Category: Sermons (page 1 of 7)

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: 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.”

 

Main thought: God can bring blessing out of all the conflicts or challenges we face.//CONTINUE READING THIS//

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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Handling Unpleasant Assignments in Ministry

“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//

A Church that Glorifies God

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!

Sermon: Thoughts on the Resurrection

Introduction

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!!

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