Make Way for the Messiah!
Make Way for the Messiah!
Description:Pastor Andrew gives insight into the mounting worldliness amoungst Jewish leaders in the leadup to the time of Christ. In Luke 3:1-22 we see God raising up a seemingly insignificant spiritual soldier who halts the downward spiral through a direct appeal for genuine repentance.
What Child is This?
Description:Despite speculation regarding Jesus' childhood, Pastor Andrew sticks to scripture. In Luke 2:41-52 we learn of our Lord's faithful human parents, His facility with the word of God and clarification as to His identity and mission.
Description:In Luke 2:21-40 Pastor Andrew studies examples of patience and a faithful focus on biblical truth - lovers of God waiting for what's singularly worthwhile in a potentially distracting world.
The Birth of the King
Description:Reading Luke 2:1-20 Pastor Andrew gives historical and cultural context in the leadup to our Saviour's birth. We then learn of spiritual priorities in the midst of an impactful, supernatural announcement while beginning to see the outworking of the Father's plan for all time.
Benedictus: From Silence to Singing - Pt. 2
Description:Referring to Luke 1:57-80, Pastor Andrew gives reasons for Zechariah's God-directed praise especialy in connection with convenantal promises.
Benedictus: From Silence to Singing - Pt. 1
Description:Reading Luke 1:46-56, Mary's exalting praise to the Lord, Pastor Andrew makes clear the scriptural substance contained therein. Her humble roots and attitude intersect with heavenly blessing from the all-powerful, faithful God - a pattern documented throughout history.
A Blessed Meeting
Description:From Luke 1:39-56 Pastor Andrew contrasts worldly desires and pride with the great joy shared by Mary and Elizabeth as a result of God's favour upon them.
The Promise of the Longed-For Messiah
Description:Reading Luke 1:26-45, Pastor Andrew identifies surprising patterns and historical fulfillments leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ and sees His mother as a model of simple faith.
Preparing for the Long Awaited Messiah
Description:In this study Pastor Andrew shows that the Gospel writer, Luke, provides political and prophetic insights yet primarily focuses on God's dealings with two righteous people. We come to appreciate our Lord's perfect timing in the special use of these individuals for His plan of salvation. See it all unfold and find personal application while reading along in Luke 1:5-25.
A Reliable Report
Description:Reading Chapter 1, verses 1-4, Pastor Andrew gives historical context to and the purpose of the Gospel of Luke. It all boils down to this: "The Lord Jesus Christ is the sovereign seeking Saviour of sinners.".
Can a Christian Lose Their Salvation?
Description:Especially since our human experience in this fallen world teaches that there is no real "safe-space", true Christians must be diligent to understand the reality of their perfectly secure salvation. Pastor Andrew provides reasons for confidence in this fact through the inspired word of God.
Come What May, I Will Rejoice in the Lord
Description:Pastor Andrew brings great inspiration for us in this final instalment to the Book of Habakuk. In Chapter 3:1-19, the prophet praises his sovereign God in the midst of imminent danger and confusion - an expression of genuine faith in the one just and merciful Lord. As we look back on this series, Habakkuk's life becomes an example of settled strength, rooted in Him, no matter the circumstance.
Why Does God Seem Inactive?
Description:In this section (Habakkuk 1:12-2:20) the Lord graciously continues to answer Habakkuk's queries as to His methods in judging Judah. Pastor Andrew highlights Habakkuk's reverence to God and acknowledgement of His holy character while in the thick of confusion. Like the prophet we too can have confindence in this one truth: No matter what we're experiencing God's good purposes will be done in His way and timing.
If God Is Sovereign, Why Should I Pray?
Description:We who believe that God determines all things may wonder - why pray? Pastor Andrew endeavours to answer that question with the understanding that as sinful creatures our view is somewhat obscured while God's plan remains absolute.
Why Does God Seem Distant?
Description:Reading Habakkuk 1:1-11, when injustice goes unpunished the prophet, Habakkuk, comes before God receiving an unexpected answer to his desperate question. Pastor Andrew stresses the importance of a Christian, amid struggles, to be centred on God's will while not fully understanding the outworking of His plan.
Overview of Habakkuk
Description:Pastor Andrew gives an overview to The Book of Habakkuk - a perplexed prophet brought to praise by God's power...words of comfort to concerned believers during immoral times.
God's Wisdom and Power
Description:Mike shows that God's perfect wisdom and power are seen in the creation of the universe and outworking of His purpose therin not the least of which is the redemption of a particular people - us! Listen and know who God is and in the process grow in Christ-likeness.
The Return of the King (Pt. 1)
Description:Camping on 2 Peter 3:1-9 with other scriptural support, Pastor Andrew describes some of the many features that result from the second-coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and provides clarity as to God's power and patience in the run-up to that day.
The Believer and Baptism
Description:Pastor Andrew explains the importance, meaning and method of baptism using various portions of scripture as the foundation.
How to Identify a Con Artist (Pt. 1)
Description:Pastor Andrew puts a spotlight on the characteristics of false teachers in the church and calls us to be discerning. In scripture we can clearly understand these things - follow along with the reading 2 Peter 2:1-10a.
The Trustworthiness of Scripture
Description:Between the bookends of salvation in Christ's first and second comings - the former bringing forgiveness for sins, the latter, hope of eternal righteousness - Pastor Andrew encourages us to be diligent in the walk of faith because our trust is rooted in real, verifiable supernatural events fulfilling prophecy. In 2 Peter 1:16-21 we are reminded of the reason for our confidence in the bible.
