Sermons by Andy Bratton (Page 3)
To Be Known
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.
The Signs are Everywhere
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
The Next Chapter
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
A Shipwreck of a Sermon
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
Sermon Scripture: Acts 26 Sermon Big Idea: Paul’s enemies and judges settled for good enough for the sake of unsettled peace. Paul tried to express his similarities and the light that exposed the continued path. Acts 26:4-8 Paul expressed his same beliefs as his accusers. Acts 26:9-11 Paul expressed his same disbelief in Jesus as his accusers. Acts 26:12-18 Paul expressed his moment of clarity he was trying to share with his accusers. Acts 26:19-31 Paul expressed how the law How COVID has affected us
Big Idea: The gospel message breaks down before it builds up. Acts 24:1-9 The truth of the Gospel offends people as it breaks down their foundational beliefs. Acts 24:10-21 The foundational truth of the Gospel is that it doesn’t break down the law, it fulfills it. Acts 24:22-27 The foundation of the Gospel is righteousness, self-control, and preparing for Jesus’ return. People either love or hate that God is asking for faith and surrender.
What are You Faithful to?
Sermon Scripture: Acts 23:12-35 Sermon Big Idea: Be faithful until death for the right things. 2 Samuel 23:34b 2 Samuel 11:3 2 Samuel 17:23 Acts 23:12-15 The unbelieving Jews were faithful to the removal of Paul and the gospel. Acts 23:16-30 The Tribune was faithful to his own survival. Acts 23:31-35 The Governor was faithful to justice. Let’s be found faithful to the message of the Messiah., not the message of me.
Sermon Scripture: Acts 22:22-23:11 Sermon Big Idea: God has a plan for all of us. Following it gives our life purpose. Not following it is disobedience. Ephesians 2:10 Acts 22:22-29 The Tribune’s purpose was to bring peace by way of pain. Acts 22:30-23:5 The council’s purpose was to expose Paul as a false teacher by way of false testimony. Acts 23:6-10 Paul’s purpose was to expose dissension by debate. Acts 23:11 Jesus’ purpose was to fulfill His plan by way How COVID has affected us
Listen or Ignore
Sermon Scripture: Acts 21:1-22:21 Sermon Big Idea: Warning signs come in different ways and we can choose to ignore them or adhere to them. Regardless, there may be consequences. God gave us warning signs. How will we respond to them? Warning signs can be… Physical – Romans 1:20, Verbal – Exodus 16:18-20 Prophetic – Daniel 4:25 From the Holy Spirit – Acts 21:4, 10-11 What really matters is our response. Matthew 10:32-33 – Focus on the promise not the penalty How COVID has affected us
A Farewell Tour
Sermon Scripture: Acts 20 Sermon Big Idea: Finishing the race is important. Paul chose to finish his by preaching the Gospel and encouraging believers. How will we finish ours? Acts 20:1-6 It was important to Paul to have his farewell tour be encouraging. Acts 20:7-16 Paul’s farewell tour mimicked Jesus’ farewell tour. Acts 20:17-38 Paul’s farewell tour is a testimony to God’s grace. Our farewell tour starts today. Will our farewell tour point to Jesus or to self?