OCTOBER 1, 2006 AM
WHOSE TABLE ARE YOU FEASTING?”
SCRIPTURE READING: I CORINTHIANS 11:23-32
SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Corinthians 10:21 (KJV)
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of
devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's Table,
and of the table of devils.
One of the strongest
temptations facing Christians in the Western World
is trying to keep one foot in the Church and the
other in the world.
Throughout the Scriptures, God’s Word tells us that
we must make a choice between the things of God and
the things of Satan or this world.
Jesus tells us in
Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV) Lay not up for
yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust
doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and
steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in
heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
for where your treasure is, there will your heart be
Matthew 6:24 (KJV) No man can serve two
masters: for either he will hate the one, and love
the other; or else he will hold to the one, and
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
The choice is clear. Do we serve God or material
There are only two treasures: the earth and its
treasures or God and His treasures, physical and
material things or spiritual and eternal things.
The more we find ourselves eating from the devil’s
table the further we have travel down the road of
Revelation 3:15-17 (KJV)
I know thy works, that
thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert
cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and
neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my
mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased
with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest
not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor,
and blind, and naked:
Joshua set forth this challenge to the Children of
Israel just before his death.
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.
Elijah gave the same challenge to the Children of
Israel at the top of Mount Carmel.
1 Kings 18:21 (GW) Elijah stood up
in front of all the people and asked them, “How long
will you try to have it both ways? If the Lord is
God, follow him; if Baal is God, follow him.” The
people didn't say a word.
James 1:8 (KJV)
A double minded man is
unstable in all his ways.
James 1:8 (NLT) They can't make up
their minds. They waver back and forth in everything
I. THE TABLE OF SATAN.
NOTE: The table of devils, Satan, is made up of the
things that we worship; hold as more important, than
The Christians in the church at Corinth was faced
with the problem of physical idolatry, today’s
Christians are faced with the problem of spiritual
What is idolatry?
Exodus 20:3-6 (KJV) Thou shalt have
no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto
thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing
that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth
beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve
them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God,
visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children unto the third and fourth generation of
them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands
of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Anything that comes between us and our relationship
with God is idolatry.
The table that Satan sets before us is filled with
many different kinds of delicious looking food.
Genesis 3:6 (NLT)
The woman was convinced.
The fruit looked so fresh and delicious, and it
would make her so wise! So she ate some of the
fruit. She also gave some to her husband, who was
with her. Then he ate it, too.
We receive our strength, both physical & spiritual
from what we eat.
The more we eat at the devil’s table the less room
we have to eat from the Table of the Lord.
II. THE TABLE OF THE LORD.
1 Corinthians 10:16 (KJV)
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the
communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we
break, is it not the communion of the body of
1 Corinthians 11:23-25 (KJV)
For I have received of the Lord that which also
I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same
night in which he was betrayed took bread: and when
he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, “Take,
eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this
do in remembrance of me.” After the same
manner also he took the cup, when he had supped,
saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood:
this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of
Unlike the devil’s table
that is attractive to the natural eye, the Table of
the Lord is repulsive to the natural eye.
Isaiah 53:1-3 (KJV)
Who hath believed our
report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant,
and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form
nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is
no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised
and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and
acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our
faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him
John 6:53-58 (KJV) 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.
John 6:66 (KJV)
From that time many of his
disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
III. THE CHOICE IS UP TO US WHICH TABLE WE
The thing we must not
forget is that we can’t eat from both tables.
Bitterness and Anger
Forgiveness & Peace
Hatred & revenge
Love and forgiveness
Gossip & Backbiting
Encouragement & Support
1 Corinthians 10:21-24 (NLT) You
cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the
cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord's
Table and at the table of demons, too. What? Do you
dare to rouse the Lord's jealousy as Israel did? Do
you think we are stronger than he is? You say, "I am
allowed to do anything"—but not everything is
helpful. You say, "I am allowed to do anything"—but
not everything is beneficial. Don't think only of
your own good. Think of other Christians and what is
best for them.
Philippians 2:3-8 (NLT) Don't be selfish; don't
live to make a good impression on others. Be humble,
thinking of others as better than yourself. Don't
think only about your own affairs, but be interested
in others, too, and what they are doing. Your
attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to
his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took
the humble position of a slave and appeared in human
form. And in human form he obediently humbled
himself even further by dying a criminal's death on
The table of the devil is
centered on self and what is in it for me, the Table
of the Lord is centered on God and others.
