Knowing who you are in Christ

One of the key things God wants us to understand is who we are in Christ. He wants us to know who we are, what we have in Christ and just how much He loves us.

As Christians we need to be reminded just how important we are to Him. Below are the key points from my recent sermon.

  1. You are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27)
  2. You were chosen before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4-5)
  3. You were created for good works (Ephesians 2:10)
  4. You were adopted as children of God (John 1:12)
  5. You have the power of the resurrection inside you (Romans 8:11)
  6. You are no longer condemned (Romans 8:1)
  7. You are alive and seated with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-7)
  8. God created you in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13)
  9. God loved you and sent His Son for you (1 John 4:9-10)
  10. You are free in Christ (John 8:36)

When we fully believe these verses it changes our hearts and minds and it truly changes the way we live. We can stand taller and we can be confident in taking on the world knowing that God loves us, is with us and is on our side.

God Bless,
Dave

The Armour of God

Here is one of my devotions I read today. Please enjoy…

Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. ( Ephesians 6:11 )

Do you ever feel vulnerable to attack? Are you afraid that your responses to provocation may cause you to be unrighteous? Don’t go into battle unprotected; instead, clothe yourself in God’s armor. In verses 14-18, Paul characterizes this armor as truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation. He then finishes with the action of praying. Trust that God will equip you with the tools you need.

My first five sermons

Last week I started at Bruce Rock Church of Christ as an Interim Pastor. At this stage it is for 3-4 months.

Like most Pastors in a new place I had a sense of tension and nervousness about the messages I would preach in the first month or so.

There are so many topics and themes I could speak on. The Bible is bursting with things I could talk about. I was also conscious to not go to my hobby horses for material.

Last week God stepped in and eased the tension. As I was preparing a message from Romans 12 about being a living sacrifice I felt like I had to do an overview of the chapter and draw five things out.

These were to be a living sacrifice you need to:

  1. Renew your mind
  2. Use your gifts well
  3. Really love on another
  4. Live at peace with everyone
  5. Overcome evil with good

As I was preparing I felt God say to me to expand on these topics over the coming weeks. He said to give each of the points their own sermon.

It was amazing how that gave me a sense of peace. It also gave me something to focus my spare time on in preparing.

The main thing for me is to be used by God to bless His people. To encourage them in their faith and help them live as true disciples of Christ.

God Bless,
Dave

Sermon: 5 things to helps us be a living sacrifice

For my first sermon at Bruce Rock Church of Christ as Pastor I decided to look at Romans 12. I titled my message, “5 things to help us be a living sacrifice”.

The key verse was Romans 12:1. It says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”

The key thoughts were…

  1. Renew your mind (verse 2)
  2. Use your gifts well (verses 6-8)
  3. Really love one another (verses 9-10)
  4. Live at peace with everyone (verses 16-18)
  5. Conquer evil by doing good (verse 21)

If you would like to read the full message you could find it here.

God Bless,
Dave

Sermons and devotions

I read something recently about how one Pastor read his sermon text for his devotions during the week leading up to his sermon.

This was so it became more personal to him rather than just a text that he approached purely from an academic/teaching perspective.

I am trying this for my next sermon I am doing Sunday week. I am reading a few verses at a time and pausing on them each day.

As I pause and reflect, my sermon is building itself into me. I am being filled with the text.

I am hoping that when I sit to write the final message it will be a combination of devotions and study.

It is an interesting way of doing things. My main hope is the people are encouraged and blessed.

God Bless,
Dave