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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH

MARCH 2018 SERMONS

 

MARCH 4, 2018

 

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS

 

SCRIPTURE READING: PHILIPPIANS 2:1-11

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Philippians 2:1 (NLT)

 

   Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate?

 

INTRO: We are living in troublesome time.

 

   As we see the terrible things that are happening in our world today, we cry out for solutions.

 

   The world is too busy pushing their own agenda they can’t take the time to work together to find a solution for some of the problems.

 

   The Democrats are too concerned with being Democrats; the Republicans are too concerned with being Republicans.

 

Mark 3:24-25 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

 

   The only solution that will address these problems is JESUS.

 

   It is the responsibility and privilege of the Church to bring Jesus into a broken world.

 

   The more a church seeks to do the more they must be united.

 

   Paul, in his letter to the Philippians reveals the secret of being united.

 

I. PAUL CHALLENGES THEIR EXPERIENCE IN CHRIST:

 

Philippians 2:1 (NLT) Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate?

v  Have you received encouragement in your relationship with Christ?

 

NOTE: Have you been encouragement in times of struggle.

 

Romans 15:1 (GW) So those of us who have a strong {faith} must be patient with the weaknesses of those whose {faith}is not so strong. We must not think only of ourselves.

 

Galatians 6:1-2 (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. Help carry each other's burdens. In this way you will follow Christ's teachings.

 

v  Have you found comfort in His love?

 

1 John 3:1-3 (GW) Consider this: The Father has given us his love. He loves us so much that we are actually called God's dear children. And that's what we are. For this reason the world doesn't recognize us, and it didn't recognize him either. Dear friends, now we are God's children. What we will be isn't completely clear yet. We do know that when Christ appears we will be like him because we will see him as he is. So all people who have this confidence in Christ keep themselves pure, as Christ is pure.

 

v  Have you enjoyed fellowship with others in your relationship with Christ?

 

1 John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

 

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

 

Acts 2:42 (BBE) And they kept their attention fixed on the Apostles' teaching and were united together in the taking of broken bread and in prayer.

 

v  Is your heart full of love for others and do you want to do something to help others?

 

NOTE: Are we willing to allow Christ’s compassion to flow out of our lives into the lives of others.

 

   Are we concern with those:

 

Ø  Who have been hurt by the Church?

Ø  Who differed?

Ø  Who have left the Church?

Ø  Who have are filled with questions?

Ø  Who were critical?

 

NOTE: If we say we have these concerns, then we must be ready to take Jesus to a fallen world.

 

Philippians 2:2 (NLT) Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

 

NOTE: Paul gives us four things we must do in order to bring Jesus to a broken world:

 

1.     Be unity with one another

 

Psalm 133:1-3 (GW) See how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in harmony! It is like fine, scented oil on the head, running down the beard—down Aaron's beard— running over the collar of his robes. It is like dew on {Mount} Hermon, dew which comes down on Zion's mountains. That is where the LORD promised the blessing of eternal life.

 

Amos 3:3 (NLT) Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?

 

2.     Love one another

 

1 John 4:20-21 (GW) Whoever says, “I love God,” but hates another believer is a liar. People who don't love other believers, whom they have seen, can't love God, whom they have not seen. Christ has given us this commandment: The person who loves God must also love other believers.

 

3.     Work together with one another

 

Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NLT) A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

 

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

 

4.     Having the same mind and purpose

 

NOTE: In order for this to work we must be focused on the same thing.

 

Philippians 2:3-5 (GW) Don't act out of selfish ambition or be conceited. Instead, humbly think of others as being better than yourselves. Don't be concerned only about your own interests, but also be concerned about the interests of others. Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

 

NOTE: We take our eyes off ourselves and focus on JESUS.

 

CONCLUSION: IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS.

 

Hebrews 12:2-3 (GW) We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Then he received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God. Think about Jesus, who endured opposition from sinners, so that you don't become tired and give up.

 

John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

 

MARCH 25, 2018

 

ARE YOU ONLY SEEING THE PARADE?

 

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 21:1-11

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 21:8-9

 

   And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

 

INTRO: “You only saw the parade”

 

   As we enter the Easter season, it is easy to get caught up with the parade and miss what Easter is all about.

 

ü  Easter Egg Hunt

ü  New Clothes

ü  Special Meals

ü  Parties and Celebrations

ü  The Spring Season

 

    Even in many churches the true meaning of Easter will be hidden.

 

   The coming of Easter was fully shown in the Scriptures, but the people, even the disciples, failed to see what would be involve.

 

   Those who see only the Parade fail to see and understand the true meaning of Easter (Resurrection Sunday).

