The Tabernacle



Podcasts and vodcasts of all our messages


  • The Army - Audio

    The Army - Audio

    26/04/2021 Duración: 40min

    The Bible frequently describes the church as an army of believers, with a purpose to glorify God and fulfill His mission. Unfortunately many of us struggle to know who, whose we are, and the truth of the Gospel. We must understand that who God is and what God does is what determines who I am and what I do. This is the ‘Gospel Ladder.’ If we reverse it and begin with what I do as the determining factor of who I am and what God does, we don’t understand who God is and are believing a false Gospel of man-made spirituality, and powerless religiosity. This is critical. But when we get it in critical mass, the church begins to move and get after the mission and leaves stagnation behind. In Mt 16:18b Jesus promised to build his church, "and the gates of hell would not prevail against it.” Gates are defensive, which means that the church is on offense. When the army goes on offense, and does what the church is called to do, we rattle the gates of hell for the Glory of God alone.

  • Rattle - The Crew - Audio

    Rattle - The Crew - Audio

    19/04/2021 Duración: 41min

    In Ezekiel’s vision, the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet,(Ez 37:10). The rattle of revival begins individually, but is lived out and sustained collectively in community. The triune God exists eternally in community. God created man in his image and declared it not good for man to be alone. Jesus himself said he could do nothing on his own (Jn5), and chose a crew of twelve men to do life with. Yet despite these examples many Christians still insist on trying to follow Jesus independently and in isolation. Spiritual self-sufficiency is sin, and most of our failures happen when we are cut off and alone. But when we choose Biblical community and find our crew of fellow disciples to follow Jesus with, we are stirred up to love, good works, and encouraged (Heb 10:24-25). The point is simply that the Christian life was not meant to be lived alone. If community was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for us. To see God’s breath of life in our dry bones, we need t

  • Rattle - The Quiet - Audio

    Rattle - The Quiet - Audio

    12/04/2021 Duración: 38min

    Being a Christian can be expressed as being as much like Jesus as possible. We are flawed and sinful and our attempts will at times be a pretty ugly picture of the true Christ. However we are awash in grace and and our goal is not perfection but progress. When we look at the life of Jesus we see that he often sought a quiet place: Mk 1:35 rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. Mt 14:23; Jesus went to lonely places to pray. Our personal ‘rattling’ doesn’t need to be a loud event. Instead we need to add a quiet time to our daily activity, like Jesus, and draw near to God. Prayer and listening could be a centering part of our busy life.

  • Rattle - Easter: the Rattle - Audio

    Rattle - Easter: the Rattle - Audio

    04/04/2021 Duración: 22min

    The Resurrection of Jesus rattled human history like no other event. His followers were hopeless and helpless after his death, and the shock, horror and grief from Friday to Sunday must have been overwhelming. But when an angel first brought the news of Jesus’ resurrection with the words, ‘he has risen’, everything changed. The final word on Jesus was in. His resurrection was proof of divinity, his word, the Gospel, and the power of the cross. Because of the Resurrection, the cross has the final word about you. Because of the cross we can draw near to God in faith and have life, or choose to reject it and experience death. For those who believe, the power of God forgives our sin, and we are justified, redeemed, reconciled, adopted, empowered and like Ezekiel’s dry bones we will live again. But if we choose not to draw near to God in faith, we are condemned by the cross, as catatonic as the tomb guards, and foolishly deceived like Jesus’ enemies who bribed them.

  • Rattle - Good Friday - Audio

    Rattle - Good Friday - Audio

    02/04/2021 Duración: 22min

    The Tabernacle is a group of imperfect people desiring to be changed by the love & grace of a perfect God. We gather on Sundays to worship Jesus, then scatter to our communities as missionaries throughout the week.

