Sermons from August 2023

Sermons from August 2023

My Life Was a Broken Mess (32 min)

Dave Chisolm grew up going to church, but as a young man he got into drink, drugs and fighting. By the age of 33 his life was a broken mess, living daily on the edge of suicide. He kept crying out to God for help, and God answered his prayer through the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. Dave was saved by the grace and power of God on 16th Jan 1983. 40 years later, he told his life story in…

The World’s Gone Mad – Here’s Why (35 min)

It’s common nowadays to hear people exclaim “The world’s gone mad”. In recent years the religious, political, family and community narratives the older generation grew up with have all pretty much collapsed. How did this happen? What’s going on? Michael Penfold explains that the character of the present madness is nothing new. It has the same character as the madness that overwhelmed the world at the beginning of human history. Readings: Gen 3:1-6, Rom 5:12-14, 18-21. (Message preached in Chalfont…

The Future of Christ (61 min)

Phil Coulson preaches on the future of Christ – starting with the rapture and heading on into the Millennium and the eternal state. Reading: Zech 6:1-15. (Message preached in River Road Gospel Hall, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada, June 2023) Complete series: The sinlessness of Christ The high priesthood of Christ The greatness of Christ The future of Christ

The Greatness of Christ (51 min)

Phil Coulson preaches on the greatness of Christ from the beginning of the Bible to the end. Reading: Heb 7:1-4. (Message preached in River Road Gospel Hall, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada, June 2023) Complete series: The sinlessness of Christ The high priesthood of Christ The greatness of Christ The future of Christ

The High Priesthood of Christ (54 min)

Phil Coulson preaches on the high priesthood of the Lord Jesus Christ. What is priesthood? Why do we need Christ to be our great high priest? In what was are believers priests? Reading: Heb 5:1-14. (Message preached in Roseisle, Manitoba, Canada, June 2023) Complete series: The sinlessness of Christ The high priesthood of Christ The greatness of Christ The future of Christ

The Sinlessness of Christ (44 min)

Phil Coulson preaches on the sinlessness of Christ. The Lord was tested in all points like we are, sin apart, and is thus able to sympathise with us and bear our infirmities. Readings: Matt 1:1-5, 13-17, 4:1-11, Heb 4:14-16. (Message preached in Roseisle, Manitoba, Canada, June 2023) Complete series: The sinlessness of Christ The high priesthood of Christ The greatness of Christ The future of Christ

Bethany as the Local Assembly (20 min)

Harold Paisley (1924-2015) preaches on the village of Bethany as a picture of the local assembly. Bethany was the place of His person, His precepts and His sympathy. Readings: Luke 9:51-56, 10:38-39, 24:50-51, John 11:33-36, 12:2-3, Acts 1:10-11. (Message preached at Stark Road Gospel Hall conference in Livonia, MI, USA).

You Cannot Run from God (21 min)

Allan Quigley resented his Christian upbringing in Nova Scotia, and having to constantly go to gospel meetings. He left home at 17 to head to Ontario, causing heartbreak to his parents. But he soon discovered you cannot run from God. The following Sunday, to his own astonishment and with great reluctance, he found himself in yet another gospel meeting 1,800 km from home! Follow the story as the Lord worked in Allan’s life to bring him back to Nova Scotia…

Enjoying and Valuing Our Inheritance (22 min)

Bill Lavery preaches on enjoying and valuing our inheritance, in particular the treasure of truth we have been given in the Word of God. Reading: 1 Kings 21:1-10. (Message preached in Roseisle, Manitoba, Canada, 2017)

Staleness or Freshness in Worship? (23 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on freshness in worship when the church is gathered to break bread. Worship should be marked by preparation, devotion, appreciation, variation, perception and continuation. Reading: Lev 1:1-17, 6:8-13. (Message preached in Chalfont St Peter, 13th Aug 2023)

Household Baptism Didn’t Save Me (29 min)

Dave Smith (1928-2022) grew up in a single parent family in Devizes, Wiltshire, England. His household baptism didn’t make him a child of God, but he didn’t know that till years later. Emigrating to British Columbia, Canada, he eventually started his own construction business. On the verge of going bankrupt, a Christian lady told him of his need of Christ, a name Dave Smith was blaspheming dozens of times a day. But Dave’s wife had been saved for a while…

A Life of Significance (32 min)

Andrew Ussher preaches on what we can learn from the Father sending the Son into the world, as we realise that the Son has now sent us into the world. Andrew draws lessons from the perspective of the Father who sent Him, the sphere into which He was sent, and the life He lived as the sent One. Readings: John 17:11, 15-18, 20:19-21. (Message preached in Stark Road Gospel Hall, Michigan, USA, 24th Oct 2015).

