Sermons

Welcome to our Sermons page

These talks are designed to be scriptural, informative and challenging.

This web page was released in March 2023 so we are still making improvements as we learn more.

Three Timely Truths

Jeff Kendal preaching on May 19, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCE:  1 Corinthians 8:1-13

The Bible does not spell out all the things that are right or wrong for us to do. Like, does God mind if I smoke, and, is it ok for me to wear a revealing brief bikini on the beach. In Corith it was difficult to know if food had been offered to idols, and believers grappled with whether that mattered or not. Paul gives us great insight which helps us to struggle with things that Corinthians never even considered that later generations (us) would face. Jeff discusses the code that Christians should live by, and principles that we should live by, and what God expects of us to relate well with him. Jeff includes many Bible references to help us with this struggle.

The Ideal and the Reality

Adam Lamb preaching on May 12, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCE:  1 Corinthians 13:13 – 14:12

Thinking about marriage – sometimes marriage doesn’t go well, and is usually far from the ideal. This is when it is wise to understand what the Bible teaches us, from both the Old Testament foundation and the explicit teaching of Jesus. And where does sex fit in? Some think that sex is unspiritual and doesn’t even belong in marriage, but this would be denying natural God given desires, but it is popular in many religions. However, that is completely foreign to Biblical thought. Reflect on what Jesus gave us the image of heaven – a wedding banquet; delicious food and good wine, a party with family and friends. Yet, in a world like 1st Century Corinth sexuality was rampant – does this look familiar when looking at today’s world? So where does sex fit with God? And what does this mean if a marriage has unreasonable demands or abuse? Think and pray to God for guidance as you listen to Adam.

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager

Duncan Anderson preaching on May 5, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCE:  Luke 16:1-15

This is one of the strangest of Jesus 40 or so parables, but it is here to teach us some sort of spiritual reality. To teach us something about the Kingdom of God. Luke advises us that “the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light“(Christians) – Luke 16:8. What does Paul mean here? Does God endorse this shrewdness? No, that does not fit with God’s character. But God does tell us to be wise with our worldly wealth, but what if we don’t have any wealth? How should we handle the wealth that we have – big or small? Lots of questions for us as we live in this world. Listen to what Duncan has to help us navigate these issues.

Show Me The Money

#3 in the Series: THE LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR US TODAY Adam Lamb preaching on April 28, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCE:  1 Corinthians 6

Money is a great blessing. But it has the ability to bring out the worst in people, even those of seemingly good nature and good character, even in ourselves. The 1st century church in Corinth also had this problem, and not just with money. We, along with all humanity, as nice as we normally are, have a sinful bent. Unfortunately we are reluctant to see our own sin, to own it, to change, and so to repent. It is sadly inevitable; and denying this only blocks us from moving forward as we should, and often as we would also like to. But there is a solution to this – owning our sin, changing, repenting and being forgiven. Sounds easy doesn’t it. Though it is vitally important for us, it is the hardest to do. Our prayer is that Adam’s candid words in this video will help you in whatever you are struggling with.

Ultimate Arrogance

#2 in the Series: THE LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR US TODAY Adam Lamb preaching on April 21, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCE:  1 Corinthians 5:1-13

Are you living a double life? Is the way that you are living the same as the way that you profess to be? Would you react kindly to being confronted for things you do that others see as not the way you should be behaving? This Bible passage is hard teaching, especially in an age where we want to be gentle, kind, tolerant and easy-going. However, no one can be even close to be perfect, so when we inevitably fail then we are to remember that God loves to forgive us. So followers of Jesus, as Christians, we are striving to obey. And we need to be open to other Christians, and welcome loving and gentle rebuke from them, with the aim of amending our wrong ways of behaviour.

God’s Will & Ways – not of human origin

Jeff Kendal preaching on April 14, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCE:  1 Corinthians 1:17-2:5

Critics of the Bible readily show their lack of knowledge. A knowledge that is readily available through even basic research. Some critics are even highly regarded as wise and respected because they are widely publicised. Some of these criticise by saying that there is so little documentation to back-up the Bible truths. But in reality, there is far more verified documentation for the Bible than there is for many ancient events that we often take for granted as obvious fact.

God’s thoughts are not our thoughts because of his infinite wisdom – “for the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.1 Corinthians 1:25. The gospel truth is that Jesus Christ died and rose again so that our sins, which we ALL do commit, are forgiven, for those who turn to him and follow him. Jeff helps us understand the foundation of this truth for us, and so why we can so easily get it wrong.

Getting the Right Balance

#1 in the Series: THE LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR US TODAY Adam Lamb preaching on April 7, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  1 Corinthians 1:1-17

Adam speaks from Paul’s letter to those living in Corinth, a city renowned in antiquity for its debauchery. Renowned for seeking pleasure – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. This is Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians that has been preserved for us, as the book of 1 Corinthians in the Bible. Though we may not like to admit it, Corinth is much like our city today, so this letter has much to teach us today. As Christians, we have been washed, sanctified and justified, which means that we are forgiven and declared innocent. We were ugly, but when we confess our sins and repent, then God sees us as beautiful sons and daughters, changed in his eyes, from sinners to saints.

But our individual personalities can still be a danger for each one of us. Are you prone to self-righteousness, or condemning others, or prone to be casual to sin? We long for justice, and God promises that justice will come to all. Are you prepared to face his justice? If you’re earnestly waiting for Jesus, then you have got all that you need!

