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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY
JANUARY 7, 2018
YOUR VISION FOR 2018?
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
from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God
granted him that which he requested.
What is your desire for 2018; what do you long to
see and experience this coming year?
no vision, the people perish...
Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions?
Have you devised a plan to keep your resolutions?
What is it that you want to see spiritually happen
in your life, and the life of our church in 2018?
Four things we should seek to accomplish
To know God more
To serve God better
To reach others for Christ
To live a holier life
The story of Jabez is like finding a hidden diamond
The prayer of Jabez is a great example of how we
should pray for ourselves and our Church in 2018.
Oh that thou wouldest
bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that
thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest
from evil, that it may not grieve me!
THAT GOD WOULD BLESS HIM INDEED:
When you ask God for His blessing, are you asking
for physical blessings, or spiritual blessings.
It is nice to experience physical blessings
Spiritual blessings are the best blessings: God's
blessings are real things, and produce real effects.
Proverbs 10:22 (TLB)
blessing is our greatest wealth. All our work adds
nothing to it!
God longs to pour out His blessings
be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed
us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly
places in Christ:
THAT GOD WOULD ENLARGE HIS COAST:
To know God better and to serve Him greater.
that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud,
didst not travail with child: for more
the children of the desolate than the children of
the married wife, saith the
Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch
forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not,
lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For
thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the
left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and
make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
That God would enlarge our hearts, and so enlarge
our vision of Him and how we can serve Him.
That he would
grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to
be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the
inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by
faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what
the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And
to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,
that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Paul gives us an example of having a Holy
Dissatisfaction, wanting more of God in his life.
Philippians 3:12-14 (TLB)
don’t mean to say I am perfect. I haven’t learned
all I should even yet, but I keep working toward
that day when I will finally be all that Christ
saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers,
I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing
all my energies to bear on this one thing:
Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies
ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and
receive the prize for which God is calling us up to
heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.
We should desire for greater ways in which we as
serve our community as individuals and as a Church
THAT GOD'S HAND MIGHT BE WITH HIM;
We should not try to do anything without God’s
Exodus 33:14-16 (BBE)
And he said, I
myself will go with you and give you rest. And Moses
said, If you yourself are not going with us, do not
send us on from here. For is not the fact of your
going with us the sign that I and this people have
grace in your eyes, so that we, that is, I and your
people, are separate from all other people on the
face of the earth?
It is the presence of God that gives us the victory.
build the house, they labour in vain that build it:
LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh
I am the vine,
the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me
ye can do nothing.
We dare not put our trust in ourselves.
2 Corinthians 3:5 (GW)
we are not qualified in any way to claim that we can
do anything. Rather, God makes us qualified.
THAT GOD WOULD KEEP HIM FROM EVIL:
How concern are you about the sinfulness that
I pray not
that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but
that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
We must be constantly on guard against Satan’s
For thou hast
delivered my soul from death:
not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in
the light of the living?
We must constantly inventory our hearts to make sure
no sin has crept in.
Search me, O
God, and know my heart: try me, and know my
thoughts: And see if
any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way
Jabez was more honorable than his brethren because
of his spiritual desire.
1 Chronicles 4:9a
And Jabez was
more honourable than his brethren:
1 Chronicles 4:10
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
from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God
granted him that which he requested.
Let us have the prayer that Jabez had.
January 14th, 2018
What Blessing Do You Need? – Part I
SCRIPTURE READING: Deuteronomy
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Deuteronomy
Man of God preparing for his death: Giving a
gift that is useful.
- Not giving a gift that will be forgotten.
Living in the desert what would you give?
Jewish culture: Spoken word is powerful.
“It was with words that God created the world.
He spoke and it came to be. When he ordained
that vegetation sprout forth, his words penetrated
the earth, lodged in the soil and invested it with
From creation we learn the power that words
channel human power.
They pale in comparison to God’s but they are
They cant break stones, but they crush
They can’t move mountains, but they move people.
They convey feeling and passion, raw spirit
They connect and sever, build and destroy.
