SERMON FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST
“BOUGHT AND PAID FOR”
SCRIPTURE READING: I PETER 1:18-23
SCRIPTURE TEXT: 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:
INTRO: Have you ever faced an insurmountable bill
that you knew you could never pay?
We all are faced with the insurmountable bill of sin, that no
matter who we are, we are unable to pay it.
I. WE ARE HELD UNDER THE BONDAGE OF SATAN
1 Kings 8:46 (NLT) "If they sin against you—and who
has never sinned?—you may become angry with them and
let their enemies conquer them and take them captive
to a foreign land far or near.
Isaiah 64:6 (NLT) We are all infected and impure
with sin. When we proudly display our righteous
deeds, we find they are but filthy rags. Like autumn
leaves, we wither and fall. And our sins, like the
wind, sweep us away.
Romans 3:23 (NLT) For all have sinned; all fall
short of God's glorious standard.
Because we are under the bondage of sin, we all are face with the
penalty of sin, death.
Romans 6:23a (NLT) For the wages of sin is death…
Following death we will face God’s judgment for our sins.
Hebrews 9:27 (NLT) And just as it is destined that
each person dies only once and after that comes
Revelation 20:14 (KJV) And death and hell were cast
into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
NOTE: There are a lot of people who refuse to hear
or believe the truth of God’s Word.
They want to believe…
There is no sin thus not punishment for sin.
a loving God will never send anyone to hell.
their sin is not too bad.
by good works they can pay the penalty of sin.
20:9 (NLT) Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart; I
am pure and free from sin"?
Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NLT) There is not a single person
in all the earth who is always good and never sins.
What hope is there for any of us?
We are all held under the power of Satan and sin, like a kidnapped
child held for ransom.
II. THE RANSOM HAS BEEN PAID.
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
NOTE: The word Redeemed means to be set free or
deliver by the payment of a ransom.
Job 33:18-25 (NLT) He keeps them from the grave,
from crossing over the river of death. Or God
disciplines people with sickness and pain, with
ceaseless aching in their bones. They lose
their appetite and do not care for even the most
delicious food. They waste away to skin and
bones. They are at death's door; the angels of
death wait for them.
"But if a special messenger from heaven is there to
intercede for a person, to declare that he is
upright, God will be gracious and say, 'Set
him free. Do not make him die, for I have found a
ransom for his life.' Then his body will become as
healthy as a child's, firm and youthful again.
How is our ransom to be paid?
A. CHRIST AND CHRIST ALONE
HAS PAID OUR RANSOM.
Psalm 49:7 (NLT) Yet they cannot redeem themselves
from death by paying a ransom to God.
NOTE: Because we are unable to pay the ransom
ourselves we needed someone who was able to meet the
price pay for us.
Romans 3:24 (KJV) Being justified freely by his
grace through the redemption that is in Christ
1 Corinthians 1:30 (NLT) God alone made it possible
for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God
made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who
made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy,
and he gave himself to purchase our freedom.
Galatians 3:13 (KJV) Christ hath redeemed us from
the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for
it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a
Hebrews 9:12 (KJV) Neither by the blood of goats and
calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into
the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption
CHRIST PAID OUR RANSOM HE ALONE IS WORTHY TO BE
Revelation 5:9 (NLT) And they sang a new song with
these words: "You are worthy to take the scroll and
break its seals and open it. For you were
killed, and your blood has ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
Revelation 5:12 (KJV) Saying with a loud voice,
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power,
and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour,
and glory, and blessing.
“TEARS ARE A LANGUAGE GOD UNDERSTANDS”
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 56:1-13
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 56:8 (NLT)
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my
tears in your bottle. You have recorded each
one in your book.
INTRO: Do you ever feel that God
has left you and He doesn’t really care what you
were going through?
We all face times of pain and sorrow and our eyes may be filled
Does God see our tears, does He hear our cries, and does He care?
There are those who contend that real men don’t cry but the
greatest man cried.
John 11:35 (KJV) Jesus wept.
Hebrews 5:7 (NLT) While Jesus was here on earth, he
offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and
tears, to the one who could deliver him out of
death. And God heard his prayers because of his
reverence for God.
The Bible has many stories of those who are going through difficult
times and they cried out to God wondering if God saw
ILL: The disciples in the storm.
Mark 4:38 (NLT) Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his
head on a cushion. Frantically they woke him up,
shouting, "Teacher, don't you even care that we are
going to drown?"
We want God to see our tears and to care what we are experiencing.
Psalm 39:12 (NLT) Hear my prayer, O Lord!
Listen to my cries for help! Don't ignore my
tears. For I am your guest—a traveler passing
through, as my ancestors were before me.
God sees our tears, He hears our cries and He truly cares about
what we are going through.
Psalm 56:8 (NLT) You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.
There are many different kinds of tears that flow in different
situations, and God sees everyone.
TEARS OF REPENTANCE.
James 4:9 (NLT) Let there be tears for the wrong
things you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep
grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and
gloom instead of joy.
TEARS OF RECONCILATION.
