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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER   2017 SERMONS

 

SEPTEMBER 3, 2017

 

LABORING TOGETHER

 

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 20:1-16

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Corinthians 3:9 (NRSV)


   For we are God's servants, working together; you are God's field, God's building.

 

INTRO: What is this Parable trying to teach us?

 

   Jesus is showing us that we are all to be involved in the harvest field regardless how long we have been a Believer.

 

   The householder is God and He is seeking those who are willing to serve Him.

 

   The workers are divided into five different groups:

 

·         The 6:00 am workers

·         The 9:00 am workers

·         The 12:00 noon workers

·         The 3:00 pm workers

·         The 5:00 pm workers

 

   We all fall into one of these groups

 

NOTE: They were all called to work in the vineyard and all received the same pay.

 

   Some believe this Parable is unfair

 

   To accept this Parable we must trust in the Justice of God.

 

   What do the different in time represent?

 

·         The length of your life you served God.

 

You served Christ from very early in life, you accept Christ at old age.

 

·         Some have served Christ for a very long time.

·         Some accepted Christ at the age of 17 but died at 20.

 

I. GOD’S HARVEST FIELD:

 

NOTE: Regardless of our age, or how long we have served Christ, God expects us to work in His harvest field.

 

   We are not to be standing idle by.

 

   A. THE HARVEST IS GREAT:

 

Matthew 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

 

   The harvest is so great that we all need to be involved

 

   B. WE ARE TO PRAY FOR WORKERS TO BE SENT

 

Matthew 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

 

   C. NOW IS THE TIME TO GET INVOLVED

 

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.

 

   There is no excuse to keep us from being involved in the harvest field.

 

Proverbs 22:13 (TLB) The lazy man is full of excuses. "I can’t go to work!" he says. "If I go outside, I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!"

 

   D. WE WORK TOGETHER

 

John 4:36-38 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

 

II. THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE NUMBERLESS

 

   A. BRING THOSE WHO ARE HURTING TO CHRIST

 

Mark 2:3-5 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.

 

   B. SHARE YOUR FAITH WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

 

John 1:41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.

 

John 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

 

   C. SEEK TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS

 

Acts 8:35 (GW) Then Philip spoke. Starting with that passage, Philip told the official the Good News about Jesus.

 

Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

 

Hebrews 10:24-25 (GW) We must also consider how to encourage each other to show love and to do good things. We should not stop gathering together with other believers, as some of you are doing. Instead, we must continue to encourage each other even more as we see the day of the Lord coming.

 

CONCLUSION: We all my have different tasks, but we all must work in the vineyard of the Lord.

 

1 Corinthians 3:7-8 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

 

SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

 

WHEN GUILT AND DESPAIR CONSUME YOU

 

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 130

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 43:25

 

   I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

 

INTRO: There are many Christians who are living in defeat, and despair because of guilt.

 

Psalm 130:1 (TLB) O Lord, from the depths of despair I cry for your help:

 

   Satan is constantly reminding people of past sins, and the feeling of unworthiness.

 

 Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

 

Zechariah 3:1 (TLB) Then the Angel showed me (in my vision) Joshua the High Priest standing before the Angel of the Lord; and Satan was there too, at the Angel’s right hand, accusing Joshua of many things.

 

NOTE: Through guilt and remorse, Satan will seek to rob us of the joy of our Salvation.

 

Isaiah 12:1-3 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

 

   Satan does not want us to know that God has forgiven all our sins and will never bring them against us.

 

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

 

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

 

   One of the greatest pictures of God’s total forgiveness is found in the 16 chapter of Leviticus.

 

   The Great Day of Atonement

 

Leviticus 16:20-22 And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.  

 

NOTE: When Satan comes against us with guilt and despair there are three things we must remember.

 

1. WE ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE FACING THIS STRUGGLE

 

   Realize you are not alone, all have sinned, and many struggle with guilt and despair over past sins.

 

Psalm 130:3 (NLT) LORD, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive?

 

Romans 3:23 (NLT) For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

 

ü  The records of our lives prove that we all are sinners.

ü  We are all guilty before God.

ü  No sinner can stand before God in judgment and be found not guilty.

ü  Our only hope is to be forgiven by God, the righteous judge.

ü  We are all unworthy of God’s forgiveness.

 

2. WE HAVE HOPE IN GOD’S GRACE.

 

Psalm 130:4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

 

NOTE: God has provided forgiveness for our sin.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

   God offers forgiveness to any and all who would accept His Grace.

 

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

2 Peter 3:9 (BBE) The Lord is not slow in keeping his word, as he seems to some, but he is waiting in mercy for you, not desiring the destruction of any, but that all may be turned from their evil ways.

