Sermons at Mt Albert Presbyterian Church

15 October 2017 -
Reading from Mathew 22: 1 - 14.   Click here for the powerpoint.

10 October 2017 - Reading from Philippians 2 : 1 - 11.  Click here for the powerpoint.

1 October 2017 - Reading from Matthew 21:23 - 32.  Click here for the powerpoint.

27 August 2017 - Readings from Romans 12:1-8 and Matthew 16:13-20 focusing on the call to 'offer our bodies as living sacrifice to God'.  Click here for powerpoint.

20 August 2017 - Readings from Romans 11:1-2, 29-32 and Matthew 15:21-28 focusing on the theme that 'God is merciful'.  Click here for powerpoint.

13 Aug 2017 - Readings was from Romans 10:5-15 and Matthew 14:22-33.  The message 'Righteousness before God', where we looked at 1. Righteousness by law and 2. Righteousness by faith.  Click here for powerpoint.

6 Aug 2017 - Reading was from Matthew 14:13 - 21, the message 'Jesus as loving God', 1. He is Sovereign, 2. He is merciful and compassionate and 3. He created a new community.  Click here for the powerpoint.

30 July 2017 - Good to be back from holiday.  Reading for this morning was from Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 with the message focusing on the 'Kingdom of Heaven'.  1. It starts small (so small insignificant people like us counts, 2. It is worth giving up everything for (so don't hold back), and 3. It is sure to bring judgement on all people.  Click here for sermon powerpoint.

9 July 2017 - Reading was from Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 and the message focused on our need to come to Jesus and rest.  Click here for powerpoint.

2 July 2017 - Reading was from Matthew 10:40 - 42 and the message focused on our need to welcome Christ's messengers.  Click here for powerpoint.

25 June 2017 - Reading was from Matthew 10:24 - 39 with the message focusing on God's encouragement not to be afraid.  Click here for the powerpoint.

18 June 2017 - Reading was from Romans 5:1 - 8 and Matthew 9:35 - 10:8 with a focus on 'The Peace of God'.  Click here for powerpoint. 

11 June 2017 - Reading was from 2 Corinthians 13:11 - 13 and Matthew 28:16 - 20.  The message focused on "The Great Commission", 1. which is given to those who obey Christ, 2. Given to those who worships Christ, 3. Given to us by one who has authority, 4. It is the commission to 'go and make disciples'.  Click here for the powerpoint.

4 June 2017 - Reading was from Acts 2:1 - 4, 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 and John 20:19 - 23 and the message focused on Jesus' gift to all believers: the Holy Spirit who 1. enables us to declare Jesus as Lord and 2. gives us different kinds of gifts to be used in unity.  Click here for the powerpoint.

28 May 2017 - Reading was from John 17:1 - 11 and the messaged focused on 1. Jesus prayed for himself and 2. Jesus prayed all believers.  As his followers, we too should pray.  Click here for the powerpoint.

21 May 2017 - Reading was from John 14:15 - 21 focusing on our call to Love Jesus.  Loving Jesus leads us to 1. Obey his commands, 2. Receive the Spirit of truth, so we can live in obedience to Jesus' commands.  Click here for powerpoint.  

14 May 2017.  Reading was from John 14:1 - 14.  The message focused on Jesus' love and care for his disciples, similar to that of a Mother to her children.  1-Jesus encouraged his disciples, 2-Jesus prepared a future for his disciples, and 3-Jesus showed his disciples the way.  Click here for the powerpoint.

7 May 2017 Reading was from John 10:1 - 10 focusing on Christ as the Leader.  He (1) protects, (2) Saves and (3) leads.  Click here for the powerpoint.

30 April 2017 - Reading was from Luke 24:13 - 35 focusing on the two disciples' experience with the risen Christ, on the road to Emmaus.  From this reading we learn that the risen Christ offers to (1) walk with us regardless of our weaknesses, (2) minister to us regardless of our slow to believe and (3) to come in and open our eyes, when we invite him.  Click here for powerpoint.    

16 April 2017 - Reading was from Matthew 28:1 - 10 focusing on the message of Easter.  Click here for powerpoint.

9 April 2017 - Reading was from Matthew 21:1 - 11 and the message focused on receiving and welcoming Jesus as King.  Click here for the powerpoint.

2 April 2017 - Readings today were from Ezekiel 37:1 - 14 and John 11:17 - 45 and the messaged focused on "The Lord gives us life".  The Lord gives us life 1. because sin destroys life, 2. Through the Word of God and 3. That believers have resurrection now, today.  Click here for the powerpoint.

26 March 2017 - Reading was from 1 Samuel 16:1 - 13 and John 9 and the message title was "Christ gives us light" (to see).  God's sense of humour was evident this Sunday, because we had a power outage and were without light for the whole service.  Anyway, Jesus Christ, the light of the world was shining brightly in our hearts though - we were at peace in the dark.  Based on the OT reading, the message looked at the things that often hinder our view / light and 1. Our sorrow and pain (V1) and 2. Our ideals.  We then look at what helps remove these hindrances, 3. The Word of God.  Click here for powerpoint. 

19 March 2017 - Reading was from Exodus 17:1-7 and John 4 focusing on "God gives us hope".  And because of that, we need to (1) Trust in God as we continue in hope and (2) Our hope is evident in how we respond to life's crisis.  Click here for powerpoint

12 March 2017 - Reading was from Genesis 12:1-4a and John 3:1-17.  Message focused on God's wonderful plan to restore and transform us.  God continues to call us today to (1) Leave the ungodly behind, and (2) to be a blessing to all people.  Click here for the powerpoint.

5 March 2017 - Reading was from Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 and Matthew 4:1 - 11.  Message focused on our need to overcome temptation as Jesus showed us.  Today, we continue to be tempted to (1) satisfy our physical desire, (2) satisfy our heart's desire and (3) satisfy our hunger for power.  Click here for powerpoint.

