Sermons by Michael Penfold

Sermons by Michael Penfold

The Christian’s Body (31 min)

It is vital to understand the Bible’s teaching about the human body. The contemporary secular view says “It’s my body, I can do what I like with it”. From piercing and tattooing on the one hand, to gender reassignment surgery and abortion on the other, our society has taken this idea and stretched it to the limit. The body is now seen as a commodity, something separate to the “person”. Countering this dangerous concept, Michael Penfold expounds 1 Cor 6:12-20…

At Evening It Shall Be Light (34 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on the glorious prospect of the Lord’s coming from Zech 14:7 “At evening time it shall be light”. In the midst of the darkness, sorrow and perplexities of this present era, the Christian has a sure and certain hope that all will one day be well – when He comes! A message to encourage, uplift and strengthen (Message preached Oct 2016)

Esther – Making a Mark for God by Understanding the Time (42 min)

PART 8 – Michael Penfold preaches on Queen Esther, who “came to the Kingdom for such a time as this“. After some introductory remarks about the story of Esther, Michael asks how well we understand the uniquely difficult times in which we live. Ours is the age of “Richard Dawkins, Lady Gaga and amazon.com”. In other words, for us, “Persian culture” is the inescapable all-pervasive influence of the enlightenment, the sexual revolution and consumerism, both in the world around us…

Joseph – A Young Man in a Difficult Situation (36 min)

PART 2 – Michael Penfold preaches on Joseph (from Genesis 37 & 39), a young man who stood for God in difficult circumstances. He overcame the bad influence of older siblings, the unwise favouritism of his father, the betrayal of his brothers and the vice and lies his master’s wife. But perhaps even greater than all of this was his victory over victimhood. He didn’t see himself as a victim. He didn’t fall into self-pity. He trusted in a sovereign…

Witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses (47 min)

FOCUS ON EVANGELISM Part 12 – Michael Penfold outlines the identity, origins, practices and beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses before giving some guidance on how to effectively witness to them. Since the JW’s own Bible version, the New World Translation, has deliberately corrupted verses like John 1:1, Col 1:15-18 and Heb 1:8 (in order to avoid and deny the truth of the deity of Christ) Michael suggests a few other other passages that can be used just as effectively to…

Sign No 5 – The Storm on the Lake (39 min)

PART 6 – Michael Penfold preaches on the 5th sign in John’s gospel, the calming of the storm on the lake (and the walking on the water), from John Ch 6. After an introduction about how John in his first 12 chapters interweaves the “words” and the “works” of the Son, Michael looks at how the 5th sign proves that Jesus is the Son of God. He also explains how God’s dispensational dealings with the nation of Israel are seen…

Using Tracts, Signs and Websites in Evangelism (39 min)

FOCUS ON EVANGELISM Part 7 – After setting out the 7 Biblical tests that all evangelistic outreach methods must pass, Michael Penfold encourages Christians to make use of tracts, booklets, gospel signs and websites to spread the gospel of Christ. He outlines the tremendous potential of tracts and gives guidance about their content and various methods of giving them out, including 9 tips for passing out tracts in the streets of our towns and cities. “The only failure in evangelism…

The Primacy of Preaching – Part 2 (44 min)

FOCUS ON EVANGELISM Part 4 – Michael Penfold addresses the question: is a “gospel meeting” a scriptural meeting? After outlining the history of how distinct regular gospel-preaching meetings have almost died out in the West, Michael sets out a scriptural case for continuing to hold them, both indoors and outdoors, based 1. on the meaning of the word “gospel” in the New Testament and 2. on the examples of Peter and Paul in the book of Acts. Readings: Mark 16:15,…

The Prison Prayers of Paul (38 min)

PART 7 – Michael Penfold looks at the prayer life and the 4 “prison prayers” of Paul – a prayer for enlightenment (Eph 1:15-23); a prayer for enablement (Eph 3:14-21); a prayer for enlargement (Phil 1:9-11); and a prayer for enrichment (Col 1:9-14). Paul’s challenging prayers were marked by selflessness, spiritual focus and profound depth. After an introduction to all 4 prayers, the 2nd prayer is expounded verse by verse (Message preached 21st July 2019)

The Prayers of Hannah (37 min)

PART 3 – Michael Penfold takes a look at the two prayers of Hannah – her supplication in 1 Samuel Ch 1 and her thanksgiving in Ch 2. Her first prayer was heartfelt, intelligent, reverent and selfless, while her second revealed her appreciation of God’s salvation, His attributes, His sovereignty and His purposes. Along the way Michael has a few things to say about the subject of being “authentic” in prayer, and also passes comment on the regrettable revolution in…

Exposition of 1 Timothy Ch 6 (42 min)

Michael Penfold expounds 1 Timothy Ch 6 in which the Ephesian false teachers are condemned, and Timothy, the man of God, is charged – to “keep the commandment” and “guard the deposit”. The apostle Paul exposes those who view godliness as a way to make money and gives general warnings against covetousness. This issue is highly relevant in our day when the “prosperity gospel” is being promoted by false teachers like T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen and Brian Houston…

Why I Am a Futurist (45 min)

PART 12 – There are 4 main views of the timing of the book of Revelation: preterism, historicism, idealism and futurism. Michael Penfold explains that how we choose between them ultimately comes down to how we interpret Bible prophecy. He sets out the general laws of hermeneutics and then gives specific direction as to how to interpret prophetic symbols. He finishes by testing the 4 views against three items in the book of Revelation (Message preached 14th Apr 2019)