How God Deals with Evil

9 June, 2024 James Ramsay

Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. 2 He seized the dragon—that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years. 3 The angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished. Afterward he must be released for a little while.

4 Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus and for proclaiming the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They all came to life again, and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

5 This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him a thousand years.

7 When the thousand years come to an end, Satan will be let out of his prison. 8 He will go out to deceive the nations—called Gog and Magog—in every corner of the earth. He will gather them together for battle—a mighty army, as numberless as sand along the seashore. 9 And I saw them as they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded God’s people and the beloved city. But fire from heaven came down on the attacking armies and consumed them.

10 Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

11 And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. 12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up its dead, and death and the graveb] gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. 14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. 15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Revelation 20 [NLT]


Transformed by the Resurrection - Part of After the Resurrection - 2 June 2024

2 June, 2024 Belinda Groves

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe.

It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion.

For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life for evermore.

Psalm 133 [NIV]

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there was no needy person among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.

Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means ‘son of encouragement’), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.

Acts 4:32-37 [NIV]


Renewing: It Starts With Us - Part 1 of Mending So All May Know - 26 May 2024

26 May, 2024 Jim Curtis

Renewing: It Starts With Us - Mending So All May Know

Jim Curtis (Mosaic Baptist Church Evatt Elder)

We live in a broken world, and our lives are testimonies to this brokenness. Yet, amid this reality, we find hope. Our mending God doesn’t discard us due to our fractures; instead, God desires to use us, broken as we are, transforming our wounds into wellsprings of empathy and strength. In Galatians 5:16–17, 22–26, we discover that this transformation begins within us, as we are renewed daily by the Holy Spirit, learning to live, look, love and lead more like Jesus. We renew through depending on the Holy Spirit, cultivating the fruit of the Spirit, and through building community in the Spirit.

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves. [The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.


But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, [gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit's leading in every part of our lives. [26] Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

Gal 5:16-17 and 22-26 [NLT].


Going Deeper - Generosity - 19 May 2024

19 May, 2024 Phil Waugh

Phil Waugh (Mosaic Baptist Church Senior Pastor)

And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: they gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But since you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in youa] – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.

Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality

2 Cor 8:1-14 [NIV]


Minimal Facts of the Resurrection - Part 5 of After the Resurrection - 12 May 2024

12 May, 2024 James Ramsay

The Resurrection of Jesus - Minimal Facts of the Resurrection

James Ramsay (Mosaic Baptist Church - Page Pastor)

If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

1 Cor 15:13-19 [NIV]


From Perishable to Imperishable - Part 4 of After the Resurrection - 5 May 2024

5 May, 2024 Ian Alcorn

After the Resurrection – ‘From Perishable to Imperishable’

Ian Alcorn (TBC) (Mosaic Baptist Church - Gungahlin Elder)

Paul made passing reference to the defeat of death in 1 Corinthians 15:26. Now, Paul develops this hope more fully. Paul believes that a profound change awaits those who sow their lives in imitation of the suffering, dead, and risen Christ. This is, at least in part, Howe we ‘inherit the kingdom’ (1 Corinthians 15:50). This is a ‘mystery’ (1 Corinthians 15:51) or something beyond Paul’s complete comprehension. What Paul is confident in, as a result of the resurrection of Christ is that death itself will be (has been?) defeated. This brings us into a new reality or ‘victory’ (1 Corinthians 15:54,55, and 57). Sin, law, and death will all be ‘swallowed’ by this ultimate ‘victory’ of the ‘Lord Jesus Christ’ (1 Corinthians 15:57). Paul sees this vision of reality as reason to live lives radically dedicated to God. After all, our ‘labour is not in vain.’ (1 Corinthians 15:58).

I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:50-58 [NIV]


Implications of the Certainty of the Resurrection - Part 3 of After the Resurrection

28 April, 2024 Jim Curtis

After the Resurrection – Implications of the Certainty of the Resurrection

Jim Curtis (Mosaic Baptist Church - Evatt congregation)

It is difficult to know what to do with Paul’s testimony to the practice of ‘being baptised on behalf of the dead…’ (1 Corinthians 15:29). What follows, however, is Paul’s witness to the life he lives, and encourages in others, as he to trust in the new hope of the resurrection. Paul ‘faces danger’, ‘fights beasts’, and changes the way he lives (stops ‘sinning’). In essence, because the dead will be raised, Paul is sowing his life in this world as a seed fallen to the ground. This is no vain investment. Paul is willing to give his life for others and the gospel because he believes his earthly body will rise (as Christ’s did) in a new form. Once again, Paul taps into the ‘first Adam’ image and now aligns himself with the ‘Christ image’.

If the dead will not be raised, what point is there in people being baptized for those who are dead? Why do it unless the dead will someday rise again?

And why should we ourselves risk our lives hour by hour? For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you. And what value was there in fighting wild beasts—those people of Ephesus—if there will be no resurrection from the dead? And if there is no resurrection, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!] Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.

1 Corinthians 15:29-34 [NLT]


Going Deeper in Church Growth - Part 2 of After the Resurrection

21 April, 2024 Steve Coster

Follow the link to view Steve Coster's message where he shared keys for going deeper in church growth.

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Now Thomas (also known as Didymusa]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believeb] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Jn 20:19-31 [NIV]

John 20:19John 20:19-31-31John 20:19-31


That Which Is of First Importance - Part 1 of After the Resurrection

14 April, 2024 Phil Waugh

Phil Waugh - (Mosaic Senior Pastor)

The opening of 1 Corinthians 15 sees Paul reaffirming the God-declared Good News that he has always preached to this church community. His story is not changing. As Paul begins this account, he affirms the ‘first importance’ of the death and resurrection of Jesus. This is not a fringe or marginal aspect of Paul’s account of God’s activity in our world. Rather it is central that Jesus died and rose again. Neither is this relegated to a spiritual or other-worldly reality. Paul goes out of his way to affirm the historic reality of the resurrection by listing those he knows who openly testify to the resurrection of the Christ.

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importancea]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 [NIV]