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Colossians 3:18-4:1 - Christ Is Your Master
Where is genuine Christian spirituality most clearly displayed? Not primarily in religious rituals or in the observance of strict rules or in supernatural experiences, but in 'whatever' a christian might do! Because Christ is Lord over everything, when we relate to him rightly it changes everything we do. Colossians 3 shows how Christian faith transforms both home-life and work-life. 28-11-2021 - Lucas Durant
December 3, 2021
Colossians 3:1-17 - Christ Is Your Life
When Paul says to Christians 'Christ is your life' it's not a metaphor. Christ is the one by whom and through whom and in whom the whole universe was created and is sustained. He is the one who gives both physical and spiritual life. So what does it mean for Christians to live as people who have been made alive in Christ? It means putting to death what we were and becoming more and more what we already are. 21-11-2021 - Rob Nollan
November 25, 2021
Colossians 2:16-23 - The Sufficiency of Christ
Christians have been set free by Jesus Christ. But that doesn't prevent false teachers from trying to take us captive. Hollow legalists will try to judge us. Deceptive mystics will try to disqualify us. And strict ascetics will try to enslave us. But know that all of their man-made religion is of no value, because what Christ gives us is completely sufficient.  14-11-2021 - Lucas Durant
November 15, 2021
Colossians 2:6-15 - Fullness In Christ
Paul tells Christians to "Watch out!" There are false teachers who are seeking to take us captive with their teaching. How can we safeguard ourselves, our loved ones and other Christians we know? Stay in union with Christ and remember the spiritual fullness that he has given us. 07-11-2021 - Lucas Durant
November 15, 2021
Colossians 1:24-2:5 - Ministry in Christ
Jesus Christians are Bible Christians. We need to know God’s Word because it reveals Jesus, matures us and protects us from deception.  31-10-2021 - Al Gibbs
November 1, 2021
Colossians 1:15-21 - The Supremacy of Christ
Where does Jesus fit in to God's purposes for the universe? This section of Colossians tells us that is the wrong question to be asking! Rather, Jesus is the one by whom and through whom and for whom the whole universe was made! God's purpose is to reconcile the world to himself through Him! 24-10-2021 - Jon Polk
November 1, 2021
Colossians 1:1-14 - Growing in Christ
What does authentic spirituality look like? According to many popular authors, speakers and influencers it is a matter of performing the right spiritual practices. Christianity says something completely different. The message of the gospel makes us and moulds us into genuinely spiritual people - people full of hope, faith and love. 17-10-2021 - Lucas Durant
October 18, 2021
Genesis 11:1-9 - The Frustrating Mercy of God
When we are united in a common project humanity is incredibly capable. Yet in our collective arrogance, humanity's most ambitious aims are characterised by defiance toward God. We want to determine our own identity and purpose, we want to impose our own will on the world in the present and control the future. How does God respond? He mercifully frustrates human pride. 10-10-2021 - Lucas Durant
October 11, 2021
Genesis 8:20-9:29 - God's Covenant with Creation
Is there hope for humanity? With climate change, war, and all manner of other dangers it can sometimes seem like the world is teetering on the edge. But God has promised to preserve humanity and the whole of creation, so that his saving purposes can be accomplished. 03-10-2021 - Lucas Durant 
October 6, 2021
Genesis 8 - God Remembers His People
The entire story of Noah and the great flood turns on one key phrase - "God remembered Noah...". What does it mean for God to 'remember' and how can we find comfort in the idea that God remembers us? Hear how your conversion to faith in Christ is the decisive moment of grace that changes everything. 26-09-2021 - Lucas Durant
September 28, 2021
Genesis 6:9-7:24 - As It Was In The Days of Noah
Does God care about the injustices of this world? The flood narrative tells us that he does, and it gives us a paradigm for understanding God's judgment. When God judges, his judgment is just, comprehensive, and sudden. 19-09-2021 - Lucas Durant
September 23, 2021
Genesis 6:1-8 - Humanity's Moral Problem
Humanity's verdict about itself is that we are fundamentally good. We see evil in the world and we tell ourselves it is the exception. But God's verdict is very different. The Lord says there is a moral problem at the heart of humanity that is universal, absolute, internal and continual. Because that is the truth about us, God's grace is our only hope. Lucas Durant - 12-09-2021
September 14, 2021
Genesis 5 - What Hope For Humanity?
