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SERMONS FOR OCTOBER, 2012

 OCTOBER 7 AM

WHAT ARE YOU HUNGERING AND THIRSTING FOR?”

SCRIPTURE READING: NUMBERS 11:4-9

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 5:6 (KJV) 

    Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

INTRO: The Children of Israel had come out of Egypt (a type of the World) and were headed towards the Promise Land, but it wasn’t long before they began to hunger and thirst for the food of Egypt.

    What is it that you hunger and thirst (desire) more than anything else?

   Satan seeks to have us hunger and thirst for the things that will destroy our lives.

    He does this through our human appetites.

NOTE: When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, all the temptations had to do with Jesus’ human appetites.

·         Physical hunger (stone to bread)

·         Emotional hunger for recognition (jumping from the Temple)

·         Sensual hunger (all the pleasures of this world)

   Adam & Eve yielded to the temptation of the forbidden fruit.

    Jesus tells us we are to guard out appetites.

 Matthew 6:19-21 (GW) "Stop storing up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal.  Instead, store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust don't destroy and thieves don't break in and steal.  Your heart will be where your treasure is.

 Matthew 6:24 (GW) "No one can serve two masters. He will hate the first master and love the second, or he will be devoted to the first and despise the second. You cannot serve God and wealth.

 Matthew 6:33 (GW) But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you.

 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."

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?

 ILL: Then What

 NOTE: We must remember that the things of this world are temporal and easily lost but the things of eternity are forever.

 I. HUNGERING AND THIRSTING FOR THE RIGHT THINGS.

 Matthew 5:6 (KJV) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

NOTE: What are some of the things we should hunger and thirst after?

 1.       A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. 

James 4:8a (KJV) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.

NOTE: We should have a hunger and thirst to know God in a deeper and more personal way.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NLT) This is what the Lord says: "Let not the wise man gloat in his wisdom, or the mighty man in his might, or the rich man in his riches.  Let them boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who is just and righteous, whose love is unfailing, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!

 ·         Through reading His Word

    It is through reading God’s Word we get to know Who God is and how much He loves us.

 ·         Through prayer

    It is through prayer that we can achieve a close relationship with God.

·         Through corporate worship

 Psalm 122:1 (KJV) I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

    B. FELLOWSHING WITH FELLOW BELIEVERS.

 NOTE: We should hunger and thirst to gather with other Believers so that we can encourage one another and seek ways to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 Hebrews 10:24-25 (GW) We must also consider how to encourage each other to show love and to do good things.  We should not stop gathering together with other believers, as some of you are doing. Instead, we must continue to encourage each other even more as we see the day of the Lord coming.

    There is safety in numbers.

 Ecclesiastes. 4:9-12 (NLT) Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor.  If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.  And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other. But how can one be warm alone?  A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

    C. POSSESSING RIGHEOUS THOUGHTS

 NOTE: Our thought patterns have a lot to do with what we are hungering and thirsting for.

Philippians 4:8 (KJV) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 CONCLUSION: We have a choice to make, do we hunger and thirst for the things of this world, or do we hunger and thirst for the things of God?

OCTOBER 7 PM

GETTING TO KNOW JESUS 5

IT’S NOT ABOUT ME, ITS ALL ABOUT HIM

 SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 1:15-28

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 1:23 (KJV)

     He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

 INTRO: Pride was the very first sin.

 Isaiah 14:12-14 (KJV) How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

 Ezekiel 28:12-17 (KJV) Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.  Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.  By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.  Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

    It is easy when you are successful to allow pride to enter in, and it becomes all about you.

 NOTE: John the Baptist was experiencing a successful ministry but he refused to accept any glory.

 I. JOHN SOUGHT TO BRING GLORY AND HONOR TO JESUS.

 John 1:15-18 (NLT) John pointed him out to the people. He shouted to the crowds, "This is the one I was talking about when I said, 'Someone is coming who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before I did.' "

    We have all benefited from the rich blessings he brought to us—one gracious blessing after another.  For the law was given through Moses; God's unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.  No one has ever seen God. But his only Son, who is himself God, is near to the Father's heart; he has told us about him.

   A. HE POINTED OUT THAT JESUS WAS GREATER THAN HIM.

 …"This is the one I was talking about when I said, 'Someone is coming who is far greater than I am

    B. HE POINTED OUT JESUS PRE-EXISTENCES.

    …for he existed long before I did.

