Sermons by Travis Agnew (Page 3)

Sermons by Travis Agnew (Page 3)

There’s Always Somebody Taller

After God’s Own Heart There’s Always Somebody Taller (1 Samuel 17) Israel put their strength in King Saul the tall until Goliath the taller came around.  In the battle against a giant, never forget the greater story of which we are a part. Disclaimer: The story of David and Goliath is not about how you need to be brave regarding your overwhelming circumstances. Fearful Soldiers What we fear the most is what we trust the most (1 Sam. 17:4-11). Failure to address our fear only enables our enemy to…

God Notices Nobodies

After God’s Own Heart God Notices Nobodies (1 Samuel 16) David was the least likely to become king but God set him apart for this task. While man judges the external qualities, God judges the internal worth. The Setup Major theme of the Bible: God’s plan is for God’s people to live in God’s place under God’s rule. In Samuel’s time, God’s people were living in God’s place but desired to live under another rule to be like another people. They…

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…