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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF JULY

JULY  2017 SERMONS

  

JULY  2, 2017

 

 THE HANDS OF GRACE HOLDS NO STONES

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 8:1-11

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 8:7

 

   So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

 

INTRO: The neighbor with dirty laundry

 

   The more self-righteous we are, the more un-righteous we view others.

 

   Our self-righteous robes reveal our sinfulness.

 

Isaiah 64:6 (NLT) We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.

 

I. A TRAP IS SET FOR JESUS. John 8:1-5

 

NOTE: Jesus knew what lay ahead and prepared Himself to meet the test.

 

   Jesus had spent time in prayer before He came to the people.

 

   Jesus did not try to avoid the test, but went about doing what He always did, teaching the people.

 

   A. THE TRAP IS SPRUNG

 

   The religious leaders came seeking to discredit Jesus.

 

v  They brought a woman caught in adultery

 

   Where was the man?

 

   They were driven by hatred and fear

 

   There are those who are so self-righteous they believe its okay for them to sin to catch someone else

 

   Their action reveals their lack of compassion for either the woman or Jesus.

 

v  They thought they had Jesus in a corner

 

John 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

 

   If He said stone her He would be violating Roman law

   If He said let her go He would be violation Jewish law

 

   B. JESUS AVOIDS THE TRAP

 

NOTE: Jesus made it very clear that only those who had no sin could pick up a stone to cast at her.  

 

John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

 

   He wrote on the ground a second time.

 

NOTE: All her accusers left

 

   She was left with the only one who had the right to pick up stones.

 

II. THE HANDS OF GRACE HOLDS NO STONES

 

John 8:10-11 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

 

NOTE: Casting stones is based upon moral goodness and perfection, and no man has achieved that except Jesus.

 

NOTE: Jesus alone had the right to pick up a stone, but there was no stone in Jesus’ hand.

 

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

   A. LET THERE BE NO STONES FOUND IN OUR HANDS

 

NOTE: We have no right to judge others

 

Matthew 7:1-5 (NIV) "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

 

   The self-righteous compare themselves with themselves.

 

2 Corinthians 10:12 (TLB) Oh, don’t worry, I wouldn’t dare say that I am as wonderful as these other men who tell you how good they are! Their trouble is that they are only comparing themselves with each other and measuring themselves against their own little ideas. What stupidity!

 

NOTE: Those who are filled with self-righteousness are like the Emperor with New Clothes.

 

Revelation 3:17 (BBE) For you say, I have wealth, and have got together goods and land, and have need of nothing; and you are not conscious of your sad and unhappy condition, that you are poor and blind and without clothing.

 

   We all know those who are trapped in the grip of sin, we must seek restoration not condemnation

 

   We are to lead the fallen back into the fold

 

Galatians 6:1 (GW) Brothers and sisters, if a person gets trapped by wrongdoing, those of you who are spiritual should help that person turn away from doing wrong. Do it in a gentle way. At the same time watch yourself so that you also are not tempted.

 

   The mercy we receive depends on the mercy we give.

 

James 2:13 There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.

 

CONCLUSION: The hands that pick up stones become dirty.

 

   May Jesus never see stones in our hands.  

JULY 9, 2017

 

BEING RELIGIOUS IS NOT ENOUGH

 

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 3:1-8

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 3:5

 

   Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

 

INTRO: Many people believe that because they are religious they are a Christian.

 

   What does it mean to be religious but not a Christian?

 

   Nicodemus, a religious leader came to Jesus seeking to find out Who He was.

 

John 3:1 (NIV) Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.

 

   A person can be religious (of the Christian Faith) without being a Christian

 

   What does it mean to be religious?

 

   Being religious deal with the outer man, Christianity deals with the inner man.

 

Luke 11:37-40 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner. And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?

 

   Religion is man reaching to God; Christianity is God reaching to man.

 

I. THE DANGER OF BEING RELIGIOUS

 

NOTE: Being religious can be very deceptive and dangerous.

