• Joseph Neil Adams

    Contributing sermons since Dec 29, 2007
Joseph Neil's church

Sutton Park - Birmingham UK
Sutton Coldfield, *Province/Other B73

About Joseph Neil
  • Education: Queens College Birmingham (Theology)
  • Experience: In 12th Year of Ministry, having served in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Bilston, Hinckley & Sutton Coldfield. Had a fabulous Ministerial Exchange to Flagler Beach in FL - made so many friends there & in Orlando - God bless America!
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Too many to name.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: About worship - smile this shouldn’t look like a dentist waiting room.
  • Family: Very happily married with 4 children aged 21 to 9.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: Dad died sadly 14 years ago & not sure where he stood before the Lord. Mom is not a Christian. When I told them I had been saved they thought I had joined a cult & I am still viewed with restrained suspicion by my family. Hope they were / she is proud but really I think she would be happier if I had a real job.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: My strongest critic & fiercest ally. She thinks I am better & more blessed & used by God than I do. I always finish each service by kissing Jane & asking her how things went. Without her I would be nothing.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Told by old local preacher when I began preaching that I should always be a little nervous about walking to the lectern or pulpit because if i wasn’t then I would be depending on my own skills not on the Holy Spirit. I always remember that & ask God to take this shy man & pour His strength & grace through me to others.
  • Books that have had an impact: Yancey - What’s so amazing about grace. Loads of others, but music has an impact too - Casting Crowns, Delirious? etc encourage me & challenge me.
  • Hobbies: Family. NFL, Football (season ticket holder at Wolverhampton Wanderers) Music, reading. Anything that makes me laugh
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: God loves you far more than you realise & is far more willing to forgive than we dare to imagine.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: Once had shorts & T Shirt on under a suit & in an all age service stripped down to them, I think to illustrate that things are not always what they seem or something like that. A young girl about 4 got so embarrassed she hide behind the piano & wouldn’t talk to me properly for about 3 years!
  • What I want on my tombstone: Gone home.
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  • The Fields Are White Unto Harvest

    Contributed on May 25, 2008
    based on 7 ratings

    The harvest is waiting for us - but will get out there to risk being in the harvest field?

    So Jesus sends His disciples out to the mission field. Luke 10:2 tells us that ‘He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’ You know people this gospel truth remains, nothing has changed. more

  • Rediscovering The Prophetic - Martin Luther King Jr

    Contributed on May 20, 2008
    based on 6 ratings

    A call to be prophets to our generation in the way God worked through Amos & MLK jr - to rediscover God’s absolute priorities for our Churches

    Rediscovering the prophetic - MLK Amos 5:1-24 I watched a BBC programme about Martin Luther King Junior (MLK) a couple of months ago now presented by Oona King a past Labour MP in London (before she lost her Bethnal Green & Bow seat to the controversial George Galloway). She seemed to want to more

  • Rediscovering Our Voice - Stephen

    Contributed on Apr 16, 2008
    based on 3 ratings

    Look at Stephen the martyr & how we are called likewise to rediscover our voice in sharing our faith & speaking prophetically too

    2 Peter 2:1-10 Acts 7: 51-60 Summary prior to Acts reading Stephen is in Jerusalem around AD 30. He is one of the most trusted men in the Church; a very good man who the Bible says was full of both the Holy Spirit and love. The early Christian community trusted him & chose him to be more

  • Emmaus - Surprising God

    Contributed on Mar 24, 2008
    based on 8 ratings

    Do we understand our calling to be Christ to the needy & poor? Francis of Assisi & Mother Theresa are illustartions in this message that links the parable fo teh sheep & goats to the Easter Emmaus story.

    Luke 24:13-35 Matthew 25:31-46 Isaiah 53:1-3 This Emmaus scripture is a strange one isn’t it? Friends walking with not just a close friend but their leader; yet despite knowing him so well they fail to recognise Him. Yet it is not just a case of the risen Christ being so different to the more

  • Maundy Thursday - Judas & Peter

    Contributed on Feb 26, 2008
    based on 22 ratings

    A message for Maundy Thursday which compares Peter & Judas.

    (Matthew 26: 17 – 35 or John 13) Text - Luke 22:31-32 (NRSV) ‘Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers & sisters.’ We focus today more