They can make or break your day, not to
mention your child.
Speech is the most powerful tool in the human
It is God’s gift to humanity.
Other species communicate, but only humans
Greater than the wisdom of our minds is the
power of our oratory.
It reacts deep within and brings forth ideas,
emotions, and energy.
It penetrates others and conveys selfsame.
They are powerful hooks that build bridges,
craft entry points, and forge connections.
If words are so powerful it follows that we
must be exceedingly careful with the way we use
~ Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, Jerusalem Post.
God is ours, we are God’s.
Identity is key.
What is ours: The commands & the Law.
God is our Leader.
His authority supersedes all.
v. 6 -
REUBEN: The Blessing of HUMILITY
Reuben was the first born of Jacob – Even 440
years later, his descendants were still trying to
exert authority that wasn’t theirs.
Korah’s Rebellion (250 leaders [earth swallows] +
14,700 followers [plague])
Wanted the ‘easy’ land east of the Jordan River.
Shepherding territory that was easily
conquered in future campaigns.
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself, but
of yourself less.” ~Rick Warren
“As long as you are proud, you cannot know God.
A proud man is always looking down on things
& people, and, of courage, as long as you are
looking down you cannot see something that is above
you.” ~C.S. Lewis,
In a day and age where problems arise everywhere, it
takes a stronger individual to admit their
weaknesses and accept responsibility for their
actions than it is to hide behind a mask of pride.
“I have been drawn many times upon my knees by the
overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to
own wisdom and that of all above me seemed
inefficient for the day.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
Reminder to serve their siblings & let them benefit:
How do we stay humble?
By serving others.
I Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under
the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he
may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him,
because he cares for you.”
Romans 12:3, “For by the grace given to me I say to
everyone among you not to think of himself more
highly than he ought to think, but to think with
sober judgment, each according to the measure of
faith that God has assigned.”
v.7 – JUDAH: The Blessing of
James 1:27, “Pure religion and undefiled before God
the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and
widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself
unspoiled from the world.”
Are we a voice for those without a voice?
The Church cannot afford to neglect those around us.
Judah didn’t give justice to Tamar, but later
learned his lesson and stood up for Benjamin before
his brother Joseph.
He was more righteous than his brothers being shaped
and formed by his events & circumstances.
Later kings of Judah would need to be KNOW not only
what Justice was, but how to deliver it.
Those who oppose injustice will find themselves
in the crossfires of opposition.
Proverbs 21:15, “When justice is done, it is a joy
to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”
Resistance increases when the status quo is
Leviticus 19:15, “You shall do no injustice in
You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the
great, but in righteousness shall you judge your
Deuteronomy 27:19, “Cursed be anyone who perverts
the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless,
and the widow.’ And all the people shall say,
Deuteronomy 16:20, “Justice, and only justice, you
shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land
that the LORD your God is giving you.”
Following after the righteousness of God means we do
not follow man, but God… regardless of political
color or flag.
The Blessing of CORBAN (A Gift Dedicated to God)
v.8 – Guidance
v.9 – Imparitality
v.10 – Truth
v.11 – Blessing
If you truly want to live a life that is 100%
dedicated to God it takes 1) Hearing & Listening to
God’s voice, 2) Obedience – no matter the cost, 3)
Constant Communication & Relationship with God
(Which shapes identity)
In ministry, THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH TIME!!!
Confusion with Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk
Do we read “We have work.
God made it.
I need to take as much as I can, as far as I
can, as long as I can”
“My identity is shaped in Christ, God knows my
limitations & abilities, but is pleased when I do
what he has called me to”?
We make great human-doings, but horrible
We constantly ask ourselves, “God, where do I go?
What do I do?
How do I do it?
Who do I bring?”
Guidance: The Urim & Thummin were two stones that
were used to hear the voice of God in a decision.
Proverbs 16:33, “The lot is cast into the lap, but
its every decision is from the LORD.”
When you serve in ministry, YOU WILL experience
resistance & hardship.
Not a question of maybe, but of when.
