Sermon for Week of:  

December 28, 2014

 

 

 

The lesson for the week  is : "Division is Disasterous"

Scripture: I Corinthians 1:10-13

 

God does not want His people or His church divided.

 

The word 'same' is used three times in verse 10. We are working to get to the same heaven; serving the same God.

 

God hates division and we are to mark them that cause division.

 

Division is defined as the separation of people.

Offences is defined as that which can cause someone to stumble.

 

God doesn't want us to look down on anyone.  We are to help everyone we can help. But we can only help people that want to be helped.

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Romans 16:17

Romans 12:2

Luke 7:11-15

 

 

December 21, 2014

The lesson for the week  is : "A Praying Church"

Scripture: Acts 2:42

Guest Minister : Ira Simmons - Tanner Hill Church of Christ in Brundige, AL

 

Prayer is the key to the Christian life. Prayer is powerful and strong.  Prayer is communication with God.  We must speak in truth  and be right  when coming to God in prayer for He knows everything. If we are children of God, we know that God will see us through.  Every child of God has light and God wants us to keep that light burning.  Our lives as Christians is a living epsitle - we may be the only bible some people see.

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Lamentations  3:21-22

John 5:1415

James 4:10

Isaiah 59:1-2

John 9:31

Matthew 6:7

Psalms 145:18

I John 1:7

John 4:2

John 3:22

Philippians 4:6

 

December 14, 2014 

The lesson for the week is : "Fatal Attraction-Part 1"

Scripture: I John 2:15-16

As young people pass from boyhood to manhood and girlhood to womanhood, there are some deadly attractions competing for their attention - Facebook, Twitter, cable tv, HBO, Snapshot. As a result, some young people know more at 13 than grownups knew at 25. These attractions tell young people, "I will make you somebody." But life is too short and eternity too long to lose one's soul.

Three fatal attractions beckoning young people today are:

1. Drugs - the use of drugs can bring an end to young people in the form of prison or homicide. Satan doesn't tell that part. Drug use destroys talents and mental abilities. Drug use divides the family and corrupts the home.

2. Homosexuality - is defined as people who would prefer to have sexual relations with a person of the same sex. God never created homosexuals; He condemns it. It is a sin against the body and God's Holy Word. Homosexuality was punished by death in the Old Testament.

3. Peer Pressure - is a powerful force teens face in making a decision. Peer pressure can result in a teen going along with the crowd to be accepted; feeling pressure to do things he or she knows is wrong; not being sure whether or not he or she fits in with the crowd. Peer pressure is about being popular - but one will be popular for the wrong reasons.

Related scriptures discussed were:

I Corinthians 6:19

Leviticus 18:22

Leviticus 20:13

I Corinthians 10:13

I Corinthians 6:9-10

Romans 1:24-28

Romans 12:1-2

James 4:4

Proverbs 1:10

Ephesians 6:4

 

December 7, 2014

The lesson for the week is : "Yes, Jesus Loves Me"

Scripture: John 19:31-34

In this passage, Jesus is in the Upper Room with HIs disciples. His disciples had been with Jesus for three years.

The problem they were having was that none of them wanted to be servants, but to be served.

Jesus told them that the servant can not be greater than his Lord. Jesus knew that His hour had not come yet; He did know that it was coming.

Like Jesus, we have our hour coming. And when it arrives, Jesus will be with us. Even though we stumble and make a mistake, we are still loved by the Lord. Even though some of us really don't know Jesus, He still loves us. He will love us until the end.

At times we give our enemies too much power; we magnify them. Enemies don't deserve our conversations. Enemies can do three things for us in our Christian growth:

1. keep us reading the Bible

2. keep us in prayer

3. keep us in church

Related scriptures discussed were:

John 13:16

John 2:4

John 7:30

John 8:20

John 12:27

John 17:1

I Corinthians 11:1

John 12:40

 

 

November 30, 2014

The lesson for the week  is : "Jesus Died and He Died for Me"

Scripture: John 19:31-34

 

What does Christianity have that other religions do not have? Jesus Christ and His cross.

 

For those in Christ the judgement has passed; for those out of Christ the judgement is yet to come.

 

The bible states that Jesus died for us - not that He worked or lived for us.  Jesus had control over His own execution.  The fact that Jesus died is history; that He died for us is personal.

 

Salvation is something received, not done.  We need to be thankful that God saved us.  We need to show through our actions, our words, our life that we love Christ.

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Matthew 5:16

Matthew 6:33

Mark 15:44

Isaiah 53:5

John 10:15-18

John 19:30

John 1:11

Luke 23:50-56

Romans 10:17

John 12:32

John 13:34-35

Philippians 2:5

II Peter 2:20-22

II Timothy 3:16

Romans 12:1-2
 

 

 

November 23, 2014

The lesson for the week is : "Are You Ready?"

Scripture: II Timothy 4:8

 

I Timothy was written as a letter of instruction by Paul to Timothy, his son in the Gospel.

 

In II Timothy, Paul knows that he is about to die. As Christians, we all should be ready to die.

 

Even though he is facing death and in prison, Paul is calm; he asks that his cloak, books and parchment be brought to him.

 

Paul knew that the Christian life is a race to to run until the very end. Paul endured until the end.

