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  • I. G. Spong

    Contributing sermons since Jan 18, 2014
I. G.'s church

Cairns Emmanuel
Manunda, Queensland 4870

About I. G.
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Master of Theological Studies
  • Experience: Over 30 years pastoral experience in churches in Australia, USA and Germany. Author of dozens of books, mostly on Christian topics.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: My sermons are not the last word. They are conversation starters. Please feel free to disagree with me, just don't be disagreeable and argumentative.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Gospel sermons.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: The best ten minute sermonette I remember is one my father-in-law preached. He spoke about his experience plowing with horses, and that to plow a straight furrow, you have to keep your eye on the goal, and not look back. Those who look back plow a crooked line and are not fit for the kingdom of heaven.
  • Family: Family in both the USA and Australia.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Preach what Jesus taught. Don't preach feel good, gimmicky, empty headed fluff. Just preach Jesus.
  • Books that have had an impact: I am an eclectic Christian who sees value in 2,000 years of Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant literature.
  • Hobbies: Music, painting, writing, farm.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Nothing satisfies like Jesus. Listen to him. Read what he has to say. Stay in a church where Jesus is preached.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: I was in Czechoslovakia at a church festival and about to introduce some special music. The services were in German. My German was imperfect. I introduced the music as being played on the Geflügel (poultry) instead of the Flügel (grand piano). I was preaching behind the iron curtain and heard that the KGB was listening in, so I said I was also KGB, Kingdom of God Boys. Later that day a hotel staff member told me that the KGB was indeed listening in and they liked my joke.
  • What I want on my tombstone: He preached Jesus.
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  • Greatness

    Contributed on Oct 14, 2021
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    What is true greatness? Is it wealth, fame or power? How does Jesus define greatness? Let’s reject popular ideas and discover the truth in Mark 10:32-45.

    Prelude What is true greatness? Is it wealth, fame or power? Purpose: How does Jesus define greatness? Plan: Let’s reject popular ideas and discover the truth in Mark 10:32-45. Background (vs. 32-34) Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were ...read more

  • When The Spirit Breaks The Letter

    Contributed on Oct 13, 2021
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    Did the disciples break the law at times? Can we sometimes break the letter of the law while keeping the spirit or intent of the law?

    Did the disciples break the law at times? Can we sometimes break the letter of the law while keeping the spirit or intent of the law? Let’s look at an example using the law of the road? Imagine I come to a cross-road stop-sign way out in the country, and I can see a long way down the road to the ...read more

  • Circumcision Of The Heart

    Contributed on Oct 13, 2021
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    One of the main examples that help us understand how the spirit of the law applies to the Christian is that of circumcision. It’s not a new concept but was introduced in the Hebrew Scriptures, what Christians call the Old Testament. Circumcision of the heart is more important to God than the flesh.

    One of the main examples that help us understand how the spirit of the law applies to the Christian is that of circumcision. It’s not a new concept but was introduced in the Hebrew Scriptures, what Christians call the Old Testament. Circumcision of the heart is more important to God than the ...read more

  • Loving Neighbor

    Contributed on Oct 12, 2021
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    Let's take a look at the second of the great commandments, love of neighbor.

    Let's take a look at the second of the great commandments, love of neighbor. Matthew 22:39-40 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” The second great commandment is to love our neighbor as ourselves. ...read more

  • Loving God

    Contributed on Oct 11, 2021
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    Let's look at the first of the great commandments, loving God.

    Before we get into the topic of loving God deeply, let’s do a little housekeeping. Mark 12:30 seems to add a word, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Where does the extra word come from? When the Bible ...read more

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  • Mark 11:1-11

    Contributed on Mar 20, 2018
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    Jesus’ Mock Parade Imagine for a minute a grand parade. It might be one of those that celebrates military might with tanks and rockets. It might have brass bands, flags waving and marchers goose-stepping in rhythm, with a dictator either clapping from a grandstand or even at the head of the ...read more

  • Fail In Order To Succeed

    Contributed on Jul 15, 2017
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    An old axiom says that failure is the stepping stone to success. Are we afraid of failure? The road to success is paved with failures. Before the farmer in the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) had a successful crop he failed in three areas. We fail in these same areas. We allow the devil to snatch ...read more

  • Sow Indiscriminately

    Contributed on Jul 15, 2017
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    In the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) Jesus spoke of the kingdom of heaven being like an indiscriminate sower. This contradicts theories surrounding church growth of targeting certain statistically measurable demographics. There is no such target audience in this parable. The seed of the kingdom ...read more

  • How Urgent Do We Approach The Harvest

    Contributed on Jun 13, 2017
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    In Matthew 9:38 Jesus describes driving workers into the field with the urgency of a harvest that cannot wait. Yet, so often our churches have become ho-hum about God's harvest. How can revival come to our land when our churches are so Laodicean in attitude? How can our dying western ...read more

  • Preaching Fluff Versus Quality

    Contributed on Jun 8, 2017
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    I once lived in a town where there were two preachers who were polar opposites. The one was very charismatic and enthusiastic. But, he did not preach the Bible. I asked him one day why he didn't preach the Bible. His answer was that the people could read their Bibles at home. He preached ...read more