Willetton Christian Church Sermon Podcast
Rejoicing In Troubling Times31/01/2016 Duración: 28min
Habakkuk 3. Tony van Drimmelen. When darkness looms, when despair and desperation threaten, the call to rejoice in the Lord can seem like a million miles away from where we want to be. Habakkuk does it! Not in spite of his sorrow and grief but rather because of them. Habakkuk has been addressing the very real issue of evil, God’s sovereignty and our relationship with God. After asking God the hard questions, he comes to the point where he exclaims: “yet I will rejoice in the God of my salvation” (Hab 3:18). We ask, how is this possible? As the New Year gets underway, we do well to consider how ready we are to rejoice in the Lord in all circumstances.
To Know Christ17/01/2016 Duración: 19min
Philippians 3:12-14. Caleb Crosby. With a new year comes, new resolutions. This could be the year to knuckle down and achieve that one thing you’ve always wanted. Be more healthy, more studious, become better workers, have better friends. In Philippians, Paul talks of his resolution. It absorbs all of his energy and focus. It isn't one about physical health or material possessions but rather one of the soul, of eternal consequence. To know Christ. Until we meet Jesus face to face, will we ever completely know Him? What does knowing Him look like in practice?
When God Does Nothing17/01/2016 Duración: 32min
Habakkuk 1. Tony van Drimmelen. How ready are we to face hard times? What can a person do to prepare for trouble in society and at home? Habakkuk explores that question and in so doing accuses God of doing nothing. He deals with the gritty issues of evil, God’s sovereignty and our relationship with God. “How long and why?” are honest questions from someone who is prepared to “wrestle” with God. At the beginning of a New Year we do well to consider what honest, faithful wrestling with God looks like. We need to come to know that in the gospel God has given salvation out of worst evil the world has ever seen.
Number Your Days10/01/2016 Duración: 26min
Psalm 90; James 4:13-16. Dan Kroon. With a new year before us, we're already making plans. We're planning for our work, our studies, our families, and our holidays. We're counting the days and weeks in the year and figuring out how much we can pack in. And we're trying to be as wise as possible in these plans. So, it's a good time to consider: how much does God have to do with our plans? How aware are we of the one who stands above time? In counting the days in the new year, how much are we factoring in that our total days are numbered? See, Psalm 90 teaches us that if we want to plan wisely (and have a heart of wisdom), we need to learn to number our days. To number them in comparison to the eternity of God. And to number them by making the best use of them that we can.
Citizens Of A Greater Kingdom10/01/2016 Duración: 21min
Ephesians 2:19-22. Ben Peletier. Baptisms are a great opportunity to welcome a new member into the community of the Church. Today we welcome little Zoey. While Zoey may not realise it yet in her baptism she is recognised as a citizen of the Kingdom of God. This same offer is made to all, no matter who we are or where we have come from. This offer is built on a strong foundation with a direct purpose.
Jesus Is Saviour And Judge03/01/2016 Duración: 25min
Luke 2:34-35. John de Jongh.
The Choir Of Creation03/01/2016 Duración: 26min
Psalm 148:1-14. Ben Murphy. A question that strikes at the heart of what means to be a creature is this; What have I been created for? It’s a really critical question for how we answer it will shape how we think about ourselves and how we prioritise what is important. Well in Psalm 148 we have a call to fulfill our created purpose to praise God. However humanities call to praise God comes as part of a call to every dimension of creation to give God the praise he so richly deserves. Praise for his work as Creator and praise for his work as Redeemer. This week we are going to think about how this call to join in with the choir of creation should shape our lives.
Going About The Things Of The Father27/12/2015 Duración: 20min
Luke 2:41-52. Dan Kroon. Luke is the only Gospel writer to give us a small glimpse into the boyhood of Jesus. And in that small glimpse we get another testimony, this time from Jesus' own lips, about the reality of his dual sonship. That is, he was both a boy of earthly parents and a boy of a heavenly father. And at age twelve, on the cusp of manhood, he recognises his calling to go about the things of his heavenly Father. To be in his Father's house. To be about his Father's business. It doesn't come at the cost of obedience to his earthly parents, but still as a first priority. And what was his Father's business? To make all of us children of God as well. So that we too can be in our Father's house and be about our Father's business.
Is This Your Jesus This Christmas?20/12/2015 Duración: 24min
Hebrews 1:1-12. Ben Peletier. At Christmas we remember the fact that God became flesh and dwelt among us. In nativity scenes we see an infant wrapped in a dirty cloth and an animal filled stable. When we look at that child what do we see? Do we see a King? Do we see God? Do we see the creator of the universe? In the opening chapter of Hebrews the author describe Jesus in a way that is far more exulted than the what we see at Christmas. What do we see when we look into the manger?
The Necessity Of Christmas20/12/2015 Duración: 22min
Luke 3:21-38. Dan Kroon. There is a beauty to the family line of Jesus that we can tend to miss out on when we just gloss over it. It may seem like a bunch of names that mean little to us, but it is so much more. It's actually full of some rich theological truths, which can be especially important for us at Christmas. Luke's record of Jesus' genealogy seeks to show us both the Son of Man and the Son of God. It testifies to his human nature and his divine nature. It speaks of his work as the representative of mankind, righting what went wrong through the first man, Adam, giving grace and life where there was once only sin and death.
