TURNING THINGS AROUND

2 Corinthians 7:2-16

If you have ever said to yourself, “If only I had known, I would have…” or “If I could do that over again, I would…”, then join the club because we’ve all asked ourselves those questions. When these situations come up that prompt these questions, we can sit around feeling sorry for ourselves, wallowing in self pity and regret, stubbornly refusing to make any changes, blame others or we can do something to turn things around. The real question we should be asking ourselves is, “How can I turn things around?” In this sermon, we will be looking at the apostle Paul’s instructions on how we can do just that.

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“PERFECTING HOLINESS”

2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

As the apostle continues in his letter to the church in Corinth, we are confronted with one to the biggest challenges Christians face. How do we maintain our holiness in an unholy world? How do we live in the world, but not be part of the world? How do we have a relationship with unbelievers without becoming “unequally yoked” with them?

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THE REAL DEAL

2 Corinthians 6:1-13

I am looking forward to election day because then the political ads will stop. We have been bombarded with political ads from every angle; television, radio, the internet and even as text messages. The biggest problem is you don’t know who to believe and even if the things they are claiming have some basis in truth, I never feel like we’re getting all the facts. In the apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth, he has been defending his apostleship against those who have been campaigning to discredit Paul and establish themselves as being the real deal. In this sermon, we will see what Paul tells the church what they should be looking for to help them determine who truly is the real deal.

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“JUST NOW”

2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2

In 2005 I was on a mission trip in Guiana. While there we had a driver with a van who would transport us from place to place. If he was to drive us somewhere and we asked him when we’d be leaving, his response would always be, “Just now”. We learned quickly that his idea of just now was not the same as ours. A few of us once sat in his van for an hour and a half waiting to go “just now”. In this sermon, we will see that Paul makes it clear that now is now because right now is the only time we know we have.

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“WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN”

2 Corinthians 5:1-10

Let me ask you this question: Do you really want to go to heaven? If God were to pull a bus up to your front door right now, and allow you to board the bus for heaven, right now, would you get on the bus? Or would you ask if there’s a later bus? I’m afraid that the truth of the matter is that many of us want to go to heaven, but not right now. In this lesson we focus on the need to long for the things of God, and to be sure we are living by faith and walking in obedience.

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NEVER GIVE UP

2 Corinthians 4:1-18

Vince Lombardi was once quoted as saying, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.” But let’s face it, after you have been knocked down over and over again, you can reach a point where you just don’t think you can get back up one more time. But in this sermon, we learn from the apostle Paul how we can keep on going and never give up.

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REFLECTING THE GLORY OF GOD

2 Corinthians 3:7-18

In this next section of Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth, we see the word “glory” used throughout these verses. Understanding what that glory is and how it plays out in the life of each of us is the focus of this sermon.

 

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“MINISTERS OF A NEW COVENANT”

2 Corinthians 2:12-3:6

In this sermon, we will be looking for some insight from the Apostle Paul on what it is to be  “ministers of a new covenant”.

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OUTWITTING SATAN

2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11

We all know that God is at work in the world and that Satan is busy trying to destroy and work against everything that God is doing. In this sermon, we will see what it is we need to do to outwit Satan.

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RESCUE 911

2 Corinthians 1:1-11

Sermon Summary: Life may be filled with all kinds of trouble but help is always there if we’ll only make the call.

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MINISTERS/SERVANTS/CO-WORKERS

Colossians 4:7-18

As Paul ends his letter to the church in Colossae, he mentions 10 individuals that where his fellow ministers/servants/co-workers. As a matter of fact, in Paul’s letters, he mentions over 100 individuals who worked alongside him, encouraged him and assisted him in fulfilling his ministry. The point is that Paul didn’t do it alone. The church didn’t grow because of one individuals efforts. When you hear the word ministry you may have an idea of what ministries entail, that may or may not be how the Bible defines ministry. In this sermon, we will be taking a look as to how the New Testament writers define what a ministry should be.

 

 

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PRAYER REQUESTS

Colossians 4:2-6

If your congregation is like ours, there are prayer requests made on Sunday mornings as well as those listed in the bulletin. You may have a prayer chain going out during the week by phone or email as more urgent requests are received. Those prayer requests are most often for personal reasons, whether they be physical, spiritual, financial, or personal. Somebody, somewhere, that someone knows has a problem and so we pray about it. Now don’t misunderstand me here because I believe that we should pray for these things, but when I read Paul’s prayer request in Colossians 4:2-6, I wonder if we might be missing something important. I went through all of Paul’s prayers this week and discovered something interesting that I wanted to share in this sermon about what may be missing from our prayer requests.

