Contributed on Jul 9, 2006
A sermon on intercessory prayer based on Abraham’s pleas to save Sodom.
The “If” of Intercession Gen. 18:16-33 INTRO.: The little conjunction “if” appears 1784 times in the New International Version of the Bible. In the NT, 653 times. It’s a little word that has very big meaning in many passages. I saw a neat MetLife commercial offering insurance to help handle all ...read more
Contributed on Jul 17, 2006
Sermon on the three temptations of Jesus.
The “If” of Temptation Luke 4:1-13 INTRO.: We are all tempted to sin. We know we shouldn’t, but we are often drawn like a moth to the flame. When we sin, we cannot say, “The Devil made me do it.” He really hasn’t that power. However, we must recognize we do have an enemy who will tempt us into ...read more
Contributed on Jul 26, 2006
If we listen carefully to God’s voice and do what He says, He will bless.
The “If” In God’s Blessing Ex. 15:26 INTRO.: Context. The Lord had led Israel out of Egypt with a mighty hand. They were days away from slavery. Now Moses delivers God’s promise of blessing, and it is conditioned on Israel’s obedience. There’s a big “if.” Let’s look at the conditions under which ...read more
Contributed on Jul 31, 2006
Jesus stands at the heart’s door and knocks and if we allow Him entrance, He will give revival and renewal.
The “If” in Revival Rev. 3:20 INTRO.: If ever a congregation needed a revival, it was the congregation at Laodicea. Read Rev. 3:14-22. Let’s look at our Lord’s invitation to them and consider it in the light of the need for revival. “If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in ...read more
Contributed on Aug 14, 2006
Reflections on Gideon’s question, "If the Lord is with us, why have these things happened to us?"
The “If” Of Every Man Judges 6:13 Intro.: Tell the story of Israel’s plight: 1. 40 years of peace followed by apostasy. 2. Oppression by the Midianites. Judges 6:1-6 3. A message from a prophet. Response unknown. 7-10 4. The appearance of an angel to Gideon, through whom God would deliver ...read more
Contributed on Sep 12, 2006
A sermon on the three Hebrew children of Daniel; their faith, their courage, and their victory.
The “If” of Fireproof Faith. Dan. 3:16-18 Intro.: Tell story: The test 1-12 1. The statue: 1-7 2. The refusal to worship 3. The accusation: 8-12 The confrontation: 13-23 1. The King’s ultimatum: 13-15 2. The statement of faith: 17 3. The total commitment: 18 4. The price of commitment: ...read more
Contributed on Sep 30, 2006
If anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, but He expects our obedience.
The “If” of Knowing Jesus. I John 2:1-6 INTRO.: Wm. Barclay introduces his exegesis of this passage with the following thoughts: In I John 1:7-9, John says two very important things about sin. He says the blood of Christ purifies us from all sin. This means forgiveness and cleansing come ...read more
Contributed on Oct 16, 2006
Jesus wants to deliver us to the Father without blemish and holy, but we must continue in the faith.
If You Are Faithful Col. 1:22, 23 INTRO.: in verses 13-18 of Col. 1, the apostle presents a stunning description of the Christ: He is the Son God loves. He is the One bringing redemption and forgiveness. He is the image of God. Firstborn of all creation. He is Creator of everything. He is ...read more
Contributed on Nov 4, 2006
This sermon explores the consequences of not having a hope of resurrection and assures that, since Christ is raised, there is promise of resurrection for His followers.
The Hopeful “If” I Cor. 15:19 INTRO.: Today we conclude our series of messages on the “If’s” in the middle of life. I want us to consider the theme, “If there is no resurrection.” If there is no resurrection, we have no hope beyond this life. Without the resurrection, the message of the Gospel ...read more
Contributed on Nov 7, 2006
Sometimes God’s people are put in a difficult situation and God expects committment. He will stand by those who take a stand for the right.
“If you remain silent” Esther 4:14 INTRO.: Summarize the story of Esther 1-4. Events occurred during the last period of Old Testament history. In the middle of the 100 year period Israel was returning from Babylonian exile. The dominant world empire is Persia. Mordecai and Esther, Jews of the ...read more