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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH

JULY 2012

JULY 1, 2012

JESUS, THE BREAD OF LIFE

 SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 6:47-58

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 6:53 (NLT) 

    So Jesus said again, I assure you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you.

INTRO: The partaking of Communion is a very special form of worship.

   We must be very careful that we participate with the correct attitude.

1 Corinthians 11:27-32 (NIV) Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.  A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.  For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.  That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.  But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment.  When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.

   The partaking of Communion must not become a ritual.

   When we come to the Communion Table we must consider two things:

  1. What does Communion represent

  2. We need to perform self-examination

 

I. WHAT DOES THE COMMUNION TABLE REPRESENT?

NOTE: Whenever we partake in Communion we are declaring our faith in the death, burial, resurrection and return of Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 11:26 (NIV) For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

    A. THE BREAD

   Jesus said the Bread represented His Body.

1 Corinthians 11:24 (KJV) And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

   I believe the Bread represents His Humanity.

   Jesus is dual in nature, He is fully Man and He is fully God.

Isaiah 9:6a (KJV) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…

NOTE: What did Jesus mean when He said, I assure you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. (John 6:53)

   I believe that to partake properly the Communion Bread, we must believe in the humanity of Jesus Christ.

   Why is believing in the humanity of Jesus so important?

  1. Because the Word of God teaches us His humanity.

 NOTE: With the fall of man, God foretold of a Redeemer that would come and crush the head of Satan.

Genesis 3:15 (NLT) From now on, you and the woman will be enemies, and your offspring and her offspring will be enemies. He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."

Isaiah 7:14 (NLT) All right then, the Lord himself will choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel—'God is with us.'

Luke 1:26-35 (NLT) In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, "Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!"

    Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.  "Don't be frightened, Mary," the angel told her, "for God has decided to bless you! You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus.  He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.  And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!"

    Mary asked the angel, "But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin."

    The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.

Matthew 1:18-23 (NLT) Now this is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit.  Joseph, her fiancé, being a just man, decided to break the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace her publicly.

    As he considered this, he fell asleep, and an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. "Joseph, son of David," the angel said, "do not be afraid to go ahead with your marriage to Mary. For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All of this happened to fulfill the Lord's message through his prophet:  "Look! The virgin will conceive a child!  She will give birth to a son, and he will be called Immanuel            (meaning, God is with us)."

 Because it’s only through His humanity that He is our example.

 NOTE: It was necessary for Jesus to be human that He might be tempted even as we are.

Matthew 4:1-10 (KJV) Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.  Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; [9] And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

 Luke 4:13 (NLT) When the Devil had finished tempting Jesus; he left him until the next opportunity came.

Hebrews 2:17 (NLT) Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.

Hebrews 4:15 (NLT) This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin.

CONCLUSION: It is in His humanity that Jesus bears our sickness, our sorrows and all our burdens and cares.

   Jesus is the Living Bread as we partake let us believe and trust in the truth of His humanity.

JULY 8, 2012

IS IT GOD OR JUST HAPPENSTANCE?”

SCRIPTURE READING: ESTHER 4:10-17

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 55:8 (NLT)

    My thoughts are completely different from yours," says the Lord. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

INTRO: How we got our dog.

   How often do we experience series of circumstances that bring us to a certain point and we think it was just by happenstance while all the time, it’s God guiding our footsteps.

Psalm 37:23 (NLT) The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord.  He delights in every detail of their lives.

   My conversion, my coming to Onalaska.

   Often when we are faced with circumstances we don’t understand we ask, “Why is this happening to me”?

Proverbs 20:24 (NLT) How can we understand the road we travel? It is the Lord who directs our steps.

ILL: Opportunity In Hardship

    We only see the here and now, while God sees the beginning unto the end.

   When we think things are happening by happenstance it is really God working out His plan for us.

Proverbs 16:9 (GW) A person may plan his own journey, but the Lord directs his steps.

   In the story of Esther we see how God moves in mysterious ways to bring about deliverance for the Jewish people.

   Because of their disobedience and reject of God, the Jewish people had been brought into captivity by Babylon and continued under captivity by the Medes and Persians. 

   As we read the story of Esther we can either believe that it is God working out His plan or its just happenstance, the choice is ours.

  We are going to consider eighteen steps that God used to bring victory to His people.

