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OCTOBER SERMONS

OCTOBER 2, 2011

HE CAME TO HIMSELF

 SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 15:11-32

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Luke 15:17 (KJV) 

     And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

 INRO: Have you ever wondered how a street beggar ended up in that situation?

    They may have at one time lived in a happy and productive family.

    How does a person who once was serving and worshipping God end up being far from Him?

  The story of the Prodigal Son shows us how this can happen and it can happen to any of us. 

   There were certain steps the Prodigal Son took that brought him to the pig pen. 

I. SAFE IN THE FATHER’S HOUSE. 

Psalm 23:1 (KJV) The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

    A.  LIVING IN THE HOME OF THE FATHER. 

  • He lived under his father’s provision.

Philip. 4:19 (KJV) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  

  • He lived under his father’s authority.

Joshua 1:8 (KJV) This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.  

  • He lived under his father’s awareness.

Psalm 139:1-2 (KJV) O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. [2] Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.  

B.      DISSATISFACTION IN THE HOME OF THE FATHER. 

1 Samuel 8:7 (NLT) "Do as they say," the Lord replied, "for it is me they are rejecting, not you. They don't want me to be their king any longer.  

  • He wanted his own money.

1 Tim. 6:10 (NLT) For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

  • He wanted to be his own boss.

Isaiah 30:1 (NLT) "Destruction is certain for my rebellious children," says the Lord. "You make plans that are contrary to my will. You weave a web of plans that are not from my Spirit, thus piling up your sins.  

  • He wanted to be free from his father’s awareness.

Isaiah 29:15 (NLT) Destruction is certain for those who try to hide their plans from the Lord, who try to keep him in the dark concerning what they do! "The Lord can't see us," you say to yourselves. "He doesn't know what is going on!"  

II. FROM THE FATHER’S HOUSE TO THE PIG PEN. 

Proverbs 16:25 (KJV) There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.  

A.     HE BECAME DISSATISFIED WITH LIVING IN HIS FATHER’S HOUSE. 

2 Timothy 4:10a (NLT) Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica… 

B.      HE LISTED TO THE VOICES OF HIS FRIENDS. 

Ezekiel 27:26 (NLT) "But look! Your oarsmen are rowing your ship of state into a hurricane! Your mighty vessel flounders in the heavy eastern gale. You are shipwrecked in the heart of the sea!

 C.    HE MOVED AWAY TO A FAR COUNTRY. 

Genesis 13:10-11 (NLT) Lot took a long look at the fertile plains of the Jordan Valley in the direction of Zoar. The whole area was well watered everywhere, like the garden of the Lord or the beautiful land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)  Lot chose that land for himself—the Jordan Valley to the east of them. He went there with his flocks and servants and parted company with his uncle Abram.  

NOTE: When we begin to walk away from God we are walking towards sin. 

D.     HE WASTED ALL HIS FATHER HAD GIVEN HIM. 

Haggai 1:6 (NLT) You have planted much but harvested little. You have food to eat, but not enough to fill you up. You have wine to drink, but not enough to satisfy your thirst. You have clothing to wear, but not enough to keep you warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!  

E.      HE SOLD HIMSELF INTO SLAVERY. 

Romans 6:16 (NLT) Don't you realize that whatever you choose to obey becomes your master? You can choose sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God and receive his approval.  

III. FROM THE PIG PEN BACK TO HIS FATHER’S HOUSE. 

Isaiah 55:7 (KJV) Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  

A.    HE CAME TO HIMSELF. 

NOTE: For him to have come to himself he did several things. 

·         He recognized his true condition. 

Psalm 51:3 (KJV) For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  

·         He acknowledged his inability to help himself. 

Psalm 38:4 (KJV) For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.  

·         He remembered the love of his father. 

Psalm 103:13 (KJV) Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

 Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV) The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

 B.      HE AROSE FROM WHERE HE WAS. 

Proverbs 28:13 (KJV) He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.  

Isaiah 55:7 (KJV) Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  

C.    HE CONFESSED HIS SIN 

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.  

D.    HIS FATHER RESTORED HIS SONSHIP.  

Luke 15:22 (KJV) But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:  

CONCLUSION: When we find that we have strayed from God, let us be quick to repent and return.

   When someone has stayed and repents and returns, let us welcome them with open hearts.

 

 

OCTOBER 9, 2011 

WHEN OUR HEART IS BREAKING 

SCRIPTURE READING: II KINGS 4:13-37 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 112:4 (KJV)   

    Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.  

INTRO: Every one of us has suffered from a broken heart at one time or another. 

   For some it may have only been a crack, for others the heart has been shattered. 

   There are many different circumstances that can break our hearts: 

  • Shatter dreams
  • Broken relationships
  • Financial ruin
  • Unfulfilled promises
  • The atrocities of man
  • Death
  • Sin

    All these things can and in many cases, should break our hearts. 

   Where do we go and to whom or what do we turn to when our heart is broken? 

