Expecting Christ’s Return (3)

Bible Readings Matthew 24: 36-44; 2Thessalonians 1:3-12 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, The last time God spoke to us from 2 Thessalonians, we also asked the question, “Why is knowing God such a big deal?”  At that occasion we learnt two significant things from the Bible:   Our Lord Jesus Christ … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s Return (3)

Biblical Eldership (2) “What”

Bible Readings Psalm 23 Acts 20:17-31 Introduction Dear friends in Christ, Lord willing, in the near future, the congregation will elect elders. Last week we learned from the Scripture “why” the congregation of God needs elders.  There are mainly two reasons.   The first reason is that Christians, however living under the grace of God, … Continue reading Biblical Eldership (2) “What”

Participating in the sufferings of Christ

Scripture Reading 1Peter 4:12-19 Introduction The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, honour those who died for their country. Built following World War I, it was expanded to remember those who served in subsequent conflicts. It is a beautiful place, with monuments to courage and devotion, but the highlight of the shrine is a hall containing … Continue reading Participating in the sufferings of Christ

God’s act of redemption: Sanctification

Important points Being saved by grace, and adopted as God’s children, we now live in the household of God To be holy is to be set apart to glorify God We cannot continue to live the same way as we lived before we became children of God In God’s household, God sets the rules Keeping … Continue reading God’s act of redemption: Sanctification

Jesus Christ only – no if’s no buts’ (2)

Bible readings Romans 6:1-11 Colossians 2:8-15 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, Some 24 years ago we migrated from South Africa. Heila and I had to meet the requirements of the Government at the time. All along, our children, then under the age of sixteen, had nothing to do to meet any regulation. We can … Continue reading Jesus Christ only – no if’s no buts’ (2)

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

Bible Readings 1Corinthians 10:5-17 Colossians 1:1-8 Introduction There are 7.6 billion people on earth.  Of this 7.6 billion a great deal are not Christians.  About 2.3 billion profess to be Christians, which, in theory, makes Christianity the largest religion by numbers.  Between 2010 and 2015, an estimated 223 million babies were born to Christian mothers … Continue reading The Gospel of Jesus Christ

Life as God’s adopted child (1)

Bible readings Isaiah 40:1-11 1 Peter 1:13-2:3 Introduction The Bible, in our reading this morning, refers to being “redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers” (1 Peter 1:18) Don’t we just all remember the joy of blowing and chasing bubbles? All the expensive toys could not compete with … Continue reading Life as God’s adopted child (1)

God’s Good News is not fake news

Bible Readings: Psalm 119:41-48 1 Peter 1:10-12, 22-2:3 Introduction According to a story doing the rounds on the internet, an amateur genealogy researcher in Queensland and had been doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that a relation, who was a prominent politician, had a great-great uncle, named Remus, who seemed … Continue reading God’s Good News is not fake news

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Bible readings Numbers 14:1-12 1 Peter 1:1-9 Introduction My dear brother and sister in the Lord, in many gardens grows a shrub with the botanical name brunfelsia latifolia, which is commonly known as Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow.  This name comes from the way its flowers are changing in colour form one day to the next. Each bloom opens … Continue reading Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Walking in step with the righteousness of Christ (2)

Bible Readings: Hebrews 12:18-29 Philippians 3:12-21 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, Our family loved picnics.  Any quiet spot where there was shade and firewood would do us.  Our first visit to a real public park included a swimming pool. While dad unpacked the picnic gear (I always wondered what was so special about having … Continue reading Walking in step with the righteousness of Christ (2)