Contributed on Jan 28, 2009
Their ENERGY, their ELECTION, their EXAMPLE, their ENTHUSIASM, and their EXPECTANCY. More than a rough draft, Paul’s first letter to any church was the final word on what a church should be. Link inc. to formatted text, audio, PowerPoint.
The Ideal Church I Thessalonians 1 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/IdealChurch.html This is Paul’s earliest writing of at least thirteen books. But you couldn’t tell it. It may have been a first draft but that made no difference for he wasn’t the real author. That’s inspiration...perfection ...read more
Contributed on Feb 4, 2009
Spiritual power, perseverance, purpose, and parenting made Paul the ideal servant to those he was leading. And we are all called to be servants. Link inc. to formatted text and PowerPoint.
The Ideal Servant I Thessalonians 2:1-12 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/IdealServant.html Being a servant is a calling. And you have that call. Preachers are called, but you are called as well. Preachers go ‘calling’. Once a minister went to call on one of the elderly widows of the ...read more
Contributed on Feb 11, 2009
Win ’em, wet ’em, & wean ’em. That last step is the big one of discipleship - "Teaching them to observe all things..." Often forsaken, but so important! Link inc. to formatted text, audio, PowerPoint.
The Ideal Discipleship I Thessalonians 3 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/IdealDiscipleship.html Chapter 2 had a nursing mother, and a teaching father doing spiritual parenting of these new believers. It leads perfectly into this chapter about grounding new believers. v. 2 “to establish ...read more
Contributed on Mar 11, 2009
5 Reasons the Christian life is compared to a walk. Then Paul gives a candid illustration of sex, purity, and holiness. Other topics include the walks of love, honesty, hope, and much more. Link inc. to formatted text, audio, PowerPoint.
The Ideal Walk I Thessalonians 4:1-8 Get all 4 parts w/ PowerPoint here: http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/IdealWalk.html So far it has been personal- The Ideal Church [ch. 1], The Ideal Servant [ch. 2], The Ideal Discipleship [ch. 3]. Now it gets very practical. v. 1 “beseech” = ...read more
Contributed on Mar 18, 2009
Bad words may be the first to come to mind when times are hard. But our text has some encouraging good words, particularly right now. Link inc. to formatted text, audio, PowerPoint.
Good Words for Bad Days II Thessalonians 1 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/BadDays.html Bad words may be the first to come to mind when times are hard and things come crashing down on you. But our text has some encouragingly good words God wants to remind us of, particularly right ...read more
Contributed on Mar 25, 2009
The Disturbing Message. The Deceptive Man. the Deluded Masses. The antichrist, the timeframe, and why we believe these are the last days. Link inc. to formatted text, audio, PowerPoint.
Son of Perdition II Thessalonians 2:1-12 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/SonOfPerdition.html Who is this man of sin? The antichrist! Will people who reject the gospel have opportunity to be saved when they are left behind at the rapture to enter the tribulation? No. You shouldn’t count ...read more
Contributed on Apr 1, 2009
Several jokes and illustrations on how to know if you are lazy--then what the Bible says about it and how to be diligent as a servant of the Lord. Link inc. to formatted text, audio, PowerPoint.
Lazy Bones II Thessalonians 3:6-18 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/LazyBones.html If a problem is not dealt with is usually doesn’t go away...instead it gets worse. Ill.—small splinter in finger is just irritating at first, but eventually it will become infected and much more serious over ...read more
Contributed on Apr 26, 2009
The angel at the tomb said, ‘why seek the living among the dead?’ And many are finding it true as they seek a church. Corinth was a defiled, divided, and thus disgraced place, but there was hope! Link inc. to formatted text, audio, PowerPoint.
How to Kill a Church I Corinthians 1:1-17 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/KillChurch.html “Jesus, yes! The church, no!” That was a popular slogan in the 60s...or so I’m told. And it seems to be a revived notion today as many are put off by organized religion. I believe that could have ...read more
Contributed on Apr 29, 2009
The cross divides men. The lost see it as foolishness. But it unites those of us who have been born again. Jesus called Himself a divider of men, and the dividing line is the cross. Link inc. to formatted text, audio, PowerPoint.
The Power of Foolishness I Corinthians 1:18-2:16 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/Foolishness.html The cross divides men. The saved from the lost. But it unites those of us who have been born again. Jesus called Himself a divider of men, and the dividing line is the cross. The cross is ...read more
Contributed on May 6, 2009
There is the natural man, the supernatural [Spirit filled] man, and the unnatural [carnal] man. Which guy are you? "6 Things the Bible says to do to the Flesh." Link inc. to formatted text, audio, PowerPoint.
3 Guys 1 Corinthians 3:1-17 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/3Guys.html There is the natural man, the supernatural [Spirit filled] man, and the unnatural [carnal] man. The natural man is incomplete with a dead spirit. But when he gets saved he gets the Spirit of God, but does the Spirit have ...read more
Contributed on May 13, 2009
I have learned that everyone knows what the pastor should be doing except me. That is exactly what Paul was saying to this church in Corinth--and things haven’t changed much after all of these years. Link inc. to formatted text, audio, PowerPoint.
I Only Work Sundays 1 Corinthians 4:1-21 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/OnlyWorkSundays.html I speak tonite about my favorite person in the world...myself! Go ahead, admit it, you are your own favorite person. You take care of yourself better than anyone else, and spend more time in your ...read more