Running the Race with Faith

Date 27th November 2011  by Josh Hartog - Pastor for Westside Christian Church  Bible passage Hebrews 11:1-12:3

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,

Don’t Back Down – Build Up

Date 27th November 2011  by Bevan Burnes - Elder  Bible passage Nehemiah 4:1-15

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

What Does Worship Look Like?

Date 20th November 2011  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Micah 6:1-8

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

Abolitionist Sunday – Any Slavery in Australia?

Date 20th November 2011  by Jacob van Rensburg  Bible passage Galatians 3:21 - 4:10

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

iWorship vs Worship

Date 13th November 2011  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Genesis 4:1-5a

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

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James: When Is Wealth a Sin?

Date: 12 April 2015, 17:04 by aiims

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

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Re:Vision: Not Ashamed

Date: 11 August 2013, 09:08 by aiims

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.

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Christian of the Year Award – NO SERMON

Date: 27 November 2016, 09:11 by aiims

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

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The COST of Growing and Going

Date: 22 November 2015, 09:11 by aiims

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

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Christmas Moratorium

Date: 25 December 2014, 09:12 by aiims

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

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