SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2009
“A SOLDIER FOR CHRIST”
SCRIPTURE READING: II
SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2
I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
This week we honor those who have served our
country in the military.
These men and
women have been willing to give up much of their
lives to serve our country.
nation is at war, a far different war than we have
every fought against.
We honor those
who are placing their lives in jeopardy for our
We, who claim
the Name of Christ, are also at war, but the nature
of our warfare is far different from the physical
wars of this world.
2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV) The weapons we fight with are not the weapons
of the world. On the contrary, they have divine
power to demolish strongholds.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but
against principalities, against powers, against the
rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places.
NOTE: As the soldier of our country must be willing to
make sacrifices so must we as Soldiers for Christ be
willing to do the same.
2 Timothy 2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier
of Jesus Christ.
I. THERE IS A COST IN
BEING A SOLDIER.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
As our soldiers pay a tremendous cost in serving
our country, so we as Soldiers of Christ must be
willing to pay the cost of serving God.
As there are those in our country who want freedom
without having to pay the cost, there are those who
call themselves Christian who want God’s blessing
but are unwilling to pay the cost.
Matthew 10:37-38 (NLT)
If you love your father or mother more than you
love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you
love your son or daughter more than me, you are not
worthy of being mine. If you refuse to take up your
cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being
Luke 9:23 (NLT)
Then he said to the crowd, "If any of you wants to
be my follower, you must put aside your selfish
ambition, shoulder your cross daily, and follow me.
A Soldier of
Christ must be willing to give up their dreams and
ambitions in order to follow the commands of Christ.
Many of the signer of the Declaration of
Independence suffered great losses.
take on new responsibilities and commitments when
they enlist, so do we when we accept Christ as out
2 Timothy 2:4 (NLT)
And as Christ's soldier, do not let yourself become
tied up in the affairs of this life, for then you
cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of
darkness, but rather reprove them.
NOTE: There is little hope for negotiation with terrorist;
there is no hope of negotiation with Satan and sin.
II. A SOLDIER MUST HAVE
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be
afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that
doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor
And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be
dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus
shall the Lord do to all your enemies against whom
1 Chronicles 19:13
Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves
valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our
God: and let the Lord do that which is good in his
2 Chronicles 32:7
Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor
dismayed for the king of Assyri, nor for all the
multitude that is with him: for there be more with
us than with him:
Philippians 1:28 (NLT)
Don't be intimidated by your enemies. This will be
a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed,
but that you are going to be saved, even by God
III. A SOLDIER MUST OBEY
Mine is not to reason why, mine is just to do or
Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do
all that is written in the book of the law of Moses,
that ye turn not aside there from to the right hand
or to the left;
1 Chronicles 22:13
Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to
fulfil the statutes and judgments which the Lord
charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and
of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall
enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth
the will of my Father which is in heaven.
A good soldier will obey without having to
IV. THE BLESSINGS OF BEING
A SOLDIER FOR CHRIST.
The pay we receive for being a Soldier for Christ
may not seem to be much, but the retirement plan is
out of this world.
we receive from being a Soldier for Christ far
outweighs the blessings of this world.
The freedom from sin.
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
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
The guilt of sin
The punishment for sin
The Lord will give strength unto his people; the
Lord will bless his people with peace.
Psalm 119:165 (KJV) Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing
shall offend them.
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is
stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
John 14:27 (KJV) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as
the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your
heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 16:33 (KJV) These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might
have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Philip. 4:7 (KJV) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ
Peace of God
Peace with God
3. Everlasting life.
2 Timothy 4:8
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge,
shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but
unto all them also that love his appearing.
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. And if I go and prepare a place for
you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.
“KNOWING THE MIND OF
SCRIPTURE READING: I
SCRIPTURE TEXT: I
could they? For, "Who can know what the Lord is
thinking? Who can give him counsel?" But
we can understand these things, for we have the mind
We are facing dark and troubling times.
Our nation is
sinking deeper and deeper to apostasy, the
renunciation of our Christian faith.
There are many
who claim the Christian faith but their life style
denies their claim.
There are many
who worship God on Sunday, but worship the gods of
this world Monday through Saturday.
There is a
remnant of True Worshipers. What makes the
How we think
about ourselves, about others, about things and most
of important, about God.
I. THERE IS SPIRITUAL
WARFARE OVER OUR MINDS.
Satan seeks to control our minds and keep them away
from the things of God.
Every time you
come to church, read your Bible, think about
heavenly things, Satan seeks to cloud you mind with
doubt and unbelief. He seeks to distract you
with things of this world.
That’s how he
But I see another law in my members, warring
against the law of my mind, and bringing me into
captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
The thought patterns of this world are against the
though patterns of God.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for
it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed
patterns of this world seek to satisfy the desires
of the flesh and fail to consider that needs of the
For they that are after the flesh do mind the
things of the flesh; but they that are after the
Spirit the things of the Spirit.
