SERMONS FOR THE MONTH
POWER OF LIGHT”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 1:5 (NLT)
The light shines through the darkness, and
the darkness can never extinguish it.
The Fable of the wind and the sun.
Darkness has no power of its own.
The only way darkness has strength is through
the absence of light.
The less light there is the greater influence
Satan is often called the prince of darkness.
God is light.
John 1:5 (KJV)
This then is the message which we have heard of him,
and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him
is no darkness at all.
Satan is the total absence of God.
Sin can only be in our lives where God is
The Bible opens with the battle between
darkness and light.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the
The earth was empty, a formless mass cloaked in
darkness. And the Spirit of God was hovering over
Then God said, "Let there be light," and
there was light.
The Bible closes with the final victory of
light over darkness.
Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy
moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine
everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning
shall be ended.
And there shall be no night there; and they need no
candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God
giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and
I. SIN BRINGS DARKNESS
A. THE WORLD DWELLS IN DARKNESS.
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.
B. THEY HAVE REJECTED THE LIGHT.
"There is no judgment awaiting those who trust him.
But those who do not trust him have already been
judged for not believing in the only Son of God.
Their judgment is based on this fact: The
light from heaven came into the world, but they
loved the darkness more than the light, for their
actions were evil.
They hate the light because they want to sin
in the darkness. They stay away from the light for
fear their sins will be exposed and they will be
C. THEY ARE BOUND FOR ETERNAL DARKNESS.
Then the king said to his aides, 'Bind him hand and
foot and throw him out into the outer darkness,
where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
Peter 2:17 (NLT)
These people are as useless as dried-up springs of
water or as clouds blown away by the wind—promising
much and delivering nothing. They are doomed to
They are like wild waves of the sea, churning up the
dirty foam of their shameful deeds. They are
wandering stars, heading for everlasting gloom and
II. JESUS BRINGS LIGHT INTO A DARKEN WORLD.
Jesus said to the people, "I am the light of the
world. If you follow me, you won't be stumbling
through the darkness, because you will have the
light that leads to life."
A. JESUS’ LIGHT IS FOR
EVERYONE WHO WALKS IN THE
We were all at one time living in darkness.
Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man
that cometh into the world.
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.
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.
B. THOSE WHO ACCEPT JESUS ARE NO LONGER IN
Corinthians 4:6 (KJV)
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.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light
in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Ye are all the children of light, and the children
of the day: we are not of the night, nor of
C. THOSE THAT COME TO THE LIGHT WILL
DELIVERED FROM DARKNESS.
A Psalm of David.
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my
life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Do not gloat over me, my enemies! For though I
fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness,
the Lord himself will be my light.
III. WE ARE TO CARRY
THE LIGHT OF JESUS CHRIST TO A SIN
You are the light of the world—like a city on a
mountain, glowing in the night for all to see.
your light shine for all the nations to see! For the
glory of the Lord is shining upon you.
All nations will come to your light. Mighty kings
will come to see your radiance.
Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky,
and those who turn many to righteousness will shine
like stars forever.
For this is as the Lord commanded us when he
said, 'I have made you a light to the Gentiles, to
bring salvation to the farthest corners of the
Let us allow the light of Jesus Christ to shine in
our hearts and life so that others will see the
light and be attracted to Him.
NOVEMBER 13, 2011
“FIGHTING A JUST CAUSE”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Timothy 6:12 (NLT)
Fight the good fight for what we believe.
Hold tightly to the eternal life that God has given
you, which you have confessed so well before many
The celebration of Veterans’ Day is in honor of
those who have answered the call of our Country to
defend her against her enemies.
Even prier to the Revolutionary War, there
has been those who have been willing to leave all to
come to the aid of our country.
Our country has faced many enemies on many
different fronts and even today we are in need of
those who are willing to give of themselves to serve
The Church is no different.
We are in spiritual warfare with Satan and
sin that seeks to destroy us.
The story of David and Goliath is an example
of what we are facing today, both in our country and
in our Faith.
WAS AT WAR.
was in conflict with the Philistines.
THE PHILISTINES SET FORTH A CHALLENGE.
NO ONE IN ISRAEL WAS WILLING TO TAKE UP THE
They were considering the great size of Goliath and
their own smallness.
King Saul was hiding in his tent.
Those who lead must be willing to set the
THEY WERE FILLED WITH FEAR.
Fear will often paralyze us or cause us to flee.
THE PHILISTINES WERE SURE OF VICTORY.
Because of the lack of response by
Philistines felt for sure they were going to win the
II. GOD CAME ON THE SCENE.
God often uses the most unlikely to fulfill His
DAVID DID NOT COME WITH THE IDEA OF BEING A HERO.
We often have one thing in mind in serving God while
He has something far different.
