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HOW TO BE FAITHFUL

TEXT: Revelation 2:10

By: Russell E. Spray

I. BE DEDICATED - Romans 12:1

A. Some devote their lives to projects, positions, or possessions. They pursue time, talents, and

treasures.

B. We should be dedicated to God, seeking His will, way, and work. We should give Him first place in

our lives - Psalm 37:5.

II. BE DISCIPLINED - James 1:12

A. Undisciplined believers fail to accomplish what they should, or be the blessing for God that they

should be.

B. Self-control and restraint must be practiced. We must set rules and limits for ourselves if we are to

glorify God.

III. BE DETERMINED - I Corinthians 15:58

A. Some lack will power and determination. Like the seeds that fall on shallow soil, they cannot stand

when testing comes.

B. Our determination is supplemented by the power of God. He is more than a match for Satan; we can

conquer through Him. Philippians 4:13.

IV. BE DILIGENT - Hebrews 6:10-11

A. Many are slothful about worshiping and working for God. They are primarily interested in temporal

pursuits.

B. The faithful are diligent for God. They encourage their fellow Christians, help the needy, and

witness to the lost.

V. BE DEPENDABLE - I Peter 5:10

A. Some habitually fail in their duties to God and man. They are undependable and will be judged for

their unfaithfulness.

B. Disappointment and discouragement come to all. Those who are stead-fast will be found worthy to

receive the crown of life - Revelation 2:10.

THE LASTING RESULTS OF A GOOD REPORT

TEXT: Numbers 14:6-24

By: Sherman Harper

INTRODUCTION: For some unknown reason we do not hear of many good reports. Most of the world

news is bad; sad to say most church news is bad too. Thank God for the Good report.

I. DELIGHT OF THOSE WITH LIKE FAITH

A. Excited about the good report

B. Encouraged others to accept the challenge

C. Experienced the blessings of living by faith

II. DEATH OF THE TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UP

A. The sad results of unbelief

B. The sorrow that could have been avoided

C. The steady report of death kept them broken

III. DEPARTURE FROM WILDERNESS WANDERING

A. Leaving out crowd

B. Listening to a new commander

C. Loving every step toward Canaan

IV. DIVIDING THE JORDAN RIVER

A. Rolling back of the Jordan - Roll Jordan Roll

B. Rejoicing on this trip instead of complaining

C. Ready to do business with the Lord

V. DESTRUCTION OF JERICHO

A. Walls that stand in your way of Salvation

B. Walls that stand in your way of serving

C. Walls that stand in your ways of separation

VI. DIVISION OF THE LAND - HOME

A. Receive the promise of God

B. Receive the provision that's good

C. Receive permanent place to live

VII. DESIRES GRANTED

A. Flowing with milk and honey

B. Fruit abundant

C. Family unit now enjoyed

D. Future security

THINGS CONCERNING ME HAVE AN END

TEXT: Luke 22:35-38

By: Sherman Harper

INTRODUCTION: The things concerning me have an end. The end of suffering will be replaced with the

defeat of Satan and the Deliverance of Sinners. The wounds in my hands will not heal. The crown of thorns

will soon be replaced with the crown of glory. The end of my high priestly work will soon end with a

shout – "Come Up Hither."

I. THE SUFFERING JUST AHEAD - Hebrews 2:9; I Peter 3:18

A. The Cup - Luke 22:20 -Wrath of God

B. The Curse - Galatians 3:13 - Wrath of sin

C. The Cross - Will soon end - Wrath of man

II. THE SHEDDING OF HIS BLOOD - Matthew 28:28; Hebrews 9:22

A. He is our Sacrifice - I Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 10:12

B. He is our Substitute - Romans 5:8

C. He is our Sin Offering - II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:24

III. THE SCRIPTURE FULFILLED - I Corinthians 15:3

A. He is the essence of types and shadows

B. He is essential for our Salvation

C. He is our example in Service

Promises - Precepts - Purpose - Priesthood - Hebrews 7:24

Prophet - Luke 24:19

Provide - Genesis 22:8

Purchase - Acts 20:28

Provision - Romans 8:32

IV. THINGS CONCERNING YOU HAVE AN END

A. Last sermon, song, service

B. Last call, touch, prayer, chance

C. Last opportunity to ever get saved - Don't miss it!

MOTHER'S MOST HONORABLE PLACE

TEXT: John 19:25

By: Sherman Harper

INTRODUCTION: God said to Moses, "There is a place by Me." Jesus said, "I go to prepare a place."

