Lord Please make my Church: Faithful

Our society too often gives the message that we must "tick off" a certain list of things in order to find happiness and joy. When we think about it, even subconsciously, our lives are cultivated to seek happiness in materialism and things that will ultimately fall away - like our lifestyles, homes, fashion, economics, the right car, the right job, the right home in the right suburb and 2.4 children attending the right school. It is an inward attitude that begets "self", and is often starkly contrasted in the Scriptures. The Scriptures talk about a different set of checklists. They talk about...

 The Forgiving Flow

Whatever preconceived notions or ideas we have about God, and who He is and what He has planned for us for the next life, forgiveness is not exclusively what happens after we are buried, it has to do with the way we live right now. The fundamental power of forgiveness in our lives actually changes the direction of your feet and the ground on which we tread. Forgiveness is a gift, something that isn’t earned or won, but given freely. It is part of a flow that naturally needs to flow on, and when you enter into this flow, you...

 Coming Kingdom

As Christians, we have frequent familiarity with the words, “Your Kingdom come.” We say it during prayers at church, in reciting the Lord’s prayer in schools, and it wouldn’t even be uncommon to hear during official secular ceremonies. But how often do we let the words sit with us, to let the mission and advocacy resonate with us, to be drawn into the enveloping awareness that for millennia, Christians around the world have sought the coming Kingdom and our Lord’s will to be carried out? Our scientific, empirical society built the modern world, and in doing so, left out any...

 Shine like Stars: New Generosity

Paul’s writings to the Church have for ages opened mankind to the awareness of a more inclusive understanding of our shared humanity, through the infallible, expansive and undeniable love we find in Christ. His continued writings to the church in Philippi expand on this, as he teaches them the importance of seeking satisfaction and contentment in Christ and putting aside the treasures and riches in this world that only weigh us down. Join with Lead Pastor Stuart Starr and the NewLife@10 series, as we continue to Shine like Stars.

 Shine like Stars: New Resources

Where do our thoughts turn to when our mind is quiet? Do they look in regret at the past? Do they spiral to worry about things that might come to pass? Paul teaches us that rejoicing in the Lord actually guards your lives and relationships from the onset of anxious thoughts. Filling your mind with uplifting, positive thoughts, media, books, relationships and literature releases your heart to know the joy that is found in rejoicing in the Lord. Join with Lead Pastor Stuart Starr and the NewLife@10 service, as we work through this very practical service on how to guard...

 Shine like Stars: New Ambitions

Ambition is often a term that many Christians view only as remnants of their old, sinful lives. But for Paul, it was absolutely necessary, even vital that his ambition remain, as his attitude and focus changed. Senior Assistant Pastor Geoff Leader reveals the dramatic shift in focus that led Paul’s heart to seek the Christ and turn his ambitions towards Heaven.

 Shine like Stars: New Friendships

Lead Pastor Stuart Starr looks at how our hearts and lives are inevitably shaped by the people we honour. An honest look at our hearts would reveal that most often times, it can actually seem counter-intuitive to hold anyone in higher esteem than ourselves, except if they are a famous influencer, a political leader or a prominent athlete. Paul’s reassuring message to the Philippians is reassuring for us - that if our hearts’ baseline and focal point is of Christ, then our actions will naturally follow - actions that speak about the work that has to be done for the...

 Shine like Stars: New Responsibilities

It shouldn’t be of much surprise, that we are today living in what many refer to as a “Post-Christian Society”. Our thoughtlessness for each other, the desire of self and ego, the way in which discrimination runs unchecked - so how do we act in a world where everything, at every turn, is lined with deception, evil and hatred? Paul’s answer? To Shine like Stars. To live a life that is exemplary. A life that stands in defiance of hatred and evil. To live as Christ and to die to the old ways and the bondage of sin. Christ was...

 Shine like Stars: New Attitude

Lead Pastor Stuart Starr talks on Phillipians 2:1-11, Imitating Christ’s Humility.

 Shine like Stars: A New Purpose

How would you respond if you lived under persecution and under the foot of oppression - if you had your rights stripped from you and if you had your basic humanness denied? When in chains for the Gospel, Paul preached Christ. He spoke of an inner joy that surpassed all human wisdom, and a peace that kept him grounded even in the toughest of circumstances. Join with Senior Assistant Pastor Geoff Leader and the NewLife@10 service, as we see how Paul's letter to the Philippians not only helped them rise above their circumstances, but forever changed their view of themselves, their church...

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