ONALASKA FIRST CHURCH OF GOD

"Where Your Experience In Christ, Makes You A Member"

133 3rd Avenue,  P.O. Box 245,  Onalaska,  Washington  98570     (360) 978-4161      FAX (360) 978-6941  
info(at)onalaskachurchofgod(dot)com

 

 

E-MAIL THIS LINK
Enter recipient's e-mail:


Pastor's Sermon Outlines

See more Sermons in the Archive

JUNE 4, 2006 

FINDING REST IN GOD’S PROVISION” 

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 22:1-14 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: GENESIS 22:14 (ASV) And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh. As it is said to this day, In the mount of Jehovah it shall be provided.  

 INTRO: Anxiety is the great robber of rest. 

1. A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties. 2. A state of intense apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a threatening event or situation, often to a degree that the normal physical and psychological functioning of the affected individual is disrupted by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.  

   Fear is the father of anxiety. 

   The fear of being unable to meet a certain need. 

NOTE: Fear will lead to anxiety when we find that we are not able to be in control of some circumstance or situation. 

MATTHEW 6:8 (KJV) …your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.   

   There are many needs that we face that can cause our hearts and minds to be overcome by anxiety and all fall into one of these three areas of our nature.

 1.       Sinful Nature

 2.       Physical Nature

 3.       Eternal Nature

 I.  FINDING REST IS GOD’S PROVISION FOR OUR SINFUL NATURE.

 EPHESIANS 2:1-10 (KJV) And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  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;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  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 should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 A.      OUR SINFUL NATURE. 

·         Alienated from God. 

·         Bound by sin.  

·         Unable to redeem ourselves. 

NOTE:  God’s Provision for our Sinful Nature was the cross. 

1 CORINTHIANS 1:18 (KJV) For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  

II. FINDING REST IN GOD’S PROVISION FOR OUR PHYSICAL NATURE.

 A.      OUR EMOTIONAL NEEDS. 

1 PETER 5:7 (KJV) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  

·         Love

·         Joy

·         Peace

·         Being needed 

B.      OUR PHYSICAL NEEDS. 

·         Health

 EXODUS 15:26 (KJV) And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.  

PSALMS 103:1-3 (KJV) 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;  

·         Protection 

PSALMS 121:1-8 (KJV) I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.  Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.  The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.  

C.      OUR FINANCIAL NEEDS. 

PHILIPPIANS 4:19 (KJV) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  

NOTE: Too often we only think of this need when it is the lest of importance. 

·         My God 

   What kind of God was Paul’s God? 

   What kind of God in our God? 

·         Shall supply ALL

   What does Paul mean by ALL?  Are there any exclusions? 

·         Your need

 NOTE: Our needs can be divided into three different areas; Emotional, Physical and Spiritual.

     Whose riches are they dependent upon?

 ·         According to His riches 

   Where do these riches come from? 

·         In glory 

   How are these riches provided? 

·         By Christ Jesus 

III. FINDING REST IN GOD’S PROVISION FOR OUR ETERNAL NATURE.

 

NOTE:  We will all face eternity, where we spend it depends on whether or not we have accepted God provision. 

JOHN 14:1-3 (KJV) Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  

REVELATION 20:6 (KJV) 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.  

CONCLUSION: We will all spend eternity somewhere.  Where we will spend it depends on if we have accepted the Promise of God’s Provision or we have rejected it.

 


JUNE 11, 2006

GOD’S WORD HAS THE FINAL WORD 

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALMS 19:1-14 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: HEBREWS 6:18 (NLT) 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.    

INTRO: There are many people who, in many ways seek to discredit the Word of God. 

   When we listen to these who seek to discredit God’s Word, we have opened the door to Satan and unbelief. 

   Satan used this scheme in getting Eve to doubt God’s Word in regards to the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.    

   We can’t allow the silver tongue of Satan to cast doubts in our hearts about the Truth of God’s Word.

    Man, even Christian, will lie or fail to keep their promises and break their word, but God’s Word is true and He will never lie or break His Word to us.

 ROMANS 3:3-4 (NLT) True, some of them were unfaithful; but just because they broke their promises, does that mean God will break his promises? Of course not! Though everyone else in the world is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say, "He will be proved right in what he says, and he will win his case in court."

    We can rest assured in God’s Promises knowing that He will keep them. 

ROMANS 4:21 (KJV) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

   The value we place upon the Word of God will determine how much we trust and rely on it.

    Those who place little or no value on the Word of God will be quick to believe Satan’s lies. 

