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SERMON: God’s Grace! TEXT: Titus 2:11-13
1. Titus 2:11—Past Tense—Justification (redeems us).
2. Titus 2:12—Present Tense—Sanctification (reforms us).
3. Titus 2:13—Future Tense—Glorification (rewards us).

SERMON: A Life Three Strands Strong!
TEXT: 1 Corinthians 13:13
Introduction: A rope of three strands is NOT soon broken (Eccl. 4:12). When Faith, Hope and Love are braided together, life will be strong!
1. Faith revives us, Hope sustains us and Love moves us.
2. Faith makes us realize, Hope makes us see and Love makes us feel.
3. Faith makes things possible, Hope makes things bright & Love makes things easy.
Conclusion: By weaving faith, hope and love together – this will make our life strong!

SERMON: Five MAJOR Characters of the Bible!
NOTE: My father taught me that the Bible surrounded five major characters: Adam, Abraham, Moses, David and Christ.
1. Adam – came sin.
2. Abraham – came the promise.
3. Moses – came the Law.
4. David – came the earthly king and throne.
5. Christ – came the Heavenly King and Throne.

SERMON: God’s Amazing Grace!
TEXT: Titus 2:11-14
1. Learning – “teaching us.” The instructional value of God’s Grace is unmatched.
2. Leaving – “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts.” God’s Grace demands we leave certain practices behind.
3. Living – “we should live sober, righteously and godly in this present world.” God’s Grace demands that we have a Holy existence.
4. Looking – “looking for the blessed hope and appearing…” God’s Grace focuses our attending on Christ’s Second coming.
Conclusion: Learn, Leave, Live and Look demands responsibility and accountability.

SERMON: Steps that lead to Backsliding!
TEXT: Matthew 26
1. Boastfulness – vs.33-35.
2. Lack of being watchful – vs.40.
3. Lack of Prayer – vs.41, 45.
4. Fleshly Service – vs. 51 – Jn. 18:10.
5. Following from a distance – v.58.
6. Fellowship with enemies – v.69 – Luke 22:54.
7. Open rebellion and denial – vs.70-75.
*borrowed & adapted

SERMON: Moses, a Great man of Faith! TEXT: Hebrews 11:23-28
Introduction: By faith, Moses was able to…
1. See the Invisible – vs. 27.
2. Choose the imperishable – vs. 25.
3. Do the impossible – vs. 26, 28

SERMON: Tried and Tested FAITH!
TEXT: Hebrews 11:1, 6
1. Tried & Tested Faith IS Reassuring (v.1): “substance” means, foundation.
2. Tried & Tested Faith IS Real (v.6a): it must be the real mccoy – genuine.
3. Tried & Tested Faith IS Rewarded (v.6b): faithful look to heaven for their help.

SERMON: Tried and Tested FAITH!
TEXT: Hebrews 11:1, 6
1. Tried & Tested Faith IS Reassuring (v.1): “substance” means, foundation.
2. Tried & Tested Faith IS Real (v.6a): it must be the real mccoy – genuine.
3. Tried & Tested Faith IS Rewarded (v.6b): faithful look to heaven for their help.

SERMON: The kind of FAITH I want!
TEXT: Galatians 2:20, “…I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
1. I want the kind of faith that will see the invisable: Hebrews 2:9.
2. I want the kind of faith that will choose the imperishable: Joshua 24:15.
3. I want the kind of faith that will do the impossible: James 1:22.
Conclusion: Christianity is a lifestyle – it is a life lived by faith!

SERMON: Walking with God!
TEXT: 1 John 1:5-10
1. We must walk before God – Gen. 17:1.
2. We must walk after God – Deut. 13:4.
3. We must walk with God – Gen. 5:25; 6:9.

SERMON: I can DO ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me!
TEXT: Philippians 4:13
1. I can preach & teach God’s word to others.
2. I can live like Christ for others to see.
3. I can encourage others.
4. I can assemble with the saints to worship.
5. I can help those in need.
6. I can pray for all people.
7. I can put Christ FIRST in my life.
Conclusion: I CAN = determination to do the right things!

SERMON: The Just Shall Live by Faith
TEXT: Galatians 2:20 – Paul said, “I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me as gave himself for me.” AMEN! There are many areas in life where a walk/life by faith is needed. For example:
1. Living by Faith in God’s plan for salvation. Cf. Hebrews 5:8-9.
2. Living by Faith in God’s plan for worship. Cf. John 4:24.
3. Living by Faith in God’s plan for family. Cf. Ephesian 5:22-6:4.
Conclusion: Christianity is a lifestyle and Great Faith is a MUST!
SERMON: I can DO ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me!

