Sermon: The Names of the Christmas Child

The Names of the Christmas Child

What’s in a name?

We would normally do anything to protect our name. My surname Jayasooriya is spelled with the letters ‘soo’.., but pretty often, people spell it with ‘su’. I don’t mind it but I like it when my name is spelled correctly. From the days I was in school and even up till today, if you saw the figures or number 007, what would you think of, or who would you think of? That’s right, it’s James Bond! Right through my entire life the name Elvis Presley has been a very well known name. A name like Mohandas Gandhi is a very well known name. And for the more modern generation, who are into modern day entertainment, names like Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader are the kind of names that they are familiar with right now. For instance, if last Sunday we had announced that an internationally known preacher was speaking at this service on Sunday morning, I am sure that more people would have turned up just to hear him because the name carries some value with it.//CONTINUE READING THIS//

‘Christmas Reflections’ – Christmas Devotional

Christmas Devotional:

Dear Friends of The Preaching Platform,

We are thrilled at being able to publish our 21 – day Christmas Devotional titled ‘Christmas Reflections’ this year. It covers different aspects of the Christmas story with 3 devotionals for the New Year included.  It can be used as follows:

  1. As an add on to your Christmas gifts for family, friends and office staff.
  2. As as tool for Christmas outreach meetings.
  3. As a personal devotional booklet during the Christmas Season.
  4.  For Small Group study.

Please email us at palitha.j@preachingplatform.org for purchases and courier options. Thanks.

Sermon: Living One Day At A Time

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Introduction

It is said that a well- known evangelist was once preaching in Chicago on the first day of a series of Gospel meetings. At the end of the sermon, he felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to give people an opportunity to invite Jesus into their hearts. However, since the meetings were scheduled to go on for many days, he apparently decided to make that invitation the following day. That night, the great fire of Chicago swept through the town, causing much havoc, destruction and loss of lives. As a result, the evangelist decided that he would never again close a Gospel message without giving people an opportunity to invite Christ into their hearts and to receive His salvation and eternal life.

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Sermon: Becoming Fruitful Through Affliction

Becoming Fruitful Through Affliction

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SCRIPTURE – The name of the second (son) he called Ephraim: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction” (Genesis 41:52) NKJV.

Introduction

In this sermon we will look at the life of Joseph. It’s an amazing story, the kind of story that dreams are built on. After many unexpected twists and turns, and thirteen years of toil and affliction, God blessed Joseph in an unimaginable way! As a result, he became the second most powerful man in Egypt (Genesis 41:41-44), and thereafter, God blessed Joseph with two sons (Genesis 41:50). He named his second son Ephraim, which had the meaning of being ‘fruitful through affliction’ (Genesis 41:52). The word ‘affliction” is translated ‘suffering’ in the NIV.

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Sermon: God of unexpected divine appointments

Sermon: The God of unexpected divine appointments

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Introduction

I once read a story in a magazine of an atheist who loved nature & had gone on a hike on a nature trail. As he kept admiring the scenes around him, he lost track of the trail. When eventually the time came for him to get back, he realized that he was hopelessly lost. So, for the first time in his life, he prayed to God.

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Devotional : God Still Speaks Prophetically

“But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43)

In the story of Jesus’ birth, although Mary had believed and accepted the message of the Angel Gabriel, she may have still been perplexed as to how the message would become reality. She probably needed some assurance and she went to the right person; Elizabeth, who was a godly relative. Elizabeth’s response to the visit was exactly what Mary needed.

Elizabeth’s Prophecy

As Mary and Elizabeth met, two prophetic happenings took place. The first was that the baby in Elizabeth’s womb did a leap of joy, as Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. The second was that she prophesied over Mary, confirming the Angel’s message to Mary. She said, “Blessed is the Child you will bear”, and then identified Mary as “the mother of my Lord” (Luke 1:39-45). These were powerful prophetic utterances.//CONTINUE READING THIS//

Devotional : God Speaks in our Daily Routine

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news….Today …a Savior has been born to you;… ” (Luke 2:10-11).

Between the Old and New Testaments, God had been silent for over 400 years but at the appointed time, at the birth of Christ, He began to speak. In the Christmas story God spoke at different times through dreams, visions, songs, prophecy and through the Galaxy.

In Luke 2:10-14, an Angel of the Lord appeared to a group of shepherds who were in their daily workplace at night-time. He gave them a message that would change the course of history forever. As the Angel spoke about the birth of the Messiah, a great heavenly choir began a song of praise and the sky shone with the glory of God; probably like an amazing celestial fireworks display.//CONTINUE READING THIS//

Sermon: Conflicts in Christian Ministry

CONFLICTS IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

(This is the outline of the sermon video I posted a few days ago about the conflict between Paul and Barnabas. I pray the video and this outline will be a blessing to you.)

 Acts 15:36-41 “Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.”37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,40 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord.41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.”

 

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Sermon : Conflicts in Christian Ministry

This is the video of a sermon preached at the People’s Church, on 19th August 2018, that deals with conflicts in Christian ministry.. It is based around the serious conflict that arose between Paul an Barnabas in Acts 15. The sermon contains 4 main points and is part of a series on The Book of Acts.


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A Church that Glorifies God

Sermon: The Parable of the Persistent Widow

(This is a brief sermon outline taken from ‘The Parable of the Persistent Widow’ (Luke 18:1-8))

Main Thought –We should always pray and not give up (18:1)

From this Parable, we will look at 4 reasons why we can and should persist in prayer. They are as follows;

The persistent widow came to a wicked Judge; we come to a loving Father (18:2,7)

  • The Judge was extremely evil and we should never compare him with God.

“In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men”. (18:1)

  • God is totally the opposite to this wicked Judge

“Will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? (18:7)

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Bible Plan: The God of Divine Appointments

This 4-day Bible reading plan shows how God can bless us with ‘Unexpected Divine Appointments’ when we are confronted by unexpected challenges. God works in unexpected ways to bring about ‘Divine Appointments’ for His children. Get it here.

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