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SERMONS FOR NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 4, 2012

“FIG LEAF RELIGION”

 SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 3:1-8

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Genesis 3:21 (KJV)

     Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

INTRO: Have you ever imagine what it must have been like to live in the Garden of Eden?

   The Garden of Eden was like Heaven on earth.

   Along came Satan and sin, spoiling everything.

   There was no death in the Garden of Eden.

   Sin brought death.

   In the end, sin will always bring forth death.

Romans 6:23a (KJV) For the wages of sin is death…

   What do you do when you have made a mistake, you have sinned?

   Many time, we like Adam and Eve, seek to hide our sin by covering it up with Fig Leaves.

I. FIG LEAF RELIGION

NOTE: There are many accounts in the Bible where people practiced Fig Leaf Religion.

   A. MOSES  Exodus 2:12 (KJV) 

    And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

NOTE: Moses reacted in human impulse and anger and killed the Egyptian Taskmaster. 

   Even Godly men and women can react in human passion and sin against God.

   He may have thought he was justified in killing the Egyptian, but once the deed was done he realized he was wrong.

NOTE: Moses’ sin brought death to the Egyptian.

   Often times we think we are justified in what we do but then recognized what we have done is wrong.

   Even Eve thought that by disobeying God it would make her a better person.

Genesis 3:6 (NLT) The woman was convinced. The fruit looked so fresh and delicious, and it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. Then he ate it, too.

   B. ACHAN Joshua 7:20-22 (NLT) 

    Achan replied, "I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel.  For I saw a beautiful robe imported from Babylon, two hundred silver coins, and a bar of gold weighing more than a pound. I wanted them so much that I took them. They are hidden in the ground beneath my tent, with the silver buried deeper than the rest."

    So Joshua sent some men to make a search. They ran to the tent and found the stolen goods hidden there, just as Achan had said, with the silver buried beneath the rest.

NOTE: Achan’s sin brought death to not only himself, but his family and 36 soldiers.

   C. DAVID 2 Samuel 11:14-15 (NLT)

     So the next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and gave it to Uriah to deliver.  The letter instructed Joab, "Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed."

 NOTE: David sin brought death to Uriah and to his unborn son.

    Fig leaf religion will not remove our sin, it will only bring death.

 II. GOD MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE.

 NOTE: There is a vast difference when God comes on the scene.

    Satan comes to bring death, God comes to bring life.

   A. GOD CAME SEEKING ADAM

 Genesis 3:9 (KJV) And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

 NOTE: God knew where Adam was physically, He wanted Adam to know where he was spiritually.  

    Adam acknowledged the results of his sin, but did not acknowledge the sin itself.

    God asks us the same question, “Where are you spiritually?”

    B. DEATH IS THE ONLY ANSWER TO SIN.

    Death is the judgment for sin.

 Genesis 2:16-17 (NLT) But the Lord God gave him this warning: "You may freely eat any fruit in the garden except fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat of its fruit, you will surely die."

 Ezekiel 18:20a (KJV) The soul that sinneth…

NOTE: Death is the only solution to the sin problem.

 C. THE INNOCENT MUST DIE FOR THE GUILTY FOR THE GUILTY TO LIVE.

 Genesis 3:21 (NLT) And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.

 NOTE: The only way sin can be forgiven is through the shedding of blood.

 Hebrews 9:22b (NLT) … Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.

 NOTE: Throughout the Old Testament, the shedding of the blood of innocent lamb symbolized the forgiveness of sin.

 III. THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY ANSWER TO SIN.

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.

 NOTE: Once again the innocent had to die for the guilty.

 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.

Romans 5:8-9 (NLT) But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  And since we have been made right in God's sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God's judgment.

Hebrews 9:14 (NLT) Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our hearts from deeds that lead to death so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.

 

CONCLUSION: Let us not seek to cover our sins with fig leaf religion, but rather let us confess them to God and allow the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse us from all sin.

 Psalm 32:1-5 (NLT) Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!  Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!  When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, "I will confess my rebellion to the Lord." And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

 

NOVEMBER 11, 2012

FINISHING STRONG

 SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 21:28-32

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NLT) 

     I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.  And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his glorious return.

INTRO: The religious leaders challenged Jesus’ authority.

    We are all or have challenged Jesus’ authority.

    Jesus tells the story of two sons; each son represents a different group of people and how they respond to Jesus’ authority.

    The father had a vineyard that he wanted his sons to go into and work.

   God has called each of us to become involved in His service.

 Matthew 22:9 (KJV) Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.

 Matthew 28:19 (KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

 John 20:21 (KJV) Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

    We often respond in one of two ways.

 I. THE FIRST SON

 Matthew 21:28-29 (KJV) But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard. [29] He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

 NOTE: Four things happened in these versus that we need to consider.