Genesis 33:4 (NLT) Then Esau ran to meet him and
embraced him affectionately and kissed him. Both of
them were in tears.
TEARS WHEN FACING DEATH.
2 Kings 20:5 (NLT) "Go back to Hezekiah, the leader
of my people. Tell him, 'This is what the Lord, the
God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your
prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you, and
three days from now you will get out of bed and go
to the Temple of the Lord.
TEARS OF WEAKEN FAITH.
Mark 9:24 (KJV) And straightway the father of the
child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I
believe; help thou mine unbelief.
TEARS FOR THE NEEDS OF OTHERS.
1 Samuel 11:4 (NLT) When the messengers came to
Gibeah, Saul's hometown, and told the people about
their plight, everyone broke into tears.
Psalm 126:5 (NLT) Those who plant in tears will
harvest with shouts of joy.
Jeremiah 9:1 (NLT) Oh, that my eyes were a fountain
of tears; I would weep forever! I would sob day and
night for all my people who have been slaughtered.
TEARS FOR THE SINS OF OTHERS.
Psalm 119:136 (NLT) Rivers of tears gush from my
eyes because people disobey your law.
Philippians 3:18 (NLT) For I have told you often
before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes,
that there are many whose conduct shows they are
really enemies of the cross of Christ.
TEARS OF LOVE AND DEVOTION.
Luke 7:38 (NLT) Then she knelt behind him at his
feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she
wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing
his feet and putting perfume on them.
TEARS OF THE SPIRITUAL LEADERS.
Joel 2:17 (NLT) The priests, who minister in the
Lord's presence, will stand between the people and
the altar, weeping. Let them pray, "Spare your
people, Lord! They belong to you, so don't let them
become an object of mockery. Don't let their name
become a proverb of unbelieving foreigners who say,
'Where is the God of Israel? He must be helpless!' "
TEARS OF JOY
Jeremiah 31:9 (NLT) Tears of joy will stream down
their faces, and I will lead them home with great
care. They will walk beside quiet streams and not
stumble. For I am Israel's father, and Ephraim is my
CONCLUSION: There will come the day
when God will wipe away all our tears of pain and
Isaiah 25:8 (NLT) He will swallow up death forever!
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears. He will
remove forever all insults and mockery against his
land and people. The Lord has spoken!
Revelation 7:17 (NLT) For the Lamb who stands in
front of the throne will be their Shepherd. He will
lead them to the springs of life-giving water. And
God will wipe away all their tears."
Revelation 21:4 (NLT) He will remove all of their
sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow
or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils
are gone forever."
“A DEFINING MOMENT”
SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 22:54-62
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Luke 22:62 (KJV)
And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
INTRO: Most of us have had a
Defining Moment in our lives, some have has several.
A Defining Moment is when something happens that causes a change in
the direction our life is headed.
There are both positive and negative Defining Moments.
There are several different kinds of Defining Moments:
affect us physically:
sickness or injury
affect us emotionally:
affect us financially:
Some affect us spiritually:
As with all Defining Moments it can be either
positive or negative:
I. NEGATIVE DEFINING MOMENTS:
NOTE: Saul disobeyed God’s Word by failing to wait
for Samuel to make the sacrifice.
1 Samuel 13:11-14 (NLT) but Samuel said, "What is
this you have done?" Saul replied, "I saw my men
scattering from me, and you didn't arrive when you
said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash
ready for battle. So I said, 'The Philistines
are ready to march against us, and I haven't even
asked for the Lord's help!' So I felt obliged to
offer the burnt offering myself before you came."
"How foolish!" Samuel exclaimed. "You have disobeyed
the command of the Lord your God. Had you obeyed,
the Lord would have established your kingdom over
Israel forever. But now your dynasty must end,
for the Lord has sought out a man after his own
heart. The Lord has already chosen him to be king
over his people, for you have not obeyed the Lord's
NOTE: King Asa failed to trust God and turned to the
arm of flesh to save him.
2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV) For the eyes of the Lord run
to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew
himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is
perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly:
therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
The Rich Young Ruler
NOTE: He loved and worshipped his riches more than
Matthew 19:16-22 (KJV) And, behold, one came and
said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I
do, that I may have eternal life? And he said
unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none
good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter
into life, keep the commandments. He saith
unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no
murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt
not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, honour
thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto
him, All these things have I kept from my youth up:
what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou
wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and
give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in
heaven: and come and follow me. But when the
young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful:
for he had great possessions.
II. POSITIVE DEFINING MOMENTS:
NOTE: Every believer in Jesus Christ must have a
defining moment with God in their lives.
Genesis 32:30 (KJV) And Jacob called the name of the
place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and
my life is preserved.
NOTE: Jacob has lived a life of control and
manipulation. In his Defining Moment, God
chiseled away his negative traits.
NOTE: Moses’ Defining Moment changed him from being
a fugitive from Egypt to the leader of a great
The burning bush became Moses’ Defining Moment.
NOTE: David’s Defining Moment changed him from a
shepherd watching sheep to the king of Israel.
Goliath was David’s Defining Moment.
