Your Guilt Is Taken Away

Isaiah 6:1-13


Against the backdrop of a depraved world and an invasion comes this unveiling of God’s majesty and glory. If there’s any time that we need a reminder of God’s bigness, it is now. 2020 has made us more aware of the futility of our plans, our visions, our health, and our lives.

In this chapter, Isaiah received vision of how big God is - the hem of his robe filled the temple. The seraphim, six-winged courtiers, called God ‘holy, holy, holy’; his glory filling the earth. In Hebrew, there are no superlatives, so repetition is used instead. God is the most holy - the holiest - and his glory and power is beyond description.

Is the God of Isaiah 6 the Jesus you know? We regularly make God to be small. The ‘all-matey’ when he is the almighty. Isaiah needed his unclean lips to be atoned for by a burning coal from the altar, we have a mediator and saviour in Jesus Christ, God with us, who has atoned for our sins and made us clean through his blood shed on the cross. Now, we are to take this gospel to the world around us, even if it is a message of judgement to those whose hearts are hardened, for it is a message of grace to those willing to entrust themselves to Christ.

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15 Nov 2020

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).

15 Nov 2020

Andrew Grills

Andrew is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Geelong. He has spent most of his life as an officer in the Australian Army. Graduating with the Sword of Honour from the Australian Defence Force Academy, he served in Infantry and Intelligence, including operations in East Timor with the commandos. He holds a postgraduate degree in International Relations from Oxford University and an MDiv from Ridley College. Andrew later became an Army Chaplain at the Australian Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, before leaving the full time Army in 2013 to plant City on a Hill Geelong. Andrew has been married to his beautiful wife Danna for over 20 years and has five young children. He loves the ocean, traveling, camping, playing with his kids (including attending their innumerable sporting matches), and reading military history.

15 Nov 2020

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).

15 Nov 2020

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).

15 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.

15 Nov 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.

15 Nov 2020

Luke Nelson

Luke is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne West. He joined City on a Hill in its early days, serving as the Community Pastor in Melbourne, before being asked to lead his own church plant. Having grown up in Melbourne's western suburbs, he has a deep knowledge of and passion for the area, and a great desire to see the gospel bring transformation. A gifted communicator, he loves the work of pastoring a church, opening God's word each week and seeing the Spirit work. Luke graduated with a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University, has a Grad Dip in Divinity from Ridley College, and is close to completing a Masters of Ministry. He is an ordained Anglican minister in the Diocese of Melbourne and an active member of the Acts 29.