Posted here is the sermon delivered by Br. Phil Coulson at the Maharashtra Family Conference 2013.
When God initially spoke to Samuel, He had a message of judgement for a young Samuel to carry to the household of priests. And Samuel learned his first lesson that listening to God voice can be hard, difficult and costly. God speaks to an open hear that can carry His message faithfully. Br. Phil Coulson in this sermon expounds on the importance of being faithful to the Word that God speaks. For whoever has, will be given more; and will have an abundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
Young Samuel heard the voice of the Lord in times of great crises, corrupted priesthood, and when God’s Word was rare to be found. And the words with which Samuel responded to the voice of the Lord- “Speak thy servant heareth” marked the beginning of a Spiritual revival in the nation of Israel. In this introductory message, Br. Phil Coulson delves deep into the wider historical context of old testament priesthood which began with Melchizedek, and was highly corrupted during the days of Samuel. God spoke to Samuel then and still speaks today through the written Word of God.
Br.Phil Coulson in this final sermon to the series of Levitical Offerings speaks powerfully on peace offering. This Offering does not establish peace between God and Man. The other 4 offerings establishes peace. But the offer-er would offer this peace offering, after having experienced the peace and fellowship with God. It is proof of God’s fellowship with Man. Moreover, this offering is not offered apart from the Burnt offering. And hence when the fat of Peace offering is offered alongside the Burnt offering, a fresh flame of Burnt offering arises to God.
The outcome of offering the peace offering, as written in Leviticus 7 is that; the Priest family and the offer-er’s family enjoyed the fellowship with God.
Br. Phil Coulson in continuation to exposition on Levitical Offering, looks at the the offerings for sin in Leviticus 4 and 5. The Sin offering emphasizes on the person who sinned whereas the Trespass offering emphasizes on the deeds of the person. Hence, when God wrought the salvation of man, He first sought to righteously deal with man’s sin and also transform a ‘Sinful Man’ to the ‘Child of God’.
The offerings for sin teaches every child of God, how God through the death of Christ can righteously deal with the penalty of sins and how the death of Christ also provided man with freedom from slavery of sin as a master.
In this 3rd sermon, the continuation of the exposition on Levitical Sacrifices, Bro. Phil Coulson picks up from where he left on the Burnt Offering. The Spirit of God draws our attention to the order maintained in the offering and also to the specific animal parts that find mention in Leviticus 1. Do not miss the connection to John 19 and the description of the death of the Lord Jesus, so beautifully expressed in the Burnt Offering.
Bro. Phil also covers the Meal Offering in this sermon. Learn of the humanity of the Lord Jesus, completely summarized by the four ingredients of the Meal Offering. Notice the perfect earthly life of our dear Saviour chronologically unfolding in the four different preparations of the Meal Offering. Let this lesson, dear saint, fill your heart with thoughts of worship that will overflow and be appreciated by the extended family of Christ in this world.
In this 2nd sermon, the continuation of the exposition on Levitical Sacrifices, Bro. Phil Coulson presents to us the Burnt Offering: the first of the sweet smelling sacrifices to God. Through this message, we learn why the Spirit of God chooses to place sweet smelling sacrifices, which equip us with what we lack, before the non-sweet smelling offerings for sin- which removes all that defiles. Learn of the true meaning of propitiation, and why the new testament never uses terms like atonement and pardon with respect to our salvation. Learn also of the Lord Jesus Christ being our garment of salvation, making us acceptable to the holy gaze of God, much like the Burnt Offering was to the offerer. Let this message draw you, dear saint, to offer higher, richer worship to God which blesses Him for what Christ means to Him and not just for what Christ means to us.
Br Phil Coulson in this 1st sermon of the ‘Levitical offerings’ sermon series, gives an introduction to the Book of Leviticus. The Book of Leviticus find itself rightly positioned between Exodus and Numbers. Book of Exodus ends with Moses outside the tabernacle, not able to enter in because of the Glory of the Lord. And the book of Numbers starts with Moses in the tabernacle talking with God. Moses could find his way-in only because of the Levitical Offerings instituted.
Posted below is the sermon delivered by Br.Phil Coulson at Christian Believers’ Assembly, Cantonment, Aurangabad.The sermon is a part of the series of Bible studies on the book of Ephesians.
Passage of reference:Ephesians 5:22-33
Br.Phil Coulson expounding from the Word of God, shows how God has been teaching His people, through his creation, some of the most important truths of Church and Family. Br.Coulson also emphasizes how the responsibility of restoring the fallen Family order at the garden of Eden, is resting upon His saints today.
The two important truths that this verse speaks in volumes:
1. ‘Both’ Jews and Gentiles have been made part of the body of Christ.
The Jews considered themselves special on the basis of the ‘Old Covenant’, that God had made with them. But the covenant on which their soul boasted, itself condemned them and brought them under the curse; as none could keep up the high Standards of God.
Hence, when the Son of God died at Calvary; He took upon himself the curse of the Jews and the sins of the Gentiles, making them both part of one body.
2. This verse is one of the few verses in God’s Word which shows the Triune God is at work on behalf of the salvation of man.
unto the Father
It is amazing to see that all three Godheads took great interest in saving sinful, rebellious ‘man’ from his sins. The Father planed, The son Acted according to the Plan, and The Spirit brought Light and Sealed that Action.
Furthermore, Br Phil Coulson, illustrating the example of Joseph meeting his brothers in Egypt, shows how it is a picture of the Triune God at work, to save the fallen human race.