FEBRUARY 2006 SERMONS
“DOES GOD REALLY CARE WHAT YOU WEAR?”
SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 22:1-14
SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 22:12
And he smith unto him, Friend, how calmest thou
in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was
Does clothes really make a
How did you dress when you were looking for a job?
For us of the older generation we took a lot of care
how we dressed when job hunting.
Today, it is a totally different story.
Today casual dress is the thing.
Yet, even today, how we dress is very important.
How you dress depends on who you are trying to
How does God feel about how we dress?
1 SAMUEL 16:7
But the Lord said unto
Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the
height of his stature; because I have refused him:
for the Lord seethe not as man seethe; for man
looked on the outward appearance, but the Lord
looked on the heart.
Too often we are more
concerned with how a person dresses on the outside
then how they are in the inside.
MATTHEW 23:25 (GW) "How horrible it will
be for you, scribes and Pharisees! You hypocrites!
You clean the outside of cups and dishes. But inside
they are full of greed and uncontrolled desires.”
God is very concerned how we are dressed but His
concern is with the spiritual not the physical.
I. SIN BROUGHT ABOUT THE NEED FOR CLOTHING.
And the eyes of them both
were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and
they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves
aprons. And they heard the voice of the Lord
God walking in the garden in the cool of the day:
and Adam and his wife
hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God
amongst the trees of the garden. And
the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him,
Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice
in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was
naked; and I hid myself.
Until the Fall, man was
clothed with the righteousness of God and needed no
Since the Fall man has always sought to cover his
sins by some artificial means.
Cain may have buried his brother Abel.
Achan buried the gold, silver and garment under the
floor of his tent.
Saul, the king, sought to disguise himself when
seeking a witch.
Ahab disguised himself when he went into battle.
None of these worked
because we cannot hide our sins by human endeavor.
ISAIAH 64:6 but we are all as an
unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as
filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our
iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
We think by hiding our sins for others we can hide
our sins from God.
The Emperor’s New Clothes.
After our greatest effort
to hide our sins, we stand naked before God.
II. GOD HAS PREPARED FOR US THE CLOTHING WE NEED.
ZECHARIAH 3:1-5 And he shewed me Joshua
the high priest standing before the angel of the
Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist
him. And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord
rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen
Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked
out of the fire? Now Joshua was clothed with
filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
And he answered and spake unto those that stood
before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments
from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have
caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will
clothe thee with change of raiment. And I
said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So
they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him
with garments. And the angel of the Lord stood by.
God knew that we were
incapable of covering our sins so He provided a
covering for us.
GENESIS 3:21 Unto Adam also and to
his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and
The clothing God gives us
goes far beyond covering our sins; it removes our
sins from us.
JOHN 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus
coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God,
which taketh away the sin of the world.
PSALM 103:12 As far as the east is
from the west, so far hath he removed our
transgressions from us.
HEBREWS 10:17 And their sins and
iniquities will I remember no more.
Say unto them, As I live,
saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death
of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way
and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for
why will ye die, O house of Israel?
God wants us dressed in the righteousness that He
has provided through the death, burial and
resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.
When the prodigal son returned to his father he was
clothed in a new robe and his son ship was restored.
LUKE 15:22 But the father said to
his servants, Bring forth the best robe,
and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and
shoes on his feet:
God has provided us with the BEST
clothing that will allow us to come into His
ISAIAH 52:1 Awake, awake; put on
thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments,
O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there
shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and
ISAIAH 61:10 I will greatly rejoice
in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for
he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and
as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Consider the promises God has given us in the Book
REVELATION 3:5 He that overcometh, the
same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will
not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I
will confess his name before my Father, and before
REVELATION 3:18 I counsel thee to buy
of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be
rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be
clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not
appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that
thou mayest see.
REVELATION 4:4 And round about the
throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the
seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed
in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns
REVELATION 7:9 After this I beheld,
and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could
number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people,
and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the
Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their
REVELATION 19:7-8 Let us be glad and
rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of
the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself
ready. And to her was granted that she should
be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the
fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
What are you wearing?
The filthy garments of self-righteousness or the
White Raiment’s of God’s righteousness.
“WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DOWITH THE WINNING TICKET?
