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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER

 

DECEMBER 1, 2013

 

THE COMMUNION TABLE

 

SCRIPTURE READING: 1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-32

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Corinthians 11:26 (KJV) For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

 

INTRO: There are many symbols in Christianity that are there to remind us of some spiritual truth.

 

   There are two dangers we face in regards to the symbols of our Faith.

 

   The first is the danger that we begin to worship the symbol instead of what or who it represents.

 

ILL: The brazen serpent.

 

Numbers 21:8-9 (KJV) And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

 

   They worshipped it until the reign of Hezekiah.

 

2 Kings 18:4 (KJV) He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

 

   Satan would seek to have us make the symbol into an idol.

 

NOTE: The second danger is that we develop a too light of an attitude towards the symbol and fail to recognize what the symbol represents.

 

   There are seven symbols we will be considering in the next few weeks.

 

1.     The Communion Table

2.     The Bible

3.     The Candles

4.     The Baptistery

5.     The pitcher and basin

6.     The Altar

7.     The Cross

 

I. THE COMMUNION TABLE

 

A.     OUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS COMMUNION.

 

   Our attitude towards the Communion Table and what it represents determines whether it is pleasing to God.

 

1.     Improper attitude

 

NOTE: Paul was very concerned about how the Corinthian church was observing the Communion Table.

 

1 Corinthians 11:17-22 (KJV) Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.  For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.   For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.   When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

 

   Paul mentioned two things that was happening when they came together to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

 

ü  There was division among them.

ü  They were using the Communion Table as an excuse for self-gratification.

 

NOTE: We are in grave danger if we partake of the Lord’s Supper with an improper attitude.

 

1 Corinthians 11:27-30 (BBE) If, then, anyone takes the bread or the cup of the Lord in the wrong spirit, he will be responsible for the body and blood of the Lord.  But let no man take of the bread and the cup without testing himself. For a man puts himself in danger, if he takes part in the holy meal without being conscious that it is the Lord's body. For this cause a number of you are feeble and ill, and a number are dead.

 

   We need to search our hearts and see if there is any reason why we shouldn’t partake.

 

1 Corinthians 11:28 (GW) With this in mind, individuals must determine whether what they are doing is proper when they eat the bread and drink from the cup.

 

2.     The proper attitude

 

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NLT) For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.

 

NOTE: For me there are four things we are to recognize and believe when we partake of the Lord’s Supper.

 

1)    The Bread

 

NOTE: To me, the Bread represents Jesus’ humanity.

 

John 1:14a (NLT) So the Word became human and made his home among us…

 

Hebrews 2:16-18 (KJV) For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

 

2)    The Cup

 

NOTE: To me, the cup represents Jesus’ Deity.

 

1 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

 

1 John 1:7 (KJV) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

 

3)    His death

 

NOTE: When we partake of Communion we are once again remembering His death, burial and resurrection.

 

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NIV) For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

 

4)    His return

 

NOTE: Every time we partake in Communion we should have an anticipation of Jesus’ Return.

               

Titus 2:13 (KJV) Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 

John 14:1-3 (KJV) Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

 

CONCLUSION: Whenever we partake in Communion we must remember what it represents and Who we are celebrating: JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR.

 

DECEMBER 8, 2013

“THE BIBLE”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 1:1-14

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 1:14 (KJV) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

 

INTRO: The Bible is one of the great symbols of Christianity.

 

   As it is with many symbols there are those who recognize the Bible as a symbol and there are those who do not recognize it as a symbol.

 

   There are those who see the Bible as only a good book and nothing more.

 

   There are those who see the Bible as a symbol of the Christian Faith but nothing more.

 

   The Bible is more than just paper and letters, it is God Word given to us.

 

I.              THE BIBLE IS A REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.

 

NOTE: The Bible is the Word of God and the Word of God is Jesus Christ.

 

John 1:1-4 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

 

John 1:14 (KJV) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

 

   The more we read and study the Bible, the more we know Jesus Christ.

 

ILL: The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

 

II. THE BIBLE IS A LETTER TO US FROM GOD

 

NOTE: Through the Bible God reveals His plan of restoration to fallen man.

 

   We must believe in the absolute truth of the Bible.

 

   It does not mean that we have to understand it.

