Saturday, December 29, 2018
Scripture text: Acts 5:3 Then Peter said, Ananias, how is it that Satan has filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land.
Sermon Title: Your Secret Is Out!
Point 1. Secret sin will destroy you vs. 1-2
But a man named Ananias, with his wife sold a piece of property, and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles' feet.
Point 2. Your secret sin is not a secret vs.3
3 Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land".
Point 3. God has no secrets vs. 11
Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.
Psalm 51: 7 says Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow
1 John 1:9 says If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Ephesians 1:7 Says In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
Isaiah 1:16 Tells us to wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil.
Psalms 51:10 says Create in me a clean heart, O god and renew a right spirit within me.
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Pericope: Matthew 2: 1-12 1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” 7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. . 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. . 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Sermon Text: Matthew 2:11 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
Christmas the Back Story: Pt 4, Dreams Do Come True!
Point 1: You must be diligent. Vs. 8… 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”
a.) Discipline. Hebrews 12:6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
Proverbs 13:24 Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
Matt 2:9 9…And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Where God is there is no darkness does not comprehend it.
John 1:5 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
You must be willing to travel when its dark. Vs 2….2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.
Point 2: You cannot get deceived. Vs 9 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.
a.) Gift of discernment. 1 Cor 12: 10 to another discerning of spirits…
Matt 2: 7-8 7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”
Vs 9 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.
Matthew 7:6 says - "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Do as the Magi did:
1) Stay away – vs. 12b they departed
2) Stay on course – vs. 9b – they went their way.
3) Stay silent – vs. 12b – they departed
Point 3: You must deliver. Matt 2:11 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
Friday, December 14, 2018
Pericope: Matthew 1:18 – 22 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
Sermon Text: Matthew 1: 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit
Sermon Title: Christmas the Back Story: Pt 4 Promises
Point 1: The power of a promise. Vs 19-20 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
5:33 – 37 33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth…. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’…
James 4:14-15 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (ESV).
James 4:14-15 We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.” (MSG).
Point 2: The problem with a promise. Vs. 20a 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife
Point 3: The process of a promise.
Ecclesiastes 5:5 5 It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.
Hebrews 6:13 3 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,
Point 4: The promise of a promise. Vs. verse 20b- 20b [the angel said] do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
Vs. verse 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
Matthew 2:13, 19, 22
13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream… 19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph… 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream....
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Pericope: Luke1: 39-45
Sermon Text: Luke 1:44 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
Sermon Title: Christmas: The Back Story Pt 3: Relationships Matter
BP: Move the hearers to pick the right relationships.
Introduction: In our text this morning we have the Back Story of Mary, the mother of Jesus and Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. This story is central to the Christmas story because it reveals so much about how the right relationships matter when it comes to Christmas becoming a reality. It also lets us know that Christmas didn’t just show up. Christmas took some human ingenuity, courage and persistence. When God is working out his plans in the earth God needs human relationships to reveal his will to humanity. God needs the right human relationships. Let’s look at this right relationship between Mary and Elizabeth to see what we can learn about making right relationships in our lives.
The text opens up with this relationship between Mary and Elizabeth. Luke, the physician, tells us just before Mary is told she will have Jesus Zachariah is told they will have John the Baptist. Then the angel told Mary she was going to have Jesus. Then Mary traveled to see her cousin Elizabeth. Luke says Elizabeth is six months pregnant and Mary is not even showing yet. She traveled by herself some distance in the hill country to see Elizabeth.
Mary is a strong woman to make this trip by herself. Mary has a deep and profound relationship with God. Mary has just finished talking with no less an angel than Gabriel. Mary is full of the word of God, literally and full of favor on her life. Mary is obedient because she told Gabriel as the Lord says. Mary is not fearful because after you see and talk to an angel and full of the Holy Spirit, there isn’t much that can scare you. But all of this does not answer the question why does Mary make this trip? And where is her mother? Where is Jesus grandmother, if Mary is looking for the right relationship?
Mary is a young teenage temple girl. Temple girls were young girls given by their parents to the Temple for maturing, source, and upbringing by the Temple staff. We see this in 1 Samuel when Elis son Heparin and Phinehas were having sex with the Temple girls who waited at the door. So if Mary’s parents gave her to the Temple to be raised right, where are they now? I believe their absence is why Elizabeth is present. Everybody needs the right relationship even when you got Jesus, the word, the Holy Spirit, angels, obedience and fearless. And the lessons Mary and Elizabeth teach us about relationship will help us with the Christmas on the inside of us but help us reveal Christmas to the world. Mary can’t make it, won’t make it. It’s impossible for her to make it to Bethlehem without this relationship. Sometimes we are in too much of a hurry trying to get to Bethlehem nativity without investigating these back stories.
