If you follow Jesus, listening to sermons is a significant part of your discipleship. They are called a “means of grace” (i.e. they can be a channel of God’s generosity, guidance and help in your life, even via imperfect preachers). So don’t you want to understand, make the most of, and engage with them? This talk provides practical assistance. It’s about being proactive, not passive.
Tag: spiritual growth
8 book recommendations to grow your faith
I was recently asked for book recommendations that would help grow someone’s faith. Here are 8 that I believe are accessible-yet-meaty.
Tarrying with a Lord you cannot see [Sermon]
It doesn’t make the headlines like the apocalypse or the last social justice issue. But “abiding in Christ” is something we’re told to do, shapes us over the long haul, and gives us joy. But what is it? How do we do it? This sermon on John 15:1-17 answers these questions.
Your soul has an appetite [Sermon]
Your soul has an appetite — fill it with the wrong thing and be eternally corroded; fill it with the right thing and be eternally contented. This sermon on John 6:25-71 explores this idea as Jesus speaks controversial words about being “the bread of life.”
Uncertainty is an Opportunity [Sermon]
He actually walked on water. And there was a purpose to it. The powerful presence of Jesus is greater than the powerful presence of fear. That’s what I explore (for them then and for you now) in this sermon on John 6:16-24.
Spiritual Warfare – a talk with Jon Thompson
What is spiritual warfare? Why do some avoid it? Isn’t the Bible just ‘out of date’? Who is our enemy? Does possession still happen? How do we win?! I discuss all this and more (put on your seatbelts) with Jon Thompson, author of Deliverance.
What does it mean to be born again? (Sermon)
It’s a crazy time, like living through an emotional earthquake. What does Jesus means when he says to be ‘born again,’ and how can this radical re-orientation of our lives stabilize and equip us for the living of these days?
Being born again, a conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus (Growing Deeper with John 3:1-21)
What in the world does it mean to be ‘born again.’ We’ve heard the term, maybe even used it. We can’t see God’s kingdom without it, says Jesus. This episode is a Bible study of Jesus’ powerful words to Nicodemus in John 3:1-21.
Your Divine D.N.A. [Sermon]
Do you misunderstand (or undervalue) what it means to be deliberately adopted by God and deprive yourself of that knowledge and assurance? Do you know what it means to grow in both grace and truth? That’s what I explore in this sermon on John 1:6-18.
Adoption, incarnation, and growing in grace and truth (Growing Deeper with John 1:6-18)
When God adopts you, you gain a new special status. This gives great assurance in life as you seek to grow in grace and truth. This episode takes us through John 1:6-18 to fill in the details.
Trials can be trainers and teachers [Sermon]
What if a current trial was God training or teaching you to become more holy? What if God didn’t want lesser things for you, but greater? That’s what I explore in this sermon on Hebrews 12:1-13.
Urgent: Approach God’s throne with boldness (Growing Deeper with Hebrews 4:14 – 5:10)
If we don’t know God’s heart, we’re less likely to go to him when times get tough. But if we do, we can find grace and help in our urgent times of need. That’s what this sermon explores on Hebrews 4:14 – 5:10.
Conscience, the Puritans, and forming our minds today – a talk with Richard Topping
In this podcast episode, I talk with Richard Topping, professor and principal at VST, about conscience, the Puritans, society, and forming our minds today.
Courage and holy boldness no matter what (Growing Deeper with Acts 4:1-31)
In this episode of The Pulse Podcast I give an in-depth look at Acts 4:1-31, a story about the disciples faith in the face of threat as a part of the young church; I stress 3 takeaways for our situation today.
How to grow wiser—with thanks to J.I. Packer
Wisdom. What is it? How do we get it? With help from theologian J.I. Packer, this podcast shares 3 insights. Information can fill the head; but wisdom can fill the heart.
Pray—as a first resort [Sermon]
We know prayer is important, right? But let’s be honest. It’s easy to get in a rut. Here are three helps from Luke 18:1-8 and some practical tips.
Better Than Before? [Interview]
I hear a lot of people saying something like this: ‘I really want things to go back to how they were before COVID-19.’ I get
How Trials Can Make You More Resilient [Sermon]
Trials are tough. But they can actually make you more resilient. This message is about how.
Proactive Partnership [Sermon]
This sermon is Part 1 of 4 in a series called ‘Mature: 4 things mature people do on the path of joy.’ It’s about the much-misunderstood but important role ‘fellowship’ plays.
5 Helpful Study Bibles
Reading the Bible is important — and it can also be hard to understand sometimes! So here are 5 Study Bibles that can help.