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NOVEMBER SERMONS 

NOVEMBER 11, 2007 
 

“THE GREATEST OF ALL VETERANS” 

SCRIPTURE READING: PHILIPPIANS 2:1-11 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT) For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 

INTRO: Today we are honoring our Veterans. 

   Veteran’s Day was set up to honor those who served in the armed forces during WW 1 and WW 2.  Today we honor all those who have served our country. 

   What is a Veteran?  1. An old soldier of long service. 2. A former member of the armed forces.  

   They have answered the call of our country. 

   They have left home and family behind. 

   They have often fought on foreign soil bringing freedom to others. 

   They have placed the good and needs of others above their own. 

   They have learned obedience is more important than personal desires. 

   Many have given their lives while others have suffered greatly in the line of duty. 

   To those who have served we own our deepest gratitude and heart felt thanks. 
 

SIX REASONS WHY JESUS CHRIST IS THE GREATEST VETERAN OF ALL TIMES. 

1.      HE ANSWERED THE CALL.

NOTE: God saw the need for man’s salvation. 

      a. Mankind are sinners in need of salvation. 

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

      b. He saw that man was incapable of saving himself. 

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.  

      c. He answered the call Himself. 

Isaiah 59:16 (KJV) And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.  

2.      HE LEFT HOME AND FAMILY.

Philippians 2:6-7 (KJV) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  

Hebrews 2:16-18 (NLT) We all know that Jesus came to help the descendants of Abraham, not to help the angels.  Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.  Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted.

3.      HE BECAME ENGAGED IN WAR TO DEFEND HEAVEN AND PROVIDED FREEDOM TO ALL.

Exodus 14:14 (NLT) The Lord himself will fight for you. You won't have to lift a finger in your defense!"

Exodus 15:3 (NLT) The Lord is a warrior; yes, the Lord is his name!  

Revelation 6:2 (NLT) I looked up and saw a white horse. Its rider carried a bow, and a crown was placed on his head. He rode out to win many battles and gain the victory.  

Revelation 17:14 (NLT) Together they will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord over all lords and King over all kings, and his people are the called and chosen and faithful ones."  
Revelation 19:11 (NLT) Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. And the one sitting on the horse was named Faithful and True. For he judges fairly and then goes to war.  
 

NOTE: God is a God of war and He has fought against Satan and sin to provide Salvation to all who will accept God’s free gift. 

4.      HE PLACED THE NEEDS OF OTHERS ABOVE HIS OWN.

NOTE: Jesus did not need salvation for Himself. 
 

Hebrews 9:7, 11-14 (NLT) But only the high priest goes into the Most Holy Place, and only once a year, and always with blood, which he offers to God to cover his own sins and the sins the people have committed in ignorance…So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that great, perfect sanctuary in heaven, not made by human hands and not part of this created world.  Once for all time he took blood into that Most Holy Place, but not the blood of goats and calves. He took his own blood, and with it he secured our salvation forever.

    Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people's bodies from ritual defilement.  Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our hearts from deeds that lead to death so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.  

5.      HE WAS OBEDIENT TO HIS FATHER’S WILL.

John 4:34 (NLT) Then Jesus explained: "My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.  

John 6:38 (NLT) For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do what I want.  

Matthew 26:39 (NLT) He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground, praying, "My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine."  

Matthew 26:42 (NLT) Again he left them and prayed, "My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away until I drink it, your will be done."  

6.      HE SUFFERED GREAT PAIN, AGONY AND DEATH.

Isaiah 53:3-10 (NLT) He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we did not care.

    Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God for his own sins!  But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed!  All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the guilt and sins of us all.

    He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.  From prison and trial they led him away to his death. But who among the people realized that he was dying for their sins—that he was suffering their punishment?  He had done no wrong, and he never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man's grave.

    But it was the Lord's good plan to crush him and fill him with grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have a multitude of children, many heirs. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord's plan will prosper in his hands.  

JESUS CHRIST WAS THE GREATEST OF ALL VETERANS. 

