Pittwater Uniting Church

Sermons 2013

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December 29, Cliff Powell
Isaiah 55


When we give over the power in our lives to God, he will empower us and remove our spiritual poverty.

The gift of hope

December 25, Christmas Day, Nigel Rogers
Luke 2:1-20


God with us Part 4

December 22, Nigel Rogers
Matthew 2:1-12


When we give over the power in our lives to God, he will empower us and remove our spiritual poverty.

God with us Part 3

December 15, Nigel Rogers
Matthew 1:18-25

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As God’s plans and purposes unfold in our lives and we are committed to seeing his will done, don’t be surprised where you end up. God is not passive in seeing you fulfil his will for you.

God with us Part 2

December 8, Nigel Rogers
Luke 1:26-38

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Mary accepts God’s gift to her and the world. She is then drawn into God’s life, into his plans and purposes for herself and for all creation.

God with us Part 1

December 1, Nigel Rogers
Isaiah 7:10-14

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The abounding joy of Christmas is that God has always been and always will be present with us. It is the joy of the presence of God with us now and as we await the second coming of Christ when all will be put right.

Our place in His place Part 4

November 24, Steve Everist
Ephesians 5:15-21

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Celebrate the signs of God’s power made real in loving unity in this church – it is a powerful sign of the Kingdom coming. Continue to pursue this course of unity, make it a feature of your prayer life and your conduct.

Our place in His place Part 3

November 17, Steve Everist
Luke 14:1-14

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There are three tests we can apply to see if we are truly a redemptive community bringing God’s love to the broken communities of the world: care test, servant test and willingness test.

Our place in His place Part 2

November 10, Steve Everist
Ephesians 4:1-16

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Learn about the church’s role as a redemptive community that fulfils God’s calling and moves people towards God’s vision of a perfect community for humanity.

Our place in His place Part 1

November 3, Ric Bollen
Romans 16:1-16, 24-27

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Hear how Paul loved and appreciated his friends in the Lord. He did not live an isolated life – he saw spreading the gospel and building churches as a team effort.

Jesus. You. Life. Part 3

October 27, Nigel Rogers
1 John 2:15-23

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It is the Spirit of God that draws us into Christ’s love. As the Spirit of God changes us it ultimately forms part of the great message we have to share with others about God at work in us.

The Kingdom of God / Our Neighbours Ministry

October 20, Marty Barrow


Martin Barrow speaks about Our Neighbours Ministry in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and the Kingdom of God.

Jesus. You. Life. Part 2

October 13, Nigel Rogers
1 John 2:15-23

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Can you hear the encounter, the experience and the excitement in the personal, life-giving relationship with God through Jesus? Are we willing to do what God asks of us, even if it is a sacrifice?

Jesus. You. Life. Part 1

October 6, Nigel Rogers
1 John 1

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The church needs to speak into our communities about our relationship with Jesus. John says that we proclaim to you what we have seen and heard. We can only speak out of the relationship we have with God.

Building our nets

September 29, Steve Everist
John 4:1-26

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Jesus told the disciples that he would make them fishers of men. God promises to send us people, all he asks of us is to have our nets ready. Jesus is the great net maker of all time and the one to watch when we start building our own nets.

With the little we have

September 29, Mike Pilavachi
John 4:1-26


We were privileged to have Mike Pilavachi from Soul Survivor speak to us about how we can do much for God’s kingdom with the little we have – it is not about ability but availability.


September 22, Steve Everist
Matthew 9:35-38

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Jesus says that the harvest is plentiful, that God’s miraculous life giving power has brought the grain to fullness, and it is ready, the only problem Jesus notes is the availability of willing harvesters.

At home with Jesus

September 15, Steve Everist
Jeremiah 31:31-34

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To be at home with Jesus have an expectant heart, study your Bible and pray. These are the things which fuel emotional engagement with God.

Children’s Celebration Service

September 15, Caz and the kids
1 John 4:19


To be at home with Jesus have an expectant heart, study your Bible and pray. These are the things which fuel emotional engagement with God.

Nehemiah: Rebuilding Part 4

September 8, Nigel Rogers
Nehemiah 13:23-31

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When we fall short of the standards of our God it’s what we do personally and collectively that shows where our heart lies.

Nehemiah: Rebuilding Part 3

September 1, Nigel Rogers
Nehemiah 5:1-13

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When we truly confront our Spiritual poverty and consider how we seek to fulfil the yearning in our spirits we are in a place to receive what Christ has to offer.

Nehemiah: Rebuilding Part 2

August 25, Nigel Rogers
Nehemiah 4:1-15

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When we are overwhelmed we can trust that God will continue to draw us forward in his plans. Things can fall apart when we give up on doing what God has set before us.

Nehemiah: Rebuilding Part 1

August 18, Nigel Rogers
Nehemiah 1

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How emotionally engaged are we with God’s heart? God is about rebuilding and resurrecting lives, inviting us to receive the healing and wholeness that he offers.

Kingdoms in conflict Part 2

August 11, Ric Bollen
Daniel 7:1-3, 9-14

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Daniel had some powerful visions of kingdoms in his time and into the future. How does this affect us today?

Kingdoms in conflict Part 1

August 4, Ric Bollen
Daniel 1:1-8

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What can Daniel tell about the world and our attitude to it? And what can we learn from about God’s control of His world?

Hope of the World Part 3

July 28, Steve Everist & Rhys Bollen
Matthew 25:31-40

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One of the great challenges in visiting poor countries is that we are confronted more immediately with people’s suffering. How do we understand justice and how do we respond?

