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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER

 

SEPTEMBER 1, 2013

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF CHILDREN

 

SCRIPTURE READING: MARK 10:13-16

 

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.

 

INTRO: 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 they become.

 

   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:

 

NOTE: To often, even in church, children are considered a necessary evil.

 

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

 

NOTE: How much we value our children is shown by how we treat them.

 

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 CHILDREN

 

NOTE: 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. [7] 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.

 

CONCLUSION: 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

 

SCRIPTURE READING: EZEKIEL 34:11-19

 

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: 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.

 

NOTE: There are two major reasons why the sheep were lost.

 

            1. 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 sin.

 

            2. The influence of other sheep.

 

ILL: The report of the Ten Spies. Numbers 13, 14

 

NOTE: There are two groups of lost:

 

            1. Those that are lost and have never been a part of

                the fold.

 

            2. Those who at one time were part of the fold but

                have wander away and become lost.

 

   B.  I WILL BRING BACK THAT WHICH WAS DRIVEN A WAY

 

NOTE: The lost are lost because of their own choice; those who are driven away were driven away by others within the flock.

 

            1. 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 scrawny sheep.  For you fat sheep push and butt and crowd my sick and hungry flock until they are scattered to distant lands.  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 right to criticize what others are doing or not doing.

 

James 4:11 (NLT) Don't speak 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 obey it.

 

   Often times those that criticize others fail to do anything themselves.

 

ILL: Dwight L. Moody “Poor Evangelism”

 

            2. Unbelieving leaders.

 

   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?

 

ILL: The rebellion of Korah Numbers 16

 

   C. I WILL BIND UP THAT WHICH ARE BROKEN

 

NOTE: 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 bruised,

 

   D. HE WILL STRENGTH THOSE WHO ARE SICK

 

NOTE: The word sick in the KJV is the Hebrew word chalah which means, to be 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 weak.

Romans 15:1 (KJV) We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

 

Romans 14:1 (NLT) Accept Christians who are weak in faith, and don't argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.

 

II. GOD’S NEGATIVE PROMISE

 

   A. HE WILL BRING JUDGMENT TO THOSE WHO ARE FAT AND STRONG AT THE COST OF

        THE OTHERS

 

NOTE: 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 left.

 

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."

 

CONCLUSION: How can we as a church help share God’s promises to our community?

 

SEPTEMBER 15, 2013

 

YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE

 

SCRIPTURE READING: PHILIPPIANS 4:15-19

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Philippians 4:19 (KJV)

 

    But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

INTRO: Our text is one of the greatest promises in God’s Word.

 

   Yet it is often misused, taken out of context.

 

   Consider the background of this promise.

 

1.     It is a church not an individual that is giving

2.     It was not given for internal use

3.     The purpose was to enable Paul to preach the Gospel to others

 

NOTE: 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 gives cheerfully.

 

   The Philippians had a vision that went beyond their four walls.

 

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 of Onalaska.

 

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

 

(NLT) 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?

 

    But my God

 

NOTE: 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.

 

ILL: King Asa: 2 Chronicles 16:6-13

 

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

 

   But my God shall supply

 

NOTE: 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 of men!

 

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 of faith…

 

1 John 5:14-15 (NLT) And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.   And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

 

C.  THE GREAT PROVISION

 

Philippians 4:19 (NRSV) And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours

 

NOTE: It does not say, some of your needs, but ALL 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!

 

NOTE: No matter what the trial or need may be, God will supply all that we need.

 

D.  THE GREAT RESOURCES

 

Philippians 4:19 (NAB) My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches

 

NOTE: 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 work.

 

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.

 

E.  THE GREAT MEDIATOR

 

Philippians 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 Christ Jesus.

 

NOTE: 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 the LORD 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!       

 

CONCLUSION: 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?”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: MARK 5:25-34

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 5:6 (KJV)

 

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

 

INTRO: Has there been anything you wanted so bad you could almost taste it?

 

ILL: “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

 

NOTE: 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 Him.

 

II. TRIED ALL HUMAN REMEDIES

 

NOTE: 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 Jesus

 

V. HER NEED WAS PERSONAL

 

   Our greatest desire may be different from someone else’s.

 

VI. SHE WAS WILLING TO FACE OPPOSITION AND HUMILIATION

 

NOTE: According to the Law she should not be among other people. Leviticus 15:25-27

 

   Whenever we hunger for the things of God we will met with opposition.

 

VII. JESUS FELT HER TOUCH OF FAITH

 

NOTE: 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

 

NOTE: 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 heart.

 

NOTE: 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?”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: 2 KINGS 6:8-18

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Kings 6:17 (KJV) 

 

    And 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.

 

INTRO: Our church must catch the vision God has for us.

 

   Are we looking through natural eyes or spiritual eyes?

 

   Whenever we seek to do something for God, Satan will try and get us to see only the oppositions to what God wants.

 

I. ENTERING INTO THE PROMISE LAND

 

NOTE: 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 sight.

 

   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.  If 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

 

NOTE: 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 decision.

 

   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 he.

 

NOTE: The rich man had a vision for the lost but it was too late.

 

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

 

NOTE: 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

 

NOTE: 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 yours also.

 

2 Timothy 3:12 (KJV) Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

 

   B. OPPOSITION WILL COME FROM WITHIN

 

NOTE: 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 against three.

 

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.

 

   NOTE: There will always be the naysayers.

 

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

 

NOTE:  Instead of 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 Christ Jesus.

 

Psalm 37:5 (NLT) Commit everything you do to the Lord.            Trust him, and he will help you.

 

CONCLUSION: 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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