Encounter Church Messages

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Sunday Service from Encounter Church in Prospect, South Australia

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LOVEMBER: Love & Friendship
00:29:05
The Four Loves: ways to understand the depth of our relationship with God and each other. This week Pastor Mike looks at philia- the love of friendship - and challenges us to create spiritual friendships that lead us deeper in trust, accountability and faith in Jesus. Teaching text: Proverbs 18:24
Nov 10, 2019
LOVEMBER: Love & Sexual Attraction
00:50:49
The Four Loves: ways to understand the depth of our relationship with God and each other. In the first message of our series on Love, Ps Mike explores the idea of eros - romantic love & sexual attraction - and shares wisdom from scripture on how eros In every relationship stage can bring glory to God. Teaching text: 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Nov 03, 2019
TEACH ME TO PRAY: Praying with Power
00:22:08
Prayer: where theology becomes experience and we have conversations with the divine. As we finish the series, Ps Mike speaks to our greatest desire - for God to come in power in response to our prayers - and challenges us to instead long for the presence of God as our daily reality. Teaching text: Matthew 9:1-8
Oct 27, 2019
TEACH ME TO PRAY: Intimacy with Jesus
00:33:31
Prayer: where theology becomes experience and we have conversations with the divine. Our deepest prayer happens when nobody is looking. In this week’s message, Rev Brant Jones shares about the beauty of intimacy with Jesus in the quiet moments of our lives and how our prayer lives are driven by that intimacy, with both strategic and spontaneous benefits coming from it. Teaching text: Matthew 6:5-8
Oct 20, 2019
TEACH ME TO PRAY: Tongues & Prophecy
00:35:36
Prayer: where theology becomes experience and we have conversations with the divine. Spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues and prophesying can be controversial and confronting, but in this message, Ps Jen explains why both of them are gifts in different measures and how they can bring benefit to our prayer lives and the whole church. Teaching text: 1 Corinthians 14:1-25
Oct 13, 2019
TEACH ME TO PRAY: Praying Like Jesus
00:27:20
Prayer: where theology becomes experience and we have conversations with the divine. If we want to live like Jesus, we should pray like Jesus. Ps Mike unpacks Jesus’ teaching on prayer in the Sermon on the Mount, before showing us Jesus’ own prayer habit and how we need habits like this to prepare us for times of trouble in our lives. Teaching text: Matthew 6:5-15
Oct 06, 2019
TEACH ME TO PRAY: Praying On Purpose
00:45:07
Prayer: where theology becomes experience and we have conversations with the divine. Ps Mike kicks off our fresh new series on prayer by taking a look at why we pray and showing us why putting praise first in our lives reorients our entire lives around God and helps us find purpose. Teaching text: Philippians 4:4-7
Sep 29, 2019
Faith, Hope & Love
00:30:03
In this one-off message 3 of our brilliant Encounter interns, Sarah, Jacob & Jemima share their stories and unpack what it looks like to have faith, hope and love in God as shared by Paul to the Corinthians. Teaching text: 1 Corinthians 13:11-13
Sep 22, 2019
ENCOUNTER CAMP 2019: BELONG - Belonging to each other.
00:20:51
Community is a delicate and beautiful thing. It requires sacrifice, dedication and mutual respect. In this interactive message from our first Encounter Camp, Ps Mike talks us through Paul’s use of the Body of Christ to show how in order to belong to each other, we need to die to ourselves. Teaching text: 1 Cor 12:12-27
Sep 19, 2019
ENCOUNTER CAMP 2019: BELONG - Belonging to God.
