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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER

 

NOVEMBER 3, 2013

 

JESUS: THE LAMB OF GOD

 

SCRIPTURE READING: EXODUS 12:3-14

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 1:29 (KJV)

 
   The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world
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INTRO: What does the term, “Lamb of God” mean to you?

 

ILL: “Lamb of God”

 

I.  ISRAEL AND THE PASSOVER LAMB

 

   A. ISRAEL WAS HELD IN SLAVERY BY EGYPT

 

NOTE: Egypt is a symbol of the world and its sinfulness

 

   Egypt had forgotten how God had saved Egypt through His people Israel.

 

Exodus 1:8 (NLT) Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done.

 

   Egypt, through cruel taskmasters brought Israel into bondage.

 

   B. GOD PRONOUNCED JUDGMENT AGAINST EGYPT.

 

   The first born male would die by the death angel.

 

Exodus 11:4-5 (NLT) Moses had announced to Pharaoh, “This is what the LORD says: At midnight tonight I will pass through the heart of Egypt.  All the firstborn sons will die in every family in Egypt, from the oldest son of Pharaoh, who sits on his throne, to the oldest son of his lowliest servant girl who grinds the flour. Even the firstborn of all the livestock will die.

 

   C. GOD PROVIDED A WAY OF DELIVERANCE.

 

A.     The death of an innocent lamb was required 

 

Exodus 12:3 (NLT) Announce to the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each family must choose a lamb or a young goat for a sacrifice, one animal for each household.

 

B.      The lamb had to be perfect

 

Exodus 12:5 (KJV) Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 

 

C.     The Lamb’s blood had to be sprinkled on the side post and upper post of the door.

 

Exodus 12:7 (KJV) And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

 

D.     Israel was under the same judgment of Egypt.

 

NOTE: If an Israelite failed to obey the instructions of Moses then the death angel would take the eldest male.

 

Exodus 12:12-13 (GW) “On that same night I will go throughout Egypt and kill every firstborn male, both human and animal. I will severely punish all the gods of Egypt, {because} I am the LORD. But the blood on your houses will be a sign for your protection. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. Nothing will touch or destroy you when I strike Egypt.

 

   The Children of Israel were not protected because they were Israelite; it was because of the blood of the lamb.

 

Hebrews 9:22 (NRSV) Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

 

II. JESUS THE LAMB OF GOD

 

John 1:29 (KJV) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

NOTE: Jesus being the Lamb of God has four critical points.

 

   A. GOD PROVIDED THE LAMB

 

NOTE: All the lambs under the Law were provided by man, This lamb was provided by God Himself.

 

John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

Romans 8:32 (KJV) He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

 

   B. JESUS WAS PERFECT AND WITHOUT BLEMISH

 

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 (GW) We have a chief priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. He was tempted in every way that we are, but he didn't sin.

 

   C. HE MADE AN ATONEMENT FOR SIN AND REMOVED SIN

 

1 Peter 1:18-20 (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.  It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days.

 

Psalm 103:12 (KJV) As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

 

Micah 7:18-19 (KJV) Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

 

   D. HIS SACRIFICE WAS FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD

 

 NOTE: Under the Law forgiveness for sin was for the Jewish People, through Jesus, The Lamb of God, salvation was for the whole world.

 

John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

John 10:16 (KJV) And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

 

1 Timothy 2:3-6 (NLT) This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.

 

2 Peter 3:9 (GW) The Lord isn't slow to do what he promised, as some people think. Rather, he is patient for your sake. He doesn't want to destroy anyone but wants all people to have an opportunity to turn to him and change the way they think and act.

 

CONCLUSION: Have you accepted Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God for you sins?

 

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.

 

NOVEMBER 10, 2013

 

THE PROMISE OF LIGHT

 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 42:1-8

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 8:12

 

   Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

 

INTRO: We are living in a darkened world; darkness brings fear, uncertainty and chaos.

 

   The world was created out of darkness.

 

Genesis 1:2 (KJV) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  

   There are two kinds of darkness: physical darkness (without physical light) spiritual darkness (without the light of Jesus Christ).

 

1. GOD BROUGHT PHYSICAL LIGHT INTO THIS WORLD OF PHYSICAL DARKNESS AND

    CHAOS.

 

NOTE: Physical light and darkness is a type of Spiritual light and darkness.

 

Genesis 1:3-5 (KJV) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

 

NOTE: The sun, moon and stars were not created until the fourth day.

 

Genesis 1:16, 19 (KJV) And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

 

1 John 1:5 (KJV) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

 

A.     GOD DIVIDED THE LIGHT FROM THE DARKNESS

 

Genesis 1:17, 18 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

 

   Remember, darkness only exist when there is an absences of light.

