Sermon broadcasts from Lighthouse Church, Durban, South Africa
Content - yet hungry for more!
We need to learn the secret of contentment, but we shouldn't become complacent! God has more in store! He has prepared good works for us to do and he wants to keep transforming us!
Let's keep pressing on - to understand and achieve God's purposes for us and to become more and more like Jesus. Let's not allow our past mistakes and present struggles to hold us back; let's stay thankful and stay hungry for more!
Philippians 3: 13 -14, Philippians 4:11-13, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Ephesians 3:20, Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11
The Wheat and the Weeds
The parable of the wheat and the weeds teaches us valuable life lessons:
- those who belong to Jesus must live alongside those who do not
- we'll face many temptations - we need to resist
- we'll face trials & opposition - we need to persist
- this is also a great opportunity - we live in the mission field!
- our different thinking & living shines light into darkness.
13:24-30 & 36-43, John 16:33 & 17:15, Philippians 2:14-15, Matthew 5:14-16, Matthew 16:18
Made on purpose with purpose
You are not a "mistake"; you are God's workmanship! You are not called to imitate anyone - or compete with anyone - you are a unique creation! So be content with
who God has made you to be - and be faithful with who God has made you to be.
You will find great joy as you discover, and live, in your purpose!
Psalm 33:13-15, 1 Peter 2:9-10, Psalm 139:13-16, Ephesians 2:10, Acts 17:26-27, 1 Corinthians 12:18, 1 Samuel 17:38-40, Romans 12:6-8
The Sower, the Seed and the Soil
The parable of the sower teaches us that the condition of our hearts determines whether our lives will be fruitful or not.
We should therefore guard our hearts - and work on our hearts - so that we will be like fertile soil that is fruitful for God.
We should also be faithful in presenting the gospel to others, not giving up when we don't see the response that we'd hoped for, but rather praying for their hearts.
Matthew 13:3-9 & 18-23, Luke 14:26-28, Matthew 6:33, Matthew 7:24-27, Romans 1:16
A right kind of faith
A right kind of faith
...can be recognised by our lifestyle
...recognises that we have been set free from sin so refuses to allow win to reign
...recognises that we are saved by grace through faith, so does not try to earn salvation, but seeks to honour the name of Jesus
...lives a life of confident faith and increasing evidence of the transforming work of Jesus
Titus 1:16, Romans 6:1-14, James 2:14-20, Isaiah 61:10, Ephesians 2:8-9
Parables of the Kingdom Part 1 - We Start with the Heart
Hardness of heart keeps us from hearing what God is saying and from understanding what he is doing.
Heart hearts are selfish, stubborn and not fully surrendered to God. They need concessions, wanting the ways of the Kingdom to be adjusted to suit them.
Soft hearts are fully yielded to the will of God. They earnestly seek to hear whatever God is saying.
Soft-hearted disciples have ears that hear, eyes that see and hearts that understand.
Matthew 13:1-2, 10-17, Matthew 19:3-8, Mark 8:15-18, Proverbs 4:23, Hebrews 3:7-12