We live in an era with incredible unearned confidence in the idea that humanity can help itself. The promise of medical science, of consumer electronics, and of political movements alike is that our salvation is right around the corner. But the truth is that all our attempts to help ourselves are swallowed up by death. If there is hope for humanity (and there is!) it must come supernaturally from outside of us. Lucas Durant - 05-09-2021
September 9, 2021
Ezra 10 - The Cost of Repentance
Sometimes we get caught up in sin. When we do, the way out starts with confession. But where do we go from there? Ezra 10 gives us an example of what genuine repentance looks like. But it should serve as a warning to us - flee from sin to Christ now because the longer we wait, the messier it will get. 15-08-2021 - Lucas Durant
August 17, 2021
Ezra 9 - The Confession of Sin
When the people of God begin to compromise with the world and lose their distinctiveness, it is a spiritual disaster. When an individual or a church realises that it has departed from God's word, how should they respond? Genuine confession. Ezra gives us a model for confession. 09-08-2021 - Lucas Durant
August 9, 2021
Ezra 8 - The Good Hand of God (Part 2)
Ezra leads the people of God in a way that depends upon the provision and protection of the hand of God. 01-08-2021 - Algie Ko
August 2, 2021
Ezra 7 - The Good Hand of God
In our frustration and disappointment we easily write off both individuals and groups. But God loves to do surprising things through those who have been written off. Out of Babylon, God raised up Ezra as a faithful reformer who would lead His people to great effect. What will our greater leader, Jesus Christ, accomplish through us? 25-07-2021 - Lucas Durant
July 25, 2021
Ezra 5:1-6:22 - Discouragement To Celebration
Relentless opposition can lead to discouraged Christians. How can drooping hands and weak knees be strengthened? Ezra 5-6 shows that when the word of God stirs us and the providence of God surrounds us, the Joy of the Lord will fill us. 18-07-2021 - Lucas Durant
July 18, 2021
Ezra 4 - The Opposition We Face
There are people and spiritual forces at work in the world that see God as the enemy and his people as the target. They still use the same tactics today that they used millennia ago to discourage, derail and destroy the people of God. When the opposition try to infiltrate, intimidate and relentlessly attack, how should we respond? Persevere in faithful obedience, trusting God with the results. 11-07-2021 - Lucas Durant
July 12, 2021
Ezra 3 - Laying A Firm Foundation
The centre of the Christian message is an act of sacrifice - Christ's sacrifice of Himself on the cross. The cross should also be at the centre of who we are as the people of God, shaping our lives, our families and the church. As the Israelites re-lay the foundations of the temple in Ezra 3, we find a model for re-laying the foundations of our lives as well. 04-07-2021 - Lucas Durant
July 5, 2021
Ezra 2 - A Diverse and Devoted People
God works out his purposes for the world through groups of diverse and devoted people. He is calling you to join in with his mission and to bring your family too. Playing your role within the church body will impact the world far beyond what you could imagine.  27-07-2021 - Lucas Durant
June 27, 2021
Ezra 1 - A Sovereign Decree
What drives the course of history? And where is it headed? Some people would say that history is the product of time and chance. Others would argue that history is simply written by the winners. Ezra, however, pulls back the curtain of world history to reveal that it has always been driven by a sovereign decree. 20-06-2021 - Lucas Durant
June 21, 2021
John 11:1-45 - The Lord of Resurrection
Christians believe that God is all-powerful and completely good. Yet we live in a world where evil exists. Why would a good God delay in dealing with evil? Why wouldn't an all-powerful God do something about suffering in the world before it is too late? Does God care about what goes on in this world? John 11 shows us that Jesus cares very deeply, and he is good enough and powerful enough to save. 13-06-2021 - Lucas Durant
June 13, 2021
John 9:1-41 - The Lord of Vision
Some people who meet Jesus are immediately and irrevocably changed for the better by the encounter. Yet some people are unmoved, and some even become hostile to him. How can we explain these mixed responses that we read about in the New Testament and that we see in the life of the church today? It is because only a miracle can open blind eyes. 06-06-2021 - Lucas Durant
June 7, 2021
John 6:1-24 - The Supernatural Lord
The Gospels are full of accounts of Jesus performing many miracles. Some people find these episodes difficult to believe and consider them to be a stumbling block to faith. But the reality is that only a supernatural Christ is worth our belief. 30-05-2021 - Lucas Durant
May 30, 2021
John 5:1-15 - The Lord of Health
When people are desperate they often go looking for help in all sorts of unlikely places. Sometimes Jesus, in his mercy, will come along and ask a surprising question that penetrates right down to the heart -  "Do you want to get well?" How we respond can be very revealing. 23-05-2021 - Lucas Durant
May 24, 2021
John 4:43-54 - The Lord of Life
Christianity has radically changed the way entire societies deal with death. Belief in Jesus Christ has the power to transform us too. But we must believe rightly by taking Jesus at His word. 17/05/2021 - Lucas Durant
May 17, 2021
John 2:12-25 - The Zealous Lord
The signs that Jesus performs in the Gospel of John are meant to help us come to know and believe in Him. But what kind of sign was it when he cleared the temple with a whip? What could make him so angry? His passion for God to be known and worshipped. 09-05-2021 - Lucas Durant
May 10, 2021
John 2:1-11 - The Lord Of Abundance
John's Gospel tells us of several signs performed by Jesus that were designed to reveal His glory and convince us that He is the divine Christ. Jesus' first sign was to turn water into wine. Why would he do that and what are we supposed to understand from it? It shows us something of the overwhelmingly abundant goodness of God. 02-05-2021 - Al Gibbs
May 3, 2021
1 Corinthians 16:1-23 - You're On The Team
1 Corinthians 16 contains Paul's travel itinerary, closing remarks and personal greetings. What are we to make of it? By close attention to the people Paul mentions, we can see that the church in Corinth was made up of all kinds of people fulfilling all sorts of roles; much like our church today. Which part are you playing?   25-04-2021 - Jon Polk
April 26, 2021
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 - He Is Risen!
