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We are an active community of ordinary people –a local church– who meet regularly to read the bible as we follow Jesus Christ. For many of us, hearing the Bible’s message explained regularly helped us to finally understand who Jesus is, his mission and his relevance.




We are an active community of ordinary people –a local church– who meet regularly to read the bible as we follow Jesus Christ. For many of us, hearing the Bible’s message explained regularly helped us to finally understand who Jesus is, his mission and his relevance.




Out of the Depths (Psalm 130) (Norman Reid)

Listen to this song from the book of Psalms. A cry to the Lord leads to an amazing gift of redemption.


Death to Life! (Ephesians 2:1-10) (Richard McConnell)

The state of humanity may be “significantly more alarming” than you ever realised. What exactly is the biblical diagnosis? After his report on this, Paul explains how some extraordinary intervention has potential to bring people from death to life. Listen to find out more.


Ezra Part 5 - The Rebuilding Restarts (Ezra 5:1-6:12) (Richard McConnell)

The writer of Ezra suddenly brings us from over a decade of paralysis to a new beginning, a rebuilding restart. How does this restart come about? Listen in to hear how restarts in God's work begin, how they are sustained and how they are resourced.


Ezra Part 4 - When The Rebuilding Work Stops (Ezra 4:1-24) (Richard McConnell)

God’s work is always opposed. We’ll be looking closely at some of the history of that opposition in this time of rebuilding the temple, Ezra 4. The writer seems to want us to realise that this was no blip in history. God’s work will always face opposition. We aren’t supposed to minimise it, but to study it closely. Listen too for the echoes of the opposition faced by Jesus Christ.


Ezra Part 3 - First Things First (Ezra 3:1-13) (Chris McGuire)

Reading Ezra 3, we are struck with the priority of the people: they build an altar before they build a temple. But why? In this message you will see God's people recognising their greatest need and the Bible's unmistakable signposting towards God's ultimate solution to the human sin problem: Jesus Christ.


Ezra Part 2 - People With Clear Priorities (Ezra 2:1-70) (Richard McConnell)

The historian in me has always been really fascinated by lists of people. But what about the lists of people and places in Ezra 2? I hope we’ll see from Ezra Chapter 2 that it is well worth taking the time to read through them. Here are all the people who obeyed God. People who wanted to get things right where God and worship are concerned. This list is important because these are the people who said count me in. These people with their clear priorities should have an impact on us too. Listen in.


Ezra Part 1 - The Sovereign Hand Of The Lord Brings Restoration To His People (Ezra 1:1-11) (Richard McConnell)

God’s sovereignty can never be toggled to the off-position! God’s word from Ezra chapter 1 directs our attention to the Lord’s sovereign hand at work. It is the sovereign hand of the Lord that brings restoration to His people. The Lord is in control. Listen in to hear more.


The envelope: Sent out to Witness (Matthew 28:11-20) (Richard McConnell)

If you are a Christian, you’ve received an envelope containing a new life-mission. The purposes and aims of your life are re-directed! We can see how Matthew plainly connects the resurrection with this new, life-defining mission. At the end of Matthew's gospel, there’s a nudge from Matthew to read our new mission and come to terms with it. Listen in as you open yours.


Easter: The Resurrection (Matthew 28) (Richard McConnell)

Down through history, even when they set their minds against Christianity, people have found themselves confronted by the facts of the resurrection of Jesus. Matthew ends his gospel with a presentation of these facts. Then he does something else. Matthew shows how the resurrection of Jesus Christ compels us. Listen to this message from the last short chapter of Matthew's gospel.


Seven Last Days in Jerusalem - Matthew 26 and 27 (Richard McConnell)

Whether you are a story consumer or a story maker, what do you think of the story of the events in the run up to the first Easter? What Matthew has recorded and compiled wasn’t designed for quite the same type of story consumption we’re used to. And there are clues in his text about what he wanted us to do with what’s in front of us. This story is different. Listen in to find out why.


The Gospel According to Matthew (6:25-34) Worries: a principle and a pursuit (Richard McConnell)

Jesus confronts us here in Matthew about where we are investing our worries. As catchy as the tune is, Hakuna Matata is no biblical philosophy. Simply living with a “no worries” approach doesn’t square with life as a Christian. In this whole area of "worries," Jesus sets out two things we will be considering in this talk:aA principle for followers of Jesus and a pursuit for followers of Jesus


The Gospel According to Matthew (6:19-24) Money and Allegiance (Richard McConnell)

The Bible says that we are all investors. With whatever amount of money and resources we have, we are all investors. Just after as Jesus calls out the hypocrisy of showing off in how we give or pray or fast as his followers… he poses a series of questions aimed at challenging and teaching and warning investors like you and me. Three questions here - listen in!


The Gospel According to Matthew (6:11-15) Pray your needs (Richard McConnell)

Prayer. It isn’t some religious spectacle. It’s a heart-cry. Listen as we consider Jesus' model prayer and specifically where he invites his followers to pray our needs.


The Gospel According to Matthew (6:7-15) Our Praying Community (Richard McConnell)

The words of this prayer have probably been repeated meaninglessly more than any other prayer in history. It is ironic given that Jesus tells his followers not to pray like that. Here in Blackrock why don’t we move away from that sad irony? As you listen in, come and consider how we should pray as genuine Christ-followers!


The Gospel According to Matthew (6:1-18) Lesser Spotted Devotion (Richard McConnell)

There’s a kind of religion that is all to do with doing good things to be seen doing them. And there’s – sadly – a very common form of Christianity of this kind too. That Jesus should speak so directly to his followers about it should alert us that anyone who is a Christian is susceptible. Listen to hear what Jesus says about religious practice and our motivations.


The Gospel According to Matthew (5:43-48) Love your enemies (Chris McGuire)

Jesus calls his followers to resemble their father, God himself. This means more than mere transactional love for the people who love us back. Will you love your enemies? This is the way Jesus loved... all the way to the cross, to save us, enemies, from our sins. Listen in to this message from Blackrock Community Church on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.


The Gospel According to Matthew (5:33-42) Truth and Rights (Richard McConnell)

Jesus wants his followers to do more than wear the badge of truthfulness. As he takes charge of our lives, as we follow him, the king, he wants us to go beyond the surface to heart-level commitment to truth. Listen to this message exploring the next part of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.


The Gospel According to Matthew (5:27-32) A New Direction (Richard McConnell)

As Jesus teaches about what it means to follow him he moves in a different direction than his contemporaries or culture around us. Listen to what he is teaching in the realm of sex, lust and divorce. Will you follow his direction?


The Church (Ephesians 3:7-13) The Church is Central! (Richard McConnell)

We are very used to being individuals who live independent lives. So where does church fit in? We are going to see that, Biblically speaking, the church is central. We’ll look briefly at some of what the Bible teaches on the church, culminating in Paul’s description in the middle of Ephesians 3.


The Church (Ephesians 4:1-16) What the local church should look like (Richard McConnell)

It is always good to be thinking in terms of a biblical audit of how we are getting on as a local church. Paul challenged the Christians who made up the local church at Ephesus by giving them a description of what local churches should look like. Not just individuals, but as the people, who make up the church. What should the local church look like? And the surprise here is that the measure of a growing, maturing church is not just whether it’s teaching is biblically sound but whether or not the people are responding. Listen and find out more.