Sermon from RN Evans on Hebrews 6:19-20 30/10/16 am – The patience of Faith: The anchor for the soul Extract 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Main Points 1. The Old Testament background to the book of Hebrews 2. Fleeing for refuge 3. An anchor for the soul
A few years ago when read the reflections of a well-known preacher I came across a comment he made on his Ministerial colleagues. He said that whilst he was always glad to ‘see the faces’ of his colleagues either in his own church or at Minister’s Conferences he ‘got very little from their preaching’. This preacher is a frequent speaker at both Ministers’ Conferences and Christian gatherings.
I’ve been a Minister for over twenty five years now and during this time, for about ten years, I sought to engage with the wider church scene. I attended Minister’s Conferences, led a local Pastor’s Fraternal, took part in Workshops and counselled individuals with mental health problems. I had two aims: first to share the fruits of my PhD studies in Ethics and second to enable Pastor’s to better help those in their congregations suffering a mental health problem.
Sermon from RN Evans on 1 John 4:18 23/10/16 pm – God’s perfect love Extract 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. Main Points 1. What is perfect love? 2. What perfect love does 3. Love perfecting among us
Sermon from RN Evans on Hebrews 6:10 23/10/16 am – Patience of faith Extract 10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Main Points 1. What is a labour of love 2. The challenge of a labour of love 3. Incentives to a labour of love
Sermon from RN Evans on Genesis 1:26 16/10/16 pm – The doctrine of man Extract 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Main Points 1. The original dignity of man 2. The brevity of the life of man 3. The purpose of the life of man
Sermon from RN Evans on Hebrews 6:9-12 16/10/16 am – Patience of faith Extract 9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. 10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. Main Points 1. Patience – to inherit the promise 2. Patience – to labour in love
For the past month or so a Cement Mixer belonging to the Hope Construction Company has been parked overnight and over the weekends on the pavement on the road that leads up to my house. The pavement is completely blocked by this cement mixer and it obstructs the flow of traffic. Yet there is it, night after night, left by the person who drives it, who must obviously live in the neighbourhood.
It seems to me that there are two basic approaches to preaching the Bible. Let’s call the first the ‘Should’ position and the second the ‘Right’ position. ‘Should’ preachers use the Bible in order to tell their listeners what they ‘should’ do, how they ‘should’ live, what kind of faith they ‘should’ have and how they ‘should’ be attending meetings and telling others about the Gospel. ‘Should’ preaching makes the Bible all about ‘Us’. ‘Right’ preachers seek to lead their listeners to God through the pages of the Bible in order to encounter Him and His Glory. ‘Right’ preaching makes the Bible all about God.
Sermon from RN Evans on 2 Corinthians 9:7 2/10/16 pm – God loves a cheerful giver Extract 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. Main Points 1. Loving a cheerful giver 2. Making grace to abound 3. Sowing and reaping
Sermon from RN Evans on 2 Corinthians 8:15 2/10/16 am – The Grace of Giving Extract 15 As it is written, “He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.” Main Points 1. The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ 2. The principle of Equality 3. But first a willing mind