Contributed on Sep 16, 2009
Christianity is meant to be lived out in community. We really need each other. This is true for Christians and non-Christians. God has created us both for relationship.
A. Repeat after me…“We are the church of Christ…We love God…We love God’s Word…We love each other…our mission is to make…and mature disciples of Jesus…to the glory of God.” B. The story is told of a farm boy who accidentally overturned his wagonload of hay on the road. 1. His neighbor came ...read more
Contributed on Sep 21, 2009
Being devoted to one another in brotherly love requires a decision, determination, and demonstration. We put it into practice by being present, attentive, and expressive.
Introduction: A. The story is told of an attorney who gathered the entire family for the reading of the will. 1. Relatives came from near and far, to see if they were included in the bequests. 2. The lawyer somberly opened the will and began to read: a. “To my cousin Ed, I leave my ...read more
Contributed on Sep 28, 2009
We discover in this sermon that to honor one another above ourselves, we must learn to be humble.
Introduction: A. One day a group of four young friends were talking about what they would like to do with their lives. 1. The first friend said, “I want to be a congressman so I can draft laws to benefit my countrymen.” 2. The second friend said, “I want to be a lawyer so that I can defend my ...read more
Contributed on Oct 6, 2009
In this lesson we learn that submission is the essence of Christianity, and leads to the freedom from having to have our own way all the time.
A. I like the old story of the ship captain who looked into the dark horizon one night and saw faint lights in the distance. 1. Immediately he told his signalman to send a message, “Alter your course 10 degrees south." 2. Promptly a return message was received: “Alter your course 10 degrees ...read more
Contributed on Oct 11, 2009
One of the keys to learning to accept one another is to attempt to treat each person as if they are Jesus.
Introduction: A. The story is told of an old, disheveled cleaning woman who visited a local church one day. 1. When the invitation was given at the end of the service, she went forward wanting to become a member. 2. The preacher listened as she told him how she believed in Jesus and wanted to ...read more
Contributed on Oct 19, 2009
There is a need for us to learn to offer admonition and for us to learn to receive it. This sermon attempts to teach us how to do both.
Introduction: A. One day a man was seated at a table of an upscale restaurant. 1. The man proceeded to tie a napkin around his neck like a bib. 2. The maître d´ called the waiter aside and said, “Try to make that man understand, as tactfully as possible, that the way he is wearing his napkin is ...read more
Contributed on Nov 3, 2009
We can encourage others through our example, presence, and words.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a man who opened his front door one morning to get his newspaper and was surprised to see a strange dog with his newspaper in his mouth. 1. Delighted with his unexpected “delivery service,” the man gave the dog a treat. 2. The following morning the man ...read more
Contributed on Nov 9, 2009
Serving one another comes down to "basin" theology.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a minister who was organizing opportunities for people in his church to do small acts of kindness as a demonstration of Christ’s love in the community. 1. He phoned several neighborhood grocery stores and Laundromats and asked for permission to serve their ...read more
Contributed on Nov 24, 2009
It takes a lot of humility, patience and forgiveness to tolerate each other’s idiosyncrasies and faults, but it is vital for the health and unity of the body of Christ.
Introduction: A. Praise God for the great Friend Day we had last Sunday. 1. I was so encouraged by the number of friends that we had with us. 2. We need to keep in mind that friends are welcome among us every Sunday, so let’s keep inviting and bringing our friends and family with ...read more
Contributed on Dec 1, 2009
Praying for one another fervently and faithfully is our privilege and responsibility.
A. The story is told about three men were hiking one day and unexpectedly came upon a large, raging, violent river. 1. They needed to get to the other side, but had no idea of how to do so. 2. The first man prayed to God, saying, “Please God, give me the strength to cross this river.” a. Poof! ...read more
Contributed on Dec 8, 2009
Bearing each other’s burdens is a genuine expression of love and therefore fulfills the law of Christ.
Introduction: A. I want to begin with a story I used several years ago from Max Lucado’s book, In The Eye Of The Storm (published in 1991). It is a story about a parakeet named Chippie. 1. Chippie the parakeet never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage, and the next ...read more
Contributed on Dec 15, 2009
This sermon concludes the series on the "one another" passages. We can spur one another on by our presence, example and words.
A. I want to begin by sharing some actual excuse notes sent by parents. They were collected by the University of Texas and include the original spellings. 1. “My son is under a doctor’s care and should not take P.E. today. Please execute him.” 2. “Dear School: Please ekscuse John being absent ...read more