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Hope Baptist Church in Sunbury began solely for the purpose of bringing hope and understanding in a time of great confusion.
The commission given by Christ was, in short, to preach the Gospel and to make disciples. Without distraction, this is the fundamental aim of Hope Baptist Church and pray it remains that same focus well into the future.

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Hope Baptist Church in Sunbury began solely for the purpose of bringing hope and understanding in a time of great confusion.
The commission given by Christ was, in short, to preach the Gospel and to make disciples. Without distraction, this is the fundamental aim of Hope Baptist Church and pray it remains that same focus well into the future.

    Blessing Our Persecutors

    Blessing Our Persecutors

    Blessing Our Persecutors



    “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” (Romans 12:9-14)



    We Bless Our Persecutors Because It Is Commanded



    We Bless Our Persecutors Because christ Blessed Us



    We Bless Our Persecutors Because It Re-Presents Christ



    We Bless Our Persecutors Because It Blesses Us



    Introduction



    His words were the precursor of the 2nd World war.



    They motivated his generals to act invade Poland, but not only this, his words justified the command to kill every man, woman and child of the Roman Catholic Polish population.



    “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”



    Adolf Hitter brought back into the memory of the Generals the State sanctioned Genocide of the Christian Armenians that began in 1843 and concluded in the horrific slaughter of 1915.



    In feigned preparation for the mobilisation of troops in 1914, the word “extermination” became the answer to the “Armenian Question” of the Ottoman authorities in Turkey.  



    After over 60 years of the Turkish attempt to destroy Christianity in their nation, they decided to conscript every man between the ages of 18 to 60 to serve as unarmed labourers for the military. 



    In 1915, under the cover of the 1st world war, over 800,000 Armenian Christian men were systematically killed. Anyone who tried to assist them were executed. 



    Approximately 200,000 Armenian Christians were said to have converted to Islam, and were thereby permitted to live. This alone testified that the slaughter of the Christians was motivated by hatred for Christ.



    It didn’t begin this way however, the Ottoman state began at the end of the 13th Century in 1299. And took in large portions of Southeastern Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. At that time Christians were tollerated.



    But then came the jizya, it was a Tax on all non Muslims, in effect, it was a Protection racket no different to the Mafia’s later employment. Protection money paid to the Muslims to prevent harm coming to the payers of the Tax.



    Persecution comes in many forms.



    The world has largely forgotten the Arminian Genocide even as the bloody conflict against the Armenians of Azerbaijan rose again to the fore just last year.



    I pray the sermon today will help answer the state of our heart even in light of the most extreme forms of persecution. 



     Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not



    We Bless Our Persecutors Because It Is Commanded



    What we can see that is certain in Romans 12 is that the list of moral principals written of by Paul stems directly from the first five words of verse 9, Let love be without dissimulation. 



    Paul desires that Love is attended to with perfect consistency, that there be no hypocrisy in it and with that he commands each item that follows on from those first five words.



    From that list of verse 9 to 18 possibly the most contrary to our nature verse 14, “bless them which persecute you”, and just in case you did not think him serious, he emphasises “bless and curse not”.



    It is not natural to us to Bless our Persecutors; quite to the contrary, the most natural tendency for us all is to fight fire with fire, those who treat us with spite, we return the favour in kind. 



    Those who take from us our freedom to speak, it is natural for us to desire they were silenced; Those who would take away our freedoms, we would like to see imprisoned.Those we see having the power to infringe upon our h

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    The Blessedness Of Giving

    The Blessedness Of Giving

    It is the privilege of Christians to fully comprehend the experience of the blessedness of giving, and this only in the light of Christ.So few people comprehend this very unique joy, and even fewer have understanding of its eternal significance. Does what is given today in the name of Christ multiply reward eternally? The answer depends only on where you desire your treasure stored.



    9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another ||with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Romans 12:9-15







    The Blessesdness of Giving



    Introduction:



    Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.



    Let me first explain The Blessedness of Giving in light of this verse in Romans 12:13.



    Each of us are charged by the Lord to give of our selves to those who are in need. Not only of those things that are physical, but also that we are “given to hospitality”.



    Hospitality is something that seems to have really changed alot in these last days, not many people are willing to “entertain strangers” forgetful that “some have entertained angels unawares” (Heb 13:2).



    But the text before us is not complicated, we give to those who have need, and we should ALWAYS be given to hospitality.



