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APRIL 3, 2010

WHAT IS EASTER ALL ABOUT?”

 SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 28:1-8

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: 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 each other.

    The question we must ask ourselves is: Do we have a clear understanding what Easter is all about?

    WHAT IS EASTER ALL ABOUT?

 I.  GOD’S HATRED FOR SIN.

 NOTE: What is sin?

    We like to classify sin but in God’s sight all sin is the same.

 Deuteronomy 25:16 For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the Lord thy God.

 Psalm 5:4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.

 Proverbs 14:21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

 Zechariah 8:17 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.

 Romans 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

 James 4:17 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 unto death.

 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 near;

 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.

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

 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.

 Ezekiel 18:4 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.

 Romans 6:23 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.

 Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

 Isaiah 64:6 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.

 John 3:16-18 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.

 NOTE: Although 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.

 Isaiah 53:4-6  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  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 healed.  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.

 Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

CONCLUSION: What is Easter all about?  It’s about God’s love and forgiveness to sinful man.

    Have you experience the joy of Resurrection Sunday?

 

APRIL 11, 2010-06-01

BEING A POSITIVE INFLUENCE

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 5:1-16

 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.

 INTRO: 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 Barnabas. 

  • Barnabas’ influence on Saul (Paul). 

 Acts 9:26-27 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 Damascus in the name of Jesus.

 Acts 11:25-26 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 Antioch.  

  • Barnabas’s influence on John Mark.

 Acts 15:36-39 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;

 2 Timothy 4:11 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.

 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.

    There are several characteristic of salt that we as Christians must have to fulfill God’s purpose in our lives.

    A. SALT IS DISTINCTIVE FROM WHAT IT IS INFLUENCING.  

 NOTE: The ability of salt to be an influence lies in this difference.

 John 17:15-16 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

 Romans 12:2 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.

 1 John 2:15-16 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.

 NOTE: How can we be a positive influence on those around us if we are the same as they are?

    B. SALT IS A PRESERVATIVE.

 NOTE: Salt will keep things from spoiling.

    We as Christians must seek to influence those around us, to turn the corruption of sin, and turn to Christ.

 2 Kings 5:1-3 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.

 2 Kings 5:10-11 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 the leper.

 2 Kings 5:13-14 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 Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

 NOTE: God wants us to be such an influence on those around us that they will turn from their lives of sin.

    C.  SALT DOES ITS WORK QUIETLY.

 NOTE: 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.

 1 Tim. 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation (behavior), in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

 D. SALT IS IRREPRESSIBLE. 

 NOTE: Once salt is applied its influence cannot be stopped.

     Our influence in the lives of those around us cannot be stopped.

 Isaiah 55:11 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.

 CONCLUSION: May we seek to be a positive influence to all whom we come in contact with in:

  • In word

  • In behavior

  • In charity

  • In spirit

  • In faith

  • In purity

 

APRIL 18, 2010

 BEING A LIGHT IN A DARKENED WORLD

 SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 5:1-16

 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 heaven.

 INTRO: God wants and even demands that we are to be a positive influence on those whom we come in contact with.

    What is the difference from being an influence as salt and being an influence as light?

    Salt does its work unseen and often un-noticed.

    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 been seen.

 I. WE ARE TO BE LIGHT.

 OTE: There are two kinds of light in this world: 

  • Natural light (sun & stars)

  • Man made lights

    Man made lights is used to replace natural light.

 Luke 11:34-35 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.

 NOTE: 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.

 John 8:12 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 life.

 John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

 NOTE: Jesus in like the Sun and we are too become as the moon, reflecting the light of Jesus through our lives.

 Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

 NOTE: 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.

 John 3:19-20 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.

 Isaiah 60:2 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.

 Isaiah 9:2 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.

 NOTE: 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 them.

Acts 13:47 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 earth.

 Philippians 2:15 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 the world;

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.

 Matthew 5:14-15 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.

 NOTE: For light to do its work it must be turn on.

 Romans 13:12 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.

 Daniel 12:3 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.

 NOTE: The light of the Gospel in our lives will do many things: 

  • It will penetrate the darkness of sin.

  • It will reveal the love and righteousness of God.

  • It will guide men and women out of darkness.

 Isaiah 60:1-3 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.  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.  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 GOD.

 Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 NOTE: 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 follow.

 John 1:6-14 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 believe.  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 him not.  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 truth.

 John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

 CONCLUSION: 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.

 John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

 

APRIL 25, 2010-06-01

BEING BURIED WITH CHRIST

 SCRIPTURE READING: ROMANS 6:1-11

 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 death?  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.

 INTRO: 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 Chesterfield, 1769.

  • "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.

 NOTE: 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.

 

Romans 6:6-7 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.

NOTE: Our death to sin is not a one time shot.

 1 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. 

  • It is a daily walk.

  • It is a daily commitment.

 II. WATER BAPTISM RELEASES US INTO A NEW LIFE WITH CHRIST.

 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 you.

 NOTE: Because we have died to sin, sin no longer reigns in our lives.

    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 lustful desires.  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.

 Romans 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, righteousness.

 III. WE ARE RAISED FROM WATERY GRAVE TO LIVE IN THE POWER OF THE

     HOLY SPIRIT.

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 you.

 NOTE: 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.

 

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