The New Harvest Christian Fellowship

Sermons

Are We Ready?

Our vision for this year, as it was for 2016, is Digging Deep, Reaching Out. The results of this vision will depend on a critical mass of us being ready. But, what needs to happen to us for us to be ready?

 

Sermon by Mervyn Smith

 

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Easter Sunday: Victory!

At Easter we celebrate what is undoubtedly the most important event in the history of the world and if there’s one word that encapsulates this event, it’s got to be VICTORY!
We were dead in our sins until we surrendered our lives to Jesus. The moment we gave our lives to Jesus, He breathed new life into our dead souls. He took what was dead and brought it to life! But this incredible and wonderful news is only possible because of the resurrection. Because of the cross, Jesus freely gives us forgiveness for our sins, and because of His resurrection, Jesus freely gives us eternal life! Without the resurrection, without Easter Sunday, the work of Good Friday is not complete. Sin brought death into the world; the cross brought forgiveness for those sins; but it took the resurrection to erase the penalty of death that we earned for our sins and to bring us from death to life.

 

Sermon by Calven Celliers

 

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Good Friday: He Died For Our Sins

"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
(Romans 5:6-8)
This is essentially the message of Good Friday. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Why did Jesus come to earth to die on the cross? To save us from our sin, something we could not do ourselves. If we truly understand what this means we will be filled with gratitude. In fact, Christians should be the most grateful people on the planet.

 

Sermon by Graham Mol

Forgive As You Have Been Forgiven

Forgive as you have been forgiven. It is essential of a disciple of Jesus to forgive. Yet unforgiveness is something that every single one of us as have struggled with, either in the past or presently. Therefore we really need to comprehend what we have been forgiven of and use that as the fuel for forgiveness in our life. God has forgiven us a debt that we could never pay. A payment that was placed on the life and death of Jesus so that we wouldn’t have to be separated from God.

 

Sermon by Luke Kincaid

Ascending the Ladder of Spiritual Maturity

We measure growth or progress in various different areas of our lives whether it be our financial growth, job progression, or maybe our muscle size or waistline. But how often do we evaluate how we are doing as a disciple of Jesus? Are we aware if we are actually moving toward becoming more like the person we claim to follow? Studying 2 Peter 1:3-11 will help us answer the question: “How do we know if we are growing towards spiritual maturity?”

 

Sermon by Luke Kincaid

Obedience

Noah built the ark because God commanded it. Sawing planks and hammering nails were acts of obedience. After all was said and done, it was the longest act of obedience recorded in Scripture. From start to finish, Noah’s one act of obedience, took an estimated 43 800 days! We can’t fully appreciate the kind of thoughts that must have been going through Noah’s mind when God told him to build the ark yet Scripture tells us that Noah obeyed every bit of revelation God gave him. Noah was committed to obeying God. Sure it would be difficult. Sure he would be mocked and made fun of. Sure it would mean making sacrifices. It would literally take decades of hard work. But Noah obeyed. And his obedience proved that he loved God and believed what he said.

 

Sermon by Calven Celliers

 

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The Desert

In the desert place we are at our most vulnerable, we feel desolate and alone, in turmoil as to why the Lord doesn't seem to be doing anything. There is only one place of help: the shadow of His agony. In that place you come to know that your God is Your God still. Adversity never means abandonment. Jesus knew all about the desert experience and perhaps thinking of His own he said we would have trial and tribulations but He knew he would carry us through.

 

Sermon by Carol Ravenscroft

 

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Burn the Ships!

The word consecrate means to set yourself apart. By definition, consecration demands full devotion. It’s dethroning yourself and enthroning Jesus Christ. It’s the complete divestiture of all self-interest and surrendering all of you to all of Him. It’s a recognition that every second of time, every ounce of energy, and every cent of money is a gift from God and for God. Consecration is an ever deepening love for Jesus, a childlike trust in the heavenly Father, and a blind obedience to the Holy Spirit. Anytime God is about to do something amazing, He calls us to consecrate ourselves to Him. The pattern was established right before the Israelites crossed the Jordan River and conquered the Promised Land. We as a congregation are on the brink of something new but this issue of consecration is the catalyst as to whether or not we’ll ever enter into it and experience it. Our job is consecration, and if we do our job, God will most certainly do His.

 

Sermon by Calven Celliers

 

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The Servant Heart

“Give careful thought to your ways.” How often do we focus on our own needs and desires, whilst putting off our relationship with God and His plan for our lives? How often do we find that although we’ve spent so much focused on building our own personal kingdom, we’re not content and never seem to have enough? Will we heed God’s warning, as the Israelites did, and serve Him faithfully instead of just serving ourselves? But, how do we move from serving our own kingdom to serving God’s kingdom? How do we move from asking “What’s in it for me?” to “What can I do for you?” How do we have a servant heart?

 

Sermon by Graham Mol

 

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Wired for “220”

A Baptist pastor by the name of Adrian Rogers once shared his secret to being used by God saying, “Every morning, during my Quiet Time, I consider the chair that I’m sitting in to be an electric chair. And every morning I consciously push the 220 button, and 220 volts surge through my selfish nature and I die to self and Christ lives in me.”
Once we begin to understand the practicalities of Galatians 2:20, that Jesus wants to live in us, and He wants to love people through us, and forgive people through us, and encourage and help people through us, it makes a huge difference in the way we live, love and minister. Instead of trying to imitate the life of Jesus, which is impossible, we need to simply abide in Him. Have you allowed the truth of Galatians 2:20 to change your life? Are you wired for 220?

 

Sermon by Calven Celliers

 

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