Jesus is Risen – Easter Sunday

Adam Lamb preaching on March 31, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Luke 24:1-12, 36-49 and Daniel 7:1, 9-14

The resurrection of Jesus – is it really true?  What do you think?  But it is not what you think that matters, it is what the evidence shows us that will change our understanding if we choose to investigate.  And it is really worth investigating the compelling evidence of not just, was Jesus resurrection true, but why did he give up his life willingly to die, and to rise again.

We also will die one day, maybe sooner that we may hope.  Though we may prefer not to think about it, death is a certainty.  So how can we understand that death can lead to life.  Leading us to comfortably face life and death with confidence and peace.

 

Good Friday – Easter

Adam Lamb preaching on March 29, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:1-4 and 2 Chronicles 3:1

Some people say This Christian thing is complete nonsenseI could not believe in a God who judges  It is worth considering if this is valid or not because justice is something that we all crave, something that we ultimately believe in.  Instinctively we know that punishment for wrong, is right.  And, of course, God requires that for ALL too, without exception.  But we want to live exactly as we want.  God has told us in his word, in the Bible, that yes, judgement WILL come to ALL.  And when there is judgement then there is also punishment.  And it is clear, throughout the Bible, that our wrongs will be punished.  Thankfully, that is why Jesus went to the cross on Good Friday for those who believe in him.  Good Friday is good for Christians because this is when our punishment was taken by Jesus on our behalf.  You can become a Christian, saved from God’s judgement and punishment, simply by honestly confessing your wrongs to Jesus and seeking his forgiveness, then growing to follow his example.

 

Regime Change

Jeff Kendal preaching on March 24, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Matthew 21:1-17

It is interesting that Jesus biography focuses almost exclusively on just the last three years of his life, and particularly his last week.  Today we remember the first PALM SUNDAY, when Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem to great rejoicing of the crowd.  Jeff points us to where everyone should have known that all this was going to happen; read Zechariah 9:9-10.  But then the people turn violently against Jesus, which we are reminded of every Easter time.  But what benefit was there in Jesus dying that week?  Matthew 1:21 tells us that at the time of his birth, Jesus “will save his people from their sins” – he had to die for this to take effect for us.  Jesus refers to this in John 12:31-32, then John 12:33 confirms “the kind of death he was going to die.”

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…Colossians 3:15.  This is the real regime change, brought about for us by Jesus.

Did you receive the Spirit?

Series: MAKING THE MOST OF THE SCRIPTURES Adam Lamb preaching on March 17, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  1 Corinthians 8:1-13 and Acts 18:1-11, 19:1-7

The question asked is – did you receive the Holy Spirit when you decided to follow Jesus and become a Christian?  Deciding to become a Christian can seem like a big decision.  But what is this talk about the Spirit?  The Spirit is what Adam lays out for us in this video.  To find out more of what the Bible has to say about Jesus and following him, then do look at our earlier sermons

Such as “The gospel goes out…”        18 February 2024.
            “Introduction to the Bible”     19 November 2023
            “The inspiration of the bible”  10 December 2023
            “Getting the message right”   15 October 2023

VIDEO UPDATED, 28 MARCH 2024

So even the Gentiles?!?

Series: MAKING THE MOST OF THE SCRIPTURES Adam Lamb preaching on March 10, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  1 Corinthians 7:1-16 and Acts 9:36-10:20

Peter was asked to go somewhere he should never go, to eat with people who are unclean, and to do something that was totally forbidden.  Thankfully, he did all that, and Luke tells us this in his book of Acts chapters 10 and 11 in the Bible.

This story, told to us in graphic detail, is just what Peter did.  The result was that Peter was soundly criticised because he broke their law.  However, the people of the day, and us too today, benefit dramatically from this event.  It was both a mind-blowing and world changing event in history, particularly for most of us who are Gentiles (non-Jews).

Only Perfection Acceptable

Series: MAKING THE MOST OF THE SCRIPTURES Adam Lamb preaching on March 3, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and Acts 8:25-40

Why did Paul include in the Bible book of Acts, this passage telling us of the Ethiopian eunuch?  What is God’s purpose for us today in providing this word to us?  But Philip had an amazing experience and enlightenment that speaks volumes to us now.  And his experience is easy to understand when we think about it, and it demonstrates to us effective living and obedience.

However, it can be unsettling, particularly to us males, when we read Deuteronomy 23:1No one who has been emasculated by crushing or cutting may enter the assembly of the LORD.”  Yet Acts 8:27 tells us that the Ethiopian was also a worshiper of God.

Adam explains this unusual story for us in this video.

The Trustworthiness of the Bible

Jeff Kendal preaching on February 25, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  2 Timothy 3:10-17 and Psalm 119:113-128

Some sceptics say that you cannot trust the bible because archeology proves otherwise, and this fallacy is frequently expounded by the media.  So do Christians rely on blind faith, or can faith in God be securely anchored to fact, even on archeological facts.  Concrete proof is not possible, but the evidence  that has been uncovered is mind blowing.  Jeff gives us some excellent examples.  He also provides compelling verses from the Bible that give us further assurance, and these verses are included in his talk.  The more archeological digs are uncovered, the more the Christian faith in the Bible is supported as truth.

Jeff also includes personal insights regarding his faith in Christ.

The gospel goes out…

Series: MAKING THE MOST OF THE SCRIPTURES.  Adam Lamb preaching on February 18, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  1 Corinthians 5:1-13 and Acts 7:54-8:8

What do you understand when you read the Bible?  Is it telling you exactly what to do in given situations, or is it describing an occurrence that occurred?  Where should our focus be?  Adam fleshes this out using examples from the book of Acts, as well as telling us how God’s word came to be spread far and wide, and how we also need to spread his word to those we know and meet.

