Weekly audio messages on the world-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ and the life-changing love of God from Island ECC in Hong Kong. For more resources and to get connected with us, visit our website at www.islandecc.hk
There is a growing sense of anger and discontentment in the world. Groups at odds with one another are growing more radical and extreme. Caught up in this fervour is the Church. How do we remain the Church in an increasingly polarised society? How can we find wisdom in this age of rage?
Lies and Money. It sounds like a scandalous TV show. But in reality it’s the potential scandal of your own life. If you don’t recognise the lies you are susceptible to, and the undercurrent of power that money has on you, your very life could be the scandal you never intended. Proverbs gives us great insight into how to overcome these powerful forc…
Every day we speak, write, and text thousands of words to people around us – and to ourselves. Words have power. But where do our words come from and how are we using them? Are we honouring God and our neighbour with the things that we say? Proverbs gives us some great words of wisdom to live by.
Envy doesn’t play favourites, but is a subtle disease that affects us all as it works its way from our eyes and thoughts into our hearts. Today we’ll explore wisdom from God’s Word so that we can recognise its deceit in our life and step into greater freedom and contentment.
Pride is so easy to spot in others, and almost impossible to detect in ourselves. But since it’s so devastating to our lives, we should take time to root it out, and find the surprising freedom of genuine humility.
Some decisions in life are trivial, but others are drastically life-changing; who we marry, where we live, what we choose as a profession, are just some of the choices we have to make. We want to get those decisions right. But does the Bible tell us what we should do? We look to the book of Proverbs for answers.…
If Psalms teaches us to worship God, Proverbs teaches us how to live on earth. Wisdom, though often mistaken for knowledge, is the key to a rewarding life and a genuine joy.
We are all thirsty. We long to have our deepest needs and desires satiated. And so often, we settle for the temporary rush of a new purchase or other temporary pleasures to soothe our aching souls. Jesus offers a better way.
When we put our faith in Christ, we are given a new life. We receive so many blessings from God. The gift of mercy, grace, freedom, and forgiveness. So wouldn’t it make sense that we honour God by serving Him and His people? Today we’re looking at how to practise the discipline of serving God and serving others.…
Choosing to be involved in others’ lives is a discipline. There is an attractive lure to isolation and independence. But when we understand that there is a deepening to our faith that we only experience with others, we make the community a priority.
The Word of God is like a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. It’s not just a book that tells us something “about” God, it’s a means through which God speaks directly to us. Learning to listen, appreciate, and practice the Word of God is instrumental for us to experience God to the fullest.
What is the role of spiritual disciplines in our lives? How do these spiritual disciplines actually lead to our spiritual formation? We dig into the book of Romans to get an overarching understanding about why the spiritual disciplines are important for our daily living.על ידי Kevin Kusunoki
Which one of us doesn’t want less drama in our lives? The apostle Paul writes practically about how to live our lives with less stress and greater contentment.על ידי Brett Hilliard
In following Christ, we embrace an “upside-down economy”. So the path to greatness is actually the path of humility. In this message, we explore ways in which we can embrace a mindset of service.על ידי Brett Hilliard
One of our greatest needs as humans is to be seen and known by others. But we fight it. We build walls. We make excuses. We keep people at a distance. Choosing to make genuine fellowship a non-negotiable in our lives paves the way for our souls’ deepest longing for connection.על ידי Brett Hilliard
If you’ve ever wondered whether it’s ok to judge others or not, the answer in the Bible seems to be both yes and no. In this message, we’ll explore together as we try to discern what kind of judgments are holiness issues, and which ones are heart issues.על ידי Eric Farmer
Forgiveness is foundational to our Christian faith. We are told to forgive one another multiple times throughout scripture. But why is it so hard to do? Today we will look at teachings from Jesus and the Apostle Paul to understand why forgiveness is so crucial to helping us love one another well.על ידי Tim LaTour
If God knows all of our sins and has forgiven us, why do we need to confess our sins? Is confession an outdated practice that no longer applies to us? We look to the book of James for answers and discuss practical applications for our personal lives and our communities.על ידי Kevin Kusunoki
All kinds of things get stirred up in our world and our lives – both negative and positive. This message, from Hebrews 10:24-25, looks at the “one another” that tells us to stir-up, and even provoke, three positive, practical things in each other.על ידי Rick Bates
Most people spend their lives in pursuit of comfort. Working hard is often viewed as only a means to obtaining greater ease in life. From mattresses to shoes to toilet paper, advertisers tell us their products are “more comfortable”. We are seduced by the notion that our life must be made more comfortable. Yet comfort is found not in greater conven…
Our new testament faith should be marked by one thing: Our love for God and for one another. But sometimes we complicate it with rules, traditions, and Old Testament ways. This message kicks off a 6-week look at how we can make loving others the central expression of our faith.על ידי Brett Hilliard
In the garden outside the tomb, the shocking evidence of an empty tomb sets in, and the movement of Christianity gains momentum.על ידי Brett Hilliard
We conclude our sermon series by looking at the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead. The final sign miracle Jesus performs will leave no doubt that He is the Messiah. The question for all of us is, do we believe it?
