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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH

MARCH  2016 SERMONS

 

MARCH  6, 2016

 

LIFTING JESUS HIGHER

  

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 5:1-12

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: JOHN 12:32

 

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

 

INTRO:  We live in a dying world that is filled with pain and sorrow and headed to hell, and the Church offers the only hope they have.

 

JEREMIAH 8:20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.

 

   Are we as individuals or as a church concerned about those who are dying without Christ?

 

PROVERBS 24:11-12 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

 

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.

 

   It is the Churches privilege to point the souls of those who are lost, to a living Savior.

 

   Jesus said, And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

 

   The question is; “How do we, as Christians, the Church, lift up Jesus so the world can see Him and come to know Him as their Lord and Savior?”

 

   I believe that the Sermon on the Mount reveals the Christian life, that God expects us to live, in a nutshell.

 

   In the Beatitudes, Jesus shows to us the characteristics that God expects each Christian to possess.

 

   In the verses from Matthew 5:17, through Matthew 7:27 Jesus reveal how God expects a Christian to conduct themselves in this world.

 

   Sandwiched in between, is the mission that Jesus has given the Church in order to lift Him up.

 

Matthew 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 

   Christians, the Church, is often the only Bible the world reads.

 

   It is our character and how we conduct ourselves in our daily lives, that ether lifts up Jesus and draws men to Him, or drags Him in the dirt and turn hearts away from Him.

 

   I want us today to consider the characteristics of a True Christian, and how we life up Jesus to a lost and dying world.

 

I.  THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A TRUE CHRISTIAN.

 

NOTE:  Not only does the Beatitudes reveal the true characteristics of a Christian but they also show a progression in the Christian’s walk.

 

   We do not reach Christian maturity at the time we are born again, but as we walk with God, read His Word and spend time in His presences we begin to grow into the mature Christian that God wants us to be.

MATTHEW 5:3-12 (GW)

 

Blessed are those who recognize they are spiritually helpless.

 

The kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

 

JEREMIAH 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.

 

Blessed are those who mourn.

 

They will be comforted.

 

PSALM 126:5-6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.  He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

 

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?

 

Blessed are those who are gentle.

 

They will inherit the earth.

 

EPHESIANS 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for God's approval.

They will be satisfied.

 

1 CHRONICLES 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

 

Blessed are those who show mercy.

            They will be treated mercifully.

 

MICAH 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

 

JAMES 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

 

Blessed are those whose thoughts are pure.

 

           They will see God.

 

PHILIPPIANS 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 

Blessed are those who make peace.

 

            They will be called God's children.

 

HEBREWS 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

 

Blessed are those who are persecuted for doing what God approves of. 

 

          The kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

 

   Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, lie, and say all kinds of evil things about you because of me.

 

   Rejoice and be glad because you have a great reward in heaven!  The prophets who lived before you were persecuted in these ways.

 

NOTE: When we live the godly life that God wants us to live we will face persecution and often it will come from “Fellow Believers” who are unwilling to live a godly life themselves.

CONCLUSION: Are we willing to pay the cost it takes to live the Christian life that lifts Jesus higher?

 

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

 

MARCH 13, 2016

 

TRUE AND FALSE WORSHIP

 

SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 7:36-50

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 4:23-24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

 

INTRO: Jesus was anointed three times during His ministry:

 

·         By His Father at His Baptism

·         By a sinful woman at the beginning of His ministry

·         By Mary just before His death

 

I. THE ANOINTING OF JESUS BY HIS FATHER.

 

John 1:32-34 (KJV) And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

 

·         The acknowledgment of Jesus as His Son

 

Luke 3:21-22 (KJV) Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

 

II. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRUE AND FALSE WORSHIP.

 

NOTE: Not everyone who claims to be a Christian worship God in Spirit and Truth.

 

   It is in the two anointing’s by the woman; we see the examples of True and False Worship.

