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How Should We Pray?

How Should We Pray?

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

In Luke 11:1. Jesus was praying at a certain place and when He finished one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” They wanted the same reality of prayer and vitality of relationship with God that Jesus experienced. So, He taught them. And He teaches us.

5 “Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward! 6 But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 7 When you pray, don’t babble like the idolaters, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words. 8 Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him. –– Matthew 6:5-8

Prayer is talking with God (individually and/or corporately) about anything, anywhere, anytime with the right attitude.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 01.14.2018

Why Should We Pray?

Why should we pray?

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

If God is sovereign, all-knowing, powerful, and good, why should He listen to our prayers? Why pray if God already knows what is best? Why pray if He’s already decided? What is prayer? Why do we pray? Why should we pray?

We know that one of the primary purposes of the church on earth is to pray for God’s will to be done as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). In the beginning of the church, the believers in Jesus Christ persevered in the fellowship of prayer as the church (Acts 2:42). Paul trained Timothy to lead the church with prayer being the first priority of ministry (1 Timothy 2:1-4) We know that we should pray. We know that we’re even commanded by God to pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:16-18).

Certainly, there are times when we do pray. But, why? Why should we pray?

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 01.07.2018

Psalms for Advent: God’s Redeeming Love

Psalms for Advent -- God’s Character and Covenant

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

In Psalm 89, the psalmist looks at his life, looks around him, and looks at God’s promises and asks (vs 46-48), How long, LORD?

Christmas is the celebration that God keeps His promise of salvation through all generations regardless of the present situation. How do we know He keeps His promises? The Psalmist in Psalm 89 directs us to His character as a covenant (promise) keeping God.

“May the Lord be praised forever” (Psalm 89:52). Hallelujah, what a Savior!

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 12.24.2017

Psalms for Advent: God’s Redeeming Love

Psalms for Advent -- God’s Redeeming Love

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

Throughout the Christmas season, we make preparations with anticipation of worshiping the Lord. Psalm 130 is a part of a group of psalms (120-134) called, Psalms of Ascents. The pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem sang these songs as they went up to the city for the great Jewish festivals. As such, these songs not only were for worship as they walked, but, also, they prepared their hearts for the corporate worship they would engage in at the Temple.

Because of Christmas, we are forgiven of our sins, have hope in God’s promises, and are redeemed by His Son. Let’s prepare our hearts to worship Him.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 12.17.2017

Psalms for Advent: Suffering of God’s Son

Psalms for Advent -- Suffering of God’s Son

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

What’s the greatest news you’ve ever received that you couldn’t wait to tell others? Graduation? An engagement? Wedding? A dream job? Pregnancy? Birth of a child, a nephew/niece, or grandchild? Maybe your team winning the World Series? Who did you tell? How did you tell them? How long did you wait to tell others?

Our greatest joy in life is to tell others about the great news about Jesus – His birth, life, death, and resurrection. When the angels told the shepherds about the birth of a Savior in Bethlehem (Luke 2:8-20), they were given a specific purpose: to go and see, then go and tell.

Christmas provides a lot of opportunities to share the Good News about Jesus. But ultimately people are not drawn to Christ through our programs, decorations, or traditions. They are drawn to the joy of Christ they see in us who is transforming us into His image.

Jesus Christ was born a Savior who suffered on the cross for our salvation, so we proclaim it to all nations and generations.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 12.10.2017

Psalms for Advent: Seeking God’s Favor

Psalms for Advent -- Seeking God’s Favor

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

During Christmas, we’re constantly rushing around, busy preparing for parties and programs and presents. It seems like there’s hardly any time to slow down, sit down, and wait. But celebrating the waiting and longing for “the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-14) is precisely what Advent is all about. Waiting for the promises of God to be fulfilled.

This Advent season, we’re going to look at several Psalms as the writers looked to the Lord God for salvation during times of desperation. In Psalm 80, Asaph cried out to God asking Him to restore us, rescue us, and revive us. In times of greatest need, God hears our cry for salvation and pours out His favor upon us. It’s our times of quiet desperation that are the cause for our greatest celebrations.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 12.03.2017

ACTS: Finishing Well

Acts: Finishing Well

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

It doesn’t matter how you start; it’s how you finish that matters. At the Olympics, they don’t hand out medals at the starting line, but at the finish line. The Super Bowl trophy is not awarded at the beginning of the season, but at the end. The World Series is not played in April, but in November. Grades are given when a syllabus is distributed, but when the semester is over. Degrees are not conferred, nor are diplomas handed out until all the course work has been completed. It doesn’t matter just how you start; it’s how you finish that matters.

Every Christian life is a complex variety of trips and destinations, ups and downs; most seem ordinary - things that simply have to be done - with little or no spiritual purpose. But throughout the Book of Acts, the apostle Paul viewed every trip and every destination as part of the call of God. During the last ten years of his life, every arrest was part of God’s purpose and every trial was part of God’s plan. Our call as witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus Christ gives meaning to the mundane things of our lives and purpose to our problems along the way to Heaven.  

In the last several chapters of Acts from the life of Paul, we discover (at least) seven ways to finish this life well as a witness for Jesus Christ regardless of our circumstances and situation.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 11.26.2017

ACTS: Secret of Success

In 1996 Yasuko Namba, a 46-year-old Japanese FedEx employee with a passion for climbing, had one last mountain to conquer — Mt. Everest. She pushed extremely hard to accomplish her goal as the oldest person ever to make it to the highest point in the world. Just a few hours later, however, Yasuko and a number of other climbers were caught in a terrible blizzard. And as the icy winds blew, Yasuko succumbed to the exhaustion of her climb and froze to death. She died agonizingly close in time and location to where she had gained her greatest prize. Yasuko’s fatal flaw was that she adopted the wrong goal.Successful climbers know that the goal is not to get to the top—it is to get back down to the bottom.

What is your goal in life? How do you evaluate success? How will you know if you’re successful…in Business? School? Athletics? Music? Politics? How do you evaluate success in LIFE? Most successes are usually measured quantitatively by people. But success in life with God is evaluated, not by measurable achievements, but by personal faith. In Acts 20:1-38, we see the secret of Paul’s success before God: faithfulness.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 11.12.2017

Selling Jesus

How can we have a mindset that “sells” Jesus to our community? There is a need for evangelism that requires a delivery and message that reaches people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Guest Speaker Stephen Tan leads us through 3 sequential events recorded in Luke 5:12-32 that helps us have a mindset of sharing the Gospel.

sermon by: Stephen Tan
date: 11.05.2017

Lord, Teach Us to Pray
Winter Sermon Series

If God is sovereign, all-knowing, powerful, and good, why should He listen to our prayers? Why pray if God already knows what is best? Why pray if He’s already decided? What is prayer? Why do we pray? Why should we pray? How? For what?

The twelve disciples whom Jesus chose to follow Him were no doubt men who prayed. They had been raised in a culture that valued and practiced prayer, and their hearts must have been prayerfully tender toward God for each man to leave everything to follow after Jesus when He called them to follow. And yet, as the disciples closely observed Jesus, they consistently noticed a stark difference between their way of praying and the prayer life of the Lord Jesus. In the presence of these Twelve men, Jesus both taught and modeled a radical life of prayer, and it caught their attention. They said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1)

As we  learn how to really pray with faith that moves mountains and a dependency that moves us closer to the One who made them, it seems our first prayer to Jesus should also be, “Lord, teach us to pray.”

 

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