There are many sermons that I’ve had the privilege of preaching over the years, but none perhaps is more important than the subject matter contained in this one. I fear that in the day in which we’re living, when one mentions the cross of the Lord Jesus, one’s mind readily runs upon the ornate cross, you know...the 9ct gold one hanging from a chain, replete with diamond studs; rather than a rugged wooden one stained with blood! It seems that the Church in our day and the world at large, have no stomach for a crucified Saviour, impaled to a bloody cross. In the first epistle to the Corinthians, Paul writes; “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor. 1:18). In what respect, is the preaching of the cross to us who are saved, the power of God? It is this question that I would like to consider in this sermon and to furnish an answer on two main fronts. First, the cross of Jesus Christ is the power of God to deal with the guilt of sin. Second, the cross of Jesus Christ is the power of God to deal with the dominion of sin.
It is my heart's desire that God would open many eyes to these two truths so that we might know in rich experience, the power of the cross of Jesus Christ in our lives!!
There’s a propensity that is common to man; a saying that is often heard, and although we might not necessarily verbalise it with the words of our mouth, we nonetheless declare it loud and clear, by our actions. You say, what is this saying and what is this propensity common to man? It is summed up in this one single phrase, “I’ve got it!”
Oh, that we might come to understand in truth that we "Don’t got it", and that the only way to live this Christian life is in utter dependency upon the Saviour as we walk a closer walk with Him!
Abraham, Moses, Jeremiah, and Paul; all shared a common trait that in their day was seldom seen amongst their contemporaries. Each of these men knew the mercy of God in their generation and as such were intercessors! Would to God that such men would resurface in the day in which we live. I am shocked and grieved at the type of remarks I hear being made by professing born-again believers who supposedly belong to the remnant stable when it comes to the talk of revival. Nothing is sure to get their fangs showing than when one speaks of revival and awakening!! Ah! They say...that’s nonsense! Great Britain has out-sinned its day of mercy! In the days of Whitfield and Wesley, the sins of Great Britain were grave and shocking; yet, God saw fit to bring a national awakening to this nation. Oh, that God would do it again!
In this sermon, we behold the mercy of God toward a wicked city called Nineveh and the hot displeasure of a prophet by the name Jonah who rather than see God extend mercy, would rather Him have judged that city. May God deal with our hearts and give us hearts like unto His, full of compassion and mercy!
When suddenly comes, there’s usually very little time if any, to prepare ourselves for its swift advance. By very definition, “suddenly” carries with it an air of unexpectedness and yet at the same time, its approach is not without discernable signs for those with eyes to see. On 25th January 2019, a mining dam that sat above Brumadinho—a large town in southeast Brazil, suddenly collapsed, unleashing a tidal wave of waste and mud that engulfed homes, businesses, and residents in its path. It killed more than 250 people and has been dubbed one of the deadliest mining accidents in Brazilian history. Though this disaster ensued suddenly and without warning, experts say that it wasn’t a surprise. All the elements of a potential catastrophe had been present, and the warning signs overlooked for years!
Amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic, God is speaking to His people and calling them to get ready for His soon return! This is no time to slumber and no time to give heed to baseless conspiracy theories. It’s time to set our eyes towards the heavens and to ensure that we are found with oil in reserve. “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame” (Rev. 16:15).