Sermons by Neville Walker
Neville continues with the series that he started last week about the second coming of Christ. This week: Deception, interpreting the signs, standing fast – don’t let love grow cold. This is based on Matthew 24 and 25.
One of Elim’s foundation truths is – “We believe in the personal, physical and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to reign in power and glory.” One in every 25 verses in New Testament refer either to the rapture of the church or Christ’s coming to reign over the world.
This week we talk about taking out the Gospel to the world and what is it about the message that is so powerful.
When we as Christians take the Gospel out into a world that doesn’t want to hear it, some people do but the world in general doesn’t want to hear it, we are being sent out as sheep amongst wolves.
The Gospel Challenges many things which is why you can expect persecution – from religion, government, family and society. But it is only through true discipleship that you see the many deep rewards.
The Bible clearly tells us there is a world that we cannot see with our physical eyes – but that we need to see.
God is an invitational God – He says ‘come to me, come who are thirsty, weary and burdened, come, follow me’ in so many scriptures. But at times we may have certain reasons for not drawing near to God – such as no desire, or having a feeling of unworthiness, anger or disappointment or too many distractions. Let us not miss out on having a dynamic life, full of the spirit, growing in intimacy with Him, impacting the world around us…
If you have made Jesus Lord of your life – then there is no more important thing than doing what He says. Top of the list is being a disciple who preaches the Gospel and makes disciples. You can only do this as you are filled with the Holy Spirit. Our top aim is to win some people to eternal life, to save them from God’s wrath and in doing so share in some real blessings.
The Holy Spirit was given to us by Jesus for the commission to evangelise and spread the Gospel. Without the Holy Spirit it is all in vain. Neville discusses the role of the Holy Spirit in evangelism and how He works.
It’s in the nature of man to construct a religion and the construction of a whole heap of rules and build on his own idea of Christianity. Neville looks at a passage where Jesus challenges some of His followers’ conceptions of salvation and try and pick up on things that will help us get closer to God’s picture of what life in His Kingdom looks like.
We look at the biblical concept of sacrifice, what Jesus’ sacrifice means and what it accomplishes for us.
Last week we looked at Ephesians 4 which talks about how we should live to please God. This week we hear about how we put on the new self and make radical obedience choices. Discover what God’s standard is and be challenged – unless we read this in the Bible how will we find out what God considers wrong.