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  • I. G. Spong

    Contributing sermons since Jan 18, 2014
I. G.'s church

Big Pool United Methodist Churches
Big Pool, Maryland 21711
240 520 7708

About I. G.
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Master of Theological Studies
  • Experience: 19 years pastoral ministry in the Baptistic world. Pastoral ministry in the Methodist world since 2010.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Gospel sermons.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Preach what Jesus taught. Don't preach feel good, gimmicky, empty headed fluff. Just preach Jesus.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Nothing satisfies like Jesus. Listen to him. Read what he has to say. Stay in a church where Jesus is preached.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: I was in Czechoslovakia at a church festival and about to introduce some special music. The services were in German. My German was imperfect. I introduced the music as being played on the Geflügel (poultry) instead of the Flügel (grand piano).
  • What I want on my tombstone: He preached Jesus.
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  • Preparation

    Contributed on Dec 4, 2018
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    What does building a highway have to do with preparation for celebrating Christ’s first coming? What does it have to do with preparing for Christ’s Second Coming? Let’s understand the preparation Christ expects. Let’s discuss preparing the way for Christ in Luke 3:1-6.

    What does building a highway have to do with preparation for celebrating Christ’s first coming? What does it have to do with preparing for Christ’s Second Coming? Let’s understand the preparation Christ expects. Let’s discuss preparing the way for Christ in Luke 3:1-6. Caesar Luke 3:1 “Now in the ...read more

  • The Second Coming

    Contributed on Nov 29, 2018
     | 535 views

    How do we react to signs of the end of the age? How would Jesus encourage us to proceed. Let’s examine Jesus’ prophecy in Luke 21:25-36.

    How do we react to signs of the end of the age? How would Jesus encourage us to proceed. Let’s examine Jesus’ prophecy in Luke 21:25-36. Lift Luke 21:25 “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves” ...read more

  • A Kingdom Not From Here

    Contributed on Nov 19, 2018
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    Is Jesus a king? How does Jesus compare to government leaders of this world? What is the truth of Jesus’ reign?

    Is God’s kingdom meant to just rule in our hearts or is there more to it? Is Jesus a king? How does Jesus compare to government leaders of this world? What is the truth of Jesus’ reign? Let’s examine Pilate’s questioning of Jesus in John 18:33-37 and what Jesus had to say about His kingdom. King ...read more

  • The Thanksgiving List

    Contributed on Nov 13, 2018
     | 329 views

    Are we anxious? Are we worried about tomorrow? Let’s see how writing a long, long, long thanksgiving list can help.

    Are we anxious? Are we worried about tomorrow? Let’s see how writing a long, long, long thanksgiving list can help. Let’s see what God has to say about fretful thoughts in Matthew 6:25-33. Matthew 6:25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or ...read more

  • Two Kinds Of Religion

    Contributed on Nov 5, 2018
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    In the midst of church scandals, can we look beyond human sins and see God at work? We religious leaders are the object of Jesus’ greatest criticisms; will we listen?

    In the midst of church scandals, can we look beyond human sins and see God at work? We religious leaders are the object of Jesus’ greatest criticisms; will we listen? Let’s discuss the two ways of being, the takers and givers in the context of Mark 12:38-44. Outward Show Mark 12:38-39 In His ...read more

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  • Mark 11:1-11

    Contributed on Mar 20, 2018
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    Jesus’ Mock Parade Imagine for a minute a grand parade. It might be one of those that celebrates military might with tanks and rockets. It might have brass bands, flags waving and marchers goose-stepping in rhythm, with a dictator either clapping from a grandstand or even at the head of the ...read more

  • Fail In Order To Succeed

    Contributed on Jul 15, 2017
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    An old axiom says that failure is the stepping stone to success. Are we afraid of failure? The road to success is paved with failures. Before the farmer in the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) had a successful crop he failed in three areas. We fail in these same areas. We allow the devil to snatch ...read more

  • Sow Indiscriminately

    Contributed on Jul 15, 2017
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    In the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) Jesus spoke of the kingdom of heaven being like an indiscriminate sower. This contradicts theories surrounding church growth of targeting certain statistically measurable demographics. There is no such target audience in this parable. The seed of the kingdom ...read more

  • How Urgent Do We Approach The Harvest

    Contributed on Jun 13, 2017
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     | 1,630 views

    In Matthew 9:38 Jesus describes driving workers into the field with the urgency of a harvest that cannot wait. Yet, so often our churches have become ho-hum about God's harvest. How can revival come to our land when our churches are so Laodicean in attitude? How can our dying western ...read more

  • Preaching Fluff Versus Quality

    Contributed on Jun 8, 2017
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    I once lived in a town where there were two preachers who were polar opposites. The one was very charismatic and enthusiastic. But, he did not preach the Bible. I asked him one day why he didn't preach the Bible. His answer was that the people could read their Bibles at home. He preached ...read more