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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
SEPTEMBER 1, 2013
“THE IMPORTANCE OF CHILDREN”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Mark 10:14 (KJV)
But when Jesus
saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them,
Suffer the little children to come unto me, and
forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
The future and success in any society or origination
is found in its children.
How children are treated, taught and trained when
they are young goes a long way in what kind of adult
Too many times we see the results of children who
were mistreated, abused or left on their own.
The Word of God gives us an outline of how important
children are and how they should be treated.
I. CHILDREN ARE IMPORTANT:
To often, even in church, children are considered a
Mark 10:14 (KJV)
But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and
said unto them, Suffer the little children to come
unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the
kingdom of God.
Children are a gift from the Lord
Psalm 127:3 (KJV)
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the
fruit of the womb is his reward.
Our children are the church of the future.
Isaiah 8:18 (KJV)
Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given
me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the
Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
II. WE ARE TO HIGHLY VALUE OUR CHILDREN
How much we value our children is shown by how we
Psalm 127:4-5 (KJV)
As arrows are in the hand of
a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of
them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall
speak with the enemies in the gate.
III. OUR RESPONSIBILITY BEFORE GOD IN REGARDS TO OUR
We are to teach them the Word of God.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NLT)
And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to
these commands I am giving you today.  Repeat
them again and again to your children. Talk about
them when you are at home and when you are away on a
journey, when you are lying down and when you are
getting up again.
We are to give them biblical moral guidance.
Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)
Teach your children to choose the right path, and
when they are older, they will remain upon it.
We are to treat them with love and patience’s.
Ephesians 6:4 (NLT)
And now a word to you fathers. Don't make your
children angry by the way you treat them. Rather,
bring them up with the discipline and instruction
approved by the Lord.
Let us show the children of our church and
community, how much we love and value them.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2013
“THE HEART OF THE SHEPHERD”
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.
From the time of Adam and Eve God has sought to
restore man to the place of fellowship with Him that
He created man for.
The sinfulness and disobedience of man has driven
him far from the presence of God, yet God is still
seeking to bring man back to Him.
God longs to bring mankind back to his pre-fallen
state by seeking the lost, bringing back those
driven away, and bind up those who are broken and
strengthen those who are sick.
In our text there are five promises God has given to
us; four are positive promises and one is negative.
I. FOUR POSITIVE PROMISES
A. I WILL SEEK THAT WHICH WAS LOST.
There are two major reasons why the sheep were lost.
Their own willful sin and disobedience.
Disobedience is a product of doubt and unbelief.
Romans 14:23 (GW)
But if a person has doubts
and still eats, he is condemned because he didn't
act in faith. Anything that is not done in faith is
influence of other sheep.
The report of the Ten Spies.
There are two groups of lost:
Those that are lost and have never been a part of
2. Those who at one time were part of the
have wander away and become lost.
WILL BRING BACK THAT WHICH WAS DRIVEN A WAY
The lost are lost because of their own choice; those
who are driven away were driven away by others
within the flock.
Those that have a complaining spirit.
Ezekiel 34:20-22 (NLT)
"Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I
will surely judge between the fat sheep and the
For you fat sheep push and butt and crowd my
sick and hungry flock until they are scattered to
So I will rescue my flock, and they will no
longer be abused and destroyed. And I will judge
between one sheep and another.
There always seem to be those who feel it’s their
what others are doing or not doing.
James 4:11 (NLT)
evil against each other, my dear brothers and
sisters. If you criticize each other and condemn
each other, then you are criticizing and condemning
God's law. But you are not a judge who can decide
whether the law is right or wrong. Your job is to
Often times those that criticize others fail to do
Dwight L. Moody “Poor Evangelism”
Jeremiah 5:30-31 (NAB) A
shocking, horrible thing has happened in the land:
the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests teach
as they wish; yet my people will have it so; what
will you do when the end comes?
The rebellion of Korah
C. I WILL BIND UP THAT WHICH ARE BROKEN
Most of us have suffered brokenness in our lives.
There are many who go through life broken.
Acts 27:44 (KJV)
And the rest, some on boards,
and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it
came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.
God has promised to bind up those who are broken.
Psalm 34:18 (NLT)
The Lord is
close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are
crushed in spirit.
Psalm 147:3 (NLT)
He heals the
brokenhearted, binding up their wounds.