 NOTE: In the flesh John was six months older than Jesus

    C. HE POINTED OUT THE BLESSINGS JESUS BRINGS.

 ·         Moses brought the Law which points out the sinfulness of man and his inability to get rid of sin.

Romans 7:5-9 (NIV) For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death.  But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

    What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet."  But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead.  Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.

 ·         Jesus brought Grace

 Romans 3:24 (NIV) and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

 Romans 5:15 (NIV) But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!

 Romans 11:6 (NIV) And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

   D. HE POINTED OUT JESUS DIETY.

 John 1:18 (NLT) No one has ever seen God. But his only Son, who is himself God, is near to the Father's heart; he has told us about him.

 II. JOHN REFUSED TO ACCEPT ANY GLORY FOR HIMSELF.

 NOTE: When given the opportunity to receive glory for himself, he referred to his own insignificants.

 John 1:22-23 (KJV) Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?   He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

    We also must be careful not to accept glory for ourselves but give all the glory to Jesus.

 1 Corinthians 10:31 (KJV) Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

 Colossians 3:17 (KJV)  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Colossians 3:23 (KJV) And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

    John viewed his work as insignificant to the work of Jesus.

 John 1:25-27 (KJV) And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

 NOTE:  If John took on the spirit of humility don’t you think we should do the same.

 Proverbs 22:4 (KJV) By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.

 Proverbs 29:23 (KJV) A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

 Romans 12:3 (KJV) For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

 Philippians 2:3-4 (KJV) Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

 James 4:10 (KJV) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

 CONCLUSION: In the spirit of humility let us serve one another seeking to honor each other more than ourselves even as Jesus came to serve us.

 Matthew 20:28 (NLT) For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many."

 Philippians 2:5-7 (NLT) Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God.  He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form.

John 13:3-5 (NLT) Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God.  So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel he had around him.

 John 13:13-15 (NLT) You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and you are right, because it is true.  And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other's feet.  I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.

 

OCTOBER 14 AM

FLAWED BUT USED

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 103:1-14

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 103:14 (NLT)

    For he understands how weak we are; he knows we are only dust.

INTRO: Who can understand the Grace of God?

   He takes the worst of sinners and makes them into the greatest of saints.

    We often think that in order for a person to be used of God they have to be perfect or at least close to perfection.

    This caused many to feel that they cannot be used by God.

 ILL: Michelangelo

    The Bible is filled with stories of people who were flawed, some very badly, but were used by God.

 I. JACOB

 NOTE: Jacob had many flaws: 

·         He cheated Esau out of his birthright Genesis 25

·         He deceived and lied to Isaac in order to receive Esau’s blessing Genesis 27

·         He used trickery to gain wealth at the expense of his father in law Genesis 30

·         He was a coward in facing Esau Genesis 32

    God blessed Jacob and he became the father of the nation of Israel. 

 Genesis 46:2-4a (NLT) During the night God spoke to him in a vision. "Jacob! Jacob!" he called. "Here I am," Jacob replied. "I am God," the voice said, "the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will see to it that you become a great nation there.  I will go with you down to Egypt, and I will bring your descendants back again.

 II. SAMSON 

NOTE: Samson did many great exploits yet was seriously flawed.

    He lived under the Nazarite vow.

Judges 13:3-5 (KJV) And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.  Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: for, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.  

·         He sought to marry a daughter of the Philistines Judges 14

·         He ate honey from the carcase of a dead lion

·         His desire for Delilah Judges 16

    Yet God used him, even in his death. Judges 16

    He is listed among the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11

 Hebrews 11:32 (KJV) And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

 NOTE: All of these listed were flawed in one way or another.

 III. DAVID

 NOTE: David was a great king, he wrote many wonderful Psalms, brought the Ark back, yet he was flawed. 

·         His sin with Bathsheba II Samuel 11

·         His murdering of Uriah

·         Numbered the Children of Israel II Samuel 24

    Yet God calls David, “A man after My Own heart”

 Acts 13:22 (KJV) And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

IV. MATTHEW

 NOTE: Matthew was a traitor to his own people.

Matthew 9:9-13 (NLT) As Jesus was going down the road, he saw Matthew sitting at his tax-collection booth. "Come, be my disciple," Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.

    That night Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to be his dinner guests, along with his fellow tax collectors and many other notorious sinners.  The Pharisees were indignant. "Why does your teacher eat with such scum?" they asked his disciples.

    When he heard this, Jesus replied, "Healthy people don't need a doctor—sick people do."  Then he added, "Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: 'I want you to be merciful; I don't want your sacrifices.' For I have come to call sinners, not those who think they are already good enough."

