Blessed or Cursed?
Blessed or Cursed?
Description:In this sermon Pastor Andrew preaches the introduction of Jesus' sermon to His disciples. In Luke 6:20-26 we learn about the four blessings and the four woes. The blessings describe those in the kingdom of God, and the woes describe those outside the kingdom. Which side are you on?
The Master's Ministry
Description:In Luke 6:12-19 we have a portait of the ministry of Jesus Christ. He is praying for His people, He is choosing His people and He is ministering to His people.
The Controversial Christ
Description:Reading Luke 6:1-11 Pastor Andrew examines two conflicts primarily between Jesus and the religious leaders demonstrating the dangers of legalism - learning what genuine faith does and doesn't look like.
What a Week: The Events Leading up to the Resurrection of Christ
Description:Good Friday Service
Joy in Jesus
Description:In this Gospel-filled message (Luke 5:27-39) Pastor Andrew explains the difference between human joy and that wrought in the heart by God.
The Life-Changing Power of Jesus
Description:Pastor Andrew contrasts the world's empty promises with God's. Here in Luke 5:12-26 Christ displays His own authority and ability to achieve all the good that He has determined to do. As those dependent upon His work for our salvation, this is an encouraging sermon...Jesus intervenes physically and spiritually - both truths realised in the Kingdom of God.
Fishing for People
Description:From Luke 5:1-11 Pastor Andrew makes application for us regarding the importance of trusting Christ. We see an example of what that meant to His disciples while hopefully bringing greater clarity in our own lives.
The Authority of the Son of God
Description:In this study Pastor Andrew explains Luke 4:31-44 where we see evidence that Jesus' authority is far greater than any other.
Description:Is the Universe the result of an accident or is it deliberately made? Clearly, from a Christian perspective, we believe the latter which has massive implications for interpreting daily experience including the problem of evil...Pastor Andrew limits this study to the definition, origin and impact of sin.
Description:Starting in the book of Genesis, we see clear, unapologetic statements from the all-knowing and powerful God regarding stages of Creation. Pastor Andrew contrasts certain religious and secular theories of "beginnings" with the biblical view focusing mainly on the nature of mankind.
From Reception to Rejection
Description:Faithful preaching has commonly been the subject of scorn from hearers of all stripes...Jesus' sermon in His hometown was no different. Pastor Andrew works through Luke 4:14-30 in order to illustrate the foolishness and offense of the Gospel to those who refuse to see their sin.
The Son of God's Family Tree
Description:Christ's fulfilment of righteousness for us and affirmation from the Father along with other factual details point to the reality of His position as the perfect Prophet, Priest and King. Listen to Pastor Andrew explain out of Luke 3:21-38.
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.