  • Some turn to drink
  • Some turn to drugs
  • Some turn to violence
  • Some give up and just go through the motions of living
  • Some blame God
  • Some turn from God
  • Some turn to suicide

   Only God can heal and mend a broken heart.

Luke 4:18 (KJV) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  

   We often think of Christ’s healing power of the physical but He is also Healer of the emotional needs of man. 

   When we have a heart breaking experience we need to turn to God for comfort and strength. 

I. THE STORY OF THE SHUNAMMITE WOMAN. 

NOTE: This story demonstrates to us the need to turn to God when our heart is breaking. 

A.    THE SHUNAMMITE’S GIVING HEART. 

2 Kings 4:8-10 (NLT) One day Elisha went to the town of Shunem. A wealthy woman lived there, and she invited him to eat some food. From then on, whenever he passed that way, he would stop there to eat.  She said to her husband, "I am sure this man who stops in from time to time is a holy man of God.  Let's make a little room for him on the roof and furnish it with a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp. Then he will have a place to stay whenever he comes by."  

·         She provided a resting place for Elisha

·         She provided a room

                                                         i.      A chair

                                                       ii.      A bed

                                                      iii.      A table

                                                    iv.      A lamp

 

B.      GOD’S BLESSING FOR HER HOSPITALITY 

2 Kings 4:16-17 (NLT) "Next year at about this time you will be holding a son in your arms!"  "No, my lord!" she protested. "Please don't lie to me like that, O man of God." But sure enough, the woman soon became pregnant. And at that time the following year she had a son, just as Elisha had said.

NOTE: God blessed her and surely her life was filled with joy.   

C.    THE SHUNAMMITE’S GIVING HEART WAS BROKENED.  

2 Kings 4:18-20 (NLT) One day when her child was older, he went out to visit his father, who was working with the harvesters.  Suddenly he complained, "My head hurts! My head hurts!" His father said to one of the servants, "Carry him home to his mother." So the servant took him home, and his mother held him on her lap. But around noontime he died.  

NOTE: This seems to be a cruel trick by God to give her a son and then take him away.  

   Often times following God’s blessings comes a time of testing our faith. 

D.    THE SHUNAMMITE’S RESPONSE.  

NOTE: How do we react when we experience a broken heart? 

2 Kings 4:21-22 (NLT) She carried him up to the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and left him there.  She sent a message to her husband: "Send one of the servants and a donkey so that I can hurry to the man of God and come right back."  

   She never told her husband the reason she was going to Elisha. 

   There are times when we cannot share our broken hearts with any one but God. 

E.      THE SHUNAMMITE’S FAITH 

2 Kings 4:26 (NLT) Run out to meet her and ask her, 'Is everything all right with you, with your husband, and with your child?' "Yes," the woman told Gehazi, "everything is fine."  

NOTE: Even with her heart breaking, she knew that the God of Elisha would somehow make everything all right.

F.      THE SHUNAMMITE’S PERSISTANCE.  

2 Kings 4:28-30 (NLT) Then she said, "It was you, my lord, who said I would have a son. And didn't I tell you not to raise my hopes?" Then Elisha said to Gehazi, "Get ready to travel; take my staff and go! Don't talk to anyone along the way. Go quickly and lay the staff on the child's face." But the boy's mother said, "As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I won't go home unless you go with me." So Elisha returned with her.  

NOTE: There are times when we must be persistence in our prayers to God. 

Luke 18:1-8 (NLT) One day Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up. "There was a judge in a certain city," he said, "who was a godless man with great contempt for everyone. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, appealing for justice against someone who had harmed her. The judge ignored her for a while, but eventually she wore him out. 'I fear neither God nor man,' he said to himself, 'but this woman is driving me crazy. I'm going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!' "

    Then the Lord said, "Learn a lesson from this evil judge.  Even he rendered a just decision in the end, so don't you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who plead with him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when I, the Son of Man, return, how many will I find who have faith?" 

G.   THE SHUNAMMITE’S BROKEN HEART WAS HEALED. 

2 Kings 4:36-37 (NLT) Then Elisha summoned Gehazi. "Call the child's mother!" he said. And when she came in, Elisha said, "Here, take your son!"  She fell at his feet, overwhelmed with gratitude. Then she picked up her son and carried him downstairs. 

CONCLUSION: God is in the business of healing the broken hearts of those who will come to him.

 

OCTOBER 30, 2011 am 

LIFTING UP JESUS 

SCRIPTURE READING: John 3:14-21 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 3:14 (KJV)  

    And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

INTRO: The world is becoming more and more sinful. 

   Not only are they becoming more sinful, they have turned away from God. 

   Not only have they turned away from God, they are now turning against God. 

   This shows us that Satan knows his end is coming and he is seeking to destroy all he can before he is sent to hell. 

   The only hope for this world is Jesus Christ and we His church must lift Him up for the World to see and come to salvation. 