How Would YOU Answer This Question? (25 min)

John Tolsma was born into a religious home in the Netherlands in 1947. Emigrating as a young lad to British Columbia, Canada, John continued his respectable ‘Christian’ lifestyle. Then one day a preacher by the name of Lou Swaan asked him if he had ever been born again. John said “Yes”, and related a story from his life where God had healed him in answer to prayer. Lou Swaan followed up with a devastating question that completely stunned good-living Mr…

Philemon and Apphia (56 min)

David Gilliland preaches on the life and character of a married couple who made their home in Colossae and were friends of the apostle Paul – Philemon and Apphia. He looks at the family in their home, the features of the home, the focus of the home, the fugitive from the home (Onesimus) etc. Readings: Philemon, Col 4:15-18. (Message preached in Northern Ireland) Complete series of “Couples that Count in Christianity”: Zacharias and Elizabeth Zebedee and Salome Ananias and Sapphira…

Aquila and Priscilla (54 min)

David Gilliland preaches on the life and character of Aquila and Priscilla, a godly New Testament couple who were friends of the apostle Paul. He follows their history from Corinth, to Ephesus, to Rome and back to Ephesus again. Readings: Acts 18:1-6, 18-21, 24-28, Rom 16:3-4, 1 Cor 16:19-20, 2 Tim 4:19-21a. (Message preached in Northern Ireland) (Photo: Corinth canal) Complete series of “Couples that Count in Christianity”: Zacharias and Elizabeth Zebedee and Salome Ananias and Sapphira Aquila and Priscilla…

Ananias and Sapphira (53 min)

David Gilliland preaches on the story of a couple in the book of Acts called Ananias and Sapphira. He looks at them in relation to their names, the church in Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit, the devil and the young men who buried them. Reading: Acts 4:31-5:14. (Message preached in Northern Ireland) Complete series of “Couples that Count in Christianity”: Zacharias and Elizabeth Zebedee and Salome Ananias and Sapphira Aquila and Priscilla Philemon and Apphia

Zebedee and Salome (48 min)

David Gilliland preaches on the life and character of Zebedee and Salome, the parents of James and John. He highlights Salome’s husband, her sons, her sister (Mary the Lord’s mother) and her Lord. Readings: Matt 4:18-22, 20:17-28, 27:55-56, Mark 15:40-41, John 19:25-27. (Message preached in Northern Ireland) (Photo: Sea of Galilee) Complete series of “Couples that Count in Christianity”: Zacharias and Elizabeth Zebedee and Salome Ananias and Sapphira Aquila and Priscilla Philemon and Apphia

Zacharias and Elizabeth (52 min)

David Gilliland preaches on the life and character of Zacharias and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist. He highlights their piety, their patience and their poetry. Readings: Luke 1:5-13, 39-45, 67-80. (Message preached in Northern Ireland) Complete series of “Couples that Count in Christianity”: Zacharias and Elizabeth Zebedee and Salome Ananias and Sapphira Aquila and Priscilla Philemon and Apphia

The Hand of the Lord was Upon Me (25 min)

Tom Bentley (1924-2011) preaches on the seven times “the hand of the Lord was upon me” occurs in the book of Ezekiel. In captivity in Babylon, Ezekiel was conscious of the Lord’s hand upon him in significant ways. (Message preached at the Stark Road Gospel Hall Conference, Livonia, MI, USA, October 1997)

What If That Was Your Last Chance? (24 min)

Jonathan Howard grew up hearing the gospel. He knew he was a sinner and he knew that Jesus died for sinners. He thought, “I believe it all, so why am I not saved?” One night in a gospel meeting a preacher set off an alarm clock that woke Jonathan up physically and spiritually! That very night, 5th Oct 1986, he understood for the first time that “Jesus died for me”. (Testimony given in Canada on 25th April 2021)

Daddy, If You Don’t Get Saved You’re Going to Hell (35 min)

Ralph Bunch didn’t know he needed to be saved until he was 24 years old. Growing up in Cold Harbour, Newfoundland, Canada, he took up a career in the military. Serving in Ontario, his daughter started attending Sunday School. Coming home from Sunday School one day she announced “Daddy, if you don’t get saved you’re going to hell”. Listen to hear how Ralph eventually got saved on 19th Feb 1981. (Testimony given in Canada 6th April 2021)

A Basic Introduction to Separation from the World (38 min)