26 Feb 2017 - Reading was from Exodus 24:12 - 18 and the message focused on Moses' Mountain-top experience.  To have this mountain-top experience with God (spend quality time with God), one (1) is invited to such experience by God, (2) must be willing to stay for a while with God and (3) must bring down instructions to teach and share with his people.  Click here for powerpoint.

12 Feb 2017 - Reading was from Deuteronomy 30:15 - 20 with the message on 'God's offer' which is (1) Life, and it has (2) Rewards or Blessings, and (3) this is how you receive that offer.  Click here for powerpoint.

1 Jan 2017 - Reading was from Matthew 2:13 - 23.  As Joseph was guided by the angel to and from Egypt, we look at this passage as a guidance for our journey this New Year.  So, for our journey, we are called to (1) Take and Escape, from all that threatens to harm our life, our relationship with God.  And we are also called to (2) Take and Go, towards all that God calls us to, a new job, a new home, a new relationship....etc.  Click here for the powerpoint.

25 Dec 2016 - Reading was from Luke 2:8-20 with the message "Jesus is the gift of Christmas".  He (1) loves all people, (2) saves all people and (3) brings peace to all people.  Click here for powerpoint.  

11 Dec 2016 - Readings were from Isaiah 35:1-10 and Matthew 11:2 - 11 and the message focused on the importance of "The Word of God".  (1) It strengthens and encourages, (2) It brings hope and (3) It transforms lives.  Click here for Powerpoint.

27 Nov 2016 - Reading was from Isaiah 2:1 - 5, focus on our need to 'Walk in the light of the Lord' as we wait for the return of the Messiah.  Click here for the powerpoint.

6 Nov 2016 - Reading was from Luke 20:27 - 38 which gave us a glimpse of life in the age to come.  Click here for the powerpoint.

30 Oct 2016 - Reading was from Luke 19:1 - 10 emphasizing the theme that "Jesus came to seek and save the lost".  Click here for the powerpoint.

23 Oct 2016 - Reading was from Luke 18:9 - 14, focusing on our need to humble ourselves before the Lord, in prayer.  Click here for powerpoint.

16 Oct 2016 - Reading was from Luke 18:1 - 8 with the message focusing on our need to 'pray always and not give up'.  There are different reasons that causes us to give up which includes (1) the people in charge discouraging us, (2) our situation-not good enough or not smart enough, and of course (3) the delays.  Jesus promise us, that God hears our prayers and this should lead us to pray and not give up.  Click here for the powerpoint. 

9 Oct 2016 - Reading was from Luke 17:11 - 19 and the message focused on 'FAITH'.  Faith (1) begins when Christ comes to us, Faith (2) leads us to Come to Jesus, (3) Faith leads us to obey him, (4) Faith leads us to be thankful and (5) Faith saves.  Click here for the powerpoint.

2 Oct 2016 - Reading was from Luke 17:5 - 10 focusing on 'Faith'.  Faith (1) does not lead others to sin, faith (2) forgives, faith (3) will do great things (quality not quantity is emphasized) and faith (4) obeys - we only do our duty.  Click here for powerpoint.

25 Sep 2016 - Reading was from Luke 16:19 - 31 focusing on verse 29 "They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'  The message focused on our need to listen well to Scripture, because this will help us (1) recognize the need around us and help (2) know and understand scripture well and (3) focus on the living, not the dead.  Click here for powerpoint.

18 Sep 2016 - Reading was from Luke 16:1 - 13 focusing on our need to serve God faithfully. Based on the reading, this means that we must (1) Be wise in connecting and reaching out to people, (2) Be generous with our wealth to gain friends for Jesus and (3) Be honest and reliable stewards of God's blessings.  Click here for the powerpoint.  

11 Sep 2016 - Reading was from Luke 15:1 - 10 which focused on the searching love of God.  Click here for the powerpoint.

28 Aug 2016 - Reading was from Luke 14:1, 7 - 14 and the message focused on the call to "Humble yourselves".  Click here for the powerpoint.

21 Aug 2016 - Reading was from Luke 13:10 - 17 focusing on 'Jesus' love and compassion'.  In his love and compassion, (1) he taught the locals in the local hall (V10).  He could have gone to the temple in Jerusalem, but he chose to visit the local hall.  In contrast to Jesus' love, (2) the devil comes and cripple us (V11).  Today, the devil cripple us in different ways, some have been crippled for decades, others, for years.  In Jesus' love and compassion, (3) he calls us forward to make us well (V12).  And (4) he heals us.  Click here for the powerpoint.

14 Aug 2016 - Reading was from Luke 12:49 - 56 focusing on the message that Jesus came with a 'mission of fire'.  And for that mission of fire to work, (1) Jesus had to die (v50).  And that mission will (2) bring division (V51).  And that mission will (3) help us grow to understand this present time (V56).  Click here for the powerpoint.

7 Aug 2016 - Reading was from Luke 12:32 - 40 and the message focused on our need to be ready for Jesus.  To help us be ready, we (1) Do not fear (v32), we (2) remove all obstacles (V33-34) and we (3) must be ready to serve at all time (v35-36).  Click here for the powerpoint.

31 July 2016 - Reading was from Luke 12:13 - 21 focusing on the call to "be on guard against all kinds of greed".  Click here for the powerpoint.

17 July 2016 - Reading was from Colossians 1:15-28 and Luke 10:38-42.  Message focused on our need to 'know Jesus more' which can happen when (1) we open our home to Jesus, (2) We Spend time with Jesus and (3) We overcome distractions.  Click here for powerpoint.

10 July 2016 - Reading was from Colossians 1:1-14 and Luke 10:25-37.  Message emphasized our need to 'Honour God'.  We do that by (1) Bearing Fruit, (2) Growing in our knowledge of God and (3) Being strengthened with His power and no other.  Click here for powerpoint.   

3rd July 2016 - Our reading was from Luke 10:1-11, 16-20.  The message says that 'The mission of God is an urgent matter.  So, (1) Pray to God for more workers and for protection. And when you travel on mission, travel lightly trusting in God's provision.  Do not take a purse (your wealth), a beggar's bag (selfish desires), shoes (be relevant to the context, and do not greet anyone on the road - no wasting time.  And when completed, be glad because your names are written in heaven.  Click here for powerpoint. 