    The purpose of this message this morning to bring just a little clarity to the text before us, but then to explain why we do so and what benefit there is in it, both to the giver and the receiver. But most especially to the giver, as Jesus said “It is more blessed to give than to receive”



    The Benevolence of Selfless Charity



    Romans chapter 12 begins the portion of the book that is practical. 



    We have now left the segments dealing with doctrine (the teaching of the fundamentals of God and reality), now we have moved into the application which logically flows from those fundamental doctrines we have witnessed in previous passages.



    This portion of chapter 12, and most clearly, this verse (13) relates to the benefit of others, but more specifically, the members of the Church;



    Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.



    The Lord has directed here a focus of this distribution, this effort of selfless benefit is to the “Saints”, that is, the local assembly of believers, the Church. 



    Yes beloved, all the ‘saints’ spoken of in the Bible are alive and well, its the only way you can distribute to their necessity!



    We know we are to be a blessing to all people, but this is not what Paul has directed in this passage.



    He writes of the Body of Christ from verse 4 to 8 and directs a form of love in the same context that is without hypocrisy;



    Let love be without dissimulation. The word dissimulation relates to that which is dissimilar, not the same. Its greek origin is where we get the word Hypocrite.



    Let love be without hypocrisy, or perfectly rendered, without dissimulation Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another ||with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;



    The context makes plain that Paul is addressing the Church in how to live together with one another, and it is without contradiction that we should always be



    12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.



    Paul writes in Galatians 6:10;



    As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them w

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    We Glory In Tribulations Also

    We Glory In Tribulations Also

    Romans 5 is one of the most incredible portions of the Bible. One of the elements is in the consideration of how Christians are to respond to difficulty in their lives, Paul has an approach that may be seen to be provocative to many Christians.



    Brother Jeramie explains how it is that we Glory in tribulations.
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    He Walked On The Water

    He Walked On The Water

    He Walked On The Water



    Pr Edi Giudetti



    03-01-2021



    We live today in difficult times the world over. This time in history is unique in so much that all people are struggling with fears about what tomorrow will bring. Added to that we have our own difficulties and struggles.



    Relationships are usually the source of our woes. There seems to be nothing else that gives us greater anxiety or sadness than broken or difficult relationships. Equally so, there seems to be nothing that brings us greater happiness and joy than good and loving relationships.



    But there is one relationship that seems to govern them all, a relationship with one person that, if this is right, all other relationships will be right.



    It is that relationship with Jesus Christ.



    How many of us have recently said, “I don’t know how people are dealing with the current times without Jesus?”. We say this because we know the comfort he brings and the hope he infuses within us. We say this because our relationship with the Lord is strong, he has our complete attention and has had it for some time, but what happens to our state of heart when we turn our affection and focus away from the Lord?



    What happens when the focus is turned from Christ directly to the problems we are surrounded by?



    We find ourselves miserable and them look for the source of that misery to appoint blame. Perhaps its people, perhaps it’s simply our circumstances, but is that really the true source of the problem?



    OPENING



    When history records this incredible event none of us have any question as to whom it alludes. 



    To know that God can walk on water is indeed a certainty, in Jeremiah he records for all posterity to know, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” (Jer 32:27), certainly walking on the water is not too hard for the Lord.



    It was indeed written about in ancient times that he would physically do this, in the book of Job he records the power of God and wrote of him saying “Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.” (Job 9:8)



    Through history we have exalted men and equated them with God, saying even in common conversation that “he walks on water”.



    In modern times popular media journals and news items have also equated politicians with deity, depicting them photographically “walking on Water”, Barack Obama and Emanuel Macron (French President) are two recent examples.



    The world held them in such high regard as able to do anything, even to ‘walk on water!’



    The point is that the world seems comfortable in the acknowledging of Christ, “God… manifest in the flesh” according to 1 Tim 3:16, as walking on water, as treading upon the waves of the sea, but what if there was a mere man doing so?



    “Impossible” would be the cry.



    Yes beloved, we know that what is impossible with man is possible with God. Remember that Jesus himself said this respecting the attainment of the kingdom of God for the rich of this world?



    He said, “For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Luke 18:26), and when the disciples followed that up with the wonder of who then can be saved, Jesus is recorded to say “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God”.



    But to walk on water?



    The recording of history cannot be doubted on this matter, the Bible is plain to teach that Peter, a mere man, did indeed walk on the water.



    “He walked on The Water”, is the Title of this morning’s sermon, and it is lifted directly out of the Bible, the pronoun “He” does not refer to Christ as we already know Jesus came to them “walking on the sea”. 



