Jesus' simple Message of God's love.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Candle Light Carol Service tonight at 6:30

Candle Light Carol Service tonight at 6:30 at the church.

Christmas Carolling today at 5:30 at the High Street
(If it's not chuckin'-down rain) 

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Family Service

The First Gift of Christmas, God's Gift, was The Saviour: Jesus of Nazareth (Born in Bethlehem)

5 Gifts: the surprising facts of Jesus Birth
God's 'hero' came as a baby
God's 'hero' wasn't rich and famous
God's hero was found in a manger
God first announced the birth of the Messiah
to the poor and lowly (who truly appreciated it!)
Magi or 'Wise Men' (inaugural 'king-makers')
came to worship the Messiah.

Sermon Part 1

Sermon Part 2

Communion at the Lord's Table

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Third Week of Advent, Luke 1 The Annunciation

Part 1
This stuff is a journalistic report by Luke. Why does Christmas matter? If nobody knows when Jesus was born, why does it matter that He was born? How He was born?

Part 2
God's plan matches our desperate need and He has heard our cries to Him. God had a plan that works out for good, to those who love Him, to those who are called according to His purposes. "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

Part 3
The birth of the Messiah is worth celebrating, and this is a fine time to remember the birth of Christ. Let's be exact about the meaning of THIS solitary life.

Part 4
God announces the 'coming' magnificently in Luke Chapter 1

Part 5
What a scandal! A fatherless child. An unwed mother!!! Adopting the child of a pregnant fiancée.

Communion:
We get distracted by the many other pursuits that are not about Jesus Christ during the Christmas season. But the communion table draws us to the essential work of the life of Christ.


Thursday, 10 December 2015

Advent 2 The Birth of John the Baptist

The birth of John the Baptist is a unique story which represents the end of the Old Testament and the start of the New Testament.

Part 1
The Christmas story begins with the cousin of a girl whose dad is a descendant of a lost kingdom from long ago...

Part 2
The circumstances of the Annunciation to Zechariah about his and Elizabeth's baby boy.

Part 3
John the Baptist is set-apart from his mother's womb. 
Why do you think it matters to God if he has wine or strong drink?

Part 4
The Angel Gabriel announces that 'It is time!'

Part 5
While Zechariah is talking with the Angel Gabriel, people are getting restless outside.


Monday, 30 November 2015

Advent 1 the Promises about the Jewish Messiah

Part 1
Explanation that Advent is mere tradition; and a clear Definition of The Messiah (Christ).

Part 2
What did people expect from a Messiah? God's promises to Satan, Abraham and Moses, as recorded in the bible. (Genesis 3, Genesis 12, Deuteronomy 18)

(The sermon on the nature of the devil at the fall of man [Genesis 3] is found on 29 March 2010)

Part 3
The Promise to David by God is another basis for the claim of Jesus as the Anointed Leader of Israel: the Messiah

Part 4
Who was Ahaz?  What did HE ever do?

Part 5 Prophecy
Why Does Ahaz matter in the Christmas Story?
What are the special circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus which God shared before they happened?


Monday, 23 November 2015

Exodus 24 Covenant


Part 1 - Consequence and Covering
What was up with Moses collecting the blood from the animal sacrifice? (which was not killing an animal to please God, but instead an appropriation of the butcher shop for a religious purpose)


Part 2 - Chosen
God does the work, and we agree to follow.  
God has established His witness and testimony among us, and we decide to follow.  
God brings us to where we may agree sincerely, and then we are accountable.


Part 3 - Commitment
Do you live your life like a person who is committed to Jesus.  
Would it mean more if we had been speckled with the blood of an animal sacrifice? 
Or if you had signed on the dotted line?  
What is the basis of our belief and behaviour?


Sunday, 25 October 2015

Conclusions to The Giving of the Law

God is giving directions to the descendants of Abraham about how to remember Him and enjoy all that He provides.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Refugees

What do you think the sin of Sodom was?
You might be surprised to learn how much more God thinks about the subject.


We propose that the answer leads us to consider refugees in our modern day.

As we consider how to behave toward the weak and the vulnerable in our world, we look to what God has said through Exodus chapter 22+23, and Ezekiel chapter 16, and the story of the 'Good Samaritan' in any gospel account.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Syria: Martyrdom, or Live to 'Fight' Another Day

Syria: Martyrdom, or Live to 'Fight' Another Day


Christian Workers Crucified in Syria

Sunday, 11 October 2015

More Law



In Exodus 22 we see Moses representing a picture of closeness to God reflected in the absolute standard of holiness and commitment to God.

We look at some remedies to justice issues that come right out of the Law given to Moses, for God's people, by God.

The problems of the world are ours, not His.  God is really there and He is not burdened by our tangles.  

He presides over the raising-up of rulers. A God who sees, who hears, who comes to deliver, who brings His people through their trials.

We read in the New Testament writing of Peter: 'in your hearts revere Christ, having a good conscience, because you have nothing to be ashamed of'.  The holiness required in Exodus, is applauded in the New Testament.  The scripture calls us to be a-people-delivered, from beginning to end.

Listen to the sermon podcasts here:
Part 1

Part 2


Part 3


Part 4



Monday, 28 September 2015

Exodus 22 Sex and Marriage

As we read through various laws which God gave Moses, for the people of God, at Mount Sinai, we come across another expression of God's heart for men and women with regard to sex and marriage.

Please let us know what you think

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Exodus 21: God Hears Our Cries for Justice

Micah 6:8
He has told (humanity), what is good; 
and what does the LORD require of you?
but to do justice, 
and to love kindness, 
and to walk humbly with your God

When we read the laws put forth in Exodus 21-24,
we are convicted that they are fair and just.

 But when we apply them to our current day with honesty and courage, there is a condemnation that falls upon most. There is an indictment of humanity for what we have allowed to happen in our present day.

In the face of this, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only hope we have of dealing with the 'death sentence' that comes with a 'guilty verdict'.

John 3:16 
"For God loved the world so much 
that he gave his one and only Son, 
so that everyone who believes in him 
will not perish but have eternal life. 

And we respond to this offer, from the heart. 
We respond to a loving and merciful God, 
who must be fair, as an expression of His perfect justice. 

We respond to a loving God who fulfilled the requirements of the Law, in it's living-out, and in it's just requirement for justice against the law-breakers who have injured others. 

When we are wronged, God defends. 
When we are perpetrators, God enforces the consequences. 
When the consequence is death,
      God paid the price in the death of Christ.
And this inspires prayer.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Closing Prayer


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

The Road to Emmaus, Luke 24

The resurrection was a game-changer!
Despondent people who had lost ALL hope
met with God, alive and well.

 Jesus walks beside us all in the personage of His disciples:
people who actually follow Him, listening to His instructions
and who agree with how He sees us and the world.





Sunday, 1 February 2015

Exodus 16 Grumbling

What grows when we keep our issues stuffed down inside?
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Funeral for Scott Chiriseri

Scott Chiriseri's Funeral will be on Friday, 9th January at 11am.
The family has opted to have it at the Alva Parish Church
to help accommodate any members of the community who are also grieving.

The family asked that this event be a celebration of Scot's life.
Please do not wear black.
Colourful clothing, cream or white preferred.