By This All Will Know

Published: Tuesday, 23 February 2016

StrangerChris Turner, chaplain at Baptcare’s Sanctuary, preached the sermon on 14 February 2016 which celebrated the launch of Ashburton’s House of Hope for people seeking asylum.

Scriptures: Leviticus 19: 33-37; 1 John 4: 13-21

The sermon did not come with a script but the podcast can be heard at this link.

The sermon signaled the start of a Lenten series entitled ‘Welcome’. Information about it and questions for personal and group study can be found at this link.

The Essential Rhythm of Highly Effective Followers of Jesus

Published: Monday, 08 February 2016

This address was given by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on Transfiguration Sunday, 7 February 2016.

 Reading: Luke 9:28-43a mount dandenong A

When my daughter was at high school, she and three girlfriends had a holiday in Noosa. It was my job to pick them up from the airport. On the way that Saturday evening I decided to listen to an address on CD by Stephen Covey. It had the same title as his book: "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People."[1]

Starting from Blackburn, Covey spoke about the first habit: ‘Be Proactive’. Getting on to the Eastern Freeway he introduced the second habit: ‘Begin with the End in Mind’ and on we went.

Half way along the Tullamarine Freeway, Covey was extolling the virtues of the final habit: ‘Sharpen the Saw’. Don’t go on forever sawing the wood. Take time out to sharpen the blade.

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Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Published: Monday, 01 February 2016

This sermon was given by Geoff Pound to the Ashburton Baptist Church on 31 January 2016.

Reading: 1 Corinthians 12: 31-13: 1-13 ButtheGreatest GP 0216

Before Jimmy Carter was President of the United States he was a naval officer.  When he’d finishing his training he applied for his first job and was interviewed by the Admiral. The Admiral had a reputation for being quite demanding and in the interview he asked the applicant: “Where did you come in your class in the Naval Academy?” With a measure of pride Carter said: “Sir, I came 59th in a class of 840!”

Carter said he expected to be showered with praise but instead he was confronted with the penetrating question: “Did you do your best?” Carter was about to reply with an automatic “Yes Sir” but he thought about it for a moment and said, “No, Sir, I didn’t always do my best.”

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The Extraordinary Body

Published: Monday, 25 January 2016

This sermon was given by Keren McClelland at Ashburton Baptist Church on 24 January, 2016.

foodBible Reading: Corinthians 12: 12 – 31

Today we are going to zoom in on the human body, put it under the microscope…

(Video on biomes…0-1.40 minute)

“the human body is an entire eco-system unto itself so this is a new frontier - inner space

inner space is as complex a phenomenon as outer space”

ABC catalyst august 2014

(there are two important episodes to watch)

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Wine Tasting

Published: Monday, 18 January 2016

This sermon was presented by Geoff Pound at the Ashburton Baptist Church on Sunday, 17 January 2016.

Reading: John 2:1-11 Cana Wedding

The theme of today’s sermon is ‘Wine’!

It comes with a warning: ‘Remember to always drink responsibly’!

Let me note that many people choose not to drink wine for many good and valid reasons.

I can’t tell you what joy I’ve had researching today’s topic. This sermon wasn’t prepared in the study. It has matured in the cellar. The hours I’ve spent at Dan Murphy’s this week especially cogitating over verse 10 and learning to taste the difference between good wine and inferior wine. I’m not there yet! 

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Heaven Opened

Published: Thursday, 14 January 2016

Aretha Franklin

This sermon was presented by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on Sunday 10 January 2016.

Scripture Reading: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

After Christmas a video surfaced from the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC. The occasion was the celebration of Carole King and other songwriters, actors, filmmakers and singers.

It was a delicious smorgasbord of songs and film clips that showed the very best of these artists. But there was another singer that night that everyone’s been talking about.

Aretha Franklin was introduced and she entered the back of the stage dressed in a full-length fur coat.[1] This 73-year old walked over to the grand piano and put down her purse as if she’d arrived at church.

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Word Made Flesh

Published: Thursday, 14 January 2016

Word Made Flesh

This was the first sermon preached in 2016 at Ashburton Baptist Church, presented by Geoff Pound on 3 January 2016.

Reading: John 1: (1-9), 10-18

Ann Morgan is a writer and a voracious reader, but recently this English woman made a surprising discovery.[1]

She’d thought of herself as a cultured person but her bookshelves revealed a different story. She realized that just about all her books were written by British and American authors. She was sad to think she’d neglected so many fascinating stories by authors in different cultures.

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Published: Saturday, 26 December 2015

completoThis short sermon was presented by Geoff Pound at the Christmas Day Service at the Ashburton Baptist Church, 25 December 2015.

Reading: Luke 2:1-20

About two years ago my wife and I walked the Camino from the Pyrenees in France to the Spanish city of Santiago.

Probably because of the popular movie entitled The Way, there were plenty of others who had the same idea.

I’ll never forget one Friday early on our walk. We got to our destination in the middle of the afternoon.

Because a pilgrimage encourages you to live in the moment we had neither a detailed itinerary nor booked accommodation. We turned up at a pilgrim hostel and they said, ‘Completo’, full up.

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