How To Walk into a New Gate

When I was a young Christian, I received this life changing revelation from Psalm 100. It talks about how we can confidently walk into new circumstance in our lives. Psalm 100:1-4 NIV [1] Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. [2] Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. [3] Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are …

Who is Lifehouse Church?

Who is Lifehouse Church? Lifehouse church started in 2002 from the Assemblies of God churches (AOG) Australia and by the Australian Christian Churches International. This group of churches in Australia is now called Australian Christians Churches (ACC). There are now over 1,000 churches in our movement in Australia. All our Lifehouse pastors are accredited with ACC. We are a regular Protestant church, adhering to the Nicene Creed, as well as the ACC statement of faith. This statement of faith is the same as the Assemblies …

Empowering and Releasing Leaders

We all want and need more leaders at our Churches. But how do we teach and encourage more people to lead? As we look at the different areas in Church through the lens of “are we empowering leaders” and “are we making it easy for people to lead” we can see areas of improvement. There are 4 areas we tend towards when leading, let’s have a look at them. 1. …

Are You Ready for New Wine?

All of us have a desire for God to pour out new wine into our lives and Churches. We all want to see God move in a way that we have never seen before. But are we truly ready for new wine? Are we ready to embrace change? Luke 5:37-39 And no one pours new wine into old wine skins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine …

Starting the Day Well

God creates each day that we get to live. I learnt as a young Christian the importance of starting the day well, and I often talk to my young pastors and leaders about this. (Jeremiah 31:35) This is what the Lord says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves …

The Right Word At The Right Time

Discipleship is an ongoing, exciting journey that spans over years. During this time we have many opportunities to encourage, inspire, correct, and coach the people we disciple. There are days however, when the right word from God at the right time can achieve a lot in a moment. Proverbs 15:22-23 (NLT) [22] Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success. [23] Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it …

Dear Young Pastor

I have always been a big believer that one of the greatest roles of an experienced or older pastor is to empower young pastors and leaders. In this blog we are going to look at 4 simple things Paul, an older pastor, imparted to Timothy, a young pastor. 2 Tim 4:5 (NIV) 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge …

Living Out of Our Calling

We all want to be fruitful. But sometimes we don’t see the the fruit we are believing for. Of course there are many things that can stop us from being fruitful, but I want to talk about one reason today – losing confidence in our calling. Let’s have a look at this powerful scripture on calling. John 15:14-17 (NIV) [14] You are my friends if you do what I command. …

Truth in Love

There are so many important biblical truths that need to be in balance with other truths to be life changing. One of these very important balances is between truth and love. Ephesians 4:14-16 (NLT) Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so …

Discipling with Joy!

Jesus was the ultimate disciple maker! If we want to fulfil his command to go make disciples of all nations we should always look to him. In Luke 10, Jesus sent out 72 disciples to go ahead to the towns where Jesus was to go. They came back filled with joy and rejoicing at all the miracles they saw. In verse 21 it talks about Jesus’ reaction to them arriving …