I recently spoke at my church on the next in my series on Elijah. This time Elijah is facing the prophets of Baal, King Ahab and the people of Israel at the top of Mount Carmel. Its a classic passage from Israel’s history and I focussed on 1) A guilty silence (ie the people who refused to respond to Eljah’s challenge for faithfulness), 2) An impotent enemy (the prophets of Baal who couldn’t get their God to show up) and finally 3) The testifying God. On this final point I spoke about how God used the method of fire from heaven to testify to his presence throughout Israel’s history, but challenged us to whether we allowed God to change his methods? I gave a brief apologetic to explain how the UK has no place for supernatural events and why believing in miracles such as these is so hard for people today. I explained how Francis Schaeffer sought to understand and explain these changes back in 1968 in his book The God Who Is There, and what that means for us today. I finished by looking at 1 Timothy 2.5+6 as Jesus is presented here as God’s final testimony – better than fire from heaven, for as God’s character is revealed so his testimony is refined. The sermon is available here as a download, or online here, and slides here.
In this message I focussed on how the final words of Jacob to his son Judah were remarkably fulfilled hundreds of years later and why this is relevant to us in the 21st century.
I also spoke in the evening of the 1st August at CBC. My evening message was an apologetic argument that unlike how many view Christianity today in the UK, it is actually a reasonable faith. The themes within this message have been brewing within me for many years and are a response to the increasing hostility that Christians experience in UK society and the corresponding crises in confidence that afflicts our churches.
I should point out that the sermons at CBC are simultaneously signed for the deaf – you will need to know this to explain the laughter when I question how the interpreter will handle the word “homology”.
My apologies for the lack of posting in recent weeks – I have been busy preparing two messages for my church, Central Baptist Church for 1st August. The morning message was a follow on from my message on the broad and narrow ways from Jesus’ closing application of the sermon on the mount, entitled Counterfeit Christianity. I took the three themes that Jesus closes with and sought to show how each presents a warning of the danger of being deceived or deceiving ourselves.
I had the privilege of speaking at my church a few weeks ago and chose for my text Acts 26 – Paul before Agrippa, under the title Captivated by Christ.
I sought to paint a picture of the encounter through looking at the three main characters – Agrippa (The Knowledgable King), Festus (The Pragmatic Procurator) and Paul (The Captivated Captive). The sermon is now online here, or you can listen to it by clicking here.