  • Rattle - PALM SUNDAY: The Parade - Audio

    Rattle - PALM SUNDAY: The Parade - Audio

    28/03/2021 Duración: 37min

    On Palm Sunday Christians commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry in Jerusalem, which announced his claim as the Messiah-King less than a week before his crucifixion. Jesus had changed the lives of his disciples and followers who now publicly proclaimed him. They laid their robes and palm branches on the route in front of him, and formed a giant parade that rattled the whole city. John’s Gospel records that as a result some Greeks (gentiles) were compelled to approach Philip with an awesome request, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” The Greeks didn’t know Jesus yet but knew that Philip knew him intimately as a disciple. When we draw near to God he draws near to us, and his life comes to our dry bones through his Spirit. This intimacy is important because the greatest gift you can give the world is your intimacy with God. When we are changed in the secret places of our hearts, that intimacy becomes evident to others. When you draw near to God, he draws others with you. They in turn joi

  • Rattle - The Bones - Audio

    Rattle - The Bones - Audio

    21/03/2021 Duración: 43min

    In the time of Ezekiel Israel was hopeless and helpless, spiritually dead and literally in captivity because of their sin. But God promised them new hearts, new spirits, and spiritual restoration (Ez 36:26-27). The vision of the dry bones demonstrates that God can revive lives by the power of his Spirit and through the obedient repentance of his people (37:1-10). When Ezekiel obeyed and prophesied to the dry bones, the impossible happened. God’s Spirit rattled the bones awake and breathed life into them. The problem is that many of us are unaware of our spiritual deadness. God’s warning to the churches in Revelation 2-3 points to exactly who needs revived. Those who are joyless, exhausted, compromisers, deceived, hard-hearted, complacent, and or lukewarm. “Revival starts with me,” and must begin individually before it can happen corporately. When we recognize our need, turn to God in repentance and prayer, and surrender to him in obedience, the status quo is disrupted and God respo

  • SAMUEL: Sauls Tears - Audio

    SAMUEL: Saul's Tears - Audio

    14/03/2021 Duración: 39min

    Saul renews his pursuit of David, and providentially chooses to relieve himself in a cave that David is hiding in. David refuses to kill Saul, but stealthily cuts off a piece of his robe instead. Nagged by his conscience, David confronts Saul outside the cave, indicating he could’ve kill him but did not, and appeals to God to judge between them. Saul is moved to tears by David’s kindness and declares that he now knows David will be King. Saul asks (and David swears) that he not kill his family when that day comes. Spoiler Alert: the truce doesn’t last, as Saul renews his murderous pursuit in chapter 26.

  • SAMUEL: Rock of Escape - Audio

    SAMUEL: Rock of Escape - Audio

    07/03/2021 Duración: 41min

    David is still on the run and Saul is bent on murder. At God’s leading he and his outlaws save Keilah from the Philistines. But Saul gets wind of it and God directs David to flee Keilah, protecting him from the pursuers into the wilderness of Ziph. Jonathon risks one last meeting with David, and God uses it to encourage him. The Ziphites join in hunting David, and at the last second he’s only saved because raiding Philistines requires Saul’s attention. Saul gives up the chase and the place is called “Rock of Escape.” What is striking about the passage is Saul’s obliviousness to his own sin, believing that God is on his side in trying to kill David. Sin makes you stupid, and reminds us that it takes you further than you want to go, keeps you longer than you want to stay, and costs you more than you want to pay. God is a rock of our escape if we heed His Spirit, Word, people, and the circumstances of our stupidity.

  • SAMUEL: Outlaw Kings - Audio

    SAMUEL: Outlaw Kings - Audio

    28/02/2021 Duración: 38min

    These chapters give us a sight on how two kings interact with the very same priest, do it poorly, and what each of them do that interaction. We’ve seen the flaws of the sitting king and this week we begin to see flaws in David. In both Saul and David, we see the fear of their present circumstances. We see two people with the decision if they’ll be spectators to their circumstances and get eaten alive by them (Saul) or will they look around and own their journey by getting involved (David). We are what we worship and we worship what we engage in.

