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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY

 

MAY 3, 2015

 

“WHO DO YOU TURN TO IN TIMES OF TROUBLE?”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 8:23-27

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 8:25

 

   And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

 

INTRO: Whenever we read the Bible we must seek to know how the Scripture we are reading fit our life.

 

   What lessons can we learn?

 

   I would like you to use your imagination and vision the following:

 

ü  The boat as you

ü  The sea as your life

ü  The storm as times of difficulties and trials

 

I. THE BENEFITS OF BEING A CHRISTIANS

 

NOTE: We often hear of all the benefits we have when we come to Jesus and accept Him as our Savior.

 

Psalm 103:1-18 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: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever.  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

 

NOTE: There is one benefit that is not listed, one benefit that many think we should have, but we don’t have:

 

   The benefit of being free from troubles and trials

 

Psalm 34:19 (TLB)  The good man does not escape all troubles—he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one.

 

John 16:33 (KJV) These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 

II. WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT

 

NOTE: We are all the creation of God

 

Psalm 139:13-16 (GW) You alone created my inner being. You knitted me together inside my mother. I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this. My bones were not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, when I was being skillfully woven in an underground workshop. Your eyes saw me when I was only a fetus. Every day {of my life} was recorded in your book before one of them had taken place.

 

   Before we were born, God knew all about us.

 

   He knew our strength and our weakness’

 

A.     WE ARE ALL GOING TO THE OTHER SIDE

 

NOTE: Jesus entered the boat first, are we willing to follow Jesus?

 

Matthew 8:23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

 

   It was Jesus’ idea to cross the sea

 

Mark 4:35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.

  

   Jesus has great plans for us

 

Jeremiah 29:11 (GW) I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.

 

   Sometimes His plans include going through storms

 

B.      THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN OUR LIVES DOES NOT KEEP US FROM FACING STORMS

 

Matthew 8:24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

 

NOTE: There are many different kinds of storms

 

Acts 27:43-44 But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land: and the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.

 

o    Physical storms:

 

o    Illness

o    Accidents

 

o    Financial storms

 

o    Loss of job

o    Medical bills

o    Over spending

 

o    Emotional Storms

o    Family problems

o    Deaths

o    Depressions

 

o    Spiritual storms

 

o    Habits

o    Sinful thoughts or action

 

NOTE: If we are Believers and Jesus is in our life, why do we face these storms?

 

III. WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE ARE FACING A STORM?

 

            A. DO WE QUESTION JESUS’ LOVE OR CONCERN?

 

Mark 4:38 (KJV) And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

 

            B. ARE WE FILLED WITH FEAR?

 

Matthew 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

 

NOTE: Much faith, little fear: little faith, much fear.

 

            C. DO WE TURN TO JESUS?

 

Matthew 8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

 

NOTE: Jesus was asleep, he was not afraid

 

CONCLUSION: If Jesus is in our boat and He is directing us across the sea of life, we have nothing to fear.

 

   Some years ago, an officer in the army, who was a pious man, was drafted abroad with his regiment. He accordingly embarked, with his wife and children. They had not been many days at sea when a violent storm arose, which threatened the destruction of the ship, and the loss of all their lives. Consternation and terror prevailed among the crew and passengers; his wife also was greatly alarmed. In the midst of all, he was perfectly calm and composed: his wife, observing this, began to upbraid him with want of affection to her and her children, urging, that if he was not concerned for his own safety, he ought to be for theirs. He made no reply, but immediately left the cabin, to which he returned in a short time with his drawn sword in his hand, and with a stern countenance pointed it to her breast; but she, smiling, did not appear at all disconcerted or afraid. “What!” said he, “are you not afraid when a drawn sword is at your breast? No,” she answered, “not when I know that it is in the hand of one who loves me.” “And would you have me,” replied he, “to be afraid of this storm and tempest, when I know it is in the hand of my heavenly Father, who loves me?”

 

MAY 17, 2015

 

“WHAT CAN I DO? I’M JUST A NOBODY”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: JUDGES 6:11-15

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Philippians 4:13

 

   I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 

INTRO:            Have you ever been asked to do something that you felt totally inadequate to do?

 

   Israel was facing times of terrible difficulties

 

Judges 6:1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

 

   God had brought them into the land of promise but they had failed to keep His commandments.

 

Judges 6:7-10 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites, that the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; and I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; and I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.  

 

   America is facing the same situation as Israel was

 

   God sent Israel a deliverer

 

I. THE CALL INTO SERVICE

 

NOTE: God does not call into service the same way we may call

 

   A. THE CALL OF DAVID

 

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

 

Ø  Samuel’s choice was not God’s choice

 

NOTE: God choice for service is not based on physical appearance but rather on the spiritual condition of the heart

 

Ø  God’s choice was the one most unlikely

 

1 Samuel 16:11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.

 

   David was MORE like an afterthought by his father

 

   B. THE CALL OF GIDEON

 

Ø  Israel was in a desperate situation

 

Judges 6:2-6 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds. And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD.