What is important as we live out our life here on earth?  It appears that Adam likes roast lamb.  Not suggesting that we roast Adam Lamb, but that we talk together with him and his wife over a lamb roast.

Is This What’s Supposed to Happen?

Series: MAKING THE MOST OF THE SCRIPTURES.  Adam Lamb preaching on February 11, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  1 Corinthians 4:1-21 and Acts 9:1-30

We have read, or at least heard, something of what Paul has said to us in the Bible (even if it was only in secular writings or comments).  But who was Paul (who had also been known as Saul of Tarsis)?  And do we understand what Paul was like before he met Jesus on the Damascus road?  Such as his deep murderous intent and hatred.  Meeting Jesus was a game-changer for him.  But how did it happen?  And can I expect to meet Jesus in a similar way?  Adam gives us some insightful advice here from what Luke wrote.  Luke “carefully investigated everything from the beginning” to bring to us his account of who this Paul/Saul was – Luke 1:3.  Listen to what this insight can do for you today.

What Are We Doing Here?

Series: MAKING THE MOST OF THE SCRIPTURES.  Adam Lamb preaching on February 4, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  2 Timothy 3:1-17

Jeff last week explained the accuracy of the New Testament (NT) scriptures.  Today Adam shows that at the time of Jesus, only the books in the Old Testament (OT) were regarded as scripture because the NT did not exist until after Jesus was crucified.  Shortly after Jesus’ death, these NT documents were written down, and at that early time they also were being regarded as scripture.

So how do we live out 2 Timothy 3:16All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness“?  Adam goes on to say, with some humorous stories, the importance of living up to what Jesus’ gospel [good news] tells us.  This is great joyful news.

How We Got Our Bible – Biblical Transmission

Jeff Kendal preaching on January 28, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Acts 17:10-15 and Psalm 119:97-112

Can we really believe what is written in the Bible, when there are so many errors in it?  I have read Caesar’s Gallic Wars, and I know Homer’s epic poem Iliad, and I have no doubt that they are accurately recorded in our history.

Well, it may surprise you to learn that they and many other ancient writer’s manuscripts cannot be verified for accuracy anything like the confirmed accuracy of the Christian Bible.  Jeff unpacks this for us with facts that can change your life in a most positive way, and this should make you thirsty to know the Bible and what Jesus says to us today.  What about the errors people talk about?  Well, their significance is worth investigating in this most helpful video.

When Conflict Happens

Series: MAKING THE MOST OF THE SCRIPTURES Adam Lamb preaching on January 21, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  1 Corinthians 2:1-16 and Matthew 18:15-35

One thing we can be sure of, we will have conflict sometimes during our life, simply because of sinfulness in our world.  Our God of the Bible assumes and expects we will have conflict.  However, the solution is very simple, but it is not easy – read Proverbs 19:11 and 1 Peter 4:8.

Jesus tells us exactly what to do when conflict arises – Matthew 5:21-26, Matthew 7:1-5 and Matthew 18:15-20.  And Romans 12:17 also advises us “Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.”  Adam gives us excellent insight in his talk today, and illustrates through the above verses.

It’s Happened

Series: MAKING THE MOST OF THE SCRIPTURES Adam Lamb preaching on January 14, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Exodus 20:1-21 and Matthew 5:1-24

Which bits of the Old Testament (OT) do we need to obey when the ultimate sacrifice has been completed by Jesus on the cross?  Those OT sacrifices are no longer required, but it is still impossible for anyone to keep God’s laws, no matter how hard we try.  The Pharisees of Jesus day tried really hard, but were still nowhere near what God requires.  God expects that we will sin so he sent Jesus as our substitute, to take our well deserved punishment.

In Matthew 5:17, Jesus tells us that he has not come to abolish the law.  Hebrews 10:1 reminds us that “the law is only a shadow of good things to come…”.  While Mark 7:15 tells us that “it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”  Read these chapters in the Bible and listen to how Adam helps us to understand God and what he expects of us.

What Are We Known For?

Series: MAKING THE MOST OF THE SCRIPTURES Adam Lamb preaching on January 7, 2024 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Acts 2:42-47 and 1 Corinthians 1:1-31

What does a follower of Jesus look like, according to Jesus; and what are we, as Christians, known for?  Adam helps us to understand how we should live for Jesus.  During his last supper with his disciples, Jesus told them “a new command I give to you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

Are you concerned about others, and is this shown by your love and generosity – generosity unrelated to any church giving.  “…let us do good to all peopleGalatians 6:10

A Verse for the New Year

Jeff Kendal preaching on December 31, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Psalm 90:12 

Psalm 90 focuses on TIME in many of its verses.  Our focus today is on verse 12Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom“.

People often make New Year’s resolutions at this time.  When Jonathan Edwards read through his Bible he made 70 resolutions, which are written into history, and he was just a teenager at the time.  We now focus on just three of his resolutions, and how this relates to Christian teaching, and to the word of God.

Christmas Day Message

Jeff Kendal preaching on December 25, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  John 1:1 & 14 

God stepped into our daily world personally to reveal to us God Himself, in the person we know to be Jesus, the Son of God the Father.  John chapter 1, verses 1 and 14 record: “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … The Word became flesh and lived among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth“.