 

NOTE: Night time symbolizes the time from the Fall until the coming of Jesus Christ.

 

     II. GOD BROUGHT SPIRITUAL LIGHT INTO A SPIRITUAL DARKENED WORLD.

 

Isaiah 9:2 (KJV) The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

 

A.     THE WORLD WANTS TO LIVE IN THE DARKNESS OF SIN

 

John 3:19 (KJV) And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

 

2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

 

NOTE: The light of God is greater than the darkness of this world.

 

John 1:5 (NLT) The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

 

B.      JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

 

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

 

NOTE: There are many artificial lights, Jesus is the true light.

 

1 John 2:8 (NLT) Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining.

 

 C. WE ARE CALLED TO BE LIGHT IN A SIN DARKENED WORLD

 

Acts 13:47 (NLT) For the Lord gave us this command when he said, ‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.’”

 

NOTE: Paul was called to be a light.

 

Acts 26:18 (NLT) to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’

 

   We have been called to do the same thing.

 

Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT) “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

 

Philippians 2:15 (NLT) so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

 

CONCLUSION: Because we walk in the Light of God’s presence we have no fear of the world that surrounds us.

 

Psalm 27:1 (KJV) The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

 

NOVEMBER 17, 2013

 

THE THREEFOLD PROMISE

 

SCRIPTURE READING: LAMENTATIONS 3:21-32

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Lamentations 3:22-23 (KJV) It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

 

INTRO: The book of Lamentations is filled with the cries of Jeremiah as he had experience tremendous difficulties.

 

   He has sought to warn his people of the pending judgment but was rejected and persecuted.

 

   As we travel through life we face many challenges.

 

   We experience both victories and defeats.

 

   What holds us together during these difficult times is the threefold promise of our text.

 

1.     God’s mercy

2.     God’s compassion

3.     God’s faithfulness

 

I.  GOD’S PROMISE OF MERCY

 

NOTE: It was because of their sin and rebellion that the children of Judah were experiencing the judgment of God.

 

   A. WE ARE ALL IN NEED OF GOD’S MERCY.

 

·         All of us are standing in line to face God’s judgment because of sin.

 

Romans 3:23 (NLT) For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

 

Psalm 130:3 (NLT) LORD, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive?

 

   B. THE PENALTY FOR SIN IS DEATH

 

Romans 6:23 (KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

·         We will all be held accountable for our own sin.

 

Ezekiel 18:20 (BBE) The soul which does sin will be put to death: the son will not be made responsible for the evil-doing of the father, or the father for the evil-doing of the son; the righteousness of the upright will be on himself, and the evil-doing of the evil-doer on himself.

 

·         We are all incapable of paying sin’s penalty.

 

Job 14:4 (NLT) Who can bring purity out of an impure person? No one!

 

Proverbs 20:9 (NLT) Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin”?

 

   C. IT IS BECAUSE OF GOD’S MERCY WE CAN BE FREE OF SIN

 

NOTE: We have hope because God is willing to forgive our sins.

 

Psalm 130:4 (KJV) But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

 

NOTE: Because God is willing to forgive our sins, we should be afraid if we fail to seek His forgiveness.

 

NOTE: It is only through God’s mercy we received the forgiveness of our sin.

 

Titus 3:5 (NLT) He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.

 

·         If we seek God forgiveness for our sins He is willing to forgive everything.

 

Joel 2:13 (NLT) Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.

 

·         God delights in showing us mercy.

 

Micah 7:18 (GW) Who is a God like you? You forgive sin and overlook the rebellion of your faithful people. You will not be angry forever, because you would rather show mercy.

 

NOTE: God does not extend His mercy to us grudgingly but it gives Him great pleasure in doing so.

 

·         God’s mercy does not run out the next time we sin.

 

Psalm 103:17 (KJV) But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

 

II. GOD’S PROMISE OF COMPASSION

 

NOTE: The second great promise is that God is a God of compassion. (His compassions fail not)

 

·         Judgment against sinners is not God’s first choice

 

Ezekiel 18:23 (KJV) Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

 

·         God provided a way for sinners to avoid judgment

 

Romans 5:8 (BBE) But God has made clear his love to us, in that, when we were still sinners, Christ gave his life for us.

 

·         God’s love for us cost Him the ultimate price

 

Romans 8:32 (GW) God didn't spare his own Son but handed him over {to death} for all of us. So he will also give us everything along with him.

 

·         God’s love brought us into His family

 

1 John 3:1-2 (NLT) See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.
Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.

 

III. GOD’S PROMISE OF FAITHFULNESS

 

NOTE: The third great promise is that God is faithful, He will keep His promises. (great is Thy faithfulness)

 

·         God will always keep His promises

 

1 Kings 8:56 (NAB) "Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not a single word has gone unfulfilled of the entire generous promise he made through his servant Moses.”

