Liam Doyle brings us our next in our judges series, a tough and often hard to understand book, but a really valuable one that ultimately points to our need for Jesus! This week we see an insane story, where the hero is an unexpected woman who drives a tent peg through the skull of the enemy. But what should we make of this gory story, and how does it speak to us about following Jesus here and now? To get in touch please visit our web page at lakemacchurch.com.au
Liam Doyle brings us our third week in ourseries through the book of Judges. This week we see these first and violent examples of the cycles of judges and reflect one where God is amongst this violent suffering and how it should impact our own response to suffering in our own lives. Question time included after the Sermon
Rob Warner bring us our second in our new series through the book of Judges, a tough and often hard to understand book, but a really valuable one that ultimately points to our need for Jesus! This week we see the cycles of judges introduced and reflection on the cycles we get trapped in in our own lives. Question time included after the sermon.
Rob Warner - brings us our first in our new series through Judges, we examine the context, and the elephant in the room that is the violence of the OT, before checking out this first passage in Judges which sadly shows the beginning of the end for the people of Israel. Q&A included after the sermon.
Liam Doyle brings us the second of our Curious series, asking why doesn't God fix this broken world. We've all experience the pain of suffering, so why does God allow it? Why doesn't he just remove the broken parts of this world? Question time included after the sermon.
Liam Doyle takes us through our last of our Acts series (for now), in it we see God at work in a miraculous rescue of Peter from prison, but in the midst of this triumph we ask what about James? Why didn't he experience a miraculous rescue like Peter, and of course what about us? Should we expect things to go like James or Peter? Question time included at the end of the sermon.
Liam Doyle preaches through this large chunk if Acts, where we see all food declared clean but better than the bacon that this brings is the Gospel now reaching to the gentiles! We see the answers to 4 big questions this passage raises.
Liam Doyle brings us our next passage in Acts, this time we see the result of Stephen's Martyrdom, the gospel going out. As we see that growth we also consider the here and now, and the seeming growing opposition to the Gospel and ask, is the gospel under threat?
Liam Doyle brings us this next part of Acts, where we see the death of Stephen the first Martyr. In this brutal scene we see some incredible lessons from him about what it means to live in a world that is hostile to Jesus. Question time included after sermon.
** for video shown near start of talk click HERE. Liam Doyle opens up our next passage in Acts, here we get a look at the workings of the early church, and we see that they like us needed structures to work smoothly. Liam digs into what the ideal for church is, the priorities that we find in it and what it looks like to live it out today. Question time included after the sermon.
Liam Doyle opens up our next passage in Acts, here we see the incredible confident obedience displayed by the Apostles as they share Jesus despite heavy persecution, and we ask how can we have that same confidence to obey. Question time included after the sermon.
Liam Doyle opens up our next passage in Acts, as we look at two lots of people who give generously, but with very different motives. So we ask what does it really look like to love God and how will that effect our generosity. Question time included after the sermon.
Al Stewart our guest speaker, brings us our next talk in Acts and in it we see the the importance of the Name of Jesus as Peter and John giveth reason for the Faith they have. Question time included after the sermon.
Liam Doyle brings us our next talk in Acts and in it we see the an incredible miracle, and ask what we're to make of these amazing signs and wonders, particularly healings, today. Question time included after sermon.
Rob Warner preaches this week, we start our series through Acts, and get thinking about who the main character of Acts is and how it matters for us now. For the video version of the whole service click here - https://youtu.be/JCVX6_GEiOE
Liam Doyle, gives us the last of our 'Spiritual Health Check' series, a chance for us to stop and consider the habits of a healthy Christian. This week we think about singing. This week the restrictions have changed and we can sing. But why do we sing and what should it look like? Tune in to find out! Question time included after sermon
Nathan Adamson our MTS worker, gives us another of our 'Spiritual Health Check' series, a chance for us to stop and consider the habits of a healthy Christian. This week we think about Serving, and with it we think about how can we do things that will last!
