No Shortcuts

Series: No Shortcuts

Date: 26 March 2017

‘Don’t forget to check your blindspot.’

It’s a statement that every learner driver will hear repeatedly. Failure to check your blindspot can be dangerous and costly. The truth is, we all have blind spots in our lives. Gaps in our perception that keep us from seeing the truth about others and ourselves. Prejudice and pride which blind us to seeing what Jesus is doing in the world and in individual lives. Today Jesus shows us that there are no shortcuts to belief, but when you come into the presence of the light, everything will become clear.

Series: No Shortcuts

Date: 19 March 2017

It’s the black hole that all of us have tried to fill.

A black hole of discontent that devours relationships and possessions, all the while screaming, “I need more!” An inner restlessness, a nagging irritation, a sense that things are not as they should be. All of humanity is thirsting for someone or something to fill that deep craving of the soul. It’s a thirsting that often seduces us to take a shortcut towards inferior substitutes that deprive us of any hope or fulfilment.   There are no shortcuts to wholeness but today we are nudged back to the one who can perpetually refresh and restore our aching souls and satisfy the parched and painful places of our lives.

 

Series: No Shortcuts

Date: 12 March 2017

We live in an age of self-reliance. Most of us don’t really believe we need saving and if we did, we could do it ourselves.

So go into any bookstore and you will see titles like “90 Minutes to Success” ”10 Habits of Truly Optimistic People”  “You Can Heal Your Life”  “SNAP Strategies for Couples” (40 fast fixes for everyday relationship pitfalls). If only real life were that easy. 90 minutes? Who wouldn’t jump at that? Only 10 habits?  Most of us could pull that off.  SNAP & my relationships are solid? Easy fix. But real life doesn’t happen that way. Life in the Kingdom of God doesn’t happen that way. There is no ‘Recognition of prior learning’ that will get you to heaven. No easy ways to wholeness. No shortcuts to salvation. That’s why Jesus took the long road to the cross and the grave so that in him you could receive life, real life, now and forever.

Series: No Shortcuts

Date: 5 March 2017

We live in a time of instant gratification.

Our fast-paced world and never-ending flow of instant responses via mobiles, messaging apps and Facebook have moulded us to want and expect instant gratification. We are willing to cut corners or opt for shortcuts to get an immediate solution. It’s the very thing that makes us so vulnerable to temptation. But all shortcuts come at a cost, tempting us to lay down who we are for what we want.   Today we discover the promise and the power available to us where we are tempted to take a shortcut through temptation.

Series: No Shortcuts

Date: 1 March 2017

Our world is quickly racing toward convenience and short cuts in almost every facet of life.

What used to require time and effort can now be accomplished online in seconds—whether it’s shopping, banking, paying bills, ordering a meal or including the world in the details of our lives!  These conveniences require little effort and almost no thought as we have instant success with just a click of a button. But when it comes to salvation, there are no easy ways, no quick routes or instant fixes.  There is no shortcut to the cross.  Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me”  (Mt. 16:24) This journey with Christ to the cross is a daily experience of his grace and love powerfully working within us – a journey that involves devotion and discipline, intention and persistence, obedience and death to self.  It’s a journey that begins with an honest assessment of the condition of our heart and lives, and the stark rrealisation, with the mark of the ashes on our forehead,  that there is no shortcut around sin.

Radical Church

Series: Radical Church

Date: 26 February 2017

On the lips of a person lying in hospital in a coma, these words form.

In the midst of personal tragedy or hardship, these words bring tears to eyes. In times of doubt or want or struggle, these words give strength. They are words for every season. Words so simple, brief and yet comprehensive. Words which radically make a difference. For in Jesus Christ we discover the most important truth in the world – our God is a father who invites us into the intimacy of his love and who promises to respond more abundantly than we could ever imagine. As God promises: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3

Series: Radical Church

Date: 19 February 2017

Love has been on the lips of many people this past week with the celebration of Valentine’s Day.