SERMON: Bragging about the Cross!
TEXT: Galatians 6:14, “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”
Introduction: Paul was the apostle of the cross; he was the prisoner of the Lord set free! He thought about the cross, preached about the cross and lived the cross. Thus, he gloried in the cross! Why?
1. He knew the PERSON of the Cross (Phil. 3:7-11).
2. He knew the POWER of the Cross (John 6:44; 12:32).
3. He knew the PURPOSE of the Cross (Gal. 6:16).
Conclusion: Thank God for the Cross!

SERMON: The Day I Die! TEXT: Hebrews 9:27 1. I want to Die in Christ – Phil. 1:21. 2. I want to Die in Peace – Rom. 5:1. 3. I want to Die in Hope – 2 Tim. 4:8. 4. I want to Die in Love – Eph. 5:1-2. 5. I want to Die in Faith – 2 Tim. 4:7. Conclusion: All that will matter when I die is how I’ve lived!
2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the Word!”

SERMON: Thank You Lord for BLESSING Me! TEXT: Ephesians 2:4-6 1. God loved us – v.4. 2. God liberated us – v.5. 3. God lifted us – v.6.

SERMON: The Goodness of our Great Father! TEXT: Romans 2:4 1. His goodness expressed in JESUS – 2 Cor. 9:15. 2. His goodness revealed in the BIBLE – Romans 1:17. 3. His goodness received in GRACE – Romans 3:24. 4. His goodness enjoyed in the CHURCH – Ephesians 3:20-21. 5. His goodness exalted in HOPE – 1 Peter 3:15. Conclusion: God’s Great Desire

SERMON: Jesus – The Perfect Model for YOUth! TEXT: Luke 2:52 1. Jesus increased in wisdom – MENTALLY. 2. Jesus increased in statue – PHYSICALLY. 3. Jesus increased in favor with man – SOCIALLY. 4. Jesus increased in favor with God – SPIRITUALLY. Conclusion: If you’re looking for a hero, look no farther. Jesus is your perfect model. Follow in His steps and you will NEVER go wrong! He will lead you to heaven!

SERMON: The Just Shall Live by Faith!
TEXT: Habakkuk 2:4
Introduction: Hab. 2:4 is quoted three times in the NT: Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11 and Heb. 10:38. Notice how Hab. 2:4 relates to each NT passage.
1. The Just – Romans 1:17. Romans speaks of Justification.
2. Shall Live – Galatians 3:11. Galatians speaks LIVING under the Law of Christ.
3. By Faith – Hebrews 10:38. Hebrews speaks of great Faith. ƒt

SERMON: Let Every Heart Rejoice & Sing!
TEXT: Psalm 100 God is the SONG (100:1-2): We are His singers. God is the CREATOR (100:3): We are His creation. God is the SHEPHERD (100:3): We are His sheep. God is the BLESSED ONE (100:4): We are His blessed ones. God is LOVE (100:5): We re His loved ones.
Conclusion: Thank God from Whom ALL Blessings Flow!!! *borrowed and adapted

SERMON: God’s Amazing Grace! TEXT: Titus 2:11-14 Introduction: We are saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8). We are to grow in grace of the Lord (2 Pet. 3:18). We must proclaim the gospel of God’s grace (Acts 20:24). We must stand in God’s grace (Rom. 5:1,2). The blessings and importance of God’s Grace is revealed in Titus 2:11-14. Notice what we find! The Origin of God’s Grace (2:11a): “for the grace of God.” God is the source of grace. The Intent of God’s Grace (2:11b): “that brings salvation.” Salvation is the purpose of God’s grace. The Extend of God’s Grace (2:11c): “has appeared to all men.” The gospel is for all. The recipients of God’s grace are “all men.” The Demands of God’s Grace (2:12): “teaching us…denying…we should live…” God’s grace requires we leave unholy practices & live a holy life. The Hope of God’s Grace (2:13): “looking for…hope…and appearing of Christ Jesus.” God’s grace fills us with the hope of eternal life. The Price of God’s Grace (2:14): “who gave Himself for us…” Grace cost God His Son and it cost His Son His life.
Conclusion: Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! AMEN!

