Who is Jesus

Series: Who is Jesus

Date: 21 January 2018

So much of our identity today is tied to a number.  We have Customer Reference Numbers (CRN). Tax File Numbers (TFN). Customer Access Numbers (CAN).

Government agencies and banks won’t talk to us or recognise us without these numbers.  While they know a lot about us – what we earn, how many kids we have, maybe even what we spend our money on, they don’t really know us. They have no desire to get to know the struggles of our day to day, the personality that makes us who we are, the fears and hopes of our soul. Jesus does.  Not only does he know us intimately, he also desires for us to know him intimately.  So today we explore who Jesus is – the one who knows.

Series: Who is Jesus

Date: 14 January 2018

Who are you?  What defines you? 

For most of us, the answer to that question is not given in words, but in our everyday lives which reflect the working definition of who we think we are.  It’s often a subconscious definition that reflects one of these beliefs: ‘I am what I do’ or ‘I am what others say about me’, or I am what I have.’  But what if who you are is not defined in one of those ways but by who Jesus is?  What if your pursuit of affirmation could be replaced by a love that accepts and values you as you are – no strings attached?  That’s a gift that is available to you again today as we ask, “Who is Jesus”.  He is the one who loves.

Series: Who is Jesus

Date: 7 January 2018

Believers revere him as the Son of God.  Skeptics dismiss him as legend.  Artists have cast him in images that reflect their own time and place.

But who is this mysterious Jesus that prophets foretold and magi would travel vast distances in search for?  That people still search for and are drawn to today?  In an age where many are walking away from the Church, Paul tells us that the answer to the mystery of who Jesus is, is found in the Church, among a people who are called by grace to be the sign, promise, and embodiment of God’s purpose and plan for the world.  Namely, that in Christ, there will no longer be insiders and outsiders, but rather all people shall be one in Christ Jesus, the light of the nations, the hope of the world, the Saviour who comes for all. 

The Waiting Room

Series: The Waiting Room

Date: 31 December 2017

If only life were a dot to dot picture! Just move from one number to the next and life will draw you a picture. Simple. Neat. Beautiful. But life is not like that.

It is dynamic and changing with twists and turns, highs and lows.There are times when life doesn’t make sense at all and experiences seem random and disconnected. But as Simeon discovered, the coming of the Christ-child changes all of that. He gives the gift of salvation which connects the past, present and future together into a living dynamic masterpiece that makes perfect sense.

Series: The Waiting Room

Date: 24 December 2017

People say “Yes” for lots of reasons.

We say ‘yes’ to something if we think we’ll get something in return.  We say “yes” if other people are saying “yes.” It’s easier to go along with the crowd. We say “yes” if that “yes” is in line with something we are already doing. I’ll water your flowers if I’m already collecting your mail while you’re on holidays. We sometimes say “yes” because we’re afraid to say “no.” Coercion makes us do all sorts of things we don’t want to. But to say “yes” to the unknown or the costly. To say “yes” to the risky or the out-of-the-ordinary.  To say “yes” to the unfolding plan of God is to say “yes” in faith; it is to say “yes” within a relationship where you are treasured and loved even if the risk, cost and uncertainty are high. Today, we step into the Waiting Room of Acceptance, trusting that God will move our hearts to say “yes” to him.  “For nothing is impossible with God.”

Series: The Waiting Room

Date: 17 December 2017

Do I…Don’t I. Should I…Shouldn’t I. Ever been there?

What do you do when facing a tough, life-altering decision where your heart is hurting and your mind is in a tangle? What do you do when you are torn between the facts as you know them and a resolution you cannot find? How do you respond when you are asked to do more than you understand in order to understand more than you do? That’s the waiting room of confusion that Joseph found himself in and we often find ourselves in too. As Joseph discovered, God comes into the confusion with a reassuring word that enables him to step out in trust and act with courage, even if he didn’t fully understand. That’s a gift you are invited to discover and receive again too, when you find yourself in the waiting room of confusion.

Series: The Waiting Room

Date: 10 December 2017

Waiting, waiting, waiting.
It’s hard to wait we know
When the lights go up and the carols play
Only a few short sleeps to go

Waiting, waiting, waiting.
It’s hard to wait you see
When bright wrapped presents lie in sight
Under the Christmas tree.

