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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2016

FEBRUARY 2016 SERMONS

FEBRUARY 7, 2016

 “A TIME FOR REMEMBERING”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I CORINTHIANS 11:23-32

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Corinthians 11:26

 

   For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. 

 

INTRO: How good is your memory?

 

ILL: Two men talking about a memory class.

 

   Too often we remember the things we should forget and forget the things we should remember.

 

   When we come to the Communion Table it should be a time for remembering.

 

   What are the things we should be remembering when we come to the Communion Table?

 

I.      REMEMBERING THE PASSOVER

 

NOTE: It was during the Passover that Jesus introduced the Communion Table.

 

NOTE: The Children of Israel had been held as slaves in Egypt for 430 years

 

   Throughout the Scriptures, Egypt has been a symbol of the world and the enslavement of sin.

 

   The Passover is a reminder to us how God delivers Israel from Egypt

 

   A. A LAMB WITHOUT ANY FLAWS

 

Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

 

   B. THE LAMB’S BLOOD HAD TO BE PUT UPON THE SIDES AND TOP OF THE DOOR POSTS.

 

Exodus 12:7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

 

Exodus 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

 

   C. THEY WERE TO EAT BREAD WITHOUT LEAVEN (YEAST)

 

Exodus 12:20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.

 

II.    REMEMBERING THE COMMUNION TABLE

 

NOTE: The Communion Table shows to us the dual nature of Jesus.

 

Isaiah 9:6a For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…

 

   The instruction for the observance of the Communion Table was given to Paul by Jesus Himself.

 

1 Corinthians 11:23 (KJV) 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:

 

   A. THE BREAD

 

1 Corinthians 11:24 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.    

 

NOTE: Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of Me”

 

   The bread speaks of His humanity (a Child is born)

 

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

 

   We need to remember that Jesus was a man and face the same things we face.

 

Hebrews 2:14 Since all of these sons and daughters have flesh and blood, Jesus took on flesh and blood to be like them. He did this so that by dying he would destroy the one who had power over death (that is, the devil).

 

   Even though Jesus took on human form and nature, He did not sin

 

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 

   Jesus is the Living Bread, Bread without leaven (sin), the Bread of Life.

 

John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

 

   B. THE BLOOD

 

1 Corinthians 11:25 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.

 

   The blood speaks of Jesus Deity (a Son is given)

 

   We must remember that Jesus is the Son of God

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

NOTE: It is not through the blood of animals we have redemption but through the blood of Jesus Christ.

 

Hebrews 9:11-12 (TLB) He came as High Priest of this better system that we now have. He went into that greater, perfect tabernacle in heaven, not made by men nor part of this world, and once for all took blood into that inner room, the Holy of Holies, and sprinkled it on the mercy seat; but it was not the blood of goats and calves. No, he took his own blood, and with it he, by himself, made sure of our eternal salvation.

 

III.   HOW SHOULD WE APPROACH THE COMMUNION TABLE?

 

NOTE: The Communion Table should not be taken lightly.

 

   A, WE ARE TO COME IN SINCERITY AND HUMILITY

 

NOTE: When we come to the Communion Table we must first examine ourselves to see if there is any sin

 

1 Corinthians 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

 

   B. WE ARE TO COME WITH A SPIRIT OF GRATITUDE

 

Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 

 

   Whenever we partake in Communion we should remember how Jesus has saved us and given a new life in Him.

 

Colossians 1:12-14 (NIV) giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 

   C. WE ARE TO COME IN THE SPIRIT OF UNITY

 

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

CONCLUSION: The Communion Table is a very special time of remembering.

 

FEBRUARY 14, 2016

 

THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I KINGS 16:29-33

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 62:11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

 

INTRO: The purpose of these stories is to show us how the Children of God either obeyed God or turned from God and following the way of Satan.

 

   They also show to us the consequences of their choices

 

   Hopefully we will lean the lessons God is teaching us

 

I. THE INTRODUCTION OF BAAL

 

NOTE: Ahab became the seventh king of Israel.

 

   He was a wicked and evil king that led Israel deeper into idolatry

 

1 Kings 16:30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him.

 

   All the other sins of Ahab are consider as light comparied to the following two. 

 

1 Kings 16:31 (GW) It wasn't enough that he committed the same sins as Jeroboam (Nebat's son). He also married Jezebel, daughter of King Ethbaal of Sidon. Ahab then served and worshiped Baal.

 

1.    Ahab married Jezebel

 

   Jezebel was the daughter of king Ethbaal, a priest of Baal

 

   She was not content to worship Baal herself, but sought to turn Israel into Baal worshipers and to drive out any who worshiped Jehovah.

 

2.    Through Jezebel Ahab introduced Baal worship into Israel.

 

   Ahab built two temples of worship for Baal, one in Samaria, with 450 priests, and one in Jezreel with 400 priests

 

1 Kings 16:32-33 (GW) He built the temple of Baal in Samaria and set up an altar there. Ahab made poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah. He did more to make the LORD God of Israel furious than all the kings of Israel who came before him.