I Kings 17
Saul of Tarsus
NOTE: Saul’s Defining Moment changed him from a
persecutor of the Church to the Defender of its
Faith and changed his name to Paul.
NOTE: Peter’s Defining Moment changed him from being
the denier of Jesus to the defender of the Faith.
Matthew 26:73-75 (NASB-U) A little later the
bystanders came up and said to Peter, "Surely you
too are one of them; for even the way you talk gives
you away." Then he began to curse and swear,
"I do not know the man!" And immediately a rooster
crowed. And Peter remembered the word which Jesus
had said, "Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me
three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.
NOTE: God used a negative Defining Moment in Peter’s
life to change him into completely trusting God.
Acts 4:7-8, 29 (KJV) And when they had set them in
the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what
name, have ye done this? Then Peter, filled with the
Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people,
and elders of Israel… Then Peter
and the other apostles answered and said, We ought
to obey God rather than men.
CONCLUSION: Have you had your Defining Moment with
“IS PUBLIC CONFESSION REALLY NECESSARY?”
SCRIPTURE READING: ROMANS 10:1-13
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Romans 10:9-10 (GW)
If you declare that Jesus is Lord, and believe that God brought him
back to life, you will be saved. By believing
you receive God's approval, and by declaring your
faith you are saved.
INTRO: The question we are
addressing today is, “Is it necessary to make a
public confession of Jesus Christ as your Savior”?
Why is it that some people fail to make a public confession of
Jesus as their Savior?
Some people are shy and it’s hard for them to make a
public confession of Jesus as their Savior.
Some people are ashamed of being a sinner and
needing a Savior.
Sometimes it because they are afraid of people might
Sometimes they think everyone thinks I am a
Christian already and now they’ll know I wasn’t.
Some people think it’s not necessary.
There are those who wish to be a Secret Agent
There are those who contend their relationship with
God is a personal matter and no one else needs to
Are these views scriptural?
I. CONFESSING OUR SINS IS DIFFERENT FROM
CONFESSION JESUS AS OUR SAVIOR.
NOTE: Those who fail to confess their sins are domed
to carry them to their grave.
Proverbs 28:13 (KJV) He that covereth his sins shall
not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them
shall have mercy.
1 John 1:9 (KJV) If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We confess our sins to God.
God is the only one who can forgive our sin.
Luke 5:21-24 (KJV) And the scribes and the Pharisees
began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh
blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he
answering said unto them, What reason ye in your
hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be
forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power
upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick
of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up
thy couch, and go into thine house.
Ezra 10:11 (KJV) Now therefore make confession unto
the Lord God of your fathers, and do his pleasure:
and separate yourselves from the people of the land,
and from the strange wives.
Jeremiah 3:13 (KJV) Only acknowledge thine iniquity,
that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy
God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers
under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my
voice, saith the Lord.
II. THE WORD OF GOD INSTRUCTS US TO MAKE A
PUBLIC CONFESSION OF JESUS CHRIST AS OUR SAVIOR.
NOTE: Everyone will confess that Jesus is Lord
sooner or later.
Philippians 2:11 (NLT) and every tongue will confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
There are two ways in which we confess Jesus as our Savior.
We confess with our mouth.
Romans 10:8-9 (KJV) But what saith it? The word is
nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that
is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou
shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and
shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised
him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
must be ready at all times to confess that Jesus
Christ is our Savior.
1 Peter 3:15 (KJV) 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:
When we confess Jesus as our Savior before men, He
will confess us and His brother before His Father.
Matthew 10:32 (KJV) Whosoever therefore shall
confess me before men, him will I confess also
before my Father which is in heaven.
When we confess Jesus as our Savior before men He
will confess us to the heavenly hosts.
Luke 12:8 (KJV) Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall
confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also
confess before the angels of God:
When we confess Jesus as our Savior God dwell within
1 John 4:15 (KJV) Whosoever shall confess that Jesus
is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in
we fail to confess Jesus as our Savior, He will deny
that we are His.
Matthew 10:33 (KJV) But whosoever shall deny me
before men, him will I also deny before my Father
which is in heaven.
2 Timothy 2:12 (KJV) If we suffer, we shall also
reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny
we are ashamed of Jesus, He will be ashamed of us.
Mark 8:38 (KJV) Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed
of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful
generation; of him also shall the Son of man be
ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father
with the holy angels.
We confess Jesus as our Savior through Water
NOTE: Water Baptism is a (out ward) physical sign of
a (in ward) spiritual work.
Water Baptism is not Salvation but it is a public confession of
accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior.
Water Baptism we publicly confess that we have
accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior.
Galatians 3:27 (KJV) For as many of you as have been
baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Water Baptism we publicly confess that we have
acknowledged Jesus’ death as our way of Salvation.
Romans 6:3 (KJV) Know ye not, that so many of us as
were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into
Water Baptism we publicly confess we have become
part of His Body, the Church.
1 Corinthians 12:13 (KJV) 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.
CONLUSION: Have you publicly
confessed that Jesus Christ is your Savior?