The life of a true
Christian is a life of, service, self-sacrifice and
obedience just as the life of Jesus was.
Which table will you feast from?
OCTOBER 1, 2006 (PM)
“GOOD THOUGHTS DURING DIFFICULT TIMES”
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM
The words of the Lord
are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of
earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep
them, O Lord,
thou shalt preserve them from this generation
We often wear a mask of faith to hide what is
really going on in our lives.
Fear and doubt
Loneliness and despair
Failure and defeat
sooner or later will go through difficult times.
I. WE OFTEN FEEL
ALONE DURING THESES DIFFICULT TIMES.
NOTE: Satan wants to convince us that we are
the only ones going through these kinds of
us to believe that we are all alone.
He than wants to makes us feel guiltily for feeling
In the end he
wants us to give up.
ARE NOT ALONE IN FEELING THIS WAY.
God wants you to know that you are not alone in
your hour of pain. Others have gone down this
road before you.
alone in his struggle.
for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail
from among the children of men.
Elijah felt that he was the only
one left who had not turned away from God.
1 Kings 19:10 & 14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord
God of hosts: for the children of Israel have
forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and
slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I
only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it
It is easy
during these times to feel totally lost, not knowing
what to do or which way to turn.
It is in
these times we need a compass to guide us through
these turmoil’s of life.
II. THE PROMISES OF
THIS WORLD ARE EMPTY.
Psalm 12:2-4 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor:
with flattering lips and with a double heart do they
speak. The Lord
shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue
that speaketh proud things: Who have said, With our
tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is
lord over us?
A. THE PROMISES OF THIS WORLD
TELLS US WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not
endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts
shall they heap to themselves teachers, having
itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears
from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
There are those who would
rather listen to what sounds good than what is
It all began in the Garden
Genesis 3:4-5 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall
not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye
eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye
shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
THEY EXALT THEIR
ACCOMPLISHMENTS WHILE HIDING THEIR TRUE
CHARACTER AND PURPOSE.
Proverbs 7:6-23 For at the window of my house I looked through
my casement, And beheld among the simple ones, I
discerned among the youths, a young man void of
understanding, Passing through the street near her
corner; and he went the way to her house, In the
twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark
night: And, behold, there met him a woman with the
attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. (She
is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her
house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and
lieth in wait at every corner.) So she caught
him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said
unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day
have I payed my vows. Therefore came I forth
to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I
have found thee. I have decked my bed with
coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine
linen of Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with
myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take
our fill of love until the morning: let us solace
ourselves with loves. For the goodman is
not at home, he is gone a long journey: He hath
taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at
the day appointed. With her much fair speech
she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her
lips she forced him. He
goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the
slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the
stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a
bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it
is for his life.
NOTE: If we seek to fulfill our lives
through the promises of the world, they will turn
our hearts from God and will lead us into
Proverbs 14:12 & Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death.
III. IT IS THE
PROMISES OF GOD THAT MUST BE OUR COMPASS.
Psalm 12:5-7 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing
of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord;
I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at
him. The words of the Lord
are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of
earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O
thou shalt preserve them from this generation
A. THE LORD HEARS OUR
The eyes of the Lord
are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto
He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he
that formed the eye, shall he not see?
Behold, the Lord's
hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither
his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
And it shall come to pass, that before they call,
I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I
1 PETER 3:12
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous,
and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the
face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
WILL DELIVER US.
He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven
there shall no evil touch thee.
Psalm 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of
the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
Isaiah 46:4 And even to your old age I am he; and even to
hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will
bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
1 CorINTHIANS 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as
is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not
suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but
will with the temptation also make a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bear it.
2 Tim. 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil
work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly
kingdom: to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out
of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the
day of judgment to be punished:
Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but
delivereth him out of them all.
WORD IS PRECIOUS.
Psalm 19:7-11 The law of the Lord
is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of
the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of
are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of
is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of
the Lord is clean, enduring forever: 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.
NOTE: Hiding the promises of God in our hearts is like
having a saving account for a rainy day.
PROMISES ADDRESS ALL OUR NEEDS.