Titus 1:2 (GW) My message is based on the confidence of eternal life. God, who never lies, promised this eternal life before the world began.

 

·         God will not promise something He is unwilling or unable to keep.

 

Romans 4:21 (KJV) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

 

·         Through the promises of God we are able to escape from the corruption of this world.

 

2 Peter 1:4 (NAB) Through these, he has bestowed on us the precious and very great promises, so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature, after escaping from the corruption that is in the world because of evil desire.

 

CONCLUSION: When we are faced with great difficulties we can find peace and rest in these great promises.

 

Hebrews 10:23 (KJV) Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

 

 

NOVEMBER 24, 2013

 

THE TEN PERCENT

 

SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 17:11-19

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 100:4 (KJV) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

 

INTRO: Little girl with an orange

 

   Is the saying of thanks and the showing of gratitude no longer fashionable in today society?

 

   Is the lack of gratitude a sign of self-centeredness?

 

   Through this story I want to share some of the things I am thankful for.

 

I. THE STORY OF THE HEALING OF THE TEN LEPERS

 

NOTE: The story of the ten lepers is a reflection of many today.

 

   How often do we receive blessings from God but fail to show our gratitude.

 

   A. THEY HAD A DESPERATE NEED.

 

NOTE: Society offered no hope for their condition

 

Ø  Leprosy is a symbol of sin

 

NOTE: They recognized their condition

 

   Do we recognize the sin in our lives or do we seek to ignore it or make excuses?

 

Ø  Sin begins small and grows larger as it is allowed

 

Song of Songs 2:15 (NLT) Catch all the foxes, those little foxes, before they ruin the vineyard of love, for the grapevines are blossoming!

 

   Sin will rob us of our love for God.

 

1 John 2:15 (KJV) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 

   Sin will hinder our prayer life

 

Psalm 66:18 (KJV) If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

 

   Sin will separate us from God.

 

Isaiah 59:2 (KJV) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

 

NOTE: How can we expect God’s blessing when we are knowingly practicing sin.

 

   B. JESUS MET THEIR PHYSICAL NEED AND HEALED THEM OF THEIR LEPROSY.

 

NOTE: Their healing took place as they obeyed Jesus’ command.

 

   God’s blessings are dependent on our obedience

 

Jeremiah 7:23 (GW) But I did tell them this, ‘Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Live the way I told you to live so that things will go well for you.'

 

   C. ONLY ONE RETURNED AND SHOWED GRATITUDE FOR WHAT JESUS HAD DONE FOR

        THEM

 

NOTE: The one who showed gratitude received more than his physical healing.

 

Luke 17:19 (NAB) Then he said to him, "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you."

 

   How often do people receive blessings from God but fail to express their gratitude?

 

II. THE FIRST THING I AM THANKFUL FOR IS THE CONVICTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

Psalm 32:3-5 (NLT) When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, 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 my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

 

ILL: The frog in the pot

 

   Of the five senses, touch is the most needful.

 

NOTE: Without the conviction of the Holy Spirit I would still be living a sinful life.

 

   When we acknowledge our sin He is quick to forgive.

 

1 John 1:9 (NLT) But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.  

 

III. THE SECOND THING I AM THANKFUL FOR PHYSICAL BLESSINGS I HAVE RECEIVED FROM

     GOD.

 

James 1:17 (NLT) Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.

 

NOTE: There are those who live in the pendulum swing:

 

1.      One believes God meets our spiritual needs but not our physical (healing) needs.

2.      The other believes God will meet their physical needs but never consider asking God to meet their spiritual needs.

 

Philippians 4:19 (KJV) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

Isaiah 53:4-6 (NLT) Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.

 

IV. THE THIRD THING I AM GRATEFUL FOR IS THE SALVATION HE HAS GIVEN ME THROUGH

     HIS BLOOD.

 

   A. I WAS IN DESPERATE NEED.

 

NOTE: I was like the Prodigal Son trying to find satisfaction in the things of this world.

Luke 15:14-16 (GW) He had nothing left when a severe famine spread throughout that country. He had nothing to live on.  So he got a job from someone in that country and was sent to feed pigs in the fields.  No one in the country would give him any food, and he was so hungry that he would have eaten what the pigs were eating.

 

    B. I WAS FAR FROM GOD

 

Luke 15:20 (NLT) “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.

 

   C. GOD RESTORED ME AS HIS LOST CHILD

 

Luke 15:24 (NLT) For this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found. So the party began.

 

CONCLUSION: I want to be among the TEN PERCENT that are very grateful for what God has done, and I want to express my gratitude so that others will know.

 

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