Sermons from West Beach Baptist Church Sunday sermons delivered at West Beach Baptist Church, Adelaide, South Australia Podcast Generator 2.5 - Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:49:48 +0000 en Feel free to share! Sermons from West Beach Baptist Church Sunday sermons delivered at West Beach Baptist Church, Adelaide, South Australia Sermon Podcasts David Smith David Smith clean The Full Armour of God David Smith If Satan wanted to bring you down… – If he wanted to make your life difficult or miserable – How would he do it? If the devil wanted to get at you… – Stall you in your Christian growth – And make you useless for the kingdom – How would he do it? How would he? David Smith 21:21 (David Smith) David Smith no Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:30:00 +0000 Wives Submit!!! David Smith This is a passage some people wish wasn’t in the Bible… – Wives submit to your husbands – Husband is the head of the wife – Wives submit to husbands in everything It sounds too much like old fashioned life for this day and age. – The husband being the boss of the house went out in the 60’s{click}{click} – Wedding vows don’t include obey anymore – Who’d want to go back in history to women as servants, bound to a life of meeting the needs of the man? And yet, for some, that’s what this passage seems to say. – But we start by remembering this passage wasn’t written in the 1950’s or 1960’s but in the AD50’s or 60’s David Smith 27:15 (David Smith) David Smith no Sat, 01 Nov 2014 23:30:00 +0000 Fruit of the Spirit David Smith – I could cry, shake, fall, kneel, laugh, bow or dance – None of that means that it’s genuinely the Holy Spirit The evidence of the Spirit what you are like when you get up again – the evidence of the Spirit is the fruit You wipe your eyes and love your wife again You stop shaking and you discover a new love and passion for Jesus Or you might even stand there with your arms folded and nothing physical happens but God restores the heart of your relationship with him. – the real thing is known by its fruit. David Smith 32:35 (David Smith) David Smith no Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:30:00 +0000 Gifts of the Spirit Ephesians 5:15-20 It’s for you to give away – It’s rude to be a regifter with a Christmas present – But with a spiritual gift, it’s an ability you have, for the sake of others. – It’s not about you Ephesians 5:15-20 35:49 (David Smith) David Smith no Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:30:00 +0000 Fullness of the Spirit Ephesian 5:15-20 Today’s passage in Ephesians touches on – I would say is the key element that brings life to Christian faith – Takes it from believing a whole lot of things – to a new experience of life – Takes it from trying to keep a bunch of rules – to freedom and exhilaration in the presence of God – All this stuff is real! – God is actually here – and he’s interested in me and loves me And it takes is from a kind of head knowledge – Do I know enough to be a Christian? To a deep seated experience of God – Leaves you just knowing – Irrespective of anything that tries to convince you otherwise – You know that God is alive and active in your life This passage contains the key to that… Ephesian 5:15-20 36:46 (David Smith) David Smith no Sat, 04 Oct 2014 23:30:00 +0000 Giving Up Control Ephesians 5:18 Faith requires surrendering control… Ephesians 5:18 33:18 (David Smith) David Smith no Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Redeeming the Story Ephesians 4:22-24 The story has been redeemed…. – It’s not a perfect ending – Nor have I had a spectacular dad – He’s back in Adelaide, married again, I see him most weeks, family Christmases are awkward and the encouragement has dried up a little/lot But a story being redeemed doesn’t put it back to how it was or should have been – But it’s redeemed none the less – And because it’s redeemed, it changes how I look at it, how I understand it, and how now it affects my life and behaviour And every story can be redeemed Ephesians 4:22-24 35:16 (David Smith) David Smith no Sun, 07 Sep 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Now You Are Light! Ephesians 5:1-14 Your glowing face is not Jesus (the Son) – But is evidence of Jesus (the Son) – Imagine someone walking the other way. – Not facing the Son – They won’t see it But will see your face – reflected glory, evidence that there’s something more – Evidence that this life is not all that there is – Evidence of hope in a struggling world – Evidence of purpose and meaning All because your face is the reflected glory of Jesus – And we’re living as children of light – Bearing the fruit of the light – And if someone wanted to see where that light was coming from – They would turn around and face the Son And their face would become part of the evidence too. – That’s how it works – We’re not called to blend in – We’re called to shine Ephesians 5:1-14 21:14 (David Smith) David Smith no Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:30:00 +0000 How Now Shall We Live? Ephesians 4:17-32 Paul starts with the lavish wonders of God that are poured out on us – All of which has nothing to do with how good we’ve been – Then once we’ve got that, once we understand and are blessed and driven to worship because of God’s generous grace. – Then our life, morality, behaviour is our response to God – not empty rules That’s what Paul talks about in this passage Ephesians 4:17-32 27:29 (David Smith) David Smith no Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:30:00 +0000 How Do I Know What is True? Ephesians 4:11-17 This is a passage about growing up. – built up – becoming mature – growing up No longer being infants Being able to know what is true. How do I know what is true? – Is God real? If so, in what sense – Did Jesus rise from the dead? Can anyone? How do I know? Ephesians 4:11-17 27:18 (David Smith) David Smith no Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Rethinking APEPT Eph 4:7-13 Do we really need more