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Rod expounds the Bible and teaches on theology, Christian life, mission and ethics in churches and elsewhere. Here are the titles and transcripts of some of his sermons:

Making peace: Tips for resolving personal conflicts

  • The good side of personal conflict (Lithgow Baptist Church, 9 Jul 2017, 1 Corinthians 10:31)
  • Taking the sting out of disagreements (Lithgow Baptist Church, 16 Jul 2017, Matthew 7:5)
  • How to turn blame into blessing (Lithgow Baptist Church, 23 Jul 2017, Galatians 6:1)
  • How to restore a damaged relationship (Lithgow Baptist Church, 30 Jul 2017, Matthew 5:24)
  • Cultivating a culture of peace (Lithgow Baptist Church, 6 Aug 2017, James 3:18)

Our freedom in Jesus Christ (Lithgow Baptist Church, Thursday 6 Jul 2017, Gal 1:1-12)

Fuel for a Reformation: Reflections on Romans 1-3

  • What is the gospel? (Lithgow Baptist Church, 30 Apr 2017, Rom 1:1-7)
  • Paul’s missionary strategy (Lithgow Baptist Church, 7 May 2017, Rom 1:8-15)
  • The gift of righteousness (Lithgow Baptist Church, 14 May 2017, Rom 1:16-17)
  • God’s wrath and God’s love (Lithgow Baptist Church, 21 May 2017, Rom 1:18)
  • The peril of pagan religion (Lithgow Baptist Church, 28 May 2017, Rom 1:19-32)
  • The futility of enlightened religion (Lithgow Baptist Church, 4 Jun 2017, Rom 2:1-16)
  • Practice what you preach (Lithgow Baptist Church, 11 Jun 2017, Rom 2:17-29)
  • The faithfulness of God (Lithgow Baptist Church, 18 Jun 2017, Rom 3:1-8)
  • The human condition (Lithgow Baptist Church, 25 Jun 2017, Rom 3:9-20)
  • How God makes us good (Lithgow Baptist Church, 2 Jul 2017, Rom 3:21-31 – with guest speaker Prof John Dearin)

Easter sermons 2017

  • The glory of the cross (Good Friday, 14 Apr 2017, Gal 6:14-16)
  • Do not be afraid (Easter Sunday, 16 Apr 2017, Rev 1:9-18)

The message of 1 Samuel 1-17

  • A quiet achiever (Lithgow Baptist Church, 29 Jan 2017, 1 Sam 1:1-2:1)
  • The good, the bad, and the ugly (Lithgow Baptist Church, 5 Feb 2017, 1 Sam 2:2-36)
  • When God calls you (Lithgow Baptist Church, 12 Feb 2017, 1 Sam 3:1-21)
  • Journey of the ark (Lithgow Baptist Church, 19 Feb 2017, 1 Sam 4:1-7:2a)
  • A leader’s job description (Lithgow Baptist Church, 26 Feb 2017, 1 Sam 7:2b-17)
  • Give us a king! (Lithgow Baptist Church, 5 Mar 2017, 1 Sam 8:1-21)
  • Good beginnings (Lithgow Baptist Church, 12 Mar 2017, 1 Sam 9:1-11:15)
  • A covenant, a king and a prayer (Lithgow Baptist Church, 19 Mar 2017, 1 Sam 12:1-25)
  • A rebuke, a rout, and a rejection (Lithgow Baptist Church, 26 Mar 2017, 1 Sam 13:1-15:35)
  • Rise of a new leader (Lithgow Baptist Church, 2 Apr 2017, 1 Sam 16:1-23)
  • Swords, spears, and one smooth stone Lithgow Baptist Church, 9 Apr 2017, 1 Sam 17:1-58)

The making of a kingmaker (Lithgow Baptist Church, Wed 1 Feb 2017, 1 Sam 1:1-28)

Keys to effective personal discipleship and mission

  • The way of transformation (Lithgow Baptist Church, 1 Jan 2017, Psalm 1)
  • Why am I here today? (Lithgow Baptist Church, 15 Jan 2017, Rom 12:1-21)
  • Blooming where I’m planted (Lithgow Baptist Church, 22 Jan 2017, 1 Cor 12:1-31)

Before Bethlehem: Sermons for Advent 2016

  • The pre-existence of Christ (Lithgow Baptist Church, 4 Dec 2016 – Jn 3:13; 6:62)
  • The identity of Jesus (Lithgow Baptist Church, 11 Dec 2016 – Jn 1:1-3, 14)
  • Preparations for incarnation (Lithgow Baptist Church, 18 Dec 2016 – Mt 11:2-3; Lk 24:13-27)
  • The virgin conception of Christ (Lithgow Baptist Church, 25 Dec 2016 – Lk 1:26-38)

