Sermons by Brad Barrett (Page 3)

Sermons by Brad Barrett (Page 3)


Saints on Parade

The message of the gospel of Christ is perplexing: God offers life forever and ever through his Son, yet mankind reacts against it so commonly and strongly. How could this be? Our Lord Jesus, the Apostle Paul, and millions of Christians since then have contended with this gospel, a message that smells good to some but stinks to others. Similarly, this is our assignment from God, to spread this fragrance everywhere with God as he parades the glorious message of life, and he calls us to join him.

Stewarding our Money

Money can seem like a necessary evil at times: we need and want more of it; we stress over it; we argue about it. Yet we also see good from money: providing for needs; giving it away to good causes. What is the Lord’s view on money? He is our Creator and heavenly Father, so what does he tell us? What heavenly perspectives and solutions does he have?

Stewardship of our Time

Time is short and the days are evil. How will we live? How will we spend our time? In light of the glorious calling from God into his eternal kingdom, we are to carefully examine our lives and to spend them in wisdom.

Joy to the World

In this season we celebrate the Advent, i.e., the Coming, of Jesus Christ to earth. While we may think primarily of his First Coming to earth, we also ought to consider his Second Coming. A favorite song, Joy to the World, has relevance in the days leading up to celebrating the birth of Christ, but its author, Isaac Watts, wrote it 300 years ago with the Second Coming in mind. “Joy to the world, the Lord has come!” will be the shout of every Jesus follower on that glorious day when he returns to earth. He comes to judge and reign as King and Lord, and all things will be made right on that day. Joy to the world! Amen.

O Come O Come Emmanuel

Jesus Christ has come. And he is coming again. Advent means “coming,” so the Advent season looks both backward and forward to the eternal work of God through his Son. Emmanuel has come. We gratefully remember the past. We patiently wait in the present. We longingly hope for the future.

To You, O Lord, I Lift up My Soul

SERMON POWERPOINT Sunday, November 17, 2019  Brad Barrett David’s Psalms:  Mirror of the Soul–Week 5  To You, O Lord, I Lift Up My Soul 150 years ago, a classic hymn was penned.  What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry Ev’rything to God in prayer! Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry        Ev’rything to God in prayer! Author…

Cast Your Burden

Life occasionally, or even often, brings us “hits,” that is, intense trials of all sorts. Some of these we bring on ourselves through foolishness or sin. Some of these are brought upon us by others, whether unintentionally or maliciously. And there are some trials that just seem to happen for no apparent reason or cause. David of Israel took many hits in life, and his legacy to us is, in part, the psalms he wrote expressing his anguish, complaints, and a thirst for justice—and he did this by faith as he prayed to the Lord. What can we learn from David’s prayers when life bring us some hits?

Praise Him!

Having completed 1-2 Samuel which largely looks at David’s life, we are beginning a series on the Psalms that David wrote. Psalms is a unique book in the Scriptures, teaching us to pray, becoming like a mirror that reflects back to our souls. We learn from David (and other psalmists) how to be honest with God in prayer with all our praise, joy, sorrow, grief, anger, needs, and confusion. Today our focus is learning to praise God for who he is and what he has done. And the more we know the Lord, the more our hearts will find praise to be fitting and satisfying.

Rise and Fall – The Aftermath from David’s Sin

David, a great man of faith, fell from the glorious heights of intimacy with God to the lowest point of rebellion, even despising God and his word. Yet he repented and rejoiced in his forgiveness, and even though some devastating consequences from his sin followed him to the end of his life, he continued walking with the Lord. How did he endure in the midst of those consequences? For us today, David’s life and the gospel inspire us to walk with the Lord, even in the “aftermath” of sin.

Rise and Fall – The Fall of David

David was a “man after God’s own heart,” and we can be inspired by his faith and many good qualities. Yet David was also a mere mortal like us and capable of sin, and in fact he sinned greatly against the Lord. But he later repented and found great joy in God’s mercy and forgiveness. So we are both warned by David’s sin and inspired by his response to it.

Rise and Fall – David the Refugee

Only in his 20’s, David was a great warrior and a man after God’s own heart. And because the Lord was with David, King Saul was afraid and jealous of him, which quickly turned into a demonic pursuit to kill him, his own son-in-law. But even through years of running for his life, David remarkably doesn’t grow bitter or vengeful. Instead he keeps his heart fixed on the Lord.

Consider the Great Things

When we lack strength for the Christian life, 1 Samuel 12 points us to the answer. In his final days, Israel’s leader Samuel called the people to follow the Lord with all their hearts. His appeal was to look to the Lord and consider all the great things he had done for them, not only then but over the centuries. Similarly, we Christians are called to consider what great things the Lord has done for us—the greatest of these is the death and resurrection of the Son of God—and so find motivation and strength to love the Lord with all our hearts.

Rise and Fall – Man of Faith

From childhood to the end of his life, Samuel walked by faith in the Lord. His consistent life is a stark contrast to the people of Israel who, though they had brief periods of faith, generally rejected the Lord as their king.

Rise and Fall: Desperate in Faith

In our new sermon series through the books of Samuel, we will be challenged by the rise and fall of “heroes” and “villains”. The first story we read is that of a grieving woman named Hannah who, in the midst of severe trial was also humble and faith-filled. And God used her to raise up a godly servant of the Lord, Samuel, who influenced an entire nation. Hannah can inspire us to know and trust the Lord.

Serving the City Part 2

Like the Lord has rescued us through his Son, we are to go out into the world with that same spirit of love and serve others. We can begin by looking within our own city and campus for needs we can meet.

Devoted to the Fellowship: The Glory of the Church

If you are a Christian, you have been born (again) into a glorious family called the church, Christ’s body. Not only are you a vital part of it, you are called to be devoted to it. And in this devotion to God’s family, together we are on glorious display.

Walking Godliness, Part 1

Salvation is by faith alone, but it is not by faith that is alone. Genuine faith in Jesus Christ is always accompanied by action. It looks like something, in both godly character and deeds. So as we grasp the glory of our heavenly calling through the help of the Holy Spirit, we will imitate our heavenly Father, putting off the old and putting on the new.

What a Mother Needs

A mother’s work is glorious, yet daunting. Who is equal to such a task? God and His grace is. He is enough.

Biblically Minded Part 2: A Light to My Path

SERMON SLIDES Stonebrook Pillars:  Biblically Minded—Part II A Light to My Path My extended family lives in Loveland, Colorado.  An hour north of Denver. One year after we visited the family, we jumped in our van early in the morning with our four daughters and headed east on Interstate 76.  But within the first hour, we encountered a significant problem:  Fog.  At first it was sporadic and not too dense. But fairly quickly, the fog was so dense we could…

Devoted to Christ Part 2

Because God sent his Son to die in our place and then be raised from the dead, he proves in the greatest possible way that he is worthy of all our attention and affection. And he calls us to such a devotion toward him. Yet don’t we all know how many distractions there are that can steal our hearts away from him? How can we keep our attention on the most important person in our lives?

Devoted to Christ Part 1

What is the number one thing we give our lives to? Is that thing or person worthy of such devotion? There is only one person who is worthy of our greatest affection and love: the Lord God and his Son, Jesus Christ. The Lord deserves the rightful place on the throne of our hearts, for he made us for himself and he saves us for himself.