 NOTE: Not only did Matthew become an Apostle, he also wrote the first book in the New Testament.

 V. PETER

 NOTE: Peter had his ups and downs in his walk with Jesus.

    A. HIS UPS 

·         His great confession Matthew 16:15-17 (KJV) He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

·         He walked on the water Matthew 14 

   B. HIS DOWNS 

·         He sought to keep Jesus from the cross

 Matthew 16:21-23 (NLT) From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that he had to go to Jerusalem, and he told them what would happen to him there. He would suffer at the hands of the leaders and the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, and he would be raised on the third day.

    But Peter took him aside and corrected him. "Heaven forbid, Lord," he said. "This will never happen to you!"

    Jesus turned to Peter and said, "Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, and not from God's."

 ·         He denied Jesus three times. Luke 22

    C. JESUS COMMISSION TO PETER John 21

    Peter preached the great sermon on the Day of Pentecost Acts 2

VI. JOHN MARK 

Acts 15:36-38 (NLT) After some time Paul said to Barnabas, "Let's return to each city where we previously preached the word of the Lord, to see how the new believers are getting along." Barnabas agreed and wanted to take along John Mark. But Paul disagreed strongly, since John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not shared in their work.

 2 Tim. 4:11 (KJV) Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

ILL: Flawed Individuals on a rescue mission.

 CONCLUSION:   In order for those masterpieces to be completed, there are several things that we all need to do: (1) We need to recognize our flaws - our sin; (2) We need to respond to His call; and, (3) We need to reach out to others!

 

OCTOBER 14 PM

GETTING TO KNOW JESUS 5

 JESUS THE LAMB OF GOD

 SCRIPTURE READING: John 1:29-34

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 1:29 (NLT)

     The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look! There is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

 INTRO: It is of upmost importance that we recognize Jesus for Who He is, the Lamb of God.

    John acknowledged that there was someone coming after him that was actually before him.

    We often compare ourselves to others instead of comparing ourselves to God.

    When we compare ourselves to others we will get a false assessment of ourselves.

    When we compare ourselves to God we get a true assessment of ourselves.

    John said he did not know Who Jesus was until He was revealed unto him.

 John 1:30-31 (KJV) This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.  And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

    John acknowledged his work to be inferior to that of Jesus.

    We must acknowledge that we are the vessel and not the oil. 

I. JESUS COMES TO US

 John 1:29 (NLT) The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look! There is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

 NOTE: Jesus comes to us to reveal Himself to us and to invite us to come to Him with our burden of sins

 Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)  Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light."

    He invites us to have fellowship with Him.

Revelation 3:20 (KJV) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

 NOTE: John was looking for the Messiah, are we looking for Jesus?

 John 1:33 (NLT) I didn't know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, 'When you see the Holy Spirit descending and resting upon someone, he is the one you are looking for. He is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'

 II. WE MUST RECOGNIZE HIM AS THE LAMB OF GOD

NOTE: From the time of Moses, countless lambs had been sacrificed twice a day.

 Exodus 29:38-39 (KJV) Now this is that which thou shalt offer upon the altar; two lambs of the first year day by day continually.  The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even:

 Exodus 12:5 (KJV) Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

    These lambs represented the Lamb of God that would come and once and for all, make the acceptable sacrifice that would do away will all sin.

 1 Cor. 5:7b (NIV) … For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

 NOTE: Once a year on the Great Day of Atonement the sins of the people were taken away.  Leviticus 16

 Hebrews 9:11-14 (NIV) When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.  He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.  The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.  How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

 NOTE: Jesus is the fulfillment of all the sacrifices required by God.

 Revelation 5:6 (NIV) Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

 III. HE TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD.

 NOTE: The daily sacrifices and the sacrifices made on the Great Day of Atonement were for the Jewish people.

    Jesus, as the Lamb of God, came to be the acceptable sacrifice for the world.

 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.

   The atoning blood of Jesus Christ is for the salvation of all people.

 John 3:16 (NIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 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.

 CONCLUSION: Jesus the Lamb of God is worthy of all our love and praise.

 Revelation 4:11 (KJV) Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

 Revelation 5:12 (KJV) Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

 

OCTOBER 21 AM

 “NAVIGATING THROUGH THE FOG”

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 73:1-14

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Hebrews 12:2 (KJV)

   Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…

 INTRO: Have you every started a project only to be distracted is such a way that you never finished your project?