SCRIPTURE READING: II SAMUEL 7:8-9, 16, 18-29
SCRIPTURE TEXT: PROVERBS 11:24-26
There is one who scatters, yet increases all the
more, and there is one who withholds what is justly
due, but it results only in want. The
generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters
will himself be watered. He who withholds grain, the
people will curse him, but blessing will be on the
head of him who sells it.
What would you do if you
held the winning ticket for the largest lottery ever
Sue Thomas F B Eye.
Jack said, “I am so lucky, I feel like I have won
the Lottery”. Sue replied, “You are not lucky,
you are blessed.”
In the Scripture reading, David realized just how
blessed he was.
Have you recognized the blessings of God in your
JAMES 1:17 Every good gift and
every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down
from the Father of lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning.
All of us who have experienced the Grace of Jesus
Christ hold the greatest lottery ticket available.
The question we must ask ourselves is, “What are we
doing with the ticket God has blessed us with?”
What we do with the winning ticket God has given to
us is answered by the question, “What is the motive
behind our service to God?”
I. MOTIVE FOR SERVICE TO GOD.
NOTE: There are three motives why people serve God that
we want to consider today:
There are many who serve
God out of fear.
The Fearful Servant
MATTHEW 25:24-30 Then he which had
received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew
thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou
hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not
strawed: and I was afraid, and went and hid thy
talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is
thine. His lord answered and said unto him,
Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that
I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have
not strawed: thou oughtest therefore to have put my
money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I
should have received mine own with usury. Take
therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him
which hath ten talents. For unto every one
that hath shall be given, and he shall have
abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken
away even that which he hath. And cast ye the
unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there
shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
There is very little joy in serving God when fear is
1 JOHN 4:18 There is no fear in
love; but perfect love casteth out fear:
because fear hath
torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
We will not serve God properly if our motivation is
When we serve God out of fear everything depends
upon us, what we do or don’t do.
When we serve God out of fear there are several
things that are lacking in our lives.
If we serve God out of fear we have not come into a
proper understanding of His Grace.
B. SELF-INDULGENCES (Greed)
LUKE 12:13-21 And one of the company
said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he
divide the inheritance with me. And he said
unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over
you? And he said unto them, Take heed, and
beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth
not in the abundance of the things which he
possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them,
saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought
forth plentifully: and he thought within himself,
saying, What shall I do, because I have no room
where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This
will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build
greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and
my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast
much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease,
eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto
him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be
required of thee: then whose shall those things be,
which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth
up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
There are those who seek to
serve God for only what they can get out of it.
Those who serve God out of selfish motives, feel
that they deserve God’s blessings and not that they
receive them through His Grace.
When we serve God out of selfish motives we have no
compassion or concern for the needs of others.
EZEKIEL 34:17-19 And as for you, O my
flock, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I judge
between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the
he goats. Seemeth it a small thing unto you to
have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread
down with your feet the residue of your pastures?
and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must
foul the residue with your feet? And as for my
flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your
feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with
MATTHEW 25:41-46 Then shall he say also
unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye
cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the
devil and his angels: for I was an hungred, and ye
gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no
drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in:
naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison,
and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer
him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or
athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in
prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then
shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of
these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go
away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous
into life eternal.
C. SERVING GOD OUT OF
PSALM 103:1-5 A Psalm of David.
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within
me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my
soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth
all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who
crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender
mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;
so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
When we consider all the
different ways God has blessed us, how can our heart
not be filled with gratitude towards Him.
A heart filled with gratitude will cause us to do
right with the winning ticket He has given us:
Praise God and give Him credit for all that we
Seek to live a life that is pleasing to Him and
that will bring Him glory and honor.
We will seek to share the blessings He have given
to us with others so that they too might come to
experience His Grace and love.
Jay and Mary Warner in
We will support to work of the local church in
order to work together to further the Kingdom of
We will serve God faithfully in spite of the
circumstances that may surround us.
When we serve God out of
gratitude we don’t withhold our service just because
we don’t like what might be going on.
JOB 2:10 But he said unto her,
Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh.
What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and
shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job
sin with his lips.
The question we must ask ourselves is; “Why am I
We will find the answer by what we do with the
winning ticket He has given us.
“FINDING HOPE IN THE MIDST OF HOPELESSNESS”
SCRIPTURE READING: MARK 5:25-34
SCRIPTURE TEXT: HEBREWS 6:18-19
So God has given us both his promise and his
oath. These two things are unchangeable because it
is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have
fled to him for refuge can take new courage, for we
can hold on to his promise with confidence.
