Great words of the Gospel sermon series

I put a sermons series I did at Bruce Rock church on my sermons page today. It is titled, “The Great words of the Gospel”.

It is a series of sermons on salvation, redemption, reconciliation, regeneration and imputation. You can find them on my sermons page or click on them below.

The sermons have full text and audio.

Blessings,
Dave

Enjoying lay preaching again

One of the things I have been able to do in the last three months is return to lay preaching. It was something I did for years before becoming a Pastor.

Preaching as a Pastor is different to preaching as a lay preacher. You know the church, the people, and what God is trying to do. And you have a lot of others things in your mind about the day to day running of the church.

Going back to be a lay preacher has been refreshing. You prayerfully prepare your message over a few weeks, give it a run through, turn up on the day and preach. Then you might talk with people and/or prayer for them and you are done.

Now don’t get me wrong I loved my time being Pastor of my last church. It is something I will treasure as a highlight of my working life. But returning to lay preaching has been enjoyable.

The only negative is that you can’t do a series of messages that have a theme or work your way through a book of the Bible. This is because you generally are only at a church every two months or so.

So far I have done three messages at two churches. Maybe in time that will expand to more in our region?

Blessings,
Dave

Alive and active

I have been asked to preach in a few weeks on a particular passage from Ephesians. It is a passage that I spoke on a few years ago at my previous church.

The easiest thing to do would be to use my previous sermon and preach that again. But in reading the sermon and reading the passage again, different sections jumped out at me this time. This is not the first time this has happend to me.

My starting place with sermons is always prayer and asking God what He wants me to share. As a result of this certain words or ideas usually stand out over others. These make their way in to the final sermon.

Because I will be preaching at a different church to the one I Pastored, they have different needs and God might want to say something different to them. So I always try to be open to both the passage and the Holy Spirit.

As Pastors and preachers we need to remember the Word is God is alive and active. Hebrews 4:12 reminds us, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

God’s Word never changes. It is eternal. But the focus that God wants us to bring to a particular church on a particular day may change due to where the church is at.

This is why I love preaching. It is always fresh and new each time and God always has something to say from His eternal Word to us.

Blessings,
Dave

Sermons page update

Hello all, I have just made an update to my sermons page. Previously I had a list of sermons by title and the most recent ones were at the top of the page.

I updated it just now to group them in to sermon series. Generally when I preach I like to preach in a series by working my way through a book of the Bible or in a series of messages with a series title.

With this change I think this will make it easier if you are looking for a sermon on a particular idea or book of the Bible.

Many of the sermons have the full text and audio. If you are interested you can find them here on my sermons page.

Blessings,
Dave

Who you are in Christ

One key foundation for us as Disciples of Christ is to know who you are and what you have in Christ. I mentioned this is previous posts earlier in the week.

Back in 1989 when I came to Christ, I had a very low, almost non-existent, self-esteem. I really thought I was a waste of space and not worth much at all.

Over time this changed to seeing myself through the lens of Scripture. I am now more interested in who God says I am, rather than the world or those around me say.

Every year that goes by I find my mind is being renewed more and more in this area. As a result I did a sermon for my church titled, “10 things God says about you in the Bible”. The summary points and verses are below.

  1. You are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27)
  2. You were chosen before the world was made (Ephesians 1:4-5)
  3. You were created and equipped for good works (Ephesians 2:10)
  4. You are adopted into His family (John 1:12)
  5. You have the Holy Spirit living inside you (Romans 8:11)
  6. You are no longer condemned (Romans 8:1)
  7. You are seated with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-7)
  8. You were knit together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13)
  9. You are truly loved by God (1 John 4:9-10)
  10. You are free in Christ (John 8:36)

To read the full message with text, audio and powerpoint you can find it here https://www.passionaustralia.org/whoyouare.html

Today I just want to remind you that God made you wonderful. You are amazing. You are special. You are loved. You are priceless in God’s eyes.

Blessings,

Dave