Our shield and our defender

I was humming this hymn to myself yesterday. We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender. Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise; When passing through the gates of pearly splendor, Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days. It’s a great reminder of the confidence Christians can have in God’s oversightContinue reading


Acts 19 records Paul’s first visit to Ephesus. There were disciples there who had not heard about the Holy Spirit even though they had responded to John (the baptist’s) message (v3). They heard Paul’s message about Jesus, believed, were baptized and received the Holy Spirit (v4-6). He spent about 2 years there (v10). He doesn’tContinue reading

Church in the outdoors

We were able to continue meeting today because we have a great outdoor area with plenty of room, allowing for correct social distancing requirements. Guest speaker was Dan Leister (https://www.afes.org.au/profile/dan-leister) from Evangelical Students at University of Queensland. Musical accompaniment provided by a flautist. Being away from the road it was quiet, allowing us to hearContinue reading

What is singing for?

There are only a few references to singing in the New Testament. Jesus and the disciple sang a hymn before the crucifixion (Matthew 26). Paul and Silas sang hymns of praise in jail (Acts 16). In addition there are two passages that give teaching about the purpose of singing. Ephesians 5:15-21 Therefore be careful howContinue reading

5 Minute Sermons

What it is Instead of a standard message as is customary on Sunday mornings, given by one person, this is an opportunity for several men to prepare and deliver a short talk. How it fits in with the aims of the meeting When we meet together we should remember verses like these: Let all thingsContinue reading