Sermons by Andy Bratton
Ephesians 4:11-12 1 .What PART of the church will light up when you plug in? Ephesians 4:13-14 2. We stay plugged in so the current isn’t interrupted. Ephesians 4:15-16 3. We want everyone to plug in so we can add more outlets. When the source of our power is Jesus, our community will grow!
God gave his people sizable standards – Exodus 25:8-9 God gave his people specific schematics – Exodus 26:1-6 God gave his people special skills – Exodus 31:1-11 God’s plan was to commune with His covenant people. – Exodus 25:22 God gave us a clear commission – Matthew 28:18-20a God gave us a ginormous goal – Matthew 28:19 God gave us a meaningful message – John 3:16 As we fulfill God’s purpose, His presence will be palpable. – Matthew 28:20b
A summary of two recent mission trips to Haiti and the account of leaving amidst Haitian protests, riots, and manifestations.
Matthew 5:9-12 Philippians 4:6-7 Jesus asks us to have a peace that surpasses human understanding. Jesus asks us to endure persecution like the prophets. With both, He promises us adoption. John 12:1-8 Mary chose perfume over picketing. Mary was chastised not cheered. Matthew 26:13 Mary was memorialized by her maker. John 18:4-12 Peter chose a sword over sonship. Peter was chastised not cheered. Peter thought he was protecting the Prince of Peace. Mary was protecting a promise. Jesus asks us…
Matthew 5:7-8 Acts 2:42-47 Matthew 18:21-35 It’s exhausting to see people in a cycle of sin. In order to show mercy, you have to wield some power. A life apart from God’s mercy is costly. Mercy forgives, it doesn’t prolong the inevitable. Matthew 9:9-13 The difference between mercy and sacrifice is the heart. Psalm 51
Two important words when discussing hurts, habits, and hangups are: ADMIT and SUBMIT Matthew 4:1-11 Philippians 2:5-8 The stuff Satan used was… Hunger for the physical Hunger for help Hunger for power Matthew 5:5-6 The stuff Jesus said to pursue is… Gentleness Righteousness The most important question when discussing hurts, habits, and hangups is: TO WHOM ARE YOU SUBMITTING?
Addiction starts as an escape from reality. Escape becomes addiction when gratification becomes desire. Desire is something we prioritize and are willing to sacrifice for. In other words, we want to be god. Breaking addiction starts with… solidifying whose we are. seeking His will for His creation. staying “poor in spirit” with a mourning heart. Who are you? I am a prince/princess, because I am a child of the one true King!
Moses… was so self-absorbed he couldn’t see what he had just witnessed. was afraid of being dismissed. doubted God’s power where he was weak. was fine with the change, as long as someone else did it. Change… is vanity if not done in covenant with God. brought about by God’s mighty hand is tough change. The best change was transformational change that took place on the cross. comes from God. The one who never changes! Be all in with God,…
The prison of peace Isaiah 9:6 – completeness, soundness Luke 2:14 – “among those with whom he is pleased.” Matthew 10:34 – a state of national tranquility Our thoughts on peace are… Be accepting Be agreeable Be amicable Peace as it pertains to Jesus is… Contrary to the world – John 14:25-27 Justification – Romans 5:1-5 Readiness – Ephesians 6:13-15 A sign – Galatians 5:22-23 A gift – Philippians 4:4-7 Isaiah 9:6 Isaiah prophesied that the One who was coming…
David’s appearance was as a shepherd David’s appearance was as a servant David’s appearance was selfish David’s appearance was senseless 1 Samuel 171 Samuel 16:1-7 But God didn’t look at his appearance. God looked on David’s heart!