Jun 3, 2018
Different- Faith in Trials
Posted by Phil Inglis
Series: Different

It may not always be obvious, but Christians are called to be different. Not just any kind of different, a special kind of different that the bible calls ‘HOLY.’ It's the same kind of different that God is. It’s not always easy trying to be holy. Trying to be different like God is difficult, because life itself is often not predictable.

Almost from the moment you take your first breath life is challenging: going to school, navigating relationships, building a career, growing a family. All of these things add challenges and complications to life. Then add life’s more unpredictable events: being laid-off at work, having a car breakdown, being evicted from your home, flood, bushfire, divorce, the death of family members and friends. It doesn’t take long to figure out that life comes with some very traumatic challenges and trials. But if we read the scriptures and listen to the teachings of Jesus, we know that we are called to be holy in the face of these trials. We are called to be different, just like God is different, when we are confronted with trauma and pain.

This week Phil is going to launch a brand new message series, walking through the New Testament book of 1 Peter. We will consider and try to better understand that when trials come, we are called to stand strong in our faith and be different.

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  • Jun 3, 2018Different- Faith in Trials
    Jun 3, 2018
    Different- Faith in Trials
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Different

    It may not always be obvious, but Christians are called to be different. Not just any kind of different, a special kind of different that the bible calls ‘HOLY.’ It's the same kind of different that God is. It’s not always easy trying to be holy. Trying to be different like God is difficult, because life itself is often not predictable.

    Almost from the moment you take your first breath life is challenging: going to school, navigating relationships, building a career, growing a family. All of these things add challenges and complications to life. Then add life’s more unpredictable events: being laid-off at work, having a car breakdown, being evicted from your home, flood, bushfire, divorce, the death of family members and friends. It doesn’t take long to figure out that life comes with some very traumatic challenges and trials. But if we read the scriptures and listen to the teachings of Jesus, we know that we are called to be holy in the face of these trials. We are called to be different, just like God is different, when we are confronted with trauma and pain.

    This week Phil is going to launch a brand new message series, walking through the New Testament book of 1 Peter. We will consider and try to better understand that when trials come, we are called to stand strong in our faith and be different.

  • May 20, 2018Pentecost – The Power of The Holy Spirit
    May 20, 2018
    Pentecost – The Power of The Holy Spirit
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Pentecost
    When we are young we often develop quite separate worlds, for instance one when we are at school and another when we are at home. On occasions those worlds meet; parent teacher nights, birthday parties or perhaps a parent volunteering in the school canteen. When I went to high school, this meeting of worlds went to a whole new level. My father was a teacher at my high school, he was always there. My friends all wondered what it was like and actually thought it must have been terrible and hard and awkward all the time. It wasn’t. It was actually pretty great.
    In the Bible we see something similar. For millennia humans had considered God to be resident in some temple or other place of worship. There were specific places and times when people would go to meet with God. There appeared to be one world for God and one for humanity, with only occasional times and places when the two would overlap. When Jesus ascended to heaven, everything changed. In Acts 2 we read the incredible story of God coming to live in ALL people as the Holy Spirit. Not just occasionally, not in specific places, not just in the person of Jesus, but in all people, all the time. Some people might think that makes life terrible, hard and awkward all the time. It wasn’t. It is actually pretty great.
    Tune in as we talk about what the Holy Spirit brings to the lives of all believers.
  • May 13, 2018Foundations Week 11 – What about the church?
    May 13, 2018
    Foundations Week 11 – What about the church?
    Posted by Sarah Walker
    Series: Foundations
    A young man was struggling in his faith and found himself drifting in his doubts. Seeking advice, he went to see a wise older man who lived in a cottage with a coal fire. The two men discussed the young man’s troubles, and as they did the older man got up and walked over to the fire. With his tongs, he reached in and took a red-hot coal out of the fire and placed it on the hearth. He watched the coal transform from red-hot to black and cool. When the young man finished speaking, the wise old man picked up his tongs once again and put the coal back into the fire. Within a few minutes the coal was red-hot again. He didn’t need to say a thing. The young man left knowing exactly why his faith had gone dull.
     
    There seems to be a trend in western society of people who are saying goodbye to the local church. We’ve heard statistics of those who leave because they no longer believe or they are no longer engaged. But, surprisingly, others leave because they say they want more of God in their lives and the church just isn’t doing it for them. Often, their disenchantment with the Church is legitimate. But we have to ask, would Jesus, the Head of the Church, favour a churchless Christianity? Many who are disillusioned with the Church today romanticise the early church, not realising how broken things were then as well. Take Corinth, for example. As the most prominently represented New Testament church, Corinth was a dysfunctional mess. But Paul never gave up on Corinth. Instead of walking away, he pressed in. He knew why the church existed, and he believed in what it could be.
     