   Those who place great value on God’s Word will not believe Satan’s lies. 

PSALMS 19:7-11 (KJV) The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

    There are three ways God’s Word speaks to us.

 1.       Through His creation.

 PSALMS 19:1-4 (NIV) The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world…  

ROMANS 1:18-20 (NIV) The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.  

2.       Through the written Word. 

2 TIMOTHY 3:14-17 (NIV) 3:14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

HEBREWS 1:1 (KJV)  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  

2 PETER 1:21 (KJV) For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.  

3.       Through the Holy Spirit in many different ways.

·         Circumstances

·         People

·         Our own thoughts

 NOTE: The problem we face; is how do we know what is from God and what is from some other source. 

   What makes God’s Word the final word?

    The only thing we can look to for conformation or rejection is the written Word of God.

    Our faith in Who God is and His attributes will determine how we view His Word.

    There are many today who claim to hear and be the voice of God. 

   How do we discern between the true and false. 

ILL: I KINGS 13 (The unnamed prophet who disobeyed God) 

ILL: I KINGS 22 (Jehoshaphat, Ahab and Micaiah)

    Accepting God’s Word as the final word requires faith, faith in God and faith in His Word.  Faith is a matter of choice.

    We must have something that we can rely on as the final authority.

    The wisdom of man will fail us. 

·          The World is roundISAIAH 40:22 (KJV) It is he (God) that sitteth upon the circle of the earth…

·         Sodom and GomorrahGENESIS 18-19

·         Life is in the bloodLEVITICUS 17:14 (KJV) For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.

·         Quarantine. LEVITICUS 13:46 (KJV) All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.

 I.  GOD’S WORD IS PERFECT.

 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul

 taw-meem'; entire (literal, figurative or moral); also (as noun) integrity, truth :- without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity), sound, without spot, undefiled, upright (-ly), whole.

 NOTE:  God’s Word is inerrant, free from error in what it teaches, it is infallible without mistakes.

    God’s Word is perfect, complete in need of nothing else and nothing can be added without corrupting God’s Word.

 II.  GOD’S WORD IS SURE.

 The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple

 aw-man'; a primitive root; properly to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figurative to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; moral to be true or certain;

 ROMANS 4:21 (KJV) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

 CONCLUSION:  We must choose between the wisdom of man which sounds right, feels good and seems true, and the Word of God which is true.

JOSHUA 24:15 (KJV) And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.


 JUNE 18, 2006

DATE WITH THE PIGS

 SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 15:11-32 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: LUKE 15:7 (KJV)  

   I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.  

INTRO: This is one of the most beloved stories found in the Bible. 

   This story has many facets.  

   Too often we only consider the surface aspects of this story. 

   There are three main characters found in this story. 

·         Youngest son

·         Eldest son

·         Father

   Each of these characters goes through different stages. 

   I want us to look beyond the surface and find who we are and where we are in this story.

   We should find ourselves in one of the stages of each of the characters found in this story.

 I.  THE YOUNGER SON.

 NOTE: Each of us can find ourselves in one stage or another of the younger son’s life.

    A.  LIVING IN THE FATHER’S HOUSE BUT WANTING TO BE ON HIS OWN.

 NOTE: We are in the church, but not happy about being there. 

   We chafe under trying to live the Christian life while all the time wanting to be free from its encumbrances.  

   We are like the Children of Israel, freed from the slavery of Egypt but longing to go back to its leaks and garlic.

   God has provided everything we need, food, water, direction but we want control, and we want to do things our way and not the way of the Father. 

   As the cry of the world becomes stronger, the voice of the Father becomes softer. 

   B.  ASKING FOR HIS INHERITANCE AND LEAVING.          

NOTE:  We want the blessings of God, but are unwilling to remain under His Lordship.

    We want God’s gifts but are not willing to accept the responsibilities that come with the gifts.

    We have received our gifts and abilities from God but we are not willing to use them for His glory, we want to use them for our own pleasure. 

   By asking for his inheritance now, he is saying to his father, “I wish you were dead.”

    We go into a far country.  As far away from God as we can.

    We reject the values taught to us by our loving Father and accept the values of a dark and sinful world. 

C.      WASTING HIS INHERITANCE. 

NOTE: We have taken the gifts and blessings God has given us and have wasted them in the satisfying of our own selfish desires. 

   We have forsaken the unconditional love of the Father in search for the conditional love (I will love you if you are…) of the world.

    We allow the world to use and abuse us until we have nothing left that the world wants from us.

