Anush A. John Podcast

Jun 28 2020 34 mins

A collection of sermons preached at various places.





A Certain Hope
Jun 28 2020 33 mins  
We are definitely living in an unprecedented season. Is it possible to have hope during these uncertain times?Photo by Faris Mohammed on Unsplash


Name Brand - A Sermon on Blessing
Jun 21 2020 38 mins  
What is the real blessing that God gives us?24 “‘“The Lord bless you and keep you;25 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’27 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and...


When God Broke
Apr 29 2020 34 mins  
In this sermon, we will look at a well-known miracle of Jesus and learn how He is able to handle any insurmountable problem that we will face.Matthew 14:13-21Picture: Photo by Bruno Thethe on Unsplash



The Glory of Resistance - A Sermon on Temptation
Jan 26 2020 31 mins  
In this sermon, we talk about Jesus' temptation in the wilderness by the devil after 40 days of fasting. We discuss the difference between temptation and testing. Key phrase: The Depth of temptation's promise is always shallower than the glory of...


The Guaranteed Game – A Sermon on Assurance
Nov 18 2019 29 mins  
Hebrews 10:19-2519 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.1.0 (Since) We receive from him: Cleansinghaving our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.Ezekiel 36:25–26 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you …26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.Titus 3:5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…Hebrews 9:9 This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper.Where is that knocking coming from? What’s happening to me, that I’m frightened of every noise? Whose hands are these? Will all great Neptune’s oceans wash this blood clean from my hand?No, instead my hands will stain the seas scarlet, turning the green waters red – William Shakespeare, Macbeth.Hebrews 9:14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!2.0 (Let us) come to him with:2.1. Sincere heartslet us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings…Phil 3:10 – I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection.Physical blessing vs spiritual blessings.Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life….Daniel 3:16-18Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”“My wife and I would want the world to know this… We don’t follow God because we have some sort of under-the-table deal with Him, like, we’ll follow you if you bless us. We follow God because we love Him. It’s our honor. He is the God of the hills and the valleys. And He is beautiful above all things.” – TobyMac2.2. Assurance from faithlet us draw near to God with …. the full assurance that faith bringsHebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.a. The Reason behind the promiseb. The Desire to fulfill the promisec. The Ability to fulfill the promised. A History of fulfilling promises2 Timothy 2:13 if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.ResponseAnyone with a guilty conscience.Anyone who does not love God more than his gifts.Anyone with a lack of assurance about their salvation.


The Vestigial Veil - A Sermon on Access
Oct 13 2019 32 mins  
Hebrews 4:14-16 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we...


The Supernatural Neglect
Sep 23 2019 30 mins  
Hebrews 2:1-41.0 The Greatness of our Gift – The Offer of Salvation.Hebrews 2:3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?…GDP 2018 IMF2.0 The Slowness of our Drift – The Neglect of SalvationHebrews 2:1, 3 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? …An unbeliever drifts away from salvation by rejecting it.John 3:36 (NIV) believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.A believer drifts away from salvation by neglecting it.3.0 The Fulness of our Shift – The Application of SalvationHebrews 2:1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.1 Peter 2:9-10 (NIV) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.How can we pay much closer attention to our salvation?3.1 Exclusive BoundariesHebrews 2:2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?TransgressionExodus 20:2-5 (NIV)2 “I am the Lord your God,3 “You shall have no other gods before me.5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,…3.2 ListeningDisobedienceUFC 236: Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega 3.3 WitnessGod also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.Salvation was announced by Jesus.It was then (verbally) confirmed by those who heard itThen God bore witness through miracles and gifts.1 Corinthians 2:4 (NIV) My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s powerBringing the Holy Supernatural into the unholy natural.ResponseAnyone who has rejected salvation.Anyone who has neglected salvation – boundaries, listening, witness.


The Problem of Being
Jul 15 2019 35 mins  
Leviticus 11-151. Difference from othersDietary laws– unclean for hours.Mark 7:15, 1915 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)Galatians 5:16-1716 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.2. Fellowship with GodGestationary laws – unclean for months.1 Thessalonians 5:17 – pray continually3. The Problem of BeingIntegumentary laws – unclean for years.Leviticus 13:45-46 “Anyone with such a defiling disease must wear torn clothes, let their hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of their face and cry out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ 46 As long as they have the disease, they remain unclean. They must live alone; they must live outside the camp.Genesis 37:34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days.Ezekiel 24:17 Groan quietly; do not mourn for the dead. Keep your turban fastened and your sandals on your feet; do not cover your mustache and beard or eat the customary food of mourners.”Micah 3:7 The seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will all cover their faces because there is no answer from God.”Man’s power to think lifts him above the beasts of the field. … Yet at the same time it is strangely clouded to spiritual realities; for despite his genius in so many realms, man betrays a most remarkable denseness when it comes to the things of God. …. His mind, incisive in so many ways, is warped and twisted when it comes to eternal and spiritual issues. The damage wrought by sin runs deep into the very roots of the thinking processes of man. His imaginations are often filthy; his memories often betray him; his deductions are often false; and his conclusions are often wrong. – John Phillips, Exploring RomansMatthew 8:1-4When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.Hebrews 13:11-12 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.Response Questions1. Are you still with the old Being. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)2. Is there progressive difference between you and a non-believer.3. What is preventing a continuous fellowship with God?


