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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: Almost 30 years pastoral experience in baptistic and mainstream churches in Australia, USA and Germany.
  • 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 only ten minute sermonette I remember that 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.
  • Hobbies: Music, painting, writing.
  • 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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  • Secrets Of Happiness

    Contributed on Jan 22, 2020
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    What are the secrets of happiness? Are they really secrets or just ignored? Let’s understand secrets of true, permanent happiness, found in the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12.

    What are the secrets of happiness? Are they really secrets or just ignored? Let’s understand secrets of true, permanent happiness, found in the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12. Poor in Spirit Matthew 5:1-3 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His ...read more

  • Do We Really Follow Jesus?

    Contributed on Jan 22, 2020
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    The light of God shone in a small fishing village. Some received it. Let’s look at the place where Christian discipleship began, and how they were ready to drop everything to follow the Light of the world, in Matthew 4:12-23.

    The light of God shone in a small fishing village. Some received it. Let’s look at the place where Christian discipleship began, and how they were ready to drop everything to follow the Light of the world, in Matthew 4:12-23. Capernaum Matthew 4:12-13 When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, ...read more

  • The Lamb Of God

    Contributed on Jan 14, 2020
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    What are we here for? What is the purpose of the church? Let’s understand how important pointing to Jesus is. Let's look at John the Baptist’s example of pointing to the Lamb of God in John 1:29-42.

    What are we here for? What is the purpose of the church? Let’s understand how important pointing to Jesus is. Let’s look at John the Baptist’s example of pointing to the Lamb of God in John 1:29-42. The Lamb of God John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb ...read more

  • Mystery Of Baptism

    Contributed on Jan 5, 2020
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    The Baptism of Christ set us an example of a ceremony which has become the norm for Christians. Baptism is also the subject of some division and much misunderstanding. Let’s explore the mystery of baptism. Let’s look at Jesus’ baptism in Matthew 3:13-17.

    The Baptism of Christ set us an example of a ceremony which has become the norm for Christians. Baptism is also the subject of some division and much misunderstanding. Let’s explore the mystery of baptism. Let’s look at Jesus’ baptism in Matthew 3:13-17. Leadership Matthew 3:13 Then Jesus came ...read more

  • Receive The Word

    Contributed on Dec 29, 2019
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    Who is the Word? Do we receive the Word? Does the Word live with us? Let’s look at Jesus’ pre-existence as God and how we receive Him in John 1:1-18.

    Who is the Word? Do we receive the Word? Does the Word live with us? Let’s look at Jesus’ pre-existence as God and how we receive Him in John 1:1-18. Jesus is God John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All ...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