To be Holy is to be 'set apart' in service of God. The Church is called holy, but the unrepentant sin of 'Christians' within a congregation undermines this purpose. Paul commands churches to take sin seriously, and shows us how holiness can be restored.
17-11-19 - Lucas Durant
Christians are motivated by God's grace to give generously. Yet even when we are motivated to give, we must still determine how to give. Paul's instruction to the Corinthians helps us to invest our resources wisely, trusting God to produce a harvest.
10-11-19 - Lucas Durant
According to the scriptures, the way we use our money can tell us a great deal about the condition of our hearts. A heart that has been changed by God's generous grace is revealed in generosity. This section of 2 Corinthians gives us a model for what a healthy heart looks like and a prescription for bringing our hearts to full health.
03-11-19 - Lucas Durant
Ninevah was a wicked city full of people who 'didn't know their right hand from their left'. Jonah was a prophet who didn't want to speak God's word to God's world. God, in His grace, loved them both.
27-10-19 - Darren Pollock
In a time and place when we are offered so much choice in our daily lives, we can often be paralysed with indecision. At the end of His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus concludes by offering us a refreshingly simple decision - the narrow way to life or the broad road to destruction - and commanding us all to choose. It should be an easy choice, yet 'many travel the broad road' and 'few find the narrow road'. Jesus wants us to choose wisely.
20-10-2019 - Lucas Durant
Non-Christians often believe that churches are full of judgmental hypocrites - and sadly they are sometimes right. But in Matthew 7 we see that Jesus hated judgemental hypocrisy and strongly denounced the way of thinking that lies behind it. Jesus calls us to use right judgment and to relate to God and one another rightly.
13-10-19 - Lucas Durant
People in our city spend their entire lives working for, striving after and achieving rewards that will quickly pass away. Jesus shows us a better way. While the world is consumed by anxious striving, those seeking his kingdom first are promised peace, rest and fatherly provision.
06-10-19 - Lucas Durant
Look around our city and you will see that you do not have to be a Christian to pray; every religious system has its own approach to prayer. But according to Jesus, Christian prayer should be different from all other kinds of prayer in both form and content. In the Lord's Prayer, we are given a radically God-centred and deeply dependent approach to prayer which flows out of an knowledge of who God really is - Our Father in Heaven.
29-09-19 - Lucas Durant
Religious hypocrisy is spiritual poison. While we might be able to convince others (and may even convince ourselves) that we are very generous, super-spiritual, and well-disciplined in our Christian life by putting on a good show in public, God sees our heart and knows what we are in private. In Matthew 6:1-18, Jesus shows us how to stay well clear of religious hypocrisy.
22-09-19 - Niels van de Kasteele
In Jesus' time, as in ours, there were many people peddling a counterfeit vision of moral virtue. All of us, however religious or irreligious we may be, can very easily exchange righteousness for self-righteousness. But the best way to expose a counterfeit is to compare it to the genuine article - which is precisely what Jesus does in this section of the Sermon on the Mount.
15-09-19 - Lucas Durant
In the Sermon on The Mount Jesus describes what human life and community is like when He reigns as king. In it he calls us to radically change our perspective by rejecting the values of the world, and embracing the values of His kingdom. It is a manifesto for revolution.
08-09-19 - Lucas Durant
In the Kingdom of God, the humble will be exalted and those who exalt themselves will be humbled. This is more dangerous than it might at first appear.
This message was preached at the licensing of Lucas as the Priest-in-Charge of Resurrection Church.
01-09-19 - Bishop Timothy Kwok
Hong Kong is going through a politically tumultuous period. There is no shortage of people in the media, in the government and on the international stage urging us to think and act in the ways that they advocate. Christians, however, are called first and foremost to listen to God's voice. Romans 13 gives us a framework for Christian political action, and provides guidance for how to live in a chaotic and confused time.
25-08-2019 - Lucas Durant
Every Christian will face obstacles and difficulties in seeking to follow Jesus - how can we make sure we persevere to the end and finish well? The final chapter of Gideon's story warns us not to lose sight of God's priorities as we pursue our own agendas, and not to neglect the god-given means of grace.
18-08-2019 - Lucas Durant
Is it possible for strength, competence and confidence to be liabilities? Judges 7 shows us that they are when they lead us to total self-reliance. In Gideon's story we see that God sometimes purposely weakens his people, so that they will recognise their dependence on His salvation. When we have no choice but to admit our weakness, that is when God's power will be most clearly displayed.
11-08-19 Avelino Mauricio
What kind of person does God ask to join in with his work? If we think that God would choose only the best, the brightest, the morally upright and the spiritually confident - Gideon's story proves otherwise. In Judges 6 we see that though God clearly perceives the sins of His people and calls them to repent, He uses faltering and fearful people to advance His saving purposes.
04-08-19 Lucas Durant
What happens when God is determined to achieve His purposes, but His people are unwilling to help? Will God's purposes be thwarted? Certainly not! Judges 4-5 shows us the great danger for God's people is missing out on being part of His great deliverance, and the great danger for His enemies is trusting in their own strength.
28-07-19 Lucas Durant
Where can we turn when our life is in chaos? The stories of the first two Judges, Othniel and Ehud, give us reason to believe that there is hope in even the most hopeless situations. Whatever our circumstances may suggest, the sovereign LORD reigns and He loves to save His people in surprising ways.
21-07-2019 Lucas Durant
Sin is a real problem. It causes us pain and shame, it corrupts our relationships with other people and it destroys our relationship with God. Yet even when we identify the problems that sin causes, it can still feel impossible to break out of sinful patterns. This section of Judges describes the downward spiral of sin that God's people became trapped within as they entered the land; but it also reveals a God of compassion that is not willing to simply abandon His people to the mess they have made.
14-07-19 Jason Yu
As the book of Judges opens, God's people are hopeful that they will soon take hold of all that God has promised to them, but by the end of chapter 1 things have gone terribly wrong. How did things go so bad so quickly? Here we are shown the danger of disobedience, and the necessity of perseverance, dependence and faith in living lives of true obedience.
07-07-19 Lucas Durant
Having made the point that the Message of the Cross is the means by which God grows the Church, Paul now turns his attention to Christian leaders. What should a Christian leader be? Furthermore, how should we expect a Christian leader to appear to the world? 1 Corinthians 4 points us back to the person of Jesus Christ, and challenges Christians to live their lives according to the pattern of His life.
30-06-19 Lucas Durant
God is at work in the world, and He invites us to join His project. In this passage, Paul warns us not to let a 'fleshly' squabbles distract us from seeing God's bigger project of growing His Church. And he charges us to join in the construction project, while being careful how we build.
23-06-19 Lucas Durant
The Message of the Cross is foolishness to the world, but is the power of God to those who are being saved. So what effect should we expect the message to have? This passage explains that by means of the message, God chooses weak and foolish people to shame the world and display His wisdom.
16-06-19 Lucas Durant