Luke 4:18 (KJV)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath
anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he
hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach
deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight
to the blind, to set at liberty them that are
D. HE WILL STRENGTH THOSE WHO ARE SICK
The word sick in the KJV is the Hebrew word
chalah which means,
weak, sick, afflicted.
Matthew 12:20 (NLT) He will not crush those who are weak, or quench
the smallest hope, until he brings full justice with
his final victory.
We as His Church must have the same attitude towards
those who are lost, driven away, broken and sick and
Romans 15:1 (KJV)
We then that are strong ought to bear the
infirmities of the weak, and not to please
Romans 14:1 (NLT)
Accept Christians who are weak in faith, and don't
argue with them about what they think is right or
II. GOD’S NEGATIVE PROMISE
A. HE WILL BRING JUDGMENT TO THOSE WHO ARE FAT AND
STRONG AT THE COST OF
The sheep that are satisfied with themselves and
have no concern or consideration of others will face
the judgment of God.
Ezekiel 34:17-19 (NLT)
"And as for you, my flock, my people, this is what
the Sovereign Lord says: I will judge between one
sheep and another, separating the sheep from the
goats. Is it not enough for you to keep the best of
the pastures for yourselves? Must you also trample
down the rest? Is it not enough for you to take the
best water for yourselves? Must you also muddy the
rest with your feet? All that is left for my flock
to eat is what you have trampled down. All they have
to drink is water that you have fouled.
Matthew 25:31-33 (NLT)
"But when the Son of Man comes in his glory,
and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon
his glorious throne.
All the nations will be gathered in his
presence, and he will separate them as a shepherd
separates the sheep from the goats. He will place
the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his
Matthew 25:41-46 (NLT)
"Then the King will turn to those on the left and
say, 'Away with you, you cursed ones, into the
eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his demons!
For I was hungry, and you didn't feed me. I was
thirsty, and you didn't give me anything to drink. I
was a stranger, and you didn't invite me into your
home. I was naked, and you gave me no clothing. I
was sick and in prison, and you didn't visit me.'
"Then they will reply, 'Lord, when did we
ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or
naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?'
And he will answer, 'I assure you, when you
refused to help the least of these my brothers and
sisters, you were refusing to help me.' And they
will go away into eternal punishment, but the
righteous will go into eternal life."
How can we as a church help share God’s promises to
SEPTEMBER 15, 2013
“YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE”
God shall supply all your need according to his
riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Our text is one of the greatest promises in God’s
Yet it is often misused, taken out of context.
Consider the background of this promise.
It is a church not an individual that is giving
It was not given for internal use
The purpose was to enable Paul to preach the Gospel
God is not so concerned with the amount we give; He
is concerned with the spirit in which we give.
Mark 12:42-43 (NLT)
Then a poor widow came and
dropped in two pennies.
He called his disciples to him and said, "I
assure you, this poor widow has given more than all
the others have given.
2 Corinthians 9:7 (NLT)
You must each make up your own mind as to how much
you should give. Don't give reluctantly or in
response to pressure. For God loves the person who
The Philippians had a vision that went beyond their
Philippians 4:17 (NAB)
It is not that I am eager for the gift; rather, I am
eager for the profit that accrues to your account.
We as a church must have a vision to reach the loss
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
Where there is no vision, the
people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is
When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever
obeys the law is happy.
We must seek God’s vision for our church and trust
Him to meet the need whatever it may be.
The Philippians giving was sacrificial.
Philippians 4:18 (GW) You
have paid me in full, and I have more than enough.
Now that Epaphroditus has brought me your gifts, you
have filled my needs. Your gifts are a soothing
aroma, a sacrifice that God accepts and with which
he is pleased.
Five things we must recognize when we seek to
fulfill the vision God gives to us.
A. WHO IS OUR PROVIDER?
No matter what the need may be, the need is not
greater than God.
To who are we look to be the provider of our need.
King Asa: 2
Jeremiah 17:5 (KJV)
Thus saith the Lord; Cursed
be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh
his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.
Jeremiah 17:7 (KJV)
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and
whose hope the Lord is.
The question we must ask is; who is my God?
B. THE GREAT ASSURANCE
my God shall supply”
When we consider who it is that has promised to
provide what we need, we have great assurance that
He will fulfill His promise.
