Sermons on Practical Ministry - Various speakers

Sermons on Practical Ministry - Various speakers

The Pressure to Go with the Flow (29 min)

Shad Kember preaches on the “pressure to go with the flow” from three examples in the book of Numbers: Caleb and Joshua, the sons of Korah, and Phinehas, all of whom wisely and courageously resisted peer pressure and group think. Readings: Num 14:36-39, 16:31-34, 25:6-9, 26:11. (Message preached at Stark Road Gospel Hall, Livonia, MI, USA, 23rd Oct 2016)

Is the Lord Receiving Fruit from My Life? (45 min)

Andrew Ussher preaches on the question of fruitfulness for God in the Christian life, presenting his material under 3 headings: desiring fruit, defining fruit and developing fruit. Readings: Luke 13:6-9, Rom 7:4, Gal 5:19-26, John 15:1-9, 16-17. (Message preached at Stark Road Gospel Hall Conference, Livonia, Michigan, USA, 4th Nov 2013)

Alone with Thee, O Master (50 min)

Colin Hutchison preaches on the effects of being “along with Christ”, using 4 examples from the New Testament. Spending time alone with Christ leads to an appreciation of the greatness of His knowledge, the power of His Word, the brightness of His glory, and the full understanding He has of Scripture. Readings: John 4:1-8, 28, 46-53, Matt 17:1-5, Luke 24:27. (Message preached at the annual conference at Bracknell Gospel Hall, 2017)

The Christian’s Journey (51 min)

Colin Hutchison preaches on the journey of the Christian, drawing lessons from 4 journeys recorded in the Bible: the journey of a nation (Deut 1:1-3a), the journey of a judge (Judg 4:1-2), the journey of a King (1 Sam 15:16-19) and the journey of a prophet (1 Kings 19:1-5). (Message preached at Bracknell Gospel Hall conference 2017)

The Biggest Thing in the Christian Life (42 min)

Ian Jackson preaches on the importance of “daily devotions” (reading the Bible and prayer), and reminds his audience that what God does in us is more important than what God does through us. Ian gives advice and suggestions as to how to have meaningful daily “quiet times”. Reading: 2 Tim 3:14-17.

How Should We Then Live? (23 min)

David Gilliland preaches on the question in Ezekiel 33:10, “How should we then live?” He answers it from three verses in the New Testament: we should live “unto righteousness”, “unto the will of God” and “unto Him”. Readings: 1 Pet 2:24-25, 4:1-4, 2 Cor 5:10, 14-15, Titus 2:11-13, Eze 33:10. (Message preached in North America).

3 Things That Need Bringing Back (18 min)

Andrew Bergsma (1930-2013) preaches on “bring back the book”, “bring back the ark” and “speak ye not a word of bringing the King back”. Readings: 2 Sam 19:9-10,  1 Chron 13:1-3, Neh 8:1-6. (Message preached in Winnipeg, Canada. 28th April 2001)

The Lord is Able to Give You Much More Than This (21 min)

Brandon Doll preaches on the story of Amaziah’s unequal yoke: the logic behind it, the Lord denied, the lessons to be learned and the loss sustained. Unequal yokes are always costly. Before it goes too far, back out, and remember: “The Lord is able to give you much more than this”. Readings: 2 Chron 25:5-11, 2 Cor 6:14-18. (Message preached at Manchester, Iowa, 2021)

Fellowship – Personal and Corporate (47 min)

Elton Fairfield preaches on the topic of “fellowship”. What does fellowship with God look like? It includes Bible reading, prayer, walking in the light, and the confession of sin. Corporate fellowship, with other believers in a local assembly, has its privileges and responsibilities too. Readings: 1 John 1:1-10, 2 Cor 6:14-18, 1 Cor 10:14-22. (Message preached in Ahoghill Gospel Hall, 2019)

What We Revere, We Resemble (42 min)

Michael Penfold expounds the biblical principle that people tend to become like the object of their worship. If you hold something in esteem, you will tend to imitate it. Worship breeds likeness: what we revere we will eventually resemble. Readings: Psa 115:4-8, 2 Kings 17:15, Rom 12:1-2. (Message preached in the Gospel Hall, Blackburn, 21st Jan 2023).

