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Published: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:35:32 +1000

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Going Gods Way

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 18:00:00 +1000

17th September 2017 PM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Exodus 13:17-14:14 - We have reached one of the climaxes in the book of Exodus. The most well-known story of the Israelites leaving Egypt, being led by God, trapped by the sea, God bringing them through the sea and drowning the Egyptians. Movies and songs have been made of this part of the Exodus story and we will look at it over the next couple of evening services. There is a lot happening here and we begin by looking at the need to go God's way in life. It was true for the Israelites and it is true for us. As we go that way, we will see God glorified and his people rescued. Join us as we dig into this amazing story and see its parallel to our own story.

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He Must Increase But I Must Decrease

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:30:00 +1000

17th September 2017 AM - Preacher: Ryan Hemelaar - Bible Passage: John 3:22-36 - Continuing on in our series on John chapter 3, we've seen so far Jesus' teaching on being born again and his exaltation to believe in Him. But we have now arrived to the part in this chapter where John the Baptist is asked the question about Jesus. We're going to be seeing how John the Baptist exalts Christ and why He is superior to anyone else in this world.

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On the Road with Jesus

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 10:30:00 +1000

10th September 2017 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Mark 10:32-34 - This passage in Mark 10 describes the turning point in Mark's gospel of the life and ministry of Jesus. It tells us that Jesus is making His way to Jerusalem and to those who wanted to kill Him. As we listen to the conversation that takes place, we discover that Jesus is actually expecting to suffer and die. He is preparing the disciples for what is about to happen. They can sense the imminent danger and are quite alarmed and afraid. They straggle reluctantly behind him as He walks along the Jerusalem road. Jesus did not have to go to Jerusalem at that time, but He was determined to do so. Jesus was no failure, because the Cross was the crucial part of His great work. Nor was He a fool who had misjudge the timing of His mission, He knew what He was doing and He knew when the time was right. As we read these verses we should be in awe and wonder at the love of God through Jesus, that set Him on this journey to the cross.

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Lego House

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 10:30:00 +1000

3rd September 2017 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Psalm 127 - Lego is one of those universally loved around the world, and by all ages. They are simple building blocks in a variety of shapes and colours, but with a little creativity and imagination they can be put together in unlimited combinations to create masterpieces. They are a great metaphor for each of us in our families, and in the church. Lego bricks are made for connecting. Without connecting they would be just a box of bricks bumping up against each other. It is the same in families and with the church. We need to connect, otherwise we are just people bumping into each other. Once we connect the pieces can be put into unlimited configurations. They can be beautiful, interesting, creative, fun, educational and maybe even useful. This Father's Day we will be looking at how we connect as families and the beauty of it, especially when that connection is grounded on the Lord who builds the house. And if we follow God's instruction we can be used to create and do incredible things. Let's build together this Sunday.

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Redemption of Sons

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 18:00:00 +1000

27th August 2017 PM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Exodus 13:1,2; 11-16 - Through the Exodus story we learn so much about God's salvation story. It teaches us about sin and judgement, about substitutionary atonement, about the communion of saints. Tonight we will look at another major doctrine pictured in the Exodus story, that of redemption, about release by the payment of a price. In it we will see and appreciate the connection with our own redemption through Jesus Christ. How precious it is to know Jesus as our redeemer! Through Him we have salvation, but we also appreciate the cost to Him to secure our redemption. If we are redeemed through Jesus, what are the implications for us. We belong to the one who redeemed us, how will that change our lives. The Exodus story gives us glimpses of what that means.

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Gods Great Salvation

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 10:30:00 +1000

27th August 2017 AM - Preacher: Ryan Hemelaar - Bible Passage: John 3:16-21 - We can think that because we have heard a verse very often, we must know pretty much everything there is to know about it. This can also be the case with John 3:16 and the verses following it. It's the most famous verse in the Bible (and it's a great one!), but when we take the time to really plumb the depths of what it is saying, you will be surprised at what we learn and what this passage of Scripture is calling us to do.

