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  • Peace And Joy

    Contributed by Jay Patton on Aug 26, 2002
    based on 11 ratings

    The reason why Paul can order Christians to rejoice in the Lord.

    Introduction: Why Me Lord? Background: One of the ways we can stand firm in the faith is to remember who it is we serve. Purpose Statement: Christians have every reason to rejoice because… I. The LORD is with you (v. 5) A. Yahweh Shammah: The Lord is There 1. Context of Ezekiel 48:35 2. His more

  • Homeland Security

    Contributed by Jay Patton on Aug 26, 2002
    based on 21 ratings

    Setting up the structures in your life and the life of the peolple of God.

    Introduction: End of WWII wasn’t the end of the war. There was still work to do, peace to be enforced. Similarly Christians who think walking the isle is the end of their responsibility to God - It’s only the first step. Background: Nehemiah knew getting the walls up didn’t fix the underlying more

  • It Ain't Over 'til It's Over

    Contributed by Jay Patton on Aug 26, 2002
    based on 21 ratings

    A look at a calling of God’s people back to godly ways.

    Introduction: Names illustration Background: Security established, responsibility delegated, daily schedule delegated. Purpose Statement: If you are a child of God then… I. Get Organized for God (vs. 5-60, 66-69) A. Nehemiah performing triage 1. Explaining triage illustration 2. Walls were more

  • Enough With The Leftovers

    Contributed by Jay Patton on Aug 7, 2002
    based on 8 ratings

    A sermon challenging everyone to give God their best.

    Enough With the Leftovers Mark 12:41-44 Introduction: Illustration re: Chuck Swindoll forgetting his anniversary Read Scripture/Pray Background: Jesus’ contrast of the self-righteous leaders vs. the poor Purpose Statement: When you give to the Lord recognize... I. It’s not the size of the more

  • Are You Walking Funny?

    Contributed by Jay Patton on Aug 6, 2002
    based on 39 ratings

    4 questions to ask yourself about your Christian walk taken directly from Scripture.

    NOTE: All Illustrations at the bottom of outline. Introduction: Nobel Illustration Background: Paul’s comparison of his walk versus those who walk any other way (vs. 17-18) Purpose Statement: Evaluate your walk by answering these four questions – I. What Is Your End? A. Paul’s Chief telos – more

  • Don't Be Such A Moron

    Contributed by Jay Patton on Aug 6, 2002
    based on 22 ratings

    A warning that being a Christian means living a life that has been transformed by the Spirit.

    Introduction: Jim Marshall running the wrong way Read Scripture/Pray Explanation of Jewish wedding – 3 stages: Background: 2nd part of Olivet discourse, disciple’s question, sandwich of 5 Purpose Statement: To avoid losing site of the goal I. Be Committed A. Recognize Who it is that called more

  • Keep Your Eyes Turned Homeward

    Contributed by Jay Patton on Aug 6, 2002
    based on 94 ratings

    A sermon on how Christians out to look at Heaven.

    Introduction: Navy’s requirements for sailors on leave in foreign countries Background: Paul continues the contrast of the enemies of the Cross Purpose Statement: As citizens of heaven we ought to… I. Keep Our Minds On Things Above (v. 20a) A. Are you living like a Christian or a Cretan? 1. more

  • Overcoming Discouragement

    Contributed by Jay Patton on Jul 29, 2002
    based on 33 ratings

    Through Nehemiah we learn the Godly way to overcome what could potentially become discouragement.

    Introduction: John Hus Illustration Background: Hard work is almost finished Purpose Statement: Being a Committed Christian Means… I. Never Letting Your Guard Down (v. 1, 8-9) A. The Work is all but finished 1. The enemies make a concession speech 2. They were appealing to his pride B. Never more

  • Getting Into Action Series

    Contributed by Jay Patton on Jul 9, 2002
    based on 14 ratings

    Part four of a series on solving problems God’s way. This is a particularly good series for pastor’s/leaders instituting change within a congregation.

    Introduction: New Coke Read Scripture/Pray Background: Nehemiah is headed into unfamiliar territory-four months and 8000 mi. Purpose Statement: to be effective change agents for God it is essential that we... I. Use the authority given you (v. 9) A. Nehemiah went forth in the Kings Name 1. more

  • What Kind Of Church Should We Be?

    Contributed by Jay Patton on Jul 9, 2002
    based on 16 ratings

    A sermon that looks into a Biblical model of what a church should look like.

    Introduction: Would you rather be a goose or an eagle? Read Scripture/Pray Background: Church directly after Pentecost @ about 120 Purpose Statement: If we are to be a Biblical church then we must… I. Be Devoted (v. 42) A. To the Word 1. Apostle’s teaching was foundation of the NT 2. Note more

  • Life On The Rock

    Contributed by Jay Patton on Jul 9, 2002
    based on 16 ratings

    A look at Peter’s doctrinal exposition on the person and the work of Christ in the life of a believer.

    Introduction: My visit to the Rock (Alcatraz)contra THE ROCK CHRIST JESUS. READ SCRIPTURE/PRAY I. Build your faith upon the cornerstone of the Church – The Lord Jesus Christ (v. 4, 6) A. It’s a supernatural stone 1. It’s not about buildings for God B. It’s a select stone (v. 4) 1. Stone is more

  • Reacting To The Problem Series

    Contributed by Jay Patton on Jul 9, 2002
    based on 31 ratings

    A look at the Prayer life of Nehemiah using the ACTS Acrostic to prayer.

    Introduction: Covey rocks in the jar illustration Read Scripture/Pray Background: devastating breakdown of God’s dwelling place. (1) Recognize Purpose Statement: Once we recognize a problem, then we must react to the problem Review the context of the prayer I. Before you pray, pray (v. 4) more

  • Are You Pressing Or Dragging?

    Contributed by Jay Patton on Jul 8, 2002
    based on 30 ratings

    A sermon calling us to Christ-likeness

    Introduction: Fastest Dog Illustration Read Scripture/Pray Purpose Statement: Christlikeness is our goal, therefore... I. Don’t Ever Quit Trying (v. 12a, b) A. This should serve as a note of encouragement to the genuine 1. The old bumper sticker – Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven 2. more

  • Let's Get Real

    Contributed by Jay Patton on Jul 8, 2002
    based on 24 ratings

    A sermon about being truthful with God.

    Introduction: Rabbit Misunderstanding Read Scripture/Pray Background: David finds himself in the midst of persecution Purpose Statement: Because Dark Days Do Come... I. Admit Where You’re At (vs. 1-2) A. David feels abandoned by God 1. He’s been suffering for a long time, crying out to more

  • Counteracting Problems Series

    Contributed by Jay Patton on Jul 8, 2002
    based on 9 ratings

    Part three of a message based in Nehemiah on problem solving among God’s people.

    Introduction: Weather Balloons Read/Pray Background: Not walls – spiritual condition, Recognizing (1), Reacting Proposition Statement: In order to counteract a problem we must... I. Be Prepared for service (vs. 11-3) A. God is no respector of persons 1. He was a butler 2. He was the man of more