 D.      LIVING AMONG THE PIGS.

 NOTE: Our life is a mess; we are bound by sin and habits, and have no ability to change.

    We hate where we are but we can’t see any way out.  This is the same attitude we had when we live in our Father’s house.

E.      COMING TO THE REALIZATION OF HIS TRUE CONDITION.

 NOTE: We have come to the end of the road and realize that one more step in this direction and we will face eternity without hope.

    We reflect on what it was like back in our Father’s house.

     We hope we can go back not as a son but as a servant.

 F.      ON HIS WAY BACK HOME.

 NOTE: The journey back home is a long and difficult one.

    There is repentance, but not repentance in the light of God’s immense love and mercy, but rather in the thought of survival.

    We head home; hoping for acceptance and toleration but never expecting forgiveness and restoration.

 G.     BEING ACCEPTED BY A LOVING FATHER. 

NOTE: The Father welcomes us home with open arms.

 JAMES 4:8 (KJV) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

    We receive from our Father much more than we had ever hoped for.

    We have been restored completely to our son ship. 

  1 JOHN 1:9 (KJV) 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 CONCLUSION:  Where are you in this story? 

·         In the Father’s house but wishing you weren’t

·         Leaving the Father’s house

·         Wasting everything for selfish purpose

·         Living among the pigs

·         On your way back to the Father’s house

·         Safe in the arms of your loving Father.

 


JUNE 25, 2006

 WHEN CHRISTIANITY BECOMES MUNDANE

 SCRIPTURE READING:  REVELATION 2:1-7 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: REVELATION 2:4 (KJV) 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.    

INTRO: I believe that as you read the letters to the seven churches of Asia, that all though they may be addressed to individual churches, Jesus is speaking to all Christian everywhere. 

   I also believe that each one of us can find characteristic in one or more of these churches, that we can see in our own spiritual lives. 

   Is it possible for a person to become so involved in their personal faith, in serving God, that they become cold and indifferent to Him? 

   The letter to the Church at Ephesus show to us that it is. 

I. THE CHURCH IS COMMENDED.  Vs. 2 & 3  

REVELATION 2:2-3 (KJV) 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.  

A.    THE CHURCH WORKED AND LABORED FOR CHRIST.

NOTE: The people in this church are not lazy people but people who work hard at fulfilling their responsibilities as Christians.

 ECCLESIASTES 9:10 (KJV)  Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

    Not only did they work for Christ but the word labor means working to exhaustion. 

B.     THE CHURCH PATIENTLY ENDURED.

C.     THE CHURCH WAS A HOLY CHURCH.

D.    THE CHURCH TESTED IT LEADERS.

E.     THE CHURCH HAD NOT FAINTED UNDER ADVERSITY.

II. THE COMPLAINT. 

NOTE: To all outward appearances this was a wonderful Church.  It seemed to be doing everything it was supposed to do. 

   The problem with this church, it was doing everything out of habit.

   Its Christianity had become mundane. 

   There was no passion, no love.

    They were doing everything they were supposed to do but all for the wrong reason.

 1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-3 (KJV) Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

    They lack love in three different areas:

 A.      LOVE FOR GOD

 NOTE: Every thing we do for God must be done out of our love for Him and for what He has done for us.

 MATTHEW 22:36-38 (KJV) Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.

 NOTE: This is the greatest commandment because if we love God in this way we will do the thinks we are supposed to do, but it is possible to do the things we are supposed to do without loving Him.

MATTHEW 24:12 (KJV) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

 B.      LOVE FOR OUR NEIGHBOR.

 MATTHEW 22:39-40 (KJV) And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

 NOTE: I break our neighbor down into two groups. 

·         Fellow Believers regardless of the name of the church they attend.

 JOHN 13:34-35 (KJV)  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 1 PETER 1:22 (KJV) Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:  

·         Love for those who are lost.

 NOTE: We should love even as God loves and as Jesus gave to us as an example.

JOHN 3:16 (KJV) 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.  

MARK 2:17 (KJV) 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.  

2 PETER 3:9 (KJV)  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 repentance.  

III.  THEY WERE TO REPENT AND RETURN TO THEIR FIRST LOVE.

 NOTE: Three steps are given: 

·         Remember from where you have fallen.

·         Repent and turn away from that which has stolen your love.

·         Redo your first works.

NOTE: Remember what it was like when you first come to Christ, how you love to read His Word and spend time in prayer.

 How much you wanted to

 

 

See more Sermons in the Archive