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Sermon: A Greater Perspective

September 25th, 2016

Hello all,

Here is my sermon from today. It is titled, “A Greater Perspective” and it based on Romans 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”.

It had five main points…

  1. Meditate on right things
  2. Be around good people
  3. meditate on Scripture
  4. Continue in prayer
  5. Look outwards and serve others

You can find the text and audio on our church website here.

God Bless,

What defines a big church?

September 24th, 2016


I was thinking about what defines a big church today and what would be considered a big church in Bruce Rock. The population of the last census for Bruce Rock is just over 500 people.

Looking at our church list we have about 50 people on it. These are people who have been connected to the church over the last few years and still connect with members of the church.

Of this my best guess is 34 are regular in that they come if they are in town or not away due to illness. They attend at least a couple of times per month on a Sunday.

That means that Bruce Rock Church of Christ has about 7 per cent of the town are connected to our church. That means in our context we are probably a big church!

If we put the numbers aside for a moment and look at other aspects of the church we are also a big church in the area of love, personal  growth, friendship and community presence. We are making a big difference.

So what defines a big church in a small town? Numbers wise we would tick that box, but also in the areas of love, friendship and community presence too.

Go Bruce Rock Church of Christ, keep up the great work. You are awesome!

God Bless,

Sermon: A Greater Love

September 18th, 2016

Hello all,

Here is my sermon from today. It was titled, “A Greater Love”. It had four main points…

  1. Jesus’s love met peoples most basic pressings needs
  2. Jesus’ love had compassion on the people and He wanted to be their shepherd
  3. Jesus’ love took Him out of His way for one person
  4. Jesus’ love was a servant hearted sacrificial loved

You can find the text on my website here, or you can find the text and audio on our church website here.

God Bless,

Early in the morning

September 14th, 2016

In my sermon last Sunday I shared how Jesus got up early and went to a solitary place to pray. Mark 1:35 is one place where this is mentioned.

This is something I try to do. I like to speak to God and think through things with God before my day begins. Before emails, before Facebook, before people.

As I reflected on this time recently I realised that a lot of my best ideas come to me at this time.

I often get a five point sermon outline in this time, a person to pray for or to call who needs help, a blog post idea, or an idea for a new outreach ministry.

These things come easily before my mind starts to fill up with other things. For me this time is precious and it sets my day up right.

Sometimes it happens when I am upright, sometimes it happens when I am still in bed. But the key is that it is that time before the busyness of life begins.

As I said in my sermon last Sunday – if Jesus as the Son of God needed this time, then how much more do we?

I would encourage you to start your day with that alone time with God.  It can make a huge difference to your day.

God Bless,

Sermon: Born and equipped for such a time

September 11th, 2016

Hello all,

Here is my sermon from today. It is titled, “Born and equipped for a time such as this”.

The text is available is my website here and the text and audio are available on our church website here.

God Bless,