Sermon Series

  • 1. Doctrino Romano

    Contributed on Feb 16, 2004
    based on 23 ratings

    Through a saving relationship with God, we receive what we all crave, security and significance.

    Doctrino Romano: Embarking on a Journey (Romans 1:1-7) Note: I had a handout with fill in the blanks. That is why there are lines (indicating these were originally blanks) INTRO 1. Since our new series, Doctrine Romano, deals with some pretty serious subjects, I thought I’d more

  • 2. Roaming Around Rome With The Gospel

    Contributed on Mar 18, 2004
    based on 16 ratings

    Since the church is about God’s people, God’s people need to focus on God’s truth. Sharing the Gospel produces the church, and the church shares the Gospel reproducing the church. Paul shares two key truths we all need to embrace with enthusiasm.

    Roaming Around Rome with The Gospel (Romans 1:8-17) 1. This week, the movie, “The Passion of the Christ” will open in Kokomo. 2. Christians all over the country are excited that so many people want to see this graphic depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. 3. I would like to share more

  • 3. Mankind's Problem With God

    Contributed on Mar 24, 2004
    based on 25 ratings

    Mankind’s biggest problem with God is not ignorance about Him, but an attitude of enmity toward Him.

    Mankind’s Problem With God (Romans 1:18-23) Note: A number of illustrations and quotation were found at Sermon Central, but the outline, interpretation and flow of the sermon are mine, and the illustrations were borrowed from various sources. The "blanks" I have filled in were originally more

  • 4. Abandoned To Depravity

    Contributed on Apr 9, 2004
    based on 28 ratings

    How do we as Christians respond to the push to accept the Gay Lifestyle as an equal alternative lifestyle? With wisdom, intelligence, compassion, and clarity, that’s how. First, let’s lay a Biblical foundation as to how a society becomes so messed up.

    Abandoned to Depravity (Romans 1:24-32) 1. In Indianapolis, the House is deadlocked because the parties cannot agree on passing an amendment that defines marriage as a union only between a man and a woman. 2. President Bush is advocating an amendment at the national level. 3. Television more

  • 5. A Collection We Can Do Without

    Contributed on Apr 12, 2004
    based on 29 ratings

    Before we can appreciate the good news of the forgiveness of sin through repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we must face the bad news that we are, by nature, lost sinners.

    A Collection We Can Do Without (Romans 2:1-11) 1. Sometimes the line between right and wrong is blurry; take this story: SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) All Tamar Sherman wanted to do was pet a dog and give it some water. Sherman’s act left her with a criminal record. A few months ago, more

  • 6. The Courtroom Of Conscience

    Contributed on Apr 12, 2004
    based on 23 ratings

    Those who do not have the Law will perish apart from the Law, and those who do have the Law will be judged by the Law. The problem is that neither proposition is very exciting.

    The Courtroom of Conscience Romans 2:14-3:3 (Note: the dashes represent blanks; the congregation received an abbreviated sermon outline with blanks to fill in as bulletin inserts) 1. Absurd manufacturers warnings: -Sears Hairdryer: Do not use while sleeping -Fritos chips: You could be more

  • 7. Facing Reality Or Fighting God's Truth?

    Contributed on Apr 12, 2004
    based on 24 ratings

    We are better off taking our position as lost and helpless sinners before God than we are fighting Him with our objections and rationalizations.

    Facing Reality or Fighting God’s Truth? (Romans 3:1-20) 1. LONDON (Reuters) - A leading British brain surgeon has been suspended from work following a dispute over a bowl of soup. Dr Terence Hope was sent home from the Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham, where newspapers say there is a more

  • 8. Subjective Salvation: How Do We Make The Work Of Christ Ours?

    Contributed on Apr 12, 2004
    based on 27 ratings

    If we are to understand how salvation can be applied to us, we must grasp the idea of IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS. Four concepts will help us to understand its nature.

    Subjective Salvation: How Do We Make The Work of Christ Ours? (Romans 3:21-24, 27-31) Note: for 3:24-26, see my next sermon in my Romans series, "Celebrating the Victory, But What Was the Battle? based entirely upon Romans 3:24-26) 1.I love to read Perry Mason mysteries...and the TV shows. more

  • 9. Celebrating The Victory, But What Was The Battle?

