The apostle John want us to know that no matter what problems or troubles we may face in this world, we who are born of God were made to overcome the world.
In John’s letter, he has made it clear that Jesus is on trial. Basically he has been charged with identity theft. In this passage, the apostle calls on some witnesses to counter the accusations that Jesus is not the Christ the Son of the Living God.
In this next passage, the apostle gets back to what seems to be his favorite topic, love. He makes it clear the importance for all of us to understand what God’s love is and what our response to His love should be. The important thing for us to remember is to not over complicate it, just keep it simple.
1 John 2:28-3:3
If you are “born of God” you are one of His children and he wants us to know that we are part of something greater than ourselves.
1 John 2:18-27
In this passage in 1 John, he will tell us everything we need to know about the antichrist.
1 John 2:12-17
As Christians we are all looking forward to spending eternity in heaven. With all the challenges and temptations of life, sometimes we wonder if we will make it. In this passage in 1 John, he gives us some encouragement and instruction to help us get from here to eternity.
1 John 2:3-11
What does it truly mean to have a personal relationship with Jesus?
1 John 1:5-2:2
We may all understand the idea of walking in the light philosophically but what does it mean to walk in the light in reality?
1 John 1:1-4
Can you imagine what it must have been like to actually see and hear and touch Jesus. If you could experience what the apostles did, how would it change your life?
2 Peter 3:8-18
As Peter ends his letter, he makes it clear that Jesus is coming again and we won’t know when when that will be. The important question we need to ask ourselves is, “Am I Ready?”
2 Peter 3:1-9
A problem we all face in life is that our minds may become so filled with negative thoughts and ideas that we leave no room for God. In this lesson from 2 Peter, we will see how we can get past all of that stinkin’ thinkin’ and get back on track and all it takes is a change of mind.
2 Peter 2:17-22
We have all made decisions where in retrospect we ask ourselves, “What was I thinking?” We throw logic and good sense out the window and allow our emotions and desires to take over. In this next passage in 2 Peter, the apostle will give us more good advice on how to make the right choice.
2 Peter 2:9-16
In this next section of 2 Peter, we see the apostle taking some time to expose the false teachers by doing some behavioral profiling.
2 Peter 2:4-9
We now come to a point in Peter’s letter where he deals with a subject most people would rather not think about. One that may even make us feel a little uncomfortable.
2 Peter 2:1-3
When the church, the household of God, is in disrepair you need to get the right people in to get things back on track. Last week Peter told us about the “go to guys” and now in chapter 2 he will tell us about the “guys you might want to stay clear of”.
2 Peter 1:12-21
Fake news is news or information consisting of deliberate disinformation. The purpose is to discredit someone or something or to skew opinions. Although we have heard the term used a lot over the past few years, it isn’t new. As a matter of fact a lot of what Peter is dealing with in this letter is that the church is being infected with this disinformation.
2 Peter 1:1-11
In Peter’s second letter to the church, he again gives them instruction so that they don’t lose their way.
1 Peter 5:5-11
As Peter comes to the end of his letter, he leaves the church with some final instructions to help us stay on course and reach our final destination.
1 Peter 5:1-5
Peter now has a few things to say to those who would be leaders in the church. At all times, but especially during times of crisis the people of God need good leadership.
1 Peter 4:12-19
In these last verses in Chapter 4, Peter has some concluding thoughts regarding the suffering the church was going through because of their faith.
1 Peter 4:1-11
For the early church, their lives had been turned upside down. Every thing they thought was normal was now changed to a new normal. Peter points out to the church that when they gave themselves to Christ their lives changed. They had left what what had been normal for a new normal.
1 Peter 3:13-22
This passage speaks to all who would be living for Jesus in the midst of a hostile and ungodly culture. The principles that Peter gives the church will help to equip us to act appropriately in the midst of any and all persecution, trials and suffering of all kinds.
1 Peter 3:8-12
It’s easy to “love life and see good days” when everything is going right in your life, but in this sermon we will discover how we can “love life and see good days” even when things aren’t going good.