 

Ø  Israel needed a military genius, God sent them a farmer

 

Judges 6:11-15 And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.

 

NOTE: God did not send someone who was highly qualified in themselves

 

Ø  Gideon was concerned about what was happening

 

   Are we concerned about what is happening in our church and in America?

 

Ø  Gideon wanted God to bring deliverance 

 

   Do we want the Spirit of God to move in our church and in our community?

 

Ø  Gideon did not expect God to use him

 

NOTE: Gideon was humble and did not think he was qualified to be used of God to deliver Israel

 

Judges 6:16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.

 

   God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called

 

Zechariah 4:6 (TLB) Then he said, "This is God’s message to Zerubbabel: ’Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty—you will succeed because of my Spirit, though you are few and weak.’

 

Ø  Gideon sought to make sure it was God calling him not his own desire

 

ILL: The farmer called into the ministry

 

o    He first sought to make sure is was God calling him

 

Judges 6:17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me.

 

o    He sought to make sure God was going to give him victory

 

Judges 6:36-40 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.

 

NOTE: Today we have the Word of God to guide us

 

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

 

CONCLUSION: Today our church is in need of those who are willing to get involved in reaching Onalaska for Christ.

 

   Today our nation is in need of those who are willing to stand for the cause of Christ in the face of those who would oppose Him.

 

MAY 24, 2015

 

“LEST WE FORGET”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 78:1-11

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalms 78:7 (NLT)


   So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.

 

INTRO: This weekend we are celebrating Memorial Day, yet I am sure that there is a large number of people who will celebrate this weekend and never once thinking of those who have given their lives that they might enjoy their freedom.

 

   God warned the Children of Israel the danger of forgetting.

 

Deuteronomy 8:19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.

 

NOTE: As Americans we need to remember those who have given us the freedom we enjoy today

 

  • The founders of our Country

  • Those that have served in the military

 

NOTE: As Christians I would like to encourage us to remember three things.

 

v  Remembering from what we have been delivered.

v  Remembering our Christian heritage.

v  Remembering the one who made it all possible.

 

I.  REMEMBERING FROM WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DELIVERED.

 

NOTE: We often forget that before we accepted Jesus as our Savior we were lost sinners bound for eternity in Hell.

 

   A.  A LIFE OF SIN.

Romans 3:23 (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

 

NOTE: By remembering the sin we have been delivered from helps us to be more compassionate with those who have not yet accepted God’s Grace.

 

   B.  REMEMBER THE HOPELESSNESS OF OUR LIFE OF SIN.

 

NOTE:  In our life of sin our hope was based on what we possessed not Whom we possessed.

 

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

 

1 John 1:10 (KJV) If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

   C.  REMEMBER WHERE WE WERE HEADED BEFORE GRACE.

 

Ezekiel 18:4b (GW) The person who sins will die.

 

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

 

II. REMEMBERING OUR CHRISTIAN HERITAGE.

 

HEBREWS 11

 

NOTE: As we consider our Salvation there are many contributing factor that brought us to where we are now and that allow us to worship God as we do now.

 

   A.  OUR PERSONAL HERITAGE.

 

   As I look back at my Christian heritage there are many people that have had a great part of my spiritual life.

 

v  My mother

v  The church I grew up in

v  My Biblical training

v  The unknown black lady who spoke words of encouragement

v  The Chaplains and friends in the Army

v  Pastor friends

v  Members of the different congregations which I served

v  My family

 

      B.  OUR COLLECTIVE HERITAGE.

 

v  Biblical saints

v  Historical saints

 

o   Those who help form our Theology

o   Those who help develop our Bible

o   Those who help form our denomination

o   Those who have pastored this church

o   Those who help build this church

o   Those who have served in this church as members of the congregation

 

III REMEMBERING THE ONE WHO MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE

 

   A. THERE IS DANGER IN FORGETTING IT IS GOD WHO GIVES

        US VICTORY  

 

ILL: When Asa failed to remember God deliverance in the past

 

2 Chronicles 16:7-8 (KJV) And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand. Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.

 

   B. WE ARE TO MEDITATE ON GOD AND WHO HE IS.

 

Psalm 63:6 (KJV) When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

 

   C. WE ARE TO REMEMBER ALL HE HAS DONE FOR US.

 

Psalm 103:2-4 (KJV) Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

 

   D.  WE ARE NEVER TO FORGET THE CROSS AND WHAT JESUS

         DID FOR US.

 

1 Corinthians 15:2-4 (KJV) By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For 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 scriptures:

 

Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV) Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

 

CONCLUSION: Let us remember our political freedom we have every time we see our flag

 

   Let us remember our spiritual freedom we have every time we receive Communion.

