The Glorious Branch

Isaiah 4:2-6


In the midst of doom and gloom, Isaiah changes tone and shares a vision of hope. Though Israel had sought after idols and have tried to become objects of worship themselves, their sins will be washed away. Jerusalem will be clean, inside and out, pure and holy as God is pure and holy. However, it cannot be made clean by itself. God's people need to be purified by God, through Jesus, the glorious branch, who alone is worthy of worship.

In a world where everyone worships something, we must choose to worship Jesus, the beautiful branch that makes us righteous, whose blood alone can wash our sins away and make us clean and holy. The imagery of the glorious branch reminds us of the beauty of God; the clean city reminds us of the holiness of God; and the mountain reminds us of the nearness of God. Let us fix our eyes on eternity, in the comfort of a bigger vision: Christ will return to completely purify and clean his holy city, and we will dwell with him forever.

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8 Nov 2020

Louis Glazebrook

Married to Esther and father of three girls (Evelyn, Audrey and Winifred) Louis is the Planting Pastor at City on a Hill Surf Coast. The story that God has written for his life has thus far seen him enjoy a country upbringing, service in the army, working as physiotherapist and now most recently completing an MDiv at Ridley College. A few of his many weaknesses include caramel slice, boys toys, and not putting away his shoes.

8 Nov 2020

Dave May

Dave is the Communications Director for City on a Hill. He is passionate about seeing creatives serve Christ with their craft and using media to communicate the gospel. He has a Diploma in Graphic Design and Bachelor of Theology at Ridley College. Prior to City on a Hill he designed album artworks and myspace layouts for a living. He is married to Lauren and they have three kids, Zoe, Levi and Freya. To unwind he enjoys baking sourdough, brewing beer, and making coffee.

8 Nov 2020

Joel Deacon

Joel Deacon is the Associate Pastor at City on a Hill Melbourne. He is firmly convinced that we are designed for community, especially in a big and sometimes lonely city like Melbourne. Before becoming a pastor, Joel worked as a Civil Engineer and is always up for a chat about roads and bridges. But his greatest passion is talking to people about Jesus. Joel is married to Emma, and they have three kids Elijah, Isaac and Lily. An ideal day off for Joel would include coffee with his wife, smelling flowers with his daughter, wrestling with his boys, reading, and staying up late to watch EPL.

8 Nov 2020

Joel Deacon

Joel Deacon is the Associate Pastor at City on a Hill Melbourne. He is firmly convinced that we are designed for community, especially in a big and sometimes lonely city like Melbourne. Before becoming a pastor, Joel worked as a Civil Engineer and is always up for a chat about roads and bridges. But his greatest passion is talking to people about Jesus. Joel is married to Emma, and they have three kids Elijah, Isaac and Lily. An ideal day off for Joel would include coffee with his wife, smelling flowers with his daughter, wrestling with his boys, reading, and staying up late to watch EPL.

8 Nov 2020

Nick Coombs

Nick is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne East. He loves Jesus, is passionate about connecting deep theology with everyday life, and eager to make a difference in the time he has by helping plant as many churches as possible. After Jesus, Nick loves his wife Jules, and his two kids, Axel and Aria. He holds an MDiv from Ridley College, is a member of Acts 29, an ordained Anglican minister and gives too much of his time to fantasy sports.

8 Nov 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.

8 Nov 2020

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).