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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.




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.




Come Follow: Witnesses to His Resurrection - Luke 24:1-12 - Easter 2021 - Easter Sunday

Luke the gospel writer was determined to provide certainty about Jesus Christ. As he put together the eye witness testimonies, the findings of his careful investigations, he clearly demonstrated that Jesus was on a mission to save people – not in the first instance from social problems like poverty or even terrible physical disabilities like blindness. But more significantly, much, much more relevant, was Jesus’ mission to save people like us from our terminal sin condition. Luke wasn’t...


Come Follow: Clarity About His Mission - Luke 4:16-30 - Easter 2021 Palm Sunday

If you were to collect everything ever written in print or digital form about Jesus, you would have an extraordinary, almost inconceivable amount of material. So much has been written you might think that most people should be able to sum up in a sentence or two what Jesus set out to achieve. Despite having a general of who Jesus is, many, many people struggle with that kind of clarity. But, if we start with and focus on what the biblical writers like Luke wrote about him, examining the...


Come Follow: Certainty About Jesus Existence - Luke 1:1-4 - Easter 2021

Easter is a highpoint in the Christian calendar. And in a few weeks we’ll be celebrating it again here in Ireland. It was after the very first Easter that people, first in their ones and twos, tens and twenties, and then by their thousands began to define their lives according to the historical figure at the centre of it all – Jesus Christ. Today millions of people mark Easter in some way: some of them –it’s true – mark Easter for cultural or sort of religious reasons and for the sake of...


Belief & Behaviour: Titus 3:1-15 - Saved for Mission!

Chapter 3 of this letter to Titus begins with a reminder. Remind them (the Christians) to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work. All along, Paul’s letter has reminded Titus and Christians then and now that we need to close the gap between what we believe and how we behave. In Chapter 1, he spoke about the sphere of the church, in chapter 2 in terms of our homes: men, women, young and old each given specific instructions, now in chapter 3...


Belief & Behaviour: Titus 2: 11-15 - Two Events

At the moment our lives seem to be defined by two events, one of which has its first anniversary this week. Two events. One is an event we look back at, that took place a year ago, and one is an event that is still ahead that we are waiting on. Any guesses? I’m talking, of course, about the start of Covid-19 restrictions – which arrived on the scene with the event of the Taoiseach’s announcement on 12 March last year… and the other event is the future, final date when restrictions will be...


Belief & Behaviour: Titus 2:1-10 - Does it Fit?

There’s a very plain challenge that hits us from Titus 2 - Does it fit? And no, Paul isn’t asking his colleague on Crete if his clothes are the right size. There’s a much deeper concern. He wants Titus to challenge the Christians about whether their behaviour matches what they believe. Is your way of life consistent with your way of belief!


Belief & Behaviour: Titus 1:5-16 - Leaders & Traitors

We’re all by now familiar with weather warnings. Here in Ireland we get a colour to match the perceived severity of what’s coming. Thankfully, the colours currently active for today are just yellow and orange rather than a Valentine’s Day red! For Christians living on the island of Crete in the 1st Century, the apostle Paul begins to write what could be described as a Status Red cultural warning. That storm is, in fact, already hitting the island.


Belief & Behaviour: Titus 1:1-4

There’s a big gap in our lives as Christians, I know the longing we all feel to be back together – that’s a gap in our experience alright, but not the one I specifically have in mind this morning. There are gaps in our understanding too – I feel them, you feel them. None of us knows all we need to know – but those are not the gaps I’m referring to here. Neither is it the gap in our lives left by loved ones who are no longer with us, or the gap in our lives left by restrictions closing down...


A Call to Faithfulness: Isaiah 11:1-12:6 - Living Hope

There was utter devastation, with vast areas of scorched, burnt bushland left behind, following the Australian bushfires in 2019. Then some photographers captured an amazing sight. Vibrant green and pink shoots were seen rising up in the middle of blackened forests! The photographers described the hope they felt – seeing shoots of life in the middle of all the charred mess. And they shared the pictures as widely as they could to give others hope. Parts of the bible, like the one we are...


