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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 

JUNE 5, 2011 

WALKING IN THE LIGHT

 SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Corinthians 4:1-18 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NLT)   

    For God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made us understand that this light is the brightness of the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.  

INTRO: In the heart of every true Believe is a desire to see the Kingdom of God grow. 

   We should never be satisfied with our own spiritual growth or the growth of the church. 

   God has given to each of us a ministry. 

2 Corinthians 4:1 (NLT) And so, since God in his mercy has given us this wonderful ministry, we never give up.  

I. WHAT IS THE MINISTRY GOD HAS GIVEN TO EACH OF US? 

NOTE: It is our privilege to share the Gospel to those who are walking in darkness. 

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.  

A.    THERE ARE MANY WHO ARE LIVING IN THE DARKNESS OF SIN. 

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.  

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (NLT) If the Good News we preach is veiled from anyone, it is a sign that they are perishing.  Satan, the god of this evil world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe, so they are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News that is shining upon them. They don't understand the message we preach about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.  

Proverbs 2:13 (NLT) These people turn from right ways to walk down dark and evil paths.  

Proverbs 4:19 (NLT) But the way of the wicked is like complete darkness. Those who follow it have no idea what they are stumbling over.  

NOTE: Their doom is sure unless they turn from the darkness and come to the light. 

Jeremiah 23:12a (NLT) "Therefore, their paths will be dark and slippery. They will be chased down dark and treacherous trails, where they will fall. For I will bring disaster upon them when their time of punishment comes. I, the Lord, have spoken!  

B.      GOD HAS CALLED US TO BRING LIGHT TO THOSE IN DARKNESS. 

Romans 10:14 (NLT) But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?  

NOTE: It is only the Gospel of Jesus Christ that can overcome the darkness of this world and sin. 

John 1:1-5 (NLT) In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. He was in the beginning with God. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn't make. Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.  

2 Corinthians 4:5-6 (NLT) We don't go around preaching about ourselves; we preach Christ Jesus, the Lord. All we say about ourselves is that we are your servants because of what Jesus has done for us. For God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made us understand that this light is the brightness of the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.  

C.    WHAT A DIFFERENCE WE MAKE TO THOSE WHO WALK IN DARKNESS WHEN WE WALK IN THE LIGHT AND ALLOW JESUS TO SHINE THROUGH US. 

Isaiah 9:2 (NLT) The people who walk in darkness will see a great light—a light that will shine on all who live in the land where death casts its shadow.  

   Consider the woman with the lost coin.  Luke 15:8-10 

NOTE: We cannot hide from our responsibility to minister to those who are walking in darkness. 

Proverbs 24:11-12 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?  

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:  

CONCLUSION: Let us let our little light shine. 

Isaiah 60:1 (NLT) "Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all the nations to see! For the glory of the Lord is shining upon you.  

Daniel 12:3 (NLT) Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who turn many to righteousness will shine like stars forever.  

 

JUNE 12, 2011

WHAT YOU GIVE IS WHAT YOU GET

 SCRIPTURE READING: II CORINTHIANS 9:1-8

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Corinthians 9:6

     But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.  

INTRO: The spirit of giving is the foundation of message of the Gospel. 

   God loves those that give, give generously and cheerfully.  

2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.  

   How we give and the spirit in which we give determines God’s blessings. 

Luke 6:38 (NLT) If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you."  

   God is our example in giving and we need to follow His example. 

John 3:16 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.  

   God gave generously, He gave His very best.

   God gave cheerfully not grudgingly.

    Four things we need to give generously and cheerfully. 

I.  LOVE 

NOTE: We are to give our love generously and cheerfully, just like God gave His love to us. 

A.    WE ARE TO GIVE OUR LOVE TO GOD. 

Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  

   We are to love God generously, more than anything or anyone else. 

Matthew 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  

   We are to love God more than our earthly possessions. 

Matthew 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.  

B.      WE ARE TO GIVE OUR LOVE ONE TO ANOTHER. 

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

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

 II. WE ARE TO GIVE FORGIVENESS. 

NOTE: If we want to experience God’s forgiveness we must forgive those who have wronged us.

 Matthew 6:14-15 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 Luke 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

 Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

 Colossians 3:13 (NLT) You must make allowance for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

 III. WE MUST GIVE MERCY

Romans 12:8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

 Matthew 5:7 (NLT) God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

NOTE: What is mercy? Mercy is not seeking revenge but seeking restoration.

