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, 16 February 2014
There are two groups when it come to Jesus - those who are on the inside and those who are on the outside. What does it mean to be on the outside of Jesus? It is not understanding and accepting what Jesus is on about. This passage highlights that at this stage, even His own family are not on board with Him. You can grow up in a Christian home and go to church, but you are still on the outside of Jesus if you have not committed and handed over your life to Him. As an outsider you can be sincerely or deliberately wrong. Either way, Jesus is rejected and there is no future in God's Kingdom. To be on the inside with Jesus you need to accept and respond to the call of God. You need to spend time with Jesus and live your lives that become an extension of His ministry in this world. There is no middle ground when it come to Jesus - you are either in or out. Which side of Jesus are you on?
Sunday, 09 February 2014
Duration: 39 mins 11 secs
Jesus looked up and saw the faith of the men who had brought the paralytic man to Him. We need to show this same sought of faith in bringing others to know Jesus. Jesus looked down and brought forgiveness of sins to the paralytic man. We need to come to Jesus, repent and believe, to have true forgiveness of our sins. Jesus looked around and saw the religious leaders. He looked within them and knew their inner most thoughts. Jesus knows everything about us. Jesus is the great healer. He came to bring people back into fulfillment, release them from their sin and to make them free. Jesus can't heal those people who either do not want to know Him, know Him but don't want to trust Him or don't think they need Him. Let us not miss the opportunity to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and what He has to offer - forgiveness, fulfillment and freedom.
Sunday, 02 February 2014
Duration: 37 mins 23 secs
The gospel of Mark is one of activity and action and it is about what Jesus did rather than what He said. In this chapter we discover the identity of Jesus, His authority and His compassion in the miracles He performed. Jesus is shown to be a servant, and as Christians, this is the calling that has been placed on our lives. We need to show compassion in serving others, but also allow others to serve us when needed. The challenge for us is shown in the healing of the man with leprosy. Jesus commanded him not to tell anyone what had happened to him, but the man disobeys and tells everyone about Jesus. Today we have a different command. Jesus says go and tell everyone, but we don't tell anyone. If we are to follow Jesus we are to live like Him and be like Him, and by our actions and word, tells other the good news about Jesus Christ.
Sunday, 26 January 2014
On this Australia Day, we can reflect on how great our country is - the lucky country! But as great as this country is, it is not our country, this world is not our home. We are foreigners and strangers, aliens to this world. But what does this mean? We need to put our faith and trust in God and follow Him. When we are born, our address is this world. When we are 'born again' our new address is heaven - God's kingdom. It can be difficult at times to walk the Christian life, but we are to persevere, put our faith and trust in Jesus and not turn back to our old ways. Is the focus of our lives for the things of this world or is it to put our faith and trust in Jesus and glorify God?
Sunday, 19 January 2014
Duration: 42 mins 25 secs
Earlier in this letter to the Ephesians, Paul reminds the people of how they should live as followers of Christ. The same goes for us as Christians today. From Ephesians 4: 31-32, we are to get rid of bitterness, rage, anger, brawling, slander and every form of malice and instead be kind and compassionate to one another and show forgiveness to each other as God has forgiven us through Jesus Christ. In this passage, we are to stand firm for the Lord in all the challenges that life brings. We are told that Satan has many schemes to deceive and make us fail in our walk with the Lord. We need to remember the elements of the armour of God and recognise that we can't do this in our own strength, but only through prayer and the power of God. If we are filled with the Holy Spirit, then there is no room for Satan.
Sunday, 22 December 2013
Duration: 29 mins 27 secs
Our everyday life can be changed by the interjection of the enexpected. Over the past few weeks we have seen how this has happened to Zechariah, the Shepherds and Mary. In this passge, Simeon has a promise revealed to him, through the Holy Spirit, that he would not die until he had seen the Lord's Messiah. When Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the temple Simeon is full of joy and praise because this promise has now been fulfilled. Has God's world crashed into yours through Jesus Christ, the saviour of the world? Do you have a relationship with Him?
Sunday, 08 December 2013
Duration: 24 mins 58 secs
Our world is far from perfect and Christmas time is no exception. The actual birth of Jesus was unremarkable - born in simple surroundings and laid in a animal feeding trough. There was great fear amongest the shepherds when the angels appeared to them. But the angels had good news - peace and salvation had arrived to the world in Jesus. The same good news is for us as well. We have nothing to fear if we stay close to Jesus. The shepherds spread the good of Jesus. We too are to spread the good news of the hope people can have in Jesus. We view peace as a world without conflict but Jesus came to this world to bring peace between us and God.
Sunday, 01 December 2013
Duration: 30 mins 52 secs
Zechariah doubted the news told to him by the angel Gabriel, that his wife Elizabeth would give give birth to a son. He was not able to speak until after his son's birth and through his obedience to God, was able to speak again when he indicated that his son was "to be named John". This passage is Zechariah's praise to God. It had been over 400 years since a prophet had mentioned the coming of the Mesiah and now Zechariah knows that God has not forgotten His people and His promise fulfilled. John is going to prepare the way for the coming of the Mesiah. Christmas is about the truth that God has finally visited us through His Son, Jesus. What does Christmas mean to you?
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Duration: 29 mins 39 secs
We are reminded by Peter in verse 36 of the gospel message where God announced the good new of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. We live under the wrath of God, but because of Jesus we are blessed, forgiven and set free from this wrath. If we trust in Jesus, our sins are forgiven and we are saved to have eternal life with God. This is the gospel message for everyone, not just a select few. As Christians, we need to tell people this message and point them towards Jesus. We also need to be spending time with Jesus and be seeking His will for our lives. Where is it that God wants you?
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Duration: 31 mins 26 secs
How does the fact that God loves you result in you loving others? Does it change your view of other people or do you view others in the same way, in your own strength? What does it mean to show Christ's love? The answer is found in Luke 10:27, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and 'Love your neighbour as yourself'. To show Christ's love in this world is to act like Jesus when He was on this earth. The challenge for us is to look for opportunities to show Christ's love by caring for others.