Over the years I have had the blessing of listening to gifted men of God both in person and over electronic medium. Before the advent of the internet in India, I started off listening to taped messages. This was before the smart phone era. The only option to listen to them was over a cassette player and there were no headphones. So to get some privacy, I would hop into my father’s old NE118, shut the door and turn the volume up and listen to those tapes in the solitude of the vehicle. As time progressed I have listened to many many men of God and the media has changed from the iPod shuffle to a powerful smart phone. One thing about listening to good messages is that it leaves you with a lasting impact. The following list of messages are those which have influenced me. A sermon is only as good as the preacher’s life. The following men of God are those who have showcased a life of faithfulness. It is not an exhaustive list, there are many more like these. I hope you will see the outworking of the Spirit through these men. Some are with the Lord, but with the powerful medium of the internet they though dead still speak. You can access the message by clicking on the title. Hope you too are blessed by listening to them.
- Repent by John Kurian – John Kurian is a man of God whose godliness is worth emulating in this generation. For those who know him, he Is someone who shuns the limelight and is thoroughly given over to bringing glory to God’s name. In this sermon he takes his listeners through the message to the churches in Revelation in general, and the message to the church at Ephesus in particular. He uses the time and tested tiny word of the gospel – Repent! Most Christians assume that repentance is a one-time affair which people have during their conversion. The power with which he preaches this sermon is unprecedented in anyone I have personally known. Note: The sermon is bi-lingual.
- Holiness by R C Sproul – This sermon and the book of the same name, are a landmark among fundamentalists. The master teacher, R C Sproul demonstrates from Isaiah chapter 6 on what God’s holiness is like. It is here that Sproul points out that God’s attribute of holiness permeates his entire being. It is here that we learn why God is thrice holy. Paul Washer says this is one of his favorites.
- Keys to Bible Study by William MacDonald – The wise and godly William MacDonald speaks about the keys to his own personal bible study. MacDonald had years of experience in handling, dividing and teaching God’s word. His greatest legacy is the single volume Believer’s Bible Commentary which is concise and adequate for a layman to understand any passage in the bible. Although not a preacher who can summon thunder and lightning, I like this man’s humbleness when he handles each passage of the bible. You can glean a lot of wisdom in the way he approaches bible study.
- Hacking Agag to Pieces by John MacArthur – MacArthur here does what John Owen does in his seminal work The Mortification of Sin. As believers our greatest conflict on this side of eternity is in dealing with remaining sin. John uses the analogy of the Amalekites, the ancient enemy of Israel, to demonstrate how sin must be dealt with in the life of a believer. He also warns believers about the consequences of not dealing with your sin properly through how the descendants of Agag became perpetual enemies up to the time of Haman.
- Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions by David Plat – This is one of those sermons which you hear and want to immediately pack your backs and go to the Sentinelese. David Platt was the president of one of the largest mission sending bodies in the world and is still a mission facilitator. David Platt starts with the responsibility of pastors to encourage and drive missions without compromising local outreaches within communities. He lays the onus of missions on leadership within local churches rather than laying it on mission bodies and organizations alone. Then he moves on to the crux of his message “The Sovereignty of God is what should drive missions”. He gives four theological truths from Revelation which will help drive missions. Platt gives an Important distinction between unsaved and unreached. That was a real eye-opener. This is one of those mission sermons in recent memory which should motivate local church bodies to send and support missions to the unreached.
I hope you take time out to listen to these men of God. Also comment with the messages that have shaped you over the years.