God entreats us to learn how this affects us today, personally, because Jesus is knocking on our door to be let into our heart – “Behold I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me.”  Revelation 3:20

A Child is Born – Christmas Eve, Carols by Candlelight

Jeff Kendal preaching on December 24, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Micah 5:2 and Matthew 2:4-6 

Micah wrote in the 8th century before Christ, the Messiah.  Micah records the prophesy that the birth of the Messiah would be in Bethlehem in Judea (Bethlehem Ephrathah), which is the Bethlehem near Jerusalem, not the Bethlehem in Galilee.  Yes, there are two Bethlehem towns.  Jeff unpacks this for us and helps us understand the prophesy, and how it relates to the Biblical records of the New Testament, which were written shortly after the prophesy was fulfilled by Jesus.  This helps us to understand what God always had planned, and how this affects us today.

The End of the Beginning

Phil Rawlings preaching on December 17, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Daniel 11:1-32 

The Biblical history of the early verses in Daniel 11 is clearly verifiable by secular writers, making clear to all just who the specific kings are in this section of Daniel.  However, there are various views on the later verses, and Phil presents these for us to consider.  He then shows why one particular view is the more likely to be the one we should embrace, and why we should embrace it.  This preferred view is also underlined by Daniel 12:1-2.  This is well worth considering because it reveals God’s plan, revealing that he knows what will happen, and that in spite of all the evil being dealt out today, God will win in the end.  Be well aware that there will be an end to the world as we know it.  We just do not know when that will be, only God the Father knows.

The Inspiration of the Bible

Jeff Kendal preaching on December 10, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  2 Timothy 3:10-4:2 and Psalm 119:49-64

The Bible is the inspired word of God, or is better and more accurately expressed as words God-breathed into the authors.  It is God’s word given to men and written down with their own culture of the time and their own way of expressing his word.  This gives us a wonderful tapestry to learn from and it underlines the accuracy of what God is saying to each of us.  We can read God’s word in the way that it was revealed to the various authors.  God’s word was not dictated and copied down, but it is as was expressed by God to those who wrote it.  A great example is the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke and John, which say the same thing but through the eyes of these different witnesses to God’s truth.  Pray to God as you read his word, pray that he will reveal it to you.  Then watch as his word is revealed to you personally.

A Short History of the English Bible

Jeff Kendal preaching on December 3, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Psalm 119:33-48 and John 1:1-14

Bibles had to be hand copied until they could be readily available when the printing press was invented in 1455.  But even then they were outlawed in English, because the church of the day required scriptures to only be in Latin, and very few could read or understand Latin.  Jeff unfolds the difficulties encountered to produce the English Bible which is so readily available in easy read versions today.

Bibles are now readily available, but not in all people’s native language, so Bible translators around the world are busy working on making the Bible available to as many language groups as they can.  The Bible is the most popular book, so why not ask God to reveal his word to you while you read it.

Introduction to the Bible

Jeff Kendal preaching on November 19, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australiav.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Psalm 19:1-14 and Hebrews 1:1-9

What is the value of the Bible and do we need to know what is written in it?  The Bible is an item that is found everywhere but often overlooked, and taken for granted?  What is the purpose of this collection of 66 small books that have been gathered together in a single volume, and why is it split into two sections, the Old Testament and the New Testament?

What can happen if I pick up a copy and start to read it, and if I say a few simple words to God of how I feel and what I need?  Jeff provides us with some excellent examples, two are videos of experiences that have had such a positive effect on people’s lives.

Daniel’s Final Vision

Phil Rawlings preaching on November 12, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Daniel 10:1-21 and Ephesians 6:10-20

Have you ever had a visitation from an angel or from Jesus?  Daniel has spoken with angels, and even, it seems, met Jesus himself – as did Moses.  Daniel is greatly troubled by these visions.  “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man…”  Daniel 7:13.  Daniel chapter 10 has marked similarities with Revelation chapter 1.

There is a spiritual battle going on, but thankfully Jesus on the cross reveals that the battle has ultimately been won, though the skirmishes currently still go on in our lives, until Jesus returns.

Parables #8 – The Ten Girls

Jeff Kendal preaching on November 5, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Matthew 25:1-13

This is also known as the parable of the ten virgins.  Jesus is telling us here that we must always be prepared and ready because we do not know the day or the hour of his return, even though there is obviously a very long time span between his first and his awaited second coming.  We are powerless to save ourselves, except by accepting Jesus’ invitation and turning to him, accepting him, and trusting in his unchanging word to us that we have in the Bible.

Civilisation is decaying.  Society is decaying socially, morally, spiritually, and politically.  Jesus tells us to be the salt of the earth that hinders corruption, seasons, but can sting.  Jeff explains this to us in his sermon, as well as reminding us to be light to others.  Thankfully “He has delivered us [those who accept him] from the domain of darkness…” Colossians 1:13-14

Parables #7 – The Wedding Feast

Jeff Kendal preaching on October 29, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Isaiah 55:1-9 and Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus is in Jerusalem, and it is just a few days before he will be crucified.  The religious leaders knew that he was talking about them and they did not like it.  Jesus tells us about his invitation to all, and how so many people reject his offer of grace.  God goes to great lengths to draw people to him, and this is illustrated by the parable.  He is also virtually quoting from Isaiah 61:10 “…he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness…”

Paul then exhorts us in Romans 13:14 to “clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think of how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”  This parable provides wise guidance to us.

Take Time to Pray

Phil Rawlings preaching on October 22, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Daniel 9:1-27

Daniel’s life illustrates real prayer and answers to prayer, likely throughout the 80 or so years of his life.  Phil draws us to Daniel’s amazing prayer life with examples, particularly in relation to God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:10Daniel 9:3 records for us: “So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes“.  And God answered many if not all of Daniel’s prayers.

He then extends what Daniel tells us so that it helps us to understand prayer and its importance for us all.  Our personal relationship that we have with Jesus is our key to life.  Prayer is a discipline, and it can start with the simplest of prayers “Lord, teach me to pray”.