Hope of the World Part 2

July 21, Steve Everist
2 Corinthians 8:1-15

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The church is God’s love distribution system for planet earth – an organic, interconnected family where Jesus is the vine and we are the branches.

Serving and belonging

July 14, Nigel Rogers
2 Timothy 1:6-14

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Are you a Prophet, Priest or King? How do you experience your sense of belonging through serving?

Note: We are not able to publicly podcast David Begbie’s sermon. Copies are available to borrow from the church office.

Hope of the World Part 1

July 7, Steve Everist
Matthew 12:15-21

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Jesus is the hope of the world … how do we, as a church, fulfil that? How are we the hope of the world?

Belonging Part 4

June 30, Nigel Rogers
Acts 2:42-47

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What is it that Jesus invites us to receive? We are invited by Jesus to receive an end to the distance between God and us.

Belonging Part 3

June 23, Nigel Rogers
Luke 10:25-37

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As we go deeper in our love for Christ and our sense of belonging together we can go broader in our capacity to be God’s hands, his feet and his mouthpiece in our society.

Belonging Part 2

June 16, Nigel Rogers
Luke 10:1-12, 16 & 17

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As we go deeper we will experience the healing and the joy of God at work within us and this will spur us on to go broader into the lives of others.

Belonging Part 1

June 9, Nigel Rogers
Psalm 145

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Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven

June 2, Ben Powell
Matthew 5:1-12


Questions Jesus Asked

May 26, Ric Bollen
Matthew 20:29-34

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Throughout the New Testament Jesus asked many questions. What questions is He asking you?

In & with

May 19, Fiona Blair
Acts 2:1-47


Straight paths

May 12, Steve Everist
Proverbs 3:1-6, Acts 16:6-10

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How do I know what God wants me to do? And how do we, as a church, know what God wants us to do?

At the core Part 2

May 5, Nigel Rogers
Mark 12:28-34

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“You are not your own.” How does this verse from Corinthians impact our lives and specifically, how we use our resources?

At the core Part 1

April 28, Nigel Rogers
Mark 12:28-34

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Life in Christ is about resurrected living! It is vital for people to understand that no area of life is beyond God’s reach and power. God is about transformation from the deepest parts out.

Sharing Jesus First Part 3

April 21, Steve Everist
Acts 8:26-40

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The Spirit-filled life desires, above all else, to bring people to God. Do you want the Spirit-filled life? If you do, there is a road to walk, a narrow way. Do you want it? Then start walking right now, run if you must.

Rocks, weeds and fruit

April 21 (6pm), Cliff Powell
Mark 4:1-9, 13-20


Are you shallow soil? are you letting your life drift and not deepening your roots in following Jesus?

Sharing Jesus First Part 2

April 14, Steve Everist
Matthew 25:14-30

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Jesus is will ask us; “what did you do with my great treasure of saving grace?” Did you share it, multiply it in the world or did it end up in a hole? Did you share it or did you say nothing at all?

Sharing Jesus First Part 1

April 7, Steve Everist
Luke 22:13-35

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To engage with Jesus, to grow in Jesus and to go and share Jesus with others is the heart and soul of the Christian life and this is a life we are totally committed to.

The story from above

Easter Sunday, March 31, Steve Everist
Luke 24:1-8

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There are two Easter stories: a story from below, that Jesus had died; and the other a story from above – God’s greater plan for us all.

Good Friday

March 24, Nigel Rogers
Luke 23:26-49

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With his death, Jesus turned the tables on all our lives.

Sacrifice Part 4

March 24, Nigel Rogers
Luke 19:28-44

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This final sermon in the series on sacrifice looks at the way in which Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem sets the scene for the greatest of sacrifices.

Sacrifice Part 3

March 17, Nigel Rogers
Hebrews 10:1-14

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Our offering is the reflection of a life devoted and committed to Christ. It’s not about quantity but about the quality of our heart engaged in the offering.

Sacrifice Part 2

March 10, Nigel Rogers
Matthew 9:9-13

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Offerings, in all forms, are acts of worship concerned with outwardly demonstrating the inner conviction that God is worth it and that others are worth it too!

Sacrifice Part 1

March 3, Nigel Rogers
Mark 8:1-12

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Jesus does not put his own needs before those of other people. How can we make the sacrifice and put Jesus first in our lives?


February 24, Steve Everist
1 Corinthians 13:1-13

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This week we are looking at how a small group should be a place where God’s love is experienced both by the groups’ members and the people that they meet.


February 17, Steve Everist
Luke 8:22-25

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In Luke 8 Jesus takes his small group on a field trip on a lake and from the familiar into the unknown. How can we take that trip too?

Vision Sunday

February 10, Nigel Rogers
Philippians 3:7-15

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At PUC we are launching into a Jesus-first vision that affords all people an opportunity to know Christ.

It’s about time

February 3, Nigel Rogers
Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

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It is time that frames experiences and seasons and the transition from past to present. It is time that encapsulates the movements of life on both a personal and collective scale.

Beyond hope

January 27, Steve Everist
John 14:1-14

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We know the way into the central dwelling place of the creator God, because we know Jesus who will be our guide.

In it or not?

January 20, Nigel Rogers
Proverbs 1:1-7

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In order to live an aligned and authentic life in Christ we have to start with a refreshed awe for Christ.


January 13, Ric Bollen
Genesis 46:1-7 & Psalm 29:1-5


What do we do when this year’s journey seems to be so far away from where we think it should go?

The power of forgiveness

January 6, Ric Bollen
Genesis 45:1-8 & Hebrews 12:1-3


At beginning of year we need the power of forgiveness.

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