Sermons (Page 5)

Sermons (Page 5)

The Exposed Places

Biblical Blueprint: The Exposed Places (Neh. 4:10-14) In every home, there are exposed places for danger to enter. We must identify where they are, build up the walls, and fight against combative tactics. Nehemiah’s Context God’s people had lived in exile due to their sin, but God was gracious to allow them to return home. Ezra led the people to rebuild the temple for worship, and Nehemiah led the people to rebuild the wall for protection. The builders became overwhelmed…

Teach Your Children Diligently

Biblical Blueprint Teach Your Children Diligently (Deut. 6:4-9) The Problem While the church provides important spiritual environments, the most critical spiritual environment is the one in which you live. You are called to be the primary evangelists and disciple-makers of your family. “Do as I say and not as I do” will not work in discipleship. It’s difficult for an hour-long service to combat a week-long environment. The Progression (Deut. 6:4-9) There is no god like our God. He deserves complete…

Suitable Helper

While sin seeks to corrupt our families, God has given us a helper through the gift of marriage. In marriage, you are meant to be a suitable helper for your spouse. Suitable Helper Genesis 2:4-25 Alive and Yet Alone Mankind is the only creation that was made in the image of God (Gen. 1:27). Out of all his creations, God reckoned that only one of them was not good – Man. “It is not good that the man should be…

Unless the LORD Builds the House

Unless the LORD Builds the House Psalm 127 3/4 of those raised in the church are no longer in the church after their freshman year of college. With 16 million Southern Baptists, we will decrease to 4 million in 1 generation. In order just to maintain status quo, each Southern Baptist must reach 3 people for Christ. It currently takes 43 Southern Baptists to reach 1 person for Christ. Over the last 4 decades, we have increased our programs for…

Until Every Need Is Met

Titus 3:12-15 Christianity was founded upon what Jesus gave and yet we have turned church into what we get. The tendency in church can be to give as little as possible. Instead of showing minimal generosity, we should see how we can sacrificially give until every need is met. We have been shown God’s goodness so that we can display God’s goodness. Intentional Multiplication (Titus 3:12) The local church should be in the process of spiritual multiplication and intentional replacement. Our…

Stirring Up Division

4/23/17 – Titus: Stirring Up Division (Titus 3:9-11) In our striving for church unity, we must avoid majoring in the minors. God’s Word teaches us how to maintain unity and deal with those who stir up division. Avoid Divisive Arguments (Titus 3:9) We must discern the difference between truths, trends, and traditions. Truths are the unchanging, unbending doctrines of God clearly presented in Scripture. Trends are the current and popular directions within a culture. Traditions are the doctrines accepted by some to have…

Christ Have Mercy

Christ Have Mercy (Titus 3:1-8) – We will never do enough good works to earn God’s favor.  Our only hope for salvation is if Christ shows us mercy. Objection #1: I’ve Been Hurt by the Church (Titus 3:1-2) The local church should be a force for good within the community.  We should make it difficult for others to hate the message because they love the messengers. Objection #2: I’m Annoyed by Holier-Than-Thou Christians (Titus 3:3) We should be kind to sinners like…

Passover

Matthew 26:17-30 As we remember the sacrifice of Jesus, never forget that God is able to pass over our sins because Jesus was the perfect substitute. Perfect Substitute – The lamb must be without blemish (Ex. 12:5; cf. Heb. 9:14).  How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Unbroken Bones – The lamb’s bones must not be broken…

Working While Waiting

Working While Waiting (Titus 2:11-15) People tend to drift to either passively waiting on Christ’s return or actively working while ignoring his return. We are to show zeal in our work while we wait. Salvation (Titus 2:11) The grace of God appeared.  It was not summoned, warranted, or earned. Salvation by grace knows no concept of merit. Sanctification (Titus 2:12) The gospel will produce godliness. God’s grace enables us to say “no” to sinful desires and “yes” to godly desires. Anticipation (Titus 2:13) We neglect heavenly hope when we focus on earthly experience. Jesus is either liar, lunatic, or Lord. Purification…

On the Clock

On the Clock (Titus 2:9-10) – While we are on the clock vocationally, we are also on the clock missionally.  Even if your job isn’t in the ministry, you are in the ministry. The concept of slavery in biblical times is extremely different than slavery in modern times. Old Testament teaching regarding the positive treatment of slaves was countercultural at the time. During the time of the New Testament, people were not bondservants due to ethnicity, literacy, or nationality. From every type of socioeconomic class, people would volunteer…

The Multigenerational Church

The Multigenerational Church (Titus 2:1-8) – Churches are prone to segregate groups by ages.  The biblical example is quite different by modeling multigenerational relationships. The best protection against false doctrine is through teaching sound doctrine. Right belief leads to right behavior.  (Orthodoxy leads to orthopraxy.) God’s plan for growing biblical churches is by discipling one another through multigenerational relationships. An older man should be (Titus 2:2): Sober-minded – A sober-minded man is one who can make wise decisions with complete clarity of mind. Dignified – A dignified man is one who has earned the respect of others. Self-controlled –…

All Talk

All Talk (Titus 1:10-16) – Many can profess doctrinal clarity but few can practice ethical purity.  As believers, we cannot be all talk in our commitment. Titus 1:10-16 All talk Christians can profess doctrinal clarity but unable to practice ethical purity. Satan’s strategy is to get you to doubt, deny, and then defy God’s Word. False teachers are used by Satan to entice those within the Church since those outside the Church are already deceived. Recognize a False Teacher (Titus 1:10-12) False teachers often superimpose their authority over God’s authority. Too many people read the Bible…

Order in the Church

Titus 1:1-9 Churches can easily drift from the biblical mandate.  God’s Word provides specific directions to bring order within a church family. God wants his church discipled. I serve God; I’m sent by God – not the other way around. Election can either become a nuisance, an avoidance, or an obsession. The most foundational element of election is being in awe that God would actually desire any of us. Faith leads to knowledge.  Knowledge leads to godliness.  Godliness leads to hope.…

Practical Heretic

Practical Heretic [Jonah 4] – It is worthless to agree with a theology that we cannot embrace.  We must fight against the tendency to withhold from others the same grace that benefited us. Main Points A practical heretic is someone who mentally affirms correct theology yet practically denies it. Don’t refuse to give the grace that you have been given. You will experience great peace when you remove yourself from the center of your universe. Jonah’s problem with the conclusion of this…

The God of Second Chances

The God of Second Chances [Jonah 3] Despite our sin, God provides second chances.  Not only does he show grace to us, but he can show grace through us. Main Points No matter how many times I veer off course, God always has a plan for me to arrive at my destination. Instead of reproofing the messenger, God simply repeats the message. God doesn’t rub our noses in our mistakes. As ambassadors, we herald a message that we did not compose. The…

A Fish Named “Grace”

A Fish Named “Grace” [Jonah 2] – No amount of rebellion is greater than God’s love.  His relentless pursuit of us often finds us in the lowest possible places. Main Points  We are all sinners – we all rebel in our quest for independence. The fish was evidence of God’s grace – not his anger. God gives wrath to his enemies and discipline to his children. God appointed a fish to be at the right place at the right time to digest a…