    There is no such thing as a perfect local church. But the impact of being part of a local church is transformative. It’s where we live in community with other believers; where we belong; where we work together. The church is where we grow, recharge and reignite our faith. It’s where we be Jesus, together. In this message we wrap up our ‘Foundations’ series by answering the question, “What about the church?” Tune in as we we’re reminded of why the church really matters.
  • May 6, 2018Foundations Week 10 – Does God Heal Today?
    May 6, 2018
    Foundations Week 10 – Does God Heal Today?
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Foundations
    Dr Richard Casdorph is an experienced doctor and medical researcher. He has published more than eighty research papers in his career that has spanned almost six decades, and has earned the respect of his fellow doctors. In the 1970’s he undertook a research project with a difference, interviewing ten people who claimed to have been miraculously healed of serious conditions. He examined all the case histories – X-rays, medical reports, treatment plans, etc – and also submitted them to medical specialists for review. In all ten cases, the evidence showed that an unusual healing had taken place after the patient received prayer for healing. Dr Casdorph reflected, “There is no natural or medical explanation that I can give. I can only categorise these healings as miraculous.”
    There is documented medical evidence of unusual medical recoveries after prayer for healing. However, most of us have known and loved someone who despite prayers for healing, has not been healed. Someone who suffered with illness for decades, or who died much earlier than we believe they should have. So which is it? Does God heal today, as He did through Jesus, when He walked on this earth? Some people are skeptical, some would like to believe it but are not really sure.
    Tune in as we continue our ‘Foundations’ series and attempt to answer the question, ‘Does God heal today?' And the brief answer is yes! Join us as we consider healing in the Bible, in the early Church and why and how we should pray for healing today.
  • Apr 29, 2018Foundations Week 9 – Why and How Should We Share Our Faith?
    Apr 29, 2018
    Foundations Week 9 – Why and How Should We Share Our Faith?
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Foundations
    Last Wednesday, ANZAC Day, Salvation Army personnel marched proudly in their dress uniforms. On the lapels of this uniform are two metal letter S’s. It is often assumed that these S’s stand for ‘Salvation' which is not the case. As I grew up in the Salvos, I was taught that these two letter S’s stood for ‘Saved’ and ‘Serve’. They are reminders to the wearer that they are saved by God for the purpose of serving others. In actual fact, there is some controversy over these S’s. Some were taught, and believe quite strongly, that they mean ‘Saved’ to ‘Save’.
     
    In a regional meeting last Sunday night, the national leader of the Salvation Army pointed out that even though there is debate over the exact words represented, what we do know is that they certainly don’t mean ‘Saved’ to ‘Sit’.
     
    The Salvation Army is a movement called and equipped to spread the message of Jesus, bringing hope, love and life to our families, our city, our nation and our world. The key question we have to answer is exactly how and why we should do this?
     
    Tune in as we explore why and how we should tell others.
  • Apr 22, 2018Foundations Week 8 – How Do I Resist Evil?
    Apr 22, 2018
    Foundations Week 8 – How Do I Resist Evil?
    Posted by Rebecca Inglis
    Series: Foundations
    On March 13, 1996, Thomas Hamilton, aged 43, entered a primary school gym in Dunblane and opened fire on a class of five and six-year-olds. Sixteen children and their teacher were killed; seventeen other children and teachers were wounded. It remains the deadliest mass shooting in British history. When addressing the media that day the principal said, “Evil has visited our school.” I think he was right, but what exactly is ‘evil’? Can it be resisted? Can it be overcome?
     
    In our society there’s an increasing interest in the demonic — in occult powers, witchcraft, spiritualism, palm-reading, ouija boards, channelling, consulting the dead, astrology, horoscopes. These are things that are expressly warned against in the Bible, and labelled as ‘evil’. Christians are called not to focus on these things, but on God.At the same time we know evil exists; we see it and we should believe in it. The apostle Paul believed in the existence of evil and instructed, ‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’ (Romans 12:21) Jesus himself was tempted by the devil. He believed in the existence of evil and taught his disciples to pray ‘deliver us from the evil one’.
     
    The key to resisting the devil is to sincerely and consistently draw near and remain close to God. James 4:7 instructs, ‘Submit yourselves to God. Resist the Devil, and he will run away from you.’ Submission is about who we ‘fall in line’ with. Instead of an unhealthy focus and obsession with evil, submission to God results in resisting the devil because we cannot serve two masters.
     