Waiting, waiting waiting
for peace in our world today.
The wait is over, for Jesus has come
To bring peace that lasts always.

Series: The Waiting Room

Date: 3 December 2017

“When the dog bites. When the bee stings. When I’m feeling sad.  I simply remember my favourite things  & then I don’t feel so bad.”

 A song lyric from an epic musical? Absolutely, but how many of us live by that approach to escape the harsh reality of daily life. We retreat into our favourite things. We focus on our favourite memories of a favourite time or place. But it’s those memories and those favourite things that can trap us in the past and prevent us from seeing and living into the future God has in mind for us.  Today we hear words of hope when we are stuck in the waiting room of the past.

Here I Stand

Series: Here I Stand

Date: 26 November 2017

Thousands of rats, some as big as cats.  Lice that tormented on a daily basis. Mud that was knee deep.

The stories and descriptions from those in the trenches during World War I are still some of the most harrowing and epic stories of our time; they’re stories of bravery, courage, and strength in the midst of intense fear and, often despair.  The Christian life is a daily battle. Eventhough we have victory in Jesus Christ, the war still wages.  But dont’ give up.  For you are not alone.  Jesus comes that you might know the sweetness of his presence, the comfort of his love, and the strength of his promises deep in the trenches of everyday life. With him, you can declare:  Here I stand in the trenches.

Series: Here I Stand

Date: 19 November 2017

People use a lot of big words when they talk about Communion.

Words like the Lord’s Supper, Sacrament, Eucharist. Some will talk of transubstantiation or consubstantiation or rightly consecrated. But the most important words ever said about Christ’s meal of bread and wine are the ones he spoke: “for you.” His body…for you.  His blood shed…for you.  His forgiveness for your sin.  His death for your life.  His relationship with the Father for you now and forever.  So today we declare:  Here I stand in his blood.  For there’s power and life in his blood. For you.

Series: Here I Stand

Date: 12 November 2017

Nike. McDonalds. Coca Cola. Target. Apple. Google. Ebay.

These are seven of the most recognizable brands in the world. Just by hearing the word or seeing the logo, you know what they represent. Companies spend millions and millions on branding. They develop the brand, market the brand, position the brand, and protect it.  For getting instant recognition, matters…a lot. In baptism, we are also branded as God places a mark on us and adopts us into his family.  We are sealed with the mark of Christ. Today we are invited again to stand in the water of baptism, to daily splash around in the waters of grace knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God and the destiny he has planned for his children.

Series: Here I Stand

Date: 5 November 2017

There are certain bits of Scripture that we associate with different events or seasons of our life.

Mention “Love is patient, love is kind” and people will connect it with the last wedding they went to. Mention “in my house are many rooms” and people are drawn to the funeral of a loved one. Yet the truth is, we don’t live in the extremities of those highs and lows.  Most of life is lived inbetween those place and it’s there, in the ordinary, mundane and unexceptional of life that Jesus invites us to stand in his promises. Luther said.  “What I am telling you is that it is easier for us humans to believe and trust in everything else than in the name of Christ, who alone is all in all, and more difficult for us to rely on him in whom and through whom we possess all things.”  Join us today in discovering the joy that comes from declaring with confidence in every circumstance: Here I Stand…on the promises of God

Series: Here I Stand

Date: 29 October 2017

Foundations are important.  The purpose of a foundation is to hold up and hold together the structure above it.

Any mistakes that you make in forming the foundation will only get worse as you build up on it.  500 years ago, Luther saw that the foundation the Church was built on was suspect and in danger of collapsing, putting people’s lives and eternity at stake.  So with courage, Luther took a stand declaring boldly that there is only one foundation that we can build on confidently.  One foundation that can anchor our lives now and for eternity.  One foundation that will remain unshakable.  It’s that foundation we explore today as together with Luther we say, ‘Here I stand…in righteousness.’

Famous Last Words

Series: Famous Last Words

Date: 22 October 2017

It’s ingrained into us: ‘there’s no such thing as a sure thing’.

