APRIL 3, 2010
IS EASTER ALL ABOUT?”
SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 28:1-8
Matthew 28:8 (NLT) The women ran quickly from
the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled
with great joy, and they rushed to find the
disciples to give them the angel's message.
INTRO: Why did
God make the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus
Christ the foundation of our faith?
If Jesus was truly the Son of God, how could
He have died?
How can God die?
This is the question that must have filled
the hearts of the disciples.
From the day of the crucifixion until the
morning of the resurrection must have been the
darkest days in the life of the disciples.
There is a large segment in our culture today
that has no clue what Easter is all about.
They do not see it as a religious day but
rather a time for family to get together and enjoy
The question we must ask ourselves is: Do we
have a clear understanding what Easter is all about?
WHAT IS EASTER ALL ABOUT?
GOD’S HATRED FOR SIN.
NOTE: What is
We like to classify sin but in God’s sight
all sin is the same.
For all that do such things, and all that do
unrighteously, are an abomination unto the Lord thy
For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in
wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he
that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts
against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for
all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord.
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he
eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth
it not, to him it is sin.
1 John 5:17
All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not
NOTE: There is
no one who is exempt from sin.
1 Kings 8:46
If they sin against thee, (for there is no man
that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and
deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them
away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or
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.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
1 John 1:8
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us.
The penalty for sin is great.
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the
father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the
soul that sinneth, it shall die.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
II. MAN INABILITY TO
FREE HIMSELF FROM SIN.
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am
pure from my sin?
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our
righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do
fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind,
have taken us away.
NOTE: There are
those who think that religion can free them from
sin, but remember, it was the religious leaders the
put Jesus on the cross.
III. GOD’S LOVE AND
FORGIVENESS FOR FALLEN MAN.
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.
He that believeth on him is not condemned:
but he that believeth not is condemned already,
because he hath not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God.
God hates sin, He loves the sinner and made away
that sinful man might be restored in fellowship with
the thrice holy God.
This was done through the death, burial and
resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
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.
hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet
we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he
was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of
our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are
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.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that,
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
CONCLUSION: What is Easter
It’s about God’s love and forgiveness to
Have you experience the joy of Resurrection
“BEING A POSITIVE INFLUENCE”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 5:13
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt
have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?
it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast
out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Have you ever consider yourself as being an
influence to others?
Whether or not we want to admit it, we are all an
influence to someone else.
This is what God expects of us.
One of the greatest examples of personal
influence found in the Bible is the influence of
And when Saul was come to
Jerusalem, he assayed to join
himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid
of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.
But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the
apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the
Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and
how he had preached boldly at
in the name of Jesus.
Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus,
for to seek Saul: and when he had found him, he
brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole
year they assembled themselves with the church, and
taught much people. And the disciples were called
Christians first in
And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us
go again and visit our brethren in every city where
we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how
they do. And Barnabas determined to take with them
John, whose surname was Mark. But Paul thought not
good to take him with them, who departed from them
from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.
And the contention was so sharp between them,
that they departed asunder one from the other: and
so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;
Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with
thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
God expects us to be a positive influence as
an individual and as a church in two ways:
I. BEING A POSITIVE INFLUENCE AS SALT.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have
lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is
thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out,
and to be trodden under foot of men.
There are several characteristic of salt that we as
Christians must have to fulfill God’s purpose in our
A. SALT IS DISTINCTIVE FROM WHAT IT IS
The ability of salt to be an influence lies in this
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the
world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye
may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
perfect, will of God.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in
the world. If any man love the world, the love of
the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the
flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of
life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
How can we be a positive influence on those around
us if we are the same as they are?
B. SALT IS A PRESERVATIVE.
Salt will keep things from spoiling.
We as Christians must seek to influence those
around us, to turn the corruption of sin, and turn
Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of
Syria, was a great man with his
master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had
given deliverance unto
Syria: he was also
a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.
And the Syrians had gone out by companies,
and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel
a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.
And she said unto her mistress, Would God my
lord were with the prophet that is in
Samaria! for he would recover
him of his leprosy.
And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and
wash in the Jordan seven times, and thy flesh
shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and
said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to
me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his
God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover
And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and
said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some
great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how
much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and
be clean? Then went he down, and dipped himself
seven times in
to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came
again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he
God wants us to be such an influence on those around
us that they will turn from their lives of sin.
SALT DOES ITS WORK QUIETLY.
Salt does not attract attention to its self but goes
about doing its work quietly and without fan-fare.
We as Christians must not seek our own glory but
rather that God might be praised.
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example
of the believers, in word, in conversation
in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
D. SALT IS IRREPRESSIBLE.
Once salt is applied its influence cannot be
Our influence in the lives of those around us
cannot be stopped.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my
mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it
shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall
prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
May we seek to be a positive influence to all whom
we come in contact with in:
APRIL 18, 2010
A LIGHT IN A DARKENED WORLD”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 5:14-16 Ye
are the light of the world. A city that is set on an
hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle,
and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and
it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let
your light so shine before men, that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father which is in
God wants and even demands that we are to be a
positive influence on those whom we come in contact
What is the difference from being an
influence as salt and being an influence as light?
Salt does its work unseen and often
The only time salt is noticed is when there
is too little or too much.