Being a Consistent Christian (53 min)

Jack Hunter (1916-1994) preaches on the consistency of God, and how this should be reflected in those who belong to God by redemption. Mr Hunter deals with issues like the unequal yoke and dishonesty in business as examples of inconsistent Christianity. Readings: Matt 5:48, Rom 14:22b. (Message preached in Ballymena 10th Oct 1981)

Never Cut Corners, Never Look Back, Never Give Up (42 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on 3 biblical exhortations for the believer running the marathon of the Christian life: “Never cut corners, never look back, never give up.” Readings: 1 Cor 9:24-26a, 2 Tim 2:5, Phil 3:13-14, Heb 12:1-3, 2 Tim 4:6-8. (Message preached in the Gospel Hall, Newbury, 14th Jan 2023)

The Peril of Partiality (35 min)

Mervyn Hall expounds the context, character and content of James 2:1-7, a passage dealing with partiality amongst Christians. This is the well-known passage that mentions “a man with a gold ring”. (Message preached in Chalfont St Peter, 1st Jan 2023)

Are You A Door Opener or a Door Shutter? (39 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on two types of people in God’s assembly – door openers and door shutters. Ahaz was a door shutter (2 Chron 28:24): Hezekiah was a door opener (2 Chron 29:3). Which one are you, in terms of attendance, attitude and attractiveness? (Message preached in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, 2018)

Calvary Affects Everything (29 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on the wide reach of the cross. Not just getting me to heaven, but affecting my marriage, my relationships, my wallet, my struggles, my all. Calvary affects everything. Readings: Eph 5:24-25, Phil 4:2, 2:5-8, 2 Cor 8:9-11a, Heb 12:1-3, Rom 12:1-2. (Message preached at Stark Road Gospel Hall, Livonia, MI, USA, Nov 2014)

There is a Way Back (28 min)

Andrew Ussher preaches an encouraging message on the topic of restoration, for believers away from the Lord. Readings: Luke 15:11-24, 2 Sam 11:27b-12:13, Psa 51:1-10 (Message preached in Stark Road Gospel Hall, Livonia, MI, USA).

The Liberating Power of Obedience (41 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the “perfect law of liberty” from James 1:22-27 and expounds the “liberating power of obedience” based on both hearing and doing the Word of God. (Message preached in Chalfont St Peter, 27th Nov 2022)

The Nature and Characteristics of Righteousness (30 min)

David Gilliland preaches on the vital but seldom expounded topic of “righteousness” – what it is and what marks it in its various manifestations in Scripture, and its practical implications. Reading: Psalm 11:4-7 (Message preached at the Belfast Christmas Conference 2004)

Which World Are You Living For? – Part 2 (32 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on the world’s desire to make us love it and be like it. 1. The Egypt world – the world of intelligence that wants to dazzle us. It says “Be like us”. 2. The Babylon world – the world of idolatry that wants to delude us. It says “Think like us”. 3. The Sodom world – the world of immorality that wants to defile us. It says “Act like us”. In each world there was an overcomer:…

Which World Are You Living For? – Part 1 (32 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on “this world” under 4 headings: 1. The identity of the world – what the world is; 2. The mentality of the world – how the world thinks; 3. The destiny of the world – where the world’s headed; and 4. The strategy of the world – what the world wants. Readings: Gen 4:12b, 16-25, 1 John 2:15–17, John 12:31-32, Rom 12:1-2. (Message preached at the Stark Road Gospel Hall Conference, Livonia, Michigan, USA, 27th Oct 2010)

Regaining Your First Love (33 min)

David Vallance preaches on regaining your first love. Step one: stop loving yourself. Step two: stop loving the world. Step three: stop trying to manufacture love for God by concentrating on “my love for God”, but rather dwell on God’s love for me. Reading: Rev 1:9-2:7. (Message preached in the USA)

You Are Not Your Own (31 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on “You are not your own”, and the implications of this Bible statement on the Christian’s life. To understand this verse is to have one’s life totally, radically and permanently revolutionised. If Christ has bought me with a price, He owns me. He’s sovereign over me. I cannot just do as I like with my body and my life. Everything is now no longer about me but about Him. Christ bought me for a purpose – to…

Following in the Footsteps of the Saviour (33 min)

Andrew Ussher preaches on “following in the footsteps of the Saviour”. The life of Christ is the example (for people who are saved) of how to live on earth before their God. A challenging message highlighting three resources we need in living for God. Readings: 1 Pet 2:20-23, Heb 12:1-3. (Message preached at the Vancouver Thanksgiving Conference, 2018)

5 Dangers: 5 Resources (53 min)

Colin Hutchison preaches on 1 Cor 10:1-11 where the apostle Paul highlights 5 dangers facing the Christian, and 5 resources God has given us to enable us to overcome, all sourced in the Old Testament record of the dealings of God with the children of Israel (Message preached 2nd Oct 2021)

The Cost of Loyalty to the Captain in the Cave (53 min)

Peter Orasuk preaches on David in the cave Adullam as a picture of Christ among His people in the present dispensation. He draws numerous helpful and practical lessons from the narrative, adding in some pertinent Orasuk illustrations. Readings: 1 Sam 16:12-13, 17:8-11, 17, 25, 34-36, 40-51, 22:1-2, 2 Sam 2:1-4, Matt 18:20, Heb 13: (Message preached in Dunmurry, 2000)

