Sermons by Andy Bratton

Sermons by Andy Bratton

I Triple Dog Dare You

Things our Heavenly Father never said… If life gets hard…just quit. (v. 2-4) Why are you asking me? (v. 5-8) The one with the most at the end…WINS! (v. 9-11) I only have room for a few.  So find another gear! (v. 12-15) You don’t like my way?  I’m sure another good way will come around. (v. 16-18) Life is the ultimate “Man Challenge.”  We explore, we learn by trial and error, and there is victory when we figure it…

Unleash the Body

1 Corinthians 14:1-25 Earnestly desire.. gifts you can share (v. 1-5) Build up Call near Share convincingly gifts that help you mature (v. 6-21) Dive Deep gifts that will influence the lost (v. 22-25) One message Many messengers Many converts Realize what lives inside you – 1 Corinthians 6:19 Understand your value – Matthew 6:26 Nurture your gifts – 1 Corinthians 14:12 1 Corinthians 9:24 – Run to obtain the prize  

Fuel the Body

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 If my PART is not fueled by love … I am noise (v. 1) I am nothing (v. 2) I gain nothing (v. 3) Love is the perfect fuel for all PART’s Embraces time (v. 4) Elevates others (v. 4-5) Encompasses faith and hope (v. 7) Fueling with love leads to a church that is consistently “full.” Incomplete things are temporary (v. 8-10) Immature faith is meant to be temporary (v. 11-12) Because love fueled the cross…

Prepare the Body

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.  How do we build our body up in order to win the prize?  How do we train our body in such a way to handle the race?  Have you visualized the finish line? Successful preparation requires acknowledgment – the illustration would be that in bodybuilding or getting in shape we need to acknowledge where we are, where we’ve been, and where we want to go as far as our health, weight, condition, etc. I…

Lightening Round

Question:  Why do women have leadership roles in some churches but not ours?  Why don’t women serve communion or give communion meditations? Scripture:  1 Timothy 2:11-15; Genesis 2:18; Genesis 3:16 Question: What is the church’s view if boys aren’t circumcised? Scripture: Romans 2:29; 1 Corinthians 7:18-20 Question:  Is it okay for a Christian to smoke or use marijuana? Scripture:  Proverbs 17:11, Romans 13:1 – Check with Doctor, Don’t pull others in, truly ask why you are doing it Question: What…

God’s Will vs. Our Want

We like to think that if we were God, we would do things differently. The Bible was written by people God inspired with His words. (2 Timothy 3:16) Jesus came to fulfill the prophecy and law of the Old Testament. (Matthew 5:17) Does God choose man or does man choose God? (John 6:44; Romans 8:29; John 15:10; 1 Timothy 2:4) Don’t get distracted by questions about God.  Draw near to Him and He will make your path straight and His…

How about some concrete shoes?

1. Sometimes the Bible just gives hints Question: Do pets go to Heaven? Revelation 6:1-2 Revelation 4:7 2. Sometimes the Bible gives clarity Question: How old is the earth? Genesis 5:1-5 3. Sometimes the Bible makes us presume Question: Why did Noah curse Canaan? Genesis 9:20-29 4. All the time the Bible reveals God’s desire Question: Can you be a Christian and a practicing homosexual? Leviticus 18:22 Romans 1:26-27 Hebrews 13:4 Galatians 5:19-21 Romans 6:1-14 Revelation 2:1-5  

Dead Man Walking

Sermon Big Idea:  How will we celebrate the coming of Jesus into our life? John 11:1-44 John 12:1-8 John 12:12-19 3 Things that should be on our mind daily Our movement from death to life. We have more to offer Jesus everyday. His meaningful sacrifice warrants our praise. How will we be the work of Jesus for people to see?