Scarred for Life – A Sermon on Doubt and Belief
Jun 09 2019 32 mins  
 John 20:24-291.0 Ignorance/Indifference/Intolerance24 Now Thomas one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.2.0 Available Evidence2.1 The Prophecy of the resurrection.Matthew 16:21From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.2.2 The First ReportMatthew 281 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’2.3 The Empty TombLuke 24:22-2422 some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”2.4 Transformation of the Disciples.25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”3.0 Leap of Faith26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”What is Doubt? 3 kinds of doubt. (Gary Habermas, Liberty University)3.1 Intellectual doubt.3.2 Emotional doubtLuke 7:20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’”This rebellion of your moods against your real self is going to come anyway. That is why Faith is such a necessary virtue: unless you teach your moods “where they get off,” you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just a creature dithering to and fro, with its beliefs really dependent on the weather and the state of its digestion. CS Lewis, Mere Christianity, Faithc. Volitional doubt25 But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”4.0 Belief28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”1 Corinthians 15:42-4442 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.Isaiah 53:5 and by his wounds we are healed.


The One Question
May 13 2019 34 mins  
The One QuestionThe Role of the Holy SpiritJohn 16:1-15A. In Relation to the Devoted Worshippers – He Co-Operates1. ComfortJohn 16:7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. (NIV)2. Guidance13 when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (NIV)Matthew 2:19-2319 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee,23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth.3. WitnessJohn 15:26-27 (ESV)But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.Mark 13:11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.Filling of the spiritActs 4:31After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.Eph 5:18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the SpiritB. In Relation to the Distant Wanderer – He Convicts1. Iniquity: About Sin8 “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;John Phillips – Exploring RomansMen try to cover sin, excuse it and camouflage it. They call it by respectable names. A person is not a drunkard he is an alcoholic; drunkenness is not a sin, it is a disease; a person is not a liar, he is a prevaricator (or ,an extrovert with a lively imagination). Men speak of people as having complexes, phobias and inhibitions. They speak of a book as being daring; God would call it filthy. They say a man has had an affair; God says he has committed adultery. This is one of the games (people) play and a deadly and dangerous game it is.2. Integrity: About Righteousness10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me;3. Inquest: About Judgment11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. NIVHow can a loving God send anyone to hell?Matthew 25: 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.Hell is for the devil.Opting in vs. opting outGlorify Jesus14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (ESV)


The Fog has Gone – A Sermon on Prayer
Apr 08 2019 30 mins  
Discipline [1.0]Luke 11:1 The disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray”Persistence [2.0]Luke 18 parableMatt 6:7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words..James 4:2-3 You do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.Passion [3.0]James 5:16-17 The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months..Heb 5:7 In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. Not fakeListening [4.0]Danish Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard: A man prayed, and at first he thought that prayer was talking. But he became more and more quiet until in the end he realized that prayer is listening.Ps 130:5-65 I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.6 I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.– for god to bring to mind.Prayer changes. [5.0]Exod. 32:14 So the LORD changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.2 Sam 24:16 When the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD relented from the calamity and said to the angel who destroyed the people, “It is enough! Now relax your hand!”Jon. 3:10 When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.Jer 15:6 You who have forsaken Me,” declares the LORD, “You keep going backward. So I will stretch out My hand against you and destroy you; I am tired of relenting!Malachi 3:6 “I the LORD do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.Preached in Malaga, Spain.


FC Anywhere – A Sermon on Oneness
Apr 07 2019 45 mins  
Philippians 1:27-3027 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.Causes of Disunity [1.0]What Creates Oneness [2.0]Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.Causes of Disunity [1.0]Personal gain [1.1]Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1)Racial prejudice [1.2]Acts 6:1In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.Legalism [1.3]Acts 15:1 Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.”Col 2:16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. …21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings.23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.Differential Giftedness [1.4]Romans 12:5–85 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.I Cor 12:15-2121 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. …Human labels [1.5]Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.Ephesians 3:6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.What Creates Oneness Among Christians [2.0]Phil 1:27 I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.Hey, you! Out there on the road,Always doing what you’re told.Can you help me?Hey, you! Out there beyond the wall,Breaking bottles in the hall.Can you help me?Hey, you! Don’t tell me there’s no hope at all.Together we stand. Divided we fall.


Willing Compliance – A Sermon on Obedience
Apr 07 2019 25 mins  
It is a hearing that takes place under the authority of the speaker, and that leads into willing compliance with the requests. [Adapted from JI Packer]1. Recognition of Authority [His Lordship]Romans 6:17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.1 Peter 2:8 “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message…Acts 5:29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!Luke 2:49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”Luke 2:51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them….Hebrews 5:8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he sufferedWhat was it like watching him pray?How did he respond when he saw other kids giggling during the service at the synagogue?When he saw a rainbow, did he ever mention a flood?Did you ever feel awkward teaching him how he created the world?When he saw a lamb being led to the slaughter, did he act differently?How did he act at funerals?Did the thought ever occur to you that the God to whom you were praying was asleep under your own roof?Did he ever come home with a black eye?How did he act when he got his first haircut?Did he have any friends by the name of Judas?Did he do well in school?Did you ever scold him?Did he ever have to ask a question about Scripture?Did he ever get angry when someone was dishonest with him?Did you ever catch him pensively looking at the flesh on his own arm while holding a clod of dirt?Did he ever wake up afraid?Who was his best friend?When someone referred to Satan, how did he act?What did he and his cousin John talk about as kids?Did you ever think, That’s God eating my soup?Max Lucado – God came near.2. Ability to hear his voice [revelation and guidance]Jeremiah 7:26–2826 But they did not listen to me or pay attention. They were stiff-necked and did more evil than their ancestors.’27 “When you tell them all this, they will not listen to you; when you call to them, they will not answer.28 Therefore say to them, ‘This is the nation that has not obeyed the LORD its God or responded to correction. Truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips.John 5:19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.3. Willing ComplianceKnowledge [3.1]The finitude of our wisdom and the infinitude of His ensures our need for continuous obedience.Trust/Faith [3.2]Love [3.3]John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commands.John 5:30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.Phil 2:7, 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!Jesus showed his love to the father by obedience. obedient to death John 14:30-31 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.