The Teaching in the Trees (52 min)

David Gilliland preaches on 4 Bible trees and draws a wealth of teaching from them. The fruit tree and the separated life; the palm tree and the serviceable life; the cedar tree and the steadfast life: and the olive tree and the spiritual life. Readings: Psa 1:1-4, 52:2, 7-9, 92:7, 12-15 (Message preached at the Lurgan Conference 2018)

Half-hearted Christianity (21 min)

David Vallance preaches on the challenging topic of half-hearted Christianity, using the story of the 2.5 tribes who wanted to stay on the “other side of Jordan” (instead of entering the promised land) as a springboard for his message. Food for thought from Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh. Readings: Num 32:1-6, 10-11, 23, Josh 22:1-6, 10-12, 34, 1 Chron 5:23-26. (Message preached in Spring Creek Gospel Hall, Illinois, USA, 2019)

How to Listen to Ministry (10 min)

Dan Shutt opened a conference some years ago with a sobering word of ministry on “how we should listen to ministry”. When the Word of God is opened and expounded, we need God to speak to us; and our attitude when listening can be summed up in the question in Matt 26:22, “Lord, is it I?” Dan was saved under the preaching of Archie Stewart, and he references him in this helpful message on listening to the voice of God…

How Long Has It Been Since You Talked with the Lord? (26 min)

Andrew Ussher delivers an exhortation on prayer. To whom whom should we pray and how should we pray? Reverently, intimately, thankfully, specifically, honestly, deliberately, persistently, urgently and consistently. Readings: 1 Tim 2:1-2, Luke 11:1-4, John 14:12b-14, 16:23-24, Phil 4:6-7 (Message preached at the Thanksgiving Conference, Vancouver, Canada, 2018)

“Three cheers for the attempt” (3 min)

In September 1981, David Morgan, and evangelist who has served the Lord in the country of Wales for many years, rose to his feet at the Larne conference and gave a report of gospel work in Pembrokeshire (West Wales). Going from village to village and from town to town, preaching and putting up tents, the work can sometimes be hard and lonely. At the end of his report he told a touching and memorable lifeboat story that no one present…

The Challenge of the Unmanned Gap (37 min)

David Gilliland preaches on God’s word to Israel in Ezekiel Ch 22, a chapter in which God speaks about the state of the land, the sins of the land, and finally the search in the land: God’s search for a man to “stand in the gap”. Along life’s journey there is a need for boundaries and hedges with no gaps. Personal hedges, family hedges, marriage hedges, business hedges, and assembly hedges. Mr Gilliland speaks on the hedge of separation, of…

You Did Run Well… (9 min)

Peter Orasuk (1948-2005) preaches on the words in Gal 5:7 “You did run well”. How many Christians start well, but issues like legalism, licentiousness and lethargy cross their path and their progress is hindered. This short message from Peter is a reminder of the need to persevere in the Christian race and not be side-tracked. (Message preached in the Maritimes, Canada)

Assembly Personalities (16 min)

Albert Hull sets out the problem of personalities in an assembly. How can we cope with all the other personalities, and how do we need to adjust our own? The critical, the cold, the contagious, the commanding, the calm and the colourful; Mr Hull analyses them all! He urges us to all have “Christ-like” personalities, and thus bring glory to God in local testimony. A challenging and often amusing message, full of insight, warmth and conviction. Readings: 1 Cor 1:12-16,…

The Private Life of the Believer (24 min)

Andrew Ussher preaches on “the private life of the believer”. He begins with a quote from Robert Murray McCheyne: “What a man is when he is alone in the presence of God, he is, and nothing more.” A challenging message, exhorting us to be transparent, consistent and faithful in private as well as in public, even in the internet age. Readings: Psa 19:7-14, 139: Prov 4:23-24, 23:26 (Message preached at the Thanksgiving Conference, Vancouver, Canada, 2011)

What is God’s Will for My Life? (25 min)

Colin Hutchison preaches on the vital subject of how to know the will of God for one’s life. This is a basic fundamental question that should exercise the heart of every Christian. From various scripture texts about the will of God, Colin reminds us that we need to “prove it”, “know it”, “live it”, and “do it”. Readings: Rom 12:1-2, Eph 1:7-10, 1 Pet 4:1-3 1 John 2:15-17 (Message preached at the Belfast Easter Conference, 2013)

“We’re only playing at church” (54 min)

Albert Hull (1936-2015) preaches an urgent message on the character and cost of discipleship, taking up the subject under 7 headings: the meaning of it, the magnetism of it, the molding of it, the making of it, the mandate of it, the marks of it, and the manifestation of it. Mr Hull presses home the concept of following, pursuing and imitating Christ in a message that will stir your soul and refocus your mind. At the time this message was…

Who Is Willing? (23 min)

Eugene Higgins preaches a message on King David’s question “Who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD?” (1 Chron 29:5). Consecration is like signing a blank piece of paper and giving it to God to fill in as He will, but will you sign it? (Message preached at the Toronto Easter Conference 1990).