    Contributed on Apr 12, 2004
    based on 42 ratings

    Packed within three verses are some of the most important truths of the Gospel, for these verses explain WHY Jesus died on the cross and exactly what He accomplished by that death.

    Celebrating the Victory, But What Was the Battle? (Romans 3:24-26) 1. A wife wrote: Last year, when the power mower was broken and wouldn’t run. I kept hinting to my husband that he ought to get it fixed, but somehow the message never sank in. Finally I thought of a clever way to make the more

  • 10. It The Same Old (Wonderful) Song

    Contributed on Apr 20, 2004
    based on 21 ratings

    If we received a phone call from Abraham, we would conclude that God has ALWAYS saved people by grace through faith – always. And we would conclude that without faith, it is impossible to please God.

    It’s the Same Old (But Wonderful) Song (Romans 4:1-25) 1. PITTSBURGH (Reuters)- "One felony, extra crispy, please." City police on Friday said they were looking for a man who called a KFC restaurant and placed an unusual takeout order — a robbery. The man called the restaurant March 31 more

  • 11. Fringe Benefits

    Contributed on Apr 27, 2004
    based on 25 ratings

    When we come to Christ in saving faith, we are justified (declared righteous). Our sins are forgiven and we receive the righteousness of Christ. But justification carries with it many fringe benefits. Being Right With God is the Foundation for A Rich Li

    Fringe Benefits (Romans 5:1-11) 1. Healthcare has gotten out of hand. 2. Many of us get our medications via the internet from foreign countries to save money. Most popular: Canada, New Zealand and Australia…medicine from…down under… 3. Healthcare insurance is so high that many people more

  • 12. Attending Your Own Funeral, Part One

    Contributed on Jun 1, 2004
    based on 34 ratings

    Christians should not take sin lightly, but need to focus on developing their relationship to God instead. Paul offers several arguments to convince us of this. There are other motivations besides merit and fear (Law); Grace motivates us out of love, app

    Attending Your Own Funeral, Part One Note: When I preached this sermon, I found out I really had two sermons (time wise); so I preached part two (labelled, "Attending Your Own Funeral Conclusion" in which I summarize my first point and then half of the second point (which is far as I got), and more

  • 13. Attending Your Own Funeral Conclusion

    Contributed on Jun 1, 2004
    based on 26 ratings

    It’s A War! Christians should not take sin lightly, but need to focus on developing their relationship to God as the best way to win the battles. Paul offers several arguments to convince us of this. There are other motivations besides merit and fea

    Please note: this is part two; part one is simply called, "Attending Your Own Funeral." In part two, I summarized material I covered in part one and added some new material. Attending Your Own Funeral Conclusion (Romans 6:1-23 concluded) 1. The War in Iraq keeps dragging on. 2. We hear more

  • 14. Who Is Your Proxy?

    Contributed on Jun 1, 2004
    based on 23 ratings

    The human race has only two proxies: Adam and Jesus Christ. Adam is the default proxy, for we are all born “in Adam.” Jesus Christ is the proxy for all who are born again, “in Christ.” Today, we are going to look at the how’s of original sin and its remed

    Who is Your Proxy? (Romans 5:12-21) 1.. Two old friends bumped into one another on the street one day. One of them looked forlorn, almost on the verge of tears. His friend asked, "What has the world done to you, my old friend?" The sad fellow said, "Let me tell you. Three weeks ago, my uncle more

  • 15. Free From The Law: The First Question Of Romans 7

    Contributed on Jun 21, 2004
    based on 27 ratings

    Our sanctification (being set apart for God as holy) does not occur through human efforts to keep the law, but through the power of the Spirit animating, motivating, and empowering us to do God’s will. It is a matter of motives and means.

