Posted: 30 June 2017
This Sunday is our last in our series on the Song of Songs and what it teaches us about intimacy. We're looking at who the author of the Song is and why they wrote it. We're also looking at how we deal with unfulfilled longings for intimacy and loneliness that we have.
The next two weeks we've got a couple of one-off messages coming from Phillip Jensen...Continue Reading
Posted: 23 June 2017
It's been wonderful to hear from so many of you about how God is speaking to you through this series in Song of Songs. On Monday, I received this email:
I found last night awesome and I am so glad that I came along. I felt the sermon helped restore a healthy view of sex as a part of a wider commitment in marriage. The connection of being fully loved and...Continue Reading
Posted: 16 June 2017
So we started our series on the Song of Songs last week and while there was some trepidation, it was a great time of exploring a wonderful book and hearing questions from the floor. You can listen to the sermon here if you missed it.
This week is part 2 of the series and we are looking at the delights of intimacy. While the Song is not about sex, that...Continue Reading
Posted: 09 June 2017
This Sunday we're starting a new series called "Hide & Seek: The Ache for Intimacy". It's a series based on the Song of Songs, which is in the Bible to teach us about love and intimacy.
But intimacy isn't always easy.
You might say life is a game of hide and seek. We seek the warmth of intimacy to escape the shadow of loneliness, yet we also hide from...Continue Reading
Posted: 02 June 2017
Life is a game of hide and seek. We seek the warmth of intimacy to escape the shadow of loneliness, yet we also hide from others, putting up walls, in fear of being seen for who we truly are.
In the middle of the Bible, God has given us a book which teaches us about this ache for intimacy. It surprises us with its realistic descriptions of the fear, joy...Continue Reading
Posted: 01 June 2017
We live in a world where kings and queens are marginalised to meaningless pageantry and this makes it difficult to understand what the Bible means when it speaks of Jesus having a kingdom. This Sunday, Seb Lane, a student minister at church, will be speaking on the topic, The King We Need. Despite our desire for autonomy, deep within us all there is...Continue Reading
Posted: 26 May 2017
“The one essential condition of human existence is that man should always be able to bow down before something infinitely great." (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
This Sunday we're wrapping up our series on The Essentials — the key teachings of Christianity — by looking at the overall goal of God in salvation: his own glory!
When we speak of God doing something for...Continue Reading
Posted: 19 May 2017
"Faith is a living, bold trust in God’s grace, so certain of God’s favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it."
That's how Martin Luther describes our response to God's grace. Faith is the most important thing in the world. It's not a leap in the dark, but a step into the light based on the evidence of who God is and what He's revealed...Continue Reading
Posted: 12 May 2017
One of the most difficult questions Christians face is: "Do you really believe that trusting Jesus Christ is the only way a person can be saved?"
Perhaps you have faced this question, or perhaps it's your question right now. If you believe that salvation is in Christ alone, isn't it narrow-minded to think that God would restrict salvation to one Saviour...Continue Reading
Posted: 10 May 2017
Overlooking picturesque Watsons Bay the women at church gathered last weekend to learn about Finding God Amongst Life’s Tangles. The autumn sun was in peak form for warm discussions and good banter, many laughs and even a few literal tangles as the day unfolded.
We were treated to fine preaching as Janet Riley took us from the yearnings of Psalm 42 to...Continue Reading