Praying For Norfolk Island

  Sunday – That the Gospel would be boldly and unashamedly proclaimed in our churches today. That our churches would be places for the broken, unwanted and hurting. That Jesus will be offered as the only solution for the very thing we can’t do on our own –  make our selves better or save ourselves. Monday –Continue reading “Praying For Norfolk Island”

New Sermon Series: Daniel

Every kingdom crumbles… except the kingdom of God. The book of Daniel opens with King Nebuchadnezzar laying siege to Jerusalem and overpowering Israel. God’s people are defeated, humiliated, and taken away into exile. But the big message of Daniel is that how things seem is not how things are. God is still in control. GodContinue reading “New Sermon Series: Daniel”

…for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.

John Steinbeck – East of Eden “I remember clearly the deaths of three men. One was the richest man of the century, who, having clawed his way to wealth through the souls and bodies of men, spent many years trying to buy back the love he had forfeited and by that process performed great serviceContinue reading “…for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.”

More Than Conquerors?

What does it mean in Romans 8:37 when Paul says that followers of Christ are “more than conquerors” (ESV)? D. A. Carson gives some good answers to this question based on the context of Romans 8: First, the “us” to whom the apostle refers includes all Christians. AllChristians are the ones whom God has foreknown, “predestined to be conformed toContinue reading “More Than Conquerors?”

Every church is dying…

Every Church is Dying Every church is a dying church in some sense: • Some churches are literally dying. They are slowly losing people and will likely shut down. • Some churches are glitzy and successful. They look vibrant and alive, but they’re really only alive to themselves and their institution. They look alive, butContinue reading “Every church is dying…”

The Kingdom of Nobodies

“The Kingdom of Nobodies” was a sermon on Mark 10:13-16 preached by Jono Thomas (the Combined Churches Children’s and Youth Minister) on Norfolk Island in January 2018. Mark 10:13-16 (NIV) The Little Children and Jesus 13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When JesusContinue reading “The Kingdom of Nobodies”

Reformation Heroes In 200 words: John Knox (1513-1572)

Did you know it’s been 500 years since the Protestant Reformation? For the last month or so I’ve been sharing some short biographies of key reformers. Today: John Knox (1513-1572) John Knox is the Father of the Scottish Reformation. While working as a priest, Knox was introduced to the gospel through a man named GeorgeContinue reading “Reformation Heroes In 200 words: John Knox (1513-1572)”