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can give us hope in the face of death. But did it really happen? The Christian faith hangs entirely on the truth of two historical public events, evidenced by two undeniable historical facts. 04-04-2021 - Lucas Durant
April 5, 2021
Luke 23:32-43 - Scandalous Forgiveness
"Could God really forgive someone like him?!" When we compare ourselves to others, we tend to think we are worthy of God's mercy but that others are beyond His forgiveness. At the cross we see that God does not judge who is in and who is out by our arbitrary standards. Rather he has a standard of his own! 31-03-2021 - Lucas Durant
April 1, 2021
Luke 19:28-44 - Who Are You Following?
On Palm Sunday we remember Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. But what kind of king is he? Luke's account shows us that he is humble and compassionate, even though his subjects don't deserve it. Will you give him praise? 28-03-2021 - Lucas Durant
March 27, 2021
1 Corinthians 14:26-40 - Well-Ordered Worship
What does spirit-filled, God-honouring worship look like? According to Paul it should be well-ordered, giving people time to think, process and understand God's Word. Our God-given spiritual gifts can and should work to that end.   21-03-2021 - Lucas Durant
March 20, 2021
1 Corinthians 14:1-25 - Making Prophets
Some spiritual gifts are more appropriate and more desirable for gathered worship. Paul says that we should desire these greater gifts and put them to use for the good of the whole church. He uses the gift of tongues and the gift of prophecy as examples of how to make the best use of what the Spirit gives. 14-03-2021 - Lucas Durant
March 13, 2021
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 - Love Surpasses Gifts
Churches get into trouble when they confuse giftedness with godliness. The truth is that very gifted people can be totally useless to the church. What makes our spiritual gifts useful? Love.   07/03/2021 - Lucas Durant
March 6, 2021
1 Corinthians 12:1-31 - One Body, Many Members
Are you a spiritual person? If you are a Christian, then you are! Everyone who can honestly say that 'Jesus is Lord' has the Holy Spirit indwelling them and they have been given spiritual gifts for the common good of the Church. 28-02-2021 - Lucas Durant
February 27, 2021
1 Corinthians 11:17-34 - Discerning The Body
Jesus gave us the Lord's Supper to enliven, strengthen and confirm our faith. And when we partake in it rightly, it does. But it is possible to eat and drink in an unworthy manner and to bring judgment. Paul helps us to see what the Lord's Supper is and how to benefit from it. 21-02-2021 - Lucas Durant
February 20, 2021
1 Corinthians 11:2-16 - Honour Your Head
God created humanity in His image, both male and female, and designed us for relationship. He calls men and women to a relationship of complementary difference. And He calls the church to display the wisdom of his design to the whole of creation.  14-02-2021 - Lucas Durant
February 13, 2021
1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1 - All For God's Glory
How can we make godly decisions in an impious age? Paul gives us three principles that can help us navigate the difficult questions of how to remain faithful to the God of the Bible when we are surrounded by false gods. 07-02-2021 - Lucas Durant
February 6, 2021
1 Corinthians 10:1-22 - Learning To Flee
As Christians living in a predominately pagan culture we are surrounded by idolatry. How concerned should we be? Should we take a relaxed, 'no worries' approach? Should we fear it? Paul tells us to learn from our ancestors in the Old Testament.  31-01-2021 - Lucas Durant
January 30, 2021
1 Corinthians 9:14-27 - All For The Gospel
How would Christians live if the gospel was their singular focus? They would be totally free, but they would use their freedom to serve others. They would be radically self-denying, but their joy would be complete. They would be incredibly motivated, and certain of their success.   24-01-2021
January 23, 2021
1 Corinthians 9:1-14 - The Rights of a Gospel Minister What kind of Christian ministry is worth paying for? And how much should we pay those who do the ministry? The first half of 1 Corinthians 9 shows us some key principles that help churches use their money well, and prevent us from paying either too much or too little to those who preach and teach God's word. 17-01-2021 - Lucas Durant
January 16, 2021