Michael Penfold gives a basic introduction to the topic of separation from the world. The Bible outlines a path of separation for the believer in Christ – ecclesiastical, social, political, marital and financial. Readings: John 12:31, Gal 6:14, 1 John 2:15-17, 2 Cor 6:14-18. (Sermon preached in Burnaby Gospel Hall, Vancouver, Canada, 14th May 2023) Video to be uploaded to YouTube in due course. Click here for accompanying handout (Letter size) Complete series on Bible basics: The Church of God Gospel…

A Basic Introduction to Family, Marriage and Home (33 min)

Michael Penfold gives a basic introduction to the topics of family, marriage and home. The family is the foundation of society, and marriage is the foundation of the family. Readings: Gen 1:27-28, Eph 5:22-23, 6:1-3, 1 Tim 2:15, 5:14, Titus 2:5. (Sermon preached in Burnaby Gospel Hall, Vancouver, Canada, 14th May 2023) Video to be uploaded to YouTube in due course. Click here for accompanying handout (Letter size) Complete series on Bible basics: The Church of God Gospel Preaching The 7…

A Basic Introduction to Dispensations (47 min)

Michael Penfold gives a basic introduction to the topic of dispensations. Each of the Bible’s 7 dispensations is marked by a 4-part cycle of: revelation, responsibility, rebellion and retribution. Readings: Luke 16:1-2, Mark 16:15, Acts 10:23, 34-42. (Sermon preached in Burnaby Gospel Hall, Vancouver, Canada, 13th May 2023) Video to be uploaded to YouTube in due course. Click here for accompanying handout (Letter size) Complete series on Bible basics: The Church of God Gospel Preaching The 7 Dispensations Marriage, Family and…

A Basic Introduction to Gospel Preaching (49 min)

Michael Penfold gives a basic introduction to the topic of gospel preaching under 4 headings: the mandate, the multitude, the method and the message. Readings: Mark 16:15, Acts 10:23, 34-42. (Sermon preached in Burnaby Gospel Hall, Vancouver, Canada, 13th May 2023) Video to be uploaded to YouTube in due course. Click here for accompanying handout (Letter size) Complete series on Bible basics: The Church of God Gospel Preaching The 7 Dispensations Marriage, Family and the Home Separation from the World…

A Basic Introduction to the Local Church (44 min)

Michael Penfold gives a basic introduction to the topic of the local church under 4 headings: the plan, the purpose, the principle, the pattern. Readings: Matt 18:20, Acts 2:41-43, 15:14, 1 Cor 3:10, 14:37. (Sermon preached in Burnaby Gospel Hall, Vancouver, Canada, 13th May 2023) Click here for accompanying handout (Letter size) Complete series on Bible basics: The Church of God Gospel Preaching The 7 Dispensations Marriage, Family and the Home Separation from the World The 8 chapters of Mr…

Three Brothers Saved in One Night (22 min)

In a much-blessed month of gospel meetings in an old Schoolhouse in Millbrook, Nova Scotia, Canada, in the 1960’s, the Lord saved three brothers in one night. A few days later their mother and sister got saved. David Swan relates the fascinating story, which began when a preacher called Fred Holder sent a telegram to another preacher called Doug Howard, saying “I am free for the month of August. How about some gospel meetings?” Readings: John 3:16, 16:7-8, Luke 19:9-10.…

From Rags to Riches (32 min)

Bob Stairs grew up in difficult circumstances in New Brunswick, Canada. No modern conveniences, and all the kids in the large family sleeping in one bed. His family broke up when he was a small boy, and he ended up in a “poor farm”, a home for children and adults in need. He was moved around quite a bit but, by the grace of God, one foster home in which he stayed was run by a couple who knew the…

A Heavy Metal Band Drummer…Transformed! (27 min)

Ken Biddington describes what he got into as a teenager as “heavy darkness”. He was a drummer in a heavy metal band, lived a drugs-and-party lifestyle and even had an altar in his bedroom. But in 1993 God intervened in his life. Some of his friends got saved. As Ken read the Bible his life was majorly impacted. He cut his hair, finished with his girlfriend and came off drugs. He tried to get saved, but to no avail. Then…

Give That Man A Boat! (24 min)

Just before David Flynn was born in 1962, his mother was saved (1957) and his father shortly after (1959). They were converted as a result of the labours of Herb Harris and George Campbell, who sailed on the “Missionary Gospel Messenger” boat around Newfoundland and preached the gospel in port after port. One day a man opposed to their efforts shot at the boat with a high-powered rifle and ruined the loud speaker that was broadcasting the gospel. David tells…