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according
to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
We often limit this promise to just our financial
needs but it covers much more.
Thomson-Chain Reference Bible there are over 45
different categories of Divine promises.
HE WILL KEEP ALL HIS PROMISES.
Romans 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had
promised, he was able also to perform.
E. HIS PROMISES CAN
NEVER RUN OUT.
EphesIANS 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding
abundantly above all that we ask or think, according
to the power that worketh in us,
God ends this Psalm with a warning.
The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest
men are exalted.
Who or what a person is is far more important that
what they have promised or accomplished.
Do we put our trust in the false promises of this
world or do we rely on the precious promises of God?
OCTOBER 8, 2006
“WHAT BRINGS TEARS TO YOUR EYES?”
SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 19:37-44
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Jeremiah 9:1 (KJV)
Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a
fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night
for the slain of the daughter of my people!
Jeremiah was known as the
He spent much of his time weeping over the condition
of the hearts and lives of the people of Judah.
We can tell all about a person by knowing what makes
them laugh and what makes them cry.
There are some who seemed to have no sense of humor
and there are those who never seemed to be moved to
Why do people try and keep their emotions under
God has given us our emotions for a purpose.
Our emotions are a way of releasing what we are
Proverbs 17:22 (KJV)
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a
broken spirit drieth the bones.
It is good to laugh and enjoy life but there comes a
time when we should weep and mourn.
Ecclesiastes 3:4 (KJV)
A time to weep, and a time
to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
There may be many things that may stir our human
emotions, but the question I want to ask you today
is, “What stirs your spiritual emotions to tears?”
Matthew 5:4 (KJV) Blessed are they that
mourn: for they shall be comforted.
What are some of the things that should touch our
heart stir our emotions and bring tears to our
Above all else, sin should
break our hearts and cause us to morn.
A. SIN IN OUR OWN LIVES.
Joel 2:12-13 (KJV)
Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to
me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with
weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart, and
not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God:
for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and
of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
2 Corinthians 7:10 (KJV)
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not
to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world
B. SIN IN THE LIFE OF OTHERS.
Joel 2:17 (KJV)
Let the priests, the
ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and
the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O
LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that
the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should
they say among the people, Where is their God?
We cannot shut our eyes and
close our hearts to those who are dying and going to
hell all around us.
Proverbs 24:11-12 (KJV)
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?
C. FOR WHAT SIN PUT JESUS THROUGH.
Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)
But he was wounded for our
transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with
his stripes we are healed.
Galatians 3:13 (KJV)
Christ hath redeemed us
from the curse of the law, being made a curse for
us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that
hangeth on a tree:
1 Peter 3:18 (KJV)
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the
just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God,
being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by
D. SIN HINDERS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
Psalms 66:18 (KJV)
If I regard iniquity in
my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
Isaiah 59:2 (KJV) But your iniquities
have separated between you and your God, and your
sins have hid his face from you, that he will not
II. THOSE WHO REJECT THE SALVATION GOD
Luke 13:34 (KJV)
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets,
and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often
would I have gathered thy children together, as a
hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye
Our hearts should break as
we see time after time, those who reject the
Salvation that God has provided through Jesus
Jeremiah 9:1 (KJV)
Oh that my head were
waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I
might weep day and night for the slain of the
daughter of my people!
Philippians 3:18 (KJV) (For many walk, of whom
I have told you often, and now tell you even
weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of
NOTE: It should break our hearts when we see
those who come against Christianity, not for
ourselves but rather for their souls.
III. WE SHOULD WEEP BECAUSE OF THE ETERNAL
HELL THE UNGODLY WILL OCCUPY.
Matthew 13:41-42 (KJV) The
Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they
shall gather out of his kingdom all things that
offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast
them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing
and gnashing of teeth.
Luke 16:22-23 (KJV)
And it came to pass, that
the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into
Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was
buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in
torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in
Revelation 20:11-15 (KJV)
And I saw a great white
throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the
earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found
no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and
great, stand before God; and the books were opened:
and another book was opened, which is the book of
life: and the dead were judged out of those things
which were written in the books, according to their
works. And the sea gave up the dead which were
in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead
which were in them: and they were judged every man
according to their works. And death and hell were
cast into the lake of fire. This is the second
death. And whosoever was not found written in the
book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
We have the awesome
responsibility and privilege, through prayers and
tears, to reach out to those who are bound for
Psalms 30:5 (KJV)
For his anger endureth
but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may
endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Psalms 126:5-6 (KJV)
126:5 They that sow in
tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and
weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come
again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
Are we willing to weep for our own relationship with
God and for those who are lost in sin?