Liam Doyle, gives us another of our 'Spiritual Health Check' series, a chance for us to stop and consider the habits of a healthy Christian. This week we think about prayer. Something that most Christians struggle to give the time they should to. Here we see just why it's so valuable and what it should look like when we do it! The sermon is follow by question time.
Liam Doyle, gives us another of our 'Spiritual Health Check' series, a chance for us to stop and consider the habits of a healthy Christian. This week we think about gathering, something Hebrews tell us not to give up the habit of doing. But why is it so important and what does it look like to be committed to 'gathering habitually', tune in to find out! Question time included after sermon.
Liam Doyle, gives us the third of our 'Spiritual Health Check' series, a chance for us to stop and consider the habits of a healthy Christian. This week we tackle giving, something that we tend to steer away from talking and thinking about because of the culture around us. But the Bible doesn't;t shy away from addressing it, so it's important for us to stop and pay attention, and realise that healthy christians are generous christians. Question time included after sermon.
Liam Doyle, gives us the second of our new series called 'Spiritual Health Check', a chance for us to stop and consider the habits of a healthy Christian. This week we tackle mission, and the importance of healthy christians by participating in it. Question time included after sermon.
Rob Warner, opens the first of our new series called 'Spiritual Health Check', a chance for us to stop and consider the habits of a healthy Christian. This week we tackle reading the Bible, and think about why it's not just important but invaluable for a Christian to be spending time in God's word. Question time included after sermon.
Rob Warner opens up the last of this series through John 1-12, and here we see a summary of sorts of all that we've seen so far, and we get a look at the different responses to Jesus, as we do we'll ask where do our response fit, and so are we responding well to Jesus. Question time included after sermon.
Liam opens John again for us, this time as we look at the death and resurrection of Lazarus we ask the tough questions about death and how to die well. Question time is included at the end of the sermon
This week we zoom in on a couple of verses from last week in John 10:27-30, where we see Jesus raise the idea of assurance - that no one can snatch his sheep from his hand. What does this mean and can it give us certainty that if we believe we'll go to heaven.
You can find our full service video HERE. This week Liam Doyle helps us to think freedom, which is something that's currently in the spotlight, but what is true freedom, and does Jesus offer to give it to us really stack up?
Entire service as a video available HERE. This week Liam Doyle helps us to think about this first part of John 8, and Jesus claim to be the light of the world, is this man really worth that much influence?
You can see the whole service on our YouTube channel, click HERE. This week Rob Warner opens up John 7 for us, and we'll see the difference between being a Jesus follower of a self appointed consultant, ultimately we'll see the great division that Jesus causes, and the great joy of landing on the right side of that division.
You can see the whole service on our YouTube channel, click HERE. This week Liam takes us for a second look in John 6, this time zooming in on one section in the middle, where we learn just how key Jesus is to our community!
This sermon is available in video form as part of our online service HERE. Liam Doyle opens up all of John 6 for us, and helps us see why Jesus is so offensive to so many people. The question is how will you respond?
Click HERE to view our whole service on Youtube. This week Liam helps us to have a look at another of the signs in John and as we look we have the chance to explore two very different kinds of Faith, with two very different outcomes.
Video of full service available HERE. Liam Doyle takes us through this wonderful passage where once again we see Jesus cross social barriers in a long and personal chat, where Jesus shares wonderful truths about God's love for all people regardless of who they are or where they've come from.
Liam Doyle opens up our next passage from John and we see John the Baptist disciples getting jealous for John of Jesus ministry, as we look at John's response we'll see a better path, a path that looks to Jesus and finds joy instead of jealousy! You can also find the whole service in video form by clicking HERE
The full service is also available as a video - click here. Liam Doyle opens up our next passage in John and it's a big one!
We see the incredibly freeing movement from Dark to Light as we come to Jesus, and we see the wonderful truth that Jesus came no too condemn but to save!