Mission 2017: Reflections on Luke 10:1-12

  • Getting our hands dirty (Lithgow Baptist Church, 30 Oct 2016)
  • Learning to travel light (Lithgow Baptist Church, 6 Nov 2016)
  • Becoming a person of peace (Lithgow Baptist Church, 13 Nov 2016)
  • Discerning where God is at work (20 Nov 2016)
  • Being part of the solution (Lithgow Baptist Church, 27 Nov 2016)

The display of God’s splendour (Isa 61:1-4; Lithgow Baptist Church, Wed 2 Nov 2016)

Participation in the divine nature (2 Pet 1:1-4; Lithgow Baptist Church, Wed 5 Oct 2016)

What’s in a benediction? (Jude 24-25; Lithgow Baptist Church, Wed 7 Sep 2016)

Walking Together with God: Deuteronomy 1-11

  • On the plains of Moab (Deut 30:11-20; Lithgow Baptist Church, 3 Aug 2016)
  • Time to move forward (Deut 1:1-8; Lithgow Baptist Church, 7 Aug 2016)
  • The tragedy of missed opportunities (Deut 1:9-46; Lithgow Baptist Church, 14 Aug 2016)
  • The power of past victories (Deut 2:1-3:29; Lithgow Baptist Church, 21 Aug 2016)
  • Loyal and true (Deut 4:1-31; Lithgow Baptist Church, 28 Aug 2016)
  • God is great, God is good (Deut 4:32-49; Lithgow Baptist Church, 4 Sep 2016)
  • Striking the balance (Deut 5:1-33; Lithgow Baptist Church, 11 Sep 2016)
  • Loving God with my whole person (Deut 6:1-25; Lithgow Baptist Church, 18 Sep 2016)
  • God’s sovereignty and my responsibility (Deut 7:1-26; Lithgow Baptist Church, 25 Sep 2016)
  • Our Father in heaven (Deut 8:1-20; Lithgow Baptist Church, 2 Oct 2016)
  • Sinners in the hands of a gracious God (Deut 9:1-10:11; Lithgow Baptist Church, 9 Oct 2016)
  • Saints in the hands of a holy God (Deut 10:12-22; Lithgow Baptist Church, 16 Oct 2016 – guest preacher)
  • The choices we face (Deut 11:1-32; Lithgow Baptist Church, 23 Oct 2016)

A biblical history of praise (Lithgow Baptist Church mid-week service, 6 Jul 2016)

Christian basics: What do Christians really believe?

Praying the prayers of Jesus (Lithgow Baptist Church mid-week service, 7 May 2016)

What makes us who we are? Five Baptist distinctives

The consolation of Job (Lithgow Baptist Church mid-week service, 7 Apr 2016)

What is justification? (Easter Sunday) (Rom 4:25-5:2; Lithgow Baptist Church, 27 Mar 2016)

In the shadow of death (Good Friday) (Rom 5:6-8; Lithgow Baptist Church, 25 Mar 2016)

Praying when God is silent (Mk 15:21-39; Lithgow Baptist Church, 20 Mar 2016)

Praying when evil is near (Eph 6:10-26; Lithgow Baptist Church, 13 Mar 2016)

Praying when life is unfair (Lk 18:1-8; Lithgow Baptist Church, 6 Mar 2016)

Praying when church is boring (Mt 6:5-15; Lithgow Baptist Church, 28 Feb 2016)

Wisdom for church conflict (Prov 29:20; Lithgow Baptist Church, 21 Feb 2016)

Wisdom for church planning (Prov 21:5; Lithgow Baptist Church, 14 Feb 2016)

Wisdom for church health (Prov 15:8; Lithgow Baptist Church, 7 Feb 2016)

Being old, being Christian (topical; Lithgow Baptist Church, 31 Jan 2016)

Being Australian, being Christian (topical; Lithgow Baptist Church, 24 Jan 2016)

Being single, being Christian (topical; Lithgow Baptist Church, 17 Jan 2016)

Why forgive? (Mt 18:21-35; Lithgow Baptist Church, 10 Jan 2016)

Guess how much God loves you (Gal 4:1-7; Lithgow Baptist Church, 25 Dec 2015)

A happy ending (Ruth 4:1-22; Lithgow Baptist Church, 20 Dec 2015)

A planned meeting (Ruth 3:1-18; Lithgow Baptist Church, 13 Dec 2015)

A chance meeting (Ruth 2:1-23; Lithgow Baptist Church, 6 Dec 2015)

An odd couple (Ruth 1:1-22; Lithgow Baptist Church, 29 Nov 2015)

Investment advice you can trust (1 Tim 6:17-21; Lithgow Baptist Church, 22 Nov 2015)

Things worth fighting for (1 Tim 6:11-16; Lithgow Baptist Church, 15 Nov 2015)

The path to peace and tranquility (1 Tim 6:1-10; Lithgow Baptist Church, 8 Nov 2015)