Pastors are on the front lines: Not only do you deal
with the normal life stressors, but you also deal
Angry mobs (Rioters/Politics/Etc.)
A Job that Follows you Home
The Flesh, The World, The Devil (increased)
Ex: Setting explosive charges on structural pressure
The Trojan Power Plant (Rainier, OR) Impolsion
Highest Contributors of Stress in a Job:
Travel (How much?)
Growth Potential (Can I ascend the ladder?)
Working in the Public
Physical Demands (Lack of Sleep, Lifting, Etc.)
Environmental Conditions (Is it safe?)
Hazards Encountered Personally
Hazards Encountered by Peers
Meeting the Public
Pastors in Ministry Stress:
75% report being
“extremely stressed” or “highly stressed”
90% work between 55 to
75 hours per week
90% feel fatigued and
worn out every week
70% say they’re
40% report a serious
conflict with a parishioner at least once a
78% were forced to
resign and 63% at least twice, most commonly
because of church conflict
80% will not be in
ministry ten years later and only a fraction
make it a lifelong career
100% of 1,050 Reformed
and Evangelical pastors had a colleague who had
left the ministry because of burnout, church
conflict, or moral failure
91% have experienced
some form of burnout in ministry and 18% say
they are “fried to a crisp right now”
Pastor’s Emotional Health, Family, & Morality
70% say they have a
lower self-esteem now than when they entered
70% constantly fight
50% feel so
discouraged that they would leave their ministry
if they could, but can’t find another job
80% believe their
pastoral ministry has negatively affected their
families and 33% said it was an outright
80% of ministry
spouses feel left out and unappreciated in their
77% feel they do not
have a good marriage
41% display anger
problems in marriage (reported by the spouse)
38% are divorced or
50% admit to using
pornography and 37% report inappropriate sexual
behavior with someone in the church
Pastor’s Lack of Soul Care & Training
70% do not have
someone they consider a close friend
50% do not meet
regularly with an accountability person or group
72% only study the
Bible when preparing for sermons or lessons
21% spend less than 15
minutes a day in prayer — the average is 39
minutes per day
16% are “very
satisfied” with their prayer life, 47% are
“somewhat satisfied”, and 37% are either
“somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied”
(spending more time in quiet prayer or listening
to God versus making requests was correlated
with higher satisfaction)
44% of pastors do not
take a regular day off
31% do not exercise at
all, while 37% exercise at least three or four
days a week as recommended
90% say they have not
received adequate training to meet the demands
85% have never taken a
The blessing of knowing identity: Romans 8:31, “If
God is for us, who can be against us?”
This is why we MUST constantly be plugged into God.
v. 12 BENJAMIN – The Blessing of
Love & Protection
Those secure in love can accomplish great
A study from UCLA showed that having loving
parents can physically alter the neural pathways in
children that will influence them to being healthier
throughout their life both physically, mentally, and
The opposite leads to increased morbidity and
mortality rates; increased cholesterol levels,
chance of cardio diseases, metabolic syndromes, and
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (Western Culture):
God our Father:
Matthew 23:37b, “How often would I have gathered
your children together as a hen gathers her brood
under her wings, and you were not willing!”
Isaiah 49:15, “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
that she should have no compassion on the son of her
Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”
Ephesians 1:4-6, “even as he chose us in him before
the foundation of the world, that we should be holy
and blameless before him.
In love he predestined us for adoption to
himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to
the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his
glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the
JOSEPH: The Blessing of Wealth
We are uncomfortable talking about wealth in the
We think of the Rich Man & Lazarus, the Rich Man &
his barns, scriptures about avoiding wealth and
their glory fading like a flower, but we forget the
stories of David, Solomon, Job, & Barnabas who did
great things for God with their wealth.
Proverbs 30:7-9, “Two things I have asked of You, do
not refuse me before I die: Keep deception and lies
far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches,
feed me with the food that is my portion, that I not
be full and deny You and say, “Who is the LORD?” or
that I be in want and steal, and profane the name of
NOTICE: Joseph still had to work for wealth, but the
blessing allowed it to come easier for him.
