The sermons preached at the 5PM service, podcast.

Jehoshaphat was the son of Asa, the first of the reformer-kings. And like his father, Jehoshaphat is given a rosy commendation: “he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD”. Jon takes us into his back-story, where we find a distinctive kind of reform – one based on the systematic teaching of God’s people from his word.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-08-01.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT

Barry tells how it is important to seek wisdom from God in the decisions we make in our whole life as well as decisions made about Christian work. He looks at the distinguishing marks of the false and the true prophecies made in the passage - the true prophets are generally a minority who believe the truth, speak what needs to be heard and confront people with the reality of God and what He requires.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-07-25.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT

Barry comments that God reveals himself through creation and miracles and other ways, but that He also shows himself to be the Lord with a display of power as when He gave Ben-hadad's army into the hands of Ahab. It is generous for God to convincingly show himself to be who He is so that we can be certain in our faith - we are still fighting in the battle that God will win for his Glory.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-07-18.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT

Larry explains that Ahab sinned and was covetous of Naboth's vineyard because he had no love in his heart for the living God. We also look for pleasure in sin because we don't trust that Jesus is all we need. The choices we make reveal how much we love Jesus, if we are humble and repent we will be shown mercy as Ahab was.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-07-11.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT

Barry speaks on how to deal with depression brought about by a sense of failure about ministry work and life lived serving the Lord, examining the time Elijah felt this way about his work for God.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-07-04.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT

Jon explains how an international drought, a widow's son raised from the dead, and the impending defeat of the prophets of Baal are all part of God's plan to woo his people back to him. He does this in three ways: by disciplining his people, by defeating his enemies, and by demonstrating his power.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-06-27.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT

In around 880 B.C., the prophet Elijah was the minority, because the bulk of Israel had switched to worshiping Baal. So in 1 Kings 17 the author asks if Yahweh is the right god to be backing, and if so, who speaks for Yahweh? For Christians feeling more and more in the minority Jon issues a timely reminder that safety is not always found in numbers.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-06-20.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT

Drew preaches his last sermon at the 5PM Service, part of the series on Kings. He takes a large slab of the book - explaining the lessons that can be learned from the bad examples set by the kings from Nadab through Ahab.

(The Bible reading is not included since it was not recorded because it was read off-mic)

Direct download: 5PM_2010-06-13.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT

In our passage this week, we meet Asa, the first reformer king.  Despite his failings, the overall comment on Asa is that he was ‘fully committed to the Lord all his life’.  With that model before us, Jon helps us look at how a commitment to reform is at the heart of commitment to God.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-06-06.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT

Barry affirms that being in the powerful presence of God is pleasurable and good, the Jews could experience this because He put His Name in Jerusalem. However, Rehoboam and Judah abandoned the Law of the Lord, doing evil that seemed attractive and popular but that weakened and compromised them, provoking the Lord to jealousy.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-05-30.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT