A 'multitude' of people may come to hear the gospel of Christ but they don't come for the right reasons. God knows what is in the heart.
While Jesus is talking about things of eternal significance a person in the crowd asks for divine intervention in family finances! How many think that Christianity is about fair play and doing the right thing rather than repentance from sin and eternal salvation? Covetousness is in the man's heart and Jesus tells the parable of 'The Rich Fool'. The things of this world will remain in this world and people should seek and treasure what is essential for their eternal salvation.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 28th May 2017|
(15) And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses."
. . .
(20) But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?'
(21) "So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
Ian compares his dismay and frustration with a recent computer problem to how the people must have felt at Babel when their language was 'confused' by God.
The events of Babel occurred only 340 years after the flood. Noah was still alive at this time. Such a short time for people to not only turn away from God but to be actively hostile towards Him. People preferred to follow the ideas of Nimrod rather than the God of Noah.
The aims of our generation are the same as those who followed Nimrod.
When the people dissipated, separated from others by their languages they were not separated from sin and their sin went with them to all parts of the world. What has been done to separate them from sin?
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 4th June 2017|
GENESIS CHAPTER 11
(1) Now the whole earth had one language and one speech.
. . .
(4) And they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth."
Our nation has recently experienced shocking incidents and people ask why. How could God allow such things to happen?
In these first verses of Luke people were similarly asking questions about certain incidents and looked to apportion blame. Some would consider such things to be punishment for sin, others would consider the sin of others as responsible.
Rational people see religious terrorists as terrible sinners and deserving of God's judgement but the majority fail to see their own sin which will also be judged and unless people have repented and acknowledged Christ as saviour before their judgement comes they too will perish.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 18th June 2017|
LUKE CHAPTER 13
(2) And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?
(4) Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?
(5) I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
In these verses from Matthew why is Jesus saying there is grief and misery coming to the people? What have they done that is so much worse than the infamous cities of Sodom, Tyre
Ian quotes statistics that demonstrate the ignorance of many people in regard to Christianity. Why is there biblical illiteracy when everyone has opportunity to hear the gospel from others or to read the bible themselves?
What are we to do?
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 26th June 2017|
MATTHEW CHAPTER 11
(20) Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent:
. . .
(24) But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you."
Ian uses this relationship between Mephibosheth and David to illustrate our relationship with God.
Where was Mephibosheth, what was his lot in life? How had this situation come about?
Mephibosheth was undeserving and knew nothing of the plans David had for him.
We were all in a position of sin and unknowing of God's plan for us before He called for us. How does a person respond to that call?
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 2nd July 2017|
2 SAMUEL CHAPTER 9
(6) Now when Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he fell on his face and prostrated himself. Then David said, "Mephibosheth?" And he answered, "Here is your servant!"
. . .
(8) Then he bowed himself, and said, "What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I?"
Tax collectors have never been the most popular of people. In our society we recognise that there has to be some form of taxation to provide our way of life but in the time
of this account the tax collectors were considered amongst the worst sinners in society because of their dishonest ways.
Jesus was criticised for associating with them. Why did He do that?
Many use the account of Jesus associating with Matthew to show that Jesus is accepting of all people as they are but the opposite is true. Jesus describes sinners as 'sick' and in need of healing.
Today we have people who are 'sick' and Ian looks at how to distinguish between those who have a condition at birth, those with disease and those who are 'sick' in sin. What of those who believe Jesus accepts them as they are, eg. Christians in the LGBT community - those who say they were born that way?
Does the bible tell us Jesus is accepting of the way they are?
Ian draws attention to the increasing acceptance and promotion of sickness in our society and the corruption our children even in primary schools.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 9th July 2017|
MATTHEW CHAPTER 9
(9) As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him.
(10) Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.
(11) And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
(12) When Jesus heard that, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
Jesus sees people beyond the sinning failures they are. He sees His elect as they will be in eternity. Zacchaeus was still a sinner when Jesus sought him but he had a compulsion to know more of Jesus. What obstacles hindered Zacchaeus and are there obstacles to people today who want to know about Jesus? Could it sometimes be that those who are enthusiastic for Christ become an obstacle to others?
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 30th July 2017|
(2) Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.
. . .
(7) But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner."
Accounts of the healings of Jesus are given to teach us something spritually. In these verses the afflicted man is representative of all sinners who are spiritually deaf and unable
to worship God.
Believers brought this deaf man to Jesus.
Believers can bring sinners to Christ and pray for them, 'begging Him to put His hand on them'.
