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Sermons by Dave Brown

Philippians 1:1-11 – Partnership

Introduction to Philippians It’s all about Jesus Establishing Partnership (verses 3-6) Gospel partnership is the nature of following Jesus Partnership as an approach to discipleship The image indicates the investment we have Demonstrating partnership (verses 7-8) How partnership should shape our relationships (vs 7) Grace as an opportunity to gospel partnership Partnership as an investment in growth Prayer for partnership (verses 9-11)…

Revelation 15-16 – The Last Judgement

Is there ever a need for judgment? Revelation 15 and 16: The last judgment The image’s source: The Exodus Why does it use that imagery? Exodus and the presence of God Exodus and the power of God How does the exodus image help? Knowing the destination helps the journey Doomsday Preppers: being ready for the end Getting our affairs in order Orienting…

Revelation 12-14 – The Dragon, The Beastie Boys and The Angels

Chapter 12 – Dragon (the gospel retold) A sign in heaven (12:1-6). The dragon is unable to stop God’s saviour coming. The heavenly battle (12:7-12) The significance of Jesus coming – salvation is secure. The dragon’s response (12:13-17) The church is persecuted Chapter 13. – The Beastie Boys (persecution unpacked) The “sea beast” (13:1-10) – human opposition to the gospel The “land…

Managing Wisely

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom       Proverbs 2:1-5 “Remember your maker” – a call to humility       Proverbs 22:2 What does it mean to be wise with wealth?       Recognizing that wealth itself is not evil       But how adept are we at spotting greed?       Wealth should be stewarded carefully       Righteousness is worth more than wealth…

To Tithe or Not to Tithe?

Where has the idea come from? Old Testament Pattern Gen 4 Gen 14 Gen 28 Duet 14 Proper tithing: giving ‘a tenth’ (… or is it?) New Testament… How does the law continue through Christ? Matthew 23:23 – It continues but extends Support gospel ministry (1 Cor 9) Opportunity for broad generosity (2 Cor 8-9) Some generous suggestions • Be regular •…

Wealth and Poverty

From last week… All that we have belongs to God Everything that belongs to God should be used with regard for him “Give me neither poverty nor riches” (Prov 30:8) How do we respond to the gap between the wealthy and the poor? How do we respond as those who are (by and large) not poor? Is wealth bad? In the OT…

God and Money

Does God care about money Some would say God is only concerned for spiritual things. Some think God materially rewards those who follow him. A framework for thinking about money Wealth, like everything, belongs to God (Ps 24:1) Mentally moving away from a material-spiritual way of thinking We should treat everything as though it ultimately belongs to him Using wealth differently but…

The Spirit Of Wisdom

The Question: What are the evidences that the Spirit is at work within us? The work of the Spirit begins with a change from darkness to light (Eph 5:8) As children of the light (verses 11-14) Live as children of the light. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness. What this has to do with the Spirit: Galatians 5:25…