1 Corinthians 8:1-13 - Freedom Is For Love
When it comes to matters not directly addressed by scripture, how can we make sure that our decision-making is properly Christian? Christian moral reasoning isn't about what we know... or at least it isn't ONLY about what we know... it's about whether who we love. See what a discussion about food offered to idols can teach us about loving people in 21st century Hong Kong. 10-01-2021 - Lucas Durant
January 9, 2021
Matthew 13:44-52 - The Incomparable Kingdom
What would you give everything to obtain? The kingdom of heaven is more valuable than anything else. If that's not how we see things, then we haven't yet understood what Jesus came to give.   03-01-2021 - Niels van de Kasteele
January 2, 2021
Numbers 6:22-27 - A Happy New Year
Listen  to find out how to have a Happy New Year in 2021!   Join the Chritsianity Explored Course starting on January 5th at 7:30pm -  Join our Bible reading program this year - 27-12-2020 - Lucas Durant
December 26, 2020
2 Corinthians 8:9 - Christmas Riches
Jesus took our rags to give us His riches. Merry Christmas!   Lucas Durant - 25-12-2020
December 24, 2020
Luke 2:8-12 - Nativity Service 2020
Jesus' birth is good news of great joy for all people.  For more information about our Christmas services click here -  To sign up for Christianity Explored, click here -   20-12-2020 - Lucas Durant
December 19, 2020
Matthew 13:24-43 - The Growing Kingdom
What does it look like when the Kingdom of Heaven grows? At first it may not look like much is going on at all. It may seem weak in comparison to the evil that surrounds it. But as it grows it begins to powerfully change the world.  06-12-2020 - Lucas Durant
December 5, 2020
Matthew 13:1-23 - The Parable of The Sower
How does the kingdom of God spread and grow? By the widespread broadcast of the gospel. The parable of the sower shows that as God's word is scattered abroad it is always effective in reveal the truth about our hearts.   29-11-2020 - Lucas Durant
November 29, 2020
Matthew 12:38-50 - The Sign That Divides (with Q&A)
Sometimes a request for a miraculous sign an act of rebellion and an indication of a defective heart. Jesus calls us to repent of our false expectations and to allow his Spirit to transform us.  22-11-2020 - Al Gibbs
November 22, 2020
Matthew 12:22-37 - Offensive Spiritual Power (with Q&A)
Jesus Christ plainly revealed who he was and what he came to do during his earthly ministry. Both his friends and his enemies saw him perform miraculous works. Yet he received mixed reviews, with some people celebrating him as the Messiah and some people calling him Satan himself. How can we explain the different responses that he received both then and now? 15-11-2020 - Lucas Durant 
November 16, 2020
Matthew 12:1-21 - The Lord of the Sabbath (with Q&A)
Jesus and his disciples often came into conflict with religious rules and traditions of their time. The religious officials accused them of throwing out God's commands, but Jesus was only throwing out their faulty teachings. Jesus came to give his people God's promised rest, and no human tradition can stand in his way.   08-11-2020 - Niels van de Kasteele
November 9, 2020
Matthew 11:25-30 - The Heart of Christ (with Q&A)
If you had to describe who Jesus Christ is in his innermost being, how would you describe him? While we might use lots of words, and many would be accurate, Jesus describes himself like this - "I am gentle and humble in heart." This makes Jesus utterly different, and it is why all people should come to him.  01-11-2020 - Lucas Durant
November 1, 2020
Matthew 11:1-24 - Evidence And Consequence
What happens when our expectations of Jesus are not met? We might immediately feel disappointment and frustration, but how should we respond? This passage helps us see the difference between honest doubt and culpable disbelief.  25-10-25 - Lucas Durant
October 25, 2020
Genesis 4:17-26 - The End Of Counterfeit Salvation - "Avenge Seventy-Seven Fold"
We live in a fallen world, but progress is possible. Despite the corrupting influence of sin, God-given common grace means that human efforts can advance human flourishing. But Christians shouldn't be naive optimists - sin will always advance alongside and at the same pace as progress. Our only hope, therefore, is to call on the name of the LORD. 18-10-2020 - Lucas Durant
October 18, 2020
Genesis 4:1-16 - The Origin of Counterfeit Worship - "Am I My Brother's Keeper?"
