Number of Downloads: 447

Some months ago we looked at some important New Testament teaching as regards the wonderful truth that each Christian is indwelt by the Spirit of God. When a person believes in Christ as Lord and Saviour, the Spirit 'moves' into that person's life, to - as it were - claim that person for the Kingdom by taking up residence. Christ, through His Spirit, says: This person is mine!

And yet, the Bible tells us that a Christian is to be 'filled with the Spirit'.

Is there a difference between 'being indwelt by the Spirit' (Eph 1:13) and 'being filled with the Spirit' (Eph. 5:18)? Look these verses up in your Bible.

There is a difference, and we want to search that out this morning, and see what practical implications it has.


4th September 2011 PM

Be Filled with the Spirit

 (5.05 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Ephesians 5:18 and 6:1-4
Number of Downloads: 335

Today is Father's Day, a happy occassion where we take time to honour and thank the men in our lives to whom we owe so much. Yet despite the joys and successes of fatherhood we celebrate today, the cost of 'fatherlessness' in our culture is simply HUGE! In terms of dollars and cents, research estimates that 'fatherlessness' is costing us as a nation $13 billion per year! This is not to mention the cost in deep hurt and loss that is passed on from one generation to the next nor the many statistics of substance abuse, teenage pregnancies and even crime that are directly related to 'fatherlessness'. Many fathers (even in the church) are totally stressed out about raising children. For many if feels that their children are becoming 'fatherless children' even with them in the home and despite their very best efforts to be good fathers. Amidst all this, fathers and children wonder: is there a key to being a good and 'successful' father? Tonight we will see that there is such a key and we will take a look at what it is that makes us good fathers to our children and good children to our fathers.


4th September 2011 AM

Don't Despair - Being to Repair

 (7.92 MB)
Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 2:1-10
Number of Downloads: 435

What the church needs is......! Why don't our politicians do something about....! If it were up to me I would...! Self-proclaimed know-alls, arm chair critics sideline spectators ...everybody knows one...or two or three...! We really need people who will get in and do something to fix a situation or solve a problem. We need people of action. Nehemiah saw a problem and was prepared to do something about it. He acknowledged that he was part of the problem. He, as well as the Israelites had sinned. He was honest to admit his own sin and failure. We really need people who will not just discuss a situation but will do something about it. Will you be a person on whom God can depend to act for Him in your world.


28th August 2011 PM

In the Beginning .. God

 (9.74 MB)
Greg Tenni
Bible Passage: Genesis 1:1-2:3
Number of Downloads: 369

When we start reading the book of Genesis we are often daunted by all the questions that people have thrown at this book over the past 100 years or so. But do we really need to answer these questions, or is it like trying to teach grammar from a recipe book, and missing the point of why the book was written? This Sunday night we want to try to let Genesis speak for itself and understand better what God has to say to us - in His own words.


28th August 2011 AM

The Mark of the Beast

 (7.52 MB)
Gerhard Oberholzer (Obee)
Bible Passage: Rev 14:6-13
Number of Downloads: 433

In the church today, we leave a track - footprint. Are we leaving a track that is deceiving or one that is fitting of God's grace. Is our track showing a loving Christian life style ?

In Revelations the angel of God tell us we need to be fearing of God. Todays message will help us to understand what this means, and how we can go about this command, and then in turn reveal tracks that are honourable and faithful.


21st August 2011 PM

Christ has been Raised

 (9.57 MB)
Craig Ireland
Bible Passage: 1 Cor 15:20a
Number of Downloads: 494

The message in the gospel of resurrection is seen by the Apostle Paul as absolutely fundamental. After all, as Paul suggests, And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile

This message will seek to ask and answer the question, how should the truth about resurrection our effect daily Christian lives.


14th August 2011 PM

Fix Your Thoughts on Jesus

 (7.74 MB)
Josh Hartog
Bible Passage: Hebrews 3:1-15
Number of Downloads: 331

Many people start the Christian journey but never finish it. Sometimes as Christians we can start to drift away from our commitment to Jesus Christ. So how do you run with perseverance the race that God has marked out for us? How do you finish well? How do you cultivate your faith, so that it grows stronger rather than weaker? The writer of the letter to the Hebrews tells us to fix our thoughts on Jesus. As he shows us how Jesus is our greatest example of what it means to be faithful he teaches us five principles about faith and three ways we can cultivate our faith.


14th August 2011 AM

To Seek and to Save

 (7.36 MB)
Ettiene De Wilzem
Bible Passage: Luke 19 : 1 - 10
Number of Downloads: 429

Although it does not always feel like it,living in the Redlands means that we live in an affluent, western culture. Many, if not most of us have everything we need to get by very comfortably. It is amidst these circumstances that it becomes very relevant to ask: 'what does Christianity have to offer us?' 'Why do we need religion and why have churches?' We will see from the gospel of Luke why we need Christianity; who it is meant for and how the vital message of Christianity is communicated to the culture in which we live.


7th August 2011 PM

Grace Given to the Guilty

 (7.27 MB)
John Hoogenhout
Bible Passage: Rom.12:17, 19
Number of Downloads: 305

Seeking revenge is so luring... but never heals the hurt. OT Joseph had serious reasons for seeking revenge from those who mistreated and misrepresented him. He'd been incarcerated in jail. Sold as a slave. Threatened with death. Joseph suffered heavy duty wrongs! The world screams 'seek compensation!' 'You deserve revenge!' But that's not God's way. Join us tonight as we see how Joseph lived God's instructions: Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Do not take re-venge. (Rom.12:17, 19)


31st July 2011 PM

Reaping the Rewards of Righteousness

 (7.77 MB)
John Hoogenhout
Bible Passage: Genesis 41
Number of Downloads: 411

Driving a car when the wheels are aligned right makes driving easier. Living life when wisdom from above directs your steps make living easier. Old Testament Joseph models this as well as anyone. There were times he had to consciously realign his heart to stay the course he'd committed his life to. Tonight we'll discover principles that we can implement in our lives so we too reach our life's goals.


31st July 2011 AM

None but You

 (8.50 MB)
K J Tromp
Bible Passage: John 6:52-69
Number of Downloads: 439

All of us are bombarded with voices telling us who we can be, what we should do, how we should live. But which voice do we choose? Even if we would like to say we choose the voice of God over the voice of the world, why do we choose Him over the others? Even in our churches there are a multitude of voices calling for action, assertion or assimilation on a huge variety of things, from church events to matters of vision and direction. Whose voice do we listen to? Join us this Sunday morning to get back to the heart of hearing the One whose voice needs to be heard, needs to be followed, and needs to be trusted.


24th July 2011 PM

Why and How Long ?

 (7.21 MB)
John Hoogenhout
Bible Passage: Genesis 41
Number of Downloads: 299

Tonight, I want us to wrestle with the questions all of us face more often than we perhaps want to admit: Is it really possible that good can come through bad? Are there silver linings to dark clouds? Why do we have to face sad and bad things in life? Doesn't the Bible say; '... the peace of God will be given to me when I ask?' (see Philippians 4:6-7) I do ask... but I do not have peace. And doesn't the Bible say; 'all things will work for the good of those who love God?' (see Romans 8:28). I love God and things are not working out for good for me.
Through the life of Joseph we'll tackle these questions...


24th July 2011 AM

The World vs Jesus

 (5.67 MB)
Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: John 15:18-25
Number of Downloads: 13454

Australians love watching their favourite team. But did you know that everyone is actually part of a team? The passage we'll be looking at this Sunday morning comes from the gospel of John where Jesus outlines for us two teams. These two teams encompass the whole of humanity, with some in one and the rest in the other. What are these two teams and what is the relationship between them? Find out this coming Sunday morning.


17th July 2011 PM

Who will you worship?

 (8.20 MB)
Ettiene
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 10:12-22
Number of Downloads: 424

We all have a set of answers to life's important questions - a set of beliefs. Whether we admit it or not, or even whether we are aware of it or not, our beliefs inevitably spur us on to devote ourselves exclusively to some thing(s) or someone in our lives which determines how we live. The Bible passage we will look at has some things to say about our set of beliefs. We will see if beliefs are only relative or if there is only one that is absolute and true? If there is, why is it better than the claims of all the other sets of belief and how does it affect our lives?


17th July 2011 AM

God, what are you doing to us?

 (8.31 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Exodus 13-14
Number of Downloads: 323

Ever feel like you're in the washing machine? All your plans get turned upside down, all your expectations dashed, and you wonder whether God really knows what he is doing? Why does this happen? What good can come from this? How will we ever survive? Sometimes God leads his people into situations like this to teach them important things about himself.


10th July 2011 AM

The Holy Spirit Sad or Glad?

 (8.31 MB)
Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Ephesians 4:17 - 5:2
Number of Downloads: 288

This is an amazing Scripture! For it speaks of the Holy God living within unholy people through His Spirit. And the unholy people: that's us. No, we may not be as bad as some other people, but in our words, thoughts, and actions, do we not often fail God's standards? Somewhat like the apostle Paul in Romans 8: "For what I do, is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do - this I keep on doing." And yet, because of Christ Jesus, the Spirit of God desires to live within the believer. He is God's mark of ownership, God's seal of security, God's guarantee that one day God's people will see their Saviour face to face! The Bible does not teach that the mark, the seal, the security, will be removed when we do not measure up to God's will, but it does warn against causing the Spirit sadness and grief. Every Christian will often have to examine his/her life and heart: How and where do I bring sadness to God's Spirit. For He is the Holy Spirit, and whatever is unholy, brings grief to God's amazing gift in Christ.


3rd July 2011 AM

Be All You Can Be

 (6.48 MB)
Bevan Burnes
Bible Passage: 2 Peter 1:3-11
Number of Downloads: 359

How much would you be willing to pay for a piece of fruit? In Japan someone paid more than $6000 for one Densuke watermelon. Grown only on the northern island of Hokkaido, this beautiful dark-green fruit looks like a bowling ball. The fruit's rarity brought an astronomical price on the market. Christians have fruit that is far more precious than the Densuke watermelon. It is the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Each "fruit" is a different aspect of Christlikeness. A rare and delicious fruit may bring a premium price in the marketplace, but Christ-like character is of far greater worth. Becoming like Christ is a life long experience. Therefore we need patience with others and ourselves. All of us will have challenges and disappointments along the way. But if we put our trust in Him, we'll grow spiritually and have character qualities that will radiate new life.