SERMON: THE GOLDEN RULE! TEXT: Matthew 7:12
THEME: In this short verse, Jesus gives us the essence of His Father’s ethical commandments concerning our treatment of others. These words are customarily referred to as “the golden rule.” This rule is golden because of at least two reasons. First, a “rule” is an authoritative standard or principle given to regulate conduct. It is called “golden” because it is under-stood to be above all others in greatness and purity; and it is certainly a “rule” because it is meant to guide our conduct toward that which is best and most holy. Second, a “rule” is also a standard of measurement. It measures and establishes absolute truth to be authentic and accurate. We can measure ourselves and see how far we have fallen and how we can realign with that which is right and good.
1. The CONTEXT of the Rule. The word “therefore” draws us back to the words that pre-cede this verse. As we look back, we see that Jesus taught about His Father’s care for us through prayer (7:7-11). Our Father is very good to us; not giving us that which is bad. That’s how we want Him to treat us. Jesus is therefore calling us to imitate the goodness that God show to us. We see this same goodness commanded in 7:1-5; 5:17-20; 5:27-37; etc. Everything in Jesus’ sermon basically constitutes a call to heed and obey what He has said in 7:12; it is a summary statement of the Sermon on the Mount.
2. The MEASURE of the Rule. It’s given in the phrase, “whatever you want men to do to you…” The word “men” (anthropos) doesn’t mean strictly “males only,” rather, it is “people.” Therefore, we are to consider what we would want “people” in general to do to us. A literal way to translate this would be, “all things therefore, as much as it ever occurs, that you may wish that people may do to you…” Jesus calls us to stop and ask this simple question of ourselves when in a situation with others: “What would I want people to do to me in a similar situation.” We must simply measure the situation with Jesus’ standard and act appropriately.
3. The PRACTICE of the Rule. Jesus says, “do also to them.” The Golden Rule has a long history in a wide range of world cultures, prominent religious figures and philosophers. Simon Blackburn states that the Golden Rule can be “found in some form in almost every ethical tradition.” For example: Epicetus said, “What you avoid suffering yourself, seek not to inflict upon others.” “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself” – Confucius. “That which you hate to be done to you, do not do to another” – Ancient Egypt. However, these ancient sayings are put in negative form (i.e., “What you DON’T want done to you, DON’T do to others”). But, Jesus states His rule in a positive form that focuses on positive action. Think about it! If all I wanted to do was passively NOT do to someone else what I DON’T want done to me, then all I would have to do is do nothing at all! I could keep this commandment just by staying home and sitting on my hands. But, if I seek to actively DO to others want I want done to me, I must think, evaluate, measure, love and take life seriously! Cf. Phil. 2:3.
4. The SCOPE of the Rule. Jesus says, “for this is the Law and the Prophets.” In other words, this rule—in positive form—is the essence of what was commanded in the Old Testament in regard to human relations. Cf. Lev. 19:18. The key to all of it is LOVE! It is sacrificially putting the needs of the person loved on an equal level with your own. And that’s the kind of love that fulfills the requirement of the law of God with respect to our treatment of others. Cf. Romans 13:8-10; Gal. 5:14; Matt. 22:37-40. The Golden Rule is the summation and essence of the Law of God.

SERMON: Discernment
TEXT: Hebrews 5:11-14
Introduction: The Christians to which the Epistle of Hebrews was written were in danger of leaving the Lord and returning to their former life of practicing Judaism. Hebrews is basically a book that exhorts discouraged Christians to continue on strong with Jesus in light of the complete superiority of who He is and what He has done for us. They are encouraged to “go on unto perfection [maturity]” (6:1). This instruction was given to those that had become “dull of hearing” (5:11) and were in danger of drifting away from the Lord (2:1). The author exposes their dullness of hearing and failure to mature (5:11-12); he also diagnoses their spiritual condition: babes in Christ (i.e., according to the time they had been followers of Jesus, they should have been much more mature than they were). Their diet of “milk” should have been a diet of “meat.” In the original language, the sense of “for he is a babe,” is “for he has become a babe.” There is nothing more delightful than a true babe in Jesus. But there is nothing more irritating and depressing than someone who should be mature but who has be-come a babe! These Christians demonstrated immaturity by both their lack of discernment between good and evil and in their contemplation of giving up on Jesus. Therefore, it can be said that all five human senses have their spiritual counterparts. Consider how discernment and exercise relate to our senses.
1. We have a spiritual sense of taste: If indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious (1 Pet. 2:3). Taste and see that the Lord is good (Ps. 34:8).
2. We have a spiritual sense of hearing: Hear and your soul shall live (Isaiah 55:3). He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (Revelation 2:7).
3. We have a spiritual sense of sight: Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law (Psalm 119:18). The eyes of your understanding (heart) being enlightened (Ephesians 1:18).
4. We have a spiritual sense of smell: He shall be of quick scent in the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:3). I am full, having received from . . . you, a sweet-smelling aroma (Philippians 4:18). Cf. 2 Cor. 2:12-17.
5. We have a spiritual sense of touch or feeling: Because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the Lord (2 Kings 22:19). The hardening of their heart; who being past feeling, have given themselves over to licentiousness (Ephesians 4:18-19).
Conclusion: The mature Christian is marked by their discernment and by their unshakable commitment. The ability to discern is a critical measure of spiritual maturity. Babes are weak in discernment, and will accept any kind of spiritual food. However, through the exercise of our spiritual senses (trained by practice and habit) our discernment between good and evil will produce maturity.

