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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER

 NOVEMBER 6, 2011

 THE POWER OF LIGHT

 SCRIPTURE READING: John 1:1-14

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 1:5 (NLT)

     The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

 INTRO: 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 darkness has.

    Satan is often called the prince of darkness.

    God is light.

 1 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 not.

    The Bible opens with the battle between darkness and light.

 Genesis 1:1-3 (NLT) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was empty, a formless mass cloaked in darkness. And the Spirit of God was hovering over its surface.  Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

    The Bible closes with the final victory of light over darkness.

 Isaiah 60:20 (KJV) 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.

 Revelation 22:5 (KJV) 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 ever.

 I. SIN BRINGS DARKNESS

 A. THE WORLD DWELLS IN DARKNESS.

 Isaiah 60:2 (KJV) 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.

 John 3:18-20 (NLT) "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 punished.

             C. THEY ARE BOUND FOR ETERNAL DARKNESS.

 Matthew 22:13 (NLT) 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.'

 2 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 blackest darkness.

 Jude 1:13 (NLT) 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 darkness.

 II. JESUS BRINGS LIGHT INTO A DARKEN WORLD.

 John 8:12 (NLT) 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 DARKNESS.

 NOTE: We were all at one time living in darkness.

 John 1:4 (NLT) Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone.

 John 1:9 (KJV) That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

 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.

 Isaiah 9:2 (KJV) 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 DARKNESS.

 2 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.

 Ephesians 5:8 (KJV) For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

 1 Thessalonians  5:5 (KJV) Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

             C. THOSE THAT COME TO THE LIGHT WILL BE DELIVERED FROM DARKNESS.

 Psalm 27:1 (KJV) 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?

 Micah 7:8 (NLT) 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 DARKEN WORLD.

 Matthew 5:14 (NLT) You are the light of the world—like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see.

 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.

 Isaiah 60:3 (NLT) All nations will come to your light. Mighty kings will come to see your radiance.

 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.

 Acts 13:47 (NLT) 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 earth.' "

 CONCLUSION: 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 READING: I SAMUEL 17:20-29

 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 witnesses.

 INTRO: 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 our country.

    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.

 I. ISRAEL WAS AT WAR.

 NOTE: Israel was in conflict with the Philistines.

 A.    THE PHILISTINES SET FORTH A CHALLENGE.

 B.      NO ONE IN ISRAEL WAS WILLING TO TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE.

 NOTE: 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 right example.

C.    THEY WERE FILLED WITH FEAR.

 NOTE: Fear will often paralyze us or cause us to flee.

 D.    THE PHILISTINES WERE SURE OF VICTORY.

 NOTE: Because of the lack of response by Israel, the Philistines felt for sure they were going to win the victory.

 II. GOD CAME ON THE SCENE. 

 NOTE: God often uses the most unlikely to fulfill His will.

 A.    DAVID DID NOT COME WITH THE IDEA OF BEING A HERO.

 NOTE: 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 brothers.

 B.      DAVID WAS ONLY A SHEPHERD BOY AMONG TRAINED SOLDIERS.

    God does not look at the size or the skill of those He wishes to use, only at the willingness of their hearts.

 1 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."

 1 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 God.

 C.    DAVID SAW VICTORY INSTEAD OF DEFEAT.

 NOTE: David looked through the eyes of Faith not human reasoning.

    What do you see when you are faced with a difficult situation?

 ·         A time to fear and be dismayed

·         A time to trust God and step out in Faith.

 D.    DAVID WAS WILLING TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE.

 NOTE: David was not just a talker, he was a doer.

 1 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 doing.

 E.      DAVID DID NOT ALLOW FEAR OF THE IMPOSSIBLE TO PARALYZE HIM INTO DOING NOTHING.

NOTE:   David did not allow the fear of others to keep him from fulfilling God’s will.

 2 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.

 F.      DAVID USED WHAT HE HAD TO DEFEAT GOLIATH.

 NOTE: 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 the need.

 ·         Naaman and the Jordan River

·         The widow with her oil and meal

·         The little boy’s lunch

 G.   DAVID DEFEATED GOLIATH.

 1 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?

 1.      He saw a need

2.      He put his trust in God

3.      He acted upon the need

 CONCLUSION: We are facing dark days ahead of us. 