Psalm 31:19 (BBE)
O how great is your grace, which you have put in
store for your worshippers, and which you have made
clear to those who had faith in you, before the sons
Jeremiah 32:27 (NAB) I
am the LORD, the God of all mankind! Is anything
impossible to me?
Hebrews 10:22a (NRSV)
let us approach with a true heart in full assurance
1 John 5:14-15 (NLT)
And we are confident that he hears us whenever we
ask for anything that pleases him.
since we know he hears us when we make our requests,
we also know that he will give us what we ask for.
Philippians 4:19 (NRSV)
And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours
It does not say, some of your needs, but
of your needs.
Psalm 23:5 (NLT)
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my
enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
God will never short change us.
John 15:11 (NLT)
I have told you these things so that you will be
filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
No matter what the trial or need may be, God will
supply all that we need.
Philippians 4:19 (NAB)
My God will fully supply whatever you need,
with his glorious riches…
It is from God glorious riches that that we are
provided for, not from our resources.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NAB)
Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant
for you, so that in all things, always having all
you need, you may have an abundance for every good
Psalm 50:10 (NLT)
For all the
animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle
on a thousand hills.
Haggai 2:8 (KJV)
The silver is mine, and the
gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.
Philippians 4:19 (NLT)
And this same God who takes care of me will supply
all your needs from his glorious riches,
been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Everything we have comes through Jesus Christ
When we give to bring Christ to a fallen world God
will honor our giving.
Luke 6:38 (NLT)
Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to
you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make
room for more, running over, and poured into your
lap. The amount you give will determine the amount
you get back.”
Malachi 3:10 (NLT)
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there
will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says
of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of
heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great
you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it!
Put me to the test!
God wants to bless us but we must be willing to
trust God and step out of our four walls and reach
into the community with the message of God’s love.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2013
“WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST DESIRE?”
are they which do hunger and thirst after
righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Has there been anything you wanted so bad you could
almost taste it?
“A Christmas Story”
There are those who are addicted to some desire that
they will do anything to fulfill that desire.
There are both positive and negative desires that
can drive us.
The stronger our desire the greater effort we will
put into achieving our desire.
Those who have no strong desire will never
experience fulfillment in their lives.
As Christians, our greatest desire should be towards
our relationship with God.
Consider the woman in our Scripture reading.
I. SHE WAS DESPERATE
Desperate times brings desperate measures
Are we desperate for a closer relationship with God?
It is only when we become desperate for the things
of God that we will be willing to press in and touch
II. TRIED ALL HUMAN REMEDIES
She had tried all the ways of the world but they
could not meet her need.
The things of this world will never satisfy the
longing of our soul.
We are a spiritual being and only God can satisfy
the hunger in our hearts.
III. SHE HAD SPENT ALL SHE HAD
She has exhausted all her resources
IV. SHE HEARD OF JESUS
Our situation changes when we begin to consider
V. HER NEED WAS PERSONAL
Our greatest desire may be different from someone
VI. SHE WAS WILLING TO FACE OPPOSITION AND
According to the Law she should not be among other
Whenever we hunger for the things of God we will met
VII. JESUS FELT HER TOUCH OF FAITH
God knows the hunger of our heart.
There were many who were touching Jesus but her
touch was a touch of desperate faith.
We can be where the presence of God is without
receiving anything from Him because we are hungering
and thirsting for a deeper relationship with Him.
VII. SHE ACKNOWLEDGED HER NEED
Confession always precedes blessings
She confessed her sin, the breaking of the Law;.
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.
She confessed her need.
God knows what we need but He longs for us to come
to Him and ask.
Luke 11:9 (KJV)
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be
opened unto you.
IX. HER DESIRE WAS FULFILLED
Proverbs 8:17 (KJV)
I love them that love me; and
those that seek me early shall find me.
Jeremiah 29:13 (KJV)
And ye shall seek me, and
find me, when ye shall search for me with all your
We must seek the things of God while we can and not
wait until it become convenient
Isaiah 55:6 (KJV)
Seek ye the
Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while
he is near:
SEPTEMBER 29, 2013
“WHAT ARE YOU SEEING?”
2 Kings 6:17
Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his
eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes
of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the
mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire
round about Elisha.
