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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF JULY

 

JULY 5, 2015

 

HE PAID THE DEBT

 

SCRIPTURE READING: ROMANS 7:18-24

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Romans 8:1-2


   There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

 

INTRO: We are all over our heads in debt to sin.

 

   Satan is an evil taskmaster that holds us tight through the debt and power of sin.

 

   No matter how hard we try we cannot rid ourselves of the debt of sin that holds us fast.

 

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

 

Isaiah 64:6 (TLB) We are all infected and impure with sin. When we put on our prized robes of righteousness, we find they are but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves we fade, wither and fall. And our sins, like the wind, sweep us away.

 

   We like Paul cry out; So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Romans 7:24 (TLB)

 

   If we are unable to deliver ourselves from the power of sin, who can?

 

Romans 7:25 (TLB) Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free.

 

I. THE DEBT HAS BEEN PAID

 

1 Peter 1:18-19 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:

 

NOTE: Only a perfect sacrifice would satisfy God’s willingness to forgive us of our sins.

 

2 Corinthians 5:21 (TLB) For God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us!

 

   A. GOD’S REDEMPTION PLAN WAS PUT INTO EFFECT BEFORE

       THE WORLD WAS CREATED

 

NOTE: Even before God said, “Let there be light” the plan of our salvation had been put in motion

 

2 Timothy 1:9 (GW) God saved us and called us to be holy, not because of what we had done, but because of his own plan and kindness. Before the world began, God planned that Christ Jesus would show us God's kindness.

 

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

 

   B. GOD SOUGHT US EVEN WHILE WE WERE SINNERS

 

Romans 5:6-8 (TLB) When we were utterly helpless, with no way of escape, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners who had no use for him. Even if we were good, we really wouldn’t expect anyone to die for us, though, of course, that might be barely possible. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

 

Ephesians 2:5 (TLB)  that even though we were spiritually dead and doomed by our sins, he gave us back our lives again when he raised Christ from the dead—only by his undeserved favor have we ever been saved—

 

II. WE ARE NO LONGER HELD UNDER THE JUDGMENT OF SIN

 

Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

 

NOTE: Before we came to Christ we were held under sin’s condemnation and faced God’s judgment

 

Hebrews 9:27 (TLB) And just as it is destined that men die only once, and after that comes judgment,

 

   A. WE WERE SLAVES TO SIN

 

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

 

   B. JESUS SET US FREE FROM THE POWER OF SIN

 

John 8:36 (NIV) So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

 

   C. WE HAVE BECOME THE SERVANTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

 

Romans 6:18"Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness"

 

NOTE: God gives us the strength and desire to do that which is right instead of that which is wrong

 

   D. WE DO NOT USE OUR LIBERTY AS A LICENSE TO SIN

 

Galatians 5:1 "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage"

 

CONCLUSION: Do not allow Satan to keep living you under the spirit of condemnation

 

Hebrews 9:28 (TLB) so also Christ died only once as an offering for the sins of many people; and he will come again, but not to deal again with our sins. This time he will come bringing salvation to all those who are eagerly and patiently waiting for him.

 

July 12, 2015

 

THE REWARDS OF LOVE AND COMPASSION

 

SCRIPTURE READING: RUTH 1:1-18

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ruth 1:16-17

 

   And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

 

INTRO: Have you ever known someone who has made a bad decision and suffered difficult consequences?

 

   Perhaps this has happen to you?

 

   Often when we make these bad decisions it not affects us but it often affects others.

 

   The story of Ruth is such a story.

 

I. THE BAD DECISIONS IN RUTH

 

NOTE: We often made bad decisions when we are faced with a crisis

 

   A. THE CRISIS THEY WERE IN

 

·         They were living in a corrupt society

 

   Even though they were living in a nation which was supposed to be Godly, the people had turned from God

 

   Israel had collapsed morally, and had become a cesspool of moral corruption and injustice.

 

·         They were faced with a famine

 

   Our country today is faced with a spiritual famine

 

   B. THE BAD DECISION MADE BY ELIMELECH

 

·         He turned to the world (Moab) to fine the solution to the crisis they were in

 

NOTE: When we seek to find the answer to our problems by turning to the world we only make things worst

 

Isaiah 30:1-3 (KJV) Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.

 

   We must be careful that the Church does not turn to the world to find the solution to its problem

 

Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

 

II. THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS DECISION

 

   A. ELIMELECH DIED

 

Ruth 1:3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

 

NOTE: With the death of Elimelech, Naomi was left a widow who had to depend on her two sons.

 

   B. THE SONS MARRIED OUT OF THE FAITH

 

Ruth 1:4 And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.

 

   C. THE DEATH OF NAOMI’S SONS

 

Ruth 1:5 (GW) Then both Mahlon and Chilion died as well. So Naomi was left alone, without her two sons or her husband.

 

   Naomi was left in a foreign country without anyone to care for her

 

III. THE STORY OF GOD’S GRACE

 

Romans 8:28 (GW) We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God—those whom he has called according to his plan.