1.    Queen Vashti queen ship removed. Esther 1:19

2.    A search for a new queen.  Esther 2:2

3.    Mordecai’s instruction to Esther.  Esther 2:10

4.    Mordecai hears of a plot against the king.  Esther 2:21-22

5.    Nothing was done to reward Mordecai.

6.    Haman promoted. Esther 3:1

7.    Haman’s plot against the Jewish people because of Mordecai.  Esther 3:6

8.    Mordecai and the Jews in distress. Esther 4:1

9.    Mordecai’s instructions to Esther.  Esther 4:13-14

10.  Esther’s agrees to speak to the king.  Esther 4:15-16

11.  Esther invites the King and Haman to a special banquet but does not reveal her request.  Esther 5:6-8

12.  Haman builds the gallows for Mordecai.  Esther 5:14

13.  The king spent a sleepless night and had the books read to him.  Esther 6:1-3

14.  The king had Haman honor Mordecai.  Esther 6:4-11

15.  Esther’s second banquet where Haman’s plan revealed.  Esther 7:1-6

16.  Haman hung.  Esther 7:10

17.  The Jews defeated their enemies.  Esther 8 & 9

18.  Mordecai advance to being next to the King.  Esther 10

 Proverbs 4:12 (NLT) If you live a life guided by wisdom, you won't limp or stumble as you run.

CONCLUSION: If we will allow God to guide our steps than we can be assured the He will lead us in the right path to a glorious destination.

 I KNOW WHO HOLDS THE FUTURE

I know who holds the future
And I know He holds my hand;
With God things don’t just happen
Everything by Him is planned.
So as I face tomorrow with its
problems large and small
I’ll trust the God of miracles,

Give to him my all.

OPPORTUNITY IN HARDSHIP

   Jacques Plante was an amazing man. His career as a goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, The Toronto Maple Leafs and finally the Boston Bruins included the development of the goalie face mask, and the movement of the goalie out of the net to help the defense (revolutionary when Plante began them, but now standard practice). He won the Vezina trophy seven times for highest achievement in goal and was named to the all star team seven times. He had 79 career shut-outs.

   What most don't know, however, was that it was adversity that moved the man into the goal net. Jacques Plante was a severe asthmatic. As a child, when he would play defense on the ice-pond in sub-zero weather, he had difficulty breathing whenever the position would require him to skate fast. As a result, he moved into goal where he wouldn't have to do high-speed skating. When Plante was interviewed about his illustrious career, he frankly confessed, "If it hadn't been for my asthma, I probably would have stayed on defense and never progressed beyond pond hockey."

   What may seem an obstacle may in fact be the stepping stone, the loss may in fact be the gain.

 

JULY 15

WHAT BUSINESS IS JESUS IN?

 SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 2:41-52

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  Luke 2:49 (KJV) 

    And he said unto them, “How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?”

INTRO: Have you ever thought of Jesus as a business man?

   If you could put just one name on the kind of business Jesus was in, what would you call it?

   Jesus is in the reclamation business.

Hebrews 2:16-18 (KJV) For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

NOTE: The world was in a hopeless condition when Jesus came into the world.

   It was on the Great Day of Atonement that the sins of the people were taken away.

   The Ark of the Covenant was no longer available.

I.              WHAT WAS THE BUSINESS THAT JESUS CAME TO DO?

 A.    JESUS CAME TO FULFILL THE LAW

 Matthew 5:17 (KJV) Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

B.      JESUS CAME TO MINISTER TO OTHER NOT TO BE MINISTER TO

 

Matthew 20:28 (KJV) Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 

C.    JESUS CAME PREACH HOPE TO A FALLEN WORLD

 Luke 4:43 (KJV) And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.

D.     JESUS CAME TO BRING JUDGMENT AGAINST SIN

 Luke 12:49 (NLT) "I have come to bring fire to the earth, and I wish that my task were already completed!

NOTE: Jesus did not come to bring judgment against the sinner.