OCTOBER 15, 2006 AM
“FIVE DIFFERENT KINDS OF BELIEVERS”
SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN
SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 3:18 (KJV) He
that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that
believeth not is condemned already, because he hath
not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of
What kind of believer are
There are five different
kinds of believers.
What kind of believer they are, are reflected in
Hypocrisy is one of the great sins of our day.
Many claim to be one kind of believer yet in reality
they are another kind all together.
I. THE CARNAL BELIEVER.
Romans 8:7 (KJV)
Because the carnal mind is
enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law
of God, neither indeed can be.
The Carnal Believer never
considers God and there is no place in their lives
Psalms 14:1 (KJV)
The fool hath said in
his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they
have done abominable works, there is none that doeth
We can divide the Carnal Believer into two main
A BELIEVING ATHEIST
A believing atheist is
someone who believes there is no God.
B. A PRACTICING ATHEIST
A practicing atheist says,
“There is no God for me”.
The carnal believer never considers God in anything
One denies the existences of God the other never
II. THE CASUAL BELIEVER.
The casual believer is one
who says they believe in God but does very little to
demonstrate their belief.
I often call this kind of believer, a C E
They come to church only once in awhile.
They say they believe but there is no fruit in their
lives to demonstrate their belief.
III. THE CONVENIENT BELIEVER.
NOTE: This kind of believer uses God and the Church for
They want all the blessings of being a believer but
refuse to accept any responsibilities.
IV. THE CONTENTED BELIEVER.
This kind of believer is
contented in their own personal relationship with
God and their position in the church.
They have no desire to grow into a deeper
relationship with God.
Its like someone who is
engaged but never wants to get married.
Their attitude is, leave well enough alone.
They see no reason to grow in their faith.
They don’t want to be disturbed.
They resist change in either their personal life
with God or their collective life in the church.
V. THE COMMITTED BELIEVER.
The committed believer is
the back bone of the Church.
There are committed in two different ways:
THEY ARE COMMITTED TO A PERSONAL DEEPER WALK WITH
Their relationship with God
is top priority.
They seek ways to grow in
to a closer relationship with Jesus.
They are daily into the
Word of God.
They spend time in prayer
THEY ARE COMMITTED TO THE CHURCH.
A committed believer
rejoices in the good times and weeps in the bad but
remains faithful in site of difficult
A committed believer is not control by the winds of
adversity or the storms of conflict.
In their fellowship.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
And let us consider how we may spur one another on
toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up
meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing,
but let us encourage one another--and all the more
as you see the Day approaching.
We should be committed to
the Church not only for our own benefit but for the
benefit of others.
In their service.
A committed believe is one
who seeks to get involved in furthering the work of
the Church and is not contented with sitting on the
Not all service is what some would call Spiritual
None of us can do everything, but all of us can do
In their giving.
Malachi 3:10 (KJV)
Bring ye all the tithes
into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine
house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of
hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven,
and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be
room enough to receive it.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (KJV)
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap
also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully
shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as
he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not
grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a
The driving force behind a
committed believer is love; love for God and love
for God’s Church.
OCTOBER 15, 2006 PM
“THE SUMMER IS OVER”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Jeremiah 8:20
The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we
are not saved.
There have been many people who have experienced
missed opportunities and have spent a lifetime
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lost opportunity is a person’s salvation.
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great
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?
There are countless people
around us everyday that are missing the opportunity
of Salvation because they have not been told.
Romans 10:13-14 (GW)
So then, "Whoever calls on the name of the Lord
will be saved." But how can people call
on him if they have not believed in him? How can
they believe in him if they have not heard his
message? How can they hear if no one tells the Good
Not only are
there many who are missing out on Salvation, many of
us are miss out on the opportunity to tell them of
three things I want us to consider in this story:
What the Woman Did.
The Result of Her Actions.
Jesus’ Instruction to His Disciples.
