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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE

JUNE   2016 SERMONS

 

JUNE 5, 2016

 

“WHEN A NATION TURNS AWAY FROM GOD”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: 2 KINGS 6:24-33

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Jeremiah 2:13 s

 

   For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

 

INTRO: We are living in a very difficult time

 

   Satan is launching a full scale attack against the True Believer

 

   There are many indications that we may be living in the last days

 

Ø  The weather

Ø  Earthquakes

Ø  Violence

o   Nationally

o   World wide

Ø  False prophets

Ø  Nations becoming more and more ungodly

 

NOTE: What happens to a nation or to an individual that once followed God and has turned away?

 

   We see the answer in the nation of Israel

 

   At one time they were the recipients of God’s blessings, now they are facing His judgments

 

   Notice that God’s final judgment did not come overnight, but gradually time after time a little harsher each time.

 

I. WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF TURING AWAY FROM GOD

  

1.     There is no moral absolutes (amoral)

 

Psalm 14:1-3 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. (Psalm 53:1-3)

 

   When there is no God, who then decides what is right and wrong?

 

   Only God’s Law is unchanging morality, morality of man is constantly changing 

 

   Man is constantly making excuses why what was sin yesterday is not a sin today

 

Isaiah 5:18-20 (TLB) Woe to those who drag their sins behind them like a bullock on a rope. They even mock the Holy One of Israel and dare the Lord to punish them. "Hurry up and punish us, O Lord," they say. "We want to see what you can do!" They say that what is right is wrong and what is wrong is right; that black is white and white is black; bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.

 

   The greatest fool is the one who believes that God does exist but fails to follow His Word

 

2.     There is no concern for life or death

 

NOTE: The further a nation moves away from God, the less concern they have with life or death.

 

   Man become no different than the animals

 

   There is no value to life

 

   We see this more and more in mass killings; by military, by individuals and through abortion

 

   If they are willing to kill the baby in the womb, there will come a time they will kill the elderly who are no longer profitable

 

   Suicide in on the rise, more die from suicide than homicide

 

   Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in America

 

3.     There is no fear of judgment

 

Psalm 10:4, 6, 11, 13 (TLB) These wicked men, so proud and haughty, seem to think that God is dead. They wouldn’t think of looking for him...They boast that neither God nor man can ever keep them down—somehow they’ll find a way..."God isn’t watching," they say to themselves; "he’ll never know…Why do you let the wicked get away with this contempt for God? For they think that God will never call them to account.

 

   By the time they realize what has happen there is nowhere to turn

 

NOTE: There is no hope for a nation or individual that turns from God, or is there?

 

II. GOD IS MERCIFUL

 

   1. God does not long to destroy the wicked

 

Ezekiel 33:10-11 (NIV) "Son of man, say to the house of Israel, 'This is what you are saying: "Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of them. How then can we live?"' Say to them, 'As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?'

 

NOTE: No matter how much we have sinned or how far we have moved away from God, there is always the way back through the Cross 

 

2. God offers forgiveness to those who repent

 

NOTE: Remember the story of Jonah and Nineveh

 

Psalm 130:3-4 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

 

Micah 7:18-19 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

 

3. There is still hope for America

 

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.

 

   The only cure for sin is the Blood of Jesus Christ

 

NOTE: We must acknowledge our sinfulness

 

1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

CONCLUSION: Let us confess our sins, and the sins of our nation, and seek God’s restoration

 

JUNE 12, 2016

 

“BELIEVE AND RECEIVE, DOUBT AND DO WITHOUT”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: 2 KINGS 7:1-2 & 17-20

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Hebrews 3:12

 

   Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

 

INTRO: Samaria was in serious trouble.

 

   They were under a siege from Syria

 

   An ass head cost $51.20

   A quart of dove’s ding cost $3.20

   They were cannibalizing

 

   It was their disobedience to God that brought on this situation.

 

   The king blamed God.

 

2 Kings 6:33 While Elisha was still saying this, the messenger arrived [followed by the king]. "The Lord has caused this mess," the king stormed. "Why should I expect any help from him?"

  

   Just because we have sinned and are experiencing God’s judgment does not mean that He no longer loves us

 

   This story shows us that in spite of our sinfulness God still longs to bless us

 

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 

   The Word of God tells us, without faith we cannot please God.

 

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

   Our obedience to God is closely tied to our faith in His Word

 

   Our disobedience to God is closely tied to the doubting of His Word

 

   When there is no answer to life’s problems, where do we turn?

 

   They were helpless but not hopeless

 

I. THE PROMISE OF PROSPERITY

 

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

NOTE: While the king was blaming God, Elisha promised that God would give them all they needed.

