Sons and Daughters

Psalm 127:1-5

The bible states that children are a heritage from God, given to parents by God for them to steward. God sustains children, having known them intimately in their mother’s womb and knitted them together. Healthy children have a healthy family unit where both parents work together to build up the future of their child, and to grow them up in the way of God.

If we don’t disciple our children, the world will. In the Old Testament, Jewish children were taught the Shema through repetition, which states that Adonai is God and Adonai is one. This command gets transferred to the New Testament for parents to teach their children about Jesus. We are to disciple our kids to know that Jesus is king, and discipline them to remind them that they are not king. Discipline should not be done out of anger, or to belittle a child, but only for the child’s safety and security, to mirror God’s discipline of us to make us more like Jesus. Discipline is an act of grace, and need not always be physical.

God’s grace helps us to discipline and disciple our children, as he continues to disciple and discipline us to become his own sons and daughters. The kingdom of God belongs to those who approach like children.

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14 Oct 2018

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.

14 Oct 2018

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.

7 Oct 2018

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.

7 Oct 2018

Andy Pearce

Andy is the Executive Pastor at City on a Hill Melbourne. British by birth, but Australian by choice. He is husband to Kim and Dad to Jonny, Dexter, Arthur, Henry, and Stanley. He loves Jesus and loves people. He is particularly passionate about making, maturing, and mobilising disciples of Jesus and seeing God’s people on mission; making Jesus known wherever in all walks of life. Andy became a Christian at the age of 18 after hearing the gospel at my school and a Christian holiday camp in England. Since then he has served Jesus as a student, in the workplace, and now in vocational ministry. Before hearing hear God’s call to vocational ministry, Andy spent ten years working in digital advertising in the UK and Australia. With more and more time doing church ministry and gospel outreach, Andy started a new chapter and studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney and then as a pastor in Sydney before moving to Melbourne to City on a Hill. Andy is a passionate creative, a wannabe gardener, and a proud MAMIL (Middle Aged Man in Lycra).