Sermons by Andy Bratton (Page 3)

Sermons by Andy Bratton (Page 3)

The Most Useless Sermon I’ll Preach

Solomon started out with a specific purpose (2 Samuel 7:13; 1 Kings 3:5-9) Solomon turned his heart away from God and toward his own pleasures (1 Kings 11:1-3) Solomon came to the conclusion that everything under the sun is vanity (Ecclesiastes 1:12-14) Except one: “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; 1 Kings 9:6-7)

Lead Me

Mark 6:30-44 God gave us the gift and design of leadership. When leaders lead things get done. When leaders learn from Jesus, what they deliver satisfies. When followers submit to Jesus they are filled. What does this have to do with church leadership? The leaders need only to deliver what comes from Jesus. Mark 6:41 The leaders need to be qualified to lead God’s church. 1 Peter 5:1-4 The church needs to submit to what God has ordained. 1 Peter…

King David: What was God Thinking?

Saul was rejected because… He disobeyed – 1 Samuel 15:19 He relied on his own spirit – 1 Samuel 13:12 He didn’t understand what God desires – 1 Samuel 15:22-23 David’s qualifications and differences from Saul were… Honor – 1 Samuel 24:6-10 Endurance – 2 Samuel 5:4 Adoration – 1 Samuel 17:26 Repentance – 2 Samuel 12:13 Trust – 1 Samuel 23:2 God wants our heart.  Because when the heart is all in, the soul, mind, and, strength, follow.

The Greatest Comeback in HIStory!

Jesus’ comeback is certain Jesus promised (Revelation 22:7,12,20) Jesus prophesied another event that came true (Matthew 16,17,20) Jesus’ comeback moment is a secret Only the Father knows (Acts 1:7) Jesus’ comeback will be sudden (Matthew 25:6,13) (1 Corinthians 15:51-52) We need to be prepared We need plenty of oil. (Matthew 25:1-5) We need to use the gifts we have been given (Matthew 25:23;26-30) We need to care for the “least of these.” (Matthew 25:40,45) We need to be proclaimers To…

Siri! Directions home!

Luke 15:3-7 The lost sheep is a lesson in our value to God. Luke 15:8-10 The lost coin is a lesson in the importance of God’s reputation. Luke 15:11-32 The lost son is a lesson in God’s love and man’s heart. All three stories are filled with hope and reflect God’s desire to be with us for eternity. And that’s why “sinners” are drawn to Jesus!

Jenga my heart, Oh God!

Nehemiah’s… Heritage led to a hurt heart Wept, prayed, and fasted It was his home It was his country/nation Not just about physical repairs They were left vulnerable They brought it on themselves Determination led to passionate pleas King To be able to go For supplies People of Israel Find some pride to rebuild Obey God Passion brought about effective execution Assessed and developed a plan Plan to physically rebuild Plan to spiritually rebuild Fought through adversity External enemies Internal…

Put Out the Fresh Linens

Philemon A church home is a place where faith in Jesus and love toward the saints brings… (v. 4-7) Joy Comfort Refreshment A church home receives back those who have been gone with an exposed heart. (v. 8-20) Remembering where we were Remembering who saved us Remembering who grace is for A church home always prepares for guests. (v. 21-25) Expecting someone will arrive Keeping the house in order Taking nothing for granted Onesimus ran away from slavery, but returned…

Newcabulary

Ephesians 6:1-9 Will you have a gladitude or a baditude? It’s right – Psalm 1 It comes with a promise – Proverbs 1:8-9; Exodus 20:12 Children are a gift – Psalm 127:3-5 Instruct them in first things first – Deuteronomy 6:4-6 Will you have distavision or nextavision? The promise is that it will go well – Genesis 12:3 The promise is that you will live long in the land – Deut. 6:1-2 The promise is we will receive back what…