SERMON: THE GOLDEN RULE! TEXT: Matthew 7:12
THEME: In this short verse, Jesus gives us the essence of His Father’s ethical commandments concerning our treatment of others. These words are customarily referred to as “the golden rule.” This rule is golden because of at least two reasons. First, a “rule” is an authoritative standard or principle given to regulate conduct. It is called “golden” because it is under-stood to be above all others in greatness and purity; and it is certainly a “rule” because it is meant to guide our conduct toward that which is best and most holy. Second, a “rule” is also a standard of measurement. It measures and establishes absolute truth to be authentic and accurate. We can measure ourselves and see how far we have fallen and how we can realign with that which is right and good.
1. The CONTEXT of the Rule. The word “therefore” draws us back to the words that precede this verse. As we look back, we see that Jesus taught about His Father’s care for us through prayer (7:7-11). Our Father is very good to us; not giving us that which is bad. That’s how we want Him to treat us. Jesus is therefore calling us to imitate the goodness that God show to us. We see this same goodness commanded in 7:1-5; 5:17-20; 5:27-37; etc. Everything in Jesus’ sermon basically constitutes a call to heed and obey what He has said in 7:12; it is a summary statement of the Sermon on the Mount.
2. The MEASURE of the Rule. It’s given in the phrase, “whatever you want men to do to you…” The word “men” (anthropos) doesn’t mean strictly “males only,” rather, it is “people.” Therefore, we are to consider what we would want “people” in general to do to us. A literal way to translate this would be, “all things therefore, as much as it ever occurs, that you may wish that people may do to you…” Jesus calls us to stop and ask this simple question of ourselves when in a situation with others: “What would I want people to do to me in a similar situation.” We must simply measure the situation with Jesus’ standard and act appropriately.
3. The PRACTICE of the Rule. Jesus says, “do also to them.” The Golden Rule has a long history in a wide range of world cultures, prominent religious figures and philosophers. Simon Blackburn states that the Golden Rule can be “found in some form in almost every ethical tradition.” For example: Epicetus said, “What you avoid suffering yourself, seek not to inflict upon others.” “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself” – Confucius. “That which you hate to be done to you, do not do to another” – Ancient Egypt. However, these ancient sayings are put in negative form (i.e., “What you DON’T want done to you, DON’T do to others”). But, Jesus states His rule in a positive form that focuses on positive action. Think about it! If all I wanted to do was passively NOT do to someone else what I DON’T want done to me, then all I would have to do is do nothing at all! I could keep this commandment just by staying home and sitting on my hands. But, if I seek to actively DO to others want I want done to me, I must think, evaluate, measure, love and take life seriously! Cf. Phil. 2:3.
4. The SCOPE of the Rule. Jesus says, “for this is the Law and the Prophets.” In other words, this rule—in positive form—is the essence of what was commanded in the Old Testament in regard to human relations. Cf. Lev. 19:18. The key to all of it is LOVE! It is sacrificially putting the needs of the person loved on an equal level with your own. And that’s the kind of love that fulfills the requirement of the law of God with respect to our treatment of others. Cf. Romans 13:8-10; Gal. 5:14; Matt. 22:37-40. The Golden Rule is the summation and essence of the Law of God

Things I want to give MYSELF for Christmas
It was priceless! I was in Wal-mart last week and saw a little boy secretly lifting a toy over into the shopping cart as his moth-er was looking the other way. She turned just in time to see it fall in and said, “Derek, what are you doing? You know Christmas is almost here. We can’t buy that today.” To which he replied, “But mom, I want to get ME this for Christmas.” I had to laugh and say under my breath, “At-a-boy!” Since then I’ve thought long about that scene and decided that there are some things I want to give MYSELF for Christmas; not physical, but spiritual. Consider the fol-lowing:
1. I want to give myself a GREATER FAITH IN THE PROVISIONS OF GOD. God provides all our needs (Phil. 4:19). We shouldn’t think that the Philippians were wealthy benefactors of Paul who could easily spare the money. As Paul described them in 2 Corinthians 8, it is plain that their giving was sacrificial. This promise meant something to them! The promise is to supply ALL your need; but it is all your NEED (not a promise to go beyond needs). In this, the promise is both broad and yet restricted.
2. I want to give myself a GREATER HOPE IN THE PROMISES OF GOD. God is faithful and true in everything that He says and does. So you can count on the promises of God in the Bible to be absolutely trustworthy. Christians draw great hope from the words of the well-known song “Standing on the Promises of God.” Cf. 2 Pet. 1:4; Heb. 6:12; 10:23. Read Romans 4:19-21. The promises of God don’t depend on our abilities, but God’s. Abraham was 100, Sarah 90 when Isaac was born. They themselves had ZERO ability to bear children. The key was Abraham’s confidence that GOD had power to DO what He had PROMISED.
3. I want to give myself a GREATER LOVE FOR THE PERSON OF GOD. The strongest thematic message in the Bible is God’s love in redeeming man through Jesus Christ. Everything revolves around God’s love. God, who created the universe by His Word, is the source of love, which is love in its truest, purest and perfect form. Therefore, we love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). Let us grasp how wide and long and high and deep the love of God is. God’s love endures forever (Psalm 118:1). The earth is filled with God’s love (Psalm 119:64). His love is even better than life (Psalm 63:3) and surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3:18). Cf. Romans 8:38-39.

