March 5, 2006
“SALVATION IS A COME AS YOU ARE PARTY, EVERYONE IS
SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 7:36-50
SCRIPTURE TEXT: JOHN 6:37
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me;
and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast
A Woman who cleans her
house before the House Cleaner comes. “You
can’t expect me to have her clean a dirty house.”
Often people think that they must clean up their
lives before they can turn to God.
Who has the right to come
to Jesus Christ to be cleansed from their sins?
Are there those today who are considered
unacceptable, either by themselves or by others, to
come to Jesus?
Are there those whom God considers unacceptable?
EZEKIEL 33:11 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?
2 PETER 3:9 The Lord is not slack
concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that
any should perish, but that all should come to
God is a compassionate God and desires that all
would come and accept His grace. No one is
I. THE SINFUL WOMAN. LUKE 7:36-50
Who was this woman and why
was she so unacceptable to Simon?
She was living in open sin.
What brought her to this place?
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There are those who enter into a life of sin because
it is what they want to do.
But there are many others who end up in a life of
sin because it seems that it is the only choice they
Too often, we Christians, fail to have the grace and
compassion to try and understand what events may
have lead a person into the life of sin they are
She may have experienced:
Molestation by a family
member (article in Friday’s paper about the baby
Used by a boyfriend
Deserted by her husband
Any of these experiences could have caused her to
believe she had no where else to turn.
This woman was in desperate need for Love,
Acceptance and Forgiveness.
She probably found little support in the religious
If a person who has suffer these things cannot find
love and acceptance in the Church when can they?
I. WE WHO HAVE ALREADY COME TO CHRIST OFTEN
FORGET HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS FOR US TO COME.
A. CONSIDER WHAT IT MUST HAVE TAKEN FOR HER TO
COME TO JESUS?
We as Christian often fail
to understand how difficult it is for some to come
She recognized herself as a sinner.
She realized that she could only find Salvation in
She had to go to a Pharisee’s house to get to Jesus.
ILL: Pastor Jim Lyons holding a
Staff Meeting in a bar.
B. SHE WAS WILLING TO COME TO JESUS
Consider how this woman
came to Jesus and was accepted by Him.
She came in faith
HEBREWS 11:6 But without faith it is
impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God
must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder
of them that diligently seek him.
She came in repentance (tears)
She came in humility (came behind Jesus)
She showed her love (kissed His feet)
She came willing to serve (washed His feet)
C. HE HAD A CRITICAL
Now when the Pharisee which
had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself,
saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have
known who and what manner of woman this is that
toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
He was critical of Jesus
for accepting this woman
The elder brother in the
Prodigal Son. LUKE 15:11-32
There seems to be those within the Church who do not
want certain kinds of sinner to be saved.
He was critical of the
woman for her life style
Those who have been raised
in the Church or been in the Church a long time have
little sympathy for those who are outside the
He did not appreciate what
God had done for him
LUKE 7:47 Wherefore I say unto
thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for
she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the
same loveth little.
NOTE: Often those who have been kept from a
life of great sin fail to truly appreciate the Grace
that has been shown them.
II. JESUS WILL ACCEPT ALL WHO COME NO MATTER
WHO THEY MAY BE.
If we fail to see ourselves
as sinners, saved by the grace of God alone, if we
see our self as righteous in ourselves, then God has
nothing to do with us and we are still in our sin.
But go ye and learn what
that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice:
for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners
When Jesus heard it, he
saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of
the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to
call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
I came not to call the
righteous, but sinners to repentance.
For the Son of man is come
to seek and to save that which was lost.
JOHN 6:37 All that the Father
giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to
me I will in no wise cast out.
LUKE 7:48 & 50 And he said unto her,
Thy sins are forgiven. And he said to the
woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
The Church must open its
doors to the worst of sinners as well as the best of
March 12, 2006
WHAT ARE YOU THIRSTY FOR?”
