2 Cor. 4:6-11
A story broke of a lady who bought a diamond ring for £10 at a car boot sale mistaking the ring for costume jewellery when in fact the ring was worth a third of a million pounds!! The exceptionally sized stone was presumed not to be real because 19th century diamonds were not cut to show off their brilliance like today’s gems. The buyer did not think it a real diamond because it was in a filthy mount and did not sparkle!! Sadly, what was true of this ring, is also true of many who profess Christ – the excellency of the treasure of heaven contained in our earthen vessels is never seen by an onlooking world on account of the filthy mount in which it is housed and our lack of sparkle!!
This sermon is an encouragement and an admonishment to those enduring suffering for the cause of Christ. It is only through trials and suffering that the hidden treasure of God’s Holy Spirit within us is revealed to an unbelieving world. We are exhorted by our Lord to let our light shine before men!!
Upon what are you basing your faith; upon what your hope and confidence? "The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever..." (1 Pet 1:24-25). Oh! dearly beloved let the Word of God furnish for you a firm foundation upon which to stand, such that, when upon life's billows you are tempest tossed, you might have an anchor of grounding!! "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Heb 11:1).
This sermon is an exhortation to the weak and an admonition to the strong, to anchor ones confidence in the promises of a faithful God. "...they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (Is. 40:31)
Oh that the Body of Christ might lay firmly hold on the most blessed doctrine of regeneration!! “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1). “...if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17). Oh! the glories of this precious truth, what grace has become ours in Christ, what change has been wrought in our hearts the hour we first believed!!
In light of this great truth, the burden of responsibility is now placed on the Church of Jesus Christ to preserve and maintain, at all costs, the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace!! Most assuredly, in Christ, we have been brought into spiritual fellowship and unity with one another by selfsame Spirit of God that dwells in each of us. However, great caution is given in this sermon about allowing strife and envy to fester in our hearts which destroys the unity and injures the Church for which Christ died.
All across the landscape of Christendom, lie the scattered wounded and the spiritually hurt. Apparently, some would have us believe that soldiers of Christ are not supposed to be counted among the wounded, but in all my observations, I find this not to be the case at all! On every side I see the casualties of this spiritual war…
This sermon is an encouragement to the spiritually wounded; the Good Shepherd well knows your wounds and hears your cries. Indeed, He cares for you more than you could ever know and will in due season restore you again to spiritual vigour. Hold fast dearly beloved, come aside and rest a while in Christ!!
2 Chronicles 34:1-21
When the standard of God's Word is removed, every man does what is right in his own eyes and everything becomes permissible!! The haunting words of the prophet Hosea ring loud and true in this generation..."My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hos. 4:6).
For the most part in the West, Christians generally are undisciplined and unskilled in the reading and studying of God’s Word! In this teaching, the great heart and burden is that God’s people would be equipped to study and understanding the Bible so that in understanding, we might unearth again the truth and standard of God’s Word!!
There are rumours out there, grave misunderstandings even amongst the professing body of Christ which purport that God and Satan are on equal footing, on a level playing field. Apparently, so the story goes...the same power God has, the devil also has – God is omnipotent, the devil is omnipotent; God is omniscient, the devil is omniscient; God is omnipresent, the devil is omnipresent. The problem is, if you ask for supporting verses in the Bible to establish these rumours, none ever seem to materialise! Now I know that the majority of Christians would never profess to holding to such beliefs theologically, however, by the very way they live their lives in fear of the devil, they demonstrate that that is what they really believe deep down.
This sermon is a revaluation of so-called truth when it comes Satan’s role in the war against the Saints!! Why is it that believers run scurrying and hurrying from the battlefield in fear of the devil, when if his propaganda be exposed, we would be running into the battle? Oh may our fear and unbelief be buried and the Church of Jesus Christ arise again to its feet in faith!!
There are some within the ranks of Christendom that fancy that their being in the Lord hangs by a thread - that is, at any time, at any moment, having put one foot wrong, they could suddenly be cast off from the presence of God and fall from grace overnight!! I call this “tightrope Christianity”, and there are many who live under the fear and grip of such bondage never knowing whether they are in or out of favour with God. Dare we call this Christianity!! Open up the Bible if you will and from every page will cry forth the mercies of a God who is gracious, and full of compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy.
In this sermon, we trace the 1500 year history of a nation called Israel and in so doing consider God’s mercy towards the backslider! In beholding this wonder however, we also consider the terror of a holy God, who will not strive with the impenitent forever. A clear warning is sounded forth in this sermon; trifle with the mercy of God at your own peril!! Whilst the mercies of God of long and His patience enduring, there comes a point in time in which the axe of God’s judgment must fall!! Today, if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.
There’s a saying oft found on the lips of men when faced with a situation in life; “I’ve got it!!” Vast and numerous are the casualties of those who speech run along these lines. Judging in the natural and functioning in the realm of the earthly, they judge carnal matters by carnal means and suffer the consequences of not first seeking council at the mouth of the LORD.
This sermon is an eye opener, to the potential hazards of trying to tackle things in the flesh without first consulting God. Dear Christian, a way has been made for you to come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Heb. 4:16). The question is, will you come?
2 Timothy 2:19-21
Oh that God might raise up labourers in this critical hour in which live and send them forth into His harvest!! Before ever such a call to service, there must first be a call to holiness! This is and must be the first business of every Christian. “For this is the will of God; even your sanctification…for God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness” (1 Thess. 4:3, 7).
This sermon is a challenge, calling Christian men and women in the generation in which we live, to purposefully and intentionally set themselves apart unto God in holiness, as vessels meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. Written across the life of every Christian worker, ought be the words HOLINESS TO THE LORD!!
1 Corinthians 15:9-11
There exists three types of Christian workers in the field of Christian service today. The third it seems is more rare than coloured diamonds, the first and second more common than tin! Behold the first type of Christian worker; his back bowed over, his hands limp, his knees frail – a most pitiful fellow! If one could peer across to view him head on, one would see a tiresome soul; a withering face and a sorrowful look tells more than speech ever could. Behold the Christian worker with much labour and no grace! Consider the second type, fat and overweight, a most lazy individual - see him slouched on the couch fast asleep. Behold the Christian worker with much grace but no labour!!
It is the third of our three that we turn our attention to in this sermon as a model of how it should be in the sphere of Christian service, labouring under the grace of God!! Such a one I heard cry aloud, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can wok” (Jn. 9:4). Upon his back, an enormous load, but he never seems to notice. Upon the sack are emblazoned the words; “My grace is sufficient for thee” (2 Cor. 12:9). Dear soul, which one of the three are you?