00:46:15
Our sense of belonging and the love we have for each other is diminished if it isn’t nourished by the love we receive from God the Father. In our final camp message, Ps Mike unpacks part of Peter’s first letter to show us characteristics of people who belong to God - and how we’re called to live. Teaching text: 1 Peter 2:4-10
Sep 15, 2019
JAMES: Make It Count. Again
00:36:47
5 weeks in James: practical wisdom for living out your faith with integrity, resilience, justice and grace. Let’s make our lives count. Ps Mike closes our series on James by unpacking James’ teaching on persistence in prayer in James 5 and helping us see why it’s critical that we pray not just once, but AGAIN. Teaching text: James 5:13-20
Sep 08, 2019
Father’s Day & The Gift of Grace - Ps Mike Wardrop
00:39:25
This Father’s Day Ps Mike shares the greatest gift - the grace of God - using Ephesians 2 to unpack how we are torn between the two thieves of the gospel. Teaching text: Ephesians 2:8-10
Sep 01, 2019
JAMES: Make it count. Humble Faith.
00:34:45
5 weeks in James: practical wisdom for living out your faith with integrity, resilience, justice and grace. Let's make our lives count. This week Ps Mike explores James 4 and the way James challenges our hearts, calling us to humility and obedience to Jesus that is counter-cultural and totally transformative for our lives. Teaching text: James 4:1-10
Aug 25, 2019
JAMES: Make It Count. Taming the Tongue.
00:27:19
5 weeks in James: practical wisdom for living out your faith with integrity, resilience, justice and grace. Let’s make our lives count. This week Ps Jen explore James 3, and unpacks the danger and value of the tongue and how it reflects the character of our hearts. Teaching text: James 3:1-12
Aug 18, 2019
JAMES: Make It Count. Living Proof
00:31:51
5 weeks in James: practical wisdom for living out your faith with integrity, resilience, justice and grace. Let’s make our lives count. We continue our series on James in James 2, with Ps Mike explaining why James’ insistence on faith proved by deeds is living proof of our relationship with Jesus. Teaching text: James 2:14-19
Aug 11, 2019
JAMES: Make It Count. Gear Up.
00:32:19
5 weeks in James: practical wisdom for living out your faith with integrity, resilience, justice and grace. Let’s make our lives count. We kick off our new series on James with Ps Mike exploring why endurance is a critical part of our faith journey and how we gear up for that journey by focusing on what Christ has done and what is to come. Teaching text: James 1:1-8, 22-25
Aug 06, 2019
The Power Of Encounter: God’s Yes
00:16:58
It all begins with an encounter with Jesus. Guest speaker Ps Josh Greenwood finishes off our series on the power of encounter by unpacking for us the ways of the Holy Spirit as guide, counsellor and illuminator - and that we find our ultimate ‘yes’ in God through Jesus, revealed by the Spirit. Teaching text: 1 Corinthians 2:9-12
Jul 29, 2019
The Power Of Encounter: The Holy Spirit
00:28:32
It all begins with an encounter with Jesus. Guest speaker Ps Andy Hogarth continues our series on the power of encounter by sharing stories about the way the Holy Spirit has been given to us, changing lives and offering direction and wisdom. Teaching Texts: John 14-16, Acts 1.
Jul 25, 2019
The Power of Encounter: Living Water
00:28:22
It all begins with an encounter with Jesus. Ps Dave Hamalainen gives a message on Jesus being living water and how an encounter with Jesus can quench your thirst Teaching text: John 4:4-15 and John 4:25-30
Jul 16, 2019
The Power Of Encounter: Miracles
00:25:00
It all begins with an encounter with Jesus. Ps Jen continues our series on the power of encounter by talking about the miracles we need in our lives, the reasons behind them and how Jesus wants to heal and restore us into eternity with him. Teaching Texts: Luke 8:43-48, Matthew 20:30-34
Jul 07, 2019
The Power of Encounter: Why Encounter Matters
00:29:12
It all begins with an encounter with Jesus. Ps Mike kicks off our new series on the power of encounter and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives by bringing us back to Jesus and the way he meets and transforms us: physically, emotionally, spiritually Teaching Text: Matthew 8:1-4
Jun 30, 2019
Here’s To The Dreamers: The Greatest Story
00:41:05
Championing our creative capacities for the glory of God, through the story of Joseph. Ps Mike closes off our series on creativity by showing how all great stories point to the Great Story of Jesus and equipping us to fight the three great enemies of our lives: the world, the flesh and the devil. Teaching Text: Romans 8:12-17
Jun 25, 2019
Here's To The Dreamers: Your Creative Best
00:35:42
Championing our creative capacities for the glory of God, through the story of Joseph. Ps Katie Iles from Journey Uniting Church brings a powerful message on the creativity of God and how our responsibility is to shape the future through our own creativity. Teaching Text: Galatians 6:4-5
Jun 18, 2019
Here’s To The Dreamers: Is Your God Bigger Than Your Ego?