In order for light to be an influence it must
I. WE ARE TO BE LIGHT.
There are two kinds of light in this world:
Man made lights is used to replace natural
The light of the body is the eye: therefore when
thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of
light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is
full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light
which is in thee be not darkness.
The light the world produces is actually darkness.
The purpose of the light that man produces is
to hide the darkness of the world.
Jesus is the true light of the world, and His light
reveals the sinfulness of this world and guides
fallen man to the only redemption for the world.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am
the light of the world: he that followeth me shall
not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of
Jesus in like the Sun and we are too become as the
moon, reflecting the light of Jesus through our
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light
in the Lord: walk as children of light:
As Jesus was the light of the World while He was in
the world, we become the light of the world by
reflecting His light in our lives.
II. BEING A LIGHT IN A DARKENED WORLD
The world is in the darkness of sin and has
no light in it self.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come
into the world, and men loved darkness rather than
light, because their deeds were evil. For every one
that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to
the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and
gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise
upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great
light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of
death, upon them hath the light shined.
The darker the night the brighter the light.
God has called us to bring the light of the Gospel
to a darkened world by living a godly life before
For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have
set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou
shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of
God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and
perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in
2 Corinthians 4:4-6
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds
of them which believe not, lest the light of the
glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God,
should shine unto them.
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus
the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus'
sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out
of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the
light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the
face of Jesus Christ.
III. WE MUST NOT HIDE OUR LIGHT.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on
an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it
under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth
light unto all that are in the house.
For light to do its work it must be turn on.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us
therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us
put on the armour of light.
If we have the true light of Jesus Christ
shinning in our hearts we cannot help but let it
shine out into this darkened world.
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness
of the firmament; and they that turn many to
righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
The light of the Gospel in our lives will do many
It will penetrate the darkness of sin.
It will reveal the love and righteousness of
It will guide men and women out of darkness.
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory
of the Lord is risen upon thee.
the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross
darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon
thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and
kings to the brightness of thy rising.
IV. THE LIGHT WILL BRINGS HONOR AND GLORY TO
Let your light so shine before men, that they may
see your good works, and glorify your Father which
is in heaven.
If the light that we are shinning is the true light
of the Gospel, it will bring honor and glory to God
and not to us.
John the Baptist gives us the example we must
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness
of the Light, that all men through him might
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear
witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every
man that cometh into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made
by him, and the world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his own received
But as many as received him, to them gave he
power to become the sons of God, even to them that
believe on his name: which were born, not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of
man, but of God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among
us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the
only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and
He must increase, but I must decrease.
The whole purpose of being a positive influence
should be to life up Jesus so that the world can see
Him and desire to have Him a part of their lives.
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw
all men unto me.
“BEING BURIED WITH CHRIST”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Romans 6:3-4 (KJV)
Know ye not, that so many of us as were
baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into
death: that like as Christ was raised up from the
dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also
should walk in newness of life.
Through out history there have been those who had a
great fear of being buried alive.
"All I desire for my own
burial is not to be buried alive." - Lord
"Have me decently buried, but
do not let my body be put into a vault in less
than two days after I am dead." – Death bed
request of George Washington.
"Swear to make them cut me
open, so that I won't be buried alive."-
Frederic Chopin's last words.
Today careful examination is made to make
sure those who are buried are truly dead.
I. A PERSON THAT IS BEING BAPTIZED INTO
CHRIST MUST BE DEAD.
When a person comes to be baptized, they are making
a public confession that they have died to the life
of sin by accepting Jesus Christ not only as their
Savior, but also as the Lord of their lives.
As Jesus paid the cost for our salvation by
dying for our sins, we must die to our sins by being
buried in Water Baptism.
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified
with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed,
that henceforth we should not serve sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Our death to sin is not a one time shot.
Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing
which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
Every day we must die to self and sin.
II. WATER BAPTISM RELEASES US INTO A NEW LIFE
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with
him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was
raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,
even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:10-11 (GW) When he died, he died once
and for all to sin's power. But now he lives, and he
lives for God.
So consider yourselves dead to sin's power
but living for God in the power Christ Jesus gives
Because we have died to sin, sin no longer reigns in
We are no longer enslaved to sin.
Romans 6:12-14 (NLT) Do not let sin
control the way you live; do not give in to its
Do not let any part of your body become a
tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead,
give yourselves completely to God since you have
been given new life. And use your whole body as a
tool to do what is right for the glory of God.
Sin is no longer your master, for you are no
longer subject to the law, which enslaves you to
sin. Instead, you are free by God's grace.
6:17-18 (NLT) Thank God! Once you were slaves of
sin, but now you have obeyed with all your heart the
new teaching God has given you.
Now you are free from sin, your old master,
and you have become slaves to your new master,
III. WE ARE RAISED FROM WATERY GRAVE TO LIVE
IN THE POWER OF THE
Romans 8:11 (NLT) The Spirit of God, who raised
Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he
raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to
your mortal body by this same Spirit living within
We are incapable if living a victorious Christian
life in our own strength.
2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our
warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to
the pulling down of strong holds;)
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.
Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake
unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto
Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but
by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.
We are only able to live the life of a victorious
Christians through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 40:31 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.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after
that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall
be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all
Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part
of the earth.