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A round peg in a round hole

August 24th, 2016

Several months ago I left my job at our local hospital. I was working as the stores and purchasing officer.

It was a really good job that was busy, but enjoyable. I felt like I was making a difference to the hospital and the community because of my work.

Increasingly though I felt like a square peg in a round hole. I felt I was making a difference and it was good, but I felt there was something better I could be doing.

God had been working on my heart and calling me back into Pastoral ministry. As each week passed the desire got stronger to be doing something where I could serve God in a fully focussed way.

You see even though I was working part time at the hospital, I felt it was taking up more time and energy and taking away from my ministry work I have been doing as a volunteer.

In March I felt it was time to jump and trust God would open up a Pastoral role in His timeframe. Four months later He did.

Now I am at Bruce Rock Church of Christ in a part time role 3.5 days a week. I feel like a round peg in a round hole. I feel like I can be myself with no filters that are required in a secular workplace.

Now I can talk to people about God and encourage them, I can pray for people, I can visit people in their homes or at hospital, I can prepare sermons for Sunday, and I can be Jesus’ hands and feet and go where He needs me to go.

It has been a long road of study and preparation, but it has all been worth it. It is great to be a blessing to people in a greater way and it is great to feel like I am right in the middle of God’s will for my life.

God Bless,
Dave

Sermon from Sunday

August 23rd, 2016

Hello all,

I have uploaded my sermon from last Sunday at BKchurch.org.au. It is titled, “Transformed or Conformed” and talks about renewing our minds.

You can find the text and PowerPoint here. The audio can be found here.

God Bless,
Dave

My first five sermons

August 16th, 2016

Last week I started at Bruce Rock Church of Christ as an Interim Pastor. At this stage it is for 3-4 months.

Like most Pastors in a new place I had a sense of tension and nervousness about the messages I would preach in the first month or so.

There are so many topics and themes I could speak on. The Bible is bursting with things I could talk about. I was also conscious to not go to my hobby horses for material.

Last week God stepped in and eased the tension. As I was preparing a message from Romans 12 about being a living sacrifice I felt like I had to do an overview of the chapter and draw five things out.

These were to be a living sacrifice you need to:

  1. Renew your mind
  2. Use your gifts well
  3. Really love on another
  4. Live at peace with everyone
  5. Overcome evil with good

As I was preparing I felt God say to me to expand on these topics over the coming weeks. He said to give each of the points their own sermon.

It was amazing how that gave me a sense of peace. It also gave me something to focus my spare time on in preparing.

The main thing for me is to be used by God to bless His people. To encourage them in their faith and help them live as true disciples of Christ.

God Bless,
Dave

Sermon: 5 things to helps us be a living sacrifice

August 14th, 2016

For my first sermon at Bruce Rock Church of Christ as Pastor I decided to look at Romans 12. I titled my message, “5 things to help us be a living sacrifice”.

The key verse was Romans 12:1. It says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”

The key thoughts were…

  1. Renew your mind (verse 2)
  2. Use your gifts well (verses 6-8)
  3. Really love one another (verses 9-10)
  4. Live at peace with everyone (verses 16-18)
  5. Conquer evil by doing good (verse 21)

If you would like to read the full message you could find it here.

God Bless,
Dave

New Pastoral role

August 10th, 2016

This week I have started in a new short term role. I will be working as an Interim Pastor at Bruce Rock Church of Christ. I will be in this role 3.5 days a week.

Bruce Rock (BK) is about 50 kilometres south of Merredin where we live and about 240 kilometres east of Perth. The population of BK is a little over 500 people and farming is the main industry.

Over the last three to four months I have been down there preaching once a month as they have not had a Pastor for four years or so. My heart has been to help the church out and encourage them.

In the next three months I am hoping to bless the church through preaching, visiting the members, praying for them daily, building a website and setting up a Facebook page.

I am also hoping to join with the church members and get involved in their current outreach they do in the town. My heart is to bless the church and also the local community.

If you would like to find out more about BK you can find more information here.

God Bless,
Dave