Most people have a strong and deeply ingrained reaction to authority. This sermon examines a mature approach to authority and how we can grow in this.
We see the effects of the Apostle Peter compromising and the way that the Apostle Paul challenged him. Being authentic and refusing to compromise your beliefs has positive benefits.
This sermon uses 2 Corinthians 4 to challenge us to lay down our comfort to serve a bigger purpose.
Reviewing the account of David and Bathsheba we see that God is a holy God and hates sin, that He also loves to forgive but that we still need to turn to Him in repentance. This is a hard-hitting sermon which challenges our modern complacency to the idea of sin.
Carrying on with the story of David and Goliath, we review what David was putting his faith in – namely the name of God and that God would fight for him and also we see the importance of declaring God’s name and victory out loud.
Joshua was a man who saw life through God’s perspective, looking at the possibilities not the hindrances, even in his old age. The Biblical account reflects this as the historical accounts point to God and God’s activity, we could do well follow such a lifestyle example.
This sermon compares ceremonial purity, moral purity and purity of the heart. We are blessed when our our hearts are purified, and this enables us to see God right now but one day we will see Him face to face. The important thing is that God is looking at our hearts.
When God shows us we are destitute before Him we are blessed, but this is only a start. Jesus tells us we are blessed when our sin bothers us enough to change and we experience the joy of complete forgiveness. Sin is awful but God’s forgiveness in Jesus is too wonderful for words.
This series delves into perhaps Jesus’ most famous sermon – the Sermon on the Mount. It is all about a totally different way of living that only God can work in our hearts. First step is to realise the blessing of being destitute before God.
What sets your priorities? Sometimes they are forced upon us, but there are many times when we can choose our priorities. Using Haggai 1 and 1 Samuel 30 this sermon challenges us to examine our priorities in a year of great opportunity for the gospel in Blackpool.