Sermons

sermonsThe audio sermons featured below are generally from United Church of God - Australia, and represent a growing sample of sermons delivered during the weekly Sabbath Service or at annual festivals.

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Emotional Healing

Emotional Healing

Pastor Bill Bradford speaks in Brisbane on Anzac Day, 2015.  On war, its repercussions and affects in the lives of those involved. Mr Bradford discusses PTSD, strained and abusive relationships, and the need for God's help to move forward to healing.

How Should God's Prophecies Affect You?

How Should God's Prophecies Affect You?

Bible prophecy has gotten a bad name, but not because it's untrue. The Bible is true and God's prophetic utterances are always true. The problem is how it's been understood and how some people tend to use Bible prophecy. It's  important to understand Bible prophecy and apply Bible prophecy correctly.
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Where Do You Live?

Where Do You Live?

Bill Bradford takes a spiritual look at where we should be living.

Why Do We Fast?

Why Do We Fast?

People in the Bible fasted in order to seek God's will and direction in their lives at certain crisis points.

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The One Who Died for Our Sins, Was He Truly God?

The One Who Died for Our Sins, Was He Truly God?

Various beliefs abound about the pre-existence of Jesus Christ. Did He come into existence at His human birth? Has He always existed? In this pre-Passover sermon, Reg Wright examines the Scriptures on this subject to establish a clear biblical reference for our understanding of who Jesus was, and is.

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The Firstfruits in Prophecy

The Firstfruits in Prophecy

The Day of Pentecost, is also called 'The Feast of Firstfruits". Why does God, in His Plan, have "firstfruits"? What does it mean to be among the firstfruits?
Do Our Prayers Go Unanswered?

Do Our Prayers Go Unanswered?

Do you feel God is answering your prayers? Perhaps you have been asking God for help or relief and God seems as distant as ever. But is this true? Would a loving God turn his back on a sincere request? This sermon addresses this issue which concerns all Christians at one time or another.
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Baptism

When we are baptised we enter into a covenant, an exceedingly serious commitment, spoken of by Christ and carried out throughout His Church. Many churches teach baptism in various forms, but how did Christ practise and explain it? At baptism what exactly did we say? What did we mean? What did we do? After baptism are we saved? Why are we immersed in water?

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Speaking In Tongues

Speaking In Tongues

This subject of "speaking in tongues" has caused considerable discussion and controversy within the Christian community, with some embracing the phenomenon wholeheartedly, and others strongly opposing it. Some churches emphasise this practice and teach that Christians should hope and pray for the experience of speaking in tongues. Other churches do not encourage speaking in tongues, and some even forbid it.

What does the Bible say about this subject of "speaking in tongues?"

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Relationship with Christ Through the Passover

Relationship with Christ Through the Passover

Bill Bradford talks about the relationship we have with Christ through the Passover, and also examines what the Bible says about the Trinity.
The Holy Spirit as Living Water in Our Lives

The Holy Spirit as Living Water in Our Lives

Reg Wright speaks about the practical reality of the Holy Spirit, and what it means for us.

Saved by Grace?

Saved by Grace?

Are we saved by grace? Do we understand the grace of God? Do we respond correctly to God's grace? Where do works and the keeping of God's Law fit in with His grace? Eph 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved...it is the gift of God, not of works... For we are His workmanship.

Does the Devil Have a Place?

Does the Devil Have a Place?

Satan the devil is alive and well? When God created angels, He created them with the power of free choice, with the potential for any of them to choose the alternative to God's way of life - the way of evil. In time, one of the angelic beings — an enormously powerful spirit being — explored the alternative way of life and he finally chose the way of self importance, rather than God's way of love and outgoing concern for others. He, and a multitude of angels who followed him, became the enemy of God and humanity. Find out why he is still here...

The Story Of Satan (1)

The Story Of Satan (1)

Does the Devil really exist or, is he a figure of myth and superstition? You need to know what God says about the existence of evil! The Bible does address this issue and reveals much about an unseen power that works behind the scenes, shaping our world to its will and agenda. Are you being taken in?

Find out the answers to the following questions: —Why does so much conflict, violence and down right evil permeate our societies? —Did God create a Devil and why does He allow such evil in the world? —Is the whole world deceived by Satan or, are there exceptions?—What is Satan's primary goal and how can you resist his influence?

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The Story Of Satan (#2)

The Story Of Satan (#2)

There is coming a time when Satan will never again be able to influence the human race, or the family of God, or the angelic host. Satan's power and influence will end. Jesus Christ will rule. This is the really good news pictured by the Day of Atonement, one of God's seven annual holy days.

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Living Honestly With God

Living Honestly With God

Studying God's Word in sincerity helps us to discern our own thoughts and intents. (God already knows them - we cannot deceive God!) To come boldly before God, we must be honest with Him. Pretence before God is not a good basis for a relationship. We need to emulate David's prayer and his intent as recorded in Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me... We cannot be honest with God unless we are honest with ourselves.
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Hypocrisy and Self-Deception

Hypocrisy and Self-Deception

Stephen Clark asks challenging questions in his sermon on the Last Day of Unleavened Bread in Melbourne. 

Ruth's Story

Ruth's Story

Mr Huthnance speaks of the relationship between Ruth and Boaz and the parallels and lessons we can learn.

The Eighth Day

The Eighth Day

Mr Huthnance speaks of the relationship between Ruth and Boaz and the parallels and lessons we can learn.

Fasting

Fasting

Matt Sieff speaks in Sydney about the spiritual tool of fasting, a practice aimed to build a deeper relationship with God.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Stephen Clark speaks on the importance of forgiveness at the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles in Tasmania, 2011.

Priorities in Life (The 1st Commandment)

Priorities in Life (The 1st Commandment)

Matt Sieff speaks in Brisbane about the importance of the First Commandment.

This is My Blood Shed for You

This is My Blood Shed for You

A sermon considering the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on our behalf.

Is God a Trinity?

Is God a Trinity?

The doctrine of the trinity has wide acceptance through the general Christian world and we can conclude that, as this doctrine is reported to have a significant bearing on our faith, it must be supported by well-documented easy-to-understand Scriptures.

Yet the majority of Christians who believe in this doctrine find it hard to understand, and even more difficult to explain.

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Why I Attend Church

Why I Attend Church

Jesus said, I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. But what is His Church? It means the group, or body of people who have been called out by God and form an assembly of believers. This assembly of believers is the Church -- which Christ said He would build. It is within the Church that you can be moulded and shaped by Christ - to be fit and ready for service when He returns.

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Righteous Judgement

Righteous Judgement

Many have misunderstood what Jesus said and have decided to apply justice, mercy and faith without law. People think the law is done away with, but you can still have justice, mercy and faith. But that doesn't make sense. How can you apply justice, which is a legal term, if there is no law? How can you apply mercy when there is no reference point?

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The Amazing Story of Christ's Birth

The Amazing Story of Christ's Birth

Millions of people the world over will be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25th, one of the busiest celebrations in the Christian world. It is traditional to go to church on Christmas day, or perhaps the evening before. For the Christian world in general Christmas is one the most important events in its religious calendar. For members of the Church of God it is exactly the opposite. Why is this so?
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