Category Archives: Sermons

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Sermon Text: The Gospel in Psalm 23

The most recent sermon I preached… On August 18, 2013. At Parkway Bible Church on my 2nd last Sunday as the Worship Director.

One of the major difficulties that I came across when I first became the music director here at Parkway is that while I was quite familiar with a lot of worship songs, I came to quickly realize that I didn’t know a lot of them all that well. That is – I sometimes didn’t know the words of the songs all that well. What would happen to me sometimes, more often in rehearsal, rather than during the actual service itself … is that I would just start singing the wrong lyrics…

So, like for example, just couple of weeks ago while Kristy Mikelait and I were practicing for the service, we were just plugging along on the hymn “In Christ Alone” when all of a sudden, she just stops and kind of gives me this goofy smile. And I was like what’s up? What’s wrong? Well, I had just sung the wrong words to this song that I had used in worship maybe dozens of times in the past 10 years.

You see, I was familiar with the song as a pianist who accompanies singers. But singing it myself, I realized that I didn’t actually know it all that well. And I am wondering if when it comes to the passage that we’re going to consider this morning, that many Christians – many of us here today, are merely “familiar” with it, having heard it once in a while throughout our Christian lives, not realizing that we don’t actually know it all that well…

Psalm 23

1. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
3. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff,they comfort me.
5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

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Sermon: The Bible – One Long Story

I really shouldn’t call this a “sermon” so much as it was a short lesson presented from the material of our study. We are going through a book called “Handling the Word with Confidence” at The Upper Room right now, and while Pastor Jay and I do teach, we don’t exactly preach sermons, we go through the material and highlight important things that people absolutely need to know to get through the study. Here is the second session of the series.

Sermons Update – Ruth

Last Christmas, Pastor Jay and I took a break from our Judges series and switched out attention to Ruth. I had always felt like Ruth was kind of Christmas-y. I don’t know why. Probably because it ends with the birth of Ruth and Boaz’s son, Obed, who is in the lineage of Jesus Christ (I still have part of a song from like 10 Christmases ago called “Matthew’s Begat” memorized – “Ruth, she married Boaz, who had Obed, who had Jesse. Jesse, he had David, who we know as king”. Hehehe.)

Anyway, because of the Christmas production, I spoke 2 weeks in a row, and pretty much went through the background information of Ruth in preparation for Pastor Jay’s sermons, which really hammered on the points that we wanted to with this series – Biblical manhood and womanhood – and how it applies to relationships between men and women. In these two sermons, I focus in on the idea of “Hesed” – which is a Hebrew word often translated to “Lovingkindness”.

In the first sermon, I explained how this “Hesed” was seen in Ruth’s loyalty to her mother-in-law, essentially leading to her salvation. I thus linked “Hesed” to the Gospel, and had a good ‘ol gospel presentation. In the second sermon, I had a two-fold concern. One was to set up Pastor Jay by explaining the concept of Levirate marriage. And the second is of course to exposit the scriptures I was assigned. So there seems to be a disconnect in this second sermon, but I nonetheless was able to tie it together someone in the idea of “Hesed as a way of life” – that is, after you’ve accepted the Gospel.

1 – “Introducing Hesed”

2 – “Hesed as a Way of Life”

Sermons Update – Judges

I finally updated all of the Upper Room’s online sermons. And I’ve got a few of my own to post… Here they are collated by series. Here are my 3 sermons in Judges. Although I taught 8 times in Judges, I only actually had 3 “sermons”. The others were different kinds of studies.

1 – Judges Part 7, “Deborah and Barak”

2 – Judges Part 13, “Samson: The Life Ruled by Sight”

3 – Judges Part 15, “Outro: Micah and the Levite”

Sermon Text: Faith and Repentance the Response

Faith and Repentance the Response, preached at KBCF Lighthouse Church on July 31, 2011. Scripture is from Habakkuk 3.

I feel like I need to explain myself to you before we even begin the message for today… Because I think, you will sense a feeling of finality in this message. A sense that we’re finished. That the series is over, or whatever…

And on one hand, that is true.. Today is my last day preaching to you. That is until, or if, Pastor Alvin asks me back again sometime in the future. But I do need to get back to my own church, Morningstar, as they haven’t seen me there in almost 2 months now.

In addition to that, we are closing off the book of Habakkuk today… I already confessed to you last week that I didn’t think I could make it through the entire book, small as it is. But by God’s grace I did! And I’m actually really happy about that.

And then today, we are also finishing off the fourth and final point of what you might call the “Gospel Proper” or the “Gospel Core”. These four points make up the Gospel message, and if you forget everything else that I’ve talked about these past four weeks… five, if you include my introductory message at the end of June… I hope you’ll remember these four points.

1. God is the Righteous Creator. He created all things, and all things belong to him. He is also righteous, holy and perfectly just, and cannot ever tolerate wrong.

2. Man, God’s creation, rebelled against his creator and sinned. And so, God being perfectly righteous, holy and just, cannot tolerate man, who then must suffer the consequence – first of physical death, but more importantly, of spiritual death – eternal separation from God.

3. But… Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate, came to earth, lived a perfect life, but nonetheless took on our sin, and was punished with physical death on the cross, but again more importantly, with the spiritual death of losing communion with the Father. But, Jesus conquered death, rising again on the third day, and now sits at the right hand of the father, offering his righteousness to those who believe in him. Continue reading

Sermon Audio: Jesus Christ the Saviour

Jesus Christ the Saviour, preached at KBCF Lighthouse Church on July 24, 2011. Scripture is from Luke 24:13-31 (Mini-Sermon) and Habakkuk 2:2-20 (Main Text).