26th July 2016 - Our reading was taken from Luke 9:51 - 62.  The message focused on the Cost of being a follower of Christ, which includes 1) Rejection.  When we choose to follow Jesus, we will be rejected by many.  2) There is no material comfort, in following Jesus.  3) There is no delaying, so you must come now.  4) There is no looking back.  Click here for the powerpoint.

19th July 2016 - Reading was from Luke 8:26 - 39 focusing on the Blessings that Jesus brings us.  We note that 1, the man was naked and homeless, when Jesus met him.  Jesus could have kept away, but he came and he met him.  2, Jesus set him free (v29).  On arrival, he commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man.  3, Jesus restored him (v35).  People found him sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and in his right mind.  These are just part of the blessings Jesus brings to those who welcomes him.  Click here for the powerpoint.

12th July 2016 - Reading was from Luke 7:36-8:3 and the message focused on "Faith in Jesus Christ", which 1. begins from hearing.  The sinful woman heard about Jesus and her faith began.  Her faith grew and 2. she came to Jesus.  Our faith should draw us to come to Jesus.  Click here for the powerpoint.

22nd May 2016 - It is Trinity Sunday and the reading was from John 16:12 - 15.  The message focused on the Trinitarian God and us.  We focused on 1. Jesus teaches us today, 2. The Holy Spirit guides and encourages us and 3. We are co-heirs to the Father, together with Jesus, so we co-inherit our Father's blessings with Jesus.  Click here for the powerpoint. 

15th May 2016 - It is Pentecost, and our message was based on the gospel John 14:8 - 17, focusing on the 3 promises that Jesus gave his disciples in the reading.  1 Believe in me, and you will do great things, 2 Pray in my name and it will be done, and 3 Love me and obey me, and the Spirit of Truth will be sent to you.  The three promises lead to one receiving the Spirit to guide and encourage.  Click here for the powerpoint. 

8th May 2016 - Our message was based on John 17:20 - 26, focusing on Jesus' prayer for Christian Unity.  (1) Jesus gave us the glory, (2) Jesus gives us Complete Unity, and (3) Jesus prayed for our Unity, that the world may know.  Click here for the powerpoint.

1st May 2016 - Our message was based on John 5:1 - 9, where Jesus healed the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda.  We focused on the theme "Jesus heals".  (1) Jesus heals us where we are (2) Jesus heals us despite our negativity and (3) Jesus heals us with his Word.  Click here for the powerpoint.

24th April 2016 - Our message was based on John 13:31-35 focusing on the new command Jesus gave his disciples to 'love one another as I have loved you.  This is fitting for an ANZAC weekend.  In this message, we looked at how Jesus loved his disciples.  (1) He loved them selflessly, (2) He loved them sacrificially and (3) He loved them forgivingly.  Click here for the powerpoint.  

17th April 2016 - Our message was based on John 10:22-30 and on the theme: Jesus is the Good Shepherd.  Why? Because (1) He knows his sheep (2) He protects them and keep them safe, and (3) He gives them eternal life.  In response to these blessings, His sheep (1) believe in Him, (2) listen to His voice and (3) follow Him.  Click here for the powerpoint.

10th April 2016 - Our message is based on the gospel reading: John 21:1 - 19.  Jesus reaffirmed his call to Peter (and all his followers) after he rose from the dead.  And the call extended from 'follow me' to 'feeding and taking care of my sheep'.  This challenge us to (1) Feed my lambs, by looking out for young believers as we give them the spiritual feed they need.  (2) Take care of my sheep, by looking out for the welfare, protection and basic care for mature Christians - we all need looking out for, and (3) Feed my sheep, even mature Christians need to eat every now and then.  When we see signs of weaknesses in our fellow brothers and sisters, we must reach out, give some spiritual feed to help them gain strength again.  Click here for the powerpoint.

27th March 2016 - Our Easter Sunday message was based on Luke 24:1 - 12 emphasizing that Easter Sunday is a time to be rejoice and that joy will come when we (1) remember Jesus' words and (2) have clear understanding of his words.  Click here for the powerpoint   

25th March 2016 - Brief Good Friday Reflection was based on Luke 23:32 - 43 focusing on Forgiveness, which is (1) offered, not demanded, and (2) must be received by the one needing forgiveness.  Click here for the powerpoint.

20th March 2016 - Palm Sunday message was based on Luke 19:28-40 and our need to welcome Jesus as our King.  We do that when we (1) Obey his Word, (2) Lay down our lives before him and (3) Praise him and give him glory.  Click here for the powerpoint.

13th March 2016 - Sermon was based on John 12:1 - 8.  The message focused on how we honour Jesus, or how we should be honouring Jesus.  Based on the reading, we should be 1. serving (Martha) , and after having served for a while, we are drawn to want 2. to be with Jesus, to spend time with Jesus, to sit with Jesus (Lazarus).  And after having spend time with Jesus, we are led to 3. Surrender to Jesus (Mary).  Click here for the powerpoint.

6th March 2016 - Sermon was based on Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32.  The message focused on the love of our heavenly Father.  In love, (1) God the Father removes our shame and disgrace in order to welcome us back home.  In love, (2) God restores us as sons and daughters, not just workers, and (3) in love, God gives us new life, new identity.  Click here for powerpoint.  

28th Feb 2016 - Sermon was based on Luke 13:1 - 9 focusing on our need to repent and bear fruit.  In order to do so, we must (1) start with ourselves, instead of looking at others, and (2) we all need the help of the Spirit.  Click here for the powerpoint.

21st Feb 2016 - Sermon was based on Luke 13:31-35 focusing on Jesus' love for Jerusalem, i.e his love for all people.  In his love, Jesus 1. persisted so that he may set people free.  He also 2. persevered to reach all people.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation.  

14th Feb 2016 - Sermon was based on Luke 4:1 - 13, the temptation of Jesus, and how we too can overcome temptation today.  Click here for sermon powerpoint.

