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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2012

AUGUST 5, 2012

IS THE DEITY OF JESUS IMPORTANT?”

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 16:13-18

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Corinthians 11:25

     After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

 INTRO: How important is it that we believe that Jesus is the Son of God?

    There are many opinions of who Jesus is.

 Matthew 16:13-14 (KJV) When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

   Jesus asks us the question.

 Matthew 16:15 (KJV) He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

    Our faith of who Jesus is; is the corner-stone of our faith.

 Ephesians 2:20 (KJV) And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

 1 Peter 2:6 (KJV) Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

 Matthew 16:16 (KJV) And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 NOTE: If Jesus is not the Son of God, than who is He?

 I.  JESUS THE LAMB OF GOD

 NOTE: The world needed a sacrifice that would take away its sin.

    God demanded that sin could only be removed by the shedding of blood.

 Hebrews 9:22 (GW) As Moses' Teachings tell us, blood was used to cleanse almost everything, because if no blood is shed, no sins can be forgiven.

 NOTE: It was the Passover Lamb that protected Israel from death.

 Exodus 12:3, 5, 7, 10, 13 (KJV) Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house. [5] Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: [7] And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. [10] And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. [13] And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

 NOTE: Jesus is the fulfillment of the Passover Lamb.

    It is through His sacrifice on the cross we are protected from eternal death.

John 1:29 (KJV) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 II. THE COMMUNION CUP

 NOTE: To me, as the bread speaks of the body and humanity of Jesus, the cup speaks of the blood and Deity of Jesus.   

 1 Corinthians 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

 NOTE: Jesus had to be born a man that He might die; He had to be the Son of God that His death would be the acceptable sacrifice.

 John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 NOTE: Jesus fulfilled the Passover lamb in three ways:

1.     He was without sin.

 2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 2.     It is the blood and only the blood of Jesus Christ that washes away our sins.

 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 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

 3.     Everyone who accepts that Jesus is the Son of God and His blood, are cleansed from sin.

 John 20:31 (KJV) But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

 John 5:12-13 (KJV) He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

 CONCLUSION: It is very important that when we come to the Communion Table we must believe in the Dual Nature of Jesus; He is totally human, He is totally God.

    We don’t have to understand it, but we must believe it.

 

 

AUGUST 12, 2012

WHEN THINGS SEEM HOPELESS GOD INTERVENES

 SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 50:15-21

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Genesis 50:20 (KJV) 

     But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

 NOTE: How do we react when we seem to have a dream from God only to see it dashed right in front of us?

   We must learn to trust God even when everything is falling apart all around us and our dream seems hopeless.

 Job 13:15 (KJV) Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…

 Job 23:10 (KJV) But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

    At least thirty-two times when things seemed hopeless the Scriptures reveal God’s intervention by saying “But God…”

 I. THE STORY OF JOSEPH.

A.      JOSEPH HAD A DREAM FROM GOD.

 Genesis 37:5-10 (KJV) And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.  And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.  And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

 B.      HE WAS SOLD INTO SLAVERY

 Genesis 37:28 (KJV) Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

 C.     HE WAS FALSELY ACCUSED AND PUT INTO PRISON.

 Genesis 39:20 (KJV) And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.

D.     HE WAS FORGOTTEN

 Genesis 40:23 (KJV) Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

 NOTE: But God intervened.

 E.       PHARAOH MADE HIM RULER OF EGYPT

 Genesis 41:37-42 (KJV) And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.  And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:  Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.  And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.  And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;

F.       JOSEPH’S DREAM WAS FULFILLED.

 Genesis 42:6 (KJV) And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.

II. OTHER TIMES GOD INTERVENES

A.     WHEN WE WERE WITHOUT HOPE IN OUR SINS.

 Romans 5:8 (KJV) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Ephes. 2:4-5 (KJV) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, [5] Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

 B.      EVEN WHEN WE FAIL TO TRUST HIM

 Genesis 20:1-3 (KJV) And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.  And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.  But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.

 C.     WHEN WE ARE WEAK IN OUR FAITH

 Psalm 73:26 (KJV) My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

 D.     WHEN WE FACE TEMPTATION

 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV) There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

 E.       WHEN OUR ENEMIES SEEK TO DESTROY US

 1 Samuel 23:14 (KJV) And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.

 F.       WHEN WE FACE DEATH

 Acts 13:29-30 (KJV) And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.  But God raised him from the dead:

 1 Thessalonians. 4:13-14 (KJV) But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

 CONCLUSION: When we are faced with a hopeless situation we can reassured that God will intervene at the right time.

 

AUGUST 19, 2012

“ENTERING THE DOOR TO COMPLETE CONTENTMENT”

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN10:1-18

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 10:9 (KJV)

 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

 INTRO: Do you remember the game show, “Let’s Make a Deal”?

    We are all looking for that door that leads to complete contentment, but too many are looking behind the wrong doors.

    We will never find contentment as long as we are apart from God.

 Ephesians 2:12 (KJV) That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

    In the three preceding chapters, Jesus comes under heavy attack.

 1.       In chapter seven they sought to arrest Him.

2.       In chapter eight His forgiveness to the woman caught in adultery.

3.       His healing of the man born blind.

 NOTE: There are many who refuse to acknowledge Jesus as the only door and seek to keep others out.

 John 10:1 (NLT) "I assure you, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber!

 I. JESUS IS THE DOOR TO COMPLETE CONTENTMENT.

   Jesus Christ is the only door that leads to complete contentment.

John 10:9 (KJV) I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

    The shepherd often becomes the door to the sheep fold and will give his life to protect the sheep.

