I believe in Jesus: A Sermon on the Trinity and the Resurrection

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The following sermon was preached on Sunday 30 March in Northwood Church in Keller, Texas. Encouragingly there was a number of gospel responses afterwards. You can watch the video here, or download the audio and a powerpoint file from the church's website. Some brief notes follow the video here. Sermon Notes I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin … [Read more...]

SERMON: Blessed are the Peacemakers

This sermon was preached at Jubilee Church Wood Green. based on Matthew 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God" You can listen to the sermon here, or read the notes below.  This is a sermon I found particularly challenging to prepare, and I ask you to pray for me as I pray for you that I may be able to practice the principles discussed in this message more.  At this time of  Christmas when the message "Peace on Earth" is proclaimed, may my home and your home be … [Read more...]

SERMON: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness

Earlier this year I preached two sermons as part of our series on the Beatitudes.  This one was on Matthew 5:6 "blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness" You can watch the video, download the audio or read notes below. I remember well at the end of the first term of university how nervous I was when I faced my first examination. I knew that failure would lead to resists, but only if they allowed it, and definitely if I failed any re-sits that would mean the end of the … [Read more...]

A sermon on Psalm 2

This is a sermon I preached earlier this year at Jubilee Church Wood Greed. It is based on Micah 6:7 and Psalm 2. Here are some brief notes from the sermon. The rejection of the King The world hates us as it hates God. They see Christianity as boring and restrictive, and cast off the restraints. But God sets limits for our own good. So-called constraints are actually liberating. He has designed you, be content with what he has made you to be. The response of the King Jesus is … [Read more...]

A Father’s Day Sermon Idea

As a free gift to my hardworking pastor readers, here is a draft sermon outline that I hope will prompt an idea for any of you still preparing your sermon for tomorrow. Romans 8:14-19 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry,  “Abba! Father!”  The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, … [Read more...]

Prophetic Encouragement – fulfilling your destiny in God

Yesterday I preached a remixed version of a sermon i have preached before on Barnabas. I found myself getting all Pentecostal! So if you want the orderly version and a set of notes for this talk, read the old version. If on the other hand, you want to hear what happened when I found myself preaching in The Perfecting Church, a growing, lively church in New Jersey you can listen to the new version here. Here are a couple of key phrases from the talk: In God's kingdom fulfilling your destiny … [Read more...]

Reasons to Rejoice

As I conclude, this series of posts based on a sermon about joy, we ask what are our reasons to rejoice?  This is other than of course the most important reason, that we have been saved, and our glorious God has done so much for us! But at times we all need a gentle prod, so here some good reasons: 1. Joy is commanded Deuteronomy 12:18 says: ‘You shall rejoice before the LORD your God in all your undertakings’. Psalm 35:27 says: ‘Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy … [Read more...]

Joy in facing difficulties, sorrow, and even death

Yesterday we spoke about depression and I finished by saying that when you're depressed it is still possible to rejoice. There are two senses in which this is the case. Firstly, God does offer us a stream of joy inside our heart that somehow means that you can be "sorrowful yet always rejoicing." The other way in which Christian can always rejoice is by choice. Rejocing is a verb. It is something we can do even when we don't feel like it. This is not the same thing as falsely claiming to be … [Read more...]

Joy, temperament, the Christain and clinical depression

I only mentioned Clinical Depression in passing when I preached the sermon this series is based on, due to time constraints. But I was careful to do so, and to stress that for some Christians antidepressant medications are helpful (see the previous post).  One of the joys of a blog is that you don't have such space issues.  So here I will intersperse an extra post covering two important caveats to the teaching I have been sharing so far on joy. Firstly, let me talk about temperament or … [Read more...]

Joy in receiving counsel from God's word

In Psalm 16, David goes on to say ‘I bless the LORD who gives me counsel…’ There is a great Joy in receiving God’s word. The truth is that the Bible is a great source of joy. Psalm 119:162 "I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil." The idea there is that treasures are hidden in the word. Sometimes reading the Bible may even seem boring, you may read verse after verse with little noticeable benefit, but suddenly a verse jumps out at you and it is like a precious nugget. The … [Read more...]