But just consider how we use the word “love” I love meat. I love Holdens. I love serving LifeWay. I love my wife. I love my kids.  I love Jesus.
The same word was used 6 times but we all know that each time something different and specific was meant. As his disciples, Jesus calls us to love in a radically new way; a way that has no regard to proximity or cost but is expansive and open to the outsider. It’s a love that is devoted to living the image of Jesus and the life of the Kingdom in every encounter and every relationship, every day.

Series: Radical Church

Date: 12 February 2017

Like many old ruins, buried beneath dust and hidden in the Australian bush, integrity seems to be an abandoned relic of a bygone era.

Whether it’s the telling of little white-lies, or embellishing facts to sell ourselves on our CV’s, whether it’s politicians using parliamentary privilege to make claims that don’t need to be substantiated (and which can ruin reputations), or being loose with travel claims, integrity is being buried in the dust of a world which is chasing after whatever it can get its hands on. Today Jesus draws a line in the dust and calls his church to live lives of radical integrity which not only reveal whose we are, but build and sustain communities in which all can find nurture, health, peace and blessing.

Series: Radical Church

Date: 5 February 2017

Have you heard the expression, ‘shovel-ready’ jobs? 

It refers to those work projects that were ready to go and have an immediate impact, if funding is available. We are also told that the ‘first 100 days’ of a new Prime Minister or President are supposed to reveal the direction of the government and the impact it will have.  They are supposed to be filled with decisive impact-full action.  As people of God who are eternally loved and incredibly blessed, today Jesus reminds us we are to have a Radical Impact in this world under the Spirit’s power, transforming lives and communities locally, in ways that have a ripple effect globally and echo into eternity.

Series: Radical Church

Date: 29 January 2017

What do you associate with the word “radical?”

The word “radical”  often implies being way out on the edge and is used today to dismiss a group that makes us feel uncomfortable.  So if this series “Radical Church” makes you feel a little bit uneasy, then that is understandable.  But the word “radical” comes from a Latin term radix which means “root” and today Jesus is calling the Church back to its roots to re-discover her calling to be a world-changing, spirit-infused, culture-shaping, paradigm-shifting and radical movement of God in the world today.  It begins with a radical faith.

Life Infusion

Series: Life Infusion

Date: 22 January 2017

302/351 253/308.  To most people it just looks like random numbers.

But to a car enthusiast, it’s enough to get some animated discussions going.  Which engine is more powerful, faster, sounds better!  As a claimed and called disciple of Jesus, infused with his Spirit, you have more power at your disposal than you can ever imagine.  Power to love, to heal, to teach, to bear the image and presence of God in whatever places, circumstances or institutions you find yourself.  So today we look at being infused with power; a power that is life-creating and leads to a life that is flourishing.

Series: Life Infusion

Date: 15 January 2017

It’s experienced a great resurgence over recent years – the art of tea infusion.

Infusion is designed to bring out the best of the flavours of the herb or tea that is being infused; flavours which can change depending on the solution and temperature that the tea is infused in.  There have even been tea societies formed (just check out the T2 website) designed to create the ultimate tea communities!  In this new year, God wants to give you a Life Infusion, one that will draw out the very best flavours in your life.   It begins with being infused with the Spirit.

A Simple Christmas

Series: A Simple Christmas

Date: 8 January 2017

Everyone loves a good adventure story.

There’s something very compelling about a story that’s full of risk and excitement, danger and exploration with a lot on the line.  In many ways, it resembles the adventure that LifeWay is embarking on in 2017 – church planting, a new business, cross cultural ministry and building a manse just to name a few.  So as we begin this new year and move in new directions towards a future filled with wonder and awe, it’s a wise move to come and seek a simple King; a move that will bring us into God’s adventure and fill us with courage and strength for the journey ahead.

Series: A Simple Christmas

Date: 1 January 2017

Many people have a ‘bucket list”.