Transition: Mary and Elizabeth’s relationship teaches us…
Point 1: There must be something in common. Luke 1: 25-27 25 “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.” (26) In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth (27) to a virgin bethrohed to a man whose name was Joseph…the virgin’s name was Mary. Mary and Elizabeth had a lot in common. Both required divine intervention to get pregnant. Both were visited by Gabriel. They both had miraculous conception of their babies. Both had to deal with people’s reactions to their pregnancies. Both had to deal with doubting husbands. Both had to have Angelic intervention to convince their spouses. Both were isolated. Both had enormous faith and the favor of God on their lives. They were cousins. They both were carrying the central figures that would usher in salvation to the world for all of history.
This relationship had common ground so it could have common goals. It is important when you enter into a relationship with someone that you have something in common with them. When there is nothing in common there is nothing to hold a relationship together.
a) Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?
I recently read in a book that said just because a couple are devout Christians does it mean they will have a productive marriage. Notice Amos doesn’t say what the agreement is, just that there is agreement that creates the bond.
Point 2: There has to be a connection. Luke 1:41 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit,
The text says Elizabeth heard Mary‘s voice and her baby, John the Baptist, leaped in her womb. Not only that, she was filled with the Holy Spirit. Now if that isn’t connection I don’t know what is. Relationship must have some intuitive connection and spiritual connection. You cannot be unequally yoke. 2 Cor. 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
NLT - Don't team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?
CEV - Stay away from people who are not followers of the Lord! Can someone who is good get along with someone who is evil? Are light and darkness the same?
Just the sound of Mary’s voice penetrated Elizabeth’s very being all the way to her core. Just the sound of Mary’s voice invaded the space in Elizabeth’s womb and into a whole other human being.
Spiritual connection has to go to the core of who you are. You cannot just have surface spiritual relationships. You must be in spiritual relationships that penetrate who you are in the future that you are carrying inside of you. John the Baptist was Elizabeth’s future. Your relationships need to be meaningful, purposeful and have the potential of changing your walk or why have them. Mary was intentional and she was impactful. Notice she is in her teens and Elizabeth is a much older woman, but age is just a number when it comes down to the spirit.
Point 3: There must be collaboration. Luke 1: 42-43 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
Notice how the two women were collaborative. Elizabeth wanted to know why Mary came to see her. She wanted to know why she was so honored to receive the visit from the mother of the Savior of the world.
Isn’t it interesting how she already knows this about Mary. Elizabeth already knew her place in the relationship. Clearly the Holy Spirit has told her something. So if she already knows that, she already knows how she should collaborate with Mary. She knows her role in Mary’s life. She knows about the absence of Mary’s mother and why. She never asks her where her mother is or why isn’t she seeking counsel from her mother. Elizabeth just jumps right in. How do I know that? The text presupposes it. Luke 1: 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
Luke 1: 13…your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call him John 15…he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb…16…in the spirit and power of Elijah…
Ask yourself are the relationships you’re in collaborative. Are they preset, pre-ordained, already set up or are you trying to make them.
Point 4: There must be commitment. Luke 1:44-45 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
Ecclesiastes 4: 9 – 12 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
When Elizabeth speaks to Mary she is telling Mary she is committed to her.
Conclusion: There is no 90 mile riding from Nazareth to Bethlehem if Mary hadn’t first taken the trip to Elizabeth house alone. There is no ability to have a baby without her mother if she doesn’t see how it’s done at Elizabeth’s house. There is no ability to endure the shame of an out of wedlock pregnancy and a disconnected husband if she doesn’t see how Elizabeth manages her relationship with Zachariah’s deaf, dumb and disbelief and all the talk behind that. There is no birth if she doesn’t see how to manage a miracle baby.
This tells me you may have Jesus on the inside. You may be full of the Holy Spirit. You may have all kind of favor in your life. You may have daily conversations with your angels but if you are not in a right relationship you won’t be able to birth Jesus and reveal the Jesus in you to the world. Relationships matter. I don’t know where Jesus grandmother is. She is not around just like some of your mothers and fathers were not around. Don’t stop there. Find the right relationship to help you become the person God called you to be. Christmas by yourself isn’t fun. Who buys themselves a present sit it under the tree and get up with glee to open it by yourself. You need the right relationship to have the Christmas God intended for you to have…
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Pericope: Matthew 1:17
Sermon Text: Matthew 1: 17 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
Sermon Title: Christmas: The Back Story!
Gen 3:15 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
Point 1: God is always working behind the scenes. Vs 17 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
a. God always works backwards forward. Isiah 46:10 10 declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’.
b. b. God always has a purpose in mind. Proverbs 19:21 21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
c. c. To carry out the purpose God shows up when we least expect it. Genesis 15:17 When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. Romans 8:28 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Point 2: God broke the rules and made exceptions in order to get Jesus to us. Vs.3, 5, 6, 16 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar… 5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth…6 and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah. 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
a. The only one allowed to break the law is the one who makes the law. Ephesians 2: 8-9 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Point 3: God will move heaven and earth to get you what you need. Phil 4: 6 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Vs 19 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
a. Nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”
b. God will work against the odds. 2 Kings 6:16 16 He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
c. God’s timing is perfect. Galatians 4:4-5 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman..
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