The Blessedness of Forgiveness

While confessing his sin, David declared; “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.” Is your thankfulness for God’s mercy expressed in all aspects of your life and witness to the world? The main points for the sermon (below) based on Psalm 32 are as follows:

  1. Forgiveness experienced
  2. The forgiven one looks upward
  3. The forgiven one desires to share with others

The Glory of His Presence

“Come up to the Lord.” What an utterly amazing invitation! For since the fall of Adam, separation was the common experience of all mankind. Now Christ has come down and has “has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity” (Ephesians 2:14-16). We now enjoy peace with God. The main points for the sermon (below) based on Exodus 24:1-18 are as follows:

  1. Separation is the state of everyone in Adam 
  2. But praise God that He has graciously intervened by word and deed! 
  3. What should we do to express gratitude for His grace?

The Angel of His Presence

What is the primary purpose of all these commandments (chapters 20-23)? Answer: “Holiness unto the Lord.” We live “corem Deo,” that is in His Holy presence. It is His desire that we should be holy in all manner of life and godliness (c.f. 2 Peter 3:11). Praise God that His great salvation accomplished by Jesus Christ is being applied in our lives by the Holy Spirit. We are called “saints” (holy ones) to be holy, for He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). The main points for the sermon (below) based on Exodus 23:20-33 are as follows:

  1. Personal presence is important
  2. To obey is better than sacrifice 
  3. Living in the promises of God

I am the Bread of Life

It is said that “bread is the staff of life”, by it we are enabled to walk about. This is true only if we partake of it. The same is true concerning the bread from heaven. What did Jesus mean when he described Himself as bread? The main points for the sermon (below) based on the Gospel of John, chapter 6  are as follows:

  1. The bread that sustains life
  2. The bread that gives life
  3. The bread that abides forever

Godliness with Contentment is Great Gain

Jesus warned us “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). Covetousness is a sin of the heart that manifests itself in several ways. It cannot be hid from God “For the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts” (1 Chron. 28:9). Praise God that He has provided a way to escape and the grace to enable us to be content. The main points for the sermon (below) based on Exodus 20:17 are as follows:

  1. Discontented in a discontented world
  2. The antidote: The love of Christ
  3. Called to walk by faith in God’s providential care

Faithfulness Unto The Lord

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him” (Eph. 1:3-4). In other words, our salvation is unto glorious holiness and the Holy Spirit is at work changing us into the image of the Son of Righteousness. Therefore, “as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16). The main points for the sermon (below) based on Exodus 20:14 are as follows:

  1. Adultery is covenantal unfaithfulness (unholiness)
  2. The goal of this commandment is purity in life (holiness)
  3. Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh

Blessed are the Shalom-Makers

The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1). At the same time, He has created us in His own image and this includes the exercise of rule or dominion over all creation (Genesis 1:26-28). We were created with the freedom and ability to take, form and fashion things for His own purposes and glory. We are the managers of God’s resources and are responsible not only to do all things for His glory (1 Cor. 10:31), but also to encourage one another to do the same. The main points for the sermon (below) based on Exodus 20:15 are as follows:

  1. All that we have is from the Lord (grace)
  2. We are called to be good stewards of God’s grace
  3. It is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Cor. 4:2)

A Matter of Life and Death

God has highly exalted us by creating us in His own image and likeness. Thus human life is extremely precious in His sight and should be in ours as well. We are called to appreciate all that God has given to us. This includes protecting and promoting life to His glory and our good. The main points for the sermon (below) based on Exodus 20:13 are as follows:

  1. Life is a precious gift from God
  2. The wages of sin is death (separation) 
  3. Thanking God through our life here on earth

Loving God by Honoring His Representatives

Our heavenly Father, in His infinite wisdom rules this world through His appointed means. This includes sinful human beings. They are His chosen servants and will ultimately give account to Him for their service. How can we help them fulfill their God-given responsibilities? By giving heed to God’s commands and instructions and by relying on His grace and Spirit to enable us to trust Him through them. The main points for the sermon (below) based on Exodus 20:12 are as follows:

  1. “If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)
  2. “That you may live long and prosper in the promises of God”
  3. How do I do it in a way that pleases my heavenly Father?

Our Messiah Goes Forth to War

The difficulties of life that we face have been  ordained for our good. Through them, we learn to rely on God and not upon ourselves. He calls us to pray for His kingdom to come and sent His Messiah to accomplish His will on earth. The main points for the sermon (below) based on Psalm 20 are as follows:

  1. The battle is the Lord’s
  2. Why did He do it?
  3. Our part in His war