Sermons by Geoff Snook

Generosity & Sacrifice (Geoff Snook)

When we watch TV or scroll through social media it feels like everyone is chanting, “More! More! More!” More money, a bigger house, the trendiest clothes, the wildest adventures, etc. The message we get is that our happiness and security in life is grounded in what we can achieve, consume or own. But this chase after more can pull us away from others, push us to focus too much on ourselves and make us believe that we are building our…

Turn around (Geoff Snook)

This week we confront the reality of sin in our lives and the necessity of turning away from it. The letter of 1 John helps us understand the power of God in our repentance. Through self-reflection, confession and forgiveness we’ll learn to let go of past mistakes and embrace the healing, restoration and freedom found in Christ. Our series is called ‘Repentance + Renewal: re-align your heart with God’s heart.’ You can find the practice guide for this series here:…

Admit your problem with sin (Geoff Snook)

In our first week of this new series we’ll dive into the story of Jonah which is full of both good and bad examples of repentance and renewal. We’ll explore the significance in our journey of faith and we’ll uncover the urgency of Jesus’ call for a heart-change that can lead to restoration. You can find the practice guide for this series here: https://thelakes.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Transformation-Trek-Repentance-and-Renewal.pdf ‘Repentance’ is a complex idea. It can make us think about angry and urgent calls to…

Jesus healed people (Geoff Snook)

In Matthew chapters 6-10, one thing stands out about Jesus’ ministry more than any other thing. He healed people. Miraculously, instantaneously, sometimes up close, sometimes at a distance, sometimes with a word, sometimes with a prayer, sometimes with a physical touch or action. Jesus healed people. All kinds of illnesses, disabilities, afflictions, oppressions. Jesus healed anyone, from anything and everything. Why did he heal people? And what does that mean for you today? That’s what this message is about. As…

Temptation (Laura Snook)

Temptation isn’t just about being tempted to do the wrong thing. Sometimes it’s about being tempted to do a normal thing in the wrong way. And temptation isn’t always about being tempted to sin. Sometimes it’s about testing or proving something as valid. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness the devil was trying to get him to do good, or normal, things but in a sinful way. Instead, Jesus stood up against the temptation and was proved worthy and…

Creating a Rule of Life (Geoff Snook)

Rule of Life The tool we are practicing as we explore abiding with Jesus is called a Rule of Life. It’s a guide consisting of boundaries, habits and rhythms. We commit to and explore these to flourish in our discipleship to Jesus. You can find the full guide for creating your own Rule of Life here: https://thelakes.org.au/2024/02/16/create-a-rule-of-life/ A Rule of Life is like a trellis in a vineyard – it provides a helpful structure for the vines to grow up.…

Vision Sunday 2024 (Geoff Snook)

Our faith isn’t perfect. We haven’t achieved everything. We are still a work in progress. Rather than resting on the past or holding on to what we have, let’s put everything on the line again for Jesus. Brothers and sisters, as I said, I know I have not arrived; but there’s one thing I am doing: I’m leaving my old life behind, putting everything on the line for this mission.Philippians 3:13 (The Voice) Our mission statement is still: Love people…

Anchored Faith (Geoff Snook)

In the midst of life’s storms, we invite you to anchor your faith in Jesus during this series. Our four regular preachers will take a turn sharing their personal stories and the biblical anchors that keep them committed to Jesus. “Why am I still here? Why am I still a Christian? Why am I still serving the church?” If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions you’ll appreciate this series.

Preparing the way (Geoff Snook)

As we kick off the Advent series, we’ll explore the role of John the Baptist in preparing the way for Jesus. Just as John paved the path for Christ’s arrival, we’ll explore how we can prepare our hearts to receive the King. What does it mean for us to be modern-day John the Baptists, clearing away distractions and making room for the presence of Jesus in our lives? Join us in December for a transformative journey through the Christmas story.…

Joy and contentment (Laura Snook)

Philippians 4. The Apostle Paul writes his letter to the Philippians from prison. And even thought there is a lot he could complain about, his life and letter are full of joy. Philippians is the most encouraging and joyful letter in the whole Bible. Paul ’s struggles have become his greatest teachers. He has learned to depend on the one who gives him strength. He has learned to have joy and contentment, no matter what he is facing. And, most…