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SERMON FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST
 
AUGUST 7
 
“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 AND SIN.
 
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 judgment,
 
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.

  • That a loving God will never send anyone to hell.

  • That their sin is not too bad.

  • That by good works they can pay the penalty of sin.

Proverbs 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 without spot:
 
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 Jesus:
 
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 tree:
 
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 for us.
 
B.      BECAUSE CHRIST PAID OUR RANSOM HE ALONE IS WORTHY TO BE PRAISED.
 
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.

 


AUGUST 14
 
“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 with tears.
 
   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 their tears.
 
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 oldest child.
 
CONCLUSION: There will come the day when God will wipe away all our tears of pain and sorrow.
 
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."


AUGUST 21
 
“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:

Some affect us physically:

  • A sickness or injury

  • A new vocation

  • A new location

Some affect us emotionally:

  •  We meet that special person

  • A death

  • A parting

Some affect us financially:

  • A new job

  • A lost of a job

  • A great increase of finances

  • A great loss of finances

 
Some affect us spiritually:

    As with all Defining Moments it can be either positive or negative:


I. NEGATIVE DEFINING MOMENTS:
 
King Saul
 
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 command."
 
King Asa
 
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 God.
 
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.
 
Jacob
 
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.
 
Moses
 
NOTE: Moses’ Defining Moment changed him from being a fugitive from Egypt to the leader of a great nation.
 
   The burning bush became Moses’ Defining Moment.
 
Exodus 3
 
David
 
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.
 
Acts 9
 
Peter
 
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 God?
 
 

AUGUST 28
 
“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 think.
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 Christian.
There are those who contend their relationship with God is a personal matter and no one else needs to know.
 
   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 Father.
 
   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.
 
·         We 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 us.
 
1 John 4:15 (KJV) Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
 
·         If 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 us:
 
·         If 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 Baptism.
 
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.
 
·         In 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.
 
·         In 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 his death?
 
·         In 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?

 

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