7th Feb 2016 - Sermon on Luke 9:28 - 36 and the message focused on the transformation that occured in Jesus' life, and the life of the disciples, from this point onwards.  We, as Jesus' followers must also be 'transformed'.  How can our lives be transformed? 1. We must go up (to pray), and 2. We must also return, to carry out his mission.  Click here for the Powerpoint.  

27th Dec 2015 - Sermon on Luke 2:41 - 52.  This was our final service for the year, and the message looked at reviewing our journey as Christians. It challenged the listeners to review their own journey with Christ.  Joseph and Mary seemed to have lost Jesus on their way back from Jerusalem.  In our own journey with Christ, there are hazards that we need to be avoid. 1. Casualness is a hazard to our journey as believers, 2. the 'me' and 'I' focus is also a hazard, and 3. Lack or limited understanding is also a hazard in our journey with Christ.  All are encouraged to read Scripture and pray always, to help with our journey as Christians.  Click here for the powerpoint.

20th Dec 2015 - Sermon on Luke 1:39 - 45.  This was our 'Carols & Readings' service, so the message was more of a brief reflection.  I focused on the perfect gift for Christmas, Jesus, God precious gift to us.  Why? Well, because (1) He is the gift that moves us (V41), and (2) He is the gift that fills us with the Holy Spirit, and (3) He is the gift who removes all barriers (V43), and (4) He is the gift who brings us joy and gladness (V44).  The gift must be opened, received, responded to, and accepted.  Click here for the powerpoint.    

6th Dec 2015 - Sermon on Luke 3:1 - 6 focusing on our need to 'Prepare the way for the Lord'. In our preparation, we need to repent as we (1) Make a straight paths for the Lord, (2) Make level paths for the Lord, (3) and straighten and smoothen the path for the Lord.  Click here for the powerpoint.

29th Nov 2015 - Sermon on Luke 21:25 - 36 where Jesus taught the disciples the importance of being able to read the signs that the time for Jesus' return is near.  But as we wait for His return, we are encouraged to (1) Be careful that what ever we do, we are aware that Jesus will return again, and (2) Watch and Pray.  Pray for strength to endure the wait, and for righteousness to be able to stand before the Son of Man.  Click here for the powerpoint.

22nd Nov 2015 - Sermon on John 18:33 - 37 focusing on "Jesus, the King".  Points noted were 1. Jesus is King, not of this world.  Jesus reigns not by force or violence and as his followers, we must imitate him and not reign over our families, our friends, our workplaces by force or violence, but with love and mercy.  2. Jesus is the King, who reveals the truth.  Only those who have a right relationship with God, can grasp the truth revealed in Christ.  Jesus confronted Pilate with the truth, and Pilate knew that Jesus was telling the truth but rejected him.  It is a tragedy when we fail to see and know the truth but it is a greater tragedy when we see and know the truth but fail to follow it.  Jesus is the Truth, we must follow him and worship him.  Click here for powerpoint.

15th Nov 2015 - Sermon on Mark 13:1 - 8 and 1 Sam 1:4 - 20, focusing on our need to trust God in everything and for everything.  When we trust in God, (1) we focus on preparing the real temple - our hearts, not the physical or material temples.  When we trust in God, we also grow to know God so well that (2) we are not fooled or deceived, and (3) we are never discouraged or afraid.  Click here for the powerpoint.

8th Nov 2015 - Sermon on Mark 12:38 - 44, focusing on one's Love for God and love for neighbour.  The message exposed the Teacher of the law's lack of love for God and for neighbour.  The message also revealed the widow's love for God, seen in her giving God all she had to live on.  Note that the passage condemns those who gave out of their spare - and it is not just the rich that gives from their spare.  Some of the poor also give from the spare they have.  So, it is a condemnation of those who do not give sacrificially, but give out of the plenty they have to spare.  Click here for the powerpoint.

25th Oct 2015- The message was based on Mark 10:46 - 52, where Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was coming his way.  He called out to Jesus for Mercy, people tried to stop him, but he called even more loudly.  Jesus stopped and when Bartimaeus asked to be able to see again, Jesus replied "Go, your faith has made you well."  His faith, demonstrated in the reading serves as a lesson for us to (1) shout out to Jesus for help, to (2) persist and persevere, and to (3) come to Jesus - which includes throwing off our cloak and jumping up and on to our feet.  The message concludes with the healing: i.e. the spiritual healing he received - relationship with God restored as he followed Jesus on the road.  Click here for the sermon powerpoint.

18th Oct 2015 - Sermon on Mark 10:35 - 45, where Jesus clarified the difference between leaders in this world who seek glory and greatness, to leaders in the kingdom who seek to serve others.  Two clear calling to service is evident in this passage: we are called to be (1) servants to the rest, and to be (2) slaves to all.  In following this call, we drink the cup of suffering that believers drink.  Click here for the powerpoint.

11th Oct 2015 - Sermon on Mark 10:17 - 31, where the rich man asked Jesus what he needs to do to receive eternal life.  Jesus told him to go sell all he had, give the money to the poor, then come and follow him.  This is a tough passage, especially for those who are rich.  But is just about the rich?  I don't think so.  Rather, it is a call to everyone, to leave behind all (home, brothers, sisters, mother etc...) that prevents you from following Jesus, give the proceeds (if any) to the poor, and then, follow Jesus. Click here for the powerpoint. 

4th Oct 2015 - Sermon on Mark 10:2 - 16.  In this passage, Jesus revealed the difficulty Moses faced, having to teach adult (V5) who were reluctant to obey the law of God.  The second half of the passage reveals the receptivity, the willingness of children who were brought to Jesus.  'Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child, will never enter it".  'Like a child' points to child-like characteristics that contrasts with Pharisees intentions to trap Jesus.  It also points to contrasts between the characteristics of children who are 'brought to Jesus', and adults who refuse to obey the word of God.  Child-like characteristics includes (1) humility, (2) obedience (3) and trust.  Click here for powerpoint.

