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
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
We need to learn to apply God’s Word to ourselves
How does this story teach us about Grace, and what
Grace means: unmerited favor; an act or instance of
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
I. WHO IT IS THAT INITIATES THIS GRACE?
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
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
GOD’S GRACE IF OFFERED TO
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
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.
GOD’S GRACE IF OFFERED TO THE WORST OF SINNERS AND
THE BEST OF THE RIGHTEOUS.
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
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
Romans 3:23 (KJV) For all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God;
We are unable to cleanse
ourselves; we are totally dependent upon God for our
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.
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?
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.
It cost God the very best
He had to provide His Grace to each and every one of
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
She was a sinner (an
She was of a doomed race.
NOTE: Every one of us is in the same boat.
She saw herself for what
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
2. She saw the hopelessness of her situation.
3. She saw God as a God of mercy and grace.
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.
OPPRESSED BY THE CANAANITES. (Sis-a-ra)
BARAK REFUSED TO LEAD
ISRAEL HAD A GREAT VICTORY
JAEL (a woman) KILLED SIS-A-RA.
The Church today is a lot
like Israel of old.
WE ARE BEING OPPRESSED BY THE ENEMY.
WE NEED MEN AND WOMEN OF COURAGE TO BECOME
WE NEED MEN AND WOMEN WHO WILL STEP UP AND ACCEPT
THE DIFFICULT TASK OF LEADERSHIP.
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
She saw a need and she did
something about it.
She provided a room, a bed, a table, a stool and a
She offered comfort and rest to a weary traveler.
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
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.
A. MARY WAS A
This speaks of personal holiness before God.
To be used of God we must
be holy (cleanse by the blood) and submissive to His
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
B. MARY WAS SUBMISSIVE TO GOD’S PLAN.
Just because we are being
used by God does not except us from trials and
C. MARY SOUGHT SUPPORT.
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.
This woman was filled with
gratitude for what Jesus had done for her.
She had been a great sinner now she had become a
It is more difficult for those who have been kept
from deep sin to truly appreciate the Grace of God.
SHE LOVED DEEPLY AND OPENLY.
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.
SHE WORSHIPED UNASHAMEDLY.
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.
The sheep from the goats.
HER LOVE AND WORSHIP INVOLVED GIVING.
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
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.
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
What we truly worship can be seen in three different
aspects of our lives:
I. GOD AND GOD ALONE IS WORTHY TO BE WORSHIPPED.
There are two reasons we
should worship God.
A. FOR WHO HE IS.
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.
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?
What is God doing for us now?
What is God preparing for us in the future?
He is interceding on our
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.
He is preparing our eternal
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.
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
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
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
Psalm 26:8 (KJV) Lord, I have loved the
habitation of thy house, and the place where thine
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?
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
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
B. THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD WILL FAIL TO MEET OUR
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.
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.