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BUILDING STRONG RELATIONSHIPS

Colossians 3:18-4:1

In chapter 3, Paul has been stressing the importance of relationships. He has described those things that destroy relationships as well as those things that can make a relationship stronger. In verses 3:18- 4:1, he now moves on to three specific relationships and more insight into how we can build strong relationships.

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“SET YOUR HEARTS ON THINGS ABOVE”

Colossians 3:1-17

Paul has been giving the church information to direct them in a life perspective. Those who pursue it do not need to be given specific rules for every possible circumstance. Instead, as we will see in this sermon, what they need is to set their hearts and minds on things above and how it works.

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WHO HAS TAKEN YOUR THOUGHTS CAPTIVE?

Colossians 2:6-23

Colossians tells us that rules and regulations have no power to make us moral… but does that make sense? Yes, and in this sermon, we will find out why.

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FAKE NEWS

Colossians 1:24-2:5

A term we hear a lot these days is “fake news”, information that is presented as being factually accurate. Many think that this is something new when in fact, fake news has been around for a long, long time. Paul didn’t use the term “fake news” but that is what he has been addressing in his letter to the Colossian church. In this sermon, we will get some insight from Paul on how to deal with “fake news”.

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HE’S MY KING

Colossians 1:15-23

When the church struggles or loses direction, it is often times because we are unsure who is in charge. In this sermon, we learn who is in charge and why and what the church needs to do to stay on course.

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“LEST I FORGET”

Colossians 1:1-14

If we forget about who Jesus is, if we forget about what He has done and is doing in our lives, and if we lose our sense of awe and wonder of the love of God displayed by sacrificing His Son, then we will always be an easy target and be in danger of being easily swayed from our faith. As Paul begins his letter to the Colossian church he reminds them of how Jesus has changed their lives, and the importance of staying focused on Jesus, and what they now have in Christ.

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“THE SECRET OF BEING CONTENT”

Philippians 4:10-20

As Paul finishes his letter to the church in Philippi, he wants to thank them for the support they have given him now and in the past. But he also gives them something in return, “the secret of being content”. In this sermon, we will be checking out what that secret is and how we might be able to find some contentment in our lives.

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FINDING PEACE

Philippians 4:1-9

Something we all want in our lives is peace of mind, but living in this chaotic world, finding peace of mind seems almost impossible. God wants to give us peace that we can have no matter what happens to us in this life. In this sermon we see that peace is possible and how it can be attained.

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GOING AGAINST THE FLOW

Philippians 3:12-21

Once we decide to be followers of Christ Jesus, we have citizenship in a forever, spiritual place but in the meantime we have to live in a physical place, which puts us in this struggle of dealing with the physical world in a spiritual way. In this sermon, we will endeavor to see how we can “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” even as it seems we are going against the flow.

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TOO MANY PEOPLE LOOKING BACK

Philippians 3:1-16

In my study this week in preparing this sermon, I ran across this quote; “God is always in the present tense. He is called the ‘I Am’ not the I Was.” Nothing impedes forward progress more than spending time looking back. If you are running a race, constantly looking back, it shouldn’t surprise you when you stumble and fall. There have always been those in the church who spend their time and efforts clinging to the past instead of pressing “on toward the goal”. In this sermon, we will see get some sound advice from Paul on how to keep moving toward, “the upward call of God, in Christ Jesus.”

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ORDINARY MEN SERVING IN EXTRAORDINARY WAYS

Philippians 2:19-30

So far we have seen in Paul’s letter that he has been challenging the church to live lives worthy of the gospel, to face persecution with joy, to be humble servants who put the needs of others ahead of their own and to not give up. Paul will now give us two examples of men whose lives exemplify what he has been talking about. In this sermon we will meet two ordinary men serving in extraordinary ways.

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A CALL TO COMPLETION

Philippians 2:12-18

In this sermon, we will see that Paul wants the church to understand that we were not called to give up but we are called to completion.

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A NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES, ESPECIALLY MINE!

Philippians 2:1-11

In this passage today, we see Paul again describing what Christianity should look like. The problem is that what he’s describing does not come naturally to most people. In preparing this sermon, I was challenged to look at myself to see how well my life reflects what Paul had written to the church, and it is my prayer that you will be challenged as well.

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A LIFE WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST

Philippians 1:27-30

What’s at the center of your life? What drives you to do the things you do? Are your answers to those questions in line with the gospel of Christ? In this sermon, we learn how Paul answers those questions.