00:32:31
Championing our creative capacities for the glory of God, through the story of Joseph. Ps Jen continues our series on creativity by exposing our egos and showing how we can either submit them to God or allow them to derail our lives. Teaching Text: Genesis 37:1-11
Jun 09, 2019
Here's To The Dreamers: The Grace of Failure & the Cost of Success
00:33:17
Championing our creative capacities for the glory of God, through the story of Joseph. Ps Mike continues our series on creativity by showing us that success can be damaging, but failure is often what sparks us to our greatest triumphs and God is always ready to take us where we need to go next. Teaching Text: Genesis 39
Jun 02, 2019
Here’s To The Dreamers: Living The Dream
00:36:22
Championing our creative capacities for the glory of God, through the story of Joseph. Ps Mike opens our new series by exploring the nature of God’s creativity and how that impacts - and guarantees - our own creative possibilities. Teaching Text: Genesis 41
May 26, 2019
Humility, Gentleness, Love - Ps Luke Rasmussen
00:35:35
Our special guest Ps Luke Rasmussen unpacks texts from Ephesians and Ecclesiastes to show is how humility and obedience to God is a necessary response to God’s love. Teaching text: Ephesians 4:1-7
May 19, 2019
Encounter's 1st Birthday - Hunger & Thirst
00:22:40
At our big first birthday celebration, Ps Mike shows us the importance of needing hunger and thirst in our relationship with God. Teaching text: John 4
May 05, 2019
The Difference of having a really good Dad
00:33:35
Rev Brant Jones shares the wisdom of understanding God as a good father and what that means for how we understand ourselves as daughters and sons of God. Teaching text: Genesis 1-3
Apr 28, 2019
Easter - Resurrection Sunday
00:31:16
The King has come. In this practical message, Ps Mike unpacks some of the key proofs of the resurrection of Jesus and leads us to the conclusion that the evidence about Jesus demands an experience with Jesus
Apr 21, 2019
Easter - Good Friday
00:13:52
The King has come. Ps Mike invites us to consider the isolation of Jesus on the cross and how our own feelings of loneliness have been effectively ended by the finished work of Jesus.
Apr 19, 2019
Palm Sunday
00:35:12
The King has come. Ps Mike brings a challenging message to us about King Jesus, the king who defies all expectations and dies so we can live.
Apr 14, 2019
Called - Pastor Josh
00:48:35
Encounter's guest speaker Josh & his family have planted churches in some of the world's most difficult regions, sharing the gospel across cultures. In this challenging message, he encourages us to remember the preeminence of God in our lives and to step confidently into the calling God has for our lives. Teaching text: Joshua 1
Apr 07, 2019
Sparking Joy: Philippians 4
00:35:54
Unpacking Paul's passionate letter to the church in Philippi. Ps Jen finishes our Sparking Joy series by challenging us not to let our joy be stolen away but to firmly ground it in God's love for us. Teaching text: Philippians 4:4-9
Mar 31, 2019
Sparking Joy: Philippians 3
00:49:02
Unpacking Paul's passionate letter to the church in Philippi. Ps Mike continues our Sparking Joy series by challenging us to run the race God has set before us and showing us 4 hurdles that cause us to stumble on the way. Teaching text: Philippians 3:12-16
Mar 26, 2019
Sparking Joy: Philippians 2
00:43:00
Unpacking Paul's passionate letter to the church in Philippi. Ps Mike continues our Sparking Joy series by exploring the theme of humility in Philippians chapter 2 and the idea that true humility is confidence in God. Teaching text: Philippians 2:1-11
Mar 17, 2019
Sparking Joy: Philippians 1
00:25:59
Unpacking Paul’s passionate letter to the church in Philippi. Rev Brant Jones opens the series by reminding us that chasing temporary happiness often leads to deep unhappiness but of the depth of joy found in Jesus. Teaching text: Philippians 1
Mar 10, 2019
The Joy In Death
00:58:05