   The story of the Children of Israel and the bronze serpent is similar to the condition of the world today. 

I. THE STORY OF THE BRAZEN SERPENT.  

Numbers 21:4-9 (NLT) Then the people of Israel set out from Mount Hor, taking the road to the Red Sea to go around the land of Edom. But the people grew impatient along the way, and they began to murmur against God and Moses. "Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?" they complained. "There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this wretched manna!"

    So the Lord sent poisonous snakes among them, and many of them were bitten and died. Then the people came to Moses and cried out, "We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take away the snakes." So Moses prayed for the people.

     Then the Lord told him, "Make a replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to the top of a pole. Those who are bitten will live if they simply look at it!" So Moses made a snake out of bronze and attached it to the top of a pole. Whenever those who were bitten looked at the bronze snake, they recovered!

A.    THE PEOPLE WERE GRIPING AND COMPLAINING BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF. 

NOTE: The people were upset with the need to go around Edom.  

·         They were displeased with God’s provision 

                                                         i.      God provided water from the rock

                                                       ii.      God provided quail for meat

                                                      iii.      God provided manna for bread

 ·         They wanted to return to Egypt

·         They blamed God and Moses

 B.      THEY WERE BITTEN BY DEADLY SERPENTS AND WERE DYING. 

NOTE: The spirit of complaining born in a heart of unbelief and will turn to rebellion which ends in death. 

C.    THEY CRIED OUT TO MOSES AND GOD FOR DELIVERANCE. 

NOTE: When they recognized their sin they turned to Moses and asked him to intercede with God on their behalf. 

D.    MOSES PLACED A BRONZE SERPENT ON A POLE AND ALL WHO LOOKED AT THE SERPENT WERE HEALED. 

NOTE: They had to do two things to be healed: 

  • They had to believe Moses’ word
  • They had to obey his direction.

 II. THE WORLD TODAY. 

A.    THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD ARE GRIPING AND COMPLAINING. 

NOTE: This world is not content with the blessings of God, they want other things to bring them satisfaction. 

1 John 2:15 (NLT) Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you.  

B.      THE WORLD IS DYING BECAUSE OF THE SIN IN THEIR LIVES. 

Romans 6:23 (KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

  We each will face judgment for our sins not the sins of others. 

Ezekiel 18:20 (NLT) The one who sins is the one who dies. The child will not be punished for the parent's sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child's sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own goodness, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness.

C.    THEY LONG FOR DELIVERANCE BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO TURN. 

NOTE: Unlike the Children of Israel which knew where to turn, the world is seeking help in anyway but God. 

III. THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CHURCH (all true Believers). 

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the Church to tell the world where to turn. 

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?  

A.    WE MUST LIFT UP JESUS FOR THE WORLD TO SEE. 

·         We must point them to the way of salvation.

·         We will not do this unless we truly love them.

 NOTE: We lift up Jesus by: 

·         By our words

·         By our conduct

·         By our deeds

 CONCLUSION: The responsibility of the sinner. 

   They must believe and look to Jesus.

 

OCTOBER 30, 2011 pm 

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH SIN?” 

SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 1:1-8 (KJV)

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Genesis 4:7 (NLT)  

    You will be accepted if you respond in the right way. But if you refuse to respond correctly, then watch out! Sin is waiting to attack and destroy you, and you must subdue it."  

INTRO: James Dobson: “What do you do with sin”? 

   The story of Ahab and his camel Sin. 

·         Neck (Apathy)

·         Head & ears (doubt and questioning)

·         Neck (unbelief & rejection)

·         Hump (self-reasoning)

·         Rump and tail (disobedience)

   Sin had entered into Ahab’s tent. 

   Sin does not enter into the heart of a Believer quickly; it enters slowly, step by step. 

I. THE FIRST STEP IN ALLOWING SIN TO RETURN IS APATHY 

ILL: Professor speaking on main causes for the condition of America.  Ignorance and apathy.  I don’t know and I don’t care. 

Proverbs 24:30-31 (KJV) I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;  And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

 Ecclesiastes 10:18 (KJV) By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

 Revelation 2:4-5 (KJV) Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

II. THE SECOND STEP IS DOUBTING AND QUESTIONING GOD.

 Genesis 3:1-5 (KJV) Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

    And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

    When we begin to doubt and question God’s Word we are allowing Satan to whisper in our ear.

 III. THE THIRD STEP IS UNBELIEF AND REJECTION.

 Hebrews 3:12 (KJV) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

 Hebrews 4:11 (KJV) Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

 NOTE: Unbelief will not only lead us into sin it will also keep us from experiencing God’s blessings.

 V. THE FORTH STEP IS SELF-REASONING

1 Samuel 13:8-12 (NLT) Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn't come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away. So he demanded, "Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings!" And Saul sacrificed the burnt offering himself. Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet and welcome him, 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."

V. THE FIFTH STEP IS DISOBEDIENCE

Genesis 3:6 (KJV) And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.  

 

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