 

   God is able to take our bad decisions and their consequences and turn them into a blessing

 

   A. NAOMI RETURNS TO BETHLEHEM

 

Ruth 1:6 Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.

 

   B. NAOMI SEEKS TO DISCOURAGE HER DAUGHTER’S IN LAW TO RETURN TO THEIR OWN

       PEOPLE  (Ruth 1:8-13)

 

Ruth 1:8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother's house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.

 

   C. ORPAH RETURNS TO HER FAMILY

 

Ruth 1:14-15 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her. And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.

 

   D. RUTH REFUSES TO RETURN TO HER FAMILY

 

Ruth 1:16-17 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

 

IV. RUTH HAD LOVE AND COMPASSION FOR NAOMI

 

   Ruth was willing to go into a strange land to support her mother-in-law.

 

Galatians 6:1-2 (KJV) Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

 

   How do you react to those who are suffering from bad decisions?

 

   A. RUTH SOUGHT TO SUPPORT NAOMI

 

 Ruth 2:2-3 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter. And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.

 

   B. HER LOVE AND COMPASSION WENT BEFORE HER

 

Ruth 2:11-12 (KJV) And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore. The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

 

   C. RUTH WAS REWARDED FOR HER LOVE AND COMPASSION

 

Ruth 4:13, 21-22 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.  And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, and Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.

 

CONCLUSION: Do we have love and compassion for those suffering who have made bad decisions

 

JULY 190, 2015

 

“THE CRY OF THE BARREN SOUL”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I SAMUEL 1:1-11

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Samuel 1:11 (NRSV)


  
She made this vow: "O LORD of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a nazirite until the day of his death. He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants, and no razor shall touch his head."

 

INTRO: The corruption of society at the time of Samuel’s birth is very similar to the corruption of today’s society

 

   It seems that Satan has control and is set on destroying all that God has created.

 

   Even as it was in the days of Samuel there are those who today who worship God, and long for a fresh out pouring of His Spirit.

 

I. HANNAH WAS BARREN

 

1 Samuel 1:2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

 

   Do you know someone who has never had any children but desperately wanted them?

 

   In the Bible there are many who were barren and longed to give birth to a son.

 

·         Sarah

·         Rebekah

·         Rachel

·         Samson’s mother

·         Hannah

·         Elisabeth

 

   In Hannah days it was considered a curse not to give birth to a male child.

 

Genesis 30:1-2 (TLB) Rachel, realizing she was barren, became envious of her sister. "Give me children or I’ll die," she exclaimed to Jacob. Jacob flew into a rage. "Am I God?" he flared. "He is the one who is responsible for your barrenness."

 

   The pressure in today’s society to bare children is not as it was in the days of the Bible.

 

   A. HANNAH’S SORROW

 

NOTE: There was a division between Hannah and Peninnah

 

1 Samuel 1:6-7 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb. And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.

 

   Hannah is a symbol of the True Church while Peninnah is a symbol of the nominal church

 

·         She felt failure in herself

·         She felt that she had failed Elkanah her husband

 

   B. HANNAH’S ANSWER TO HER NEED

 

NOTE: Hannah’s broken heart drove her to the Tabernacle to seek God’s help.

 

1 Samuel 1:9-10 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.

 

·         Hannah’s request for a man child

·         Hannah’s vow

 

1 Samuel 1:11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.

 

·         Eli the priest misunderstood Hannah’s action

 

   Often time’s people misunderstand and condemn the cry of a broken heart.

 

·         Hannah received confirmation that God would answer her prayer.

 

1 Samuel 1:17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

 

·         God fulfilled His promise and then some.

 

1 Samuel 1:20 (GW) Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel [God Hears], because she said, “I asked the LORD for him.”

 

1 Samuel 2:21 And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.

 

II. THE CRY OF THE BARREN SOUL

 

NOTE: Are we as individuals or as a church concerned with the lack of soul being born into the Kingdom of God?

 

ILL: “Our Daily Bread July 17, 2015 “The Tear of a Teen”

 

   A. WE AS A CHURCH MUST BRING FORTH SOULS

 

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

 

John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

 

   B. GOD WILL HEAR OUR CRY FOR SOULS

 

Psalm 126:5-6 Those who cry while they plant will joyfully sing while they harvest. The person who goes out weeping, carrying his bag of seed, will come home singing, carrying his bundles of grain.

 

   C. GOD HAS PROMISED TO OPEN THE BARREN WOMB

 

Psalm 113:9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.

 

Isaiah 54:1-3 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

 

Galatians 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

 

CONCLUSION: Time is short and we must not put off reaching others for Christ.

 

   We cannot run from our responsibility of seeking the lost.

 

Proverbs 24:11-12 (NRSV) if you hold back from rescuing those taken away to death, those who go staggering to the slaughter; if you say, "Look, we did not know this"— does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it? And will he not repay all according to their deeds?

 

John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

 

Luke 10:2 (KJV) Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

 

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