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Trading Truth for Lies

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:30:00 +1000

20th August 2017 AM - Preacher: Andrew Nugteren - Christian Reformed Church of Toowoomba - Bible Passage: Genesis 2:18-25, Romans 1:18-32 - Marriage - most significantly, who can marry - is in the news and is likely to continue to be in the news for the rest of 2017. How do we speak to others in light of public debate? How does the Bible speak into the topics this raises? What does the future look like for us as Christians in a secular society? We turn to Romans 1 to help us understand the truth everyone knows, and how we trade truth for lies.

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Do This In Remembrance of Me

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 18:00:00 +1000

13th August 2017 PM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Exodus 12:43-13:16 - The Passover was an annual freedom festival; a reminder of the way that the Lord had brought his people out of Egypt, out of slavery. Through it they would recall God's great work of salvation. At the same time the feast pointed forward to the coming of Christ, detailing a pattern for the salvation God would accomplish through Christ's life, death and resurrection. So, as we celebrate the Lord's Supper this evening, everything we know about this celebration we can glean from the Passover. The Passover has such a deep rich spiritual meaning and so the Lord sets out in detail how it was to be properly celebrated so as to give the full picture of salvation. As we look at the details in these verses we will be drawn into the beauty of the Passover, but also the Lord's Supper. Join us in that journey.

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Blessed Assurance

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:30:00 +1000

13th August 2017 AM - Preacher: Phillip Scheepers - Bible Passage: John 14 - Fear and uncertainty can be significant roadblocks on the road to spiritual and personal growth. In John 14 we see our Lord dealing with the very real fears of his disciples. In the process he makes several statements that can help us to face our own fears by holding firm to the promises of the Gospel.

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A Tragic Moment

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 10:30:00 +1000

6th August 2017 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Mark 10:17-31 - In many ways, this account here is Mark's gospel is a tragedy. It's the story of a young man who came to Jesus seeking eternal life, but when he found out what he needed to do, he turned away, shocked and sorrowful at the words of Christ. He came to the right person, he asked the right question; but he made the wrong decision. What was so tough about the words of Jesus that turned this young man away and even caused the disciples to question Jesus? Together we will find out the answer and think about what our response to Jesus would be.

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What Do You Mean Born Again

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 10:30:00 +1000

30th July 2017 AM - Preacher: Ryan Hemelaar - Bible Passage: John 3:1-15 - In John 3, Jesus tells Nicodemus that he needs to be born again. Nicodemus is utterly confused at the thought, as are many today in how to interpret Jesus' statement. On Sunday morning, we are going to unpack this intriguing passage and see what it means for a person to be born again and what difference it makes.

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Out of Egypt incomplete

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 18:00:00 +1000

23rd July 2017 PM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Romans 5:1-11 - [The bible reading and first few minutes of the sermon are not in the recording due to a technical error.] In the evening services, we will be picking up where we left off in the book of Exodus. The Lord has heard the cry of the enslaved people of Israel and has acted on their behalf. Egypt has suffered as a result of the stubbornness of Pharaoh and now the proverbial 'straw that broke the camel's back' has struck the people through the tenth plague. Now, Pharaoh and the people know the Lord. Now, a heart broken Pharaoh pleads for the people to leave after 430 years in Egypt. Now, the Lord brings His people out into freedom. We know the story, but do we know what it might say to us today? Join us in the service as we work through these verses together to be encouraged and to be challenged.

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No Child Left Behind

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:30:00 +1000

23rd July 2017 AM - Preacher: John Van Dijk - Bible Passage: Mark 10:13-16 - Today we pick up the series on Mark again. In today's passage, Jesus has just finished teaching about the very serious matter of marriage and divorce. As soon as that discussion is finished, Jesus turns His attention to some little children that are being brought to Him by their parents. It was a Jewish tradition to bring small children to a great rabbi so that he could bless them and pray for them. It was also common for parents to take their children to the synagogue, where each of the elders would take the child in his hands and pray for the life of the child. These parents are severely rebuked by the Lord's disciples. Apparently, they felt that the Master's time was too valuable to spend on small children. Jesus, in turn, rebuked them for their attitude regarding these children. He told the disciples in no uncertain terms that little children were what the kingdom of Heaven was all about. This passage has something to say about children, and by extension, about the Saviour's kingdom. Let's walk through these important, but often neglected verses, and observe some lessons about parents, children and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Gods Glory Our Joy

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 18:00:00 +1000

16th July 2017 PM - Preacher: KJ Tromp - Bible Passage: Romans 5:1-11 - Often we hear people finish prayers with the words "for the glory of God" or "so that You may get the glory, God". And everyone says a "hearty amen" to that. Why do we do that? Why has it evoked positive emotions in us or in Christians from the past ages, to be motivated by God receiving glory? Do you desire God to receive the glory? The Bible indicates that God receiving glory, will give us indescribable joy. Join us to find out how.

