Michael's church

Grace Bible Church
Brisbane, *Province/Other 4000
07 33745940

About Michael
  • Education: Advanced Certificate in Security Operations (Australian Army) B.Min (Theol) Queensland Baptist College of Ministries B.A. (Hons.) University of Queensland.
  • Experience: I’m been a soldier and a preacher.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: May you be blessed by them. Also, other peoples sermons are great to read and use. But they should be the last thing you look at when preparing a sermon. Do the exegesis first on your own, think up some good ilustrations on your own, only then go to the secondary sources, eg. commentaries, studies and That way the sermon is still your own, but it can be enhanced through the wisdom of seeing how others have done it.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Anything by D.A. Carson or John Piper
  • Family: I am married to my lovely wife Naomi (b. 1980) and I have beautiful daughter named Alexis (b. 2000).
  • What my parents think of my sermons: I’m too afraid to ask.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Too many big words.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: 1. Two weeks after the sermon the only thing they’ll remember is the illustrations - so make them count!! 2. Preaching should be based on sound exegesis, but it is not to be a display of exegesis. 3. A good preacher should be a commentator on both Scripture and modern culture.
  • Books that have had an impact: N.T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God. J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership. Richard Baxter, The Reformed Pastor. John Stott, The Cross of Christ. William Lane Craig, Reasonable Faith
  • Hobbies: Reading Touchfootball Reading Tennis Reading
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: I would preach on Galatians 2:20
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: I had just finnished a 25 minute sermon by saying, ’Let’s pray’. Just as I closed my eyes some smart-alec little teenager lets out a huge sigh of relief by saying benneath his breath (or so he thought) ’Yes, its over!’. Suffice to say, I was not impressed. But I can laugh at it now.
  • What I want on my tombstone: I told you all that I was sick!
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  • John 1.1-18: What If God Was One Of Us?

    Contributed on Dec 6, 2003
    based on 46 ratings

    This sermon attempts to demonstrate the importance, meaning and significance of the incarantion for Christian life.

    John 1.1-18: What if God was One of Us? Introduction In J.B. Phillip’s New Testament Christianity, a senior angel is showing a very young angel around the splendours of the universe. They view the whirling galaxies and blazing suns, and then flit across the infinite distances of space until more

  • Empires In Collision: Christ And Caesar

    Contributed on May 11, 2003
    based on 57 ratings

    This sermon sets out to examine Mk 12:13-17 not in terms on Church-State relationships but rather by illucidating its socio-religious context and its application for God’s image bearers today.

    EMPIRES IN COLLISION: CHRIST AND CAESAR Mark 12:13-17 13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by more

  • Zeal For Peace

    Contributed on Apr 30, 2003
    based on 36 ratings

    This sermon exposits Eph 4.1-6 contending that in view of their salvation the Ephesians are to zealously contend for the unity within the body.

    Ephesians 4:1-6 (Zeal for Peace) Introduction Tradition claims that Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchure is built over the cave in which Christ is said to have been buried. In July 2002 the church became the scene of ugly fighting between the monks who run it. The conflict began when a more

  • Biblical Reflections On Faith In A Pluralistic World

    Contributed on Jan 4, 2003
    based on 30 ratings

    This sermon evaluated the recent trends towards religious pluralism and attempts to construct a Christian response.

    BIBLICAL REFLECTIONS ON FAITH IN PLURALISTIC, POSTMODERN, POST-CHRISTIAN AND PAGAN WORLD MICHAEL BIRD INTRODUCTION We live in an age which is becoming increasingly hostile historical Christianity. This hostility emanates from a public mindset that is pluralistic, postmodern, more

  • How To Be An Apocalyptic Christian In Four Easy Steps

    Contributed on Sep 19, 2002
    based on 29 ratings

    This sermon looks at Lk 9:57-10:20 and argues that mission is an apocalyptic activity whereby we participate in the victory of the kingdom of God.

    Lk 9.57-10.20: How to be an Apocalyptic Christian in 4 Easy Steps Introduction When I pose the question, “How to be an Apocalyptic Christian?” numerous thoughts or images might fly through your mind. Is it like David Koresh and the Branch Dividians of Waco, Texas U.S.A? Is that like one of more

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