However, we are encouraged to not pursue wealth as
I Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of
all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have
wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves
with many griefs.”
Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for
either he will hate the one and love the other, or
he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You
cannot serve God and wealth.”
Our primary love needs to
Then the blessing comes afterwards.
Money is a tool.
How we use it is important.
Barnabas in Acts 4:36-37 used his wealth to provide
for the Church’s need.
Israel was called at God’s command to plunder Egypt
before they left (Exodus 3:20-22)
Again, the question becomes,
HOW DO WE USE
CHALLENGES: WHAT BLESSING DO YOU
NEED MOVING INTO THE 2018 YEAR?
HUMILITY – So you can serve wholeheartedly?
JUSTICE – So you can advocate for those without a
CORBAN – So you can learn to rest more & follow in
obedience rather can constantly doing, doing doing?
LOVE & PROTECTION – So you can move forward in
growth & development?
WEALTH – So you can be a blessing to others?
JANUARY 21, 2018
What Blessing Do You Need? –
SCRIPTURE READING: Deuteronomy 34:1-12
SCRIPTURE PASSAGE: Deuteronomy 33:18-29
Recap of Last Week: Preparation to go into
the promised land.
Power of the spoken word.
Blessings: Reuben-Humility, Judah-Justice,
Levi-Corban, Benjamin-Love & Protection,
ZEBULUN & ISSACHAR – The Blessing of RELATIONSHIP
“It’s not what you know, but who you know” –
Pike’s German Class
The lure of desiring
Genesis 2:18, “Then the LORD God said, “It is
not good that the man should be alone; I will make
him a helper fit for him.””
Not just referencing
Story of Alexis & Isaac
(Man Time vs. Tonya Time)
What better way to build fellowship than to
have a party?
That (along with God’s Spirit) grew the
believers from a group of 200 to a megachurch.
Acts 2:42-47, “And they devoted themselves to
the apostle’s teaching and the fellowship, to the
breaking of bread ant the prayers.
And awe came upon every soul, and many
wonders and signs were being done through the
And all who believed were together and had
all things in common.
And they were selling their possessions and
belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as
any had need.
And day by day, attending the temple together
and break bread in their homes, they received their
food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and
having favor with all people.
And the Lord added to their number daily
those who were being saved.”
Having a reason to celebrate and party.
Need a reason?
Ex: Growing parties, Teaching Celebration,
As holidays have lost
their meaning, we need to come up with new events
that remind us of the true value of gathering
Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider how to
stir one another to love and good deeds, not
neglecting to meet together, as some are in the
habit of doing, but encouraging one another, and all
the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
? What would happen in the church if we
developed our skill in hospitality?
What if we started hosting each other for
dinner & invited friends who perhaps didn’t know
Dr. Granovetter in 1973 discovered that the
majority of jobs come not from close friends, but
from “weak ties”.
Acquaintances vs. Friends.
- GAD: The Blessing of AUTHORITY
- The ability to get things done.
*NOTICE: v.21 – “With the heads of the
- Balance: Not Tyrant of Dictatorship, but
not Anarchy either (Judges 21:25)
The Power of Releasing for Service: Letting
people do what they were designed to do.
In a research poll done by
Huseman & Hatfield, studies indicated that 85% of
Americans could do better at their job, “If [they]
As a company, if employees
are not maximized to their potential and ability the
company loses revenue, skill assets, and eventually
the employee they’ve invested in.
Ex: Eric Liddell, “When I
run I feel God’s pleasure.”
Ex: II Samuel 18:22-23,
“Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said to Joab, “Come
what may, let me also run after the Cushite.” And
Joab said, “Why will you run, my son, seeing that
you will have no reward for the news?”
“Come what may,” he said, “I will run.”
So he said to him, “Run”.
Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and
outran the Cushite.”
Outrunning – There is great value in putting the
right people in place to do what they do best and
then not hindering them in their work. [MUST KNOW
Jesus’ Prayer in John 17:21-23 was that we
might be Unified.
Satan’s greatest tool is to cause little
things to become big splinters.