Jesus could have healed this deaf man with a single word but Ian explains how the way Jesus heals is of benefit to us.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 6th August 2017|
(32) Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him.
(33) And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue.
(34) Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened."
Who is Jesus speaking to in these verses we know as 'The Beatitudes'? Ian describes the mixed multitudes as they were and as they are today.
What of salt that is used for seasoning and purifying our food? Using food analogies Ian looks at 'the church', it's main ingredient and how it may lose flavour.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 13th August 2017|
(13) "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
Ian asks us to imagine a world where all those with influence through education, etc. have been working for generations to remove the knowledge of the one true God from their
minds. How would they do that? How to they meet the needs of those who want a god?
Ian talks about how it was in the time of Noah - just as it is in today's world. The ark had only one door. Today there is only one door to salvation. Christ said, "I am the door".
The 'days of the Son of Man' are coming. Are you in the ark?
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 20th August 2017|
(27) They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
(28) Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
(29) but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
We look around and see the world in crisis. A man-made mess. There are many who don't care so long as they have what they want but what of those who do care? How do they see
that 'man' can correct his errors? They have a belief that everyone can get together and sort it out.
What hope is there for the human race? What does the bible say?
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 27th August 2017|
(20) and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
Believers eagerly await the Rapture and know the time is near but some people are giving precise dates. If prophecies propogated by the internet are correct then by
Christmas 2017 updates to these webpages will cease but it is nothing new that man interprets scripture to his own ends and with appropriate calculations has many times
predicted a date that even Jesus and the angels don't know.
Why do followers of such presumptious prophets (Deut 18v22) continue to listen to them after they have been shown to be wrong?
With each day that passes we are one day nearer to Christ's return and should always be ready but God's word tells us 'not to think beyond what is written'.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 3rd September 2017|
(36) "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
(42) Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
1 CORINTHIANS 4
(6) Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.
Do you watch world news? Ian reminds us of the current wars and military build up in some countries with rumours of wars. He reminds us of the recent disasters caused by
hurricanes, floods, mudslides and earthquakes, and the numbers of people experiencing famine at this time.
The bible describes such events as the 'beginning of sorrows'.
If you are a believer what should you be doing? Ian advises us and also addresses any listeners who are not yet believers and tells what is coming and what they must do to be saved while there is still time.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 10th September 2017|
(6) And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
(7) For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
(8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.
People are waiting to be healed. They believe if they can get into the water first they will be healed. The sick man has all his hope in a pool of water.
Like people today - blind spiritually - unable to see the true God. He needs someone to take that spiritual blindness away.
The people gathered around the pool at Bethesda knew there was something wrong with them. People today know something is wrong but sinners don't know what it is. They just know that things could be better. Jesus came amongst the people who were looking for help but they didn't recognise him - the same as it is today with people putting their hope in false gods and idols.
Is there any hope for people? Does Jesus reveal himself today? How?
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 17th September 2017|
JOHN CHAPTER 5
(3) In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water.
. . .
(5) Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.
(6) When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?"
There are many people who know consciously or otherwise that there is something after this life. The hardened atheist convinces himself that this is all there is and when
you are dead it is over.
This passage from Luke about the rich man and Lazarus tells us that we will be in one of two destinations, Heaven or Hell. There is no reincarnation, no purgatory and no single place where all people will get together.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 24th September 2017|
LUKE CHAPTER 16
(22) So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.
(23) And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
The rich man appears to have everything. He has wealth that most people would desire. There is nothing wrong with financial wealth but 'the love of money is a root of all kinds
The poor man appears to have nothing that anyone would want. By his location after death we know that the poor man had something in his heart that the rich man didn't have.
Those who have Christ are the truly rich ones.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 1st October 2017|
(28) for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.'
(29) Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.'
Ian talks on the beliefs people have about Hades and Hell. Do you have your own ideas or do you trust the words of Jesus? We are told it is a place of torment.
Just as today there were people who will not believe the word of God and who will not even believe when one returned from the dead to tell them.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 15th October 2017|
(30) And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'
(31) But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'"
This parable is given to show that no man can be saved through his own righteousness or good deeds. Salvation comes only through faith in Christ.
The Pharisee represents any person full of pride in himself and what he does. He despises those he sees as sinners. He considers that he is a 'good' person and as such is acceptable to God. On the face of it many people would think similarly and that the tax collector who represents sinners and the opposite of the Pharisee is in deep trouble with God.