Also available in video from click here. Liam Doyle opens up the next part of John for us, and in it we find Nicodemus the Pharisee approaching Jesus for a profound conversation. In the end we see that heart is all the difference.
Video version available on YouTube click HERE. Liam Doyle opens up the next passage in John for us, and we get to see what it is that really triggers Jesus, and the answer may surprise you. It also leaves us with some big questions to ask ourselves over whether we're a blocker or a conduit when it comes to Jesus.
The video version is available via our YouTube channel, click here to watch it - https://youtu.be/OehgJ0L-EAY
Rob Warner opens up our next passage in John, this time we see the first of the 'signs' in John, where Jesus turns water into wine. But what is this sign all about, what's it's significance, and why are we missing something, if our view of Jesus isn't one characterised by joy? Listen to find out.
(service including interview that takes place in the middle of sermon is available on Youtube here - https://youtu.be/BZfYxxVkOhQ) Rob Warner opens up this next section of John, and we see the direct results of John the Baptist pointing to Jesus. Disciples start to follow Jesus instead, we'll find out what an incredible thing it is to come and see Jesus the Messiah.
Rob Warner helps us look through the next passage in our series through John. Here we meet John the Baptist, a guy who had no lack of followers, but who put all his effort into pointing others to follow someone else.
Rob Warner - Helps us think about the fear that was present for the disciples on Easter Sunday and the fear many of us are feeling at the moment on account of COVID-19 and in all of it, Jesus brings us a hope that is greater than any fear. This Sermon was also videoed for YouTube and was followed by an Interview and a testimony. You can find the video here - https://youtu.be/XqPfm-KC7fU
Rob Warner takes us through this first passage in our new series through John, in it we find the John hits us with the truth that matters most right up front, and we'll see that it's a truth that should impact us profoundly.
Liam Doyle in our first 'digital' service (due to not being able to meet thanks to COVID19), takes us through our last passage in Galatians, in which we see two paths, and provokes the question, which path are we on, and where will it lead us.
Rob Warner helps us through this next section of Galatians, where we see 3 reasons why we're no longer under the law, but more than that will see why this teaching matters so much! Question time follows.
Liam Doyle - leads us through this remarkable section of Galatians which shows us the dramatic change in status that Jesus has won for us. We move from slaves to sons, something so remarkable that we often don't accept it's reality!
Liam Doyle this week helps us to look at this next part of Galatians, where we start to see the role the law has in our salvation history, and as he does we find that misunderstanding it's purpose can be deadly!!
Liam Doyle helps us through this next section of Galatians, where we see the Galatians who've been wrestling with how they can really be secure in their place in God's family, a question that many of us will wrestle with too. Here we find the answer wrapped up purely in faith.
Liam Doyle preaches today as we take a break from our Galatians series to think about what it means to be compassionate in a needy world. This ties in with the organisation Compassion visiting and sharing with us.
Rob Warner takes us through this next passage in Galatians, where we see a fight that's no small event, two of the most prominent leaders of the early church. We'll see why Paul thought it was worth risking so much damage for the sake of this issue, and we'll think about when we should stand firm and when we should prioritise unity. Question time is included at the end.
Rob Warner helps us to think about what Paul's meeting with the Jerusalem Apostles, shows us about the Gospel, and how it's been preserved for us, Through it will see how we can know that we're on track with God's purposes for us. Question Time is included at the end.
Rob Warner takes us through this second passage in Galatians, where we examine part of Paul's story and how it refutes the false Gospel that has been spreading Galtia, and also gives us some core truths of the Gospel that we should hold onto tightly!
As we come to this second last chapter in our series, and in Revelation, we see the glory of heaven, and we'll see why this picture is far superior to what we typically think of when we think of heaven!
Revelation 19 and 20 shows us the fall of the the devil, the ultimate bad guy, and in his defeat we see just how incredible a hero we have in Jesus.
