The sermons preached at the 5PM service, podcast.

Phil speaks on Psalm 96, explaining that we must sing of our great God, because singing involves our whole person and we should experience being caught up into something bigger than ourselves.  The context into which we are saved is that we become a piece of God's great cosmic story and it is His intention that we sing his salvation song into eternity.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-12-26.mp3
Category:Psalms -- posted at: 5:00pm AEDT

It is explained in 2 Kings 17 that Israel were defeated and removed from Samaria as a judgement because they were unfaithful, unholy, unrepentant in spite of warnings and untrusting of the Lord. But Jon points out that similar judgements could be made against us if we too don't listen to the warnings, repent and take the offer of salvation.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-12-19.mp3
Category:2 Kings -- posted at: 5:00pm AEDT

King Ahaz of Judah began a relationship with Assyria to ward off his northern invaders, but he soon found that keeping Assyria happy required a reconfiguration of his other relationships – including his relationship with God. This is the binding nature of relationships – they each require faithfulness to their own terms, but they also each exert an influence on all the others. Jon calls for a careful assessment of all our relationships.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-12-12.mp3
Category:2 Kings -- posted at: 5:00pm AEDT

Jon asks the question, in ancient Israel, what made the difference between a good king and a great king? Azariah was a good king, but he wasn't great because although he wasn't bad and he sought God, he didn't have an all or nothing attitude and he was proud, trusting in his own strength and attempting to approach God on his own terms.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-12-05.mp3
Category:2 Kings -- posted at: 5:00pm AEDT

Returning to the series on Kings, Chris Gray speaks on the lacklustre reign of Amaziah who was not a bad king, but was not totally devoted to the Lord. Chris explains that whole-hearted devotion to God matters because it is the very least that God expects of us and because God's people need His guidance.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-11-28.mp3
Category:2 Kings -- posted at: 5:00pm AEDT

Larry visits from Greenacre to speak on the passage in Mark where Jesus looks toward the suffering that he will face on the cross, and prays that though he doesn't want to do it, he will obey the Father's will. Larry indicates that if we are to truly follow Christ, our whole lives will be our ministry and in this we will do hard things that we don't want to for the benefit of others.

(Note that this recording contains a fairly explicit description of the torture of Jesus)

Direct download: 5PM_2010-11-21.mp3
Category:Mark -- posted at: 5:00pm AEDT

Barry presents the challenge: give up something legitimate for a period of time to pray and spend time with God. God will reward us when we fast by granting a deeper intimacy with Him, giving guidance and Spiritual power. If we fast and pray, God will grow the Church powerfully and resolve the issues that it keeps in the focus of our prayers.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-11-14.mp3
Category:Matthew -- posted at: 5:00pm AEDT

Barry speaks on Peter's denial of Christ, and applies his experience to our proclamation of Christ in a world that hates Him. Peter failed because he was afraid, confused about Jesus' identity and didn't pray. However, Christ expects us to be faithful to the point of death, to be confident we must have a strong conviction that Jesus is God and died for our sins and we need to pray so that we can witness powerfully.

(This sermon is from the series being preached on Mark at The Good Shepherd Anglican Church at Greenacre)

Follow this link for the sermon that Barry preached on the Theology of Dating at the 7PM service this week.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-11-07.mp3
Category:Mark -- posted at: 5:00pm AEDT

Jon discusses the tension between our freedom of choice and God's control over the future. God doesn't need us to be on side to achieve his plans but He wants us to be involved by showing that we trust Him. We should live as though everything depends on our involvement but remember that God will do all He wants with or without us.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-10-31.mp3
Category:2 Kings -- posted at: 5:00pm AEDT

Phil says that sometimes getting close but missing the mark can still be great failure - Joash did right in the eyes of the Lord but still fell short and the priesthood and Judah were in decline in spite of such potential. Jesus is the one who fulfills the dreams and expectations that are not met and seem to slip away in this passage and He alone makes up for the fact that we all fall short of the glory of God.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-10-24.mp3
Category:2 Kings -- posted at: 5:00pm AEDT