When they were come to the place, they stood by the Cross of Jesus, His mother. Her most honorable place.

I. THERE IS AN HONORABLE PLACE BY CHRIST

A. She stood by His Deeds

B. She stood by His Doctrine

C. She stood by His Death

D. She stood by Him Daily

II. THERE IS AN HONORABLE PLACE IN THE CHURCH

A. Wisdom of Leadership

B. Witness of Learning

C. Work of Living a Christian Life

III. THERE IS AN HONORABLE PLACE BY HER COMPANION

A. To Love in Obedience

B. Husband needs Loyalty in Objective

C. Husband and wife Labor Together with God

IV. THERE IS AN HONORABLE PLACE BY HER CHILDREN

A. Teach the Word of the Lord

B. Train in the Way of the Lord

C. Talk about Walking with the Lord

V. THERE IS AN HONORABLE PLACE AS A CHRISTIAN

A. Character of Holiness - Honest

B. Courage - To say No to Things that are Wrong

C. Commitment to say Yes to Things that are Right

THE LASTING RESULTS OF AN EVIL REPORT

TEXT: Numbers 13:31-33; 14:36-38; 32:11

By: Sherman Harper

INTRODUCTION: Evil - Source of sorrow or distress, calamity. The hurt, the harm, the hope, the

happiness all lost. This is your hour.

1. DECEPTION - Numbers 16:2

A. 250 men of renown - famous among congregation

B. False report - divided the congregation

C. Fear in the mind - not knowing what to do

II. DELAY

A. Wandering - What are excuses you use

B. Waiting - To keep waiting

C. Watching people die by the thousands

III. DAMAGE

A. Could have been on their land 40 years

B. Those age 10 - 19 are now 50 - 59

Time could have been spent in a far more honorable way

IV. DEATH - All they did for years was attend funerals

A. 20 and up

B. How much of your life are you wasting?

C. How many years you have left to serve God?

V. DESTROYED - What they could have kept

A. 40 years of wasted time

B. 40 years of wasted talent - funeral songs

C. 40 years of wandering - trouble

STANDING IN THE TIME OF STORM

TEXT: Acts 27:21-25

By. Sherman Harper

INTRODUCTION: It takes a real saint to stand in the time of severe storm. Thousands have abandoned

the ship because of little storms. You need to get anchored.

I. SHIP LOAD OF PRISONERS

A. Prisoners of crime held captive

B. Prisoners of charges to be settled in Rome

C. Prisoners of Christ - bond slaves to the Saviour

II. STORM LASHING, POUNDING

A. Many natures - winds, hail, lightening, thunder, rain

B. Making of a storm - hot and cold clash in sea

C. Moves in the path of least resistance - home church job

III. STRANGER LOOKING OVER THE PROBLEM

A. Angel of the Lord

B. Attention of Paul

C. Answer to the storm

IV. STRENGTH OF THE LORD PROMISED

A. Fear not

B. Follow my instructions

C. Find some food

V. SWIMMING LESSON PROVIDED

A. Some lead on - more able

B. Some less able than others

C. Some late but all on the shore

VI. STRANGE LAND FOR PREACHING

A. Drove the ship to the Right Place

B. Directed Paul to the Right People

C. Dictated to Paul the Right Preaching

VII. SALVATION IS FOUND IN THE SAVIOUR

A. False faith finds the truth

B. Fiery serpent not match for the Saviour

C. Faith in the only one - the Lord Jesus Christ

BLESSINGS THE PRODIGAL'S BROTHER MISSED

TEXT: Luke 15:25-28

By: Sherman Harper

INTRODUCTION: Just think how many blessings we have missed because of bad attitude, hurt feelings

because we were simply in the flesh and not in the right spirit.

