• John Foster

    Contributing sermons since Apr 11, 2001
John's church

Emmanuel Methodist Church
Barnsley, *Province/Other S70 1DT

About John
  • Experience: 33 years of Christless living followed by a road to Damascus conversion in 1995. Accredited as a Lay preacher in the Barnsley Methodist Circuit in 2007. EEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAA Thank you God.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Read them with joy and a smile.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: The Alpha Course - not connected with my conversion but helped me move on in my faith.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: "Come as you are caught party" It’s like a fancy dress party but you have to come as you were caught by the party organiser when he called in the days or weeks before the party. LIKE when Christ comes calling - we will go to the party just as we are"
  • Family: Married with 2 children, 1 dog, 1 fish
  • What my parents think of my sermons: I’m not from a Christian background and neither of them have ever heard me - give it time, give it time!!!
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: OK I s’pose.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: For God’s sake SMILE. Start your sermon by going out to meet the congregation where they are (metaphorically) The most important words of your sermon are the first words. Grab the people’s attention and you can work them, loose their attention and it does not matter what you say - they won’t hear your message"
  • Books that have had an impact: "Modern Cereal Chemistry" by Kent-Jones and Amos (sorry, but it’s a great read - honest) "Bacon Sandwiches and Salvation" by Adrian Plass "Taken on Trust" by Terry Waite
  • Hobbies: Ice Hockey - Fan of the Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey Team
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: He who laughs last must be a Christian.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: In a very small village church the organist started playing the first hymn in the wrong key - it sounded terrible. I stopped the hymn and said that she was playing in the wrong key, to which she replied, "it’s the only key you’re going to get" I fell into the pulpit with laughter and then "corpsed" (giggled uncontrollably) throughout the whole service as every hymn she played was also in the wrong key. Eventually I suggested we sing the last hymn unaccompanied. Unfortunately for me, I was having a quality assessment that day but fortunately the assessors were laughing so much themselves they understood my plight.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Please note my new address: ;-)
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  • Jesus The Bread Of Life

    Contributed on Jun 10, 2007
    based on 11 ratings

    Explores bread throughout the bible, compares bread as we know it today with scripture. Looks at some hard bits fom the bible and suggests that, like the hard bits in bread, they make God’s word "low Glycemic" (Low glycemic foods sustain us for longe

    Jesus said "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” There’s a lovely passage found in Genesis 26 that describes the movement of a nomadic, god loving people including Isaac. And this passage holds up what I call the more

  • You Think Your Life Is Sorted? Well Think Again!

    Contributed on Mar 5, 2007
    based on 17 ratings

    Some people have heard of the teachings of Jesus Christ. They have read the bible. They have eaten the bread and drank the wine in church. The trouble is that although they know OF Jesus they do not yet know him personally.

    You think your life is sorted? Well think Again! This is the stark message from our bible reading in Luke’s Gospel. This is the first episode in our 10:30am series of sermons leading up to Easter and just beyond. Over the next few weeks we are walking with Jesus through the latter part more

  • 101 Things To See Before You Die . . No:1 . . . .

    Contributed on Mar 5, 2007
    based on 4 ratings

    The title of this talk is 101 things to see before you die – well numbers 2 to 101 are up to you and you may or may not get the opportunity to see them in your lifetime. But the number one thing to see, is Jesus.

    Over the past few years the BBC have run a number of series called the 101 things before you die. 101 places to visit before you die, 101 things to do before you die and 101 things to eat before you die. What they do is get people to write in and suggest their favourite and then they more

  • Servants Are The Greatest

    Contributed on Sep 22, 2003
    based on 14 ratings

    An interactive childrens address demonstrating that the people whom we consider the greatest are very often servants. It asks who’s serving who. Jesus is Servant to all and we are all serving God.

    Preparation:- Make up the following 14 signs:- Size is appropriate for the size of church – I used A4 (Foolscap) Servant served Doctor Patient Local People Congressman Parents Children The People Jesus Our Community [Our Church] ME GOD You will need 2 notice boards more

  • What's Important At Christmas

    Contributed on Jul 19, 2003
    based on 6 ratings

    A light look at business and the busyness of Christmas. Looking at the important things we do in the run up to Christmas put pointing out THE most important part is so obvious - Jesus Christ.

    The most important thing about Christmas A few years ago I met a very clever and learned business consultant. He’d been an officer in the RAF and had moved on from there to work in the banking industry. He had eventually ended up as the Vice President of the Bank of America before more

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  • If You Are A Marathon Runner You Are Encouraged ...

    Contributed on Jun 10, 2007

    If you are a marathon runner you are encouraged to eat pasta the night before the race because pasta has lots of energy in and the speed of release of energy from Pasta is slow so that you get it during the race just when you need it. It’s actually a bit more complicated than that though. more

  • Bob Had Just Started His Career In Banking And ...

    Contributed on Jul 19, 2003
    based on 1 rating

    Bob had just started his career in banking and was the lowest person in the bank with the title manager. ( Of course just about everyone had the title of manager. I suppose it made people feel important when they were speaking to him and it kept some of the flack away from the real manager more