    Each of us as Christian should have spiritual goals in our lives.

      Satan seeks to keep us from reaching these goals by bring fog into our lives.

   How does this happen to Believers?  They lose sight of their goal.

 ILL: “Keeping Your Eye on the Goal”

 I. THE FOG OF ENVY.

 NOTE: Satan would seek to blind our eyes through the fog of envy.

 Psalm 73:2-3 (NLT) But as for me, I came so close to the edge of the cliff! My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.  For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.

    The writer of Psalm 73 was experiencing the fog of the success of the ungodly.

 Psalm 73:21 (GW) When my heart was filled with bitterness             and my mind was seized {with envy},

    A. THE WORD OF GOD TELLS US NOT TO ENVY THE WICKED.  

 NOTE: This is not an empty warning, there is real danger here.

 Proverbs 3:31 (GW) Do not envy a violent person.  Do not choose any of his ways.

 Proverbs 23:17 (GW) Do not envy sinners in your heart.  Instead, continue to fear the Lord.

 Proverbs 24:1 (GW) Do not envy evil people or wish you were with them,

 Proverbs 24:19 (GW) Do not get overly upset with evildoers.        Do not envy wicked people,

    B. DO NOT ENVY ONE ANOTHER.

 Galatians 5:26 (KJV) Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

 NOTE: When the fog of envy enters into a church it loses sight of it mission.

 Proverbs 14:30 (NIV) A heart at peace gives life to the body,        but envy rots the bones.

 II. THE FOG OF WORLDLY TREASURES AND PLEASURES

 NOTE: Satan would seek to obscure our sight of heaven by bring in the fog of worldly treasures and pleasures.

 Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 Luke 21:34 (NLT) "Watch out! Don't let me find you living in careless ease and drunkenness, and filled with the worries of this life. Don't let that day catch you unaware,

 Col. 3:2 (NLT) Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth.

 James 4:4 (NLT) You adulterers! Don't you realize that friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy this world, you can't be a friend of God.

 2 Timothy 4:10a (GW) Demas has abandoned me. He fell in love with this present world and went to the city of Thessalonica…

 III. THE FOG OF THE LACK OF PASSION.

 NOTE: The church at Ephesus was experiencing the fog of losing their passion for God and His people.

 Revelation 2:1-4 (NLT) Write this letter to the angel of the church in Ephesus. This is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, the one who walks among the seven gold lampstands:  "I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don't tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars.  You have patiently suffered for me without quitting. But I have this complaint against you. You don't love me or each other as you did at first!

 

IV. HOW DO WE DEFEAT THE FOG SATAN BRINGS?

 NOTE: According to the National Bureau of Standards, a dense fog covering seven city blocks to a depth of 100 feet is composed of something less than one glass of water.

    A. THE CHURCH MUST BE ABLE TO GUIDE OTHERS THROUGH  THE FOG.

 ILL: Church Steeples.

 ·         Through the teaching of the Word of God

 Isaiah 30:21 (KJV) And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

·         Through the light of God’s Word

 

ILL: The battleship

·         Through loving one another

 ILL: The hug.

 John 13:35 (NLT) Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples."

 John 15:12 (NLT) I command you to love each other in the same way that I love you.

 Romans 12:9 (NLT) Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good.

 1 Thessalonians 3:12 (NLT) And may the Lord make your love grow and overflow to each other and to everyone else, just as our love overflows toward you.

 1 Peter 1:22 (NLT) Now you can have sincere love for each other as brothers and sisters because you were cleansed from your sins when you accepted the truth of the Good News. So see to it that you really do love each other intensely with all your hearts.

 

CONCLUSION: We cannot allow Satan to hide the goals we have in Christ by fogs he would bring in our lives.

   Keeping our “eye on the ball” as they say in baseball is the only way to accomplish our goal. When we let our eyes waver to the right or to the left (Proverbs 4:27), we run the risk of losing our focus. If your goal is to become more like Jesus (Hebrews 12:1), keeping your eyes on Him is the secret.

   The fog of this world is that which is most likely to obscure our vision of Jesus. We start looking at the creation instead of the Creator (Romans 1:25) and suddenly lose sight of the One who is our goal in life. If you feel like quitting... feel like you have lost your way... feel lost “refocus! Get back in the Word daily and watch the fog disappear.

   A goal you can’t see is a goal you’ll never reach.

 

OCTOBER 21 PM

 GETTING TO KNOW JESUS 6

 THE MINISTRY OF ANDREW

 SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 1:35-42

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 1:41 (NIV)

     The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ).