1 Peter 3:1-7
Although Peter is addressing this part of his letter to husbands and wives, I believe the principles he teaches us are important for all of us to be able to pursue excellence in all our relationships.
1 Peter 2:18-25
Peter has told us that we need to keep our behavior excellent. In this next section of Peter’s letter we will see how we can pursue excellence even when life isn’t fair.
1 Peter 2:11-17
In this lesson, we will see the importance of pursuing excellence.
1 Peter 2:4-10
So how do we see ourselves? Do we know who we really are? In today’s passage in First Peter, he will give us some insight into who we are.
1 Peter 1:17-2:3
In this sermon we learn what it means to be part of the family of God.
1 Peter 1:10-16
In 1 Peter 1:16, we are told to be holy as God is holy. We might struggle with the concept of being holy as God is holy and as I pondered that this week it seemed like an impossibility. But, none-the-less, Peter says to just do it. In this sermon we will strive to understand what it means to be holy and how we can be as holy as He is holy.
1 Peter 1:1-9
Peter wrote his letter to the church to encourage them during times of trial. I hope you will join me in seeing how we too can get through times of trial in our lives.
1 Corinthians 15:1-8
The resurrection of Jesus Christ was the single most important event in history. With His resurrection everything changed forever and so I stand amazed. How about you?
James 5:13-20; 1 Kings 18
If there has ever been a time for powerful and effective prayer it is now. Join with me as we discover what made Elijah’s prayer powerful and effective.
In this short verse, we find an important principle necessary to make everything that James has been talking about in his letter work.
Are you struggling with something in your life? Have you lost patience, wondering if things are going to get better? If you are then you may want to hear what James has to say on the subject.
This next passage in James is a warning to those who are faced with a choice of following God or trusting in what money can do for them.
What we plan to do with our lives isn’t just a question for today or tomorrow, it is a forever question. James tells us that God’s will should be the determining factor of how we live and what we do. The question is then, “what is God’s will?”
The temptation to say condemning critical things or standing in judgment of others seems to be to strong to resist. However, James gives us reason and instruction on how to prevent that kind of behavior.
“Why can’t we just all get along?” In this next passage in James, he gives us some insight in to why we quarrel and fight but also tells us what we need to do to get along.
“Who is wise and understanding among you?” Great question but how do we know if we are wise or not? In this next section of James’ letter, he describes for us two kinds of wisdom and the test to see which kind of wisdom we have.
What comes out of our mouths matters and in this lesson we will learn to speak words that heal and not hurt.
In this next passage in James’ letter to the church, he tells us that faith needs to be something we do not just something we have.
As James defines religion in his letter to the church, we see that religion is more about working on relationships than it is about adhering to a list of rites, rituals, and rules. As we go on in James’ letter we learn more about how those who profess to be believers in the Lord Jesus Christ should be living this life of faith.
What does the word religion mean to you? In this sermon, we will see what kind of religion pleases God and you may be surprised at what God “accepts as pure and faultless.”
In this sermon, we learn some truths about temptation.
Has life got you down? Do you now or have you ever felt life your troubles will never end, caught up in an endless struggle with no hope of ever having joy in your life again? In this sermon, we will see that there is help to survive the struggles of life.
Only two groups received the birth announcement for the arrival of the Son of God. A group of shepherds who were in the vicinity and a group of “wise men” who would have to make a long, dangerous journey to see Him. The question is what were they all looking for and what are people looking for today?
When we read the account of the birth of Jesus, it’s hard for us to imagine that we would not be able to find some room for an expectant young woman with no place to stay. But as Luke tells us in his gospel, “there was no room for them.” The question we’ll be exploring in this sermon is why not?
This is the final sermon in the series of sermons from the book of Hebrews. As the writer concludes his letter, he makes his final plea to help them get back on track with each step they take.
In this sermon, we see what the Hebrew writer has to say to the church about what pleases God.
Throughout the Old Testament, God’s people were repeatedly assured by God that he would never leave them or forsake them. The writer of Hebrews also wants the church to know that this promise still stands today and you can take that to the bank.
