Category: Sermons

Let Us Not Sleep Like Others Do (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)

Call me crazy, but do you even get the feeling that the world is going to end?

Maybe you’re prepared: you’ve stocked up on all the essentials! But seriously, do you look at the natural disasters and the man-made troubles around and think, ‘It must all be over soon!’?

Christians have always expected the end of the world. When Jesus ascended into heaven, “two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’” (Acts 1:10b-11). And the church at Thessalonica expected that!

One of the reasons Paul wrote was their confusion about why Jesus hadn’t returned yet! In chapter 4, we see that some of them didn’t think they needed to work, because the end was about to come (4:11). And because they all expected to be alive when Jesus returned, they didn’t know what to think about believers who died (4:13-18).

But despite how many toilet rolls you own, most of the time we don’t live like the world is about to end. Or even that it will ever end! We invest our hope in this world. We treasure things here, rather than in heaven.

So, we need to hear again what God says about the end of the world.

Notice that here in 1 Thessalonians 5, the end of the world isn’t caused by a natural disaster. It isn’t a meteorite falling from the skies. It’s not a tsunami. It’s not the extinction of humanity caused by a virus or a war.

The end of the world is the Day of the Lord, the Day when the Lord Jesus returns. We need to believe that the Day is coming (v1-3). Then we need to ask, “Am I in the Darkness or in the light (v4-8)?” And “Am I appointed to wrath or salvation (v9-11)?”

Sunday 22nd March 2020

Review questions:

  • What will cause the end of the world (v1-2)?
  • What happen to the unprepared (v3)?
  • How I react to the end of the world shows who I _______________________ to (v4-5)
  • How I ____________ doesn’t change who I ___________, but who I ___________ should change how I ____________ (v6-8)
  • To be awake means to be _________________ of what is happening around me (v6)
  • To be sober means to stay ____________-_________________ whatever happens (v7)
  • Faith believes God is ___________; Love put’s God’s _________________ first; and Hope is being convinced that whatever God has ________________ will happen (v8)
  • Wrath is God’s fixed ___________________ against all that is not ______________ (v9)
  • Jesus suffered God’s wrath so that I can receive __________________________ (v10)
  • A question I have:
  • A truth to share:
  • Something to pray about:
  • How I should change:  

“Go From Your Land” (Genesis 11:10-12:9)

The Tower of Babel proved that, although mankind is part of one family (sharing a common ancestry),  no matter how hard we try, we are not able to achieve immortality for ourselves without God. No way that we try to find salvation from sin works. So, what can we do?

If together we cannot find our way to heaven and achieve immortality, what hope is there? Where can I find salvation? Where can I find meaning for my life, if I can’t do it on my own?

Wee see here that God has an answer for that, for where we can find hope, even though we cannot build a name that will outlive ourselves, even though our plans often end up coming to nothing.

  1. Humanity Continues Despite Futile Plans (11:20-32)
  2. The LORD Promises Humanity Blessing (12:1-3)
  3. Abram Received the LORD’s Blessing by Faith (12:4-9)

Sunday 15th March 20202

Review questions:

  • Why are the people in Genesis 11:10-26 mentioned?
  • Abram’s father ___________ left Ur to go to ______________ but stopped in ____________ (11:31)
  • Did Abram grow up worshipping the LORD (Joshua 24:2)? Yes/No
  • Did Abram earn God’s blessing by leaving his home (12:1, Hebrews 11:8-9)? Yes/No
  • Receiving God’s blessing depended on what ___________________________ would do (12:2-3).
  • God promised to make Abram a great ________________, give him a great _________________, and to bless the _____________________________ (12:2-3). Could Abram measure that? Yes/No
  • Real blessing doesn’t come through our efforts but by _____________________ (Hebrews 11:1)
  • In Canaan, Abram was a __________________ living in a ______________ (12:6-9, Hebrews 11:9)
  • What did Abram build and why (12:7-8)?
  • A question I have:
  • A truth to share:
  • Something to pray about:
  • How I should change:  

 

Babel: Imagine All the People (Genesis 10:1-11:9)

I haven’t been able to find any songs about the Tower of Babel. But through the week, I did locate one that describes the situation in Genesis 10-11 pretty well (which we will never sing here). It goes like this:

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one…

John Lennon might not have imagined it, but that’s pretty close to what was happening at Babel. It teaches us that:

  1. Humanity is Naturally Connected (10:1-32)
  2. Pride is Naturally Anti-God (11:1-4)
  3. The LORD Supernaturally Intervenes (11:5-9)

Sunday 1st March 2020

Review questions:

  • Is Genesis 10 history (1 Chronicles 1:4-23 & Luke 3:23-38)? Yes/No
  • Nimrod means “let us ___________________”. He was the first _____________________ (10:8-10)
  • All human beings are all descended from ______________________ (10:1, 32)
  • Humanism is putting us at the centre of history to the exclusion of ________________ (11:3-4)
  • Babel was an attempt to maintain human ______________ity, achieve social ______________ity, and secure a kind of __________________________ity without God (11:3-4)
  • How do I seek to make a name for myself (11:4)?  ___________________________________________________________________________________________
  • Did God know about Babel before “going down” to see it (11:5)? Yes/No
  • God divided people by _________________________ not by ‘race’ (11:6-7, 9)
  • How does God unite humanity (Zeph 3:9, John 12:32, Acts 2:1-12, Eph 2:11-22)?
  • A question I have:
  • A truth to share:
  • Something to pray about:
  • How I should change:

But Do You Understand (Acts 28:17-31)

As we come to the end of Acts, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the life of Paul. But he’s not who Acts is about. He wasn’t even mentioned in the first 8 chapters!

And Acts isn’t about Peter or Philip or James or John, or any of the disciples. It isn’t even about the church as a whole. Acts is about the Gospel. It’s about what the risen Lord Jesus is doing, by the power of the Holy Spirit, through His Church, to spread the Gospel.

So, here in this last passage in Acts, we find three truths about the Gospel that we need to believe. We don’t just have to agree with them; we need to depend on them. And if we do, they will make all the difference to how we live as followers of Jesus. The three truths we must depend on are:

  1. The Gospel is About King Jesus (v17-27, 29)
  2. The Gospel is the Mission of the Church (v28)
  3. The Gospel Will Never Be Silenced (v30-31)

Sunday 23rd February 2020

Review questions:

  • The good news is the __________________________ment of every promise God gave the Jews (v20)
  • Paul stated the ______________________, explained what they ___________________________________, and showed why people should ___________________________________________________ them (v23).
  • Paul started with what ________________________ said, not what was reasonable or popular (v23).
  • The Old Testament said the Messiah must ____________ and _____________ again (Luke 24:45-47)
  • I don’t understand the Gospel unless I know it is for _______________ (v25-27).
  • What good things are not the mission of the Church (v30-31)?
  • Salvation is about ________________________ and the ___________________________ of God (v28, 31).
  • What is Acts about (1:8 & 28:31)?
  • A question I have:  
  • A truth to share: 
  • Something to pray about: 
  • How I should change: