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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

OCTOBER  2017 SERMONS

 

OCTOBER 1, 2017

 

JESUS’ PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH

 

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 17:17-23

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 17:21

 

   That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

 

INTRO: When Jesus was getting ready to leave His disciples His prayer was that they might be in unity.

 

   You would think if Jesus prayed for unity it would happen.

 

   Our free will can hinder the desires of God.

 

   The Church today is very fragmented.

 

   Consider how the Churches are listed in the yellow pages.

 

   There are those who are more concerned with the denomination of the church in which they worship than with Jesus Christ.

 

   What is the desired results of the Church be unified?

 

John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

 

   Division within the Church is destroying the mission of the Church.

 

I. DISUNITY WITHIN THE CORINTHIAN CHURCH

 

NOTE: The one thing that should have brought unity was bringing division.

 

1 Corinthians 11:17-22 (GW) I have no praise for you as I instruct you in the following matter: When you gather, it results in more harm than good. In the first place, I hear that when you gather as a church you split up into opposing groups. I believe some of what I hear. Factions have to exist in order to make it clear who the genuine believers among you are. When you gather in the same place, you can't possibly be eating the Lord's Supper. Each of you eats his own supper {without waiting for each other}. So one person goes hungry and another gets drunk. Don't you have homes in which to eat and drink? Do you despise God's church and embarrass people who don't have anything to eat? What can I say to you? Should I praise you? I won't praise you for this.

 

NOTE: Disunity is caused by taking our eyes off Jesus and looking at people and things.

 

   When the Corinthians came together they were more interested in themselves than in worshiping God.

 

·         They had developed cliques

 

Vs. 18 I hear that when you gather as a church you split up into opposing groups.

 

·         They did not wait for others.

 

Vrs. 21a Each of you eats his own supper {without waiting for each other}.

 

·         They did not share their food with the poor

 

Vr 21b  So one person goes hungry

 

·         Some drink too much and get drunk

 

Vrs 21c another gets drunk.

 

NOTE: The Church had become divided, the haves and the haves not.

 

   While some whose stomach was filled with food, their hearts are empty of love and true worship, while others bellies were empty, their hearts are filled with pain and shame.

 

II. THE COMMUNION TABLE

 

NOTE: Today the Church is fractured.

 

   Ever since man took over the church it has become more and more divided.

 

   Even the Church in the book of Acts was divided.

 

   At one time there was only one church, now there are hundreds if not thousands.

 

   The one thing that should bring us unity is the Communion Table.

 

   When we focus on the Communion Table, and what it represents, there is no room for division.

 

1 Corinthians 11:23a - 26 …That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 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. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

 

   What is the purpose of the Communion Table?

 

   To remind us Who Jesus is and what He had done for us.

 

   A. WHO IS JESUS?

 

NOTE: The Communion Table reveals the dual nature of Jesus; He is fully man and He is fully God.

 

v  Jesus took on human nature at the moment of conception.

 

Galatians 4:4 (NKJV) But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,

 

Hebrews 2:17 (NIV) For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.

 

v  Jesus is the Son of God

 

Romans 1:3-4 (GW) This Good News is about his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. In his human nature he was a descendant of David. In his spiritual, holy nature he was declared the Son of God. This was shown in a powerful way when he came back to life.

 

NOTE: He came as the Son of Man do He could die; He died as the Son of God so His death would pay the penalty for our sins.

 

III. THE UNITY OF THE COMMUNION TABLE

 

NOTE: The life, death, resurrection and return is the unity we must have.

 

   Because the Communion Table is all about Jesus, our unity must be all about Jesus

 

1 Corinthians 2:2  For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

 

1 John 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

 

1 Corinthians 3:11 (GW) After all, no one can lay any other foundation than the one that is already laid, and that foundation is Jesus Christ.

 

Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

 

CONCLUSION: Let us turn away from that which divides us, and let us seek that which unites us.

 

 

ADDED NOTE:

 

There was selfishness and neglect of others which corrupted the Lord's Supper (1 Cor. 11:21). When the early church came together for the Love Feast, everyone brought all the food they could. This provided plenty for everyone, including the poor and the slaves who would not be able to bring much. The whole idea was to have a common meal where everyone shared:

 

•  the rich and poor

•  the Jew and Gentile

•  the upper and lower class

•  the free and enslaved

•  the educated and uneducated

•  the male and female

•  the adult and child

However, the Corinthian church had begun to abuse the Supper. Instead of sharing, everyone sat off in their own little group of friends and shared their food only among themselves. The result was tragic:

 

  Some were neglected, having little if anything to eat. This would be true in particular with the slaves

  Some were indulging, acting as gluttons.

  Some were treating the affair as a social gathering, drinking off to the side and becoming drunk.

 

There was no real Christian fellowship or love whatsoever being experienced. And although the church was partaking of the bread and the cup, it was not celebrating the Lord's Supper. What they were doing was totally meaningless and useless. What they were celebrating was a feast to the evil spirit of selfishness and indulgence, not to the Lord.


Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary - The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible – 1 & 2 Corinthians.

 

OCTOBER 8, 2017

 

THERE’S A GREAT DAY COMING

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I THESSALONIANS 4:13-18

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: PHILIPPIANS 3:20-21 (NIV)

 

   But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

 

INTRO: God has richly blessed us.

 

·         We live in America

·         On the most part we have nice homes

·         Drive good cars

·         Have wonderful friends

·         And much more

 

   But we must be careful that we do not come too attached to the things in this world.

 

1 John 2:15a Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world…

 

   The more we love the things in this world, the less we love God.

 

   We must remember this world is not our home.

 

I. THE PROMISE OF CHRIST’S RETURN

 

NOTE: Jesus spoke of his coming back.

 

John 14:2-3 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

 

   The angles at His ascension spoke of His return.

 

Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

 

   A. WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN JESUS RETURNS?

 

·         The world we live in now will pass away.

 

1 Corinthians 7:31b (GW) ... It is clear that this world in its present form is passing away.

 

·         Jesus will come to bring judgment

 

Jude 1:14-15 (GW) Furthermore, Enoch, from the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied about them. He said, “The Lord has come with countless thousands of his holy angels. He has come to judge all these people. He has come to convict all these ungodly sinners for all the ungodly things they have done and all the harsh things they have said about him.”

 

2 Peter 3:10 (GW) The day of the Lord will come like a thief. On that day heaven will pass away with a roaring sound. Everything that makes up the universe will burn and be destroyed. The earth and everything that people have done on it will be exposed.

 

2 Peter 3:12 (GW) as you look forward to the day of God and eagerly wait for it to come. When that day comes, heaven will be on fire and will be destroyed. Everything that makes up the universe will burn and melt.

 

·         Jesus will come to reward those who have served Him.

 

Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

 

Matthew 25:34-36 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

 

NOTE: This is the hope we have, that one day we shall leave this old world and enter into a new Heaven and Earth.

 

Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

 

II. WHAT WILL HEAVEN BE LIKE

 

1.     WE WILL BE WITH JESUS

 

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

 

2.     WE WILL NEVER BE HUNGRY OR THIRSTY AGAIN.

 

Revelation 7:16-17a They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters...

 

3.       GOD HIMSELF WILL WIPE AWAY OUR TEARS

 

Revelation 7:17b and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

 

Revelation 21:4a And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;

 

4.     THERE WILL BE NO MORE DEATH

 

Revelation 21:4b there shall be no more death

 

5.     THERE WILL BE NO MORE SORROW OR CRYING

 

Revelation 21:4c neither sorrow, nor crying

 

6.     WE WILL NEVER SUFFER PAIN AGAIN

Revelation 21:4d neither shall there be any more pain

 

7.     THERE WILL BE NO NEED FOR THE SUN OR MOON.

 

Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

 

8.     NO MORE SIN OR THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN.

 

Isaiah 35:4-10  Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

 

CONCLUSION: Are you looking forward to Heaven?

 

1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

 

OCTOBER 15, 2017

 

WHEN WAITING IS ALL YOU CAN DO

 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 40:25-31

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 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.

 

INTRO: I am not a doctor; I am not a dentist... 

 

   Patience is a much needed virtue especially when it comes to our relationship with God.

 

   We live in an instant society.

 

   When we want something, we want it right now.

 

NOTE: God’s timing is different than ours

 

   “How much is a thousand years?”

 

I. THOSE WHO LEARNED TO WAIT

 

   A.  ABRAHAM: GENESIS 12 - 21

 

   Abraham had to wait 25 years before God’s promise was fulfilled.

 

   B. JOSEPH: GENESIS 37 - 46

 

   Had to wait 22 years before God fulfill his vision

 

   C. MOSES: EXODUS 2 - 14

 

   Moses had to wait 80 years before he could led the children of Israel out of Egypt

 

   D. DAVID: I SAMUEL 16 – II SAMUEL 5

 

   Had to wait unknown years running from King Saul before he became King

 

II. THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES WHEN WE FAIL TO WAIT ON GOD

 

   A. ESAU AND THE SELLING OF HIS BIRTHRIGHT

Genesis 25:25-34

 

   B. KING SAUL AND HIS FAILURE TO WAIT ON SAMUEL 

               I Samuel 13:7-14

 

 II. WHY SHOULD WE WAIT ON GOD?

 

   A. BECAUSE THE GODS OF THIS WORLD CANNOT HELP

 

Isaiah 40:18-20 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains. He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.

 

   B. BECAUSE OF WHO GOD IS

 

Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

 

   C. BECAUSE OF WHAT HE HAS DONE

 

Isaiah 40:25-26 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

 

   D. WE ALL FACE DIFFICULT TIMES

 

Psalm 34:19 (NKJV) Many are the afflictions of the righteous...

 

John 16:33 (NLT) ... Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows...

 

NOTE: The question is, “Where do we turn when we are faced with these times of difficulties?”

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 

   Waiting on God, no matter how long it takes, is better than going alone.

 

   E. BECAUSE HE HAS PROMISED TO BLESS THOSE WHO WAIT

      ON HIM

 

NOTE: God teaches us wonderful lessons while we wait on Him.

 

Psalm 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

 

   We must wait on God and God alone

 

Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

 

NOTE: We must wait on God even when it seems He is not there

 

Psalm 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

 

Isaiah 8:17 And I will wait upon the Lord, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.

 

    Waiting on God must be a constant step of faith

 

Hosea 12:6 Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.

 

   God has promised to bless those who wait on Him.

 

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.

 

·         God will renew the strength of those who wait on Him

 

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

 

Isaiah 41:10  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

 

·         He protects and delivers those who wait on Him

 

Deuteronomy 32:11 (GW) Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreads its wings to catch them, and carries them on its feathers,

 

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

 

·         We run the Christian Race with patience

 

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,

 

·         As we wait on God, He guides our walk

 

Psalm 37:23-24 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

 

CONCLUSION: May we wait on God and allow Him to do His will in His time.

 

 

OCTOBER 22

 

SECOND HAND FAITH

 

SCRIPTURE READING: 2 KINGS 6:1-7

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Kings 6:5

 

   But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.

 

INTRO: Second Hand Stores and Yard Sales are great places to find hidden treasures.

 

   People have made great discoveries at these sorts of sales. 

 

   A man bought a painting because he liked the frame

 

   There are places like Goodwill, and the Salvation Army Thrift Stores where people buy their everyday needs.

 

   I grew up wearing second hand clothes.

 

   It’s okay to buy second hand things; they will often meet the need you might have.

 

   The one second hand thing you cannot get by with is second hand faith.

 

I. WHAT IS SECOND HAND FAITH?

 

NOTE: Second Hand Faith is an outward faith without the inward work of Salvation.

 

   There are many people who are living in Second Hand Faith.

 

   Second Hand Faith is like having a counterfeit 100 dollar bill.

 

   Their Second Hand Faith is bases on:

 

·         Being an American

·         Raised in a Christian family

·         Being a member of a church

 

II. SECOND HAND FAITH WILL FAIL IN TIME OF NEED

 

NOTE: Second Hand Faith does not have the power of God behind it.

 

   Second Hand Faith leads to a shallow Christian life.

 

·         They fail to have a deep love for the things of God.

 

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

 

·         They will fail when faced with temptations and trials.

 

Mark 4:16-17 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

 

·         They will not endure the testing of their faith.

 

Luke 6:49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

 

·         They lack deep conviction

 

Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

 

·         They will slowly leave the church.

 

John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

 

III. WHAT SECOND HAD FAITH WILL FAIL TO DO, GENUINE FAITH WILL SUCCEED

 

NOTE: True genuine faith brings God into the situation

 

·         Abraham & Isaac

 

Genesis 22:7-14 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

 

·         David & Goliath

 

1 Samuel 17:45-47 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.  This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.

 

·         Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

 

Daniel 3:14-25 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

 

CONCLUSION: If your faith is not personalized, it is not a faith that will save you.

 

O for a faith that will not shrink
Though pressed by many a foe,
That will not tremble on the brink
Of any earthly woe!

—Bathurst

 

   Get rid of Second Hand Faith and live in genuine Faith.

 

 

 

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