Sermons by Murray Lean (Page 14)
While the prospect of marriage is usually very exciting, being sure about whether to propose or accept a proposal can cause a lot of anxiety. Can you really know when you’ve found the “right one”? What qualities should you be looking for? What pitfalls should you avoid? Is there a process you can follow? And where does God fit into all of this? In this message Pastor Murray shares very practically from his years of experience in dealing with young adults and preparing them for marriage.
Very few Christians suddenly decide to abandon their faith. A far greater danger is a gradual drifting away from Christ as life gets busy, distracted, hard, complicated ….. (you fill in the space!). But how does this happen? And what can we do to prevent it? In today’s message we see how the writer to the Hebrews suggests two key ways to stop this drift. Firstly, to realise just how great Jesus is. Nobody, not even angels, come close. Secondly, to appreciate just how wonderful is the salvation Jesus offers. Jesus really is the anchor for the Christian life, to keep us safe and strong in the storms of life. So how’s your relationship with Christ today?
In a world where there are so many conflicting voices crying out for our attention, there is one voice more than any other that we need to be listening to – God’s voice. The book of Hebrews begins with a clear message ….. God has spoken to us. In times past He spoke through the prophets, and we have this message recorded for us in the Old Testament. But then God did the unthinkable. He spoke to the human race through the person of His own divine Son, Jesus Christ. In Jesus – His life, His words, His death and resurrection etc – God has spoken most fully and finally. We don’t need a new word from God today. But we do need Jesus. Are you listening to Him?
The word “singleness” strikes fear into the hearts of the vast majority of young adults (and many of those who are older, too!). The prospect of never marrying can be very depressing. And for those who want to honour God in the matter of relationships, the advice is very different from simply joining an online dating service or joining the workmates for a Friday night of clubbing. In this message Pastor Murray shares some guidance from the Bible, warns about some lies Satan uses to deceive us, and offers some practical advice to help us avoid the pain of singleness, and instead, shows how to use it positively in growing closer to Christ and serving Him.
The Bible records many prayers and they come in many different forms. In John 17 we get to listen in to a very personal prayer, prayed by Jesus only a few hours before he went to the cross. No doubt His heart was very heavy. But what is obvious is a very clear awareness that in His death and resurrection He was bringing to completion the mission God had given Him. God the Father and also Jesus the Son would both be glorified through this. But now it was time for the disciples to continue that gospel mission. So Jesus picks up these themes as he prays for Himself, His eleven disciples ….. and indirectly for all of us who live faithfully for Him in the world today.
Confusion …. questions …. doubts …. fears. We all know what these feel like. And that’s the way it was with the disciples of Jesus on the night before He would die on the cross. What would it mean for these men that he was leaving them? So Jesus took the opportunity to reassure them and give them hope. Sure, life would be different (and even difficult), but in a positive way. As we face the uncertainties of our lives, there is one great certainty that we must cling to, and that is Jesus Christ Himself. He takes our questions, doubts and fears and assures us that in Him we can know joy, answers to our prayers, and God’s peace, whatever we may be facing. Are you trusting Him today?
With the news of His imminent death sinking in, Jesus wanted to encourage His disciples, so he spoke to them about the Holy Spirit who would come to them after he had gone. And what a difference the Spirit would make to their lives and ministry! Jesus highlighted two things in particular: His work of convicting unbelievers about their need for salvation in Jesus, and His work of enabling believers to discover more and more of the truth and glory that are found in Jesus. The Holy Spirit is essential in bringing people to faith, and also in keeping them growing in their faith. Those original disciples needed to hear that message. And we do, too!
Most people have a rather shallow understanding of the Easter story eg. Jesus died a cruel, painful, unjust death, somehow this death takes away sin etc. But what does it actually mean? In this passage Jesus tells us himself. We see how His death was the fulfilment of the Old Testament as He personally became the full and final Passover sacrifice, the author of a completely new covenant between God and man, and the suffering, servant Messiah promised 700 years earlier by the prophet Isaiah. Because of this it is now possible to be forgiven and to know God personally. If you’re a Christian, that’s worth celebrating! If you’re not, why don’t you put your faith in Jesus today?