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

Barry continues the series on Kings, observing how Jeroboam turns back to the God whom he knows to be true when he really needs him but his long-term unfaithfulness is repaid.  We must consistently trust in the one true, living and powerful God who loves us and provides for us.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-05-23.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT

Barry speaks on the prophecy by the man of God from Judah against the idolatry that was taking place under Jeroboam, highlighting the importance of obedience to God even when it appears by human standards to be disadvantageous.  It is important to be convinced of the truth of the Gospel and to be always be guarded against temptation to fall into sin.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-05-16.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT

Barry reflects on the failure of Rehoboam to make a wise decision resulting in devastating consequences and considers what the principles should be that will guide us in the decisions we make. Advice should be sought from wise, older people, it is important to listen to people and understand how they feel and to have an attitude of service.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-05-09.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT

Phil preaches in the series on Kings. Solomon, having seen the highest point in the nation of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord because his heart had turned away from the Lord. The challenge is put: what do we value most?

Direct download: 5PM_2010-05-02.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT

Jon talks about the mission of attraction that is the major Old Testament mode of evangelism – outsiders being attracted to God’s people and being drawn inward to join in the covenant. In the New Testament, of course, the gospel spreads outward with the apostolic missionaries, but at the same time, there is still an in-drawing mission, as Christians live attractive lives which cause people to ask the reasons for the hope that they seem to have.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-04-25.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT

Jon expounds the answer to Solomon's prayer over the Temple where God warns Solomon that, if he wants Israel to remain within the covenant and experience its blessings, he should continue his faithfulness both in his character and his actions. Ominously, however, God also lays out the path of apostasy, which foolishly invites destruction and exile, along with mockery from all those who witness such a leap from grace.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-04-18.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT

Returning to the series on Kings, Jon studies Solomon's prayer of dedication over the temple, explaining how the temple is a reminder that God keeps his promises, is the focus of God's attention on Earth and is the way to access God with prayers of repentance. He discusses how this is relevant now under the new covenant.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-04-11.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 7:00am AEDT

Barry speaks about how the Temple allowed Israel the opportunity to marvel in the presence of the Glory of the Lord. All the energy, work and activity that goes into running a church is in vain unless it causes people to experience God and delight in His presence.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-03-28.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 8:00am AEDT

Phil Britton takes us on a tour through history from Abram until the Ark was placed in the Most Holy Place in the Temple to provide a sense of how significant the latter moment is to Israel. The ultimate glory of the Lord was with his people in its right place, but now we are the temple where the Spirit manifests the same presence in us and with us.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-03-21.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 8:00am AEDT

Barry looks at the prosperity and security of Solomon's reign that resulted because he and David put God first, and concludes that if we make God our top priority He will be with us and we will prosper.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-03-07.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 9:00am AEDT

The wisdom of Solomon is universally celebrated, but the Bible is clear that it is God-given. Solomon's real wisdom is that he asks for discernment in order to serve God faithfully. And so God rewards this godly motive with a God-like gift of wisdom, as well as great prosperity.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-02-28.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 9:00am AEDT

Jon expounds David's final words to Solomon, where he urges Solomon to fulfil his responsibilities to maintain the spiritual and political stability of the kingdom.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-02-21.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 9:00am AEDT

Jon kicks off the series on 1 and 2 Kings studying the competition between the attractive, arrogant Adonijah and the humble Solomon to succeed David as King. Using God-centred criteria is key to evaluating our leaders, but the grace, humility and lineage in the passage all point towards a greater leader to come.

Direct download: 5PM_2010-02-07.mp3
Category:1 Kings -- posted at: 9:00am AEDT