WYSIWYG Christianity (51 min)

David Gilliland preaches a message he entitled “WYSIWYG Christianity”. WYSIWYG stands for “What You See Is What You Get”. We project an image, we create an impression, but does that correspond to what we really are? The Pharisees were “expert performers” but the Lord exposed them as hypocrites. David Gilliland looks at a number of people in the Bible who pretended to be someone they were not. The challenge is to be real, genuine and transparent, in a world of…

Making the Best Use of Your Life (16 min)

Andrew Ussher preaches “making the best use of your time and life” from Eph 5:1 and 1 Cor 14:12. As we face choices and options in life, the standard should not be “I could be doing worse things with my time” but “What is the best use of my time”. Are we striving for excellence in the Christian life, or just frittering away our days with trivia and inconsequential pursuits? A challenging message (Message preached at the Vancouver Thanksgiving Conference…

How Can I Know the Will of God for My Life? (30 min)

Sandy Higgins preaches on the need, the desire and the way to know the will of God in one’s life. He discusses the discipline of delay, and says that the process of getting to know the will of God is more important than the product. Then he outlines 6 principles from Psalm 25 to guide us in knowing the will of God. First, confidence in character of God; second, a consciousness of grace as the basis for guidance; third, carefulness…

The Shout the World Won’t Hear (20 min)

Jonathan Procopio preaches on a number of the “shouts” of the Lord Jesus. “If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink”…”Lazarus come forth”…”It is finished.” But there’s going to be a “last shout”, the shout the world won’t hear. An encouraging and stirring message, focussing on the coming of the Lord. Reading: 1 Cor 15:51-58, 1 Thess 4:12-17 (Message preached at “The Island Conference”, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 2015)

Sitting Exams in God’s School (28 min)

When we were saved, we not only became sons in God’s family, but students in God’s school. Every so often throughout our lives there’s a test – an exam – and through these various tests and trials, God proves us and refines us, to be more like His Son. David Gilliland looks at 6 tests in the history of God’s people in the Old Testament and draws lessons for us today. The tests are: the Moriah test, the Marah test,…

What Time Is It? (44 min)

David Gilliland asks “What time is it?” Are you aware exactly what kind of age we live in and where we are in the purposes and counsels of God? We are in an age unique in its moral guilt in that, due to the crucifixion of Christ, it is the “present evil age”, or as David translates it “the now age”. How should we live in “the now age”? A challenging message full of insight and interest. Readings: 1 Tim…

Dealing with Darts of Doubts (14 min)

Colin Hutchison preaches on how to deal with “darts of doubt”. He highlights 4 men in the Bible who, through various experiences in life sovereignly allowed by the Lord, came into a place of doubt: a prophet (John the Baptist), a disciple (Peter), a judge (Gideon) and a priest (Jeremiah). A short but most helpful message. (Message preached in Belfast 2013)

Staying Close to Christ (18 min)

Clark Logan preaches on the fact that “there is nothing more important on the pathway home to heaven than staying close to Christ”. From the Gospel of John he looks at 5 pictures of close fellowship with the Lord: “In His hand” (security), “on His breast” (intimacy), “at His feet” (dignity), “by His side” (loyalty), and “in His steps” (responsibility). In His hand we trust; on His breast we lean; at His feet we worship; by His side we stand;…

Not for Sale (31 min)

Jonathan Procopio preaches on the story of Ahab’s violent theft of a vineyard whose owner, Naboth, said was “not for sale”. Two lessons stand out in the passage: 1. The danger of covetouness (Ahab), and 2. the duty of commitment (Naboth). Jonathan makes weighty and challenging practical applications from each aspect of the story. Readings: 1 Kings 21:1-7, 14-15 (Message preached in Pope Road Gospel hall, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 2016)

Faith That Works (43 min)

Jonathan Procopio preaches on the life of a major character in the book of Joshua: the wall-dwelling woman of Jericho, Rahab. Rarely taken up as a subject for ministry, Rahab’s life contains many lessons in faith – “faith that works”. She even gets a few mentions in the New Testament! Jonathan brings out numerous helpful practical lessons from the story of her life for our benefit. Readings: Matt 1:5-6a, Heb 11:31, Jas 2:25, Josh 2:1-3, 8-11 (Message preached on Prince…

The Growth of a Soul (33 min)

