Sunday 15 May 2022 AM - Ps Hugh Perry - Treasure - Part 4: Not Us ..... Him
Ps Hugh begins by bringing out a full-length mirror as an illustration. He then discusses how he became born-again and had a great transformation. The day before that happened he had been looking into his mirror, as we do. After his miraculous and wonderful transformation, he looked in the mirror again. Not a single thing had changed! He looked exactly the same. The transformation was all done inside of him.Then he refers to the background picture that we've had displayed for this series on Treasure. It's an ancient pirate treasure chest overflowing with gold doubloons and other loot. He points out something that is actually wrong with the structure of the treasure chest. He then suggests that is how we are continually viewing ourselves. We focus on the something that is wrong with us and forget to be concerned fully with the Treasure within as we should be.1 Peter 2:9 - "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."Ps Hugh elaborates on this Scripture to point out just who we are in Christ and how much we mean to God and how we are supposed to demonstrate all that to the public. But what about the flaws that are so recognisable to us? Not the visible ones, the internal ones. He then continues to remind us, with many scriptures, as to just how wonderful that Treasure is that resides within us and that we do not need to be concerned about her own weaknesses. It's not all about us ..... It's all about God within us. We should be able to gain much confidence and encouragement from this message today.All of the Scriptures for all that come from the New Testament. Ps Hugh ends with a Scripture from the Old Testament. It presents quite a challenge to us! Be bold, listen to the end, and don't be afraid of this challenge. And be blessed.
Sunday 8 May 2022 AM - Ps Gary Hourigan - Treasure - Part 3: Amazing Grace ..... and a Samaritan Woman
After wishing all the mothers a Happy Mothers Day (and to all you mothers out there as well) Ps Gary refers to the Amazing Grace as mentioned in one of our worship songs this morning. He then elaborates on just how amazing it is that God saves us from our sins through the Blood of Jesus. He then gives us a hint that we don't know anything about his past life and says this: "The amazing thing about my story is no that I'm standing on the platform. The amazing thing is that I'm standing at all." If that resonates with anyone out there (everybody?) Then keep listening to Gary's passionate proclamations about Amazing Grace.He then encourages us that God incarnate in us can go out and display that Treasure - Amazing Grace - to the world that we live in. He mentions that God has gone ahead of us. We are not alone - the power of God resides in us and we are filled with the Holy Spirit. He points out that there is no difference between us Christians and everybody out in the world except Jesus.Are we too busy to stop and noticed someone who needs that Amazing Grace as we have it? Ps Gary then goes into the journey of Jesus and the disciples as described in John 4:27-35. The disciples were interested in continuing the journey but Jesus stopped and started talking to a Samaritan woman. A Samaritan! A woman! The disciples were shocked but too afraid to comment on that. They suggested that Jesus must be hungry and He should get food. Is that what we are like? We are so busy getting on with our own life and proceeding with our own journey that we don't 'see' a person who needs Jesus and His Amazing Grace. Jesus saw her. With just a few words she believed she knew who He was and brought everyone to meet Him.Ps Gary advises us to not try and bear the burden of all this ourselves but know that Jesus, having gone ahead, has already prepared for people for us to meet. Be encouraged and absorb what Ps Gary is saying as he implores us to understand all this and be available for dying people.
Sunday 1 May 2022 AM - Ps Gary Hourigan - Treasure - Part 2: Good News
After greeting us and a short introduction Ps Gary started showing us some slides of his grandchildren. He is very proud of them. I'm sitting there wondering. "Where is this going to lead to"? "Somewhere quite important." is the answer to that question. Stay tuned .....Last week, Ps Terri spoke of the treasure within us and that we might be able to access this treasure in spite of our weaknesses. Today, Ps Gary speaks of another treasure that we have access to ..... The Gospel.He believes that the whole world is actually looking for the gospel even if they don't really know. Certainly, everybody seems to be looking for something and that clearly indicates that they're not satisfied with what they have in themselves or their lives. We know what that is! Better, we know Who that is. Ps Gary reminds us that the translation of the word gospel is Good News. That is a Treasure.We have the Good news for everybody but sometimes we keep it to ourselves. The challenges of life seemed to absorb us and get in the way of us spreading the Good News. Gary also well describes the difference between gifts and ministry. We all have different gifts that the Lord has granted to us. But we all have one and the same ministry. What might that be? Hint: in the 1940s and 1950s church attendance here in Australia was 50% of the whole population. It is now dropped to only 7% of the population! Ps Gary read quite a number of Scriptures to discuss all this with us.He then proceeds to describe to us his passion to give us a new understanding. Ps Gary very wisely points out that we do not need to stress about mentioning the Good News to anyone and that Jesus gives us peace to do that. Further, he teaches us that he cannot say the whole world by himself and neither can we. God has already started doing that and it is His harvest that he wants us out working in, not the whole lot.Even the shyest of us all those who are somewhat isolated can listen to this message today and be encouraged and confident that God can still use them, as well as everybody else, to reveal the treasure of the Good News that we all have in our lives. Be there!