 

   The Rich Young Ruler was very religious but missed the mark.

 

THE RICH YOUNG RULER:  Matthew 19:16-22 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

 

   The person who is religious without being a Christian is putting their trust in their works and not is the work of Christ.

 

THE PHARISEE: Luke 18:9-14 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

 

   The person who is religious without being a Christian believes they have achieved something that they haven’t.

 

   It is like crossing a bridge only to find its support system is flawed.

 

Revelation 3:14-18 (NKJV) "And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'--and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked-- I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

 

II. THE SECRET OF BEING A CHRISTIAN

 

NOTE: A Christian is someone who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and has turned away from sin.

 

Romans 10:9-10 (ASV) because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

   A Christian is one who has been Born Again.

 

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

 

   What does it mean to be born again?

 

   Born of water is our physical birth, born of the Spirit is our Spiritual birth.

 

   Everyone is born of water, but not everyone is born of the Spirit.

 

   Being Born Again refers to being born of the Spirit.

 

   Being Born Again brings a change in our lives.

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 (TLB) When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!

 

   Those who claim to be a Christian, but whose life has not changed are only being religious.

 

   Being Born Again is more than believing that Jesus is the Son of God it also involves obeying Him.

 

Matthew 7:21 (TLB) "Not all who sound religious are really godly people. They may refer to me as ’Lord,’ but still won’t get to heaven. For the decisive question is whether they obey my Father in heaven.

 

   Being Born Again is revealed by our actions.

 

   Being religious does not save us, but being Born Again will help us to be religious.

 

James 2:14, 17-22 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?...Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

 

CONCLUSION: Our salvation is not dependent on how religious we are, but rather our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

JULY 16, 2017

 

PRIMING THE PUMP

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I KINGS 17:8-16

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

 

INTRO: One of the most misunderstood teachings in God’s Word is about our giving.

 

   Desert Pete” Priming the pump.

 

   We all want God’s blessings in our lives, the secret of receiving God’s blessings is found in our obedience to His Word.

 

   We prime the pump of God’s blessings by the attitude and faith of our giving.

 

   God is not concerned with how much we give, but rather the spirit in which we give.

 

   God does not expect us to give as others, but whatever He has placed in our hands, that is what He expects us to give.

 

Romans 12:6-8 (GW) God in his kindness gave each of us different gifts. If your gift is speaking God's word, make sure what you say agrees with the Christian faith. If your gift is serving, then devote yourself to serving. If it is teaching, devote yourself to teaching. If it is encouraging others, devote yourself to giving encouragement. If it is sharing, be generous. If it is leadership, lead enthusiastically. If it is helping people in need, help them cheerfully.

 

I. WITH GOD, LITTLE IS MUCH

 

NOTE: When we step out in faith and give God control of what we have we open ourselves to His blessings.

 

   When we take control of what God has given us, we block His blessings.

 

Proverbs 11:24-25 (NIV) One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.  A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

 

   Each of the following primed the pump of God’s blessing by giving what they had.

 

   A. THE WIDOW OF ZAREPHATH. I Kings 17:8-16

 

   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. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.

 

NOTE: By making God’s will her first concern, God made her need His first concern.

 

   B. THE BOY AND HIS LUNCH. JOHN 6:5-13

 

NOTE: This is the only miracle mentioned in all four Gospels.

 

   It reveals that God Is not only concerned with our spiritual needs but is also concerned with our physical needs.

 

   This miracle took place following the death of John the Baptist.

 

   God is never too busy to help those in need

 

   When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would  do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

 

   C. THE WIDOW AND HER MITE. MARK 12:41-44

 

    As Jesus sat facing the temple offering box, he watched how {much} money people put into it. Many rich people put in large amounts. A poor widow dropped in two small coins, worth less than a cent. He called his disciples and said to them, “I can guarantee this truth: This poor widow has given more than all the others. All of them have given what they could spare. But she, in her poverty, has given everything she had to live on.”

