Contributed on Jan 25, 2007
Everyone is looking for what makes life worthwhile. But a Life Worth Living is only found in Christ.
Introduction I. One of the things that a good writer or speaker will do at the opening of his work is attempt to capture your mind. A. Now you may not agree with this assessment, and that is OK, but someone once told me, 1. “Pastor. The best part of your message is your ...read more
Contributed on Feb 1, 2007
John provides a description of an time proven evangelistic process. (I borrowed part of the introduction from a Sermon Central contributer. Thank you.)
Introduction I. In the gospel of John, chapter 3 and verse 30, speaking of Christ, John the Baptist will say, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” A. It seems to be that this statement grew from a pattern of life. B. Even as John the Baptist had developed a following, the desire of his ...read more
Contributed on Feb 13, 2007
One of the important steps in growing in our faith is to "Do What He Says."
Introduction I. John chapter 20, verses 30 and 31 state - 30 Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you ...read more
Contributed on Feb 23, 2007
What really got Jesus’ dandur up. Was it selling for a profit, or a superficial following?
Introduction: I. Down south there is a familiar saying that goes something like, “That just get’s my dander up.” A. Now I’m now real sure what “dander” is or where the term came from, but B. The idea is; to get ones “dander” up, is to get excited about something, typically an angry type ...read more
Contributed on Mar 5, 2007
Nicodemus had been offered a glimpse of the Kingdom of God, but what he decided next would impact his eternity.
Introduction: I. John began his gospel with these words, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and ...read more
Contributed on Mar 20, 2007
Jesus "had to go through Samaria." Why? To teach us that walls must come down, if we are to enter the harvest.
Introduction: I. If you are a subscriber to the Bucks County Courier Times, you may have seen this article in the Tuesday edition. A. The article deals with a survey that was conducted at Council Rock High School. 1. Now, correct me if I am wrong, but is not Council Rock High School like ...read more
Contributed on Mar 27, 2007
We must create a thirst in others before we offer them the life giving water. This message will give a three part method for creating thirst.
Introduction: I. The closing point of last Sunday’s sermon was, “Sometimes We Must Create A Thirst, Before We Offer Water.” A. Perhaps as you heard that, one of your questions might well have been, “But just how am I supposed to do that.” B. How do I make people thirsty for the water ...read more
Contributed on Apr 14, 2007
Faith requires Action on the part of the faithful.
Introduction I. In the past, I have spoken from time to time of my friend and former church member, Alex Pfeiffer. II. Alex was an older gentleman that often gave me much needed support and encouragement in my first pastorate experience. III. That first church was not very large, and at ...read more
Contributed on Apr 24, 2007
Even Jesus did not meet every need that he was presented with. In the same way, neither can today’s church meet every need, BUT, we can meet some.
Introduction: I. One thing I know, when it comes to doing something good for others, there is no shortfall of opportunities. A. All around us are people in need of something. 1. People sick in the hospital, can be an opportunity to visit, and share God’s love. 2. People in nursing ...read more
Contributed on May 8, 2007
If God is directing you to follow Him in an area where you feel uncertain, God will provide the means to be obedient.
Introduction: I. In last Sunday’s message we looked at the fact that Jesus did not, in all situations, help every person he came into contact with. II. My points in that message, A. First - Sometimes we have to look past the multitude, and focus on the individual, or a smaller ...read more
Contributed on May 21, 2007
Why do people follow Christ? If not for the right reasons, they will soon fall away.
Introduction: I. Why do people follow Christ? II. We might expect that any reason people respond to Christ would be a good reason, but that is not always the case. III. One of the more interesting facts about “church” life that I have observed is that there are many reason why people ...read more
Contributed on May 27, 2007
Although my sins are different than your sins, when it comes to sin, we all stand before God in the same place. So be careful when you throw stones.
Introduction I. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” at least according to one contemporary proverb. II. I discovered some rather interesting statistics concerning the state of America this past week. A. Let me begin with divorce 1. We often hear that the divorce rate in ...read more
Contributed on Jun 1, 2007
We would all like to discover the power/miracles/works of God; but how?
Introduction I. When you read scripture, aren’t you sometimes just amazed at the miracles God has done. II. I really enjoy reading the Old Testament, A. About the battles that God led his people through. B. About the victories of men like Moses, who though afraid to lead, and yet ...read more
Contributed on Jun 10, 2007
Lazarus has died. What can this story tell us that can help strengthen our faith.
Introduction I. One of the questions that I typically ask of scripture is “Why?” A. Why did God have this particular passage placed in His written word to us? B. Particularly in the case of the gospels, the easy answer is that it is the next act that a particular writer remembers or ...read more
Contributed on Jun 18, 2007
Churches fight over worship. Members leave over worship. But what is true worship, worship that is acceptable to God?
Introduction I. Worship A. Church talk about it B. Churches fight about it C. Churches sometimes even split over it. II. When it comes to the issue of worship A. I have heard people say, “I go to that church because of their incredible worship.” B. I have heard people say, ...read more