Sermons by Michael Penfold (Page 2)

Sermons by Michael Penfold (Page 2)

Two Worships (46 min)

PART 3 – Michael Penfold contrasts “true worship” with “false worship” or idolatry. God’s people of old were constantly tempted to sacrifice to idols like Baal and Molech, looking to them, in return, for safety, security and the good life. Enlightened Westerners in the 21st century may laugh at such a thing…but make no mistake, every man has his idol! We all have things we look to, instead of God, to provide us with the security and status we crave;…

Two Worlds (42 min)

PART 2 – Michael Penfold contrasts “this world and its cities” with the kingdom of God and a city whose builder and maker is God. To understand what the Bible means when it speaks of “this world” this message takes a look at the world’s identity (what the world is); its mentality (how the world thinks); its destiny (where the world’s heading); and its strategy (what the world wants). The exhortation is given to remember that Christ gave Himself for…

Two Wisdoms (48 min)

PART 1 – Michael Penfold contrasts the wisdom of men in their own self-improvement, with the wisdom of God in salvation. In the gospel, God has purposely done 3 very counter-intuitive things. First, He has designed a ‘foolish’ message. Second, He has saved a ‘foolish’ people; and third, He has used a ‘foolish’ method. And why has God so acted? To repudiate human wisdom and to humiliate human pride. This is the reasoning of Paul by the Spirit in 1…

What Is Life All About? (32 min)

In a message directed to the hearts of the young, Michael Penfold preaches on the fundamental question facing us all – “What is life all about?”. What is my life about? He answers this question with three negatives: 1. Life’s not about things, 2. Life’s not about me, and 3. Life’s not about now. Life is about living for Christ and his interests, in the light of eternity! To understand these things and put them into practice is the constant…

Is It Right? (42 min)

Is it right to dance? Is it right to play cards? Is it right to smoke, or drink socially? These questions keep coming up again and again! So, how do we answer from the Bible? In this message Michael Penfold outlines a 3-part filter through which to run tricky questions: 1. biblical precepts, 2. biblical practices and 3. biblical principles. He then outlines 6 principles by which to come to a decision on such matters before the Lord. A message…

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…