27th Sep 2015 - Sermon on Mark 9:38-50.  In this passage, Jesus taught his disciples more about being his disciples.  They must (1) be open to work with other believers, (2) be caring towards the weak and powerless, (3) cut off all unhelpful ties and (4) go through the process of purification. Click here for the powerpoint.

20th Sep 2015 - Sermon on Mark 9:30 - 37.  The message challenged those who want to be the greatest, or want to be first, that in the Kingdom of God, one must place themselves last AND be the servant of all, in order to be first.  Click here for powerpoint.

13th Sep 2015 - Sermon on Mark 8:27-38 focusing on Peter's declaration.  Who is Jesus to you?  In this message, we learned that Jesus is the (1) suffering Messiah, so we, as his followers will go through suffering.  Jesus is also our (2) Saviour and Lord.  He died that we be saved, and he died, that we, as his followers die to self.  Jesus as Messiah, is also (3) the resurrection and life.  In Jesus, we not only find life right now here on earth, but we also find 'new life', resurrection, for the effect of sin, death.  This was our International service so the message was very much catered with applications for living as Christians in a 'multi-ethnic' family of God.  Click here for the powerpoint.

30th Aug 2015 - Sermon on Mark 7:1 - 23 focusing on the need to teach, preach and focus on God's commands, instead of the traditions that are no longer relevant or applicable in ministry.  We must listen to Jesus and understand, i.e. we must read Scriptures and understand what we are reading.  It is when we fail to read Scriptures and understand, that we cling on to invalid and unhelpful traditions.  Click here for the powerpoint.

23rd Aug 2015 PM - Sermon on Psalms 84 focusing on "the dwelling place of God", which is  (1) a place where we cry out to God V2, (2) a place where all are welcome V3, (3) a place where God answers prayers V11, (4) in our heart.  Click here for the powerpoint. 

23rd Aug 2015 - Sermon on John 6:56-69 completing the 'Living bread' theme.  On this message we focused on John 6:56-69.  On this message we focused on "Jesus, has the words of eternal life".  So, what does that mean?  It means, that (1) we must feed on him (V56), (2) we must carry our cross (V60), and (3) we must believe and know Jesus (V68-69).  Click here for the powerpoint.

16th Aug 2015 - Sermon on John 6:51 - 58 focusing on the theme "Jesus is the Living bread".  In this sermon, we looked at (1) Jesus, the living bread that came from heaven, which called us to believe in Jesus as the one who came from heaven, the Son of God, Lord and Messiah.  We also looked at (2) Jesus, the living bread who gave his flesh that the world may live.  This called us to believe in Jesus' death and its significance, that we maybe forgiven and set free to live.  We also looked at  (3) Jesus the living bread, who lives in us as we live in him.  Click here for the powerpoint.

9th Aug 2015 - Sermon on John 6:35, 41-51 focusing on the theme "Jesus is the bread of life".  Jesus continues to call us "Those who come to me will never be hungry; those who believe in me will never be thirsty".  In this sermon, we look at the 'barriers' that stops us from coming to Jesus.  We also look at the 'help' that leads us to come to Jesus.  Click here for the powerpoint.

2nd Aug 2015 - Sermon on John 6:24 - 35 focusing on Jesus, the bread of life.  How do we live on the bread of life.  To live on the bread of life, we must 'come to Jesus' and we must 'believe in him'.  Coming to Jesus takes more, than just coming.  You see, when we choose to live on bread for our physical needs, we spend money buying bread, we go places to buy bread and we bring it home and eat it.  The same here, when we choose to live on the 'Bread of life', we will spend money to buy resources that will help us get to know Jesus more, we will go places (worship, bible study, etc) to get information about Jesus, and we will bring it home, and meditate on it.  Click here for the sermon powerpoint.

26th July 2015 - We had our Annual Children's Sunday, where our children ministered to us through songs, items, memory verses and drama.  The theme was: Jesus provides for us, in his love and that was based on the gospel reading for the day: John 6:1 - 21.  Go to the event page to see photos from this service.  
In the evening service, the message again focused on John 6:1 - 21, and our call to love those in need.  Jesus provides for all of us, and we, as followers of Christ ought to provide for others.  Click here for the powerpoint.  

19 July 2015 - Sermon based on Ephesians 2:11 - 22, focusing on our Unity with one another and in Christ.  We looked at how, in Christ, we are brought near, i.e. we are forgiven.  We also looked at how, in Christ, the walls that often divides us, no longer exists.  Finally, we looked at how, in Christ, we are reconciled to God, i.e. Jesus united Gentiles and Pharisees and created one 'new' people.  After that, he 'reconciled' them to God, i.e. put right what was wrong, that they may reflect God's ways.  Click here for a copy of the powerpoint.

12th July 2015 - The message was based on Ephesians 1:3 -14 looking at the Spiritual Blessings that God blesses us with.  These Spiritual blessings only comes to us through Christ.  As we look at this passage, we learn that (1) In Christ, we are chosen by God, (2) In Christ, we are set free, (3) In Christ, God gives us the Holy Spirit.  It is only when we are in Christ, that we receive these spiritual gifts.  Click here for a copy of the powerpoint.

5th July 2015 - Jesus continues with his ministry and now returns home.  At home, he was rejected by his own people.  In this message, we learn more about how we should continue in Jesus' ministry.  1st we must use every opportunity, 2nd Rejection is inevitable, it is part of the journey, and it should never stop us in ministry, 3rd Jesus moved on to other places, so we must never be comfortable in one place, but must move on to spread the word.  4th, we must accept that this ministry is 'urgent' and we must therefore treat it with urgency - the more people hear, the more lives transformed.  The message is based on Mark 6:1 - 13.  Click here for the powerpoint.

28th June 2015 - Again, continuing with Mark 5:21 - 43, the message focused on the faith of the woman who had severe bleeding, and that of Jairus, the synagogue ruler.  what can we learn from their faith, that may help us, be made well.  Click here for the powerpoint.

