True repentance and guilt over sin

Psalm 51


Guilt over sin is God’s kindness to us, reminding us that we have done something wrong and we need to do something to rectify that. Guilt over sin reminds us that our nature is sinful, naturally rebellious toward God. Our sinful nature is not easily fixed. Guilt over sin reminds us that our sinful nature still wars within us.

When we act in sin we are telling God that we get to define what is right and what is wrong. We have classified sins, and given them levels, as if some are more respectable than others. Yet, all sin is rebellion against God, displeasing Him and damaging us.

There is freedom in the grace of God. We must let go of defensive hearts that minimise sin and claim we’re good, knowing that we are guilty before God and that only Jesus can set us free. We must come with our shame and empty hands to Him, knowing we are loved and forgiven by his mercy. God will never reject a humble heart that is broken over sin, and accepts Jesus as the only way to forgiveness and salvation.

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4 Oct 2020

Sam Low

Sam joined the team in 2018 as one of our inaugural church planting residents in our Planters Academy. Sam is now the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Gold Coast which launched publicly in 2020. Sam has a passion to see people discover the life, joy, and hope that is only found in Jesus. He loves to preach the bible to whoever will listen and is energised by seeing leaders developed and released to use their gifts and passions for God’s glory. Sam is married to Sally and they have two sons Bailey and Hudson. He is an ordained Anglican Minister and membership candidate with Acts 29.

4 Oct 2020

Sam Low

Sam joined the team in 2018 as one of our inaugural church planting residents in our Planters Academy. Sam is now the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Gold Coast which launched publicly in 2020. Sam has a passion to see people discover the life, joy, and hope that is only found in Jesus. He loves to preach the bible to whoever will listen and is energised by seeing leaders developed and released to use their gifts and passions for God’s glory. Sam is married to Sally and they have two sons Bailey and Hudson. He is an ordained Anglican Minister and membership candidate with Acts 29.

4 Oct 2020

Sam Low

Sam joined the team in 2018 as one of our inaugural church planting residents in our Planters Academy. Sam is now the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Gold Coast which launched publicly in 2020. Sam has a passion to see people discover the life, joy, and hope that is only found in Jesus. He loves to preach the bible to whoever will listen and is energised by seeing leaders developed and released to use their gifts and passions for God’s glory. Sam is married to Sally and they have two sons Bailey and Hudson. He is an ordained Anglican Minister and membership candidate with Acts 29.

4 Oct 2020

Dave Miers

Dave Miers is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill: Brisbane. He is the husband to Rowena, and they have three children: Sam, Tom, and Beth. He loves Jesus and is passionate about using new mediums to communicate the timeless message of Christ crucified and risen. Dave is a member of Acts 29 and also an ordained Anglican Minister. In his downtime, he enjoys soccer, sushi, and sunsets.

4 Oct 2020

Neil Castle

Neil is the Executive Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne East. He is married to Kirsty and has two children. He loves music, playing guitar, and wrestling with his kids. Neil has a Bachelor of Theology from Ridley College, and a Diploma of Music from Box Hill Institute.

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Khoi Phuong

Khoi is the Associate Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne West. He has a deep heart for communities of life, love and mission, as he passionately wants to see the gospel of Jesus make an impact in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Khoi's favourite community, of course, is at home with his wife Lina. He is completing his MDiv from Ambrose College in Canada. He is an avid sports fan who supports mostly losing teams - which keeps him pretty humble (and sad).