Christianity Compared with Other Religions - Buddhism
Description:Pastor Andrew gives historical context and defines the religion of Buddhism with its path to bliss. Its sources of authority and salvation are contrasted with that of Christianity. Finally, we learn of possible approaches to evangelism with a Buddhist given our common recognition of suffering.
Trouble on the Way
Description:Reading Numbers 11-12 Martin Pakula explains that grumbling from the Israelites reveals a lack of trust in the Lord's goodness and power. This results in consequences for them and becomes a lesson for us...We're encouraged to bring our expectations in-line with God's purpose.
The Need for Reminders
Description:Due to our weak memories and the distracting culture it is critical that believers be consistently reminded of unchangeable biblical truth - this is for our continued growth. Pastor Andrew recites the last half of 2 Peter Chapter 1 with a focus on verses 12-15. Here we are encouraged to feed on things in line with eternal spirtitual life with the knowledge of looming physical death.
Description:Utilising 2 Peter 1:3-11, Pastor Andrew challenges us to realise and apply the comprehensive resource we have in our Lord and thereby grow in Christ-likeness.
An Introduction and Overview to 2 Peter
Description:Pastor Andrew provides insight into the purpose and structure of 2 Peter using 1:1-2 as the reference. We see Paul's apostolic authority over, yet equality with, fellow believers. Faith is the theme - strengthened through scripture, challenged by false teachers and motivated in the sure hope of Christ's return.
Christianity Compared with Other Religions - Christianity
Description:Pastor Andrew makes an argument from scripture, history and experience that biblical Christianity is the sole source of truth and salvation.
Christianity Compared with Other Religions - Introduction
Description:With the background of God's manifold revelation to humanity and the impact of sin, Pastor Andrew explains why all people are religious.
Description:Launching from Romans 1:16, Pastor Andrew shows the exceeding power of God in the human heart through the Christian message. We learn why we can stand with great confidence in a world that considers our faith foolishness.
Description:Reading chapters 9-10, Martin continues his series in Numbers conveying the importance of a focus on the Lord in all things. We gain understanding of our identity in Christ through comparisons to God's dealings with Israel.
The Worship of God
Description:With a plethora of worship styles in our society and around the world, Martin goes to scripture (Numbers 7-8) to see how God must be worshipped.
Daniel and the Lions Den
Description:This familiar story in the book of Daniel is not just for Sunday school students but is a model of faithfulness for every believer - devotion to God's will in the face of very real suffering. Throughout the final chapter, Daniel 6, Pastor Andrew uncovers characteristics of a person primarily concerned with God's eternal purpose.
God's Redemptive Plan Accomplished Through the Weak
Description:In 1 Samuel 1-2:10 Craig Baxter brings a view of God's unstoppable plan through the eyes of a suffering, faithful servant.
The Writing Is on the Wall
Description:In Daniel 5 Pastor Andrew highlights the danger of trusting in the temporal over the eternal or forgetting the goodness of God in favour of worldly pleasures. We see this in the Babylonian king in contrast to faithful Daniel - the model of a respectful and uncompromised godly witness.
How the Mighty Have Fallen!
Description:Destructive consequences of pride, restoration by humble repentance and God's purpose fulfilled are all themes found in the record of King Nebuchadnezzar's life. Pastor Andrew makes great personal application as he preaches through Daniel 4.
The Fiery Furnace
Description:In Daniel 3 Pastor Andrew studies an event in the lives of three faithful men. We learn of their confidence in God rather than man when these two influences come into conflict. This chapter brings great encouragement for believers to accept suffering while standing in faith knowing that God's purpose shall be done.
Trusting in the Rock of Ages
Description:In Daniel 2 we join Pastor Andrew in learning of God's absolute power and plan along with Daniel's yielding heart. Through King Nebuchadnezzar's dream and the resulting events, we see this theme unfold plus a glimpse of the promised righteous kingdom.
The School of Sovereign Control
Description:In this first chapter of Daniel, Pastor Andrew chronicles and explains God's ordering of events and Daniel's uncompromised living.
The Selfish Prophet
Description:Pastor Andrew finishes his series on Jonah in this final chapter, Jonah 4. Selfishness is the theme seen in Jonah's attitude and our own lives...It's a call for humble submission to God's sovereignty.
Repentance and Revival
Description:Reading Jonah 3, God's grace is seen in His display of mercy towards Jonah and the Ninevites. Pastor Andrew explains how truly turning from sin brings forgiveness and favour.
Down, but Not Out
Description:Pastor Andrew highlights the truth that God's mercy drives us to repentance - demonstrated in Jonah 1:17-2:10. Here we see the troubled prophet being brought low to a point where he was able to wholeheartedly return to his Saviour.
The Folly of Running from God
Description:Some of us are in disobedience to God's revealed will - such was the case with Jonah. In Jonah 1:1-16 Pastor Andrew follows the course of this rebelling prophet contrasting his actions with God's rule making plain who's really in-charge.
Standing Firm to the End
Description:Reading 5:6-14 in this final study of 1 Peter, Pastor Andrew helps us to know our position in relation to almighty God, the need to trust in His fatherly care and the importance of resisting Satan - all with a view of enduring in faith to the glorious end.