Hi my name is Phil Irvine and I’m the new Pastor at Emu Plains Community Baptist Church. My family and I have recently moved all the way from the Blue Mountains and come to live in the community here in Emu Plains. Jesus said “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.” Sometimes we find that our lives are so full with things to do, but we don’t seem to be fulfilled. I enjoy running, spending time with my family, playing Xbox and a good coffee. But what fills my life, is Jesus. If you are wanting your life full, the best it can be, why not check out Jesus and take him up on this promise.
Sunday, 05 July 2020
Duration: 20 mins 51 secs
A healthy person cannot pass on their health to another, but germs can be passed on to others. In the same way, we cannot impart holiness to another but we can transmit sin and spread it, just like a sickness or virus. When the people in Haggai's time built for themselves and ignored the rebuilding of God's house, God withheld blessings and prosperity. When the people repented and turned away from living for themselves and aligned themselves with God's purpose, God blessed them. We need to remember that we serve Jesus, not to be saved, but because we are saved.
Sunday, 28 June 2020
Duration: 27 mins 52 secs
In this passage, God speaks to Haggai to remind the people of God's presence, faithfulness, promise and provision for them and that the people be strong and work in rebuilding the temple. If you feel timid, shying away from boldly proclaiming the gospel, you have company. But God says to be strong, be courageous, and remember God promises to be with us, to be faithful and to provide for us.
Sunday, 21 June 2020
Duration: 31 mins 36 secs
The people of God had not seen the rebuilding of the temple as a priority. We displease the Lord and disgrace His name when we do not put His kingdom first. We have God's Word and we have His promises in our lives. His word will accomplish His purpose. Do we believe it and live it? How much of our resources go towards building our kingdom rather than God's kingdom? Often, we don't say no to God, we just say later. Too often we question, when we should simply obey. We need to ensure that we are seeking God first for His direction in our lives.
Sunday, 14 June 2020
Duration: 35 mins 59 secs
The Jewish people, returning from being exiled in Persia, do not have God's blessing because they are busy in their panelled houses and have left God's temple only partly rebuilt. The new temple does not have the wealth and majesty of Solomon's temple, yet God will be there. The people's obedience in rebuilding the temple brings God's blessing and He will show His glory there. Zerubbabel, the Governor, who is in the line of David, is chosen by God to be His signet ring, His ambassador to the people.
Sunday, 07 June 2020
The story of the Gospel of going to the ends of the earth is one that is full of people who ventured into unchartered territory. We all set boundaries and put limits on ourselves - and yet, we all have the capacity to step out of our own self-imposed comfort zones. The ends of the earth are less about geography in our 21st century globalised world. The different ways that we might consider going to the ends of the earth in our mission to take the Gospel of Jesus to places that haven’t heard about it could include, across the street, across the cultural divide, across the table, across the hard places or across the globe. Where are your ends of the earth?
Sunday, 31 May 2020
In order to communicate to others, we have to connect with them. We do this by looking, listening and connecting things in a way they will understand. If we are going to share the Good News of Jesus anywhere and with anyone, we may have to face the challenge of crossing the cultural divide. To do this it may mean understanding the culture, going to them, be willing to walk away from what everyone else thinks matters or talk about Jesus and the Gospel “as you go”.
Sunday, 24 May 2020
Duration: 27 mins 21 secs
All forms of translation are challenging tasks and there is a requirement to move beyond simply the transfer of information. Translation is about the transfer of meaning and understanding, not just words and phrases. We can be thankful to the many people who have made the effort to translate the Bible into many languages so that it is available to read for all. The Bible, in and of itself, has the power to transform individuals, communities and countries. As Christians today we need to have faith in the transformative power of the Bible and make it a priority to read it daily.
Sunday, 17 May 2020
Duration: 29 mins 30 secs
Why did the apostles keep on rejoicing and preaching? They persevered because they remembered three things: 1. What Jesus taught, 2. The values Jesus lived, and 3. How Jesus won their freedom. When we find ourselves faced with opposition and challenge because of the Gospel, we actually find ourselves with the opportunity to develop something crucial… faith. Is there someone or somewhere that you need to take the message of Jesus - despite the opposition that might face you?
Sunday, 10 May 2020
Duration: 26 mins 12 secs
Principles evidenced by the early church included the validity of Jesus where ten of His disciples went to their death for Him. The message of Jesus resonated with people. At the time, many people were slaves but Paul says there no more slaves, all are one in Christ Jesus. We have new identities in Christ and are new creations. Do you have a new identity in Christ?
Sunday, 03 May 2020
Christianity is not religious, moral or philosophical advice, but good news as witnessed Jesus' disciples. The apostles were empowered by the Holy Spirit as are we. They were uneducated, ordinary men but they spoke with authority and confidence, because they had been with Jesus. You don't need an education to tell others about what you have experienced with Jesus in your life. We can witness to others through the power of the Holy Spirit in order further God's kingdom.