God Gets Involved13/12/2015 Duración: 35min
Hebrews 2:10. Tony van Drimmelen. Christmas means God gets involved. And because of that He is doing something about the state the world is in. Jesus came into this world and gained a victory over sin, death and Satan. Since He triumphed, so do those who have faith in Him! Before Jesus comes again, He has a plan for us to get involved with the world to bring on the victory He has accomplished. We are empowered to get involved with others, even those who will cost us something. We ask: "why should we get involved? And how will we see God working in order to save others through Jesus? How might that play out while you are at ‘Carols in the Park’ this evening?"
"Don't Be Like The Sluggard"06/12/2015 Duración: 28min
Pr 6:6-11; 24:30-34; 26:13-16. Dan Kroon. So we finish this Proverbs series with The Sluggard. And what a laughable character he is. Too lazy to get out of bed; too lazy to bring his food to his mouth; too lazy to look after his assets; and making all sorts of excuses to remain a slacker. It’s easy to treat such a character lightly. But as The Mocker reminded us a couple of weeks ago, we should not take him too lightly. We should not forget that slackness, laziness and idleness is a sin. And so, once again, we need to hate sin and love doing what is right. Which, in this case, means doing work – to the glory of our God.
God With Us06/12/2015 Duración: 33min
Matthew 1:23. Tony van Drimmelen. There are things that are so familiar to us that they can easily be taken for-granted. What is it about Christmas, that we are at risk of taking for-granted? It is the message we want to bring to all in the world including those who will join us for “Carols in the Park.” When the angel speaks to Joseph he sums it up in a name. “You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Mat 1:21 NIV) “And they will call Him (Jesus) Immanuel – which means, God with us” (v.23). Jesus is our Immanuel. “God with us” is the reality that Christmas brings. We aim not to take those words for-granted but instead express the joy, courage, confidence, delight and love that comes from knowing Jesus is, God with us.
"Don't Be Like The Wicked"29/11/2015 Duración: 29min
Pr 4:18-19; 5:22-23; 11:3-8,28; 29:27... Dan Kroon. Last week we moved from the Fool's lack of self-discipline to the Mocker's scoffing of mutual and godly discipline. And what we saw is that the Mocker mocks both sin and righteousness alike. This week we pick-up on that theme as we consider the Wicked. And this time we'll do it by looking more at the opposite people, the righteous, and what it means for natural born sinners to live upright and blameless lives; through grace, obedience and joy.
Knowing God29/11/2015 Duración: 25min
Deuteronomy 6:4-23. Tony van Drimmelen. How do we know God? And in the generations to come, how will our children know God? Bottom-line, is that unless someone has told you their “story” chances are, you will not know God. As Israel is about to enter the promised-land Moses tells a new generation the story of God’s faithfulness despite human failure. It is the story of His covenant relationship with them confirmed for us in His one and only Son. We marvel at how kind and loving God is towards us and at the same time how His holiness and righteousness have been satisfied in Jesus. It is the story worth telling!
"Don't Be Like The Mocker"22/11/2015 Duración: 25min
Pr 1:7; 13:1; 15:5,12; 26:10-11... Dan Kroon. Last week we saw that what makes a fool has nothing to do with intelligence and everything to do with a lack of self-discipline, self-restraint and self-control. The fool runs off at the mouth and lets anger and greed go unchecked. This week we’ll see that the other major folly of the fool is to ignore and scoff at guidance, correction and discipline. That’s why the fool is often referred to as the mocker. And the mocker lacks wisdom because they refuse to listen to anyone else. They are wise in their own eyes and see no need for the help of others, including God. Maybe not many of us would consider ourselves to be like the mocker, but the scoffing attitude can very easily and subtly seep into our lives. And the very nature of it means we are ignorant of its presence.
Spiritual Gifts22/11/2015 Duración: 36min
Ephesians 4:7-16. Tony van Drimmelen. As the year quickly winds down some of us are wondering: How will we crank it up again in the New Year ahead of us? We wonder about leadership and finding the right volunteers to fill all our ministry “holes.” By looking at the gifts Jesus gives to His church we have every reason to marvel again at God’s ability to meet all our needs. Jesus gives “grace-gifts” to people in the church to serve the needs of His body. The Holy Spirit enables those “grace-gifts” to work inside each one of us. As the body changes, so do the mix of gifts. What are the practical implications for church life at Willo? To what end are we called to serve with our spiritual gifts? Is it just about the “holes”?
"Don't Be Like The Fool"15/11/2015 Duración: 28min
Pr 17:27-28; 18:2,13; 24:7; 29:20... Dan Kroon. For the next 4 Sunday evenings we’re going to be spending some time in Proverbs. Because of the book’s seeming randomness and lack of structure, we often source our “verse of the day” from it, but not much else. So, in this series we’ll consider some of the comically tragic, generic characters we come across; such as the fool, the mocker and the sluggard. Hence the series title: “Don’t Be Like…”This week we’ll look at the commonly occurring character of the fool, focussing on his lack of restraint, and how, with gospel motivation, we can apply self-control to our lives, and especially our speech.
In Step With The Spirit15/11/2015 Duración: 35min
Galatians 5:25. Tony van Drimmelen. Some people interpret the Spirit-filled life as a life of resting. They wait for the Holy Spirit to direct them and if they don’t feel the Spirit moving, they just sit tight. Paul commands us to walk by the Spirit (v.16) and to live by the Spirit and to keep in step with the Spirit (v.25). We have the Spirit’s marching orders to have the faith that expresses itself through love (v.6). As we make the choice to step out, God determines what will happen in us. By the power of His Spirit we produce spiritual fruit (vv.22,23) which serve to identify us as those who belong (v.24) to Jesus.