Rev Dr Nick Hawkes is a theologian, writer, scientist, pastor... and he has a diagnosis of terminal cancer. Listen in as Nick shares about his hope in Jesus over and above his sickness and circumstances. Teaching text: Philippians 1:21-25
Mar 03, 2019
New Year's Solutions: Read More
00:32:08
What do Australia's most common New Year's resolutions say about our inner desires? Ps Jen looks at our aspirations to read more and how this is an echo of the heart God gives us to fall in love with the Bible. Teaching text: Psalm 119:105
Feb 24, 2019
New Year’s Solutions: Give more to charity
00:34:53
What do Australia’s most common New Year’s resolutions say about our inner desires? Ps Mike looks at our self-sacrificing desire to give more to charity and be more generous - and how this is a response to the generosity of God. Teaching text: Matthew 6:1-4
Feb 17, 2019
New Year's Solutions: Get in a new relationship
00:38:11
What do Australia's most common New Year's resolutions say about our inner desires? Ps Mike looks at our deep desires to develop relationships and how this reflects God's heart for us to be in deep relationship with Him Teaching text: Gen 2:18
Feb 10, 2019
New Year's Solutions: Eat Better, Get Fitter
00:31:27
What do Australia's most common New Year's resolutions say about our inner desires? Ps Mike explores by far the most common resolution - to be healthier - and shows how it can reflect our desire for perfection and our fears of being insufficient, as well as offering practical wisdom on how to be more 'real' in our lives. Teaching text: 2 Cor 12:7-10
Feb 03, 2019
At the Movies: Black Panther - Mike Wardrop
00:30:49
The greatest story ever told shines through the stories we tell on screen. Join Ps Mike as he explores the concepts of kings and kingdoms in Black Panther and ultimately asks the question: whose kingdom are we really building?
Jan 20, 2019
At the Movies: Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald
00:38:56
The greatest story ever told shines through the stories we tell on screen. Join Ps Mike as he shows how Fantastic Beasts 2 is an exploration of the concept of manipulating truth - but how in Jesus, truth sets us free.
Jan 13, 2019
At the Movies: A Star Is Born - Jen Wardop
00:30:45
The greatest story ever told shines through the stories we tell on screen. Join Ps Jen as she kicks off our new year by showing how A Star Is Born warns us off the peril of seeking fame rather than seeking Christ.
Jan 06, 2019
Christmas 2018: The Joy Before Us - Mike Wardrop
00:14:01
Experience beauty and joy at Encounter this Christmas. Joy is such a common Christmas emotion, but why? And what is the joy we should feel at Christmas? Ps Mike unpacks the joy set before us by reminding us that we are the joy set before Jesus
Dec 25, 2018
Christmas 2018: The Most Beautiful Time Of The Year - Mike Wardrop
00:19:15
Experience beauty and joy at Encounter this Christmas. Christmas is not just the most wonderful time of the year; it's the most beautiful time of the year. In this Christmas Celebration message, Ps Mike unlocks the beauty of the intimacy and the awe of God.
Dec 23, 2018
Christmas: 2018 - Breaking & Entering - Mike Wardrop
00:41:03
Experience beauty and joy at Encounter this Christmas. Jesus didn't simply live: he broke into his own creation, entering our story in order to change our hearts. A message from Ps Mike.
Dec 16, 2018
Relationship Goals - Just Friends - Jen Wardrop
00:36:21
Even with the best intentions, we make a mess of our relationships. So what are God's true relationship goals for us? Ps Jen shares the ancient secret of circles: from David to Jesus, knowing the value of deep friendships and wide, open communities - but knowing that our deepest friendship has to be with Christ
Dec 02, 2018
Relationship Goals - Til Death - Mike and Jen Wardrop
00:36:32
Even with the best of intentions, we make a mess of our relationships. So what are God's true relationship goals for us? Reflection on the covenant of marriage. Ps Mike & Ps Jen share in a live Q&A about what makes a great marriage, divorce, their toughest times together and God's actual goals for your marriage.