21st June 2015 - Continuing with Mark, the message was based on Mark 4:35 - 41, focusing the Storms of Life that we go through.  What can we learn from this passage about the storms of life, and how can we be better prepared for it.  We know it comes suddenly without warning, and the disciples turned to Jesus in the midst of the storm.  We also know, that Jesus rebuked them for their unbelief.  How do we use that to help us in the midst of the storms we go through.  Click here for the powerpoint.  

14th June 2015 - Continuing with a focus on Mark's gospel, this sermon is based on Mark 4:26-34 looking as the Kingdom of God, according to this passage.  In this sermon, we are reminded that the kingdom of God starts small - we don't have to be big, to be holy and perfect, for God to start ruling in our lives.  We also see that the kingdom of God is guaranteed to grow without human effort, so instead of expecting people to become 'good Christians' overnight, we need to focus on our role as 'sower' and leave 'growth to God.  We also see that 'fruitfulness' depends on the soil.  A heart that is fertile for the 'Word' and free from hindrances will be fruitful.  Lastly, we are reminded that in the kingdom of God, there will be judgement.  Our democratic contexts blinds us to the fact that in a 'kingdom' we actually live under the authority of an absolute ruler - the King.  There is no democracy nor are there any negotiations on the rules, we must abide.  Click here for a copy of the powerpoint.  

7th June 2015 - A sermon based on Mark 3:20 - 35 focusing on the family of God.  What does this reading tell us about the Characteristics of the family of God?  Well, those who are part of the family of God, always gather around Jesus, to hear and learn from the Word.  They also KNOW and ACCEPT Jesus as Lord and Saviour.  They know the power of the Holy Spirit, and they obey the will of God the Father.  Click here for a copy of the powerpoint.

31st May 2015 - Trinity Sunday.  A sermon by Rev Tani Haunga based on Romans 8:12 - 17, focusing on our obligation as believers, and how we need the Trinity, to help us fulfill those obligations.  Click here for the powerpoint.

24th May 2015 - It is Pentecost, a day where we celebrate the new life that the Holy Spirit breathe into us.  In this message, we focused on Ezekiel 37:1 - 14, on the valley of dry bones.  This represent lives that were spiritually dead because of sin.  Spiritual death comes, when one ignores the power of the Word of God.  It comes when one fails to read and meditate on the Word of God daily - so, the message challenge all to read the Word of God.  It also reminds all, that with the power of the Holy Spirit, broken and scattered lives can be restored, regathered and brought back to life.  Click here for the powerpoint.

17th May 2015 - We are struggling to have 'certainty' in a world of 'uncertainty'.  John wrote to a generation of new believers, who struggled with false teaching, that caused uncertainty or doubt about their future.  Based on 1 John 5:9 - 13, the message unpacks ways to be certain, that we have eternal life in Christ Jesus.  Are you certain you have eternal life? Click here for the powerpoint.   

10th May 2015 - This was a special Sunday for us.  Not only is it Mother's Day, but we also recognize and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Rev Margaret Martin's ordination to ministry, the first woman to be ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa.  For more info on the 50th Anniversary, go the Event page.  On this Sunday, Rev Tani Haunga preached a message from 1 John 5:1 - 6, focusing on John's love and care for his new generation of believers, and relating it, to the love and care of mothers.  For the powerpoint version of this sermon, click here.

3rd May 2015 - Rev Tani Haunga preached on 1 John 4:7 - 21 focusing on Jesus command, that we 'love one another'.  Why is it important, that we love one another? 1. Because we are children of God and it is our responsibility, 2. Because it helps people see and know God and 3. Because it builds up community.  Click here for the powerpoint.

26 Apr 2015 - Rev Tani back from holiday, preached on 1 John 3:16 - 24, focusing on following Jesus, by giving our lives for others.  It is clear that we are not doing well in 'giving our lives for others.  The passage suggest, that we have the means to help, and we can see those in need of help, yet, we 'close our hearts against them' (GNB).  We also had some reflection on ANZAC Day, at this service.  Click here for the powerpoint.

5th Apr 2015 - We revived the 'Dawn service' up Mt Albert this year, and held the service there at 6.30am.  This was then followed with breakfast in our Church hall.  We had a number of people turned up, and all together, there were at least representatives from five local Churches.  We hope to continue every year.  
In our 10am service, Rev Tani Haunga preached on the 'Message of Easter' focusing on Mark 16:1 - 8.  What does this passage tell us, about the Easter message?  Click here for the powerpoint to this message.

3rd Apr 2015 - We joined with the other churches in Mt Albert, an d continued the 'Good Friday March'.  It was a wonderful occasion, showing unity in the body of Christ.  Our contribution to this special Good Friday  event, was a Good Friday Drama focusing on the 'Death and Burial of Jesus Christ.  Click here for a copy of the drama.

29 Mar 2015 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Mark 11:1 - 11, Palm Sunday.  The message focused on Jesus arriving in Jerusalem as KING, how did they respond?  How should we respond to Jesus, as our King.  Click here for the powerpoint.  

22 Mar 2015 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on John 12:20 - 33, focusing on what it means, to serve Christ.  Click here for the powerpoint.

15 Mar 2015 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Ephesians 2:1 - 10, focusing on God's grace and on the fact that God created us to do good works.  Click here for powerpoint.

8th Mar 2015 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on John 2:13 - 22, focusing on the cleansing of the temple.  The message challenge us, to celebrate our 'Passover' sincerely from the heart, therefore cleaning out the temple (our hearts) every so often, that God may dwell there.  Click here for the powerpoint.

1st Mar 2015 - Rev Tani Haunga preached on Romans 4:13 - 25, focusing on the righteousness we receive through faith in God, the challenges we face, and the rewards.  Click here for the powerpoint.

22nd Feb 2015 - Rev Kyoung Han was our visiting preacher on this Chinese New Year week-end.  Kyoung preached on Genesis 9:8 - 17, focusing on God's promise to every living creature.

15th Feb 2015 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Mark 1:40 - 45 focusing on how Jesus' ministry has everything to do with 'love'.  So, in Jesus' ministry, we can see 'love' in and through it.  Click here for the powerpoint.  Blessings.