David came to bring a care package to his
DAVID WAS ONLY A SHEPHERD BOY AMONG TRAINED
God does not look at the size or the skill of
those He wishes to use, only at the willingness of
Samuel 16:7 (NLT)
But the Lord said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his
appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The
Lord doesn't make decisions the way you do! People
judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at a
person's thoughts and intentions."
Corinthians 1:26-29 (NLT)
Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of
you were wise in the world's eyes, or powerful, or
wealthy when God called you.
Instead, God deliberately chose things the
world considers foolish in order to shame those who
think they are wise. And he chose those who are
powerless to shame those who are powerful.
God chose things despised by the world,
things counted as nothing at all, and used them to
bring to nothing what the world considers important,
so that no one can ever boast in the presence of
DAVID SAW VICTORY INSTEAD OF DEFEAT.
David looked through the eyes of Faith not human
What do you see when you are faced with a
A time to fear and be dismayed
A time to trust God and step out in Faith.
DAVID WAS WILLING TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE.
David was not just a talker, he was a doer.
Timothy 4:12 (NIV)
Don't let anyone look down on you because you are
young, but set an example for the believers in
speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
David’s own brother found fault with him.
Whenever you seek to do something those who
do nothing will always find fault with what you are
DAVID DID NOT ALLOW FEAR OF THE IMPOSSIBLE TO
PARALYZE HIM INTO DOING NOTHING.
David did not allow the fear of others to
keep him from fulfilling God’s will.
Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but
of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
DAVID USED WHAT HE HAD TO DEFEAT GOLIATH.
Too often we expect God to perform some magic trick
to meet the need.
If we use what we have, God will bless it to meet
Naaman and the Jordan River
The widow with her oil and meal
The little boy’s lunch
DAVID DEFEATED GOLIATH.
Samuel 17:47 (NLT)
And everyone will know that the Lord does not need
weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not
ours. The Lord will give you to us!"
How did David defeat Goliath?
He saw a need
He put his trust in God
He acted upon the need
We are facing dark days ahead of us.
Satan is doing his best to destroy the
Do we allow fear to paralyze us into doing
nothing or do we see the need to fight the fight of
Timothy 6:12 (NLT)
Fight the good fight for what we believe. Hold
tightly to the eternal life that God has given you,
which you have confessed so well before many
NOVEMBER 20, 2011
”BUILDING YOUR TREASURE CHEST”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness; and all these things shall be
added unto you.
The sooner in life we begin to plan for our
retirement the more likely we will be ready for it
when it comes.
There are many who fail to plan for
retirement, and when it comes they are not ready for
These people are living in the “Here and
There are those who plan well for retirement
but fail to plan for eternity.
And he gave an illustration: "A rich man had a
fertile farm that produced fine crops.
In fact, his barns were full to overflowing.
So he said, 'I know! I'll tear down my barns
and build bigger ones. Then I'll have room enough to
And I'll sit back and say to myself, My
friend, you have enough stored away for years to
come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!'
"But God said to him, 'You fool! You will die
this very night. Then who will get it all?'
a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but
not have a rich relationship with God."
Jesus warns us not to make the things of this world
our top priority.
And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world
but lose your own soul in the process? Is anything
worth more than your soul?
Why is it that we spend so much time, energy
and resources on things that will fade away, but
things that are eternal get only a passing thought?
Make a list in your mind of the things that are
important to you, and put them in order of
Where is your relationship with God on the
list, or is it even on the list?
What is our heart focused on; worldly things
or heavenly things?
I. BULIDING YOUR TREASURE CHEST ON EARTHLY
The things of this world are only temporary.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,
where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves
break through and steal:
Those who seek to fill their treasurer chest with
worldly things will end up with a treasurer chest
filled with dust and cobwebs.
For riches can disappear as though they had the
wings of a bird!
for riches don't last forever, and the crown might
not be secure for the next generation.
Like a bird that hatches eggs she has not laid, so
are those who get their wealth by unjust means.
Sooner or later they will lose their riches and, at
the end of their lives, will become poor old fools.
The worldly things we gather in this life are left
behind at death and someone else receives them.
I am disgusted that I must leave the fruits of my
hard work to others.
And who can tell whether my successors will
be wise or foolish? And yet they will control
everything I have gained by my skill and hard work.
"Evil people may have all the money in the world,
and they may store away mounds of clothing.
righteous will wear that clothing, and the
innocent will divide all that money.
We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy
rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth for
someone else to spend.
Your gold and silver have become worthless. The very
wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh
in hell. This treasure you have accumulated will
stand as evidence against you on the day of
Timothy 6:7 (NLT)
After all, we didn't bring anything with us when we
came into the world, and we certainly cannot carry
anything with us when we die.
The man with the suitcase up in the attic.
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!
II. BUILDING YOUR
TREASURE CHEST ON HEAVELY THINGS.
Those who build their treasure chest with heavenly
things will have all eternity to enjoy them.