It is a list of all the goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfil and life experiences you desire to have before you die. Today we hear about a bucket list that only has one thing listed on it; it’s something so simple that it gives courage to be brave, to take risks and to experience joy. So today you are invited to embrace a simple faith and discover the perfect experience and gift for the New Year which will never be topped by anything. Ever!

 

Series: A Simple Christmas

Date: 25 December 2016

Thinking outside the box is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective in order to find creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.

Christmas is God’s outside the box solution to the problem that all human beings face; problems that we cannot solve on our own.  It’s a solution so ‘out there’, so mind-blowingly unconventional, so unbelievable in its execution but will transform your life and perspective everyday if you are willing to take hold of the simple truth that is given.

 

Series: A Simple Christmas

Date: 18 December 2016

Sleep on it! Ever been given that advice?

When you are confused, troubled or in two minds. When you have to make a decision where the only options seem to have negative outcomes. Sleep on it. For things always seem clearer in the morning. That’s the discovery Joseph also made. For in the darkness of the night, in the midst of the scandal, in the tangle of confusion, God is there, dreaming up something new, inviting us on a new journey of faith which will bring abundant blessing. All that is needed is a faith that responds in simple obedience.

Series: A Simple Christmas

Date: 11 December 2016

Talk seems to be so cheap these days.

How many times have you wished that people would just say what they mean and mean what they say? It’s what makes the angel’s visit to Mary and her response to God’s call to bear a miracle that would change the world, even more remarkable. It’s a simple call – a call of faith, a call to trust, a call which takes God at his Word. It’s a call that also dares us to take God at his Word and believe that the impossible is always possible with God.

Series: A Simple Christmas

Date: 4 December 2016

It’s what every recruiter is searching for.

They are not the flashy, stand out players that are ready made. They are the late picks, the one everyone else overlooks, the insignificant, the unimpressive, the diamond in the rough whose beauty is born out only through the cutting and polishing process. It’s this hidden gem that the recruiters pray will become the hope of the side. God, the greatest recruiter in the world, specialises in finding the hidden gem; of choosing unimpressive places and unimpressive people to become the hope of the world. It’s part of a simple plan to bring a simple hope to all.

Series: A Simple Christmas

Date: 27 November 2016

 

They are storylines that work – from rags to riches, the underdog triumphs, the oppressed receive justice, But real life doesn’t offer such tightly sewn plots, such happily ever after stories. Sometimes the chaos never clears, the larger perspective never appears, the honourable are never vindicated, and the light never shines through. Today we look at how a simple promise, a word out of place, changes the landscape forever.

Futures Investing

Series: Futures Investing

Date: 20 November 2016

In the real world, money equals success. Everyone wants to be a millionaire. Everyone wants to win the lottery.

In our more cynical moments we’ll say “You can’t take it with you,” but most of us live most of our lives trying to prove Jesus wrong when he says, “Life is not measured by how much you own.” Today Jesus shows us a more joyful way to live as we invest our resources generously to bless the world, in kingdom growing and kingdom expanding ways.

Series: Futures Investing

Date: 13 November 2016

The body enhancement industry is a billion dollar industry.

Australians spend $8.5 billion a year on gym membership, $8 billion a year on beauty and skincare products, $1 billion a year on cosmetic surgery.  It’s all part of investing in our greatest asset not only now but also for the future. But what if there was an investment you could make that is guaranteed to enhance the body eternally? Would you be willing to make that investment? Join us today as we discover a futures investing that is truly ‘Body Enhancing’.

Series: Futures Investing

Date: 6 November 2016

It’s the most confusing and difficult parable of all.

Once upon a time there was a crooked man who was smart enough to use the opportunity he had before the day of reckoning to secure his future. Jesus wants his people to be that insightful and resourceful in investing in enterprises that reveal a Kingdom priority. So today we look at making the most of the opportunities we are given to invest our time and resources in ‘Life Defining’ ways that yield an eternal dividend.