The sermons preached at the 5PM service, podcast.

Phil looks at the reign of Josiah and draws attention to the fact that people all need renewal - we are fickle, distractible and easily tired, though we desire to seek after God. When the word of God comes, we should listen attentively to it and submit to it, particularly when it says we're in the wrong. When we are spiritually renewed, we will worship God publicly and invite other people to worship Him too.

Direct download: 5PM_2011-01-23.mp3
Category:2 Kings -- posted at: 5:00pm AEST

Barry looks at the example of Manasseh, who was one of the most evil kings, rebelling against the religion of his father and conforming to those around him by worshiping false gods. However, in his time of crisis he turned to the Lord and he was forgiven though he was bloodthirsty. There is only one God, Jesus is His Son and we are to serve Him and receive forgiveness through him.

Direct download: 5PM_2011-01-16.mp3
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Barry studies Hezekiah's prayer for healing that he makes after Isaiah prophesies that he will die. He concludes that God is in control and He loves us and encourages us to pray to Him - when we do, we need to be specific, to make sure we are devoted to God, obedient and are earnest in our prayers.

Direct download: 5PM_2011-01-09.mp3
Category:2 Kings -- posted at: 5:00pm AEST

Resuming the series on Kings, Barry speaks about the opposition that Judah was confronted with from the Assyrians and how Hezekiah responded by trusting in God for deliverance. He applies the lessons from the passage to our situation - we are also under siege and attacked in many ways and we must resist these attacks though surrender can seem appealing.

Direct download: 5PM_2011-01-02.mp3
Category:2 Kings -- posted at: 5:00pm AEST

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
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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
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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
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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
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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 AEST

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 AEST