I Corinthians 12:11,
26-27, “All these are empowered by one and the same
Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as
he wills… If one member suffers, all suffer
together; if one member is honored, all rejoice
Now you are the body of Christ and
individually members of it.”
How much fear would Satan
have if all churches unified, if all denominations
How much work for the Kingdom of God could be
DAN – The Blessing of POTENTIAL
Lion cubs: Cute, Full of Energy, Noisy.
They haven’t learned much yet, and they are
trained by the Pride (pack).
One day they grow up to be big lions that
will hunt down prey.
Ephesians 4:11-14, “And he gave the apostles,
the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and
teachers, to equip the saints for the work of the
ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until
we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the
knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to
the measure of the stature of the fullness of
Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed
to and fro by the wave and carried about by every
wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in
(The Fullness of Christ)
Discipleship is KEY!
Commanded by Christ in Matthew 28.
Discipleship is the
ability to come alongside someone and help them
develop into who God wants them to be.
It is helping them unlock their dreams, know
their identity, accomplish great achievements, and
leave a lasting legacy for them and us.
Potential is one of the greatest determining
factors in hiring.
It is the question of ‘Can they learn?’ or
‘Do they have the aptitude for growth’
Leader Within You, writes, “When you cannot
afford to hire the best, hire the young who are
going to be the best.
Believe in them – that will encourage risk.
Show them – that will build respect.
Love them – that will strengthen
Know them – that will personalize development
Teach them – that will enhance growth
Trust them – that will develop loyalty.
Expand them – that will provide challenges.
Lift them – that will ensure results.”
Insights from a Millennial:
We were told, “You will do
great things, you will accomplish much”, and we
We were raised in a
‘stable’ time period that allowed for art,
reflection, and ingenuity.
When the time came for
collaboration, we were told “There is no place here
This is how it’s always been done, that’s how
it always will be.” So Millennials took their ideas
Nowadays, Millennials have
introduced their ideas in the marketplace and have
radically shaped Economics (Buy one, give one),
Politics (Less news), & Business (Advertisement,
Customization, Speed & Development)
The cost? True
relationships & personal holiness.
We now live in a “Digital
Babylon” according to Barna Study Group. To be
effective we need discipleship: teachings on
vocation, calling, and the will of God for the
New Star Wars a Prime
How will we as OFCOG rise to this occasion
and be Christ to them?
NAPHTALI – The Blessing of FAVOR
Proverbs 3:3,4, “Let not steadfast love and
faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your
neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success in
the sight of God and man.”
Luke 2:52, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and
in stature and in favor with God and man.”
*Some people seem more adept than others:
Estherlyn – Free, Alexis – Reduced Cost, Pike –
Raise the price!! Quick!!
Story: Andrew at Corban – Library Stairs
Win Friends & Influence People
Become genuinely interested in other people.
Remember that a person’s name, is to that person,
the sweetest and most important sound in any
Be a good listener.
Encourage others to talk about themselves.
Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
Make the other person feel important and do it
Romans 12:18, “If possible, so far as it
depends on you, live peaceably with all.”
Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your
light shine before others, so that they may see your
good works and give glory to your Father who is in
I Peter 2:12, “Keep your conduct among the
Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against
you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and
glorify God on the day of visitation.”
The Blessing of STRENGHT
Oil & Iron/Bronze – Outward signs of strength
(Economic & Defense)
Favorite & Sons – Signs of Inward strength - Legacy
When these areas are damaged we either see 1)
Corruption from outside forces which supersedes
health or 2) Decay and lack of integrity (Civil
Abraham Lincoln, “A House divided against
itself cannot stand.”
Jesus, “Every kingdom divided against itself
is laid waste, and no city or house divided against
itself will stand.”
--Sometimes events or circumstances will
thwart our good efforts and attempt to overshadow
Proverbs 11:3, “The integrity of the upright
guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous
Proverbs 20:7, “The righteous who walks in
his integrity – blessed are his children after him!”
--Sometimes our own selves will attempt to
thwart our good efforts and attempt to cancel out
--Paul himself wrote in Romans 7, “That which
I should do, I don’t do.