There’s no guarantee that the new business you are starting will be a success. There is no guarantee that the new players you recruit to the team will ensure victory. There’s no guarantee that the investments you make will be winners. There’s no guarantee that the girl or guy at the end of the bar will turn out to be the person of your dreams. But that is where God is different. His last word is a sure thing. It’s a word of victory. “It is done.” A fait accompli, a sealed deal, you can take it to the bank. “It is done!” It’s a word that will leave you totally satisfied now and for eternity.

Series: Famous Last Words

Date: 15 October 2017

UFO’s – every home has them.  They can be in your kitchen, stuck in a cupboard, on the bedside table, in the yard or out in the garage.  They are called UnFinished Objects! 

The projects that start when you get really fired up and excited by new ideas, but fail to be completed when the novelty wears off or the enthusiasm wanes, or another idea gets you off running again on something new.  The Japanese use the idiom mikka bouzo which literally means a ‘three-day monk‘ for people who start something but fail to finish it.  Jesus was no three-day monk.  He is the only person in history who could come to the end of his life and say—with absolute and total truthfulness—”I have finished everything I set out to do.”  On the threshold of death, his last words are the first words for new life – It is finished!  Join us and discover the life in his words for you.

Series: Famous Last Words

Date: 8 October 2017

”Known unto God” – these three words are engraved on a plaque on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial.

No-one but God knows the name of this man, his age, his background, his rank, who he was loved by, or whom he loved. But the tomb is there as a perpetual reminder that this person and everyone else who fought and died for freedom in this country will never be forgotten. Deep down, every human has a desire and longing to be fully known, to be remembered and not forgotten. The last words of the Thief on the Cross reflect that longing as he speaks a word of trust to the dying Jesus beside him, asking to be remembered. What he gets exceeds his wildest expectations and it is this promise that is available to you today too.

Series: Famous Last Words

Date: 1 October 2017

People have always been fascinated by the last words of others.

Perhaps they hold a touch of wisdom, or a last joke, or even confirmation of who’s getting what in the will.   Karl Marx had a different take. He said, ‘Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.’ No one could accuse Job of not having said enough. Just under half of the 42 chapters have Job crying out in pain and grief, lamenting in misery and anguish, groaning in frustration and confusion. Job questions, argues, debates, blames. He is a man who has lost everything except his trust in God’s goodness. In his suffering, he comes face to face with a God who is still with him, who listens and speaks a truth that leads Job to speak a word of awe as he discovers again who he is, and who God is.

Series: Famous Last Words

Date: 24 September 2017

Succession Plans are plans that are put in place to ensure that the retirement or sudden departure of a leader is a manageable event — not a major organisational crisis.

It often involves a time of transition in which the new leader is mentored and handed over the baton of leadership in order to lead the organisation into the future. It also involves the old leader finishing well and imparting his wisdom so that the succession is seamless and momentum continuous. Today Moses addresses his people and Joshua for the final time with his last words before bowing out. His final word is a word of courage to step forward boldly, never forgetting one simple truth wherever the journey leads. It’s that truth which we will uncover today.

Series: Famous Last Words

Date: 17 September 2017

Identity is a complicated thing.

Our self-awareness is profoundly shaped by who our family is, by where we come from, and by the work we do, among other factors.  When a person is raised in a dysfunctional family, is removed from his or her own culture, and has to work in a dead-end job, self-identity takes a triple hit.  Joseph could have checked “all of the above”— a background of abuse, social disadvantages, and hopeless situations. He was harmed intentionally by people he should have been able to trust. He lost his family, his home, his reputation, his freedom.  And yet, astonishingly, Joseph isn’t bitter. His final words speak of restoration and forgiveness and express a word of confidence in God whose hands shape and guide our futures toward a destiny that not only blesses us, but cares for those around us in life-giving ways.  For what God starts, he finishes.  What the Lord promises, he fulfils.


Series: ALL IN

Date: 10 September 2017

A few weeks ago some of the staff attended a ‘Thriving Communities Workshop’ with local community and business leaders that asked the question, “What would a thriving community look like?”. 

Suggestions included; flourishing businesses with local employment, great schools as they connect with the community, good healthcare services.  What was interesting is that no-one mentioned ‘growing churches’!  Has the church become a stranger in the communities it is placed?  What role do we as the body of Christ have in building grace-immersed communities that thrive?  How do we engage with a community that is rapidly changing around us?  In those moments, where we feel alienated or like strangers in the communities in which we live, God through the prophet Jeremiah shows us how to develop grace immersed communities that flourish, communities in which our very presence offers hope and peace and brings renewal.

