The Word of Hope Sermon Series are practical messages that address many important Christian living topics. The Lord has used these online sermons and CDs to inspire many people around the world, and to minister to them with His grace and His word.
Why Have You Forsaken Me?
Reading: Matthew 27:45-54At the 6th hour of the day a darkness fell over the land and lasted until the 9th hour. During that darkness Jesus, on the cross, cried out, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" This statement was misunderstood by some hearing it in person and is still misunderstood today. Was there a break in the relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Was the Father so cruel that He wanted to kill His own Son? Jesus' story is God's story. And we all have a story as well - we all have losses, we all have times in our story when we feel forsaken by God. The answers to our questions and pleas can be found in that strange statement.
A Time of Renewal
Reading: Romans 6:1-11God's grace is truly amazing. He makes a way for restoration. The Holy Spirit dwells in us and shares with us the nature of God. What does our new life in Christ look like? We have died to sin, as pictured by our baptism, but still have cravings for sin. If it wasn't a serious matter, Jesus Christ would not have died to pay the price for it. But He did, and He made us free. So, because God's Grace is abundant and freely given, should we just live our lives without a thought towards how we live it?
Finding Peace in Jesus
Reading: Matthew 16:22-33Life can be overwhelming at times. Everyday we, and everyone else in the world, experience events that affect the life we live. Some are short and transitory, others may be prolonged. Both can be profound and change lives forever. How we react depends largely on where the focus in our lives is. Both, peace in the storm and shelter from the storm, are found in Jesus Christ. Those who do not know this need to be told. It is a life changing message that we have been entrusted to deliver.
Pleasing God Rather Than Men
Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8Are we comfortable in sharing that we are Christians? Would we suffer for the Gospel, and sing praises to God while we are suffering? We are not called to share error, but truth, not as part of an agenda, but with pure motives. We are called to be straight forward and truthful. Have we been approved by God? What is our heart about, would it stand the test Paul and Silas faced? We do not speak to please men. We are not greedy, not here to get something out of it. We are not here for the glory or to boast. Christians are here to nurture, like a mother tenderly feeding a newborn, not to overwhelm with our knowledge.
Pain and Suffering in Our World
Reading: Revelation 21:4Until it strikes home, we tend to ignore it and close an eye to it, but the world around us is riddled with sin and the suffering that sin unleashes on us all. Is there any hope? Are we destined to succumb to the presence of evil and pain in our world? Or does God actually have a plan for it all?
God's Amazing Love
Reading: Romans 5:1-11Especially in times of uncertainty it is vital for us to know that God loves us and what that mean. But it is also vital for us to understand that we have been called to share something absolutely breathtaking and have been charged with the responsibility to express the love of God to everyone around us.