 

NOTE: God is not concerned with the amount of our giving but rather in the spirit in which we give.

 

II. THE LAW OF GIVING AND RECEIVING

 

NOTE: God has set forth a law concerning giving.

 

   He blesses those who are generous is their giving

 

Proverbs 3:9 (TLB) Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income, and he will fill your barns with wheat and barley and overflow your wine vats with the finest wines.

 

Proverbs 22:9 (NIV) A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.

 

   He blesses those who give in faith

 

Malachi 3:10 (GW) “Bring one-tenth of your income into the storehouse so that there may be food in my house. Test me in this way,” says the LORD of Armies. “See if I won't open the windows of heaven for you and flood you with blessings.

 

   God’s blessing is influenced by our attitude in giving

 

Luke 6:38 (NIV) Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

 

   We do not give to receive

 

   We give out of love and appreciation for what God has done for us.

 

CONCLUSION: Are we willing to trust God with our giving?

 

JULY 23, 2017

 

“SPRINGS OF LIVING WATER”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: John 4:4-14

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 4:14

 

   But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

 

INTRO: We can often look back at things that happened in our lives that brought us to where we are now.

 

   God often uses negative events to produce positive results.

 

   The story of Joseph: Genesis 37-50

 

Ø  Jacob’s favorite

Ø  Brother’s jealousy

Ø  Sold into slavery

Ø  Falsely accused

Ø  Placed into prison

Ø  Forgotten

Ø  Made Prim-minister of Egypt

 

Genesis 50:20 (NIV) You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

 

   Even before we become Believers, God directs our steps to the foot of Calvary.

 

Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

 

   My own life:

 

Ø  Used a friend’s car had a wreck

Ø  No insurance couldn’t pay for repairs

Ø  Had a fight with my friend

Ø  Didn’t go to the party

Ø  Went to church

 

I. THE WOMAN AT THE WELL

 

NOTE: See the steps God used to bring one village to here the Gospel message.

 

   Some may say it just happened, but nothing just happens with God.

 

   God had a plan

 

Ø  He must go through Samaria. Vs, 4

Ø  He came to a well

Ø  The disciples went to buy food

Ø  He was tried and weary

 

   Had Jesus gone with His disciples, the woman would never have met Jesus.

 

Ø  Why did ALL the disciples go for food?

 

   Had any of the disciples been there, they would have tried to keep the woman away from Jesus.

 

   There are some believers who would try and keep certain people away from Jesus.

 

   A. THE WOMAN

 

NOTE: The woman came to meet her physical need; Jesus was there to meet her spiritual need.

 

Ø  She was a Samaritan

 

NOTE: Jesus was breaking down the barrier between the Jews and the Samaritans.

 

Acts 10:34-35 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

 

Ø  Why did the woman come at this time to the well?

NOTE: Sin leads to an empty life

 

Ecclesiastes 6:7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.

 

Isaiah 29:8 It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.

 

   Sin is a heavy burden to carry

 

2 Peter 2:19 (NKJV) While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.

 

NOTE: Man may be able to quench his physical thirst, but he is unable to quench his spiritual thirst.

 

Jeremiah 2:13 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.

 

II. JESUS OFFERS SPRINGS OF LIVING WATER

 

John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

 

   Jesus invites us to come and drink from the Springs of Living Water that He provides.

 

John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

 

   Jesus opened the Wells of Living Water at Calvary

 

Zechariah 14:8a And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem;

   God has promised to pour out the Springs of Living Water on those who seek Him.

 

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

 

   God has provided this Living Water at no cost to us.

 

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

 

   There is no end to the abundance of this Living Water

 

Ezekiel 47:1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.

 

   We can come at any time to drink from God’s Spring of Living Water.

 

Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

 

CONCLUSION: Are you thirsty for a drink of the Springs of Living Waters?

 

Psalm 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

 

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