 

2 Kings 7:1 (TLB) Elisha replied, "The Lord says that by this time tomorrow two gallons of flour or four gallons of barley grain will be sold in the markets of Samaria for a dollar!"

 

2 Kings 6:25 (TLB) As a result there was a great famine in the city, and after a long while even a donkey’s head sold for fifty dollars and a pint of dove’s dung brought three dollars!

 

NOTE: How would you seek to answer this situation?

         

II. WITH GOD ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

 

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:

 

NOTE: When we seek God’s help we never know who or what He will use

 

Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

 

Job 9:10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.

   A. GOD DEFEATED THE SYRIA ARMY WITH FOUR LEPERS

 

NOTE: The spirit of man tells us we need a great army, God says we need four lepers who were outcasts

 

2 Kings 7:6 For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.

 

   B. THEY DID NOT KEEP THE GOOD NEWS TO THEMSELVES

 

2 Kings 7:9 (KJV) Then they said one to another,” We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come that we may go and tell the king's household.”

 

NOTE: When we experience the blessings of God we must share it with others.

 

   C. THOSE WHO BELIEVED RECEIVED

 

2 Kings 7:16 (TLB) and the people of Samaria rushed out and plundered the camp of the Syrians. So it was true that two gallons of flour and four gallons of barley were sold that day for one dollar, just as the Lord had said!

 

NOTE: To receive the fulfillment of God’s provision, they had to go to the Syrian camp.

 

   D. THOSE WHO DOUBT DO WITHOUT

 

2 Kings 7:2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.

 

NOTE: We often hear sermons on the blessings of believing; today we are going to learn about the results of doubting

 

   Doubting shows a lack of faith in God and His Word

 

Isaiah 7:9b (TLB) You don’t believe me? If you want me to protect you, you must learn to believe what I say.’

 

2 Kings 7:17-20 (TLB) The king appointed his special assistant to control the traffic at the gate, but he was knocked down and trampled and killed as the people rushed out. This is what Elisha had predicted on the previous day when the king had come to arrest him, and the prophet had told the king that flour and barley would sell for so little on the following day. The king’s officer had replied, "That couldn’t happen even if the Lord opened the windows of heaven!" And the prophet had said, "You will see it happen, but you won’t be able to buy any of it!" And he couldn’t, for the people trampled him to death at the gate!

 

·         Jeroboam could have had a reign like David

 

1 Kings 11:37-38 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel. And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.

 

NOTE: Jeroboam doubted God’s promise so he built two golden calves.

 

1 Kings 14:7-8 (TLB) Give your husband this message from the Lord God of Israel: ’I promoted you from the ranks of the common people and made you king of Israel. I ripped the kingdom away from the family of David and gave it to you, but you have not obeyed my commandments as my servant David did. His heart’s desire was always to obey me and to do whatever I wanted him to… And the Lord will raise up a king over Israel who will destroy the family of Jeroboam.

 

CONCLUSION: Let us believe God and receive His blessings and not doubt His Word and do without

 

JUNE 19, 2016

 

“THE QUALITIES OF A MAN OF GOD”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: TITUS 1:5-9

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Peter 2:12 (NLT)

 

   Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

 

INTRO: What would your answer be if you were to be asked, “What is needed to make a church successful”?

 

Ø  A new name

Ø  A new up to date building

Ø  Up to date electronics

Ø  More musical instruments

Ø  State of the arts advertisement

Ø  More programs

Ø  Famous guest

 

NOTE: There is nothing wrong with these things, they would most likely help a church to grow, but grow how?

 

   All these things have to do with the physical church and nothing to do with the spiritual church

 

   The only way a church can grow spiritually is through the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

 

   The Holy Spirit works through Godly men and women.

 

   What our church needs; is Godly men who are willing to stand in the gap against the attacks of the devil.

 

I. FOUR QUALITIES OF A MAN OF GOD

 

   A.  A MAN OF FAITH (Abraham)

 

Genesis 15:6 (TLB) And Abram believed God; then God considered him righteous on account of his faith.

 

NOTE: All though Abraham is known as a man of faith it does not mean he was without fault

a)   He had faith to leave his home land

b)   He doubted the safety of Sara

c)   He had faith in interceding for lot

d)   He doubted and fathered Ishmael

e)   He had faith to offer Isaac

 

   We need men who have faith in God and His promises

   We need men who have faith in God’s power

   We need men who have faith in God’s wisdom and

        direction

   We need men who have faith in God’s love and

        Forgiveness; forgiveness for their own sins and the sins of

        others

 

NOTE: We need men who are defenders of the faith

 

Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

 

   B. A MAN OF HOLINESS (Daniel)

 

Daniel 6:1-5 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

 

NOTE: What the Church needs is men who live holy lives both within and without the Church

 

1 Timothy 3:7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

 

1 Peter 2:12 (NLT) Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

 

   C. A MAN OF COURAGE (Gideon)

 

Judges 6:11-12 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.

