Practical prayer sermon

My sermon from yesterday is now online. It was titled, “Practical Prayer” and touched on four main ideas of prayer. The four key words for today are…

  1. Praise
  2. Petition
  3. Intercession
  4. Listen

All are key aspects of prayer. It is important to take time for each of these everyday. In the message we took a minute of so for each and as we saw, a minute alone with God can be a great time.

You can find the full text here, and the audio here.

God Bless,
Dave

The prayer Jesus prayed sermon

Hello all, my sermon from last Sunday is now online. It looked at John 17 and “The prayer Jesus prayed”. It is part of our Kingdom Focus series.

Today we looked at one of the greatest prayers of all time. We saw that Jesus prayed for three main things in John 17.

  1. Jesus prayed for Himself – He prayed that He would bring glory to the Father and the Father would restore the glory Jesus had in eternity.
  1. Jesus prayed for His disciples – He prayed that they would be unified, protected and that the Father would sanctify them.
  1. Jesus prayed for all believers – He prayed that we would be with the Father and Son, that we would know Jesus glory and we would know the love the Father has for the son.

You can find the full text here, or the audio here.

God Bless,
Dave

Say no to condemnation

Some Bible verses contain so much truth that can change our lives forever. Romans 8:1-2 are two of these verses.

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Two things jump out at me when I read…

1. No condemnation

There is no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus. If you have trusted Christ for your salvation, you below to Him. He is now your King and Ruler. And because you belong to Him, He has forgiven you of your sin. He does not condemn you.

2. We are free from the power of sin and death

Because we belong to Jesus we are free from the power of sin and death. This means that the Holy Spirit gives us new life. Our old life and the hold it has on us is broken. We are born again to a new life in Christ. And even though our bodies will eventually die, our spirits will live together with Christ forever.

So much truth. Life changing truth. Embrace it and live in the freedom of knowing that you are free from condemnation and the power of sin and death is broken in your life.

God Bless,

Dave

World Day of Prayer message

Today we had our combined World Day of Prayer service at our church. The country of focus was Suriname, which is in the north eastern part of South America.

We had people come from the Church of Christ, The Catholic Church and the Anglican Church in Bruce Rock. I was asked to speak on the theme of “All God’s Creation is Very Good”. Our main text was Genesis 1:1-31, and I also looked at two others. The main points I shared were…

  1. God created the heavens and the earth – Genesis 1:1
  2. God created you and me – Genesis 1:26-27
  3. God created you a masterpiece with a purpose – Ephesians 2:10
  4. God created a place in His eternal family – John 1:12-13

As it was a combined service, the message is a bit shorter than usual. If you would like to read the full text, you can find it here.

God Bless,
Dave

Being a prayer focused Christian sermon

Hello all, my sermon from today is now online. It was titled, “Being a prayer focused Christian”. In this message we looked at the Divine and Human elements of prayer. It included the following points.

Divine elements

  1. Prayer through Jesus – Romans 1:8, Colossians 3:17
  2. Pray in the name of Jesus –  John 14:13-14, Ephesians 5:20
  3. Pray in tune with the Holy Spirit –  Ephesians 6:18, Jude 1:20

Human elements

  1. Pray in faith – Mark 11:24
  2. Pray with a heart free from sin – Psalm 66:18-19, Hebrews 12:1
  3. Pray without doubting – Matthew 21:21, Mark 9:23-24
  4. Pray with persistence – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  5. Pray with sincerity and simplicity – Matthew 6:5-8
  6. Pray in accordance with God’s will – 1 John 5:14-15, Romans 12:2

You can find the full text here. Unfortunately there is no audio.

God Bless,
Dave

Three keys to overcoming

In 1 John 4 it talks about testing the spirits of those who claim to be prophets and speak for God. In verse 4 it gives us three keys to remember to help us overcome.

“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Three keys to help us overcome false prophets. We need to remember…

1. We are God’s children and we belong to Him and His Kingdom. We are co-heirs with Christ.

2. We are victorious because our relationship with Christ and what He has done for us and in His defeating evil.

3. The Holy Spirit, lives inside us. This Spirit who was there at creation and also raise Christ from the dead, is greater that the spirit that is of the world.

The key to overcoming is to remember who you are, whom you belong to, and that Christ is victorious.

God Bless,
Dave

Armour up

“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 ‭NLT‬‬

One tv show I used to watch years ago the characters said “Suit up” when they were going out. Everyone knew they needed to get dressed up for a night out.

The same goes for us as Christians. We need to armour up too. We need to put on the armour of God so we can stand firm against the devil. God wants to use us to do great things. The devil wants to derail these plans.

1 Peter 5:8 reminds us to, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Verse 9 says to resist him and stand firm.

I would encourage you to have a read of Ephesians 6:13-18 and see the types of things God tells us to put on to help us stand firm. These items represent the things we need to stand strong in the Lord.

So armour up!

God Bless,
Dave