The latest sermons from Grace Church International.
How does a group of people push forward with God’s work when they are exhausted, discouraged and under threat of violence? Nehemiah had just such a challenge to face as he sought to lead the people in continuing to build the wall around Jerusalem. Through observing how he led, we can learn many lessons about how to respond to the obstacles each of us faces individually as well as the opposition so many churches face today.
How does a person persevere under difficult circumstances? How can they face opposition while trying to undertake an enormous project? Nehemiah gives us insight into just such a situation as he seeks to lead the Jewish people in rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem despite opposition from within and without. Through this situation, we see teamwork, a common vision, determination and over it all, God’s clear direction and power displayed – sometimes in the unlikeliest of places.
What do you do when deeply discouraged or disheartened? Where do you turn? The Christian is able to turn to God through prayer, but it does not end there. Nehemiah gives an excellent example of someone who was presented with a challenging and disheartening situation and then responded like any child of God should. His example with encourage and inspire.
It is part of human nature to trust and boast in our own ability to do good. But our perception of our own good is because we tend to compare ourselves to the wrong thing. Paul reminds the Philippian church that a person’s goodness and any earthly gain they’ve achieved are like rubbish compared to the infinite worth of knowing Jesus.
One of Jesus’ most famous parables concerns different types of dirt. These various kinds of soil and how they receive the farmer’s seed have much to teach us about what Jesus has come to do and how people in all ages should respond to Jesus. In which of these soils do you see yourself?
What does Jesus have to do with the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the Feast of Tabernacles? We’ll take a look at these holidays with Mark Landrum from ‘International Mission to Jewish People’ who will take us through their Biblical perspective and how they make a perfect picture of the Gospel: repentance, atonement and rejoicing in God’s provision.
The last two years have been difficult for all of us. There is a lot to be anxious about. Psalm 46 brings us words of hope and encourages us to refocus on God who is our refuge and strength.
The five solas of the Reformation include Scripture Alone, Christ Alone, Faith Alone, Grace Alone and Glory to God Alone. These five solas are the good summary of the principles of the Protestant Reformed faith given to us in the Bible. In this passage, Paul emphasises Faith alone and explains the cause and means of a persons salvation and how they receive that salvation from God.
Jesus uses an Old Testament picture in order to tell a story to the religious leaders. In so doing, He acts like an Old Testament prophet who gets the religious leaders to pronounce their own judgement or verdict against themselves for their sin of refusing God and His messengers. This is a strong and public confrontation between Jesus and the religious leaders that teaches us much about God and how He chooses to work in human history.
What does the incarnation, Jesus being born into the world, tell us about God? When Mary thought of it, she broke out into song and in her song, she reminds us of one of God’s characteristics – His Faithfulness. But how is the faithfulness of God seen at Christmastime? Mary will help explain.