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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF JULY, 2013

JULY 7th

CELEBRATING TWO FREEDOMS

 

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 32:1-7

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 8:36 (KJV)  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

 

INTRO: Today we are celebrating two freedoms; one political and one spiritual.

 

   How would you define freedom?

 

   There are those who believe that freedom gives them the right to do anything they want regardless how it affects others.

 

   While others believe that freedom means everything is free, there is no cost to freedom.

 

   Neither one of these concepts are true.

 

I. THE RISE AND FALL OF FREEDOM?

 

   Freedom has everything to do with morality.

 

   Freedom gives us the ability to do what is right.

 

   Freedom is first found in the Garden of Eden.

 

Genesis 2:16-17 (KJV) And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: [17] But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

 

   Once they chose to do wrong, they lost their freedom and entered into slavery to sin.

 

   A. THE RISE AND FALL OF OUR POLITICAL FREEDOM.

 

   Our Founding Fathers under the guidance of God and His Word give us freedom from the oppression of English rule.

 

Psalm 33:12 (KJV) Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

 

Psalm 144:15 (KJV) Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.

 

   As our Founding Fathers honor God our nation was blessed in countless ways.

 

   The more we turn away from the moral teachings of God and His Word the more freedom we lose as we become enslaved to the false concept of freedom.

 

   The morality of right and holiness is being replaced by the morality of wrong and sin.

 

Isaiah 5:20 (NLT) Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil; that dark is light and light is dark; that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.

 

   B, THE RISE AND FALL OF SPIRITUAL FREEDOM

 

NOTE: We experienced Spiritual Freedom when we accept Jesus Christ and our Savior.

 

Romans 8:2 (NLT) For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death.

 

NOTE: The more we allow sin in our life the less freedom we have.

 

John 8:32-35 (NLT) And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

    "But we are descendants of Abraham," they said. "We have never been slaves to anyone on earth. What do you mean, 'set free'?"

    Jesus replied, "I assure you that everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 

 

NOTE: There are two important lessons to learn in these Scriptures.

 

1.       If we sin we are under sins bondage. Vs. 34

2.       There are those who are unaware that they need freedom. Vs. 33

 

II. HOW CAN WE RECLAIM OUR FREEDOM?

 

NOTE: Repentance is the only way we can reclaim our freedom.

 

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 

1 John 1:9 (KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Revelation 2:5 (NLT) Look how far you have fallen from your first love! Turn back to me again and work as you did at first. If you don't, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches.

 

NOTE: The failure to repent stops the flow of freedom in our lives.

 

Psalm 32:3-7 (NLT) 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.          Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to you while there is time that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.  For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.

 

III. LIVING IN TRUE FREEDOM

 

NOTE: To live in true freedom means to be able to do what is right, that is, what is the will of God.

 

Isaiah 61:1 (NLT) The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has appointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to announce that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.

 

NOTE: True Freedom, both political and spiritual comes only through Jesus Christ.

 

John 8:36 (KJV) If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

 

2 Corinthians 4:17 (NLT) For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever!

 

Psalm 32:1-2 (NLT) A psalm of David.

 

   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!

 

Romans 8:21 (NLT) All creation anticipates the day when it will join God's children in glorious freedom from death and decay.

 

2 Cor. 3:17 (NLT) Now, the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, he gives freedom.

 

CONCLUSION: Are we living in the freedom that God has given us?

 

JULY 21st

 

OUR GOD IS A GOD OF PROMISES

 

SCRIPTURE READING: 2 PETER 1:1-11

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Peter 1:4 (GW) Through his glory and integrity he has given us his promises that are of the highest value. Through these promises you will share in the divine nature because you have escaped the corruption that sinful desires cause in the world.

 

INTRO: What is a promise?

 

   “A promise is the declaration of some benefit to be conferred.” Samuel Johnson

 

   “One’s pledge to another to do or not to do something specified, narrowly, a declaration which gives to the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance of forbearance of a specified act.” Webster’s Dictionary

 

NOTE: There are two parts of a promise: the promisor, the one making the promise, and the promisee, the one to whom the promise is made.

 

   The promisor must have integrity and ability; the promisee must have faith and acceptance.

 

   What does a promise do for us?

 

   There are two types of promises:

 

·         A negative promise

·         A positive promise

 

v  A negative promise:

 

ü  Gives us a warning and its consequences

 

NOTE: The first two promises recorded in God’s Word are negative promises

 

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."

 

Genesis 3:14 (NLT) So the Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, you will be punished. You are singled out from all the domestic and wild animals of the whole earth to be cursed. You will grovel in the dust as long as you live, crawling along on your belly.

 

v  A positive promise:

 

ü  Will give us hope and anticipation.

ü  Will give us peace in the midst of turmoil.

 

NOTE: The third promise found in the Bible is a positive promise

 

Genesis 3:15 (NLT) From now on, you and the woman will be enemies, and your offspring and her offspring will be enemies. He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."

 

I. GOD IS OUR PROMISOR.

 

   A. THE NEED TO KNOW GOD

 

2 Peter 1:2-4 (KJV) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

 

NOTE: The assurance we have in the promises of God is dependent on our knowledge of Him.

 

ü  through the knowledge of God

ü  through the knowledge of Him that hath called us

 

   It is through our knowledge of who God is, that we have the confidence we need to believe in His promises.

 

ü  Knowing that God is righteous, that He does what is right, and that He loves us

 

Jeremiah 9:24 (NLT) 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!