 

II. THE INTRODUCTION OF ELIJAH

 

NOTE: The Bible is silent about Elijah’s history before Ahab

 

   He was the mightiest of the prophets

 

   He burst on the scene abruptly to oppose Ahab and the prophets of Baal

 

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

 

   This year is the year of the Olympics

 

   Many different events will held to see which country has the best athletes

 

   There was a contest between God and Baal to see which one was the True God.

 

1. God kept it from raining for three and a half years.

 

NOTE: Baal was thought to be the god of fertility, the god who controlled the rain and the dew, the crops and the harvest of the fields, and gave man the strength to work and produce with his hands.[1]

 

2. God provided food and water to Elijah

 

·         He was fed by ravens for a period of time

 

1 Kings 17:2-4 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

 

   Have you ever wondered what the food was like that the ravens brought?

 

·         He was sent to widow of Zarephath

I KINGS 17;8-16

 

1 Kings 17:8-9 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.

 

   Two things to note here:

 

a.    The obedience of Elijah

b.    The faith of the widow

 

   God provided enough bread and oil for each day

 

Exodus 16:18-19 And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating. And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning. 

 

Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

 

·         He raised the son of the widow I KINGS 17:17-24

 

1 Kings 17:21-22 (KJV) And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again. And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.

 

III. THE PRAYER CONTEST: I KINGS 18:17-40

 

NOTE: Ahab blamed Elijah for all the trouble

 

1 Kings 18:17-18 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.

 

   Elijah set forth a challenge to Israel and the prophets of Baal

 

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

 

   A. THE PROPHETS OF BAAL

 

·         Prayed from morning until noon

·         Elijah mocked them from noon to the evening sacrifice

 

1 Kings 18:27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. 

 

·         Baal failed to answerer their prayers

 

   B. ELIJAH’S TURN I Kings 18:30-38

 

·         He rebuilt the Altar

·         Placed the wood and sacrifice on the Altar

·         Dug a ditch around the Altar

·         Poured12 barrels of water on the Altar

 

NOTE: Elijah’s prayer of 63 words.  I Kings 18:36b-37  LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.  Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

 

·         God answered Elijah’s prayer

·         All 850 prophets of Baal were slayed

 

   C. ELIJAH PRAYED FOR RAIN I KINGS 18:41-46

 

NOTE: It took Elijah praying seven times before the rain came

 

CONCLUSION: Kings Ahab and Israel had a decision to make, serve God or serve Baal, they chose Baal

 

   Who are you going to choose?

 

FEBRUARY 21, 2016

 

WHEN YOU FEEL ALL ALONE

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I KINGS 19:1-14

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Romans 11:3

 

   Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

 

INTRO: Have you ever felt alone?

 

   There are those who enjoy being alone physically, but it’s different when we are alone spiritually and emotionally.

 

   When people feel alone they feel abandon.

 

   They become discouraged and depressed.

 

   This can lead to drugs, alcohol and even suicide

 

   The feeling of being alone often comes when things fall apart around us.

 

·         Loss of job

·         Terminal illness

·         Death of a loved one

·         Disappointment of expectation

·         A broken relationship

 

I. ELIJAH FELT ALL ALONE

 

NOTE: Elijah felt all alone after a great victory

 

   He took his eyes of God and looked to himself

 

1 Kings 19:10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

 

   A. ELIJAH’S VICTORY I Kings 18:17-46

 

·         He had prayed and it didn’t rain for 3 ½ years

·         He challenged the prophets of Baal to a prayer contest

·         God answered his prayer with fire

·         He killed 850 prophets of Baal

·         He prayed and it rained.

 

   B. ELIJAH FEEL’S ALL ALONE

 

·         Jezebel promises to have Elijah killed by the next day

 

1 Kings 19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.

 

·         Elijah flees for his life

 

1 Kings 19:3 (NIV) Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there,

 

NOTE: Fear can make us feel all alone

 

Psalm 13:1-2 How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? Forever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

 

·         Elijah asks God to take his life

 

1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

 

NOTE: Have you ever ask God to let you die?

 

·         Elijah lies down to die

 

1 Kings 19:5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree…

 

   Elijah expected God to answer this third prayer and He did to his first two prayers.

 

II. GOD RESPONDS TO ELIJAH’S REQUEST

 

   A. HE SENDS AN ANGEL TO FEED HIM

 

1 Kings 19:5 … behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.

 

NOTE: God used three different means to feed Elijah, first a Raven, then a widow and now an angel

 

1 Kings 19:6-8 And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

 

   Was this the first Angel Food Cake?

 

NOTE: There are twelve times forty days are mentioned, four of them have to do with fasting.

 

   B. GOD SPEAKS TO ELIJAH

 

1 Kings 19:9 (GW) There he went into a cave and spent the night. Then the LORD spoke his word to Elijah. He asked, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

 

NOTE: When we are feeling all alone God asks us the same question.