Thorns and Thistles – A Sermon on Opposition in Christian Ministry
Apr 06 2019 50 mins  
Opposition in Christian ministry2 Corinthians 11:23-33Philippians 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.Satanic Attacks [1.0]2 Cor 11:23 I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea,Eph 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Revelation 12:3 Revelation 5:11Job 1:7 The LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”Isaiah 37:36 Then the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!Revelation 2:13The Fallen World System and Non-Believers [2.0]2 Cor 11:26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.1 Cor 2:14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.Temperamental Weaknesses [3.0]29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?SanguineCholericMelancholicPhlegmaticThe Danger Within [4.0]26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.Poverty [5.0]27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.“Imagine, He owned everything. But when He came into this world He was borrowing everything. He had to borrow a place to be born and not much of a place at that. He had to borrow a place to lay His head, He didn’t even have a home. Many nights He slept on the Mount of Olives. He had to borrow a boat to cross the little Sea of Galilee. He had to borrow a boat to preach from. He had to borrow an animal to ride into the city when He was being triumphantly welcomed as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He had to borrow a room for the Passover because He didn’t even have a house in Jerusalem. He had to borrow a tomb to be buried in.John Macarthur, 1988, the humiliation of ChristMatt 6:31-33. 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,


How to Catch a Pomfret – A Sermon on Basic Biblical Interpretation
Apr 06 2019 67 mins  
The Basics of Biblical Interpretation [1.0]The Literal Interpretation. [1.1]The dictionary sense: ” . . . the natural or usual construction and implication of writing or expression; following the ordinary and apparent sense of words; not allegorical or metaphorical” (Webster’s).When do we prefer NOT to use the literal sense:1. When the figurative makes good sense. Or the figurative seems to have a more spiritual sense.2. When the literal makes less sense. e.g. John 1:14 3. When leaders have interpreted something figuratively.4. When a concept is figurative in one location, we tend to use it figuratively elsewhere. Eg. Acts 2 When should we use the figurative sense?1. When that is incompatible with the context or purpose of the passage.1 Cor. 3:13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.Matthew 8:222. When parallel passages explain the word or phrase in question and clearly show that the literal is not the intended sense, cf. Luke 11:20 with Matt. 12:283. When the literal sense conflicts with doctrines, precepts or historical facts clearly set forth in other passages of the Bible.The Historical-Grammatical Interpretation. [1.2]a. Historical context.b. Literary context – Immediate and LargerSample outline: Literary Context – Matthew 24-25 The coming of Jesus Christ in relation to the Jews – 24: 4–44The Beginning of sorrows – 24: 4 –14The Great Tribulation – 24:15-28The Coming of the Lord – 24:29-31Parables – 24: 32-44The fig tree – 24: 32-35The days of Noah – 24: 36-41Thief in the night – 24: 42-44 The coming of Jesus Christ in relation to the church – 24:45- 25:30Parable of the servants – 24: 45-51Parable of the virgins – 25: 1-13Parable of the talents – 25: 14 –30 The coming of Jesus Christ in relation to the NationsParable of the sheep and goats (the coming judgment) – 25:31-46c. Word Use Matthew 10:22 “You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.Mark 1:5 And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.John 12:19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are not doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him.”Analogy of Scripture. [1.3]J.I. Packer, God Has Spoken, “The Bible appears like a symphony orchestra, with the Holy Ghost as its Toscanini; each instrumentalist has been brought willingly, spontaneously, creatively, to play his notes just as the great conductor desired, though none of them could ever hear the music as a whole . . . The point of each part only becomes fully clear when seen in relation to all the rest”Christocentric Emphasis. [1.4]John 1:45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”;John 5:46 “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me..Implicit vs. Explicit. [1.5]John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.John 6:44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.Progressive Revelation. [1.6]Implications:1. Expect the full revelation of God in the New Testament.2. Do not force New Testament meanings into the Old, yet you will be able to more fully expound the Old knowing its counterparts in the New.3.


Dual Citizenship – A Sermon on Spiritual Conduct
Apr 05 2019 40 mins  
Philippians 1:27Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.Conduct Worthy of Gospel of Christ [1.0]The Basis in Morality [1.1]Romans 3:23Life Changing Message [1.2]“The argument utterly failed to convince me. I humbly replied: ‘If this be the Christianity acknowledged by all Christians, I cannot accept it. I do not seek redemption from the consequences of my sin. I seek to be redeemed from sin itself, or rather from the very thought of sin. Until I have attained that end, I shall be content to be restless.’”….“And the brother proved as good as his word. He knowingly committed transgressions and showed me that he was undisturbed by the thought of them.” (from “An Autobiography, or The Story of my Experiments with Truth,” by M. K. Gandhi, 1927-29).The Purity of Jesus [1.3]1 John 3:5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.John Phillips, Exploring Romans: His life was perfectly holy. He never looked with lust; he never uttered a hasty, unkind, untrue or frivolous word; and he never entertained an impure thought. He was never accused by conscience, never inflamed by wrongful passion, never out of step with the will of God. … He never had to apologize for anything he did or retract a single word he said. … He lived on earth approximately 12000 days and every one of them was a marvel of holiness. From the summit of the mount of transfiguration, he could have stepped straight into glory. …The Conduct of Christ [2.0]Empathy. [2.1]John 11:35 A Balance with Possessions [2.2]Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.People were the Goal [2.3]John 4.Dual Citizenship [2.4]Philippians 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.Selflessness [2.5]Mark 10: 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Ephesians 5: 25-27 Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy… and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.Preached in Malaga, Spain.