NOTE: But today not everyone wants to honor those who have given so much to others. 

   Too many today are self-seeking, caring only for what effects them personally and failing to care about the needs of others.  
 

NOVEMBER 25, 2007 

“JEHOVAH - SABAOTH”

juh-HO-vah - sah-bah-OATH 
 

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 46:1-11 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: PSALM 46:7 & 11 

    The Lord of hosts (JEHOVAH – SABAOTH) is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.  
 

INTRO: “Too Old?” (Our Daily Bread; Nov. 25, 2007) 

   There is a battle going on in the heart and lives of everyone.   

   It is the battle between faith and doubt. 

   The person of faith builds, while the person of doubts breaks down. 

   This is true in our natural life but especially true in our spiritual life. 

   Faith is forever constructive and doubt is always destructive. 

   When Abraham doubted, Ishmael was born. 

   When the Children of Israel doubted the golden calf was erected. 

   When they doubted again, they were refused entrance into the Promise Land. 

   Every time we believe and trust God we grow stronger, every time we doubt God and fail to put our trust in Him we grow weaker. 

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  

   The name Juh-HO-vah - sah-bah-OATH is often translated in the KJV as The Lord of Host.  At other time and in other translations as The Lord Almighty. 

   Two hundred eighty-one times God is referred to as juh-HO-vah - sah-bah-OATH in the Old Testament.

·         60 – 70 times in both Isaiah and Jeremiah.

·         Haggai (2 chapters) 14 times.

·         Zechariah 50 times.

·         Malachi 24 times.

   The name or title, juh-HO-vah - sah-bah-OATH teaches that God is absolute, sufficient, and superior. 

  This name should establish within the heart of every believer the assurance that no matter what is happening around them, God is there to bring them through victoriously. 

Psalm 46:1-7 (KJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.  There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.  

   We are facing some tough times ahead of us. 

   It is easy to become fearful and begin to doubt whether or not God is going to deliver us. 

      Politically

         In the world

         In our country 
 

      Physically

         Storms and disasters

         Sickness and disease

         Financial 
 

      Spiritually

         Sin seems to be on the up rise

         Holiness seems to be on the wane 
 

   At the same time, we as a church are going to have to make some very difficult decisions. 

   Are we going to seek to grow or will we be content to remain small? 

   Are we going to hold fast to the teaching of God’s Word or are we going to compromise?   

   This chapter gives us several reasons we should put our trust in God and not allow fear and doubt to control us. 

I. GOD IS OUR REFUGE. 
 

NOTE: When we are faced with testing’s and trials, when it seems that all is against us, we have a place of refuge. 

Deut. 33:27 (KJV) The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.  

Psalm 27:5 (KJV) For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.  

Isaiah 25:4 (KJV) For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.  

II. GOD IS OUR STRENGTH. 

NOTE: When we recognize that we do not have the ability or strength to do the task set before us, we look to God for our strength. 

Exodus 15:2 (KJV) The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.  

2 Samuel 22:33 (KJV) God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.  

Psalm 28:8 (KJV) The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.  

Psalm 73:26 (KJV) My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.  

Psalm 84:5 (KJV) Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.  

Psalm 89:21 (KJV) With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him.  

III. GOD IS OUR PRESENT HELP.  

NOTE: When we find ourselves all alone, God is our helper. 

Psalm 28:7 (KJV) The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.  

Isaiah 41:10 (KJV) Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  

Isaiah 50:9 (KJV) Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.  

Hebrews 13:6 (KJV) So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.  

CONCLUSION: God does not expect us to do the tasks He sets before us by our own abilities, He is ready and willing to help us if we will look to Him in faith and not allow doubt to hold us back. 

   HE IS THE Lord OF HOST, THE Lord ALMIGHTY. 

   Let us put aside our fears and doubts and put our trust in God and have the faith that He will make a way when there seems to be no way. 

PSALM 46:7 & 11 The Lord of hosts (juh-HO-vah - sah-bah-OATH) is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

 

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