I. HE MISSED HIS BROTHER'S REPENTANCE

A. A lot of us have missed many blessings with wrong attitude

B. A lot of us have missed many blessings with wrong activities

C. A lot of us have missed many blessings because of absence

II. HE MISSED HIS BROTHER'S REQUEST

A. Make me a hired servant

B. He wasn't returning as the top sergeant

C. The least in God's family have it better than the best of the devil's

III. HE MISSED HIS FATHER'S RECEPTION

A. His Father ran

B. His Father received

C. His Father removed all doubt that he loved him

IV. HE MISSED THE ROBE

A. He would have done well to have seen the rags

B. He would have done well to have seen the remorse

C. Wear this robe with reverence - respect

V. HE MISSED THE RING, SHOES, WITH HONESTY & UPRIGHTNESS

A. This ring is an emblem of our love for you

B. To wear this ring represents our unity

C. Wear these shoes with uprightness, honor, dignity

VI. HE MISSED THE RECEPTION

A. The family - all but one mad brother

B. The friends - all around invited to come

C. The food - the fatted calf and all the trimmings

VII. HE MISSED THE REJOICING

A. He missed the meal

B. He missed the meaning

C. He missed the merry

LIFE

TEXT: James 4:14

By: J.M. Cockerell

INTRODUCTION: James is here writing to the rich and also to the non-Christian as to the value of life.

He states, "It is even a vapor .... and then vanished away."

I. ITS ORIGIN

A. From the living God - Genesis 2:7

It means, God blew a puff of life into Adam's nose and he became a breathing creature,

i.e., became alive.

B. Spiritual life also comes from God - Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13; John 6:63; Romans 4:17.

C. The man dies when the spirit leaves the body - Hebrews 9:27; II Corinthians 5:6, 8.

II. ITS PURPOSE

A. Have you considered what it to you?

B. Some are using life wrong - James 4:13

C. Some are like the poet who believes, "Life is a dream."

D. The atheist says, "I go to dust."

E. The Agnostic says, "1 don't know."

F. Life is valued highly by the Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 16:24-26.

G. The use of life depends on how we "keep" our heart - Proverbs 4:23.

III. ITS DURATION - James 4:14

A. Life is short - "Ye are a vapour."

B. James says, "It soon vanishes away."

C. Peter compared it to the "grass" and "flower" - I Peter 1:24-25.

D. God says that life is short - Psalm 89:47.

E. Job believed life is short - Job 24:22.

CONCLUSION: Since life is so short, let us use our present life and what we possess for the highest good

of mankind and the glory of God, that we might have "eternal life" hereafter.

THE LOSSES OF LOT

TEXT: Genesis 19

By: Sherman Harper

INTRODUCTION: If most Christians would take a good look at the record they would find more losses

than gains.

I. HE LOST HIS FAITH

A. He knew what it was to walk with God.

B. He knew what it was to worship God.

C. He knew what it was to witness God's presence.

II. HE LOST HIS FINANCES

A. Lost his popularity - They knew him in the Gate of Sodom.

B. Lost his position - He sat among the big shots.

C. Lost his possessions- All went up in the fire.

III. HE LOST HIS FRUITFULNESS

IF HE HAD WON NINE SOULS:

A. Sodom would have had a testimony – win.

B. Sodom would gave had a temple – To worship.

C. Sodom would have had to wait.

IV. HE LOST HIS FAMILY

A. They had no confidence in his warning.

B. They had no confidence in his witnessing.

C. They had no confidence in his words.

V. HE LOST HIS FEELINGS

A. Virtuous daughters offered to the mob.

B. Vices of men with men - mark of their sin.

C. Vindication - Blindness struck the mob.

VI. THE LOSSES THAT FOLLOWED

A. Drinking he had learned in Sodom - carried his booze with him.

B. Daughters got pregnant by their father.

C. Darkness story told.

VII. THE LOSSES THAT COULD HAVE FLOURISHED

A. Abraham - type of the Father.

B. Isaac - type of the Son.

C. The unnamed servant - type of the Holy Spirit.

D. Lot - type of a backslider.

E. Rebekah -type of church 'called out'.

THE CHRISTIAN'S HOPE

TEXT: I Thessalonians 4:13:18

By: Carl Maynard

INTRODUCTION: The difference between the Christian and the non-Christian at death could be summed

up in one word and that one word is "Hope." In the Romans Catacombs hope is the most often used word.

