Sermons by Andy Bratton
Sermon Title: Promised Peace Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-7 Big Idea: When Jesus came into the world, many things were exposed for what they were and what they could be. Jesus is the place of peace because of the promise of his coming and the promises He makes. Peace exposes the darkness Peace exposes exceeding joy Peace exposes the yoke of slavery Peace exposes eternity True peace is when we see everything in a new Light, which comes with a new life.
Titus 2:1-5 Big Idea: Godly Grandparenting is being active in your growth to be like Jesus and being active in projecting it to your grandkids. Grandpas have… A mind that thinks clearly A stature that causes kids to look up to you A heart that cares about the future even though you’ll be gone Grandmas have… A life that is holy (hee-er-op-rep-ace) A mouth that encourages A heart for mentoring Ruth 4 Grandparents these days are a reflection of their How COVID has affected us
Big Idea: Parents need to be watchful but also courageous in action and train our kids to be unstained by the world. Raising our kids plan… What are they hearing? What do they believe? Who is lord to them? What direction are they running in? What have they immersed themselves in? What are they obedient to? Love don’t lavish – 1 Cor. 16:13-14 Educate don’t exasperate – Ephesians 6:4 Advocate don’t abdicate – Mark 9:14-29 Discern don’t drag – Proverbs How COVID has affected us
Scripture: Proverbs 22:6; Psalm 127:3-5; Mark 10:13-16; Proverbs 20:11; Colossians 3:20-21; Deuteronomy 6:2,4-5 Big Idea: Reminding kids of the model faith God created them with. Mark 10:13-14 Design of faith. God’s given faith to kids (unless you have faith of a child) Mark 10:15-16 Odd dimension of faith. Mark 10:13,15; 1 Peter 5:6-8 Threat to faith Know they are hard-wired for faith – instead of helping them be what they want to be, start with helping them be who God How COVID has affected us
Matthew 25:31-46 Big Idea: The results Jesus expects of us are clear V. 31-33 The King decides and divides V. 34-40 The sheep humbly helped the hurting V. 41-46 The goats independently indulged in serving themselves Set your gaze on the goal of living for Jesus. Expect He will put in your path those you need to help. Enter into every situation with faith and fully surrendered. Faith gives us the vision to see the works God has prepared for How COVID has affected us
Readiness comes with a responsibility to be active in our faith. The Master trusted us with work while we wait. The Master returned and expected an accounting of our action. The Master was pleased with the profitability. The Master was mad at the misconception How do we ACT on this? Acknowledge the gift Create opportunities Trust that God will make it profitable Knowing the Master is the motivating factor.
Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13 Big Idea: God welcomes those whom He knows. Being known by God is to be a prepared, invited guest of the wedding. Readiness is being known. The virgins’ invitation was to be light. Foolishness was not knowing light takes fuel. Invited guests will be known by their light. The path to the eternal Kingdom of God should be fueled by the Kingdom of God alive in us now.
Matthew 24 Big Idea: With all of the upheaval in our world today, the question is out there as to whether this is the time Jesus will return. The world matches up every hint in the Bible except one. Raptureready.com Matthew 24:3-14 Jesus said, “don’t be led astray,” people hear, “when you hear of wars.” 24:15-28 Jesus instructs how to rule voices out, while people listen and follow random voices. 24:29-35 Jesus indicates there will be no doubt while people How COVID has affected us
Sermon Scripture: Acts 28 Sermon Big Idea: The end of the book of Acts is still being written by Christians and churches around the world. What will your part of the story be? Acts 28:1-10 The shipwreck story ended with healing. Acts 28:11-16 The arrival story ends with a warm welcome. Acts 28:17-28 The evangelism of the Jews story ended as usual. Acts 28:30-31 The life of the church story continued without an ending. We are unleashed by the power How COVID has affected us
Sermon Scripture: Acts 27 Sermon Big Idea: When we are in tune with God’s plan for our life, we faithfully stay the course, even when those around us are trying to alter it. Acts 27:21-26 Paul trusted God’s plan. Acts 27:33-37 Paul testified about God’s plan. Acts 27:41-44 Paul traveled God’s plan. Practically speaking… Seek God’s will Know where to look Know what to love Share God’s will Know how to share Know how to care Stay in God’s will How COVID has affected us