Sermons by Andy Bratton

Sermons by Andy Bratton

Life Hacks from James

Life Hacks for Hard Times

James 1:1-18 Sermon Big Idea:  The best life hacks are not always easy, but lead to the best results. Want joy?  Endure trials. (v. 2-4) Want wisdom? Ask the one who has it to give. (v. 5-8) Want to feel good about life? Live a lowly life. (v. 9-11) Want a crown of life? Be found faithful. (v. 12-15) Want perfect things? Look up not around. (v. 16-18) Want to be in eternity with Jesus?  Be a slave to Jesus.…
The 5 year check up

The 5 year check up!

Shoes and Socks God loves you – John 3:16, Romans 5:8The Gospel – 1 Corinthians 15:1-10a, Mark 1:16, Isaiah 52:7 Mission: …helping people journey with Jesus – 1 John 2:6, Matthew 28:18-20 Vision: Seek Scripture – Mark 1:21-22 Sharpen and be Sharpened – Mark 1:16-20, 3:13-14 Show Compassion – Mark 1:40-41, Matthew 14:13-14 Serve Sacrificially – Mark 10:43-44, John 13:14, 1 Corinthians 12:14,27 Practically Speaking:Always Celebrate Bible reading and teach from the BibleBe a part of: Life Groups, Titus 2,…
Messages from Bethlehem sermon series at Kalkaska Church of Christ

Seeking Jesus?

Big Idea:  When looking for Jesus you may not find what you are looking for, but if you do find Him you will find exactly what you need. Wise men were seeking a miracle – Matthew 2:1-2 Andrew and Peter were seeking a Messiah – John 1:35-39; Acts 1:6 Followers of Jesus were seeking manna – John 6:26 What are you seeking? The wise men knew it was Him by a sign – Matthew 2:9 Peter and Andrew knew it…
Messages from Bethlehem sermon series at Kalkaska Church of Christ

A Rejected King

Sermon Scripture:  1 Samuel 16 Sermon Big Idea:  Rejection is a heart condition. Will we believe in our hearts how Jesus came into the world and what He came to do? Israel rejected God as King because they didn’t like what they could see. (1 Samuel 8:1-7) God rejected Saul as King because of what Saul wouldn’t see. (1 Samuel 13:13-14; 15:11,22,27-29) God rejected David’s brothers as King so that Israel may see. (1 Samuel 16:6-7) The world rejected Jesus…
Messages from Bethlehem sermon series at Kalkaska Church of Christ

Don’t forget the bread

God uses an unlikely love story at the “house of bread” to fulfill his promise. Intro:  You can’t deny love as the overwhelming thread that holds together God and his people. Elimelech’s love was providing for his family. (Ruth 1:1-2) Naomi’s love was a willingness to release her family. (Ruth 1:8) Ruth’s love was the sacrifice of self. (Ruth 1:16-17) Boaz’s love was for God and His people. (Ruth 2:11; 4:9-10) God’s love is a promise kept. (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah…
The Feast Sermon Series at Kalkaska Church of Christ

It’s all about the outfit

Adam and Eve recognized their nakedness. (Genesis 3:7) Surrendering to Jesus is being recognized as a disciple of Jesus. (Matthew 22:1-14) As we follow Jesus we can recognize the wrinkles falling from our life. (Ephesians 5:25-27) Our good works will make us recognizable as the bride. (Revelation 19:1-9) May our clothing reflect not our past, but our wrinkle-free future of righteous deeds.
The Feast Sermon Series at Kalkaska Church of Christ

A Gift From the Host

Luke 19:1-10 Sermon Big Idea:  Truly inviting Jesus to our feast is to let him be the host. Short in stature, short in morals, but a tall stack of money had he. Zacchaeus couldn’t resist the desire to see Jesus. What identified Zacchaeus was replaced with Jesus. Jesus healed another blind man. Jesus became the host of Zacchaeus’ house by way of salvation.
The Feast Sermon Series at Kalkaska Church of Christ

The Guest List

Sermon Scripture:  John 2:1-12 Sermon Big Idea:  When Jesus is invited, watch for the miracles. In Jesus’ first miracle we find much symbolism. In Jesus’ first miracle we find great satisfaction. In Jesus’ first miracle we find his first glorious sign. In Jesus’ first miracle we find a satisfying symbol of his glory that turns bad situations into great celebrations.
A Royal Rescue

A Royal Reversal – Pt. 2

Esther 9:20-28 Sermon Big Idea:  From destruction to salvation, God’s power can turn any of us around. Purim is celebrated on a memorable month. (9:20-22) Purim is celebrated in remembrance of the adversary. (9:23-24) Purim is a celebration of rescue! (9:25-28) And then came Jesus! (Matthew 1:21) Our remembrance resembles that of Purim.  However, the focus is on Jesus, not the adversary.  And, our focus is not on rescue, but on salvation!