Sermons by Michael Andrus (Page 45)

Sermons by Michael Andrus (Page 45)

Esther 1

When Chauvinism Confronts the Domino Theory Today we are beginning a new series on a much-neglected book of the Bible, the Book of Esther.  There are reasons why it has been neglected (which I will enumerate in a few moments), but no excuses.  Many evangelical preachers and commentators never touch it.  I regret to admit that during my 40 years of preaching and teaching, this is the first time I have tackled Esther with any thoroughness.  I think I did…

Esther 2

Introducing the Hero and the Heroine Introduction: Last Lord’s Day we launched a summer series on the book of Esther.  It’s rare that I urge you to go to our website to read sermons, but if you missed last week’s, I hope you will go back and read it (or listen to it) because we offered a lot of background information that is important in order to put the rest of the story in context.   In the first chapter…

Esther 5-6

The Tables Are Turned Introduction:  Scripture tells us the same truth in countless ways:  “Whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7); “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18);  “Let him who thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:12).  Nowhere can one find a clearer illustration of these truths than in the life of Haman, the Agagite–one of the key characters in the OT Book of Esther.  Jeremy…

Esther 9-10

A Day to Remember So soon we have come to the end of our summer series on the OT Book of Esther!  I have thoroughly enjoyed this excursion through one of the great short stories in the Bible, and I hope you have as well.  I told you when I began this series that in forty years of Bible teaching and preaching I had never seriously tackled this book, and I shared with you some of the factors that made…

Ruth 1

Behind a Frowning Providence It’s good to be back with you today.  It probably wasn’t the most appropriate thing to have a sermon on Islam on Mother’s Day.  But I’m going to try to make up for that by spending the next month preaching from Ruth, who as an ancestress of Jesus was one of the most important mothers of the Bible. Ruth comes right after the Book of Judges, to which it was actually attached in the Hebrew Bible. …

Ruth 2

We Intend; God Superintends Southern Baptist preacher Jess Moody once said, “May the dear Lord teach me that the more candles on my birthday cake, the more like Jesus I am supposed to become.”  Would that we all had such a goal and attitude!  Unfortunately, there seem to be a lot of Christians who feel that getting saved is the sum total of the Christian’s experience.  Once they make a profession of faith in Christ (and perhaps get baptized), they…

Ruth 3

Strategic Righteousness We come this morning to the 3rd chapter of the Book of Ruth, where the romance between Ruth and Boaz develops into full bloom.  For the sake of those who haven’t been with us the past few weeks, this Old Testament narrative tells the story of an Arab girl from Moab who married a Jewish boy from Bethlehem.  His parents, Elimelech and Naomi, had left Israel and traveled to Moab because of a famine.  After Elimelech died, both…

Ruth 4

Drama at the City Gate We come today to the end of our month-long study of the Book of Ruth.  We began this series with the observation that “everyone loves a good romance,” and last Lord’s Day we saw the relationship between Ruth and Boaz develop into a full-blown love affair.  Even more importantly, we saw how their relationship serves as an incredible picture of the divine romance between God and His people. Ruth was a poverty-stricken foreign widow who…