I just read a really good article titled, “Five necessities of soul care”. It was shared by a long term Pastor who I am friends with on Facebook. Because he recommended it, I had a look. It touched on five areas that are important to keeping a healthy soul.
- Self care
Now it would be easy to see those headings and think you know what it is about. But I would encourage you to read it as it has practical ideas of things you can do in each section.
One thing that struck a chord with me is found in the self care section. It said that many people feel guilty spending money on themselves. I struggle with this at times, but I have improved as I know it helps me to be healthier and happier.
If I am playing golf regularly it helps me to have alone time to order my thoughts with God. It also helps me to walk in nice surrounding and focus on things other than work. I also just find it fun. So spengdin money on that is good foreveryone!
It is a short article but one I recommend. I would encourage you to have a look as soul care in a busy world is just so important. You can find it here.
Just to let you know that I have turned my main website into a wordpress blog. Previously it was a static website with resources.
Now you can find regular blog posts, sermons, discipleship material, tips for new Christians, evangelism tips, Bible reading plans, audio and more.
If you are interested you can find it here at PASSIONAustralia.org.
One of the best ways to have peace in this life is by letting the Spirit of God work in and through our minds.
When we do this we see the world through God’s eyes. We see people differently. We see world events differently. We see the future differently.
When we let the Spirit control our minds, we also see ourselves through God’s eyes. As people who are loved, cared for and supremely valued.
When I look at the world through my eyes I can easily get overcome. We I see the world through God’s eyes I see God’s plan unfolding.
This world is in God’s hands and every single person in it is dearly loved with a love that stretches out from eternity. You and I and more loved and valued by God more than we can every comprehend.
The secret to unstanding this is as the verse says, “Letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace”.
Last week we had a family from our church leaving to serve overseas with MAF. As a result I preached a message especially for them.
The message was titled, “Remember these things” and it was to encourage them to hold firm to their faith and remember who they are in Christ.
The key points are below…
Remember who you are in Christ:
- I am a child of God. (Galatians 3:26)
- I am a partaker of God’s divine nature. (2 Peter 1:4)
- I am a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- I am more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37)
Remember what you have in Christ:
- I have eternal life. (1 John 5:11–12)
- I have the victory. (1 John 5:4)
- I have abundant life. (John 10:10)
- I have divine provision. (Philippians 4:19)
Remember what you can do in Christ:
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
- I can fulfill God’s plan for my life. (Ephesians 2:8–10)
- I can walk in love. (1 John 3:14)
- I can do good things. (Micah 6:8)
The full text can be found on my website here, or our church website here.
I am still in my first year of my role of Pastor of bkchurch.org.au. It is something I am really enjoying and growing through.
One thing that I have been told to expect is the “grind” from writing a sermon each week. I was told it will come at some stage. I am not sure if this is the case for all preachers, but it seems a lot find it hard and sometimes it takes its toll.
For me preparing a sermon is a blessing. My heart is to allow the passage to work it’s way from my head to my heart and then back up again.
I ask God to speak to me through the passage and work on my heart and mind. Sometimes I am encouraged by the passage. Other times I am challenged. This usually lasts a few days as I meditate on it.
Then when writing day comes, I just ask God what He wants to say to His people. I have found by writing day God has given me 3-5 points and I just work from there. As I write my sermons out as a full manuscript it can take anywhere from 6-8 hours including the powerpoint presentation.
In saying all of this though, I must say writing more sermons, more often has brought a lot of growth to me personally. There is the growth from the discipline of preparing a message each week, growth from preaching more often, but most importantly there is the growth that comes from prayerfully digging into the Scriptures and asking God to speak.
Preaching for me is far from an academic exercise. It is an exercise of submission to God and His Word and then asking to be used to speak to and bless His people.
Hello all, here is a link to my latest sermon. It was titled, “Listen, Do, Practice” and looked at James 1:19-27.
The three main points were…
- Be quick to listen and slow to speak.
- Be doers of the Word and not just hearers of the Word.
- Be someone who practices pure religion.
You can find a link to the full text here. Unfortunately there is no audio. The person who hits record (me) forgot this week until it was nearly finished!
I have been in my role as Pastor of the best church in the world now for about 10 months (yes I am a bit biased!). One of the things I have tried to do is listen to people’s stories.
I think when you come into a new community for the first time it is important to just listen. Listening to people’s stories of their family, work/retirement, how they were saved, how long they have been at the church, what they are doing well at and/or what they are struggling with.
Listening and really hearing is the best way to find out where people are at and how they are travelling. It also helps to see where they are growing and what they are passionate about.
As I have moved around to each person or family I haven’t wanted to be too spiritual or deep when I visited them, I just wanted to listen. To see where they think they fit in to the world and the church.
It has been a wonderful time of getting to know everyone. It has been a real blessing to hear everyone’s stories and to get a glimpse into their lives.
If you are a new Pastor I would encourage you to listen more than you speak when you first arrive at your new church. Maybe even for the first year or so.