Proclaiming the Good News

Sermons by Pastor Jim Barber (Page 27)

First and Second Commandments – Matthew 22:34-46

Having failed separately to discredit Jesus, the Pharisees and the Sadducees band together to take Jesus down.  That they would set aside their animosity for each other shows how vehemently they hated Jesus.  From this strange union a lawyer steps forward to test Jesus with the question “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  Jesus responds with Deuteronomy 6:5 as…

Spoken To You By God – Matthew 22:23-33

The Pharisees had failed in their attempt to embarrass Jesus.  So the Sadducees take a swing at it.  The Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection and they endeavour to make the idea appear ludicrous and thereby discredit Jesus.  However, Jesus takes them directly to the Scriptures which they had overlooked to point out what God Himself had clearly declared.  The resurrection is…

Caesar’s Stuff, God’s Stuff – Matthew 22:15-22

Surely His opponents had Jesus right where they wanted Him.  How could He possibly give an answer that would not land Him in deep trouble with either the Jews or with the Romans?  Their hatred of Jesus had driven these men to the attitude “Whatever It Takes!” let’s be rid of this nuisance.  They came with many lofty compliments.  But Jesus easily…

Crazy If Not True on I John 1:1-4

Pastor Jim concludes a six part summertime sermon series on appearances of God in both the Old and New Testaments.  Previous sermons in this series included Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-20), Elijah at Mt. Sinai’s cave (I Kings 19:1-18), Isaiah at the time of King Uzziah’s death (Isaiah 6), Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-19) and John on…

A Story of Three Kings – Daniel 6:1-28

It’s one of the greatest accounts in all of the Old Testament.  It involves jealousy, intrigue, desperate attempts at rescue, certain death but also miraculous escape.  Included among the key figures are King Darius, the mightiest man in the superpower of the Medes and Persians and the king of the jungle – hungry and powerful lions eager for their next meal.  But…

God of My Fathers on Daniel 2:1-49

Their necks were on the line.  Heads were going to roll if King Nebuchadnezzar didn’t get a satisfactory answer.  But the request seemed absolutely beyond all reason.  How is it possible to know what another man has dreamed if the dreamer doesn’t tell the dream.  The “wise men” were right to be alarmed.  But Daniel and his three companions prayed and received…