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December 11, 2005

 ARE YOU A CRUISE SHIP CHRISTIAN OR A BATTLE CRUISER CHRISTIAN?”  

SCRIPTURE READING: ROMANS 12:1-8 

ECCLESIASTES 9:10 (NIV) Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. 

NOTE: Have you ever been on a cruise ship or do you long to go on one? 

   What is it about taking a trip on a cruise ship that makes it so attractive? 

  • The scenery
  • The accommodations
  • The food
  • Everything is done for you
  • The only responsibilities you have is to enjoy yourself
  • Its all about self, being happy and content

   The whole purpose of the cruise line is to make you so happy and content that you will want to come again and tell others about your wonderful trip. 

ILL:  David Williams and his steak not cooked properly. 

   What is it about taking a trip on a battle cruiser that makes it so un-attractive? 

  • The scenery
  • The accommodations
  • The food
  • Very little is done for you
  • The only responsibilities you have is to obey the captain
  • Its all about service to and for others
  • There are no passengers on a Battle Cruiser

   The whole purpose of a Battle Cruiser is to defeat the enemy and bring victory at any cost. 

   How does the question, “Are you a cruise ship Christian or a battle cruiser Christian” have anything to do with our Christianity?

    It has everything.   

   When we answer this question truthfully, it reveals what kind of Christian we are. 

  • A Christian that is on a Cruise Ship is one who is only seeking to satisfy their own selfish desires, “The Bless Me” Christian
  • A Christian that is on a Cruiser is one who is seeking to fulfill the call of God in their lives

   On a cruise ship, it is the responsibility of the Captain and the entire staff to satisfy your every legitimate desire.

    On the cruiser, it is our responsibility to fulfill every desire of the Captain’s and to obey his orders. 

I.  THE CRUISE SHIP CHRISTIAN’S MENTALITY. 

INTRO:  We often find these kinds of Christian in the large Mega Churches.   

  • Not all who attend a Mega Church is a Cruise Ship Christian.
  • Not all Cruise Ship Christian attend a Mega Church.

NOTE:  The Cruise Ship Christian is only concerned with themselves and how their needs are met. 

   A.  THE SCENERY

 NOTE: They want everything to go smoothly.   

   The sun is always shinning. 

   Everything is positive the sea is calm and only a gentle breeze is blowing.  

   B.  THE ACCOMMODATIONS 

NOTE:  They want the church to look really nice, but it’s not for the glory of God, it is for their own ego. 

   C.  THE FOOD 

NOTE:  They want positive sermons telling them how God is going to bless them with material blessings.

   They want the latest programs to meet their personal needs. 

   They only want food they like. 

NUMBERS 21:5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.  

   D.  EVERYTHING IS DONE FOR YOU. 

NOTE:  You don’t have to anything but enjoy all the things that others have prepared for your pleasure. 

   E.  THERE IS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR A CRUISE SHIP CHRISTIAN. 

NOTE: No one expects them to do anything and they don’t want to do anything. 

   F.  IT’S ALL ABOUT SELF, BEING HAPPY AND CONTENT. 

NOTE:  A Cruise Ship Christian is totally self-centered and has no real concern for the needs of others if it doesn’t affect them personally.

    On a Cruise Ship you can leave at any port if you wish too. 

II. A BATTLE CRUISER CHRISTIAN 

NOTE: A Battle Cruise Christian is all about service. 

   They are constantly seeking way to please the Captain of the ship. 

   That Battle Cruiser Christian is involved in war with the enemy. 

   A.  THE SCENERY  

NOTE: The scenery from and around the Battle Cruiser is filled with war scenes. 

   B.  THE ACCOMMODATIONS 

NOTE: They are cramped and meager. 

   You live in close proximity with other crewmembers and you must learn to get along.

   For the Battle Cruiser to function properly each must do their part. 

  C.  THE FOOD 

NOTE: You feed on the Word of God and drink from the Living Fountain. 

 JEREMIAH 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.  

JOHN 6:53-58 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.  

   D.  VERY LITTLE IS DONE FOR YOU 

NOTE: On a Battle Cruiser everyone has to carry their own load. 

PROVERBS 6:6-11 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.  How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?  Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.  

   E.  THE ONLY RESPONSIBILITIES YOU HAVE IS TO OBEY THE CAPTAIN 

NOTE: The Captain receives His orders from headquarters (Heaven) and than gives out the orders that when fulfilled with complete the mission that headquarters has sent the Battle Cruiser on. 

JOHN 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.  

    F. IT’S ALL ABOUT SERVICE TO AND FOR OTHERS 

PHILIPPIANS 2:1-4 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.  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.

 NOTE:  The battles we fight are no always for ourselves, they are often for the needs of others. 

G.       THERE ARE NO PASSENGERS ON A BATTLE CRUISER. 

MARK 8:34-38 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

 CONCLUSION:  On a Cruise Ship you can leave the ship at any port you and get on another, on a Battle Cruiser there are only three ways to leave the ship: 

  • Desertion
  • Mutiny
  • With the blessings of the Captain

 

December 18, 2005

 

THE WORLD NEEDS A SAVIOR” 

SCRIPTURE READING:  LUKE 2:1-20 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: LUKE 2:10-11 

   And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  

INTRO: The Geico bad news and good news, insurance ad. 

I.  THE BAD NEWS IS THAT THE WORLD IS IN A MESS AND NEEDS A SAVIOR. 

NOTE: There are two kinds of people in this world who need a Savior: 

·    Those who do not realize that they need a Savior.

·    Those who know they need a Savior.

 

A.    THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO FAIL TO REALIZE THEIR NEED FOR A SAVIOR.

·    They do not see themselves as a sinner in need of Salvation.

ISAIAH 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  

ROMANS 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  

1 JOHN 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  

·    They feel that they are capable of saving themselves.

PROVERBS 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?  

ISAIAH 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness's are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.  

B.     THERE ARE THOSE WHO KNOW THEY NEED A SAVIOR.   

NOTE:  This group is broken down in to two different groups. 

·         Those who know they need a Savior but don’t know where to find a Savior. 

ACTS 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?  

ACTS 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  

NOTE:  They seek to find salvation in many different ways and in many different things but they fail to find it. 

o        Possessions

o        Fame

o        Power

o        Education

o        Religion 

·         Those who know they need a Savior but reject the only one who is capable of being their Savior.   

NOTE: They would rather remain in their sins.   

JOHN 3:19-20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  

ILL:  When the Wise Men came searching for Jesus, none of the religious leaders went to Bethlehem to see the Messiah. 

II.  THERE IS A SAVIOR FOR THIS SIN DARKENED WORLD. 

LUKE 2:10-11 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  

ISAIAH 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.  

ISAIAH 60:1-4 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.  For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.  And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.  Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.  

ROMANS 10:13-15 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  

NOTE:  It is our responsibility and privilege as Christians and as God’s Church to reveal to the world that the Savior has come and that all who call on Him shall be saved. 

   This must be done in a spirit of love, acceptance and forgiveness with the soul purpose of bringing them into a right relationship with God. 

PROVERBS 24:11-12 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?  

LUKE 2:17-18, 20 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.  And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds…And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. 

MATTHEW 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  

MARK 16:15-16 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

 

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