Well the words of a hymn serve to capture the essence of the burden of this sermon; “Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer! That calls me from a world of care, and bids me at my Father’s throne make all my wants and wishes known. In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief, and oft escaped the tempters snare by thy return, sweet hour of prayer!” It seems that the Saints of old knew something that so many of us now know so little of as it relates to a life of prayer! Never have we been so prosperous and well off as we are in this century, yet for all our prosperity it seems that more Christians than ever are suffering from anxiety, depression and burn-out.
This sermon is a passionate plea for God’s people to return to a quiet time with the Lord, a time set aside for uninterrupted fellowship with God. A place where we our Saviour meet in the wonder and awe of an open Bible and prayer!!
Well it’s been said, you don’t know what you’ve got until it gone. Yet even more profound is the statement, you can’t miss what you’ve never had!! Dear Brethren, I fear that we are living in a generation spiritually speaking, whose only experience of Christianity is the Christianity of today. The question is, where are the hoary headed Saints of a yesterday era who can point to a yesteryear and say what we have now is not what they had then!! How can cream be seen not to be white, unless there’s a purer white to set it against? I fear that the Christianity we now call normal would have been an insult to the great Saints of old!!
This sermon is an exhortation and a plea, for Christians not to take their ease in the accepted norm of today’s Christianity, but rather to enquire of the former age and ask how things used to be; to stand in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way and in finding it to so walk therein!!
1 Samuel 13:1-14
As you start the new year of 2016, what is the one desire and purpose of your heart? To eat less, to keep fit, to spend more time with the family? Ought not the burning desire of our hearts to be, that we might love our God more!! In the words of that great hymn of old…”More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!” Yet if we were to quantify what “more love” looks how would we do it? More love for some means more tears and greater “feelings” of love towards the Saviour. Yet our Saviour said “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (Jn. 14:15). As I think more about what more love for my Saviour would look like and not what it would feel like, I see so clearly that love for Jesus Christ is inseparably linked to obedience to Jesus Christ. Thus, if the burning desire of my heart towards God is Oh, that I might love you more; then the absolute purpose and intent of my heart must be Oh, that I might obey you more!!
This sermon is a challenge and a call to obedience on God’s terms, an inconvenient and costly obedience that requires a cross upon which we are to die daily. All too often our obedience to God is convenient obedience, who will set their hearts on total obedience!!
Bible Prophecy (Pt.10)
The books of Daniel and Revelation are unique in their composure in that their content is eschatological in nature, relating to events that are to take place at the end of the world. Indeed, the Greek word for Revelation is “apokalupsis” from whence we get the word apocalypse. This word apokalupsis means a disclosure, a revealing and an uncovering of things that up until that point was not understood. There are many hard things to be understood in these books but as one begins to dig into them, one quickly discovers that there is overlap and similarities in the material found within them. This repetition and overlap is crucial in enabling us to interpret and make sense of the visions contained in them.
In this tenth and final part of our teaching on Bible prophecy, we seek to understand and make sense of some of the key passages in Daniel and Revelation which speak of a final worldwide Antichrist kingdom that will arise at the very end of time which shall be united politically, economically and spiritually, whose destruction shall be brought about by Jesus Christ at His Second Coming when He shall come to establish His kingdom on earth lasting for one thousand years. What we shall discover is astounding and serves to equip us and prepare us for what is soon to come to pass!!
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