26th June 2011 PM

Resisting Temptation

 (8.72 MB)
John Hoogenhout
Bible Passage: Gen.39:1-6
Number of Downloads: 402

Our window into Joseph's life focuses on his response to
the temptations he was exposed to by Mrs Potiphar. She wanted to have a
sexual affair with him! Joseph resisted. He said to her: My master has
withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then
could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?" (Gen.39:9) You'd think
he'd be commended for his integrity eh? Not so! This led him into prison.
And the question we all ask comes to the fore again: Why do unfair and bad
things happen to good people? Join us tonight as we wrestle with this
question.


26th June 2011 AM

Signed, sealed, and delivered, by the Spirit.

 (9.61 MB)
Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Acts 2:1-8, 14-21
Number of Downloads: 361

Only 2 weeks ago the Christian church celebrated the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It'll be good to have another look this morning at some crucial truths about the Spirit in the lives of those who love Jesus. Ephesians 2:13 refers to the Spirit's ministry as a seal on the believer's life, which is not only a sign of ownership, but at the same time gives everlasting security. As Eugene Peterson paraphrases: 'Signed, sealed, and delivered, by the Spirit.'


19th June 2011 PM

Joseph - Favoured Son, Hated Brother

 (7.86 MB)
John Hoogenhout
Bible Passage: Genesis 37 : 2 - 11
Number of Downloads: 407

In this first sermon in a series on the life of OT Joseph, we see how dysfunctional Joseph's family of origin was. Sad and bad events caused unbelievable heartache and hardship to this large family. Yet, their dysfunction didn't thwart God's plans for using this family to fulfil His plan for His people. What do we learn in sermon 1 that's applicable to you and me today? Three things: 1) No family is exempt from troubles: 2) No enemy is more subtle than passivity: 3) No response is more cruel than jealousy.


19th June 2011 AM

Jesus is enough

 (7.79 MB)
Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: Colossians 2 : 16 - 23
Number of Downloads: 461

In the world there are all sorts of religious practices out there. From animal worship to flagellation, people do many various things in order to appease their so-called deity. This was the same in the Apostles' day, with some groups of Jews insisting on festival and Sabbath keeping in order for forgiveness. While other Gentiles spread the practice of angel worship. But the Apostle Paul in Colossians 2 lays out his argument about why all these other systems are in fact worthless and futile and builds the case that Jesus is truly enough.


12th June 2011 PM

Real Community

 (5.63 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Philemon
Number of Downloads: 412

On the surface the book of Philemon seems to be about a runaway slave, his conversion and then Paul's attempt to have him reunited with his master. And that is certainly the story behind the letter. But interwoven in this story is so much teaching on the nature of Christian Community. That as the body of Christ, we are created by Christ and for Christ, to share an imitate Christ's work by forgiving each other. So, as we have been in the AM services the last month, this Sunday, by studying Philemon, we will look at Real Community


12th June 2011 AM

Real Community - Family Acceptance

 (5.83 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Romans 16 : 1 - 16
Number of Downloads: 456

So far in our series "Real Community" we have seen the call to love each other as Christ has loved us. But this week we are going to look at an aspect of Christian community that makes it unlike any other we could experience, as we see community forged on the front line of mission. As we wrap up our series in Romans we will be looking at Paul's greetings in 16:1-16, and his call to "Greet one another with a Holy Kiss" and the type of community that this envisages.


5th June 2011 PM

Me, me, me

 (4.30 MB)
Clinton Berends and Mark Flynn
Bible Passage: Mark 10:35-45
Number of Downloads: 430

This service is led by the HSM. The topic for the service is 'Me, me, me'. Looking at the way our self centred culture impacts us and, most importantly, how Jesus calls us into a kingdom that is about service.


5th June 2011 AM

Real Community Love - How To

 (5.04 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Romans 13 : 8 - 14
Number of Downloads: 431

Over the last couple of weeks we have looked at the issues of love and unity within the church. We have been challenged by how living under Jesus, in the church, asks from us a completely different attitude from what we know anywhere else. One that seeks to constantly give, instead of receive. But with an inbuilt compass that wants to point to 'me', a society that tells me that its all about 'me' and trying to love people who are less than perfect, we may begin to wonder how this is actually possible.
This not only calls us again to live in love, but helps us understand both the motive and the method for living this way.


29th May 2011 PM

Compassion

 (7.48 MB)
Kevin Reitveld
Bible Passage: Matthew 25:31-46
Number of Downloads: 308

This Sunday evening we have Kevin Rietveld preaching. Kevin and his wife Machi are CRCA missionaries in Solomon Islands. As well as preaching, Kevil and Machi will be sharing about some of their work.


29th May 2011 AM

Real Community - Unity

 (6.08 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Romans 12:14-16
Number of Downloads: 374

In John 17 Jesus prayed for the church. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. But really, as we look at the church and the pressures that are applied we have to question whether this is really possible. But this week we continue our series on "Real Community" by looking at the issue of unity, and continue to work through Romans 12 we begin to see God's answer through Paul's writing - a life and a community that is completely focused on others. Sounds impossible? The gospel suggests otherwise


22nd May 2011 AM

Real Community - Love

 (6.06 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Romans 12 : 1 - 8
Number of Downloads: 404

LOVE. It's sung about, spoken about, written about, acted out in numerous different ways. For different people it can mean very different things- for some people love is equated to lust, for others, a strong liking. But generally our definitions and experiences of love are self focused. But for the follower of Jesus, knowing the love of God in Christ, love takes on a whole new meaning. Its more than an emotion. Its not focused on ourselves. This week we start a four part series called "Real Community" looking more at Paul's teaching in Romans 12-16. This Sunday we start with Romans 12:9-13 and Paul's call for the real community to be marked by love. A tough kind of love that follows the model of Jesus and goes a long way to creating a real community.


15th May 2011 PM

Who Should Lead the Church???

 (5.42 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Acts 20:13-38 + 1 Peter 5:1-4
Number of Downloads: 346

At the moment we are calling for nominations for the office of elder in the church. So this Sunday we want to look at eldership in the New Testament. Who are these people, how are they called, what is their role, and what qualifications should we look for as we nominate men to serve? It's a big topic, but we pray that God will give us great insight into this role and office within the church.


15th May 2011 AM

Accept one another

 (9.86 MB)
Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Romans 14 and 15
Number of Downloads: 388

The more we read the stories of the New Testament churches, the more clearly we see the glory of God's grace in the midst of human frailty, sinfulness and disobedience. As the Reformer Martin Luther once said:

Christians are always sinners and at the same time righteous.

Well, that is abundantly clear from the events in the Roman congregation, when we read in chapters 14 and 15 what is happening there. The problem that bothered that church is very far removed from us today, in more ways than one. But the way the apostle Paul is aiming to lead these people of 2000 years ago in a God-pleasing direction, is also very instructive for us today.
What can you and I learn in 2011 from this ancient situation, and particularly where our congregation is today. But it's not only a matter of hearing what God speaks to us right now, what needs to follow is doing things. And for now it is the matter of forgiving, receiving it and giving it.


8th May 2011 AM

The Gospel in the city

 (6.34 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Acts 19: 8 - 20
Number of Downloads: 487

No doubt the Redlands is a great and blessed place to live in. It is comfortable, clean, affluent. If you could be born anywhere in the world, few places would be as attractive as here. But the reality is that underneath it all the Redlands is as sick as any other community in the world, because its a community that needs Jesus, a community whose only hope is the life changing gospel to be proclaimed and responded to. Last week as we looked at the gospel in Philippi we saw the power of God at work in the lives of individuals and their households. This Sunday, as we look at the gospel in Ephesus we will be looking at how God works in a whole city to bring change


1st May 2011 AM

The Gospel at Work

 (6.25 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Acts 16:1-11
Number of Downloads: 293

There seem to be so many barriers to people becoming Christians. People are too comfortable, they don't need God. People love their sin, who would want to give it up (we don't want to, and we know the grace of God). And giving up a sleep in on a Sunday morning, really? But despite all the barriers the amazing news is that it still happens. People move from death to life through Jesus. And this week we are going to see how it happens, how God is at work and how he is calling us to get involved as we trust in him. This week and next we are wrapping up our Acts series, so read ahead in Acts 16:13-35.


22nd April 2011 AM

Everything is new

 (6.50 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Matthew 27:45-56

Did anyone really know on that first Good Friday, what was going on? Did people understand the significance of Jesus' death on the cross? While at the time it might not have been clear, God left some pretty powerful signs for the world that this death was more than just an 'injustice' or a 'mistake' - it was in fact God's work of making everything new, a new relationship with him, and a new way of life and living. The great news of Easter is that God is still about that work, and calls us to still come to him to be made new once again.


17th April 2011 PM

What's the Kingdom of God

 (7.30 MB)
Ettiene De Wilzem
Bible Passage: Mark 1:14-20
Number of Downloads: 353

Whenever the queen visits Australia, many of us may wonder: 'what's it like living in a kingdom?' or 'what's it like having a king?' It's something we Aussies are not really familiar with, are we? In fact, most Aussies probably dread the idea of living under a king. We find, however, that Easter - a tradition that we all love to celebrate - has very much to do with the coming of a kingdom into our world. Easter celebrates the coming of the kingdom of God into our world. Now the mention of the words 'kingdom of God' sparks many questions in our heads: 'what is the kingdom of God?' We wonder what it's like, where it came from and where it is. We wonder who rules it and we may even wonder how does one enter and live in it. Tonight we'll learn more about what the Bible has to say about this kingdom of God.


