Sermons by Thomas Becker

Sermons by Thomas Becker

A Prayer for Healing

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.  Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.  Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you…
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Daily: Faithfulness

 Yet this I call to mind    and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,    for his compassions never fail.They are new every morning;    great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23 (NIV)
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Daily: Witness

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.  “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same…

Truly Happy

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn,    for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek,    for they will inherit the earth.Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,    for they will be filled.Blessed are the merciful,    for they will be shown mercy.Blessed are the pure in heart,    for they will see God.Blessed are the peacemakers,    for they will be called children of God.Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,    for theirs is the kingdom of…

Bless Your Enemy

This passage follows the teaching of Jesus in the same pattern i.e. things we have heard from the law vs. his teaching, which reaches to the heart of the matter. This principle applies to 3 categories of our enemies and what it means to love them. Our goal is not to love our enemies for anything good in return. But it is with the realization that we need the same mercy from God as much as our enemies do. “You…

Wise Worshippers

When Jesus was born, many sought him. From King Herod to the wise men, they were all religious, educated, wealthy, wise, and appeared to be seekers of the truth. But sadly, not everyone encountered the new messiah in their heart. What were the barriers? Which one do you compare yourself to? Have you met the savior and worshipped him? After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem…

A Life on Mission

The scriptures tell us we must not be only the hearer of the word, but the doer of the word. The hearing and doing are related. Unbelievers cannot believe because they have not heard the gospel. Therefore, Paul tells us we must live a life of mission. But what does it take for us to live a life of mission? Join us as we discover the four key things we must consider to do so effectively. It has always been…

The Gospel and Your Mission

The gospel was spread through a tiny group of Jews and the Bible painted the beautiful final picture of every nation, tribe and tongue worshipping the Lord God in heaven. We have an amazing promise – The gospel of salvation to everyone who believes. We have an awful problem – Some people have not heard of it. What must we do to be a part of God’s great plan of salvation? For it is with your heart that you believe…
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Depression and the Gospel

Depression is a subject less mentioned, but how do we handle it as Christians? Does the Bible have any answers to those in need? Today we learn from Psalm 77 hope for those facing this crisis. I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. I remembered you, God, and I groaned;…

The Gospel of Joy

What is the source of Joy? Is Joy a treatment or is it a condition? Today we learn what the Bible teaches about Christ’s Joy that is unique and contrary to what the world teaches. What must christians do to keep our Joy. What is the enemy that will rob you of Joy. And from where do we seek our Joy. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be…
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Suffering and Glory

We learn from the encouragement of Paul to the Romans of God’s goodness which endures and abounds greater than all of our present suffering. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  Romans 8:18

The Cross and Compassion

Jesus was deeply moved with compassion for people, knowing that they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. Compassion should lead us to pray for our sin-sick world, with a willingness to be the answer to that prayer. We should also follow Christ’s example by personally interacting with others and meeting them at their point of need: loving, forgiving, and caring. The cross is the ultimate expression of the compassion of Jesus.

The Cross and Missions

God’s pattern of redemption — God reconciling the world to Himself — is not a pattern of might and power. Just as Christ suffered shame and reproach on the cross, we are to identify with Him in suffering as we are sent as ambassadors of reconciliation. We should fix our eyes on what is unseen and eternal, view others as having intrinsic value, and give our resources sacrificially, so that God’s glory may increase and that others may find the hope of eternal life.

The Word Made Flesh

Christ the Word, the eternal second person of the Trinity, took upon Himself mortality and all human emotions and experiences. The God of creation revealed in Genesis 1:1, John 1:1, and Revelation 1:8 bridged the gap between God and humanity that we might know Him and find forgiveness through Him.
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Living Hope

The living hope that Peter proclaims in 1 Peter 1:3 is the hope of a certain future that is based on the finished work of Christ and is established by His resurrection. Hope flows out of personal transformation and fixes our gaze on future certainties. We are to be alert, ready for action, conforming our lives to the pattern of Christ.
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Two Kinds of Fear

The book of 1 Peter was written to believers whose identity, values, and mindset set them apart from those around them. Peter instructed those believers to not fear what the world fears, but to have a reverent fear of the Lord that is rooted in love, results in holiness, and empowers for witness.
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A Witnessing Church

The early church persistently proclaimed the Gospel in the power of the the Holy Spirit, depending on God to open minds and transform hearts. A witnessing church is a Spirit-filled authentic community, faithfully praying and living a witnessing lifestyle despite persecution.
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Christ Has Indeed Been Raised From The Dead

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the keystone of our faith. We can be certain of the resurrection based on the fulfilment of prophecy, the testimony of many eye witnesses, and the transformation of believers’ lives. The resurrection proves the veracity and unity of the Scriptures. It authenticates the deity of Christ, makes our salvation possible, and promises future hope.
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The Spirit – Empowered Message

Peter’s message in Acts 2 focuses on “Jesus Christ and him crucified.” Jesus, a man of humble beginnings, made like us yet without sin. Jesus, whose mighty works and miracles established His divine identity and authority. Jesus, crucified according to the plan of God, taking the penalty for our sin. Jesus, raised up from the dead and ready to bring salvation to all who repent and call upon Him.
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Present in Spirit

Let us be a church on mission together for the glory of God, present together in spirit while physically separated. A church on mission prays and provides care and encouragement. It edifies and exhorts one another to practice integrity even while alone.