Category Archives: Sermon

Faithful though Few



While it is important to have a good reputation, it is infinitely more important to have a good evaluation by the Judge of all the earth, Jesus Christ.  The church is Sardis had the reputation, but their evaluation from the Lord was that they were dead and dying.  Few were alive in Christ and faithful but even those parts were dying and needed rekindled.  Yet the Savior brings the dead back to life, if only they will repent.  What does the Spirit say to us?
This is the fifth in a seven-part sermon series on church revitalization.

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Revelation 3:1-6

Preached Sunday morning, December 1, 2019 by Brad D Harris

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Faithful in Purity



Some of us just want to be nice and get along.  Kindness is a Christian virtue.   But Jesus, the Son of God, seems harsh when He calls for integrity and purity of His church in Thyatira.  They have allowed false doctrine and immorality to infiltrate and infect their growing body of Christ.  And Christ of the penetrating discernment is coming to judge the problem.  His church is doing things right and He wants to continue that with integrity.
This is the fourth in a seven-part sermon series on church revitalization.

Revelation 2:18-29

Preached Sunday morning, November 24, 2019 by Brad D Harris


Stay Faithful for He is Faithful



It can be difficult to stand alone when persecution comes.   From His message to the church of Pergamos, Christ with His double-edged sword speaks a warning to those who ally themselves with teachers of false gospels.  Jesus Christ as revealed by the Bible is our Faithful King and True Judge.  Follow close to Him.  And He alone will provide what we need when we must stand alone.
This is the third in a seven-part sermon series on church revitalization.

Revelation 2:12-17

Preached Sunday morning, November 17, 2019 by Brad D Harris


The crown of life for perseverance



We began a series from Revelation to hear from the eternal God His message to His churches through the messages given to seven churches in the Roman province of Asia.  Churches are not buildings but people – people who have His Holy Spirit within them, bonded together by His Spirit.  Thus we each profit from responding rightly to His Word in order for His church to profit from responding rightly to His Word.
From His message to the church of Smyrna, we hear the eternal Christ speak affirmation to His beleaguered little church that their may be trouble ahead, but it has purpose and their faithfulness will be rewarded.   His Spirit will aid them through their fiery trial.
This is the second in a multi-part sermon series on church revitalization

Revelation 2:8-11

Preached Sunday morning, November 10, 2019 by Brad D Harris


Foremost Love



We begin a series from Revelation to hear from the eternal God His message to His churches through the messages given to seven churches in the Roman province of Asia.  Churches are not buildings but people – people who have His Holy Spirit within them, bonded together by His Spirit.  Thus we each profit from responding rightly to His Word in order for His church to profit from responding rightly to His Word.
This is the first in a multi-part sermon series on church revitalization

We hope that this online service has blessed you.  If you would like to contribute to Prairie Oaks Baptist Church and their audio ministry, we now have a donation page so that you can securely give online to help this ministry.  Thank you for listening and prayerfully supporting us.  I hope we continue to further you in your journey with Christ!

Revelation 2:1-7

Preached Sunday morning, November 3, 2019 by Brad D Harris


Saved Once and For All



The conclusion to our series reminds us that the hope of our salvation lies not within our work but in the work of the better High Priest, Jesus Christ.  With a better righteousness and better sacrifice, He has entered the better tabernacle in heaven to make a better salvation for us, even now interceding on our behalf at the right hand of the Father.
This is the fourth in a multi-part sermon series on spiritual growth and perseverance

Hebrews 7:24 – 8:2

Preached Sunday morning, October 27, 2019 by Brad D Harris


A Warning and Promise to Embrace



The writer of Hebrews has reminded the believers to continue building on the foundation that has been laid.  But then he warns that one should not abandon the foundation of faith in Jesus Christ alone.  The warning is that there is no other foundation that brings us to God.  But the promise is that God will fulfill what He has started in us by faith.  What He starts, He completes.  That is proven by our staying in the faith with Jesus Christ.  It’s a tough lesson to wrap our minds around but is designed to strengthen our trust in Him.
This is the third in a multi-part sermon series on spiritual growth and perseverance

Hebrews 6:4-18

Preached Sunday morning, October 20, 2019 by Brad D Harris


The Foundation is Christ



The writer of Hebrews reminds the readers that we don’t accidentally grow, we have to pursue maturity.   But in growing, we don’t leave what we learned first.  Instead we build on that foundation, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone.  Here we are given six elements of that foundation that the writer wants them (and us) to build upon.  And we see how Christ is the one who holds it all together as we pursue maturity.
This is the second in a multi-part sermon series on spiritual growth and perseverance

Hebrews 6:1-3

Preached Sunday morning, October 13, 2019 by Brad D Harris


Growing toward Maturity



God accepts us and loves us just as we are.  Yet He loves us too much to leave us that way, as spiritual infants.  The Father desires us to grow toward maturity, closer to the image of His Son, perfect humanity.  Yet the writer of Hebrews reminds the readers that we don’t accidentally grow, we have to pursue maturity.   This is the first in a multi-part sermon series on spiritual growth and perseverance

Hebrews 5:12-14

Preached Sunday morning, October 6, 2019 by Brad D Harris


Why do hard times matter?



A lot more can be said than can be understood when it comes to the mystery of the incarnation of Christ and His perfect obedience to the Father’s will.  And His example as the Suffering Servant leaves us humbled as we often endure the trials to our faith through tribulation.  But it reminds us that Christ never asks us to do something that He has not done Himself.  Let us continue to trust when the road grows dark.

Hebrews 5:5-10

Preached Sunday morning, September 29, 2019 by Brad D Harris