Sermons by John Spranklin

Sermons by John Spranklin

John Spranklin

Where is God in all this mess?

Esther 1-3 The Book of Esther is a simple story of how a Jewish girl became Queen of Persia and saved God’s people from a plot to destroy them. But it is so much more! It introduces us to a chaotic and challenging world of self-interest, manipulation and moral ambiguity – a world, not unlike our own. Now, as then, we must ask, where is God in all the mess?

The Sojourner’s Life

1 Peter 1:13-21 Having already outlined who we are in Christ and where we’re going, Peter describes what ought to characterise our Christian lives as sojourners in this world. We are to live lives marked by hope, holiness and reverent fear.

Life in the Spirit

Romans 8:1-17 Having described the struggle against indwelling sin that Christians continue to experience, we are left with the question, “Can we be sure that salvation by grace alone really works?” “Can we have assurance?” Paul’s answer in Romans 8:1-17, is a richly trinitarian one, and one which specifically highlights the present ministry of the Holy Spirit to the believer.

Shall we go on sinning?

Romans 6:1-14 We’ve all asked, or been asked this age-old question in one form or another: If forgiveness comes to me solely by the undeserved grace of God, does it matter how I live? Can I just go on sinning? Paul emphatically states that being a believer makes a decisive difference to one’s relationship to sin, and he gives us three reasons based on what has been done to us as we are united to Christ in his death and…

Look to Jesus and be saved

John 3:1-17 As we listen in on this surprising conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus, some profound truths are revealed for us about how we can have eternal life. We must undergo a spiritual re-birth, made possible only by trusting in Jesus death on the cross. And even more astounding is that all this is an act of God’s incredible love for a world full of rebels.

The weak life of gospel service

2 Corinthians 4:1-18 Increasingly, in our society, the gospel is being rejected and the experience of the Christian is one of weakness. As the Apostle Paul speaks about how his life of service has been shaped by the gospel, we are encourage to not lose heart, but instead to live gospel-shaped lives that reveal God’s glory and power.

Surprised by Grace – The Workers in the Vineyard

Matthew 20:1-16 Is God fair? We want fairness, but what we need more than fairness is God’s grace. The parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, makes us feel quite uncomfortable as we are confronted with the way God, in his perfect wisdom and divine sovereignty, chooses to exercise his grace in saving people.

The Rich Fool

Luke 12:13-34 In the parable of the Rich Fool Jesus calls out the inadequacy of a materialistic view of the world, and challenges the greed and covetousness that lives in every human heart. We are presented with a stark choice, to pursue material riches, or to live in a way that is rich toward God. The latter is where we will find real security, freedom and joy.

The Unmerciful Servant

Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus says we should forgive without limit. But how can this possibly be reasonable? Because, and only because, of what has been done for us in the gospel. We must, therefore, ask ourselves a few hard questions: Do we see clearly the enormity of the debt of sin we owe to God? Have our hearts been moved by the overwhelming generosity of God in forgiving our sin, through Christ? Will this make a real difference in our lives,…