SERMON: LESSONS I’VE LEARNED FROM THE NEWTOWN TRAGEDY!
Introduction: December 14, 2012 will always be remembered, especially by the people in the Newtown community of Connecticut. On that day, 26 precious souls were ushered into eternity quickly and unexpectedly. A heavily armed shooter, with no regard for life or living, murdered incident children and adults. The victims had done nothing to deserve or warrant such treatment. This incident is one of many in the long line of tragedies that plague our nation and world. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this and other senseless disasters. This catastrophe forces us to look inward and upward. What we find and remember can be life changing. Therefore, as I reflect on this and other terrible adversities, what do I learn? What do I remember? What do I find deep within me that gives me strength, stability and security in the midst of a confused and chaotic world? I have learned…
1. The brevity and uncertainty of life. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that’s why they call it the present.” I will cherish each day, because it could be my last. “Live Like You Were Dying,” sang Tim McGraw.
2. To focus my affections on things above, not on things of this earth. It’s so easy to think more of this life than the life to come; however, we must focus more on the eternal than the temporary.
3. The Bible is the greatest book because it gives me clarity, direction and purpose in a chaotic world. Reading God’s Word, I am reminded of its availability, reliability and durability.
4. That faith is the most precious thing in the world. We live by faith, walk by faith and please God by having it. “Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of faith is to see what we believe.”
5. To love Christ and His Church more. The Church is my spiritual family; oftentimes closer than my physical one. In the church I find love, acceptance and support. I can’t live without it; I love it more and more every-day. I’m blessed more than words can describe to have a place to belong.
Conclusion: Thank you God for loving, blessing and saving me!

SERMON: BEWARE, BEWARE, BEWARE: The Five Warnings in Hebrews!
TEXT: Hebrews 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10 & 12
Introduction: Hebrews warns not to go back to Judaism after obeying Christ!!!
1. THE DANGER OF DRIFTING (Hebrews 2:1-3). Drifting occurs subtlety when not anchored to anything solid; if you are not “anchored” in the superiority of Jesus, you will drift with the currents of the world, flesh, and devil. The Problem: Inattention. The Possibility: Of drifting. The Test: Are You Listening?
2. THE DANGER OF AN UNBELIEVING HEART (Hebrews 3:12-4:16). Don’t be like the generation that perished in the wilderness because of unbelief! The Problem: Hearing, but not Believing. The Possibility: Hardening of the heart. The Test: How Well Do You Rest?
3. THE DANGER OF PROLONGED IMMATURITY (Hebrews 5:11-6:20). Here, their dullness of hearing is exposed and rebuked. The Problem: Being Long-Time Babies. The Possibility: Missing the value of Melchizedek’s priesthood. The Test: Are You Really Going Anywhere?
4. THE DANGER OF MISSED REALITY—Seeing just the shadow (Hebrews 10:26-31). Beware of a willful rejection of Jesus’ perfect sacrifice for us. The Problem: Failing to Respond to Grace. The Possibility: Of spurning the Son. The Test: How Real Is Jesus Christ to You?
5. THE DANGER OF CONTRADICTION (Hebrews 12:15-29). The Problem: The Practical Denial of Christ’s Lordship. The Possibility: Of refusing Him the right to give orders. The Test: How Well Do You Worship In Obedience to Christ?
Adapted—Mark N. Posey

ILLUSTRATION: (Purpose – i.e., What is your purpose of life?) A good example of this is the IRS. Like them or not, they know their purpose for existing. In the 1976 IRS Handbook it states: “During a state of national emergency resulting from enemy attack, the essential functions of the Service will be as follows: assessing, collecting, and recording taxes.” So while everyone panics, they’ll be about doing what they always do—taking our money. They know their purpose.

