Sermons by Rev Phil Swain (Page 3)

Sermons by Rev Phil Swain (Page 3)

Growing Young #2 – Taking Jesus Message Seriously

Growing Young #2 – Taking Jesus’ Message Seriously Speakers: Phil Swain, Bec Swain and Max DayBible Reading: Luke 9:18-27 We are continuing with our Growing Young Program by exploring the next two wedges in our Growing Young Wheel – Empathy Now and Taking Jesus’ Message Seriously. Jesus encourages us to take our faith seriously … to pick up our cross and follow him and his example. This is a message that resonates with young people, so how do we as Read more

Bridges

Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Bible Reading: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-12, 32-40, 12:1-3 With elements from our Combined service, this 10:45 traditional service is on the theme of “Bridges” as we reflect on how we can strengthen our connection (or bridge) with Jesus, with each other and with the communities around us.

The Day of the Lord

Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Bible Reading: 2 Peter 3:1-10, 17-18 In our last sermon in our 2 Peter series, Phil is exploring the tricky topic of the second coming of Jesus. When Peter wrote this letter it was about 30 years after Jesus ascended into Heaven and people were starting to wonder … “what happened to Jesus promise to return … is Jesus really coming back again?” Now nearly 2000 years … how do we understand the whole issue of Read more

In the Light of all this…

In the light of all this…Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Bible Reading: Romans 12:1-21 In the last of our Romans series we open up Romans chapter 12 where Paul ponders the question “In the light of all this…” In the light of all the teaching from the Book of Romans that we have been exploring for the past 6 weeks, what is our response? In Romans 12 Paul gives us a heap of practical advice for responding to God’s grace. This Read more

No Condemnation

No Condemnation for those in Christ JesusPreacher: Rev Phil Swain Bible Reading: Romans 8:1-4, 31-39 This week Phil explores another perspective of Romans 8 – looking at the amazing good news that in Jesus we are not condemned and that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Sermon Text When I was at theological college, my preaching lecturer taught us about the power of a well place …… pause.  A pause makes people focus as it is a hint Read more

Loopholes of Grace. (Sanctification)

The Loophole of Grace? … or the art of sanctification.Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Bible Reading: Romans 6:1-14 Last week our pastor Phil passionately preached on how we are made right with God through Grace – and how God did all of this for us before we understood. This amazing gift of Grace seems perfect but it comes with a loophole … that people seemingly could live however they wanted and as long as they ask God for forgiveness – everything Read more

Justified through Christ

Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Bible Reading: Romans 5:1-11 We will also be continuing our “deep dive” into the book of Romans we are spending the next two weeks looking at the key spiritual teaching that Paul highlights in his letter … that we are saved by faith. This week we will be exploring the teaching of “justification” but more importantly being open to the profound free gift of God’s grace to us. Our minister Phil loves preaching on Romans and Read more

The Changing Perspectives of the Early Church

Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Bible Reading: Acts 13:1-3, 14:8-18 How do we respond when faced when our understanding or world view is being challenged? Last week Liesl shared how the Apostle Peter’s understanding of who was included in God’s family was turned upside-down with his “come and eat” vision and experience with Cornelius. But this episode caused ripples throughout the early church. This week our pastor Phil will explore how the Early Church’s perspectives where challenged and changed as God’s Read more

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday Service – Empty Promises or Good News Reading: Matthew 28:1-10 Preacher: Rev Phil Swain & Rev Kevin Kim Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus in this all-aged service! Lively singing with the Easter worship band, great joy and lots of fun as we worship the risen Jesus. Phil will be exploring whether Easter is about empty promises or Good News – a creative talk that has both a message for the kids as well as reminding all ages of Read more

Good Friday

Good Friday – The all-embracing Love of God Readings: John 12:20-33, Matthew 27:27-44, Matthew 27:45-54 & John 19:28-30 Preacher – Rev Kevin Kim, Rev Phil Swain & Liesl Homes A creative and reflective worship service which will focus on the cross of Jesus and the forgiveness, grace and life that we can find through his death. The theme of our service will be ‘The All Embracing Love of God’. The time of worship will be structured around five short bible Read more