JUNE 1, 2008
“CHILDREN ARE A PRECIOUS GIFT FROM GOD”
SCRIPTURE READING: MARK
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Proverbs
Train up a child in the way
he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart
Children are a precious gift from God but often
they are unloved, mistreated and abused.
We are warned by Jesus Himself that there await
terrible judgment for those who hurt children.
Matthew 18:6, 10 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones
which believe in me, it were better for him that a
millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he
were drowned in the depth of the sea… Take heed that
ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say
unto you, that in heaven their angels do always
behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
We must understand that every child is a special
gift from God and should be treated as such.
When we value God we will value His gifts.
Psalms 127:3-5 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the
fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in
the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them:
they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with
the enemies in the gate.
What is a Baby Dedication Service all about?
We can trace it back to the days of Hannah, Samuel’s
1 Samuel 1:11, 22 & 28 (GW)
She made this vow, "Lord of Armies, if you will
look at my misery, remember me, and give me a boy,
then I will give him to you for as long as he lives.
A razor will never be used on his head."
But Hannah didn't go. She told her husband,
"I'll wait until the boy is weaned. Then I'll bring
him and present him to the Lord, and he'll stay
In return, I am giving him to the Lord. He
will be dedicated to the Lord for his whole life."
And they worshiped the Lord there.
There are three things that should happen in a Baby
The Child is given to God
The parents commit to raise the child in the fear of
The Church accepts the child and assumes the
responsibility of providing spiritual training and
I. THE CHILD IS GIVEN TO
What does it mean to give a child to God?
A. TO RELEASE OUR OWNERSHIP
This is one of the most difficult things a parent
This means allowing God complete control over the
life of our child.
Abraham and Isaac.
We must be willing to place our child’s life in the
hands of God and allow Him to do what He wills.
As we place our child’s life in hands of a
B. TRUSTING GOD FOR OUR CHILD’S FUTURE.
We must seek God’s will for the life of our child
and not our own.
II. THE PARENTS COMMIT TO
RAISE THE CHILD IN THE FEAR OF GOD.
A. TEACH THEM THE WAY OF
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: and
thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy
might. And these words, which I command thee this
day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach
them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of
them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou
walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and
when thou risest up.
Jochebed & Moses.
Exodus 2:9-10 And Pharaoh's
daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and
nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And
the woman took the child, and nursed it. And the
child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's
daughter, and he became her son. And she called his
name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of
The earlier we begin to teach our children the
things of God the more likely they will come to know
and love Him.
Isaiah 28:9 (NIV) "Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he
explaining his message? To children weaned from
their milk, to those just taken from the breast?
B. BE AN EXAMPLE OF
2 Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith
that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy
grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am
persuaded that in thee also.
Children learn much more by example than by
C. DO NOT WITH HOLD CORRECTION.
Proverbs 23:13 (NLT)
23:13 Don't fail to correct your
children. They won't die if you spank them.
This does not give us permission to abuse our
Those who abuse their children will stand before God
and give answer for how they treated the children
God gave them.
D. LOVE OUR CHILDREN.
Titus 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be
sober, to love their husbands, to love their
III. THE CHURCH ACCEPTS THE
CHILD AND ASSUMES THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROVIDING
SPIRITUAL TRAINING AND GUIDANCE FOR BOTH THE
CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS.
The church above all must recognize children as a
precious gift from God and not a necessary nuisance.
The church should be a place of positive influence
in the life of a child, but too often it is not.
Luke 18:16 (KJV)
But Jesus called them unto him, and said,
Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid
them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Of all places, a child
should be love and accepted in church.
Matthew 18:5-6 (NLT)
And anyone who welcomes a little child
like this on my behalf is welcoming me.
But if anyone causes one of these little ones
who trusts in me to lose faith, it would be better
for that person to be thrown into the sea with a
large millstone tied around the neck.
should participate in worship with the adults.
Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and
rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great
joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so
that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.
The churches responsibility towards it
Accept them as they are.
Love them as if they were
our very own.