Getting The Message Right

Adam Lamb preaching on October 15, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  John 15:26-27 & 16:12-18 and Acts 2:42-47

Do we always get it right when we hear a message?  Adam underlines for us the importance of feeding on the scriptures, and he gives us examples of how we easily get a wrong message.  Thankfully, Jesus told his disciples that “when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truthJohn 16:13

This video is to help us to get it right, because it is a challenge to stay true to Jesus.  We need to “remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus foretold” in Jude 17, because we hear from them what Jesus revealed to them, and the Spirit still reveals his truth today.

Parables #6 – The Net

Jeff Kendal preaching on October 8, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Matthew 13:47-52 and Hebrews 10:19-25

This simple parable of the net of fish leads us to the Final Judgement of this world.  They collected the good fish in baskets “but threw away the badMatthew 13:49.  God wants us to escape from the final judgement and not be thrown out.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”  John 3:16.  Are you a child of God, committed to Him?  Do you say Thy will be done” and believe in God, or will God wash His hands and accept your choice, saying to you “Thy will be done“?  Talk to us if you are unsure – it costs you nothing to talk, and God’s gift to you is also free.

Parables #5 – The Treasure & The Pearl

Jeff Kendal preaching on October 1, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Matthew 13:44-46 and Philippians 3:7-14

Two very short parables back-to-back, but they provide a very instructive message, and sometimes this message is misinterpreted.  What do the treasures in these parables represent?  How do they relate to 2 Corinthians 4:7 – “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us“.

What do you treasure most, and what are you willing to lose. Are you prepared to lose all to gain much more?  Australians are great gamblers.  Jeff presents what is incredibly valuable but it is something you can’t lose if you want to keep it – and it is no gamble.

Every Dog Has Its Day – Daniel 8

Phil Rawlings preaching on September 24, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Daniel 8:1-27

There is heaps of history in Daniel, with frightening beasts that are different to those in Revelation in the Bible.  But it helps us to understand God in our lives today.  Our lives are ever changing and there are times when we go through the valley of the shadow of death.  However, God is always with us in the good times and the bad, because God loves us totally and is in everything that happens to those who love and have accepted him.

Parables #4 – The Mustard Seed & The Yeast

Jeff Kendal preaching on September 17, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Ezekiel 31:3-7 and Matthew 13:31-35

These two parables teach us how the Kingdom of God advances.  God’s kingdom is revolutionary and all-embracing.  It does not come suddenly, in one ‘foul’ swoop, knocking everything else out of the way – the way revolutions happen, and the way that kingdoms are usually established in this world.  God’s kingdom is different.

Do you wish you had a stronger faith?  Do you want to increase your faith?  Then go to the most unbelievable prophesies in Scripture.

Parables #3 – The Wheat and The Weeds (Tares)

Jeff Kendal preaching on September 10, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 and Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

At the time when Jesus walked this earth, the church leader’s expectation was that the Messiah – the Anointed One – would come as a conquering king who would overthrow God’s enemies.  Jeff identifies each of the cast of ‘characters’ in these two parables of Jesus.  Jesus has come for all people on this earth.

 “No creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him whom we must give account.”  Hebrews 4:13 (ESV)

One Like A Son of Man – Daniel 7

Phil Rawlings preaching on September 3, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Daniel 7 and Matthew 26:63b-68

This is a beastly sermon, revealing Daniel’s vision of the four beasts in Daniel chapter 7.  The revealing of the Ancient of Days and One like a Son of Man is even better because it is life changing.  Your life changes when it is revealed to you what is the most important to know in life, that Jesus is on the throne and that God never abandons those He loves.

When you believe in God then no matter what is happening in your life, always remember what God’s word says, and this includes that  “The Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6

Parables #1 – Introduction to Jesus’ Parables

Jeff Kendal preaching on August 20, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Isaiah 6:8-10 and Matthew 13:1-17

It is interesting that in the first two years of Jesus’ ministry he spoke plainly, but then in his last year he spoke often in parables. Why was this?  Was it to make his message easier to understand?  Was he now focusing on speaking to children?  Jeff opens this up for us to help us to understand God’s word.

This is sermon #1 of the Parables series.

The disciples came to Jesus and asked him, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”  Matthew 13:10

Daniel in the Lion’s Den – Daniel 6

Phil Rawlings preaching on August 13, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Daniel 6 and Hebrews 11:32-40

The first 6 chapters of Daniel are a historical summary, so Phil reviews the first five chapters and now adds chapter 6, including how these chapters relate together.

God’s saving of Daniel and his three friends are incredible miracles.  How does God work in your life, each day in little things, and also in the big issues?

Read all of Hebrews chapter 11, which beautifully reminds us of historical faith in God; “…through faith conquered kingdom, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames…”  Hebrews 11:33-34

Spiritual Disciplines 11 – Stewardship

Jeff Kendal preaching on August 6, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Genesis 1:26-31 and Luke 19:1-27

There is nothing that does not belong to God, including everything we own and everything we are; our gifts and talents as well.  And he has made us stewards of his with responsibility and accountability.  “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it”  1 Corinthians 10:26

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace…”  1 Peter 4:1

Jeff reminds us of Jesus’ parables which teach us that we are both responsible and accountable stewards.

Spiritual Disciplines 10 – Use of Our Time

Jeff Kendal preaching on July 30, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 and Ephesians 5:1-20

Time is something that can fly but can’t be retrieved.  This precious commodity can’t be sold, but you can spend it.  As we look at the age of our universe we realise our lifetime is so very short. “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes”  James 4:14

Our time is in God’s hands.  This is best illustrated when we read how Jesus used his time while here as a man.  We are given all the time we need to come into a personal loving relationship with Jesus.  So “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart.”  Hebrews 4:7.  Because “…all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”  John 1:12

Listen to more of what Jeff says, to encourage us.