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The Man of Prayer is the Man of Power

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:30:00 +1000

16th July 2017 AM - Preacher: Mark Bensley - Bible Passage: James 5:13-18 - The highest honour for the saved man or woman is to become used of Christ in the saving and blessing of others - and the men and women God most uses are those who pray. Divine power is called into operation by the prayers of Christ's people. We may be a minority, but prayer makes us a vital factor on the earth if we desire to be effective.

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Be Useful to the Lord

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 18:00:00 +1000

9th July 2017 PM - Preacher: Ryan Hemelaar - Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 2:20-21 - No one wants to think of his own life as being a waste. We love knowing that the things that we do in life are meaningful and useful to people. But imagine being considered useful by the Lord? What an immense privilege that would be! We are going to looking at a passage in 2 Timothy where the apostle Paul describes how this can be a reality.

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Foot in Mouth Mind Your Speech

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 10:30:00 +1000

9th July 2017 AM - Preacher: Bevan Burnes - Bible Passage: James 3:1-10 - Almost every day in the various forms of media, there are stories of people making incriminating, degrading, libellous and incorrect claims about the lives and activities of people. Presidents, politicians, business leaders, pop stars, all seem to be on a 'deliberate' course to ruin someone's life. An Australian actress has recently won a court case against a popular woman's magazine for publishing incorrect details about her life. These false accusations have apparently cost the actress movie roles and subsequent loss of income. In our reading today, James has some very hard hitting things to say about our tongues. Sadly, James is not speaking to presidents, politicians, business leaders, or pop stars, but to fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We can be just as guilty as non-christians!

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Rest in God

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 18:00:00 +1000

2nd July 2017 PM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Psalm 62:1-2 - David lived a stress filled life. A stormy relationship with Saul; as a king he had constant war; his own sons fought with each other and with him. Yet through it all, David was able to find rest. In this Psalm, he tells us his secret for restful living. He finds it in God. God who can and did act on his behalf; who saved him. We too can find rest despite the stressful pace of life, or the pressures and dangers we feel threatened by. It is in following David's example, trusting in the Lord and pouring out our hearts to him. We do this with the conviction that 'You, O God are strong, and that You, O Lord, are loving'. This will give us rest for the soul.

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Kept 2

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 10:30:00 +1000

2nd July 2017 AM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Jude 24-25 - These last two verses of Jude are easily the most well know from the book. It's aclassic song and a popular closing verse but do you understand it within its context? Jude, a book we have worked through in the evenings, it isone that presents us with along list of challenges. It was a church being pulled in every direction, corrupted by false teachers and being led by men with one foot in hell. What hope do they have? Jude's closing words point us to that hope and it's the same hope we are called to cling to this very day.

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Kept 1

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:00:00 +1000

25th June 2017 PM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Jude 1:17-23 - 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.

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Jesus Teaching on Divorce

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:30:00 +1000

25th June 2017 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Mark 9:42-50 - 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.

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Confronted 3 Ungodliness is Not a Virtue

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:00:00 +1000

18th June 2017 PM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Jude 1:14-16 - 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.

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The Seriousness of Sin

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:30:00 +1000

18th June 2017 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Mark 9:42-50 - 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?

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Confronted 2

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:00:00 +1000

11th June 2017 PM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Jude 1:11-13 - 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.

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Whos In and Whos Out

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 10:30:00 +1000

11th June 2017 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Mark 9:38-41 - 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.

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The Final Word

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 10:30:00 +1000

4th June 2017 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 - 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.

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The Lord is my Shepherd

Sun, 28 May 2017 18:00:00 +1000

28th May 2017 PM - Preacher: Ryan Hemelaar - Bible Passage: Psalm 23 - 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.