David Gilliland preaches on the 7 comings in the book of Ruth that plot what he calls “the growth of a soul”. Are you growing in your soul? Are you making progress? This message will challenge you to press on and develop in character and testimony for God, as you see Ruth coming to the field, the fold, the feast, the floor etc. Readings: Ruth 1:19-22, 2:2-3, 7, 11-2, 14, 3:1-3, 6-7, 14-18, 4:11-12 (Message preached at Sussex Conference, Canada,…

The Circuit of the Sun (20 min)

Preaching from the 19th Psalm, David Gilliland compares God’s revelation in the sky with God’s revelation in the Bible: as to its vastness, its variety, its voice, its value, and its verity. Mr Gilliland makes a second comparison: he compares the daily circuit of the sun with the journey of the One, our Lord Jesus Christ, who came from God and went to God (Message given at Sussex Gospel Hall conference, Canada, 2017)

Why Some Christians Don’t Make It (27 min)

Looking back over many years of Christian experience, John Grant (1942-2020) ponders why so many Christians he knew in his youth “didn’t make it”. So, why didn’t they become useful, fruitful, effective Christians? From the book of Exodus Mr Grant speaks on 4 things the devil wants every Christian to do, before turning to Acts 2 and contrasting that with 4 things God wants every Christian to do. This is a very challenging and helpful message, full of practical exhortation…

No More Mediocre Christianity (33 min)

Be sure to take 32 minutes of your day now to listen intently to John Grant preaching a powerful, challenging and stirring message on the urgent need for all of us to be done with shallow, mediocre Christianity and give our lives wholeheartedly to the Lord. It’s time to stop going down the slippery slope of conformity to the world and to be, instead,  transformed to be like Christ. Our bodies should be presented to God (Rom 12.1-3), and pressed…

God Wants your Heart (29 min)

In 2011 at the age of 74, 54 years saved, Albert Hull (1936-2015) preached at the Toronto Easter Conference on “God wants your heart”. In a world of deception, darkness and division, God has called us in salvation to be dedicated and devoted to him for the rest of our lives. Mr Hull used selfless, sacrificial actions of the mighty men who brought water for David to drink to illustrate his point. A challenging message from a warm-hearted earnest preacher.…

Friendship with the World is Enmity with God (40 min)

Jim Wishart preaches an earnest and faithful message on the believer’s relationship with “the world”. He defines what the Bible means when it speaks of “the world” in a moral and dispensational sense. He takes a brief tour from Eden to the cross, before outlining the Bible’s teaching on how the believer should be separate from the world and devoted to Christ. Readings: John 17:6, 11, 14-21, 1 John 2:15-17, Jas 4:1-4, Gal 6:12-14, 2 Pet 3:10-14, 17-18 (Message preached…

What is “the World”? (48 min)

Phil Coulson preaches on the neglected subject of “the world” and the believer’s relation to it. After providing some technical information about the various words used in the New Testament for “world”, Phil deals with 4 items. The believer is “out of the world” in salvation; “in the world” in situation; “not of the world” in sanctification, and “into the world” in service. A helpful, practical and challenging word of ministry. Readings: John 17:4-5, Eph 2:1-2, Rev 12:7-9. (Message preached…

3 Dangers When Leaving Home (38 min)

Elton Fairfield addresses the issue of “leaving home” and what young people will face at University and in the workplace. He preaches using 3 headings: “a lesson in immorality” (Joseph, Gen 39), “a lesson in identity” (Esther, Est 2-4), and “a lesson in idolatry” (Daniel, Dan 1:1-8). How will you cope with Fresher’s week, the internet, relationships, meeting attendance and so much more when the time comes to “leave home”? Elton gives helpful, succinct and plain advice that will benefit…

The Influence of One Man (45 min)

Peter Orasuk (1948-2005) preaches a powerful and challenging message on the power of influence to affect others, using the lives and examples of two men: Peter, whose discouragement and departure affected others negatively (John 21:1-3) and Joshua, whose godly desire and determination affected others positively (Josh 24:14-19). As was his habit, Peter Orasuk wove numerous unforgettable stories into his message illustrate his point. He makes use of Rom 14:7 “No man lives to himself” (admittedly out of context) to make…

An Appreciation of Propitiation (30 min)

Jim Allen preaches on the fundamental Bible doctrine of “propitiation”. What is it? How, when and where was propitiation made? He then moves on to discuss the practical issue of sin in the life of a Christian. Do I need a fresh application of Christ’s propitiatory work at the cross each time I sin? No! I need a fresh appreciation of it! A most useful message giving positional and practical teaching relative to a believer’s position before God. Readings: Luke…

Standing for God in the Crises of Life (30 min)

Jack Hay preaches on the stand for God taken by the “three Hebrew children” – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – in Daniel Ch 3. After some introductory remarks about the background of the passage, and a brief excursus drawing a list of interesting comparisons between Daniel 3 and Revelation 13, Jack draws numerous challenging practical lessons from this story. Are you willing to stand for God in the crises of life? You will need to be marked by “purpose of…

