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Induction Sermon: My commitment to the church and community

December 5th, 2016

Hello all,

Here is my sermon from yesterday. It was part of my Induction Service at I wanted to share “My commitment to the church and our community” and some of the things I see God doing. Below is a summary of the points.

So, what sort of Pastor will I be?

  1. I will follow Christ wholeheartedly
  2. I will love and care for you all
  3. I will work hard at my preaching
  4. I will be a praying Pastor
  5. I will be a servant leader who leads with the team
  6. I will share my faith and disciple new believers
  7. I will do good deeds in the community
  8. I will be here for long term

God Bless,

Sermon: Great Words of the Gospel part 4 – Imputation

November 27th, 2016

Hello all,

Here is my sermon from today. It is part 4 of the Great Words of the Gospel series. It looks at the topic Imputation.

In it I share what Imputation is and three points..

  1. Adam’s sin is imputed to all mankind
  2. Our sin in imputed to Christ
  3. Jesus’ righteousness is imputed to us.

You can listen above or find the full text on our church website here.

God Bless,

Three more years

November 17th, 2016

I got some great news in the last week about my interim role as Pastor of Bruce Rock Church of Christ.

I was due to finish my interim role in a week or so, but the Elders and the Board met and voted to call me as their part time Pastor.

I gladly accepted it straight away as I felt God wanted me to continue. As I have said to the members it feels like a perfect fit for us both.

One reason why I think it will be a good match long term is because we  took our time in getting to know each other.

I preached once a month for five months and then did an interim role for 4 months.  So after 9 months we could see it was a good fit.

I think at times chosing a new Pastor can be rushed into a bit. You might preach once or twice at the church, have an interview and then a decision is made.

I know all churches and potential Pastors can’t take as much time as we did, but it has worked in our case.

I am really looking forward to the next three years (at least) to see what God is going to do in and through us. It is very exciting.

God Bless,

Sermon: Great Words of the Gospel part 3 – Reconciliation & Propitiation

November 14th, 2016

Hello all,

Here is a copy of my sermon from today. It is titled, “Great Words of the Gospel – Reconciliation and Propitiation”. It has the following six points…

  1. There is a need for reconciliation because of sin.
  2. God is the Reconciler and the one who took the initiative.
  3. The death of Jesus accomplishes reconciliation.
  4. We are given the task of reconciling others to Christ.
  5. God is satisfied with the work of Christ (Propitiation).
  6. The triangle of salvation is complete – saved, redeemed, reconciled and propitiated.

You can listen above or see the full text here on our church website.

God Bless,

The Lordship of Jesus

October 31st, 2016

When I came to Jesus back in 1989 I was conscious that I was not just asking Jesus to save me from my sin, but I was asking Him to be my Lord as well.

The Bible says in Romans 10:9-10 that, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.”

In these verses it talks about believing in our hearts that Jesus died and rose again for us. He paid the price for our sin in dying for us on the cross.

A key part of the salvation message is also the Lordship of Jesus. He needs to be Lord of our lives. We are under new ownership and submitted to His authority.

For me this means Jesus is my King. He is my ruler.  I bow my heart to Him and I bow my knee before Him. He controls my life and He is the one who gives the orders. My job is to yield and obey.

In a world were we are told we are number one and the most important person in the world, we need to reassess this thought and bow our lives afresh. Jesus is number one. He always has been and He will be always be.

Yes Jesus is my Saviour for which I am eternally grateful, but He is also my Lord, my Master and my King. As a result, every part of my life needs to be completely submitted to Him.

God Bless,