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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Who is the Christ?

Date: 01 July 2018, 10:07 by Load Audio & Video

In the passage, Jesus is asking the important question, ‘What do you think about the Christ?’ For the Teachers of the Law to answer this question would radically alter everything in their lives. It would have changed their entire world view. It would have changed their associations and friendships. It would have affected their families

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The Cost of Worship

Date: 08 July 2018, 18:07 by Load Audio & Video

At first glance it appears that this passage in Mark is about sacrificial giving; that the widow who gave two small copper coins is giving so much more out of her poverty than the rich are giving out of their abundance and so we too should give sacrificially like the widow. However, in a closer

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Watch and Be Ready

Date: 15 July 2018, 10:07 by Load Audio & Video

Mark 13 is a difficult chapter to grab hold of as it is full of Old Testament ideas and images and Jesus intertwines two strands of teaching into one. What we can know is that there are three things which give us encouragement. First, Jesus forewarned us that things would happen; God is not surprised.

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Gospel Truth

Date: 12 August 2018, 10:08 by Load Audio & Video

In a world where the very idea of truth is questioned and claims to know the truth are seen as arrogance, it’s possible to downplay the importance of gospel truth. Sure the truth of the basic gospel matters, but how much beyond that? But the Bible is clear, truth matters. Why does it matter? And

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Waste or Worship?

Date: 22 July 2018, 18:07 by Load Audio & Video

In the midst of hatred and betrayal Mark records and act of simple and costly devotion. Sensing where the life of Jesus was headed and being unable to alter that course in an act of love and faith she did what she could for Jesus. The question that is drawn out from the passage is

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