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John 1: Transforming Revelation

In this season of epiphany we see Jesus revealed. We saw John preparing the way for the Messiah, Jesus hears a voice which calls him the “Beloved Son”, an affirmation of Jesus himself. He then begins his public ministry. These words also apply to us, in that we should properly understand both his and our own identity. If we know who we are in Christ many of our problems would be resolved. There is a line that goes right from the baptism to the cross. In today’s passage and in the context of...

Duration: 00:36:43

Mark 1 - 'Identity Sunday'

Mark 1: ‘Identity Sunday’ According to the textual evidence the baptism of Jesus is of great importance and the four gospels have a different angle on John the Baptist. Mark’s gospel gets straight to the point, that the ministry of John and the coming of Jesus were foretold by the prophets. Mark writes as a Jew, very sensitive to the grammar and so the divine is often revealed in the detail. ‘Preparing the way of the Lord’ calls Israel to repentance, as individuals and also as a nation....

Duration: 00:34:33

John 1 - Our great hope

Guest speaker Scott Morgan talks about ‘Plan B’. It is best to be prepared; thus the need for alternative plans. As humans it is always good to have a back up plan. God however is always in control. Jesus was with the Father from the beginning. He was (is) the Living Word at the moment of creation. The eternal existence of Jesus was from and in the beginning. The same Word has now appeared as man. Jesus remains our focus of hope in the midst of the suffering in the world. He is our solid...

Duration: 00:25:04

Luke 1: Here I am Lord!

Luke 1: Here I am Lord! Guest speaker Sandy Shoshani, speaks on the women who have made a difference in history. What makes us somebody is the Holy Spirit in our heart, as we look at Mary we see humility and willingness to obey. Will we let God use us with humility? The Luke account is organised and give eye witness accounts and facts so we may know the truth of the words. These are real people with real hearts, desires and passions. The story is in the context of the pregnancy of...

Duration: 00:38:50

John 1 - Witness of the Light

The first two weeks of advent prepare us for the coming of the messiah; this week focuses on the ministry of John the Baptist. Rev. Aaron Eime tells us that worship is multi sensory and illustrates this by use of an icon showing the Baptism of Jesus by John, being the prophet sent by God. John came to testify to the Light. Natural light does not distinguish between the good and evil but in creation, God separated light from darkness. Light guarded the Israelites in Egypt and moved with...

Duration: 00:22:38

Mark 1 - Preparation

The warnings of last week’s sermon are overlapped today; we are to be watching and waiting patiently, not being deceived whilst we wait for the coming of the Lord. We will all stand, one day before the Lord. In waiting we should not be discouraged or give up. There will be a time when many false ‘prophets’ and ‘messiahs’ will arise. Today’s message is about being prepared. Most wise people prepare for the end of their lives; writing a will, making amends, looking to make peace, make...

Duration: 00:37:08

The Advent

During the advent season we think of the first and second comings of Jesus. We have a textual problem in that the words were received as three different blocks of teachings which were somehow woven together. Firstly, He comes to Jerusalem to warn the nation. Secondly, is the teaching of the coming of the Son of Man Thirdly, there is a teaching that concerns itself with persecution. We are to interpret scripture correctly so that we can correctly apply it to our lives. These words of Jesus...

Duration: 00:32:19

Matthew 25: The Sheep and the Goats

Matthew 25: The Sheep and the Goats The emphasis of the ministry of Jesus is the Kingdom of God and so is our gospel passage. As Jesus comes to the end of his ministry he is warning us to be prepared for judgement. There are often surprises for us in these passages. Keeping the context of the gospel, the best way to understand this is that, good trees produce good fruit, judgement brings out something that has been there all along. For example those who said Lord! Lord! To which Jesus...

Duration: 00:35:14

Matthew 25 - The Day of The Lord

The world is spiralling into sin and where is God in all of this? We await the day of the Lord when God comes with his action of pouring out his holiness. The wrath of the world is not to be equated with the holy wrath of God. Rev. Howenstine touches on “The Collect”, noting that we are to rejoice in His coming and put his passion cross and death between our souls and death. The gospel is one of recruitment, now is the time to thank the Lord for His being slow in his coming, He wants us to...

Duration: 00:39:32

Matthew 25- Parable of the Virgins

Rev. Eime puts today’s gospel passage in context concluding that no one including Jesus knows the time of his coming and the end of the age. The parable of the ten virgins touches on a very sensitive subject for the church, eschatology, the end of all things. This very revelation should cause us to fall on our knees, a wake up call for the church saying, “Get ready!” The world needs us to be ready and prepared because when it gets dark we are going to need to help them, we are going to...