Overcoming Temptation: Maintaining Holiness (28 min)

Dan Shutt preaches a vital, helpful and dignified message on the subject of holiness in the face of sexual temptation. Working from the narrative of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife, Mr Shutt outlines the danger of moral failure facing all of us – online, in the media, at work – and gives pertinent warnings and exhortations for us to “be holy, for I the Lord am holy”. Readings: Gen 39:1-4, 7-12, 20-23, 41:38-40, 1 Cor 6:18-20 (Message preached at the Toronto…

Bringing Forth Fruit in Old Age (26 min)

Dan Shutt preaches a tender and heart-warming word for older Christians, to encourage them to continue to bring forth fruit into old age. Are you feeling tired after decades of service? Feeling useless after being able-bodied and busy for the Lord for so long? Well, here’s a word from the Psalms to strengthen your faith and steady your soul. After some introductory remarks Dan uses the life story of Mordecai to illustrate his ministry. Readings: Psa 71:5-9, 14, 17-18, 20-21,…

What Is Life All About? (32 min)

In a message directed to the hearts of the young, Michael Penfold preaches on the fundamental question facing us all – “What is life all about?”. What is my life about? He answers this question with three negatives: 1. Life’s not about things, 2. Life’s not about me, and 3. Life’s not about now. Life is about living for Christ and his interests, in the light of eternity! To understand these things and put them into practice is the constant…

Minding Your Mind in the Minefield of Life (48 min)

Sandy Higgins preaches a helpful and challenging message on what the Bible has to say about the neglected subject of “the Christian’s mind”. How do we make it through the minefield of modern culture and keep our minds pure, focussed and uncluttered? How do we handle the negative influence on our minds of world’s music, its impure images and much else that bombards us every day? Listen as Dr Higgins give wise counsel and exhortation about a “minding your mind…

3 Tools for a Successful Christian Life (25 min)

Dan Shutt preaches on three essential tools for a successful Christian life. 1. Living daily in the presence of God (Gen 5:21-24); 2. Having a low view of self (Heb 12:1-2), and 3. Making the Word of God central to one’s life (Psa 119:9-11). (Message preached in Stout, Iowa, 2011)

Sanctification and Social Media (44 min)

Phil Coulson preaches from Gal 1:5 on the purpose of Christ giving Himself for us – “to deliver us from this present evil age”. In other words, we were saved primarily to be set apart to “Himself” from the world and its ways. God’s will for us is sanctification/holiness – “Be ye holy, for I am holy”. Mr Coulson then applies this principle to the issue of screen time, social media and the online distractions and addictions of the digital…

Christianity in the Information Age (30 min)

Dan Shutt speaks on Christianity in the information age. “Is technology good or bad?” is the wrong question: the issue is how we handle the technology that comes our way. Mr Shutt acknowledges that the internet has brought some good possibilities, but he then highlights 5 specific problems. These are: the theological issue, the time issue, the truth issue, the temptation issue, and the too-much-information issue. This is a powerful and relevant message for old and young, parents and children,…

Is It Right? (42 min)

Is it right to dance? Is it right to play cards? Is it right to watch movies, to smoke, or to drink socially? These questions come up repeatedly. So, how do we answer from the Bible? In this message Michael Penfold outlines a 3-part filter through which to run tricky questions: 1. biblical precepts, 2. biblical practices and 3. biblical principles. He then outlines 6 principles by which to come to a decision on such matters before the Lord. A…

Learning to say “No” (30 min)

John Dennison preaches from Genesis Ch 39 on the importance of being able to say “no”. With the world in our pockets, never has there been a time when it’s more important to be able to say “no” to that which dishonours the Lord and is not for His glory. John brings numerous powerful and practical lessons from the life of Joseph and how he overcame in the face of constant and fierce temptation to give in and sin against…

How to Know The Lord Better (35 min)

Colin Hutchison preaches on 4 people in John’s gospel who “knew the Lord”, even though the world did not know Him. Why did they know the Lord and not others? The servants knew because when Christ said “do” they did it (2:9) The nobleman knew because when Christ said “go” he went (4:53) The blind man knew, because when Christ said “wash” he washed (9:25) Martha knew because when Christ said “remove the obstacle” it was removed (11:22) If we…

The Right Thing in the Right Place (37 min)

Frank Sona takes up the truth of the local assembly from Genesis Ch 22, where Abraham goes to “the place” out of “obedience to God’s Word”. He draws out many lessons from this pivotal day in the life of Abraham – a day that began with obedience and ended with worship (Message preached in Bicester Apr 22nd 2019)

Even So Send I You (48 min)

