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JANUARY 5, 2014








   For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.


INTRO: Pride has been the down fall of many people.


Proverbs 16:18 (KJV) Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.


   In our society today there is a great cry to be top dog.


   This all began with Satan when he sought to be greater than God. 


Isaiah 14:12-14 (KJV) How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.


   This spirit of pride and arrogance had crept in among the Disciples.


Mark 10:35-37 (KJV) And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.


Luke 9:46 (NLT) Then his disciples began arguing about which of them was the greatest.


   Jesus sought to teach them the proper attitude by using a child.


Luke 9:47-48 (NLT) But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he brought a little child to his side. Then he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me also welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.”


   When they celebrated the Passover they still had not learned the lesson of servant hood.


Luke 22:24 (KJV) And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.


NOTE: As in most societies, the highest in position sat on the right of the host and the next highest on the left. The highest in position continued to alternate between the right and left until everyone was seated.[1]




NOTE: Many churches today do not consider the Pitcher and Basin to be a symbol of Christianity.


·         It is no longer needed as we now wear shoes.

·         They fail to see the spiritual significance.


   They only see the physical and not the spiritual truth they teach.


   To me the Pitcher and Basin is a symbol of the kind of life God has called each of us to, a life of humility, servant-hood and sacrifice.


Micah 6:8 (KJV) He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?


   It reminds us that we are not to seek to be served but rather we are to be like Jesus and serve others.


NOTE: Jesus sought to teach the Disciples the way to be great in the Kingdom of God was to be a servant to all by example.


Matthew 20:28 (NLT) For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


Philippians 2:7 (NLT) Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,






John 13:1a (KJV) Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father…




John 13:1b (KJV) …having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.




John 13:4 (NIV) so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.


NOTE: Some believe that Jesus had only a loincloth on which would have pictured Him as the lowest of slaves.




John 13:8 (KJV) Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.


NOTE: Why didn’t Peter want Jesus to wash his feet?


·         He had ugly feet

·         They were clean enough

·         He could wash them himself

·         He didn’t understand what Jesus was trying to teach him.


NOTE: God’s way of doing things if often beyond our understanding




John 13:10a (KJV) Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.




John 13:10-11 (KJV) Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.


NOTE: People want Jesus to serve them but not all are willing to allow Jesus to cleanse them.


   We are cleansed at Salvation, the washing of our feet is liken unto the daily cleansing 




Philippians 2:5-8 (NLT) You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he  appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.


CONCLUSION: “Mamma and the White Man”




   The first time I saw a white man, I was in church in our Alabama parish in the middle of August and it was very, very hot. The preacher rambled on, his fire and brimstone sermon seasoned with an occasional Hallelujah from our sweaty congregation. I was daydreaming about the Sunday feast that we would have after church. This was a reward for sitting through 2 hours of preaching.

   But that Sunday everything changed for me. In the middle of his Bible-thumping, fist clenched exuberance, the reverend stopped. The silence caught me by surprise and at first I thought maybe he knew I wasn't listening. I looked at the pulpit; to see him standing there with an expression of disgust, staring at the back of the church as if the devil himself had just entered...I turned to see.

   There, leaning against the front doors of our church, our pure-black church was a drifter, a skinny, disheveled, white drifter. This man, this invader of our sacred space, stood before us in all his unholiness. His ragged clothes seemed to hang on him and his face looked pasty and sunken, like a man waiting for death. Worst of all, he had entered our church barefoot, his blistered, bloody feet staining our holy wood floor.

   We were still. He walked down the center aisle with slow, deliberate steps. His legs looked fragile and weak and his hunched back made him look as though he carried the world on his shoulders.

   "Pardon me, Reverend", he said as he removed his hat and seated himself in the front pew. The preacher looked around the congregation and then at Mr. Jackson, our layman, who barely acknowledged the man before turning away. Looking down at the bloody floor, the reverend shook his head. He glanced at the drifter for just a second and with a roll of his eyes, picked up where he had left off.

   The man glanced at the stained floor and bowed his head, ashamed. I was confused by the preacher's reaction. I had never really listened to the Sunday sermons, but bits and pieces I had picked up had taught me that God wanted us to be kind to others. And yet here, in the place that this preacher called "God's house," I was witness to a stranger in need being passed over.

   Then, to my right, Momma rose. Clutching her good Sunday kerchief, she walked straight to the church's christening bowl. The reverend stopped speaking. Taking the pitcher of water that the reverend himself had been drinking from during his sermon, she stepped down to the front pew. "Be not ashamed, my brother," said Momma, kneeling in front of the man. I leaned forward and watched as she filled the christening bowl with the water, and then, dunking her kerchief, she bathed the man's feet. I could see the man's face as he began to cry.

