SERMONS FOR THE MONTH
JULY 1, 2012
JESUS, THE BREAD OF LIFE
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.
The partaking of Communion is a very special form of
We must be very careful that we participate with the
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
When we are judged by the Lord, we are being
disciplined so that we will not be condemned with
The partaking of Communion must not become a ritual.
When we come to the Communion Table we must consider
What does Communion represent
We need to perform self-examination
I. WHAT DOES THE COMMUNION TABLE REPRESENT?
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.
believe the Bread represents His Humanity.
Jesus is dual in nature, He is fully Man and He is
Isaiah 9:6a (KJV)
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…
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.
I believe that to partake properly the Communion
Bread, we must believe in the humanity of Jesus
Why is believing in the humanity of Jesus so
Because the Word of God teaches us His humanity.
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
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
forever; his Kingdom will never end!"
asked the angel, "But how can I have a baby? I am a
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
(meaning, God is with us)."
it’s only through His humanity that He is our
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;  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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
going to consider eighteen steps that God used to
bring victory to His people.
Queen Vashti queen ship removed. Esther 1:19
A search for a new queen.
Mordecai’s instruction to Esther.
Mordecai hears of a plot against the king.
Nothing was done to reward Mordecai.
Haman promoted. Esther 3:1
Haman’s plot against the Jewish people because of
Mordecai and the Jews in distress. Esther 4:1
Mordecai’s instructions to Esther.
Esther’s agrees to speak to the king.
Esther invites the King and Haman to a special
banquet but does not reveal her request.
Haman builds the gallows for Mordecai.
The king spent a sleepless night and had the books
read to him.
The king had Haman honor Mordecai.
Esther’s second banquet where Haman’s plan revealed.
The Jews defeated their enemies.
Esther 8 & 9
Mordecai advance to being next to the King.
If you live a life guided by wisdom, you won't
limp or stumble as you run.
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.
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
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.
“WHAT BUSINESS IS JESUS IN?
SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 2:41-52
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
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
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
in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he
is able to succour them that are tempted.
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.
WHAT WAS THE BUSINESS THAT JESUS CAME TO DO?
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.
JESUS CAME TO MINISTER TO OTHER NOT TO BE MINISTER
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.
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.
JESUS CAME TO BRING JUDGMENT AGAINST SIN
"I have come to bring fire to
the earth, and I wish that my task were already
Jesus did not come to bring judgment against the
John 12:47 (KJV)
any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him
not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save
JESUS CAME TO SAVE SINNERS
John 3:17 (KJV)
sent not his Son into the world to condemn the
world; but that the world through him might be
Luke 19:10 (KJV)
the Son of man is come to seek and to save that
which was lost.
1 Tim. 1:15 (KJV)
a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation,
that Christ Jesus came into the world to save
sinners; of whom I am chief.
JESUS CAME THAT WE MIGHT HAVE LIFE INSTEAD OF DEATH
John 10:10 (KJV)
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
TO SEPARATE THE GODLY FROM THE UNGODLY.
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.
TO BRING TO HEAVEN THOSE WHO HAVE PUT THEIR TRUST IN
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
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
So comfort and encourage each other with these
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.
TO BRING JUDGMENT TO THOSE WHO HAVE NOT.
"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!
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.)
“NO ONE IS BEYOND GOD’S GRACE”
“QUESTIONING GOD’S GRACE”
SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 20:1-16
Ezekiel 18:32 (NLT)
I don't want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord.
Turn back and live!
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
In the story of the Prodigal Son, the elder brother
questioned the Father’s Grace.
And he was
angry, and would not go in…
It is easy to question God’s Grace when we judge by
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
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.
ALL SIN IS OFFENSIVE TO GOD.
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.
6:16-19 God lists seven sins that are offensive
Quick to do wrong
A false witness (gossip)
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.
No matter how long they have sinned or how deep into
sin they have gone, God’s Grace is available to
NO ONE HAS SINNED TOO GREATLY TO BE FORGIVEN.
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.
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
NO ONE CAN WANDER TO FAR NOT TO BE WELCOME BACK INTO
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
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.
Israel questioned God’s Grace in two ways:
If a righteous man turn from his righteousness
and dies in his sin he will not experience God’s
King Saul & Judas
If a sinful man turn from his sinful ways and is
obedient to God, he will experience God’s Grace.
Peter & Paul
We judge God’s Grace through human reasoning.
We cannot allow our human reasoning to affect
our attitude towards God’s Grace.
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
“CAN WE GET TO HEAVEN FROM ONALASKA?”
saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the
life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
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.
ROADS THAT DO NOT LEAD TO HEAVEN.
Children’s song, “You Can’t Get To Heaven on…”
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
Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the
oppressed. Defend the orphan. Fight for the rights
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.
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.
There is not church that can take you to Heaven.
SECOND HAND FAITH
You can’t get to Heaven on your mother’s apron
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
II. HOW THAN CAN WE GET TO HEAVEN FROM ONALASKA?
Children’s song, “You Can’t Get To Heaven without…”
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.
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.
WE ARE ALL SINNERS
Romans 3:23 (KJV)
For all have sinned, and come
short of the glory of God;
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.
JESUS IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN REMOVE THE SIN FROM
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.
IT IS THROUGH
THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST THAT OUR SINS ARE WASHED
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.
IT IS ONLY THROUGH JESUS THAT SALVATION COMES.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be
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.