Contributed on Sep 22, 2001
A deductive exposition of the text with illustrations from the cultivation of grapevines needed to produce fruit.
Purpose: to be the Holy Spirit’s second witness calling God’s people in my care to depend on Jesus to give them fruitful spiritual lives. Response: Individuals will be invited to pray at the altar rail following the message. Intro: Have you known the agony of not doing the right ...read more
Contributed on Sep 28, 2001
A deductive exposition of the text following illustrations leading to a call to commitment. Individuals will be asked to make or reaffirm their commitments during Communion.
Topic: Christian Living / Jesus Theme: Totally Committed Christian Living / Following Jesus Purpose: to be the Holy Spirit’s second witness calling God’s people in my care to totally commit themselves to Jesus. There’s a sign in the window of an English company that reads: “We have been ...read more
Contributed on Oct 4, 2001
An inductive look at frustration and what causes it leading to an exposition of the text and a call to surrender to God.
1. I’ve learned one thing in my attempts at gardening and landscaping. “You have to get all the roots out to get rid of the weeds.” If not they just keep coming back – over and over again. Weeds can be very frustrating because they keep me from having the flowerbeds I want. 2. Speaking of ...read more
Contributed on Oct 12, 2001
An inductive message that seeks to eliminate inadequate answers to the question “How can I know God is working in my life?” As a result, individuals prompted by the Holy Spirit will pray at the altar rail to receive God’s help in order to love Him with a
Purpose: to be the Holy Spirit’s second witness calling God’s people in my care to love God and their neighbors. Visual Illustration: “Stone Tablets” marked I and II for the two greatest commandments. Key Question: How can I know God is working in my life? 1. Some people suggest looking for ...read more