Having the right attitude sermon

Hello all, my sermon from today in now online. It was titled, “Having the right attitude in 2018”.

In it I used the letters from the word attitude to make the main points. The points were as follows…

A – ASK God to examine your heart.

T – TELL God the truth about where you are at.

T – TALK to someone else about your struggles.

I – INVITE the Holy Spirit to control your mind.

T – TRAIN yourself in the things of God.

U – UNDERSTAND you are a work in progress.

D – DETERMINE to stay the course.

E – ENJOY the journey.

You can find the full text here. The audio is available here or below.

God Bless,
Dave

Christmas sermon 2017

Hello all, I have put my Christmas message online now. It looked at Isaiah 9:6 and was titled, “The Child with Four Amazing titles”.

Isaiah 9:6 says, “For a Child is born to us, a Son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And He will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

The four main points were based on Jesus’ four titles in this verse that was written some 700 years before Jesus was born.

  1. Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor
  2. Jesus is our Mighty God
  3. Jesus is our Everlasting Father
  4. Jesus is our Prince of Peace

The full text of the message can be found here, or the full audio can be found here.

Merry Christmas,

Pastor Dave

The God who saves us from our sins

As Christmas is upon us again I want to look at a passage from Matthew chapter one that says a lot about Christmas. It talks about the birth of Jesus, why He came and who He really was.

Matthew 1:18-23 – This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.  19 Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.  20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.  21 And she will have a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”  22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through His prophet:  23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.'”

In this passage there are two key things that tell us a lot about Christmas.

1) Jesus came to save us from our sins

The first one is that Jesus came to save us from our sins. In verse 21 the Angel said, “And she will have a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”  We all know that we are not perfect. We all fall short at times. When we fall short of God’s perfect standard this is called sin (Romans 3:23). This is why Jesus came – to save us from our sins. He died to pay the price for our sin, so we could be made right with God. Jesus did something that we could not do, save ourselves from our sin.

2) Jesus is God with us

The second thing is that Jesus is God with us. Verse 23 says, “and they will call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’.” The Bible tells us that Jesus is eternal. He was there at creation. He is in heaven now seated at the right hand of the Father. He walked the earth some 2000 years ago. It truly was God with us when Jesus was born on the first Christmas. We know Jesus was God with us because Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit. For Jesus to be born of God, the Holy Spirit needed to be involved. This is no normal child birth story. This is heaven invading earth in the positive sense. For Jesus to be born into this world in human form to walk amongst us, the Holy Spirit needed to play His part. The Angel testified to this in verse 20.

So, as we are approaching Christmas Day in a few days, let us remember Jesus. Let us remember that Jesus was born into this world to save us from our sins and that He truly was Immanuel – God with us.

If you would like to make peace with God this Christmas, you can visit this page here.

God Bless,
Dave

3 ways to get wisdom

The Book of Proverbs is full of practical wisdom. Proverbs 2:1-9 says…

1 My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. 2 Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. 3 Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. 4 Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. 5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. 8 He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. 9 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.

This passage lists three ways to get wisdom.

1. Tune your ears (v2) – this means to tune your ears in to wisdom like we tune a radio to the station. This can be done by listening to sermons in church, by podcast or listening to the wise people in your life.

2.  Ask for understanding (v3) – we can cry out to God and ask for understanding. James 1:5 tells us that if we lack wisdom we can ask God who gives generally.

3. Search for them (v4) – this verse encourages us to search for wisdom with the intensity of looking for treasure. Wisdom is very valuable so it is worth it.

The results of getting wisdom is gaining knowledge of God, having common sense, understanding what is right and finding the right way to go.

These benefits of getting wisdom sound pretty good. Definitely worth the hard work of tuning, asking and searching for it.

God Bless,

Dave

A reminder about our sermons series’

Hello all,

As we are fast approaching the end of the year I thought I would remind you all of some of the sermon series we have done this year.

We have done five main series this year. Three on Bible books, one on our church roles and one on living in the Kingdom.

I thought I would include links to each of the series on our website, just in case you are keen to revisit them. You can click on the links below…

I hope they were a blessing to you. They were a blessing to me in the preparation and preaching.

God Bless,
Pastor Dave

The all consuming call sermon

Hello all, my sermon from today is now online. It was titled, “The ALL consuming call”.

In it we looked at the two passages that are known as the Great Commission – Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15-16. In these passages the word “all” is used four times. This formed the main points of the message.

  1. Jesus has ALL Authority in heaven and on earth
  2. Jesus told us to go into ALL the world and make disciples
  3. Jesus told us to teach them to obey ALL His teachings
  4. Jesus promises to be ALL-ways with us

One key for us as Christians is we need to realise that all authority belongs to Jesus. He has all authority in heaven and at His baptism He received His Father’s approval. While on earth Jesus performed all types of miracles that confirmed His authority on earth.

In these passages we also see that Jesus bookend His commands. He says all authority is with Him and He promises to be all-ways with us. In the middle He says to go and make disciples and teach them to obey all His teachings.

If you would like to listen to the message you can do so by clicking here, or you can read the full text here.

God Bless,
Pastor Dave

PS. Here is the link to the Discipleship Booklet I wrote.

7 things worth remembering about Jesus Christ

Every now and then I look back to my early journey as a Christian. I look back on my computer and see some of the things I wrote in my first year of knowing and following Christ.

This week I found a word document titled, “7 things worth remembering about Jesus Christ”. I wrote it back in 1990! I thought as they stood the test of time, I would share them today for communion.

  1. Jesus us the Son of God – Luke 1:35 – The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
  1. Jesus gives life – John 10:10 – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
  1. Jesus is the good shepherd – John 10:11 – I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
  1. Jesus is the only way to God – John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
  1. Jesus is the head of the church – Colossians 1:18 – Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So, he is first in everything.
  1. Jesus is faithful – 2 Timothy 2:13 – if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
  1. Jesus is coming again – Acts 1:10-11 – They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11″Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

It is amazing how these verses that I discovered on my new journey with Christ still stand true today. I can see how they shaped my life.

So today as we remember Jesus and His death for us by taking the bread and cup. Let us remember that Jesus is the Son of God, He gives life, He is the good shepherd, is the only way to God, is the head of the church, is faithful and is coming again.

Let’s pray.