There is no such word on the tombs of the heathen dead.

I. THIS HOPE SUSTAINED THE OLD TESTAMENT SAINTS AS THEY FACE DEATH

A. David, at the death of his son, said: "I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me."

B. Job had this hope: "And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh I see God"

– Job 19:26.

II. WHAT IS THE BASIS FOR THIS HOPE?

A. Jesus Christ. "For if we believe Jesus died and rose again ..."

B. The question was asked, "If a man die, shall he live again?" Christ answered this question by His

own resurrection.

C. Even before Christ's resurrection men had this hope – Acts 23:6.

III. THE CHRISTIAN'S SORROW AT DEATH

A. All sorrow is not forbidden.

B. The Christian's sorrow is submissive sorrow, which discerns the hand of God.

C. It is sorrow, which, while it mourns over the loss, is comforted by the hope of the future.

D. There would be great sorrow if there was only hope in this life. Paul in speaking of death said, "If in

this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable" - II Corinthians 15:12.

IV. WHAT IS THIS HOPE?

A. That we shall see our loved ones again. Death is not the end.

B. Hope of heaven and eternal life.

C. "Wherefore comfort one another with these words" " I Thess. 4:18.

1. "And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord" " Jeremiah 31:17.

2. "to the full assurance of hope unto the end" - Hebrews 6:1.

CONCLUSION: Let us look beyond this vale of tears. This time of sorrow. "Looking for that blessed

hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ."

LOVE FOR GOD AND HIS HOUSE

TEXT: Psalm 42:1-11

By: Sherman Harper

INTRODUCTION: The statement "Love for God and His House" goes hand in hand with "If you love

God you will love His House". Amen!

I. PRECIOUS DESIRES - Verse 1

A. Not His Courts.

B. Not His Ceremonies.

C. But God - None but God.

II. PRESENCE DELIGHTED - Verse 2

A. Soul that thirsts shall be satisfied.

B. Strength for the saved - to keep on keeping on.

C. Satisfied with nothing but His presence.

III. PLACE OF DEVOTION - Verse 3

A. He wanted to return to the place of worship.

B. He wanted to be restored to His praise.

C. He wanted to rejoice as former times of joy.

IV. PAINFUL DISPLACEMENT - Verse 4

A. Memories of the past can be pleasant or painful.

B. Multitude will never understand your relationship with God.

C. Merriment comes in the fact that you are seeking to do right.

V. PRAISE FOR DEFEAT - Verse 5

A. What has happened - dejected, discouraged.

B. Why am I dishonored?

C. Worst times we can have a suitable, seasonable, sufficient, support and satisfaction in praise.

VI. PRAYER DEMANDED - Verse 6

A. In comforts you can praise the Lord for His goodness.

B. In complaints you can make your requests known.

C. In the far country He can be your best friend.

VII. PROBLEMS AND DEFEATS - Verses 7-11

A. One storm after the other seems to be common.

B. One sorrow after the other happens to all.

C. One survival after the other sweet victories.

THE FRUITLESS FIG TREE

TEXT: Matthew 21:18-22

By: Sherman Harper

INTRODUCTION: The fruitless fig tree marks the turning point in Christ's ministry from the nation of

Israel to a “whosoever will” world wide, church program calling out His Bride for His future glory.

I. THE SOIL IT DEVOURED

A. The best part of the earth.

B. The fruit bearing part of the earth.

C. The soil is brought from a higher location.

II. THE SUN IT DISSOLVED

A. Shared in the blessing.

B. Sent forth its branches.

C. Stood the winter blast.

III. THE SHOWERS IT DRANK

A. Soaked up the water.

B. Sap enough to produce leaves.

C. Strong enough to produce more than leaves.

IV. THE SPACE WHERE IT DWELT

A. As the nation of Israel God expected fruit.

B. As the church of the Lord Christ expects fruit.

V. THE SERVICE IT DEMANDED

A. Protection for grandeur.

B. Provisions for growth.

C. Pruning for goodness.

VI. THE SHOCKING DISAPPOINTMENT

A. Expectation from God's chosen people.

B. Embarrassment of God's great purpose.

C. Effect of God changing His program.

VII. THE STORY IT DESCRIBES

A. Prayer moving mountains.

B. Prophecy concerning Jew and Gentile.

C. Principles God demands of all... fruit bearing.

WATCH OUT FOR THE DEVIL

TEXT: Luke 22:31

By: Sherman Harper

INTRODUCTION: This solemn warning comes from the Lord Jesus Christ. No one could know the plan,

purpose and power of Satan as well as the Lord. Listen to Him warn you. Satan is not running and roaring,

not sneaking and slipping. He's just walking about.