 

   A. THE OLD TESTAMENT

 

NOTE: The Old Testament teaches us three things:

 

  • The sinfulness of man

 

Psalm 53:3 (KJV) Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

 

Isaiah 64:6 (KJV) But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

 

  • God’s requirements for man to restore fellowship with Him

 

Deuteronomy 26:16 (KJV) This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

 

Joshua 1:8 (KJV) This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

 

  • The inability of man to met God’s requirements

 

Psalm 130:3 (KJV) If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

 

Proverbs 20:9 (KJV) Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

 

   B. THE NEW TESTAMENT

 

NOTE: The New Testament teaches us:

 

  • The Love God has for us.

 

John 3:16-17 (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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 

1 John 3:1-3 (KJV) Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

 

  • The way of Salvation through His Grace

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

III. THE WORD OF GOD IS FILLED WITH SYMBOLS OF IT’S SELF

 

   A. IT IS A LIGHT TO GUIDE OUR STEPS

 

NOTE: The Word of God gives us the light to walk safely in this sin darkened world.

 

Psalm 119:105 (KJV) Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

 

Proverbs 6:23 (KJV) For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

 

   B. IT WILL KEEP US FROM SIN.

 

Psalm 119:11 (KJV) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

 

NOTE: The Word of God will reveal what is sin.

 

Psalm 19:11 (KJV) Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

 

Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

 

   C. IS OUR WEAPON AGAINST THE ATTACKS OF SATAN

 

Ephesians 6:17 (KJV) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

 

NOTE: Jesus defeated the temptations of Satan through the power of the Word.

 

CONCLUSION: We must value the Bible above all other books.

 

Psalm 19:7-10 (KJV) The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

 

   The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

 

   The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

 

   MORE TO BE DESIRED ARE THEY THAN GOLD, YEA, THAN MUCH FINE GOLD: SWEETER ALSO THAN HONEY AND THE HONEYCOMB.

 

DECEMBER 15, 2013

 

THE CANDLE

 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 9:1-7

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 8:12 (KJV)

 

   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: The Candle, is it a symbol of the Christian Faith or not?

 

   In many churches today we no longer see candles:

 

Ø  There are those who consider the candle as a sign of ritualism.

Ø  Others see no need of a candle because of the electric light.

 

   Once again the spiritual significance is lost when we only see the physical.

 

   It is not the candle itself that is an important symbol of our Faith; it is what the candle represents.

 

   The candle is a carrier of light into a darken place.

 

   Throughout Scripture God has revealed Himself through fire which produces light.

 

   God established His Covenant with Abraham with a burning lamp.  Genesis 15:17 (KJV) And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

 

   He spoke to Moses through the burning bush. Exodus 3:2 (KJV) And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

 

   God led the Children of Israel through the wilderness with a pillar of fire. Exodus 13:21 (KJV) And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

 

   The candle was an important part of Children of Israel’s worship.  Exodus 37:17-24 It produced the only light in the Holy Place.

 

I. THE CANDLE IS A SYMBOL OF JESUS COMING INTO A SIN DARKENED WORLD.

 

NOTE: God is light.

 

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.

 

ü  Jesus is the true light.

 

John 1:9 (KJV) That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

 

ü  Satan offers a false light.

 

2 Corinthians 11:14 (KJV) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

 

ü  Jesus brought light into the world.

 

John 1:4-5 (NLT) The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

 

ü  The world was filled with darkness when Jesus came.

 

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.

 

II. AT ONE TIME WE WALKED IN DARKNESS

 

NOTE: As a sinner the light of Jesus Christ did not shine in our hearts.

 

   When we came to Christ He filled our heart and life with His light.

 

Ephesians 5:14 (KJV) Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

 

Ephesians 5:8 (KJV) For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

 

2 Corinthians 4:6 (KJV) For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 

ü  Jesus enables us to walk in the light

 

John 8:12 (KJV) 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.

 

ü  Even though we live in a sin darkened world God is still our light

 

Micah 7:8 (KJV) Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

 

ü  Jesus’ light takes away the fear of darkness

 

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?

 

III. WE ARE TO CARRY THE LIGHT OF JESUS INTO THIS SIN DARKENED WORLD.

 

Philippians 2:15 (KJV) That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

 

ü  We are now the candle that brings the light of Jesus to our world.

