The Believer and Baptism
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.
The Dragon, the Beast and the False Prophet
Suffering and the Will of God
Description:We all go through varying types and levels of suffering. 1 Peter 4:12-19 refers to persecution but speaks to many trials that Christians faithhfully endure. In reading this passage together with supporting scripture, Pastor Andrew confirms that we must walk this expected difficult path en route to glory.
The Triumph of Christ's Resurrection
Living Knowing Jesus is Coming Back
Description:Reading 1 Peter 4:7-11 Pastor Andrew gives a biblical approach to life as we anticipate Christ's return. He also dispels some myths and misunderstanding concerning that great event.
The Seven Seals and the Sovereign Saviour
Living out the Rest of Your Time
Description:Adopting Christ's attitude through trials that are sure to come to those who are faithful to scripture and stand with the Lord against sin - Pastor Andrew follows this theme in 1 Peter 4:1-6 while remembering our guaranteed ultimate triumph.
The Seven Churches
Description:Pastor Andrew works through Revelation 2-3 in a look at Jesus' letters to seven real first-century churches that are reflective of churches throughout history.
Honouring God in the Midst of Hardship
Description:A call to pursue goodness with an expectation of blessing and possible persecution coming as a result - all this in light of our eternal, heavenly home. Pastor Andrew breaks down what it means to "pursue goodness" and thus honour God as together we study 1 Peter 3:13-17.
The Vision of the Glorified Christ
Description:Revelation, a book with God's promise to bless those who comprehend and embrace it, Pastor Andrew gives historical background regarding its authorship. In Chapter 1 we are introduced to the significance of the 7 churches to whom this letter was (is) addressed and gain insight into the effects of Christ's inevitable return. Filled with meaningful symbolism, there's a stress on the importance of interpreting with care.
Introduction to the Book of Revelation
Description:Pastor Andrew sketches the various approaches to and views of the Book of Revelation.
Honouring God in Marriage
Description:Pastor Andrew gives a biblical perspective on marriage reading from 1 Peter 3:1-7.
Special Themes from Pilgrim's Progress
Description:Dr. Horner gives various insights into the life and work of John Bunyan.
Living a Life Pleasing to God
Description:Focusing on Hebrews 11:5-6, Pastor Andrew considers Enoch's life in coming to an understanding of what is truly pleasing to God.
Description:Pastor Andrew examines 1 Peter 2:13-17 primarily to help us understand God's will concerning Christians' relationship to the state.
Description:Reading 1 Peter 2:11-12 Pastor Andrew answers the general question regarding how the people of God should approach a corrupt and watching world.
A Privileged People, Pt 2
Description:In 1 Peter 2:6-10 we continue to examine the privileges we have as true believers in Christ - called by God out of darkness into His marvelous light with implications for our testimony and future glory.