 Proverbs 24:29 (NLT) And don't say, "Now I can pay them back for all their meanness to me! I'll get even!"

Luke 10:37 (NLT) The man replied, "The one who showed him mercy."  Then Jesus said, "Yes, now go and do the same."

 James 2:13 (NLT) For there will be no mercy for you if you have not been merciful to others. But if you have been merciful, then God's mercy toward you will win out over his judgment against you.

 IV. WE MUST GIVE OF OUR RESOURCES (Time, Talent & Treasure)

 Galatians 6:7 (NLT) Don't be misled. Remember that you can't ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow!

 NOTE: If we withhold our resources from God, He will withhold His blessings from us. 

   Giving to God of our resources (Time, Talent, and Treasure) should be our highest priority. 

Proverbs 3:9-10 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.  

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.  

CONCLUSION: Whatever we give (Love, Forgiveness, Mercy, & Resources) must be given in the spirit of willingness. 

   God will bless those who give with a willing heart. 

Proverbs 11:24-25 (NLT) It is possible to give freely and become more wealthy, but those who are stingy will lose everything.  The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.  

Galatians 6:9 (NLT) So don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.

 

 

JUNE 19, 2011 

BEING A MAN OF VALOR 

SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Samuel 23:8-22 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 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 sight.

INTRO: Who is a man of valor?  A man willing to stand and make a difference is a man of valor.

 

   The army of Israel was facing the armies of Ammon and Syria. 

   Joab called for the army of Israel to be men of valor. 

   For our church to grow properly, we need men to lead, men of valor. 

   To be a man of valor they must be: 

  1. A man of courage

  2. A man with a purpose

  3. A man who is committed.

  4. A man of faith

 

I. A MAN OF COURAGE 

Joshua 1:9 (KJV) Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.  

NOTE: What the church needs are men of courage who are willing to stand up against that which would destroy the church. 

   The Church is in a spiritual battle and we need spiritual men, men of courage to stand against the attacks of sin and Satan. 

   The enemy we face is powerful. 

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) 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. 

   The Church needs men that are not afraid to face difficult situations.  

ILL: Jonathan and his armor bearer.   

1 Samuel 14:6 (KJV)     And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few. 

II. MEN WHO HAVE A PURPOSE. 

NOTE: In order for us to have a purpose we must first see the need and have the courage to act upon the need. 

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.  

   Those who fail to see a purpose in life will never accomplish anything worthwhile both spiritual and natural. 

NOTE: The Church needs men who see a need and have the courage to get involved. 

   David saw the need and did something about it. 

1 Samuel 17:29 (KJV) And David said, “What have I now done? Is there not a cause?”  

   There were others who saw the need but lacked the courage to take action. 

   The Church needs men who have the purpose of reaching the spiritual needs of the Church not just the physical needs.

NOTE: Paul was a man with a purpose.   

Philippians 3:8 (KJV) Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  

III. MEN WHO ARE COMMITTED. 

Psalm 37:5 (KJV) Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.  

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (KJV) Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.  

NOTE: The Church needs men who see the need, have the courage to address the need and be willing to commit themselves to meet the need. 

ILL. Noah understood the need; he had the courage to address the need and was and was willing to be committed to the task until the need was met, (120 years). 

   Those who are committed to a task will often face opposition. 

ILL: Moses faced opposition many times, yet he remained committed to leading the Children of Israel to the Promise Land even though he was unable to enter in. 

Nehemiah 9:17a (NIV) They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery… 

IV. MEN OF FAITH 

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  

NOTE: Abraham was a man of valor.  He had courage, he had a purpose, he was committed and he was a man of faith. 

Hebrews 11:17-19 (NLT) It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God's promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, though God had promised him, "Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted."  Abraham assumed that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.  

NOTE: It is faith that will enable us to have the courage, purpose and commitment to be men of valor. 

   Without faith, doing the first three will only address the physical not the spiritual. 

Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. 

CONLUSION: To be a man of valor is not dependant on who we are but rather who God is and our willingness to serve Him. 

   Let each man seek to be a man of valor to build our church, and bring honor and glory to God. 

   Our church need men of valor, are you willing to be a man of valor?           

