Latest sermon - Gospel unleashed!
I was unwell that day (at the 2nd service people commented on how tired I looked), but I don't think I realised how low on energy I was until I listened to myself here! I'm pretty flat. At the evening service apparently I was a bit more alive. Thanks to a couple of friends who showed up for moral support.
In terms of prep, surprisingly, I barely consulted any commentaries for this one. Graham Beynon in the Explore Bible reading notes (April-June 2010) and a sermon by Sinclair Ferguson which I listened to were largely helpful. Whenever I looked at a commentary, it was FF Bruce in the NICNT that I turned to, which gave useful background info. Sermon structure was especially hard to crack; took me ages to find something for the sermon to hang on. This is the longest sermon I've ever written.
There was a powerpoint, which was basically the map, and some Scripture references.
Here's the outline:
Intro: words words words
The gospel is God's heart for the world (v.6-10)
The gospel is God's power
...to open hearts (v.11-14)
...to unite believers (v.15)
...to liberate (v.16-20)
...that provokes (v.21-24)
...even in bleak times (v.25-34)
The gospel drives Paul's actions (v.35-40)
Song sung in response: Be Thou my Vision