Tag Archives: John

Three gifts reveal the Greatest Gift



There’s more going on in the Christmas carol “We Three Kings” than the title.  We find that if we listen to the message woven throughout the carol that we can learn much about the Child in Bethlehem.  The wise men traversed so far to behold Him and rejoiced to worship Him, giving such valuable gifts.  Indeed the Greatest Gift is the King, God, and Sacrifice revealed throughout the song and, more importantly, in Scripture.

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Matthew 2:1-11
Revelation 5:1-10

Preached Sunday morning, December 22, 2019 by Brad D Harris


Christ is Faithful



Our series in Revelation comes to its conclusion this week.  But we discover that last message is a very sobering reminder that we as individuals as well as churches can get far away from what we were created to be.  Yet even in the midst of correction from the Faithful and True Witness, Christ is Faithful to His wayward saints in love and righteousness.  He invites and even disciplines us back into fellowship with Him.  Jesus is the good news.
This is the last in a seven-part sermon series on church revitalization.

I added a short intro before the audio of the sermon audio begins.   Let me know in the comments what you think.

Revelation 3:14-22

Preached Sunday morning, December 15, 2019 by Brad D Harris


Christ opens the door…



Ever feel like that there are so many obstacles and closed doors slammed in your face?  What is one to do?  The little church in Philadelphia was feeling weak and excluded.  But Christ reminded them that He had opened the most important door unto them, the one into heaven!  And they would enter that door victorious as they remained faithful in spite of their weakness.  In weakness is where the Lord’s strength is glorified.
This is the sixth in a seven-part sermon series on church revitalization.

I also included a testimony that the audio is difficult to hear (just a minute or so into the message) but if you can hear it, it’s a blessing.

Revelation 3:7-13

Preached Sunday morning, December 8, 2019 by Brad D Harris


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.

Revelation 3:1-6

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


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

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Revelation 2:1-7

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


Children of God – Lavished with Love



As the song says, to be fully known and fully loved is a gift only God can give.  When we are born again, the LORD also adopts us as His sons and His daughters, to be lavished with unconditional love – a love we did not deserve nor need to try to deserve.  It is ours by unmerited grace.  And as we contemplate that love and grace, especially as embodied in Jesus Christ, we are being transformed into that same image in preparation for that day of completion when we see Him as He is.

1 John 3:1-3

Preached Sunday morning, September 22, 2019 by Brad D Harris


Love the Lord who loved you first



The world can mean different things depending on how it is being used by the writer.  But John and the other apostles saw a “worldly” lifestyle that was inherently ungodly as it ignored God and eternity in order to live for today only.  Jesus had warned them against the dangerous myopia of forgetting what is infinitely important in order to play at what is temporarily in fashion.
Love the Lord who loved you and died in your place even before you knew or loved Him.

1 John 2:15-17

Preached Sunday morning, September 15, 2019 by Brad D Harris