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MARCH SERMONS

 

MARCH 3, 2013

 

NO MATTER WHERE IT IS GOD IS THERE

 

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 139:7-12

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 139:7 (KJV)

 

    Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

 

INTRO: The Omnipresence of God.

 

   This attribute is somewhat similar with the attribute of God’s Immensity (God fills all of space and beyond) speaking of His vastness.

 

   Omnipresence reveals that God is everywhere, at all time and in full power and authority.

 

   God’s presence and power is not diminished by being everywhere at the same time.

 

Deuteronomy 4:39 (NLT) So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The Lord is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other god!

 

I. GOD SEES EVERYTHING.

 

NOTE: God’s Omnipresence not only allows God to be everywhere at all times, but He also sees everything that is happening.

 

Psalm 139:11-12 (KJV) If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.  Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

 

   Hagar called God, Jehovah El-roi

 

Genesis 16:13 (NLT) Thereafter, Hagar referred to the Lord, who had spoken to her, as "the God who sees me," for she said, "I have seen the One who sees me!"

 

   There are two sides to this attribute.

 

Proverbs 15:3 (NLT) The Lord is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.

 

   It is good to know that when we are hurting and in need, God is right there with us and sees what we are experiencing.

 

   But the other side is that God is with us and sees us when we sin and do wrong.

   From the very beginning of time, man has thought he could hide from God.

 

Jeremiah 23:24 (NLT) Can anyone hide from me? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?" asks the Lord.

 

v  Adam & Eve sought to hide their nakedness from God

 

Genesis 3:8 (KJV) And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

 

v  Those who believe that God cannot see them.

 

Isaiah 29:15 (NLT) Destruction is certain for those who try to hide their plans from the Lord, who try to keep him in the dark concerning what they do! "The Lord can't see us," you say to yourselves. "He doesn't know what is going on!"

 

v  Those who believe that God has forsaken them.

 

Ezekiel 8:12 (KJV) Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? For they say, The Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth.

 

v  We cannot hide our sins from God.

 

Psalm 90:8 (KJV) Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

 

Jeremiah 2:22 (GW) Even if you wash with detergent and use a lot of soap, I would still see the stains from your wickedness," declares the Almighty Lord.

 

Jeremiah 16:17 (KJV) For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.

 

v  We must confess our sins and turn from our sinful ways.

 

NOTE: We might as well as confess our sins, God knows about them already.

 

Proverbs 28:13 (NLT) People who cover over their sins will not prosper. But if they confess and forsake them, they will receive mercy.

 

II. BECAUSE GOD IS EVERYWHERE, HE IS ALWAYS WITH US.

 

Psalm 139:7-10 (KJV) Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

 

NOTE: Because God is everywhere, He is with us in the midst of our struggles.

 

Hebrews 13:5 (KJV) Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

 

v  God will be with us all the way to heaven.

 

Genesis 28:15 (NLT) What's more, I will be with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. I will someday bring you safely back to this land. I will be with you constantly until I have finished giving you everything I have promised."

 

Matthew 28:20 (NLT) 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."

 

v  God’s promise for his personal presence is for us today.

 

Exodus 33:14 (NLT) And the Lord replied, "I will personally go with you, Moses. I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you."

 

v  When we face spiritual battles, God is with us.

 

Deuteronomy 20:1 (NLT) "When you go out to fight your enemies and you face horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, do not be afraid. The Lord your God, who brought you safely out of Egypt, is with you!

 

v  When we experience hardships and trials, God is with us.

 

Isaiah 43:2 (NLT) When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

 

v  When there is only a few, God is there.

 

Matthew 18:20 (NLT) For where two or three gather together because they are mine, I am there among them."

 

CONCLUSION: If we live in the presence of God, what do we have to fear?

 

Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

 

Isaiah 43:5 (NLT) "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will gather you and your children from east and west

 

 

MARCH 31, 2013

THE EMPTY TOMB

 

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 20:1-10

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Corinthians 15:20 (NLT) 

 

    But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again.

 

INTRO: In the story of Jesus there are many important events that make Him the hope of our Salvation.

 

·         His conception and birth

 

Isaiah 7:14 (KJV) Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

 

Luke 1:34-35 (NLT) Mary asked the angel, "But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin." The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.

 

·         His sinless life

 

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.

 

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.

 

1 Peter 2:22 (NLT) He never sinned, and he never deceived anyone.

 

·         His death on the cross

 

Romans 5:6 (NLT) When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.

 

1 Corinthians 15:3 (NLT) I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me—that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.

 

2 Corinthians 5:15 (NLT) He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live to please themselves. Instead, they will live to please Christ, who died and was raised for them.

 

NOTE: These events are of great important, but would have been to no avail if the tomb still held Jesus.

 

I.  What does the empty tomb mean to us?

 

A.     SALVATION

 

Romans 10:9-10 (NLT) For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

 

NOTE: We must believe and also confess our belief that the tomb is empty.

 

B.      POWER OVER SIN

 

Romans 6:3-6 (NLT) Or have you forgotten that when we became Christians and were baptized to become one with Christ Jesus, we died with him? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised as he was.  Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.

 

Romans 8:11 (NLT) The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you.

 

C.     FREEDOM FROM THE PENALTY TO SIN

 

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NLT) I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me—that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said.

 

Romans 8:32-37 (NLT) Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won't God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?

    Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself.  Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us.

    Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? (Even the Scriptures say, "For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.")  No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

 

D.     FREEDOM FROM THE POWER OF DEATH AND THE GRAVE.

 

Romans 8:38-39 (NLT) And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't, and the demons can't. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (KJV) O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

E.       ETERNAL LIFE

 

John 11:25-26 (NLT) Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again.  They are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish. Do you believe this, Martha?"

 

F.       A MESSAGE OF HOPE TO A SINFUL WORLD

 

NOTE: We must let the world know that the tomb is empty.

 

Mark 16:15-16 (NLT) And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.  Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.

 

CONCLUSION: How important is it that we believe in the empty tomb?

 

   Our eternal home depends upon our faith in the empty tomb.

 

1 Corinthians 15:12-22 (NLT) And if Christ was not raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your trust in God is useless.  And we apostles would all be lying about God, for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave, but that can't be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless, and you are still under condemnation for your sins.  In that case, all who have died believing in Christ have perished!  And if we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are the most miserable people in the world.

    But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again.

    So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, Adam, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man, Christ. Everyone dies because all of us are related to Adam, the first man. But all who are related to Christ, the other man, will be given new life.

 

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