Series: ALL IN

Date: 3 September 2017

The family is God’s greatest masterpiece.

As he fills it with his love and grace, it turns a house into a home that brings blessing to all who are a part of it. Yet we also know that many homes can become battlegrounds where favouritism, jealousy and conflict bring lasting hurt and inreparable damage to families. Today in Kids Church, we hear a story where favouritism led to jealously which then led to drastic actions, which led to lies which resulted in incredible hurt. But that wasn’t the last word, for the Father in heaven, who created families, knows how to put it back together. As your family is immersed in God’s amazing grace, you will discover how his love and forgiveness are the glue which keep your family together. May your family receive that grace again today.

Series: ALL IN

Date: 27 August 2017

At times marriage seems to be an unsolvable puzzle – trying to see how very different pieces can fit together to be an integrated whole.

There’s no other relationship on earth with greater power to expose our brokenness and reveal God’s grace, fill us with joy and frustrate us beyond measure… all at the same time.  And there’s no other relationship Satan is more determined to attack and crush, crash and burn than marriage.  The truth is that there is no relationship between human beings that is greater or more important than marriage.  So today we look at grace immersed relationships, particularly how marriages that are immersed, saturated and marinated in God’s life-giving, liberating grace lead to a life that is all in, reflective of the Gospel, and truly satisfying.

Series: ALL IN

Date: 20 August 2017

It’s a by-line that many job recruitment agencies use: “It’s so much more than just a job.”

It’s used by schools who are recruiting teachers, banks, zoos, charitable institutions, Defence Forces to suggest that working for them is so much more than just a boring job, a means to an end, something that pays the bills and puts food on the table. Do you see your job, your workplace as something more than just a job or workplace? Can you be All In at work? Can your workplace be immersed in grace? Can you offer your best effort and your deepest devotion to the God who has called you his own in the place where you spend your workday? Can your vocation be a place of witness to the grace & love of God? Absolutely! Today God wants to transform your understanding of work as a job to work as a calling, a vocation through which he is at work through you to build “Grace Immersed workplaces”

Series: ALL IN

Date: 13 August 2017

They are passionate, vocal, and committed.

Enthusiastic about their team, football supporters of any code dress in their team colours, sometimes to extreme levels to show that they are all in. They don’t want to leave anyone in any doubt about which team they support. What would it look like if Christians or Church people showed the same passion? For God calls us to dress In our team colours too, leaving no doubt that we are all in, immersed in grace, ready to be his ambassadors to the world. So let’s get dressed in our Sunday best and let the world see what grace immersed churches really look like.

Series: ALL IN

Date: 6 August 2017

There’s nothing quite like it.

Those days when temperatures are high, bodies are overheated, energy is sapped and patience is low. Desperation is in the air. Anything to get some relief: a pool, the beach. There is no tentative dipping in of the toes…it’s all in. To get the full impact, you have to submerge completely and how transforming it is. That first gasp of air when returning to the surface is filled with freedom, energy and a renewed spirit. That’s what grace is like. When you are totally immersed in the revitalising waters of God’s unfailing grace, it will transform every part, every relationship in your life. So don’t hold back…go all in and experience the joy and delight of the one who went all in for you – Jesus Christ.

The Power in the Moment

Series: The Power in the Moment

Date: 30 July 2017

It’s a simple yet powerful tool at the hands of every writer – the semi-colon.

It is used to signal that the author has unfinished business; there is still more to write, still more to say. As we come to the end of this series “Power in the moment” Luke finishes the book of Acts, not with a full stop but a semi colon. It’s not time to shut the book yet. There is still more to write, more to accomplish, more mighty acts of God to be witnessed. Luke hands you the pen and says, “Your turn. You write the next chapter of God’s power in the moment, the story of his resurrection power at work in your life.” For there is still so much more to be added to God’s story; more hope to share, more grace to give, more joy to unleash, more hearts to transform, more lives to be saved, more names to be recorded. God’s power continues…in you…through you. So start writing.