As the old hymn begins, “There is a habitation built by the living God, for all of every nation who seek the grand abode.” But the question we’ll be asking in this sermon is, “Is the path we’re taking the one that will get us there?”
I believe that the writer of Hebrews has one goal in mind as he finishes his letter to the church. That is that no one lose their way and therefore not complete their journey to their final goal, heaven. In this next sermon in the series, we learn the importance of our relationship with God and with one another in completing the journey.
Everyone goes through times of trouble. In this sermon, we will get some help from the writer of Hebrews on having the right perspective in helping us make it through those difficult times and finish the race.
The early church was in danger of losing it’s way. The Hebrew writer has been reasoning with the church to help them to not lose faith in Jesus and why they should not turn back to a system of rule keeping. Chapters 12 and 13 are dealing with the survival of believers. In this next sermon, we will see some things that are necessary for believers to survive, so they can make it to the finish line.
When reading this passage in Hebrews 11, you may say to yourself, “Wow! I could never do that!” I could never accomplish anything close to what they did or deal with the kind of suffering they did for their faith. But we need to remember that none of these people mentioned or alluded to in this passage would be considered the best candidates for accomplishing the things that they did. In this sermon, we will look at how God can accomplish great things in and through spiritually inconsistent, imperfect, flawed, broken and messy people just like us.
Everyone has faith. We can’t get through a single day without living by faith. We flip a switch and have faith a light will come on. We turn the key in the ignition and believe the motor will start. But, of course, sometimes our faith may be misplaced. In this sermon, we see what the Hebrew writer has to say about living by faith.
We have all had those times in our lives where we just get tired of the fight and want to throw in the towel and quit. In this lesson from Hebrews, we will get some insight into some things that will help us stay on track and keep from throwing in the towel.
Here and in the previous chapters, the Hebrew writer has given us all the ingredients necessary for man to return to the relationship he enjoyed in Eden before sinning and losing his position with the Father. He now gives us the some help in growing in that relationship so that we don’t throw it all away.
Most of us would agree with the statement, “Nobody’s perfect”. In this sermon, we will see that perfection is attainable even for the imperfect.
As the Hebrew stated in 9:22, blood is the cleansing agent necessary for the forgiveness of sins. But the questions we need to answer are why that works and how it works.
Hebrews 9:1-12; 23-28
What are you looking forward to in life? Where do you see yourself in the future? In chapter 9 of Hebrews, we get some insight as to how we should be answering those questions.
In this sermon, we find out why the New Covenant under Christ is new and improved.
Life is full of change. Some of those changes are good others not so much. As the writer of the Hebrew letter continues his argument against going back to the old way, he tells us why Jesus, as our great high priest is a change for the better.
The recipients of this letter are facing some very trying times and for these former followers of the Jewish faith the temptation was strong to give up on Jesus and return to the old ways. Hope is essential in our Christian walk. It keeps us moving forward to our goal of eternal life. Giving us the strength and courage to get through those challenges to our faith. In this sermon, we will see the reasons why a follower of Jesus should never lose hope.
The Hebrews who read this powerful little letter were reminded that they were needing someone to teach them God’s Word all over again because of their lack of maturity, their slowness to learn, and their unwillingness to push on to gaining godly wisdom and truth. They had become comfortably numb to the things of God. The question we need to be asking ourselves are we doing any better than they were or like them have we become comfortably numb to the things of God.
The Hebrew writer now tells us that Jesus is a “great high priest”. In this sermon, we will see why that was important for the intended recipients of the letter and why it’s important to us today.
Since the beginning, it would seem that people have a had a serious heart condition. Hearts that have been hardened toward God and what He has called us to do. In this sermon, we will see that God wants us to understand the consequences of not dealing with this heart condition but also that there is a cure for it.
Hebrews 3:1-19; Psalm 95
In Hebrews three, we are faced with the challenge of asking ourselves daily, “What will I do with Today?”
As the Hebrew writer made a case for Christ being fully God, he now goes on to make a case for His humanity. In this sermon, we see the reason for Christ’s humanity, as he gives us a number of arguments for the humanity of Christ.