The Silence of the Lamb – A Sermon on Second Chances
Mar 24 2019 36 mins  
John 8:1-111. The accusation v3-53 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”The Stoning of Soraya M2. The silence v 6, 86 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.Nie mój cyrk, nie moja małpa. Not my circus, not my monkey3. The condition v 77 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”4. The escape 99 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.5. The Verdict v10-1110 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”11 “No one, sir,” she said.“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.1. Because we are condemned already.Romans 5:16 The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.Romans 5:12 … sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is deathJohn 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.New blood joins this earth, And quickly he’s subdued.Through constant pained disgrace The young boy learns their rules.With time the child draws in. This whipping boy done wrong.Deprived of all his thoughts The young man struggles on and on he’s knownA vow unto his own,That never from this day His will they’ll take away.They dedicate their lives To running all of his.He tries to please them all –This bitter man he is.Throughout his life the same – He’s battled constantly.This fight he cannot win – A tired man they see no longer cares.The old man then prepares To die regretfully –That old man here is me.Never free. Never me. So I dub thee unforgiven.The Unforgiven, Metallica, The Black Album, 19912. A way out was not provided yet.Romans 3: 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.Genesis 2:16-17 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”Matthew 26:62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent.Matthew 26:52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter…John 3:16Romans 8:1 – those in Christ are not condemned.


The Scourge in the Sign
Feb 25 2019 34 mins  
The Scourge in the SignJohn 2:13-221. The Offence13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.a. people selling animalsb. people exchanging money2. The Anger 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”What is the actual issue? By profaning that which is sacred they were dishonoring God.Ephesians 4:26 “In your anger do not sin”3. The Demand (for Signs) 18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?”2:18 “What sign can You show us as your authority for doing these things?”Luke 7:20-22 20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’”21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.22 So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.1 Corinthians 1:22-23 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.4. The Sign – The basis for authority 2:19 “ ‘Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up’ ” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.John 4: 21-26 21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. …24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”2:19 “ ‘Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up’ ” His voluntary submission to the worst punishment at that time and his planned triumphant return to life.In three days, I will raise it up. The Father – Acts 2:32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.The Spirit – Romans 8:11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you…The Son – John 10: 17-18 … I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again…Destroy this temple:The Scourging. John 19“Who gave you this authority?”Philippians 2:8-11 …. he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 


The Last Second – A Sermon on Human Resurrection
Nov 25 2018 32 mins  
On iTunes: http://bit.ly/AnushJohniTunesThe Last SecondHuman Resurrection1 Corinthians 151 Corinthians 15:35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?”1. The Last Second 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven.Adam v. 45 The first man, Adamv. 47 The first manJesus The Last AdamThe Second man48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven.49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.2. Metamorphosis Franz Kafka – “The Metamorphosis” – a story of salesman Gregor Samsa who wakes one morning to find himself transformed into a huge insect.2.1 The Transformation of the spiritRomans 8:15-16 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. …16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.2.2 Transformation of the mind Galatians 5:17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.2.3 Transformation of the body Philippians 3:21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.Why do we need a transformed body?Gravitational constant: 6.67 x 10-11 m3/kg/s2Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless seaAll we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to seeDust in the windAll we are is dust in the wind– Dust in the Wind, Point of Know Return, 1977, Kansas50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.3. Features of our heavenly bodies49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.3.1 Imperishable3.2 “Glorious”3.3 “Power”3.4 “Spiritual body”3.5 Different but continuous.Seed vs mature plantKauri Tree in New Zealand is 50 meters tall and 14 meters wide.4. The Transition 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.4.1 Rapture in a flashin the twinkling of an eyeat the last trumpet4.2 Death 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”


The Remaining Time – A Sermon (Almost) on Marriage
Oct 28 2018 33 mins  
On iTunes: http://bit.ly/AnushJohniTunesRomans 7:17-241. The Concept of Remaining 1 Corinthians 7:17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them.24 Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.Three examples: a. Cultural – Circumcised vs uncircumcisedb. Social – Slave vs freec. Personal – Married vs unmarried2. Conditions to Remain. 17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches…19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts. …22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave.23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings.24 Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.3. Why Remain? (or, Why Move?) I bow down to prayI try to make the worst seem betterLord, show me the wayTo cut through all his worn out leatherI’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk awayBut, I just need one good one to stay– Lady Gaga, Million Reasons3.1 A Compressed Time 29 (NASB) 29 But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none;Acts 5:6 Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.Mark 13:20 (NIV) “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them.Romans 13:11–14 (NIV) And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.3.2 A Collapsing World29-31 (NASB) 29 But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none; 30 and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess; 31 and those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away.Video of 2011 Japanese tsunamiMatthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.3.3 A Constant Attention. 7:32-35 (NIV) 32 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman… is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she ...