8th Feb 2015 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Isaiah 40:21 - 31, calling us to trust in God for renewing strength.  As we go through our journey, we can easily get weary, frail and exhausted.  God promises to give us the strength we need, regardless of how much or how little we can do, that we may continue to do it, for the Lord.  Click here for the sermon script.  Hope it helps you.

1st Feb 2015 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Mark 1:21-29, focusing on our calling, which is to lead people to Christ.  It is obvious from statistics that we are not good and leading people to Christ, so, what does this passage tell us, that may help us do a better job, in leading people to God?  Click here for the sermon script.

25th January 2015 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Mark 1:14 - 20, focusing on the calling of Simon and Andrew, and John and James.  Jesus called them "Come with me", and Jesus continues to call us today.  Click here for the sermon script

18th January 2015 - Sermon by Rev Sue Jacobi on 1 Samuel 3:1-10 and John 1:43-51, challenging listeners to ask "What is it that I am called to do?"

11th January 2015 - No audio recording available.  Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga was on Genesis 1:1-5 and 

4th January 2015 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Jeremiah 31:7 - 14 (&John 1:10-18) focusing on our journey for this new year and asking the question, 'who will lead us in this journey?'.

28th Dec 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Luke 2:22-40 focusing on "Giving Thanks".

25th Dec 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Christmas day, based on John 1:4.  Jesus is the source of life and the light of the world.

24th Dec 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Christmas Eve, based on Luke 2:7 - "Start something new"

21st Dec 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga at our Carols and Lessons service, focusing on Luke 1:26 - 38: God is gracious.  

14th Dec 2014 - This service was our Children's Christmas drama, which was based on the gospel lectionary reading John 1:6-8, 19-28.  The drama "Light of the world" focused on how Jesus came, as the Light of the World.  Click here for the drama script.

7th Dec 2014 - The sermon by Rev Tani Haunga focused again on the Isaiah passage: Isaiah 40:1 - 11, emphasizing God's response, to our cries for help.  God cares that those who call on his name, be comforted.  There is also an emphasis on our frailty and weakness as human beings, but that should not discourage us, because the Word of God, endures forever.  Again, there were no audio recording, but you may click here for the powerpoint presentation.

30th Nov 2014 - The sermon by Rev Tani Haunga focused on the Isaiah passage: Isaiah 64:1 - 9, emphasizing our need to call on the Lord, to Come now.  There was no recording of the sermon, but click here for the powerpoint presentation.

23rd Nov 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24 & Matthew 25:31-46  focusing on God's provision for us, and our preparation for Jesus as King.

16th Nov 2014 - Rev Tani Haunga's message based on 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, asks the question - Are we ready?  Recording failed, so apologies for no available audio.

9th Nov 2014 - Sermon by Rev Harry Morgan on Luke 19:11-23 with the challenge to make the most of life. 

2nd Nov 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 23:1-12.  It is Reformation Sunday, so the story of Reformation is weaved into the sermon.  It challenges the individual to discern and look at one's life, and ask God to reveal areas that may need 're-forming'.  'Re-forming' one's life, happens, when one remains captive to the Word of God.      

26th Oct 2014 - This Sunday was our Children's Sunday, a time where our children ministered to us in songs, action songs and drama.  Our youth presented the main drama for the day, which was the main message called "The Great Commandment" based on the gospel reading, Matthew 22:34-40.  Click here for a copy of the drama.

19th Oct 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga was on Matthew 22:15 - 22, with a focus on being responsible citizens of the state and the Kingdom of heaven.  Responsible citizens of the state will pay their dues to the state, i.e. tax, child support, student loans, etc.  What should responsible citizens of the Kingdom of heaven should do?  What sort of tax or deduction does one give back to God?  It is my hope, that these sermons help you in your Christian journey.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation.

12th Oct 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga was on Matthew 22:1 - 14, with a focus on God's invitation, which is, to every one.  The reading was perfect for our confirmation service.  Click here for the powerpoint.

28th Sep 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 21:23-32.  Jesus confronts the chief priests and the elders in regards to their arrogance.  The parable reveal that God continues to open doors for us, that we may believe and live.  The older son represents those who disobeyed God but eventually returned and commit their lives to God.  The other son represents those who've grown up in the Church all their lives, and have become arrogant about their eligibility for eternal life.  Even they, have opportunity to humble themselves and accept Jesus' authority in their lives.  Click here for the powerpoint.  This was our 'Ethnic diversity service', so click here for the service powerpoint. 

21st Sep 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 20:1 - 16 focusing of the workers in the vineyard.  Very often we argue for a reward that reflects our merit, or for a reward that pays us equally for our effort.  These workers discovered that the farmer did not reward them according to their expectations.  They were rewarded according to their needs.  The message focus on the 'grace of God' based on the reading.  Click here for the powerpoint. 

14th Sep 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 18:21 - 35 addressing the issue of 'forgiveness'.  How many times should we forgive, and why?  Click here for the powerpoint. 

7th Sep 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 18:15-20.  Jesus focused on restoring the sinner or the wanderer, and in this passage, Jesus instructs his disciples (Christians) on ways to restore a brother (a fellow Christian) who may have hurt or offended them.  The same instruction will work well in our Church communities today.  Click here for powerpoint.   

31st Aug 2014 - Again, our technology failed us, so audio version for this sermon is not available, but click here for the powerpoint. 

24th Aug 2014 - Sermon was on Matthew 16:13-20 but due to technology failure, we were not able to record the sermon.  Here, is the powerpoint for this sermon. 

17th Aug 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 15:21 - 28.  Jesus went on to the territory near Tyre and Sidon, and a Canaanite woman came to him, pleading for the life of her daughter.  Her approach which reveals persistent faith, challenge us today in our journey as Christians.  Listen to learn more about her approach, and how she worked her way from the outside, to the inside.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation. 

10th Aug 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 14:22 - 33.  Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on to the other side.  They may have been a bit reluctant to go over to the other side, that Jesus made them.  On their way, there were both challenges and excitements.  What does this mean for us today? Well, Jesus does make us go over to the other side, even when we don't realise, and when we do, we need a few things to help us.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation. 