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 55:1-13
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the
waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and
eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and
without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for
that which is not bread? And your labour for that
which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me,
and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul
delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear,
and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live;
and I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
even the sure mercies of David.
Have you ever been thirsty,
I mean really thirsty?
Most of us have never really experience real
Most of us at the first cry of thirst from our body
we seek to satisfy it.
Real thirst is when our body cries out for
satisfaction and our whole body, soul and spirit
thinks only of satisfying the craving or our body.
An alcoholic for that next drink
A person hooked on drugs craving for a fix
A smoker desiring one more puff
That is how God wants us to be thirsty for Him.
Too often the driving thirst that many Christians
have is for the wrong things.
JEREMIAH 2:13 For my people have
committed two evils; they have forsaken me the
fountain of living waters, and hewed them out
cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
ISAIAH 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend
money for that which is not bread? and your labour
for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently
unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your
soul delight itself in fatness.
Too often we have only a casual thirst for God when
He longs for us to have a driving thirst.
What are some of the things that we as Christian
should be thirsty for?
I. WE SHOULD HAVE A THIRST FOR KNOWING GOD
PSALM 42:1-4 As the hart panteth
after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after
thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for
the living God: when shall I come and appear before
God? My tears have been my meat day and night,
while they continually say unto me, Where is thy
God? When I remember these things, I pour out
my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I
went with them to the house of God, with the voice
of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept
PHILIPPIANS 3:10 That I may know him,
and the power of his resurrection, and the
fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable
unto his death;
How thirsty are we for a closer relationship with
Too often we are content with a causal relationship
JEREMIAH 29:13 And ye shall seek me,
and find me, when ye shall search for me with all
Our faith in the power of
God is often limited by our lack of our knowledge
ROMANS 10:17 So then faith cometh by
hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The more we know about God, the more we study about
God, the greater our thirst will be for God.
II. WE SHOULD HAVE A THIRST TO EXPERIENCE
GOD’S POWER IN OUR OWN LIFE AND IN THE LIFE OF OUR
A Psalm of David, when he
was in the wilderness of Judah.
God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my
soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee
in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; to see
thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in
We should have a thirst to
see the Power of God:
In cleansing hearts
PSALM 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and
know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see
if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the
In changing lives
2 CORINTHIANS 3:18 But we all, with open
face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
In living victoriously
PSALM 44:5 Through thee will we
push down our enemies: through thy name will we
tread them under that rise up against us.
ROMANS 8:37-39 Nay, in all these
things we are more than conquerors through him that
loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither
death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor
powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor
height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be
able to separate us from the love of God, which is
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In healing and miracles
MARK 16:17-18 And these signs shall
follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast
out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any
deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay
hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
NOTE: The deeper our relationship is with God, the
great opportunities we will have to experience the
vastness of His Grace.
EZEKIEL 47:1-5 (5) Afterward he measured a
thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass
over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in,
a river that could not be passed over.
III. WE SHOULD HAVE A
THIRST FOR THE THINGS OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Blessed are they which do
hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they
shall be filled.
We labor so much for the
natural man, how much are we willing to labor for
the spiritual man?
HAGGAI 1:4-6 Is it time for you, O
ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house
lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the Lord of
hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much,
and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough;
ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye
clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that
earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag
For what are we thirsty
for, the blessings of this life or the blessings of
God, they are not always the same.
To receive the Blessings of God we must live a life
that is in obedience to His will and purpose.
DEUTERONOMY 7:11-13 Thou shalt therefore
keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the
judgments, which I command thee this day, to do
them. Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken
to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the
Lord thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and
the mercy which He sware unto thy fathers: and He
will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee:
He will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the
fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine
oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy
sheep, in the land which He sware unto thy fathers
to give thee.
CONCLUSION: God invites us to come and drink
from His well of Salvation.
ISAIAH 12:3 Therefore with joy
shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
The wells of Salvation never cease to flow and we
have only to drink of their waters.