  1. The father asked the first son to go into his vineyard.

·         There was work to be done, a harvest to be reaped.

 Luke 10:1-2 (NLT) The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them on ahead in pairs to all the towns and villages he planned to visit.  These were his instructions to them: "The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. Pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest, and ask him to send out more workers for his fields.

 ·         The son was asked to go that day.

 John 4:35 (NLT) Do you think the work of harvesting will not begin until the summer ends four months from now? Look around you! Vast fields are ripening all around us and are ready now for the harvest.

    When God calls us we must not delay.

 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV) For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you."  I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.  

  1. The son refused to go.

    Often times when God first calls us our response is negative.

    We like the Prodigal Son, often reject God’s call and go our own way.

 Luke 15:13 (NLT) "A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money on wild living.  

  1. The son repented of his disobedience and went into the vineyard.

 Acts 3:19 (KJV) Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

 

Acts 17:30 (KJV) And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:

 NOTE: Repentance is necessary to bring God’s blessing.

 II. THE SECOND SON.

 Matthew 21:30 (KJV) And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

 NOTE: He spoke words of obedience but failed to obey.

 Isaiah 29:13 (KJV) Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

 Matthew 15:8 (KJV) This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

    He had the appearance of an obedient son but it was in appearance only.

 III. THE LESSON OF THE PARABLE

 Matthew 21:31-32 (NIV) "Which of the two did what his father wanted?"  "The first," they answered.  Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.  For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

   A. JESUS LIKENED THE SECOND SON TO THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS.

 2 Timothy 3:5a (KJV) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:

 Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV) Not every one 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.

 NOTE: The appearance of righteousness in not enough to get us into heaven.

 Luke 13:3 (KJV) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

    B.  JESUS LIKENED THE FIRST SON TO THE PUBLICIANS AND THE PROSTITUTES.

 NOTE: Those who knew they were sinners and repented of their sins.

 Ezekiel 18:21-22 (NIV) "But if a wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, he will surely live; he will not die.  None of the offenses he has committed will be remembered against him. Because of the righteous things he has done, he will live.

 ILL: Saul of Tarsus who became Paul the great Apostle.

    He began a sinner but finished strong.

 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NLT) I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.  And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his glorious return.

 

NOVEMBER 18, 2012

 OPENED OR CLOSED HEART

SCRIPTURE READING: REVELATION 3:14-22

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Revelation 3:20 (NLT)

    Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends.

 INTRO: We often view an overabundance of money, a fancy building, overflowing crowds, gifted talent, as signs of spiritual blessings.

 

   There is nothing more spiritually dangerous than to be successful through our own abilities.

 Psalm 127:1 (NLT) Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is useless.  Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.

    God is looking for those who worship Him with a broken and contrite heart.

 Psalm 34:18 (NLT) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 51:17 (NLT) The sacrifice you want is a broken spirit.             A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise.

    The Church of Laodicea a wealthy and successful church in the eyes of man but in the eyes of God is was wretched, poor, blind, and naked.

 Revelation 3:17 (KJV) Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

    The Church of Laodicea was a very sick church and its biggest problem was that it didn’t even know it.

 

   Satan had snuck in and blinded their eyes to their true spiritual condition.

 I. GOD LONGS TO HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH THE BELIEVERS.

 NOTE: God created man with the desire to have fellowship with him.

    Often times we allow things to keep us from having true fellowship with God.

    In this letter, Jesus is knocking on the hearts door of Believers not sinners.

      The Church of Laodicea had allowed success to crowd out their fellowship with Jesus.

    The Church of Laodicea viewed itself as:

 ·         Rich

·         Increased with goods

·         Having need of nothing else

    Because of their success they felt they had need of nothing else including fellowshipping with Jesus.

 Revelation 3:17 (KJV) Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, AND HAVE NEED OF NOTHING; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

    No matter how successful we may be in the natural, we will never reach the place where we no longer need fellowship with Jesus.

    Jesus saw the Church of Laodicea as:

  Wretched
 
Miserable
 
Poor
 
Blind
 
Naked

NOTE: This can happen to a Church or to individuals

 II. JESUS COUNSEL TO THE CHURCH OF LAODICEA

 Revelation 3:18 (NLT) I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. And also buy white garments so you will not be shamed by your nakedness. And buy ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.

    Jesus advised the Church of Laodicea if they do three things:

·         Buy gold purified by fire

·         Buy white garments

·         Buy eye ointment

    Three things will happen.

They will be truly rich

·         They will no longer be naked

·         They will be able to see

 NOTE:  They were to buy from Jesus three things.

 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.

 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.

 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NLT)  For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver.  He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

 NOTE: The gold we are to buy is putting our Faith and Trust in Jesus Christ not earthly success.