 INTRO: Most people know Andrew as the brother of Peter.

    Andrew was close to the inner three.

 Mark 13:3 (KJV) And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,

    Andrew had the ministry of bringing others to Christ.

  • He brought his brother Peter to Jesus

 John 1:41 (NIV) The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ).

  • He brought the young lad with the lunch to Jesus

 John 6:8-9 (KJV) One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, there is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?  

  • He and Phillip brought the Greeks to Jesus

 John 12:20-22 (KJV) And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: the same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.  Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

NOTE: What does the Gospel of John reveal about Andrew?

 I. ANDREW WAS SPIRITUALLY HUNGRY

    A. HE WAS A DISCIPLE OF JOHN.

 NOTE: Andrew placed himself where he could hear the Word of God preached.

 Matthew 5:6 (KJV) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

    Those who hunger for the things of God stand where they can receive the things of God.

   He was standing with John the Baptist.

    B. HE HEARD AND BELIEVE THE MESSAGE OF JOHN.

 John 1:36 (NIV) When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!"

  • John’s ministry was not to promote himself, but to point others to Jesus.

 NOTE: Andrew and his friend left John to follow Jesus.

 John 1:37 (KJV) And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

  • Andrew loved John but he longed to worship the Lamb of God.

 NOTE: We must be very careful not to put the preacher above the Christ.

 II. JESUS’ INVITATION

 NOTE: By turning to Andrew and his friend, Jesus was acknowledging His invitation for them to join Him.

John 1:38 (KJV) Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?

    A. WHAT ARE YOU SEEKING? 

  • Forgiveness of your sins
  • Peace
  • God’s approval
  • Rest from the toils of life
  • Healing

    Jesus asks us, What are you seeking?

    B. THEY ACKNOWLEGED JESUS AS RABBI (TEACHER)

 NOTE: They were hungry to lean more and were willing to submit themselves to Jesus as their teacher.

    C. THEY WANTED TO KNOW WHERE JESUS DWELT

 NOTE: Do we seek to dwell where Jesus dwells?

    D. JESUS SAID, COME SEE

 John 1:39 (KJV) He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.

 NOTE: There is an opened invitation to any who would come and learn at Jesus’ feet.

Isaiah 1:18 (KJV) Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Isaiah 55:1 (KJV) Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 Revelation 22:17 (KJV) And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

 NOTE: They accepted Jesus’ invitation and stay with Him the rest of the day.

 II. ANDREW LED HIS FIRST CONVERT TO JESUS.

 John 1:40-42 (KJV) One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.  He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

 NOTE: The first thing Andrew did after recognizing who Jesus was he sought to bring his brother the Christ.

    When we truly experience the gift of Salvation we will want to share our experience with others.

    The best place to start is within our own family.

    Andrew first sought his brother and then he sought others.

 Acts 1:8 (KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 CONCLUSION: When we get to know Jesus we will be like Andrew, sharing the Good News to others.

 

OCTOBER 28 AM

 “WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT GOD’S LOVE?”

 SCRIPTURE READING: LAMENTATIONS 3:22-26

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 John 4:16 (NIV)

    And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

INTRO: There are many people who feel unloved, unwanted, unappreciated, they in turn find if often difficult to love others.

    Often times, people say they love someone but their actions reveal that their love is false.

    Many times a person love is controlled by circumstances and personal like or dislikes.

  Some find certain types of people to be difficult to love and sometimes are even hated.

    The Church needs to let everyone know, “What’s so great about God’s love.

    How can we begin to explain the greatness of God’s love?

Ephesians 2:4 (KJV) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

I. GOD IS LOVE

 1 John 4:16 (NIV) And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

 NOTE: God’s love is perfect and there is no true love outside of God.

    Even the best of human love is imperfect. Things happen that will cause that love to end.

    Because God’s love is perfect we can rely and trust His love no matter what may come our way.

 Romans 8:37 (KJV) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 II. GOD’S LOVE IS ALL INCLUSIVE.

 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: There is no one beyond the reach of God’s love.

 John 10:16 (NIV) I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

 Romans 10:12-13 (NIV) For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,  for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

 1 Timothy 2:4 (NIV) who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

 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.

 III. GOD LOVED US BEFORE WE LOVED HIM.

 1 John 4:19 (KJV) We love him, because he first loved us.

NOTE: While our sins were nailing Jesus to the cross, God loved us.