 

JUNE 26, 2011 

GOD’S GREATEST CREATION 

SCRIPTURE READING: EPHESIANS 2:1-10 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)   

    For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. 

INTRO: What, in your opinion, is God’s greatest creation? 

   To me, God’s greatest creation is when He takes a sinner and makes them into a saint. 

I. THE LIVING DEAD. 

Ephesians 2:1-3 (GW) You were once dead because of your failures and sins.  You followed the ways of this present world and its spiritual ruler. This ruler continues to work in people who refuse to obey God.  All of us once lived among these people, and followed the desires of our corrupt nature. We did what our corrupt desires and thoughts wanted us to do. So, because of our nature, we deserved God's anger just like everyone else.  

NOTE: The word death means separation; it never means extinction, annihilation, non-existence, or inactivity.  

   Death is the consequence of sin. 

Genesis 2:17 (KJV) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.  

Ezekiel 18:4 (KJV) 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 6:23a (KJV) For the wages of sin is death… 

   There are three kinds of death. 

  1. The first kind of death is PHYSICAL DEATH.

NOTE: Physical death is when the spirit is separated from the body. 

Hebrews 9:27 (KJV) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  

  1. The second kind of death is Eternal Death.

NOTE: Eternal Death is the separation of man from God forever. 

Revelation 20:14-15 (KJV) 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.

    If you are able to hear my voice today you have not suffered either of the first two kinds of death. 

  1. The third kind of death is Spiritual Death.

NOTE: Spiritual death is when we are physically alive but are separated from God by our sins. 

   It doesn’t matter how good we are or how much good we have done, if we have not accepted Jesus as our Savior, we are as spiritual zombies, the living dead. 

Isaiah 59:2 (KJV) 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: All of us have either been among the living dead or are still among the living dead, it all depends on our relationship with God. 

II. GOD’S GREATEST CREATION. 

NOTE: When God takes a person who is spiritual dead and makes them into one that is alive in Christ, to me that is God’s greatest creation.

Ephesians 2:4-10 (NLT) But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much,  that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's special favor that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we are seated with him in the heavenly realms—all because we are one with Christ Jesus. And so God can always point to us as examples of the incredible wealth of his favor and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us through Christ Jesus.

    God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. 

NOTE: God created a saint out of Saul of Tarsus. 

Acts 26:9-18 (NLT) "I used to believe that I ought to do everything I could to oppose the followers of Jesus of Nazareth.  Authorized by the leading priests, I caused many of the believers in Jerusalem to be sent to prison. And I cast my vote against them when they were condemned to death.  Many times I had them whipped in the synagogues to try to get them to curse Christ. I was so violently opposed to them that I even hounded them in distant cities of foreign lands.

    "One day I was on such a mission to Damascus, armed with the authority and commission of the leading priests. [13] About noon, Your Majesty, a light from heaven brighter than the sun shone down on me and my companions. [14] We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to fight against my will.'

     'Who are you, sir?' I asked.

    "And the Lord replied, 'I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. Now stand up! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and my witness. You are to tell the world about this experience and about other times I will appear to you. And I will protect you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am going to send you to the Gentiles, to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God's people, who are set apart by faith in me.'  

NOTE: It doesn’t matter how great a sinner we might be, God takes the worst and makes them into the best. 

   1.  He takes us while we are still sinners. 

Ephesians 2:4-5a (NLT) But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins… 

Romans 5:8 (NLT) But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 

2.      He cleanses us from all our sin. 

Zechariah 13:1 (KJV) In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.  

Hebrews 9:14 (KJV) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  

1 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  

1 John 1:7, 9 (KJV) 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 sin… If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

Revelation 1:5 (KJV) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

3.      He creates us into His children. 

1 John 3:1-3 (NLT) See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for he allows us to be called his children, and we really are! But the people who belong to this world don't know God, so they don't understand that we are his children.  Yes, dear friends, we are already God's children, and we can't even imagine what we will be like when Christ returns. But we do know that when he comes we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.  And all who believe this will keep themselves pure, just as Christ is pure.  

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. 

NOTE: God has created us with a purpose, to do His will and to fulfill His plan for our life. 

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  

CONCLUSION: Even as God created man out of the dust of the earth, God creates saints out of sinners. 

   Have you allowed God to crate you into a saint?

 

 

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