Sermons by Brad Barrett

Sermons by Brad Barrett

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Jude

Sunday, February 21, 2021 Jude—Loved and Kept by God I remember once listening to some talk show, and the conversation was a discussion on what was better:  To love or to be loved.  I don’t recall their conclusion, but my Bible would say the place to start is to be loved.  Specifically, to be loved by God.  From his love for us flows our capacity to love him and to love others. 1 John 4 says, “We love because he…

2 Peter – Destructive Lies

2 Peter 2:  Destructive Lies In the past few years, our society has had a barrage of claims about truth and lies.   #fakenews.  Claims about election fraud.  Websites are devoted to verifying politicians’ statements. We are left to wonder, Who is telling the truth?  Or more cynically, Is anyone telling the truth? Truth and lies are hard to sort out. Parents know this.  A fight erupts from two children.  Mom and Dad put on their “Judge robe,” and sit at…

Stewardship of Money

SERMON POWERPOINT Sunday, January 10, 2021  Brad Barrett Stewardship—Money Slavery.  What an evil sounding word.  We think of slavery in the United States in the 1800’s and before.  Oppressive.  Brutal.  Inhumane.  We might also think of human trafficking today.  People held against their will for unspeakable evil.  People owning people.  A verse I shared in my sermon 2 weeks ago has been ringing in my ears every day.  Titus 2:14 ESV  Jesus Christ…gave himself for us to redeem us from…

New Beginnings

We all experience moments in our lives where we need a fresh start. A new beginning. The gospel, the story of Jesus Christ, offers a new beginning unlike anything else, a fresh start on life where God forgives sinners and makes them brand new. New creations. How can we experientially walk in this new life?

Esther and the Invisible God

Though God may often seem absent to us, he is conspicuously present in our lives to help us. He is our ever-present help in trouble. We will journey through the Book of Esther, and though God is never mentioned directly, his fingerprints are all over this remarkable story of rescue. From this story and especially from the ultimate rescue of Christ the Savior, our faith will be strengthened and our worship increased.

The Rescue of Noah in the Flood.

Ever feel like you need to be rescued from guilt, shame, or other problems? From where do we look for answers? God is both a righteous judge and a merciful rescuer, and we know this well through the coming of his Son, Jesus our Savior. In addition, throughout history God has repeatedly shown himself to deliver his people from judgment and death. This Sunday we’ll look at the shocking judgment of the Flood and the merciful rescue of one man and his family, an important picture of the Advent of Jesus Christ.

The Gospel for All People

Christianity is often accused of being a narrow minded religion, too limiting in its principles, too narrow in whom it reaches. In our sermon this week, we will see the breadth of gospel impact on social classes. And in simple yet profound terms, we will hear who God really is and what the way of salvation is.

Acts 10: For the Nation

To enter the kingdom of God, language, ethnicity, nationality, and even how bad of a sinner we are do not matter. Only one thing is necessary.

Stephen Full of the Spirit

Christ calls his followers to a way of living that cannot be conducted by mere human power but must be inspired and strengthened by God himself in a curious but crucial way: to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 5– The Unstoppable Church

Through both mundane and extreme challenges (think persecution, COVID, etc.), the church of God can and must continue its mission of making disciples by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Gospel Shaped Community

We might think of “church” as a building or a meeting on Sunday morning that we “have to” go to. But the first church was a gathering of passionate disciples of Jesus who lived with great joy, awe, and oneness, all inspired by their faith in the risen Savior, the long-awaited Messiah. This church’s example will inspire us to seek and find what they had.

The Message of the Ambassador

As ambassadors for Christ, we have an assignment: to announce Jesus to the world. What specifically do we announce? As we read Acts, we will learn from the simple yet rich words of Peter and other apostles and so find wisdom to announce life and hope to our world.

The Glory of Work

God is a worker, and he has called us— made in his image—to work. This makes our work, though tarnished by sin, holy and glorious as we do it for him and by him. And God calls us to work to provide for ourselves and bring good to our world.

The Victorious Lord

Believers in Christ may experience suffering for their faith in him. And when this happens, they may be tempted to quit because of the seeming injustice of it all. In our passage today, Paul speaks of God’s justice toward the Christian and the persecutor. Though none of us at Stonebrook may be suffering for Jesus’ sake to the extent of this Thessalonian church, we too can be strengthened in faith and deeds as we remember the pure and complete justice of God.

The Justice of the Lord

Believers in Christ may experience suffering for their faith in him. And when this happens, they may be tempted to quit because of the seeming injustice of it all. In our passage today, Paul speaks of God’s justice toward the Christian and the persecutor. Though none of us at Stonebrook may be suffering for Jesus’ sake to the extent of this Thessalonian church, we too can be strengthened in faith and deeds as we remember the pure and complete justice of God.

A Life Pleasing to God

What is God’s will for my life? This question is frequently asked by Christ’s followers. In our passage today, Paul addresses this question broadly with some specific answers that center on a life that pleases God.

You, Our Glory and Joy

In one of the most uplifting letters in the New Testament, Paul is overjoyed at the faith of this young church in the midst of suffering. We who follow Christ can share in a similar joy as we walk by faith and help others do the same. When Christ comes again, those whom we have helped will be our glory and our joy!

Our Story in Christ

We all know the importance of being an example, not a hypocrite, to others—someone whose words and actions generally line up. And this becomes a noticeable and powerful influence to everyone who sees. The New Testament letter, First Thessalonians, tells us the story of Christians who believed the gospel, lived it in powerful ways, then spoke of it. What is our story?

Faith, Hope, and Love

Core virtues of the Christian life are the well-loved triad of faith, love, and hope. The Apostle Paul was concerned for the health of the very young Thessalonian church in the face of persecution. But he discovered they remained on a solid foundation with a genuine faith that led to action, an exemplary love that prompted service, and a sure hope that resulted in endurance. In our daily trials, including these strange and stressful days of COVID-19, we can be inspired by the exemplary lives of these Christians from ancient times.

Ministry Partnership

Christ followers are called to walk in pure devotion to the Lord in our faith and actions. God’s appeal to us for this way of living, as shown in the Apostle Paul’s heart, is through his loving, fatherly relationship with us, his children in Christ.

The Marks of a Minister + Q&A session

As a minister of the New Covenant, Paul gave his heart and life to the proclamation of the good news about Jesus. He demonstrated his authenticity by his perseverance through great affliction and through his sacrificial, loving, and Spirit-filled actions. As we look at Paul’s life we can have confidence that Jesus really did appear to him, radically transforming his life. And, along with Paul, we should wholeheartedly believe in what God has one in Jesus Christ and give of…

The Marks of a Minister + Q&A session

As a minister of the New Covenant, Paul gave his heart and life to the proclamation of the good news about Jesus. He demonstrated his authenticity by his perseverance through great affliction and through his sacrificial, loving, and Spirit-filled actions. As we look at Paul’s life we can have confidence that Jesus really did appear to him, radically transforming his life. And, along with Paul, we should wholeheartedly believe in what God has one in Jesus Christ and give of…

Motivation for Ministry

Eternity. As Christians we believe in “forever,” not just as cute words in a love song, but as our future reality in the kingdom of God. The challenge we face is, do we live every day like “forever” is true? Is it on our minds? Do we see people in light of eternity? The Apostle Paul had deep, deep convictions about such things, and these convictions motivated him in his ministry for Jesus Christ. He walked by faith, not by sight. Future judgment, the fear of the Lord, and the love of Christ—all such things compelled him to speak of Christ to the church and the world, and to persevere in this life of faith.