Category Archives: 2018 Sermons

Work to Live or Live to Work? – Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – 17th of June 2018

What’s work worth when it’s all you focus on?  How does death affect how we (think about) work?  Why pursue wisdom when you suffer the same fate as a fool (which = death)?  How does Jesus Christ make any difference to this?  Here is my sermon on King Solomon’s wisdom about these issues.  Here is the readings for the sermon, which I translated from Hebrew – Ecclesiastes 2.15-26 Readings (English)

God bless, Pastor Haydn.

Next week’s sermonLife Cycling Out of ‘Your Control’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11).

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Life: God’s Merry Merry-Go-Round? – Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – 10th of June 2018

You can build everything for yourself, be a “self-made” man, and all the rest but it will just leave you empty.  You can get stuff but then you may end up objectifying people (and treating them like objects), but it won’t fill you.  You can pursue as much earthly pleasure as you like, but will it fill you?  Quite the contrary, says The Assembler (King Solomon) who wrote the biblical book of Ecclesiastes: It will keep you searching and at the end of life you will find yourself out of right relationship with God.  But if loving God is your greatest pleasure, then you will always be satisfied.  Here is my sermon on this from Ecclesiastes 2:1-14 (c.f. Matthew 16:24-27).  This is Ecclesiastes 2.1-14 Readings (English)

God bless, Pastor Haydn.

Next week’s sermon: To Be or Not Be a Fool? (Matthew 6:25-32, Ecclesiastes 2:15-26).

20th of May 2018 Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – Being Whole in Body, Spirit, and Soul

The most important reason why Jesus died on the cross to save sinners in this world was to take them out of sin and work in their lives so that they are completely holy in spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23).  But what strategy are we to have to accomplish this?  What is a soul?  What is a spirit?  How does it connect with the body?  Here is my sermon today on this from 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (c.f. Deuteronomy 6:1-9).

God bless, Pastor Haydn.

29th of April 2018 Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – What is Church?: Holding Fast

Getting into an expensive, privileged school is not meant to be an end in itself; it’s actually meant to be a means to an end (a decent job, etc).  So what it means to be a Christian: merely being saved and waiting to die and go to heaven – with no change in between those two events – is to miss the whole point of Christianity entirely.  We’re meant to be growing to be more like Jesus in the interim, which is what my sermon was about this morning from 2 Thessalonians 2:13-18 (c.f. Deuteronomy 28:1-14).

God bless, Pastor Haydn.

22nd of April 2018 Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – What is Church?: Yearning for God’s Justice

For Christians, deception about the return of Jesus Christ is dangerous and unproductive; nonetheless, Paul describes in broad brushstrokes what that day will look like.  It will be a bumpy ride, but the Christian will not be caught off-guard but make it through to the end, as long as he endures and keeps firm in the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God.  Here is my sermon on this from 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 (c.f. Daniel 7:1-10).  Other passages that are helpful to accompany this are Luke 17 and Matthew 24.

God bless, Pastor Haydn.

15 April 2018 Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – What is Church?: Yearning for God’s Justice

The people whom God has saved through Christ Jesus are meant to be growing to become ‘worthy of their calling’ – and thus fit for heaven.  Thankfully, God’s just wrath will be coming on the disobedient who disobey Jesus and attack His church.  This is something that will Christians can look forward to, because then they will be with Christ and His people, to worship God unhindered.  Here is my sermon on this today from 2 Thessalonians 1 (c.f. Psalm 109:1-13).

God bless, Pastor Haydn.

8 April 2018 Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – What is Church?: Whole Soul, Spirit, & Body

This is my last sermon in my latest series on 1 Thessalonians, on 1) how church is to express love within its members; 2) how it is to direct its love and affection towards God; and 3) what the church’s goal is in being saved by the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is based on 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 (c.f. Nehemiah 13:23-31).

God bless, Pastor Haydn.

This is also a very special day for me.  Exactly 20 years ago this day (8 April 1998) I became a Christian in my final year of high school. I have not always been the most faithful son, but God has been so patient and good with me. That has become so obvious when the patience of others wore so thin due to my own sinfulness, and even when others gave up on trying to love and help me through my many trials. My favourite Bible verses to date are Psalm 27:10 (When my father and my mother foresake me, then Yahweh will take care of me) and Isaiah 40:11 (Yahweh Adonai shall feed His flock like a shepherd; He shall gather the lambs in His arm and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young). Jesus has been so good to me these past 20 years. They have gone by so quickly and I want the next 20 to be even better.

Good Friday sermon (30th of March 2018) – Acts 2:29-39 – Behold the One Whom We Have Slain!

The writers of the biblical accounts of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection have often been accused of being ‘anti-Semitic’ and contributing to the deaths of Jews around the world by saying that they killed Jesus.  But is this true?  Didn’t both Jew and non-Jew kill Jesus?  And why then does that mean salvation for anyone who follows Jesus?  Here is my Good Friday sermon on this from Acts 2:29-39.

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God bless, Pastor Haydn.

25 March 2018 Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – What is Church?: A Godly Aspiration

Here’s a godly aspiration for the church:  put your head down, get to work, and look after yourself so you can look after others.  And when those in the church die, don’t worry: you’ll be reunited with them soon enough when Jesus returns again.  That is Paul’s message the Thessalonian church and here is my sermon on what it means for Christians today, that we may be the spiritual powerhouse that God wishes us to be (1 Thessalonians (데살로니가전서) 4:9-18, c.f. 1 Samuel 20:1-17).

God bless, Pastor Haydn Sennitt.