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Hebrews 9:27

Revelation 2:10

I Corinthians 9:24

Matthew 24:13

Acts 20:24-27

James 1:2

I Corinthians 11:1

Revelation 21:4

 

 

 

November 16, 2014

The lesson for the week is : "The Rich Man Situation"

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31

 

Jesus chose his stories or parables from familiar things.

 

In this particular parable, the scene opens with the rich man being well dressed and fed. But a few feet from his gate was Lazarus, a sick, poor man, who would have been satisfied eating the crumbs from the rich man's table. But the rich man would not allow it.

 

Lazarus died and soon afterward, the rich man died as well.

 

While Lazarus was in comfort, the rich man was in hell, not because he was rich, but because he didn't live right.

 

Now the rich man is begging for mercy, as Lazarus begged for mercy while on earth. The lesson of the parable - be careful of how you treat people while here on earth.

 

The unsaved will be punished in the next life. The rich man - even though he died physically, he still continued to live spiritually.

 

It is too late to pray once in hell.

 

Living the Christian life includes three things:

1. admit when you have done wrong

2. grow love for one another through actions

3. forgive one another

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Galatians 6:7

II Corinthians 4:16

Ecclesiastes 12:7

John 5:28-29

Matthew 25:46

Hebrews 9:27

Hebrews 12:29

Romans 11:22

 

 

 

November 9, 2014

The lesson for the week is : "Living Faithfully, Always" - Guest Speaker: Deacon Clement Gamble

Scripture: Mark 13:35-37

 

As Christians, we must live faithfully, regardless of the outcome.

 

We live faithfully because there is a set time and place for Christ to return. We don't know the day or hour.

 

Do all that you can to keep God's word. You must study the bible.

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Matthew 10:34-39

MAtthew 24:38

I Thessalonians 5:1

John 3:16

I John 3:16-18

Romans 8:35-39

Isaiah 59:1-2

I Peter 3:12

Romans 12:1-12

Romans 6:4

Matthew 25:31-36

Ephesians 4:1-6

 

 

November 2, 2014

The lesson for the week is : "God's Amazing Grace"

Scripture: Ephesians 2:7-9

 

The universe, the world, our human bodies are amazing. But the loving kindness of God's amazing grace is even more so. And His most amazing gift - His salvation toward us.

 

We have the opportunity to get to heaven through God's grace and mercy, not through our works. His grace gives us the opposite of what we deserve. Man deserves justice, but God gave us mercy. Christ took the punishment for every man.

 

Why is the good will and loving kindness of God so amazing?

1. it cost heaven so much to make it available

2. it cost God His son

3. it cost Christ His riches

4. it was all done for wicked, sinful, selfish people

 

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

James 1:17

Romans 6:23

Romans 3:23

Hebrews 2:19

II Corinthains 5:21

John 3:16

II Corinthians 8:9

Romans 5:8

 

 

 

October 26, 2014

The lesson for the week is : "The Armour of God"

Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-11

 

Paul wrote the Book of Ephesians in prison. In writing this letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul was looking out of a prison window at a Roman solider standing guard. He used the example of the Roman solider's uniform as a guide for us in how to 'dress' ourselves as Christians.

 

God has fixed it so that we will be ready for the fiery darts of Satan. Satan will come after each of us. And when he comes, he will knock us down. He will try to convince us that the wrong way is the right way. Remember that we are not fighting against people, but against wickeness and cunningness. Therefore, we must put on the whole armour of God.

 

If our spirit is not connected with God, we will miss our blessings. We must be obedient to God.

 

We must pray all the time while here on earth. We will be challenged and lied on. But prayer will bless us with the wisdom to endure. We must be patient and watch the spirit of the Lord do His part.

 

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

I Peter 4:12

Ephesians 6:12-18

 

 

October 19, 2014

The lesson for the week  is : "Don't Return Evil for Evil"

Scripture: Romans 12:17-21

 

In this passage, Paul is concentrating on Christian behavior and how we should act in the house of God.

 

As Christians, we must remember that in the Christian life, the most important thing is love. But we must remember that love is not talk; love is an action.

 

Things will happen in our lives to see if we are real in our convictions - Satan will stir things up.  It is important that we do not fall into his trap and become hypocritical. Be honest in all things.

 

As Christians, we must be careful of what we say and do around worldly people.  It takes a genuine Christian to be mistreated and still say 'I love you'.  This is a growth process; it doesn't occur overnight.

 

Everything God says in His book, He will do. However,  we must do our part.

 

Jesus wants to see us on one accord.
 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Romans 12:9

James 1:5

James 3:17

Galatians 6:1

Galatians 6:10

 

 

 

October 12, 2014

The lesson for the week is : "Too Legit to Quit - Don't Let Anyone or Anything Hinder You from God's Work"

Scripture: Nehemiah 6:1-6

 

Enemies will come at you in different ways to keep you from God's work. The lesson today is about Nehemiah, a man who remained focused on God's work.

 

Nehemiah's enemies laughed at him and threaten to fight him, all in an attempt to take his focus off of God.

 

When doing a good work, enemies will lie on you.

 

You must fight back, but fight back spiritually - always remain on praying ground.

 

When in the body of Christ, pay attention to everything, so that you will know right from wrong.

 

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Nehemiah 4:3

Nehemiah 4:8

Matthew 26:41

I Corinthians 15:58

Acts 20:28-30