17th April 2011 AM

A Different Kind of King

 (5.97 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Matthew 21:1-11
Number of Downloads: 431

It's pretty fair to say that we don't think much about royalty in our day. Sure, there is a bit of hype around an upcoming royal wedding, but royalties impact on our daily life is quite insignificant. But this wasn't the case in the time of the New Testament, in fact for much of the world's history, in most places around the world, your king, or leader had the biggest singular impact on your life. And so when Jesus comes riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, fulfilling an old prophesy about God's coming king and the coming reign of peace and blessing, its no wonder the people get excited. If God's king is here, then surely everything is about to change. But then something goes horribly wrong. Instead of going to the palace, the king goes to the temple. Something is up. Find out this Sunday morning.


10th April 2011 PM

Responding to Easter

 (7.99 MB)
John Hoogenhout
Bible Passage: Matthew 27:11-26
Number of Downloads: 366

Have you ever wondered what was going through the minds of those witnessing Jesus in the week prior to his crucifixion? Imagine you were in the crowd? You heard Pilate question Jesus and debate with the chief priests and elders. What would you be thinking? What would you have said had you been asked for an opinion?

In the crowd were people whom we would identify with. Whether you're a sceptic or convinced that Jesus was the Son of God - confusion ruled and mob rule seemed to determine the verdict. Imagine if someone in the crowd had taken a stand and said: People of conviction, listen to Pilate, answer his question: What has Jesus done to deserve this (v.23)?

We all stand this side of the Cross and have His Word explaining why Jesus went to the Cross. In God's plan to redeem humanity, Jesus took the punishment for sin. Salvation is given.


10th April 2011 AM

Why did Jesus have to die?

 (5.67 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Matthew 26:36-46
Number of Downloads: 399

Throughout the sermons in Acts we saw a common teaching that Jesus suffered and died at the hands of evil men, but also according to the plan of God. But why was it so necessary for Jesus to die, couldn't God have just waved a magic wand? This Sunday we start heading towards Easter with our focus on the events around the death and resurrection of Jesus. We start this week by looking at Matthew 26:36-46 and Jesus' willing submission to the 'cup' of suffering.


3rd April 2011 AM

Living with a Faithful God

 (5.50 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Psalm 46
Number of Downloads: 409

Certainty. It's not that easy to find. In families, in careers, in finances, in sports. Even in the church. Sometimes the most adequate words to describe our world and our lives are words like: turmoil, change, uncertainty, chaos. The Bible affirms this too, that in the world and in life there is tremendous uncertainty and instability. Except when it comes to the faithfulness of God. This week we take a break from our series in Acts (returning a little later) to think about Psalm 46. Its a Psalm which contrasts the turmoil of the world, and the peace giving faithfulness of God, giving comfort and hope to the people of God no matter what situation they find themselves in.


27th March 2011 AM

Grace At Work

 (7.04 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Acts 15:1-35
Series: Acts
Number of Downloads: 334

The good news of Jesus is good news of God's grace (unmerited favour) to sinners and the church. But this week in Acts we are going to come to two challenges to that grace, both in the forms of how it applies to individuals, and how it operates in the church. And we'll see that in the way that the church handles these situations that grace has to always come out on top.


20th March 2011 AM

The World is a different place

 (7.97 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Acts 13:16-48
Series: Acts
Number of Downloads: 472

Isn't it amazing that good news can both exciting and scary all at the same time? Like when you first hear that you are having a baby, or that you have been offered your first job, or that the offer on your first home has been accepted. Its both incredibly exciting, and somewhat terrifying all at the same time. What we find, in a much greater way, is that the same is true of the greatest news this world has ever heard, the good news of Jesus and a new life in him. It's the most exciting and terrifyingly daunting news to ever hear. This week, as we continue in Acts, we will see how this good news plays out as it goes deep into unfamiliar territory, and what we might expect as it takes hold of our lives, our church, and our community.


13th March 2011 PM

Breaking Barriers

 (7.96 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Acts 10:1-11
Series: Acts
Number of Downloads: 451

There are few things worse than being written off. Too slow. Too old. Too young. Too inexperienced. These labels put a barrier up and are all about exclusion. As we go through the book of Acts we have been seeing that when it comes to the gospel, what once were barriers, are barriers no more. The great news of Jesus is that God is at working extending grace and forgiveness to those previously written off and excluded. People like you and me. People like those we might have written off as well...


13th March 2011 AM

How do we handle change?

 (11.11 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Acts 8
Series: Acts
Number of Downloads: 447

Whenever the Gospel seizes our hearts, and God moves us into mission, challenges will arise. Acts 8 shows us how the church dealt with new developments, and how they managed to change their views on long held matters. These are incredibly difficult things to deal with even today, but in Acts 8 God lays out some important principles that can help us handle change in a way that helps us and honours him.


6th March 2011 PM

Dealing with Division

 (6.62 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Acts 6:1-7
Number of Downloads: 330

Dealing with Division: Every family knows the reality of difficulties and friction. It seems to be whenever you get people living together in close proximity there are bound to be some issues. The same is true in the church, even in the early church. This Sunday we come to Acts 6:1-7, which has the potential, more than anything else in the story so far, of creating a massive stumbling block for the early church. But what we will see, in their dealing with it, that not only is division avoided, but it actually becomes a catalyst for greater mission. What might God have to say to us, in this story?


6th March 2011 AM

On Fire. Under Fire

 (7.58 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Acts 5:12-42
Number of Downloads: 388

On Fire. Under Fire. One of the challenges about reading Acts is coming face to face with the sheer amount of opposition the people faced. This passage is another point of tension - to put it mildly - between the NT church and the leaders of the Jewish faith. Amazing things happen, and God is saying something very special to us about opposition, trouble, and trials. It's quite an eye opener


27th February 2011 PM

Does God Require Perfection?

 (6.77 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Acts 5:1-11
Number of Downloads: 315

Someone commented to me in the last week "I want to belong to the church of Acts 2." And it seems very attractive, like they had no problems, and everyone was included, and exciting things we always happening. What's not to love? And then we hit Acts 5, and all of a sudden it get serious. This great new community is not a perfect community as shown by Ananias and Sapphira. So what should we make of their sin, and God's immediate judgment? Is God perhaps less gracious than we think?


27th February 2011 AM

Fuel For Mission

 (10.34 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Acts 4:23-37
Number of Downloads: 337

Acts 4 shows us people doing some amazing things: They overflowed in generosity and giving, and they were rich in prayer. It is an incredibly exciting picture. If we concentrate only on these human responses, however, we will miss what drove them. So, what was it? What lay behind their amazing generosity and their wonderful prayer life? Read ahead at Acts 4:23-37


20th February 2011 PM

Transforming Lives

 (8.02 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Acts 3
Number of Downloads: 442

If you want to get a message out today there are many methods. If used correctly, it is possible to communicate with thousands of people, around the world, in a matter of hours. Sadly, most of those messages aren't worth a lot. In the early church we see a gospel that is spreading fast. Not simply because the communication is being well used, but because its 'good news' in fact the best news this world has ever seen. Sometimes in the church, with our pressure to do, act, commit, devote, we can lose sight of the fact that this Jesus is still very much good news. Read ahead in Acts 3.


20th February 2011 AM

A New Community

 (6.43 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Acts 2:42-47
Number of Downloads: 419

Have you ever wondered what heaven is like? Maybe images of fluffy clouds, angels, harps and as much pizza as you can eat come to mind. The reality is that God has given us some glimpses of eternity, and they are not where we might expect, they are actually in the church. This Sunday, as we continue our series in Acts we get a glimpse of the type of community that the gospel produces, with a new relationship with God, and one another. In this glimpse, and our experiences today, God is actually giving the world a glimpse of eternity.


13th February 2011 PM

What Jesus is doing today

 (8.96 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Acts 2:1-41
Number of Downloads: 426

I wonder how you go under the pressure of expectation. It can really be a joy killer, can't it? Sometimes when we read of the early church we can feel and expectation or a pressure to 'measure up.' But is that what God really intended in recording this book for us? As we look at Acts 2:1-41 we will see that church and history is not about what this church did, or that church, or even us - its about Jesus, and what he is doing to bring God's kingdom into this world.


13th February 2011 AM

Church: Outward Bound

 (6.19 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Acts 1:1-11
Number of Downloads: 475

How do we understand the book of Acts? What was Luke's intention as he wrote it? And what can we learn about how God is at work in his church, then and now? Acts 1 gets us off to a flying start - Jesus' return to heaven, the Holy Spirit promised, Judas replaced. It all looks like the scene is being set for some remarkable events. What does it all have to do with Jesus, and being his followers today? Sunday AM we'll be looking at Acts 1:1-11 as our introduction to Acts and our new series.


6th February 2011 PM

Invited to a Banquet

 (6.20 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Luke 14:15-24
Number of Downloads: 376

Have you ever received an invitation to a function, maybe a birthday party or a wedding, that you just didn't think you were 'in' enough to receive? Jesus says that is what its like to be invited to the his kingdom banquet. The danger is that we think we deserve it, and in so doing, actually miss the party of all ages. Read ahead in Luke 14:15-24.


6th February 2011 AM

Amazing Grace

 (6.82 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Luke 5:17-26
Number of Downloads: 313

Is it that easy? One word of forgiveness and it's all gone? How does that happen? How could anyone make such an audacious pronouncement? The people of Jesus' day would sometimes say that the Gospel in offensive, and they saw it as a trap. For untold thousands of people through the ages, however, the grace of God has changed their lives. Come Sunday AM and find out why. Read ahead, Luke 5:17-26.


30th January 2011 PM

Luke's Kingdom Parables Pt 2

 (6.33 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Luke 13:18-21.
Number of Downloads: 455

Have you ever received an invitation to a function, maybe a birthday party or a wedding, that you just didn't think you were 'in' enough to receive? Jesus says that is what its like to be invited to the his kingdom banquet. The danger is that we think we deserve it, and in so doing, actually miss the party of all ages. Read ahead in Luke 14:15-24.