The Transforming Power of the Resurrection!
1 Corinthians 15:17-19
Christianity stands or falls with the resurrection of Jesus Christ! Christianity is merely one religion among many with-out the literal, physical resurrection of Christ from the dead. In 1 Cor. 15, Paul writes about the resurrection of Christ. Yet, why is the resurrection so important? ❶It proves Jesus’ claims; he is who he said he is! ❷It changes the meaning of our existence. Faith in the resurrection of Christ changes the way we live, think, believe and behave; it gives new meaning to every area of our life. Thus, what is the significance that the resurrection of Christ has in our lives? The Resurrection Changes the Meaning of FAITH! Cf. 1 Cor. 15:17, “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” Christianity is based upon a historical fact: Jesus Christ died and rose from the grave! Since He conquered death, all claims, teachings, words and deeds are true; most of all, He is who He claimed to be—the Messiah. That changes every-thing, especially the meaning of faith! Faith is not just a sentimental wish list, religious whim or “pie in the sky” superstition, it is absolutely true and God’s promise are all authentic! The Resurrection Changes the Meaning of DEATH! Cf. 1 Cor. 15:18, If Christ be not raised…“Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.” If there is no resurrection, then the dead in Christ are gone forever. However, Christ is risen and that changes everything. Therefore, Christ’s resurrection gives a new meaning to death—death is not the end, and it no longer has power over us. Death no longer has sting or victory ( Cor. 15:54-57). Thus, death is no longer the end; it is the beginning. The Resurrection Changes the Meaning of LIFE! Cf. 1 Cor, 15:19, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” If there is no resurrection, then the whole Christian life is a pitiful joke! Thus, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (v.32). However, Christ rose from the grave and that changes everything—especially the way we handle pain, suffering, sorrow, persecution, mistreatment and trials. Therefore, the only logical purpose for living is not pleasure, but following Him and doing His will.
Conclusion: Confucius’, Buddha’s, Mohammed’s, Joseph Smith’s and Abra-ham’s tombs are all occupied. But Jesus Christ’s tomb is EMPTY!

SERMON: Jesus, the Good Master!
TEXT: Luke 18:18; Matthew 19:16, “Good Master…”
Introduction: The Rich Young Ruler, whatever the reason, addressed Jesus with this profound truth. As the second person of the Godhead, Jesus is inherently good. As a teacher of righteousness, He was preeminently good. The biblical record declares that Jesus “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). Our Lord Himself declared, “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:14). Master (didaskalos) means, “teacher.” Question: Is Jesus the Good Master of my life? Does He master my attitude, actions and abilities? Does He master my time, talents and treasures? Does He master heart, mind and soul?
1. Jesus is the Master Teacher – John 3:2; Mt. 19:16; 22:16-24. “Teacher” is found 29 times in the gospels, 90 times in its noun (teacher) and verb (teach) form in the New Testament. Jesus taught in such a way that astonished those who heard him. The reason being, Jesus taught with authority lacking in the other teachers in His day, who often only quoted other Rab-bis. Jesus spoke with inherent authority; the authority of God’s revealed word (Matt. 7:28-29). Therefore, the character, conduct and charisma of Jesus was manifested in that He practiced what he preached, he taught with authority and he cared enough to sacrifice himself for the world. Thus, multitudes flocked to his side and hung on every word that he spoke (i.e., “the common people heard him gladly” – Mark 12:37).
2. Jesus is the Master Builder – 1 Cor. 3:10-11. Jesus is building our future home (John 14:1ff), faith home (Matt. 16:18, i.e., church) and family home (Ps. 127:1). He is the foundation like no other and the most essential element of the building; the chief cornerstone (1 Peter 2:6). Heaven is described as having a firm foundation, builder and maker – God (Heb. 11:8-10). Jesus built the universe (Col. 1:16), Bible (John 1:1), Church (Matt. 16:18) and is building a City (Rev. 21:2).
3. Jesus is the Master Healer – Isa. 53:4-5 (Cf. 1 Pet. 2:24-25). We can say without reservation that perfect, total, complete healing is God’s promise to every Christian, paid for by Jesus’ stripes and the totality of His work for us. But we must also say that it is not promised to every believer right now, just as the totality of our salvation is not promised to us right now. The Bible says that we have been saved (Eph. 2:8), that we are being saved (1 Cor. 1:18), and that we will be saved (1 Cor. 3:15). Even so, there is a sense in which we have been healed, are being healed, and one day will be healed. God’s ultimate healing is called “resurrection,” and it is a glorious promise to every Christian. Every “patch-up” healing in this present age anticipates the ultimate healing that will come. Thus, the healing of our mind, heart and soul strengthens our hope for a land free from pain, sickness and dying.
Conclusion: Is Jesus the Good Master of your life? We are told to confess that Jesus is Lord (Rom. 10:9); this means He is Lord and God. Cf. John 20:28.