Store your treasures in heaven, where they will
never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will
be safe from thieves.
But you shouldn't be so concerned about perishable
things like food. Spend your energy seeking the
eternal life that I, the Son of Man, can give you.
For God the Father has sent me for that very
Cor. 4:18 (NLT)
So we don't look at the troubles we can see right
now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet
seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but
the joys to come will last forever.
This means that the things on earth will be shaken,
so that only eternal things will be left.
Peter 1:3-4 (NLT)
All honor to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, for it is by his boundless mercy that God
has given us the privilege of being born again. Now
we live with a wonderful expectation because Jesus
Christ rose again from the dead. For God has
reserved a priceless inheritance for his children.
It is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled,
beyond the reach of change and decay.
III. HOW DO WE BUILD
OUR HEAVENLY TREASURE CHEST?
Our worship must be sincere.
It is in through our worship we tell God how
much we love Him.
and studying God’s Word
Through fellowship with other saints in corporate
It is through our service we show God how much we
Sharing our faith
How are you doing in building your treasure chest
and which one is fuller?
NOVEMBER 27, 2011
REASONS TO BE THANKFUL”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Romans 5:11 (NLT)
So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new
relationship with God—all because of what our Lord
Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends of
Have you considered all the things that you and I
should be thankful for?
The world thinks of physical things, we as
Believes should also consider the spiritual
blessings God has given us.
WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD. Vs. 1
Therefore, since we have been made right in God's
sight by faith, we have peace with God because of
what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
At one time we were enemies of God, without peace.
There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.
Jesus has brought into peace with God through
Colossians 1:20-21 (NLT)
and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He
made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by
means of his blood on the cross.
This includes you who were once so far away
from God. You were his enemies, separated from him
by your evil thoughts and actions,
WE HAVE ACCESS INTO GOD’S GRACE. Vs. 2
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace
wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory
Now all of us, both Jews and Gentiles, may come to
the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of
what Christ has done for us.
TRIBULATIONS MAKE US STRONGER. Vs. 3-4
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and
trials, for we know that they are good for us—they
help us learn to endure.
And endurance develops strength of character
in us, and character strengthens our confident
expectation of salvation.
Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes
your way, let it be an opportunity for joy.
For when your faith is tested, your endurance
has a chance to grow.
So let it grow, for when your endurance is
fully developed, you will be strong in character and
ready for anything.
THE LOVE OF GOD IS PLACED WITHIN OUR HEARTS. Vs. 5
And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we
know how dearly God loves us, because he has given
us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home
in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots
go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love.
May you experience the love of Christ, though
it is so great you will never fully understand it.
Then you will be filled with the fullness of life
and power that comes from God.
Live a life filled with love for others,
following the example of Christ, who loved you and
gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins.
And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like
sweet perfume to him.
God’s love enables us to love one another.
John 4:10-12 (NLT)
This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but
that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to
take away our sins.
Dear friends, since God loved us that much,
we surely ought to love each other.
No one has ever seen God. But if we love each
other, God lives in us, and his love has been
brought to full expression through us.
CHRIST DIED FOR US WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS. Vs.
For when we were yet without strength, in due time
Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a
righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a
good man some would even dare to die.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in
that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
God did not wait until we were all cleaned up to
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save
that which was lost.
When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They
that are whole have no need of the physician, but
they that are sick: I came not to call the
righteous, but sinners to repentance.
WE ARE JUSTIFIED THROUGH HIS BLOOD. Vs. 9
And since we have been made right in God's sight by
the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from
Corinthians 6:11 (NLT)
There was a time when some of you were just like
that, but now your sins have been washed away, and
you have been set apart for God. You have been made
right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ
and the Spirit of our God have done for you.
John 1:7 (NLT)
But if we are living in the light of God's
presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship
with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son,
cleanses us from every sin.
1 John 1:9 (NLT)
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful
and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every
Justification means just as if we have never sinned.
"This is the new covenant I will make with my
people on that day, says the Lord: I will put my
laws in their hearts so they will understand them,
and I will write them on their minds so they will
obey them."…Then he adds, "I will never again
remember their sins and lawless deeds."
WE ARE RECONCILED TO GOD. Vs. 10-11
For since we were restored to friendship with God by
the death of his Son while we were still his
enemies, we will certainly be delivered from eternal
punishment by his life. So now we can rejoice in our
wonderful new relationship with God—all because of
what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making
us friends of God.
At one time we were sinners without hope, bound for
eternity in hell, but God has brought us into
fellowship with Him through Jesus Christ, and now we
will spend eternity in heaven with Him.
In those days you were living apart from Christ. You
were excluded from God's people,
Israel, and you did
not know the promises God had made to them. You
lived in this world without God and without hope.
But now you belong to Christ Jesus. Though
you once were far away from God, now you have been
brought near to him because of the blood of Christ.
We have much to be thankful for, but these seven are