Duration: 00:23:13

Matthew 23: The significance of detail

Rev. David Pileggi looks at today’s gospel passage, in which Jesus rebukes the religious leaders of two thousand years ago; but this passage is also for the Church. What causes us to stumble in this passage? It is about law and grace. Distortions cause us to mi-read the text and have a distorted view of God Himself. We need to properly understand the Hebrew bible and its proper context. Israel’s election is not by works. We love Him because he first loved us; we are not working our way to...

Duration: 00:33:57

All Saints Day

All Saints Day Rev. David Pileggi looks at the All Saints Day Holiday: We should be able to come to this holiday in a proper and biblical manner and honour those faithful ones who have gone before us. The basis of this is discipleship - come and follow me, imitating and modelling ourselves after the life of Jesus. Jesus looks to his Father and he imitates what God does. Jesus' two main themes are, 1. The Kingdom of Heaven and 2. Discipleship; in effect follow me as I follow what the father...

Duration: 00:33:52

1 Thessalonians - A New Day

1 Thessalonians - A New Day Guest speaker Mike Kerem, refers to the ‘Clash of Kingdoms’; the natural often precedes the spiritual, this is especially evident in the Middle East at the present time. One of the things that stands out, looking at the passage in 1 Thessalonians, is that “they received the gospel with power, the Holy Spirit and full conviction”. Right away their faith is tested so that they become an example that is referred to again and again, as an example of how to receive...

Duration: 00:37:45

Lecture: From the Balfour Declaration to the British Mandate

Lecture: From the Balfour Declaration to the British Mandate Jonathan Kaplan, vice provost of the Rothberg School at Hebrew University, will speak on how events from the Balfour Declaration to the British Mandate affected the Holy Land. Part of our historical lecture series 100 Years Ago: The British in the Holy Land.

Duration: 01:14:06

Lecture: Battles, Balfour & ANZACs in Be'er Sheva

Lecture: Battles, Balfour & ANZACs in Be'er Sheva Eran Tirosh of The Israeli Society for the Heritage of World War 1, speaks on the Balfour Declaration and the key battles that took place in Palestine during World War I. Part of our historical lecture series 100 Years Ago: The British in the Holy Land. (Note: This lecture has a lot of visual media, the audio is included)

Duration: 01:18:08

Dr Shaul Sapir - The British Missionary Societies

The British Missionary Societies Dr. Shaul Sapir, professor of Historical Geography at Hebrew University, speaks on the challenges and activities of the British missionary societies and the impact they had on the Holy Land. Part of our historical lecture series 100 Years Ago: The British in the Holy Land.

Duration: 01:05:05

Matthew 22 - Prepared and Ready.

Rev. David Pileggi compares today’s gospel passage. In studying the parables of Jesus we need to look at the context of the words by: 1. Making sure his words are read in a Jewish context 2. Studying the same words as they appear in other gospels. Parables are stories that use images from everyday life. These appear in the gospels and rabbinic literature. Early Jewish parables help us to prepare for the end of one’s life and for the coming judgement. They are told to make the point simple,...

Duration: 00:32:21

Deuteronomy 16 - Tabernacles

Rev. David Pileggi firstly reviews the last two week’s sermons; The Kingdom will ultimately smash all forms of idolatry. Let us live a life of repentance, daily turning back to Him. Idolatry is dangerous in all its forms. The saddest words in Exodus are “Come let us make a god of our own creation and that god will go before us,” or in the words of Paul Simon, “The people bowed and prayed to the neon god they made.” Whatever we worship, that is not of God, is idolatry. Our identity and...

Duration: 00:27:52

Revelation 12 - War in Heaven

Last week we started a series on idolatry; this presents a challenge to all of us. As we continue, in the context of the feast of Michael and All Angels, Rev. Pileggi exhorts us that book of Revelation is to be read and cherished. It is a Revelation of Jesus Christ; we see him as the Lion, The Lamb, the book could be a manual of divine worship, it is full of warnings about idolatry and immorality to the Church. It also discloses the unseen world which is more important than the seen world;...

Duration: 00:37:03

Luke 1 - The Feasts

Rev. David Pileggi begins a three week series on the subject of the Jewish holidays. Rosh Hashanah is a time of repentance and introspection, a period of ten days prior to Yom Kippur in which to get right with God and other people. Yom Kippur is the time to ask forgiveness for sins committed against God. The ten days prior are to put things right with others. Rosh Hashanah is also a time to blow the trumpets, to wake us up from our spiritual slumber. The blowing of the shofar is also said...

Duration: 00:33:42

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