Here is a great video from Francis Chan.
Here is a great video from Francis Chan.
Online preaching or podcast sermons is something I have been thinking a lot about over the last six months. I have found that I have had way less desire to speak in church than I do preparing podcasts for my website. There are a few reasons for this.
1. More relaxed – preparing and delivering a sermon for a church audience is quite stressful. There is also a lot of time and effort that goes in to it too. Preparing a sermon for podcast is a lot more relaxed and as there is no timeframe, you can take your time and get it just right. And if it doesn’t sound quite right the first time, you can re-record it and go again. This makes a lot more relaxed.
2. More fruit – Another reason is when I preach in our local small country church context is there is only usually 20-40 people present. While this is a good thing to do and people are encouraged, a podcast sermon reaches way more people. A simple podcast sermon might reach hundreds of people in the first month and it continues to encourage people over the years.
3. More people – Over the years I have met a lot of Christians who do not attend church any more. For one reason or another they just don’t go. These people often still love the Lord and want to grow in their faith. As a result they search the internet for sermons, podcasts and other resources. They listen to sermons, read blogs and interact via social media. They might not attend church in person, but they are connected to the Body of Christ – the global church.
This is why I am shifting my focus over to online podcast sermons. It seems like the next progression for me in my journey. I may still preach in church occasionally, but it will be much less than in the past.
Here is a two week Bible reading plan on the life and teachings of Jesus. It includes all references and links. Please enjoy…
Day 1 – Luke 1:1-80 – Preparing for Jesus’ arrival
Day 2 – Luke 2:1-52 – The story of Jesus’ birth
Day 3 – Mark 1:1-45 – The beginning of Jesus ministry
Day 4 – Mark 9:1-50 – A day in the life of Jesus
Day 5 – Matthew 5:1-48 – The Sermon on the Mount
Day 6 – Matthew 6:1-34 – The Sermon on the Mount
Day 7 – Luke 15:1-32 – Parables of Jesus
Day 8 – John 3:1-36 – A conversation with Jesus
Day 9 – John 14:1-31 – Jesus’ final instructions
Day 10 – John 17:1-26 – Jesus’ prayer for His disciples
Day 11 – Matthew 26:1-75 – Betrayal and arrest
Day 12 – Matthew 27:1-66 – Jesus’ execution on a cross
Day 13 – John 20:1-30 – Resurrection
Day 14 – Luke 24:1-53 – Jesus’ appearance after resurrection
Vision Christian Radio shared this on social media today. I thought I would share it too…
This statue shows a Christian woman who is old at death’s door. As she passes from this life to the next, she is no longer sick or old and does not carry the burdens of this mortal life. She is welcomed by her Saviour into eternal life whole and strong to live forever in heaven.
When sharing your faith, a testimony can bring the Bible to life. I have found that people love hearing stories of how God has changed your life.
When I share about my testimony I touch on three main areas. These three things really help me to structure my story and how Jesus’ story impacted and changed my life.
1. My life before Christ
I share things like how I felt, my illness, what sort of things I was in to, my upbringing and the sense of emptiness I had inside. These things set the scene.
2. My conversion
I then share how I came to Jesus. I talk about how I was feeling in the year before coming to Jesus, the people who helped me and the story of Jesus coming to die on the cross for me.
3. How my life has changed
In this final section I share how knowing Jesus personally has changed my whole life and outlook. I talk about the love, acceptance, hope, joy and purpose I now feel inside.
A simple testimony really can bring the Bible and your faith to life. It doesn’t have to be long and in-depth to make a lasting impact on those listening.
Hello all, I have included a series of sermons I did on the Book of Philippians on my website. It is a series of four messages based on the chapters.
Increasingly I am seeing more and more videos on climate change that hold different views to many that are being shown in the media in Australia. This is one of them.
I have seen this before but it gave me a chuckle again. The funny thing is I am vegetarian and I have family and friends with special dietary needs, so I can relate.
We added five new MP3s for listening or downloading. One is sermon length and the rest are short devotional thoughts. You can find them on our audio page or below.