 

   It’s easy to sing and dance when the sun is shining but what happens when the storm clouds rise and flood waters come crashing in?

 

   The week before Easter brought separation.

 

I. EASTER WEEK:

 

   Each Gospel covers the events leading up to Resurrection Sunday differently.

Matthew (MA) 21-26; Mark (Mk) 11-14; Luke (Lk) 19:29-23 and John (JN) 12:12-19

 

   It would be good for us to read these different views as we prepare to celebrate Resurrection Sunday.

 

NOTE: There are too many events to address today, but here are a few.

 

v  The anointing of Jesus’ feet by Mary took place the day before the Triumphal Entry.

                                                                                                                              JN 12:1-8

v  The cursing of the fig tree MK 11:12-14,20-26

v  Jesus weeping over Jerusalem LK 19:41-44

v  The cleansing of the Temple MA 21:12-17

v  The destruction of the Temple foretold MK 13:1-8

v  Judas sells Jesus MA 26:14-16

v  Communion instituted  MA 26:26-29

v  Washing of the disciples feet JN 13:4-17

v  Peter’s denial foretold LK 22:31-34

v  Jesus’ prayer for the disciples and us. JN 17

v  Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane MA 26:36-46                                                                             

v  Jesus’ arrest MA 26:47-56

v  Peter’s reaction JN 18:10-11

 

   All this transpired before the trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

 

II. THE TRIAL AND CRUCIFIXION:

 

NOTE: The following events transpired:

 

   A. BROUGHT BEFORE CAIAPHAS THE HIGH PRIEST

 

v  Witness brought false accusations against Jesus MK 14:55-59

v  They spit in Jesus’ face MK 14:65

v  Buffeted and slapped Jesus MK 14:65

v  Peter’s denial LK 22:54-62

 

   B. TAKEN TO PONTIUS PILATE MA 27; MK 15; LK 23; JN 18:28-19:22

                            

v  Judas tried to return the 30 pieces of silver                                                                      

v  Pilate sent Jesus to Herod LK 23:6-11

 

    C. BEFORE PILATE ONCE AGAIN

 

v  Pilate’s wife warned him to have nothing to do with Jesus He is a just man. MA 27:19

v  Pilate tried to release Jesus for Barabbas MK 15:6-15

v  Three times Pilate asked, “Why what evil has He done.”

v  Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead tip whip MK 15:15                                                          

v  Pilate washed his hands. MA 27:24

 

   D. JESUS BEFORE THE SOLDIERS MA 27:26-31

                                                                  

o    The soldiers stripped Jesus and put a scarlet robe on Him

o    They made a crown of thorns and put on His head                                                                   

o    They put a reed in His hands

o    They bowed before Jesus saying, Hail the King of the Jews

o    They spat upon Jesus

o    They hit Jesus in the head with the reed

o    They took off the scarlet robe and put his robe on Him.

 

   E. THE CROSS

 

v  Simon of Cyrene was forced to bear the cross

                                                                              MK 15:21

 

NOTE: Nowhere in Scripture does it say that Jesus stumbled and fell.

 

v  Jesus was crucified between two thieves MK 15:27-28                                                       

v  People mocked Jesus on the cross MA 27:39-43

v  The soldiers cast lots for Jesus’ coat JN 19:23-24

v  Jesus’ side was pierced JN 19:31-37

v  The Veil was rent into MA 27:50-54

 

 

F. THE SEVEN SAYINGS ON THE CROSS

 

1.     Father forgive them for they know not what they do LK 23:34

2.     Today thou shalt be with me in Paradise LK 23:43

3.     Woman behold thy son, son behold thy mother JN 19:26-27                                                                        

4.     My God why hast Thou forsaken Me. MK 15:34

5.     I thirst JN 19:28

6.     It is finished JN 19:30

7.     Father into Thy hands I commend My spirit LK 23:46

 

 G.  THE BURIAL

 

v  The soldiers pierced Jesus’ side JN 19:31-37

v  Joseph of Arimathaea asked Pilate for Jesus’ body MK 15:42-47

v  Nicodemus came with spices for Jesus’ burial JN 19:39                                                                              

v  Wrapped the body of Jesus and laid Him in the Tomb JN 19:40-42

v  The priest demanded a guard be place at the tomb and the tomb is sealed.

                                                                                                                 MA 27:62-66

 

CONCLUSION: To truly appreciate our Salvation we must understand what it cost.

 

   From now to next Sunday I challenge you to read over the events that transpired from Palm Sunday to Easter (Resurrection) Sunday.

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