30th January 2011 AM

How do I deal with my anger?

 (6.25 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Eph 4:17 - 5:2
Number of Downloads: 412

How do I deal with my anger? We have all been wronged, we have all been hurt, and if the statistics tell us anything, 30% of us have suffered some kind of abuse. We carry these experiences through life and we often feel the scars. What are we supposed to do? Is it wrong to be angry? Are we supposed to ignore what has happened? God does not want us to live in bondage or denial. If you've ever wondered about anger and how to deal with it, you'll want to be there Sunday morning. Read ahead at Eph 4:17 - 5:2


23rd January 2011 PM

Listening to God

 (7.18 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Luke 8:1-15
Number of Downloads: 324

As we begin to study Acts in a few weeks time, we will see how Jesus is bringing his kingdom to the world, through the church. But before this took place, Jesus told some stories about what that kingdom was going to look like, and how it was going to come. We read these as parables in the gospel of Luke. In the next 3 weeks we will be looking at some of these stories, starting with Luke 8:1-15, and seeing how Jesus is bringing his kingdom, and how he is calling us to be involved.


23rd January 2011 AM

How do I deal with disaster?

 (6.20 MB)
Dave Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Luke 13:1-8 and John 9:1-12
Number of Downloads: 318

Around 20 people have lost their lives, 40 towns have been inundated, thousands of people are homeless, businesses and livelihoods lie at the bottom of our state's rivers. Queensland is broken. How do we deal with this? How do we answer the many questions that arise? How can we respond? The people of Jesus' day sometimes saw suffering and disaster as a consequence of personal sin. Is that what we should say to the people of Grantham, or Goodna, or Chinchilla? Read ahead at Luke 13:1-8 and John 9:1-12


16th January 2011 AM

The Holiness of God

 (6.86 MB)
Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: 1 Chronicles 13
Number of Downloads: 552

Many people have heard that God is holy, but what does that really mean? Just how holy is God? We will be visiting 1 Chronicles 13 - the story of Uzzah touching the ark of the covenant and for that getting struck down dead. Was that fair? And what has that to do with the holiness of God?


9th January 2011 PM

Truth

 (7.02 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: 2 John
Number of Downloads: 329

Last week we looked at part one of 2 John, looking at the church's need to love. This week, as we wrap up the series, we are going to look at John's teaching on truth. In an time and age where this is increasingly coming under attack, and where the church is accused of being 'narrow minded' and 'exclusive' this is something we need to wrestle with. Read ahead in 2 John.


2nd January 2011 AM

All You Need is Love?

 (7.06 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: 2 John 1:7
Number of Downloads: 506

Over the next two Sundays (2nd and 9th) we are going to be doing a 'mini-series' looking at the letter of 2 John. I would encourage you to take the time over the coming few days to read through the letter a number of times, and if you have some extra time, think about the following:

* What words or phrases are bring repeated?

* What issue does John seem to be addressing in the church?

* What is the central message of the book (try and get this into 1 sentence)?

* How might this message speak into the church of today?

It might seem like extra work but I believe that this sort of preparation will help you get the most out of these messages.


Also, a reminder that we will be preaching the same message in both AM and PM services. That means that if you come along to both you are going to get even more out of it!!!


26th December 2010 AM

Prince of Peace

 (6.55 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Is 9:6-7; 2:1-4; 11:6-9
Number of Downloads: 430

It doesn't take a long look at recent world events to see that we continue to live on a planet of turmoil and conflict. It doesn't take a long look at our lives, and the lives of people around us to see that this is not just confined to international relationships. Conflict seems to be a part of every day life. So what do we make of passages of the Bible that speak of peace? Is peace something that we just have to hang for, until Jesus comes again? This Sunday, as we wrap up our Christmas series we will be looking at Jesus, the Prince of Peace, to see what he has done, is doing and will do, to bring peace in our world.


25th December 2010 AM

Eternal Father - In a Manger

 (4.51 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Isaiah 9:6-7

Christmas Day is always a high point at RCRC. It presents a great opportunity to tell the message of Jesus and to celebrate the birth of the King of Kings!

It will be great for us all to meet on Christmas morning and praise the Jesus Christ who was born in the manger. Estimates will vary, but best figures would indicate that 80% of Australians will spend their Christmas Day without Jesus.

Here's a thought: Is there a neighbour, a friend, or a family member you could ask along? It could be a great opportunity for them to hear the good news about Jesus!

Can I challenge everyone in the RCRC family to invite two people along who would not normally be in church, so they can share in this great day of praise and celebration.

Please pray that Jesus himself will impact us all as we worship him on Saturday.

"All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 'The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel' (which means 'God with us')." (Matthew 1:22-23)


19th December 2010 PM

Mighty God

 (4.61 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Isaiah 9:6-7; Isaiah 10:20-27
Number of Downloads: 890

We have all met some parents who like to talk up their kids. You would think, sometimes, that parents actually believe that their child is the next Einstein or Picasso or Wally Lewis, even before they can walk. But in Isaiah 9 we are introduced to the biggest claim ever of a new born child, that he is God. So why would God come as a child, what evidence do we have that Jesus was and is God, and what difference does that make to the way we celebrate Christmas? All this and more...


19th December 2010 AM

Wonderful Counsellor

 (6.97 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Isaiah 9:1-7
Number of Downloads: 436

As we close one year and enter another, we're often thinking about how things will work out in the year to come. In a time of economic uncertainty it's understandable to wonder whether we're on the right track, or wonder how things will work out. Isaiah's words directly address our hearts, assuring us that Jesus is our Wonderful Counsellor. On Sunday we'll be looking at how this plays out.


12th December 2010 PM

The Secret to Being Generous

 (6.77 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: 2 Cor 8:1-15
Number of Downloads: 420

Why is it that when we talk about giving, we tend to feel either fear or guilt? Why is the subject of giving such hard territory to negotiate? There are probably lots of reasons. Think for a moment: what if we could understand the secret to giving? How is it that some people seem to give, and so freely, selflessly, and quietly - and be so happy about it? How do they do this? Why do they do this? How can we learn from them? Come this Sunday afternoon, and start the journey into guilt free giving.


12th December 2010 AM

Moving Australia Forward

 (6.36 MB)
Ettiene De Wilzum
Bible Passage: Isaiah 9:1-7
Number of Downloads: 449

In two weeks time we will celebrate Christmas. When we hear the word 'Christmas' many images come to our minds. There's the image of family, of friends, of gifts and certainly the image of the Saviour being born to us. One image, however, that rarely will spring to mind when we hear the word 'Christmas', is the word 'government'. Perhaps the very last thing we want to think about over the festive season is the government! According to the Bible, however, there is a connection between celebrating Christmas and celebrating 'government'. This Sunday we will find out how, by celebrating Christmas, we are celebrating the coming of a Ruler, the coming of a new government who will truly be 'moving Australia forward!'


5th December 2010 PM

DIY Does Not Work With Faith

 (7.53 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Colossians 1:1-14
Number of Downloads: 393

In this part of the world we learn to be independent, and to do things ourselves. "I did it my way" is an old song, but today's generation is living its creed more than ever. This has disastrous consequences for church health and undermines personal growth to a frightening degree. This is why we've been working through the process of discipleship. We have covered the three basic components: Glorify, Nurture, Bring Others. This week (5pm) we tie it all together and see how the process works and what the Bible says about it. We'll be looking at how we support one another in this process and the advantages of walking this path with others.


5th December 2010 AM

Cultural Mandate

 (5.77 MB)
Clinton Berends
Number of Downloads: 467

This Sunday morning we are finishing off our reFORMed series. Building on the Biblical concept of the sovereignty of God, we will be looking at God's redeeming and restoring work in every corner of life, society and culture, and that everything we do is 'spiritual' and done for the glory of God. It means that whether we are playing tennis, eating sandwhiches, or working in the garden, we are involved in activities that God is deeply interested in.


28th November 2010 PM

Bring Others - Living the Good News

 (7.48 MB)
David Groenenboom
Number of Downloads: 431

What do the following have in common: 1. your lawnmower 2. your car 3. your fishing trip 4. That fantastic double shot latte in your hand. Having trouble answering? You're no different to anyone else: we all have trouble connecting the dots. Our culture decrees that faith be separated from life, 'church' be separated from home, and Christians be separated from the rest of the world. Is it any wonder that many who are far from God think faith is irrelevant? But is the way we live helping the situation? Does the way RCRC expresses itself challenge any of this? Here's the good news challenge: God calls us to a maturity which reconnects and re-integrates life. Our mission is life affirming, Christ centred, and world changing. Come along on Sunday and find out how we can do that together.


28th November 2010 AM

The Sovereignty of God

 (8.38 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Romans 9:14-29
Series: reFORMed
Number of Downloads: 443

This week is Part #3 of our ReFORMed series. Last week we looked at the issue of the sovereignty of God, and this week we will look at the application of that to our salvation. We will see how God's gracious sovereignty is at work through the salvation, as he graciously, elects, calls, saves and brings to eternity sinners and rebels. We will look at this through the acronym of TULIP. (And no, its not about dutch flowers).


21st November 2010 PM

How can we Grow?

 (7.84 MB)
David Groenenboom
Number of Downloads: 437

Some people talk about growth in terms of 'seven quick steps' and failsafe formulas. Paul talks about growth in very different terms. He is so committed to helping people grow that it overflows in nearly everything he writes. It is natural. It is necessary. And it's not easy. So: how can we grow more? What would God have us do? How does this impact on our own lives, or how we help children and young people? How does it influence the kind of church God calls us to build? Here are a couple of passage to read so you'll be best prepared to hear what God says: Eph 1:15-23; Eph 5:14-21; Phil 1:3-11; Col 1:3-14


21st November 2010 AM

Out of the Salt Shaker

 (8.03 MB)
Jack de Vries
Bible Passage: Matthew 5:1-16
Number of Downloads: 637

If meat goes bad, there is no sense in blaming the meat. That is what happens when the bacteria are allowed to breed unchecked. The question to ask is, "Where is the salt?" If society becomes corrupt like a dark night or stinking fish, there's no sense in blaming society. That's what happens when fallen human society is left to itself and human evil is unrestrained and unchecked. The question to ask is "Where is the church?" In this message Jack De Vries challenges Christ followers to be salt and light.


