24/11/2019

This week is the last part in our series ‘At The Movies’, and the movie that I am using to help illustrate some biblical truths really shows the tension many of us feel trying to balance work life and family life.

And in the name of ‘work’ too many people feel like they have to succeed, they have to do more, make more, become more. But if we are not careful, we might end up missing out on what matters most.

While it is good to think about the future, to plan, to be wise, to be responsible, we don’t want to do it at the expense of embracing today. The Psalmist writes: This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24)

We each have a choice. Let’s not settle for making a living at the expense of making a life. This is the day the Lord has made. Today. Don’t wait until later to enjoy God’s blessings, to express love to those around you, or to do what God has called you to do.

This is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice. Be thankful. Embrace it. Your life is today.

In His Service, Pastor Ben

10/11/2019

It is that time of year again! My favourite series kicks off this weekend as we are ‘At the Movies’, and I hope you brought along some popcorn and maybe even a choc-top!

Powerful truths live in some of our favourite movie moments, and over the next three weeks during ‘At the Movies’ it is going to be a great ride as we explore them together.

Unfortunately, due to copyright restrictions, you can only experience ‘At the Movies’ live at one of our locations, so make sure you block out the coming weeks so you don’t miss it!

The message this week, highlighted by our movie looks at how God has created each and every one of us to make a difference in this world, and how we are encouraged by God to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our lives to do what He is calling us to do.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the service, as we hear God’s Word through the lens of some favourite films.

In His Service, Pastor Ben

17/11/2019

This week we are into Week 2 of At The Movies, as we continue to use some of our favourite movie moments to illustrate biblical truths.

This movie raises the question: what brings fulfillment in life? What really matters?

So many of us have good things right in front of us, but we don’t see them, and instead we want more, we want it all.

But the Bible teaches us that while you cannot have it all, you can have what matters.

Because outside of a relationship with Christ you will always be searching, because nothing on earth will ever completely satisfy you.

We will see how we need three things today: a calling to live; a family to love; and a home to embrace.

If you’ve been chasing after the wind, pursuing what doesn’t matter, make it right. You can’t have it all, but you can have what matters most – Jesus, and His life, forgiveness and salvation.

In His Service, Pastor Ben

03/11/2019

Hi Church, this weekend we commemorate All Saints Sunday (the first Sunday after the 01/11), where we remember the Saints that have gone on before us to heaven, but specifically those from our own faith community who have now departed.

We are focussing on a story that John records for us about one of Jesus’ friends – Lazarus. Lazarus was sick, he died, but Jesus raised him from the dead for God’s glory.

When we lose loved ones – sometimes we feel like we lose hope. But in our loss, Jesus is there to encourage us, to give us hope and the words that Jesus gives to those who were mourning were these: I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.

My prayer is that those same words bring you hope as we celebrate how we have hope in our own resurrection from the dead, as we put our faith, trust and hope in Jesus.

In His Service, Pastor Ben

27/10/2019

Hi Church,

Today, we commemorate the Reformation, an event that started in 1517, and continues even until this day.

The 95 Theses that Martin Luther posted on the castle church door of Wittenberg propounded two central beliefs: that the Bible is the central religious authority; and that humans may reach salvation only by their faith and not by their deeds.

These two central beliefs have inspired the church to continue to reform – to ensure that the never-changing message of Christ can be heard in an ever-changing world.

It also inspired Luther to do things differently, to move away from the status quo to help people know Jesus Christ and make Him known. And I think this begs the question of us: in what ways are we continually reforming?

This weekend we are blessed to have Danielle Robinson share with us from God’s Word keeping these same two things central – helping us know Jesus Christ so that we can go out and make Him known.

In His Service, Pastor Ben