Nov 25, 2018
Relationship Goals - Sex God - Mike Wardrop
00:47:51
Even with the best intentions, we make a mess of our relationships. So what are God's true relationship goals for us? Is God anti-sex? Why does it seem like there are so many rules around sex? And why should we listen to those rules anyway? Pastor Mike takes us through God's design for sex and human flourishing to answer the question: what is God's plan for our sex life?
Nov 18, 2018
Relationship Goals - Leave Room For Jesus - Katie Iles
00:47:06
Even with the best intentions, we make a mess of our relationships. So what are God's true relationship goals for us? Our guest preacher. Pastor Katie Iles from Journey UC gives God's best wisdom for dating and reminds us that who we are becoming in Christ is so much more important than who we are dating.
Nov 11, 2018
Relationship Goals - Single Like Jesus - Mike Wardrop
00:50:39
Even with the best intentions, we make a mess of our relationships. So what are God's true relationship goals for us? Pastor Mike shares a message of hope in the reality of life for single people, showing that while culture and even the church may have damaged the value of singleness, God has better plans.
Nov 04, 2018
Relationship Goals - ACTUAL Goals - Mike Wardrop
00:29:55
Even with the best intentions, we make a mess of our relationships. So what are God’s true relationship goals for us? Pastor Mike kicks off our new series, Relationship Goals, by showing us that our relationships are healthy not when we base them on our love for others, but on God’s love for us and that it’s the love of God that truly drives all our relationships.
Oct 28, 2018
Who Are We...and What Are We Doing Here? - Jen Wardrop
00:34:06
Ps Jen Wardrop brings a challenging message on evangelism and life transformation that asks the questions at the depth of all human hearts.
Oct 21, 2018
Sending Capacity: Your Mission to Judea - Brant Jones
00:37:35
Sending Capacity: Your Mission to Judea - Brant Jones "A church's health is measured by its sending capacity, not its seating capacity." - Rick Warren, Purpose-Driven Church One of the country's most prolific church planters, Rev Brant Jones has been called to begin new churches over the last 30 years. In this message he shares how the book of Acts gives us wisdom and insight in how to reach our nation with the message of Jesus.
Oct 14, 2018
Sending Capacity: Your Mission to the Ends of the Earth - Tim Reid, Open Doors
00:38:22
"A church's health is measured by its sending capacity, not its seating capacity." - Rick Warren, Purpose-Driven Church Persecuted Christians rarely have their stories told - yet throughout the last 2 millennia they have been present with us. Tim Reid shares with us the stories of Stephen, Saul and the present-day persecuted church and dares to ask: why does faith seem to *increase* under persecution and *decrease* in comfort?
Oct 07, 2018
Sending Capacity: Your Stories Of Mission - Pietta Brown, Jade Williams & Tarin Ritchie
00:44:13
"A church's health is measured by its sending capacity, not its seating capacity." - Rick Warren, Purpose-Driven Church Inspiring testimonies from some of our incredible Encounter family as they share their stories of wider mission in different parts of the church across the globe.
Sep 30, 2018
Sending Capacity: The Parable of the Three Questions - Mike Wardrop
00:35:13
The Parable of the Good Samaritan is arguably the most misunderstood story in the Bible. Have a listen and find out why! "A church's health is measured by its sending capacity, not its seating capacity." - Rick Warren, Purpose-Driven Church The church is built for mission. To love, serve and reach the world by living out and sharing the transformational message of Jesus is the very purpose we were put here for. But how do we do actually *do* that in 2018? Join us for the next six weeks as we explore how God wants to use your life to change the lives of others and how you never stop living on mission.