John 12:47 (KJV)   And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

E.      JESUS CAME TO SAVE SINNERS

 

John 3:17 (KJV)   For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

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

1 Tim. 1:15 (KJV)   This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

F.       JESUS CAME THAT WE MIGHT HAVE LIFE INSTEAD OF DEATH

 John 10:10 (KJV)   The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

II. WHAT WILL JESUS’ BUSINESS BE WHEN HE COMES AGAIN?

A.    TO SEPARATE THE GODLY FROM THE UNGODLY.

 Matthew 13:41-43 (NLT) I, the Son of Man, will send my angels, and they will remove from my Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil, and they will throw them into the furnace and burn them. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Then the godly will shine like the sun in their Father's Kingdom. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!

Matthew 25:31-33 (KJV) When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:     And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

B.      TO BRING TO HEAVEN THOSE WHO HAVE PUT THEIR TRUST IN HIM.

 Matthew 25:34 (NLT) Then the King will say to those on the right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

 1 Thessalonians. 4:16-18 (NLT) For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the call of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, all the Christians who have died will rise from their graves.  Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever.  So comfort and encourage each other with these words.

Hebrews 9:28 (NLT) so also Christ died only once as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again but not to deal with our sins again. This time he will bring salvation to all those who are eagerly waiting for him.

C.    TO BRING JUDGMENT TO THOSE WHO HAVE NOT.

 Matthew 25:41 (NLT) "Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, 'Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his demons!

CONCLUSION: If we fail to acknowledge Jesus as Savior, we will be forced to acknowledge Him as Lord and Judge.

Philippians 2:5-11 (KJV) Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

   Accept Jesus today as your Savior before it is eternally too late.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (KJV) (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

 

JULY 22

“NO ONE IS BEYOND GOD’S GRACE”

OR

“QUESTIONING GOD’S GRACE”

 SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 20:1-16

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ezekiel 18:32 (NLT) I don't want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live!

INTRO: Have you ever questioned the fairness of God’s Grace, for yourself or for others?

   We need a better understanding of God’s Grace.

   How about the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, is the shooter beyond the Grace of God?

   In the eighteen chapter of Ezekiel, God addresses the Children of Israel about their questioning His Grace.

Ezekiel 18:25-32

   In the story of the Prodigal Son, the elder brother questioned the Father’s Grace.  Luke 15:25-31 (28a) And he was angry, and would not go in…

   It is easy to question God’s Grace when we judge by our standards.

Ezekiel 18:25 (KJV) Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT) "My thoughts are completely different from yours," says the Lord. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.  For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

   Two things that can causes us to question God’s Grace:

·         Because our reasoning is limited we believe God’s Grace is also limited.

·         Because our love is limited there are those whom we do not want to experience God’s Grace.

 I. ALL SIN IS OFFENSIVE TO GOD.

NOTE: Because our reasoning is faulty we fail to see sin as God sees sin.

   We tend to classify and rate sin according to our likes and dislikes.

   To God all sins are the same, disobedience.

   In Proverbs 6:16-19 God lists seven sins that are offensive to Him.

 I.              Pride

II.            Lying

III.           Murder

IV.          Wicked thoughts

V.           Quick to do wrong

VI.          A false witness (gossip)

VII.         Sows discord

 

II. GOD WANTS ALL SINNER TO REPENT

Ezekiel 18:23 (NIV) Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?

Ezekiel 18:31-32 (NIV) Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!

2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

NOTE: No matter how long they have sinned or how deep into sin they have gone, God’s Grace is available to everyone.

A.    NO ONE HAS SINNED TOO GREATLY TO BE FORGIVEN.

 ILL: Consider Peter

NOTE: There are those who feel that they have sinned too much to be forgiven.

Acts 2:21 (KJV) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

ILL: Consider the Apostle Paul

Acts 26:9-11 (NIV) "I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the saints in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. In my obsession against them, I even went to foreign cities to persecute them.

B.      NO ONE CAN WANDER TO FAR NOT TO BE WELCOME BACK INTO THE FOLD.

 NOTE: Why is it that the church will often welcome the sinner from outside the church but reject those within the church that fall into sin?

   In the Prodigal Son, the father accepted his son back, but the elder brother rejected him.

Luke 15:25-32 (NIV) "Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.  So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.  'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'

    "The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.  But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.  But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!'

