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MAY 2007 SERMONS 

MAY 6, 2007 

FINDING COMFORT IN GOD’S GRACE” 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 40:1-11 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 40:11 (KJV) He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.  

INTRO: How do we gain a here and now understanding of God’s Word? 

   Are the stories in the Old Testament just a history lesson or does it address our lives today?  If so, how? 

   We need to learn to apply God’s Word to ourselves personally.  

   How does this story teach us about Grace, and what is Grace? 

   Grace means: unmerited favor; an act or instance of kindness. 

   All of us at one time or another has needed God’s Grace in a very special way. 

·         Mountains of sin and quilt

·         Valleys of despair and discouragement

·         Deserts of trials and temptation

·         Paths of confusion and hopelessness

·         Rough roads of sickness and disappointments

   Whenever we are struggling with the difficulties of this life we can always find comfort in God’s Grace.

   God’s Grace is not limited to our salvation but rather it touches every aspect of our lives.  

   What are some of the things that bring us comfort in God’s grace? 

I. WHO IT IS THAT INITIATES THIS GRACE? 

NOTE: It is the initiator of Grace that determines the scope of Grace. 

   The grace of man is limited by the ability and compassion of man.

   The plan of redemption (God’s Grace) was always in the mind of God. 

   God’s plan of redemption has neither beginning nor end.  

   It is God’s Grace that saved us; it will be God’s Grace that will keep us throughout eternity. 

II. TO WHOM AND UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES IS THIS GRACE GIVEN? 

   A.  GOD’S GRACE IF OFFERED TO EVERYONE. 

NOTE: God’s Grace is given to any and all who would come and accept it. 

Acts 2:21 (KJV) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.  

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.  

Rev. 22:17 (KJV) And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.  

B.     GOD’S GRACE IF OFFERED TO THE WORST OF SINNERS AND THE BEST OF THE RIGHTEOUS.  

NOTE: God’s Grace will redeem the worst of sinners and the best of mankind cannot get along without God’s Grace. 

Luke 5:30-32 (KJV) But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?  And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.  

NOTE: Those who consider themselves righteous will never see their need for God’s Grace and therefore will never experience it. 

   The Bible tells us that there in none righteous therefore we all are in need of God’s Grace. 

Psalm 53:3 (KJV) Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  

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

Romans 3:23 (KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  

NOTE: We are unable to cleanse ourselves; we are totally dependent upon God for our Salvation. 

Proverbs 20:9 (KJV) Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?  

Isaiah 64:6 (KJV) But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.  

NOTE: God does not withhold His Grace until we clean ourselves up; He offers it to us while we are still in our sin. 

Romans 5:6-8 (KJV) For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  

III. WHAT IS THE COST OF THIS GRACE? 

NOTE: Someone said, “There is no free lunch” everything cost something. 

   There are those who contend that Grace cost nothing but this is not true. 

   God’s Grace is very expensive the only difference is who paid the bill for Grace. 

   A. WHAT IT COST THE ONE WHO INITIATED THIS GRACE. 

NOTE: It cost God the very best He had to provide His Grace to each and every one of us.

1 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  

   B.  WHAT IS COST THE ONE WHO RECEIVES THIS GRACE? 

Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) 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.  

Isaiah 55:1-3 (KJV) 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.  

CONCLUSION: Do we accept God Grace and live in its comfort, or do we reject it and live in the turmoil of sin? 

 

MAY 13, 2007 

WOMEN OF CHARACTER 

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 2:18-25 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: REVELATION 19:7 (KJV)  

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.  

INTRO: Throughout the Bible, God has likened the Church as His wife or bride. 

   As a woman prepares herself for her wedding, so must the Church prepare herself for the coming of Jesus Christ. 

   There are several women found in the Scriptures that have certain characteristics that the Church of God must also possess. 

I. RAHAB: A WOMAN OF VISION AND HOPE. Joshua 6 

NOTE: The first step in becoming a part of God’s Church is recognizing what we are and Who God is. 

   When we consider Rahab in the natural eye, she is not the Bride of Christ material. 

·         She was a sinner (an harlot)

·         She was of a doomed race.

 NOTE: Every one of us is in the same boat. 

·         She saw herself for what she was.

    Until we recognize ourselves as sinners doomed for hell we will never seek the salvation of God and can never be a part of His Church. 

   Her vision was three-fold: 

   1.  She saw God as the supreme God will all power.

   2.  She saw the hopelessness of her situation.

   3.  She saw God as a God of mercy and grace. 

NOTE: Because of her vision and hope God brought her into the linage of Jesus.

   What is our vision of ourselves and God? 

   It is when we recognize God for Who He is and we for what we are and we fall upon His mercy and grace we become a member of His family. 

II. DEBORAH: A WOMAN OF COURAGE AND LEADERSHIP.   Judges 4-5 

A.     OPPRESSED BY THE CANAANITES. (Sis-a-ra)

B.     BARAK REFUSED TO LEAD

C.    ISRAEL HAD A GREAT VICTORY

D.    JAEL (a woman) KILLED SIS-A-RA. 

NOTE: The Church today is a lot like Israel of old. 

A.     WE ARE BEING OPPRESSED BY THE ENEMY.

B.     WE NEED MEN AND WOMEN OF COURAGE TO BECOME INVOLVED.

C.    WE NEED MEN AND WOMEN WHO WILL STEP UP AND ACCEPT THE DIFFICULT TASK OF LEADERSHIP. 

NOTE: There always seems to be those who are critical of those who lead but they themselves refuse to get involved. 

III. A SHUNAMMITE WOMAN: A WOMAN OF COMPASSION.  II Kings 4 

NOTE: She saw a need and she did something about it. 

   She provided a room, a bed, a table, a stool and a candlestick. 

