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.
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
Through unity we can
I. EACH ONE IS DIFFERENT AND HAS A DIFFERENT TASK.
Have you ever gone to a symphony and listened to the
orchestra warm up?
Have you ever been involved or seen a great project
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
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
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.
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
But now are they many members, yet but one
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
God place Joseph in Egypt for 13 years as a slave
and then a prisoner before He began to revealed His
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
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!
Disunity will destroy any effort to succeed at
We see that continually under the leadership of
There always seems to be those who refuse to become
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
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
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
We speak words of comfort to those who are in
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
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
Saul was a man chosen and called by God yet
I. ALL HAVE SINNED.
Romans 3:23 (NLT)
For all have sinned; all fall short of God's
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
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
Sin will always drive us away from our fellowship
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
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
D. SAUL SOUGHT TO HIDE HIS SIN.
NOTE: Saul sought to hide his sin in three
He sought to hide his sin by claiming not to have
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.
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
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!"
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
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.
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
These two verses are two of the scariest verses in
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?