John 10:11 (NLT) I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

 ILL: A Modern Shepherd

 NOTE: Jesus willing gave His life for His sheep and therefore He is the open door to complete contentment.

    A. DOOR TO PEACE.

 ·         Jesus is the door to peace through His death.

 Colossians 1:20 (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.

 Isaiah 53:5 (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!

 ·         Jesus is the door to peace with God

 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.

·         Jesus is the door to peace with others

 Ephesians 2:14 (NLT) For Christ himself has made peace between us Jews and you Gentiles by making us all one people. He has broken down the wall of hostility that used to separate us.

 ·         Jesus is the door to peace the passes understanding.

 Philippians 4:7 (NLT) If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

    B.  DOOR TO JOY

 ·         Unspeakable joy.

 1 Peter 1:8 (ASV) Whom not having seen ye love; on whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

   How can we explain to the unsaved the joy we have in Christ?

 ·         Joy that gives us strength during difficult times.

 Nehemiah 8:10 (KJV) Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 ·         The fullness of Joy

 Psalm 16:11 (KJV) Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

 John 16:24 (KJV) Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

·         Everlasting Joy

 Isaiah 35:10 (KJV) And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

    C.  DOOR TO ABUNDANT LIFE.

 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.

·         Jesus gave abundant life to the adulterous woman

·         Jesus gave abundant life to a man born blind

·         Jesus gave abundant life to one he who was dead four days

    D.  DOOR TO ETERNAL LIFE.

John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 John 5:24 (KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

 Romans 5:21 (KJV) That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

 2 Tim. 1:10 (KJV) But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

 CONCLUSION: Which door will you chose?

 

AUGUST 26, 2012

DO YOU BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ…?”

 SCRIPTURE READING: HEBREWS 4:1-12

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Hebrews 4:2 (KJV) 

     For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

 INTRO: Because of the internet we have been conditioned not to believe everything we read.

    The writer of Hebrews is referring to the Jewish People who heard the Word of God but did not mix it with faith.

    There are many within the Church who like the Jewish People, read and hear the Word of God but fail to believe it.

    We often claim to believe but when it comes to the test we often fail to truly believe.

 ILL: Driving a nail through a 2x4 with a glass of water.

    There are several things in God’s Word that we are challenged to believe:

 1.     Who God is

2.     The commandments of God

3.     The promises and blessings of God

4.     The demonstrations of God’s power

5.     The judgments of God

 I. THE FIRST TEST OF FAITH IS WHO GOD IS.

 NOTE: This is the foundation of our faith; what we believe about God.

    The test of faith: is God Who He says He is?

    A. HE ALONE IS GOD

 Isaiah 43:10-11 (NLT) "But you are my witnesses, O Israel!" says the Lord. "And you are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God; there never has been and never will be.  I am the Lord, and there is no other Savior.

    B. HIS WORD IS TRUE

 Romans 3:4 (NLT) Of course not! Though everyone else in the world is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say, "He will be proved right in what he says, and he will win his case in court."

    C. HE AND HIS WORD DOES NOT CHANGE

 Malachi 3:6 (NLT) "I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already completely destroyed.

 II. THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD

NOTE: If we believe that God is Who He says He is, then we must also believe that the commandments He gives are for our benefit not for our harm.

 1 John 5:2-3 (KJV) By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

    There are two types of commandments:

 ·         Negative (thou shalt not)

 NOTE: The Ten Commandments…

 ·         Positive (thou shalt)

 NOTE: The two most positive commandments that are often disobeyed:

 o    Giving

Malachi 3:10 (NLT) Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do," says the Lord Almighty, "I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let me prove it to you!

 o    Involvement in a body of Believers.

 Hebrews 10:25 (NLT) And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.

 III. THE PROMISES AND BLESSINGS OF GOD.

 NOTE: If we believe that God is Who He says He is, then we must believe His promises and blessing.

 Deuteronomy 7:9 (NLT) Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and constantly loves those who love him and obey his commands.

 1 Kings 8:56 (NLT) "Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses.

 IV. THE DEMOSTRATIONS OF HIS POWER

 NOTE: Throughout the Word of God, He has shown His power in many different ways.

    A. THE PARTING OF THE RED SEA Exodus 14:21-28

    B. THE THREE HEBREW CHILDREN Daniel 3

    C. THE FEEDING OF THE FIVE THOUSAND Matthew 14:15-21

    D. THE HEALING OF THE BLIND MAN John 9

   NOTE: If we believe the demonstrations of His power we than can believe that He is able to meet our every need.

Philippians 4:19 (NLT) And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

V. THE JUDGMENTS OF GOD

NOTE: Many people today fail to believe that God will bring judgment.

 Hebrews 9:27 (KJV) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

   When we sin do we fear the Judgment of God or do we think we can get away with it.

 Isaiah 47:8-11 (NLT) "You are a pleasure-crazy kingdom, living at ease and feeling secure, bragging as if you were the greatest in the world! You say, 'I'm self-sufficient and not accountable to anyone! I will never be a widow or lose my children.'  Well, those two things will come upon you in a moment: widowhood and the loss of your children. Yes, these calamities will come upon you, despite all your witchcraft and magic.

     "You felt secure in all your wickedness. 'No one sees me,' you said. Your 'wisdom' and 'knowledge' have caused you to turn away from me and claim, 'I am self-sufficient and not accountable to anyone!'  So disaster will overtake you suddenly, and you won't be able to charm it away. Calamity will fall upon you, and you won't be able to buy your way out. A catastrophe will arise so fast that you won't know what hit you.

 CONCLUSION: The question we must answer is; do we believe all that we read in the Bible?

  

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