Teach them through lessons
Mark 10:13-16 (NLT)
One day some parents brought their children to
Jesus so he could touch them and bless them, but the
disciples told them not to bother him. But when
Jesus saw what was happening, he was very displeased
with his disciples. He said to them, "Let the
children come to me. Don't stop them! For the
Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure
you, anyone who doesn't have their kind of faith
will never get into the Kingdom of God." Then he
took the children into his arms and placed his hands
on their heads and blessed them.
Let us accept the children that God brings to us as
a precious gift and seek to dedicate our life and
the life or our church to raise this to know and
JUNE 8, 2008
“THE PRECIOUS PROMISES OF GOD”
Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break
forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst
not travail with child: for more are the children of
the desolate than the children of the married wife,
saith the LORD.
We have all experienced the pain of broken
By family members
Sometimes these broken
promises can result in devastating consequences.
The more dependent we are in the fulfillment of the
promise, the more overwhelming is the failure of the
keeping of the promise.
We can put
complete trust in the promises of God.
I. GOD WILL ALWAYS KEEP
A. HE CANNOT LIE.
Hebrews 6:18 (NLT) So God has given us both his promise and his
oath. These two things are unchangeable because it
is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have
fled to him for refuge can take new courage, for we
can hold on to his promise with confidence.
God is truth therefore He cannot lie because He
He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his
ways are judgment: a God of truth and without
iniquity, just and right is he.
B. HE IS ABLE TO KEEP HIS PROMISES.
Romans 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had
promised, he was able also to perform.
NOTE: Because God
has all power and unlimited resources, He is able to
keep every promise He makes.
Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and
the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm,
and there is nothing too hard for thee:
II. GOD’S PROMISE TO
In the days of this writing, barrenness was a shame
ILL: Sarah, Rachel
Sometimes it was a mark of God’s displeasure.
ILL: Michal 2
Samuel 6:23 Therefore Michal the daughter of
Saul had no child unto the day of her death.
TRUE BELIEVERS DESIRES TO BE FRUITFUL AND TO SEE THE
NOTE: It is through
fruitfulness that we bring glory to God.
John 15:8 Herein
is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so
shall ye be my disciples.
GOD EXPECTS HIS CHURCH TO BE FRUITFUL.
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,
and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth
fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that
whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he
may give it you.
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to
the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be
married to another, even to him who is raised from
the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
fruitfulness is a symbol of our love and gratitude
GOD’S PROMISE TO THOSE WHO ARE UNFRUITFUL BUT
DESIRES TO BE FRUITFUL.
NOTE: This promise
is a continuation of chapter 53 where the Messiah is
We must have a desire to be fruitful.
NOTE: If there is
no desire to be fruitful, there will be no fruit.
But he that had received one went and digged in the
earth, and hid his lord's money.
We must allow God to work in our lives.
God’s working in our lives, whether a blessing or a
trial, is to bring Him honor and glory.
Luke 13:6-9 Then
he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted
in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on
it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who
took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've
been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and
haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up
the soil?' " 'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone
for one more year, and I'll dig around it and
If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not,
then cut it down.' "
John 15:2 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.
We must abide in Christ.
We cannot bare fruit in ourselves or by ourselves.
John 15:5 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.
Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall
flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bring forth fruit in old
age; they shall be fat and flourishing; to shew that
the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no
unrighteousness in him.
II. GOD’S PROMISE TO
These are those who feel all alone and so
discouraged they are about ready to give up.
They fail to see any progress in their
Like a person trying to lose weight when they
hit a plateau.
They struggle to live the Christian life
while seeing others who seem to be so successful.
It is easy to become
discouraged when we compare ourselves with others.
2 Corinthians 10:12
(NLT) Oh, don't worry; I wouldn't dare say
that I am as wonderful as these other men who tell
you how important they are! But they are only
comparing themselves with each other, and measuring
themselves by themselves. What foolishness!
When we try to be like someone else we will
ILL: Moses & Elijah
both felt like failures.
NOTE: When we
become desolate we are at the end of our rope and it
is then that we turn to God.
