Monday, April 16, 2018

Easter to Whitsuntide Sydney Church 22nd April 2018

Outline of Service 22nd April 2018

Easter to Whitsuntide – New Testament – Acts 1:4

Hymn 6:  Beyond Our Comprehension

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 130:1-8   Wait for the Lord

Bible Readings:                                                  

·     A Pattern is Set: Exodus 23:12-20

·     Faith in Uncertainty:  John 20:26-21:14 

·     Fulfilling Prophecies:  Luke 24:44-53

Hymn 117:  God’s Plan – God’s Protection

·     The Israelites were instructed to come together three times a Year

·     Easter is at Passover and Whitsuntide at Pentecost

·     The Disciples moved from despair to power between the crucifixion and the “coming of the promise”

·     As we travel from Easter to Whitsuntide are we seeking God to prepare us for the fulfillment of His promises

·     May each of us seek to God to understand the path He wants us to walk as we wait for the return of Jesus Christ.

Hymn 12:  Jesus Walked the Walk


Saturday, March 10, 2018

To Obey is Better Thn Sacrifice - Sydney Church 25 February 2018

Outline of Service 25th February 2018

To Obey is Better Than Sacrifice – 1 Samuel 15:22

Hymn 106:  Start with Praise

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 40:1-8, 16-17:  Delight to do God’s Will

Bible Readings:                                                  

·     Almost Obedient!  1 Samuel 15: 1-4, 8-31

·     Be a Doer:  James 1:1-8, 25-27

Hymn 20:  A Covenant of Obedience

·     God often gives us clear instructions, but we think we know better! 

·     Sometimes we might think that God does not know all the circumstances 

·     James sets out some basic, fundamental principles for the lifestyle God wants us to follow

·     There are promises in the Scriptures of the glory that God will show in those who are alive and obeying His instructions at the return of Jesus Christ.

Hymn 79:  The Light to Show the Way


Conversations With God - Sydney Church 11th MArch 2018

Conversations with God

Hymn 115 – God is Watching

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 29:1-11 – The greatness of God’s voice

Bible Readings:                                                  

·     David uses Urim & Thumim – 1 Samuel 23: 7-13

·     The Lord’s still small voice – 1 Kings 19: 9-16

·     Hearing requires intent – Hebrews 3: 12-19

Hymn 117 – In Touch with God

·     There are many ways that God speaks to people

·     We progress through deeper levels of conversation as we become more in tune with God through a pure intent

·     Prayer is a conversation, but are we open to hearing what God has to say?

·     Listening to God can give us comfort and direction

·     Are we responding to what God is calling us to be?

Hymn 104 – Trust in God


Friday, January 26, 2018

A Better Country - Dual Citizenship Sydney 28th January 2018

Outline of Service 28th January 2018

Hebrews 11 – A Better Country  Heb 11:16

Hymn 105:  Personal Dedication

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 100:1-5  Everlasting Qualities

Bible Readings:                                                  

·     Seeking a New Country:  Hebrews 11:1-16

·     Comparison of Journeys:  Hebrews 11:32 -34, 39-40

·     Samson:  Judges 13:1-5, 24-25

·     Samuel:  1 Samuel 1:11,17-20, 26-28

·     Living Life:  Matthew 10:29-33, 38-40

Hymn 128:  A Universal King

·     As Christians we have dual citizenship – this world and the Heavenly World

·     Sometimes we may be challenged as to which we should honour, but God allows for weakness in His Chosen

·     Jesus said he who loseth his life (to this World’s pleasures) shall find it (in the lasting pleasures of the Heavenly World), and he who findeth his life shall lose it

·     Are you prioritising your allegiance to the Heavenly World as we await the return of Jesus Christ to establish His Kingdom here

·     There are promises in the Scriptures of the glory that God will show in those who are alive and are changed at His return.

Hymn 51:  Glory to God


Saturday, January 13, 2018

1 Corinthians - A Beacon in a Challenging World

Outline of Service 14th January 2018

1 Corinthians  – A beacon in a challenging world


The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 16:1-11 – The Lord shows us the path for life

Bible Readings:                                                  

·     We are the temple of God and fellow labourers - 1 Cor. 3:9-17

·     Hope of something beyond this life - 1 Corinthians 15:12-24

·     The different Glories - 1 Corinthians 15:40-58

·     Freedom of choice set before us - Deuteronomy 30:15-20


 ·     We too must remain vigilant when living in a wicked, pagan society.

·     We must maintain our morality and help each other keep a high standard

·     Jesus Christ’s resurrection is an important part of the Christian message

·     We are Gods temple and there is a life beyond (after) this life with many glories - including a life without death at Jesus’ return

·     God gives us freedom of choice… what are we going to do with it?



Friday, December 8, 2017

Romans - The Need for Christmas

Outline of Service 10th December 2017

A Series of Studies on the Pauline Epistles

Romans – The Need for Christmas

Hymn 53:  To Become Like Jesus

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 147:1-7  Praise the Lord, all His Creation

Bible Readings:                                                  

·     A New Covenant:  Jeremiah 31:31-37

·     The Flesh and the Spirit:  Romans 8:1-11

·     A Call to Victory:  Romans 12:1-2, 9-15

·     The True Light:  John 1:1-11

Hymn 38 (Tune 34):  The Role of Jesus Christ

·     Mankind has diverged from God and people follow their own desires

·     God showed us how to live, but mankind was unable to follow the lifestyle set out in the Law

·     God will make a new Covenant in the Latter Days, based on Obedience to His life-style through love

·     Romans points out that we can be reconciled to God either through forgiveness of our sins, or obedience through God’s Power

·     Jesus had to come to pave the way for reconciliation of mankind with God

·     Let us look beyond the baby at Christmas to the returning King, and seek to be ready for His Glory to be shown to the World again

Hymn 44:  Glory to God


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Titus - Setting Things in Order

Outline of Service 22nd October 2017

A Series of Studies on the Pauline Epistles

Titus – Setting Things in Order

Hymn 102: Joy in His Presence

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 100:  A Psalm of Praise

Bible Readings:                                                  

·     Sharing the Responsibilities: Exodus 18:1-8, 13-27

·     Appointing Leaders: Titus 1:1-2, 5-9

·     Stop the Gossip! Titus 1:10-11

·     Ensuring Truth:  Titus 2: 1, 7-14

·     Maintain Good Works: Titus 3:1-8

Hymn 118 (Tune 115):  Tried and Proved

·     God showed a blue-print for Church organisation when Moses set up a governance structure for the Israelites in the Wilderness

·     Paul gave guidelines for New Testament Churches in his Pastoral Epistles – 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus

·     Titus was written about the same time a 1 Timothy and lot of information is a cut-and-paste between them

·     Paul emphasises the need for appointing good leaders, stopping the gossip, ensuring that the truth is taught and the need to maintain good works 

·     Whilst these principles apply to the Church as a whole, each of us should seek to apply them in ruling over our own temples – our own lives – as we await the glorious appearing of Jesus Christ .

Hymn 26:  The End Game