    Tune in as we continue our ‘Foundations’ series, exploring what it takes to resist evil.
  • Apr 15, 2018Foundations Week 7- Why & How We Pray
    Apr 15, 2018
    Foundations Week 7- Why & How We Pray
    Posted by Sarah Walker
    Series: Foundations

    Earlier this year, Christian aid organisation Tearfund commissioned a poll to discover who still prays in the UK in 2018. The results were fascinating, revealing that just over half of all adults in the UK pray. The study also found that one in five adults, despite saying they are not religious, still pray. Family tops the list of prayer subjects at 71%, followed by thanking God (42%), praying for healing (40%) and for friends (40%). Among the non-religious, personal crisis and desperation tends to be what prompts most people to pray with 24% of respondents saying it was a “last resort”. Despite people’s understanding of what prayer is, there is something interesting in these statistics. There’s something in us, as human beings, that longs to be connected to something greater. People, despite their religious standing, still want to reach out to a loving God and be heard.

    What many people tend to lose sight of, however, is that prayer is all about relationship. It’s recognition of where we sit in relationship with God and it is the communication that enables this relationship to flourish. Prayer isn’t a list of requests or about finding a solution to our problems. It is about pursuing an intimate relationship with the Father. As we continue looking at the foundational elements of our Christian faith, it becomes evident that prayer is one of the most important activities of our lives. In order to grow in relationship with God, we must understand what prayer is, why we should pray and how we can develop a vibrant prayer life that is consistent and thriving.

  • Apr 8, 2018Foundations Week 6 – Why and How Should I Read The Bible
    Apr 8, 2018
    Foundations Week 6 – Why and How Should I Read The Bible
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Foundations
    The Bible is the world’s best selling book. It is so popular that it isn’t even included on the bestselling lists because it would be at the top of the list every week, every month and every year.
     
    This may come as a surprise to some. It appears that science and the Bible are in conflict and as our society has a deep passion for science and technology, surely science is dominating? So, if its' battle for relevance and attention has been lost, why is the Bible still a best-selling book?
     
    The reality is science and faith should not be in conflict. Albert Einstein once said, “A legitimate conflict between science and religion cannot exist. Religion without science is blind and science without religion is lame.” Both are required to develop a holistic understanding of reality. In simple terms it has been said that science answers the questions “how?” and “when?” On the other hand, faith answers the questions “who?” and “why?”
     
    So if the Bible contains a whole realm of vital knowledge not explored in our scientific culture, how do we go about reading it? How do we get the most out of it? Tune in as we talk further about how and why we should read the Bible.
  • Apr 1, 2018Foundations EASTER – How Can I Be Sure
    Apr 1, 2018
    Foundations EASTER – How Can I Be Sure
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Foundations
    There are so many things we think we are sure of; things we are certain about. We are sure that the sun will come out tomorrow, that the plane we board will actually take off, and that the earth is round (well, most people are sure of this). For almost 3 years, I was sure I was a great parent. While my friends complained about their babies continual resistance to sleep, my child slept well, was in a great routine and was fairly predictable. Parenting was simply about following the advice of the ‘expert’ books and being consistent. I was sure of this. That is, until my next children arrived, who did not seem to know what the books said, or care. Despite my efforts to be consistent, my girls had minds of their own, which apparently needed very, very little rest.
    A few years ago, Oprah Winfrey wrote a book, ‘What I Know for Sure,’ where she shared her insights and revelations about life. Number 17 on her list of things she knows for sure was, “Being a mother is the hardest job on earth.” While I am no longer am sure I’m a great parent, I can confirm, for sure, Oprah’s insight. While parenting is a priority, much higher on my list of things I am sure about is the one in whom I place my faith.
    This Easter weekend we’ll be considering why Jesus had to die and how we can be sure of our faith. 2 Peter 1 tells us that we have been given everything we need for life in relationship with God through our knowledge of God - not by some irrational or unreasonable belief. Verse 5 says, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith…knowledge.” Real faith is not some blind leap, but rather a conviction built and developed on knowledge. In fact, faith without knowledge will ultimately be perverted, abused, and misused. Faith, founded in fact, becomes knowledge, and as we step into faith, our experience affirms this, giving us assurance.
    Tune in as we celebrate the risen Christ and consider the secure foundation upon which we build our faith.
  • Mar 30, 2018Foundations GOOD FRIDAY – Why Did Jesus Die?
    Mar 30, 2018
    Foundations GOOD FRIDAY – Why Did Jesus Die?
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Foundations
    As crazy as it sounds, Jesus of Nazareth was divine. God in human form. So why did he have to die? Throughout history people have asked this question and they use many different analogies to try and answer the question Why? Some speak of Jesus death being a Ransom, or paying a penalty. Some speak of it being a battle and some speak of it as a sacrifice. Tune in as we explore the question "Why did Jesus die?"