Sermons July 05, 2015 to September 27, 2015

 

Week of September 27,  2015

The lesson for the week  is : "Who Shall I Turn To?"

Guest Speaker: Deacon Clement Gamble

Scripture:  Isaiah 55:7

 

Who can you turn to when you are in trouble? You can turn to God; He is your protector, your provider, your Father in heaven. If you turn to man with your troubles, man will let you down.

 

Who can you turn to for love? Turn to God for God is love. You need to praise God for what He has done.

 

Who can you turn to for salvation? God gives salvation freely. The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. God's judgement is true; whatever God does is right, even if you don't think it is right.

 

You have to bring your standards up to God's standards. You are a minister of God's kingdom and someone is watching what you are doing. When people see you, do they see Jesus or someone else?

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Psalms 23

Psalms 121

Romans 15:4

Psalms 24:1

Psalms 116:5

Acts:17:30

 

 

 

 

 

Week of September 20,  2015

The lesson for the week  is : "The Gospel Is What It Is"

Scripture:  Mark 16:15-16; Romans 1:16

 

The sweetest sound and the greatest news to reach man is the gospel of Christ. The Gospel is everlasting, sweet salvation, it is the Good News that the Savior has come to the world.

 

The Gospel is a message of:

--love

--mercy

--grace

--forgiveness

--salvation

--hope

--deliverance

It is a message for all and to everyone. It makes no difference who you are, it is for you. It doesn't omit anyone. The Gospel is for all those who are sick of sinning.

 

Not everyone can preach the Gospel - only the Church of Christ. The church has the responsibility to share the greatest message of the world with the world.

 

The Gospel reveals the narrow way to salvation. It teaches the right way to treat friends, family and enemies. The number one purpose of the church is for its' members to love one another.

 

The Gospel brings out the only way a man can make it to heaven.

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Matthew 11:28

Luke 6:31

Luke 6:34-35

Ephesians 3:10

Romans 16:16

Ephesians 4:4-5

Galatians 3:28

 

 

 

 

Week of September 13,  2015

The lesson for the week  is : "Love Do Good"

Guest Speaker: Elder Calvin Kidd

Scripture:  Matthew 22: 34-40

 

We need to continue to love and do good because it will benefit us in the end. We need to love more and more; we can not love enough.

 

We must do good to all men, but especially to those of the household of faith. Remember, God loved us so much that He gave us His only Son. To be in the presence of God we have to learn to love.

 

We know that love hides a multitude of sins and we realize that loving is a growing process. If we love one another, people will see there is something special about us.

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Matthew 12:28-34

I John 4:1-21

John 13:31-35

Luke 6:27-38

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

 

 

Week of September 6,  2015

The lesson for the week  is : "You Press  On"

Scripture:  Philippians 3:13-14

 

Paul wrote this letter from jail and he is giving his spiritual biography. Paul discovered new vaules when he met Jesus and he wants us to experience that same victory.

 

When a person presses on, he becomes a hunter, pursuing someone or something. And when in the service of the Lord, time does not wear out the spirit - the longer the race is run, the more strenght is gained. This is a long distance race that must be run with patience.  Tiredness will occur but remember, everyday with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.

 

Press on because we serve a God of another chance.

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

II Corinthians 4:8

Hebrews 12:1-2

 

 

Week of August 30,  2015

The lesson for the week  is : "From a Boy to a Man"

Scripture:  Daniel 1:8-9

 

When Daniel was a young boy, Babylon defeated Judea. It was a custom to take the most promising young men, train them in the Babylonian way and have them serve in the king's court.

 

Daniel, even as a young boy, was committed to God and realized that the Babylonian king was acting in way contrary to God's way and Daniel stood fast on God's word.

 

There are three points learned from this passage:

1. Daniel's moral courage gained respect

2. Daniel said 'no' to the king's influence over others

3. no one can get into your heart unless you allow it

 

 

The church today is filled with unused talent. When God gives you a gift or talent, no one can take it away from you. Whatever you say you can do, you can do it. Always take the time to talk with young men and encourage them.