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THE UNSTOPPABLE GOSPEL OF CHRIST

Philippians 1:12-26

Through Paul’s experience with his Roman imprisonment, we learn that sometimes the most difficult experiences in life can produce the best results. This isn’t a popular message if we are looking to Christ for an escape from life’s problems, but it is a revolutionizing insight into Christian living if we are willing to make it our own. As we will learn in this sermon, God is able to use any situation in our lives for our good and for the good of the gospel of Christ.

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“I ALWAYS PRAY WITH JOY”

Philippians 1:1-11

Webster’s defines joy as “intense happiness or great delight”. Now let me ask you a question. Are you intensely happy right now? How about in the past week or month or year even? I can definitely think of moments of time when I have been happy but intensely happy? In Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi, he will not only tell them why he is intensely happy but how they can be intensely happy themselves. In this sermon, we will begin to see how we too can have this kind of joy in our lives.

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“IN MY PRAYERS FOR YOU”

Philippians 1:1-11

The next letter of Paul’s that we will be looking at is his letter to the church in Philippi. Another letter written by Paul to help the church on their journey. He will comment on a few issues that the church needs to get ahead of, he thanks them for their support, and updates them on his situation “as a prisoner”. An overlying theme throughout this letter is joy and we will see that as we go through this letter together. But in this sermon, I wanted to focus on Paul’s prayer life concerning this congregation and how it can help us in ours.

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“BE STRONG IN THE LORD”

Ephesians 6:10-20

Finally” Paul writes in Ephesians 6:10, as he begins his closing statements in this letter to the church. This will be the last sermon in this series of sermons from the book of Ephesians. As it finally concludes, it is my prayer that through this series, we all have a little better understanding of what it means to be the church “in Christ”.

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PUTTING CHRIST INTO OUR RELATIONSHIPS

Ephesians 5:21-6:9

As the apostle goes on in his letter to the church, he now talks about relationships. Unless you’re a hermit living out in the woods with no contact with another human being, you are in some sort of relationship. In this sermon, we see what Paul has to say about what a strong Christian relationship should be based on and what it projects to the world around us.

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“BE VERY CAREFUL”

Ephesians 5:6-21

In life we are bombarded with information that at times can be overwhelming. Much of the things we see and hear are conflicting and we wonder what is right and what isn’t. Paul tells the church in Ephesians 5:15 to “be very careful, then, how you live”. So somehow we need to take in all this random information, process it, and then figure out how we can live these “holy lives” Paul has been writing about. In this sermon, we look at what the apostle Paul has to say as to how we can “be very careful” and so live a holy life in Christ.

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“IMITATORS OF GOD”

Ephesians 5:1-7

Paul begins Ephesians 5:1 with this very simple instruction for the church to be “imitators of God”. Well sure Paul, no problemo, easy peasy, I’ll just get me a wig, a fake beard, a white robe and some flip flops and sit around and point my finger at all the people I think are not doing it right. Or at least what I determine is right. And let’s face it, that is about as close to imitating a god as most of us get. It’s always easier to point out what’s wrong with everyone else than it is for us to make those same judgments about ourselves. Thankfully, Paul follows doesn’t leave us hanging and gives the church instruction on how this daunting task can be accomplished. In this sermon, we will begin our look at how we are to be “imitators of God”.

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THE NEW YOU

Ephesians 4:17-32

When we choose to obey the gospel and become followers of Christ, we commit to making a complete change in our life. Paul has been reminding the church who they were before Christ and who they are to be now that they are “in Christ”. We were taught “to put off the old self” and “to be made new in the attitude of our minds.” In this sermon, we begin a look at how Paul describes the new you.

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“UNITY OF THE SPIRIT”

Ephesians 4:1-16

I once read an editorial where the writer claimed that there were 34,000 different groups calling themselves Christians. He didn’t explain how he arrived at that number but his point was this; if Christians see the Bible as the only source of absolute truth then why isn’t there only one church? In Paul’s letter, he stresses the importance of unity for us to live a life worthy of the calling we have received. In this sermon, we will explore what the Apostle believes is necessary for us to maintain “unity of the Spirit.”

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“JESUS LOVES ME”

Ephesians 3:14-4:1

As the church, our minds are to be focused on all the spiritual blessings we have in Christ. We need to know who we are now in Christ compared to who we were before Christ. Also, we need to know the “eternal purpose of God” and understand our part in it. For us to “live a life worthy of the calling we have received and to fulfill our part in the eternal purpose of God, Paul now prays that we will be strong in the challenge of comprehending the incomprehensible. In this sermon, we well attempt to grasp what is just too big to grasp.