 

NOTE: Gideon was a farmer not a soldier yet was chosen by God to deliver Israel from its enemy

 

   We need men who are willing to stand up against the onslaught of the enemy

 

   The Church is being attacked both from the outside and the inside

 

   We need men who are not afraid to stand for the truth

 

   We need men who have the courage to stand alone if necessary

 

   Courage to face rejection, mockery, persecution of any kind

 

   D. A MAN OF VISION AND DESIRE FOR GROWTH (Jabez)

 

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.    

 

   We need men who see the potential to grow both spiritually and to see the Church grow

 

   We need men who have a Godly un-satisfaction

 

Philippians 3:7-14 (NIV) But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 

CONCLUSION: We need Spirit filled men who are men of

            FAITH

            HOLINESS

            COURAGE

            VISION

   Are you that man?  If not, do you want to be?

 

JUNE 26, 2016

 

“SECOND HAND FAITH”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: 2 CHRONICLES 24:1-5

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Chronicles 24:2 (KJV)

 

   And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.

 

INTRO: What can a person do when they are surrounded by ungodliness?

 

   It’s easy to be a Godly influence on Sunday morning, but are we a Godly influence on Friday night?

 

   Jehoiada was the High Priest during a very dark time in Judah’s history

 

I. JUDEA WAS IN THE DAYS OF DARKNESS

 

   Jehoshaphat, a Godly king, arraigned a marriage between his son, Jehoram and Athaliah the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel

 

   Jehoram killed all his brothers who worshipped Jehovah

 

   When Jehoram died his youngest son, Ahaziah became king

 

   Ahaziah was king for one year, when he died his grandmother; Athaliah made herself queen and sought to kill all the sons of Ahaziah

 

   She sought to end the kingly line promised by God to David

 

   Joash was hid in the temple for six years by Jehosheba the sister of Ahaziah and her husband Jehoiada

 

II. JEHOIADA’S GODLY INFLUENCE

 

2 Chronicles 24:2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.

NOTE: Under Jehoiada’s influence Joash turned Judea back to worshipping God.

 

2 Chronicles 24:4 And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the LORD.  

 

   God calls us to be a Godly influence to those around us

 

   We are the Bible people read, we are the Jesus people see

 

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.

 

   We are to be a Godly influence to those within the Church

 

Hebrews 10:24 (NLT) Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

 

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

 

   We are to be a Godly influence to those who do not know Jesus as their Savior.

 

Mark 5:19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

 

   We are to be a Godly influence to those in our family:

 

Ø  To our spouse

 

1 Corinthians 7:16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

Ø  To our children

 

2 Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

 

III. JOASH’S SECOND HAND FAITH

 

NOTE: Joash’s faith and commitment was not to God, but rather to Jehoiada.

 

2 Chronicles 24:17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

 

   Joash listened to advice of the leaders and rejected the Godly influence that Jehoiada had given him

 

NOTE: A religion which had its life and influence only from a man will soon be forgotten when the source of that influence had passed away.

 

   The results of our Godly influence is not our responsibility

 

Ezekiel 2:7-8 (NIV) You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you."

 

   “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”

 

   Joash’s second hand faith led Judea back to pagan worship

 

2 Chronicles 24:18 And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass

 

   Joash’s second hand faith led the death of Jehoiada’s son Zechariah

 

2 Chronicles 24:21-22 (GW) But they plotted against Zechariah, and by the king's order they stoned him to death in the courtyard of the LORD'S temple. King Joash did not remember how kind Zechariah's father, Jehoiada, had been to him. Instead, he killed Jehoiada's son. As Zechariah died, he said, “May the LORD see {this} and get revenge!”

 

   In the face of trials and temptation, second hand faith will fail us.

 

IV. EXPERIENCING FIRST HAND FAITH

 

   We must make our faith in God our own

 

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

 

James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

 

Ø  Faith of our parents

Ø  Faith in church membership

Ø  Faith in our denomination

Ø  Faith in Water Baptism

Ø  Faith in our position in the church

Ø  Faith in the pastor or leadership

 

NOTE: Each one of us will give account for our faith whether it is first hand faith or second hand faith

 

Ezekiel 18:20 (NIV) The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.

 

CONCLUSION: What kind of Faith do you have?

 

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