Sermon: Remember these things

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.

God Bless,

Posted in Bible, Bruce Rock, Church, Sermons

Preaching more often brings growth

I am still in my first year of my role of Pastor of 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.

God Bless,


Posted in Faith & Life

Sermon: Listen, Do, Practice

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…

  1. Be quick to listen and slow to speak.
  2. Be doers of the Word and not just hearers of the Word.
  3. 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!

God Bless,

Posted in Bible, Bruce Rock, Church, Sermons

Listen and Learn

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.

God Bless,


Posted in Bruce Rock, Church, Faith & Life, Pastoring

Jesus is all we need

I love these thoughts written by one of our Christian brothers in 381 AD. They show that Jesus is all we need. Please enjoy…

He began His ministry by being hungry, yet He is the Bread of Life.
Jesus ended His earthly ministry by being thirsty, yet He is the Living Water.
Jesus was weary, yet He is our rest.
Jesus paid tribute, yet He is the King.
Jesus was accused of having a demon, yet He cast out demons.
Jesus wept, yet He wipes away our tears.
Jesus was sold for thirty pieces of silver, yet He redeemed the world.
Jesus was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, yet He is the Good Shepherd.
Jesus died, yet by His death He destroyed the power of death.

Gregory of Nazianzus, A.D. 381.

Posted in Faith & Life

Wholehearted part 148

As I have shared in previous posts my word from God for 2017 is wholehearted. He wants me to live wholeheartedly for Him each moment of every day.

I have titled this post “Wholehearted part 148” because it seems He has been reminding me, no scratch that, challenging me to this thought each day of this year.

A day hasn’t gone by without me reading a devotion, a Bible verse or an article without this word or this challenge to live 100% for Him.

God has reminded me to love Him with all my heart, to serve Him with all my heart, to walk in His ways with all of my heart. 

I have always tried to do this to the best of my abilities… to give everything.

But this year I am finding that God is calling me to live further into the surrender zone. The place where Jesus was when He said, “Not My will, but Your will be done”.

It is not easy. It is challenging. It is stretching. But the place that we live wholeheartedly for God’s Kingdom is where God is. It is where we find ourselves and we find God more fully.

As I write two verses from Matthew come to mind…

Mat 16:24-25 – Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow Me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake, you will save it.

I want to take up my cross to a deeper level. I want to turn from my selfish ways. I want to lose my life for the sake of Christ.

I want to live in the place of wreckless abandon that says I love You Lord and I am in wholeheartedly. I want to live in the place that says I will trust You no matter what.

Will you join me?

God Bless,


Posted in Bible, Faith & Life

Sermon: Temptations and God’s goodness

Hi all, here is my sermon from last weekend. I just realised I forgot to share it. It was titled, “Temptations and God’s goodness”. It had four main points…

  1. God blesses those who endure temptation
  2. God is not the source of temptation
  3. We can overcome temptation with God’s help
  4. You are God’s prized possession

You can find the full text here, and the audio here.

God Bless,

Posted in Bible, Bruce Rock, Church, Sermons