Apes? Eph 4:7-13 33:39 (David Smith) David Smith no Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Unity is Evangelistic Ephesians 4:1-7 When Jesus came to earth – To transform the lives of everyone on it – He didn’t write a book, make a movie or start a charity He formed a community…{click} – He took random fishermen, sinners & prostitutes – Formed a community – Taught them to love each other – So that the community took on his character – Became the body of Christ We are that community. – We random people, – belong to each other – in unity one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father Ephesians 4:1-7 28:10 (David Smith) David Smith no Sun, 03 Aug 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Easing the Tensions Ephesians 4:1-7 So what does this mean? It means two things 1. We are already in unity because of Jesus. If we have Jesus in our life – we have each other in our life. Look around you, this is your family, these are the people to whom you belong in Jesus 2. We are to keep that unity. (We start with an A) We uncover and live out what’s already there.That’s why Paul gives some hints: gentle, humble, patient, bearing one another in love. (Making allowances for faults) You know, I think one of the greatest feelings in life… – Tensions between people released, relationships restored – Do you agree? Ephesians 4:1-7 29:04 (David Smith) David Smith no Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Unity is Already There Ephesians 4:1-7 Unity is not the same as conformity, we’re not the same! And – it’s already among us. We’re asked to keep it, not form it! Ephesians 4:1-7 33:52 (David Smith) David Smith no Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Tending to Relationships Ephesians 4:1-7 First thing we note: – Being in unity doesn’t require us to be the same – It doesn’t require us to look the same, think the same – It doesn’t require us to serve in the same way, to worship in the same way – Why? Because we’re different. In fact these passages seem to celebrate the differences as they add to the unity. Ephesians 4:1-7 23:02 (David Smith) David Smith no Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Rooted and Established in Love Ephesians 3:14-21 The way to be one of those people that – stands firm in tough times – loves even when the going is tough – works to a higher priority and goal than self achievement …is to be rooted and established in love. – And let that motivate you – Everything you do, with your time, all the time Ephesians 3:14-21 16:34 (David Smith) David Smith no Sun, 22 Jun 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Paul’s Crazy Sidetrack Eph 3:1-13 John Piper puts it like this: Picture in your mind a great, wise painter, painting on a huge canvas with many brushes, most of them very ordinary and messy. The painter is God, so you can’t picture him. He’s invisible. But he intends for his painting to be the visible display of his wisdom. He knows people can’t see him, but he wants his wisdom to be seen and admired. His canvas is huge. It’s the size of the created universe. I know you can’t really imagine looking at that canvas because you are in it. But do your best. And God is painting with thousands and thousands of colors and shades and textures—a picture as big as the universe and as old as creation and as lasting as eternity—a picture we call history, with the central drama being the preparation, salvation, and formation of the church of Jesus Christ. And he is using thousands of different brushes, most of them very ordinary and very small because every minute detail is crucial in this painting, to display the wisdom of the Painter. We are the brushes… Eph 3:1-13 25:26 (David Smith) David Smith no Sun, 15 Jun 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Getting Rid of the Barrier, Building the Temple Eph 2:21-22 Eph 2:21-22 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Eight months in… Time enough for the barrier to come down – Time enough for people who are new to say, this is my home, this is where I belong, this is my family – I feel a stranger back at Parkside or Glen Osmond – Time enough for existing people to say these are good people that have come, with good intentions – They are my family, they belong to me – I can trust them Eight months in is time enough for love to take hold Eph 2:21-22 21:03 (David Smith) David Smith no Sun, 08 Jun 2014 00:30:00 +0000 You Wrecked It, God Fixed It! Eph 2:1-10 NO JESUS: – You’re dead in your transgressions – You followed the ways of this world – You followed the ways of the ruler of the kingdom of the air – You were by nature objects of wrath KNOW JESUS: – God made us alive in Christ – God raised us up in Christ – God seated us with Christ – God promises to show us riches and kindness in Christ Eph 2:1-10 22:22 (David Smith) David Smith no Sun, 01 Jun 2014 00:30:00 +0000 What’s Heaven Like? Eph 1:9-14 If all of heaven and the earth, everything on the earth, all of humanity – “The All” will be totaled up to him. And that’s the direction that the universe is heading. Don’t you think you should get on board? Don’t you think you should be pointing in the same direction? Eph 1:9-14 21:17 (David Smith) David Smith no Sun, 11 May 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Grace and Peace to you All! Eph 1:1-8 Grace and peace to you… – It’s feeling like winter a little How many prefer the warmer weather to the cold? – Grace and peace to you How many didn’t have the best week, irrespective of the weather – Grace and peace to you If you are worried about family members/people that you love – Grace and peace to you If you are here aching in your heart, if you’re in grief, if you’re sick – Grace and peace to you If you’re struggling for money, or you have too much – Grace and peace to you. If you’re feeling a bit lost, don’t even know what the questions are, let alone the answers – Grace and peace to you as well. Eph 1:1-8 26:36 (David Smith) David Smith no Sun, 04 May 2014 00:30:00 +0000