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THE CHURCH AND THE ETERNAL PURPOSE OF GOD

Ephesians 3:1-13

I have to say that I was extremely intimidated by this week’s text from Ephesians. In it, Paul speaks of the church’s part in the “eternal purpose” of God. Too often we get so focused on the minutiae of “doing church”, we forget about being the church. In this sermon, we will see that what we, the church, have come to believe is our purpose may not match up with what God’s purpose for us should be.

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A FRESH START

Ephesians 2:11-22

In this sermon, we will see that “in Christ” we have been enabled by God to make a fresh start.

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“I ONCE WAS LOST IN SIN”

Ephesians 2:1-10

In this letter to the church, Paul wants to make sure that the church understands that this new salvation to which they have been called, makes a radical difference in their lives. It’s not just a change in status, but a change of life. As we have seen so far, Paul has sought to motivate the church towards this goal by reminding them of the reason to live for Christ. And as we will see in this sermon, Paul now reminds the church of their past, their present and their future.

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THE BODY OF CHRIST

Ephesians 1:15-23

In this sermon, we see that the apostle Paul continues to help the church see how blessed they are as the body of Christ.

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WE LIVE FOR HIM BECAUSE…

Ephesians 1:1-14

Christians are called to change. The life in Christ should look different than life in the world. Paul knew that sometimes this transformation is difficult and so he begins his letter by giving us the motivation behind the change that God wants to see. Paul doesn’t demand a change in lifestyle by guilting or threatening us into it, rather he spends the first three chapters describing what God has done for us so that we might live for him. As Paul describes the church, he makes the point that we have been thoroughly blessed by God in Christ and so we should therefore live for Him. In this sermon, we will be looking at the motivation for living for Him.

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WHO ARE WE?

Ephesians 1:1-3

This sermon is the first in a series from the book of Ephesians. This letter provides a lot of insightful thinking concerning the New Testament church and so answers two important questions: Who are we? and What are we to do about it?

 

 

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WE ARE THE CHURCH

Romans 16:1-27

We are the church is a true statement. The church isn’t a place we gather, it is those who gather. Paul didn’t write this letter to a building but to those who make up the church. Jesus didn’t die for a building, He died for you and me. As Paul ends his letter, he mentions 35 people by name. Although some of the names are familiar, most are unknown and as far as we know weren’t anyone special. But yet here they are their names recorded for posterity in the word of God. In this sermon, we examine some points of significance to those who are church.

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AN ENCOURAGING WORD. REALLY!

Romans 15:14-33

We often forget that the “books” in the New Testament were actually letters written from one Christian to other Christians. Even though we dissect them and turn them into academic exercises, searching for rules to bind one another to or to prove why our way is right and others are wrong, their purpose was to encourage the recipients of these letters. In this sermon, we will take a look at the kind of encouragement that Paul gives the church in this letter.

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TELL HIS STORY

John 1:1-14

The greatest day in human history was the day that Jesus rose from the dead, fulfilling His part in the salvation on mankind. I would place the arrival of God on earth as the next in importance. Most Christians would agree, evidenced by the importance the Christian world places on the holidays surrounding these two events. Although both these dates are of extreme importance, the more important question we should be asking is why. What was His purpose? Why did He come? In this sermon, we will discover what Jesus has to say about why He came to earth.  

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OVERFLOWING WITH HOPE

Romans 15:1-13

In the Apostle Paul’s efforts in helping the church, he has been reminding them of where their focus should be, that is, what they have in common rather than on their differences. I have always thought that it was interesting, that although Paul’s letter to the church, that was in Rome, should give Christians a foundation for unity, many of the things that divide Christians have come from this letter. My inclination is to reiterate all those things that I have attempted to bring out in this series of sermons, but I am afraid that it would be as long as the book of Romans itself. As Paul wrote in the beginning of his letter, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16). In this section of scripture that I spoke about this past Lord’s day, Paul focuses on hope. And it is my hope that all would open their hearts and minds, letting go of all the things we have been fed over the years and those preconceived ideas and let the power of the word of God be the determining factor in our Christian walk. As Paul wrote and as I pray for us all, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

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IN PURSUIT OF PEACE

Romans 14:1-15:6

An important part of the Christian life is learning to get along with one another. The problem is that the church is made up of people. People from different backgrounds (religious and personal), different levels of training, ability and education. The apostle Paul understands we are different but wants to stress the importance of retaining unity in spite of our differences concerning “disputable matters” or “opinions”. In this sermon, we are given some practical instruction to help us in our pursuit of peace.

