Resources by Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas serves as the Teaching Pastor of Raymond Terrace Community Church in the Hunter Valley of NSW, Australia. Chris's desire is to see the church captivated by the glory of God and equipped for all that God has planned to accomplish through her. Chris met his wife while on short term mission, and is now the proud father to three boys and two girls. Having been raised in far North Queensland, it is not uncommon to see Chris sitting bare-foot around a camp fire with a hot cup of coffee in his hand. You can follow him on Twitter at @cbthomas76 and read more of his work at his blog, The Ploughman’s Rest.

Nov 6, 2018

You're Dead, Start Acting Like It! by Chris Thomas

Your failure does not define you, nor do the echoes of your sin. Jesus speaks a better story, and the grave does not have the final word.

Apr 9, 2019

You're Dead, Start Acting Like It by Chris Thomas

“To live is Christ and to die is gain” is more than a hashtag for your Instagram account; it’s theology clothed with flesh.

Feb 26

When They Call In The Night by Chris Thomas

The first thing to know is that your father isn’t like us.

Jan 21

When All That Remains Is Ash: Lessons of God in the Australian Fires by Chris Thomas

Even as I write this, the fires still burn. But one day soon, through the blackened earth, green shoots will spring up again.

May 26, 2016

What Makes a Great Preacher? - Part Two

The Preacher's Subject Matter

Part two of a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher?

Jun 2, 2016

What Makes a Great Preacher? - Part Three

The Preacher's Preparation

Part three of a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher?

Jun 23, 2016

What Makes a Great Preacher? - Part Six

The Preacher's Humility

Part six of a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher?

May 19, 2016

What Makes a Great Preacher? - Part One

Introduction and Warnings

Part one of a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher?

Jun 9, 2016

What Makes a Great Preacher? - Part Four

The Preacher's Delivery

Part four in a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher

Jun 16, 2016

What Makes a Great Preacher? - Part Five

The Preacher's Life

Preacher, give fervent and persistent attention to your life outside of preaching. It is not enough to simply preach good doctrine - your people need to see consistent demonstration, not just hear good explanation.

Nov 28, 2015

We're All Getting Tattoos by Chris Thomas

I've finally come to terms with it. I'm getting a tattoo. But not just yet.

Feb 22, 2016

Walking Among Giants by Chris Thomas

The problem is not that we hold a few in high esteem, the problem is that we hold too few in high esteem.

Sep 22, 2016

Waiting for Akman: Part Two by Chris Thomas

Part two of a two-part parable recounting the events of Exodus 11-12.

Sep 15, 2016

Waiting for Akman: Part One by Chris Thomas

A two-part parable recounting the events of Exodus 11-12.

Sep 5, 2017

The Walls That Law Built by Chris Thomas

Don’t despise the walls that law built, they serve a significant purpose. The prison was built in order for us to open our eyes and long for freedom.

Apr 3, 2017

There Once Was A Farmer by Chris Thomas

His pleasure was rooted in the harvest he hoped for.

Mar 2, 2016

The Gospel for the Inglorious by Chris Thomas

A gospel for the mundane. A gospel for the sorrow. A gospel for the dark hours of early mornings.

Sep 22, 2015

The Day God's Grace Seemed Evil by Chris Thomas

Before I let my gospel-centered infatuation cause me to point a judgmental finger at Jonah, maybe I too need to learn a lesson from the shrivelled up plant.

Jun 22, 2017

Saying Goodbye to Narnia by Chris Thomas

Tribulation is real—we should not be surprised by it—but it is not our defining reality. We have a living hope, an imperishable inheritance, and a secure salvation.

Oct 20, 2016

Preach Like A Painter by Chris Thomas

Preacher, show your church the wonder. Preach like a painter. Take your tools and your technique and bend them to the cause of Christ.

Apr 20, 2017

Preachers with Presence by Chris Thomas

Only an "in-person" preacher can bear the burdens of the congregation, weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice.

Dec 4, 2015

Pastor, You Are Not A Child of Hagar by Chris Thomas

Your identity of sonship isn't founded on performance-based assessment. Your standing before God was not procured by strategy or tribal association. Your preaching did not gain you merit, nor your vision give rise to redemption.

Apr 5, 2016

Ministry's Incompatibility With the World by Chris Thomas

Power that comes through position is incompatible with God's agenda on earth.

Apr 26, 2019

‘Listening’ As An Essential Word Ministry by Chris Thomas

One of the most significant personal needs a person has is the need to be heard.

Dec 24, 2015

Less is More (or, Let It Go) by Chris Thomas

My wife is currently in the throes of a full-blown "simplify" campaign, and I need to be careful—if I place my half-drunk coffee cup down it's likely to be thrown out. Anything not nailed to the floor may very well disappear.

Aug 18, 2016

God of Your Grief by Chris Thomas

No matter the source of your grief—be it silent, relational, or communal—you must know today that God is not deaf to your pain. You soul's ache is not foreign to him.

Dec 20, 2015

False Hope by Chris Thomas

Your only hope—my only hope—is that God himself would deliver us.

Jun 2, 2017

Embracing the Quiet Life by Chris Thomas

To embrace solitude and quietness is to reflect on an image of our own self.

Jan 1, 2016

Doubt in the Midst of Worship by Chris Thomas

"And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted." What a phenomenal phrase.

Aug 4, 2016

Don’t Write It Off As Law by Chris Thomas

It's good to bask in the light of grace. Soak it up. Revel in it. But don't recoil from the commandments of God—they are meant to show us his faithfulness, and steadfast love.

May 22, 2019

Counsel For A Younger Me by Chris Thomas

My younger self wanted a voice, wanted a platform but was unwilling to invest in the character required by the gospel. 

Aug 3, 2017

Confronting Gospel-Centered Confusion by Chris Thomas

What do we actually mean by the phrase "gospel centered"?

Jan 10, 2019

Cling to Christ by Chris Thomas

It is life and death. The wind is howling, the waves are building, and life is coming at me with all its fury. What have I to cling to? Hold fast to the gospel. Cling to Christ.

Nov 18, 2015

Beneath the Veneer by Chris Thomas

"Don't let them get too close." That was the advice I received from an experienced pastor early in my ministry experience. I knew it to be rubbish then—even more so now.

Oct 7, 2015

A Tree Between Two Mountains by Chris Thomas

God was at work. The Holy Spirit powerfully wielded the Word in that place. I have no doubt that hundreds, if not thousands, of lives and ministries were altered in profound ways over those four days. Then I came home.

Jul 20, 2017

A Pastor's Character Over His Competence by Chris Thomas

Give me a godly man with an average gift over the orator of the ages, whose character hasn’t been shaped by the gospel.

Oct 15, 2015

A Father to the Fatherless by Chris Thomas

I have a son. I did not father him, nor did my wife give birth to him. Yet, he is my son.

Aug 20, 2019

A Father’s Love in a Pixar World by Chris Thomas

Two decades of pastoral ministry has taught me that a prevailing theme of Christian life is the faulty thinking that we relate to God as though he is a disappointed father.​

Mar 17, 2016

Advice for Keyboard Crusaders by Chris Thomas

Yet both my personal experience and anecdotal observations, tell me that the vast majority of 'robust dialogue' or 'authentic conversation' is a poor front for what the Bible calls 'meddling in controversies'.

Sep 2, 2015

A Break-Wall For The Soul by Chris Thomas

Without a break-wall, disaster is only a storm away.