  • SAMUEL: Steadfast Love - Audio

    SAMUEL: Steadfast Love - Audio

    22/02/2021 Duración: 40min

    Actions in this life echo in eternity, and there is only a sliver between us and death. Ultimately, all that matters is where our supreme allegiance lies, and how we've responded to the love of God. Saul is in a rage and David is on the run. David finds Jonathan and tells him that Saul’s determined to kill him. Jonathan devises a plan to find out if this is true so he can warn David. Jonathan promises to warn David about his father’s plans, and both men make a sacred vow to be loyal to each other, whatever the cost. As it turns out David was right and the two friends bid each other a tearful and gut-wrenching farewell, renewing their covenant of friendship before David goes into exile. We see three remarkable things from the story that relate directly to Jesus and the Gospel in our lives. First, David’s desperate, life-or-death circumstances conveyed a sense of urgency. Secondly the fierce and loyal love of David and Jonathon exemplifies the steadfast love of God (hesed) towards us. Last

  • SAMUEL: War Again - Audio

    SAMUEL: War Again - Audio

    14/02/2021 Duración: 39min

    Life is a battle whether you are a Christian or not, with people and things battling for supremacy in our hearts. The only question is who or what will win the war for the throne? Spirit-filled David is a threat to spirit-less Saul who makes four more attempts on David’s life. The first is thwarted by Jonathon, the second by David’s quick feet, the third with Michal’s help, and finally the Spirit intervenes supernaturally at Naioth. The chapter ends with Saul stripped naked, prophesying, and he’s clearly unfit to be king. Saul’s murderous actions are a response to the threat God poses to his throne. Saul’s rejection of David (God’s anointed) is in reality a rejection of God Himself. Saul wants control and nothing will stand in his way. Just like Saul, God is a threat to my throne. Our hearts are idol-factories, and self-worship is at the core. We want to sit on the throne of our own hearts and lives, and God’s dominion is a threat. When we reject God fo

  • SAMUEL: True Friendship - Audio

    SAMUEL: True Friendship - Audio

    07/02/2021 Duración: 40min

    The dust has settled from the David and Goliath showdown, and we begin to see allegiances shift in Israel. They begin celebrating their new champion, and Saul isn’t happy about it. In this chapter we see the continued theme of The Spirit of God making the difference. This time we see it in the friendship that is formed between David and Jonathan, it says “Jonathans soul was knit to David’s”. This brings to light the connection that comes when two people are submitted to the Spirit and doing life together. Then in a shift we will look at a king Saul and the conflict that is occurring upon the Spirit of God leaving him. We see fear and jealousy begin to be the driving forces to his kingship, and this leads to him attempting to kill David. We also see the people of Israel shift their allegiance to David, and a glimpse of David’s humanity begins to show.

  • SAMUEL: Giant Killer - Audio

    SAMUEL: Giant Killer - Audio

    31/01/2021 Duración: 51min

    The story of an unlikely champion facing a giant enemy is the most famous duel in History. It’s not a myth or child’s fable, it’s fact. But who was the real hero? Time passes, and the army of Israel finds itself in a standoff with an enemy army across the Valley of Elah. The Philistines send a giant to defy Israel, challenging them to send a champion to fight Goliath to the death, with the losing side forced to serve the other. The precise details in Chapter 17 lends authenticity to this historical event. David gets permission to fight the giant without untested armor, but with a Shepherd’s sling and staff. Declaring and believing that the battle is the Lord’s, he strikes the giant down and kills him. The route of the Philistines follows, and is a great victory for Israel. Goliath and the wicked Philistines defied God’s people and therefore God himself. When we refuse salvation through Christ, or grieve and quench the Holy Spirit, we are also in defiance. Defying God

  • SAMUEL: The Shepherd-King - Audio

    SAMUEL: The Shepherd-King - Audio

    25/01/2021 Duración: 40min

    God frequently chooses the most unlikely people to do his work. This is because the Lord sees differently than man, which is evidenced in the anointing of the future king, David. God instructs Samuel to go to Bethlehem and anoint the next king, one who would be “after his own heart.” Seven impressive sons of Jesse are paraded in front of Samuel, but none are selected. David, the youngest son, has to be called in from the field and is anointed, because God looks on the heart and not as man sees. Immediately the Spirit of God rushes on David and remains upon him from that day forward. Meanwhile, the same Spirit departs from Saul who is then afflicted by a harmful spirit. Saul’s servants suggest bringing in a musician to soothe him. A period of years has passed, and an impressive young man named David is enlisted to serve Saul, advancing to become his armor bearer. As David is elevated, Saul is noticeably declining. It is the presence or absence of Spirit of God that makes the difference. T

  • SAMUEL: Half Measures - Audio

    SAMUEL: Half Measures - Audio

    17/01/2021 Duración: 41min

    Obeying God is for His glory and our good. But many of us are only willing to obey on our terms, choosing to obey the commands we like and ignoring those we don’t.