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A Meaningless Life equals A Meaningless Death

Sun, 21 May 2017 10:30:00 +1000

21st May 2017 AM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Ecclestiastes 9:1-10 - 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.

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The Legacy of Mothers and Grandmothers

Sun, 14 May 2017 10:30:00 +1000

14th May 2017 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 1:1-7 - 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.

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Confronted 1

Sun, 07 May 2017 18:00:00 +1000

7th May 2017 PM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Jude 1:5-10 - 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.

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The Search for Meaning Wisdom

Sun, 07 May 2017 10:30:00 +1000

7th May 2017 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 7:1-8:1 - 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.

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Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:00:00 +1000

30th April 2017 PM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Jude 1:1-4 - 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.

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The Search for Meaning Riches

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:30:00 +1000

30th April 2017 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:9 - 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.

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Overcoming Doubt

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:00:00 +1000

23rd April 2017 PM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: John 20:24-31 - 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.

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The Two Lost Sons

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:30:00 +1000

23rd April 2017 AM - Preacher: Ben Klitscher - Bible Passage: Luke 15:11-32 - 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.

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Easter Sunday The Women at the Tomb

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 10:30:00 +1000

16th April 2017 AM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Matthew 28:1-10 - 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.

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Good Friday Roman Centurion

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 22:30:00 +1000

14th April 2017 AM - Preacher: 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?

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People Around the Cross The Disciples

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 18:00:00 +1000

9th April 2017 PM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: John 19:16-27 - 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.

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People Around the Cross The Crowd

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 10:30:00 +1000

9th April 2017 AM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-26 - 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.

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The People Who Should Have Known Better The Religious Elite

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 18:00:00 +1000

2nd April 2017 PM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Matthew 27:39-44 - 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?

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Jesus Remember Me

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 10:30:00 +1000

2nd April 2017 AM - Preacher: Ettiene de Wilzem - Bible Passage: Luke 23:32-43 - 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.

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The Search for Religion

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:30:00 +1000

26th March 2017 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 - 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?

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Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:00:00 +1000

19th March 2017 PM - Preacher: Ettiene de Wilzem - Bible Passage: Exodus 20:16, John 8:32 - "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.

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Injustice and Our God of Justice

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:30:00 +1000

19th March 2017 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3 - 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.

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Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:00:00 +1000

12th March 2017 PM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Exodus 20:15 - 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.

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Knowing the Times and the Timeless One

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:30:00 +1000

12th March 2017 AM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 - 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.

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Sun, 05 Mar 2017 18:00:00 +1000

5th March 2017 PM - Preacher: Ettiene de Wilzem - Bible Passage: Exodus 20:14 - "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.

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The Meaninglessness of Work

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 10:30:00 +1000

5th March 2017 AM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 2:12-23 - 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!

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Pleasure is Meaningless

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:30:00 +1000

26th February 2017 AM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 - "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?

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +1000

19th February 2017 PM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Exodus 20:12 - 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.

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The Search for Meaning

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:30:00 +1000

19th February 2017 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Ecclestiastes 1:1-18 - 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.

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Ten Words REST

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +1000

12th February 2017 PM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Exodus 20:8-11 - 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?

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Stewardship of Relationships

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:30:00 +1000

12th February 2017 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Romans 12:9-21 - 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.

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Ten Words HONOUR

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +1000

5th February 2017 PM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Exodus 20:7 - 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?

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Stewardship of Money

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 10:30:00 +1000

5th February 2017 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 - 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.

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10 Words IMAGE

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 18:00:00 +1000

29th January 2017 PM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Exodus 20:4-6 - 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.

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Stewardship of Talents

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 10:30:00 +1000

29th January 2017 AM - Preacher: Ettiene de Wilzem - Bible Passage: Matthew 25:14-30 - 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.

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10 Commandments

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:00:00 +1000

22nd January 2017 PM - Preacher: Ettiene de Wilzem - Bible Passage: - This evening we begin a new series on The 10 Commandments.

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Stewardship of Time

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:30:00 +1000

22nd January 2017 AM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Psalm 90 - 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?