 

Spiritual Disciplines 9 – Christian Service

Jeff Kendal preaching on July 23, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Joshua 24:14-21 and John 13:1-17

What service do you do?  Who benefits most, you or others?  How do you measure humility and how is it related to service?  Jeff gives us some practical advice on how to see the things that we do.

Tabitha (also known as Dorcas) is a good example of Christian service “…she was always doing good and helping the poor…” Read about her in Acts 9:36-42

Peter learned a valuable lesson the hard way from Jesus on how to view service, John 13:1-8.  Jeff gives us insight into what Peter learned.

How is service directly related to our happiness, and to humility? This video could be a catalyst to positive changes and amazing happiness in your life, by Jesus’ personal guidance.

 

Spiritual Disciplines 8 – Study

Jeff Kendal preaching on July 16, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church, Newport, Sydney, Australia.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Psalm 19:1-14 and 1 Timothy 4:1-16

Jeff’s focus is now revealing God’s word on this vital subject of Study – “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed…”  2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV).  His message is a plea for us all to use our minds regarding our Christian faith, because “the word of God” is “the sword of the Spirit…”  Ephesians 6:17 (NIV)

How is religion viewed in this world?  Unfortunately we can glibly rely on science theories, rather than to focus on obvious truths.  Blind faith can be dangerous but factual truth with researched knowledge is essential to life.  Jeff goes on to show us how we should study.  Richard Foster’s book “Celebration of Discipline” (especially chapter 5 – “The Discipline of Study“) is most helpful.  Refer to Philippians 4:8.

 

Forgive Stories

Rob Warren preaching on July 9, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Psalm 40:1-5, Matthew 6:9-14 and Luke 6:37

Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdomPsalm 90:12   It is wise and profitable to forgive.

Rob enlightens us with some very personal life stories showing forgiveness in practice, and showing how we can be involved in this already active world revival.  He reveals some amazing answers to prayer.  More information is on their web site www.forgivestories.com.

If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.  Matthew 6:14-15   Prayer is really important.  We can only be truly effective when we earnestly and consistently pray.

Spiritual Disciplines 7 – Bible Intake

Jeff Kendal preaching on July 2, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Psalm 19 and 2 Timothy 3:10-17

Why is the Bible so important?  Is it just ancient stories with some history, or is it a book that is too good to resist.  Jeff gives us history on how the  Bible came to be so readily available, and finishes with Bible quotes that reveal the Father’s compelling love letter, written especially and personally for you.

All scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness…  2 Timothy 3:16

May God the Father reveal to you why his word is far too good to simply set aside, while we are being busy elsewhere, and how he amazingly guides us to far more productive lives as he prepares us for his eternal future.

The Writing’s on the Wall – Daniel 5

Phil Rawlings preaching on June 25, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Daniel 5:18-31

Phil tells us about the kingship of Belchazzar and where he fits into history, which is also wonderfully recorded in the book of Daniel chapter 5.  What archaeologists found in the 1800s verifies that Daniel’s first chapters were written by an eye-witness.  How the great Babylonian empire collapsed in such a spectacular way is also revealed.

Looking at the life of King Belchazzar, it is then good to ask ourselves, that if your sin is weighed in the balance, how would you fair against God’s holiness?  Thankfully Jesus tips the scales in favour of those who turn to and believe in Him, because He paid the price in full to redeem His children.

Look to Jesus because He tips the scales in our favour

Spiritual Disciplines 6 – Fasting

Jeff Kendal preaching on June 18, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Ezra 8:21-23 and Matthew 6:1-18

Fasting is a spiritual discipline for spiritual purposes and is primarily to intensify our prayers, removing distractions so that our heart is focused on God.

There is not a lot in the Bible on fasting and there is no command to fast, but Jesus fasted and so did others who are recorded in the Bible.

Jeff reminds us that fasting is not necessarily just from food, but from any appetite, such as TV, sports, cell phones, shopping and sexual relations.  As Dr M Lloyd-Jones said, “…fasting should be made to include abstinence from anything which is legitimate in and of itself, for the sake of some special spiritual purpose...”

Spiritual Disciplines 6 – Fasting

Jeff Kendal preaching on June 18, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Ezra 8:21-23 and Matthew 6:1-18

Fasting is a spiritual discipline for spiritual purposes and is primarily to intensify our prayers, removing distractions so that our heart is focused on God.

There is not a lot in the Bible on fasting and there is no command to fast, but Jesus fasted and so did others who are recorded in the Bible.

Jeff reminds us that fasting is not necessarily just from food, but from any appetite, such as TV, sports, cell phones, shopping and sexual relations.  As Dr M Lloyd-Jones said, “…fasting should be made to include abstinence from anything which is legitimate in and of itself, for the sake of some special spiritual purpose...”

The Vilest Offender Who Truly Believes – Daniel 4

Phil Rawlings preaching on June 11, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Daniel 4:28-37 and Psalm 2

Has the Lord been patient with you?  Do you deserve His grace in your life?  Phil takes us through Daniel chapter 4 before embarking in future Sundays on the more challenging chapters of Daniel.  Phil reminds us that God is in control of history and our lives.  God shows amazing patience with us by showering his grace upon us, though sometimes our circumstances make this hard to see.  That is the most important time when we need to pray fervently.