Does God ever reject our worship? And if so, what kind of worship is acceptable to Him? In Genesis 4 we see that the effects of sin are far reaching - twisting our emotions, polluting family relationships, and driving us out of the presence of God. And yet we also discover that the Lord's mercy extends further still.  11/10/2020 - Lucas Durant
October 11, 2020
Genesis 3:14-24 - The Origin Of Redemption - "He will crush your head..."
Sin is rebellion against God and justice demands that it must be punished. In Genesis 3 we see God subject the creation to frustration through a series of curses. Yet at the same time we see the seed of God's redemption plan being revealed. God is so good that even his curses bring blessings. 04-10-2020 - Lucas Durant
October 4, 2020
Genesis 3:6-13 - The Effects Of Sin - "Where are you?"
Sin is rebellion against God. At the moment when the first humans rejected God's Word to them and chose to live without reference to Him, the snake promised that their eyes would be opened. This section of Genesis tells us what they saw, and it explains what we see all around us.  27-09-2020 - Lucas Durant
September 26, 2020
Genesis 3:1-7 - The Origin Of Sin - "Did God really say..."
What is the biggest problem facing our world? What is the biggest problem you face? Are the two linked? According to the Bible, the root cause of all our problems - large or small - is the same. If we trace every danger, every sadness, every difficulty back - we end up in a garden with two trees at the centre. 20-09-2020 - Lucas Durant 
September 19, 2020
Genesis 2:18-25 - The Origin Of Marriage - "One Flesh"
Marriage is key part of God's plan to make his creation flourish. While not every person will marry (nor should they), every person will be be affected by the quality of the marriages that surround them. Marriages that operate according to the creator's plan make humankind thrive.   13 September 2020 - Lucas Durant
September 12, 2020
Genesis 2:4-20 - The Origin Of Work - "Work & Keep"
Work is part of life, but would we be better off without it? Not according to the Bible! In Genesis 2 we see that work is essential to human life. In our work we get to reflect something of who God is, and through our work we can bring about a more flourishing world.   06-09-2020 - Lucas Durant
September 5, 2020
Genesis 2:1-3 - The End Of The Universe - "God Rested"
Why did God create everything? If we know the purpose for which God created us, then we will be able to determine how we should live. According to the introductory prologue of the Bible, the goal of human life is to rest with God.  30-08-20 - Lucas Durant
August 29, 2020
Genesis 1:26-31 - The Origin of Us - "in Our image"
Who are you? The way you answer that question will determine how you live and how you treat others. Genesis tells us that we are creatures made in God's image. Discover what that means about you, me and everyone you know. 23-08-2020 - Lucas Durant
August 22, 2020
Genesis 1:1-31 - The Origin of The Universe - "God said..."
Why is there something rather than nothing? The answer to that question of origin gives us meaning and morality. The scripture speaks very clearly against the false origin stories of ancient societies and just as clearly against the false origin stories of secular materialism. Come hear the better word that 'God said...' 16-08-2020 - Lucas Durant
August 15, 2020
1 John 5:13-21 - Confident Because We Know God
Christians know the God who has made Himself known. 09-08-2020 - Darren Pollock
August 8, 2020
1 John 5:1-12 - Confident Because We Believe
How can we tell the difference between saving faith and false beliefs? It isn't about quantity of faith, it is about the content of faith. True faith is belief in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  02-08-2020 - Lucas Durant
August 1, 2020
1 John 4:7-21 - Confident Because of God's Love
"God is love" says John. But how do we know? We know because the Father sent His Son into the world to give us life. And Christians are called to live lives of love in response.  26-07-20 - Lucas Durant
July 25, 2020
1 John 4:1-6 - Confident Because We Have The Spirit
Is it possible to verify spiritual claims? The Apostle John tells us that it is, and he commands us to test every spirit! Two simple tests can tell us whether a teacher is speaking from God's Spirit of truth or from a worldly spirit of falsehood. 19-07-2020 - Lucas Durant
July 18, 2020
1 John 3:11-24 - Confident Because We Love
How can we distinguish counterfeit Christianity from genuine faith? The Apostle John says we have to know what love is. Those who harbour hatred for their Christian brothers and sister cannot have the love of God dwelling in them. Those who show the selfless-sacrificial love of Jesus Christ toward God's people have passed from death to life. 12-07-2020 - Lucas Durant
July 12, 2020
1 John 2:28-3:10 - Confident Because We Obey