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Imprecatory Psalm Psalm 109

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:30:00 +1000

15th January 2017 AM - Preacher: Ettiene de Wilzem - Bible Passage: Psalm 109 - Imprecatory Psalm

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Psalm of Praise Psalm 111

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 10:30:00 +1000

8th January 2017 AM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Psalm 111 - Psalm of Praise

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Simeons Song

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 10:30:00 +1000

1st January 2017 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Luke 2:21-32 -

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Christmas Service Angels Song

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 10:00:00 +1000

25th December 2016 AM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Luke 2:8-20 - Christmas Day Service

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The Voice

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 10:30:00 +1000

18th December 2016 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Luke 3:1-18 - 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.

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Blessed Is

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +1000

11th December 2016 PM - Preacher: Ettiene de Wilzem - Bible Passage: Psalm 32 - 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.

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Zechariahs Song

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 10:30:00 +1000

11th December 2016 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Luke 1:67-80 - 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.

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Marys Song

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:30:00 +1000

4th December 2016 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Luke 1:46-56 - 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.

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Christian of the Year Award

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:30:00 +1000

27th November 2016 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Mark 9:30-37 - 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.

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Life WITH Faith Hope and Love

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +1000

20th November 2016 PM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: 1 John 4:7-12; 19-21 - 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.

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Belief Unbelief and Everything in Between

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 10:30:00 +1000

20th November 2016 AM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Mark 9:14-29 - 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.

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The Transfiguration

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 10:30:00 +1000

13th November 2016 AM - Preacher: Ettiene de Wilzem - Bible Passage: Mark 9:1-13 - 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.

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Life FOR God

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +1000

6th November 2016 PM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Luke 15:11-32 - 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.

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Blurred Vision

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 10:30:00 +1000

6th November 2016 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Mark 8:31-9:1 - 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?

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Life FROM God

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 18:00:00 +1000

30th October 2016 PM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Luke 15:11-32 - 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?

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Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 10:30:00 +1000

30th October 2016 AM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Mark 8:22-30 - 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?

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Life OVER God

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:00:00 +1000

23rd October 2016 PM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: John 5:31-40 - 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?

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Lifes Greatest Danger

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:30:00 +1000

23rd October 2016 AM - Preacher: Ettiene de Wilzem - Bible Passage: Mark 8:11-21 - 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.

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Life Under God

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 18:00:00 +1000

16th October 2016 PM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Matthew 19:16-30 - 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.

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Miraculous Spot the Difference

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:30:00 +1000

16th October 2016 AM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Mark 8:1-10 - 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.

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Be Opened

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 10:30:00 +1000

9th October 2016 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Mark 7:31-37 - 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.

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Escaping Death

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 18:00:00 +1000

2nd October 2016 PM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Exodus 12:1-28 - 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.

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Faith of a Dog

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 10:30:00 +1000

2nd October 2016 AM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Mark 7:24-40 - 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.

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A Matter of Cake or Death

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:00:00 +1000

25th September 2016 PM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Exodus 10:21-29 - 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?

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Outward or Inward Religion

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:30:00 +1000

25th September 2016 AM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Mark 7:1-23 - 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?

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Are You Afraid of the Dark

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:00:00 +1000

18th September 2016 PM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Exodus 10:21-29 - 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.

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Ridiculous or Revolutionary

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:30:00 +1000

18th September 2016 AM - Preacher: Ettiene de Wilzem - Bible Passage: Mark 6:45-52 - 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.

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A Ferocious Army

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 18:00:00 +1000

11th September 2016 PM - Preacher: Jim de Witte - Bible Passage: Exodus 10:1-20 - 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?

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What are You Searching For

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:30:00 +1000

11th September 2016 AM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Mark 6:30-44 - 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?

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The Shadow We Cast

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 10:30:00 +1000

4th September 2016 AM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: John 13:1-17 - 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.

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Is SelfEsteem biblical

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:00:00 +1000

28th August 2016 PM - Preacher: Ben Peletier - Bible Passage: Matthew 22: 34-40 - 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?

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Afflictions Work For Us

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:30:00 +1000

28th August 2016 AM - Preacher: Mark Bensley - Principal of Redlands College - Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 4: 5-18 - 2 Corinthians 4:17 drawsa contrast between present tribulations and future compensations; between troubles here and triumphs hereafter.

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