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JUNE’S SERMONS

JUNE 1, 2008

CHILDREN ARE A PRECIOUS GIFT FROM GOD 

SCRIPTURE READING: MARK 10:13-16 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Proverbs 22:6  

    Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.  

INTRO: 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.  

NOTE: 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 youth.  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 mother. 

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 there permanently."     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 Dedication Service. 

1.    The Child is given to God

2.    The parents commit to raise the child in the fear of God.

3.    The Church accepts the child and assumes the responsibility of providing spiritual training and guidance.

I. THE CHILD IS GIVEN TO GOD. 

NOTE: What does it mean to give a child to God? 

   A. TO RELEASE OUR OWNERSHIP OR AUTHORITY. 

NOTE: This is one of the most difficult things a parent can do. 

   This means allowing God complete control over the life of our child. 

ILL: 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. 

ILL: As we place our child’s life in hands of a surgeon. 

   B. TRUSTING GOD FOR OUR CHILD’S FUTURE. 

NOTE: 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 THE LORD. 

Deuteronomy 6:4-7 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.  

ILL: 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 water.  

NOTE: 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 CHRISTIAN LIVING. 

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.  

NOTE: Children learn much more by example than by telling. 

   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.  

NOTE: This does not give us permission to abuse our children. 

   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 children,

III. THE CHURCH ACCEPTS THE CHILD AND ASSUMES THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROVIDING SPIRITUAL TRAINING AND GUIDANCE FOR BOTH THE CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS.

NOTE: 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.

 NOTE: Children should participate in worship with the adults.

 Nehemiah 12:43 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 children: 

·         Accept them as they are.

·         Love them as if they were our very own.

·         Teach them through lessons and example.

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.  

CONCLUSION: 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 love God. 

JUNE 8, 2008 

“THE PRECIOUS PROMISES OF GOD” 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 54:1-10 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 54:1  

   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.  

INTRO: We have all experienced the pain of broken promises. 

·         By friends

·         By businesses

·         By family members

·         By spouses

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 HIS PROMISES. 

   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.

NOTE: God is truth therefore He cannot lie because He cannot change.

 Deuteronomy 32:4 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.

 Jeremiah 32:17 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 THE BARREN.

 NOTE: In the days of this writing, barrenness was a shame and reproach.

 ILL: Sarah, Rachel and Hannah.

    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.

 A.   TRUE BELIEVERS DESIRES TO BE FRUITFUL AND TO SEE THE CHURCH FRUITFUL.

 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.

 B.   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.

 Romans 7:4 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.

 NOTE: Our fruitfulness is a symbol of our love and gratitude towards God.

 C.   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 promised.

 ·         We must have a desire to be fruitful.

 NOTE: If there is no desire to be fruitful, there will be no fruit.

 Matthew 25:18 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.

 NOTE: 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 fertilize it.  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.

 NOTE: 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.

 Psalm 92:13-15 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 THE DESOLATE.

NOTE: 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 Christian walk.

    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 always fail.

 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 in Him.

 Isaiah 40:28-31 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.

 CONCLUSION: We 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 over me.  O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.  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 moved.  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 READING: Isaiah 54:1-10

 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;

INTRO: When you buy a new bedroom set is that all you have to do?

   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 by faith.

    Army needs water (the valley of ditches). II Kings 3

    The widow was broke and deeply in debt, (the empty oil vessels).  II Kings 4

I. GOD IS A GOD OF PREPARATION.

 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 runneth over.

 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.

 A.   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!

 B.   SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS.

 Matthew 22:4 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.

 C.   A GLORIOUS INHERITANCE.

 Matthew 25:34 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 you.

 NOTE: As God has prepared for us, He expects us to prepare for Him.

 Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

NOTE: Not only do we need to prepare for Christ’s coming, we must also prepare for service and to receive His promises.

II. HOW DO WE PREPARE FOR WHAT GOD HAS IN STORE FOR US?

 A.   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. (Jehoshaphat)

 ·         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 their land.

 ·         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 requested.

 NOTE: God’s blessings are not always shown through numbers.

 Proverbs 15:16 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 work.

 NOTE: Whatever God wants to do to and through us.

 B.   WE MUST INCREASE OUR FAITH.

 Ephesians 3:17-19 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 receive them.

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