It never ceases to amaze me, how our great and awesome God takes the nothings of this world to confound and bring to naught the somethings of this world! God took a man by the name of Gideon and with 300 men, defeated the mighty army of the Midianites. God took a nothing man by the name of Abraham—an idolater from a far-away land—and made of him a great nation through which to bless the world!! God takes a nothing shepherd boy by the name of David and makes him a king!! God takes a Christian persecuting Pharisee by the name of Saul and made him an apostle of Jesus Christ. Biblical history proves that without a shadow of a doubt, the few with God make up the majority!
This sermon is an exhortation for the Body of Christ not to despise the day of small beginnings. Where two or three are gathered together, there the Lord is in the midst! Will we not give ourselves wholeheartedly to prayer; even the small meetings where few are present, as though there was a thousand present and see what God will do!!
John sees in vision, a sign in heaven, great and marvellous. Seven angels coming out of the temple in heaven having the seven last plagues. To these seven are given seven golden vials full of the wrath of Almighty God. This chapter serves as an introduction to what will take place in chapter 16 as the seven bowls of God’s wrath are poured out upon the earth.
2 Corinthians 5:7-15
A word of warning and exhortation is given regarding the coming day when all believers shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ! In light of this awesome day, what manner of people ought we to be? How ought we to be spending our time? What ought to be our priorities? The cry of Brian's heart is that we might not stand on that day with regrets of what could have been, if only we had lived in light of eternity.
A great Word of encouragement is brought forth in this sermon by Brother Brian. In the days in which we are living, God is calling His people to feed those who He brings across our path. Yet, are we the people of God prepared to carry the compassion of the Lord for those who He died for? Are we willing to be inconvenienced? Are we willing to be broken that He might fill us and use us for the glory of His name?
2 Samuel 9:1-8
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, t'was blind but now I see. What does it mean to be in wonder of the grace of God? His saving mercy; His saving grace! Those who have this wonder and who are in awe of God’s grace, will follow Him and won’t turn back!
Is the Church of Jesus Christ necessary for one’s sanctification? Perhaps this is something that you’ve not before considered and so understandably, you may need time to ponder this pertinent question. I say pertinent, because we are living in a day where there is a small but increasing number of Christians, whose attitude towards the local visible Church Body is one of disdain and scorn. Content they are to stay at home and to find their fellowship in the world of virtual reality. This my friends will never do!!
From the Churches inception, those whom the Lord added to His Church, met together, and it is the coming together with other believers – skin touching skin– that we grow in holiness as we learn to forbear with one another in love, forgiving one another as Christ forgave us. At what cost are you prepared to be found in such sanctifying fellowship? May God give us ears to hear.
Having seen the wonder of God’s greatness, Brian now turns to share on the wonder of God’s glory!! Even the sun in all its brilliance; the stars in their glory; do not compare to the glory and the majesty of the One who brought them into existence in a moment!
Oh, that God would come again and reveal His glory in revival! God is willing, but the question is, are we? Who is willing to carry this burden of revival, which at its centre has to do with the very glory of God?
Hebrews 5:8 – 6:3
It is my firm conviction, based on the evidence and testimony of Scripture, that God in every age and in every generation, is calling His people up to higher ground, and that the work of sanctification; that work whereby we are being fashioned by the Holy Spirit into the image and likeness of the Lord as we yield our lives to Him is an ongoing one which shall not reach its conclusion until the coming of the Lord.
God is wanting to raise up a people of spiritual maturity; a people such that He can trust with Christian service in the field of battle! As one surveys the length and breadth of the land, one has to ask; where are the spiritual giants of yesteryear? God is calling His people up higher in these last days that we might be fitted and prepared for ministry. Will we heed that call?
The clear and uncompromising call of Scripture is an exhortation, calling the people of God unto holiness! Praise God for the many victories won over besetting sins and the great gains made thus far. Yet, could it be, that God is saying to you and I; there is still something amiss in your life that I’m calling you to perfect. Something still lacking which I’m calling you to address.
My Brother, my Sister; the Word God is this; DO NOT SETTLE FOR “ALMOST HOLY” WHEN GOD IS CALLING YOU TO “BE HOLY”.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:5-8).
When one ponders such an unthinkable act of humility, Jesus Christ – very God of very God – humbling Himself in being clothed in humanity and coming down to earth to die the death of a criminal upon a rugged cross; how can we not humble ourselves before Him? Why is it that so often, pride will keep us from saying sorry? May the Lord grant us much grace to take to heart what Brian shares.