Series: The Power in the Moment

Date: 23 July 2017

‘The Church is no longer relevant to the world.’ It’s a statement you often hear, backed up by census results and other studies.

Social researcher Mark McCrindle points out: “The community is now able to meet spiritual needs through yoga, through listening to uplifting music, attending a motivational seminar, reading a book. That’s the breadth of input in the spiritual life of Australians outside church … That’s where Australians have moved to.” So what would it look like for Christians to be relevant in the world, to unbelievers today? How do we connect with those who say they are deeply spiritual but not religious? The good news is that people are still ‘spiritual’ – they are still searching for meaning, significance and purpose in this world. Today as we explore the power of relevance, Paul shows us how to find those entry points in the culture so that we can point them to a God who alone can fulfil the deepest desires, the deepest longings of every human heart.

Series: The Power in the Moment

Date: 16 July 2017

It’s right there in our national anthem:  ‘Australians all let us rejoice, For we are young and free…’ 

And after singing it with gusto, we go home, lock our security screens, dead bolt our doors; and not answer the door to anyone after 8pm!  Rather than living free, our lives often feel more like prison, falling well short of the freedom that we desperately crave. Today we discover the power of real freedom; a freedom that can put a song in your heart and hope in your voice, even in the darkest night, times of bondage or circumstances that have our feet shackled or souls chained to sorrow. It’s a freedom you can’t buy or earn, just receive. But it has the power to change everything.

Series: The Power in the Moment

Date: 9 July 2017

Remember trying to navigate the monkey bars as a child?

You reach out to grab the next bar, but you get stuck…one hand forward…one hand back…not able to go back, but not able to move forward. How many of us have this monkey bar approach to life? It is called the “Yes, but” syndrome. “Yes that’s a good idea, but it will never work? “Yes I really want to go but…” What gets us out of that “stuck” place where we become dead weights without momentum? It’s called ‘the Power to Trust!’ The Power to Trust releases us in the moment to move from “Yes, but” to “Yes and”, knowing that what God speaks, he will do. Today we explore the power to trust in the life of Ananias as he receives power in the moment to move forward in obedience (despite fears, questions and a lack of understanding) to play a pivotal support role in the transformation of a Church killer into a Church pillar. It’s a power that is also available to you.

Series: The Power in the Moment

Date: 2 July 2017

It’s almost a standard clause in a Position Description.  ‘Other duties as determined from time to time.’ 

It means that if there are other duties not specified in your PD, that your boss can still ask you to undertake if they are reasonable!  Did you know that your Christian Position Description includes the same clause?  It reads, ‘Other locations or duties as the Spirit determines from time to time” or ‘As the Father sent me, so I am sending you!’  God doesn’t care about your qualifications.  All he is looking for is your availability to go where he sends, for the divine appointment with others that he has already set up.   For in those seeming random encounters, there is power in opportunity, far beyond what we could ever imagine, if we are willing to get up and journey alongside of others and share with them the hope of Jesus.

Series: The Power in the Moment

Date: 25 June 2017

“Warning: may be harmful to your health”.

It’s a label that we see stuck on many items these days to warn us of the dangers and risks associated with using or handling certain products. Maybe that same label should be added to every baptism certificate that is given. Warning: the gift of the Holy Spirit can be harmful to your health! For the very boldness, courage, and conviction that the Spirit of God gives in the moment to share the story of Jesus carries with it a risk – persecution or even death. One act of boldness, one act of standing for the truth of Jesus can trigger a reaction that has a ripple effect that grows outward incrementally far beyond the moment. That’s the power of witness, an act, a moment that God uses to bring far-reaching transformation.

Series: The Power in the Moment

Date: 18 June 2017

Agility is a buzz word that is in common use in the business world today. 

It refers to the ability of an organization to renew itself, adapt, change quickly, and succeed in a rapidly changing, ambiguous, turbulent environment.  Agility needs two things. One is the ability to move fast—speed, nimbleness, responsiveness. And secondly, agility requires stability, a stable foundation which provides an anchor point that doesn’t change while a whole bunch of other things are changing constantly.  It’s these two things that we see at work in a powerful way today as the Holy Spirit fills his Church with the power for ministry – a power that equips, enables and releases people to use their gifts in a way that expands the capacity of the Church to meet and respond to ministry needs as they arise.