    Satan is doing his best to destroy the Church.

    Do we allow fear to paralyze us into doing nothing or do we see the need to fight the fight of Faith.

 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 witnesses.

 

 

NOVEMBER 20, 2011

BUILDING YOUR TREASURE CHEST

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 6:19-34

 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.

 INTRO: 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 it.

    These people are living in the “Here and Now”.

    There are those who plan well for retirement but fail to plan for eternity.

 Luke 12:16-21 (NLT) 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 store everything.  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?'

    "Yes, 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.

 Matthew 16:26 (NLT) 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 importance.

    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 THINGS.

 NOTE: The things of this world are only temporary.

 Matthew 6:19 (KJV) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

 NOTE: Those who seek to fill their treasurer chest with worldly things will end up with a treasurer chest filled with dust and cobwebs.

 Proverbs 23:5 (NLT) For riches can disappear as though they had the wings of a bird!

 Proverbs 27:24 (NLT) for riches don't last forever, and the crown might not be secure for the next generation.

 Jeremiah 17:11 (NLT) 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.

 NOTE: The worldly things we gather in this life are left behind at death and someone else receives them.

 Ecclesiastes 2:18-19 (NLT) 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. How meaningless!

 Job 27:16-17 (NLT) "Evil people may have all the money in the world, and they may store away mounds of clothing.  But the righteous will wear that clothing, and the innocent will divide all that money.

 Psalm 39:6 (NLT) We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth for someone else to spend.

 James 5:3 (NLT) 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 judgment.

 1 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.

 ILL: 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.

 NOTE: Those who build their treasure chest with heavenly things will have all eternity to enjoy them.

 Matthew 6:20 (NLT) Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves.

 John 6:27 (NLT) 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 purpose."

 2 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.

 Hebrews 12:27 (NLT) This means that the things on earth will be shaken, so that only eternal things will be left.

 1 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?

 A.    WORSHIP

 NOTE: Our worship must be sincere.

    It is in through our worship we tell God how much we love Him.

 ·         Prayer

·         Reading and studying God’s Word

·         Through fellowship with other saints in corporate worship.

 B.      SERVICE

 NOTE: It is through our service we show God how much we love Him.

 ·         Obedience

·         Sharing our faith

·         Conduct

 CONCLUSION: How are you doing in building your treasure chest and which one is fuller?

 

NOVEMBER 27, 2011

 SEVEN REASONS TO BE THANKFUL

 SCRIPTURE READING: Romans 5:1-11

 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 God.

 INTRO: 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.

 1.    WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD. Vs. 1

 Romans 5:1 (NLT) 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.

NOTE: At one time we were enemies of God, without peace.

 Isaiah 48:22 (KJV) There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.

    Jesus has brought into peace with God through His blood.

    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,

 2.    WE HAVE ACCESS INTO GOD’S GRACE. Vs. 2

 Romans 5:2 (KJV) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 Ephesians 2:18 (NLT)  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.

 3.    TRIBULATIONS MAKE US STRONGER. Vs. 3-4

 Romans 5:3-4 (NLT) 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.

 James 1:2-4 (NLT) 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.

 4.    THE LOVE OF GOD IS PLACED WITHIN OUR HEARTS. Vs. 5

 Romans 5:5 (NLT) 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.

 Ephesians 3:17 (NLT) 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.

 NOTE: God’s love enables us to love one another.

 1 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.

 5.    CHRIST DIED FOR US WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS. Vs. 6-8

 Romans 5:6-8 (KJV) 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.

 NOTE: God did not wait until we were all cleaned up to save us.

 Luke 19:10 (KJV) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

 Mark 2:17 (KJV) 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.

 6.    WE ARE JUSTIFIED THROUGH HIS BLOOD. Vs. 9

 Romans 5:9 (NLT) And since we have been made right in God's sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God's judgment.

 1 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.

 1 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 wrong.

NOTE: Justification means just as if we have never sinned.

 Hebrews 10:16-17 (NLT) "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."

 7.    WE ARE RECONCILED TO GOD. Vs. 10-11

 Romans 5:10-11 (NLT) 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.

 NOTE: 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.

 Ephesians 2:12-13 (NLT) 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.

 CONCLUSION: We have much to be thankful for, but these seven are the best.

 

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