 Romans 5:8 (NLT) But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

Ephesians. 2:4-5 (NLT) But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's special favor that you have been saved!)

 1 John 4:10 (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.

 IV. GOD’S LOVE KNOWS NO LIMIT.

 1 Corinthians 13:8 (NLT) Love will last forever, but prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will all disappear.

 NOTE: God’s love, which is perfect love, will never end.

Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT) Long ago the Lord said to Israel: "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.

 NOTE: Even when we stray from God, He still love us.

ILL: The father of the prodigal son.

 Luke 15:20 (NLT) "So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.

 V. GOD’S LOVE BRINGS RICH REWARDS TO THOSE WHO ACCEPT HIS LOVE.

   A. CLEANSES FROM OUR SINS.

 Revelation 1:5 (KJV) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

 NOTE: We are then restored to fellowship with God.

    B. WE ARE ACCEPTED AS CHILDREN OF GOD.

1 John 3:1 (NLT) See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for he allows us to be called his children, and we really are! But the people who belong to this world don't know God, so they don't understand that we are his children.

   C. GOD’S LOVE PROVIDES US WITH ETERNAL LIFE

 1 John 4:9 (NLT) God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.

 CONCLUSION: As we experience God’s love we will want to share His love with others by loving one another.

 1 John 4:11 (NLT) Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

 

OCTOBER 28 PM

 GETTING TO KNOW JESUS 7

 PHILIP & NATHANAEL

SCRIPTURE READING: John 1:43-51

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 1:43 (KJV)

     The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.

 INTRO: It is highly possible that Philip had not heard about Jesus being the Lamb of God.

    Galilee was some distance from where John the Baptist was baptizing. 

 I. THREE THINGS THAT HAPPEN TO PHILIP THAT MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE

   A.     Jesus called him.

 NOTE: Out text suggest that Jesus was looking for Philip.

    The whole purpose of Jesus coming to earth was to find those who were lost.

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

 1 Timothy 1:15 (NLT) This is a true saying, and everyone should believe it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—and I was the worst of them all.

 B.      The witness of Andrew and Peter.

 John 1:44 (KJV) Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

    It is highly likely that Andrew and Peter told Philip that Jesus was the Lamb of God, the Promised Messiah.

    It is vital that Believers are ready to encourage those whom the Spirit of God is calling.

 C.     Philip responded positively to Jesus call.

 NOTE: We must be quick to respond to the call of God.

 ·         The longer we resist God’s call the more difficult it is to respond.

 Proverbs 29:1 (KJV) He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

 ·         There will come a time when God will no longer call.

 Genesis 6:3 (KJV) And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

II. PHILIP WAS CALLED TO FOLLOW JESUS

 NOTE: Jesus does not only call us to be saved from sin, but we are to follow Him.

 Luke 9:23 (KJV) And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

 John 10:27 (KJV) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

 John 12:26 (KJV) If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

NOTE: We are called to serve.

 III. PHILIP SOUGHT OUT NATHANAEL

 NOTE: As Andrew brought his brother to Jesus, Philip brought his friend.

   Philip shared with Nathanael what he believed.

NOTE: We are to tell others what we believe.

 Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT) Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

 Mark 16:15 (NLT) And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.

Acts 1:8 (NLT) But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

      A. NATHANAEL DID NOT BELIEVE PHIPIP.  

 John 1:46 (KJV) And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

 NOTE: Nathanael almost allowed his prejudice and strong feeling keep him from Jesus.

    Philip did not give up but gently implored Nathanael to come and see for himself.

    It was because of Philip’s friendship that Nathanael came to see Jesus.

      B. ALTHOUGH NATHANAEL DID NOT KNOW JESUS, JESUS KNEW NATHANAEL

John 1:47 (NLT) As they approached, Jesus said, "Here comes an honest man—a true son of Israel."

    Jesus knew Nathanael as a man of integrity.

 Psalm 32:2 (KJV) Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

 Matthew 5:8 (KJV) Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

NOTE: Nathanael recognized Jesus in three different ways. 

·         As a Rabbi (teacher)

·         As the Son of God

·         As the King of Israel

 John 1:49 (KJV) Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.

 CONCLUSION: Jesus knows all about us and He still calls us to be His disciple.

 NOTE: The kind of men Jesus called to be His disciples. 

·         Nathanael (in whom there is no guile)

·         Fishermen

·         Tax Collector

·         Judas

 NOTE: Jesus will call and use anyone who would come and follow Him, but we must make sure our commitment is sincere.

 Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV) Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

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