Sermons

We are not to judge others hypocritically or self-righteously. Rather, we must first evaluate our own lives before we point fingers to others. The apostle Paul brings this text home. In his letter to Romans chapter 2. Paul teaches if we judge someone for a sin that we have in our own lives, in fact, we judge and condemn ourselves. Goal of this sermon is to encourage the congregation to give up judging others. In this sermon Pastor Nadeem talks about what did Jesus meant when he said “God Not Judge,” and how we, Christians ought to exercise a righteous judgement to reach a prudent discernment.

In this passage, Jesus is saying that we should deal as drastically as necessary with sin. Jesus gives an example that if we look at a woman lustfully we have committed the sin of adultery. Not a passing glance but a willful, calculated stare. According to Jesus, this is a form of adultery, even if it is only in heart.

This week we will continue our journey through the book of Exodus. In this sermon, Pastor Nadeem focuses on a strange story in chapter four. The text tells that God wanted to kill Moses. Why would God want to kill after calling him to rescue Israel? It’s a strange story where Moses’ wife circumcises her son. She calls Moses a bridegroom of blood. This story teaches that when we have any special service to do for God, we should remove as far from us as we can whatsoever is likely to be our hindrance

Pharaoh hardens his own heart and then God comes along and fortifies it, and strengthen it. And finally, the story tells, that Pharaoh’s hardening of heart leads not only Pharaoh to destruction but the Egyptians with him. Pastor Nadeem teaches in the sermon that hardened heart does not only occur in someone who does not believe in God. Rather, many faithful Christians seem to suffer from this spiritual problem too. In the sermon pastor Nadeem offers a few signs of a hardened heart and ways of softening it.

God appears to Moses in a burning bush to get his attention. When Moses pays attention God reveals himself to Moses and shares a divine plan with him. What is this that God is using to get YOUR attention. Of course, it will not be through a burning bush. Imagine what God will do through you, in Jesus’ name, if you pay attention and let yourself be used by God.

In this story Moses mother Jochebed demonstrates a profoundly courageous faith. it is no ordinary thing that you have faith in Jesus Christ. Your faith makes you children of God, something of great joy. In the sermon Rev. Nadeem invites us to recommit ourselves to practice our faith like Jochebed did. And if your life circumstances are making your faith little shaky, be bold and cry out to Jesus, “I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.” And Jesus will. God can use your courageous faith to accomplish his purposes. Our ultimate purpose is to practice and foster a courageous faith, in our lives and in the lives of our children.

God used the two Hebrew midwives Shiphrah and Puah, ordinary women, to counter Pharaoh’s evil plans. The scripture tells that because the midwives had far too much respect for God they opposed the Pharaoh, and despite all the risks involved they saved Hebrew children. Respecting God means putting God above everything else. God has us above everything else, that’s why he gave His only son Jesus for us. Where is God on our priority list? Rev. Nadeem challenges to take an honest look of our life and see if we need to shuffle our priorities to move God up.

God’s promised Abraham that his decedents would become a numerous people, as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand in the sea. We see that God’s promise of blessing continues generation through generation and the Israelites became so numerous in Egypt and it became a matter of grave concern for Egyptian king. God kept his promises with Abraham and his descendants and in the story of Exodus that promise continues. God’s promise of meeting our needs continues as well. Rev. Nadeem talks about what we ought to do to inherit God’s promises.

This is the question that Jesus asked his mother when both Joseph and Mary came back to Jerusalem searching for Jesus and found him in the Temple. Jesus asked his mother “Why were you looking for me.” Jesus mother Mary was looking for Jesus to take him home.

What are our reasons for looking or searching for Jesus? Are our reasons merely material, we want our needs met, or we search for Jesus for spiritual reasons, or both. Our motives for looking for Jesus tell about our faith.

Rev. Nadeem talks about the true and everlasting peace that God desires for us.

People want peace in their lives but one of the reason they don’t find it is because they try to find peace where it does not exist, for example in wealth, possession, illicit relationships, and some even pursue peace in excessive drinking or other drug abuse. And the result is more disappointment, frustration, guilt and discouragement.

One way we can experience peace is through humility, we need to submit to God in complete surrender, as Mary did. She humbled herself and submitted to God’s plan and gave birth to the prince of peace.

What Paul is teaching to Philippians is not a superficial cheerfulness that can come from having wealth, or a happy moment in life, but a deep joy in what God has done in Christ and is continuing to do through the saints, through the righteous, and through the believers.

Rev. Nadeem talks about how this deep and lasting joy comes through a deepening relationship with Christ.