Sermons on Special Topics

Sermons on Special Topics

What is “That Which Is Perfect”? (48 min)

Dan Rudge tackles the difficult question “What is ‘that which is perfect’?” from 1 Corinthians 13:10. He contends that Paul is referring to the completed canon of Scripture, rather than Christ or heaven, and gives sound biblical reasons for his view (Message preached 22nd Nov 2018)

Is the Trinity a Bible Doctrine? (42 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the doctrine of the Trinity – God in three persons. He explains that the Lord Jesus is not “part of God”. Each person in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is wholly, equally, simultaneously and fully God. Mervyn exposes Arianism, modalism and tri-theism, and identifies their modern proponents. He also explains why illustrating the Trinity using examples such as the sun, water, clover or an egg, is misleading and liable to reinforce ancient…

Out of a Cult (62 min)

Baptised as an 8 day old baby and given communion from 6 months old, Clive Barber spent the first 17 years of his life in a legalistic religious sect. Excommunicated and told to leave his home at age 17, Clive turned against Christianity. He took to drugs, crime and vandalising churches. Though he left the UK and emigrated to Australia, God’s grace followed him there and he finally discovered the true gospel and found peace with God (Message given 6th…

The Fashion of the World (44 min)

After establishing the fact that the Bible is concerned with the outward appearance of God’s people, Michael Penfold outlines 10 scriptural “guiding principles” by which to judge issues like clothing, jewellery, cosmetics, piercing and tattoos. Scripture readings: Prov 6:24-25, 7:10, Eze 23:40, 44, 1 Tim 2:8-10, 1 Pet 3:3-4 (Message preached 7th Jun 2018)

Should Christians Keep the Sabbath? (44 min)

After listing 6 reasons why God gave the Sabbath, Michael Penfold proves that the Saturday Sabbath was a ceremonial, not a moral law, and that it was not instituted until Sinai. It was a “shadow” that gave way to the “substance” at the coming of Christ. He also looks at why believers meet on Sundays today, which the Bible calls “the Lord’s Day” (Message preached 13th May 2018)

A Biblical Look at the Gender Issue (66 min)

David Vallance brings Scriptural teaching to bear on topical issues such as equality, feminism, patriarchy, homosexuality and transgenderism. Starting in Genesis 1:27 he expounds the binary nature of gender, and from 1 Tim 2 and 1 Cor 11 explains the different roles God has given men and women, based on the pattern of Christ and His Church. He also explains how the symbols of long/short hair, and covered/uncovered head are to be understood in relation to this foundational topic (Message…

Movies, Social Media and the Christian (47 min)

Should Christians watch movies? Should Christians be on social media? Michael Penfold applies the timeless principles of the Word of God to these two issues. He discusses content, worldviews, actors, acting and fiction in relation to movies, and privacy, addiction, depression and narcissism re. social media. With adult Americans spending an average of 10 hours and 39 minutes of each day on leisure screen time, this is one of the greatest challenges of our times (Message preached 22nd Mar 2018)

Here I Stand – I Can Do No Other (45 min)

In a wide ranging biographical message, David Gilliland traces the life of the Reformer Martin Luther and in particular homes in on the courageous and history-making “sola scriptura” stand that he took at the Diet of Worms in April of 1521, which Mr Gilliland proposes was the pivotal moment in the Reformation (Message preached 17th Apr 2017)

Where Do The Dead Go? (36 min)

Michael Penfold asks, “Where do people go at death?”; “Where did Christ go at death?”  and “What is the future resurrection programme for the Church, Israel and the ‘wicked dead’?” He deals with a number of false ideas such as annihilation, reincarnation, purgatory, soul-sleep and universalism. He also critiques the two-compartment theory (Message preached 3rd Jan 2016)

Philosophers and Psychologists (44 min)

David Castles traces the long downward road of man’s wisdom since the commencement of the ‘modern period’ in the 1600’s down to today’s postmodern era. Along the way we come across Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Freud, Maslow and others, whose ideas culminated in the wasteland of the 20th century with its Holocaust on the one hand and pleasure seeking focus on the other. All of this is set over against the absolute truth of Scripture and the true joy…

Music Choices (36 min)

David Vallance gives useful guidelines to help Christians make godly music and hymn singing choices. He examines CCM (“Contemporary Christian Music”), and on numerous levels – lyrics, music style, authors – finds it to be greatly inferior to that which preceded it…the “great hymns of the faith”. Despite the emotive nature of this topic, David approaches it dispassionately, intelligently and informatively (Message preached 20th April 2014)

Out of Drugs (45 min)

Raised in a strict home and taught traditional values as a child, Peter Orasuk got in with a rough crowd in his youth and ended up a drug addict and dealer, and eventually behind bars. His was the party lifestyle, constantly flirting with danger, always knowing his next fix could be his last. But, in 1976, by a remarkable series of events, light came into Peter’s darkness. Through the gospel he was completely and miraculously delivered from all the chains…