14th November 2010 PM

Glorify

 (8.29 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Col 3:1-18
Number of Downloads: 417

What does it really mean to glorify God? What difference does it make that God had a plan for us? These are things we often talk about, or even cliches we often use, but do they mean anything to our everyday existence? God does not contemplate a relationship with us that does not lead to change in us and in our world.


14th November 2010 AM

The Sovereignty of God

 (6.98 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Job 38:1-18; 40:1-14; 42:1-6
Number of Downloads: 362

If we believe in Jesus, and read that Bible we would probably all agree with the statement that God is in control. Theologically, we say that God is sovereign - he reigns and rules over all. But how far can we stretch that? Is God still in control when we have a free will? Is God still in control when evil is being done? Is God still in control when Satan is at work? All these and lots more, this Sunday morning.


7th November 2010 PM

Wise Man, Foolish Man

 (7.21 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem & HSM
Number of Downloads: 350

We are living in what many would call: the age of information. We have more access to information than any generation before us ever had. We also receive more and arguably better education than many generations before us ever had. This may lead some to conclude that right now humanity is in many ways the most informed and best educated than what we ever were. But are we wise? What is wisdom? In this service we will discover that there are differences between being well informed, well educated and being wise. We will discover from the Bible what wis-dom is and how to live wisely on earth.


7th November 2010 AM

Am I Growing?

 (8.36 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Eph 4:17 - 5:2
Number of Downloads: 485

God wants us to grow - we all know that. Most of the time we think in terms of growing in understanding of God and his love in Jesus. That's great - but what about growing in following Jesus? Attitudes? Behaviour? Bad habits? How do I know whether I am making progress? Sunday AM Dave will open up the Bible so we can see the sort of growth God wants to see in us, and we'll also come away with a few tools to help us assess whether we're growing in the best way.


31st October 2010 PM

God's work is real lives

 (3.10 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Psalm 145:1-13
Number of Downloads: 402

This Sunday night we have the enormous privilege of celebrating God's work as 3 young people (Claudette Ogilvie, Isaac Rooskov and Mark Flynn) profess their faith in, and love for, Jesus. It's a great opportunity to hear how God has worked in their lives to bring them to faith, to witness their public commitment and to honour God for his faithfulness and love. Some come along, bring your family, friends, kids, neighbours to hear real life stories of God at work.


31st October 2010 AM

The Churchs Role in Politics

 (8.57 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Phil 2:5-18
Number of Downloads: 4906

There's no election in sight, so is it safe to talk about the church's calling in politics? How are Christians to view their responsibilities in the ballot box? Which party should we support? How do we address the many issues that arise in the political arena? Should we even try?


24th October 2010 PM

Jesus and the Environment

 (7.34 MB)
Clinton Berends
Number of Downloads: 664

Over the last 20 years environmental issues have come to the forefront of many people's minds. In the last election, issues such as Global Warming, an emissions trading scheme, and the Murray-Darling River system were major political platforms. There is almost no part of society that is untouched by the call to be renewable, environmentally friendly and eco safe. But what has this got to do with Jesus? If Jesus is redeeming everything, does that also include the environment. This Sunday, as we wrap up our series in Genesis 1-3 we will look at what it says about creation, the effect of sin, and our responsibility to it.


24th October 2010 AM

The Kingdom of God is a ...feast?

 (8.30 MB)
David Groenenboom
Number of Downloads: 632

For some, the thought of standing before God fills them with trepidation. They recall past and present failings, and fear for what God might say or do to them. How does this picture compare with the picture of the father Jesus paints in the parable of the lost son? And is this picture just something for the parable, or does it indicate a more consistent biblical emphasis? If so, what does it mean for our expression and experience of the Gospel? You can read ahead in Luke 15, and read wider in Tim Keller's Prodigal God, chapter 7.


17th October 2010 PM

Redeeming Work

 (6.44 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 2:17-26
Number of Downloads: 4608

Why is it so hard to find the right balance with work? Either work is seems to be a slave driver that we resent and can't wait to escape, or its a god that demands our 'worship' 24/7. What is the right place of work in our lives? This Sunday evening we continue our series in Genesis 1-3, looking at work, what it was meant to be, how sin has distorted it, and how God is redeeming work in our world.


17th October 2010 AM

Always travelling, but never arriving?

 (6.61 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Ephesians 2:1-18
Number of Downloads: 5145

Life is a treadmill. We work so hard to get ahead, to realise our goals, but do we ever get there? While disappointment seems to be our lot, we still keep striving.? Why do we all share these powerful inner drives?

God's word, and the message of Jesus, help us understand our longings. We are drawn deeply into the wonderful hope we can have in Jesus.


10th October 2010 PM

Why are relationships so tough?

 (7.03 MB)
Clinton Berends
Number of Downloads: 424

We crave relationships, it doesn't take a genius to see that. We want to be in community, whether with 1 person, or lots of people. But while being the source of so much joy and fulfilment, relationships also seem to bring us so much hardache and pain. Ever wondered why this is the case and what can be done about it? This Sunday we are starting a short series in Genesis 1-3 looking at three areas that dominate our lives, and the Bible's teaching on them. This week we start with relationships, what they are meant to be, what has gone wrong, and what God is doing to redeem them.


10th October 2010 AM

The God you're looking for

 (8.79 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Luke 15:1-10
Number of Downloads: 477

Luke 15 includes three parables: a lost sheep, a lost coin, and a lost son. The shepherd goes after the sheep. The woman searches for her lost coin. Remarkably, there is no one to search for the lost son. What is Jesus getting at? What does this tell us about God? Or Jesus' mission? And, seeing that, how do we better see our role as the body of Christ in his world? It could be that the most profound lesson Jesus has for us in the parable is what he leaves unsaid.


3rd October 2010 PM

The Sovereignty of God

 (6.55 MB)
Clinton Berends
Series: reFORMed
Number of Downloads: 486

This Sunday PM we are finishing off our reFORMed series. Building on the Biblical concept of the sovereignty of God, we will be looking at God's redeeming and restoring work in every corner of life, society and culture, and that everything we do is 'spiritual' and done for the glory of God. It means that whether we are playing tennis, eating sandwhiches, or working in the garden, we are involved in activities that God is deeply interested in.


3rd October 2010 AM

Come to ME and drink

 (12.05 MB)
Graham Foster
Bible Passage: John 7:37-46
Number of Downloads: 548

Continuing the REFORMED series- the Japanese have a saying 'Only live things grow'- as a church we cant 'manufacture' new Christian however we are called upon to invite people to hear the message of salvation. The Bible shows us many principles which are honoured by the Holy Spirit and today we look at this. There are hundreds of ways to 'sow the seed'. For the Christian it's a passion for the lost, for the unbeliever it's a passion for Christ, for the 'tired' believer its another refreshing drink from Jesus river mentioned in John 7:37-39.


26th September 2010 PM

Who is God?

 (6.86 MB)
Josh Hartog
Number of Downloads: 407

If God exists, what is he like? If God exists, what can we know about him and how? If you've ever wondered what God is like then come along tonight and find out. God isn't a mystery, in fact God has revealed himself to the world and you can get to know him. Come along tonight and find out who God is, and you might be surpised by just how amazing and wonderful God is.'


26th September 2010 AM

The Necessity of Preaching

 (5.68 MB)
Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: Romans 10: 5-15
Number of Downloads: 411

Is the gospel really worth getting excited about? If so, how has God designed it so that the message of the gospel is spread throughout the world? Couldn't He have simply written it in the sky so that all may see? In the 10th chapter of Romans, Paul discusses God's evangelism plan and our responsibilities in relation to that. So come along this Sunday at 9am to hear more.


19th September 2010 PM

Does God love 'Different' People

 (5.60 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Luke 17:11-19
Number of Downloads: 329

We all know people who are just a 'little bit different' from the rest of our group of friends or our community at church. We are not sure if they really fit in or if they ever will fit in with the rest of the group and besides, are we really going to risk disturbing the current dynamics that we have in the community by inviting some strange people in? Things won't be the same anymore. We find that the Bible has much to say about situations like these and we will look particularly at how Jesus acted when being in a similar situation.


19th September 2010 AM

The Doctrine of Scripture

 (7.16 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Psalm 119:97 - 112
Series: reFORMed
Number of Downloads: 435

"Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so..." But what makes the Bible the authority on the issue, can we really trust the Bible? This Sunday we start a new AM series, called "reFORMed" looking at what is distinctive about reformed theology, and what it means that we call ourselves a reformed church. We start this week by looking at the Doctrine of Scripture - what we believe about the Bible and it's place in life, faith, theology and the world. For pre reading, go for Psalm 119.


12th September 2010 PM

The Sovereignty of God

 (9.06 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Romans 9:14-29
Series: reFORMed
Number of Downloads: 347

This week is Part #3 of our ReFORMed series. Last week we looked at the issue of the sovereignty of God, and this week we will look at the application of that to our salvation. We will see how God's gracious sovereignty is at work through the salvation, as he graciously, elects, calls, saves and brings to eternity sinners and rebels. We will look at this through the acronym of TULIP. (And no, its not about dutch flowers).


12th September 2010 AM

The Big 10

 (4.13 MB)
Ettiene & Dana De Wilzem
Bible Passage: Exodus 20:1-17
Number of Downloads: 573

"The Big 10" - a very special time of praise being led by very special people - featuring our [email protected] children and team. If we believe in Jesus, we are God's kids and he is our Father. And because we are his children, he gives us ten very good rules to live by, just as our mums and dads give us some very good rules to live by. The ten rules God gave us are called the Ten Commandments. Can you remember the Ten Commandments? Today we will learn an easy way to remember all ten of God's commandments. But we won't stop there, because God also wants us to understand the Ten Commandments. So today we will learn both how to remember the Ten Commandments and how to understand them better.


