Tag Archives: Sermons

The God Who Is There

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.

An Empty Jar and a Broken Heart

Last Sunday I preached on Elijah meeting the widow of Zarepheth from 1 Kings. It was the third in my series of Postcards from the Prophets. The sermon is available here and the slides here.

Famous Last Words

Here is the second in my series of sermons on Postcards from the Prophets, taken from Genesis 49.8-12 and Jacob’s prophecy concerning Judah.

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.

The slides are available here and the audio here.

Jesus As Saviour

Here is a sermon I preached at Tayside Christian Fellowship on the 13th February 2011. It was the first in a series they were doing on Jesus – Saviour, Lord and King.

The sermon is titled Jesus As Saviour and was taken from Colossians 1.9-14, the audio is available here.

The Call

On Sunday 31st October I began a series of sermons on the prophets. I’m calling it Postcards from the Prophets and throughout the series I will seek to understand what these significant moments in the history of Israel have to say to us today.

The first one was titled The Call and was looking at the call of Jeremiah. The sermon can be downloaded here.

Christianity: Unscientific, Corrupt and Intolerant?

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.

The slides are available here and the sermon here.

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”.

Counterfeit Christianity

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.

The slides are available here and the sermon here.

An Inconvenient Truth

On 13th June I spoke at my church on the narrow and wide roads from Matthew chapter 7.13-14. My slide is available here and my talk is available here.