    Free from the Law: The First Question of Romans 7 (Romans 7:1-6) 1. Sally was married to Bill for many years. Then one evening Bill had a heart attack and died. Several years latter Sally remarried a man named Jack. Jack was in many ways different than Bill. Bill didn’t like to eat breakfast more

  • 16. Paul's Bar Mitzvah

    Contributed on Jun 30, 2004
    based on 22 ratings

    So what can and cannot the Law do? The answer boils down to this: knowing what is right doesn’t mean we do what is right. Although ignorance of God¡¦s Word IS a major problem, we find that our sinful nature --that impulse to sin--is not defeated by info

    Pau’s Bar Mitzvah (Romans 7:7-25) Intro 1."Christian workers in the Middle East are encouraged by the enthusiastic response to Mel Gibson’s The Passion on the part of Muslims in Qatar, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates. They view this as an unprecedented method of more

  • 17. Free To Live The Life

    Contributed on Jul 1, 2004
    based on 25 ratings

    Education, self-help books, and personal improvement efforts can make life richer and better. But nothing can do what God does when a person turns his or her life over to Jesus Christ. IN Jesus Christ, we can have victory in the fullest sense.

    Free to Live the Life (Romans 8:1-4) 1. Once in a while you read a news story that makes you feel good: MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - A Mexican boxing champion beat up and hospitalized a gunman who shot at him outside a gym in a crime-plagued city on the U.S. border. Prosecutors in more

  • 18. In The Spirit And Goin' To Town

    Contributed on Jul 16, 2004
    based on 21 ratings

    If we are in Christ, we ARE in the Spirit. If we are not in Christ, we are in the flesh. So if we are in Christ, let’s become who we are, spiritual men and women and young people. And if we are not in Christ, let’s change that.

    In the Spirit and Goin’ to Town (Romans 8:5-17) 1. Back when my dad was in high school, in the early 40’s, the guys would typically wear suits to school. 2. My dad had it made: his dad was a tailor, and he had two older brothers (hand me downs AND new suits). 3. Back then, people would dress more

  • 19. A Groaning Universe

    Contributed on Jul 16, 2004
    based on 27 ratings

    When our future glory is revealed in the fullest sense, the universe will be changed radically. God has a plan for His New Creation, and our new life in Christ is the first installment of that plan.

    A Groaning Universe (Romans 8:18-25 with 2 Corinthians 4:17-5:2, 17) 1. Odor May Be Clue to Missing Airport Fish ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A strong odor led airline officials to what they believe is the 40 pounds of halibut a traveler reported missing from his checked bags two weeks more

  • 20. An Active God

    Contributed on Jul 28, 2004
    based on 24 ratings

    God is very active in the moment to moment lives of those Who know Him in ways in which we are rarely conscious.

    An Active God (Romans 8:26-28) 1. God’s providence and planet earth. Our Earth, for instance, is perfectly designed for life. It’s the "just right" size for the atmosphere we need. Its size and corresponding gravity hold a thin, but not too thin, layer of gases to protect us and allow us to more

  • 21. The Spiritual Facts Of Life

    Contributed on Jul 28, 2004
    based on 23 ratings

    Christian, when we say, “God has a plan for your life” we have said a mouth full. Let’s contemplate some of the pillars of that plan, and where that plan is meant to take you.

    The Spiritual Facts of Life (Romans 8:29-31) 1. Einstein gave grudging acceptance to "the necessity for a beginning" and eventually, to "the presence of a superior reasoning power," but never did he accept the doctrine of a personal God. Two specific obstacles blocked his way. According to his more

  • 22. Winners In A Loser's World

    Contributed on Aug 10, 2004
    based on 24 ratings

    With privilege comes responsibility, but we need to grasp our privileges to prepare for our responsibilities. And our privileges include this: we are destined to be winners!

    Winners in A Losers’ World (Romans 8:31-34) Note: This sermon was too long to complete for me (I usually preach 1/2 hour), so I ended up reworking point 2 into a second sermon. 1. Short term winners are often long-term losers. 2. The other day, I was messing with my stamp collection. I’ve more

  • 23. Advantages And Logic: No Substitute For God's Grace

    Contributed on Aug 26, 2004
    based on 24 ratings

    Even people with all the spiritual advantages will not open their hearts to Christ apart from the Sovereign Grace of God.

