What’s The Mission of the Church?

Luke 19:9-10 (NIV) 9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” This was a great moment of salvation. Zacchaeus the tax collector turned away from his old way of living and looked to …

Is Ministry The Most Important Role of a Pastor?

Jesus is our ultimate example and as pastors and leaders we should always look first to his example. This week I wanted to highlight the fact that not only did Jesus minister to the multitudes he also coached or discipled the few. So have a look at these two very important roles – ministry and coaching. Ministry We all know …

The Most Challenging Scripture in the Bible

This week I wanted to take a look at what is potentially the most challenging scripture in the Bible, here it is. Luke 14:25-27 NIV [25] Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: [26] “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own …

The amazing impact of journalling ( hearing the voice of God.)

I have been journalling for the entire 33 years that I have been a Christian. It’s a sure way how someone can hear the voice of God and be led by the plan of God!. If we can get a group of passionate christians all hearing the voice of God, a movement will soon form. These movements long-term can change …

Who were the best model of disciplers in the Bible? (Part 1: Elijah)

After discipling for many years I’ve always loved the models of 3 people from the Bible: The prophet Elijah, the apostle Paul, and of course, Jesus. I want to know what they did right and analyse how that would translate into my world of discipling today. As a young christian in charge of a home fellowship group (cell group in the 80’s), …

10 Years in Japan (Part 2)

Building Key Alliances In 2001, before I arrived in Japan I made contact with Talo Sataraka, Senior Pastor of New Hope Tokyo for advice. What an important moment that was. We chatted about Tokyo, church, life, family… and I made a new friend that day. When our team of 16 arrived in Tokyo we placed ourselves in Talo’s church for …

10 Years in Japan (Part 1)

10 years of struggle and blessing. On the 8th April 2002, we arrived in Japan with a team of 16. This included Viv, my two boys (then aged 9 and 4), Junya and Kimie and 10 young Australians committed to giving a year of service, and me. We arrived without finance and without much of anything. We just had a …

Heaven’s Applause

‘There’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescue than over 99 good people in no need of rescue.’ (Luke 15:7 Message Bible) Really? Is this really true? Heaven has an applause meter? A celebration meter? Yes – apparently so! One new person coming to know Jesus  = Celebration? Joy? Angels jumping and praising God? Why? Because it’s the reason …

Disciple With Joy

Discipleship sometimes has a bad name. Or a no name. It’s ignored or disliked. Why? Here are some reasons I’ve heard:- ‘Too much hard work.’ ‘It’s unfruitful in the short term’ ‘There have been some very bad models.’ ‘There’s no joy in it.’ But … Jesus was the best discipler. And he told us all ‘go and make disciples’ (Mat …

2 Things

What makes heaven excited? What gets Jesus really rejoicing? 2 things. 1.Seeing people decide to follow Jesus . (Luke 15:7) In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away! -All of heaven rejoiced at one person changing and …