 

ü  The more we know of God the more we will seek Him in times of need

 

Hosea 6:3 (NLT) Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him! Then he will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring."

 

ü  It is through our knowledge of God that we have the promise of eternal life

 

John 17:3 (NLT) And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.

 

ü  The more we know God the more we can experience His mighty power

 

Philippians 3:10 (NLT) As a result, I can really know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I can learn what it means to suffer with him, sharing in his death,

 

ü  Our knowledge of God comes through a growing experience

 

Colossians 1:10 (NLT) Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better.

 

   B. THE PROMISES OF GOD ARE TO BE HIGHLY TREASURED

 

2 Peter 1:4a (KJV) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:

 

NOTE: The promises of God are of far greater value than any promises the world might give.

 

Hebrews 11:24-26 (NLT) It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be treated as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God's people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.  He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of the Messiah than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the great reward that God would give him.

 

   The promises of this world lead to sin and death.

 

James 1:15 (KJV) Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

 

1 John 2:15-16 (NLT) Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions. These are not from the Father. They are from this evil world.

 

   C. THE PURPOSE OF GOD’S PROMISES

 

NOTE: The purpose of God’s promises is to bring us into a proper and everlasting relationship with Him.

 

2 Peter 1:4b (KJV) that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

 

1 John 2:25 (KJV) And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

 

CONCLUSION: Next Sunday bring your favorite promise, with your name, and give it to me so I can prepare a sermon concerning your promise.

 

JULY 28th

 

“THE PROMISES OF OUR SHEPHERD”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: Ezekiel 34:11-16

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ezekiel 34:16 (KJV) 

    I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

 

INTRO:  There are many false promisors.

 

   How many times have you been disappointed and hurt by someone who made a promise that they never kept?

 

   Judah was in Babylonian captivity because of the failure for the physical and spiritual leaders failing to keep their promise to be obedient to the Law of God.

 

   My favorite symbol of God is that of a Shepherd.

 

   Throughout the Scripture God is likened unto a Shepherd.

 

   We are told there is a false shepherd as well as the True Shepherd.

 

John 10:11-14 (GW) "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.  A hired hand isn't a shepherd and doesn't own the sheep. When he sees a wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and quickly runs away. So the wolf drags the sheep away and scatters the flock.  The hired hand is concerned about what he's going to get paid and not about the sheep.  "I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep as the Father knows me. My sheep know me as I know the Father.”

 

   The thirty-fourth chapter of Ezekiel compares the false shepherds of Israel with the True Shepherd.

 

   There are nine promises given to Israel and to us, by the Great Shepherd.

 

   These promises are not only given to Israel but they are also for us, the sheep of His pasture.

 

Psalm 100:3 (NLT) Acknowledge that the Lord is God!  He made us, and we are his.  We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

 

I.        HE WILL SEEK AND SEARCH FOR HIS SHEEP

 

Ezekiel 34:11-12a (KJV) For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.  As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep…

 

Matthew 18:11-13 (KJV) For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

 

Luke 19:10 (NLT) And I, the Son of Man, have come to seek and save those like him who are lost."

 

NOTE: At one time we were the sheep that was lost.

 

1 Peter 2:25 (NLT) Once you were wandering like lost sheep. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.

 

NOTE: There is great rejoicing when a lost sheep is brought into the fold.

 

Luke 15:6-7 (NLT) When you arrived, you would call together your friends and neighbors to rejoice with you because your lost sheep was found. In the same way, heaven will be happier over one lost sinner who returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven't strayed away!

 

Luke 15:32 (NLT) We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!' "

 

NOTE: Once our Shepherd has found us and brought us into His fold, there are many more promise that become ours.

 

II.        HE WILL DELIVER THEM FROM THEIR CAPTIVITY.

 

Ezekiel 34:12b (KJV) …and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.

 

NOTE: The cloudy and dark days speak to times of trouble and heartache of failure and sin.

 

   We all have not only been held in the captivity of sin, but we been held captive in days of trouble and sorrows.

 

2 Peter 2:19 (NLT) They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves to sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.

 

   A.  GOD HAS PROMISED TO DELIVER US FROM THE TRIALS

        OF LIFE.

 

NOTE: The trials of life even for the Believer can be overwhelming.

 

Isaiah 43:1-2 (NLT) But now, O Israel, the Lord who created you says: "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. 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.

 

   B.  HE WILL DELIVER US FROM THE CAPTIVITY OF SIN.

 

Galatians 1:4 (KJV) Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

 

Hebrews 2:14-15 (NLT) Because God's children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.  Only in this way could he deliver those who have lived all their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.

 

   C.  FROM SIN AND ITS JUDGMENT

 

Proverbs 5:22 (NLT) An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him.

 

John 8:34 (NLT) Jesus replied, "I assure you that everyone who sins is a slave of sin.

 

Romans 6:16 (NLT) Don't you realize that whatever you choose to obey becomes your master? You can choose sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God and receive his approval.

 

Romans 7:23 (NLT) But there is another law at work within me that is at war with my mind. This law wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.

 

   D. FROM ETERNAL DEATH AND FAILURE

 

Psalm 30:3 (NLT) You brought me up from the grave, O Lord.  You kept me from falling into the pit of death.

 

Psalm 56:13 (NLT) For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping.  So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.

 

Psalm 116:8 (NLT) He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.

 

CONCLUSION: God has promised to seek His lost Sheep and to deliver them from bondage, have you been brought into His fold?

 

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