II. HAVING THE MIND OF
1 Corinthians 2:16
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he
may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Worshiper walks and lives in and through the Mind of
1 Corinthians 2:10-12 (NLT)
But we know these things because God has revealed
them to us by his Spirit, and his Spirit searches
out everything and shows us even God's deep secrets.
No one can know what anyone else is really thinking
except that person alone, and no one can know God's
thoughts except God's own Spirit. And God has
actually given us his Spirit (not the world's
spirit) so we can know the wonderful things God has
freely given us.
What does it mean
to have the Mind of Christ?
There must be a change in the way we think and look
2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing
that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,
and bringing into captivity every thought to the
obedience of Christ;
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that
ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in
the vanity of their mind,
Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you
to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and
holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you
think of what he has done for you, is this too much
to ask? Don't copy the behavior and customs of
this world, but let God transform you into a new
person by changing the way you think. Then you will
know what God wants you to do, and you will know how
good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
III. WHAT IS THE MIND OF
I wish to share just three aspects of the Mind of
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in
A. THE MIND OF
A SERVANT HOOD
NOTE: Jesus did not come to be served but rather to
Philippians 2:6-7 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:
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered
unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom
He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments;
and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he
poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the
disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel
wherewith he was girded.
So after he had washed their feet, and had taken
his garments, and was set down again, he said unto
them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call
me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your
feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. 
For I have given you an example, that ye should do
as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say
unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord;
neither he that is sent greater than he that sent
him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if
ye do them.
The world’s mind set is what’s in for me; the
Christian mind set must be how can I minister to
needs of others?
What allows us to have a servant mindset is
Pride will rob
us of a servant’s mindset.
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory;
but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other
better than themselves. Look not every man on
his own things, but every man also on the things of
others. 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
The God of the universe became like His creation.
And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased;
and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to
every man that is among you, not to think of himself
more highly than he ought to think; but to think
soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man
the measure of faith.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he
shall lift you up.
The end product of a servant’s mindset and humility
will be unity.
Jesus desires unity within the church.
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in
me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:
that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
By this shall all men know that ye are my
disciples, if ye have love one to another.
It is our love for one another shown through unity
that will cause the world to see Christ in us.
1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing,
and that there be no divisions among you; but that
ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and
in the same judgment.
Philippians 2:2 Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded,
having the same love, being of one accord, of one
Let us have the mind of Christ, servant hood,
humility and unity.
“SEVEN REASONS TO BE
THANKFUL IN TIMES OF DIFFICULTY”
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM
SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of
God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
The Bible tells us that we are to rejoice evermore.
One of the
signs of true Christianity is the joy that
For most of us we find it easy to be joyful and
thankful when things are going well, but the proof
of the pudding is when things are difficult.
is not freedom from times of difficulty but rather
the strength and faith to be victorious in spite of
in Psalm 92 speaks of being thankful during the good
times and being thankful during the times of testing
The secret of
being thankful in times of trouble and stress is our
But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently
It is our
belief about God that will determine whether we are
thankful during times of difficulty.
I. SEVEN REASONS TO BE
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of
God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
It says IN EVERYTHING not FOR EVERYTHING.
bad happens we do not have to be thankful for what
has happen but we can be thankful in spite of what
For God’s love.
Knowing that God loves us in spite of what may be
happing around us and in spite of what we may have
done should cause us to be thankful in all things.
Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying,
Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love:
therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
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.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that,
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love
wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead
in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by
grace ye are saved;)
1 John 3:1-2
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath
bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons
of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because
it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons
of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:
but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be
like him; for we shall see him as he is.
For God’s wisdom.
We can be thankful that God’s wisdom is far
greater and more beneficial to us then our own.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are
your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the
heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways
higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your
We see things and understand things through human
And we know that all things work together for good
to them that love God, to them who are the called
according to his purpose.
We can be thankful that God’s power is greater than
any other power in heaven or earth.
I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no
thought can be withholden from thee.
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:
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men
this is impossible; but with God all things are
For with God nothing shall be impossible.
No matter what we are facing, God is able to
deliver us from the situation or give us victory
Nay, in all these things we are more than
conquerors through him that loved us. For I am
persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present,
nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any
other creature, shall be able to separate us from
the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For God’s promises.
We can be thankful that no matter how impossible
the situation might seem we can depend upon God’s
And being fully persuaded that, what he had
promised, he was able also to perform.
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.
Romans 3:4 (NLT)
Of course not! Though everyone else in the world is
a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say, "He will
be proved right in what he says, and he will win his
case in court."
For God’s provisions.
We can be thankful that God will give us what we
need when we need it.
But my God shall supply all your need according to
his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
It says all our needs not all our wants.
We must allow
God to determine the difference between our needs
and our wants.
For God’s presence.
Of all the things to be thankful for, this is high
on my list.
Cherokee Right of Passage
Do you know the
legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's
rite of passage?
takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves
him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the
whole night and not remove the blindfold until the
rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot
cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the
night, he is a MAN. He cannot tell the other boys of
this experience, because each lad must come into
manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified.
