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FEBRUARY’S SERMONS

FEBRUARY 1, 2009 

LEST WE FORGET

SCRIPTURE READING: I Corinthians 11:23-32

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 9:6a “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:”

INTRO: Too soon we forget.

    There are many reasons why our memory fades. 

·         The passing of time.

·         The lost of meaning.

·         Familiarity of it.

·         The introduction of something we consider more important.

·         Distortion of the truth.

ILL: The Holocaust, WWII, 911 

   There is a danger that even as Christians we forget what Christ went through for our Salvation.

   Coming to the Communion Table must be a time of remembering.

 1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

   The purpose of the Communion Table is to remember Jesus, to meditate upon Him.

    There are several things I believe we should always remember and meditate upon when we come to the Communion Table.

    Paul gave a warning about coming to the Communion Table in an improper manner.

 1 Corinthians 11:27 (NIV) Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.

 I. WE ARE ALL SINNERS.

 NOTE: It was our need of redemption that brought Jesus to earth.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

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

 NOTE: It doesn’t matter how long we have sinned or how much we have sinned, just one sin makes us a sinner.

 “It may not be some heinous deed

That chills our hearts and chokes the seed;

It’s often just a trifling toy

That grabs our eye and steals our joy.”[1]

Isaiah 53:6 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.

 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

  II. JESUS TOOK ON HUMAN FORM AND NATURE.

 Isaiah 9:6a “For unto us a child is born…”

 NOTE: At the Communion Table the Bread represents the humanity of Jesus.

 Philippians 2:5-7 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  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 (NIV) For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham's descendants.  For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

 Hebrews 4:15 (NIV) For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin.

 NOTE: Jesus took on human form and nature so that He could feel what we feel and understand what we go through.

    Jesus was born with perfect human nature that had not been corrupted with sin.

    Jesus had to have human nature so He could be tempted as you can not tempt God with sin.

    Jesus had to have human nature so He could feel pain and physical suffering, hunger, thirst, weariness.

 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 III. JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD.

 Isaiah 9:6a “…unto us a son is given:”

 NOTE: The Cup represents the Deity of Jesus.

    Jesus had to be man so He could die; He had to be God so that His death would be accepted for the cleansing of our sin.

   There are many today who wish to rid the thought of the Blood of Jesus as being what brings us into the right relationship with God.

 Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

·         The Blood of Jesus Christ has redeemed (bought back) for Satan and sin.

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

 1 Peter 1:18-19 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:  

·         We are justified through His blood.

Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

·         We are purged or cleansed from sin through His blood.

 Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

 Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

 IV. JESUS WILL RETURN.

 NOTE: As we partake in the Communion Table we are not only to remember what Christ has done for us, but we are to look forward to the time He will return.

 2 Peter 3:3-4 (GW) First, you must understand this: In the last days people who follow their own desires will appear. These disrespectful people will ridicule {God's promise} by saying, "What's happened to his promise to return? Ever since our ancestors died, everything continues as it did from the beginning of the world."

 2 Peter 3:10-14 (GW) The day of the Lord will come like a thief. On that day heaven will pass away with a roaring sound. Everything that makes up the universe will burn and be destroyed. The earth and everything that people have done on it will be exposed.

    All these things will be destroyed in this way. So think of the kind of holy and godly lives you must live as you look forward to the day of God and eagerly wait for it to come. When that day comes, heaven will be on fire and will be destroyed. Everything that makes up the universe will burn and melt. But we look forward to what God has promised—a new heaven and a new earth—a place where everything that has God's approval lives.

    Therefore, dear friends, with this to look forward to, make every effort to have him find you at peace, without {spiritual} stains or blemishes.

CONCLUSION: Whenever we come to the Communion Table we must remember these truths: 

1.      We are all sinners in need of redemption.

2.      Jesus took on Human form and nature to understand us.

3.      Jesus is the Son of God and He is the only way to redemption.

4.      Jesus will come again to bring judgment to those who have failed to turn to Him and take those who have turned to Him to live with Him forever.

  

FEBRUARY 8, 2009

 THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS

SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 23:32-43

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Luke 23:34

     Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

 INTRO: Have you ever seen anyone in shackles?

    They are able to move about but have very limited mobility.

    There are many today who are walking through life shackled.

    There are those who know they are shackled but fail to recognize the shackles for what they are.

    There are those who know they are shackled but don’t know how to rid themselves of the shackles.

