Opinion: Challenge & Opportunity

I was asked the question: ‘What are the major challenges, and/or ministry opportunities, facing Australian churches in 2018?”

It is far above my station to be able to speak for just the church in which I serve let alone all Australian churches! And so with that caveat, I humbly offered this opinion in answer to that question:

Christians face the continued challenge to be in the world but not of it.

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Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner.

Imagine, after a long day, I drive home to find that the only thing remaining where my house once stood was its smoldering remains! And standing outside was my child holding a sign saying: ‘Hate the sin, Love the Sinner!’.

It is one thing to recognise that sin is bad – in fact so self-evident that there is no chance that it would not be seen! Yet it is a whole new level of self awareness to think that the sinful actions that caused damage and hurt should be separated from the person who caused the damage and hurt – such that the perpetrator should bear no responsibility!

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Sermon – Five Things Jesus Never Said: God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle (Psalm 61 & 2 Corinthians 1:3-11)

Is it true that ‘God will never give you more than you can handle’? Did Jesus say so? The fourth topic in our ‘Five Things Jesus Never Said’ series!

Sermon ‘Five Things Jesus Never Said: God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle’ (Psalm 61 & 2 Corinthians 1:3-11) by Ken D Noakes is available in audio and video: http://bit.ly/2G4GAEi

Read the Bible text: http://bit.ly/2FPFPyW

Read the English support notes: http://bit.ly/2FSjwsB

Full Script for this talk – ‘God will never give you more than you can handle!’

Sermon: The Shrewd Manager (Luke 16:1-18)


‘What Jesus says to the Crowds and to the Disciples and to the Pharisees, is that there is an eternal future. It is good, it is real, it is far better than what we have here.’ (Ken D Noakes)

Sermon from the ‘Meeting The Messiah’ series with Ken Noakes speaking about ‘The Shrewd Manager’ from Luke 16:1-18.

Watch the full sermon: http://bit.ly/2jeYo5X

Read the Bible text: http://bit.ly/2j5zKET

Talk Outline and Full Script for this talk – Luke 16:1-18


Sermon – Adoption & Fellowship (1 John 2:28-3:10)

Sermon ‘Adoption & Fellowship’ (1 John 1:3, 2:28-3:10) by Ken D Noakes is available to stream or download: http://bit.ly/2vGblhv

Read the Bible text: http://bit.ly/2wrefUe

Full Script and Workings for this talk – Adoption & Fellowship (1 John 2.28-3.10)

Diagram (mentioned in the sermon): 1 John ‘Target’ demonstrating movement in or out of Confident Faith.Process of Faith Diagram 2.jpg