5th September 2010 PM

Is God really in control?

 (7.99 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Various Bible Passages
Series: reFORMed
Number of Downloads: 622

If we believe in Jesus, and read that Bible we would probably all agree with the statement that God is in control. Theologically, we say that God is sovereign - he reigns and rules over all. But how far can we stretch that? Is God still in control when we have a free will? Is God still in control when evil is being done? Is God still in control when Satan is at work? All these and lots more, this Sunday night.


5th September 2010 AM

Meet the best Father ever!

 (7.29 MB)
Dave Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Luke 15:11-32
Number of Downloads: 530

Our attention is often drawn to the two sons in this parable. Jesus' intention, however, is for his listeners to see the father, and to be captivated by his overwhelming grace and love for his two sons. This is both a gloriously comforting and possibly deeply unsettling reality.


29th August 2010 PM

The Doctrine of Scripture

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Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Psalm 119:97-112
Series: reFORMed
Number of Downloads: 665

"Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so..." But what makes the Bible the authority on the issue, can we really trust the Bible? This Sunday we start a new 5PM series, called "reFORMed" looking at what is distinctive about reformed theology, and what it means that we call ourselves a reformed church. We start this week by looking at the Doctrine of Scripture - what we believe about the Bible and it's place in life, faith, theology and the world. For pre reading, go for Psalm 119.


29th August 2010 AM

Repentance: For Sinners Only?

 (8.46 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Luke 5:17-32
Series: The Prodigal God
Number of Downloads: 555

Some have asked questions about Tim Keller's contrast of the two sons, and have wondered whether both sons are in fact lost. In reality, there is a very crucial point that is being made in Keller's work and more importantly by Jesus. Read ahead at Luke 15, and also Phil 3:1-11.


22nd August 2010 PM

Church Planting Plan

 (8.83 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Acts 13-14
Number of Downloads: 509

What if Abram had have stayed put in Haran? What if David preferred the quiet life of a shepherd? What if Peter simply went back to his life of fishing? And what if Paul had decided to stay a pastor in Antioch? As the gospel goes out, and God calls servant to be a part of that, there are always risks involved. But as those risks are taken and God's call is answered he blesses with front row seats to the work of Jesus in his world. This Sunday night we are going to look at the role that church planting plays in the mission of Jesus to the world, and how he calls us to be involved in that plan.


22nd August 2010 AM

Our Problem with Familiarity

 (5.44 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Luke 15:11-32
Series: The Prodigal God
Number of Downloads: 442

They say familiarity breeds contempt, and while I don't know too many people who look at the parable of the prodigal son with contempt, it's probably true that we all come to this passage with preconceived understandings of what it's all about. Even the title we give to Luke 15:11-32 tells us something... So this Sunday we want to understand the key characters and contrasts in Jesus' parable. As we go through this series, we'll find that some, maybe many, of the ideas we have about what sin is, about how we come to God, and the nature of obedience will be challenged. It's a guess, but I wonder if we will all leave this series challenged by our Father and his commitment to our rescue and restoration.


15th August 2010 PM

God, Evolution and the Bible

 (10.54 MB)
Dave Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Genesis 1:1-31; Hebrews 11:3; Col 1:15-17
Number of Downloads: 656

15th August 2010 AM

Church Planting

 (7.96 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Acts 13-14
Number of Downloads: 574

What if Abram had have stayed put in Haran? What if David preferred the quiet life of a shepherd? What if Peter simply went back to his life of fishing? And what if Paul had decided to stay a pastor in Antioch? As the gospel goes out, and God calls servant to be a part of that, there are always risks involved. But as those risks are taken and God's call is answered he blesses with front row seats to the work of Jesus in his world. As we have been thinking about the "Discipleship Strategy" this Sunday we will think about one avenue to which it naturally leads us - Church Planting.


8th August 2010 PM

Is Jesus just a Crutch for the Weak?

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Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 4:7-18
Series: The Big Ask
Number of Downloads: 1527

Our culture values success, independence, strength and power. And its not hard to get drawn in to desiring those same things, and even 'christianizing' them in the church. But what if we are not? Should we try to be? Is this really what Jesus would have us be? This week we are answering a question about how we answer and witness to people who think that Jesus is just a way for weak people to have meaning and purpose in their lives. And in answering this question we want to see that yes, we are weak, and rather than being a disadvantage this is exactly what God uses to display his power.


8th August 2010 AM

The Secret to Being Generous

 (8.94 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
Series: Toward Maturity
Number of Downloads: 5478

Why is it that when we talk about giving, we tend to feel either fear or guilt? Why is the subject of giving such hard territory to negotiate? There are probably lots of reasons. Think for a moment: what if we could understand the secret to giving? How is it that some people seem to give, and so freely, selflessly, and quietly - and be so happy about it? How do they do this? Why do they do this? How can we learn from them? Come this Sunday morning, and start the journey into guilt free giving.


1st August 2010 PM

Friendship

 (5.65 MB)
Ettiene De Wilzem
Number of Downloads: 697

Friend: a person whom one knows well and likes. Is this definition from the Australian English Dictionary saying it all? What is friendship? Is it important? And how can I be a good friend to people around me? We find that God's Word has much to say to us when it comes to these very important questions in life.


1st August 2010 AM

Toward Maturity

 (7.24 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Colossians 1:1-14
Number of Downloads: 4287

In this part of the world we learn to be independent, and to do things ourselves. "I did it my way" is an old song, but today's generation is living its creed more than ever. This has disastrous consequences for church health and undermines personal growth to a frightening degree. This is why we've been working through the process of discipleship. We have covered the three basic components: Glorify, Nurture, Bring Others. This week we tie it all together and see how the process works and what the Bible says about it. We'll be looking at how we support one another in this process and the advantages of walking this path with others.


25th July 2010 PM

How to remain Sexually Pure

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Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Series: The Big Ask
Number of Downloads: 533

We are constantly bombarded with sexual images and the message that sex is natural, good and for everyone. And while we affirm sex as good and from God, we realize that the Bible's sexual standards are much different from the culture in which we live. So is sexual purity possible? Is it actually doable, and if so, how? That's what we want to consider this Sunday evening as we see that our sexual purity is intimately connected to the work of Christ.


25th July 2010 AM

Living the Good News

 (8.64 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 2:4-12
Number of Downloads: 620

What do the following have in common: 1. your lawnmower 2. your car 3. your fishing trip 4. That fantastic double shot latte in your hand. Having trouble answering? You're no different to anyone else: we all have trouble connecting the dots. Our culture decrees that faith be separated from life, 'church' be separated from home, and Christians be separated from the rest of the world. Is it any wonder that many who are far from God think faith is irrelevant? But is the way we live helping the situation? Does the way RCRC expresses itself challenge any of this? Here's the good news challenge: God calls us to a maturity which reconnects and re-integrates life. Our mission is life affirming, Christ centred, and world changing. Come along on Sunday and find out how we can do that together.


18th July 2010 PM

Violence in the Bible

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Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Joshua 6:12-21
Series: The Big Ask
Number of Downloads: 593

This Sunday 5PM we begin our new series "The Big Ask" where we respond to the questions you have proposed. This Sunday we will be responding to the question "How do you respond to people who reject God and His Word because they claim it is a violent book?" We will be looking at some of the Old Testament passages of violence and gore, seeing where they fit into God's world and Word, and what possible explanation God might have for them. If you want some background and to get 'in the mood' I suggest you read Joshua 1-12.


18th July 2010 AM

God wants you to Grow

 (6.71 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Philippians 1:1-11
Number of Downloads: 596

Some people talk about growth in terms of 'seven quick steps' and failsafe formulas. Paul talks about growth in very different terms. He is so committed to helping people grow that it overflows in nearly everything he writes. It is natural. It is necessary. And it's not easy. So: how can we grow more? What would God have us do? How does this impact on our own lives, on how we help children and young people? How does it influence the kind of church God calls us to build? Here are a couple of passage to read so you'll be best prepared to hear what God says: Eph 1:15-23; Eph 5:14-21; Phil 1:3-11; Col 1:3-14


11th July 2010 PM

No longer a slave, but a son

 (5.84 MB)
Ryan Hemelaar
Bible Passage: Galatians 4:1-7
Number of Downloads: 663

The adoption metaphor used in the Bible does not often get a mention in contemporary Christianity, but it is actually an important facet of salvation. The Apostle Paul in Galatians 4:1-7 speaks about the position we were in prior to conversion, and what position we possess now. But what does this mean to us today?


11th July 2010 AM

Our Purpose Together

 (7.12 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Col 3:1-17
Number of Downloads: 510

We say we are here to 'glorify God', and in all things, but what does it really mean? Why should this word hold pride of place in what we are called to do and to be? The truth is, when we understand this, we get church in its right perspective, and we start to answer the question people have asked since the beginning: what am I really here for?


4th July 2010 PM

Church Essentials

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Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Acts 2:42-47
Series: Why Church?
Number of Downloads: 653

But wait, there's more!!! Just when you thought "Why Church?" was over, here comes one more message to round the series off. Having looked at what the church is, and why it exists, and how we engage with God's church, this week we are going to explore what are the essential ingredients to church life. In a world where every church seems to offer their flavour, we want to ask of scripture, what God considers to be the essential elements, and by so doing, strive for them with everything we are.


4th July 2010 AM

Does Jesus make you Content?

 (9.29 MB)
Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Philippians 4:10-13
Number of Downloads: 560

During his life the apostle Paul had to deal with a sizeable amount of suffering. Prison, floggings, shipwrecked, hunger, and much more.

There's a long list in 2 Corinthians 11 and 12. But he made an amazing discovery: out of all these negative events, something very positive emerged! And that was the fact that it was exactly in his weakness that Paul experienced the strength of faith in Christ.

How does that work? How can we - with all the negative things that come our way - experience the same joy and contentment, in 2010?

Do you find strength in your weakness? Through Christ?