He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must
surely be all around him. Maybe even some
human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and
earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically,
never removing the blindfold. It would be the only
way he could become a man.! Finally, after a
horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his
blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father
sitting on the stump next to him. He had been
at watch the entire night, protecting his son from
harm. We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't
know it, our Heavenly Father is watching over us,
sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes,
all we have to do is reach out to Him.
When thou goest out to battle against thine
enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a
people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for
the Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up
out of the land of Egypt.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be
with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not
overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire,
thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame
kindle upon thee.
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I
have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and
be content with such things as ye have: for he hath
said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
For God’s grace.
For all these things in which we can be thankful
for, we deserve none of them, we receive them only
through God’s grace.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of
works, lest any man should boast.
How can we show our thankfulness to God?
Through sharing what God has done for us with
Through our gifts of time, talent & treasure
“BUILDING ON A SOLID
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm
Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my
buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high
Where ever we look we can see that we are getting
closer and closer to the coming of the Lord.
Jesus warns us
that the world would be in turmoil and that many
hearts will fail because of what will be taking
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed
that no man deceive you. For many shall come
in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive
many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of
wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these
things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom
against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and
pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All
these are the beginning of sorrows.
As we see
these days fast approaching let us not allow fear to
As the coming
of the Lord gets closer these things will increase
but we need not fear.
remember that God has everything under control and
we as His children have no reason to fear.
And when these things begin to come to pass, then
look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption
We should not
be surprise at what is happen around us.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-5
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have
no need that I write unto you. For yourselves
know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as
a thief in the night. For when they shall say,
Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh
upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and
they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are
not in darkness, that that day should overtake you
as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and
the children of the day: we are not of the night,
nor of darkness.
prepare ourselves so that when Jesus returns we will
I. JESUS WILL RETURN.
THERE ARE TWO THINGS WE MUST NOT DO IN REGARDS
TO CHRIST’S RETURN.
1. Try to predict when it will happen.
Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man,
no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the
Son, but the Father.
The book: Eighty-eight reasons why Jesus
will return in 1988.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
2. Act as though it never going to happen.
By failing to prepare ourselves we are showing that
we really don’t believe that it is going to happen.
2 Peter 3:3-4 Knowing this first, that there shall come in
the last days scoffers, walking after their own
lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his
coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all
things continue as they were from the beginning of
B. WHAT WILL
HAPPEN WHEN CHRIST RETURNS?
1. The Believer will be taken to Heaven.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
I can tell you this directly from the Lord: We who
are still living when the Lord returns will not rise
to meet him ahead of those who are in their graves.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with
a commanding shout, with the call of the archangel,
and with the trumpet call of God. First, all the
Christians who have died will rise from their
graves. Then, together with them, we who are
still alive and remain on the earth will be caught
up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and
remain with him forever. So comfort and
encourage each other with these words.
There is no reason for the Believer to fear the
Second coming of Jesus.
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first
resurrection: on such the second death hath no
power, but they shall be priests of God and of
Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
2. The non-believer will face the White Throne
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on
it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled
away; and there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before
God; and the books were opened: and another book was
opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were
judged out of those things which were written in the
books, according to their works. And the sea
gave up the dead which were in it; and death and
hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and
they were judged every man according to their works.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.
This is the second death. And whosoever was not
found written in the book of life was cast into the
lake of fire.
All the Believers were resurrected in the First
Resurrection therefore only non-believer are raised
in the second Resurrection.
II. HOW DO WE PREPARE FOR
NOTE: For the true Believer the return of Christ will
not catch them unaware.
Luke 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered
them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till
The one thing we don’t do is sit wringing our hands
bemoaning what is happen around us.
God expects us
to be busy using whatever He has given us in time
and opportunity, to reach the lost.
Mark 13:32-37 (NIV)
"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the
angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that
time will come. It's like a man going away: He
leaves his house and puts his servants in charge,
each with his assigned task, and tells the one at
the door to keep watch. "Therefore keep watch
because you do not know when the owner of the house
will come back--whether in the evening, or at
midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.
If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you
sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone:
The closer the
coming of Christ is, the more adversity we will
We must be
built on solid foundation in order to be able to
Our faith must be built upon the solid rock.
The secret of building on the solid rock is
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine,
and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man,
which built his house upon a rock: and the rain
descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it
was founded upon a rock.
must listen to the Word of God.
must do what the Word of God tells.
We must take
the Word of God to those who are not listening.
Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they
have not believed? and how shall they believe in him
of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear
without a preacher?
We must make God our fortress and deliverer.
We cannot put our trust in our own strength or the
strength of this world to keep us during the storms
that are coming.
Psalm 56:11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be
afraid what man can do unto me.
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong
tower from the enemy.
Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the
righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
The closer we come to the Second Coming the worst
it will be, but those who trust in God will have
peace in the midst of the storm.
But let all those that put their trust in thee
rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou
defendest them: let them also that love thy name be
joyful in thee.
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!
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is
stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.