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BEING LIGHT IN THE WORLD

Romans 13:1-14

As chapter 12 of the book of Romans began, we learned that our “spiritual act of worship” is offering ourselves as “living sacrifices”. He then goes on to describe, in a practical ways, how this can be accomplished. First we were told that our God given gifts are to be used in the service of all to the glory of God. We recognize that all acts of mercy are a reflection of the mercy God gives us, being energized by the Spirit of love. The key to the next section was found in the statement that “love must be sincere”. The kind of love he talks about reflects back to the cross. Love is the freedom to serve “one another” without interest in personal gain. Not how my choices will affect me but how they will affect others. As we will learn in this next sermon in the series, we are not only to show the light of Christ to “one another” but also to those in the world around us.

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LEARNING TO BE THE LIGHT

Romans 12:9-21

As the apostle Paul has explained so far in Romans 12, as followers of Christ, motivated by God’s mercy, we live our lives as “living sacrifices”, which is our “spiritual act of worship. As he goes on in that letter, he gives us a practical picture of what this worshipful lifestyle looks like.  In last weeks sermon, we learned that it is accomplished as we use our God given gifts to serve and minister to others. In this sermon, we will see that our lives are to be a reflection of Jesus and that our relationship with God should be reflected in our relationships with one another.

 

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MERCY IS AS MERCY DOES

Romans 12:1-8

As we have already seen in Romans 12, a Christian’s motivation to “worship” and to be “transformed” is in response to God’s mercy. It is the knowledge of this mercy from God that provides the motivation we need for ministry. It’s not paying God back, it is our recognition that without His mercy you and I would have no life or purpose. In this sermon, we will be looking at what that response should be and the other factors that should compel us to do our part in fulfilling God’s mission.

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“IN VIEW OF GOD’S MERCY”

Romans 12:1-2

Everything we do in life is a choice.  From the time we wake up in the morning until we fall asleep at night, we are making choices.  Some of those choices may have little or no consequence but others can impact not only our own lives but the lives of others as well.  As the apostle Paul wrote to the church that was in Rome, it is important for Christians to make the right choices for their lives.  In this sermon, we find out about two very important choices that Paul “urges” us to make, what our motivation should be and the outcome of making the right choices. 

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GOD IN A BOX

Romans 11:25-12:2

We like boxes.  We have moving boxes that we can neatly pack our things and put labels on.  We have boxes to put our lunch in and boxes to wrap gifts in.  We use boxes to organize our files and boxes to organize our stuff on shelves.  Boxes give us a sense of order and control.  A place for everything and everything in its place.  If we have it in a box and it’s labeled we know exactly what we’ve got and where it is.  If someone comes along and starts taking things out of our boxes we begin to feel out of control.  So we quickly work at getting everything back into the right box.  And it can make us feel very uncomfortable if someone else isn’t putting their stuff in all the right boxes. 

 We want to have things under control, to have a sense of predictability, and so we even try to put God in a box.  I think folks like the idea of winding the little handle and out pops the god of their own creation. We create boxes in our minds of what God can and can not do.  We want to know that we can predict what he might do next.  The problem is that the god in the box doesn’t look anything like the God who lives outside of our box.  We end up worshiping the god of our own creation instead of the God who created us. We rob ourselves of the wonderment of serving and worshiping a God that is beyond anything we could ever imagine.  We never know what it is like to give up being the god of our own lives and to let an uncontainable God have free reign in our hearts.  In this sermon, we see what the apostle Paul has to say about trying to put God in a box.

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WARNING LABELS

Romans 11:1-24

Over the years, “The Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch” has sponsored an annual contest of the most absurd warning labels.  A few of the top place winners have been: “Do not allow children to play in the dishwasher.”  On a bottle of hair coloring: “Do not use as an ice cream topping.”  On a cardboard sun shield for a car:  “Do not drive with sun shield in place.”  On a baby stroller: “Caution: Remove infant before folding for storage.”  You might ask why they would make these labels?  After all, doesn’t it seem obvious that you shouldn’t use these products in this way?  But we all know that someone must have actually tried to do these things that the labels warn about.  Even though scripture states the obvious, some people have trouble accepting it, not doing things God’s way but in what seems right to them.  In this sermon from Romans chapter 11, we find a warning label, but along with that warning we will find hope and assurance. 

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“FEETS DON’T FAIL ME NOW!”

Romans 10

In this chapter of Paul’s letter to the church that was in Rome, he continues in his concern for his fellow Israelites. He wants nothing more than for all of Israel to be saved. The problem isn’t their lack of desire to seek God’s way. The problem is they are basing it on bad information. In their “zeal” to get it right, they have made the critical error of seeking righteousness through their ability to keep the laws instead of obtaining righteousness through faith in Christ (the culmination of the law). What makes this lesson relevant to us today, is that if we are not careful, Israel’s story can become our story.