I. WHAT THE WOMAN
A. SHE BELIEVED WHAT JESUS SAID.
You will never be able to convince some else of
something you do not believe yourself.
Do we believe that all are
Do we believe that there
is a Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun?
Do we believe that the
cross of Christ is the only way of Salvation?
If we truly believe this, than why are we more
involved in share this news with others.
SHE LEFT HER WATER POT.
The spiritual became more important that the
The things of
the natural man are temporal while those of the
spiritual man are eternal.
Yet we spend
more time with the natural things than we do with
SHARED WHAT SHE HAD EXPERIENCED.
went back to those who knew her and that she knew.
Our first and
strongest area of influence is among those closes to
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy
Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses
unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in
Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
If we are unwilling to share the Gospel with those
we love and hold dear, how then will we share the
Gospel with those we do not know.
1 Peter 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be
ready always to give an answer to every man that
asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with
meekness and fear:
II. THE RESULTS OF WHAT THE WOMAN DID.
The disciples had just
returned from the very town the woman went back to,
but no crowd followed them.
Often times it is the newly converted that bring
others to Christ.
A. MANY CAME TO HEAR JESUS.
NOTE: Often, people only need a little
nudge to come to Church.
SOME BELIEVED BECAUSE OF THE WOMAN TESTIMONY.
Our daily lives is the
Bible that many read and we can lead many to Christ
if we will live a Godly life in front of those
SOME BELIEVED BECAUSE THEY HEARD THE WORDS OF
Often time’s people will
come to church and hear the Gospel and accept Christ
as their Savior, but remember they were there
because someone invited them.
III. JESUS INSTRUCTIONS TO HIS DISCIPLES.
Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then
cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your
eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white
already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth
wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that
both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice
together. And herein is that saying true, One
soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that
whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured,
and ye are entered into their labours.
Jesus gave His disciples
A. OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE THE NEED.
The disciples were more
concerned with their own physical needs than with
the spiritual needs of those around them.
B. DO NOT DELAY.
NOTE: The longer we delay the more
will go into a Christ less eternity.
And the Lord
said, My spirit shall not always strive with man,
for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an
hundred and twenty years.
There will come a day when God will close the door.
C. GO AND GATHER IN THE HARVEST.
“Those fields will be
sacrificed, the fruit will be wasted, the souls will
be lost, unless they are reaped and brought into the
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 alway, even unto the end of the world.
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.
OCTOBER 22, 2006 AM
“HAVE TRIED REASONING WITH GOD?”
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 1:1-20
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 1:18-20 (KJV)
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: but if
ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the
sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
INTRO: The book of Isaiah is sometimes called, “The
Gospel of the Old Testament”.
The book of Isaiah has three main issues:
History, Prophecies of God’s Judgment on Israel and
Judea as well as different Gentile nations, and
Prophecies concerning God’s redemption plan.
Jesus quoted from Isaiah several times during His
The name Isaiah means JEHOVAH IS HELPER or SALVATION
IS OF THE LORD.
How does the book of Isaiah
fit in with the Church today?
There are three groups of
people in the world today:
Those who have never accepted Jesus as their
Those who have accepted Jesus as their personal
Those who have accepted Jesus as their personal
Savior but are no longer seeking to serve Him.
The book of Isaiah
addresses each one of these groups.
In the first chapter, Isaiah is addressing those who
once had followed the will of God but were no longer
God, through Isaiah, invites them to come and reason
with Him considering their state.
But with this invitation there is a warning of
Our daily lives are filled with
There is one danger that we experience over and over
again but we seldom recognize our vulnerability.
The Danger of Delay.
“DANGER OF DELAY”
A lady had a very important lawsuit on hand for
which she needed the services of an advocate.
She was strongly urged to secure the help of a very
prominent and well known lawyer, but she could no
make up her mind to entrust her case to anyone.
Time passed on, and at last she was compelled to
take steps to secure an advocate, and called upon
the great lawyer who had been mentioned to her.
He listened whil3 she expressed her wish to engage
his help, but in a few minutes he said with a grave
face: “Madam, you afraid too late; had you come to
me before, I would gladly have been your advocate,
but not I have been called to the bench, and am a
judge, and all I can do is to pass judgment upon
Now is the day of grace, and the Lord Jesus Christ
is our Advocate, ever pleading the merits of His
precious blood, but the day will come when He will
be the Judge of sinner, and must pass sentence upon
HEARTWARMING BIBLE ILLUSTRATIONS: AMG Publishers,
Chattanooga, TN 37422 pg. 288
In the first 20 verses of the first chapter of
Isaiah can be divided into three sections:
THE SPIRITUAL CONDITION OF THE PEOPLE.