    "'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.  But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' "

III. GOD’S GRACE IS OFTEN CONSIDER TO BE UNFAIR

Ezekiel 18:25-28 (GW) "But you say, 'The Lord's way is unfair.' Listen, nation of Israel, isn't my way fair? Isn't it your ways that are unfair?  When a righteous person turns away from doing right and does evil things, he will die. He will die because of the evil things he has done. When a wicked person turns away from the wicked things that he has done and does what is fair and right, he will live. He realized what he was doing and turned away from all the rebellious things that he had done. He will certainly live. He will not die.

NOTE: Israel questioned God’s Grace in two ways:

  1. If a righteous man turn from his righteousness and dies in his sin he will not experience God’s Grace.

 ILL:  King Saul & Judas

  1. If a sinful man turn from his sinful ways and is obedient to God, he will experience God’s Grace.

 ILL: Peter & Paul

   We judge God’s Grace through human reasoning.

    We cannot allow our human reasoning to affect our attitude towards God’s Grace.

CONCLUSION: Our understanding of God’s Grace goes a long way in how we treat those outside the Body of Christ and those that are in the Body of Christ and fall into sin.

JULY 29

CAN WE GET TO HEAVEN FROM ONALASKA?”

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 14:1-6

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 14:6 (KJV) 

    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

INTRO: Most everybody wants to go to Heaven.

   But most will not enter Heaven because they are on the wrong road.

   “All roads lead to Rome.”

   There are many people who believe that there are many ways to get to Heaven.

   It doesn’t matter what religion you are we will all end up in Heaven.

   Those who believe this are in for a rude awaking.

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

   There are many people who are trying to get to Heaven in the wrong way.

Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT) "You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way.  But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow(the road the leads to life is full of trouble GW) and only a few ever find it.

 I. ROADS THAT DO NOT LEAD TO HEAVEN.

ILL: Children’s song, “You Can’t Get To Heaven on…”

A.    RELIGION

 NOTE: Being religious will not get you to Heaven.

Isaiah 1:11-17 (NLT) "I am sick of your sacrifices," says the Lord. "Don't bring me any more burnt offerings! I don't want the fat from your rams or other animals. I don't want to see the blood from your offerings of bulls and rams and goats. Why do you keep parading through my courts with your worthless sacrifices? The incense you bring me is a stench in my nostrils! Your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath day, and your special days for fasting—even your most pious meetings—are all sinful and false. I want nothing more to do with them. I hate all your festivals and sacrifices. I cannot stand the sight of them! From now on, when you lift up your hands in prayer, I will refuse to look. Even though you offer many prayers, I will not listen. For your hands are covered with the blood of your innocent victims. Wash yourselves and be clean! Let me no longer see your evil deeds. Give up your wicked ways.  Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the orphan. Fight for the rights of widows.

Psalm 51:16-17 (NLT) You would not be pleased with sacrifices, or I would bring them.  If I brought you a burnt offering, you would not accept it.  The sacrifice you want is a broken spirit.  A broken and repentant heart, O God,             you will not despise.

 GOOD WORKS

Proverbs 20:9 (NLT) Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin"?

 

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.

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT) God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

 B.      CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

 

NOTE: There is not church that can take you to Heaven.

 C.    SECOND HAND FAITH

 NOTE: You can’t get to Heaven on your mother’s apron strings.

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.

II. HOW THAN CAN WE GET TO HEAVEN FROM ONALASKA?

ILL: Children’s song, “You Can’t Get To Heaven without…”

NOTE: It doesn’t matter where you start from the only way you can get to Heaven is through Jesus Christ.

John 14:6 (KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

A.    SIN KEEPS US OUT OF HEAVEN

 Isaiah 59:2 (KJV) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

B.      WE ARE ALL SINNERS

 Romans 3:23 (KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

NOTE: No one can get into Heaven with sin in their lives.

   We must get rid of the sin in our lives in order to enter into Heaven.

C.    JESUS IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN REMOVE THE SIN FROM OUR LIVES.

 Isaiah 53:5-6 (NLT) But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed!  All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the guilt and sins of us all.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT) For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

D.      IT IS THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST THAT OUR SINS ARE WASHED AWAY.

 

1 John 1:7 (KJV) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all 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.

E.      IT IS ONLY THROUGH JESUS THAT SALVATION COMES.

 Acts 4:12 (KJV) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

CONCLUSION: You can get to Heaven from Onalaska, but only if you put your trust in Jesus Christ and accept Him as the only way to salvation and Heaven.

 

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