 

1 Corinthians 11:23-25 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

 

MAY 31, 2015

 

“HAVING THE SPIRIT OF BARNABAS”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: ACTS 11:22-30

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Acts 9:27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.

 

INTRO: Outside of Jesus, who of the Biblical people would think you could pattern your life after?

 

·         The Faith of Abraham

·         The courage of Esther

·         The patience of Job

·         The endurance of Paul

 

   When people look for a spiritual leaders to pattern their life after, most of the time Barnabas is not considered.

 

   We may not have the talents and gifts to be some of the great men and women of the Bible, but we can pattern our life after the life of Barnabas

 

NOTE: Who is Barnabas and what are his characteristics we can seek to pattern our lives after?

 

   He was a Levite from the island of Cyprus and an early disciple of Jesus

 

   What are the characteristics of Barnabas we can follow?

 

1.     BARNABAS’ GENEROSITY:

 

Acts 4:36-37 (GW) Joseph, a descendant of Levi, had been born on the island of Cyprus. The apostles called him Barnabas, which means “a person who encourages.” He had some land. He sold it and turned the money over to the apostles.

 

NOTE: He gave himself, his property; he gave his all to the service of Jesus.

 

   He held nothing back: are we willing to give our all to God?

 

NOTE: Compare the spirit of Barnabas to the spirit of Ananias & Sapphira.

 

Acts 5:1-2 (NKJV) But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles' feet.

 

2.     HE BEFRIENDED AND INTERCEDED FOR SAUL.

 

Acts 9:26-27 (NLT) When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer! Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them that Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus.

 

NOTE: Barnabas was willing to stand up for someone who was rejected by others.

 

3.     COMMISSIONED BY THE CHURCH TO GO TO ANTIOCH

 

Acts 11:20-23 (NLT) However, some of the believers who went to Antioch from Cyprus and Cyrene began preaching to the Gentiles about the Lord Jesus. The power of the Lord was with them, and a large number of these Gentiles believed and turned to the Lord. When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw this evidence of God’s blessing, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord.

 

NOTE: Had gained great respect with the apostles

 

4.     BARNABAS WENT TO TARSUS IN SEARCH OF PAUL

 

Acts 11:25-26 (NLT) Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul. When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.)

 

   They stayed teaching and preaching Jesus for about a year.

 

5.     SEPARATED BY THE HOLY GHOST WITH SAUL AND JOHN MARK TO PREACH TO THE GENTILES

 

Acts 13:2-5 (NLT) One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way. So Barnabas and Saul were sent out by the Holy Spirit. They went down to the seaport of Seleucia and then sailed for the island of Cyprus. There, in the town of Salamis, they went to the Jewish synagogues and preached the word of God. John Mark went with them as their assistant.

 

6.     BARNABAS HUMILITY

 

Acts 13:9 (NLT) Saul, also known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he looked the sorcerer in the eye.

 

NOTE: At the changing of Saul’s name to Paul. The role of Barnabas changed. He was willing to step aside and allow Paul to be the spokesman.

 

7.     JOHN MARK LEAVES BARNABAS AND PAUL.

 

Acts 13:13-14 (NLT) Paul and his companions then left Paphos by ship for Pamphylia, landing at the port town of Perga. There John Mark left them and returned to Jerusalem. But Paul and Barnabas traveled inland to Antioch of Pisidia. On the Sabbath they went to the synagogue for the services.

 

8.     PAUL AND BARNABAS LED MANY TO FOLLOW CHRIST.

 

Acts 13:43 (NLT) Many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, and the two men urged them to continue to rely on the grace of God.

Acts 13:48-49 (NLT) When the Gentiles heard this, they were very glad and thanked the Lord for his message; and all who were chosen for eternal life became believers. So the Lord’s message spread throughout that region.

 

9. HE WAS WILLING TO FACE PERSECUTION

 

Acts 13:50 (NLT) Then the Jews stirred up the influential religious women and the leaders of the city, and they incited a mob against Paul and Barnabas and ran them out of town.

 

Acts 14:1a (NLT) The same thing happened in Iconium.

 

10.  PAUL & BARNABAS SENT TO JERUSALEM

 

Acts 15:1-2 (NIV) Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers: "Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved." This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question.

 

Acts 15:12 (NIV) The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them.

 

11. PAUL AND BARNABAS PART OVER JOHN MARK

 

Acts 15:36-40 (NIV) Sometime later Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing." Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.

 

NOTE: It seems that Barnabas work was over as he is never mentioned again.

 

NOTE: Barnabas saw the potential in John Mark and was willing to spend time and effort in mentoring John Mark until he was useful to Paul.

 

2 Timothy 4:11 (NIV)  Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.

 

Philemon 1:23-24 (NIV) Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.

 

CONCLUSION: Without the ministry of Barnabas, would the Gospel of Mark been written?

 

   We all can have the spirit of Barnabas

 

 

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