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SOME PERPLEXING QUESTIONS

Romans 9:1-33

Life is full of difficult questions like, “What was the best thing before sliced bread?” Some of the most perplexing questions come when we have difficulty understanding what God is doing in our lives. In Romans chapter 9, Paul poses some difficult questions. In this sermon, we will endeavor to learn what the answers to some perplexing questions.

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“YOUR LOVE NEVER FAILS”

Romans 8:28-39

Everyone goes through a season of darkness in their life. For many it may seem like one bad season after another. Sometimes it can seem so hopeless that we just want to give up and we may even believe that even God has forgotten us. In Psalm 13, David asks these questions of God:

How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever?

How long will you hide your face from me?

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and

day after day have sorrow in my heart?

How long will my enemy triumph over me?”

David wants to understand. He wants God to explain it to him, but he also knows that he may never understand in his lifetime. David also understands what he must do and that is to wait on God. In the last two verses of that Psalm, he states clearly what he needs to do, when he writes:

But I trust in your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in your salvation

I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.”

In this sermon from Romans 8, we see that Paul wants the church to know that in those seasons of darkness, that we all face, that God never forgets His people and that His love never fails.

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WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AND TROUBLED

Romans 18-28

Everyone suffers. No one escapes suffering. They did then and we do now. We would like to think that as Christians, our troubles will some how disappear, but as a matter of fact, first century Christians suffered more after deciding to follow Jesus then they did before becoming a disciple of Christ. Suffering comes in many forms but in this sermon, we will see the apostle Paul telling us that there are somethings that will help us get through it all.

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WHEN GOD SHOWS THROUGH

Romans 8:1-16

There is a story about a little girl who, on the way home from church, turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, the Preacher’s sermon this morning confused me.”

The mother said, “Oh! Why is that?”

The girl replied, “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?”

“Yes, that’s true,” the mother replied.

“He also said that God lives within us. Is that true too?”

Again the mother replied, “Yes.”

“Well,” said the girl. “If God is bigger than us and He lives in us, wouldn’t He show through?”

That is what we will see in this sermon. If we are Christians, the Spirit of God dwells within us, and since God is bigger than we are and if we’re being led by His Spirit, God is going to show through.

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“WHO WILL RESCUE ME?

Romans 7

I know what I should do but I don’t do it and I know what I shouldn’t do but I do it anyway. I believe most, if not all of us, feel that way at times. Often to the point of thinking that we’ll never get it right, losing all hope and giving up. In Romans 7, we see that the apostle Paul confessing that was how he felt, referring to himself as “a wretched man” and asking the question, “Who will rescue me…?” In this sermon, we will search for the answer to that question.

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FREEDOM?

Romans 6:14-23

As Paul continues with his reasoning to the church in Rome, he puts across the idea that we are either slaves to sin and free from God or we’re slaves to God and free from sin. The point being that everyone is a slave to something. Ideologically speaking, we understand and agree with this idea, but in practice we struggle with the idea of being a slave to anything or anyone. In this sermon, we will examine what Paul has to say on the subject and how we can experience real freedom.

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“GRACE WINS”

Romans 6:1-14

Life’s problems and challenges can be overwhelming at times.  Being faithful followers of Jesus can seem impossible. But as we will see in this sermon, God has given us everything we need to navigate this life as we look forward to the life beyond. 

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THE GIFT

Romans 5:12-21

In this sermon, we will see how the apostle Paul helps the church get over themselves and any problems that may be plaguing their lives by focusing on “The Gift”. 

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LOVE THEM ANYWAY

Romans 5:1-11

In this sermon, we will see the most important ingredient needed for the church to thrive and survive.

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“AGAINST ALL HOPE”

Romans 4

This sermon is about having hope, against all hope. 

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A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

Romans 3:21-24

Our Christian walk may seem like an up hill battle at times, but as we see in this sermon from Romans chapter 3, there are two things that actually make it a level playing field.

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OUR HERITAGE RIGHT OR WRONG

Romans 2:17-29

In this sermon, we see the apostle Paul expose the root of the problem that we looked at in last week’s sermon.

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WHO DO YOU SEE?

Romans 2:1-16

This sermon is about who we see when we look at others and ourselves.  But the more important question is who does God see when He looks at others and at you.  

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NO EXCUSE

Romans 1:18-32

This sermon is about accountability but my guess is that you have a good excuse for not listening to it.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHAT IS FAITH?

