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  • Helping The Weak

    Contributed by John Gaines on Jun 2, 2006
    based on 8 ratings
     | 9,453 views

    Looking at Romans 15:1-3 in light of its context in Romans 14 as well as broader applications to ministering to the needs of the weak, spiritually and physically.

    INTRODUCTION 1. Tonight we return to a passage in the book of Romans. Remember that chapter 14 deals with differences in judgment about whether or not certain things were right or wrong. Some of Paul’s readers esteemed certain days above others. Probably this refers to Jewish Christians who ...read more

  • The Spreading Tree Of Influence

    Contributed by John Gaines on Jun 2, 2006
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,704 views

    Every Christian is either a first-generation Christian or on who has a family history of some faith and dedication to the Lord. Both are valuable assets to the church when used properly.

    INTRODUCTION I. FIRST GENERATION CHRISTIANS A. How many of you are ‘first generation Christians’? By that term, I mean people who do not have parents or close family members who were members of the church of Christ who taught or influenced you to obey the gospel. You studied the Bible for ...read more

  • More Tolerable Than Sodom Or Gomorrah Series

    Contributed by John Gaines on Jan 31, 2006
    based on 11 ratings
     | 6,454 views

    Jesus sends the Twelve on the Limited Commission to Israel and teaches us valuable lessons about our accountability.

    MORE TOLERABLE FOR SODOM AND GOMORRAH 1. Matthew 10:1-15 (NKJV) And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. 2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, ...read more

  • Worth More Than Sparrows Series

    Contributed by John Gaines on Jan 31, 2006
    based on 28 ratings
     | 10,559 views

    Jesus teaches us valuable lessons about fear.

    WORTH MORE THAN SPARROWS 1. Matthew 10:26-33 (NKJV) "Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. 27 "Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 "And do ...read more

  • Not Peace, But A Sword Series

    Contributed by John Gaines on Jan 31, 2006
    based on 18 ratings
     | 6,858 views

    Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He is described that way prophetically in Isaiah 9:6. He gives us the peace that surpasses understanding [Philippians 4:7]. However, we must understand that being His disciple will not always be a peaceful life.

  • Boasts And Excuses Series

    Contributed by John Gaines on Jan 30, 2006
    based on 8 ratings
     | 3,318 views

    Discipleship involves serious commitment; boasts and excuses won’t get the job done.

    BOASTS AND EXCUSES INTRODUCTION 1. Matthew 8:19-22 (NKJV) Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, "Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go." 20 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." 21 Then another ...read more

  • Determined To Disbelieve Series

    Contributed by John Gaines on Jan 30, 2006
    based on 6 ratings
     | 3,159 views

    Jesus healed a paralytic man. The miracle was witnessed by a group of scribes who immediately began criticizing Him. They were determined to disbelieve. Unfortunately, there are still people like that in the world today.

    DETERMINED TO DISBELIEVE 1. Matthew 9:2-8 (NKJV) Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." 3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man ...read more

  • Ouch!

    Contributed by John Gaines on Jan 30, 2006
    based on 12 ratings
     | 2,519 views

    How husbands and wives hurt one another . . . and what we can do about it.

    OUCH! 1. I’ve titled tonight’s sermon "Ouch!" because that’s the way we feel after our mate hurts us with some hurtful word or action. 2. When that hurt is intentional, your relationship has some serious issues that are beyond the scope of what we’re trying to deal with here tonight. ...read more

  • The Message Of Matthew Series

    Contributed by John Gaines on Jan 30, 2006
    based on 5 ratings
     | 5,701 views

    Matthew the tax collector was interested in following Jesus while the Pharisees saw him associating with the Lord and criticized Jesus for eating with sinners.

    THE MESSAGE OF MATTHEW 1. Matthew 9:9-13 (NKJV) As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him. 10 Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and ...read more

  • When The Tempter Comes Series

    Contributed by John Gaines on Jan 30, 2006
    based on 9 ratings
     | 6,687 views

    Jesus resists the devil’s temptation and shows us the way to deal with Satan.

    WHEN THE TEMPTER COMES INTRODUCTION 1. Matthew 4:1-10 (NKJV) Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. {2} And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. {3} Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the ...read more

  • The Centerion's Understanding Of Authority Series

    Contributed by John Gaines on Jan 30, 2006
    based on 17 ratings
     | 5,834 views

    A Roman centerion teaches us some valuable lessons in understanding how we can be right with God.

    THE CENTERION’S UNDERSTANDING OF AUTHORITY 1. Matthew 8:5-13 (NKJV) Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." 7 And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." 8 The ...read more

  • John The Baptizer Series

    Contributed by John Gaines on Jan 26, 2006
    based on 11 ratings
     | 4,664 views

    A look at the greatness of John and his baptism of Jesus

    JOHN THE BAPTIZER 1. Matthew tells us nothing about the childhood of Jesus. Instead, he offers us chapter 3 as a transition between Jesus as a young child (Matthew 2) and the adult Jesus being tempted in the wilderness (Matthew 4). 2. Matthew 3 emphasizes the work of John the Baptizer. ...read more

  • Perspectives On Biblical Baptism

    Contributed by John Gaines on Jan 26, 2006
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,415 views

    Bible answers to seven common questions about baptism

    PERSPECTIVES ON BIBLICAL BAPTISM 1. Baptism is an extremely important subject because of the connection made in the Bible between baptism and salvation. a. 1 Peter 3:21 (NASB) And corresponding to that, baptism now saves you-- not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for ...read more

  • A Willingness To Do What's Needed

    Contributed by John Gaines on Jan 26, 2006
    based on 110 ratings
     | 24,366 views

    Honoring God by giving ourselves into His service

    A WILLINGNESS TO DO WHAT’S NEEDED 1. Over the years, I’ve sat in business meetings and elders meetings where the subject of involvement would be discussed. Many times, I’ve heard the same question "What can we do to get people motivated to do more for the Lord?" That is an excellent question. ...read more

  • Joseph, A Just Man Series

    Contributed by John Gaines on Jan 24, 2006
    based on 35 ratings
     | 19,860 views

    Joseph encounters an angel of the Lord who gives him the startling news that Mary will be the mother of the Son of God (Matthew 1:18-25)

    1. Matthew 1:18-25 (NKJV) Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to ...read more