Sermons by Bruce Pratt

Why We’re Thankful

Sermon text: Psalm 107:1 We all can find much for which we should be thankful. But if you cook it down, the psalmists give us the main reasons to be thankful. We serve Yahweh God, for whom nothing is impossible. Not only that, He’s given us an avenue to have a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. Yahweh is good, in that He is able to supply our needs. But His goodness also means that He is holy, sinless, and…

Sowing and Reaping: Another Look

Sermon text: Galatians 6:7-9 We’re told to not grow weary in doing good. Why? We are promised to reap a harvest if we don’t get frustrated and give up. The thing is, sometimes the pathway to the harvest can get rough. Setbacks come and we can begin to question the strategy. This can cause us to try to take things into our own hands. And that’s when the whole sowing and reaping dynamic can get muddied.

Just Love Jesus

Sermon text: Philippians 1:21 We love Jesus because He first loved us. But does that love inform all that we do in serving Him? It’s easy to get caught up in doing kingdom work in our own power. While that doesn’t seem so bad at first blush, it’s not what Jesus wants. The church at Ephesus was guilty of this and Jesus told them they needed to repent. He doesn’t want people driven by duty and religion. He wants followers…

Our Two-Minute Warning

Sermon text: Romans 13:11-14 Jesus could return anytime. Believers generally understand this and even accept it as truth. But what are we actually doing about it? God in His great mercy has held back His judgment so that more people can accept His offer of salvation through Jesus Christ. But to a large extent the church is using this grace period for anything but being about the Lord’s business. Time is short. We must act now.

Time for a Change

Sermon text: Genesis 12:1-4 Change is something we all have to face at times. Abram’s call gives us some clear principles on how to recognize and respond to a legitimate godly directive for change.

Let’s Take the Bible Seriously

Sermon text: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Paul would be dead soon. Timothy was next man up to head the early evangelism efforts of the church. Paul knew it would be a difficult time of transition, but he also knew that God would lead Timothy every step of the way. When the challenges came, Paul knew that Timothy could depend on the teachings of Scripture to carry him through. We are confronted with difficult situations today. Those same teachings are there to…

I Know What Love Is

Sermon text: 1 John 3:16-17 You cannot know true love apart from accepting Jesus as your Savior and Lord. You can read about it and hear others talk about it. But you cannot have a real personal knowledge of what God’s love is unless you surrender your life to Jesus. When you do, you gain an understanding of His great gift. His crucifixion is definitely key to this, but Jesus’ entire life was one of service and sacrifice. Every follower…

Make Jesus Famous

Sermon text: Luke 3:16-17 John the Baptist was massively famous in Israel around 30 AD. Yet he knew his mission. He was a forerunner of the One to come. He was to prepare the people’s hearts for repentance. When the people began to question whether John may be the Messiah, he wasn’t coy about it at all. He pointed them to the One who was truly the Messiah.

Our Fuel

Sermon text: Colossians 3:16 In the midst of Paul’s instructions to the Colossians, he tells them to let the word of Christ dwell richly in them. This directive is to the individual believer and to the entire church body. In Ephesians, he gives a similar command but tells them to be filled with the Spirit. This speaks to the powerful relation between God’s word and the control of the Holy Spirit. When we allow God to lead us in this…

The Real Mover and Shaker

Sermon text: Joshua 3:3-4 Joshua was preparing to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Between them and their goal was the Jordan River. But God had a specific plan for how they would cross the flooded torrent. And how Joshua and the Israelites received that plan can be a help to us in the 21st century. To see God really move, we must first be willing to let Him initiate the action. God will always…always know the best plan…