I. HIS DESIRES

A. Sift you.

B. Strip you.

C. Strike you out - Faithfulness, Tithes.

II. HIS DEVICES - II Corinthians 2:11

A. Trick you.

B. Trap you.

C. Temp you.

III. HIS DECEPTIONS - Revelation 12:9

A. Mind - Into thinking.

B. Morals - Okay if they are amoral.

C. Methods - Think you are right staying out of church.

IV. HIS DESTRUCTION - John 10:10

A. Your family.

B. Your faith.

C. Your fruit.

V. HE WILL DEVOUR - 1 Peter 5:8

A. Your time.

B. Your talents.

C. Your testimony.

VI. ONLY ONE THAT CAN DELIVER YOU

A. Can deliver you from Satan.

B. Can deliver you to Salvation.

C. Can deliver you in this Service.

PART OF THE PRICE

TEXT: Acts 5:2

By: Sherman Harper

INTRODUCTION: Not many Christians are willing to pay the full price of a faithful follower of Christ.

1. PART OF THE PRICE IN GIVING AS CHRISTIANS

A. Some are impressed by the giving of others.

B. Some ignore giving altogether.

C. Some are intelligent about giving but ignore it.

D. Some are ignorant about giving and enjoy it.

II. PART OF THE PRICE IN GROWING AS CHRISTIANS

A. Some are slow - you would want to discuss - I Peter 2:2.

B. Some are stunted – you've got your limit - II Peter 3:18.

C. Some are strong and growing.

III. PART OF THE PRICE IN GOING - Matthew 28:19-20

A. Commission - going because Christ said so.

B. Compassion - going because they care.

C. Complaisant - they want other to do their job.

IV. PART OF THE PRICE IN GODLINESS - I Timothy 4:7-8

A. Saving faith in Christ.

B. Sweet fellowship in the church

C. Sure friends as Christians.

V. PART OF THE PRICE OF THE GOSPEL - I Corinthians 15:1-3

A. The Good News of the gospel turned into a bad example.

B. The Good News of the gospel turned off the excitement.

C. The Good News of the gospel turned off encouragement.

VI. PART OF THE PRICE OF GRACE - II Corinthians 6:13

A. The Demand for Separation.

B. The Duty for every saved person to serve.

C. The Desire should motivate you to act now.

LITTLE BY LITTLE

TEXT: Exodus 23:30

By: Sherman Harper

INTRODUCTION: The ones that start off to burn the road up at the beginning usually burn out in the first

mile. It is the faithful follower that finishes in the finals.