This recording begins with a brief overview of the main views on the Millennium mentioned in Rev 20 (dispensationalism, historic premillennialism, post millennialism and amillennialism), and is followed by the sermon itself. (sermon begins at the 12:40 mark).
(Question Time included at the end). This week we see the allure of the personified Babylon, and we question whether the world really can satisfy and what does it mean for us as Christians in 'Babylon'.
Question time included at end. As we dig into this next chunk of Revelation we again see the weight of God's wrath, and here we're challenged to consider if this wrath is just or even worth celebrating and what we're to do as we wait for it's arrival.
(Question time included at the end). Over the past few weeks we've been struck by the difficulty of the life those who follow Jesus will face, tonight we ask is it worth it? What's coming for those who follow Jesus, and what about for those who don't? As we look we'll see a confronting picture of God's wrath and feel the weight of it, but we'll also get a glimpse of the rest that's on offer if we accept Jesus offer to take that wrath for us.
This week we see the woman and the dragon, along with the beast of the land and the beast of the see. But does it all mean for us? We'll see that there's a spiritual reality behind the universe that is part of what makes the Christian life hard, but we'll also see that the battle has already been won! - Question time included at the end
We take a break from our current series through Revelation to spend a week thinking about the necessity of being people who share Jesus, as well as thinking practically how we can do that 'without making it weird!'
**Question time included at the end of the recording.
This week we continue you look behind the curtains at the Throne room of God and we ask with John, 'who is worthy', we discover that the lion who is a lamb is the only one who's worthy and what that means for us now and into eternity.
When you compare the letters to Smyrna and Laodicea it becomes clear that wealth is a far more dangerous position than poverty and persecution! We look at what it means to be Luke warm, and the hope that Jesus offers in repentance as he stands at the door and knocks!
This week we examine the letter to the church in Sardis, a church whose greatest danger was no danger at all. We'll also see that we face the same danger, living in a culture where it's relatively easy to be a Christian.
The most dangerous enemy doesn't always come with a frontal attack, rather we find the danger in the temptation to compromise, we examine the letters to Pergamum and Thyatira to see what the danger of compromise looked like for them and we'll question where might we be tempted to compromise today.
The church in Ephesus in many ways is a model church, they've laboured and endured and haven't tolerated evil, working hard against false teachers, but in this crucial letter from Jesus to the Ephesians, he tells them he has this one thing against them they've abandoned the love they had at first. As Jesus presents them with a choice we too need to come along for the ride and make sure that we listen to what Jesus has to say to this church.
Here we see John (and us) come up close to a bigger and more incredible picture of Jesus than we've seen before, and in doing so, we're forced to acknowledge the significance he needs to have in our lives.
Our very first in our series through Revelation. As we kick off the series we think about how we go about understanding what is a typically difficult book to wrap our heads around, and we'll see the blessing that can come from spending time in such a great book!
Our final sermon in our Matthew series and here we're challenged with the proof of all that Jesus has said along with the simple application that should drive all we do as Christians. It's a passage we know well, so it's easy to let it's vast significance pass by us, so hook in and be changed by these important truths!
In our second last week of Matthew we get a close look at Jesus' final moments on the cross, this monumental moment in human history. And we'll ask how important was this moment and what did it really achieve?
This week Jesus arrives on the cross via many hands, but who is responsible and who are we most like? We ask hard questions of who's responsible as we grapple with the trauma the Jesus endured on the cross.
In this passage we see two trials play out, one official with Jesus, one unofficial with Peter, though each have lots of similarities they have very different outcomes. These trials helps us to think about how will we stand firm when pressure comes to our faith.
We take a deeper look at this scene that so many of us are so familiar with and notice the depth of the anguish that Jesus experienced and as we do, we'll contrast his resolve with the disciples and ultimately all humanity's failure.
We look at a shorter section this week and see a simple but incredibly extravagant act by an unnamed woman. How will you respond to this lavishing on Jesus? The disciples think that the woman's behaviour was over the top and in doing so show us the danger of not seeing the value that rightly belongs to Jesus.
