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  • Spiritual Warfare: Helm And Hilt

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on Jun 12, 2009
    based on 13 ratings

    It is in the kiln of spiritual battle and adversity that the character of Christ is hardened in us. Our enemy is effective so we must be completely prepared with the whole, holy armor of God.

    Intro: "In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed; they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock" It more

  • Spiritual Warfare: Belt And Breastplate

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on Jun 10, 2009
    based on 1 rating

    Paul has clearly communicated the great riches we have in Christ. That is our identity. Then he communicated the walk we should have in Christ that is activity. Now he speaks of the spiritual reality of war with an enternal enemy Satan. Realize the rea

    Intro: Ephesians is a book of identity. It is a book that can be split into two parts believe and behavior. You can say that in many ways. Identity who we are in Christ, activity how we act as Christ followers. Watchman Nee breaks Paul’s letter into three parts, sit, walk, stand. Paul has more

  • What Does It Mean To Be A Christian

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on Jun 10, 2009
    based on 24 ratings

    What does it really mean to be a Christian? Is it fancy buildings and great music? Or is there something more, deeper, better? Here is 3 of the most basic truths of what it means to be a Christ follower.

    Intro: Vince Lombardi Head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1959-1967. What was it that Lombardi did to spur his team on to greatness? He got back to basics. What is the famous quote from Vince Lombardi? “This is a football.” From the condition of churches around the United States and more

  • Spiritual Warfare: Shoes And Shield

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on Jun 10, 2009
    based on 2 ratings

    What helps us to stand and face our enemy in spiritual warfare? Shoes of peace and a shield of faith. Shoes for stability and shield for security.

    Intro: What is the secret to winning at spiritual warfare? Does success in spiritual warfare come from knowing the enemy? Do we merely need to know what types of tactics we need to use? We must of course realize the reality of spiritual warfare. That life from beginning to end is a battle. more

  • Stewardship Of The Body Are You Building Or Breaking Series

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on May 22, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    Paul is chastizing the Corinthians for thinking they are spiritually mature when in fact they are still in need of the milk or basics of God’s word. The question this should cause us to ask ourselves is are we building or breaking!

    Intro: Why did Paul write this letter? He wrote it because the conduct of the Corinthians did not match their confession of Christ. Division, strife, incest it sounds like a soap opera gone bad. We have to remember many of the Christians that Paul minister came out of a corrupt and selfish more

  • Family Matters; Don't Miss It Mom Series

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on May 11, 2009
    based on 3 ratings

    Motherhood boils down to a series of opportunities. Mom don’t miss the opportunities God has given you.

    Intro: The mother of three notorious kids was asked, “If you had to do it all over again would you have children? Sure,” she said, “but not the same ones.” Admit it there are days when all moms feel this way. However, at the end of the day if you had to do it all over you would have the same more

  • The Cross: Where Jesus Died

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on Apr 6, 2009
    based on 3 ratings

    Has the cross become too cultural. Is it more popular than powerful. The cross is where jesus died.

    Intro: Is it possible that we have become too familiar with the cross? Is it possible that it has become more popular than powerful? Is it possible that the cross is more cultural than critical to the salvation of people separated by from the life of God? The cross doesn’t seem to be as more

  • The Curse: Why Jesus Died Series

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on Apr 6, 2009
    based on 2 ratings

    We see in the Bible that the curse is why Jesus died. To remove the curse of sin and death. We will also see the cross where Jesus died and the Crown why Jesus lives.

    Intro: Paul’s letter to the Galatians is addressing what man seems always to do. Either add to or take away from God’s word. It began in the garden with Adam and Eve. Adam disregarded God’s word and Eve added to it. I’ve got to quote John Piper, “Satan is continuously at work tempting us to more

  • Identity: Live Like You Mean It Series

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on Mar 8, 2009
    based on 3 ratings

    After having learned who we are in christ in the first three chapters now we know right belief. Paul begins the last three chapters of Ephesians with right behavior. It begins with unity and leads to maturity.

    Intro: Bruce Howell tells of “I Can’t Change Jesus” Bill Irwin, a man who is blind, has a talking computer he uses to study the Bible. He’s had a few chuckles over some of the pronunciations. "For a long time," Bill says, "the computer pronounced Holy Bible as ’holly bibble’ until I figured out more

  • Identity Unity Of The New Humanity

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on Feb 27, 2009
    based on 3 ratings

    You identity will determine your activity. Your identity will also determine you destiny. If we as the church find our identity in Christ we will be united as the new creation.

    Intro: For the past five weeks we have talked about our identity. Your identity will determine your destiny. If you are a child of wrath you will spend this life and the next without God. If you are in Christ you will spend this life fulfilled. If you are dead in your trespasses, purposeful more

  • Identity Alive In Christ

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on Jan 31, 2009

    Paul has just finished his fit of praise for God’s wonderful heavenly blessings. We find that our identity is sealed in Christ. We also find that we are rich and God His power to work in us. In Chapter two we find the solution to mans situation -- sin.

    Intro: I logged onto the internet on my wife’s computer Friday to find the threes company star Suzanne Somers was on the Oprah Winfrey show. She was talking to Oprah and her audience about how hormone replacement therapy had helped here defeat the monster of menopause. If I remember correctly more

  • Identity Understanding Gods Power In Us Series

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on Jan 30, 2009
    based on 2 ratings

    Our identity will determine our activity. We the body of Christ find who we are in Him. If we identify with Christ we live by faith that matures into love.

    Intro: Last week as we began studying Paul’s letter labeled Ephesians we began to learn about our identity. Remember that I said that our identity is important because it determines our activity. What we will see this morning is God’s power in us. Paul got extremely excited in the first 14 more

  • Where From Here

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on Jan 4, 2009
    based on 1 rating

    Where in life does your spiritual map say you are? What will get you to where God wants you to be.

    Intro: The book of Joshua is almost like a spiritual soap opera. Soap operas are for entertainment, the book of Joshua is for our edification and encouragement. The book of Joshua is perfect for us today. Joshua is transitioning into point leadership of the nation of Israel. There are great more

  • Waiting For The Christmas Promises

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on Dec 23, 2008
    based on 5 ratings

    Everyone waits for Christmas. Christmas is the promise of gifts. In Simeon and Anna we see that finally the Christmas promise has arrived. The silence is over in these latter days God has spoken to us in His Son.

    Intro: It has been 400 years since the Word of the Lord came to the prophets of Israel. Finally the still small voice whispers grace to those that will hear. In the 400 years of Gods silence Rome has risen to power and controls the Promised Land. A remnant of the people of Israel are still more

  • Farewell

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on Dec 22, 2008
    based on 5 ratings

    This is a farelwell sermon to the faithful and loving people of Perche. A challenge to ministry and encouragement of love. Using the Apostles farewell to the Ephesian church.

    Intro: What can be said that is adequate in a farewell sermon? There are not enough words of thanks or enough words of love that I could share. However I will try my best to leave you with these last words of challenge, encouragement and love. We find as we study the New testament that the more