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Ephesians 5:15

Matthew 5:16

 

 

 

Week of August 23,  2015

The lesson for the week  is : "God's Power"

Scripture:  Matthew 28: 18-20

 

While it is important to know that the devil has some power, it is even more important to remember that God has all power.

 

His power is greater than any problem(s) you may be going through. The God you serve today is the same God who:

--split the Red Sea

--went into the furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

--shut the mouths of the lions and Daniel was not harmed

--told Joshua to march around Jericho seven times and the walls would come down.

 

There are times when you will need to be quiet and use what you have and God will show His power.

 

Sometimes, you will want a quick fix to your trouble, but remember, the longer you stay in your trouble, the stronger you will become. Nothing can come in your life that you can't handle so long as you trust God.

 

You must have faith in God in order for God to move in your life. Satan will show up when you are trying to do right, so when you are going through your troubles, put God first. God will fight your battles for you.

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

I Peter 5:7

James 1:2

I Thessalonians 5:18

Mathew 6:33

I Corinthians 10:13

I Peter 3:21

 

 

Week of August 16,  2015

The lesson for the week  is : "In Everything Give Thanks to God"

Guest Speaker: Elder Calvin Kidd

Scripture:  Hebrews 4:14-16

 

Sometimes you will have different situations in life when you will need help. God helps in all situations, big and small.

 

Be thankful when you find yourself in different situations - there is a lesson to be learned.

 

God's grace is sufficient; His mercy is everlasting.

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

I Thessalonians 5:1-28

Ephesians 5:15-21

 

 

Week of August 9,  2015

The lesson for the week  is : "Evidence of True Spirituality"

Scripture: Galatians 5:22-23

 

When you are baptized, you will receive the spirit of God as a gift. If you are true in your dedication to God, that spirit will show up in your life.

 

Having that spirit will cause you to search the scriptures for truth, knowledge and spiritual growth. You don't have to tell people that you are a Christian; they will see it.

 

As a Christian, you must be long suffering with those Christians who are not as strong. You must remember when you were not as strong. You don't want to put any unnecessary burdens on other Christians. In addition,  you must love your enemies.

 

Faith, for a Christian, is knowing that God will take care of you and that to grow in grace is to grow in the favor of God. This is accomplished by:

1. searching the scriptures

2. attending bible study

 

Meekness is defined as being careful what you say to a new convert; you must be gentle with a person's heart.

 

As a Christian, you are always willing to forgive and always trust in God.

 

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Acts 2:38

I Corinthians 3:1-3

Hebrews 5:12

I Peter 5:7

II Peter 3:18

Psalms 37: 23

Proverbs 3:5-6

 

 

Week of August 2, 2015

The lesson for the week  is : "Focusing on Jesus (Don't Lose Your Focus)"

Scripture: Matthew 14:28-34

 

In order to stay focused on Jesus, you must have three things:

1. courage

2. faith

3. hope

 

In the lesson text, you will read the story of Jesus' disciples being on a ship and caught in the middle of a storm. During that storm, His disciples saw someone or something walking toward them on the water. When they realized it was Jesus, Peter asked the Lord to allow him to come. As long as Peter remained focused on Jesus, he too was able to walk on water. But when he took his eyes off Jesus and began to focus on the storm, he began to sink. Jesus then stretched forth His hand to save Peter.

 

While he was focused on Jesus, Peter showed courage - he stepped out of his comfort zone (the ship).

 

While he was focused on Jesus, Peter demonstrated faith - he had to have faith to walk on water. Having faith in God means believing in things you can not see.

 

While he was focused on Jesus, Peter displayed hope - think about all that God has already done will help you stay focused on Him.

 

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Deuteronomy 31:6

II Timothy 1:7

II Corinthians 5:7

Luke 1:37

I Corinthians 10:13

Psalms 61:1-2

 

 

Week of July 26, 2015

The lesson for the week  is : "Should We Expect Our Youth to be Spiritually Minded?"