The Bible calls Christians the children of God - and that is not just positive-thinking - that is what Christians actually are! Christians are meant to bear a family resemblance to their Heavenly Father and to His Son Jesus Christ. This section of 1 John shows us that such family resemblance is not only possible, it is inevitable for those in whom God has planted the Holy Spirit. 05-07-20 - Lucas Durant
July 6, 2020
1 John 2:15-27 - Confident Because We Know The Truth
Even a confident Christian must still be on guard against dangers. Unless we know the truth about the world and the truth about Jesus, we can easily be led astray. But when remain in the truth, God's Spirit remains in us. 28-06-2020 - Lucas Durant
June 29, 2020
1 John 2:3-14 - Confident Because We Keep His Commands
How can we determine whether we - or others - are in fellowship with God? Some might point to spiritual experiences, others to intense emotions, still others to intellectual attainment - but none of those are good indicators. The Apostle John says if we want to know whether a person loves God, we need to see whether they obey His commands. And the church is the key place where we will see God's Word being lived out. 21-06-20 - Lucas Durant
June 21, 2020
1 John 1:5-2:2 - Confident Because Of Jesus' Death
How can sinful people have fellowship with a holy God? John wants us to be confident of our standing before God, not by denying our sin, but by allowing God to properly deal with it. See how the the death of Jesus should make us both completely honest about our sin and completely secure of our salvation. 14-06-20 - Lucas Durant
June 14, 2020
1 John 1:1-4 - Confident because of Jesus’ life
How can we have fellowship with God? According to John, Jesus’ ‘beloved disciple’, it is only by hearing and believing the eye witness testimony about Jesus.  07-06-20 - Lucas Durant
June 7, 2020
Ephesians 4:15-30 - Gracious Goodness
Is it really possible for any of us to 'be good'? Every Christian knows the difficulty of resisting sin. Most of us will sometimes feel like just giving up the struggle for goodness. Yet in Ephesians 4 we see that goodness is possible because of Jesus' grace.  31-05-20 - Darren Pollock
May 30, 2020
Philippians 4:1-6 - The Christian's Joy
How can Paul rejoice even when he was wrongly imprisoned? How can a church community rejoice even when relationships aren't easy? How can we rejoice when life circumstances are not happy? For the Christian there is always an overflowing source of joy. 24-05-20 - Al Gibbs
May 23, 2020
James 5:7-16 - Patient Perseverance
In culture of instant gratification, is patience possible? According to James, patience is an essential element of the life of faith and he gives us tools to persevere in it. 17-05-20 - Alex McCoy
May 16, 2020
Titus 2 - God-given Self-control
"Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control." (Proverbs 25:28) How can we grow in self-control? God's grace motivates us, God's people encourage us, God's glory compels us.  10-05-20 - James Hall
May 9, 2020
1 Peter 1:3-12 - Hope That Lasts
Is is possible to have hope in times like these? Hope requires more than mere wishful thinking. Christians have a firm foundation for their hope, even in terrible circumstances.   02-05-20 - Alex McCoy
May 2, 2020
John 14:1-6, 25-27 - The Spirit's Peace
How can we find peace in the midst of difficulty, or even in the face of death? According to Jesus we must first recognise who He is, then receive what only He can offer.   26-04-20 - Lucas Durant
April 25, 2020
Hebrews 4:11-16 - Make Every Effort To Rest
'Make every effort... to Rest'. It is a paradoxical statement at the heart of the letter to the Hebrews. What sort of effort does God require, and how does it lead to rest? He asks that we allow His word to do His work on us - showing us that we are more sinful than we ever imagined, but more loved than we ever dreamed.   19-04-20 - Lucas Durant
April 18, 2020
John 20:1-18 - The Resurrected Lord - Easter Sunday 2020
Some people think that the Christianity requires a kind of blind faith. They couldn't be more wrong. The Bible is always and everywhere pointing to the evidence and demanding that we act in accordance with the evidence. On the first easter morning, the evidence tells us that belief in the resurrection is rational, that the resurrected Lord is good, and that the truth of the resurrection is life-changing. 12-04-20 - Lucas Durant
April 11, 2020
Windows on The Cross - Good Friday 2020
The cross of Christ is the crux of the Christian faith. In this service we reflect on a few of the many Old Testament events and figures which pointed toward the cross, and which help us to more fully grasp what was accomplished there - the "full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world". 10-04-20 - Lucas Durant
April 9, 2020
Joel 3:1-21 - The Nations' Recompense
In the midst of unprecedented devastation God's people never lack hope. Whereas even in the midst of astounding prosperity, the nations have no hope.  The Day of the Lord will be a day of both well-deserved condemnation and gracious salvation.   05-04-20 - Lucas Durant
