The Apostle Paul's heart was that he might come to preach the gospel to those at Rome. Whilst many today desire to draw in a crowd, Paul was not interested in doctoring the gospel to accomplish such means. Whilst many today are ashamed of the foolishness of preaching, Paul desired to preach nothing less for he knew that the unadulterated gospel of Jesus Christ was the power of God unto salvation to all who would believe.
Just as the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, so also is the terrifying wrath of God revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. When a people decides to cast off the knowledge of God and to give the worship and glory owing to God, to another, God gives man over to his own wicked lustful heart and in removing His restraint, man begins a horrifying downward spiral into moral depravity. This sermon is awake up call to a nation under the wrath of God!!
Though the book of Romans was not the first epistle to be written, yet it finds itself first among the New Testament epistles. When we consider the great depth of its theological content and practical application, it’s hardly any surprise why we find it first in position among the epistles. By all accounts, this epistle stands as a giant! If all the epistles can be rightly called mountains, the book of Romans stands as Mount Everest among them.
In this first part of a sermon series working through the book of Romans, we explore Paul’s mighty calling and the awesome possibilities of the grace of God working though his yielded life. We look too at the power of prayer and the desperate need in our generation for prayer to be revived in the lives of God’s people for the spiritual well-being and prosperity of the Saints.
There seems to be within some sectors of the Christian Church, two opposing views when it comes to spiritual warfare. On one extreme there exists those who deny that there is such a devil at work in the earth today and on the other, those who blame the devil for absolutely everything! Surely the Bible presents a middle ground, not overstating his power whilst at the same time not minimising his potential influence in the life of the believer.
Through the account given of the fall of man, this message seeks to shed light on the nature of Satan and his approach in seeking to ensnare the souls of men. This sermon is a sober warning and a caution to Christians not to spend too long in talk with the devil for one does so to the peril of his own soul!!
1 Samuel 2:1-11
So often we find ourselves on the side of unanswered prayer, looking across a vast and open gulf that seemingly separates us from that which we so earnestly seek God for; beholding by faith those things that we have yet to behold by sight. So long it seems we’ve spent in prayer and have yet to see an answer; we join with those souls who cry out from beneath the altar, how long, O Lord, how long!!
Yet Hannah was one such woman who travailed in prayer and lived to see the answer of that which she sought God for, her barren womb being opened. Hannah’s tears of sorrow were turned to tears of joy, yet her tears of joy were on account of her tears of sorrow. Before Hannah prayed the prayer of thanksgiving she first prayed the prayer of anguish. To all who labour in anguished prayer, hold fast, the prayer of thanksgiving is at hand!!
2 Peter 1:1-11
If one was to enquire from the pages of Holy Scripture what the chief reason for man’s existence is, one would have to respond by saying, to please God and to bring Him glory!! If I was to ask how one might achieve this, many no doubt would look to the area of Christian service and ministry. Yet, the Bible declares that we were predestined by God to be conformed to the image of His Son Jesus Christ.
This sermon is an urgent call for Christians to supply to their profession of faith fruit meet for such a profession. The apostle Peter leaves us in no doubt that as Christians, not only is such fruit to be found in us, but that they ought also to be found abounding!!
Never in the history of mankind have we ever been able to achieve more in in a single 24 hour day than we do in the age in which we live. What previous generations would have taken a week to accomplish, we can accomplish in mere hours. Yet, though man has much time free, he has no time free, for the time he would have free he fills with the pursuit of obtaining more. With the more come much anxiety!!
Anxiety is a foe of any man but in particular it is a foe of the Christian which if embraced will render one’s life unfruitful and barren! This sermon looks at the parable of the sower and in particular the application of the parable as it relates the peril of anxiety. A strong exhortation is given via a very practical message that we as Christians might break through in the area of faith and prayer to lay hold on the peace of God in the midst of the temptation to worry.
Whilst there are many wonderful portions of Scripture in God’s holy Word, among the greatest are those that relate to God’s supernatural working in the lives of natural men!! Our wonderful God takes that which the world considers mighty and noble and reduces it to powder, that from that place of nothingness, hopelessness and despair, He might perform a work to the glory of His holy name!
This sermon looks at a perfect example of the above, Moses, a man were told who was learned in all the wisdom of Egypt, mighty in words and deeds. Yet God brought this man into the wilderness for 40 years so that he might prepare him for service! The God who calls, is able to perform, not according to man’s strength, but according to His might power!!
Is there any among you that is without the pain and sorrow that accompany trials and afflictions? What is your response when such trials and afflictions come to press you out of measure? For many, their immediate response is why me? If God loves me, why would He allow such affliction to come into my life? Oh! Dear Brethren, don’t tarry long in conversation with that old serpent; well our Lord did say of him “he is a liar, and the father of it” (Jn. 8:44). Nay, in such moments of doubt, we must bring underneath that sinking sand, the sure foundation of God’s Word which cries aloud; it’s because God loves me why he allows trials and afflictions to come into my life!!
In this sermon, three key aspects of God’s chastening are brought out. Firstly, God chastens His children in retributive disciple in order that they might turn back to Him. Secondly, God chastens His children in corrective discipline that they might resemble more His image and character. Thirdly, God chastens His children in preventative discipline lest we should turn aside out of the way. The overriding message coming through in each case is the same…whom God loves He chastens!!
David through the Scriptures shows that everyone who God calls to be His children have to follow the journey of the chosen. All who God calls to labour in His work must undergo a series of episodes, without which there can be no hope of service in the work of the Kingdom. Through the life of four men – Joseph, Moses, David and Paul – David shows that all were mightily used of God because all went through God’s pattern! They were called, had a preview of ministry, were then demoted, and went through a wilderness before then being promoted. This message is a great encouragement for all who perhaps felt that they were once called, but have not seen the full fruit of that calling.
In this sermon teaching, David seeks to bring out the truth contained in the parable of the ten virgins. At first glance, one may think that the five foolish virgins were ignorant of their required responsibility to ensure that they brought oil in their vessels. However, as you will see, their ignorance was a purposeful ignorance, based on a slothfulness and disobedience, resulting in their entrance into the marriage feast being denied!!