 

·         God called Elijah to come out of the cave, his hiding place

 

1 Kings 19:11-12 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

 

   We often expect God to answer or need is some spectacular way

 

·         God was not in the wind

·         God was not in the earthquake

·         God was not in the fire

   God spoke peace and instruction to Elijah in a small still voice.

 

   C. GOD GAVE ELIJAH THREE TASKS TO DO

 

·         Anoint Hazael to be king of Syria

·         Anoint Jehu king of Israel

·         Anoint Elisha as your successor

 

NOTE: When we get busy doing the work of God we will soon no longer feel alone.

 

   D. GOD TOLD ELIJAH HE WAS NOT ALONE

 

1 Kings 19:18 (KJV) Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

 

CONCLUSION: There will be times when we feel all alone and that even God has left us.

 

   We must prepare ourselves for these times by putting our trust in God no matter what.

 

Habakkuk 3:16-19 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops. Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

 

FEBRUARY 28, 2016

 

ARE WE LIMITING GOD?”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I KINGS 20:22-27

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Jeremiah 32:17 (BBE)


   Ah Lord God! see, you have made the heaven and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm, and there is nothing you are not able to do:

 

INTRO: The story of King Ahab and King Ben-ha-dad of Syria.

 

   King Ben-ha-dad came with a large army against Israel and King Ahab.

 

   God gave Israel a great victory against Syria.

 

   King Ben-ha-dad made a tactical mistake when he was convinced that God’s power was limited to the mountains.

 

   Once again God gave Israel a great victory over Syria but Ahab allowed total victory to slip through his hands.

 

   We expect this kind of thinking from unbelievers

 

   Often times Believers make the same mistake by limiting God in their lives.

 

I. WHEN DO WE LIMIT GOD IN OUR LIVES?

 

   A. WHEN WE THING THE PROBLEM IS TOO BIG

 

NOTE: This problem arises when we know about God but do not know God.

 

·         The Children of Israel entering into the Promise Land

 

Numbers 13:31-33 (GW) But the men who had gone with him said, “We can't attack those people! They're too strong for us!” So they began to spread lies among the Israelites about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored is one that devours those who live there. All the people we saw there are very tall. We saw Nephilim there. (The descendants of Anak are Nephilim.) We felt as small as grasshoppers, and that's how we must have looked to them.”

 

·         The official who doubted God ability to supply food

 

2 Kings 7:1-2 (NLT) Elisha replied, “Listen to this message from the LORD! This is what the LORD says: By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, five quarts of choice flour will cost only one piece of silver, and ten quarts of barley grain will cost only one piece of silver.” The officer assisting the king said to the man of God, “That couldn’t happen even if the LORD opened the windows of heaven!” But Elisha replied, “You will see it happen with your own eyes, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!”

 

   B. WHEN WE THINK THE PROBLEM IS TOO SMALL

 

NOT: We fail to allow God to be involved when we think that God is not concerned with trivial matters.

   

Luke 12:6-7 (TLB) "What is the price of five sparrows? A couple of pennies? Not much more than that. Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And he knows the number of hairs on your head! Never fear, you are far more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows.

 

   We often think this is too small to bother God with

 

   It’s the little problems that left neglected turn into big problems

 

   Little decision made can have great consequences

 

Song of Songs 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

 

   When we fail to get God involved in the little things in our life we open ourselves to Satan’s destruction

 

II. THREE REASONS HOW WE LIMIT GOD

 

1.    LACK OF FAITH

 

NOTE: Our faith or the lack of it, determines how much we allow God to work in our life

 

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

 

   It is possible to be a Christian and struggle with our faith

 

Matthew 17:19-20 (ASV) Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast it out? And he saith unto them, Because of your little faith: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

 

Matthew 13:58 (GW He didn't work many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

 

   The more we know God, a personal relationship, the greater our faith will be.

 

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

   What good are love letters if left unopened?

 

2.    LACK OF TRUST

 

NOTE: When we lack faith in God power we will lack trust in Him during difficult times.

 

   We limit the power of God in our lives when we fail to trust Him.

 

   God is the only one we can trust and not be ashamed

 

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

 

   Trusting God means allowing Him to work things out in His own way and in His own time

Psalm 37:5 (KJV) Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

 

3.    LACK OF OBEDIENCE

 

NOTE: When we lack faith and trust it will always lead to disobedience

 

Isaiah 48:18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:

 

NOTE: Disobedience will always keep us from experiencing God’s blessings

 

Isaiah 28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

 

   Why do people think they can disobey God and still expect His blessings?

 

Isaiah 59:1-2 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.

 

CONCLUSION: Let us be as the disciples and ask God to increase our Faith so that we will trust Him and live in obedience to His will and live in victory

 

Luke 17:5 (NLT) The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.”

 

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 



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

 

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