April 5, 2020
Joel 2:18-32 - When The Lord Relents
If we cannot manipulate the Lord into doing our will (He cannot be controlled) or offer him something that he needs (He needs nothing from us), why does does the Lord relent from his judgment on his sinful people? He relents to bring glory to His own name, for His nature is always to have mercy, and He is abounding in steadfast love.    29-03-20 - Lucas Durant
March 29, 2020
Joel 2:1-17 - Responding to God's Judgement
Joel is clear that the unprecedented devastation that God's people were facing was from the hand of the Lord. If God is the one superintending calamity, that should give us hope. It means that suffering is not a product of random chaos or of demonic attack, but an instrument of discipline in the Father's hand. By it He prepares us for the final judgement and teaches us to repent. 22-03-20 - Lucas Durant
March 22, 2020
Joel 1 - Learning to Lament
What might God be teaching us in times of unprecedented devastation and how should we respond? The prophet Joel challenges us to face up to the devastation, and lament before the Lord. If we weep, wail and cry out for God's help, we will benefit in the midst of trials.   15-03-20 - Lucas Durant 
March 15, 2020
Matthew 10:34-42 - Jesus Brought Division
Why does the gospel of Jesus, which is supposed to be 'good news', create such division? Because it is a public truth that demands a reordering of relationships and a reordering of priorities. Most people will not receive it, but by it some will secure an eternal reward.    08-03-2020 - Lucas Durant
March 8, 2020
Matthew 10:16-33 - Hated But Fearless
What should Christians expect as we go out preaching the message of repentance and faith? Jesus makes it very clear that we should expect harsh opposition. Yet Jesus sends his followers out with reassurances that let them face opposition with fearless confidence.   01-03-2020 - James Hall
March 1, 2020
2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2 - Reconciled Ambassadors
The Gospel is a message of reconciliation. By his death, Jesus has made a sufficient sacrifice to reconcile sinful humanity to a holy God. But this reconciliation must be received to become effective in the lives of individuals. How can people receive it? God sends us out as his ambassadors to make His appeal through us. 23-02-20 - Lucas Durant
February 23, 2020
Matthew 9:35-10:15 - He Sent Out Workers
How does Jesus feel as he looks around at the great mass of humanity with all all our anxieties, suffering, and sin? He feels gut-wrenching compassion for us. His compassion motivates Him to send out his followers on mission to proclaim the good news. 16-02-2020 - Lucas Durant
February 16, 2020
Matthew 9:18-34 - He Defeated Death
In his public ministry, Jesus indisputably established his authority over disease, death and demons. Many had seen him do the miraculous with their own eyes, and they could speak to the people who had been healed. Yet people responded to the evidence about Jesus in different ways. Those who sought Jesus with desperation found one thing, those who approached him with defiance found another.   09-02-20 - Lucas Durant
February 9, 2020
Matthew 9:1-17 - Jesus Came To Forgive Sin
Jesus had complete authority over diseases, demons and nature itself. In his earthly ministry, he proved that nothing was beyond his power. But what did he come to do? What was His mission on earth? In his own words, he 'came to call sinners' - and that is good news for us. 02-02-20 - Lucas Durant
February 2, 2020
Matthew 8:18-34 - Uncomfortable Adventure (All-Age)
Jesus invites everyone to follow Him, but he wants us to be absolutely clear from the outset - discipleship will be an uncomfortable adventure. Unlike the World, which promises us everything and delivers very little, Jesus promises that we will face difficulty - but in the midst of difficulty we will be blessed. This sermon was preached in an all-age service. 27-01-20 - Lucas Durant
January 26, 2020
Matthew 8:1-17 - The Attitude of Faith
From the beginning to the end of Jesus' earthly ministry, he spoke of the necessity of faith. But what kind of faith does Jesus require? Not a blind faith nor a vague faith, but a living faith. 19-01-20 - Lucas Durant
January 19, 2020
Psalm 3 - Finding Rest in Turmoil
Is it possible to have rest in the midst of great troubles? Psalm 3 says it is. In one of the darkest episodes of his life, King David found assurance and peace as he reflected on great truths about the Lord's promises of great deliverance. As people of King Jesus, we too can benefit. 12-01-20 - Algie Ko
January 12, 2020
Psalm 2 - What Makes God Laugh
There is a king. How can this basic truth of the Christian faith fill some with unwavering bravery in the face of intense persecution, while driving others into a rage. Psalm 2 shows us that our futures depend on how we respond to the King. 05-01-20 - Lucas Durant
