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Sermons by Ben Sadler

Sermons by Ben Sadler

Challenges from the Inside

As the work continues, Nehemiah finds out that God’s people have been corrupted from the inside. They are neglecting the poor and charging unnecessary interest. Nehemiah knows they can’t go forward with God’s plans on the Temple walls if God’s people are unwilling to examine and repair the “temples” of their own lives. Vision, hard work, and perseverance are necessary in doing the work to build God’s kingdom. But they’re not the only parts of the project. Each one of…

Getting Down to Work

God’s people are moved by the vision Nehemiah shares to rebuild the temple. But they don’t stop there. Under Nehemiah’s leadership, they decide to unite and get to work on the temple for the glory of God. It’s a blessing to dream and talk about the future here at Victory. We need to start any work we do with prayer and planning. But then, after we have a clear vision and plan, we need to get to work. Each of…
Samuel, Goliath, Jonathan, Saul, God's Will, Nathan, Absalom, pride, legacy

David and You

David’s at the end of his life. He’s got limited time to impart his wisdom to his family and kingdom. He uses his time to honor and praise God. Through these final words of David in 2 Samuel 23, we see that David has learned the importance of ruling his kingdom in the fear of the Lord. Because of God’s goodness, David’s family line will produce Jesus, the Savior of the world. Time is fleeting. Life is full but the…
Samuel, Goliath, Jonathan, Saul, God's Will, Nathan, Absalom, pride, legacy

David & God

David is ready to move the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, his city. But he wants to do things his way, and the consequences are severe. David becomes angry with God and refuses to move the Ark any further, afraid that more might die in trying. Eventually, David comes to understand he had nothing to fear if he follows God’s directions. Through this situation, David learns to both revere God in holy fear and worship the Lord in exuberate…
Samuel, Goliath, Jonathan, Saul, God's Will, Nathan, Absalom, pride, legacy

David & Jonathan

Saul sees David as a major threat and wants to get rid of him. Despite this, Saul’s son Jonathan follows God’s will by aligning himself with David. This was not an easy decision, as going against the king was going to cost him. But to do the opposite – go against God’s will – would cost him even more. Jonathan rejoices in David’s position, even though it means he loses everything. We must be careful not to be blind with…
Samuel, Goliath, Jonathan, Saul, God's Will, Nathan, Absalom, pride, legacy

David & Samuel

Samuel doesn’t expect God to guide him to choose David to be the next king. David is the youngest, the weakest, and the least likely candidate in the family of Jesse. But God looks deeper than outward appearances. As God guides Samuel to anoint David, Samuel and David rely on God’s wisdom and intimate knowledge about each of their identities. We are all clay jars, cracked and imperfect, but God has a plan for every one of us. His plan…
mothers, spouses, children, employees, employers, citizens, fathers

God’s Call to Citizens

In a “cancel culture” society, you may find it difficult to honor and respect elected officials with different values and beliefs than your own. In His Word, God reminds us that He is the one who places people in positions of authority to fulfill His purpose. God has given us the gift of government, and so he calls us to be godly citizens. Sermon text: Romans 13:1-7
mothers, spouses, children, employees, employers, citizens, fathers

God’s Call to Employees

At one time or another, we have all found ourselves in jobs we do not like with bosses we cannot stand. We can find encouragement when we realize that, ultimately, it is God we work for. God calls employers and employees to work primarily for Him as they serve one another. Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:5-8
mothers, spouses, children, employees, employers, citizens, fathers

God’s Call to Spouses

In today’s culture, husbands and wives often neglect their callings to be devoted to their spouses for a variety of reasons. But God calls husbands and wives to love and respect one another not just so that they can have a fruitful marriage, but more importantly so that they might show the world the marriage between Christ and his Church. Sermon Text: Ephesians 5:22-33
failure, grief, doubt

Hope for Life

Sometimes, things don’t go the way we plan. Our expectations are dashed by some unforeseen complication, and we find ourselves wondering how we’re going to go on with our lives. We lose hope for the future because things look so drastically different than we think they should. After the disciples’ expectations were dashed, they didn’t know how they would go on. They found themselves hopelessly wandering through life. But all that changed when they realized the stranger who traveled with…
failure, grief, doubt

Hope in Grief

In the last year, we’ve all experienced grief. We’ve lost opportunities, experiences, and jobs. The way we connect with others isn’t ideal. Some of us have lost loved ones. Many of us have lost hope. On the first Easter, Mary Magdalene, her friends, and the disciples grieved over Jesus. They thought their hope of a Savior was dead with him in the tomb. But then… the tomb was empty. Jesus was alive! Even when you’re in the depths of despair,…
victor

Jesus the Victor (Easter at Victory)

Jesus is the King who not only leads us into battle; he fights our battles for us and wins. An empty tomb means that our “defeats” are hallow wins for our enemy. An empty tomb means that our victory in Christ is sure even when there are setbacks along the way. The victory that you have been looking for is already yours in the resurrected and victorious King. And because of that, it’s time to celebrate! Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11,…