Depth in the Heights – A Sermon on Wisdom
Sep 30 2018 30 mins  
1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:16 Wisdom in Scripture means choosing the best and noblest end at which to aim, along with the most appropriate and effective means to it. – J. I. Packer, Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs...


Darkness Between the Doors – A Sermon on God’s Will
Aug 06 2018 37 mins  
Sometimes we find that we absolutely cannot move forward or backward in our journey of life. We spend our lives waiting for God to help us, but there seems to be no answer as we wait in this dark place. Is there a purpose for this...


Seven Lingering Days – A Sermon on Noah and the Flood
Jul 16 2018 36 mins  
Evidence of the Flood being an actual event1. Righteousness – in the face of wickedness.2. Obedience – in the face of ridicule.3. Preaching – in the face of failure. https://www.anushjohn.com/post/seven-lingering-daysPhoto by rachman reilli on Unsplash



A Slave’s Torment – A Sermon about Good and Evil
May 14 2018 31 mins  
A Sermon on Good and Evil


The Shadow of Parting – A Sermon on the Eternal Love of God.
Mar 12 2018 30 mins  
Subscribe to Audio Podcasts: iTunes | Android |How can relationships break? Is it possible to separate a relationship that God makes with humans?The Shadow of PartingRomans 8:31-3931 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written,“FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG;WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.”37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.1.0 Types of Agreements (Covenants)1.1 Covenant of Works – __________ (Adamic)Human responsibility: Holiness.1.2 Human Covenant – __________Promise Made: On the wedding day.Human responsibility: Sacrificial commitment.1.3. Covenant of Grace – ___________ (Abrahamic-Davidic) The New Covenant.Promise Made: Genesis 15.15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying,“Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great.”2 Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”3 And Abram said, “Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.”4 Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.”5 And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”6 Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.7 And He said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess it.”8 He said, “O Lord GOD, how may I know that I will possess it?”9 So He said to him, “Bring Me a three year old heifer, and a three year old female goat, and a three year old ram, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”10 Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, and laid each half opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds.11 The birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away.12 Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, terror and great darkness fell upon him.13 God said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years.14 “But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions.15 “As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age.16 “Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.”17 It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which passed between these pieces.18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I have given this land.


The Second Stomach – A Sermon on God’s Sovereignty and Human Will.
Feb 25 2018 46 mins  
The Interface between the Sovereignty of God and the Will of Man


Tranquility’s Trust – A Sermon on Inner Peace.
Dec 10 2017 38 mins  
Experiencing the inner peace of God in any circumstance.


Mud Pies – A Sermon on Contentment.
Aug 10 2017 32 mins  
The more we have the more ungrateful and greedy we seem to get. This sermon looks at the issue of being content. https://www.anushjohn.com/post/mud-piesPhoto by Chris Yang on Unsplash


The Bias of First – A Sermon on Seeking God.
Aug 03 2017 36 mins  
What biases prevent us from fully seeking God?


Fire in the Silence – A Sermon on God’s Call and the Burning Bush.
Jun 26 2017 30 mins  
A sermon on God's call


The Seamless Tunic – A Sermon on Guilt and Shame
Apr 14 2017 32 mins  
A Sermon on Guilt and Shame


The Uncenter of Ambition – A Sermon on Leadership
Mar 19 2017 29 mins  
Some of our prayers are spontaneous, some are (almost) sacrilegious, some are sophomoric, some are spiritual and some are systematic. What if you could ask God a well thought-out request? What would that look like? This sermon examines the conniving requests of two-thirds of the inner circle of Jesus.Email: [email protected] Uncenter of Ambition Mark 10:35-451. The Ambition __________________35 James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.”36 And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?”37 They said to Him, “Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory.”Psalm 110:1 The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”2. The Ambition _______________38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”Mark 14:36 And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.”Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!39 They said to Him, “We are able.”And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized.40 But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”3. The Ambition ___________________41 Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with James and John.42 Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them.43 But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;44 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.Kingdom of the world: ___________ and ______________Kingdom of Heaven: ____________ and _____________45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”a. ______________ by GodJohn 5:19 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.b. For the _________________.45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”Luke 19:10: For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”c. __________________: in his life‘did not come to be served, but to serve’ ”d. _________________: through his deathFor even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.


The Return Gift – A Christmas Sermon.
Dec 25 2016 27 mins  
What are the rules of gift-giving? How can I give the perfect gift? These questions will be tackled while looking at the greatest gift in history.Subscribe to Podcasts: iTunes | Android | RSSEmail: [email protected] Return GiftMatthew 2:11: After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!Features of a great gift:1. _________________.Ephesians 1:4 He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.2. _________________.Philippians 4:16 for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs.Ephesians 2:8: For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.3. __________________.Ezekiel 36:26: I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh4. ___________________John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?5. ____________________Acts 8:20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!Luke 21:1ffHebrews 8:3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer.



A Leather Sign – A Sermon on the Choice of Adam and Eve.
Nov 13 2016 26 mins  
A cursory observation of human life reveals that sin has pervaded it. It is a problem that a mere change in cuisine, healthcare, social status or presidency cannot fix. Human depravity had a definite origin. This sermon explores the details of that origin and consider the solution that has been offered.