I believe we would all agree that it’s important to pay attention, but often times the tides of life get our attention and we wind up paying attention to the wrong things, in danger of drifting away. In this lesson, we will look at some of the things in life that can carry us right past the safe harbor of God’s salvation.
In the previous lesson, we learned that Jesus in a better messenger with a better message. In this sermon we take a look at angels and why Jesus is “superior to angels” and why that is important to the church.
This is the first in a series of sermons from the book of Hebrews where we will learn why Jesus is the best.
2 Timothy 4:9-22
In a song by Barbara Streisand, she sang, “People, people who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” But the thing is that they are not the luckiest people in the world. They are everyone in the world. People need people. Of course, we all have had those people in our lives who have disappointed us, not been there when we needed them or are just plain difficult to get along with. In this sermon, we will see why people needing people is important.
2 Timothy 4:1-8
As the apostle Paul’s life and his letter to Timothy come to an end, he leaves Timothy and the rest of us with this final message, to finish strong.
2 Timothy 3:1-17
Chapter 3 of 2 Timothy begins with a declaration to Timothy that there will be difficult times ahead for those who will follow Jesus. In this sermon, we will find out how we can overcome these difficult times.
2 Timothy 2:20-26
Life is full of pitfalls and in this sermon we will learn how to see and overcome the pitfalls of life.
2 Timothy 2:14-19
In this sermon, we will discover how we can overcome hopelessness.
2 Timothy 2:1-14
All those who have been given the wonderful gift of salvation are called to share that good news. In this sermon, we will see what Paul says we need to help us pass it on.
2 Timothy 1:1-14
As Paul comes to the end of his life here on earth, he writes this final letter to a dear friend and fellow preacher. He writes this letter to encourage Timothy not to be discouraged and to boldly go and tell the world about Jesus.
Matthew 28, 1 Corinthians 15
There is an old, old story that we have heard over and over again I can guarantee that in this sermon you will hear that story again. But here’s the deal. It is a story that needs to be heard again and again because that story is at the very center of every Christian’s faith.
If you knew that you only had five days left here on earth, how would you spend those last five days? In this sermon, we will see how Jesus spent his last five days and what he has to say about what we should be doing for the rest of our lives. If you are interested in watching the video that I refer to in my sermon, you can find it by searching for: Soldier of Christ – Army Major Jeff Strueker Tells His Inspiring Story of Survival.
1 Timothy 6
As Paul ends his letter to Timothy, we find him giving Timothy sound advice on how best to invest in the future.
1 Timothy 5
In this sermon, we will be looking at another key ingredient necessary for Christ’s church to thrive and survive.
1 Timothy 4:1-16
In this sermon, we will discover what it takes to be a “good servant of Christ Jesus.”
1 Timothy 3:1-16
1 Timothy 3 is one of the three places we look in the New Testament for the qualifications for elders and the only place that talks about deacons. Although the things Paul has to say about those who would serve are important, I believe the underlying question Paul is asking all of us is, “When you look at the church do you see Jesus?”
1 Timothy 2:1-15
As Paul continues in his letter to instruct Timothy on what to instruct the church, his focus will be on how the church can live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
1 Timothy 1:1-20
In Paul’s letter of instruction to Titus, he gave him instructions on helping a new congregation “straighten out what was left unfinished.” In his letter of instruction to Timothy, it is to help him in dealing with problems that have developed in a well established congregation that if allowed to continue will “shipwreck their faith.” In this first sermon in the series, we will see a problem that tends to divide the church and what is needed to keep it afloat.
Jesus is the foundation of the church and a unified church fortifies that foundation. As Paul ends this letter of instruction, he instructs us on one of Satan’s greatest tools to divide God’s people and keep us from fulfilling God’s mission for the church, chipping away at the foundation until there is nothing left.
As we have seen already in Paul’s letter, the people of Crete were of less than exemplary character. Yet, these were the very same people that made up the church in Crete. Not exactly the kind of people that one might be looking for to build a church that will last. But for the church to last, those very same people are the ones that need to be transformed from bad to good.
