Zealously guarding true worship

Scripture Reading Acts 17:10-15 Joshua 22:9-34 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, Our society puts a high premium on privacy.  We have passwords to protect our privacy, codewords to unlock our bank accounts, fingerprint technology to protect our smartphones, voice recognition to open doors, encryption technology to protect messages and bank records.  We check our … Continue reading Zealously guarding true worship

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Obedience and reward

Bible Readings Luke 8:16-18, Joshua 14:6-15   Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, For some reason not known to me, I sometimes forget to type the word “not” in a sentence where it is needed.  To compound the problem, even proof-reading my now work does not help; I just mentally add “not” … Continue reading Obedience and reward

Biblical eldership (3) “Who?”

Bible Readings Exodus 18:13-23; 1Timothy 3:1-7 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters, family in Christ, For some reason, I love the “Air Crash Investigation” programs.  About all episodes begin with a simulation of the crash.  The pilot is barking out commands to his off-sider, the sirens are loud, in the background, there is this annoying … Continue reading Biblical eldership (3) “Who?”

Biblical Eldership (2) “What”

Bible Readings Psalm 23 Acts 20:17-31 Introduction Dear friends in Christ, Lord willing, in the near future, the congregation will elect elders. Last week we learned from the Scripture “why” the congregation of God needs elders.  There are mainly two reasons.   The first reason is that Christians, however living under the grace of God, … Continue reading Biblical Eldership (2) “What”

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

Bible Readings 1Corinthians 10:5-17 Colossians 1:1-8 Introduction There are 7.6 billion people on earth.  Of this 7.6 billion a great deal are not Christians.  About 2.3 billion profess to be Christians, which, in theory, makes Christianity the largest religion by numbers.  Between 2010 and 2015, an estimated 223 million babies were born to Christian mothers … Continue reading The Gospel of Jesus Christ

Heavenly-shaped community

Bible Readings Romans 12:9-21 1 Peter 4:7-11 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters, Some 24 years ago the Lord led our family to leave our homeland and migrate to Australia. The buzzword for migrants was “culture shock”.   Initially living in a different culture was somewhat interesting.  People expect you to be different, and quite … Continue reading Heavenly-shaped community

Who is King?

Bible Readings Revelation 19:11-21 1Samuel 8 Introduction You’ve heard it said, and maybe you have said it too, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have our Lord in Person with me, so I can talk to Him personally, instead of praying to the unseen God?” If people asked about the God I worship, it would really … Continue reading Who is King?

Man-made Religion

Bible Readings 2Timothy 4:1-5 Judges 17:1-13 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, we are commencing a new sermon series today under the topic “The king is dead; long live the King!” This phrase was first declared when Charles VII ascended to the French throne after the death of his father Charles VI … Continue reading Man-made Religion

Foreigners in this world

Bible readings: Isaiah 66:1-6 John 15:18-16:4 Introduction My dear friends in the Lord Jesus Christ, Last week we heard from the Word of God of the perfect and complete joy our Lord gives to his church.  This joy is to found in the Word of God, prayer and being fruitful in the service of our … Continue reading Foreigners in this world

Our heavenly home, and the way there

Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 1:19-33 John 14:1-14 Main points: Faith replaces confusion and anxiety The eternal home is being prepared Only one way to God Between now and eternity: work and pray Introduction My dear fellow believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, I remember sitting in the funeral parlour.  The funeral director asked me all the … Continue reading Our heavenly home, and the way there