Sermons by John Spranklin

Sermons by John Spranklin

John Spranklin

Manipulating God

Judges 10-12 10:6-12:7 Jephthah tries to manipulate God for his own ends, with tragic results. Jephthah is treating the Lord like he would an idol, but the One True God cannot be manipulated. We ultimately exist to serve God’s agenda, not him ours. If we are to worship and obey God rightly, we must first know him.

No Excuse!

Romans 2:1-29 Having established the universal need for the gospel at the end of chapter 1, Paul now addresses the self-righteous religious types in his readership, reminding them of the impartiality of God’s judgement. Like everyone else, the fundamental need even of morally ‘clean’ people, is repent of their sins and allow the Spirit of God to do his work of regeneration in us as we believe the gospel.

It is Finished!

John 19:17-37 As Jesus hangs on the cross, and breathes his last breath, he cries out “it is finished!” The mission of salvation for which his was sent has been completed. All of the types, promises, and prophecies from the Old testament are now fully accomplished in him. This is a momentous proclamation, and it changes everything. As we look to the cross this Good Friday, we mustn’t miss the significance of what has been accomplished in Christ.

Will Israel’s deliverer please stand up?

Judges 4-5 In most cases in the Book of Judges, when Israel needs rescuing from their enemies, the LORD raises up a judge to deliver them. Uniquely in Judges 4-5, we see Deborah, Barak and Jael all play a part in overcoming the Canaanites. We’re left asking, who is the real deliverer of Israel? And who should get the honour for the victory. AS in our salvation in Christ, the honour should not go to a human deliverer, but to…

Comprehensive Gospel Eagerness

Romans 1:8-17 Paul rejoices in the faith of the Roman Christians and he is eager to get to Rome to share the gospel – both for the encouragement and strengthening of the Christians there, and for the salvation of all who would believe. We must ask ourselves, also, are our lives characterised by comprehensive gospel eagerness?

Crippled by Compromise

Judges 1:1-3:6The first couple of chapters of The Book of Judges forecasts for us the downward spiral that is to come for the nation of Israel, but it also takes us to ‘ground zero’ – to how this all began – compromises they made by not trusting God completely nor obeying him completely. We need to heed the warning not to compromise in our generation, and to look to the cross of Christ for mercy, forgiveness and ultimate deliverance.

Sharing the gospel with confidence

Romans 1:16-17 We all delight to hear of God’s saving work in people’s lives, and we want God to use us to bring people to faith. But we often lack the confidence to share the gospel with unbelievers. Here we take a look at why we can all have confidence to share the gospel, and consider some of the ways we can move towards living our whole lives evangelistically.

The Rich Ruler

Luke 18:22-25 Our culture conditions us to value and promote independence and, for many of us, our situation in life means we are easily fooled into thinking we can live independent of God. But the gospel is all about dependence. The one who comes to Jesus in complete and utter dependence is the one who will be saved, and the life of following Jesus continues in complete dependence on him for all things.

The Sinful Woman

Luke 7:36-50 In this story of Jesus’ encounter with a sinful woman, Jesus and Simon the Pharisee see her very differently. Simon sees her only as a ‘sinner’ because he misunderstands how God sees her. Jesus teaches that God has everything to do with sinners who turn to him! Once we belong to Jesus our lives are lived out of love and gratitude toward him because of his great love for us!

Zechariah’s Song

Luke 1:57-80 At the birth of his son, John the Baptist, Zechariah breaks into song. His words speak of the coming of the Lord and John’s future role in preparing the way for his coming. In Zechariah’s song we see that God knows what we need more than anything – we need saving from sin and for God to restore our broken relationship with him. He has given us all of this and more in sending his Son Jesus to…

Giving God your Full Attention

Hebrews 1:1-2:4 In these last days God has spoken to us by his Son – the one who is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being. This is utterly remarkable that God would reveal himself to us to this extent. If we are to hold on to our salvation, and not drift, we must give God our full attention, never losing sight of the grandeur of Jesus and the wonder and goodness of the gospel.

In the Light

Ephesians 5:3-14In Christ, we have been transformed from darkness to light and we are called to live as children of light – putting off immorality and impurity, and instead, living lives characterised by goodness, righteousness and truth.