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Full-length Sermon Manuscripts with illustrations.

Sermon Notes: Doubts and how to eliminate Them?

Multicoloured question mark on green background.

Introduction

The name Charles Bradley Templeton (1915-2001) might not ring a bell to some of us but all of us are familiar with the International Christian Movement known as “Youth for Christ.” Templeton was its co-founder. According to The Christian Post–in the year 1957,  after a struggle with doubts, Templeton rejected Christianity and became an atheist.

Sermon Notes: The Parable of the Sower

A photo of two sticks of White Wheat.

Introduction

I am fully aware that I have preached to you from the Parable of the Sower before but wanted to share the same today for a very good reason. As your Pastor, I am responsible for your personal spiritual growth. You know, sometimes we get complacent in our Christian walk which hinders our spiritual growth. When that happens I have to stir your nest and remind you to start moving forward again. So, I am going to stir your nest tonight. Now, as I told you the last time I preached from this passage, Jesus spoke about four different groups of people that are in the Church.

Sermon Notes: Aaron Swartz’s unmistakable message to the Church

Red and White Paper Envelope

Introduction

There are two things in this world that young people are most attracted to. Sex and technology. Both are good but dangerous if handled unwisely. Aaron Swartz was fascinated by the latter. Unfortunately, his fascination didn’t have limits.

Now please take note that I don’t intend to judge Aaron in writing this article. I rather want to emphasize the fact that there are many brilliant-minded people like Swartz who need to be taught to use their skills wisely, which is something only the Church is capable of doing. A good point to start with would be to identify and create an awareness of the 3 major mistakes Swartz made.

Sermon Notes: Healing a Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda

The Pool of Bethesda painting by Robert Bateman (1877)

Introduction

There is a story in the Gospel of John 5:1-15 that proved problematic for Liberals who don’t believe in the Bible. They maintained the Pool of Bethesda did not exist, discrediting St. John’s writings. However, in the 19th Century, archeologists discovered this controversial structure exactly where John said it was. The discovery actually silenced the liberal critics.

Now that discovery doesn’t prove the miracle associated with the place actually happened but it proves the historical credibility of John’s account. It makes this passage worth our attention. So tonight I want to highlight four truths I learned myself. [Image Credit: Yale Center for British Art, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons]

Sermon Notes: Lessons from King Ahaziah

Silhouette of a Cross

Introduction

King Ahaziah of Israel was sick and desperately seeking a solution to his problem. He believed in the philosophy that “the end justifies the means” in which what matters is getting the needs met, and how one does it is not important. So in his desperation, he sent for the gods of Ekron and wrote his own death sentence, (2 Kings 1:6).

Sermon Notes: Jesus’ sayings about Children

Painting of a little girl wearing a pink-colored hat.

Introduction

The phrase “Please, sir, I want some more?” in Oliver Twist, the classic by Charles Dickens perhaps is a timeless saying that sums up the sufferings children of all times must endure in a sinful world. We learn from world history that the medieval ages and the biblical times were not the best periods for children. Especially in Jesus’ time, children were an insignificant and unimportant group. They were to be seen but not heard. They were more of a burden than a blessing. They were properties and less human. That makes Jesus’ sayings about children of utmost importance and deserves our undivided attention as we celebrate Universal Children’s Day. In the New Testament, we find at least four sayings of Jesus about children themselves or sayings linked to children. I want to draw your attention to some of these sayings today.

Sermon Notes: Jesus raises a Widow’s Son in Nain

Woman Statue near, a cross in a cemetery during daytime.

Introduction

Today I want to consider another woman we meet in the Bible. She doesn’t have a name but we know she was a widow from Nain (A village located 14 kilometers south of Nazareth) whose only son had died. Death had taken away her only source of hope, strength as well as protection. There was nothing she could do about it but weep bitterly. But then something unexpected happened. A stranger she met told her not to weep. The rest is history.

Sermon Notes: Jesus raises Jairus’ Daughter

Photo of a little girl in a field of flowers with her back turned to the Camera.

Introduction

Someone said, “I bet the Funeral Parlors in Jesus’ day just about went broke. Anywhere Jesus went, the dead were being raised.” Jesus probably raised many people from the dead during his earthly ministry, although the Bible records only three of them.

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