Jul 152018
 

As we continue with our series ‘Who is God?’, I want to draw your attention to the structure of The Apostle’s Creed. It would be a shame for us to teach all the way through the creed without pointing out the overall structure. That would be to miss the forest from the trees. So let me point out the forest. The creed has a three-part structure:

  1. I believe in God the Father
  2. I believe in Jesus Christ God’s only Son
  3. I believe in the Holy Spirit. One God,

three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The key verse behind the structure is Matthew 28:18-20:

Go and make disciples of all nations… baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

To baptise means ‘to immerse in water’, but do you see what Jesus says people are to be immersed in? They are to be immersed “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. To be immersed in the ‘name’ of God is to be immersed in the ‘being’ of God.

Why are we to be immersed in the being of God? Because that is what we were made for – relationship with God! That is the very essence of salvation! To be brought back into relationship with God by having our sins washed away through Jesus’ death on the cross.

When a person in the 4th century wanted to be baptised, before they could be immersed in water they had to be immersed in (taught) the Apostle’s Creed. Easter Sunday was the time for baptism in the water, but Lent was the time for baptism in the Apostle’s Creed. I doubt many of us have experienced such an immersion (into the creed, that is).

Alister McGrath provides an excerpt from a sermon preached in the 4th century to those who had just been baptised:

“You were asked,  ‘Do you believe in God the Father almighty?’ You replied ‘I believe,’ and were immersed, that is, were buried.

Again, you were asked, ‘Do you believe in our Lord Jesus Christ and his cross?’ You replied, ‘I believe,’ and were immersed…

A third time you were asked, ‘Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?’ You replied, ‘I believe,’ and were immersed for a third time.”

It is comforting and amazing to me that our Anglican baptism service has barely changed since then. We continue to ask these questions and recite The Apostle’s Creed. It illustrates the fact that ‘the communion of saints’ reaches across the ages and not just across the globe. To revisit the theme of ‘passing on the baton’, it reminds me of Psalm 145:4:

One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.

Blessings,

Kieran

 

Jul 082018
 

READINGS: 

  • John 1:1-3 
  • Acts 17:22-31

 

Clip 1 – The Image of God

https://www.publicchristianity.org/the-image-of-god-the-concept/

 

Clip 2 – Am I not a man and a brother?

https://www.publicchristianity.org/am-i-not-a-man-and-a-brother/

 

Jun 242018
 

Ruth and I recently hosted our very first Bible study for young adults. As we started I wanted to answer the question, “Why am I so passionate about youth and young adults ministry?” There are three main reasons: My own experiences as a 15-20 year old. I came to faith just after I turned 18. That period was probably the most vulnerable of my entire life. I was trying to figure out who I was and where I belonged. I [continue reading…]

Jun 032018
 

I want to tell you about an exciting book I’m reading called This is Our Time: Everyday Myths in the Light of the Gospel by Trevin Wax. It’s not often that I find a real ‘page turner’, but this book definitely is. The book is basically trying to equip Christians with gospel lenses through which they can critically evaluate 21st century cultural issues. It has chapters that deal with technology, Hollywood, the pursuit of happiness, sex and marriage. The Framework [continue reading…]

May 202018
 

Our family has been in Perth for just over a month this week and we are still finding our feet. We have had a wonderful time getting to know people, the playgrounds,  the seaside and Swan River. I want to share some things that I’ve been impressed with and for which I give thanks to God. Prayer Meetings You may remember that my very first word to you, from Colossians 4:2-4, was to ask you to pray, for an ‘open [continue reading…]

May 202018
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20180520-Sermon-Kieran-Carr.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 22:05 — 7.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe? Reading 1         Psalm 1 Reading 2         Matthew 7:21-29      

May 132018
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20180513-Kieran-Carr.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 25:07 — 8.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe? Reading 1         Romans 2:1-4  Reading 2         Matthew 7:1-5   

Apr 222018
 

On Sunday I shared a little about how we ended up here in Cottesloe. Now I want to put that through the grid of the five main ways God guides his people (stolen from Nicky Gumbel). I want to show how God led us through each of the five ways in the hope that it will help you with godly decision-making. Five Main Ways God Leads Commanding Scripture (the Bible) Besides the obvious command to ‘go and make disciples’ (Matt [continue reading…]

Apr 152018
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20180415-Kieran-Carr-Testimony.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 17:33 — 6.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe? Reading 1: Acts 16:6-10 Reading 2: Colossians 4:2-4