Sunday 24 January 2021.
This Sunday though we have the immense privilege in participating in the baptism of Simon Norel. We along with Hans and Nicole will together promise to point Simon to Jesus, to the power of the cross and the beauty of grace. On Sunday we will very visibly and physically celebrate all that Jesus has done for us and promises to do for Simon too.
To make sure that as many people as possible are able to make it, we have hired the PCYC building across the road. Though we will have more space and a higher capacity, they do have the same requirements as us. You will again need to use their QR code and wear a mask. Natalie and Pieter will be at the entrance to help you with the sign in process.
If it is your intention to come on Sunday could you please register your intent by clicking the link below
Sunday Service - Simon Norel Baptism Tickets, Sun 24/01/2021 at 10:00 am | Eventbrite
If you are unable to attend, the service will be live streamed on Zoom and later available from the Sermons page on our website
ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81268667262
APOLOGIES for the YouTube Video. The Video stops after 30 minutes. The rest remains on Audio only.
Good morning church. Hopefully you will have read the update sent around on Tuesday about our planned return to services at our regular premises this Sunday.
Unfortunately our registered numbers for attendance are at full capacity for today. However the service will be streamed live on Zoom and you will also be able to watch this from a recorded version after lunchtime.
Please also bear with any technical glitches as we get used to a new restrictions and systems:
Zoom link from 9.55am
This week we continue our time in the Psalms of Ascent by looking at Psalm 127. This Psalm is one of only two that are attributed to King Solomon. In many ways, this Psalm echoes the wisdom attributed to Solomon elsewhere, pointing to the sovereignty of God over both the lives we build and the homes we make.
Psalm 127 challenges us to step back and consider the limitations of our human endeavors. What we do with our hands and what we do in our homes is all by the will of God. May we, like those who first sung this song, recognise that without God, all we strive for is in vein.
This week we remain exclusively online, with the intention to return physically next week.
Sunday 3 January 2021- Ben Peletier - Online Only
Songs of the Steps - Psalm 126 - Past, Present & Future Joy
This January we pick up where we left off last January, in the Psalms, or more specifically the Psalms of Ascent. Picking up at Psalm 126, we continue to journey through these songs that were sung by the Jewish pilgrims as they made their journey to Jerusalem for the festivals that littered their calendar.
The focus of the song that is Psalm 126, is a simple but life altering three letter word: Joy. Given the year that has been and the lockdowns we face, joy is possibly the last thing on many of our minds. As we will see though, it is something we can find even in the the darkness of the past, present or future.
Good morning church, This Sunday with the rapidly changing environment and proximity to Christmas, we have decided to use an external video for todays sermon. One of the joys of the internet is that you have access to the greatest preachers both alive and passed, RC Sproul being the former. He was an amazing preacher and you can find many more of his sermons either on his website (ligonier.com) or through YouTube.
As far as getting back to church goes, that is still largely unknown. With both the northern and southern zones of the beaches still in lockdown it is likely that we will be online for at least the next few weeks. If you do live on the beaches, please stay in the zone you live in.
When we are allowed back, our ability to meet in our building will be dependent on the people per square meters rule. We will endeavor to keep you updated with all that we know. I (Ben) have cancelled the leave that I was meant to be taking currently so feel free to contact me if you have any queries.
Stay safe, have a good week and please follow the health requirements.
This Weeks Sermon
From the Ligonier website: Ours is an age that emphasizes emotionalism and experience. Emotions and experiences are not necessarily bad things, but they should not be set up in opposition to the mind, to reason. In this message, Dr. R.C. Sproul exhorts us to remember that Jesus called us to love God with all of our minds.
Blessed Christmas everyone. This year will be very different for us on the Northern Beaches. Just a week ago we would have expected to be celebrating this day together. A lot has changed and yet the point and purpose of Christmas has not. We can still celebrate that fateful day when Jesus was born.
This Christmas, we want to focus in on one of the names that Jesus was given, a name that sums up the entire series we have been working with. Emmanuel, God with us. Log in this Friday as we see how Jesus is the only reason and the only way that we can experience a life with God both in here and now as well as into the eternal future
Sunday 20 December:
Over the last four Sundays, we have considered the ways in which we can get the point and the purpose of our relationship with God wrong. Each of the mistakes we have considered are easy to make and some of them even appear to be morally desirable. Each of them though misses the point because each replace a relationship with God with something else.
This week though, as we approach Christmas, we step back and look at the big picture. We ask the question, "what is it that God really desired from us?" Tracing three of the key points of the Biblical story we see that what God wants is something more meaningful than we often conceive or imagine. What he wants is us with him, eternally
Sunday 13 December- Ben Peletier 10am @ 58 Fisher Road Dee Why
Luke 15:25-32 - Life For God
Last week we looked at how a life from God can in many way sound good, but can become dangerous to our faith. If life is simply from God, then we can easily end up expecting him to simply meet our needs and desires. This week though, we look at an equally tempting attitude, a life for God.
Like all of the postures we have considered, a life for God sounds like a positive thing, it's something we need to do. Yet as we see in Jesus parable of the prodigal son, if this is the primary way we relate to God, we too can find ourselves distanced from God, wondering what it is missing or what we have done wrong.
Fear and control. One we wish we had more of, the other we wish we had less. How do we solve this perpetual human struggle? For some, the answer is education. The more we know, the more we understand, the better we can control things and therefore the less we should fear. This is the answer that our modern secular world gives. Is that though of a meaningful answer, is it true or is it even possible?
It's not just the world that gives this answer though, it's also the attitude of many in the church. If we simply know more about God, if we know the Bible better, then life will be ours to understand it and control it. The answer to the problem of fear and control, according to the Bible is not education or information, it's trust and obedience. A trust and obedience that is only understood in Jesus.
Sunday 22 November - Ben Peletier @ the PCYC & online.
Matthew 19:16-30 - Life Under God
This week we start a new series the will lead us all the way to Christmas day, where we celebrate the fullness of God coming down to earth to dwell with us. He is Emmanuel. In this series called WITH, we will look at the ways we misunderstand God's desire for relationship, considering how the various spiritual postures humanity takes, are often one and the same.
What the Bible shows is that from his plan in creation, in the central moment of our redemption and even at the culmination of all things, God's desire was to be with us. So why should we expect something different now? And why do we think a life squashed under the weight of his expectations is his desire?
Sunday 15 November - Ben Peletier. Obadiah 1:15-21 - How Near Is Near?
Series: Brothers at War
This week in the final section of the book of Obadiah we see the message reach its climax, bringing to light the ultimate plan God has for both Edom and the world. What we see in this passage is that God's word about Edom is not simply about Edom but speaks to the all nations.
In these final verses we see both the dread of judgment and the hope of restoration. Yet will we make the same mistake that Israel did in misplacing these promises? Will our hope be in something that God promises or something we desire?