The fine art of managing leaders (1 Tim 5:17-25; Lithgow Baptist Church, 1 Nov 2015)

Wisdom for life in community (1 Tim 5:1-16; Lithgow Baptist Church, 25 Oct 2015)

On lifelong Christian learning (1 Tim 4:11-16; Lithgow Baptist Church, 18 Oct 2015)

Foundations for human flourishing (1 Tim 4:1-10; Lithgow Baptist Church, 4 Oct 2015)

Knowing a majestic God (Psalm 113; Lithgow Baptist Church, 27 Sep 2015)

Knowing a just God (Psalm 94; Lithgow Baptist Church, 20 Sep 2015)

Knowing a gracious God (Psalm 78; Lithgow Baptist Church, 13 Sep 2015)

Knowing a faithful God (Psalm 62; Lithgow Baptist Church, 6 Sep 2015)

Knowing a holy God (Psalm 15; Lithgow Baptist Church, 30 Aug 2015)

The church’s one foundation (1 Tim 3:14-16; Lithgow Baptist Church, 23 Aug 2015)

Standards for deacons (1 Tim 3:8-13; Lithgow Baptist Church, 16 Aug 2015)

Standards for pastors and elders (1 Tim 3:1-7; Lithgow Baptist Church, 9 Aug 2015)

Standards for men and women (1 Tim 2:8-15; Lithgow Baptist Church, 2 Aug 2015)

Sex, marriage and social change (Frenchs Forest Baptist Church, 26 Jul 2015)

Experiencing God’s grace and mercy (1 Tim 1:12-17; Lithgow Baptist Church, 19 Jul 2015)

The purpose of Christian preaching (1 Tim 1:1-11; Lithgow Baptist Church, 12 Jul 2015)

Stop the boat! (Springwood Baptist Church, 22 Feb 2015)

A pastoral response to same sex marriage (Toongabbie Baptist Church, Sydney, 28 Sep 2014)

Living counter-culturally in the world (Lake Joondalup Baptist Church, 21 Sep 2014)

The heart of Christian ethics (Batemans Bay Baptist Church, 20 Oct 2013)

Getting to know the Holy Spirit (Mosman Baptist Church, Sydney, 23 Jun 2013)

Should we design our descendants? (Morling College Chapel, Sydney 28 May 2013)

Care (Eastwood Baptist Church, Sydney, 25 Nov 2012)

Justice (Eastwood Baptist Church, Sydney, 18 Nov 2012)

Generosity (Eastwood Baptist Church, Sydney, 11 Nov 2012)

Three men and a mission (Faith Bible Baptist Church, Castle Hill, Sydney, 30 Sep 2012)

The new way: Romans 12:3 (Eastwood Baptist Church, Sydney, 15 Jan 2012)

The new day: Romans 12:1-2 (Mosman Baptist Church, Sydney, 13 Nov 2011)

What Jesus would say about immigration (Hornsby Baptist Church, Sydney, 9 Oct 2011)

How to be like God (Pendle Hill Baptist Church, 9 Jan 2011)

A biblical view of death (New College, University of NSW, Sydney, 27 Mar 2010)

Choosing the butter (Morling College Chapel, Sydney, 29 May 2007)

Reflection for Good Friday (Compass Church, Sydney, 18 Apr 2003)

Gandalf, Galadriel and God  (Thornleigh Community Baptist Church, Sydney, 5 Mar 2003)

Reading Harry Potter with Christian eyes  (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 6 Jan 2002)

Away from the manger (3 of 3 on consumerism; Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 16 Dec 2001)

Joy to the mall (2 of 3 on consumerism; Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 9 Dec 2001)

Land of the spree (1 of 3 on consumerism; Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 2 Dec 2001)

A walk with God (Job 42:7-17) (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 18 Nov 2001)

A word from God (Job 38:1-42:6) (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 11 Nov 2001)

A young person’s wisdom (Job 32, 36-37) (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 28 Oct 2001)

Where Job got it right (Job 9:32-35) (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 2 Sep 2001)

Where Job got it wrong (Job 16-17) (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 19 Aug 2001)

When theology meets reality (Job 4-26) (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 12 Aug 2001)

Thin red line – part 2 (Job 1:1-3:26) (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 22 Jul 2001)

Thin red line – part 1 (Job 1:1-3:26) (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 22 Jul 2001)

Reflections on ordination (Blakehurst Baptist Church, 10 Oct 1999)

Why was the death of Jesus unique? (Flinders Baptist Community Church, Ipswich, Queensland, 28 Mar 1997)

Racism and reconciliation (Murri Evangelical Church, Ipswich, Queensland, 2 Mar 1997)

Finding God in the most unlikely places (Flinders Baptist Community Church, Ipswich, Queensland, 8 Jan 1995)

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