The Spirit of the Lord

Isaiah 11


In a world of barren forests and stumps, one stump bears fruit. There is a king from the root of Jesse who came in true humility. He was filled with the Spirit and lead with wisdom, counsel, strength, and the knowledge and fear of God. In a world of conflict, suffering, and despair, we need this message of hope: that the promised root of Jesse is Jesus Christ. In his baptism, we see that the Spirit rested on him. In his life, we see him as the perfect leader whom we long to be led by. He welcomed children and outcasts, judging hearts and not the superficial, in truth without favouritism. There is hope in no other name but in Jesus Christ.

Yet, we must also remember that the ultimate picture of Isaiah 11, where prey and predators play with one another, is a picture of heaven, not earth. Here, we are creatures with corrupt desires who fight and destroy one another. In heaven the wolf and lamb will play together, the lion and calf will both eat grass, and children will play with snakes. There will be no harm, and death will forever be destroyed. We are hopeless people, and Jesus came to give us the gift of hope. We put our hope in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. He alone can save us, restore us, transform us, and lead us to heaven.

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7 Dec 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.

6 Dec 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.

6 Dec 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.

6 Dec 2020

Brendan Wright

Brendan is one of the pastors at City on a Hill Geelong. He is passionate about making Jesus known to this city after making the move from Melbourne in 2013. Just before that move he got married and became the husband to Neema and the two of them are now well and truly settled in Geelong. Despite constant appeals and pleas from those within the church, he has stayed true to his roots and resisted the temptation to jump on the success of the new town team and still supports the Essendon Football Club.

6 Dec 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.

6 Dec 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.