What does the future hold for those who follow Jesus? This is a passage that's had many different interpretations and divided many churches. But what does Jesus really say about the future and how should that affect our lives?
No one like hypocrisy and here after a number of heated exchanges with the Pharisees, things culminate here in Ch23, with Jesus scathing rebuke of the hypocrisy that has been so present in their lives. But what about us? What tendencies do we have toward hypocrisy and how can we make sure we never act the hypocrite.
Jesus often gives warnings to those who reject His offer, but what about people who’ve RSVP’d yes to heaven? Here in Matthew 22 Jesus gives a chilling warning, and also shows us how to secure our spot.
This week we see a series interactions through Matthew 20, and see more of Jesus back to front, first is last take on the world, and as we do it, we ask the question 'is God fair'? The answer may surprise you!
This week we see Jesus engage with two very different kinds of people, one a bunch of kids the other a wealthy, upstanding and moral man. But only one has the kind of that belongs in the Kingdom of Heaven. This week we'll see what each of the two look like when we see them through Jesus eyes instead of the worlds.
We kick off our final section of the Matthew Series in chapter 19, where Jesus answers a question regarding divorce. in this passage we examine Jesus response and look to understand God's heart for marriage.
This week we look across the first two chapters in Ruth to see what we can learn about suffering. We see Naomi hit rock bottom and so ask when those lows come where is God and how do we hold on and keep going.
This week we wrap up our 'Vision & Values' series by getting practical when it comes to our treasure. Talking about using our money for the kingdom is often something we try to avoid, but the Bible won't let us get away with it. The mature Christian thinks wisely about how they use the treasure God has given them for the Kingdom.
We've made it to our last value, this time we look at Holy - 'Becoming Gods children means taking on our Fathers Characteristics. God makes us Holy, and calls us to live Holy lives as His people, as we put sin to death and take on the likeness of Jesus.'
We're up to our second last value, this time we look at Joy - 'Belonging to Jesus means becoming God's children and gaining an eternal inheritance! With joy we receive it, work, suffer and live for it, and long for it!!'
But what is this elusive joy and how do we hold on to it even in the midst of tough times, we look to the Bible to find the answer.
Our next value in our values series is that we live a 'Life of Love', that we consider others better than ourselves, practically serving using the gifts that God has given us. We'll look at 1 Peter 4 to examiners what the Bible says about living this life of Love.
Our next value in our values series is that we are 'Relentlessly Missional', this week we explore what it means when Paul writes in 1 Corinthians that he has made himself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible, and what it means for us today.
In our final look at 1 Peter, we're warned about a danger that prowls, the devil who wants to devour us, a warning we need to take seriously, but we also see that he is resistible, that God gives us weapons to help us stand firm against his attacks.
In the midst of a hostile world, the people inc church are like sheep, prone to wander, and so here Peter shows us the need for a structure to keep church solid so we can stand firm as exiles in this world.
Peter tells us that we shouldn't be surprised when we suffer for Christianity, even more than that we should rejoice when we do! Here we ask the question the christian life worth the suffering it costs us?
It's a new year, and the world tells us to make resolutions to transform into a 'new you', but the most important transformation of all comes when we follow Jesus. This passage helps us to see what the transformed Christian life looks like.
It might be hard to accept, but God calls us to do good, all the time, even when it means suffering. But though it's hard now, there's no doubt that it will pay off, and we have an incredible example to lead the way in Jesus.
Our next look at the book of 1 Peter, this week we see instructions for wives and husbands that are very different to what your world often tells us, here we have a chance to listen to what God has to tell us about marriage, and see the joy that can come when we listen to Him.
The Podcast of our weekly Sermon - this week we continue in 1 Peter and in this passage we find a hard teaching about suffering that we’re to endure it, even in unjust and unfair circumstances, but we also see the incredible example of Jesus, who suffered more than we ever could, all for our sake.