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, 08 December 2019
Duration: 19 mins 20 secs
God's people had turned away from Him and were living in a spiritual darkness. They looked from amongest themselves for guidance in life rather than relying on God. Isaiah prophesied the coming of the Messiah, the only way our world could be saved. Jesus is the light that comes in this dark world and provides the hope of salvation to anyone who receives Him as their Saviour.
Sunday, 01 December 2019
As we look forward to Christmas coming for this year we are looking at the prophecies of Isaiah that look forward to the Messiah coming. The prophecies are concerned with who He is and what He came to do. In this passage, we see the promise of the virgin conceiving and giving birth to a Son. Through this Son, fears are released and victory is won. And what does God want of us? To stand firm in our faith.
Sunday, 24 November 2019
Duration: 23 mins 53 secs
As Peter continues in his discipleship he learns a very important lesson about God's Kingdom in this passage. Jesus opened up the doors to Heaven to all people, not just Jews. By doing this he also showed that all people needed Jesus. Peter's role was to lead people through the door and lead them to Jesus, for only faith in Him is the way to God's Kingdom.
Sunday, 17 November 2019
Duration: 19 mins 32 secs
Peter has left his fishing boat and family to follow Jesus. We see in this passage Peter declaring to the crowd that Jesus is David's promised descendant, the Messiah. Whilst some people were fearful, as they did not believe Jesus would rise from the dead, thousands of people did believe Peter's message and were baptised. The waters of baptism are a witness to others of what has already taken place in our lives and is not a requirement of salvation.
Sunday, 03 November 2019
Before Jesus reinstates Peter's life and ministry, there is a question that he needs to answer. It's a question from Jesus that we all need to answer. DO YOU LOVE ME? Everything else in life will hinge on your response. So, what is your answer to Jesus' question?
Sunday, 27 October 2019
Duration: 28 mins 28 secs
Peter has fished sincerely but with no result. If we serve in our own strength, we will not glorify God. Peter now responds in obedience to Jesus in throwing the nets on the other side of the boat with 153 fish as a result! John first recognises the Lord but it is Peter that dives in - he is not going to move away from Jesus again. If we are to be fishers of people, we must obey God. If we are to be shepherds of God's people, we must love Him. Jesus gives Peter what he needs physically before attending to his spiritual needs. Our Lord has compassion and meets our needs.
Sunday, 20 October 2019
Duration: 25 mins 33 secs
As we journey with Jesus in discipleship, the journey is not always smooth sailing, there are ups and downs, victories and defeats. Peter found this in his own life, but he also found that Jesus is able to turn our failings into victory when we turn back to him in faith and trust.
Sunday, 13 October 2019
Duration: 25 mins 17 secs
In this passage we see that Jesus has taken His disciples north to Caesarea Philippi, away from the crowds who may have wanted to crown Him king. When Jesus asked His disciples "who do you say I am?", it was Peter, a bold man of faith, the one who steps out of the boat in faith, the one who knows who Jesus is and declares it. Jesus is more than a great man, a prophet or a servant of God. Our journey as Christians only starts when we become believers in Him. Who do you say Jesus is?
Sunday, 06 October 2019
Duration: 17 mins 55 secs
In this passage, we see Jesus calling His first disciples to follow Him. In the same way, Jesus calls us to follow Him, in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, and to be in a relationship with Him. Jesus not only calls us to Himself, but He also calls us out so that we can share the Good News with others.
Sunday, 22 September 2019
Duration: 29 mins 17 secs
The purpose of living "questionable" lives is so people will ask us why live like we live and believe what we believe. But when the questions come are we ready to answer them? This week we are looking at the heart of answering those question and the answer is always Jesus. Being a Christian is not about a bunch of rules and regulations, it's about a relationship with Jesus. Do we know him? Can we quote him? Is it obvious to others that we have a relationship with him?