2 Timothy 4:1-4
There are some verses of Holy Scripture that by their very nature are weightier than others. The passage that comes before us in this sermon is surely one such weighty giant and one of the great go-to passages of every preacher. Worn are its pages through frequent visiting, for it is here where he gets his instructions from the Almighty and the royal commandment to preach the Word!
In an age where the Word of God is so seldom preached as it once was, in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit. The exhortation is given in this sermon of the need again for such anointed preaching that God might in His mercy see fit to visit a people with great stirrings and awakening in this desperate hour of need.
As we look around at the state of a world that is stooped in darkness, and a Church that is fast asleep in this generation, one could be forgiven for thinking that all hope has long faded! For many of God’s remnant, things are waxing worse and the Lord’s coming is imminent. Brethren, I don’t disagree!! We are living right at the end…yet this does not preclude the mercy of God to bring one last awakening and revival in this hour of tremendous need.
In this sermon, we contrast the mercy of God against a mindset that delights in judgment. We conclude by looking at a brief synopsis of the last 150 years of Judah’s history and in so doing conclude, there’s still hope yet that God might awaken a sleeping Church and bring a lost and dying world unto Himself in great numbers! O Lord, do it again!!
So many in the earth begin life as bubbling happy youngsters, not a care in the world, unaware of the big bad world that they’re about to enter! Yet, by the time they’ve reached their 30’s and 40’s, that youthful optimism has pretty much been blown out of the water and aged cynicism has begun to set in. Naivety has given way to suspicion and by the time they reach their later years, full-blown pessimism has pretty much taken over every thought. As a Christian, I don’t ever want to become a cynic let alone a pessimist! Yet, as the years pass so also do the offences committed against us. The challenge facing every one of us as believers is to not allow our hearts to become hard so as to lose the tenderness.
This sermon digs into the Word of God and presents to the believer, the grace and power that is in Christ which allows us to overcome the sins of resentment, bitterness, and unforgiveness.
When I think of the wasted hours spent deliberating and calculating, reasoning and second-guessing how God is going to do what He said He would do; it is of great grief. When everything has been said and done, what was it for? It was all for nothing! When God is going to something, He doesn’t need our advice or counsel; He doesn’t come knocking at our door for a plan of action! He will do what He will do, and the quicker that we settle that matter in our hearts is the more speedily one will come to enjoy the blessed rest that comes from simply trusting!!!
We need at times to be reminded of the facts—the world is His and the fulness thereof; the cattle on a thousand hills and every beast of the forest belongs to Him; what have we that He hath need of, or what can we give to Him that He does not already own? Oh God, forgive me for pigeonholing you into a tiny weeny space when your fulness fills the whole universe!! It’s not my business dear soul, and nor is it yours, to work out how God is going to do what He said He would do. That’s His business, and when we leave the matters of “how-to” for God “to do”, He’ll never cease to amaze us!!
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).
There’s a season under heaven for every opportunity afforded unto man; an open door which for a moment remains open to him, before suddenly it closes. What was available on Sunday evening may no longer be available come Monday morning. There’s something about God-ordained moments for which there exists no rewind button and no command to undo. God happenstances that seem to come so sparsely—perhaps every half a decade or so, where all of heaven appears to go out of its way to assist the Almighty in orchestrating the perfect set-up, placing before us an open door and beckoning us to enter through.
Without a doubt, we are living in unprecedented times of change with Covid-19 in our midst. It is my earnest conviction that we the Church of Jesus Christ find ourselves on the earth for such a time as this. There has been afforded us in the providence of God, an open door through which to enter which shall not always be open to us. It’s time for the Church to wake up and to cast off the old garment of sin. It’s time for the Church to cloth itself in righteousness and to seek the Lord.
1 Chronicles 12:32
This week has been a week like no other I’ve ever witnessed in my forty years alive on planet earth. Coronavirus touched down and pandemonium struck. Media hype fueled mass panic buying, where every man and his family headed towards the supermarkets in an effort to stock their cupboards to overflowing. Stock markets across the world continue to be hammered with losses amounting to billions being slashed off the value of some of the world's most prestigious companies. Thursday saw the biggest one-day decline in the FTSE 100 since 1987 and Wednesday witnessed the pound plunge to its lowest level in 30 years!
Every day has seen escalating measures being announced by the UK government as it has tried desperately to stem the growth of this virus which has now claimed the lives of more than 200 British citizens and more than 10,000 globally. On Tuesday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a whopping £350 billion bailout and by Friday, he’d effectively put the whole British economy on life support. With fears that we’re just beginning to see the rise in coronavirus infections, at the start of the week the government introduced social distancing measures and by the end of the week pubs, bars, restaurants, and gyms were told to close. My dear Brothers and Sisters, all of this has shocked me and all of this has greatly moved my heart. However, I want to say with great sorrow and sadness; nothing that I’ve thus far mentioned has vexed and grieved my heart more than what I’ve witnessed take place this week by Church leaders in this country, as one after another closed the doors of their Churches until further notice!
This sermon is a desperate plea for the Pastors of Christ’s flock to seek the face of the Lord for a way forward in this hour of tremendous need. Where are the sons of Issachar who in their day, understood the right thing for Israel to do at the right time? Will the Church rise to its call or will it sleep through this present crisis only to awake to find that there’s nothing left?