Who did Jesus pay the ransom to?

When we hear the word ‘ransom’ we tend to think of kidnapping, like Liam Neeson faces in the Taken movies. The bad guys kidnap someone, usually someone from a wealthy family, then they demand a ransom payment to return the person. And then we come across this verse in...

Secret vs revealed things

Most of us would like to know more about what to do with our lives than we do. It would be nice to have detailed, personal instructions. Should I apply for this job or not? Should I live here or there? Should I marry this person or stay single or look for someone...

Did God really wipe out the entire 10 northern tribes?

As part of our recent Bible overview sermon series, we have recently been considering the division of the kingdom in the time of Rehoboam from 1 Kings 12. In short, God took 10 of the tribes out of the hand of Rehoboam and they set themselves up as a new kingdom...

Faithfulness matters more than popularity or success

We have been working through a Bible overview sermon series at church. Most recently, we spent time in the books of 1 and 2 Kings. These are the story of the tragedy of God’s people rejecting God and eventually receiving punishment for their rejection. If you read 1...

Does the Reformation really matter?

Today is Reformation Day. In fact, 500 years to the day since Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg. You could be forgiven for not noticing this in Australia. Our shops are full of ghosts and skeletons for Halloween; there is a lack of...

Should we go to church every week?

I grew up in a culture of attending church twice on Sundays. Every Sunday. Which, although being a blessing that helped to shape me as a believer, was something I didn’t appreciate much at the time.  It seemed like a burden. But as everyone came every week, most of...