 

   A. THE TRUE WORSHIP OF THE SINFUL WOMAN

 

The woman Luke 7:36-38 (GW) One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to eat with him. Jesus went to the Pharisee's house and was eating at the table. A woman who lived a sinful life in that city found out that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house. So she took a bottle of perfume and knelt at his feet. She was crying and washed his feet with her tears. Then she dried his feet with her hair, kissed them over and over again, and poured the perfume on them.

 

NOTE: It is the altitude of the heart that determines if we worship in Truth or if our worship is false.

 

1.    True worship involves humility

 

Matthew 5:3 (GW) Blessed are those who recognize they are spiritually helpless. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

 

o   She knew she was a sinner

o   She was willing to experience the rejection of the religious leaders

o   She recognized Jesus as one who would accept her without reservation

 

2.    True worship involves repentance

 

NOTE: When she acknowledged her sin and came into the presence of Jesus she was filled with sorrow and regret

 

Matthew 5:4 (GW) Blessed are those who mourn. They will be comforted.

 

2 Corinthians 7:10 (NLT) For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

 

3.    True worship comes from a heart of love.

 

Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

 

NOTE: She revealed her love for Jesus in several ways

 

1.     She approached Jesus without fear of rejection

 

1 John 4:17-18 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

 

2.     She was willing to make a public display of her love.

 

Romans 2:29 (NIV)  No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man's praise is not from men, but from God.

 

   She was not concerned with the rejection or acceptance of man

 

o    Washing Jesus’ feet with her tears

o    Wiping Jesus’ feet with her hair

 

3.     She demonstrated her gratitude and joy

 

NOTE: Her sorrow for sin committed was mingled with the joy of forgiveness

 

   Her love and gratefulness was demonstrated through her gift

  

   B. THE FALSE WORSHIP OF THE PHARISEE

 

Luke 7:39-47 (NIV) When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is--that she is a sinner." Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." "Tell me, teacher," he said. "Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?" Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled." "You have judged correctly," Jesus said. Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven--for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."

 

·         He failed to recognize Jesus for who He was

 

Luke 7:39 (NIV) When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is--that she is a sinner." 

 

   Many today call themselves Christians but fail to acknowledge Jesus and Savior and the Son of God.

 

NOTE: He failed to offer the common courtesy to Jesus

 

·         He failed to see the woman as a child of God

 

   He failed to have concern for those who were bound by sin

 

·         He failed to see himself as a sinner needing Salvation

 

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.

 

CONCLUSION: 1 Chronicles 16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

 

MARCH 20, 2016

 

WHO IS THIS

 

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 21:1-11

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 21:10 

 

    And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?

 

INTRO: The city of Jerusalem was in an uproar

 

   Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was greatly misunderstood

 

·         The Romans feared that a popular uprising might be in the making.

·         The Herodians, who were the Jewish ruling party, feared they would be overthrown and lose their power.

·         The Pharisees were filled with new depths of envy and malice.

·         The common people were convinced that their day of liberation had finally arrived in Jesus of Nazareth

 

   The world has its opinion of who Jesus is, the question that we must answer is, “Who is Jesus to us”?


Matthew 16:15 (NIV) "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"

 

I. WHO IS JESUS?

 

·         He is the Son of God

 

Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 

NOTE: Peter’s confession is the foundation of our Faith, if we fail to believe that Jesus is the Son of God our Faith is in vain.

 

Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

1 John 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

 

·         He is the Sacrificial Lamb of God

 

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

NOTE: Jesus is the only acceptable sacrifice.

 

Acts 4:12 (GW) No one else can save us. Indeed, we can be saved only by the power of the one named Jesus and not by any other person.”

 

·         He is God’s gift to a fallen world

 

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.

 

1 John 3:1-3 (KJV) Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

 

·         He is our forgiving Savior

 

Psalm 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

 

·         He is the searching Shepherd

 

Ezekiel 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

 

Luke 15:4 (KJV) What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

 

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost

 

John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep… I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

 

·         He is the welcoming Father.