THE EMPTINESS OF THEIR WORSHIP.
THE INVITATION GOD OFFERS.
I. THE SPIRITUAL CONDITION OF THE PEOPLE.
Isaiah 1:2-9 (KJV)
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD
hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up
children, and they have rebelled against me.
The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's
crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not
consider. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with
iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are
corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have
provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are
gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any
more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head
is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the
sole of the foot even unto the head there is no
soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and
putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither
bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
Your country is desolate, your cities are burned
with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your
presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by
strangers. And the daughter of Zion is left as
a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of
cucumbers, as a besieged city. Except the LORD
of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we
should have been as Sodom, and we should have been
like unto Gomorrah.
In Isaiah’s day this was
directed to the nation of Judea, today it could be
addressed to the United States, to the church in
general and to us as individuals.
THE PEOPLE ARE REFERRED TO AS GOD’S CHILDREN. Vs.
They were born of God.
Israel was born of God
following the exodus from Egypt.
Israel became a great
nation under the leadership of David but from his
death until Isaiah, Israel than Judea began a
The United States was born
as a godly nation following the revolution.
Our nation is no longer a
God fearing nation.
The Christian Church in
general has turned their backs to the teaching of
In many churches across
America today, the Bible is no longer consider the
guideline we must follow.
The Blood of Christ has been removed from their
They no longer teach the virgin birth.
Salvation is by membership or good works.
Individual Christian that
had started their walk with Christ has turned away
back into the world.
2 Timothy 4:10 (KJV)
For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this
present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica…
II. THE EMPTINESS OF THEIR WORSHIP.
Isaiah 1:11-15 (KJV)
To what purpose is the
multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the
LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and
the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the
blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When
ye come to appear before me, who hath required this
at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain
oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the
new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I
cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn
meeting. Your new moons and your appointed
feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I
am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your
hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye
make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are
full of blood.
There are many who are
living in sin and think that just because the come
to church that everything is OK.
Isaiah 29:13 (KJV)
Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people
draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips
do honour me, but have removed their heart far from
me, and their fear toward me is taught by the
precept of men:
(Matt. 15:8 & Mark 7:6)
Titus 1:15-16 (KJV)
Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them
that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure;
but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They
profess that they know God; but in works they deny
him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto
every good work reprobate.
We cannot continually
practice sin and remain in fellowship with God.
Isaiah 1:16-17 (KJV)
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your
doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the
oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the
III. THE INVITATION GOD OFFERS.
Isaiah 1:18 (KJV)
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.
God invites us to come and
reason with Him.
yaw-kahh'; Hebrew 3198, Strong’s
a primitive root; to be right (i.e.
correct); reciprocal to argue;
causative to decide, justify or convict
:- appoint, argue, chasten, convince, correct
(-ion), daysman, dispute, judge, maintain, plead,
reason (together), rebuke, reprove (-r), surely, in
When we come and begin to reason with God we see how
futile our position is.
Once we recognize our true position, God offers us
an opportunity to be restored to Him.
1 John 1:9 (KJV)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
If my people, which are called by my name, shall
humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and
turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from
heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal
Not only does God offer us
a chance of being restored to Him but He also warns
us of what will happen if we fail to heed His
Isaiah 1:19-20 (KJV) If ye be willing and
obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if
ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the
sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
If we find ourselves drifting back into a life of
sin, we must come to God and confess our backsliding
and seek to be restored to Him.
OCTOBER 29, 2006 AM
“GOD’S SANDWICH OF JUDGMENT OR MERCY”
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 2:2-5 & 4:2-6
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 4:2 (KJV) In
that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful
and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be
excellent and comely for them that are escaped of
INTRO: What is your favorite sandwich?
This is one of the great
Messianic Prophecies of Isaiah.
This prophecy is divided into two parts; Isaiah
2:2-5 & Isaiah 4:2-6.
I liken it to two slices of delicious bread; the
promises of God.