  • SAMUEL: Pick a Fight - Audio

    SAMUEL: Pick a Fight - Audio

    10/01/2021 Duración: 43min

    Trusting God seems like a risky proposition. It seems better to only trust yourself and what you can control. But scripture teaches that is not what faith looks like. Israel is threatened by a massive enemy. King Saul is in a cave, but his son Jonathon picks a fight armed with not much more than his faith in God. Jonathan courageously kicks off a battle believing that perhaps God might intervene because nothing can hinder God working to achieve the impossible. As the story unfolds, God does intervene through an earthquake and the enemy is routed. But Saul demonstrates faithlessness by nearly ruining the day with his actions. First he’s hiding, then he hesitates, then tries to manipulate the situation with control. Failing to follow God’s command comes up with a command of his own, issuing a rash oath for his own glory. The result is that it hampers the battle and almost costs Jonathon’s life. The passage ends by acknowledging Saul’s subsequent man-made victories, but poignantly r

  • SAMUEL: The Easy Way - Audio

    SAMUEL: The Easy Way - Audio

    03/01/2021 Duración: 40min

    Trusting God might sounds simple but it is not easy. Saul foolishly chose to trust his own understanding, disobeyed God, and started down the easier way of destruction. One year into Saul’s reign, Jonathon kicks off a war with their enemies the Philistines. Saul calls the nation to face an overwhelmingly larger army, and the people are filled with fear and hopelessness. Many hide and flee, and the army begins to dwindle. Samuel seems late, and Saul doesn’t wait; choosing to offer an unauthorized sacrifice to the Lord instead of trusting God. Samuel confronts Saul who offers excuses and blames others. The consequence of Saul’s foolishness is that his kingdom will not last because of his disobedience. We are reminded of Jesus words in Mt 7:13-14, that the way to destruction is easy, and that trusting God is hard. Small compromises with sin lead to enslavement and destruction. Conversely, trusting God is rarely easy or simple. Saul thought he was doing the right thing, but his compromise wa

  • SSK: The Promised Kingdom - Audio

    SSK: The Promised Kingdom - Audio

    27/12/2020 Duración: 38min

    Christmas is past and gifts are given and opened. A gift costs something. Hand-made seem to be more from the heart. God’s gift to us is the most humble, perfect gift ever. And boy, did it have an unimaginable cost. We hear the story told this time of year, but often we don’t count the cost. We have mangers, sheep, Mary & Joe, lowing cattle, shepherds, angels on high, a cool star, wise men worshipping and bringing gifts and of course a baby: Jesus. It needs to be remembered and celebrated. And we do. But there is more and it is dark and scary and foreshadows the crisis that Jesus will face and it is all part of the gift.

  • SSK: The Promised Peace - Audio

    SSK: The Promised Peace - Audio

    24/12/2020 Duración: 17min

    With Christmas Eve being the celebration of the SSK series coming to fruition in the flesh, we want to build off of those three roles of Christ. With Christ sitting on the throne of our lives in those three areas, then we truly have what he said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” (John 14:27). The moment we feel sit in shame of our past(Christ as Savior/Cross), fight the guidance of today (Christ as shepherd/Crook), or his control of the future (Christ as King/Cross), we become immobilized. As we take on his yoke that’s talked about in Matt 11: 28-30, we find that he isn’t taking us into easy living, he’s taking us into his peace and contentment found when we strive after him and with him. That only comes from us sitting into the battle of letting Christ be the head in those areas of our lives (past, present, future).

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