Our church must catch the vision God has for us.
Are we looking through natural eyes or spiritual
Whenever we seek to do something for God, Satan will
try and get us to see only the oppositions to what
I. ENTERING INTO THE PROMISE LAND
There will always be opposition: are we seeing the
opposition or are we seeing the promisor.
Those who only look through natural eyes
Numbers 13:31-33 (KJV)
But the men that went up with him said, We be not
able to go up against the people; for they are
stronger than we.
And they brought up an evil report of the
land which they had searched unto the children of
Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone
to search it, is a land that eateth up the
inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw
in it are men of a great stature.
And there we saw the giants, the sons of
Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our
own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their
Those who look through spiritual eyes
Numbers 14:6-9 (KJV)
And Joshua the son of Nun,
and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them
that searched the land, rent their clothes: and they
spake unto all the company of the children of
Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to
search it, is an exceeding good land.
the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into
this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with
milk and honey.
Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither
fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread
for us: their defense is departed from them, and the
Lord is with us: fear them not.
What kind of eyesight do we have?
II. A VISION FOR THE LOST
Do we care about those who are lost?
Joel 3:14 (KJV)
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision:
for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of
We as individuals and as a church need to catch the
vision of those who are lost.
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
Where there is no vision, the
people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is
The rich man had a vision for the lost but it was
Luke 16:22-23, 27-28 (GW)
"One day the beggar died, and the angels carried him
to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was
buried. He went to hell, where he was constantly
tortured. As he looked up, in the distance he saw
Abraham and Lazarus…"The rich man responded, 'Then I
ask you, Father, to send Lazarus back to my father's
home. I have five brothers. He can warn them so that
they won't end up in this place of torture.'
We must seek to reach the lost before it’s too late.
2 Corinthians 6:2 (KJV)
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted,
and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee:
behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the
day of salvation.)
III. THERE WILL BE OPPOSITION
As long as we keep our faith to ourselves the devil
can live with that it when we begin to share it with
others that he gets upset.
A. OPPOSITION WILL COME FROM WITHOUT
We can expect opposition from the ungodly.
Matthew 5:10-11 (KJV)
Blessed are they which are persecuted for
righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of
heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you,
and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil
against you falsely, for my sake.
Matthew 24:9 (KJV)
Then shall they deliver you
up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall
be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
John 15:20 (KJV)
Remember the word that I said
unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord.
If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute
you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep
2 Timothy 3:12 (KJV)
Yea, and all that will live
godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
B. OPPOSITION WILL COME FROM WITHIN
There will be those within the church that will
oppose those who seek to fulfill God’s will.
Matthew 10:36 (KJV)
And a man's foes shall be
they of his own household.
Luke 12:51-52 (KJV)
Suppose ye that I am come to
give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather
division: For from henceforth there shall be five in
one house divided, three against two, and two
John 9:16 (KJV)
Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is
not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day.
Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such
miracles? And there was a division among them.
There will always be the
2 Kings 7:1-2 (NLT)
Elisha replied, "Hear this
message from the Lord! This is what the Lord says:
By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria,
five quarts of fine flour will cost only half an
ounce of silver, and ten quarts of barley grain will
cost only half an ounce of silver."
The officer assisting the king said to the
man of God, "That couldn't happen even if the Lord
opened the windows of heaven!"
But Elisha replied, "You will see it happen,
but you won't be able to eat any of it!"
III. WHEN WE ARE OBEDIENT TO GOD, HE WILL PROVIDE
looking at the opposition let us fix our eyes on
God, the one who will help us.
Hebrews 12:2 (GW)
We must focus on Jesus, the
source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead
of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored
the disgrace it brought him. Then he received the
highest position in heaven, the one next to the
throne of God.
Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
For I can do everything with the help of Christ who
gives me the strength I need.
1 John 4:4 (KJV)
Ye are of God, little
children, and have overcome them: because greater is
he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Philip. 4:19 (NLT)
And this same God who takes
care of me will supply all your needs from his
glorious riches, which have been given to us in
Psalm 37:5 (NLT)
Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
When we are willing to share the Gospel with others,
God will bless our efforts.
Psalm 126:6 (GW)
The person who goes out
weeping, carrying his bag of seed, will come home
singing, carrying his bundles of grain.
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