Sermons by John Spranklin

Sermons by John Spranklin

John Spranklin

Empowered Through Christ

Romans 8:1-13, Galatians 5:13-26 The work of Christ on the cross transforms the believer, from death to life, from dark to light. But this transformation must then be lived out day by day, as we seek to go the distance in the Christian life. God’s Holy Spirit transforms our sinful desires and empowers us to live transformed lives as we cooperate with his work in our lives.

The Self-Revealing God

Psalm 19 Can we really know God? Psalm 19 says that we can, not by our own initiative, but because God reveals himself to us. He does this in creation and in his Word. Jesus comes as the pinnacle of God’s revelation of himself, and also as the model servant who responds to the God who creates and redeems.

Rejoicing with God-given Joy

Nehemiah 12:27-47 We live in a society starved of real joy, and in a time which presents lots of challenges to our ability to rejoice. But Nehemiah 12:27-47 presents a climactic scene of Israel gathering to worship, give thanks and celebrate God’s faithful, covenant love for his people. A time when Israel was full of rejoicing. We can learn a lot about the basis of real joy and the effect it can have on us and others, and about how…

Promises, promises…

Nehemiah 9:38 – 10:39 In the preceding chapters, the people of Jerusalem have listened to God’s word, they have confessed their sin to God, and now they repent – they make a firm and public commitment not to repeat the sins of the past. From now on they promise to be wholly and exclusively devoted to the Lord. But can they change? Can we really change? Can we hope to see real and lasting change in our lives? And if…

The People of God at Work

Nehemiah 3:1-32 Nehemiah chapter 3 gives us a long list of names of those who were involved in re-building the wall around Jerusalem. Doing the work of God in Nehemiah’s generation meant re-building the wall. Today, as Christians, building the people of God together means pointing people to Christ – both believers and unbelievers. But how we engage in God’s work is much the same today as it was then – every Christian has a role to play, and we…

Being the Church

1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 In the current season of social isolation, much of what we do as “the local church” has been undone for a time. And so, we find ourselves asking the question, “What does it mean, in practice, to be the church?” Paul has written to encourage the Thessalonian church to live as a community shaped by faith, hope and love. In his conclusion to the letter he spells out what it means, in specific and practical terms, to…