   Engrossed in the miracle that I had just witnessed, I had forgotten about dinner by the time Momma returned to her seat. I had seen Momma through different eyes that day. Like Rosa Parks walking to the front of the bus, Momma had challenged the racism that surrounded her. Like Susan B. Anthony, taking charge when it was necessary, Momma had showed me the strength of a woman's actions. And, like the Good Samaritan helping a stranger in need, Momma had gone to the aid of another in need of kindness.

   That hot Alabama Sunday, Momma showed me not only who she was, but who I was. In one day, she set a lifelong example, paving a road for her only daughter to walk down proudly. As an African American, as a woman, as a Christian.

   This mother taught a lesson by example that could not be taught any other way. Isn't that the way God expects us to teach others. Yes, we use words, but we add conviction and power to the lessons with the way we live our lives.

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JANUARY 12, 2014








   Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.


INTRO: Whatever happened to the altar?


   Many churches no have longer have altars


   In other churches they have altars but they are



   While others have altars but they are seldom used.


NOTE: The altar is another symbol of the Christian Faith that is often misunderstood.




NOTE: The Christian Altar is a place where we meet with God to worship, intercede (on behalf for ourselves or others), or fellowship with Him.


   The altar is not limited to a physical place in the church.


   The first recorded use of an altar was Cain and Abel. Genesis 4


   The lesson it teaches me is that we must have the right attitude when we seek to meet with God.


   God will not accept our offering if we are practicing sin.


Psalm 66:18 (NIV) If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;


   All of us have faced times of pain, deep sorrows, difficulties and regrets it is during these times we need the altar.




NOTE: One of the great misconceptions concerning the altars within the church is that it is only for sinners to come to for salvation.


   This hinders many who need to come but are afraid.


   Why should you come to the altar?


ü  Are you tired of carrying your load of sin & guilt

ü  Do you hunger for the presence of God in your life?

ü  Do you long for a closer fellowship with God?

ü  Do you have needs that no one can meet but God?

ü  Are you concerned for the needs of others?


   Then you need to come to the altar


   In the Tabernacle and Temple there were two altars, one had many purposes and one had only one.




   There are many different reasons why we should come to this altar.


   The different sacrifices on the altar gives us picture of the different purposes of this altar.


Ø  Sin Offering: the Altar of Salvation.


Leviticus 4:2-3 (KJV) Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them … then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the LORD for a sin offering.


NOTE: Those who come to this altar are those who have never accepted Christ as their Savior.


   We are all sinners and need to come to this altar to receive Salvation.


   This is the first altar we need to come to


Romans 3:23 (KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory 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.


Ø  The Trespass Offering: the Altar of Restoration.


Leviticus 6:2-3 (NLT) “Suppose one of you sins against your associate and is unfaithful to the LORD. Suppose you cheat in a deal involving a security deposit, or you steal or commit fraud,  or you find lost property and lie about it, or you lie while swearing to tell the truth, or you commit any other such sin.


Leviticus 6:6-7 (KJV) And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he hath done in trespassing therein.


NOTE: This altar is for the Believer who has sinned.


Isaiah 59:1-2 (KJV) Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.


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.


Ø  Burnt Offering: the Altar of Dedication


Leviticus 1:3, 9 (KJV) If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD… But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.


NOTE: We come to this altar when we are making a commitment or promise to God.


   This is the only sacrifice that is completely consumed.


Ø  The Peace Offering: the Altar of Fellowship.


Leviticus 7:11-15 (KJV) And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the LORD.  If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried. Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings. And of it he shall offer one out of the whole oblation for an heave offering unto the LORD, and it shall be the priest's that sprinkleth the blood of the peace offerings. And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morning.


NOTE: This altar signifies having fellowship with God.


Ø  The Golden Altar: the Altar of prayer and intercession


Revelation 8:3-4 (NLT) Then another angel with a gold incense burner came and stood at the altar. And a great amount of incense was given to him to mix with the prayers of God’s people as an offering on the gold altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, mixed with the prayers of God’s holy people, ascended up to God from the altar where the angel had poured them out.


NOTE: This altar stood just before the veil into the Holy of Holies where the presence of God dwelt.


   There was no sacrifice made on this altar, the sacrifices had already been made on the Brazen Altar.


   We come to this altar to commune with God on behalf of ourselves or for others.


   One of the reasons the altar is empty of sinners is that it is empty of Saints interceding for the lost.


CONCLUSION: Let us come to the altars for whatever we need.


JANUARY 19, 2014








   For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.


INTRO: Of all the symbols of Christianity the Cross is the most well-known and the most abused.


   Many people who wear crosses have no concept what the cross symbolizes.


   For many it is just a piece of jewelry or a good luck charm. 


   To the Believer the Cross is the center of their faith and relationship with God.


1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV) For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.


   The cross speaks of two things:


Ø  The sinfulness and depravity of man.