SERMON: Thanks Be Unto God!
TEXT: Titus 2:11-15 (2 Cor. 9:15; 1 Chron. 29:10-15)
Introduction: In 1 Chronicles 29:10-15, King David thanks the Lord for all the blessings of life. He leads Israel in a prayer of thanksgiving as they prepare to build the Temple and appoint Solomon as their new King. Cf. vs. 13, “Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.” David’s prayer teaches us about the importance of Thanksgiving! Thus, for what am I thankful?
1. I am THANKFUL for the Blessed Hope (v.13). Blessed Hope = “prosperous expectation;” it’s the Christian’s absolute certainty of future good. “Faith accepts, hope expects; faith appropriates, hope anticipates; faith receives, hope realizes; faith is always and only concerned with the past and present, hope is always and only concerned with the future.” The “blessed hope,” then, which the Christian is “looking for” is not an event, but a Person: Christ himself. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood & righteousness,” wrote Edward Mote. The re-turn of our Lord is the great incentive for a pure and devoted life of service. Thus, God’s Grace strengthens the blessed hope: past, present and future. PAST: God’s Grace Redeems us (v.11); it brings salvation to all that will receive its wonderful and marvelous blessings. PRESENT: God’s Grace Reforms us (v.12); it is instructional in nature—teaching both denial (“leaving”) and determination (“living”). FUTURE: God’s Grace Rewards us (v.13); it is a reward from the Great (megas) God and Savior (i.e., rescuer, deliverer, preserver).
2. I am THANKFUL for the Blood of Christ (v.14). This verse is the heart of God’s Grace. We are bought out of our slavery to sin, and purchased for His service. Jesus gave—voluntarily. He was not pressed, coerced or forced into giving Himself. He volitionally gave! Jesus gave Himself—completeness. Jesus gave not in part and parcel but totally, fully entirely. He paid it all! Jesus gave Himself for us—substitute. Substitutionary atonement refers to Jesus Christ dying as a substitute for sinners.
3. I am THANKFUL for the Book of God (v.15). A message is only as strong as the authority behind the message. In this case, God’s Word is authority. Speak with all authority. Proclaim the message of God’s Grace! Exhort with all authority. Uplift the fallen down with God’s Grace! Reprove with all authority. Rebuke the sinner using God’s Grace!
Conclusion: A leper requested the singing of “Count Your Many Blessing.” A dis-eased child claimed to have everything with only two sticker books and a doll. A breast cancer survivor was reminded of great blessings by remembering other survivors (LW). Thanksgiving is not an annual event, it is a daily blessing. “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Cor. 9:15).

SERMON: Four Anchors that Stabilize our Soul TEXT: Acts 27:29 GOD is our Anchor – Acts 27:24 “Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.” FAITH is our Anchor – Acts 27:25 “I believe God.” CONVICTION is our Anchor—Acts 27:25 “it will turn out exactly as I have been told.” PERSEVERANCE is our Anchor – Acts 27:31, “except you abide in the ship.” STRENGTH is our Anchor – Acts 27:33, “take meat.” Our soul needs spiritual food like our body needs nourishment.
Conclusion: Anchors hold; they hold our soul!

SERMON: The Blessing of Abounding! TEXT: 2 Cor. 8:7 1. Abound in Faith. 2. Abound in proclamation. 3. Abound in knowledge. 4. Abound in earnestness. 5. Abound in Love. 6. Abound in giving. 7. Abound in everything.

SERMON: What the Word of God
will do for you! TEXT: Acts 2:22-47 1. Charge you – v.22. 2. Convict you – v. 36. 3. Convince you – v.37. 4. Convert you – vs. 38, 41. 5. Change you – vs.41-47.

SERMON: God’s Great Love!
TEXT: John 3:16
1. The Passion of God’s love: “so”
2. The Perimeter of God’s love: “the world”
3. The Proof of God’s love: “He gave”
4. The Price of God’s love: “His only begotten Son”
5. The Prerequisite for God’s love: “believeth”
6. The Protection by God’s love: “shall not perish”
7. The Provision of God’s love: “have everlasting life”

SERMON: CONTENTMENT TO THE MAX!
TEXT: Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”
1. “I can” – Be Positive. 2. “Do all things” – Be Passionate. 3. “Through Christ” – Be Possessive. 4. “Who strengthens” – Be Powerful. 5. “Me” – Be Personal.

SERMON: Jesus is COMING!
TEXT: Hebrews 1:1 “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,” and what was His message? JESUS IS COMING! Jesus Is Coming – Genesis through Malachi. Ezekiel 21:25-27 is one of my favorite passages. It is a powerful and penetrating prophecy. Jesus Is Come – Matthew through John. John the Baptist was a dynamic preacher. He called attention not to himself, but to “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Jesus Is Coming Back – Acts through Revelation. Cf. Hebrews 9:28.
Conclusion: We must be prepared for His Coming!