Scripture: I Samuel 1:27-28

 

We are concerned about our children. We want what is best for them. We want them to grow up and serve the Lord.

 

Even though they are surrounded by immorality, it is possible for our youth to live spiritually. The bible gives examples in the Old Testament of youth who lived spiritually, even though the odds seemed stacked against them.

1. Genesis 39: 7-10 (Joseph)

2. Daniel 1:8 (Daniel)

3. Daniel 3:16-18 (Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego)

 

And in the New Testament, there are the examples of youth being used by God in:

1. Luke 1:30 (Mary, mother of Jesus)

2. Matthew 18:1-6 (young children called by Jesus)

3. I Timothy 4:14 (Timothy using his gift)

 

It is not easy being young today. They are facing a war within themselves in terms of:

1. lust of the flesh (I Peter 2:11)

2. lust of the eye (I Timothy 6:9-11)

3. pride of life ( I John 2:15-17)

 

They are also dealing with a war without through peer pressure, hypocrisy and apathy in the church. Children will support the body of Christ by following the example of the adults in the church.

 

How can we have the tools to be spiritually minded?

1. the word of God (Psalms 119:111)

2. prayer (Matthew 26:41)

3. get the youth to church (Hebrews 10:25)

4. put the youth in a position where God can use them (I Samuel 1:28)

 

What to do with a rebellious child?  Turn him or her over to Jesus!

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Luke 19:28-36

 

 

 

 

 

Week of July 19, 2015

The lesson for the week  is : "Foundation of a Christian Life"

Scripture: II John 1:1-13

 

John laid out a basic foundation of living a Christian life - a Christian must know the bible and obey it.

 

As Christians, we should not have fake love.

 

Christians must be watchful for false teachers and not welcome them into our homes.

 

In these days and times, it is necessary to stand on the truth.

 

Christians must stay focused on God and remain busy in the church.

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Romans, Chapter 12

 

 

Week of July 12, 2015

The lesson for the week  is : "The Power of the Cross"

Scripture: I Corinthians 1:18-24

 

Members of the church forget or have not been taught the power of the cross. We must understand the importance of the cross in that everything we do  centers around the cross; it is the grace of God - it is the Church of Christ.

 

We are better prepared to deal with life if we understand the meaning of the cross.

 

Why is the cross important? It is important because at the cross we are delivered from all the consequences of sin.

 

The first instance of disobedience (sin) in the bible occured when Adam ate the fruit that Eve brought. When Adam disobeyed God, he allowed sin to enter into the world. Sin separates man from God. Satan's job, through sin, is to keep man from God. Sin has two results:

1. sin causes man to die physically

2. sin separates us from God

 

The only way man can get back with God, is that someone is going to have to deal with sin. We can't handle sin by ourselves - God sent Jesus. Jesus took on our sins and nailed it to the cross.

 

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Proverbs 4:7

Hosea 4:6

Romans 5:12, 19

Ecclesiastes 7:29

Matthew 12:40

Romans 1:16

Romans 10:9-10

 

 

Week of July 05, 2015

The lesson for the week  is : "When You Have a Bad Situation"

Scripture: II Kings 20:1-6

 

 

How do you handle a bad situation? You can get a lot of advice for free and that advice can mess you up. If you listen to the wrong advice, you can get into deeper trouble.

 

In a bad situation, you need to seek the advice of the one who loves you the most. Man loves you because of who you are. God loves you in spite of who you are.

 

Like Hezekiah, we all will get sick from time to time, in spite of what we do. When facing death, the average person will go through five stages.

1. deny death

2. depression

3. bargaining with God

4. acceptance

5. readiness

 

If you find yourself in a bad situation, turn it over to God. Learn to have a strong prayer life - pray everyday.

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

John 16:13

Revelations 21:4

II Corinthians 5:1

I Peter 5:7

I Thessalonians 5:17