Sermon: The role of church members

Here is my sermon from today. It was the final message in my “Our church, our roles” series. It was titled, “The Congregation: The role of church members.

The text used was Hebrews 10:19-25 and included four points…

  1. We need draw near to God.
  2. We need to hold tightly to our faith and hope in Christ.
  3. We need to think of ways to encourage each other to love and good deeds.
  4. We need to not forsake meeting together.

You can read the full text here.

God Bless,
Dave

Is the world ending soon?

This Saturday has been reportedly been the day when the world comes to an end in many newspapers and online.

The question is will it end this Saturday? It may, but probably not.

Over the years many people have said the world would end on this or that date. Most of the dates chosen have by a combination of Bible prophecy, other ancient writings or calendars and signs from above. So far all have been shown to be wrong in the dates chosen.

The reality is this world will end one day. The Bible says, “But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment” (2 Peter 3:10).

This world will end. But it will happen at the time of God’s choosing. When Jesus was asked when this will be, He said no-one knows the date or time, only His Father in heaven knows (Matthew 24:36).

Two important truths for Christians is we must not let anyone deceive us or make us worried about these things. In Matthew 24:6-8 Jesus said these words…

Jesus answered: “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”

As Christians we need to remember three things:

  1. The world will end at a time of God’s choosing.
  2. Wars and rumours of wars, earthquakes and famines are all part of the end time events.
  3. God is in control and we can trust in Him.

For non Christians it is important to find peace with God. The end of this world is coming and when it does we need to be trusting Jesus Christ for our salvation.

If you would like to do this now, you can visit my salvation page here.

God Bless,
Dave

 

Sermon: The biblical role of Elders

Today I continued our series on “Our church, our roles”. In this message I looked at the biblical role of Elders. After a quick look at the role of Elders in the Old Testament I looked at the role of Elders in the early church. Here are my main points…

a. The Elders were overseers of the church – Titus 1:6-7
b. The Elders were appointed by the Apostles – Acts 14:23 & Titus 1:5
c. The Elders directed church affairs – 1 Timothy 5:17
d. The Elders preached and taught the truth – 1 Timothy 3:2
e. The Elders guarded against false teaching – Acts 20:29-31 & Titus 1:9
f. The Elders served as Pastors/Shepherds – Acts 20:28 & 1 Peter 5:1-3
g. The Elders held a position of authority – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 & Hebrews 13:17

If you want to read the full sermon you can find it here.

This sermon also has a Bible study that looks at the passages and asks some questions to help us engage with them afresh. You can find it here.

God Bless,
Dave

Peace with God through faith

I shared this for communion at church today…

Peace with God Through Faith

For communion today I want a wonderful passage from Romans 5. In this passage we will see some great truths the Bible says we have if we trust Christ for our salvation.

Rom 5:1  Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

Rom 5:2  Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

Rom 5:3  We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.

Rom 5:4  And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.

Rom 5:5  And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.

Rom 5:6  When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.

Rom 5:7  Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.

Rom 5:8  But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

Rom 5:9  And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.

Rom 5:10  For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son.

Rom 5:11  So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

In this passage we see some wonderful truths.

  1. We have peace with God – no longer do we have to wonder if we are right with God. We have peace with Him. The Bible calls Jesus the prince of peace and He gives it to us. As the we know it is a peace that is not of this world.
  2. We have undeserved privilege – because of Christ’s death for us we have new standing with God. Hebrews tells us that we can boldly come into His presence. And as God’s children, we will share in His glory.
  3. We have God’s love in our hearts – the reading tells us that God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with God’s love.
  4. We have a Saviour who gave all for us – At the right time Jesus came and did what only He could do. No-one else in all history could die for us. Jesus as the perfect sacrifice purchased our salvation.
  5. We have no condemnation – we are right with God because of Christ’s shed blood. We are now free from condemnation and the wrath of God. God does not condemn us.
  6. We have a new relationship with God – our friendship with God has been restored by the death of Jesus. We were enemies, but now we are God’s friends.

These 6 six things are some of what Christ has done for us. His death on the cross for us gives us peace with God, we have our sins forgiven, we are no longer condemned and facing God’s wrath, and we are now friends with God.

Let us pray.

Have you not seen?

Sometimes when we read the Bible we come accross one verse that is packed with so much truth. Isaiah 40:28 is oe of those verses. It says…

“Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.”

Each short sentence is packed with truth about our God.

1. He is everlasting – God is eternal. He has no beginning and no end.

2. He is Creator – all things were created by Him and for Him.

3. He is tireless – God is all powerful and never gets weary.

4. He is wise – God is omniscient. He knows all things.

This why our right response is to fall on our knees and worship Him. There is nothing He can’t do and nothing He can’t know.

This why the writer asks the questions, “Have you not heard?” and “Have you not seen?” The writer wants us to taste and see that the Lord is good as it says in Psalm 34:8.

God Bless,
Dave

KYB

One of my weekly events at church is our KYB Bible study group. KYB stands for Know Your Bible.

Generally in most churches I have attended it is a ladies Bible study group. But in our church I was given special permission to attend by our ladies!

Each week we meet to discuss the Bible and work through our book. At the moment we are doing the Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments. In the past we have looked at the Books of Ephesians and John.

I really enjoy this group. Even though I have been to Bible college I am finding each week I am learning something. Sometimes it is from the study, sometimes it is from the others in the group.

KYB recommends that you work through the study alone and come together to discuss the answers. We tend to work through the study together. This works well for us.

If you are looking for a pre-prepared Bible study that is in booklet form I would encourage you to check them out. You can find them here.

God Bless,
Dave

A cure for overthinking

Many people I speak to tell me they overthink things a lot. They say they just can’t put things down they are worried about and are often awake in the night thinking things through.

I used to be like this. I would lie awake for hours in the night thinking things through (read as worrying).

One thing that really helped me in a practical way is meditating on the Word of God. In a number of places God tells us to meditate on His Word.

Some of my favourites include…

Psalm 1:1-3 – Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. 2 But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.

Joshua 1:8 – Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

Psalm 145:5-7 – 1 I will meditate on Your majestic, glorious splendor and Your wonderful miracles. 6 Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim Your greatness. 7 Everyone will share the story of Your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about Your righteousness.

When we meditate on God and His Word it helps us to take our focus off this life and it’s problems. For many, worrying about upcoming events is the key to lying awake at night.

When we focus on God and His Word we see our lives through the lens of eternity. When we do that, our problems or worries get smaller, and God gets bigger in our vision.

If you are someone who worries a lot or overthinks things, try carrying a Scripture or passage around with you and read it regularly. Meditate on it. This mean to ponder, think through, consider it.

The key I have found is this: If your mind is full of God, it is hard to overthink or worry about things.

God Bless,
Dave

 

 

Sermon: The biblical role of Pastor

In my sermon yesterday I shared the two major functions of a Pastor according to the Bible. We also looked at the number of passages that looked at good and bad shepherds.

These are the two things that the Bible charges the Pastor with as their responsibility.

1. Equipping the church for the work on ministry (Ephesians 4:11-13)

2. Shepherding and overseeing the flock that is entrusted to them. (1 Peter 5:2-4)

We also looked at some examples of…

3. Good and bad shepherds (Ezekiel 34:1-5, 16-22)

  • Bad shepherds put themselves first
  • Good shepherds focused on God and others

4. The example of the Good Shepherd Jesus. (John 10:1-16)

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

This sermon also has a Bible study that looks at the passages and asks some questions to help us engage with them afresh. You can find it here.

God Bless,
Dave