That which I should do, I do.
Who will save me from this body of death?”
- God is our God.
We are his, and he is ours.
- He is our fortress, our ever-present help
in trouble (Ps 46:1)
- We are set aside for God (Holy)
- God gives us the victory.
BLESSING DO YOU NEED MOVING INTO 2018?
So you can reach out to others?
So you can accomplish great things for God?
So you can grow more into the person God wants you
So you can be a blessing to others?
So you can provide stability to those around you?
JANUARY 28, 2018
WORLD NEEDS TO SEE JESUS
SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 12:21
The same came
therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of
Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see
People need to see Jesus; the world needs to see
The principle of simple curiosity has often brought
a person to salvation.
What is it that awakens the desire to see
Jesus in the heart of a nonbeliever?
What kind of Jesus will they see in you?
More people have come to see Jesus because of the
life of a Believer rather than a sermon.
It is the Believer’s daily walk that draws a
nonbeliever to seek Jesus.
A SALT SHAKER FOR JESUS
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.
Salt can either enhance or destroy that which it
comes in contact with.
The world needs salt, but it needs Jesus more.
How we live will either draw people to Jesus or turn
What kind of Jesus is the Westboro Baptist Church in
Topeka, Kansas showing the world?
SALT IS DISTINCTIVE
Salt is totally different from that to which it has
Romans 12:2 (BBE)
And let not
your behaviour be like that of this world, but be
changed and made new in mind, so that by experience
you may have knowledge of the good and pleasing and
complete purpose of God.
NOTE: As Believers were are to be different from
those of the world without becoming holy-than-thou.
SALT ACTS AS A PRESERVER
In Jesus’ day, and until electric, salt was
used as a preservative
Salt works as a preservative, altering food so it
can be kept for a longer period of time
Exodus 32:31-32 (BBE)
Then Moses went back to the Lord and said, This
people has done a great sin, making themselves a god
of gold; but now, if you will give them
forgiveness--but if not, let my name be taken out of
The cry of the Believer must be for the repentance
of the sinner.
“Wait a Little Longer please Jesus”
SALT IS AN INFLUENCE
Philip & Barnabas
opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture,
and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on
way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch
here is water; what doth hinder me to be
baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with
all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and
said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
And when Saul
was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to
the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and
believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas
took him, and brought
to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had
seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to
him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in
the name of Jesus.
Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: And when he
had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it
came to pass, that a whole year they assembled
themselves with the church, and taught much people.
And the disciples were called Christians first in
Salt make food taste better
O taste and
see that the
is good: blessed is
that trusteth in him.
How sweet are
thy words unto my taste!
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
C. SALT CAUSES THIRST.
The Believer’s life should draw sinners to Christ.
BEING A LIGHT FOR JESUS
Jesus is the Light of the Word
Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the
world: he that followeth me shall not walk in
darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Ephesians 5:8 (BBE)
For you at one
time were dark, but now are light in the Lord: let
your behaviour be that of children of light
We are to be reflective lights of Jesus in this sin
Jesus said He was the light of the
we must also the light of the
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you alway,
unto the end of the world.
And he said
unto them, Go ye into all
the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Our light must shine out to everyone not just a
A. LIGHT ATTRACTS
Isaiah 9:2 (GW)
people who walk in darkness will see a bright light.
The light will shine on those who live in the land
of death's shadow.
Acts 13:47 (NJB)
For this is
what the Lord commanded us to do when he said:
I have made
you a light to the nations,
so that my
salvation may reach
remotest parts of the earth.'
B. LIGHT REVEALS
That which is harmful and that which is good.
John 16:8 (GW)
He will come
to convict the world of sin, to show the world what
has God's approval, and to convince the world that
God judges it.
LIGHT DISPELS DARKNESS AND FEARS
That ye may be
blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without
rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse
nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
1 John 4:18
There is no
fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not
made perfect in love.
Our life must be the kind of life that brings glory
and honor to Jesus, and make others desirous of Him.
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