March 19, 2006
“RITE OF PASSAGE: CELEBRATING OUR YOUTH”
SCRIPTURE READING: ECCLESIASTES 11:7 – 12:7
Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy
youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years
draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure
Your teenage years can
either be some of the most trying times in our lives
or some of the most adventurous, or a combination of
Your teenage years can be very trying. You are
leaving childhood and are beginning to make the
transaction into adulthood.
Part of you wants to remain a child and part of you
want to be an adult overnight.
It’s not always easy leaving childhood where the
days are filled with having fun and little
The older we become the more responsibilities we
1 CORINTHIANS 13:11 When I was a child, I
spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought
as a child: but when I became a man, I put away
This time can be very stressful in the life of a
Teenage suicide is the third highest cause of death
among young people.
The youth today are facing a much more difficult
times than we did when we were teenagers.
The lack of morality
being taught by family and schools
The lack of discipline
The influence of
television and the entertainment media
The availability of
drugs and alcohol
Permissiveness of sex
The corruption of
government and politicians.
The brunt of our
temptations came after we left home; today they are
right in our teenager’s living room.
What advice does Solomon give to the Young?
I. LIFE IS WONDERFUL BUT AFTER LIFE COMES
ECCLESIASTES 11:7-8 Truly the light is
sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to
behold the sun: but if a man live many years, and
rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days
of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh
A. LIFE IS TO BE ENJOYED.
PSALM 118:24 This is the day which
the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in
To often people, some
Christians included, think that the life of a
Christian is to be endured instead of enjoyed.
B. LIFE IS TO BE TREASURED.
PSALM 8:4-5 What is man, that thou
art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou
visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower
than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and
Many habits, both good and
bad, that affect our body and our quality of life,
begin during these teen years.
C. NEVER LOSE SIGHT THAT LIFE WILL END SOME
MATTHEW 16:26 For what is a man
profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose
his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange
for his soul?
One of the glaring problems
with being young is that death is not often thought
Youth, too often, think of themselves as being
II. EVERY DECISION YOU MAKE HAS ITS CONSEQUENCE.
ECCLESIASTES 11:9-10 Rejoice, O young man,
in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the
days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine
heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know
thou, that for all these things God will bring thee
into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from
thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for
childhood and youth are vanity.
Some of the most important
decisions you will every make in your life will be
made while you are in your teenage years.
One of the most difficult things for a young person
to learn is that every decision we make will bring
certain consequences, some immediately and some not
until many years later.
GALATIANS 6:7-8 Be not deceived; God is
not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall
he also reap. For he that soweth to his
flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he
that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap
Sooner or later the bill
must be paid.
Consider the student who learns to study and the
student who doesn’t.
The Grasshopper and the
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.
III. THE TIME TO PREPARE IS NOW.
ECCLESIASTES 12:1-7 Remember
now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the
evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when
thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; while
the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be
not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:
in the day when the keepers of the house shall
tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves,
and the grinders cease because they are few, and
those that look out of the windows be darkened, and
the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the
sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up
at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of
musick shall be brought low; also when they shall be
afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in
the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the
grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall
fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the
mourners go about the streets: or ever the silver
cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the
pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel
broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust
return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall
return unto God who gave it.
START PREPARING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION.
Not everyone goes on to
college some enter into a trade.
START PREPARING FOR YOUR
Go to your school councilor
and take some test that will help reveal what you
may be good at doing for a career.
START PREPARING FOR
The longer you wait to make
a decision for Christ the less likely you will
decide for Him.
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.
EPHESIANS 2:8-9 For by grace are ye
saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man
You are beginning a very
important journey; you will find it difficult at
time and joyous at others, travel this journey well
by allowing Jesus to lead you your church to help
March 26, 2006
“THE BLESSING OF WAITING”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: ISAIAH 30:18
And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be
gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted,
that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a
God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for
INTRO: One of the most difficult things for me to
do is to wait.