The problem is that there is some very bitter meat
between these two slices of bread. Isaiah
2:6 - 4:1 (II Chronicles 28 Ahaz’s sin)
Given to idolatry
Possess great prosperity
but give no glory to God
Prophecies may have many touch points before they
are fully fulfilled.
This prophecy first touched Judea, it also touches
the birth of Jesus, the Church and it will reach its
fulfillment at the second coming of Christ.
I. THE PROMISE OF A GREAT INGATHERING.
Isaiah 2:2-3 (KJV)
And it shall come to pass
in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S
house shall be established in the top of the
mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and
all nations shall flow unto it. And many people
shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the
mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of
Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will
walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth
the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
NOTE: I believe this is referring to the Church.
The Church age is often referred to as the last
Acts 2:17 (KJV)
And it shall come to pass
in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my
Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall
see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
Matthew 5:14 (KJV)
Ye are the light of the
world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
We as His Church, individually, and as a church
collectively, are to attract others to Christ.
Whenever we gather together is should be with the
desire to win souls to Christ.
Isaiah 4:2 (KJV)
In that day shall the
branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and
the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely
for them that are escaped of Israel.
John 15:1-2, 4-5 (KJV) I am the true
vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch
in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and
every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that
it may bring forth more fruit… Abide in me, and I in
you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except
ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the
branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the
same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye
can do nothing.
NOTE: Jesus is the only source of spiritual
life and growth.
The only way we can attract others to Christ is when
we grow spiritually as individuals and as a church.
That brings us to the second great promise.
II. THE PROMISE OF PEACE AND HARMONY.
Isaiah 2:4 (KJV)
And he shall judge among
the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they
shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their
spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up
sword against nation, neither shall they learn war
The weapons of adversity
are turned into the tools of growth.
When we allow the Holy Spirit to control our hearts
and minds we will all have the same goal and
purpose: to win the lost to Christ.
We may not all agree on how is should be done, but
the bottom line will be, win the lost at any cost.
Ephesians 4:11-16, 29-32 (KJV) And
he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and
some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of
the ministry, for the edifying of the body of
Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith,
and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a
perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the
fulness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more
children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with
every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and
cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to
deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up
into him in all things, which is the head, even
Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined
together and compacted by that which every joint
supplieth, according to the effectual working in the
measure of every part, maketh increase of the body
unto the edifying of itself in love… Let no corrupt
communication proceed out of your mouth, but that
which is good to the use of edifying, that it may
minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve
not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed
unto the day of redemption. Let all
bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and
evil speaking, be put away from you, with all
malice: and be ye kind one to another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God
for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
III. THE PROMISE OF A CLEANSING.
Isaiah 4:3-4 (KJV)
And it shall come to pass,
that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth
in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one
that is written among the living in Jerusalem: when
the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the
daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood
of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of
judgment, and by the spirit of burning.
FOR THOSE WHO REMAIN FAITHFUL
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN CLEANSE BY THE BLOOD OF
THERE WILL BE A SEPARATION BETWEEN THE TRUE
BELIEVER AND THE FALSE.
IV. THE PROMISE OF GOD’S PRESENCE.
Isaiah 4:5-6 (KJV)
And the LORD will create
upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon
her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the
shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the
glory shall be a defense. And there shall be a
tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the
heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert
from storm and from rain.
HE WOULD GUIDE US.
Exodus 13:21 (KJV)
13:21 And the LORD went
before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead
them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to
give them light; to go by day and night:
John 16:13 (KJV)
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he
will guide you into all truth: for he shall not
speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that
shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
HE WOULD BE OUR DEFENSE.
Psalms 91:1-8 (KJV)
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most
High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I
will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my
fortress: my God; in him will I trust. surely he
shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and
from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee
with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou
trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;
nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the
pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the
destruction that wasteth at noonday. A
thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at
thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the
reward of the wicked.
CONCLUSION: How can we get rid of the bitter meat that is
between the promises of God?
Isaiah 2:5 (KJV)
O house of Jacob, come ye,
and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
Sin must not be merely repented of and pardoned: it
must be put away.
We must choose between the judgment Jesus has taken
for us or we must face our own judgment.
The invitation is open to all
who would come. Do you want to eat Gods
sandwich of Judgment or His sandwich of mercy?