Can God Make You a Christian?

Date 11th December 2011  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Matthew 2:1-12

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

Tired? Stressed? You’ll Feel Better With God – NO SERMON?

Date 04th December 2011  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Matthew 1:18-25

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 –

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

Friendship is Forever

Date 30th October 2011  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Ecclesiastes 4 : 8 - 12

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

Christian Growth #1

Date 23rd October 2011  by Keith Warren  Bible passage 2 Peter 1:1-11

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

Love the Giver

Date 23rd October 2011  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Genesis 22:1-19

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

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He Gave His Only-Begotten Son

Date: 22 April 2018, 10:04 by Load Audio & Video

Over against the war-scarred, sin-strangled world, let us reflect on the wonder of wonders in the text of texts. The measure of love is always its willingness to give; its capacity for sacrifice. In giving Christ, God gives us all things in Him. He leaves the throne of heaven for a stable in Bethlehem and

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The Murdered Son

Date: by Load Audio & Video

Today, the story is simple. A man has a vineyard and he rents it to some farmers. They misuse his property and want to keep it for themselves. When he sends messengers to collect what is rightfully his, the farmers beat them and kill them. Eventually he sends his son and they kill him, too.

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Spiritual Games

Date: 29 April 2018, 10:04 by Load Audio & Video

We have witnessed two great sporting events this year, the Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. Maybe you’ve been excited and amazed at the achievements of all the athletes and marvelled at the amount of time and practice required to reach Games standards. The modern Olympics were inspired by ancient games held in Olympia, Greece,

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Why Should I Believe the Bible?

Date: 15 April 2018, 18:04 by Load Audio & Video

We may often be faced with some common hang-ups with the authority of the Bible when it comes to why we believe what we believe. Who hasn’t heard these sorts of remarks: “Why believe something that was written so long ago?” “Times have changed, move on.” “Can we believe that what was said and done

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Song of a Struggling Saint

Date: 19 August 2018, 10:08 by Load Audio & Video

If you live long enough, your faith is bound to be challenged some time. Psalm 73 is the song of a godly man who felt his faith slipping away. Even though these words were written 3000 years ago, they might as well have been written today. This Psalm is his very personal testimony. He opens

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