After showing how the Upper Room appearance of the Lord in John 20 is a picture of the local assembly, Ian Jackson preaches a powerful and challenging message on how to serve God when He sends us…with a “consecrated heart”, with an “undivided loyalty”, within a “separated pathway”, with a “submissive mind”, and with the “strengthening of the assembly” in view (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 22nd April 2019)

I Sought for a Man (32 min)

Frank Sona brings a challenge from Ezekiel 22:30 where God says “I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge and stand in the gap before me.” God is looking for holy, separated, dedicated men and women to stand for him in times of difficulty and danger. Will you be that person? (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 21st April 2019)

Wilt Thou Not Revive Us Again (39 min)

Frank Sona preaches on Psalm 85:6 – “Wilt thou not revive us again?” He highlights the need for revival and revival’s main features – including obedience to the Word of God, repentance, prayer and reliance on the Lord (Message preached in Bicester, Easter Apr 20th 2019)

The “Bema” – Review, Reward and Revelation (49 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the topic of the judgment seat of Christ under 6 headings: survey, subjects, scope, schema, schedule, and significance. Three issues in connection with the “bema” are: review, reward and revelation. The significance of the event is 4-fold: a caution, a challenge, a commandment and a comfort. Readings: Rom 14:7-14, 1 Cor 3:9-15, 4:1-5, 2 Cor 5:1-15 (Message preached 23rd Dec 2018)

How the Father Disciplines His Children (30 min)

A message on the topic of “chastening” – God the Father’s loving discipline of His sons, designed to correct our faults and develop our character. Three categories of chastening are outlined: verbal, judicial and developmental. Both the nature and purpose of each one are examined, accompanied by examples from Scripture (Readings: 1 Pet 4:17-18, Rev 3:19, 2 Tim 3:16-17, 1 Cor 11:30-32, Heb 12:4-13). (Message preached 2nd Dec 2018)

An Extraordinary Christian Life (25 min)

David Vallance, speaking from Jude v20-23, sets out the Bible’s plan for the believer’s life. He challenges his audience to take responsibility for their Christian life and not treat it as a hobby. His punch line? When it comes to Bible reading, prayer, evangelism, holiness and care for others “Don’t be normal…don’t be mediocre”. A challenging thought-provoking message (Message preached in Bicester, Easter April 1st 2018)

Present Your Bodies (40 min)

David Vallance takes a look at Paul’s challenge in Romans 12 to “present your bodies a living sacrifice”. His challenge? Don’t be conformed to a world that says the material is more important than the spiritual; that the present is more important than the future, and that emotion is more important than truth (Message preached in Bicester, 31st Mar 2018)

John The Baptist’s Preaching Points (38 min)

Mervyn Hall brings a challenging message from three of John the Baptist’s “preaching points”. He outlines John’s purpose in the wilderness, his perspective at Bethabara (“the house of the ford”) and his persistence in the Palace, when preaching to Herod. Pertinent and poignant lessons are drawn from these narratives that guide us in our own 21st century gospel endeavour (Message preached June 1st 2017)

Lessons from Paul’s Voyage (36 min)

Jack Hay preaches from Acts 27 and the narrative of Paul’s voyage to Rome that was shipwrecked along the way. Mr Hay draws lessons about the journey of life with its frictions, frustrations and foolishness – all of which can so easily rock our little boat and threaten to sink us beneath life’s complications. A salutary message containing many practical lessons (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 17th Apr 2017)

Paul on Malta (43 min)

Jack Hay preaches from Acts 28:1-3, drawing many pertinent and practical lessons from Paul’s arrival on the Mediterranean island of Malta (Melita – KJV). Issues touched on include assurance of salvation, unlimited atonement, humility in service and preservation in temptation (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 17th Apr 2017)

The Rest of Our Time (38 min)

Dan Shutt preaches a stirring message on the topic of “the rest of our time” and challenges his audience to dedicate the remainder of their lives to the Lord, using illustrations from the lives of Caleb, Mordecai, Moses, Paul and David. He closes his message with a look at the life of Christ and the perfect way in which He lived for His God (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 28th Mar 2016)

Why This Waste? (34 min)

Dan Shutt challenges his audience not to waste their lives on self, but to “waste their lives” for Christ. Others thought that breaking the box of costly ointment on Christ (in Mark Ch 14) was “a waste” – but any sacrifice for Christ is highly valued and eternally significant. “What the world calls waste, God values highly”. How will you spend the life God has given you? (Message preached 27th Mar 2016)

Love, Lapse and Loyalty (30 min)

Sandy Higgins takes a challenging look at three New Testament characters. John the apostle, marked by love for Christ. Peter, marked by a sad lapse in devotion, as he followed at a distance. Joseph of Arimathea who was marked by loyalty to Christ in the hour of His death. Following Christ might mean burying your future…but a resurrected present will more than compensate (Message preached April 6th 2015)

