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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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