In contrast to the public miracle earlier the same day in front of thousands, this famous sign miracle of Jesus occurs in the middle of the night where only his closest followers would see. As we dive further into John 6, we’ll see not only did John want to reveal to us who Jesus truly was, but also the unexpected way He prepared His disciples for …
We focus a lot of energy on meeting our physical needs but often our souls are left unattended. We seem to be doing so well on the surface, and yet on the inside, we are running on empty. Jesus said, whoever comes to me shall hunger and thirst no more. As we look at the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000, may we invite you to explore and to eat the…
What could be worse than 38 years of paralysis? Jesus heals a paralytic, but then He reprimands him. A stern reminder that physical healing is not our only need. Our souls need healing too.על ידי Brett Hilliard
We continue our series based on the 7 sign miracles in John’s Gospel with the second of these, a miracle by Jesus done from a distance. This miracle has important application to family life and to the importance of faith in Christ.
There are seven “sign miracles” in the book of John. These are miracles that hint at who Jesus really is, but sometimes we misunderstand these signs and it causes us to have a distorted view of the person of Christ. We examine the first miracle of turning water into wine and try to understand what it really signifies.…
What does your life look like at present? Are you labouring for nothing or achieving something satisfying and meaningful? So, what is God’s calling in your life? In this sermon, we will explore God’s calling for us, and how we may engage in a life that is satisfying and meaningful.
If January is a month of fresh starts, February is a month of excuses. Well-crafted, plausible, and oft-repeated, these excuses often keep us imprisoned to being and doing all that God desires. It’s time to find victory instead of excuses.
Everyone everywhere understands basic plant biology, even in a concrete jungle like Hong Kong. The Parable of the Sower shows us how we can cultivate a faith that doesn’t easily wither and die, one that lasts and bears fruit for Christ.
Stumbling and falling is the #2 cause of accidental deaths. As dangerous as a physical fall may be, Jude gives us advice on how to not fall spiritually.על ידי Brett Hilliard
We’ve been through a lot over the last few years - and our world has been through a lot since the dawn of time. Every generation has struggles and hardships. However, the key to navigating these challenges is by remembering the hope we have from God.
Jesus invites us to come to Him in our weariness in order to receive rest. Let’s face it, many of us are exhausted and on the brink of burnout. However, when we try to come to Jesus, we don’t feel rested. In fact, many of us feel more burdened and stressed. So is it possible to find our rest in Jesus? If so, how can we practically do it?…
We deeply crave connection. Both to God and to people. But most of us settle for a cheapened version of life, leaving us disappointed and disjointed. Don’t settle. Make Christ your life.על ידי Brett Hilliard
A Woven Story concludes with Mary, “the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.” Mary is one of the greatest examples of faith in all of Scripture. Her faith is a key part of the Christmas story and in God’s plan for the salvation of all humankind.על ידי Sherman Chau
It’s a chapter we’d rather skip. A sordid tale that blemishes a hero and leaves us traumatised. But the sin of David and Bathsheba is redeemed, reminding us that there is no regret in our lives that isn’t covered by our repentance.על ידי Brett Hilliard
Continuing in this series that looks at the women woven into the story of Jesus’s birth, we examine Ruth, one of the most memorable Bible heroines. Known for her loyalty to her mother-in-law and her loving relationship with Boaz, there is much more to Ruth for us to encounter.
Among the 5 women listed in the genealogy of Jesus, Rahab makes a surprise appearance. Her story is sordid, but her faith is exemplary. Sometimes standing up for your faith means standing alone with your convictions.
To kick off our sermon series on the important women in the genealogy of Jesus, we focus on Tamar. Tamar’s story is filled with prositution, death and incest. Her actions are not examples of the way we should live, yet at the end of her story she is regarded as “righteous.” How is that possible? And what can we learn from her story so that we can l…
Aswe wrap up our Open series, we’re talking about a faith that allows for open skies living. Dismantling the borders of fear and sin in our life enables us to live the abundant life designed for us by God, one that is embodied by openness and freedom.על ידי Eric Farmer
When God closes a door, He opens a window. Hmmm. Is that true? It’s not actually a bible verse, but how does God use open doors to lead us in our lives?
Having a vision for life helps us navigate times of difficulty and times of triumph, it also helps us understand the purpose of our existence. For some of us though, we’re unsure of what that vision is. This sermon will look at Ephesians chapter 1 to see what the Bible says about the vision we are to have for life, and how we might start integratin…
Most of us live our lives with emotional caution. Editing our emotions and nervously navigating relationships with fear of rejection or other misguided motives. But real freedom in Christ ushers in a lightness of living that is marked with emotional openness.
Following Christ demands our life and our all. He calls us to be fully surrendered to Him, but we hesitate. We make our own plans and try to control our destinies. Today we will see how we can be open to God by releasing the grip on our lives.
In an increasingly intolerant and screaming world, the church has a great opportunity to be a refuge for those weary of the tension. By being teachable, we exhibit an awareness of who we are in Christ, able to take on new input and ideas without being threatened or diminished.על ידי Brett Hilliard
If we sense a lack in our lives, we are tempted to create alternate systems (idols) to fill in the gaps, but this never works. Living in our completeness is the only way to live a life without striving and insecurity.על ידי Brett Hilliard
Control is a chameleon idol. It’s sometimes hard to spot. It can be particularly deceptive when it comes to ministry or actions with a spiritual purpose. When we learn to be secure in Christ, we can let go and let God be in control.על ידי Sherman Chau
Our lives are short. Many of us spend our whole lives seeking approval from the society or people around us, not knowing that we are already approved by God and ready to do great things. How can we live our lives so that when we look back, we will not regret?על ידי Albert Ng
Often the word power comes with negative connotations, and understandably so. However, a look at how God uses and intended power to be used will give us a hopeful framework to not miss the gift that it is.על ידי Eric Farmer