God has promised to pour out His blessings on
those who are discouraged when they put their trust
Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the
everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends
of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There
is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them
that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the
youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men
shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the Lord
shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with
wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.
cannot allow the circumstances around us dictate our
trust and obedience to God.
Psalm 30:1-12 A Psalm
and Song at the dedication of the house of David.
I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast
lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice
O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast
O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the
grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go
down to the pit.
Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and
give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his
favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but
joy cometh in the morning.
And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be
Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to
stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was
troubled. I cried to thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord
I made supplication.
What profit is there in my blood, when I go
down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? Shall
it declare thy truth?
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord,
be thou my helper.
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into
dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded
me with gladness; to the end that my glory may sing
praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I
will give thanks unto thee for ever.
JUNE 15, 2008
“A TIME OF PREPARATION”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 54:2 (KJV)
Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let
them stretch forth the curtains of thine
habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and
strengthen thy stakes;
When you buy a new bedroom set is that all you have
When you plant a garden is planting the seed
the only thing required?
If you going on a vacation, do you just get
into the car and begin to drive?
If we want to have things come out right we
must have a period of preparation.
God has promised in verse 1 that He was going
to cause us to be fruitful.
In verse 2 He tells us to prepare ourselves.
Throughout Scripture, God tells us the need
for preparation for the fulfillment of His promises.
It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
Hebrews 11:7 By
faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen
as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the
saving of his house; by the which he condemned the
world, and became heir of the righteousness which is
Army needs water (the valley of ditches).
II Kings 3
The widow was broke and deeply in debt, (the empty
II Kings 4
I. GOD IS A GOD OF
NOTE: God has
prepared many wonderful things for us.
Psalm 23:5 Thou
preparest a table before me in the presence of mine
enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup
Isaiah 64:4 For
since the beginning of the world men have not heard,
nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen,
O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him
that waiteth for him.
TREASURES OF GOODNESS.
Psalm 31:19 Oh
how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up
for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for
them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell
them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my
dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all
things are ready: come unto the marriage.
A GLORIOUS INHERITANCE.
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand,
Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom
prepared for you from
the foundation of the world:
D. A HOME IN HEAVEN.
John 14:2 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
NOTE: As God has
prepared for us, He expects us to prepare for Him.
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as
ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Not only do we need to prepare for Christ’s coming,
we must also prepare for service and to receive His
II. HOW DO WE PREPARE FOR
WHAT GOD HAS IN STORE FOR US?
WE MUST FIRST PREPARE OUR HEARTS.
2 Chronicles 19:3
Nevertheless there are good things found in thee,
in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the
land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.
Cleanse the Temple of God.
2 Chronicles 29:15
And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified
themselves, and came, according to the commandment
of the king, by the words of the Lord, to
cleanse the house of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 3:16
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and
that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Prepare our hearts through prayer.
Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in
mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time
to seek the Lord, till he come and rain
righteousness upon you.
2 Chronicles 7:14
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
We must have a desire for God’s blessings.
1 Chronicles 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying,
Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge
my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and
that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may
not grieve me! And God granted him that which he
God’s blessings are not always shown through
Better is little with the fear of the Lord than
great treasure and trouble therewith.
We must make ourselves
available to God.
2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he
shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet
for the master's use, and prepared unto every good
Whatever God wants to do to and through us.
WE MUST INCREASE OUR FAITH.
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;
that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be
able to comprehend with all saints what is the
breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to
know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,
that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
NOTE: It is our
faith or the lack of faith that determines God’s
blessings in our lives.
We must be as little children when it comes
to believing God’s Word.
The greater our faith the more possibilities
are opened to us.
III. THOSE WHO FAIL TO
PREPARE WILL LOSE OUT.
Proverbs 6:6-11 (NLT)
Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.
Learn from their ways and be wise!
Even though they have no prince, governor, or
ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer,
gathering food for the winter.
But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep?
When will you wake up? I want you to learn this
lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest — and poverty
will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will
attack you like an armed robber.
NOTE: The five
foolish virgins in Matthew 25:1-13
CONCLUSION: God has
promised us with many spiritual blessing but for us
to experience them we must prepare ourselves to
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