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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH

 OF

MAY

 

MAY 11, 2014

 

THE GENEROSITY OF THREE UNNAMED WOMEN

 

SCRIPTURE READING:  PROVERBS 31:10-31

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  Luke 8:2-3

 

   And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

 

INTRO:  The ministry of Jesus was largely supported by the generosity of certain women.

 

   Two Indians Standing on a Hill

 

   How often the importance of women in the church is overlooked?

 

   Throughout history, women have played a very important role in the maintenance of the Church.

 

Exodus 35:25 And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen.

 

      When we speak of giving we are not only speaking of money but we are referring to all forms of giving, TALENT, TIME & TREASURE.

 

   Three women who give the example of Biblical giving

 

I.  THE WOMAN WHO GAVE OUT OF OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S

    WORD.

 

I KINGS 17:8-16

 

1 Kings 17:9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.

NOTE:  She gave out of obedience to Elijah’s instructions

 

   Obedient giving is giving when we don’t feel like we have anything to give or we don’t really want to give, but we give because that is what God says we are to do.

 

   Obedient giving requires two things:

 

v  FAITH:  That what you are doing is in accordance with God’s will.  (Does your giving line up with God’s Word)

v  TRUST:  You trust that God will keep His promise to supply all your needs.

 

ILL: The jar and the well

 

   Had she not given to Elijah, she and her son would have eaten their last cake and then starved to death.

 

   Obedient giving sometimes require giving sacrificially

 

ILL: The Widow’s Mites

 

Luke 21:1-4 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, “Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: for all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.”

 

   Obedient giving always brings great rewards.

 

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

 

II. THE WOMAN WHO GAVE OUT OF CONCERN FOR

    OTHERS.

 

II KINGS 4:8-17

 

NOTE:  Often people give out of human compassion.

 

   There are many verses in the Bible that deal with our responsibilities to minister to the needs of the poor.

 

Deuteronomy 15:7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:

 

Psalm 41:1 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

 

Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

 

Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

 

Galatians 2:10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

 

NOTE: There are four types of people who have the ability to give but not all do:

 

v  The self-centered (they fail to see the needs of others)

 

Proverbs 21:13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

 

Proverbs 28:27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

 

v  The selfish or unconcerned (they see the need but are unwilling to minister to the need)

 

Proverbs 3:27-28 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.  Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

 

v  The fearful (they are afraid if they give there will not be enough for their needs)

 

Proverbs 3:5, 9-10 (GW) Trust the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding… Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first and best part of all your income. Then your barns will be full, and your vats will overflow with fresh wine.

 

v  The compassionate (they see the need and they are willing to minister to the need)

Proverbs 11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

 

Isaiah 58:10 (GWT) If you give some of your own food to feed those who are hungry and to satisfy the needs of those who are humble, then your light will rise in the dark, and your darkness will become as bright as the noonday sun.

 

Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

 

III. THE WOMAN WHO GAVE OUT OF LOVE FOR JESUS.

 

LUKE 7:36-50

 

NOTE: Those who give out of their love for God long to give.

 

   They give the very best they have.

 

   They are not concerned with the opinions of others.

 

   They give regardless of the cost.

 

CONCLUSION: It is better to give out of obedience than not to give at all.  

 

   It is good to give out of concern and human compassion but the best motive for giving is out of our love for God.

 

   What is the motivation of your giving?

 

MAY 18, 2014

 

FOUR THINGS THAT DELIGHTS GOD

 

SCRIPTURE READING: JEREMIAH 9:1-8

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Jeremiah 9:23-24

 

   Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

 

INTRO: Jeremiah was in distress

 

Jeremiah 9:1 (NLT) If only my head were a pool of water and my eyes a fountain of tears, I would weep day and night for all my people who have been slaughtered.

 

   God had told Jeremiah that He was sending Babylon against Jerusalem because of Judah’s sin and rejection of God.

 

   Jeremiah sought to warn the people but they rejected his pleads.