Series: The Power in the Moment

Date: 11 June 2017

Acts of courage and boldness.

The news has been full of them; from passengers on a Malaysian airline flight that wrestled and held down a man threatening to blow up a plane, to a British Transport Police Officer, armed only with a baton, who took on the terrorists on London Bridge to the 50,000 strong crowd turning up to the One love Manchester concert in defiance of terrorism. History and Scripture are filled with stories where one single act of courage or boldness become the tipping point for something extraordinary to happen. Do you wish you had that courage? A courage to speak up and act even in dangerous times? It’s possible. Today we discover the power of the name which makes that possible. A name which alone can enable you to live and act with courage and boldness on a daily basis.

Series: The Power in the Moment

Date: 4 June 2017

Anywhere. Anytime. That’s what the adverts tell us.

Anywhere and anytime you can be pulled over by the police for a RBT or MDT and subjected to a simple test that will determine whether you are driving under the influence. The truth is that every one of us is a person under influence; an influence that motivates, shapes and guides our beliefs, attitudes, values, decisions and actions. So what influence are you living under? What gives you power in each moment of your life? On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate that Jesus keeps his promise and gives The Gift of Power, his Holy Spirit, whose power alone gives us the capacity to be a compelling force, influence and witness of Christ’s love and grace in every moment and encounter.

Series: The Power in the Moment

Date: 28 May 2017

Hysterical power, or superhuman strength, is a term used of people who display moments of extreme power or strength beyond what is believed to be normal, usually occurring when people are in life and death situations. 

It’s a once-off, in the moment kind of power.  Today as we begin a new series The Power in a moment Jesus promises a “supernatural power’ that comes from outside of ourselves where he releases his power and authority through ordinary people to transform the world. Today we experience his Promise of Power as Jesus promises to work in us for the advancement of his kingdom, not according to our plans, but according to the eternal purposes of God, that the whole world may know his love and grace and mercy.

Unleashed: A Skeptics Confession

Series: Unleashed: A Skeptics Confession

Date: 21 May 2017

“We’re out there with you every day, especially when you need us the most.”  “It’s a trust thing.”  “It’s confidence by your side.”  “You’ll be okay.” “It’s insurance you can rely on.”

They are the slogans that insurance companies bombard us with every day.  They have our back.  They are there for us in all of life’s accidents…until you read the small print!  “Terms, conditions, limits and exclusions apply!” Comprehensive insurance doesn’t always mean comprehensive! Some policies won’t cover you from all damage that is caused by what they call ‘Acts of God’!   Today in the final part of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul shares how God’s coverage of our life is comprehensive; it’s an act of God from beginning to end that enables us to live in all circumstances with an enduring faithfulness.

Series: Unleashed: A Skeptics Confession

Date: 14 May 2017

Somehow, deep down, we all know there has to be more than the world we see or experience around us.

It’s why people invest so much energy, effort and money into things, relationships and work in an attempt for more.   More security, more contentment, more freedom, more pleasure.  But the sad reality is when we put our hope in these things we will be left disappointed because they are fleeting and will eventually come crashing down.  But there is more…the Bible tells us that, for God has put eternity into the human heart.  There is an enduring hope that will not disappoint; an ultimate hope that brings present hope, confidence and security. Today Paul reminds us of an enduring hope that is out of this world, a hope that is grounded and secured in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Series: Unleashed: A Skeptics Confession

Date: 7 May 2017

The anxiety of waiting can be torture. 

Ever found yourself going to the letterbox a hundred times to see if the postman has been?  Or checking your phone every few seconds to see if you have missed a call or text from a child who is late home and seemingly uncontactable when they are never more than an arms length away from their phone? Or from the doctor’s surgery to let you know test results?  Ever tossed and turned all night, paced the floor back and forth, felt on edge and caught yourself constantly ruminating about one thing?  That’s Paul in 1 Thessalonians.  He knows the church he loves is suffering persecution but he is unsure how they are handling their circumstances.  He’s distraught and the waiting to hear how his spiritual children are faring is torture.  Today we get to experience the relief and the joy that Paul feels when he finally gets word.  But what brings him an enduring joy may surprise you.

Series: Unleashed: A Skeptics Confession

Date: 30 April 2017

‘What does it mean to be Australian?’