The Fulcrum of Pain – A Sermon on Suffering
Oct 16 2016 27 mins  
Contemporary news has been inundated with stories of people suffering – from natural calamities to religious persecution. This sermon examines the concept of Suffering and Pain from a Christian viewpoint. Not a sermon for little children.Subscribe to Podcasts: iTunes | Android | RSSEmail: [email protected] Fulcrum of PainText: 2 Timothy 1:8-141.0 Christian Suffering and Pain.2 Timothy 1:8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,Acts 22:25 But when they stretched him out with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman and uncondemned?”Matthew 19:29 “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.2.0 Suffering and Shame2 Timothy 1:8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me His prisoner; but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God.Luke 9:26 “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes:1 Corinthians 1:23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness..3.0 Why is there Suffering and Pain?3.1 Punishment theodicy.John 12:8 “For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”3.2 Soul-making theodicy.4.0 Kinds of Suffering and Pain4.1 PhysicalJohn 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”4.2 Mental/Emotional.Matthew 11:29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.4.3 Spiritual.Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God…5.0 The Gospel and SufferingWhat is the gospel?Romans 3:23 – all have sinnedRomans 6:23 – wages of sin is deathRomans 10:9 – that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;John 14:6 I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through meActs 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Revelation 21:1-4 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their ey...


Charcoal Confessions – A Sermon on Pursuing God.
Sep 05 2016 36 mins  
God wants us to love Him more than we can imagine.


The Chair – A Sermon on Prayer.
Sep 04 2016 39 mins  
No one wants to waste time or energy. How can we pray so that our prayers are effective and not wasted?Subscribe to Podcasts: iTunes | Android | RSSEmail: [email protected] Components of prayer: 1.1 Adoration or Worship Psalm 100:4 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”1.2 Confession and Consecration Matthew 6:12; 1 John 1:9; Psalms 19:12 James 5:161.3 Thanksgiving Luke 17 1.4 Supplication or Requests 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.James 5:13-181.5 Intercession. 2.0 The Basis of Prayer2.1 God __________. 2.2 Prayer ___________. Exodus 32:14 So the LORD changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.Jonah 3:10 When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.2 Sam 24:16 When the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD relented from the calamity and said to the angel who destroyed the people, “It is enough! Now relax your hand!”Jeremiah 15:6 You who have forsaken Me,” declares the LORD, “You keep going backward. So I will stretch out My hand against you and destroy you; I am tired of relenting!2.3 Prayer is something we ___________. The disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray” Luke 11:1 3.0 Effective prayer 3.1 _______________ others Matthew 5:23-24 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.3.2 _____________Acts 13:2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”3.3 _____________James 5:16-17 The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.Hebrews 5:7 In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.3.4 ______________Psalms 66:18 If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil;1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; Ephesians 4:26 Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity.3.5 ___________ Prayer3.6 According to God’s will


Worship
Sep 04 2016 33 mins  
What is worship? How can one truly worship? How is it different than praise and prayer? These questions are answered in this session.Worship Definition: It is the activity of directly glorifying God in his presence with our deepest being.What happens in Worship?1. Direct ______________Isaiah 43:6–7 Bring My sons from afar And My daughters from the ends of the earth, 7 Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”Ephesians 1:11-12 we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.Revelation 22:8–9 And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 9 But he said to me, “Do not do that. I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book. Worship God.”Ezekiel 44:15 But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer Me the fat and the blood,” declares the Lord God.2. Personal __________________James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.3. Enemies ___________________2 Chronicles 20:22 When they began singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed.4. Coming into God’s ______________Hebrews 10:19, 22 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, … let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 12:28–29 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire.How to come into His presence 1. _________________Habakkuk 2:20 But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him2. ___________________ 1 Peter 2:5 – you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.2 Chronicles 5:13–14 in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the Lord saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.3. _______________ of God.Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God… Exodus 3:6When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the LORD, he exclaimed, “Ah, Sovereign LORD! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!” Judges 6:22I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Habakkuk 3:16This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown Ezekiel 1:27My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you, Therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes. Job 42:5-6I, Daniel,


Finding the Will of God
Sep 04 2016 37 mins  
Every believer at some point yearns to please God by doing His will. However, is His Will able to be known? If it is, how is one expected to know it?Subscribe to Podcasts: iTunes | Android | RSSEmail: [email protected] the Will of God1.0 What is God’s Will? 1.1 Will of Decree 1.2 Will of Precept James 4:15 “If the Lord wills we shall live and we shall do this or that1 Corinthians 4:19 Paul – “I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills”Romans 9:18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.2.0 Finding His Will 2.1 Scriptural 2.1.1 Direct Commands eg. 2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?;2.1.2 Illustrations 2.1.3 Principles*Is It _______________?Romans 13:1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.*Is It ____________ to me?1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.*Is It _______________?1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.*Is It Consistent with _________ ___________?1 Peter 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence*Is It __________ to Others?1 Corinthians 10:23, 24 All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor. 33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.*Is It Consistent with _________ _____________?1 Corinthians 11:1 Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.*Does it _________ God?*Does it compromise your ___________?2.2 Subjective 2.2.1 Inner ______________ Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.2.2.2 Inner _______________ John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow MeIsaiah 30:21 Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.2.2.3 ________________ Guidance. Acts 13:2 – While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”Matthew 18:19-20 “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”2.3 Circumstances Judges 6 – GideonLuke 11:29 As the crowds were increasing, He began to say,


The Bronze Favour – A Sermon on a Unique Human Interaction with God.
Jul 11 2016 26 mins  
Humans sometimes have an interesting relationship with God, and it is not because God changes. On the contrary, due to human foibles, our relationship with God cycles through a common, historical, contemporary, recurring, ridiculous but avoidable pattern.