This confidence is like a strong and trustworthy
anchor for our souls. It leads us through the
curtain of heaven into God's inner sanctuary.
Each one of us, at one time
or another will experience a time of hopelessness.
It may last for only a moment or it may last for
Divorce or separation
The question is; when we find ourselves in a
hopeless situation, where can we find the hope that
will provide us the strength and will to go on?
There are many who seek to cover up the hopelessness
in their lives instead of seeking the One who free
them from their hopelessness.
Activities (legal and illegal)
Let us consider this woman who seemed to be in a
I. SHE WAS A WOMAN
NOTE: In Jesus’ day, women were not given
the respect that they deserved in society; women
were considered secondary in the culture.
People who are
facing seemly hopeless situations often have low
One of the
biggest problems facing those who are in a seemly
hopeless situation is that the feel unworthy to go
to God for help.
The Prodigal Son: LUKE 15:18-19
I will arise and go to my father, and will say
unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and
before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy
son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
II. SHE HAD BEEN SUFFERING FOR TWELVE YEARS
The longer you are in a
negative situation the more hopeless you feel.
How long wilt thou forget
me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy
face from me? How long shall I take counsel in
my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long
shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
Think of Joseph, thirteen years as a slave and
prisoner, what kept him from becoming totally
discouraged? his faith in the promises of God.
HEBREWS 13:5 Let your conversation
be without covetousness; and be content with such
things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never
leave thee, nor forsake thee.
We must not allow the spirit of hopelessness over
take us; we must be willing to trust God even during
the difficult times.
III. HER SITUATION MAKE HER UNCLEAN
LEVITICUS 15:19-27 (19, 25) And
if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh
be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and
whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the
even…And if a woman have an issue of her blood many
days out of the time of her separation, or if it run
beyond the time of her separation; all the days of
the issue of her uncleanness shall be as the days of
her separation: she shall be unclean.
She was totally ostracized
from the outside world.
When we feel hopeless we feel all
alone, no one cares about us and that we are
rejected even from our family and friends.
PSALM 142:4 I looked on my right
hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would
know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.
IV. SHE HAD TRIED EVERY HUMAN MEANS POSSIBLE
MARK 5:26 And had suffered many
things of many physicians, and had spent all that
she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew
Man has tremendous
abilities to help but man’s ability is limited and
comes to an end; that is when God enters the
There are those who have tried everything but things
only become worse.
ISAIAH 41:28-29 For I beheld, and there
was no man; even among them, and there was no
counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer
a word. Behold, they are all vanity; their
works are nothing: their molten images are wind and
EZEKIEL 22:30 And I sought for a man
among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand
in the gap before me for the land, that I should not
destroy it: but I found none.
V. SHE HAD HEARD OF JESUS BUT EVEN HE SEEMED
There was the Law of
There are certain churches that have standards to
keep the undesirables out.
There was a great crowd
between her and Jesus
Too often we allow others to keep us from Jesus:
We worry about what they may think.
We worry about how they may react.
There are others who would seek to keep us from
She was in a weaken
Her heart may have told her to go to Jesus but her
mind said that she was unable to do so.
Jesus was ministering to an
important religious leader
Why would Jesus stop to minister to her when there
was an important church leader that demanded His
VI. SHE HAD REACHED DESPERATION
Desperate situations call
for desperate measures.
She wouldn’t allow the rules and religious
regulations keep her from coming to Jesus.
She wouldn’t allow the threats or opinions of others
keep her from coming to Jesus.
VII. SHE RECEIVED HER HEALING BUT WAS FILLED WITH
But the woman fearing and
trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and
fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
What caused her to be
She had to expose herself
and admit her true condition.
1 JOHN 1:9 If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and
to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
MATTHEW 10:32 Whosoever therefore
shall confess me before men, him will I confess also
before my Father which is in heaven.
ROMANS 10:9-10 That if thou shalt
confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from
the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart
man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation.
VIII. JESUS SPOKE WORDS OF HOPE AND ASSURANCE TO HER
MARK 5:34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath
made thee hole; go in peace, and be whole of thy
When we are faced with a seemly hopeless situation
we must remember that trying hard is not that
will never be enough.
Looking to man
will never bring us the victory we are seeking.
We must come
to Jesus in faith, willing to set aside our fears
and put our trust in Him and Him alone.
