Sermons by Andy Bratton
King Ahasuerus rewarded people for the wrong reasons. Mordecai used his belief system to resist allegiance. Haman revealed his character and pride in his resolve. King Ahasuerus remains impulsive and ignorant. We discover the importance of the book of Esther. Theological Lessons: God’s promise to Abraham was about to be in jeopardy. Satan was told he would bruise the heel of Eve’s offspring. God first, country second. Practical Lessons: Surround yourself with people of Godly character. Don’t let pride cause…
Esther 2 Sermon Big Idea: God can use anybody in any situation to do His will. But He would rather use a surrendered heart. The king ruined one life, now he is about to ruin many more. (v. 1-4) Mordecai rescued Esther and Esther will rescue Israel. (v. 5-11) A night with the king becomes a nightmare. (v. 12-14) The bright star shone brightly. (v. 15-18) A plot was revealed that will play a part in the larger plot. (v.…
Esther 1 Sermon Big Idea: Pride and ignorance are not lost on the rich and powerful Ahasuerus wanted to display his power (v. 1-4) Ahasuerus wanted to buy loyalty (v. 5-9) Ahasuerus wanted to feed his pride (v. 10-11) Ahasuerus wanted to order honor (v. 12-22) Journeying with Jesus starts with your own royal rescue. And that means undoing the one thing that can be undone.
Psalm 46 God is still our proven help. (v. 1-3) God still sits on His throne. (v. 4-7) Be still and know that He is GOD! (v. 8-11) The world around you may feel like it is crumbling apart, but take hope in the proven power of our almighty God.
Psalm 150 As long as you are breathing, praise the Lord. And when your breath is gone you will get to praise Him even louder! Psalm 100 Make a joyful noise. The kind of noise you make when you are in a King’s presence. Psalm 98 Salvation deserves a new song sung by all of God’s creation. What is the song you will sing before the throne?
Make God the GC and the security system. (v. 1) Don’t let anxiety be your alarm clock. (v. 2) Raising godly children changes the conversation of our community. (v. 3-5) 1 Kings 2:1-4 David’s charge to Solomon: Build your life on God 1 Kings 3:3-14 In his anxiety, Solomon heard from God, and had peace. 1 Kings 11:1-4 Solomon built his family on personal desire and greed. 1 Kings 11:9-13 Solomon’s life and wisdom are now overshadowed by his disobedience.
Galatians 6 The Big Idea: We are to bear one another’s scars, not take credit for their healing Bear the burdens of our brothers Bear the responsibility of good Bear the marks of Christ “The grace of Christ be with us all.” Because the works of the law won’t save us.
Stand… Firm in truth (v. 1-12) Firm in love (v. 13-15) Firm in the Spirit (v. 16-26) Our behavior reflects whether we have chosen to live by the guide inside or the noise of the outside voice.
“The principles of the world are weak and worthless.” (v. 8-11) Trust the one who makes much of Jesus. (v. 12-20) Slaves of our past or heirs of a future promise? (21-31) Let the life in your rearview mirror stay farther away than it appears.
The Father made a covenant with a son. The children needed a guardian to know the Father. The covenant was satisfied through another Son. The Father has given us the opportunity to become heirs. Dads let’s take a lesson from The Father: Pass the sandal. Place healthy boundaries around your kids. Point your kids to the Redeemer.