Romans 1:8-17

As you can probably guess, this sermon is about faith.

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THERE IS A CALL FOR YOU

Romans 1:1-7

This is the first of a series of sermons from the letter to the Romans. God has your number but so does Satan. Life can be like sitting at a switch board with multiple calls coming in at once. We can only handle one at a time, so which call do I take. God has dialed your number, but so have hundreds of others and they all seem important. There is only one of those calls that leads to eternal life. God has called and is calling. There is a call for you that you need to take. Are you ready to take that call?

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“IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST”

2 Thessalonians 3:1-15

This is the last sermon in this series. My prayer is that what I have shared over the past weeks about the “model” church has been of some benefit to you as you strive to live according to the will of God.

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JESUS WINS! PASS IT ON!

2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

There are things in life that are important and demand our attention. But there are also things in life that get our attention only to keep us from focusing on what is really important. In this sermon, we will see what we need to be focusing on to keep our life on the right path.

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AM I DOING THIS RIGHT?

2 Thessalonians 1:1-12

During our Christian walk, we often wonder if we are doing this right? Am I truly doing what I should as a disciple of Christ? In this sermon, we see what the apostle Paul has to say to the “model” church in Thessalonica and get some insight as to the questions we should be asking ourselves to see if we are doing this right.

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A SPIRITUALLY FIT CHURCH

1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

We have come to the end of Paul’s letter to the “model” church. In this sermon, we will see what a church needs to do to stay “Spiritually Fit”.

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A HOPE FILLED CHURCH

1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

In this sermon, we look at two encouraging ways believers in Jesus are different from everyone else. The way we face death and the way we face life.

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A SANCTIFIED CHURCH

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

We have already talked about the outside forces that Satan uses to derail the church. In this sermon we will see, what can destroy the church from the inside.

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A FAITHFUL CHURCH

1 Thessalonians 3:1-13

When you read 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13, you can almost feel Paul’s anguish from being separated from his church family in Thessalonica. Paul described that separation as an “intense longing” like a child who has been “orphaned” from his parents. In this sermon we learn what he did about it.

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STANDING STRONG AGAINST OPPOSITION

1 Thessalonians 2:13-20

The fact is that the church has always faced opposition. In this lesson, we will follow the Apostle Paul’s example on how we can stand strong against opposition.

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AN ENCOURAGING CHURCH

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

The church is called to be encouragers. Although the Apostle Paul was extremely pleased with the “model” church in Thessalonica, he was also a realist. He knew the kind of pressures and resistance the church faced. So, he writes this letter to encourage them, so that they don’t fall into the same kinds of traps that other congregations have fallen into. In this sermon, we look at Paul’s example in how to be an encourager.

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A PROGRESSIVE CHURCH

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

This sermon begins a series of sermons from Paul’s letter to the church in Thessalonica. Paul describes the church there as “a model to all believers”, giving us some insight as to how we too can be a model church.

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“THE CRUX OF THE MATTER”

Galatians 6:11-18

You have most likely heard the phrase “The crux of the matter”. The word “crux” comes from old Latin, and simply means cross. And so that term has become associated with a critical juncture or point in time. The cross of Christ is that critical juncture. A time in history where everything changed. In this sermon, we will see that as the apostle Paul ends his letter, he too gets down to “the crux of the matter” and that is the cross of Christ.

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A HOLY SPIRIT HARVEST

Galatians 6:7-10

When you read, “a man reaps what he sows”, often what comes to mind is the proverbial saying, “what goes around comes around” or “you get what you deserve”. But the question is whether that is worldly thinking or spiritual thinking. In this sermon, we will explore what the apostle Paul has to say on the subject.

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FOR THOSE WHO ARE SPIRITUAL

Galatians 6:1-5

This is the eighth time Paul has referred to them as “brethren”. This tells me a couple of things. First that no matter how many mistakes and wrong turns the church makes in its Christian walk, they are still family. It also tells me why Paul is so upset with what has been going on in the congregations in Galatia. Paul was there at their conception and their rebirth and now “these people” are messing with his family and he is not happy about it. In this sermon, we will see what Paul has to say to his “brethren” to help them to deal with problems and conflicts that arise.

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FOR THOSE WHO BELONG TO CHRIST JESUS

Galatians 5:13-26

In this sermon, we will explore what the apostle Paul tells the church what it needs to survive.