Sep 17, 2018
Sending Capacity: Your Mission to Jerusalem - Mike Wardrop
00:35:35
A church’s health is measured not by its seating capacity but by its *sending* capacity” - Rick Warren, Purpose-Driven Church. “The medium is the message.” - Marshall McLuhan. This quote describes how we are to live out mission - we the church are the ‘medium’ God has chosen to communicate his message of grace and forgiveness to the world. Here Ps Mike teaches us the importance of taking responsibility for this in our homes, workplaces and universities.
Sep 09, 2018
Fathers Day - Mike Wardrop
00:23:07
Ps Mike Wardrop explores our understanding of Abba Father in our own lives - scripture from Romans 8.
Sep 02, 2018
Gospel Future - Mike Wardrop
00:42:15
JESUS - the most compelling figure in history. Healer. Miracle-worker. Friend of the outcast. Saviour. Who was the real Jesus? And what was his message? Maybe it's simpler than we think. Maybe the questions we have can actually be answered. Discover the true message of Jesus A short series on what the message of the gospel is and what we should do about it today.
Aug 26, 2018
Gospel Sharing - Jen Wardrop
00:25:49
JESUS - the most compelling figure in history. Healer. Miracle-worker. Friend of the outcast. Saviour. Who was the real Jesus? And what was his message? Maybe it's simpler than we think. Maybe the questions we have can actually be answered. Discover the true message of Jesus A short series on what the message of the gospel is and what we should do about it today.
Aug 19, 2018
Gospel Living - Dan Beasy
00:41:22
JESUS - the most compelling figure in history. Healer. Miracle-worker. Friend of the outcast. Saviour. Who was the real Jesus? And what was his message? Maybe it's simpler than we think. Maybe the questions we have can actually be answered. Discover the true message of Jesus A short series on what the message of the gospel is and what we should do about it today.
Aug 12, 2018
My Feelings of Inadequacy - Mike Wardrop
00:32:22
The second series from Encounter Church Adelaide - Altar Ego. "We are not our labels. We are not who others say we are. And we aren’t the broken self-image we see in the mirror. So how can we get to our true identity? By laying down who we think we are to become who God says we are. Let’s discover our Altar Ego." This series is based on Craig Groschel's book, Altar Ego. **Week 3 is missing due to technical difficulties :(
Jun 25, 2018
My Need for Control - Brant Jones
00:30:44
The second series from Encounter Church Adelaide - Altar Ego. "We are not our labels. We are not who others say we are. And we aren’t the broken self-image we see in the mirror. So how can we get to our true identity? By laying down who we think we are to become who God says we are. Let’s discover our Altar Ego." This series is based on Craig Groschel's book, Altar Ego. **Week 3 is missing due to technical difficulties :(
Jun 25, 2018
My Desire for Approval - Mike Wardrop
00:39:20
The second series from Encounter Church Adelaide - Altar Ego. "We are not our labels. We are not who others say we are. And we aren’t the broken self-image we see in the mirror. So how can we get to our true identity? By laying down who we think we are to become who God says we are. Let’s discover our Altar Ego." This series is based on Craig Groschel's book, Altar Ego. **Week 3 is missing due to technical difficulties :(
Jun 25, 2018
Encounter Generous - Mike Wardrop
00:53:49
Ps Mike Wardrop brings us the fourth and last message in our Encounter Life series. He unpacks our fourth core value - Generous - and what that should mean to us as followers of God...
Jun 17, 2018
Encounter Real Life - Jen Wardrop
00:21:22
Ps Jen Wardrop brings the third message from the series Encounter Life. She unpacks our second core value - being real - and what that means to us as individuals and as the corporate Encounter Church.
Jun 10, 2018
Encounter People - Mike Wardrop
00:49:59
Ps Mike Wardrop brings us the second message of our Encounter Life series. He discusses our second value - People - stating that we don't have to be lonely if we have People to grow in faith and community...
Jun 03, 2018
Encounter Jesus - Mike Wardrop
00:33:00
Ps Mike Wardrop brings the first message from our Encounter Life series. He unpacks our first core value – Jesus – and how important it is to believe, love and follow Him...
May 27, 2018