I. YOU WILL CONQUER THE ENEMY LITTLE BY LITTLE

A. The Lord will go before you.

B. The Lord will guide you.

C. The Lord will give you victory.

II. YOU WILL CLAIM THE PROMISES LITTLE BY LITTLE

A. Orders are given by the Lord.

B. Obey is better than sacrifice.

C. Outcome will be good.

III. YOU WILL COLLECT THE FRUIT LITTLE BY LITTLE

A. Preparation - No time wasted.

B. Planting - Good ground, good seed.

C. Product - The good fruit.

IV. YOUR COUNSEL WILL BE GIVEN LITTLE BY LITTLE

A. Precept - God reveals His will.

B. Preaching - God reveals His word.

C. Practicing - The work God's way.

V. YOUR CALLING SAINT OR SINNER LITTLE BY LITTLE

A. God speaks to your conscience by preaching, teaching, and prayer.

B. God speaks in circumstances by others.

C. God speaks in the church service, song, sermon, and scripture.

VI. YOUR CHARACTER, IN BUILDING LITTLE BY LITTLE

A. Honesty long time for a good testimony.

B. Honorable is years in achieving.

C. Holy - Becoming more like Jesus.

VII. YOUR COMMITMENT TO CHRIST LITTLE BY LITTLE

A. Love Him more.

B. Learn from Him.

C. Live for Him.

NEVER A MAN SPOKE LIKE THIS MAN

TEXT: John 7:46

By: Sherman Harper

I. THE DECREE OF THE ALMIGHTY- John 17:5

A. The sovereignty of His will to act.

B. The surety of His word to ascertain.

C. The self sustaining witness of His accomplished creation, control, command and claim.

II. HE SPOKE WITH DIVINE AUTHORITY - Mark 1:22

A. He could command the Devil, demons, disease, death.

B. He could control the sea, sickness, and sin.

C. He could conquer the crookedness, crime, curse, condemnation.

III. HE SPOKE WITH DETERMINED ACTION - Luke 5:20

A. Foreknowledge - He knew the man’s needs and the people’s thoughts.

B. First need is the forgiveness of sin.

C. Furnished the proof that He was the Son of God.

IV. IN SPEAKING HE DEMANDED ATTENTION - Luke 4:20-21

A. He found the place where He read.

B. He fulfilled the prophecy where He read.

C. He fascinated the people with the living and the written Word.

V. HE SPOKE WITH DEVOTED AFFECTION - Matthew 11:28-29

A. The rest from the labor.

B. The lift from the Lord.

C. The love that makes burdens light.

VI. HE SPOKE WITH DEFINITE ASSURANCE - Luke 23:42-43

A. The thief knew he was a lost sinner and needed saving.

B. He knew Christ was the Lord and could save.

C. He recognized his lost state, he repented of sins. He received Christ and Saviour.

VII. HE WILL SPEAK WITH DELIBERATE ASSIGNMENT - Matthew 25:41

A. The debt of unbelief finally pays.

B. The departure from God means from everything worthwhile.

C. The destination into everlasting fire.

O HOLY NIGHT

1. A NIGHT OF INTERVENTION

A. Many times in man's history, God has

intervened; flood, Sodom; but never like this.

B. There were:

Plans - Isaiah 7:14

Promises - Genesis 49:10

Preparation - God prepared woman.

Person - when everything was right, God sent

our Saviour into a stable.

2. A NIGHT OF INSPIRATION

A. God was inspired to send - John 3:16

B. Angels were inspired to sing.

C. Wise Men were inspired to sacrifice.

D. Shepherds were inspired to search.

E. Millions have been inspired to serve.

3. A NIGHT OF INSTRUCTIONS

His Mission – To Go

His Manager - Humility

His Miracle – His Birth

WISE MEN SEEK JESUS

Matthew 2:1-12

1. THEIR TRIP - Verse 1

Divinely instructed, inspired - the star directed to them

to Jerusalem.

2. THEIR TESTIMONY - Verse 2

To His sovereignty and salvation - Verse 2

3. THEIR TREASURE - Verse 11

Gold - symbolic of His Kingship

Frankincense - symbolic of His Priesthood

Myrrh - symbolic of His healing as Saviour.

4. THEIR TRAINING - Verse 12

When people meet the Saviour, they go another way

- I John 2:8

GOD'S CHRISTMAS TREE

1. THE TREE PLANNED

Everything the great God does is according to plan.

Sanctification - Glorification

Creation - Salvation

2. THE TREE PLACED

On bigot’s hill; Among blinding hate; In bitter hell;

With a broken heart

Gave a blessed hope - thief

3. THE TREE PRICED

This tree cost a terrific price. It cost:

2. Satan his power - Hebrews 2:14

3. Sinner his pride - Matthew 18:3

1. God His Prince - John 3:16; Acts 3:15

4. THE TREE PRESENTS

Sonship - I John 3:2

Fellowship - I John 1:3

Heirship - Romans 8:17

3 THINGS PUT ON THE CROSS

I Corinthians 1:18-25

1. THE DEVIL PUT DEATH ON THE CROSS

A. It was the only way to pay for our sins.

B. Jesus taken your place and my place.

2. MAN PUT SIN ON THE CROSS

A. Him that knew no sin.

B. Jesus did not come to get, but to give.

3. JESUS PUT HIS BLOOD ON THE CROSS

A. It was His blood that stained the old rugged cross.

B. Without the shedding of blood, there is no

remission for sin. Hebrews 9:22

SOMETHING - NOTHING

EVERYTHING

Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Introduction: The life of Moses:

Spent 40 yrs. trying to be something

Spent 40 yrs. knowing he was nothing

Spent 40 yrs. learning that God was everything

this makes 120 yrs

1. PEOPLE SPEND A BIG PART OF THEIR LIFE

TRYING TO BE SOMETHING

Most of them continually thinking of one thing - self.