The one acceptable to God is the sinner who comes to Christ with repentance and faith, not the one who religiously thinks he is better than others.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 22nd October 2017|
LUKE CHAPTER 18
(11) The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.
(12) I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.'
(13) And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!'
The bible is God's word and therefore absolutely true. When God tells us about creation - it is truth. When He tells us humans have a special place - it is truth.
When God tells us there are men and there are women and they may be joined in marriage - it is truth. It does not mean man can be changed into woman or woman into man. It does not mean marriage can occur between those of the same sex.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 29th October 2017|
Paul always followed his same strategy in ministering the gospel. Ian explains why Paul went to the Jews first and then the gentiles. It was not necessary to preach
in the same way to both groups so what did Paul actually preach? He reasoned from the scriptures.
It matters how the gospel is ministered. Our society believes that children in church are taught bible 'stories' but in school they are taught facts. That needs to change.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 5th November 2017|
ACTS CHAPTER 17
(1) Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.
(2) Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
Was Paul a great and eloquent speaker? Was he a knowledgable speaker? In Athens he preaches to those thinking themselves superior
The gospel is simple. A child can understand it but many intellectuals are at a loss - prevented by their own beliefs in themselvs.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 19th November 2017|
(17) Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there.
(18) Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, "What does this babbler want to say?" Others said, "He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods," because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection.
No matter where Paul was speaking or who he was talking to he always preached the gospel. To those with a knowledge of scripture he constantly makes reference to specific
scripture. When speaking to pagans and those who are biblically illiterate he still preaches the gospel but varies the manner of his approach by using 'everyday' language in a way
that they will understand.
Paul speaks in an engaging way so that people realise for themselves that they are sinners and have a need to repent. This is done out of love.
We should use the same approach.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 10th December 2017|
(22) Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious;
(23) for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:
TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.
Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:
Sadly there are many who preach only portions of scripture that will not offend sinners. There are others who change scripture so as to give man what he wants to hear.
The majority of UK citizens today are in the group of people who are biblically illiterate and we can follow the apostle Paul's example of beginning by telling them who God is and how He is the creator of everything. Ian talks about creation as told to us in Genesis and the conflict with popular belief in Darwinian evolution. As a compromise some choose to believe in 'theistic evolution' - that God USED evolution to create us but that belief is to deny the God of the bible.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 7th January 2018|
(24) "God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.
(25) Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.
(26) And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,
Many of the biblically illiterate in our society have no interest in the gospel because they believe what the media and personalities such as David Attenborough put forward as
factual with regard to Darwinian evolution. Their belief explains their accidental, purposeless existence - life without God.
Hearing the gospel brings a response. Those who open their minds will realise they need to change - to repent. 10/10 will die. ALL will be judged by God.
'And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment' Hebrews 9:27
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 14th January 2018|
(30) Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,
(31) because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."
A painting called 'Salvator Mundi' by Leonardo da Vinci recently sold at auction for a record amount. Nothing more than a painting. What value does man put on the real Christ?
For Judas it was thirty pieces of silver, for Pilate it was to do the popular thing and today the majority of people place little or no value on Jesus Christ. Ian explains his idea of the worth of Christ our creator and saviour.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 21st January 2018|
(41) While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
(42) saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?"
We all travel the journey of life from a definite start and we would like to end at a pleasant destination but on the way we are
attacked by sin and may be stripped of hope of completing the journey as we wanted.
Religion will not help.
There is one who we previously had no time for and may even have hated, He will help, heal and take us to a place of safety.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 28th January 2018|
(30) Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
(31) ... a priest ... passed by
(32) ... a Levite ... passed by
(33) But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.
People need to hear the gospel of Christ and it is our 'job' as Christians to tell them. This is not done by telling them what they particularly want to hear or by
preaching AT them but by communicating in a loving and compassionate manner that we are all born travelling the 'broad' way in sin and our need to repent and follow
the path to the narrow gate.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 18th February 2018|
(23) Then one said to Him, "Lord, are there few who are saved?" And He said to them,
(24) "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
This concludes the series of 'Miscellaneous Gospel Sermons' and is the first of a new series of sermons on Mark.
The gospel according to Mark tells how John the Baptist was sent to prepare people for the coming of Jesus, exactly as the prophets had said and takes us with immediacy into the life of Jesus. No doubt is left as to the deity of Jesus, not just a good man or teacher but the Son of God.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 4th March 2018|
(1) The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
(2) As it is written in the Prophets: "Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You."
(3) "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.'"