In Paul’s letter to Titus, he has been instructing him on how to build a church that lasts. In this sermon we will learn what holds it all together.
A couple of weeks ago I read a post on Facebook titled, “What’s in your cup.” If you are carrying a cup of coffee and someone bumps into you, you spill coffee everywhere. Had it been tea, you spill tea. The point is that whatever is in your cup, is what is spilled out. Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you, whatever is inside you comes out. As Paul continues in his instruction to Titus in how he can “straighten out what was left unfinished,” he will instruct him on how to teach, what to teach and the desired outcome of his teaching, so that what spills out of our cups will be more like Jesus and less like the world around us.
This will be the first in a series of sermons from Paul’s letter to Titus. Titus was left on Crete to shore up the foundation of the church. To deal with the problems that he will talk about in this letter and how Titus can “straighten out what was left undone”. Paul understands the challenges Titus will face and that he shouldn’t have to do it alone. He needs help and he needs the right kind of help.
2 Corinthians 13:1-14
As we have seen throughout our study of this letter, Paul was going through a heart-breaking time in his relationship with the church in Corinth – a church he had founded and had ministered with for some time. After he moved out of the area, some “false apostles” came in behind him, attacking his character and his apostleship. In this sermon, we will see that Paul now turns the tables on them. Rather than demanding that he prove that he is a true apostle, they should examine themselves and look for the evidence that they are true disciples of Christ.
2 Corinthians 12:11-21
As we near the end of Paul’s letter, his defense against the “super-apostles” accusations takes an interesting turn. He makes an appeal to the church to stop and take a closer look at their relationship with one another. In this sermon, we will learn some key elements necessary for all relationships to be successful and how we can implement them in our lives.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
The world believes that power, and wealth, and position are all you need in this life. The world believes in the survival of the fittest – that the man with the most might and the most money … wins. But the Bible has a different story to tell. In this sermon, we will learn the importance of understanding this biblical truth, that “I am weak, but Thou art Strong.”
God has offered the ultimate gift through His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but it has to be your choice to accept God’s gift. And you have to accept that gift on God’s terms – not your own. You can’t buy it, you can’t earn it, you can’t get it by redeeming your credit card points. You have to accept God’s gift in God’s way.
2 Corinthians 11:16-33
In this next section of scripture, Paul continues his response to those who have been challenging his apostleship and have inserted themselves into positions of leadership in the church. In this sermon we will be learning what is necessary for us to be true servants of Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:1-15
Now when I was a child I thought Satan was some scary dude running around in red tights and horns. But seriously … would you really buy anything from someone who looked like that? Of course you wouldn’t. He would look evil, scary… and very untrustworthy. And Satan knows that… so he’s not going to show up at your front door like that. He dresses himself up in an appealing fashion. Because his objective is to sell an image. An image of what he wants you to think he is like. And an image of what he wants you to embrace about yourself. It’s all about packaging. Satan packages his product in such a way that you see what he wants you to see… not what his product would actually do to your life. In this sermon, we will look at what he is trying to sell us and how we can avoid being snared by his sales pitch.
2 Corinthians 10:1-18
As we have seen, much of 2 Corinthians is Paul responding to his critics. And in these last chapters, the apostle will do his best to answer those critics. I have always believed that Paul was a realist. He knew that there was little hope of turning people’s thinking around, especially his critics or even the church, but he must attempt to do so for the sake of the gospel. As we’ll see in this sermon, the real challenge for the church is figuring out who to listen to, who to follow and how can I be sure?
2 Corinthians 8 and 9
Chapters 8 and 9 of 2 Corinthians contain Paul’s discourse on giving. There are phrases in these chapters that are quoted often before the weekly collection is made. Although these phrases are familiar and true, I have come to believe that we are missing a more important point that Paul makes and that I have never heard quoted and that is that giving is an “act of grace” and that we are to “excel in this grace of giving.” The intent of this sermon is not to get people to put more money in the collection plate but to put more grace in our lives.