Category Archives: Sunday Sermon

Sunday Sermon: ‘The Salvation of Simon Peter’

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This morning I want to teach you one of the great stories found in the Bible. It’s the story of Simon’s Salvation and it’s found in Luke 5.

I. Simon’s Story

Luke 5:1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

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Sunday Sermon: “I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel’

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Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

What wonderful time it must have been for those in the early church. Three thousand were saved on the Day of Pentecost and so the air must have been filled with a holy excitement. In his book, The Purpose Driven Church, Rick Warren describes five purposes of the church – all drawn from this passage of scripture.

  • Outreach – The church has been called to evangelize the world
  • Discipleship – The church has been called to edify those who receive Christ by teaching them how to obey His commands
  • Fellowship – The church has been called to encourage and give support to all those who are a part of the church
  • Service – The church has been called to equip those who are saved in how to serve and to minister
  • Worship – The church has been called to exalt our Lord and Savior

Today we continue in our study of purpose #1 – Reaching the World with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Sunday Sermon: ‘God’s Amazing Grace – Able to Make Us Secure’

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Oftentimes people speak of the many religions of the world when actually there are only two religions: a religion based upon man’s works and a religion based upon God’s grace. Beliefs such as Hinduism and Buddhism believe in things such as reincarnation where the spirit can return to this earth over and over again and hopefully at some point get it right so that it might obtain heaven. Islam follows the 5 Pillars of Islam and the Koran which helps the follower to obtain heaven by their works. Even Judaism leans upon obedience to the Law of Moses.

Then on the other hand there is another belief that says that man can do nothing to merit favor with God, but that salvation and eternal life are possible only as the result of God’s grace (unmerited favor). The Christian faith is based solely upon our faith in God’s grace as it was made available to us through the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We read from the pages of the Bible:

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Titus 3: 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…

To think that God would forgive our sins without us having to earn it, seems almost too good to be true. Yet that’s why we call it – Amazing Grace.

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Sunday Sermon: ‘God’s Amazing Grace – Sufficient for Our Struggles’

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Currently we are in a study that I have entitled – ‘What’s So Amazing about Grace?’ During the 1700’s, a man by the name of John Newton wrote a song called – Amazing Grace. Almost everyone knows the first verse:

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.

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Sunday Sermon: ‘Part 1 God’s Amazing Grace and Our Salvation’

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1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Peter was writing to Christians who were suffering. Their faith was being tested like gold in the fire and many were wondering if it was worth it. Peter wanted to assure them that indeed it was worth it and that God was with them, helping them in all their trials.

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Sunday Sermon: ‘Breaking Free From the Bondage of Always Feeling Inferior’

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Have you ever struggled with feeling inferior or inadequate? I’m sure that many of us have. As children we struggle with the fact that we may not be as attractive as someone else, play a particular sport or make the same grades. As adults we struggle issues such as income, occupations or lifestyles.

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Sunday Sermon: ‘Joseph. Words of Hope’

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This morning we bring our study of the life of Joseph to an end. Many of you have commented about how much you have benefited from this study. The story of Joseph is one of the richest in all the Bible and no doubt the Spirit will lead us back to it again and again. Today I would like to direct your attention to the final days of Joseph’s life and some important things he said.

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Sunday Sermon: ‘Changed!’

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If you’re anything like me, living the pure Christian life is sometimes a great struggle. Last week we studied Romans 12 –

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

To me that verse is saying – ‘In light of all that God has done for you, the only reasonable thing to do is to live for Him.’

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Sunday Sermon: ‘Living Sacrifices’

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Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

To me the term – ‘Living Sacrifice’ almost seems like a contradiction. If something is a sacrifice, how can it still be living? Yet we see from what Paul said, it’s not only possible, it’s the most logical thing to do. The term ‘reasonable service’ means – ‘logical way to worship.’ The logical way to worship God is by giving yourself to be a living sacrifice.

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Sunday Sermon: ‘God of Wonders’

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This week our boys and girls have had a great time in VBS. Some of us adults have had a pretty good time as well. Each night the boys and girls had a ‘Praise Phrase’ and when they heard this phrase, they were supposed to shout out – “Praise God!”

  • Praise Phrase:  Our God is wonderful!       Praise God!
  • Praise Phrase:  Our God is incredible!        Praise God!
  • Praise Phrase:  Our God is amazing!            Praise God!
  • Praise Phrase:  Our God is magnificent!    Praise God!
  • Praise Phrase:  Our God is awesome!           Praise God!

This morning I want us to study how this wonderful, incredible, amazing, magnificent, awesome God – cares about you and me.  He’s right beside us and involved in our lives. Praise God!

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