Ø  The deliverance from sin




NOTE: The Crucifix symbolizes two things:


Ø  The sinfulness of man

Ø  The consequences of man’s sinfulness


   The Crucifix is likened unto the Old Testament; it shows to us the sinfulness of man and his inability to save himself.




NOTE: Man was created perfect without sin or flaw.


   But since sin has been introduce to man, man has become more and more wicked.


Genesis 6:5 (KJV) And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.


Psalm 14:2-3 (GW) The LORD looks down from heaven on Adam's descendants to see if there is anyone who acts wisely, if there is anyone who seeks help from God. Everyone has turned away. Together they have become rotten to the core. No one, not even one person, does good things.


Isaiah 1:6 (BBE) The body, from head to foot, is all diseased; it is a mass of open wounds, marks of blows, and broken flesh: the flow of blood has not been stopped, and no oil has been put on the wounds.




1. The penalty for sin is death.


Genesis 2:17 (KJV) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.


Ezekiel 18:4 (KJV) Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.


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


                   2. God paid the penalty for our sin, Himself.


Isaiah 50:6 (KJV) I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.


Isaiah 53:4-7 (KJV) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.


1 Peter 3:18 (KJV) For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:




1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV) For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.


NOTE: The empty cross shows us the victory that Christ has provided for us over sin.


Hebrews 9:11-15 (NIV) When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance--now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.


Ø  Jesus paid the penalty for our sin


1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NLT) I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.


Ø  The empty cross delivers us from the power of sin


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


1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.


Ø  The empty cross gives us hope for eternal life.


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


1 John 2:2 (KJV) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.


Ø  The cross must be the theme of our Church


Galatians 6:14a (KJV) But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…


1 Corinthians 2:2 (KJV) For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.


Romans 1:16 (KJV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.


CONCLUSION: Those who come to the cross will be saved, those who reject the cross will be lost.


   Have you come to the cross?


JANUARY 26, 2014






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 27:50-51 (KJV)


   Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;


INTRO: What is the significance of the veil being rent in two, how does it affect us?


   There are two things we must consider about the veil in order for us to understand what it means to those who believe in Jesus Christ.


      I.        What was the purpose of the veil

    II.        Why was it reaped into




NOTE: In order to know the purpose of the veil we must consider the Tabernacle and its purpose.    




Exodus 25:8 (KJV) And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.


   God desire from the time of the fall until the end of time is to dwell among His people.


Revelation 21:3 (KJV)  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.


   Sin has separated us from God so that He cannot dwell with us as He wants too.


Isaiah 59:2 (BBE) But your sins have come between you and your God, and by your evil doings his face has been veiled from you, so that he will give you no answer.


   It was through the working of the Tabernacle that God was able to dwell among the Children of Israel.




NOTE: The Tabernacle was divided into three parts:


1.       The outer court


NOTE: This is where the sacrifices were made


                                                               i.      The Brazen Altar

                                                             ii.      The Brazen Laver


2.       The Holy Place


NOTE: Only the priest could enter into the Holy Place


                                                               i.      The Table of showbread

                                                             ii.      The Golden Candlestick

                                                            iii.      The Golden Altar (The Altar of Incense)


3.       The Holy of Holies (Most Holy Place)


NOTE: Only the High Priest could enter and that only once a year and had to enter with blood.


Hebrews 9:7 (KJV) But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:


                                                               i.      The Ark of the Covenant

                                                             ii.      The Mercy Seat

                                                            iii.      God’s Dwelling Place




Exodus 26:31-34 (NLT) “For the inside of the Tabernacle, make a special curtain of finely woven linen. Decorate it with blue, purple, and scarlet thread and with skillfully embroidered cherubim. Hang this curtain on gold hooks attached to four posts of acacia wood. Overlay the posts with gold, and set them in four silver bases. Hang the inner curtain from clasps, and put the Ark of the Covenant in the room behind it. This curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. “Then put the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—on top of the Ark of the Covenant inside the Most Holy Place.


   The veil was around sixty feet high, thirty feet wide and four inches thick. Woven with thread made up of 24 threads woven into 72 threads.


NOTE: The purpose of the veil was to separate the people, including the priest, from the presence of God.




NOTE: It was at the time of Jesus’s death.


Matthew 27:50-51 (KJV) Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;




Hebrews 9:8 (NLT) By these regulations the Holy Spirit revealed that the entrance to the Most Holy Place was not freely open as long as the Tabernacle and the system it represented were still in use.


Hebrews 9:11-12 (NLT) So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.



Hebrews 10:19-22 (KJV) Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.


NOTE: While the veil was in place man was separated from God but now we are able to enter into the presence of God through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ.


CONCLUSION: Now that the way into God presence has been made for us, let us seek to dwell in His presence every day.


James 4:8 (NLT) Come close to God, and God will come close to you…

[1] Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary - The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible – Luke.

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