Sermons by Andy Bratton

Sermons by Andy Bratton

A Divine Dining Experience Sermon Series

A Divine Smackdown

Sermon Scripture:  Luke 11:37-54 Sermon Big Idea:  The key is to clean the inside first by being persistent, united, enguard, a doer, repentant, and a light.  Then we will have the keys to open the gate and to not hinder others from entering. Jesus teaches us how to disciple: Be persistent in prayer (Luke 11:1-13) Be united (Luke 11:14-23) Be on watch (Luke 11:24-26) Be hearers and doers (Luke 11:27-28) Be repentant (Luke 11:29-32) Be lights (Luke 11:33-36) As we…
A Divine Dining Experience Sermon Series

A Divine Mystery

Luke 7:36-50 Mark 4:41 Luke 5:20-21 Luke 7:36-50 Simon questioned much He couldn’t be a prophet If He was holy He wouldn’t let her touch him The woman loved much Humbled herself Gave up her livelihood Covered up his embarrassment Matthew 2:18 – Polys (pa loos) Jesus forgives much Neither him who owed a little or a lot could repay She was one who we all would agree is a sinner Luke 7:49 Who is this man?  He is the…
A Divine Dining Experience Sermon Series

A Divine Distraction

Deuteronomy 6:4-7 Martha was focused on the welcome. (v. 38) Mary was focused on learning. (v. 39) Martha was distracted with serving. (v. 40) Jesus re-focused Martha’s priorities. (41-42) Luke 10:31-32 Like the Levite and the Priest, we can get focused on what we think is right, only to forget the best. 3 meal questions What God sightings did you witness today? What would you ask Jesus if He were sitting at the table with us? What is one nice…
God and Politics Sermon Series

What do I do if My Candidate Loses?

We might think we know how things are supposed to happen, but always be ready for God to do something we don’t expect. Adonijah was presumptuous. (1 Kings 1:5-10) Bathsheba was preserving self. (1 Kings 1:11-14,16-17,20-21) God had a plan. (1 Chronicles 28:3,5-6) David was giving praise. (1 Kings 1:48) Present fulfillment (2 Samuel 23:5) Future fulfillment (Acts 2:30-31) Eternal fulfillment (Psalm 39:5,7) We praise God on Wednesday for what He has done today, will do in the future, and…
God and Politics Sermon Series

How to Tackle the Issues

Matthew 25:31-46Matthew 28:18-20James 1:26-27Matthew 22:34-40 Sanctity of Life Abortion – Psalm 139:13-16, Luke 1:41 Capital punishment – Numbers 35:30-31; John 8:7; Matthew 5:38-39 LGBTQ – Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26-27;  Gun rights – Luke 22:36; Ecclesiastes 9:18; Matthew 26:52 The Environment – Psalm 89:11 “The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.” What about the “me” issues? Social Security Healthcare Taxes Our litmus test for the issues are:…
God and Politics Sermon Series

The Disliked Leader

We may disagree on policy and issues related to our world, but that doesn’t mean we are exempt from loving others. We don’t get to pick and choose which verses we follow. Romans 13:1-2 1 Peter 2:13-14 God uses unlikely people to accomplish His will. Samson Nebuchadnezzar God teaches us to honor and love those we disagree with. Saul and David 1 Samuel 24:5-6 1 Samuel 26:9 2 Samuel 1:16 Be careful how you speak about the Lord’s anointed.
God and Politics Sermon Series

A Hillbilly’s Guide to Politics

Sermon Scripture:  Exodus 18 Sermon Big Idea:  When we put God’s will first, the result is peace Moses gave God credit (v. 1-9) Moses and Jethro praised and worshiped God (v. 10-12) Moses settled disputes according to God’s decrees (v. 13-16) Jethro had a more comprehensive plan (v. 17-27) Keep taking disputes to God (v. 19-20) Select leaders (v. 21-23) Capable Honest Fear God Hate bribes Break into smaller groups (v. 21-23) And the result was PEACE
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Jesus in Between

Jesus in between Sermon Scripture:  John 8:1-11Sermon Big Idea:  Jesus stands between us and death Suicide statistics: On average there are 132 suicides per day The rate of suicide is highest in middle-aged white men In 2018 there were 1.4 million suicide attempts During the COVID crisis, over 40% of Americans claimed to have one adverse mental or behavioral health condition. Second leading cause of death among 10-34 year olds 11% of 18-25 year olds have had suicidal thoughts Things…
7 Questions Sermon Series at Kalkaska Church of Christ

How Have We Robbed You?

Malachi 3:8-12 Big Idea:  Robbing God is stunting growth The Israelite’s giving responsibility was multiple tithes. A tenth was God’s – Leviticus 27:30 The tenth was given to Levites – Numbers 18:21-24 A tenth for the festival tithe – Deuteronomy 14:22-23 A tenth every third year for those in need – Deuteronomy 14:28-29 The tithe was to show love for God and love to others. The tithe, like all of God’s laws, were met with His blessing. The Heavens open…
7 Questions Sermon Series at Kalkaska Church of Christ

“How Have we Worried Him?”

Malachi 2:17-3:5 God is wearied by his creation challenging his justice. (2:17) Why do good things happen to bad people? (Jonah 4:1-4) Our confusion about good and bad The perspective of Job and Jonah (Job 42:3) God is wearied by constant refining. (3:1-4) Christian amnesia (Isaiah 51:13) Christian refining (Isaiah 48:10, Proverbs 27:17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17) God is wearied by being in conflict with his creation. (3:5) The sin of seeking other guidance (1 Samuel 28:6-7) The sin of seeking…