Sermons by Brad Barrett (Page 3)
Having a strong family seems elusive in our world today. But the call God is to grow up into the fullness of his Son in all facets of our lives, including the home. Strong families are founded upon a robust walk with Jesus.
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.
A mother’s work is glorious, yet daunting. Who is equal to such a task? God and His grace is. He is enough.
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…
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?
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.
That You May Know—The Epistles of John 1 John 4:7-21 – Love One Another I’ve been to many weddings over the years, and one of the more common Scriptures read is 1 Corinthians 13. It’s about love. The pre-eminence of love. And a description of love. A beautiful chapter, really. “If I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”…
That You May Know—The Epistles of John 1 John 2:3-17 Walk as Jesus Walked I just finished reading a fascinating biography of a former U.S. President. The focus of the book is the President’s faith. What his spiritual and religious background is. What he says he believes. I’m reading this wondering, “Is this President a true believer in Jesus Christ?” Some of his statements say an emphatic “Yes.” Some of his statements say, “Hmm, not so sure.” Still others say,…
Who are you? And why are you on earth? Questions like these are deep, and we often—consciously or not—find ourselves searching for the answers. We need to look no further than the Scriptures, for the One who creates and saves us has the answer and is the answer. And that answer will shape the course of our lives in all areas. This theme of purpose kicks off our 3-week series on money, which is a core area of life under God.
We may find it today to be a challenge to feel the drama of the Advent story, i.e., the first coming of Jesus Christ. If we said aside the nostalgia of “the holidays” and focus on this story, we will be amazed by the work of God. In Luke 1:39-56 we are thrust into the story of two women and their God—two women caught up in the glory of the most momentous period in human history. Both are participants in the drama of angelic appearances, prophetic utterances, and miraculous conceptions—one son to be a great prophet and the other to save his people from their sins.
We are entering into a season of remembrance of the greatest period of time and the most influential events in human history. This period centers on the person of Jesus Christ and his entrance into our world, when the divine took on humanity. This is his First Coming, or the First Advent. All of history and the foundation of our lives is built upon this Person and these events.
Every person ever born has a relentless and ferocious enemy whose name is death. Ever since Genesis 3, mankind and our world have been under an oppressive curse, the curse of death, which is the judgment from God for our rebellion against him, our Maker. But God in his great mercy and rich love sent his own Son from heaven to take on humanity in order to live the perfect life, offer up himself as a sacrificial exchange, and then rise from the dead to give us life in glory forever and ever. Christ is risen! Behold all things will be made new!
No greater contrast could be found than in the story of Jesus’ death. He was treated like a horrific criminal, kept in custody instead of a terrorist, and declared to be worthy of death, yet he stood before his own people and the Roman government declaring himself to be a king from another world. Just who is Jesus?
In his last hours before his crucifixion—the worst horror and injustice the world has ever seen—Jesus prays. And his prayer is not ritualistic or rote but heartfelt and passionate. And he prays for us. What he prays and how he prays has tremendous significance for us as we learn of our mission and calling.
After the resurrection, Jesus left the earth and promised to come back later. But until then, we are not alone, for he has given us the Holy Spirit as our helper. And he has also given us instructions and called us to bear fruit. Like a grapevine overflowing with luscious grapes, we are to bear the fruit of God. And we do this according to a rather odd expression: we are to abide in the Vine.
We like options in our lives, lots of options. Classes to take, cars to buy, cell phone plans to sign up for. And what about religion? Can we have many options to choose from there, too? Spoiler alert: Jesus says no.
Death is our greatest enemy. And we spend countless dollars, energy, and even worry to hold it off as long as we can. But God not only has the answer, he is the answer.
The word “enlightenment” has been popular since the 18th century in Europe, but mankind has always been hungry for enlightenment. To be in light and not in darkness. To know and follow truth, not lies. But how do we know what is light and true? Jesus, claiming to be the light of the world, encountered a man blind from birth and miraculously gave him sight. But even more than physical sight, this man found spiritual sight. In contrast, the religious community was confronted with their own spiritual blindness. In calling us to true light, Jesus calls us to himself. How will we respond?
Freedom. Such a beautiful word. The pursuit of freedom might be one of our life goals, or it might feel hopelessly out of reach. But first we must ask, from what do we want to be free? For the word freedom implies there is some type of imprisonment, enslavement, or severe restriction. In the Gospel of John, Jesus points us to freedom, but we will find two surprises: what we are enslaved to, and what—actually who—is our only source of freedom.
While Jesus walked the earth, controversy surrounded him. A few loved him, but most were either confused about or hateful toward him. Even today Jesus Christ is controversial across the world, and in some countries his followers are being persecuted unto death. What is it about Jesus—his words and actions—that makes him such a polarizing yet remarkable person? He is matchless.
Who really is Jesus? Just another religious figure, prophet, good teacher, or excellent moral example? Or was he actually sent from heaven by God the Father to point us toward heaven and to bring eternal salvation? If we humbly and sincerely read of Jesus’ miracles and his statements about himself, we are compelled to conclude that heaven truly has descended upon the earth. And we would do well to pay attention to Jesus, for our eternal future is at stake.
Ever watched a football game on TV and seen a guy in the end zone holding a sign up of John 3:16? Football. Basketball. Baseball. And even golf!! Why would someone hold up this sign? What does it say? John 3:16 ESV “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” This has to be the most well-known verse in the Bible. When I was…