“Palitha, you may have difficulty in continuing with the choir”. Something similar to those words, were spoken to me by our Choir Director; one of my closest mentors. I had always loved music and one of the first ministries I signed up for, after accepting Jesus, was the choir. But now, my Choir Director had to break the unpleasant news to me. I apparently had a problem with correctly pitching musical notes.
As I look back upon that encounter, what I remember most is the grace and love with which the Choir Director handled what was obviously an unpleasant task. I might have otherwise given up on ministry altogether.//CONTINUE READING THIS//
We know that many ingredients need to be put together to make a good curry or bake a good cake. Similarly, for a church to be one that glorifies God, there are certain ingredients that need go into that community. Acts 2:42-47 gives us some idea about the ingredients that are required for the Body of Christ to glorify God.
7 Characteristics from the Acts 2 Church:
This video sermon was preached recently in Sri Lanka at one of our services and It is based on Acts 2:42-47. It covers 7 characteristics needed to glorify God and is a powerful example for us to follow!
As we approach Easter, I would like to base this sermon outline on 1 Corinthians 15, which is one of the most important chapters in the Bible. From this chapter, I will be sharing 4 vital truths penned by the Apostle Paul. They are:
1) The Resurrection is an established fact
From verses 5-8, Paul lists those who actually saw the Lord Jesus after the Resurrection. In fact, this passage reveals at least 5 appearances of Christ after the Resurrection, besides His appearance to Paul himself. These had to be vibrant, real-life encounters as those who saw the risen Christ were willing to lay down their lives joyfully for Him (Refer verse 30-33) . The amazing thing is that they were willing to do so even though no noticeable, tangible benefits would seemingly accrue to them!!
It is said that Billy Graham once attributed the large number of responses to his sermons on one central theme. It was, that he always drew attention in his sermons to the power of the cross of Jesus Christ.
As we draw close to Good Friday, it’s good to remind ourselves of the power of the cross and what the Lord accomplished through His mighty sacrifice. Although the cross was a symbol of execution at that time (much like an electric chair today), God’s saving power in full was revealed at the cross. It symbolized the greatest rescue mission the world has ever seen!!
From Colossians 2:13-15, I would like to leave 3 thoughts about ‘The Power of the Cross’ in this sermon outline. They are:
This 5 point video sermon, focusing on being a witness for Christ, is part of a series on the Book of Acts, being covered at People’s Church in Sri Lanka. May it challenge you as you watch. The video starts with the powerful singing of Desmond Fernando, singing ‘The Blood of Jesus’ and ‘God of the Mountains’. I love his voice!
This is the video of a 5-point sermon preached at the People’s Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka, recently. May it encourage you as you watch and hear how David responded to a National crisis. The sermon text is 1 Chronicles 21.
This is a sermon I preached at the People’s Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 17th December 2017. I trust you will be blessed by it as you view it. The sermon is based around four names relevant to the Savior who was born.