Contributed on Jan 7, 2015
By looking at four myths about growing churches, we begin to address what it means to be a healthy church.
Introduction: A. Happy New Year! Let’s begin this morning with a few quotes for the New Year. 1. “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man,” Benjamin Franklin. 2. “One resolution I have made, and try ...read more
Contributed on Apr 28, 2015
In this sermon, we try to get an overview of what discipleship looks like in everyday life.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a big, 2000 member church that was filled to overflowing one Sunday morning. 1. The preacher was ready to start the sermon when two men, dressed in long black coats and black hats entered thru the rear of the church. 2. One of the two men walked to the ...read more
Contributed on Feb 2, 2015
What is fellowship all about? I try to answer that question in this sermon.
A. It probably won’t surprise you, if I told you that I have never run a marathon. 1. Not only have I not competed in a marathon, I have never competed in an ironman triathlon (which is a race where on a single day every participant does a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle race, and then ...read more
Contributed on Feb 10, 2015
We are created to serve. The best thing we can do for God's kingdom and ourselves is becoming a servant.
Introduction: A. One day, some church members were working at their church workday and a teenage boy they didn’t know was working with them to fulfill some court appointed community service hours. 1. The teen asked the man who was working next to him, “So, what bad thing did you do ...read more
Contributed on Feb 23, 2015
In this sermon, we focus on our commission to reach out to the lost and the fact that the lost are lost.
Introduction: A. A Christian man who owned a barber shop went to a revival meeting one night and felt greatly burdened to do more with his testimony for Christ. 1. The next evening, the barber began attending a "soul winners class" at his church. a. He attended faithfully every night for two ...read more
Contributed on Mar 2, 2015
In this sermon, we examine six different approaches to evangelism and how to be engaged in them. (Much from this sermon comes from Hybils’ Becoming A Contagious Christian, chapter 9)
Introduction: A. One day a five-year old boy ran to answer the telephone, and answering it said, “Hello.” 1. A woman asked him, “Is your mother home?” 2. “Yes,” the boy replied, “but she’s changing the baby’s diaper and can’t come to ...read more
Contributed on Mar 24, 2015
What do we say when it is time to share the gospel with others? This sermon helps us to be prepared when we have an opportunity to give an answer for the hope that we have.
Introduction: A. Today I’m praying that all of us, Christians, feel like we have some good news to share with others, and that we desperately desire to share it. 1. I like the story told of the little boy who greatly concerned his parents. a. The boy’s parents could not get him to ...read more
Contributed on Mar 30, 2015
In this sermon, we focus on three important questions about worship. What is worship? Why do we worship? And when and where do we worship?
Introduction: A. I enjoying listening to children talk and explain things. Sometimes their insights are very perceptive, other times they are just so funny. 1. Here are some children’s responses when asked to quote the Lord’s Prayer: a. Our Father, who are in heaven. Hello! ...read more
Contributed on Apr 28, 2015
I relied heavily on SermonCentral contributor Larry Sarver's sermon "Defining Discipleship" for this lesson. I addressed the topic of Growing Deeper through Discipleship in two sermons.
A. The story is told of a pig and a chicken who were walking down the road one day. 1. As they passed a church, they notice that a potluck charity breakfast was under way. 2. Caught up in the spirit, the pig suggested to the chicken that they each make a contribution. 3. “Great ...read more