Sunday, March 7, 2021

Wait For It!

 

Pericope:  Luke 2:25-35 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,

    according to your word;

30 for my eyes have seen your salvation

31     that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,

Sermon Text: Luke 2: 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

Sermon Title: Wait For It!

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Isaiah 30:18 The Lord God is waiting to show how kind he is and to have pity on you. The Lord always does right; he blesses those who trust him.

Point 1: The Promise of the Wait – vs. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

Point 2: The Fruit of the Wait – vs. 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation

        25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 

Point 3: The Results of the Wait – vs. 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

        John 16:21

Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.

Point 4: The Reveal of the Wait – vs. 31     that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”

Verse 29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word;

Life Application:

1.  Hold on to the promises of God

2.  Attach a scripture to the promise which is the fertilizer of the fruit of the Spirit.

3.  Your baby reveal party has a save the date you just got to wait.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Seeds of Racism

 

Pericope:  Genesis 1:11b…These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.  And that is what happened. 

Sermon Text: Genesis 8:22 - “As long as the earth endures,

seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter,

day and night will never cease.”

Gal. 6:7 -

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

Point 1: Racism is a weed seed. 

Point 2: Second thing we do is understand seeds reproduce after their own kind. 

Gen 1:11b…These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.  And that is what happened. 

Point 3: Third, how do we eradicate, extricate, and eliminate systematic seed racism.

1.  America has to repent.

2.  America has to pay reparations to repair what it broke. 

3.  Respect

Sunday Virtual New Life "Seeds of Racism" Bishop Dudley

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Mine Your Business

 

Pericope:  Luke 5:1-11 5 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Sermon Text:  Luke 5:5-6

Sermon Title: Mine Your Business!

Point 1: Vs. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon…

Vs 3 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

Point 2: Jesus disrupted their business plan. Vs 4,5 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

Point 3: Jesus made their business profitablevs. 6,7 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

Point 4:  Jesus changed their business model. Vs 10, 11 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

        Mark 10: 28 28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”

Life Application:  Reread the end of the story one more time. vs. 10, 11 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

1)  Have you invited Jesus into your business

2)  Has Jesus changed your business model and plan?

3)  Invite Jesus into the business of your life.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sunday Virtual New Life "Money Matters" by Bishop GV Dudley., Sr., Ph.D.

Money Matter

 

Pericope: Luke 12: 16- 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him,You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Sermon Text: Luke 12: 17 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

Sermon Title: Money Manners

Choice 1: Vs 18 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.

Choice 2: Vs 19 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

The point of the parable is found in verses 13 – 15 13Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

Consequences: Vs 20 20 “But God said to him,You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

        Had the man understood the manner of money he would’ve knew what to do with what he had. He could have done at least three things. 

1.   Vs 33, 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.

2.  Prov 11: 24-25 One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. 25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

3.  Prov 19: 17 17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done

 

Outcome: 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

2 Cor 9: 6-7 - 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 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.

Life Application: What will you do with what you have?

1.  Search your heart and make God’s work a priority – 2 Chr 31:10b - 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.”

2.  Understand and apply the manners/ways of money – it’s cyclical

3.  Give your heart and first fruit

 

Wait For It!

  Pericope:   Luke 2:25-35 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout , waiting for...