    It was Peter who said “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And w

    • 58 min
    An Expectation Of Maturity

    An Expectation Of Maturity

    An Expectation of Maturity



    [Reading: Hebrews 5:1-14]



    Introduction:



    Those of you who have been part of Hope Baptist for any period of time, know how much value we place on the bible and the correct teaching of God’s word. As such we aspire to be everything the word of God says that we should be. 



    In our reading today we see Paul expounding the Old Testament [Psalms and Genesis in particular]. He explains to his readers: Christ’s priesthood and atoning sacrifice; and the reality of his appearance to Abraham [as Melchisedec] in what is known as a “Christophany.



    The frustration for Paul is that the Jewish believers did not understand the significance of this; saying that they are dull of hearing.



    The focus of today’s message is verses 12-14; and the thing that we aspire to be is apt to teach. 



    [Turn to]



    Let me read it to you:



    For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:12-14



    When I read this passage [with fresh eyes] around 6 years ago, it was with more than a certain degree of grief, embarrassment and shame. I fully understood the implications that these verses were telling me. I knew what it meant to be able to teach and I also knew that I lacked the maturity and discernment to fulfill that expectation to teach. 



    The bible is filled with verses such as today’s text; and which serve as a wake up call to believers and we do well to take heed. Whether we like it or not, we will be held accountable to God’s word and therefore we are without excuse. 



    When it came to biblical literacy, I barely knew what the bible actually taught in regards to anything. And not only that, I literally become like a dog returning to his own vomit.



    Praise God, because he doesn’t leave us where he finds us; but is able to give us both the motivation and the means to accomplish his purpose in our lives. 



    In view of Pastor’s emphasis [for the men in particular] on the ability to teach, I pray that this is a timely yet hard message. I am conscious that some of the content may seem to be harsh criticism and I do endeavour to temper this with God’s grace.



    Let’s Pray:



    An Expectation of Maturity:



    “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers…” Hebrews 5:12



    “Ought” is a very strong word in the bible and carries with it an enormous degree of accountability.  Anything which is followed by this word should be seen as a high priority. 



    In verse 12 of our text, Paul is speaking, firstly to the Jewish believers here and doesn’t just single out those with a specific teaching gift. 



    He is also [possibly] speaking to all believers at that time, by virtue of the fact that the biblical texts were generally copied and circulated throughout all the churches. 



    And he is speaking to us by virtue of the fact that we are holding a bible in our hands. In fact if I didn’t know better, I’d have to say that he was speaking directly the contemporary church, given the lack which we see exist.



    The end goal of maturity [according to this passage] is the ability to teach. 



    And [so] if there is an expectation to teach, there is also an expectation to mature. Imbedded in the 3 verses of our text today: we see that discernment, maturity and the ability to teach are intrinsically connected. And so, as I go through my message today and mention of one of these, keep the other two in mind. 



    What we see is a logical progression here [in our text] which the apostle Paul is la

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    God Keeps His Promises

    God Keeps His Promises

    God Keeps His Promises



    This sermon by Cody Kereopa is to provide to us an important understanding as to the character of God.



    Does God keep all his promises?



    What does it say about God if he only chooses to keep some of the promises he made? What confidence would that give us that he would answer our prayers or even listen to our prayers? What about our salvation, will he keep us as he has promised or will he only keep us if we are good?



    If God does not keep the covenants he has made with us or with the Jew, what confidence can we have that God has even kept his promise to preserve his words? Can we even trust God at all if we doubt that “every word of God is pure” (Prov 30:5)?



    God keeps his promises because he is the only being who can. He is in control of all things, he cannot lie and he is good. Unlike man who both lies and is in control of very little, God can indeed keep his promises and we can have confidence that it will be just as he has said.



    But perhaps its not the promises we want him to keep that troubles us, perhaps its the knowledge of things we don’t want him to fulfil that troubles us. There are both blessings and cursing’s in the Bible, blessings to those who do well and cursing to those who do not well….very few of us do well. Indeed, if it were not for our faith in Christ, we all would find ourselves weighed and found terribly wanting.



    It seems people like the opportunity to create doubt both in God and his words in the hope that the truth of the Bible will not affect them. In the hope that the cursings spoken of is not applicable to them when doubt in the Bible can have a gleam of justification.



    But its our salvation from ourselves that we point to as the good news filled with hope. Yet, as Cody mentions there are so many people who want to deny the promises of God and are effectively “hoping against hope“.



    I hope that is not you, I hope you are trusting in Gods promises and can remain confident that every word of God is true and he shall keep you till the end.



    God bess you and trust that God keeps his promises.



    Pr Edi Giudetti
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