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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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  • Tainted Tithes

    Contributed on Sep 15, 2019
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    Is all money filthy lucre, somehow tainted? Is our contaminated money usable for heavenly purposes? Let’s learn that our tainted tithes can be used for heaven. Let’s discuss a shrewd business manager and his wise use of filthy money in Luke 16:1-13.

    Should we boycott corporations with dirty money, or is all money filthy lucre, somehow tainted? Is our contaminated money usable for heavenly purposes? Let’s learn that our tainted tithes can be used for heaven. Let’s discuss a shrewd business manager and his wise use of filthy money in Luke ...read more

  • God's Lost Valuables

    Contributed on Sep 9, 2019
     | 2,187 views

    How valuable are non-Christians to God? Let’s see just how valuable they are. Let’s discuss a lost sheep and a lost coin from Luke 15:1-10.

    How valuable are non-Christians to God? Let’s see just how valuable they are. Let’s discuss a lost sheep and a lost coin from Luke 15:1-10. Luke 15:1-2 Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. 2 This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain ...read more

  • Total Commitment

    Contributed on Sep 1, 2019
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    How committed are we to Jesus? Are we willing to carry our cross? Have we counted the cost of discipleship? Are we willing to make the sacrifice? Let’s examine our cross, our cost and our sacrifice as disciples in Luke 14:25-33.

    Are we willing to carry our cross? Have we counted the cost of discipleship? Are we willing to make the sacrifice? Let’s examine our cross, our cost and our sacrifice as disciples in Luke 14:25-33. Our Cross Luke 14:25-27 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 ...read more

  • Righteous Inclusion

    Contributed on Aug 25, 2019
     | 1,199 views

    Some people ought to be excluded, in prison, deported, disqualified from leading a church, and quarantined in sickness. However, other people are marginalized unjustly. Let's see what Jesus taught about righteous inclusion in Luke 14:1-14.

    Some people ought to be excluded, in prison, deported, disqualified from leading a church, and quarantined in sickness. However, other people are marginalized unjustly. Let’s learn how God despises unrighteous exclusion. Let's see what Jesus taught about righteous inclusion in Luke ...read more

  • Christian Freedom

    Contributed on Aug 18, 2019
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     | 1,168 views

    Are we truly free or still in bondage? Let’s learn that being saved from sickness and bondage to vain traditions are somewhat similar. Let’s discuss healing, slavery to man-made religious rules and freedom in Luke 13:10-17.

    Are we truly free or still in bondage? Let’s learn that being saved from sickness and bondage to vain traditions are somewhat similar. Let’s discuss healing, slavery to man-made religious rules and freedom in Luke 13:10-17. Healed Luke 13:10 One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, ...read more

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  • Mark 11:1-11

    Contributed on Mar 20, 2018
     | 1,026 views

    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
     | 1,516 views

    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
     | 1,695 views

    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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     | 2,250 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
     | 1,502 views

    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