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Each week our 9.30am service is livestreamed on YouTube. Go to our YouTube channel at 9.30am on Sunday to watch live. You can also go back and watch recent services and messages anytime on our channel.

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If listening is more your thing, you’ll find recent messages on our podcast ‘The Lakes Church Cairns’.

When your faith falters (Jireh Scheurwater)

In this week of vulnerability, we encounter a different side of Elijah. After a triumphant victory, he faces fear, doubt, and discouragement. God tenderly ministers to Elijah’s needs and restores his faith. Even strong believers can experience moments of weakness, but God remains faithful. How can we find God in times of doubt and discouragement? Connect with us anytime at

Keep away from idols (Geoff Snook)

Jump into one of Elijah’s most iconic moments as he confronts the prophets of Baal. Through this dramatic showdown we learn valuable lessons about the dangers of idolatry and the power of unwavering faith in God. Connect with us anytime at

Depend on God in impossible situations (Laura Snook)

Follow Elijah’s story as he meets a struggling widow and witnesses God’s miraculous provision. We’ll explore the power of depending on God’s faithfulness and being obedient to his voice, even when faced with an impossible situation. 1 Kings 17:8-16 Connect with us anytime at

Stand strong (Laura Snook)

Explore Elijah’s dramatic entrance onto the biblical stage. Discover how God called him to stand up and deliver a challenging message to King Ahab. His unwavering faith inspires us to stand firm in the face of opposition and trust in God’s provision even in the most challenging circumstances. 1 Kings 17:1-7. Connect with us anytime at

Layers (with Simon Ward from Compassion)

Simon Ward was our guest speaker today, bringing an update from Compassion and a message titled ‘Layers’. As followers of Jesus, let’s put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. If you would like to sponsor a child with Compassion in our partner projects in the Philippines, you can follow this link: Connect with us anytime at

One minute after you die – heaven or hell? (Geoff Snook)

What is hell like? Is it really all that bad? Is it real at all? Do all people go to heaven? How good do I have to be to make it to heaven? If the afterlife lasts for an eternity, won’t I get bored? Discover the truth behind common myths about heaven, hell and the afterlife, and why accepting salvation means more than just being saved from an eternity in hell. Discussion Guide Week 2 – Heaven or hell? What…

One minute after you die – is there life after death? (Geoff Snook)

Is there life after death? In the first part of this series, we’ll explore the three things that happen when our life on this earth is done. The third thing might be the toughest to grasp—we’ll all face judgment, but who does the judging, and what will we be judged on? Your afterlife is dependent on the life you live now. If you’d like to join the reading plan for the next 6 days, join us at Discussion Guide…

Every member, a minister (Geoff Snook)

From the earliest days the Restoration Movement saw equality and autonomy between Christians and between leadership roles. The ‘priesthood of all believers’ became a mark of Churches of Christ, in stark contrast to other movements that emphasised clear hierarchies with special roles and privileges. The independence of churches also became a distinguishing feature, in contrast to denominational control in other movements. Today we are still an autonomous church, but we value the mutual responsibilities we have with Churches of Christ…

Revival at Cane Ridge and the Last Will and Testament (Laura Snook)

Two of the more bizarre stories from the early days of Churches of Christ are connected to one of the founders, Barton Stone. Stone was a young Presbyterian minister who left behind the divisions of denominations to help launch the Restoration Movement. A significant turning point was his role in the Cane Ridge Revival in Kentucky in 1801. Tens of thousands of people came from far and wide, cutting across socio-economic and racial boundaries to experience an outpouring of the…

No creed but Christ, no book but the Bible (Geoff Snook)

As Churches of Christ sought to restore the church to its New Testament origins they removed many manmade barriers to faith. They had a serious devotion to the Bible and did their best to remove any emphasis on other books or on manmade creeds. Sometimes their devotion to the Bible was unhelpful and idolatrous, but we can recapture their devotion to the authority of scripture. Sometimes their rejection of creeds was throwing the baby out with the bathwater, but we…