27th June 2010 PM

Serving God's Church

 (8.75 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Ephesians 4
Series: Why Church?
Number of Downloads: 615

Over the last two weeks, in looking at "The Church" we have seen that the church is very important to us, to God and to the world. But the question that remains then is "So What?" What does this mean for us? As we unpack Ephesians 4 we will see that God wants all believers to then adopt that attitude and lifestyle of servants, where we protect the unity of the church by putting others forward, and use our God given gifts for the upbuilding of the church.


27th June 2010 AM

The Way Up is Down

 (7.50 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 5:1-7
Number of Downloads: 574

Leaders we can respect: our tendency to distrust leaders and people in authority is legendary. What would change if we viewed authority and leadership differently? Or if leaders led differently? We may be surprised to find out that the model of leadership developed in the New Testament is both attractive and world changing. No wonder: it is modelled on Jesus himself. That's what Peter says about leadership, and then there's what he says about 'follower-ship', and that's just as alluring.


20th June 2010 PM

Serving God's Church

 (7.10 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Ephesians 3
Series: Why Church?
Number of Downloads: 477

Last week (week 1 of "Why Church?")we saw that the church is extremely important for the life of the follower of Jesus. It's where we find identity, belonging and purpose in Christ. This week we will look at Ephesians 3, and see that it's not only important for Christians, it's vital for God's plan for the world.


20th June 2010 AM

Living in the Light of Christ

 (8.69 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 4:1-11
Number of Downloads: 669

It seems that one of the most challenging struggles in being a follower of Jesus is to move away from seeing him as a mere sector in life, like icing on a cake, or whether his rule in our lives is integral to our very personality and being. Peter makes one thing very clear: when a person comes into relationship with Jesus, they commit themselves to a total way of life. They become different people.


13th June 2010 PM

Consumer or Committed?

 (8.42 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Ephesians 2:11-22
Series: Why Church?
Number of Downloads: 570

We live in a consumer society. All around us are temptations to spend money, acquire goods, services and experiences. And so its only natural that we often view the church in the same way, a spiritual shop in which to purchase spiritual goods, services and experiences. And so when we don't like the quality of goods in one shop, its easy, there are plenty of options down the road. But is this really what God has in mind? Is it really how God sees his church? Or have we missed the point? This Sunday at 5pm we begin a short series called 'Why Church?' looking at the church through God's eyes. Starting this week with Ephesians 2:11-22 we will be challenged to see the church as more than a shop, but as an integral part of our lives.


13th June 2010 AM

Return Blessing not Fire

 (9.39 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 3:8-22
Number of Downloads: 588

When others hurt us, when we're wronged or threatened we will often want to retaliate. This is not what Jesus would want us to do. Our calling is not to return fire, but return a blessing. The Jesus who gives us life will give us what we need to break cycles of violence and retaliation.


6th June 2010 PM

Where was God?

 (7.07 MB)
Clinton Berends
Number of Downloads: 570

We tell kids that God loves them, cares for them. We tell them that God is powerful, and can do anything he wants. And yet for some kids, and for some adults as well, these two things are hard to reconcile. How can we talk of a God who is loving and powerful, yet he appears to do nothing about abuse, neglect and hurt? Could it be that God is not really that loving, or even worse, that God is not all powerful? How do we reconcile these two things? This Sunday evening we will be looking at the issue of God's presence and place in abuse, seeking to wrestle with this very difficult issue.


6th June 2010 AM

What's on the Inside?

 (7.73 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 3:1-7
Number of Downloads: 643

You only have to watch TV for 5 minutes to observe how obsessed we are with style and beauty. As it turns out, this is not merely something that women have to deal with. In a world so focussed on appearances, we need to ask whether there is anything more important than nip and tuck...


30th May 2010 PM

From Death to Life

 (5.47 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Number of Downloads: 5016

Often when we listen to the gospel of Jesus, we hear that our sins have been forgiven and we are now free. The difference the gospel makes is then between carrying our burden of sinfulness or leaving them on the cross of Jesus. While this message most definitely rings true, we sometimes forget that it also means that Jesus is the difference between life and death. By God's grace, we have been brought from death to life in Jesus Christ.


30th May 2010 AM

Cultivate a Servant Heart

 (8.27 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 2:13-25
Number of Downloads: 693

When the pressure is on and when people misunderstand, it's amazing how quickly we get defensive and want to hit back. But Jesus calls us to a different path, a different response. And the amazing thing is this: when we follow in his likeness we validate who he is and what he has done! Find some practical strategies for managing some of the difficult situations followers of Jesus often find themselves in.


23rd May 2010 PM

Real Peace, Real Joy

 (6.77 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Romans 5:1-11
Series: Why Jesus?
Number of Downloads: 4573

So far in this series we have seen what Jesus means for our relationship with God, and especially our eternity. But does this have any impact on the here and now, or is Jesus simply an 'afterlife' insurance? This week, as we wrap up "Why Jesus?" we will look at Romans 5:1-11 and see that Jesus has blessed us so fully now, that life will only make sense when we are following him.


23rd May 2010 AM

Working out what God has worked in

 (7.63 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 2:4-12
Number of Downloads: 472

Jesus is more than an idea, a religious point of view, or a point of theology. As Living Stone he is the foundation for a people who work his grace into the needs and challenges around them. This message seeks to answer the question of how God is at work in our world, just in case you've ever wondered.


16th May 2010 PM

Why Jesus?

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Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Romans 3:21-31
Series: Why Jesus?
Number of Downloads: 591

So far in our 'Why Jesus?' series we have seen that we, and this world are in a whole heap of trouble. We have seen that we are rebels to God, and under his wrath and judgment, and this world has been polluted by sin. And what is worse, we have seen that we can do nothing about. Even when we know what is right, we don't do it; even when we put all our efforts into religion, it doesn't change our heart; even when we claim some sort of spiritual pedigree, it doesn't. It's a pretty grim picture. But it brings us to Jesus. God's provided a way.


16th May 2010 AM

When the going gets tough...

 (8.58 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 1:13-25
Number of Downloads: 688

We're working through the new series "Following Jesus in a Hostile World", and this Sunday we're asking, 'How do you react when following Jesus gets difficult? Blend in with everyone else? Go soft on things you want to stay committed to? Pray harder? Try and become more 'religious'? Withdraw from 'the world'? Seriously, it can be pretty hard to work it all out - so how can we do this better? What might God say to us in 2010? What does he want us to do so we remain strong in Him as live as his people in his world?


9th May 2010 AM

Our Deepest Desires

 (4.28 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Psalm 63
Number of Downloads: 538

What is it that we most deeply desire? There are plenty of good answers to that question, answers to do with family, and peace and health and prosperity. But beneath all of these desires, is a desire for God and its only when we fix those desires on him, that we find the peace, comfort and assurance we so desperately seek. So on this Mother's Day, when we remember all that our Mums are and have been for us, we will see that ultimately our security and life, comes from God.


2nd May 2010 PM

Worthless Religion?

 (6.06 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Romans 2:17-3:20
Series: Why Jesus?
Number of Downloads: 674

Last Sunday night we saw the trouble we are in, as a world that has rejected God and under his judgment. We desperately need something to change. So what about 'religion?' Is it possible that we work off this debt and get ourselves back to God with the things that we do? That's the question we will be wrestling with this Sunday as we keep moving towards our question "Why Jesus?"


2nd May 2010 AM

Hope for Hard Times

 (8.48 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 1:1-12
Series: Following Jesus in a Hostile World
Number of Downloads: 518

Too often, life is tough. We wonder how we're going to cope, and how our faith will survive (or whether it will) in years to come. We think of our kids, and wonder how they will ever be followers of Jesus in a hostile world. This is not a challenge felt by this generation alone. The people of Peter's day lived with the threat of suffering and persecution on a daily basis. Peter's letter (1 Peter) reveals wonderful comfort and powerful hope for us.


25th April 2010 PM

As good as you get?

 (6.83 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Romans 1:18-25, Romans 2:1-6
Series: Why Jesus?
Number of Downloads: 494

If someone came up to you and asked you "Why Jesus?" how would you respond? Where would we start, and how would we end? As followers of Jesus we want two things: Firstly, to be absolutely certain of the things we profess, to make sure that our lives are building on the right foundation. And secondly, we want to be able to share this good news with others. And so this Sunday, 5PM, we start a short 4 part series called "Why Jesus?" (soon to be followed by "Why Church?") focusing on why Jesus is so important to our world, and our lives, and what it means to profess him as savior and Lord. This series will follow Romans 1-5 and this Sunday we start with Romans 1-2, looking at the mess this world, and our lives, is in, and why we so desperately need God to do something about it.


25th April 2010 AM

The Ultimate Sacrifice

 (8.52 MB)
David Groenenboom
Number of Downloads: 559

This Sunday morning we will have a special Anzac Day theme. People often talk about those who have died in battle as having made the ultimate sacrifice. We should think about that. And what are we to think about engaging in warfare anyway? Through the ages God's people have struggled with such questions. Sunday we're planning to learn more of what God's word says. This service will be a great opportunity to invite people who have questions like these.


18th April 2010 PM

God Given Assurance

 (5.93 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: 1 John 4:13-21
Number of Downloads: 632

I wonder if you have ever asked yourself "Am I really a Christian?" I am guessing that the question has been posed by all of us, myself included. There are lots of things that can cause us to doubt, but my guess is that it always comes when we are looking to and relying on ourselves. As a follow up to the Sermon on the Mount, someone posed the question "How do we know we are on the right track?" and so to answer that we want to have a look at 1 John 4:13-21 and see that God given assurance comes exactly as it says - from God, and his love for us, as it works through our lives.


18th April 2010 AM

God's Blessing for Christians Only?

 (8.27 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Psalm 65
Number of Downloads: 547

So God announces his blessing through Jesus' sermon on the mount. How does that work? Does God bring his blessing to the world only through Jesus' followers? What does that mean for how we are called to follow Jesus in our part of the world?