Sunday 24 April 2022 AM - Ps Terri Hourigan - Treasure - Part 1: Show Yourself
Ps Terri begins by quoting some words from a song called "Show Yourself" ....."Come to me now - Open your door - Don't make me wait - One moment moreShow yourself - Step into your power - Throw yourself - Into something new"This is her message for us today - to be bold and show ourselves wherever we are and that we are vulnerable and open to people. ("But I don't feel as though I'm really up to that.") No worries. Ps Terri fully covers this and helps us to put aside any fears, reluctance, and trepidations about stepping out. Reading from Romans 8:19 she proclaims that this is the word for us right now that it is speaking to us, to you. She wants us, as God wants us, to be ready to meet others and minister to them.It's not about us. It's about the Holy Spirit within us and the power that we acquire to do what God wants us to do. Ps Terri reminds us that it's not about what we speak or how we speak or what we look like. People that we meet can 'catch' that we are different because it's not us, it is the Holy Spirit.She also reminds us that Satan wants us to hide that light that God has put in us. We think we are not qualified but there is no condemnation for us. And no pressures either. We just need to be ourselves when meeting others. The Holy Spirit will do the rest. We need not fear failure - Proverbs Proverbs 24:16 tells us that the righteous will rise again.God wants us to be with other people. He was to be able to reveal himself to them through us. Ps Terri gives us much more encouragement and biblical ammunition to be able to do this.
Sunday 17 April 2022 AM - Ps Gary Hourigan - He Is Risen - Reflections Before Easter
Shortly after commencing his message today, Ps Gary lets us know that this is an unusual Easter message ..... It is ..... And that it is not your normal Easter message ..... It isn't. However, you will see that it is 100% an Easter message.During the last week prior to Easter, Ps Gary began reflecting on what his life was like before he became a born-again Christian. He asked himself, "Where would I be if Christ had not come?" He then describes a few aspects and that he had realised that he was under a cloud of death and a cloud of judgement. And, also, that there was nothing he could do about it. He tried, but could not self-direct his life. He still felt like something separated him from Christ. Have you ever felt that way? Keep listening .....He then flashes back to the beginning to talk about Cain and Abel. Have you ever wondered why God favoured Abel over Cain? Well, He didn't! Keep listening to hear Ps Gary solve this conundrum in a mighty and Biblical way. They were both sons of the Fallen Adam and so were both born with a sinful nature and were no different from one another. Speaking directly from the Bible Ps Gary shows us how we are all the same as those two men. Today is the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Why was that necessary? How is it that we can benefit? Keep listening .....At the end of this message, Ps Gary appropriately leads us into communion Perhaps you might like to prepare the emblems (bread and wine or anything else you might care to eat and drink in memory of Jesus' death and resurrection) and join us at home.And what happened to that cloud of death and that cloud of judgement? .....
Sunday 10 April 2022 AM - Ps Ross Abraham - Hope Is God
Today's service is a very special one for Citicoast. Our senior pastor of 13 years, Ps Mark Riddell, is going to retire from the senior position. Today's service allows us to give him honour for spending his life for us for all those years. Along with his family!As part of that celebration, we are pleased to have Ps Ross Abraham and his wife, Ps Kathy Abraham present today. Ps Ross is the National Chairman of the INC - International Network of churches of which Citicoast is a member. He is also Lead Pastor, Elevation Church, QLD as well as branches in several other states.Our message today contains a number of components and we are sure that you will be blessed by all of them:- Ps Gary begins by blessing the congregation with a mighty and passionate prayer. If you are listening to this podcast today, then you are part of our congregation today as well, and you can receive all those blessings.- He introduces Ps Ross who asks Ps Mark and his family to come up on stage so that he can give them honour for this service for so many years. Yes, this is specific to Ps Mark but you can apprehend it in your mind and prayers for your own pastors.- Ps Mark Riddell responds. Last year he lost his wife, Christine, to cancer. Have you suffered any such traumatic losses? A spouse, child, other relatives, a job ..... ? You will be blessed by Ps Mark's short response as he describes how God has got him through this whole traumatic situation. He can do the same for you, too. Don't miss this as it will be both comforting and encouraging for you if you have been having losses.- Ps Ross then gives us today's preaching message, "Hope Is God". He begins by discussing the state of the world today and the attacks on our church - the worldwide body of Christ. He lists a number of things that we depend upon in our lives and, as the current state of the world breaks them down one by one, we start to lose hope. After a while, we begin to think that we are set in that state for the rest of our lives.But, no! We must never lose hope. Ps Ross discusses a number of Scriptures to show us how God is the God of hope, peace, and joy. Ps Ross ends with a prayer to bless us all, you including, that we may break through into receiving those blessings in spite of any negative circumstances surrounding us.