 

NOTE: Not only does God forgive us of our sin, He also wipes out the record of our sin.

 

Psalm 103:12 (BBE) As far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our sins from us.

 

Micah 7:19 (ASV) He will again have compassion upon us; he will tread our iniquities under foot; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

 

Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

 

3. WE ARE TO PUT OUR TRUST IN GOD’S PROMISES (WORD).

 

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

 

NOTE: We must allow God’s Word to guide us through the maze of guilt and despair.

 

John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

 

   Our hope is grounded in God’s love.

 

John 3:16-17 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 

   As we place our hope in God’s Word, He will give us victory of the guilt and despair Satan seeks to lay on us.

 

Psalm 56:13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

 

   God never leaves a job half done.

 

Philippians 1:6 (TLB) And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns.

 

CONCLUSION: We do not have to live under the bondage of guilt and despair when we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

 

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit

 

SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

 

FRESH EVERY MORNING

 

SCRIPTURE READING: LAMENTATIONS 3:21-27

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Lamentations 3:22-23 (ASV)

 

   It is of Jehovah's lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.

 

INTRO: Coming home after a difficult day at school, or work, and being greeted with the smell of fresh baked bread.

 

   Judah was facing a very dark time:

 

§  Judah had turned away from God

§  Babylon had conquered Judah

§  The walls of Jerusalem had been torn down

§  The Temple was destroyed.

§  The best of the people had been taken to Babylon

 

   America is facing dark times:

 

§  We have turned away from God

§  We have slain countless babies

§  We promote sin and condemn righteousness

§  Our streets are filled with hatred and violence

§  Terrorism is a constant threat

§  Nuclear war is on the horizon

 

NOTE: The Bible makes it clear that God is going to judge the world.

 

   We need not fear the coming judgment, for we can put our hope in God’s mercy and love.

 

Habakkuk 3:2 (TLB) O Lord, now I have heard your report, and I worship you in awe for the fearful things you are going to do. In this time of our deep need, begin again to help us, as you did in years gone by. Show us your power to save us. In your wrath, remember mercy.

 

   In spite of facing the coming judgment, Jeremiah had hope.

 

Lamentations 3:21 (NIV) Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:

 

I. HE PLACED HIS HOPE IN GOD’S LOVE

 

Lamentations 3:22 (NIV) Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

 

   A. GOD’S LOVE IS GREATER THAN ANYTHING WE FACE

 

Romans 8:35-39 (TLB) Who then can ever keep Christ’s love from us? When we have trouble or calamity, when we are hunted down or destroyed, is it because he doesn’t love us anymore? And if we are hungry or penniless or in danger or threatened with death, has God deserted us? No, for the Scriptures tell us that for his sake we must be ready to face death at every moment of the day—we are like sheep awaiting slaughter; but despite all this, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us enough to die for us. For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us.

 

   B. GOD’S LOVE IS WITHOUT END

 

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

 

   C. GOD’S LOVE IS ALL INCLUSIVE

 

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.

 

Romans 10:12-13 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

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.

 

II. HE PUT HIS TRUST IN GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

 

Lamentations 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 

 

   God’s love and faithfulness are infinite, limitless, beyond our comprehension.

 

NOTE: Everyday God provides us with a fresh portion of His Grace.

 

Philippians 1:6 (TLB) And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns.

 

2 Timothy 1:12 (NKJV) For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

 

III. JEREMIAH PLACED HIS TRUST IN GOD.

 

   Jerusalem had fallen, there was no hope for victory over Babylon, yet Jeremiah put his hope in God.

 

Lamentations 3:24-26 (NIV) I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

 

NOTE: When reality says that God has deserted us will we still put our hope in Him?

   There are times when it seems that God is unaware of what we are going through.

 

Isaiah 8:17 (TLB) I will wait for the Lord to help us, though he is hiding now. My only hope is in him.

 

Habakkuk 3:17-19 (TLB) Even though the fig trees are all destroyed, and there is neither blossom left nor fruit; though the olive crops all fail, and the fields lie barren; even if the flocks die in the fields and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will be happy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; he will give me the speed of a deer and bring me safely over the mountains. (A note to the choir director: When singing this ode, the choir is to be accompanied by stringed instruments.)

 

NOTE: The darker the night, the more difficult the journey, the more we need to place our hope in God.

 

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD

 

Psalm 62:5 (GW) Wait calmly for God alone, my soul, because my hope comes from him.

 

CONCLUSION: We place our hope in God because He is greater than any problem we may face.

 

Isaiah 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

 

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint

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