11th April 2010 PM

Facts about Faith

 (4.47 MB)
Ettiene de Wilzem
Bible Passage: Hebrews 10:35-39
Number of Downloads: 556

Through his death and resurrection, Jesus Christ came from heaven to earth to restore our broken relationship with God and to give us life, life to the full. This is the good news that we have heard. But it is old. It is about 2000 years old! Apart from this, it seems that most of the world around us seems to think it is not true. Do I have reason to doubt? So what if I do find myself heavily in doubt of the message of Jesus? We find that in the book of Hebrews, God gives us some comforting and valuable words about persevering in lives of faith.


11th April 2010 AM

Joy and Judgment

 (7.82 MB)
Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Psalm 145, 98
Number of Downloads: 5369
Psalm 98
Sing a new song to the Lord telling about his mighty deeds!
The whole earth has seen God's salvation of his people.
That is why the earth breaks out in praise to God and sings for utter joy!
Sing your praise accompanied by music from the harp.
Let the cornets and trumpets shout! Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!
Let the sea in all its vastness roar with praise! Let the earth and all those living on it shout, "Glory to the Lord."
Let the waves clap their hands in glee and the hills sing out their songs of joy before the Lord,
for he is coming to judge the world with perfect justice.
(from 'The Living Bible')

4th April 2010 AM

Peace and Proclaim

 (4.49 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: John 20:19-23

Why Easter Sunday, why the resurrection? All of the 'meaty' important theological stuff seems to have happened on Good Friday when Jesus died, and we might be left wondering whether it was really important that Jesus rose again. But throughout the Bible, when it speaks of Jesus dying - his rising is always there, and we often see two important reactions - peace and mission. This Easter Sunday, as we celebrate and remember the resurrection of Jesus, we will have our joy and our lives shaped by John 20:19-23.


2nd April 2010 AM

Feeling distant from God?

 (7.69 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Matthew 27:11-61

Many people look at their lives and behaviour, and wonder why God would want anything to do with them. This Friday we will hear the best news ever, we'll see what God has done to remove every barrier that might come between us and God.


28th March 2010 AM

One Moment

 (5.29 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: John 12:1-8
Number of Downloads: 529

Easter is a time that we associate with buns and bunnies, hot crosses and chocolates. Christmas is when we are thinking about gifts. But this Easter we want to think about two incredible gifts. Firstly, what Jesus has given us, in his dying and rising, and secondly, what we can give to him in the extravagance of our worship.


21st March 2010 AM

Two Ways to Live

 (7.58 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Matthew 7:13-29
Series: Sermon on the Mount: People in a People
Number of Downloads: 651

We have heard Jesus say a lot of wonderful things. We have been challenged and inspired to live very differently. We've had great discussions in our small groups. Now its time for the challenge. What are we going to do? How are we going to respond? What are you going to live for? Jesus words are clear: simply hearing and considering is not worth that much. What matters is what you do. Read ahead, Matt 7:13-29


14th March 2010 AM

Humility in all things

 (6.32 MB)
Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Matthew 7:1-12
Series: Sermon on the Mount: People in a People
Number of Downloads: 679

Imagine if all the things that Jesus has spoken of in the Sermon on the Mount actually began to be realized in our lives, our small groups, and our church. Imagine the impact that would have. Imagine the levels of spiritual maturity we would attain. Imagine the spiritual force of giants we would be. Its exactly at this point in our dreaming that Jesus, as real as ever, steps in and puts a check to our dreams and ambitions. As God shapes us, and Jesus uses us, the overwhelming attitude of the kingdom inhabitant is to be humility. It affects everything, the way we relate to each other, the way we share the gospel, and the way we relate to God.


7th March 2010 AM

Treasures in Heaven

 (7.19 MB)
David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Matthew 6:19-34
Series: Sermon on the Mount: People in a People
Number of Downloads: 573

What does Jesus mean when he says 'store up treasures in heaven'? And how does seeking the kingdom first mean everything else will be added to us? Jesus is not content to be simply 'one among many' of the things that demand our attention. He claims your heart, your core, the very centrality of all you are and ever will be. Amazingly though, this is not a burden, it is our freedom.


28th February 2010 AM

My Glory, or God's?

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Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Matthew 6:1-18
Series: Sermon on the Mount: People in a People
Number of Downloads: 794

Its one thing for Jesus to pick on adultery and murder and swearing. We expect him to say something about these things, and challenge us to live more fully in his ways in the world. But surely he can leave the good that we do alone, surely there is no need to go putting our giving, our prayers and our fasting under the microscope? But that is exactly what Jesus does in Matthew 6:1-18, because he knows the sorry state of our hearts and he knows we will look for an idol wherever we can find it, even if its in 'doing good.' And this week Jesus is going to expose our 'good deeds,' refine them, and refine us, as he goes about using us as salt and light in his world.


21st February 2010 AM

The Heart and Soul of Change

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David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Matthew 5:17-48
Series: Sermon on the Mount: People in a People
Number of Downloads: 755

This week: a young boy was killed by a schoolmate, terrorists were jailed in Sydney, a footballer is charged with rape, and it's been a month since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. We despair for our world, and we long for change. Are we kidding ourselves? Or can real change come to our world? God has a plan to bring change to the world, and he wants you in on his plan.


14th February 2010 AM

Seeking out darkness

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Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Matthew 5:13-16
Series: Sermon on the Mount: People in a People
Number of Downloads: 737

What do you do when faced with a 'dark' situation? What do we do when faced with world poverty and oppression, with relationship breakdowns, and domestic violence? Sadly, our reaction has often been to run and hide, head for the hills, dive for cover. The problems are too big, not ours to worry about, someone else's mess. Right? But as Jesus continues to unveil his new kingdom and its citizens he uncovers a very scary relationship between us, and the world of darkness. He says that we are actually to be 'darkness hunters' - those who armed with the good news of Jesus, bring salt and light to a decaying and dark world.


7th February 2010 AM

Broken, Bruised, and Blessed

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David Groenenboom
Bible Passage: Matthew 5:1-12
Series: Sermon on the Mount: People in a People
Number of Downloads: 600

When we are at our lowest, at the end of our tether, shattered and damaged, we often think God is far from us. When we're broken and bruised, it's hard to think that we're blessed. The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus announcement of God's liberating reality in Jesus. If you are broken and weary, bowed and bent, stuck in a funk of doubt or godlessness, then Jesus, his words and his people are just what you need.


31st January 2010 PM

God's future in the present

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Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Matthew 4:12-17
Number of Downloads: 800

So we know that Jesus has come, he has died and risen again, and given us forgiveness from sin. And we know that Jesus will someday come again and bring about the completion of his work. But the question is then... what do we do in the meantime? On February 7th we start our series on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), but this Sunday evening we will have a look at Matthew 4:12-17, as we prepare, by looking that what Jesus says about living between the times.


31st January 2010 AM

Partnership with God

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Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Hebrews 8:7-13; 10:1-18
Number of Downloads: 665

There are so many types of partnerships in our world. Marriage is a partnership; so is a business agreement. A political settlement is another type of partnership; and so is committing oneself to a church family.

In the Bible we see that God is also very much into partnerships. He is the One who always takes the initiative. God comes to people, not the other way round!

How sad that God's human partners always let Him down!

But not Jesus! He is the only one who remains perfectly faithful to his Father, and in His ministry of dying and rising again brings such amazing changes to God's covenant with us.

That new ministry is the ministry of the Spirit of Christ; God's will no longer engraved on stone, but written in our hearts!


24th January 2010 PM

Running a Race of Grace

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Ettiene de Wilzem
Number of Downloads: 736

We are in the beginning of a new year, a new stretch of the race of our lives that God has marked out for us. Though we do not know what we may experience this year, we can be certain that we will experience hardship of all sorts if we follow Jesus. It is when - because of these hardships - we want to quit the race, that we must remember: we are running a race of grace...


24th January 2010 AM

Right Foundations, Right Commitments

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Clinton Berends
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 4:32-40
Number of Downloads: 675

As we head into a new year, so quickly our thoughts go to what is to come, what we are going to do, how we are going to do it, when it will be done by. But in Deuteronomy, as the nation of Israel looks forward to going into the promised land, they are encouraged to first look backwards. As we look at history, we see a lot about who God is, and what he has done, so we are encouraged to go into a new year with the right foundations, and the right commitments.


17th January 2010 PM

The Cost of Following Jesus

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Josh Hartog
Bible Passage: Luke 9: 57-62
Number of Downloads: 666

Our image of Christ is influenced by 2000 years of Christian culture, the sermons you've hear, your own interpretation of Scripture, even by our contemporary culture. The result is we often create a plastic Jesus who we understand, one we're comfortable with, who doesn't cause us too much conflict or difficulty in life. The big catch cry of contemporary Christianity is 'get Christ in your life and all your problems will be solved and all your worries will be gone.' But is that the truth? Is that what being a Christian is all about? Jesus tells three short parables in Luke 9:57-62 that challenge our understanding of what it means to follow him.


17th January 2010 AM

Is God in the House?

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Greg Tenni
Bible Passage: 1 Chronicles 17:1-14
Number of Downloads: 835

Throughout the Bible, people have struggled to work out whether God is in the house, or whether he has left the building.

This morning we see that while David wanted to build a house for God, God wanted to build His household instead.

Do we still try to find ways of putting God into a house, even though God's desire is to build a household of people who He can live with.


10th January 2010 AM

Our Coventantal God

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Keith Warren
Bible Passage: Genesis 12:1-9; 17:1-8
Number of Downloads: 716

3rd January 2010 AM

Children of God

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Dan Kroon
Bible Passage: Luke 2:41-52
Series: The King
Number of Downloads: 923

Jesus came into this world, not just as a man or even a King... He came into this world as God's Son, which he tells us in Luke 2:49. He came as God's only Son to be about God's work in this world. And what is that work? To make God's created people his sons and daughters as well. God's Son comes to bring forgiveness so we can be the co-heirs of life and salvation. At 12 years of age Jesus points to this amazing mission and the reason he came into this world.