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, 18 November 2012
Duration: 33 mins 46 secs
Our individualistic world makes us think that faith is like that, but God calls us into a community. Jesus said that the quality of our community is to be the most attractional and distinctive thing about His followers. We know it does not tend to look like that, yet the church in Acts provides a model. It was a learning, sharing, worshipping and growing community. Our values at EPCBC are sound, but we need to make sure that we show them in practical terms.
Sunday, 11 November 2012
Duration: 29 mins 50 secs
God commands us to be holy, but we do not need to feel overly burdened that holiness depends on us, because it does not and can not. God is leading us and enabling us to become all that He has called us to be. The paradox is that although we can not do anything to achieve holiness, we must actively engage in seeking it. We are to possess traits such as those Peter lists in 2 Peter 1 in increasing measure. We need to take hold of our faith and live the way God wants.
Sunday, 04 November 2012
We are part of this world and there are many good things, but even the things we need to survive can creep into worldliness. It is hard to navigate the line between loving the things of this world and loving God. We need to get our priorities sorted; ensure there is nothing coming between us and God and direct our cravings toward Him; and have the right perspective, remembering that everything in this world is passing away.
Sunday, 28 October 2012
Duration: 40 mins 54 secs
We perhaps understand more about God the Father and Jesus the Son of God than the Holy Spirit who is spoken about in mysterious terms. We can err in over or underemphasising Him, but the Spirit has a vital role in our lives as Christians. We know we have the Spirit when we call Jesus Lord, and can be assured of salvation and resurrection. There are warnings about not quenching the Spirit and we need to allow Him free access to our lives, to work in and through us.
Sunday, 21 October 2012
Are we 'Christ only' Christians or 'Christ and’ Christians? How we see Jesus will answer this question. We need to decide if He is sufficient for all we need. Colossians 1:15-20 shows Jesus is supreme, pre-eminent; all things were created by Him and for Him; everything in the universe depends on Him. He is also the reconciler of all things, the defeater of death, the head of the church...Jesus is in control of all things, big and small. If all this is true, then what else is needed?
Sunday, 14 October 2012
Duration: 42 mins 45 secs
Our lives may be shaped around God, but this is not the same as spending intimate time with Him. Does our soul ‘cleave’ to God like David’s? Would we refuse to go anywhere without God like Moses? Do we love and long for God with everything we are? Joyful intimacy with God needs to be woven into every corner of our lives and built into the rhythm of our day. It needs to be at the core of who we are.
Sunday, 07 October 2012
Duration: 35 mins 10 secs
What have we learned from our study of Philippians? What have we actioned? How has God changed us? How will we hold ourselves accountable? Bible teaching is not just an intellectual exercise. We need to move what we have learnt from our heads to our hearts and our hands. As we begin a new series, let us not forget what God has already taught us.
Sunday, 30 September 2012
Duration: 31 mins 19 secs
What stops us from finding contentment in a world that is so affluent? The more we strive for the less we have. Paul concludes the letter to the Philippians by unlocking the the secret of contentment. It is not about detaching ourselves from this world but attaching ourselves to Jesus Christ. We have everything through Him.
Sunday, 23 September 2012
Duration: 33 mins 14 secs
Our citizenship is in heaven, but this life is more of a reflection of who we are at present. However we need to be moving in the direction of reconciliation. Firstly we need to have reconciliation with God. If we do not have peace, we need to change focus and find God’s desires not our own. And if we have conflict with others, we need to take the initiative to reconcile. When we move in God’s direction, that is when rejoicing comes because it is not bound by what happens in this world.
Sunday, 16 September 2012
Duration: 25 mins 47 secs
There are two ways you can walk in life: as one of the many enemies of the cross whose god is their own personal satisfaction, justify their undisciplined desires and set their minds on earthly things, or as imitators of Christ, allowing Him to set our direction and values. The answer is determined by where our mind is set.