Sermons by Bruce Pratt

Steadfast

Sermon text: Psalm 125 God can be trusted. Not just in the big things, but in everything. He is fully truthful and faithful to His promises. And because He is eternal, there is no time limit on God. Yet humanity usually puts its trust in so many other people and things. But if you place your trust fully in God, you can face this life steadfast and confident. This world will eventually let you down. God never will.

The Greatest Servant

Sermon text: John 13:12-17 All four gospels recount Jesus’ time with the disciples the night before His crucifixion. But only John records Jesus washing the disciples’ feet while they were in the upper room. It was an unheard of act for a Jewish man, especially one with Jesus’ credentials. Yet He humbled Himself to wash the feet of His followers. In so doing, Jesus taught a valuable lesson about servanthood.

Pleasing God

Sermon text: 1 Kings 3:4-10 Early in his reign as king of Israel, Solomon saw God in a dream. God asked Solomon what He could give the new king. Solomon’s response is the basis of this sermon on pleasing God. We please God when we appreciate His love and mercy. He is pleased when we practice genuine humility. When we recognize our place in His plan, He is pleased. And finally, we please Him when we realize our need for…

The Joy of Giving

Sermon text: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 The church in Jerusalem was struggling mightily. Paul was working on collecting an offering from among the churches in Asia and Europe to help them. The church in Corinth had decided to help, but then had second thoughts. Paul’s encouragement to the Corinthians provides four powerful principles for giving. First, you get out of giving what you put into it. Next, giving must be from the heart. Third, our ability to give comes from God.…

No Reason to Wait

Sermon text: Revelation 4 & 5 Why is worship important? Look no further than the throne room of God. Worship is central to the existence of the beings gathered around God’s throne. So if worship is a key aspect of life in heaven, shouldn’t it be here on earth? After all, God is the One who created us and gives us our being. And Jesus is the One who saved us and gives us the hope for tomorrow and eternity.…

More Than a Book

Topical Sermon Sermon 2 in our series “More Than Checking the Boxes.” The Bible is our guide for life. Yet, its importance can get lost in the rush of daily life. If it mattered enough to God to write it and preserve it, shouldn’t it matter enough to us to know what’s in it? Not just a surface awareness of its contents, either. No, a deep, abiding appreciation for and understanding of Scripture. This is what we need to grow,…

Connecting for the Kingdom

Sermon text: Ephesians 4:11-16 This first sermon in the series “More Than Checking the Boxes” looks at why being part of a regular Bible study matters. A follower of Jesus Christ should be a lifelong student of His Word. To that end, Jesus designed His church to lead believers toward Christian maturity.

Fully Functional Faith

Sermon text: Philippians 2:12-13 While salvation occurs at a point in time, it is not only a once and done event. After you’re saved, you should continue to grow and develop as a Christian. This is what the apostle Paul meant when he wrote, “work out your own salvation.” A believer’s testimony is much more than recounting the day they accepted Christ. What is God doing in your life right now?

Doing It God’s Way

Sermon text: Judges 7:1-22 In this last sermon of our three week study of Gideon, the climactic battle with Midian occurs. Though it isn’t much of a battle. Instead of using conventional methods, Gideon is led by God to take a very different direction. Israel is given a great victory by God, and we can learn some important lessons. First, when we do it God’s way, God is the One who receives the glory. Second, God will encourage us along…

When God Calls, Part 2

Sermon text: Judges 6:25-35 In the second sermon of the series on Gideon, we focus on stepping out when called. Gideon’s experience shows that there are a number of real possibilities when a believer heeds God’s call. Changes may be needed, either internal or external. Furthermore, one’s commitment to God could put them at odds with others. On the other hand, some people may actually be attracted to the mission God has ordained.