 

I. THOSE WHO FAIL TO PREPARE FOR THE JUDGMENT

 

NOTE: Why people fail to prepare for God’s judgment

 

A.    THERE ARE THOSE WHO REFUSED TO BELIEVE THAT JUDAH WOULD BE JUDGED

 

NOTE: They are those who do not believe there is a God and therefore do not believe that any judgment is coming

 

Psalm 14:1 (GW) Godless fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt. They do disgusting things. There is no one who does good things.

 

B.      THERE WERE THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT GOD IS TOO,

LOVING AND KIND TO BRING JUDGMENT

 

Malachi 3:5 (GW) “I will come to judge you. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers, lying witnesses, and those who cheat workers out of their wages and oppress widows and orphans. I will also testify against those who deprive foreigners of their rights. None of them fear me,” says the LORD of Armies.

 

C.    THERE WERE THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT THEY WILL ESCAPE JUDGMENT BECAUSE OF WHO THEY ARE

 

Jeremiah 9:23-24a Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 

 

James 3:15 (GW) That kind of wisdom doesn't come from above. It belongs to this world. It is self-centered and demonic.

 

NOTE: America, like Judah, is in trouble and facing God’s judgment.

 

   Signs are everywhere that God is beginning to bring judgment against America

 

·         Earthquakes

·         Adverse weather

·         Rise of sin and violence

·         Turning away from God

·         Rising Persecution against Believers

 

   America has sinned and turned its back against God.

 

·         America is removing God from our society

·         Millions of babies have been slaughtered

·         Sins have been made acceptable

·         The Church is being shaped by society instead of shaping society

 

II. GOD LONGS TO FORGIVE

 

NOTE: God does not delight in bring judgment.

 

Ezekiel 18:30-32 (NLT) “Therefore, I will judge each of you, O people of Israel, according to your actions, says the Sovereign LORD. Repent, and turn from your sins. Don’t let them destroy you!  Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel? I don’t want you to die, says the Sovereign LORD. Turn back and live!

 

NOTE: All is not lost, there is still hope for America and it lies within the Church.

 

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 

NOTE: We all should weep and repent for the sins of our nation, and pray for those who are lost.

 

Joel 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

 

III. FOUR THINGS THAT DELIGHT GOD

 

1.    FOR HIS PEOPLE TO KNOW HIM

 

   God wants us to know Him

 

John 17:3 (NLT) And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.

 

   The only way to escape God’s judgment is to know Him in a personal way.

 

   The more we know God the more we will love Him

 

2.    DELIGHTS FOR HIS PEOPLE TO SHOW LOVINGKINDNESS (MERCY)

 

   God delights in showing mercy

 

Micah 7:18-19 (NIV) Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

 

   God would much rather forgive a sinner than to bring judgment to a sinner.

 

3.    GOD DELIGHTS FOR HIS PEOPLE TO ADMINISTRATE TRUE JUSTICE

 

James 2:13 (NLT) There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.

 

4.    GOD DELIGHTS FOR HIS PEOPLE TO BE RIGHTEOUS (DO WHAT IS RIGHT)

 

Micah 6:8 (NLT) No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

 

CONCLUSION: If we seek to escape God’s judgment by our own wisdom, strength and resources we will fail.

 

   It is only by doing what delights God that will bring us free of His judgment.

 

MAY 25, 2014

 

THE DANGER OF FORGETTING

 

SCRIPTURE READING: DEUTERONOMY 8:11-20

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Deuteronomy 8:14


   Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;

 

INTRO: This weekend is a time set aside to remember.

 

   God warns us against forgetting what we have is because of what others have done.

 

   There are three things we must be careful to not forget.

 

I. WE MUST NOT FORGET THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR

   LIVES FOR OUR FREEDOM

 

NOTE: Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered.  The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

 

   Over 644,348 have given their lives and this list does not include The Revolution, The War of 1812 and other wars that most of us have forgotten.

 

CIVIL WAR  1861–1865           212,938      

 

WORLD WAR I 1917–1918        53,402

 

WORLD WAR II 1941–1945     291,557

KOREAN WAR 1950–1953        33,746

 

VIETNAM WAR 1955–1975        47,424

 

WAR ON TERROR 2001–present 5,281

 

 

POEM: “Lest We Forget”

 

POEM: “A Soldier Died Today”

 

   Remembering one who has died for our country (Scott Langworthy).

