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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 

SEPTEMBER 6, 2009

WORKING TOGETHER IN UNITY

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I CORINTHIANS 12:18-27 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Corinthians 12:25 (NIV)   

    So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.

 INTRO: This weekend we are celebrating the day set aside to honor all the workers who through their efforts have help make our nation great.

    Our nation was built by many people, from many different backgrounds, with different skills, doing many different things yet pointing towards the same goal, making America great.

    It is this same spirit of unity that has enabled the Church to become great.

    There are three points I wish to make concerning “Working Together in Unity”. 

·    Each of us is different and has a different task.

·    God has placed us where we are.

·    Through unity we can succeed.

 I. EACH ONE IS DIFFERENT AND HAS A DIFFERENT TASK.

 NOTE: Have you ever gone to a symphony and listened to the orchestra warm up? 

    Have you ever been involved or seen a great project being built?

    There are many workers doing different jobs but they all have the same purpose.

    Most of the workers do not know how their work fits into the final project.

    The man with the blue prints knows.

    So it is in the Body of Christ.  

    Each member is necessary.

   Each member has an essential function.

 1 Corinthians 12:12-17 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

    There are many parts of our body we do not think about until they fail to function as they were designed to do.

    The big toe.

    We each have an important role to play.

    We should never think of ourselves as better than other or less than others.

 Philippians 2:3 (NIV) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

 II. GOD HAS PLACED US WHERE WE ARE.

 1 Corinthians 12:18-20 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.  And if they were all one member, where were the body?  But now are they many members, yet but one body.

 NOTE: God has a plan for every church and He seeks to place everyone in a particular church for a particular reason.

    We must recognize that it is God Who places us in the body of believers.

    God knows our talents and abilities and He knows where best we can be used to fulfill His plans.

    We might say, “I’m not happy were God has placed me.”

    God place Joseph in Egypt for 13 years as a slave and then a prisoner before He began to revealed His plan.

    We may not always like where God places us but we must trust Him and surrender to His will.

    Jonah found out how discomforting it was to try to place himself where God had not placed him.

    Too often we allow outward circumstance to dictate to us where and how we wish to serve.

    When we decide where and how we serve we take ourselves out of God’s hands.

 Jeremiah 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

 Romans 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

    We must not ask God WHY He has placed us where He has or WHY He gave us the talents we have, we must ask HOW can He be glorified through my life.

    It is only when we yield to God’s will that we will be able to find true contentment and fulfillment in our life.

 III. IT IS ONLY THROUGH UNITY WE CAN SUCCEED.

 Psalm 133:1 (NIV) How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

 NOTE: Disunity will destroy any effort to succeed at anything.

    We see that continually under the leadership of Moses.

    There always seems to be those who refuse to become involved.

 Judges 5:23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.

 Nehemiah 3:5 And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.

    The church built without lamps.

    When I was asked to teach a Sunday School class in Chula Vista.

    We must seek to work together and not allow our differences to divide us.

 1 Corinthians 12:25-26 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

   How is the best way to keep from allowing our differences to divide us?

    LOVE ONE ANOTHER.  (helping Stan & Ruth)

 John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

    When we truly love someone we are willing to put up with their differences.

 Romans 15:1-3a We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.  For even Christ pleased not himself…

    We seek to build each other up in the Faith.

    We encourage those who are facing time of difficulties.

    We speak words of comfort to those who are in sorrow.  

    We help those who are in need.

 CONCLUSION: It is only when we put aside our differences and work together that we can be the church in Onalaska that God wants us to be.

  

SEPTEMBER 27, 2009

 WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN YOUR DEAD COWS MOO?”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I SAMUEL 15:1-3, 9-14   

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Numbers 32:23

 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out.

 INTRO: There is no such thing as a hidden sin, soon or later your dead cows will moo.

    Saul had been give orders by Samuel to wipe out the Amalekites because of what they had done to Israel when Israel came out of Egypt.

 Deuteronomy 25:17-19 (NIV) Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt.  When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and cut off all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God.  When the Lord your God gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land he is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!

      Saul was a man chosen and called by God yet he sinned.

I. ALL HAVE SINNED.

 Romans 3:23 (NLT) For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard.

 NOTE: The question we must face today is not: If we sin, for we all sin, but rather, what do we do when we do sin?

    What is sin?  Disobedience, we either do what God tells us not to do, or we fail to do what God tells us to do.

    Adam & Eve committed the first kind of sin, while Saul committed the second.

 II. NO SIN IS HIDDEN FROM GOD.

 NOTE: It started in the Garden of Eden and has continued until this day.  People thinking they can cover their sins and hide them from God.

    We may seek to hide our sins in various ways but no sin is hidden from the eyes of God.

    A. ADAM & EVE SOUGHT TO HIDE THEIR SIN.

    Adam & Eve sought to hide their sins by making aprons to cover the results of their sins.

 Genesis 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

    How often do we seek to cover our sins by seeking to make them acceptable?  (smoking & Zin-Zin)

    This may seem to work with man but it won’t work with God.

    Sin will always drive us away from our fellowship with God.

 Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

 Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

 NOTE: We cannot practice sin and have fellowship with God.

    B. ACHAN SOUGHT TO HIDE HIS SIN.

 Joshua 7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.

 NOTE: There is no such thing as private sin, our sins affects others.

    C. DAVID SOUGHT TO HIDE HIS SIN.

 II SAMUEL 11

 NOTE: David sought to hide his sin by committed another sin.

   When we seek to hide our sin, one sin leads to another.

    D. SAUL SOUGHT TO HIDE HIS SIN.

 NOTE: Saul sought to hide his sin in three ways:

1. He sought to hide his sin by claiming not to have sinned.

 1 Samuel 15:13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the commandment of the Lord.

2. He sought to hide his sin by blaming others.

1 Samuel 15:15a And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen…

1 Samuel 15:21a But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed…

3. He sought to hide his sin by claiming he did it for a good reason.

1 Samuel 15:22-23 (NLT) But Samuel replied, "What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. Listening to him is much better than offering the fat of rams.  Rebellion is as bad as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you from being king."

III. SOON OR LATER YOUR DEAD COWS WILL MOO.

 1 Samuel 15:14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

Proverbs 26:26 (NLT) While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, it will finally come to light for all to see.

Eccles. 12:14 (NLT) God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.

 Isaiah 29:15 (NLT) Destruction is certain for those who try to hide their plans from the Lord, who try to keep him in the dark concerning what they do! "The Lord can't see us," you say to yourselves. "He doesn't know what is going on!"

 Jeremiah 2:22 (NLT) No amount of soap or lye can make you clean. You are stained with guilt that cannot be washed away. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!

Jeremiah 16:17 (NLT) I am watching them closely, and I see every sin. They cannot hope to hide from me.

 IV. THERE IS HOPE FOR US SINNERS.

 NOTE: Instead of hiding our sins we can confess and repent of them and be free.

    God has offered forgiveness and a clean slate to those who will come to Him in repentance.

 Psalm 130:3-4 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

    These two verses are two of the scariest verses in the Bible.

 Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

    Not only must we confess our sins but we must turn away from our sins.

 Ezekiel 18:21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

Ezekiel 33:16 (KJV) None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.

 CONCLUSION: Do you have sins that need to be taken care of by the grace of God?

 

 

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