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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 2016 SERMONS

  

NOVEMBER 6, 2016

 

THANKFUL FOR THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR ALL

 

 

SCRIPTURE READING: HEBREWS 11:32-39

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Hebrews 12:1

 

   Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

 

INTRO: As we approach Veteran’s Day we need to remember and be thankful for those who have given so much for each of us.

 

   Why we salute our Flag every Sunday

 

   It is to show love for our country and gratefulness for those who have given of themselves that we might have freedom

 

·         Many gave their lives

·         Others gave their bodies and minds

·         There are those who gave of their possessions

·         All gave of their time

 

   If it were not for those in our military we would have none of the freedoms we enjoy today

 

NOTE: Our military veterans are not the only ones we need to be thankful

 

I. OUR SPIRITUAL VETERANS

 

NOTE: Each one of us can look back and remember those who have played an important role of our salvation and spiritual life

 

·         Parents

 

   Those of us who were raised by godly parents are truly blessed

 

·         A friend

·         A neighbor

·         Sunday School teacher (Katherine Davis)

·         Members of the church

·         Pastor

 

II. BIBLICAL VETERANS

 

Hebrews 11 The great faith chapter

 

III. THE GREATEST VETERAN

 

1 Corinthians 11:24-25 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.

 

   Six reasons why Jesus Christ is the greatest veteran of all times.

 

  1. HE ANSWERED THE CALL.

 

NOTE: God saw the need for man’s salvation.

 

            a. Mankind are sinners in need of salvation.

 

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

            b. He saw that man was incapable of saving himself.

 

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

 

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

 

            c. He answered the call Himself.

 

Isaiah 59:16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.

 

  1. HE LEFT HOME AND FAMILY.

 

Philippians 2:6-7 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Hebrews 2:16-18 (NLT) We all know that Jesus came to help the descendants of Abraham, not to help the angels.  Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.  Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted.

 

  1. HE BECAME ENGAGED IN WAR TO DEFEND HEAVEN AND PROVIDED FREEDOM TO ALL.

 

Exodus 14:14 (NLT) The Lord himself will fight for you. You won't have to lift a finger in your defense!"

 

Revelation 6:2 (NLT) I looked up and saw a white horse. Its rider carried a bow, and a crown was placed on his head. He rode out to win many battles and gain the victory.

 

Revelation 17:14 (NLT) Together they will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord over all lords and King over all kings, and his people are the called and chosen and faithful ones."

 

Revelation 19:11 (NLT) Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. And the one sitting on the horse was named Faithful and True. For he judges fairly and then goes to war.

 

NOTE: God is a God of war and He has fought against Satan and sin to provide Salvation to all who will accept God’s free gift.

 

  1. HE PLACED THE NEEDS OF OTHERS ABOVE HIS OWN.

 

NOTE: Jesus did not need salvation for Himself.

 

Hebrews 9:7, 11-14 (NLT) But only the high priest goes into the Most Holy Place, and only once a year, and always with blood, which he offers to God to cover his own sins and the sins the people have committed in ignorance…So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that great, perfect sanctuary in heaven, not made by human hands and not part of this created world.  Once for all time he took blood into that Most Holy Place, but not the blood of goats and calves. He took his own blood, and with it he secured our salvation forever.

    Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people's bodies from ritual defilement.  Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our hearts from deeds that lead to death so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.

 

  1. HE WAS OBEDIENT TO HIS FATHER’S WILL.

 

John 6:38 (NLT) For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do what I want.

 

Matthew 26:39 (NLT) He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground, praying, "My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine."

 

  1. HE SUFFERED GREAT PAIN, AGONY AND DEATH.

 

Isaiah 53:3-10 (NLT) He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we did not care.

    Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God for his own sins!  But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed!  All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the guilt and sins of us all.

    He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.  From prison and trial they led him away to his death. But who among the people realized that he was dying for their sins—that he was suffering their punishment?  He had done no wrong, and he never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man's grave.

    But it was the Lord's good plan to crush him and fill him with grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have a multitude of children, many heirs. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord's plan will prosper in his hands.

 

CONCLUSION: We have many veterans to be thankful for, but the Greatest Veteran is Jesus  

 

NOVEMBER 13, 2016

 

GIVING A SACRIFICE OF THANKSGIVING

 

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 107:17-22

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 107:21-22

 

   Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

 

INTRO: In this Thanksgiving season we need to reflect on how God has blessed us in so many different ways.

 

   The theme of Psalm 107 is that we should praise the Lord for what He has done.

 

Psalm 107:8, 15, 21 & 31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

 

   In Psalm 107:17-22 it shows how God has brought us into a proper relationship with Him.

 

   For some the occurrence was fairly smooth and easy.

 

   For others, like me, the change came after many difficulties and disappointments.

 

   Those of us who are born again, long to see our loved ones come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior

 

   The cost of this happening could be painful and difficult for both them and us

 

   The praying for a loved one to come to Christ can sometimes be like a woman giving birth

 

   There are times of uncomfortableness but the closer to the time of birth the more uncomfortable and painful it becomes.

 

I. THE CONDITION OF THE LOST

 

NOTE: The road to surrender can be very difficult

 

   A. OUR SINFUL STATE

 

Psalm 107:17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.

 

NOTE: Before we came to Christ we were all fools

 

   There are two types of fools

 

Psalm 14:1 (KJV) 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.

 

   There is the fool who says that no God exist

 

   There is the fool who say there is a God, but He’s not for me

 

   It is our sinful nature that shows us as fools

 

   We do not take time for God but seek to do things our ways

 

Proverbs 14:12, 16:25 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

 

   Because of our failure to honor God and God we end up involved in sinful activities

 

Psalm 107:17a Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities,

 

   B. HOW GOD DEALS WITH US

 

Psalm 107:17b -18 are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.

 

 NOTE: God will use anything in order to bring us to Him 

 

   When David sinned by numbering the Children of Israel

2 Samuel 24:12-13 Go and say unto David, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things; choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee. So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days' pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me.

 

NOTE: Afflictions are the divine agency for bringing sinner to repentance

 

   C. GOD BRINGS US TO A PLACE WHERE SIN DOES NOT SATISFY

 

Psalm 107:18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.

 

Job 33:19-22 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain: So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat. His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out. Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.

 

II. THERE IS HOPE FOR THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR SINS AND

    GOD’S FORGIVENESS

 

NOTE: God brings us to a place where we are willing to turn to Him and ask for His forgiveness and help

 

Psalm 107:19-20 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

 

Job 33:23-30 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness: Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom. His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth: He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness. He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not; He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light. Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.

 

III. GIVING A SACRIFICE OF THANKSGIVING

 

Psalm 107:21-22 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

 

NOTE: What is a Sacrifice of Thanksgiving?

 

   When we are willing to give to God or time, talent and treasure even when it cost us

 

·         Giving of our time when we would rather be doing something else

·         Giving of our talents when we when we are afraid to try

·         Giving of our treasure when we would rather spend it on something else

 

2 Samuel 24:24 (KJV) And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

 

CONCLUSION: If all we have received from God is Salvation that alone would be enough to bring to Him our Sacrifice of Thanksgiving, but He had do so much more.

 

 

 

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