It’s a question that has been forefront in the news this past week as we commemorated Anzac Day, heard suggestions about what might be included in the new Citizenship Oath and test, heard renewed calls to change verses to our national anthem that reflect Aussie values, and saw the release of a video from former Labour leader Mark Latham which showed stark examples of how Australia is not so much “multicultural” but “many separate & distinct monocultures.” The deeper question that lies behind all of this is “What does it mean to belong?” and to be part of something larger than yourself. Today in the second week of our series ‘Unleashed’ the apostle Paul shares insight into how a community that is under great attack from its enemies can persist, thrive, grow deep and become ‘An Enduring Community’.

Series: Unleashed: A Skeptics Confession

Date: 23 April 2017

Can you remember needing training wheels?

Once you learn to ride a bike, it’s hard to recall what it felt like to be unsteady on two wheels.  But training wheels are designed to give stability and a measure of security to grow confidence as a child builds up their speed, their cornering ability and their balance before being unleashed to discover new horizons!  The young Church in Thessalonica had quickly learned to ride and were doing some incredible things.  But in difficult times, they were getting a bit “wobbly” and losing a bit of confidence because some had fallen on the bike ride of life.  Paul writes to them, reminding them of what gives stability, balance and helps them keep going even when confidence is shaken, or life throws you off balance.  It’s the enduring Gospel that confidently builds on a firm identity in God the Father, and his only Son.  It unleashes us to embark on new journeys in his name.

In Transit

Series: In Transit

Date: 16 April 2017

Barely a week goes by when the world and our individual lives are not rocked by earth-shaking events. 

They have one thing in common.  They send aftershocks of fear, hurt, anger, grief, horror and death around the globe like concentric waves moving out from a gigantic boulder dropped in a lake. The resurrection of Jesus is just as earth-shaking; death couldn’t stop him, hell couldn’t hold him, the grave couldn’t contain him and sin coudn’t beat him.  Its impact continues to reverberate around the world with aftershocks that are history-making, life-transforming and eternity-changing.  Today is not the culmination of a journey but an invitation to join Jesus beyond the empty tomb on a new journey – a journey of life that will continue to shake up the world.

Series: In Transit

Date: 14 April 2017

From the first cry of the infant Jesus in a manger to the last cry of the suffering and dying Jesus on the cross, God was in control.

All of it, from cradle to cross, was God’s plan to save us.  Jesus walked the road from the manger to the cross for you, so that Easter might hold the promise of eternal life. So come and join Jesus on his  journey of suffering and discover what he’s done – for you

Series: In Transit

Date: 13 April 2017

A rebus is an allusional device that uses pictures to represent words or parts of words.

As Jesus neared the end of his journey in Holy Week, he used the most powerful rebus ever to leave his disciples of all times and places in no doubt about his presence and his love.  Come and join us on this multi-sensory evening as we journey to the Upper Room and join Jesus on a journey of love.

Series: In Transit

Date: 9 April 2017

“It all happened in slow motion”.  Do you know that feeling? 

Saw the car running the red light but could do nothing to avoid the impact.  Sensed you were falling and could see it happening but were powerless to prevent the hard thump. Could see the glass about to topple off the table but couldn’t reach it in time to prevent the smash. 

Holy Week looks just like that – the ‘Hosannas ‘will become ‘Crucify Him’.  The palm branches will be traded for torches and swords, hammer and nails.  Expectations will be shattered, hopes will be crucified and joy will be replaced by shock and grief.  But as Jesus empties out one form of hope, he invites us into another – a journey of hope that will never disappoint but bring endless joy and life.

No Shortcuts

Series: No Shortcuts

Date: 2 April 2017

It’s smelt in broken relationships and divorces, in wounds and betrayals, in fears, in anger and resentment, in addictions, in sorrow and despair, in excessive busyness and preoccupation with success, in things done and left undone, and at the graveside.

It’s the stench of death and it wraps around us like strips of cloth. It’s unavoidable. There is no way around it, no cheats, no negotiation, no opt-outs, and no alternatives. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). But as we face the daily reality that there are no shortcuts around death, Jesus calls us by his Word to come out and smell the fragrance of life that is ours now in him, and to live that life abundantly.

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.