Over the past several months, I have written a series of posts based on sermons preached by Jeff Griffin, my pastor. Jeff Griffin is the Senior Pastor of The Compass Church in Naperville, Illinois. Jeff is a great preacher who loves the Old Testament and archaeology and often uses archaeological discoveries to illustrate his sermons. Jeff has been the Senior Pastor of The Compass Church since 2014. Jeff was a pre-med student at Wheaton College before he sensed God redirecting him into pastoral ministry. Jeff is a graduate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Jeff is one of those rare preachers who likes to preach from the Old Testament. It is hard these days to find a preacher who preaches regularly from the Old Testament. A unique characteristic of Jeff’s preaching is that he begins and ends with the text that serves as the basis for his sermons. As one who has taught the Old Testament for more than thirty years, I appreciate this way of preaching sermons from the Old Testament. I give Jeff an A+ for his sermons. It is an honor to cooperate with Jeff on this venture.
All the posts below are based on Jeff’s sermons. These posts on Jeff’s sermons follow a simple format: Jeff preaches the sermon first, then I write a post based on his sermon. My posts will serve as a historical background for Jeff’s sermons and his sermons will be an application of the content of my posts. A link to the video of each of Jeff’s sermons will be included with my posts.
SERMONS ON GIDEON
Gideon: Against All Odds – Identity
Gideon: Against All Odds – Impact
Gideon: Against All Odds – Dependence
Gideon: Against All Odds – Courage
SERMONS ON NEHEMIAH
Nehemiah: The Man and the Book
SERMONS ON ESTHER
Esther: For Such a Time as This
Esther: For Such a Time as This: “God’s Grace”
Esther: For Such a Time as This – Our Mission
Esther: For Such a Time as This – “Our Nightmare”
Esther: For Such a Time as This – “Our Decision”
Esther: For Such a Time as This – “God’s Justice”
SERMONS ON SAMUEL
Samuel: Lessons From A Remarkable Child – Broken Dreams
Samuel: Lessons From A Remarkable Child – Dedication
Samuel: Lessons From A Remarkable Child – Living Upstream
Samuel: Lessons From A Remarkable Child – Hearing God
SERMONS ON STANDING STONES
Standing Stones: Marking Our Defining Moments – Encountering God’s Presence
Standing Stones: Reconciling With God
Standing Stones: Discovering God’s Greatness
Standing Stones – Returning to God
SERMONS ON THE LIFE OF JOSEPH
3. Joseph: Overcoming Temptation
6. Joseph: Relational Conflict
7. Joseph: Extending Forgiveness
SERMONS ON DAVID
1. David: The Making of A King
2. “David, The Lord’s Anointed – Growing a Heart that Loves God”
2. “David, The Worshiper – Singing a Song to God”
3. “David, The Giant Slayer – Great Things Through Ordinary People”
4. “David, The Military Leader – Taking the High Road”
5. “David, The Obedient Follower – Obeying God in Hardship”
6. “David, The Receptive Student – Listening to Wise Advice”
7. “David, The Subordinate – Respecting Authority”
8. “David, The Resilient Fighter – Finding Strength in God”
SERMONS ON JOB
1. Shattered: Finding Hope in the Book of Job
2. “What Is Going On? – Job 1–2 (The Prologue)
3. “How Can I Handle This?” – Job 38–41 (The Dialogue)
4. “Why Is This Happening?” – Job 3–37 (The Theophany)
5. “When Will This End?” – Job 42 (The Epilogue)
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I would love a recommendation on a few books that explain the history within the Bible. I have heard many of Jeff’s sermons and how he shares the history and significance of message and the history to it.
The best book dealing with the history of Israel and one that explain many of the events in the Bible is the book by John Bright, “A History of Israel.” The first 50 pages of the book deals with ancient history. It may be difficult reading, but I assure you that you will learn much about the history of the people of the Bible. This book is not for a bedside reading. Read the book slowly and by sections. By the time you finish the book you will come to the time of the Maccabees and the rise of Judaism.
This is a very good book.
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