The Possibilities of One Meeting (34 min)

Sandy Higgins preaches on the Lord’s encounter with the disciples in John 20 and all that came about through that one significant meeting. Joy, guidance, unity and devotion resulted from seeing Him and listening to His words. Such are the possibilities of one meeting, once conference, one encounter with the Lord (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 2nd April 2015)

Lessons from the Feeding of the 5,000 (47 min)

Dan Rudge preaches on the feeding of the 5,000 from the Gospel of John. He works through John 6:1-13 drawing out numerous spiritual truths and practical lessons for his audience. Faced with an overwhelming need and a scant supply, take encouragement from what the Lord is able to do! (Message preached 26th June 2014)

His Will – Your Sanctification (42 min)

Ian Jackson preaches on “His Will, Your Sanctification”, and gives a timely and challenging exposition of 1 Thess 4:1-8, highlighting the need for holiness in the life of the believer. He addresses matters of importance amid a climate of moral change in Western culture (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 21st Apr 2014)

Failure Doesn’t Need to be Final (46 min)

Ian Jackson delivers a warning about the danger of moral failure in the life of a believer. If David can fall (1 Kings 15:1-5), as he did “in the matter of Uriah the Hittite”, none of us can afford to be complacent. Ian also gives an explanation of Christ’s work as “the advocate” who works for the restoration of erring believers. (Message preached 21st April 2014)

John’s Three Tests of Salvation (25 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on the subject of the apostle John’s “three tests”. In his epistles John outlines a moral test, a social test and a doctrinal test. These tests provide assurance to true believers, but sound an alarm to “false believers”, in particular the false teachers who were denying that Jesus is the Christ come in flesh (Message preached 23rd Mar 2014)

Take Care with your Spiritual Diet (28 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on 5 of the metaphors for the Word of God, given in the Bible. The 5 are “milk” (versatility), “bread” (energy), “water” (purity), “meat” (quality) and “honey” (remedy). He urges his audience to take care with their “spiritual diet” (Message preached 15th Sept 2013)

The Hazard of Spiritual Hypothermia (45 min)

David Gilliland preaches on the danger of spiritual coldness. He outlines the reasons and results of “spiritual hypothermia” before giving the Biblical remedy for this debilitating condition from the narrative of the Shunammite’s son in 2 Kings 4, who was warmed by the ministry of godly Elisha (Message preached 1st April 2013)

Victory Over Human Wisdom (40 min)

John Grant preaches on overcoming the enslaving and oppressive power of human wisdom. From the narrative of Deborah’s victory over Jabin in Judges 4 and 5, which includes Jael’s deadly dealing with the scourge of Sisera, Mr Grant applies powerful and necessary lessons about progress and victory in the lives of God’s people (Message preached in Bicester 1st Apr 2013)

The Four Seasons of the Christian Life (43 min)

David Gilliland preaches on the winter, spring, summer and autumn of the Christian life. The cold of our godless past, melted by the gospel’s warmth (Psa 147:18); the spring of early Christian experience with its freshness, beauty and growth (Song of Songs 2:11-13); the summer of fruitfulness, stability and blessing (Amos 8:1), and the autumn of maturity and richness of colour with its legacy passed to the next generation (Job 5:26, 1 Chron 29:29). A wise and discerning message that…

Adorning the Doctrine of God our Saviour (35 min)

David Gilliland explains what it means to “adorn the doctrine” from Titus 2:10. He highlights 4 major doctrines – justification, sanctification, redemption and reconciliation – and urges his audience to frame these great doctrines within lives of practical righteousness, holiness, freedom and forgiveness, thus “adorning the doctrine”. (Message preached 30th Mar 2013)

Doing Three Things at Once (29 min)

Bert Cargill preaches from the epistle to the Ephesians on three things a Christian can do at once – sit in heavenly places; walk in love and stand against the evil one. A practical and helpful word of ministry bringing needed truth to remembrance – 29 min (Message preached 9th Sept 2012)

Heavens, House and Heart (40 min)

Elton Fairfield preaches on a trilogy of Psalms – 46, 47 and 48 – from which he develops an encouraging and uplifting word of ministry on the eternal heavens, the earthly house and the established heart (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 9th April 2012)

Abstain From Fleshly Lusts (31 min)

Elton Farifield issues a much needed warning about fleshly lusts that war against the soul and the danger of seeking pleasures in the wrong way and the wrong places. A stirring and vital message to preserve us in a day of evil (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 8th April 2012)

Going for Gold (22 min)

John McCann preaches on “going for gold”. He gives a challenging word on “gold and our worship” (Matt 2), “gold and our work” (1 Cor 3) and “gold and our wealth” (Rev 2). He emphasises the need for quality, not quantity, in service for God (Message preached 25th March 2012)
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