Chocolate Cake – A Sermon on All things Working for Good.
Jan 25 2015 36 mins  
Do all things really work together for good for everyone? Or, is it just for a certain few.


The Missing Piece – A Sermon on Waiting for the Lord's Coming
Jan 09 2015 36 mins  
The anticipation of future glories is one way to get through current difficulties. This sermon encourages that anticipation in spite of a lack of current difficulties.Subscribe to Podcasts: iTunes | Android | RSSEmail: [email protected] Missing PieceMatthew 25:1-301.0 General points1.1 Look for the __________ point. Step back and look at the whole parable.1.2 In general, don’t use _________________ Exegesis vs eisegesis.1.3 Cannot use details of the parables to prove or disprove ___________________1.4 __________ study vs _______________ study1.5 Context1.5.1 _____________________ Context – understanding the culture in which the text was written.1.5.2 ____________________ Context. Matthew 24-252.0 Parable of the Bridesmaids2.1 The kingdom of GodJesus first message – “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15).It was central to the message that Jesus and disciples preached- about the coming reign of God.He commanded his disciples: Matt 10:7 – “As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near’”This would also be the mission of the Church – Matt 24:14 – “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come”Preaching of early missionaries – Acts 8.12; 14.21; 19.8; 20.25; 28.23; 28.31.What does Jesus say about the Kingdom of God?The kingdom of god is something in the ____________ – it is still to come. “Your kingdom come” (Matt. 6:10).But it is already _______________ – “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). Paradoxically, even though it has already arrived, it is still to come.The coming and manifestation of the reign of God is seen with an overcoming of the reign of evil. Wherever Jesus overcomes evil, there the reign of God comes. It is seen especially in his healings and exorcisms (Luke 11:20; Matt. 12:28).The character of the Kingdom/Reign of God is enabled by the _________ _________.Rom. 14:17 “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”What is the relationship of the church and the Kingdom of God?The church is __________________ the overarching boundaries of the Kingdom of God.What is the Kingdom of God?A. It is a _________ that one receives. Luke 12:32, Luke 6:20, Mark 10:14Or as something to be __________________ – Matthew 25:34, James 2.5, Matthew 5:5, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 15:50, Galatians 5:20, Ephesians 5:5.B. It is a ______________ that one enters. Thus one is described as being _______ the KingdomMatt. 5:19; 25:21,23; 7:21; Col. 1:13; 2 Pet. 1:11The Kingdom of God, then, is a _________ and a ____________________.It is possible to reject that gift and to spurn that welcome, thus rejecting the reign of God. Guder, ed., Missional Church, 93-97.2.2 The Eternal Perspective – Eagerness.It is more an issue of intelligence than morality.The result of an eternal perspective is _______________. “they that look for Him” (Heb 9:28), and “love His appearing” (2 Ti 4:8)2.3 Delay – Patience. 25:5They slumbered and slept.The focus of this parable is the lack of __________________ of the foolish ones.___________ ____________ Shows love for the Lord and trust in his power.While we are waiting in Eager patience for the fulfillment of the ___________ of God, we need to be _______________.3.


The Beggar – A Sermon on Evangelism
Jun 08 2014 26 mins  
Some principles of evangelism



The Octagon – A Sermon on Law and Sin
May 26 2014 35 mins  
Sometimes we are privileged to see a fight ringside; many times we may have to get into the Octagon and fight.


Will Sync – A Sermon on the Human Will.
Mar 31 2014 35 mins  
Can the human will be the supreme authority? In this sermon we discuss how God provides tests to modify the will.


In Spite of Love – A Sermon on Erotic Love
Sep 15 2013 38 mins  
Love means many things to many people. In this sermon, we discuss the term love to four different groups.


Two Classes – A Sermon on Zaccheus
Aug 04 2013 38 mins  
We can divide human beings into a million classes and sub-classes based on various criteria. However, there can only be two classes at the end.


Retirement Planning Part 2 – A Sermon on Investment
May 20 2013 32 mins  
This talk is the second part of a 2-part sermon.


Retirement Planning Part 1 – A Sermon on Investment
May 19 2013 29 mins  
How best can we invest our current resources so that we would get the most benefit in the future? We look at 7 areas that we can invest in.


The Fashion of God – A Sermon on the Dual Natures of Jesus Christ.
Mar 24 2013 33 mins  
A person's name is unique to that person and over time becomes a reflection of the person itself. In those few syllables are encompassed the entire identity of that person; the past experiences, the present actions and the future hopes. The mere mention of a name can invoke extremes of emotion from fury (eg. Hitler), to admiration (eg. Lincoln). This sermon is about the name of Jesus. Those five letters invoke the power, authority and glory of the person himself.


This Means War – A Sermon on Satan and Spiritual Warfare.
Feb 06 2013 50 mins  
We are at war and our enemies are not those that are obvious.


The Neighbour – A Sermon on the Good Samaritan
Jan 27 2013 33 mins  
In this age of “tolerance”, acceptance and benevolence, the question, “who is my neighbour?” was answered many years ago.


Greatness – A Sermon on the Greatness of Jesus Christ
Nov 05 2012 30 mins  
The greatness of a person is seen both in the nature and works of that person; who he is and what he does.



