Sermons on Biographies

Sermons on Biographies

Joseph in God’s House (49 min)

PART 6 of 6 – In the final installment of the series, Sandy Higgins preaches on “Joseph in God’s house” under 5 headings: 1. Joseph and the birthright, 2. the blessing, 3. his bones, 4. his bonds and 5. his bequest. Mr Higgins applies many practical lessons from these aspects of the life of one who is a beautiful picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. In a significant part of the message – about Joseph’s bones – Mr Higgins speaks…

Joseph in His Personal House (45 min)

PART 5 of 6 – Sandy Higgins preaches on “Joseph in his personal house” in Egypt. Joseph’s personal house was marked by heavenly character in 4 respects. In his house 1. headship was acknowledged; 2. hospitality was experienced; 3. holiness was evident and 4. harmony was found at his table. Mr Higgins makes practical application of all of this for the edification of the listener. Readings: Gen 43:16-17, 43:24-34, 44:14-17, 44:30-45:5, 45:9-11, 14-24 (Message preached in Waterloo, Iowa, 2007).

Joseph in Pharoah’s House (42 min)

PART 4 of 6 – Sandy Higgins preaches “Joseph in the Pharoah’s house” under 4 headings. Joseph the skilful administrator, Joseph the scrupulous steward, Joseph the spiritual brother, and Joseph the sorrowing son. Joseph proved to be a leader with perception, faithfulness and godliness as he rose from the dungeon to a position of great authority in Egypt, in fulfillment of the dreams God gave him as a youth. Reading: Gen 41:40-45, 43:50-57, 43:19-23, 45:1-2, 16, 21-24, 46:31-34, 47:2, 5-6,…

Joseph in the Prison House (39 min)

PART 3 of 6 – Sandy Higgins preaches on “Joseph in the prison house”. This was a difficult time for Joseph. Knowing that he didn’t deserve the terrible events that came his way, the prison period raised the question of why believers suffer? Mr Higgins gives 5 reasons why believers suffer: 1. Occasionally it’s punitive, because of transgression; 2. Then preparative, for future usefulness and service; 3. Often preventative, against pride and disqualification; 4. Always to proclaim or reveal God’s…

Joseph in Potiphar’s House (37 min)

PART 2 of 6 – Sandy Higgins speaks on “House No 2” in the life of Joseph – namely, Potiphar’s house. Sandy uses 4 headings: the Christian and his employment: the Christian and enticement: the Christian and evil doers; and the Christian at his extremity. A practical message that develops several much-needed themes concerning God’s providence in our lives, in our trials and in our temptations. Reading: Gen Ch 39 (Message preached in Waterloo, Iowa, 2007)  

Joseph in his Parents’ House (49 min)

PART 1 of 6 – Sandy Higgins takes up the life of Joseph in 6 messages, built around the various houses in his life, starting with “Joseph in his parent’s house”. Reading the whole of Genesis 37, Mr Higgins then looks at the teen years of Joseph as he dealt with peer pressure and envy and assorted other challenges in his home. A practical helpful message to start this useful series of sermons. (Message preached in Waterloo, Iowa, 2007)

Daniel – A Lifetime of Consistently Standing for God (39 min)

PART 9 – Mervyn Hall preaches on Daniel who repeatedly, throughout his long life in exile, took a stand for God and truth despite overwhelming pressure from the dangerous and godless culture of Babylon. He refused Babylon’s way of living (Dan 1), its worldview (Dan 2) and its worship (Dan 3). Each victory took shape from the previous one as he formed godly habits of spiritual discipline in a far off land. Mervyn applies these lessons to the challenging times…

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…

Nehemiah – Finding Opportunities in Days of Difficulty (40 min)

PART 7 – Josh Jacob preaches on Nehemiah, a man who, returning from Babylon with a deep sense of yearning for the glory of God and the welfare of His city and His people, rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem amidst all kinds of difficulties and opposition. Nehemiah fixed his focus (Ch 1), found the facts (Ch 2), formed the fellowship (Ch 3), fortified their faith (Ch 4), faced the foe (Ch 5), fulfilled his function (Ch 6). Readings from the…

David – Making a Mark in Difficult Days (41 min)

PART 6 – Mervyn Hall preaches on the young David – the shepherd, the Psalmist and the armour-bearer. God prepared David as a youth for later public service and leadership in the nation of Israel; but first David had to learn to be alone, to be obscure and to rely up on his God. The test of the battle with Goliath in the valley of Elah would prove the value all that David had learned in private in his walk…

Samuel – Serving God in a Difficult Climate (42 min)

PART 5 – Dan Rudge preaches on the young seer named Samuel, a young man who grew up in a climate that was corrupt and dangerous politically, morally and spiritually. In contrast to the other young men around him, the child Samuel stood out as a faithful devoted servant of the Lord. It’s not easy or popular, especially as a teenager with peer pressure all around, to stand against the spirit of the age – but Samuel’s example encourages us.…

Ruth – Committed to the Lord in a Day of Departure (42 min)

PART 4 – Joshua Jacob preaches on Ruth the Moabitess who was marked by commitment to the interests of the God of Israel in a culture and situation naturally foreign to her. She was a disallowed stranger (Ruth Ch 1), a diligent worker (Ch 2), a dutiful pleader (Ch 3) and a destined mother (Ch 4). Josh draws lessons from the life and experience of Ruth to encourage us to overcome life’s difficulties and adversities through faith in the God…