Sermons by Andy Bratton (Page 2)
Judges 1-3 The wanderers were led by God to a home. The wanderers let their hearts wander away from God. God tested the wanderers’ and their obedience. The wanderers realized there is no home where God is not present. There is a high price to be paid to get a wanderer back home.
The Forerunner of Christ – John the Baptist Strange clothes Strange diet Strange method Strange Message John 1:35-46 Matthew 4:18-20 Occupation – Fishermen 1 Corinthians 1:26-27 Invitation – “Come, follow me” Luke 9:57-62 Transformation – “I will make you fishers of men” Summation – Immediately dropped nets and followed Andrews actions had a domino effect Peter, his brother Peter became a follower Peter preached on Day of Pentecost & 3000 people baptized The church in Jerusalem was scattered due to…
Paul walked into a confrontational situation. Paul spoke boldly the truth of Christ. Paul used truth to confuse the confused. Using the confrontational method: Know the Word. Know your audience. Know the power of the Holy Spirit. My third of five: ___________________
Luke 3 John said don’t collect more than told to, Luke 19 Zacchaeus admitted to taking more. Matthew 5; Luke 15, 18, 19 they were not to be people you associated with Jesus broke the quarantine tape and Matthew responded At Matthew’s invitation, Jesus walked into a contagious situation As Matthew hosted, Jesus sat comfortably with infectious people How to evangelize in contagious situations: Go in prayer – Luke 10 Go in twos – Luke 10 Go in love –…
Philip had a realistic attitude – John 6:1-7 Philip had a show-me mentality – John 14:8-11 Philip had a quest for knowledge – John 1:43-51 With the words, “Follow me,” Philip started an unlikely journey that would test his faith and ultimately have him praying and believing in the Messiah. – Acts 1:13-14 My first of five: _____________________
Live a Christ Inspired life… Seek Scripture – Mark 1:22 Sharpen and be sharpened – Mark 3:13-14; Mark 2:17 Show compassion – Mark 6:34; Mark 8:2 Serve – Mark 10:43-45 Follow your heart Find your PART Finish what you start When we live by Jesus’ plan, we are hanging an eternal banner on our hearts; the banner declaring Jesus as our Champion.
Jesus had an (im)perfect family tree – Matthew 1:1-16 Jesus had an (im)perfect earthly beginning – Luke 1:26-35; Matthew 2:16 Jesus invites imperfect people to join His family tree and become perfect as he is perfect – 1 Timothy 2:1-4; John 1:12; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 And that’s why I choose Him as my King!
Despite God’s warnings, Judah rejected God. (2 Chronicles 36:15-16) Despite Nebuchadnezzar’s belief, God used him to punish Judah. (2 Kings 25:1-2) Despite Daniel’s warning, Nebuchadnezzar fell victim to his pride. (Daniel 4:27;29-33) Despite Nebuchadnezzar’s punishment, he lifted his eyes to Heaven and his reason returned to him. (Daniel 4:34-35) If Judah would have looked to God alone, their reason would return, and they too would have recognized He is the only true God. Daniel 4:1-3
Josiah didn’t let his father influence his pursuit of God. (2 Chronicles 34:1-2) At 16 he sought God (2 Chronicles 34:3a) At 20 he affirmed his love by destroying idols (2 Chronicles 34:3b) At 26 he made history (2 Chronicles 34:15; 35:18) Josiah discovered that God… Deals out justice (2 Chronicles 34:24-25) Protects those who seek after Him with a tender and humble heart. (2 Chronicles 34:26-27) The power of God’s Word is that it will lead us to know…
Israel was divided because… Solomon had a lost heart. (1 Kings 11:9-11) David had a faithful heart. (1 Kings 11:12-13) God divided it. (1 Kings 11:14,23,31-32) Psalm 86:1-11 NIV Psalm 86:11 (NIV) – “…give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” An undivided heart… has a single allegiance Shows humility is eager to learn