January 5, 2020
Psalm 1 - The Path to Happiness
Are you happy? If not, why not? The first Psalm grabs our attention by describing two ways of life - the way of the righteous that leads to happiness and the way of the wicked that leads to perishing. And we are urged - through poetic imagery with theological clarity - to choose the path to happiness. The psalmist explains that our attitude to the word of God is decisive. 29-12-19 - Lucas Durant
December 29, 2019
Luke 1:26-38 - Faith That Holds On
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is given great honour in the scriptures. God's choice of Mary teaches us about Jesus' purpose in coming into the world. Mary's assent to God's plan, despite her confusion, teaches us something about faith.   22-12-19 - Lucas Durant
December 22, 2019
Luke 7:18-35 - Two Kinds of Doubt
We will all face disappointments, upsets and sadnesses in life and they may cause us to doubt whether Jesus really is trustworthy.   Doubt is a common struggle in the Christian life. It can be destructive, but it doesn't have to be. Doubt can move us forward in faith if we use it rightly.  15-12-19 - Lucas Durant
December 15, 2019
1 Corinthians 7:25-40 - The Holiness of Singleness
Is it possible to live a full and fulfilling life while remaining single? Traditional cultures say 'no' - they see marriage as a necessary step toward maturity, and consider those who remain unmarried to be defective. Modern cultures also say 'no' - they deny that fulfilment is possible apart from sex and romance. Christianity, however, speaks a revolutionary word to both traditional and modern cultures. Christianity says that singleness is a blessing from God provided that we receive it as such. 08-12-2019 - Alex McCoy
December 8, 2019
1 Corinthians 7:1-24 - The Holiness of Marriage
God has set marriage apart from all other earthly relationships to serve as a living illustration of the relationship between Christ and His bride - the Church. Marriage is therefore holy. Paul shows us how to preserve the holiness of marriage. 01-12-19 - Lucas Durant
December 1, 2019
1 Corinthians 6:12-20 - The Holiness of The Body
The Christian theology of the body completely revolutionised the ancient world. Some people believe that Christian sexual ethics come out of the distant past, but that is wrong.  Christian sexual ethics came from above - and they made our world far, far better. 24-11-2019 - Lucas Durant
November 24, 2019
1 Corinthians 5:1-6:11 - The Holiness of The Church
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
November 17, 2019
2 Corinthians 9:1-15 - The Method of Christian Giving
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
November 10, 2019
2 Corinthians 8:1-15 - The Motivation of Christian Giving
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
November 3, 2019
Jonah 4 - God's Concern For The Nations
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
October 27, 2019
Matthew 7:13-29 - Build On The Rock
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
October 20, 2019
Matthew 7:1-12 - Of Hypocrisy & Help
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
October 13, 2019
Matthew 6:19-34 - Store Up Lasting Treasure
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
October 7, 2019
Matthew 6:5-15 - Praying Like The Son
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
September 29, 2019
Matthew 6:1-18 - The Vice of Virtue Signalling
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
September 22, 2019
Matthew 5:17-48 - Righteousness Fulfilled
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
September 15, 2019
Matthew 5:1-16 - Distinctly Blessed
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
September 8, 2019
Luke 14:1, 7-14 - Humility & Hospitality
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
September 1, 2019
Romans 13:1-14 - Godly Politics
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
August 25, 2019
Judges 8:1-35 - Faith & Faithlessness
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
August 18, 2019
Judges 7:1-25 - God's Power Displayed
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
August 11, 2019
Judges 6:1-40 - The Doubtful Deliverer
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
August 4, 2019
Judges 4-5 - The God of Irony
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
July 28, 2019
Judges 3:7-31 - The Surprising Saviour
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
July 21, 2019
Judges 2:6-3:6 - The Cycle of Despair
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
July 14, 2019
Judges 1:1-2:5 - Almost Faithful
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
July 7, 2019
1 Corinthians 4:1-21 - The Servants of God
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
June 30, 2019
1 Corinthians 3:1-23 - The Work of God
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
June 23, 2019
1 Corinthians 1:26-2:16 - The Wisdom of God
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
June 16, 2019