“THE CROSS: A SYMBOL OF HATRED AND LOVE”
SCRIPTURE READING: I CORINTHIANS 1:18-24
SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 1:18
For the preaching of the cross is to them that
perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it
is the power of God.
There are three major
attitudes towards the Cross:
Indifference (the cross
holds no significance towards God)
It was during the
Battle of the Milvian Bridge,
that Constantine reportedly saw a cross in the sky
with the words, “Conquer by this”.
From the time of Constantine, the Cross has been the
symbol of Christianity.
When you look at the cross, what thoughts go through
I. THE CROSS: A SYMBOL OF HATRED.
A. HATRED OF MAN TOWARDS GOD ALL THAT IS
There are many today who
hate the cross and everything it stands for.
JOHN 7:7 The world cannot hate
you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that
the works thereof are evil.
The closer that which is holy come to that which is
un-holy, the more repulsive that which is un-holy
It was the hatred of the religious leaders of Jesus’
day, towards the teachings and workings of Jesus
Christ which, brought the cross into it prominence.
The KKK used the cross as a symbol of hatred towards
do not want God to rule over them.
But his citizens hated him,
and sent a message after him, saying, We will not
have this man to reign over us.
hate God without a cause except their own
But this cometh to pass,
that the word might be fulfilled that is written in
their law, They hated me without a cause.
hate those who follow Christ.
If the world hate you, ye
know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye
were of the world, the world would love his own:
but because ye are not of the world, but I have
chosen you out of the world, therefore the world
B. HATRED OF GOD TOWARDS THE SIN OF MAN.
is against the Nature of God
For thou art not a God that
hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil
dwell with thee.
Thou art of purer eyes than
to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:
wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal
treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the
wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than
sin is an abomination to God
PROVERBS 6:16-19 These six things doth
the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto
him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that
shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked
imaginations, feet that be swift in running to
mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he
that soweth discord among brethren.
PROVERBS 15:8-9, 26 The sacrifice of the
wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer
of the upright is his delight. The way of the
wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he
loveth him that followeth after righteousness…The
thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the
Lord: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
False worship is especially abominable unto God.
ISAIAH 43:24 Thou hast bought me no
sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me
with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made
me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with
JEREMIAH 44:4 Howbeit I sent unto you
all my servants the prophets, rising early and
sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable
thing that I hate…The incense that ye burned in the
cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem,
ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes,
and the people of the land, did not the Lord
remember them, and came it not into his mind?
So that the Lord could no longer bear, because of
the evil of your doings, and because of the
abominations which ye have committed; therefore is
your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a
curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
separates God from those He created to love.
Behold, the Lord's hand is
not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear
heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have
separated between you and your God, and your sins
have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
II. THE CROSS: A SYMBOL OF LOVE.
Because of God’s hatred for
sin, He made the penalty for sin death.
GENESIS 2:17 But of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of
it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou
shalt surely die.
EZEKIEL 18:20 The soul that sinneth,
it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of
the father, neither shall the father bear the
iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the
righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of
the wicked shall be upon him.
ROMANS 6:23 For the wages of sin is
death; but the gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord.
A. THE LOVE OF GOD FOR FALLEN MAN.
JOHN 3:16-17 For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life. For God sent not his
Son into the world to condemn the world; but that
the world through him might be saved.
ROMANS 5:8 But God commendeth his
love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.
EPHESIANS 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in
mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us
together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
1 JOHN 3:1
Behold, what manner of love
the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be
called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth
us not, because it knew him not.
JEREMIAH 31:3 The Lord hath appeared
of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with
an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness
have I drawn thee.
B. THE LOVE OF REDEEMED MAN FOR GOD.
PSALM 31:23 O love the Lord, all ye
his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful,
and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
1 JOHN 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
It is the worship of those
who truly love the Lord that is acceptable.
ISAIAH 56:6-7 Also the sons of the
stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve
him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his
servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from
polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; even
them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them
joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings
and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine
altar; for mine house shall be called an house of
prayer for all people.
Our love for God is a growing love that will only
completely mature when we reach heaven.
PHILIPPIANS 1:9 And this I pray, that
your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge
and in all judgment;
If we truly love God we
will hate what He hates and that is sin.
PSALM 97:10 Ye that love the Lord,
The question I leave with
you, “What kind of Symbol is the cross to you”?