Sermons by John Spranklin

Sermons by John Spranklin

John Spranklin

No More Questions

The Jewish leaders have been challenging Jesus’ authority in various ways.  Now they ask a series of trick questions about the law, in the hope of catching Jesus out.  Jesus stuns the crowds with his answers, but eventually he asks them the one question that matters: “Who is Jesus really?”  If Jesus is really God, then whether we’re a disinterested unbeliever or a Christian who’s compromising, the one thing we must not do is take Jesus lightly.  He is the…

Gospel Shaped Greatness

Our culture celebrates greatness and high achievement in every sphere of life.  As Jesus address the issue of greatness, he turns things completely upside down.  Gospel-shaped greatness is the polar opposite of worldly greatness.  It follows the pattern set by Jesus who gave his life up for others.  Matthew 20:17-34

Too Much Forgiveness

We all want God to be loving and merciful and compassionate toward us, but sometimes it can be hard to swallow when it is directed toward those who we think don’t deserve it.  This was what Jonah struggled to come to terms with.  In one sense, forgiveness is never “fair”, but God is can forgive whomever he chooses, no matter what they’ve done. Jonah 4

Finding Refuge in God

When life is hard, where do you take refuge? In Ruth chapter 2, Ruth takes refuge under the wings of Yahweh, the God of Israel and in his loving-kindness he generously and extravagantly provides all that she needs. By trusting Christ’s death and resurrection for us, we can take refuge from sin. As God’s people, we can also be the extension of God’s refuge to the world. Ruth 2:1-23

Standing firm in the faith

Peter closes out his letter reminding his readers of the things that will help them stand firm in the faith when facing opposition. For Christians under pressure, godly leaders in the church, personal resistance to the devil and God’s strength, grace and care will be essential. As our society continues to raise more opposition to the gospel, these things will be more and more relevant to us also. 1 Peter 5:1-14

I Will Dwell Among Them

Most of Exodus so far has given us massive pictures of God – burning bush, plagues in Egypt, parting the Red Sea, manna from heaven, and law giving at Mt Sinai. In Exodus 25-27 the Israelites are instructed to build a tabernacle as a sanctuary for God so that he might dwell among them. This is a stunning indication of his desire for relationship with his people. The whole Biblical narrative traces God’s relentless pursuit of relationship with his people,…

Living in light of the end

Peter continues to address Christians who are suffering for their faith. As always, the basis of their faith and their model of obedience is Christ’s death on the cross. And the thing which gives perspective to their suffering is the immanence of eternity and the inheritance waiting there for them. As individual Christians in the world and as the church together our lives now are shaped by these great truths. The good life for Christians looks surprisingly different to the…