Oct 272013

If God’s called you to lead in his church and given you vision for serving and building up the church, then do it. How? Start where you’re at, with whomever you’re with.

If he’s called you to lead and you’re doing it, keep going because, in the same way that obedience to the father led Christ, not only to love his fellow people but to suffer for them; we too will suffer, in order that we may both truly know Christ and display his resurrection power. This is a deep mystery but one that is deeply glorious.

If he’s called and gifted you to serve those who lead, then do it and embrace the suffering,  because leaders are suffering too. We know, from marriage and other close relationships, that it’s hard to love and that love is sacrificial. But this is how Christ loved us and this is how we are to love others.

Why does this matter?

It matters because the church alone is the hope of the world, the light of the world and the bearer of the glory of God. The church alone is the dwelling place of God Almighty and is the throne of his Son through whom he extends the rule of his kingdom. The church – to the glory of God – is made up of the fools, the weak, the last, the lost and the least, because weakness more than anything else amplifies the brilliant strength, power, wisdom and love of God.

Finally, it matters because it is the church alone who is the Bride that God is preparing for the Son whom he loves. We, by God’s Spirit, are the Bride the Father has chosen for his beloved Son.
Selah [dwell/contemplate]




Dec 122010

Nicholas spoke on moving and about leaving St Philips and being followers of God.

Reading: Acts 20:17-24,  Luke 9: 57-62

Sermon recorded at 9.30am Service.

Nov 142010

“What Matters to You?” (Mal) Well, Nick here we are somewhere over the Great Australian Bight; are you wondering about anything in particular? (Nick) I’m wondering what really matters… We seem to think it really matters that a Rolls Royce plane engine blows up; like that REALLY matters but when I think about studying theology or leading a Church, it sort of feels like those things don’t really matter much in the scheme of things. (Mal) So what really matters [continue reading…]

Nov 072010

Our time at St Philips is nearing an end. Just a couple of days ago we found out that the house we are moving into for the next 3 years became available as of the 16th of December. A rushed pre-Christmas move is now being strategized in the Lockwood household! There’s a real sense of excitement too; there’s a sense of relief that we’ll be somewhere for a minimum of 3 years. Thus far we have moved 5 times in [continue reading…]

Oct 172010

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph 3.18-19) It’s a funny thing; I have to prepare a short, focused, seven minute homily on Ephesians 3 to preach to my colleagues in the Anglican Priestly Formation Programme. And every time I [continue reading…]

Oct 102010

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/podcast/media/SR20101010-nick-lockwood.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 40:14 — 16.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe?Understanding God in our relationships is not always easy, especially when it comes to our sexuality. Readings: Ephesians 5:21 and 1 Corinthians 7. Sermon podcast from 9.30 service Below is the accompanying text from the slide show for the sermon. Quote 1 You have to pray. You have to listen to the voice who calls you the Beloved because otherwise [continue reading…]

Aug 312010

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/podcast/media/SR20100829-Nick_Lockwood.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 32:26 — 13.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe?Nicholas delivered a powerful message about how Jesus challenges our worldy wisdom. Readings Hebrews 13:1-8,15,16, Luke 14: 1,7-14 9.30 Service Sermon

Aug 292010

This weeks Musing has been left blank for you to create your musing.. Start now following the bullet points and using the pencil in your Pew Sheet… Start with an event or thing that’s happened, that has got you thinking…… My first thoughts on this are ? (Fantastic or Ridiculous or Frustrating…) How am I feeling ? (be real here—happy, sad, lonely, angry …) What does this feeling remind me of….is it bringing up something from the past (eg first [continue reading…]

Aug 222010

In last week’s musing I begun reflecting on the question people have been asking me, whether I feel any different now that I’ve been made a Reverend. I noted that yes it is different, though not in the way people might expect. I begun sharing what the Anglican Church meant for me as a kid – irrelevance, unpopularity, embarrassment and unsuccessful – it fed a wound of rejection, and thus had seriously negative connotations as I grew up. For me then, the journey [continue reading…]

Aug 152010

A number of people have asked me what it is like now being a Reverend, does it feel any different. This two part musing is a response to that question. And the answer is; Yes! It does feel different now, being a Reverend. However not in the way that you might imagine. I’m not sure what the Anglican Church means for you, though if you attended Monday nights Annual Trinity Lecture with Dr Tim Chester you may be in a [continue reading…]