 

Acts 13:47 (KJV) For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

 

Matthew 5:14-16 (KJV) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.   Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 

ü  We are to wear the armour of light

 

Romans 13:12 (KJV) The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

 

NOTE: As long as we are bearing the light of Jesus, it will keep us safe.

 

CONCLUSION: We are called to carry the candle of the light of Jesus Christ into this sin darkened world.

 

Luke 15:8 (KJV) Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

 

   Let us seek to reach out to those in our world with the Light of Jesus Christ.

 

DECEMBER 29, 2013

 

“THE BAPTISTERY”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: ROMANS 6:1-10

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Romans 6:3 (KJV)

 

   Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

 

INTRO: One of the great symbols of Christianity is the Baptistery but it is often misunderstood.

 

1.     What is baptism?

2.     Do you get to go Heaven by being baptized?

3.     Why should someone be baptized?

4.     When should someone be baptized?

 

I. WHAT IS BAPTISM?

 

NOTE: The word “baptize” is a transliteration of the original Greek word (baptizo). In turn, baptizo comes from the root word (bapto), a term used in the first century for immersing a garment first into bleach and then into dye, both cleansing and changing the color of the cloth.

 

   Water Baptism is a symbol of our death to sin and our being alive in Jesus Christ.

 

Romans 6:3-7 (GW) Don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? When we were baptized into his death, we were placed into the tomb with him. As Christ was brought back from death to life by the glorious power of the Father, so we, too, should live a new kind of life. If we've become united with him in a death like his, certainly we will also be united with him when we come back to life as he did. We know that the person we used to be was crucified with him to put an end to sin in our bodies. Because of this we are no longer slaves to sin. The person who has died has been freed from sin.

 

   Why don’t we sprinkle?

 

   Because we are being baptized into Christ and into His death we are immersed into a watery grave.

 

   The entire body, soul and spirit are immersed into Christ.

 

Galatians 3:27 (NLT) And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on the character of Christ, like putting on new clothes.

 

II. DO YOU GET TO GO HEAVEN BY BEING BAPTIZED?

 

NOTE: Salvation only comes through our confession that we are a sinner and our acceptance of Jesus atoning work on the cross.

 

Romans 10:9-10 (KJV) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 

 

   It is the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses us from sin, not water baptism.

 

1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV) For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

 

1 John 1:7 (KJV) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

 

III. WHY SHOULD SOMEONE BE BAPTIZED?

 

NOTE: If we are not saved through Water Baptism, why should we be baptized?

 

   Even though Water Baptism does not provide Salvation it is closely identified with Salvation.

 

   As the cross speaks of the death of Christ, Water Baptism speaks of the burial of Christ.

 

Romans 6:4 (GW) When we were baptized into his death, we were placed into the tomb with him. As Christ was brought back from death to life by the glorious power of the Father, so we, too, should live a new kind of life.

 

   When we come out of our watery grave there should be a change in our life.

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

Romans 8:11 (BBE) But if the Spirit of him who made Jesus come again from the dead is in you, he who made Christ Jesus come again from the dead will in the same way, through his Spirit which is in you, give life to your bodies which now are under the power of death.

 

NOTE: Baptism is a requirement of God.

 

   Jesus set us the example

 

Matthew 3:15 (NLT) But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.

 

   We are called to baptize all new Believers.

 

Matthew 28:19 (NLT) Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

IV. WHEN SHOULD A PERSON BE BAPTIZED?

 

NOTE: Since baptism is a symbol of being buried with Christ it should follow our spiritual death to sin.

 

Mark 16:16 (KJV) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

 

Acts 2:38 (KJV) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

 

NOTE: Should children be baptized?

 

   Because Water Baptism follows Salvation, children should wait until they have reached the age of accountability and have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.

 

NOTE: How soon following Salvation should a person be baptized?

 

   Water Baptism and Salvation are closely knit together throughout the Scriptures and should be done as soon as possible.

 

   On the day of Pentecost

 

Acts 2:41 (KJV) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

 

   The Ethiopian eunuch

 

Acts 8:36-38 (KJV) And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

 

CONCLUSION: Water Baptism is a very crucial part of our Christian walk with Christ and everyone should be baptized.

 

James 4:17 (NLT) Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

 

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