A Call To Faithfulness: Isaiah 9:8-10:34 - Another Call To Faithfulness

We’re in the middle of a repeat of lockdown so maybe you’re back into a repeat of home schooling or working from home. This section of Isaiah has the feel of repetition about it too, as this Biblical prophet calls God’s people to respond to God’s word. Here’s the thing about repetition: it gives us an opportunity to respond differently. There’s scope to change our thinking There’s another go at changing our behaviour; To stop and think again about the direction we are headed in. In these...


Guest Speaker: Mark Ellis (CUI Director) Mountain High and Valley Low

This week at Blackrock we heard from the Director of Christian Unions Ireland - Mark Ellis. Mark leads a team of staff who are working with students across the island to equip them in giving every student an opportunity to respond to the message of the Gospel. This morning he brings us a message from Mark 9.


2021: Romans 12:1 - God's Mercies in View

It was a passing comment this week, from someone who has experienced so many knocks to her business this year. She said: I don’t know what kind of God is looking down on us... is he just toying with us? But the very opposite is true. God is not toying with us. God has shown us extraordinary mercy. At the start of a new year, I’d love for all of us in Blackrock to set out living in 2021 with the mercies of God in full view. And to allow his mercies towards us to be the actions that define...


Christmas At Blackrock: Luke 2: 22-38 - A Saviour Is Recognised

Household visits are limited this Christmas. But via live stream, there are two guests to welcome in to your home for just a couple of minutes. Hear them out, as they have something important to say. Both of them will draw your attention to the reason for Jesus’ coming as a baby at the first Christmas. That’s the purpose of these visits to your home... so Luke can show us, help us to recognise that Jesus was not just for Christmas.


Christmas At Blackrock: Luke 2: 1-21 - A Saviour Is Born

As well as counting down to this Christmas, let’s look back at the first one. There are 3 instalments of the Christmas story in this part of Luke’s gospel. Luke gives us the circumstances, the explanation and the response to the birth of Jesus.


A Call to Faithfulness: Isaiah 9:1-7 - A Great Light and A Great Call

We have called this series A Call to Faithfulness. Deep into December you may feel there are too many calls on your time and energy! But please allow this most significant of calls to register with you personally, for these few moments as we read from the Bible. The lines of today's passage you may have heard hundreds of times. Christmas after Christmas. What we need to hear again isn’t their familiarity, but their powerful, repeated call, a call to trust in God rather than our own...


A Call to Faithfulness: Isaiah 6:1-13 - See the Lord a New Way

A year that saw old certainties crumbling on the world-stage was simultaneously the year that changed everything personally for Isaiah. It was, perhaps, in the turmoil of the death of a long-reigning monarch, who’d ruled things for over half a century, that he could see his own and his people’s need for a greater, and mightier King. 2020 has brought this kind of change to the front doors of every one of us. Not the death of a king, but sweeping international and national challenges in the...


A Call to Faithfulness: Isaiah 5:1-17 - A Love Song

Were you expecting a love song in Isaiah? That’s what 5:1-7 is, and as we will hear in a moment, it’s a love song with a searching chorus (v3-4) and a heart-breaking conclusion. If the prophet ever stood up and performed these lyrics to God’s people, the solemn message probably would have left them, at the end, in a kind of reflective silence.


A Call to Faithfulness: Isaiah 2:1-22 - Two Cities, Two Calls

How did God's people, Judah feel? One moment there’s a breath-taking description of their city, reimagined in the future as the highest of the mountains, the mountain of the house of the Lord (2:2). And the next moment, there’s a graphic commentary of the state of everything around them. The people of Jerusalem and Judah, in the present day, were being exposed. That’s what Isaiah does here, he paints two contrasting scenes: the glorious future set against the brazen present. But why?


A Call to Faithfulness: Isaiah 1:1-31

As Christians we tune in to God’s word in every year, every era – to hear God’s appointed spokespersons, and more than this, to hear God’s verdicts, God’s analyses, God’s challenges to our ways of thinking and our ways of living. And as we’ll see in a moment, there are a few shocks in store. So as we pick up the Book of Isaiah the prophet, as well as reading an ancient, celebrated manuscript, remember that we’re listening to an urgent message from God himself to his people. The prophets...


A Call to Faithfulness - Isaiah : Introduction

This year we've watched momentous events unfolding. How have we responded? Richard introduces our new series for Sunday Mornings where we will be exploring the book of Isaiah. Music: