About Dave

Dave founded the Christian Ministry PASSION Australia in 1998. He has completed his Bible college studies and has worked as a Pastor at several country churches. Currently Dave works as a school Chaplain in several country schools during the week. On this blog he posts on a variety of topics from a faith and life perspective. He will also share his recent sermons and other resources he has written over the years.

What are my spiritual gifts?

There are a number of ways to work out what our spiritual gifts are. We can do spiritual gift surveys which will help. Another way is to prayerfully ask yourself some questions.

Here are some you can start with…

  • What is the Holy Spirit telling me?
  • What is something I enjoy doing?
  • Am I fulfilled when I do it?
  • What do other people tell me I’m good at?
  • What have I done that has made a huge difference in someone’s life?

When we sit and ask these questions we can start to get a picture of what gifts God has given us. then we can start using our gifts for the good of others (1Peter 4:10).

Blessings
Dave

Sermon from today

I preached at my church today. The sermon was titled, “Living the new life in Christ” and looked at four points from Colossians 3:1-17.

If you are interested you can find it on my main website here.

Lectionary or not?

The church I attend works off the Lectionary for their sermons. These are a list of Bible readings that are on a three year cycle that line up with the seasons of the church year. It generally has a reading from the Psalms, a Gospel reading and one from another place in the Bible.

In saying this though, we do have the freedom to preach on another passage when it is our turn to preach. We can chose our passage based on what we feel God wants us to preach on for the week. Most times when I do this, people tell me that God spoke to them through the passage. Last time one lady told me that sermon was just for her and it felt like no-one else was there.

When I was a Pastor I would generally seek God at the start of the year and ask what books of the Bible or themes He wanted me to speak about. Most years I would get 2-3 Bible books to work through and a couple of themes that would go for about a month. The other sermons would be one of sermons that I felt to preach on that week.

Now I am a school chaplain I only preach now as a lay preacher every two or three months. I usually look at the Lectionary readings for the day, but most times I feel God wants me to preach on something else. I seek God and just ask “What do You want me to preach on?” Within a few days I find I am drawn to a passage and ideas start to flow.

This Sunday I am preaching and it will be this way again. I looked at the readings for this week and nothing really jumped out at me. I then prayed and asked God. He led me to a passage in Colossians and I had a couple of other little confirmations while talking with others and reading other things.

So I guess if you asked me the question “Do I use the Lectionary for my sermons?” I would have to say no. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like or appreciate when others in our church do. I have been really blessed by the preaching through the seasons of the church year.

On Sunday afternoon our time I would put my sermon online here and our church may have some video too.

Blessings,
Dave