The Greatest Exhibition of Power – A Sermon on the Patience of God.
Jun 03 2012 29 mins  
The virtue of patience is a desirable one. However, patience goes beyond a mere passivity into an active restraint. This sermon examines the patience (restraint) of God and thus indirectly His power.


Turn to Grace – A Sermon on the Prodigal Son.
Apr 02 2012 40 mins  
If justice is what one expects and mercy is only a wish, then grace lies beyond the wildest imagination.


Pictures of Heaven – A Sermon on Heaven
Dec 04 2011 28 mins  
The question of an afterlife, the question of heaven is an old question; one that young and old people ask . Many books have been written about it with claims of miraculous experiences. This sermon looks at five pictures that the Bible paints about heaven.


Vulnerability – A Sermon on Human Vulnerability to Sin.
Sep 04 2011 31 mins  
We are all vulnerable. Not everyone is vulnerable all the time, but all of us are vulnerable at some time. Here are seven situations when we can be vulnerable to sin.


The Day Jesus Really Cried – A Palm Sunday Sermon.
Apr 17 2011 29 mins  
Jesus became fully human and therefore exhibited human emotions and characteristics. During His earthly stay, the bible mentions His tears.


The Third Degree – A Sermon on the Holiness of God.
Jan 06 2011 11 mins  
Pure perfection is an attribute that frail human minds cannot even fathom. In this sermon we attempt to understand that essential attribute of God that uniquely sets Him apart from His creation.


The Frugality of God – A Sermon on How God Doesn’t Waste Anything.
Oct 17 2010 33 mins  
Frugality is commonly seen as a vice, but when appropriately managed, it can be a virtue. This sermon explores this extremely beneficial virtue that God displays.


Forgiveness – A Sermon on Forgiving.
Oct 10 2010 27 mins  
Probably one of the hardest and unnatural things to do, especially in the face of unprovoked oppression, is forgiveness.Subscribe to PodcastsI recently spoke on the issue of forgiveness and mentioned the verse that if we don’t forgive, we will not be forgiven. (Matthew 6: 14, 15). The verse itself is pretty clear with no room for doubts. I also mentioned that, by inference, I will have forgiven sin since the last time I forgave someone.However, since the sermon, I have received several questions on the issue – Is forgiveness conditional? Won’t it be salvation by human effort then? Can sin be backed up?The verse is pretty clear – if we don’t forgive, we will NOT be forgiven. So yes, our forgiveness is based on the fact that we forgive others. But, this is NOT talking about salvation. Salvation is by grace, not by works and it is a free gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8, 9)However, even though salvation is by grace, Christian life has an effort component. Philippians 2.13-14 says, “Work out your (free) salvation with fear and trembling”. So we have to work out our spiritual life (obviously, God gives us the strength to do it). Paul says that he beats his body to make it his slave – I Cor 9.27, illustrating the effort component of christian life. So the issue of forgiving one another is not an issue of Salvation but one of Christian Living, once a person has become a believer.Moving on…In I John 1.9 it says – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins….. Every promise comes with a condition. The promise here is forgiveness. The condition is confession. What happens if I don’t confess? Then, our sins wont be forgiven. So what happens if our sins aren’t forgiven? Then they will be backed up and I will face the discipline that results from unforgiven sin. God may love the sinner, but he hates sin. Since he has provided us a way to ask for forgiveness and move on, not using the opportunity to get forgiveness is akin to pooh-poohing God’s grace.In the same way, Matthew 6:14,15 says that Not forgiving others will also result in unforgiven sin. (Hey, I didn’t make the rules!). In addition, there is an example of sin backing up in the bible. In Romans 3:25, Paul talks about unpunished (and unforgiven) sin accumulating prior to the coming of Christ. Even though the context there is about Salvation, the same concept can be applied in Christian Living. Sin has consequences. Sin is punished. The two are different. When God forgives sin, he may not take away the consequences of that sin, however it will take away the punishment of that sin. If sin is not forgiven, then the consequences remain and the punishments remain.My point is that Unforgiveness is a much more grievous issue for God than we usually talk about. The grievousness is because we refuse to give what God freely gave us, namely forgiveness. The parable in Matthew 18 is entirely about that.Unforgiveness may not affect our salvation and therefore our destiny. But it certainly will affect our Christian Life here on earth. 


The Prayer of Jesus – A Sermon on Peter’s Denial of Christ.
Jun 13 2010 20 mins  
One of the most encouraging things is that, as we pray to God, Jesus is also praying for us.Subscribe to PodcastsThe Prayer of Jesus1.0 Inactive Peter (Reasons for failure)1.1 Self-confidenceLuke 22:33 But he said to Him, “Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!”Galatians 6:14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.Philippians 3:8-11 I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.1.2 did not take the warning seriouslyMatthew 26:35 Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.”Proverbs 29:1 A man who hardens his neck after much reproof Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.1.3 Failed to watch and prayMatthew 26.41,43,45. 41 Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”43 Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.45 Then He came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.2.0 Proactive Jesus / The prayer of Jesus2.1 Did not stop Satan from sifting but offered to strengthen Peter from succumbing.II Corinthians 12:7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!2.2 Prays for us.His prayers:*Intercession – before we sin – John 17:15, 17:24; Hebrews 7:25 *Advocacy – after we sin – I John 2:1; Romans 8:34 2.3 Why didn’t Jesus’ prayer work?Luke 22.61,62: The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.Isaiah 42.3 a bruised reed he will not break and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. 


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