Being a Jesus focused Christian sermon

Hello all, our sermon is now online. The title was “Being a Jesus focused Christian”.

Today we looked at three passages about being Christ focused Christians. We saw many truths about Christ – who He is and what He has done.

From John 1 we saw…

  • Jesus is the eternal expression of God
  • Jesus is the creator and sustainer of the world
  • Jesus is the light who came into the world to save us

From Colossians 1 we saw…

  • Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God
  • Jesus is the creator of all things seen and unseen
  • Jesus is the head of the church

From Hebrews 7 we saw…

  • Jesus is our great eternal high priest
  • Jesus saved us and ever lives to intercede for us

So, let us be Christ focused Christians. Let us be a Christ focused church.

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

God Bless,
Dave

 

Believed and accepted

“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” ‭‭John‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Believed and accepted. Two key words for salvation. We need to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died on the cross to pay the price for our sin and He rose to life again. Then we need to accept Him as our Lord and Saviour. This means He is our King and Ruler and we follow Him.

When we do these two things, we have the right to become God’s children. We are adopted into His eternal family. We live our lives now for Christ and when we die we spend eternity with God.

If you would like to believe in and accpet Christ now, you can pray this prayer.

Dear Lord Jesus, I want to believe and accept You now. I believe You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross to pay the price for my sin. Please forgive my sin. Right now I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. I want You to be my ruler and king. I give the rest of my life to You today. Please help me to live for you from this day forward. Amen.

If you have just prayed this prayer, you are now right with God. Your sins are forgiven and Jesus is your Lord, Saviour and King.

I would encourage you to visit my “new Christians” page to find some resources to help you in your new life in Christ. You can find it here.

God Bless,
Dave

ODB: Dealing with delays

I really enjoyed this devotion from Our Daily Bread today. It touched on patience and how God get us to where He wants us to be. Please enjoy…

Dealing with Delays
By David C. McCasland

So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God (Genesis 45:8).

A global computer system outage causes widespread flight cancellations, stranding hundreds of thousands of passengers at airports. During a winter storm, multiple auto accidents close major highways. The person who promised to send a reply “right away” has failed to do so. Delays can often produce anger and frustration, but as followers of Jesus, we have the privilege of looking to Him for help.

One of the Bible’s great examples of patience is Joseph, who was sold to slave traders by his jealous brothers, falsely accused by his employer’s wife, and imprisoned in Egypt. “But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him” (Genesis 39:20–21). Years later, when Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams, he was made second in command in Egypt (ch. 41).

The most remarkable fruit of his patience occurred when his brothers came to buy grain during a famine. “I am your brother Joseph,” he told them, “the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. . . . So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God” (45:4–5, 8).

In all our delays, brief or long, may we, like Joseph, gain patience, perspective, and peace as we trust in the Lord.

Father in heaven, in all of our delays may we trust Your faithful hand of guidance and experience Your presence with us in every situation.

Confidence in God enables us to live out our faith patiently.

Read the New Testament in 2018 Bible plan

Just a reminder that we have a PDF Bible reading plan to help you read the New Testament in 2018.

You can read 5 days a week and it takes a year. Or you can read it 7 days a week and it takes about 9 months.

It is A4 size and it has check boxes so you can tick the chapters off as you go.

You can find it here.

God Bless,
Dave

A reminder about our sermons series’

Hello all,

As we are fast approaching the end of the year I thought I would remind you all of some of the sermon series we have done this year.

We have done five main series this year. Three on Bible books, one on our church roles and one on living in the Kingdom.

I thought I would include links to each of the series on our website, just in case you are keen to revisit them. You can click on the links below…

I hope they were a blessing to you. They were a blessing to me in the preparation and preaching.

God Bless,
Pastor Dave

The all consuming call sermon

Hello all, my sermon from today is now online. It was titled, “The ALL consuming call”.

In it we looked at the two passages that are known as the Great Commission – Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15-16. In these passages the word “all” is used four times. This formed the main points of the message.

  1. Jesus has ALL Authority in heaven and on earth
  2. Jesus told us to go into ALL the world and make disciples
  3. Jesus told us to teach them to obey ALL His teachings
  4. Jesus promises to be ALL-ways with us

One key for us as Christians is we need to realise that all authority belongs to Jesus. He has all authority in heaven and at His baptism He received His Father’s approval. While on earth Jesus performed all types of miracles that confirmed His authority on earth.

In these passages we also see that Jesus bookend His commands. He says all authority is with Him and He promises to be all-ways with us. In the middle He says to go and make disciples and teach them to obey all His teachings.

If you would like to listen to the message you can do so by clicking here, or you can read the full text here.

God Bless,
Pastor Dave

PS. Here is the link to the Discipleship Booklet I wrote.

WDJDWI sermon

Hello all,

My sermon from today in now online. It was titled, “WDJDWI”. Or for those who were good enough to guess, “What did Jesus do when interrupted!”

In this message we looked at two main passages. The woman who had been bleeding for 12 years and how she touched Jesus’ cloak and was healed (Mark 5:21-34). This interrupted Jesus on His was to heal the synagogue leaders daughter who was dying.

The second passage was from Matthew 14:13-22. In this passage Jesus had gone to the other side of the lake by boat to take some time to mourn the death of John the Baptist (Jesus’ cousin). The crowds found Jesus and interrupted His mourning. Jesus then healed the sick and fed 5000 plus people in an amazing miracle.

When we go through the gospels, we see that Jesus never discarded any of the interruptions that came along His way. He always made the best use of those interruptions. In fact, some of the greatest miracles that Jesus had performed were through interruptions He had while doing something else!

Today we looked at two examples of Jesus being interrupted and how He responded. There are many more…

  • When speaking to a crowd in Luke 5:17-19, Jesus healed a lame man brought to Him in the middle of His message.
  • When asleep in the boat in Luke 8:22-24, a storm threatens, and He calms the storm and calms the terrified disciples.
  • When travelling to Jericho in Mark 10:46-52, Jesus healed a blind man who cried out to Him from the edge of the road.
  • When talking with his disciples in Luke 12:11-21, someone comes to ask about an inheritance and He tells the parable of the rich fool.
  • When praying in a solitary place in Mark 1:35-39, the disciples find Him.
  • When celebrating at the wedding in Cana in John 2:1-12, he was celebrating a wedding and He had to turn warn in to wine.

Never once is Jesus ‘thrown’ by these interruptions. He doesn’t even lose His temper. But He uses each occasion as a golden opportunity for some priceless teaching or wonderful miracle.

For us today as Christians, God sends certain interruptions into our lives to catch our attention. He knows that we have schedules to keep and work to do, but He wants us to look to Him. He wants our attention on things that are more important to Him at that present moment. Let’s pray and ask Him for the wisdom to discern what He may be trying to say through interruptions.

We never know how a listening ear, a helping hand, or a kind encouraging word can do in someone’s life. Maybe if we take the time to stop, God may perform and amazing miracle through us.

If you want to read the full text of the message you can find it here, or you can listen to the audio here.

God Bless,
Pastor Dave