    There are those who are shackled and don’t even know it.

    These shackles are made up of two very strong alloys.

·         Sin

·         The past

    There is only one thing that will destroy these shackles that hinder and limit us.

   FORGIVENESS:

   To be free of the shackles that hinder us we must experience the power of Forgiveness: 

·         The forgiveness of God.

·         Our forgiveness of others.

I. THE FORGIVENESS OF GOD. 

NOTE: The thief on the cross reveals the power of forgiveness. 

Colossians 2:13-15 (NLT) You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins.  He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ's cross.  In this way, God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross of Christ.

    A. SIN IS A TERRIBLE TASK MASTER.

·         It will bind and hinder your activities.

NOTE: Sin will keep you from doing the things God wants you to do. 

Proverbs 5:22 (NIV) The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.

·         Sin enslaves.

John 8:34 (NIV) Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

 Romans 6:16 (NIV) Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

 Romans 7:15 (NIV) I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  

·         Sin will take you where you don’t want to go.

Romans 7:19-21, 23 (NIV) For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing. [20] Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.  But I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.  

   B. GOD’S FORGIVENESS RELEASES HIS GRACE. 

NOTE: To enjoy the benefits His forgiveness brings, we must accept His forgiveness. 

   God’s forgiveness breaks the shackles of sin.

·         The guilt of sin.

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  

·         The penalty of sin.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  

·         The power of sin.

 Romans 6:14 (NIV) For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.  

CONCLUSION: Accept God’s forgiven and live within its power. 

 

FEBRUARY 15, 2009 

THE POWER OF FORGIVING OTHERS” 

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 18:21-35 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 6:14-15  

    For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

INTRO: Have you ever seen anyone in shackles?

  They are able to move about but have very limited mobility. 

      These shackles are made up of two very strong alloys. 

·         Sin

·         The past

   There is only one thing that will destroy these shackles that hinder and limit us. 

   FORGIVENESS: 

   To be free of the shackles that hinder us we must experience the power of Forgiveness: 

·         The forgiveness of God.

·         Our forgiveness of others.

I. THE FORGIVENESS OF GOD. 

Colossians 2:13-15 (NLT) You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins.  He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ's cross.  In this way, God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross of Christ.

    A. SIN IS A TERRIBLE TASK MASTER. 

·         It will bind and hinder your activities.

NOTE: Sin will keep you from doing the things God wants you to do. 

Proverbs 5:22 (NIV) The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.  

·         Sin enslaves.

John 8:34 (NIV) Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.  

Romans 6:16 (NIV) Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

·         Sin will take you where you don’t want to go.

Romans 7:19-21, 23 (NIV) For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing. [20] Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.  But I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.

    B. GOD’S FORGIVENESS RELEASES HIS GRACE. 

NOTE: To enjoy the benefits His forgiveness brings, we must accept His forgiveness. 

   God’s forgiveness breaks the shackles of sin. 

·         The guilt of sin.

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

·         The penalty of sin.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  

·         The power of sin.

Romans 6:14 (NIV) For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

 II. OUR FORGIVENESS OF OTHERS. 

NOTE: We need to forgive others far more than they need to be forgiven. 

   By failing to forgive others we do two things: 

·         We remain shackled by the pains and hurts of the past.

·         We cannot experience the forgiveness of God.

    A. THE SHACKLES OF THE PAST.

 NOTE: When we fail to forgive those who have wronged us, the shackles of pain, disappointments, hurts, anger, resentment and the desire for vengeance entangle us. 

Acts 8:23 (NLT) for I can see that you are full of bitterness and held captive by sin. 

Ephesians 4:31 (NLT) Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior.  

·         We are obligated to forgive – whether they deserve it or not.

·         We are obligated to forgive – whether they accept it or not.

·         Forgiveness to others is more important to us than to than to them.

NOTE: When we fail to forgive others it does not affect them but it keeps us under the bondage of the past.

    When we forgive others it breaks the shackles of separation and produces unity.

    B. IT RELEASES GOD’S FORGIVENESS INTO OUR LIVES. 

NOTE: The spirit of un-forgiveness is like a dam that holds back God’s forgiveness and blessings from our lives.

Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

 NOTE: The amount of forgiveness we extend to others is the same amount of forgiveness we receive from God.

 Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  

Luke 6:36-37 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:  

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.  