2. WHEN WE COME TO THE PLACE where we see

ourselves as God sees us, then we see ourselves as

nothing

3. WE BECOME BORN AGAIN then God is

everything

THE GOSPEL IN A NUTSHELL

John 3:16

We have a picture of 3 worlds:

Life, death and hereafter

a. What is going on with the earth – Luke 14

b. What is going on in heaven – Luke 15

c. What is going on in Hell – Luke 16

1. WE SEE EARTH’S MADNESS – LUKE 14

The excuse makers

2. WE SEE HEAVEN’S GLADNESS – LUKE 15

Look at the wonderful picture we have in this chapter:

a. Rejoining when the lost sheep was found.

3. WE SEE HELL’S SADNESS – LUKE 16

Jesus said Hell was a place of weeping and gnashing of

Teeth.

TO KNOW JESUS MORE CLEARLY

TO LOVE JESUS MORE DEARLY

TO FOLLOW JESUS MORE NEARLY

I John 4:7-8

These are some men in the Bible who would fit

these statements:

1. TO KNOW JESUS MORE CLEARLY

This was Paul:

- To know of His power and resurrection I count all

things but loss

2. TO LOVE JESUS MORE DEARLY

This is John:

- He must increase, I must decrease.

- To Christians, His love should be first.

3. TO FOLLOW JESUS MORE NEARLY

This is Simon Peter:

- Peter’s motto, after he denied Jesus.

- His aim was to follow Jesus more nearly.

WHAT WILL YOUR ANSWER BE?

Matthew 22:11-14

Introduction: The man without the wedding garment was

speechless.

1. WHERE ART THOU? - Genesis 3:9

Where art thou, Backslider? Where art thou, Lost Sinner?

2. WHAT HAST THOU DONE? - Gen. 3:14

With the Spirit's Call? With your Life? With Privileges?

3. WHAT SHALL YOU DO IN SWELLING

JORDAN? - Jeremiah 12:5

You can die like Samson - pitiful

You can die like Steven - victorious

You can die like the rich man - land in Hell

COME AND SEE A MAN

John 4:7-13

Introduction: After this poor sinful woman found

Jesus, she wanted others to see and know Him.

1. A PHYSICIAN WHO NEVER LOST A CASE

Healed the lame.

Opened the eyes of the blind.

Raised people off death beds.

2. A CAPTAIN WHO NEVER LOST A BATTLE

Over disease, demons, death

3. A FRIEND WHO STICKETH CLOSER THAN A

BROTHER

Never let you down

Never misunderstand

Never leave nor forsake you

BATTLE CRY OF THE CHURCH

"GOD IS ABLE"

Romans 4:16-21

1. GOD IS ABLE TO KEEP EVERY PROMISE

Titus 1:2 - He cannot lie

To the Jew, Church and Christian

2. GOD IS ABLE TO PROVIDE

Philippians 4:19 - He will supply every need

Our physical, financial, spiritual need

3. GOD IS ABLE TO SAVE THE WORST

Hebrews 7:25 - Save to the utter-most

From Power of sin

From Practice of sin

From Presence of sin some day

GREAT THINGS

John 5:40

Introduction: Everything God does is great.

God wants to do great things for us.

1. GREATEST NEED - LIFE

This life is a spiritual life

a. In our country

b. In our homes

c. In our lives

2. GREATEST PRIVILEGE

Become a Son of God

a. Our past forgiven

b. Our present cared for

c. Our future assured

3. GREATEST FOLLY - REJECT THIS OFFER

"And ye will come"

a. That ye might have peace and joy

b. That ye might go to heaven

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