 

II. WE MUST NOT FORGET THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR

    LIVES FOR OUR RELIGIOUS HERITAGE.

 

Hebrews 11:35-38 (NLT) Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

 

Polycarp

Polycarp was probably a disciple of the Apostle John. Polycarp may have been one of the chief people responsible for compiling the New Testament of the Bible that we have today.  Because of his refusal to burn incense to the Roman Emperor he was sentenced to burn at the stake. Tradition says that the flames did not kill him so he was stabbed to death.

 

John Wycliffe

Known as “The Morning Star of the Reformation,” John Wycliffe was a 14th century theologian. He is probably best remembered as a translator of scriptures. He believed that the Bible should be available to the people in their common tongue. He translated the Latin Vulgate into common English.  While he was not burned at the stake as a martyr, his persecution extended beyond his death. His body was exhumed and burned along with many of his writings. The Anti-Wycliffe Statute of 1401 brought persecution to his followers and specifically addressed the fact that there should not be any translation of Scripture into English.

 

John Huss

Huss was a Czech priest who was burned at the stake for heresy against the doctrines of the Catholic Church. Particularly he fought against the doctrines of Ecclesiology and the Eucharist as taught by the Roman Catholic Church. He was an early reformer living before the time of Luther and Calvin (other well-known reformers of Roman Catholicism).

Huss was martyred on July 6, 1415. He refused to recant his position of the charges that were brought against him. On the day he died he is said to have stated, “God is my witness that the things charged against me I never preached. In the same truth of the Gospel which I have written, taught, and preached, drawing upon the sayings and positions of the holy doctors, I am ready to die today.”

 

William Tyndale

Most known for his translation of the Bible into English, William Tyndale was a reformer who stood against King Henry VIII’s divorce, which was one of the major issues in the Reformation. Tyndale’s English translation of the Bible was the first to draw significantly from the original languages. Tyndale was choked to death while tied to the stake and then his dead body was burned.

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

   Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed on June 9, 1945. Bonhoeffer staunchly opposed Hitler’s treatment of the Jews. As a Christian pastor he could not sit idly by and watch the murder of so many men and women.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged just two weeks before soldiers from the United States liberated the concentration camp in which he was held.

 

Jim Elliot and Four Missionary Friends

Jim Elliot, along with four of his missionary colleagues was killed on January 8, 1956 while trying to establish contact with the Auca Indians in Ecuador (now known as the Waodani people). Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Pete Flemming and Roger Youderian had been working to make friendly contact with the Auca tribe which they had seen from the air. Though they had only met one tribesman face to face, they had participated in trades with the Auca from a plane to ground system. When Elliot and his friends landed on a river beach on that fateful January day they were slaughtered by the waiting men.  Their deaths were not in vain though. The widows continued to try and make peaceful contact and eventually won the hearts of the tribe. God has used this recent missionary martyr story to inspire new generations of missionaries willing to give their lives for what they believe.

 

III. WE MUST NOT FORGET WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US

 

Psalm 103:1-2 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

 

Ø  He forgives all our sins  vs. 3

Ø  He heals all our diseases vs. 3

Ø  He redeems our lives from judgment vs. 4

Ø  He crowns our life with mercy vs. 4

Ø  He satisfies our hunger vs. 5

Ø  He renews our youth (strength) vs. 5

Ø  He executes righteousness and judgment for those who are oppressed. Vs.6

Ø  He is longsuffering vs. 8 & 9

Ø  His grace removes our sin vs. 10 & 11

Ø  He has taken our sins away never to return. Vs. 12

Ø  He loves us vs. 13

Ø  He knows and understands our weakness. Vs. 14

Ø  His mercies will last forever Vs. 17

Ø  He keeps His promises Vs. 18

Ø  He rules over all things. Vs. 10

 

CONCLUSION: On this Memorial Day Weekend, let us not forget those who have given their lives for our freedom, those who have given their life for our faith and for all the things God have done for us.

 

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