3rd Aug 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 14:13-21, the feeding of the five thousand.  The miracle story reveals how the disciples were still learning what their role is, as followers of Christ.  It reminds us of our role today, as Christians, especially in our responsibility to be Christ, to those in need.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation. 

27th July 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 & Genesis 29:15-28.  Continuing with the 'kingdom of heaven', the message unpacked more truths about the kingdom of heaven, based on the parables of the mustard seed, the yeast, the hidden treasure, the pearl and the parable of the net.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation. 

20th July 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 & Genesis 28:10-19a.  Jesus tells the parable of the wheat and weed, again teaching us more about the 'kingdom of heaven'.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation'.    

13th July 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23.  Jesus tells the parable of the Sower, which portrays the different ways people respond to the gospel.  The parable shows why people are reluctant to receive the message.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation.   

6th July 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30.  Jesus invites us saying "Come to me all you who are tired from carrying heavy loads".  How does this message apply to us today?  Click here for the powerpoint presentation.    

29th June 2014 - Sermon by Rev Sue Jacobi on Luke 18:9-14.  How do we relate to God in our prayer life, and in our daily life?  Rev Jacobi address these questions in this message. 

22nd June 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 10:24-39.  Jesus called his disciples and sent them out to proclaim the good news in 1st Century Palestine.  Based on this text, how are we, Christians in the 21st century meant to live as disciples or Christians today.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation. 

15th June 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Genesis 1-2:4 & Matthew 28:16-20.  It is Trinity Sunday, and what can we learn about our Trinitarian God from these passages?  Our Trinitarian God is revelational, relational and makes plans for our redemption.  Listen to find out more. 

8th June 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Acts 2:1 - 21 & John 20:19 - 23.  It is Pentecost, the birthday of the Church.  And the gift that Jesus gave the Church, is the Holy Spirit.  What is the significance of this gift, the Holy Spirit, to the Church today?  That's the question this message tries to address.

1st June 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Acts 1:6 - 14 & John 17:1 - 11.  It is Christian Unity  Sunday, and focusing on the reading, this message emphasizes the 'non negotiable' point of unity for all Christians. There are matters where we will not agree on, but they shouldn't be a reason for division, yet, there are matters/doctrines that are 'non-negotiable'. 

25th May 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on John 14:15-21.  Jesus promised his disciples, what they needed, to bring glory to God.  Jesus promised them the Spirit, and promised to return.  What is the significance of those promises for our lives as Christians. 

18th May 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on John 14:1-14.  In our journey, we have so many ways to choose from, but this reading reminds us, that Jesus is the ONLY way, the ONLY truth, and the ONLY life.  Jesus is the only way to the Father, to everlasting life. 

4th May 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Luke 24:13 - 35.  Regardless of our weaknesses, our failures, our lack of faith or hope in Jesus Christ, this reading reveals that Jesus draw near and walk alongside us in our times of need and despair.  I hope you find it encouraging.   

27th April 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on John 20:19-31.  Faith in the Risen Christ turns our fears to joy.   

20th April 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on John 20:1 - 18 What kind of Risen Lord are you expecting?  It is Easter Day and Jesus has risen, so how did the characters in the story respond to the Risen Lord?  Starting with Mary, the message explored how she failed to understand that Christ has risen.  She also failed to see (what she may have needed to see).  Third, she failed in her expectations.  Is it possible that today, we fail to understand Christ and we also fail to see Christ because we have the wrong expectations?  Listen to fnd out how Peter and John responded to the Risen Christ...  

Garden of Gethsemane Drama
The story of "Gethsemane" from the eyes of two teenagers: Sam and Samantha. The story is told according to the Bible, with additional dialogues between Sam who doesn't know much, and Samantha, who seems to fill in the missing pieces for Sam.
The Garden of Gethsemane drama complete.pdf (876.63KB)
Garden of Gethsemane Drama
The story of "Gethsemane" from the eyes of two teenagers: Sam and Samantha. The story is told according to the Bible, with additional dialogues between Sam who doesn't know much, and Samantha, who seems to fill in the missing pieces for Sam.
The Garden of Gethsemane drama complete.pdf
(876.63KB)

18th April 2014 - The Good Friday Drama by the Youth was our message for the day.  The Combined Churches of Mt Albert got together to continue their annual "Good Friday Walk" and it was great to be part of it.  This year, we were there 2nd station, therefore having to come up with a drama or an item about the 'Garden of Gethsemane".  The order of the walk were:
1. 10am St Mary's Catholic Church "The Last Supper",
2. 10.30AM Mt Albert Presbyterian Church "Garden of Gethsemane",
3. 11am Mt Albert Methodist Church "Trial of Jesus",
4. 11.30AM St Luke's Anglican Church "Crucifixion of Jesus",
5. 12noon Mt Albert Baptist Church ". 
At the end of the walk, refreshments were provided and served by the Salvation Army at Mt Albert Baptist. 
 

13th April 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 21:1 - 11 "How should we respond, to Jesus as King?".  This sermon explore how people responded to Christ as King.  1st, they welcomed Jesus as a 'military king' and 2nd, they praised Jesus as the son of David.  We, should respond rather, by welcoming Jesus as our Lord, Saviour and King, and 2nd, by praising Jesus for all he's done for us. 

6th April 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on John 11:1-45 "Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life" How does Jesus, the Resurrection, work in our lives?  1st Jesus ordered "Take the stone away", 2nd Jesus called out "Come out" and 3rd, Jesus told them "Untie him, and let him go" 

30th March 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on John 9:1-41 "Jesus, the Light for the world"  How did people respond to the light of the world? 1st, the neighbours, 2nd the Pharisees and the disciples, 3rd the parents, 4th, the Blind man himself.  So, how should we respond?    

23rd March 2014 - Rev Tani Haunga's sermon on John 4:5-42 at the 10AM service "The life-giving water that Jesus offers."  1. We must ask for it, 2. It will become a spring within us.