 

Luke 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

 

John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

 

NOTE: No matter how much we have sinned, when we come to Jesus He will always welcome us

 

·         He is our understanding High Priest

 

Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 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. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 

NOTE: Jesus intercedes on our behalf before the Father.

 

   He understands what we are going through because He went through it before us.

 

   He knows that we are human and have weakness

 

Psalm 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

 

·         He is the safe hiding place

 

Isaiah 32:2 (TLB) He will shelter Israel from the storm and wind. He will refresh her as a river in the desert and as the cooling shadow of a mighty rock within a hot and weary land.

 

Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

 

Psalm 31:20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

 

Psalm 32:7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

 

·         He is our anchor in times of trouble

 

Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

 

Isaiah 43:1-3 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 called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be 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. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

 

CONCLUSION: The more we believe who Jesus is, the stronger is our Faith and it’s our Faith in Jesus that will keep us during the trials and difficulties of life.

 

MARCH 27, 2016

 

THE MESSAGE OF THE EMPTY TOMB

 

SCRIPTURE READING: HEBREWS 9:1-14

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 20:17


   Jesus saith 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 to my God, and your God.

 

INTRO: Mary had come to the tomb only to find it empty.

 

   She ran and told Peter and John who also came to the empty tomb.

 

   After they left Mary stayed and met Jesus not knowing who He was.

 

   What does the empty tomb say to you?

 

ILL: What Was In Jeremy’s Egg?

 

   There are many people today who are celebrating the empty tomb while not understanding its message.

 

   To properly understand the message of the empty tomb, and share it with others, we must first know the work of the cross.

 

I. THE WORK OF THE CROSS

 

1.     Before the Cross

 

NOTE: Until the cross the only way sins could be forgiven was through the blood of animals and the work of the priest.

 

o    The animal sacrificed had to be perfect

 

o    There was only one place the sacrifice could be made

 

NOTE: Everything took place in the Tabernacle and later in the temple

 

o    Only the priest could present the sacrifice

 

NOTE: Our coming to church, our singing, our offering, our membership or  our service is like when the Priest entered into the Holy Place every day, they cannot remove guilt or sin or make a person acceptable to God.

 

o    Only once a year could the priest enter into the Holy of Holies

 

Hebrews 9:6-8 (KJV) Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:

 

2.     The Cross opened the door into the Holy of Holies

 

NOTE: When Jesus died the veil in the temple between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies was torn in two.

 

Matthew 27:50-51 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

 

   Not only was the veil of the Temple rent into, so was the veil in Heaven making access to the Father

 

Hebrews 9:24 (NIV) For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence.

 

II. THE MESSAGE OF THE EMPTY TOMB

 

NOTE: The work of redemption has been completed

 

Hebrews 9:11-12 (NIV) When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.

 

NOTE: The message of the empty tomb is three-fold

 

1.     The payment for sin has been made and accepted

 

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NIV) For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

 

Hebrews 2:9 (NIV) But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

 

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

 

2.     The power of death has been broken

 

1 Corinthians 15:54b-57 Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Revelation 1:17b-18 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

 

NOTE: Jesus has taken the keys to hell and death away from Satan

 

3.     Jesus has made a way into the Holy of Holies

 

NOTE: We now have access into the Holy of Holies, the presence of God

 

Hebrews 10:20 (TLB) This is the fresh, new, life-giving way that Christ has opened up for us by tearing the curtain—his human body—to let us into the holy presence of God.

 

NOTE: The message of the empty tomb is that Christ has gone through the veil into the very presence of God so that He could intercede on our behalf.

 

Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

 

Romans 8:34 (TLB) Who then will condemn us? Will Christ? No! For he is the one who died for us and came back to life again for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us there in heaven.

 

CONCLUSION: John 11:25-26 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

 

   Have you taken advantage of the empty tomb?

 

 

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