CONCLUSION: When we live in the forgiveness of God the power of His forgiveness sets us free from the power of satan and sin. 

   When we forgive others we are released from the shackles that have hinder us for serving God to our fullest and has kept us from experiencing His blessings in our lives. 

 

FEBRUARY 22, 2009

THE MARKS OF GOD’S CHURCH 

SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 1:27-2:4 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Philippians 1:27 (NLT)  

   But whatever happens to me, you must live in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ, as citizens of heaven. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing side by side, fighting together for the Good News.  

INTRO: I believe that every true Believer wants to be a part of a church that pleases God. 

   For a church to please God, its members must please God. 

   There are three marks of God’s Church I wish to share with you. 

1.      Godly living.

2.      Godly unity.

3.      Godly purpose.

I. GODLY LIVING. 

NOTE: We are to live as citizens of Heaven. 

   There are those who come to America for its freedom and benefits but are unwilling to live as American citizens.

    So it is with some who want the benefits of being a Christian but want to live their life like they did before.

    They worship God on Sunday and serve the devil Monday – Saturday.

 ILL: It’s like bringing a pig into the parlor on Sunday and putting a pink bow on it then returning it to the pig pen on Monday.

   God expects and demands that we live the Christian life 24/7.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

A.   HOLY LIVING.

NOTE: God is more concerned with our daily living than our Sunday morning worship. 

1 Peter 2:12 (NLT) Be careful how you live among your unbelieving neighbors. Even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will believe and give honor to God when he comes to judge the world. 

NOTE: How we conduct ourselves outside the church has a great influence on the unbeliever. 

·         In our conversation.

Colossians 4:6 (GW) Everything you say should be kind and well thought out so that you know how to answer everyone.

                                      i.    Language

                                    ii.    No backbiting

 Psalm 15:1-3 A Psalm of David.

    Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.  

                                   iii.    No Gossiping 

1 Timothy 5:13 (GW) At the same time, they learn to go around from house to house since they have nothing else to do. Not only this, but they also gossip and get involved in other people's business, saying things they shouldn't say.  

1 Peter 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.  

                                   iv.    Truthfulness 

Psalm 101:7 (GW) The one who does deceitful things will not stay in my home.  The one who tells lies will not remain in my presence. 

Proverbs 12:22 (GW) Lips that lie are disgusting to the Lord,   but honest people are his delight.

 Zech. 8:16a (GW) You must do these things: speak the truth to each other.

Colossians 3:9 (GW) Don't lie to each other. You've gotten rid of the person you used to be and the life you used to live,

 ·         In our dealing with others.

 Deuteronomy 25:15 (NLT) Yes, use honest weights and measures, so that you will enjoy a long life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

 Proverbs 11:1 (NLT) The Lord hates cheating, but he delights in honesty.

 Proverbs 20:14 (NLT) The buyer haggles over the price, saying, "It's worthless," then brags about getting a bargain!

                                       i.    Honest

                                    ii.    Fair

·         As an example to other Believers.

 1 Tim. 4:12 (NLT) Don't let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.

 ·         Living holiness in humility.

 James 3:13 (NLT) If you are wise and understand God's ways, live a life of steady goodness so that only good deeds will pour forth. And if you don't brag about the good you do, then you will be truly wise!

   ·         In preparation for Christ’s Second Coming.

 2 Peter 3:10-13 (NLT) But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and everything in them will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be exposed to judgment.  Since everything around us is going to melt away, what holy, godly lives you should be living!  You should look forward to that day and hurry it along—the day when God will set the heavens on fire and the elements will melt away in the flames.  But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world where everyone is right with God.

 B.   LIVING A LIFE OF LOVE.

 Colossians 3:14 (NLT) And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony.

 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (ASV) If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing.

 ·         Loving God first.

 Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

 NOTE: Actions speak much louder than words.

 ·         Loving fellow Believers.

 John 13:35 (NLT) Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples."

1 John 4:7-8 (NLT) Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  But anyone who does not love does not know God—for God is love.

 1 John 4:11 (NLT) Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

 ·         Loving our enemies.

 Matthew 5:44 (NLT) But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

Luke 6:35 (NLT) "Love your enemies! Do good to them! Lend to them! And don't be concerned that they might not repay. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to the unthankful and to those who are wicked.

 CONCLUSION: The marks of members of God’s church are one that seeks to live a holy life and are filled with love.

[1] Our Daily Bread: January 31, 2009


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