SERMON: Three STIPULATIONS of the SOUL! TEXT: Psalm 63 1. DESIRE – “my soul thirsteth” (Ps. 63:8). 2. DECISION- “my soul shall be satisfied” (Ps. 63:15). 3. DEVOTION – “my soul followeth hard” (Ps. 63:24).

SERMON: Walk Worthy of Your Calling!
TEXT: Ephesians 4:1-6
Introduction: Eph. 4:1 marks a turning point (ch. 1-3, ch. 4-6). Paul is making a transition from Doctrine to Duty; Creed to Conduct; Exposition to Exhortation. “Worthy” (Gk. axios) – axiom, “to be of equal weight.”
1. CONTEXT (1a): “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord”
2. COMMAND (1b): “beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called”
3. CHARACTER (2): “with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love”
4. CHARGE (3): “endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”
5. CELEBRATION (4-6): “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

SERMON: How Beautiful Heaven Must Be!
TEXT: Phil. 1:23, heaven is “…far better…”
Introduction: I’ve grown up singing about Heaven. What does the song teach?
1. HOW – Exclamation.
2. BEAUTIFUL – Beautification.
3. HEAVEN – Domestication.
4. MUST – Authentication.
5. BE – Confirmation.

SERMON: Thank you Father!
TEXT: Colossians 1:12-20
1. I am thankful for the Pre-existence of Christ (Col. 1:16-17).
2. I am thankful for the Pre-eminence of Christ (Col. 1:18-19).
Conclusion: Thank you Father for the Greatness of Jesus’ work!

SERMON: Let God TRANSFORM Your Life!
TEXT: Romans 12:2
1. The Enemy of a Transformed Life: The World’s Mold, “be not conformed to this world.”
2. The Entrance into a Transformed Life: A Renewed Mind, “by the renewing of your mind.”
3. The End Result of a Transformed Life: The Will of God, “prove the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Conclusion: Full surrender to God will Transform your life!
PREACHING is exposition of scripture that proclaims the revela-tion of God and the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ!

SERMON: We See Jesus!
TEXT: Hebrews 2:9. Cf. Luke 24:33, “there they crucified Him.” It is through the eye of faith that “we see Jesus.” Although we were not there (geographically) we can ask, “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” Thus, in our mind, we see Jesus! SEE – we see the Son of God lifted up. HEAR – we hear the insults, challenges and mocking. FEEL – we feel the earth shake, pain and agony. SMELL – we smell the scent of Salvation. TASTE – we taste the bitterness of hatred from those that crucified Him.
Conclusion: Although we were not there when Christ was crucified, we understand the importance and purpose of why it happened! Christ died so we can live!

SERMON: The Majestic Savior!
TEXT: John 1:1
Introduction: John 1:1 is one of the strongest passages in the NT for declaring the Deity of Christ. The word λόγος (logos) in John is the real, personal God (1:1), the Word, who was originally before the creation with God, and was God, one in essence and nature, yet person-ally distinct (1:1, 18). Christ is the Word; He is the Logos. The WORD in Eternity: In the beginning was the Word (1:1a). The WORD in Equality: The Word was with God (1:1b). The WORD in Divinity: The Word was God (1:1c). The WORD in Personality: He was in the beginning with God (1:1d).
Conclusion: The Bible reveals the Word of God, God of the Word and that God is the Word.

SERMON: The Great House!
TEXT: 2 Timothy 2:20-21
Introduction: The CHURCH is Christ’s body and He is the head (Eph. 1:21-23). It consists of all baptized believers from the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) until Christ returns (1 Cor. 15:24; Heb. 9:28). It is massive, magnificent, marvelous, monumental and majestic. It is the Great House, according to Paul in 2 Tim. 2:20. The word “great” comes from MEGAS of which we get mega. It referrers to the magnitude and magnificence of Christ’s House. Peter speaks of it as “a spiritual house” (1 Pet. 2:5) that is increasing in size; it is growing larger and larger as more stones (souls) are added to it by the Lord (Acts 2:47). The Church is certainly GREAT! What are the facets of it’s greatness? The FOUNDATION is Great! The FAITH is Great! The FELLOWSHIP is Great! The FOCUS is Great! The FUTURE is Great!

SERMON: Christians are Rich!
TEXT: Ephesians 1:3
1. Christians are rich in Forgiveness (1:7).
2. Christians are rich in Inheritance (1:18).
3. Christians are rich in Grace & Mercy (2:7).
4. Christians are rich in Spiritual Strength (3:16).
Conclusion: Unto Him Be Glory (3:20-21).

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