    Advantages and Logic: No Substitute for God’s Grace (Romans 9:1-6a) Romans Review: Chp.1-3:23 The Doctrine of Sin „h Gentiles are lost Sinners „h Jews are lost Sinners „h Everyone is a lost sinner Chap. (3:24) 4-5 The Doctrine of Salvation „h Christ¡¦s atoning death on the cross its more

  • 24. Has God's Promise Failed, Or Do His Purposes Stand?

    Contributed on Aug 26, 2004
    based on 23 ratings

    However complicated it is to harmonize the doctrine of Sovereign Grace (election) with man’s responsibility, the Scriptures hit us over the head with the reality that those who are saved are saved because God chose them apart from anything good in them

    Has God’s Promise Failed, Or Do His Purposes Stand? (Romans 9:6-13) 1. We see the Sovereign hand of God in saving people all the time. Take this article about a young man from Turkey: 2. Last time we saw that this section of Romans deals with the Sovereignty of God. 3. Paul has begun more

  • 25. Inseparable

    Contributed on Aug 30, 2004
    based on 24 ratings

    Because we are God’s elect, we have an impenetrable defense and we are secure in Christ. We cannot be separated from God’s love. This helps us to truly understand what Grace means.

    Inseparable (Romans 8:33-39) Intro 1. Separating Siamese Twins “Formerly Conjoined Twins See Each Other By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press Writer NEW YORK - Six days after a delicate 17-hour operation that separated their joined heads, 2-year-old twins Carl and Clarence Aguirre more

  • 26. Is God Unjust?

    Contributed on Sep 1, 2004
    based on 28 ratings

    Paul has taught us that God picks out individuals for salvation not based on anything they do, but out of pure grace. At the same time, he bypasses others. This raises a number of questions, and Paul fields them, though not necessarily to our satisfacti

    Is God Unjust? (Romans 9:14-29) 1. There are many puzzles in life. One recent puzzle is the whereabouts of an escapted tiger. Bengal Tiger Seen Roaming La. Army Base Wednesday, September 01, 2004 FORT POLK, La. — A Bengal tiger on the loose in the thick brush surrounding Fort Polk more

  • 27. Human Responsibility And Israel: The Other Side Of The Coin

    Contributed on Sep 10, 2004
    based on 24 ratings

    Although God’s Sovereign Grace is a sure thing, it is also true that we are responsible for all of our decisions. We can look at the rejection of Jesus as the Messiah by most of the Jews as a choice they made, even though this was in the plan of God.

    Human Responsibility and Israel: The Other Side of the Coin (Romans 9:30-10:13) 1. I love British English, particularly their figures of speech. 2. Some friend of ours leant us some DVD’s of "Jeeves and Wooster." We love that show. 3. Anyhow, in one episode, they referred to marriage as more

  • 28. Returning Your Calls

    Contributed on Sep 21, 2004
    based on 28 ratings

    God calls, and we are responsible to return His call. Yet we will only respond to that general call if God calls us specially, in a way that melts down our natural resistance to Him.

    Returning Your Calls (Romans 10:13-21) Intro 1. I do not particularly enjoy the world of phone message recorders. I am glad they exist, and I have one at the office. 2. Sometimes people leave important messages. 3. Sometimes the message is not crucial, but it communicates a piece of more

  • 29. Remnant

    Contributed on Sep 29, 2004
    based on 27 ratings

    God’s Kingdom may seem to just "happen," but behind the scenes is God’s Sovereign hand; He has a plan and He executes His plan perfectly.

    Remnant (Romans 11:1-15) Intro 1. BERLIN (Reuters) - A German telecommunications company said on Tuesday it is developing the first mobile phone that will alert users when their breath is bad or if they are giving off offensive smells. The phone will use a tiny chip measuring less than one more

  • 30. Lifting Self-Esteem Through Church Life

    Contributed on Nov 8, 2004
    based on 45 ratings

    Although this passage is not the cure-all for self-esteem problems, it clearly will make a significant difference. Walk with the Lord and serve the Lord and you will feel better about yourself.

    Lifting Self Esteem Through Church Life (Romans 12:3-8) 1. People will try anything to build their self-esteem: A mild mannered young man came into a counselor’s office ready for a divorce. He complained that his bride was so bossy that she was driving him off the wall. He wanted things to more