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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH APRIL, 2014
APRIL 6, 2014
“GOING DOWN THE SLIPPERY ROAD OF BACKSLIDING”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless
I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Two kinds: leave the church, stay in the church.
There are times when a couple has lost their love
for each another yet they remain living together,
going through the motions.
It’s the same with churches and Christians.
This is what happened to the Church at Ephesus.
Consider what they were doing:
Revelation 2:2-4 (NLT)
all the things you do. I have seen your hard work
and your patient endurance. I know you don’t
tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims
of those who say they are apostles but are not. You
have discovered they are liars. You have patiently
suffered for me without quitting.
They worked hard
They patiently endure hardships
They didn’t tolerate evil people
They rejected false teachers
They patiently suffered persecution without
“But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each
other as you did at first!
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (GW)
speak in the languages of humans and of angels. But
if I don't have love, I am a loud gong or a clashing
cymbal. I may have the gift to speak what God has
revealed, and I may understand all mysteries and
have all knowledge. I may even have enough faith to
move mountains. But if I don't have love, I am
nothing. I may even give away all that I have and
give up my body to be burned. But if I don't have
love, none of these things will help me.
Some can lose their love for God but never leave the
I. HOW DOES ONE LOSE HIS LOVE
We do not lose our love overnight; it slowly creeps away.
It’s the little things that begin to gnaw away at
Song of Songs 2:15 (NLT)
Catch all the
those little foxes,
before they ruin the vineyard
of love, for the
grapevines are blossoming!
We become distracted
Many of these distractions seems legitimate
We can become very involved in church and it activities and still lose our
love for God.
unto him, Thou shalt love
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all
thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great
commandment. And the
like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself. On these
two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
We can become distracted by the things of this
2 Timothy 4:10 For
Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present
world, and is departed unto Thessalonica…
become disenchanted with church
Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)
And let us not
neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but
encourage one another, especially now that the day
of his return is drawing near.
As our love for God diminishes so will our desire to
be found in the House of God.
We become critical of people and things in the
We begin to neglect our personal relationship with
slothfulness the building decayeth; and through
idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
We become self-centered
We begin to think it’s all about us and not about
ILL: King Saul
1 Samuel 15:17
said, When thou
little in thine own sight,
thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the
anointed thee king over Israel?
We become enticed by sin
It’s not that we become gross sinners but we slowly
allow sin to come into our lives.
Matthew 24:12 (NLT)
Sin will be
rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow
II GOD’S PLEA TO THE BACKSLIDER
therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent,
and do the first works; or else I will come unto
thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of
his place, except thou repent.
Satan would seek to convince the backslider that God
no longer wanted them, therefore why try anymore.
God does love the backslider and seeks to restore
There are three things the backslider needs to do to
be restored to the proper relationship with God.
Isaiah 51:1 (NLT)
“Listen to me,
all who hope for deliverance— all who seek the
Consider the rock from which you were cut, the
quarry from which you were mined.
Remember what it was like when we first came to
Remember what caused us to fall in love with Jesus.
Psalm 51:12 (GW)
joy of your salvation to me, and provide me with a
spirit of willing obedience.
We are to repent and turn away from that which led
us down the slippery road of backsliding.
Psalm 130:3-4 (NLT)
if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could
ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we
might learn to fear you.
Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)
me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my
anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that
offends you, and lead me along the path of
DO OUR FIRST WORKS
Renewal of our prayer life
Personal studying of God’s Word.
Wanting to share with others what Christ had done
God loves us even when we stray and grow cold in our
souls, He longs to have us return and have a close
fellowship with Him again.
Ezekiel 34:16a (NLT)
I will search
for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring
them safely home again…
APRIL 13, 2014
“GRAND MARSHAL TODAY, CRUCIFIED LATER IN THE WEEK”
SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN
SCRIPTURE TEXT: John
Jesus answered them, saying,
The hour is come, that the
Son of man should be glorified.
If you knew that you were to be glorified, what
would you anticipate happening?
God’s ways are often upside down from our ways.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT)
are nothing like your thoughts,” says the
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could
imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the
earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my
thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was far different from
He enter Jerusalem riding on a young colt, He left
Jerusalem carrying a cross.
A lot happens between Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem
and His departure.
I. BEING THE
of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and
cried, Hosanna: Blessed
the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the
What do you think was going through the minds of the
disciples as they followed Jesus into Jerusalem?
A. THE FALSE CONCEPT OF CHRIST
They only considered Jesus on a physical or earthly
Many people today view Jesus in the same way.
They were looking for a PHYSICAL CONQUEROR
that would deliver them from the power of Rome.
They saw Jesus as the PROVIDER, the one who would
meet all their physical needs.
They viewed Jesus as a religious leader that
required no cost to follow.
