Sermons by Michael Howell

Sermons by Michael Howell

Michael Howell

A personal relationship

Psalm 63 What does it mean for us to have a personal relationship with God? In Psalm 63 we hear David express his thirst for God, his delight in God and his confidence in God. Through Christ, we can experience, express and enjoy our relationship with God in the same kind of way.

Listen Up!

Nehemiah 8 Now that the wall has been rebuilt, it’s time for a different kind of building project – a spiritual rebuilding. In Nehemiah 8, the people gather to hear God’s word read and explained. The way that they listen to and respond to God’s word challenges us to think about how we do the same.

Building and Battling

Nehemiah 4 Whenever God’s people do God’s work in the world, they are sure to encounter opposition. Nehemiah 4 shows us the forms this opposition can take and how we, as those called to live for and proclaim Christ in this world, should respond when we face it.

Time for action

Nehemiah 2 After months of desperate prayer and seeking God, Nehemiah steps into action. As those who are, like Nehemiah, called to do God’s work, Nehemiah’s actions have much to teach us. Above all, Nehemiah’s going to Jerusalem points us to Christ, the one who went from the comfort and privilege of heaven to the brokenness and disgrace of our world, in order to accomplish the redemptive purposes of God.

Last Words

Acts 20:17-38 As Paul farewells the elders of the Ephesian church, he presents his own ministry as an example for them to follow and reminds them of the task to which God has called them. Church leaders must heed Paul’s words here. They have been entrusted with the responsibility of caring for those who have been purchased by God with his own blood – a weighty responsibility indeed!

Handling Hostility

Acts 4:1-31 When Peter and John are put on trial by the religious authorities, Peter boldly proclaims the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. In today’s message, we consider the content of Peter’s message and think about what this passage teaches us about how we should respond when we face hostility for proclaiming the message of Jesus. CNBC Proclaiming the Risen Lord Jesus – Michael Howell, 14 June 2020 from City North Baptist Church on Vimeo.

How to Walk

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 The Christian life is often described as a walk. Watch as we wrestle with what it looks like for us to walk in a way that pleases God, especially in the areas of holiness and brotherly love.

How the Gospel Makes Christians

1 Thessalonians 1:4-10 As Paul continues to give thanks for the Thessalonians, he recalls the circumstances of their conversion. As we learn what the gospel did in them, we are forced to ask ourselves, “what difference has the gospel made in my life?” How the Gospel Makes Christians – Michael Howell 19 April 2020 from City North Baptist Church on Vimeo.

The Way, Truth, and Life

John 14:1-6 Life can sometimes throw us into a spin. When this happens, how do we avoid getting dizzy? We need to fix our eyes on something steady and sure. Easter gives us a chance to do that, as we look again to the One who has defeated sin and death. In this message, we’ll think about something Jesus said just before He died. We’ll be reminded to fix our eyes on the One who is the Way, the Truth…

The Church

1 Thessalonians 1:1-3 We begin our new series in 1 Thessalonians by thinking about the church. What is the church? These verses remind us that the church is the local, gathered people of God, alive in Christ and marked by three essential Christian traits – faith, love and hope.

Death, Resurrection, Eternal Life

It’s not surprising that death is a bit of a taboo subject in our culture. It’s not easy to talk about. But we must. How should we view death as Christians? And what happens when I die? These are the questions we’ll ask of the Bible in this message as we continue our Facing the Future series.

Out of the depths

Jonah 1:17-2:10 Distress, deliverance, dedication. This is the pattern of every salvation story. Jonah 2 teaches us that to understand God’s grace we must accept the reality of our distress and that only God can deliver us. Such a gracious deliverance ought to lead to our dedication. May we be like Jonah who says, “I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’ “