   She offered comfort and rest to a weary traveler. 

NOTE: This is the responsibility of God’s Church today. 

   We must offer a place of comfort, rest and safety to who are in need of it. 

   The Church is the world’s Inn Keeper. Luke 10:33-35 (KJV)   

    But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.  

IV. MARY: A WOMAN OF HOLINESS AND SUBMISSION.  Luke 1:26-38 

   A.  MARY WAS A VIRGIN. 

   This speaks of personal holiness before God. 

NOTE: To be used of God we must be holy (cleanse by the blood) and submissive to His will. 

Hebrews 12:14 (NLT) Try to live in peace with everyone, and seek to live a clean and holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.  

   B.  MARY WAS SUBMISSIVE TO GOD’S PLAN. 

NOTE: Just because we are being used by God does not except us from trials and tribulations.  

   C.  MARY SOUGHT SUPPORT. 

NOTE: We need the support of others and we need to be supportive of others. 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT) Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor.  If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.  

V. UNNAMED WOMAN: A WOMAN OF LOVE AND WORSHIP.  Luke 7:36-50 

NOTE: This woman was filled with gratitude for what Jesus had done for her. 

   She had been a great sinner now she had become a great worshiper.   

   It is more difficult for those who have been kept from deep sin to truly appreciate the Grace of God. 

A.     SHE LOVED DEEPLY AND OPENLY. 

NOTE: There is no such thing as a secret service Christian. 

Mark 8:38 (KJV) Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.  

B.     SHE WORSHIPED UNASHAMEDLY. 

NOTE: She was unconcerned with what others thought of her as she offered her worship to Jesus.

 ILL: David dancing before the Ark.  II Samuel 6:20-23 (NLT) 

    When David returned home to bless his family, Michal came out to meet him and said in disgust, "How glorious the king of Israel looked today! He exposed himself to the servant girls like any indecent person might do!"

    David retorted to Michal, "I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord. So I am willing to act like a fool in order to show my joy in the Lord. Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, but I will be held in honor by the girls of whom you have spoken!" So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her life. 

   We need to be very careful how we condemn those who worship different from us. 

   The greatest way of showing worship to God is by the way we daily live. 

   The day if fast coming where the True Christian and the Facade Christian will be separated.  

ILL: The sheep from the goats.  Matthew 25:31-46 

C.    HER LOVE AND WORSHIP INVOLVED GIVING. 

NOTE: Many people want a place in heaven, but they are unwilling to believe, do, give, or say anything to get there or help someone else get there?  

   God is looking for a people who are willing to love Him enough to do it openly, worship Him without concern of what others may think and to give generously to support His work. 

 

MAY 27, 2007 

WHO OR WHAT DO YOU WORSHIP?” 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 40:12-31 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Exodus 20:2-3 (KJV) I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  

INTRO: God has created in man the need to worship. 

   Everyone worships something or someone.  

   The problem is that most people worship falsely.  

   They worship someone or something besides God. 

   The question I wish to ask; “Who or What Do You Worship?” 

   What we truly worship can be seen in three different aspects of our lives: 

1.      Our Time

2.      Our Talent

3.      Our Treasure

I. GOD AND GOD ALONE IS WORTHY TO BE WORSHIPPED. 

NOTE: There are two reasons we should worship God. 

   A. FOR WHO HE IS. 

NOTE: If we fail to have a Biblical understanding of who God is we will never be able to worship Him as we should. 

·         He has all power.

·         He knows all things.

·         He is everywhere.

·         He is eternal.

·         He is holy & righteous.

·         He is perfect.

·         He is just.

   B. FOR WHAT HE HAS, IS AND WILL DO. 

NOTE: We fail to worship God when we do not recognize His involvement in our lives. 

James 1:17 (KJV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  

·         What has God done for us in the past?

1.      Salvation

2.      Healings

3.      Provision

·         What is God doing for us now?

·         What is God preparing for us in the future?

1.      He is interceding on our behalf.

Romans 8:34 (KJV) Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.  

Hebrews 7:25 (KJV) Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  

2.      He is preparing our eternal home.

John 14:1-2 (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.  

3.      He is coming again to take us to heaven.

John 14:3 (KJV) 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.

II. WHAT DOES WORSHIPPING GOD ENTAIL? 

   A. PUTTING GOD FIRST IN EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES. 

Exodus 20:2-3 (KJV) I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 

   NOTE: This means we allow no one and nothing to come between God and our personal relationship with Him. 

·         Family.

·         Job.

·         Entrainment.

·         Recreation.

·         Finances.

·         Our pursuit of happiness.

   B. LIVING OUR LIVES IN OBEDIENCE TO HIS WORD. 

John 13:34 (KJV) A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  

John 14:15 (KJV) If ye love me, keep my commandments.  

John 14:21 (KJV) He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.  

   C. JOINING WITH OTHERS TO WORSHIP GOD. 

Psalm 133:1 (KJV) Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 

Psalm 26:8 (KJV) Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.  

Psalm 84:10 (KJV) For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.  

Psalm 92:13 (KJV) Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.  

Psalm 122:1 (KJV) I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

 Hebrews 10:25 (KJV) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

 III. WHY WOULD WE WORSHIP ANYTHING ELSE? 

NOTE: Too often we try to be like the Children of Israel, and worship both God and the things of this world. 

1 John 2:15 (KJV) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

   A. THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD HAVE NO ETERNAL VALUE. 

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 also.  

   B. THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD WILL FAIL TO MEET OUR NEEDS. 

Jeremiah 2:13 (KJV) 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.  

CONCLUSION: We must make a choice, do we serve the gods of this world, pleasure, possessions, power or do we serve the living God. 

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.  

 

 

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