B. HAVING THE RIGHT CONCEPT OF JESUS.
In order for us to have the right concept of Jesus,
we must see Him on a spiritual plain.
Jesus came to set us free from slavery, but slavery
to sin, not to man.
The next day
John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold
the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the
But God be
thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye
have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine
which was delivered you.
then made free from sin, ye became the servants of
Jesus is our provider of what we need, but not
everything we want.
But my God
shall supply all your need according to his riches
in glory by Christ Jesus.
1 John 5:14-15
And this is
the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask
any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and
if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we
know that we have the petitions that we desired of
Jesus accepts us the way we are, but loves us too
much to leave us that way.
For the Son of
man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Jesus does not only seek out the sinner, but He
doesn’t leave them in their sins.
1 John 1:9
If we confess
our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
He seeks to change us into being more like Him.
2 Corinthians 3:18
And we, who
with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory,
are being transformed into his likeness with
ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord,
who is the Spirit.
II. THE CRUCIFIED ONE
What did Jesus mean when He said it was His time to
In order for Jesus to be glorified He had to go to
Matthew 27:28-31 (NIV)
stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then
twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his
head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt
in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the
Jews!" they said. They spit on him, and took the
staff and struck him on the head again and again.
After they had mocked him, they took off the robe
and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him
away to crucify him.
Have you really thought about what Jesus went
through to be our Savior?
Jesus suffered in the triune nature: Body, Soul and
He suffered in His Soul nature (emotional).
Crucified by the very ones He came to save
Rejected by the spiritual leaders
Betrayed by one of His disciples
Denied by Peter
Faced mockery, shame and laughter of the people
Mocked by the sign nailed above Him
He suffered in His Physical nature:
Beaten with a cat-of-nine tails
Having His beard pulled out
Having His face beaten
Having a crown of thorns forced on His head
Forced to carry a heavy cross
Nailed to a cross and having it dropped into the
The agonizing death of the cross
He suffered in His Spiritual nature
Thrice Holy God took upon Himself the sins of the
2 Corinthians 5:21
For he hath
made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in him.
Having His Father turn away from Him
Mark 15:33-34 (NLT)
At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. Then
at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice,
Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God,
my God, why have you abandoned me?”
Suffering being separated from His Father.
unto her, Touch me not; for
I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my
brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my
Father, and your Father; and
my God, and your God.
Jesus paid the full penalty of sin for our
And death and
hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the
Physical death is not the penalty for sin; it is the
second death, eternal separation from God.
Those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior
are free from the second death.
APRIL 20, 2014
“THE POWER OF THE RESURRECTION”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Romans 6:5
For if we have
been planted together in the likeness of his death,
we shall be also
in the likeness of his
What is it about Easter that we celebrate?
Jesus’ resurrection was not enough.
There must be a death before there can be a
The Believers Water Baptism is a reflection of
Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection
A. JESUS’ DEATH
God required a perfect sacrifice to provide the
forgiveness of sin
Jesus’ death removed the guilt of sin
Jesus’ death took away the penalty of sin
Jesus’ death satisfied the judgment of sin
We are planted (grafted) into Christ’s death when we
accept His death as the only redemption for our sin.
we have been
planted together in the likeness of his
I am the vine,
the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me
ye can do nothing.
B. THE BELIEVERS BAPTISM AND JESUS’ DEATH
Jesus’ death demands total commitment by the
Matthew 16:24-25 (NLT)
said to his disciples, “If
any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn
from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and
follow me. If you
try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But
if you give up your life for my sake, you will save
There are three things Jesus requires if we wish to
be His disciple.
We must want to be His disciple
There must be a burning desire a holy hunger to be
Philippians 3:8-9 (NLT)
everything else is worthless when compared with the
infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For
his sake I have discarded everything else, counting
it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and
become one with him. I no longer count on my own
righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I
become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s
way of making us right with himself depends on
We must turn from our selfish ways
Romans 8:13 (ASV) for
if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by
the Spirit ye put to death the deeds of the body, ye
It means to let Christ rule and reign in our hearts
and lives, to let Christ have His way completely.
It also means that we put the needs of others above
1 Corinthians 10:24 (ASV)
Let no man
seek his own, but
Philippians 2:4-5 (GW)
concerned only about your own interests, but also be
concerned about the interests of others. Have the
same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
We must take up our cross
Luke 9:23 (GW)
He said to all
of them, “Those who want to come with me must say no
to the things they want, pick up their crosses every
day, and follow me.
He is to put his will, his desires, his wants, his
ambitions to death. In their stead, he is to follow
Jesus and to do His will all day long.
1 Corinthians 15:31 (NIV)
I die every
day--I mean that, brothers--just as surely as I
glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jesus was willing to die for us, are we willing to
die for Him?