No one is beyond hope, not ever the ruthless Nebuchadnezzar The Great.  We must never give up, and also not give up on anyone.

Always turn to Jesus – He delights to pardon even the vilest offender.

Spiritual Disciplines 5 – Simplicity

Jeff Kendall preaching on June 4, 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Matthew 6:19-34 and Luke 12:13-21

Jeff continues with his series showing that Jesus seeks simplicity rather than ritual and complication.

  • Jesus simplified everything he touched
  • Simplicity is a state of the heart
  • Simplicity is discarding all that hinders us as a Christian  Hebrews 12:1
  • Simplicity is staying focused on Jesus  Hebrews 12:2
  • Don’t be deceived, Jesus is our saviour  2 Corinthians 11:3 and Acts 4:12
The Image of Gold & the Blazing Furnace – Daniel 3

Phil Rawlings preaching on May 28 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church.BIBLE 

REFERENCES:  Daniel 3 and 1 Peter 4:12-16

Phil unfolds chapter 3 of the book of Daniel, firstly discussing Nebuchadnezzar’s image of gold that he insisted be worshipped as a god, and his rage at the three faithful Jews who refused such worship.  So Nebuchadnezzar had Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego thrown into the furnace, but they walked out after talking in the furnace to a fourth who was with them.  Phil then reveals how God may work in our lives – and how we need to trust in Jesus, no matter what.

When Your Backs Against The Wall – Daniel 2

Phil Rawlings preaching on May 21 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Daniel 2 

The history in these first few chapters prepare us to better understand the challenging text in the rest of this book of Daniel.

  • Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and what he required of his wise men.
  • His dream image and what we know about it.
  • Daniel saves the day and is put in charge.
  • The affect on Nebuchadnezzar.
  • Interpretations on this chapter.
  • And when you are cornered – pray, praise and trust.
  • God is in control.
  • Spiritual Disciplines 4 – Prayer

    Jeff Kendall preaching on May 14 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church.

    BIBLE REFERENCES:  Psalm 8 (David’s prayer of adoration) and Matthew 6:5-15

    Most people pray, but why?  What is prayer?  How should we pray? Who do we pray to?  What should our prayers be like?   ACTS formula.

    • Jesus tells us how to pray  Matthew 6:5-7, Luke 11:2-4
    • The apostles exhort us to pray.  Colossians 4:21 Thessalonians 5:16-18
    • Jesus often prayed.  Luke 5:16
    • We need to freely give God our Adoration, our Confession, be in Thanksgiving, and lastly, to make our Supplication (humble requests).
    • David’s heart-felt prayer of adoration.  Psalm 8
    Spiritual Disciplines 3 – Solitude & Silence

    Jeff Kendall preaching on May 7 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church.

    BIBLE REFERENCES:   Psalm 25 and Luke 5:12-16

    Being alone with God in silence and solitude can be greatly uplifting.  How ordinary people can walk with God.

    • Did the patriarchs seek solitude?  Genesis 32:22-30, 1 Kings 19
    • Did Jesus advocate and practice solitude and quietness? Matthew 14:1-13, 1:23, Matthew 6:6, Luke 6:12-13, Luke 22:39-44, Luke 5:16 
    • What advantages did Jesus demonstrate?
    • What tips should we follow?
    Spiritual Disciplines 2 – Christian Meditation

    Jeff Kendal preaching on April 23 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church

    BIBLE REFERENCE:   Psalm 77:1-12

    Meditation for the Christian is a conscious focus on Jesus and his word.

    • What is not Christian meditation
    • What does Don Whitney say about Christian meditation?
    • What does the Bible say about Christian meditation?  Psalm 104:34Hebrews 12:2
    • What should we meditate on?  Philippians 4:8Psalm 77:10-12 & 48:9Joshua 1:8
    • Points on how to meditate,   refer also to Psalm 77:6
    • Meditation is to help us to walk with God.  Psalm 8
    A more detailed handout is available on request.
    Daniel 1 – An Uncompromising Life

    Phil Rawlings preaching on April 30 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church.

    BIBLE REFERENCES:   Daniel 1 and Isaiah 39

    An introduction to a 12 part series on the book of Daniel, covering chapter 1.

    • A brief history leading up to the book of Daniel
    • Babylon takes control of Judah in 596 BC
    • 10,000 taken to Babylon, including Daniel and his friends
    • What are God’s ways?   Hebrews 11:33-36
    • Do my boundaries and standards measure up to Daniel’s?
    • Is God first in my life?
    Spiritual Disciplines 1 – Introduction

    Jeff Kendal preaching on April 16 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church

    BIBLE REFERENCES:   Psalm 42  and  2 Timothy 1:1-13

    We all need disciplines but spiritual disciplines for the Christian life are easily overlooked.

    • What does it mean to “walk with God”?  Genesis 5:24 & 6:9,  Micah 6:8
    • What are the spiritual disciplines?  Hebrews 10,  2 Timothy 1:7-13
    • Don Whitney explains in his book “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
    • How does this relate to Psalm 42?
    • Examples of other disciplines practiced by those who excel.

    A more detailed handout is available on request.

     

    Spiritual Disciplines 1 – Introduction

    Jeff Kendal preaching on April 16 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church

    BIBLE REFERENCES:   Psalm 42  and  2 Timothy 1:1-13

    We all need disciplines but spiritual disciplines for the Christian life are easily overlooked.

    • What does it mean to “walk with God”?  Genesis 5:24 & 6:9,  Micah 6:8
    • What are the spiritual disciplines?  Hebrews 10,  2 Timothy 1:7-13
    • Don Whitney explains in his book “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
    • How does this relate to Psalm 42?
    • Examples of other disciplines practiced by those who excel.