 James 1:3 (NLT) For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

 NOTE: The White Garment is the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

 Isaiah 61:10 (KJV) I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

 Zechariah 3:4 (KJV) And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

 NOTE: The eye salve of the Holy Spirit allows us to see through spiritual eyes not natural eyes.

 1 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

 2 Corinthians 4:6 (KJV) For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 III. OPENING OUR HEARTS DOOR TO JESUS.

 NOTE: All this will happen when we invite Jesus to come in and have fellowship with Him.

 Through prayer

 Through Bible Reading

·         Through fellowship with fellow Believers

·         Through service

 NOTE: Jesus longs to fellowship with us.

    We become a changed person when we fellowship with Jesus.

  ILL: Zacchaeus was a changed man when he had fellowship with Jesus. 

 Luke 19:8-9 (NLT) Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have overcharged people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!"

    Jesus responded, "Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a son of Abraham.

 ILL: The woman at the well was a change person when she had fellowship with Jesus.

 John 4:28-29 (KJV) The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

 CONCLUSION: What is keeping our hearts door shut?  Let us be willing to open our hearts door to Jesus and have fellowship with Him.

 

NOVEMBER 25, 2012

“IT IS GOOD TO GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD”

 SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 92:1-15

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 92:1 (KJV) A Psalm or Song for the Sabbath day.  

    It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:

 INTRO: Little girl given an orange.

    There is nothing more rewarding to a giver than a grateful receiver that has done nothing worthy to receive the gift.

    We have done nothing to deserve all the blessings we have received from God.

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

    Every blessing we have comes from God.

 James 1:17 (NIV) Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

 

   God is worthy to receive all our praise and thanksgiving.

    Let us consider some of the ways, whys, whens, and where, we should give praise and thanksgiving to God.

 I. WAYS OF GIVING PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING.

    A. WE PRAISE GOD FOR WHO HE IS.

 ·         He is Creator

 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.

 ·         He is Holy

 Psalm 30:4 (KJV) Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

 ·         He is Merciful

 Psalm 106:1 (KJV) Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 ·         He is Good

 Psalm 107:8, 15, 21 & 31 (KJV) Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

 II. WAYS TO PRAISE AND GIVE THANKSGIVING.

    A. THROUGH MUSIC AND SONG.

 2 Samuel 22:50 (KJV) Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.

 Ezra 3:11 (KJV) And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

 Psalm 30:12 (KJV) To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

    B. THROUGH SERVICE.

 Nehemiah 12:43 (NLT) Many sacrifices were offered on that joyous day, for God had given the people cause for great joy. The women and children also participated in the celebration, and the joy of the people of Jerusalem could be heard far away.

 Psalm 40:8 (NLT) I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your law is written on my heart."

 Psalm 100:2 (KJV) Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

 John 4:36 (KJV) And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

 III. WHY WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL

    A. FOR THE THINGS GOD HAS DONE FOR US.

 Luke 17:16 (NLT) He fell face down on the ground at Jesus' feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.

    B. FOR THE VICTORY WE HAVE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.

 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NLT) How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord!

 2 Corinthians 2:14 (NLT) But thanks be to God, who made us his captives and leads us along in Christ's triumphal procession. Now wherever we go he uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Good News like a sweet perfume.

    C. FOR THE GIFT OF HIS SON

2 Corinthians 9:15 (NLT) Thank God for his Son—a gift too wonderful for words!

    D. FOR EACH OTHER

 Ephesians 1:16 (NLT) I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly,

 2 Thessalonians 2:13 (NLT) As for us, we always thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are thankful that God chose you to be among the first to experience salvation, a salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and by your belief in the truth.

 IV. WHEN SHOULD WE BE THANKFUL

    A. ALWAYS

 Hebrews 13:15 (NLT) With Jesus' help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of his name.

    B. WHEN FACING TRIALS & TESTINGS

 Daniel 6:10 (NLT) But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.

 Acts 5:40-41 (NLT) The council accepted his advice. They called in the apostles and had them flogged. Then they ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus, and they let them go. The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer dishonor for the name of Jesus.

    C FOR ALL THINGS BOTH GOOD AND BAD

 Colossians 3:17 (NLT) And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.

 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT) No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

 V. WHERE SHOULD WE BE THANKFUL

    A. WHEN WE ARE AMONG THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD

1 Chronicles 16:8 (NLT) Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.  Let the whole world know what he has done.

    B. WHEN WE ARE WITH FELLOW BELIEVERS

 Psalm 35:18 (NLT) Then I will thank you in front of the entire congregation.  I will praise you before all the people.

 ONCLUSION: We should give praise and thanksgiving to God, for Who He is, for what He has done, whenever we can and wherever we are.

    Let’s brag on God.

 

Psalm 92:1   It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:

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