We live in a hurry up, I want it now society.
Waiting has become a lost art for many of us.
ILL: Saul waiting for Samuel
1 SAMUEL 13:11-14 And Samuel said, What
hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that
the people were scattered from me, and that thou
camest not within the days appointed, and that the
Philistines gathered themselves together at
Michmash; therefore said I, The Philistines will
come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made
supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself
therefore, and offered a burnt offering. And Samuel
said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast
not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which
he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have
established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.
But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord
hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the
Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his
people, because thou hast not kept that which the
Lord commanded thee.
We will lose out on many blessings from God if we
fail to wait for His timing.
We may not always understand God’s delay’s but we
can rest assured He has a reason and it is for our
GALATIANS 4:4 But when the fulness of
the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a
woman, made under the law,
I. THE STAGES OF WAITING:
A. GREAT ANTICIPATION
PSALM 130:6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more
than they that watch for the morning: I say, more
than they that watch for the morning.
The first step in waiting
is filled with anticipation and excitement.
My hand craved chess set in
PSALM 62:5 My soul, wait thou only
upon God; for my expectation is from him.
HEBREWS 11:8-10 By faith Abraham, when
he was called to go out into a place which he should
after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he
went out, not knowing whither he went. By
faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a
strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac
and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
for he looked for a city which hath foundations,
whose builder and maker is God.
Being a Christian does not
mean you won’t have times of doubt and fears, but
when they come, you get your eyes back on the one
who made the promise you are waiting for.
PSALM 25:5 Lead me in thy truth,
and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation;
on thee do I wait all the day.
Waiting requires patience.
LUKE 21:19 In your patience
possess ye your souls.
Joseph waited two years
before the butler finally told Pharaoh.
What would have happen if the butler had told
Pharaoh of Joseph when he was first released from
PROVERBS 13:12 (HCSB) Delayed
hope makes the heart sick, but fulfilled desire is
a tree of life.
There comes a time in
waiting where we are faced with the thought of it
never happening and we must make a choice of either
trusting God or giving up.
ILL: King Joram during the siege of Samaria
wanted to give up instead of waiting on God’s
2 KINGS 6:33 While Elisha was still
saying this, the messenger arrived. And the king
said, "It is the Lord who has brought this trouble
on us! Why should I wait any longer for the Lord?"
If we can get pass this stage of waiting we will
gain our second wind.
NOTE: God has a plan and we must wait until it is the
right time for His plan to be fulfilled.
HABAKKUK 2:3 For the vision is yet
for an appointed time, but at the end it shall
speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it;
because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
David twice refusing to
kill Saul when he had the chance, waiting for God
timing for him becoming the king.
ISAIAH 30:18 And therefore will the
Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and
therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy
upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed
are all they that wait for him.
PSALM 40:1 I waited patiently for
the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
II. BLESSINGS GOD HAS FOR THOSE WHO WAIT ON HIM:
The Lord is good unto them
that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
He will strength our
heart (faith) in Him.
Wait on the Lord: be of
good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the Lord.
The more we learn to wait
on the Lord the greater our faith will be.
PSALM 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of
servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as
the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress;
so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that
he have mercy upon us.
He will deliver us in
times of trouble.
And it shall be said in
that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for
him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have
waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his
O Lord, be gracious unto
us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every
morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.
We will inherit God’s
For evildoers shall be cut
off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall
inherit the earth.
Wait on the Lord, and keep
his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the
land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see
He will renew our
strength and give up power to live the Christian
life as we should.
But they that wait upon the
Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up
with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be
weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
And, behold, I send the
promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the
city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power
from on high.
CONCLUSION: Do we wait on God or do we turn to the arm of
flesh and try to do it ourselves?
JEREMIAH 17:5, 7
Thus saith the Lord; Cursed
be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh
his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and
whose hope the Lord is.