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GETTING BACK ON COURSE

Galatians 5:1-12

The congregations in Galatia have veered off course. They started out well but along the way they have received some bad directions. In the first 4 chapters, Paul has been expounding on the wonder of salvation by grace through faith and being set free from the Law. He has repeatedly expressed his bewilderment as to why they would ever buy into this idea that the gospel of grace wasn’t enough and they now needed to add the act of circumcision. And that when you add anything to the gospel of grace you make it no gospel at all. In this sermon, we will see what Paul has to say about the consequences of following the wrong course.

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A TALE OF TWO MOTHERS

Galatians 4:21-31

In chapters 3 and 4, Paul has been explaining to the church why they wouldn’t want to add anything to the gospel of grace. Now in the last section of chapter 4, he tells the tale of two mothers to illustrate two different paths that people take in trying to find salvation.

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DISCIPLES MAKING DISCIPLES

Matthew 28:18-20

This Sunday I decided not to preach from Paul’s letter to the congregations in the region of Galatia but instead to talk about something that is always on my heart and mind, discipleship. What it means to be a disciple of Christ and the command for disciples to make disciples. For those who choose to listen to this sermon, it is my prayer that you will be strengthened and encouraged in your resolve as a disciple of Christ and a disciple maker.

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THE CHILDREN OF GOD

Galatians 4:1-20

In this sermon we will be looking at the next passage in Paul’s letter to the congregations in the region of Galatia.  Paul wants them to understand who they were before Christ, what God has done for them through Christ and who they are now in Christ.

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PROMISES, PROMISES

Galatians 3:15-29 

So which is greater, the Law or the Promise? How are we saved by one and not the other? In this sermon, few will see what the apostle Paul answers those questions.

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JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON

Galatians 3:1-14

Fellow Christians have come into the area of Galatia and have attempted to convince the congregations there that being saved by grace through faith isn’t sufficient. So starting in chapter three, Paul will present his arguments against this kind of teaching, which is what is being looked at in this sermon.

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“IN STEP WITH THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL”

Galatians 2:11-21 

In this sermon we will explore what it means to be “in step with the truth of the gospel.”

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“I WANTED TO BE SURE”

Galatians 2:1-10

This sermon is about wanting to be sure that what we have put our faith and hope in is the right thing.

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“THE LIFE THAT I LIVE”

Galatians 2:1-10

In Paul’s mission to share the gospel of grace, he did so through teaching and reasoning, but he also did it by sharing his story. We too can accomplish our mission of sharing the gospel through telling our story. But what should I should I share? How can I share? What should I focus on? By following Paul’s example we can get some help in telling others why the good news is truly good news. Which is what we will be looking at in this sermon.

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“GRACE AND PEACE TO YOU”

Galatians 1:1-10

In Paul’s letter “to the churches in Galatia”, he is writing to a church in crisis. There are those who are teaching a gospel that advocates adding something to Christ’s “gospel of grace”. This sermon begins a series of sermons from this letter.

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SEEING JESUS

Luke 2:8-18

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been thinking a lot about seeing Jesus. I think it’s because a good friend of mine has gone to be with Jesus. He was one of those Christians, that you knew was a Christian because you could see Jesus in him and through the example of his life. I am sad because I no longer get to see my friend but am filled with joy that he finally gets to see Jesus. This sermon is about seeing Jesus, those who did and some things we can see through them.

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DO NOT LOSE HEART

Hebrews 12:1-3

There have most likely been things in your life that you haven’t finished. Some of those things just aren’t that important and may not to be finished. With Jesus as our example we can know that there are those things that need to be finished. In this sermon, we will look at how we can finish without “growing weary and losing heart.”

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A REASON TO CELEBRATE

Luke 15

We can all think of reasons to celebrate, but in Luke chapter fifteen, Jesus gives us the best reason to celebrate. In this sermon, we will see what that reason is.

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SEEING LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

Matthew 26:36-56

It happens to all of us. Dark times come and we can be so overwhelmed with sorrow and the troubles of life that it can become all consuming to the point of exhaustion. Jesus had a time like that and in this sermon we will learn from Him how to get through those times and see light in the darkness.

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CULTIVATING A PURE HEART

Luke 11:14-28

Have you ever wondered why some seem to be able to resist negativism and remain patient, optimistic and forgiving, while others have a sour outlook and a gloomy attitude? In this sermon we will see how to cultivate a pure heart.

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“MY TESTIMONY IS TRUE”

John 8:12-18

The premise behind this sermon is simple. Jesus always told the truth. We are supposed to be just like Jesus, so we need to always tell the truth. So if it is so simple, why do we struggle with the truth? If you should have the inclination to listen to this sermon, I believe you won’t be disappointed. Honest.

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