Contributed on Sep 10, 2007
It is essential for us to see Jesus clearly. In this sermon I introduce the challenge of studying Jesus, and explain why is it essential that we do.
Introduction: A. Church auditorium pulpits are interesting. 1. They can take many shapes and sizes. 2. When I first came to Wetzel Road, the pulpit was made out of paneling and was a big counter with a slanted front and sides and had a podium in the middle. a. When I stood behind it I felt ...read more
Contributed on Sep 19, 2007
The story of Jesus does not begin with His earthly life, but with His eternal life. To really understand and appreciate Jesus we must know the whole story.
Introduction: A. I want to begin by showing you four pictures from four movies. I want to see if you can identify the movie. 1. Picture #1 – Gone With the Wind – Rhet Butler and Scarlot O’Hara 2. Picture #2 – Return of the Jedi – C3PO and R2D2 3. Picture #3 – The Grinch Who Stole Christmas ...read more
Contributed on Sep 24, 2007
To really be able to understand and immitate Jesus we have to understand His Jewishness and the Jewish time and culture into which He was born.
Introduction: A. As you know, most religious groups have identifying characteristics. 1. A kindergarten teacher gave her class a "show and tell" assignment of bringing something to represent their religion. 2. The first boy got in front of the class and said, "My name is Benjamin and I am ...read more
Contributed on Oct 1, 2007
In this lesson we marvel at the story of Jesus’ birth and then discuss its significance.
Introduction: A. The story is told of 4 expectant fathers who, years ago, were in a hospital waiting room while their wives were in labor. 1. A nurse came in the room and announced to the first man, “congratulations, sir, you’re the father of twins.” What a coincidence,” the man said, “I work ...read more
Contributed on Oct 15, 2007
With the little information that the Bible gives us about Jesus’ childhood and young adulthood, we see that Jesus was a good example for us in repecting His parents, obeying His Father, and working toward spiritual growth.
Introduction: A. Art Linkletter is best known for interviewing kids, because “Kids Say the Darnedest Things.” 1. A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. a. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, "Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run ...read more
Contributed on Oct 23, 2007
Jesus’ baptism is a transitional point in his life. In this lesson we answer the questions why was Jesus baptized and why must we be baptized.
Introduction: A. We’ve come this morning to celebrate who God is and what He is doing in our lives. 1. Hopefully, as we have been meeting the Lord in praise and prayer and in communion, we continue to experience His transforming presence and power in our lives. 2. And now as we turn our ...read more
Contributed on Nov 2, 2007
In this sermon we look at the temptations of Jesus and learn how to overcome our own.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a minister who parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter. 1. So he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 100 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll ...read more
Contributed on Nov 7, 2007
As we take a brief look at the 12 apostles we learn some important truths about the way that God works through us to accomplish His mission.
Introduction: A. When I say the words “Dream Team,” what comes to your mind? 1. This picture? Probably not. It came up on my picture search. Animated movie – Madagascar. 2. If you are a sports fan, then this is the picture that probably came to mind. B. The original Dream Team is the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 13, 2007
If we are going to be disciples of Jesus then we must adopt His attitude toward sinners, and follow His example in reaching out to the lost.
Introduction: A. I think that most of us know that God loves sinners and wants them to be saved. 1. The Apostle Paul wrote, “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, ...read more
Contributed on Nov 20, 2007
Jesus clearly demonstrated His power over every realm of existence while He was on earth. His power is still at work in those who believe in Him.
Introduction: A. When you were a child did you dream of having super powers? 1. Maybe you watched cartoons or read comic books and dreamed of being super strong, or super fast, or being able to fly. 2. I remember experimenting as a child to see if I could move or bend objects with my ...read more
Contributed on Nov 28, 2007
Jesus is the greatest teacher who ever taught. In this sermon we discuss what made Him such a great teacher, and what His teachings will do for our lives.
A. Did you hear the story about the teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his boots? 1. She pulled while he pushed and the boots still didn’t want to go on. 2. Finally, after the second boot was on, and she had worked up a sweat, the little boy said, “Teacher, they’re ...read more
Contributed on Dec 3, 2007
In this sermon I review the events leading up to the crucifixion, talk about the significance of Jesus’ death, and then talk about our response.
Introduction: A. It was a day when the world seemed to stand still. 1. The date was November 22, 1963. 2. President John F. Kennedy sat in the rear seat of an open limousine as it traveled down the streets of Dallas, Texas. 3. At 12:30 p.m., the cars approached an expressway for the last leg ...read more
Contributed on Dec 10, 2007
The resurrection makes a difference in what we think about Jesus and how we live our lives today.
A. Once a singing group called The Resurrection was scheduled to sing at a church. 1. Unfortunately, a big snowstorm postponed the performance, so the minister fixed the sign outside the church to read, “The Resurrection is postponed.” I’m sure that created some alarm! 2. Aren’t you glad the ...read more
Contributed on Dec 17, 2007
Like many of the other important events in Jesus’ life, the ascension is also important for a number of reasons. In this sermon we look at four reasons why the ascension was an absolute necessity.
Introduction: A. Goodbyes aren’t easy. Especially if we or they will be gone for a long time. 1. There are some very memorable goodbyes in history. 2. On June 13, 1948, Babe Ruth stood in Yankee Stadium, eaten up with cancer and with tears in his eyes, said goodbye. He died two months ...read more
Contributed on Dec 24, 2007
Advent is a season of waiting for the coming of Christ. He came as a baby, and now we are waiting for His second coming.
A. How wonderful it is to gather together to worship Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! 1. If you are visiting with us today we extend to you a warm welcome and hope that your experience with us and the Lord today will be a blessed one. B. I thought we might start with something on the light ...read more
Contributed on Dec 31, 2007
This sermon is a wrap up of my series "Devoted To Jesus." Much of the sermon is an adaption of Chapter 14 from Philip Yancy’s book, "The Jesus I Never Knew." The sermon is about 5 impressions of Jesus
Introduction: A. I hope you’ve had a great Christmas and holiday week. 1. We are really enjoying having our girls home from college, and seeing so many others who are visiting during the holidays. B. With all the difficulties that come with traveling these days, I thought you might get a kick ...read more