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JUNE  4, 2017










   While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!"


INTRO: We are all on a journey the destination we achieve is determined by the voices we listen to.




Ø  Wicked and evil voices: Proverbs 1:10-16


Proverbs 1:10 (NIV) My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them.


Ø  Voices of the world:


I John 1:15-16   Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.


ILL. Eve


   Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.


Ø  Voices of human reasoning: King Rehoboam


1 Kings 12:13-14 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him;  And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.


Ø  The good intentions of fellow believers


Acts 21:10-13 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.


Matthew 16:21-23 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.




Ø  Moses and Elijah were great spiritual men.


   Moses led the Children of Israel out of Egypt


   Through Moses came the Law, it was through Moses the Tabernacle was built.


   Elijah performed many miracles


   Elijah never tasted death


   These men and their ministries were great but not as great and Jesus or His ministries.


   Moses and the Law, Elijah and the prophets are fulfilled in Jesus.


Matthew 5:17 (BBE) Let there be no thought that I have come to put an end to the law or the prophets. I have not come for destruction, but to make complete.


   God, the Father, is well pleased with Jesus, His Son.


Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.




Ø  Who is to listen to Jesus?


o    The sinner


Isaiah 46:12 (GW) Listen to me, you stubborn people who are far from being righteous.


Isaiah 1:18-19 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:


o    Those who need guidance and direction


Isaiah 30:21 (NLT) Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.


o    We are all invited to listen to his voice


Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.




NOTE: Listening to the right voice will bring God’s blessings into our lives.

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.


Ø  We must believe the words He says


John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.


Ø  Trust what He says


Proverbs 3:4-7 (TLB) If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. Don’t be conceited, sure of your own wisdom. Instead, trust and reverence the Lord, and turn your back on evil; when you do that, then you will be given renewed health and vitality.


Ø  We must obey what He says


Luke 6:46-49 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.


CONCLUSION: There are many voices crying out to be heard, which voice are you listening to?





JUNE , 18, 2017








SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.


INTRO: Gloria and the Sonic’s championship


   There is a prevailing desire to be number 1.


ü  In the world of sports

ü  In the business world

ü  In politics

ü  Even in the religious world


   Jesus seeks to teach us that in order to be first we must be last.


Mark 9:35 (GW) He sat down and called the twelve apostles. He told them, “Whoever wants to be the most important person must take the last place and be a servant to everyone else.”






Proverbs 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.


Proverbs 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.


NOTE: It is very easy to allow pride to enter into our hearts and when it does, it takes our eyes off Jesus and we look to others and our self.




Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.


NOTE: Pride and the desire to be number one was the downfall of Satan.

Isaiah 14:12-15 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.


NOTE: Lucifer was the anointed cherub that covereth;


Ezekiel 28:11-17 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.




NOTE: Even the disciples got caught up with who is number one.


   James and John even got their mother involved in asking Jesus for honor.


Matthew 20:20-21 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.


NOTE: More than once the disciples got caught up with the desire to be the greatest.


Mark 9:33-35 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.


NOTE: In the upper room this dispute arose once again.


Luke 22:24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.


NOTE: Three major areas where Satan seeks to destroy the Believer:


1.     Moral failure

2.     Wealth

3.     Spiritual pride


NOTE: Jesus described who would be the greatest.


Luke 22:25-27 (GW) Jesus said to them, “The kings of nations have power over their people, and those in authority call themselves friends of the people. But you're not going to be that way! Rather, the greatest among you must be like the youngest, and your leader must be like a servant. Who's the greatest, the person who sits at the table or the servant? Isn't it really the person who sits at the table? But I'm among you as a servant.




NOTE: Jesus spoke of His role and why He came.


Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.


NOTE: Not only did Jesus speak of His role, He demonstrated it.


John 13:3-5 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded…So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.


NOTE: Jesus knew who He was and was yet willing to take the role of a servant.


Philippians 2:3-11 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


CONCLUSION: To be a true follower of Jesus Christ we must be willing to serve others instead of being served.


JUNE 25, 2017










   "It says," he replied, "that you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind. And you must love your neighbor just as much as you love yourself."


INTRO: The background that lead up to this question, “Loveth thou Me”?


   Peter was filled with shame and remorse for what he had done.


   Peter returned to fishing (one of Peter’s early encounter with Jesus involved fishing. Luke 5:1-11)


   Jesus sought to restore and encourage Peter by having Peter inventory his heart and love for Jesus.


   Have you ever failed God and heard Satan’s voice telling you that you don’t really love God?


   Satan seeks to challenge our love for God by our failures.


   There is a battle going on seeking to control our love.




NOTE: Jesus never asked a question because He didn’t know the answer; He asks the question so we would know the answer.




John 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?


NOTE: What did Jesus mean when He asked lovest thou more than these?


1.     More than the other disciples do


John 21:15 (GW) After they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than the other disciples do?”


   Spiritual pride will lead us to failure


NOTE: Peter was forced to face his failure


Matthew 26:33-35 (GW) Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else abandons you, I never will.” Jesus replied to Peter, “I can guarantee this truth: Before a rooster crows tonight, you will say three times that you don't know me.” Peter told him, “Even if I have to die with you, I'll never say that I don't know you!” All the other disciples said the same thing.


   Was it spiritual pride the lead to Peter’s denial?


1 Corinthians 10:12 (TLB) So be careful. If you are thinking, "Oh, I would never behave like that"—let this be a warning to you. For you too may fall into sin.   


2.     More than family and friends


Matthew 10:37 (TLB) If you love your father and mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine.


3.     More than your profession and career


Matthew 19:29 (BBE) And everyone who has given up houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or child, or land, for my name, will be given a hundred times as much, and have eternal life.


NOTE: God must have first place in our hearts


Luke 10:27 (TLB) "It says," he replied, "that you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind. And you must love your neighbor just as much as you love yourself."




John 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?


   Jesus used the word agapē, the highest form of love, the love of God.

   Peter replyed Yea, Lord, I phileō you."

   (Peter do you love Me? Yes Lord I like you)


   phileō love, the willingness of a man to die for a friend.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends


   Agapē, the highest form of love, the love of God


   Agapē love is Christ loving and dying…


Ø  For people who have no strength and the ungodly


Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.


Ø  For sinners


Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.


Ø  For the enemies of God


Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.




John 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?


   To love with agapē love is a matter of choice.


NOTE: we only possess agapē only through the Holy Ghost


Romans 5:5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.




John 14:15 (GW) “If you love me, you will obey my commandments.


1.     Feed my lambs vs. 15


NOTE: The young, the needy, the helpless, Believers who need special care.


   We need help in Sunday School.


2.     Feed my sheep vrs. 16 & 17


   Jesus knew Peter, and the others could not love with agapē love at this time but He knew when the Holy Spirit would come they would be able.


John 21:18-19 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.


CONCLUSION: On the day of Pentecost, Peter’s love was changed from phileō love to agapē love.


   We must allow the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with agapē love if we are to follow Him.




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