Tag Archives: Spirit

Faithful through Persecution



Stephen was a faithful witness, even through opposition, persecution, and death.  But the seeds of the gospel that he had sown in his death did not produce immediate fruit.  Instead, a chief persecutor arose who wreaked havoc on the church, scattering them from Jerusalem.  Why would God allow this to happen to His infant church?  Instead, Jesus prepared His followers for this eventuality, knowing that what the world had done to Him, the world would do to His followers.  And He prepared His followers with great promises that His faithfulness would empower them to be faithful.

Acts 7:55 – 8:3

Taught Sunday morning, May 1, 2022 by Brad D Harris

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Faithful Witness



Stephen was full of faith and the Holy Spirit when he was chosen to help with the church’s ministry to the widows. But his testimony for Jesus angered the Jewish authorities who decided to try him for blasphemy. But it was them who was proven guilty of blasphemy against God and His Holy presence as murderers of God’s Messiah. Their outrage leads to the martyrdom of this faithful witness, but not before his testimony sets in motion the first great persecution of the church and sets a persecutor on the road to an unexpected end.

Acts 7

Taught Sunday morning, April 24, 2022 by Brad D Harris

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The Kingdom is Here



The King of kings was born humbly, anointed by the Holy Spirit at His baptism by John, manifested with power through miracles and teaching with authority. The King defeated His enemies: sin, death, the devil, and the grave. He was unmistakably proven that He is alive to His closest followers, empowering them to be witnesses of His kingdom. That is the their new commission, testify to the resurrection authority of the King who has ascended to His throne and is coming again in like manner.

Acts 1:1-14

Preached Sunday morning, May 16, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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God at work in Ruth



God is at work in some people and you cannot miss His handiwork.  Their lives radiate His love and righteousness.  And Ruth has come a long ways from her old way of life in Moab to Bethlehem of Judah as a woman of great reputation.   And God is using her faithfulness to Him to bear testimony to His faithfulness to work in behalf of those whose hearts are set on Him (2 Chronicles 16:9).  And the LORD has another man of great valor in Bethlehem to be used by Him to bless Ruth.  God is on the move!

Ruth 1:22 – 2:13

Preached Sunday morning, February 23, 2020 by Brad D Harris


Strength through Weakness



Growing in body.  In some ways, this is easier done than we would like to admit.  But that leads to the point, growing in control over this body is significantly more difficult than being controlled by this body.  Hence the reason that January 19 is Quitters Day, the average time when new year resolutions to get healthy are abandoned.  But this message is about more than being healthy in this physical body, it is also about not being slaves to the physical when the spiritual is what is eternal.
Pray for me in this area, and I will pray for you!
Christ accomplished the victory even over the body!

Luke 2:52 and Galatians 5:16-25 and Luke 4:1-4

Preached Sunday morning, January 19, 2020 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


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


When we feel like giving up.



Elijah was a man who had the same weaknesses as we all do, yet he was also a man of faith used by God in miraculous ways.  But we pause today to examine his humanity so that we might find hope and encouragement from the grace shown him in his time of weakness.

1 Kings 19:1-13

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