Wednesday, July 9, 2014

FOR SALE: Christianity Pt 2

Sermon Title: FOR SALE: Christianity Pt 2
Sermon Text: Acts 19: 23 - 23 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. 24 A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there.
Review: It only works for a little while...
·       Point 1: It worked for a little while
·       Point 2: Commercials can't conquer
·       Point 3: Confession is for conversion
·       Point 4: Christianity is for telling not selling
Point 1: Disturb the environment vs. 23 - 23 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. 24 A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there.
Point 2: Disrupt the economic flow vs. 35 - 35 The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: “Fellow Ephesians, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven?
Point 3: Destroy their gods vs. 27, 28 - 27 There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.” 28 When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”  
Point 4: Be Dangerous to the enemy
Point 5: Distribution continues vs. 20: 1 - When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said goodbye and set out for Macedonia.


Life Application: 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

FOR SALE: CHRISTIANITY??

Sermon Text: Acts 19: 13, 15

Sermon Title: FOR SALE Christianity?

Point 1: It worked for a little while 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?

Point 2: Commercials can't conquer 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding

Point 3: Confession is for conversion 18 Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.

Point 4: Christianity is for telling not selling 20 In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power


Conclusion/Homework:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Make God an Offer He Cannot Refuse

Sermon Text: Romans 12: 1-2
Sermon Title: Empowered to Evangelize: Make God an Offer He Cannot Refuse

Point 1: Offer your body. We are urged, in view of the many mercies of God “to offer our bodies as living sacrifices.” This word “offer” is a technical term that was used to describe the bringing and presenting of an animal for sacrifice on an altar. To “offer” means, “to present once and for all.”

Point 2: Offer your mind. 

2 Corinthians 3:18: “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 

Romans 12:2: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a newness in all you do and think.”

Point 3. Offer your will. Verse 2: “Then we will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Just in Case -Jesus


Pericope: Mark 5: 25 – 34
Sermon Text: Mark 5: 27, 28
Sermon Title: Just in Case—Jesus

Point 1: She pursued Jesus vs. 27When she heard about Jesus, shecame up behind him in the crowd…

Point 2: She was persistent vs. 28in the crowd

Point 3: She was precise vs. 28…”if I could just touch his clothes…”

Point 4: She exact power from Jesusvs. 30 At once Jesus realize power had gone from him.

Point 5: She positioned herself for morevs. 34…your faith has healed [whole] you
Life Application:

Saturday, May 31, 2014

How to Survive a Heart Attack!


Sermon Text: Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.

Sermon Title: How to Survive a Heart Attack!

Point 1: Goes in Grows Out Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. This is the way Message Bible puts it Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that's where life starts. Don't talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.

Prov. 23: 7 KJV For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he

Point 2: God in God Out

Point 3: Jesus raises your heart rate Matt. 15: 19/20 For out of the heart come evil thoughts…these are what make a man 'unclean'…

Point 4: Search and Rescue Jeremiah 17: 9/10 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.

1.  He searches us Psalms 139: 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

2.  He intercedes for us Rom 8: 26/27…the Spirit helps us in our weakness…the Spirit himself intercedes for us…he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit…the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance to God's will.

3.  He cleanse us

4.  He tells us to wash ourselves Jer. 4: 14…Jerusalem wash your hearts…

Conclusion: David said it best Psalms 51: 10 Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

        In other words, David was saying I had a heart attack. I caused it and it's about to kill me.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Test Me: Giving Into Your Greatness

Sermon Title: Test Me: Giving Into Your Greatness
Sermon Text: Luke 21:1-4

Point 1: Give out of your poverty. Luke 21:4,…but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

Point 2: Give prayerfully. Colossians 4:2, Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Point 3: Give politely. Matt. 6:3, But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

Point 4: Give plentifully. Luke 6:38, Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap

Point 5: Give progressively. 2 Cor. 9:5…it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.

Point 6: Give purposely. Matt. 6:20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.


Point 7: Give positively. 2 Cor. 9:7, Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Test Me: Just the Facts

Test Me:  Just the Facts
Mal 3:6-12 - 6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’ 8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’  “In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.

1.  Tithing predates the law
Abraham tithed to Melchizedek, Gen. 14: 18-20 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High,     Creator of heaven and earth. 20 And praise be to God Most High,    who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
2.  Tithing was not altered by Jesus
Luke 11:42 - “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.
3.  Tithe is a test to trust God’s word.

Mal. 3:10 - 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
4.  Tithe is a symbol of the whole and is holy. 
Leviticus 27: 30 Contemporary English- Ten percent of everything you harvest is holy and belongs to me, whether it grows in your fields or on your fruit trees.
5.  Tithe is 10% of your gross income.
Mal. 3:10 - 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
6.  Tithe is the only thing God will allow us to test him in. 
Mal. 3:10 - 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
7.  Tithe is one of the main ways God uses to activate his blessings.  …and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
8.  Tithing aligns you with God’s system and God’s economy.
Gen. 8: 22 Common English- As long as the earth exists, seedtime and harvest, cold and hot, summer and autumn, day and night will not cease
2 Cor. 9:6-8 6 Contemporary English-Remember this saying,    "A few seeds make    a small harvest,    but a lot of seeds make    a big harvest."  Each of you must make up your own mind about how much to give. But don’t feel sorry that you must give and don’t feel that you are forced to give. God loves people who love to give. God can bless you with everything you need, and you will always have more than enough to do all kinds of good things for others.
Gal. 6:7,9 - Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
9.  Tithing rain down blessings.
Mal. 3:10 - 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
10.      Tithing supports your house and God’s house. 
2 Chronicles 31: 10 put it. …”Since the people began to bring their contributions to the temple of the Lord, we have had enough to eat and plenty to spare, because the Lord has blessed his people, and this great amount is left over.”
Mal. 3:10 - 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.
11.      Tithing helps you keep first things first
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
12.      Tithing breaks the hold of selfishness. 
Hag. 1: 4-6 NIV- “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”
13.      Tithing is the starting point of giving as you purpose in your heart
2 Corinthians 9:7  Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
14.      Tithe when you get paid
Luke 18:12 - English Standard Version (ESV)12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’
15.      Do I tithe instead of paying bills?
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
16.      What if I want to tithe but my partner doesn’t?
Amos 3:3 Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?
Matthew 18:19-20 18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be[a] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[b] loosed in heaven.  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
17.      Tithing test the covenant relationship between me and God

Mal. 3:7, …Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.