By being baptized into Christ we are being baptized
into His death.
Romans 6:3-4a (NLT)
Or have you
forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus
in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died
and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as
Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious
power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
I delivered unto you first of all that which I also
received, how that Christ died for our sins
according to the scriptures; and that he was buried,
and that he rose again the third day according to
The Believer being immersed into the waters
symbolizes Christ burial into the grave.
When we are baptized into Christ we are totally
immersed into Him.
Philippians 3:10 (NLT)
I want to
know Christ and experience the mighty power that
raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him,
sharing in his death,
Romans 6:4b 5 …And
just as Christ was raised from the dead by the
glorious power of the Father, now we also may live
new lives. For if we have been planted together in
the likeness of his death, we shall be also
When we are truly baptized into Jesus’ death and burial (it’s a work of
the heart) the same power that raised Jesus from the
grave will raise us when we come out of the watery
Colossians 2:12 (NLT)
For you were
buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with
him you were raised to new life because you trusted
the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the
The resurrection power we experience when we come
out of the watery grave is not just the resurrection
at the second coming of Christ, but is for this life
Romans 8:11-12 (NLT) The
Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives
in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the
dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by
this same Spirit living within you. Therefore, dear
brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do
what your sinful nature urges you to do.
When we are baptized into Jesus’ death, burial and
resurrection we no longer live in our own strength
but rather we live in the strength and power of
Galatians 2:20 (NLT)
My old self
has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I
who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this
earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who
loved me and gave himself for me.
Romans 6:10-11 (GW)
When he died,
he died once and for all to sin's power. But now he
lives, and he lives for God. So consider yourselves
dead to sin's power but living for God in the power
Christ Jesus gives you.
APRIL 27, 2014
“THE JOYS OF HEAVENLY CITIZENSHIP”
Ephesians 2:19 (GW)
That is why you are no longer foreigners
and outsiders but citizens together with God's
people and members of God's family.
How important is your citizenship?
There are many who want the joys of citizenship but
are unwilling to do what it takes to become a
Those who are not citizens are called aliens; there
are two types of aliens, those who are seeking
citizenship and those who are not.
So it is in the spiritual world; there are those who
are citizens of Heaven and there are those who are
There are those who want the blessings and joys of
Heaven Citizenship but are not willing to become a
What has produced the greatest joy in your life?
There are many things that have brought joy into our
lives but the greatest is becoming a citizen of
Matthew 16:26 (NLT)
And what do you benefit if you gain the
whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything
worth more than your soul?
I. ALIENS WITHOUT HOPE
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the
commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the
covenants of promise, having no hope, and without
God in the world:
What are the consequences of being an alien of
We are without Christ (salvation)
We were excluded from the Body of Believers
We could not experience God’s promises to His Church
We had no hope for the future
We were living without God’s presence in our life
II. BECOMING CITIZENS OF HEAVEN
Ephesians 2:13 (NLT)
But now you have been
united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away
from God, but now you have been brought near to him
through the blood of Christ.
When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we
became Citizens of Heaven.
We became accepted by Christ (salvation)
We became a part of the Body of Believers
All the promises of God are now available to us
We have a hope for the future, both now and
God and His Holy Spirit now dwell within us
III. THE JOYS HEAVENS CITIZENSHIP BRINGS
Psalm 30:11 (NLT)
You have turned my
mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my
clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
THE JOY OF KNOWING OUR SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN
As far as the east is from the west,
so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
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
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.
THE JOY KNOWING THAT GOD WILL SUSTAIN US IN OUR WALK
Psalm 37:23-24 (NLT)
directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every
detail of their live.
Though they stumble, they will never
fall, for the
LORD holds them by the hand.
For thou hast delivered my soul from death:
wilt not thou deliver
my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in
the light of the living?
THE JOY OF KNOWING THAT HE WILL NEVER LEAVE US
Matthew 28:20b (NLT)
And be sure of
this: I am with you always, even to the end of the
Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)
Don’t love money; be
satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I
will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
We often lose our joy when we take our eyes off what
we have in Christ and begin to desire what we don’t
have in the world.
THE JOY OF KNOWING GOD LOVES US
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us
together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And
us up together, and made
sit together in heavenly
in Christ Jesus:
hath appeared of old unto me,
Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love:
therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
THE JOY OF KNOWING GOD IS WITH US DURING DIFFICULT
Fear thou not; for I am
with thee: be not dismayed; for I
thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help
thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of
But now thus saith the LORD
that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee,
O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have
by thy name; thou
mine. When thou passest through the waters, I
with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not
overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire,
thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame
kindle upon thee.
THE JOY OF KNOWING THAT JESUS IS PREPARING US AN
not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God,
believe also in me. In my Father's house are many
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.
Are you living in the joys of Heavenly Citizenship?
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