    A more detailed handout is available on request.

     

    Man Of Sorrows

    Phil Rawlings preaching on Good Friday April 7th 2023 at Pittwater Presbyterian Church

    BIBLE REFERENCES:  Isaiah 53:1-12,   John 19:16-37,   Psalm 22:1-8

    Jesus death on the cross shows us His amazing love for us, and His death was specifically for you.

    • Jesus was taken to Pilot – Tacitus wrote of the horror of crucifixion
    • Jesus carried his own cross, which may have been just the cross beam
    • Jesus went willingly to suffer the cruellest of deaths for us
    • Jesus did this, facing judgment for our sins, in place of us
    • Jesus was separated from his Father God when facing this judgement  Psalm 22:1
    • Abraham was told by God to sacrifice his only son Isaac.  Arguably this was at the same place as Jesus death   Genesis 22
    • John the Baptist declared Jesus as “the lamb of God”  John 1:36
    • Lambs were sacrificed in the millions by Jews in those times.  Jesus, is our ultimate sacrificial lamb
    • Nicodemus went to Jesus and was reminded of the snake lifted up to save the people  Numbers 21
    • Jesus told him that he, “the Son of Man must be lifted up”  John 3:14
    • 300 prophecies of Jesus were fulfilled, many on the day that he was crucified, and all in scripture were fulfilled by Jesus going to his cross
    • Paul said “For I resolved to know nothing … except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”  1 Corinthians 2:2

    A Christian is someone who KNOWS that on the cross Jesus died in their place.

    You too can reject or receive Jesus – you too can decide your own eternal destiny.

    We love it that Jesus died on the cross and rose again, and we celebrate it because he willingly did this for you and me.  Jesus did for me and for you what we couldn’t do for ourselves.

    Jesus On Trial

    Jeff Kendal preaching on April 2nd 2023, at Pittwater Presbyterian Church

     

    BIBLE REFERENCES:   John 18:28-38,   John 19:1-16

    SYNOPSIS: Jesus is tried by the religious leaders and the government.  Though innocent he is then sentenced to be crucified.

     

     

    • Jesus was arrested and taken to the high priest, Annas   John 18:12-14
    • Then taken to Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin   John 18:24
    • They took Jesus to Pilate;  who sent him to Herod;  who returned him back to Pilate   John 18:28-29
    • It was an illegal trial of Jesus, so why was he crucified?
    • Why was Jesus silent and not speaking in his defence?   Matthew 26:63-66
    • Who was demanding that Jesus be crucified?   Matthew 20:25
    • What was Pilate afraid of to condemn this innocent man to death? John 19:6-8

     

    A more detailed handout is available.

    Jesus’ Triumphal Entry

    Phil Rawlings preaching for Palm Sunday, but on March 19th 2023, at Pittwater Presbyterian Church

    (In the church hall while election pre-polling was set up in the church)

    BIBLE  REFERENCE:   John 12:1-26  (also Matthew, Luke, Psalms and Daniel)

    SYNOPSIS: Jesus was hailed as king – then arrested on an invalid charge of blasphemy and sentenced for crucifixion.

     

    • Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt to cries of “hosanna” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”  Matthew 21:9, Luke 19:38, John 12:13, Psalm 118:26
    • The Pharisees said to Jesus, this is not right, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”   Luke 19:39
    • Hosannas died quickly for Jesus in just a few days after his entry into Jerusalem
    • Jesus had done many miracles, but the religious authorities wanted to arrest Jesus or stone him
    • Daniel was told (500 years earlier) when the Messiah would come   Daniel 9:25
    • 7 + 62 = 69 sevens (or 483 years)  =  from March 14th 445 B.C to April 6th 32 A.D.   Daniel 9:25
    • Many claim that the Messiah came right on schedule, as prophesied
    • John writes:  It was not until we looked back, after his glorification – then we understood.
    • The death and resurrection of Christ was the beginning of the Church, of a new people of God who would truly want to see Jesus and recognise who he is.

    The door is open for everyone.   You included.

    The Holy Spirit Promised

    Jeff Kendal preaching on March 12th 2023, at Pittwater Presbyterian Church

    BIBLE REFERENCE:   John 14:15-17

    SYNOPSIS: Jesus tells his disciples and us about the Holy Spirit, what this means to us, and how we relate to him.

    • Jesus tells those who love him that he will give them the Holy Spirit   John 14:15-17
    • You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit   Acts 2:38
    • His focus is on YOU.  It is your decision whether to accept him or not.
    • The Holy Spirit is a Person and is God.  He longs to lead us and give us insight in all things because he loves us more than we can know, and he wants to live within us through his Holy Spirit   Romans 8:9-11
    • The Holy Spirit must be obeyed and is not to be lied to or resisted   Acts 10:19-20,  5:3-4,  7:51
    • God is our Holy Father, Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  The Trinity, all in the one Person.

    A more detailed handout is available. (as shown below  a centre-folded reference)

    A Place Prepared For You

    Jeff Kendal preaching on March 5th 2023, at Pittwater Presbyterian Church

    BIBLE REFERENCE:   John 14:1-3

    What place will believers be in after departing this world – living, once dead.

    • Jesus went to prepare a place for you and to take you there   John 14:2
    • Jesus victory was for our benefit   Isaiah 53:5
    • Do you want to be in that place of benefit?   Revelation 21:3-5
    • Covid has been nothing like the plagues in Rome (165 AD and 251 AD).
    • Christians, focused on that place of God while nursing those ailing patients.
    • This world is not all there is to life.

    A more detailed handout is available.