SERMON: The Spiritual Battle

Ephesians 6:10-20A. INTRODUCTIONIn life, people face a number of battles.On the world-wide stage, there are the well-publicised struggles. There are the wars that are fought—like the ones that have been (or still are) being fought in Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya,...

SERMON: The Formula for Spiritual Growth

1 Corinthians 1:1-9A. INTRODUCTION1. General One of the pressing problems in many western churches today is the question of church growth. As in, “What do we as individuals need to do to grow in the faith?” And “What does the church need to do to grow in the faith?”2....

SERMON: The Missing Link

Acts 19:1-7A. INTRODUCTION1. Knowing Only Part of the StoryHave you ever had that feeling, that someone you know had been given information, but it’s obvious to you they’ve only heard part of the story? Maybe your suspicion was aroused by the way they responded to...

SERMON: Respecting Authority

Acts 5:27-32A. INTRODUCTIONWhen I was a child, my parents taught me to respect authority and to do as I was told. And for the most part that has been sound advice and has kept me in good stead. But having said that, blindly following what other people say was never...

SERMON: Living versus Dying

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11A. INTRODUCTION1. Two PolesAttitudes in life are often poles apart. There are those who are full of the joys of life, who get on with living and who refuse to allow anything to get them down. They want to be part of every minute of their...

SERMON: People of Promise

Romans 4:13-25A. INTRODUCTION1. PromisesHave you ever been let down? Have you ever had someone promise to do something, only for them to fail to deliver on their promise?You could have bought something that needed to be delivered and made careful arrangements to be in...

SERMON: Divine Guidance

Acts 16:9-15A. INTRODUCTIONMost people, at some time or another, seek purpose and direction in life. As a consequence, they go off in different directions searching for meaning. Most have great difficulty in their search, and some look for alternatives to bring...

SERMON: The Three Major Festivals

Acts 2:1-13A. INTRODUCTIONI’d like to take you on a journey. I want you to imagine that it’s 30 AD and you are living somewhere in Asia Minor. You’re a Jew—a devout one—and as a consequence you take seriously the commands, that God gave the Israelites on Mount Sinai,...

SERMON: The Marks of a Genuine Church

1 Corinthians 12:1-11A. INTRODUCTION1. A Twenty-First Century DilemmaOne of the concerns of today is whether things are genuine or not. As a consequence, our money is now plastic and has a see-through panel, making it harder to forge. When you buy things, particularly...

UPDATE: Operation Repent, etc.

Operation RepentOperation Repent has been created in response to the apparent gulf between the church of the New Testament and the church of today. For many of the teachings and practices of today appear to be at odds with the teachings and practices of the...

SERMON: Running to Win

1 Corinthians 9:24-27A. INTRODUCTIONThere is a lot of sport on T.V. at the moment. Maybe it’s the time of year. But maybe it’s because Australia, as a nation, is so fanatical about sport. Because in the last fortnight alone we have had reports about tennis, soccer,...

SERMON: Our Inner Resources

Philippians 4:4-7A. INTRODUCTION1. Outward ResourcesWhen someone has a particular project in mind—something they’ve set their heart on doing—one of the first things that they need to do is to identify the things that they need to do and check the resources that are...