Contributed on Sep 16, 2002
This is the first message in my SURVIVOR series, focusing upon God’s Word as the true guidebook for life (09-15-2002).
Opening Comments Today we begin our new SURVIVOR series. Our theme will be “Surviving the Challenges of Life.” This is not, of course, an original idea. It is based upon the wildly popular reality TV show called “Survivor.” The fifth installment of that show begins this Thursday ...read more
Contributed on Sep 21, 2002
This is the second message in my SURVIVOR series, focusing upon the way every church ought to be (09-22-2002).
Opening Illustration There was a church in a small town in Tennessee that had a most interesting name. The sign in front of it said “Left Foot Baptist Church.” There was a young man who passed by the building several times, and he always got a good chuckle from the name. Finally, one day ...read more
Contributed on Sep 30, 2002
The third message in my SURVIVOR series, showing how we can receive forgiveness and restoration when we sin (09-29-2002).
Opening Illustration Two Kentucky horse racing stable owners had developed a keen rivalry. Each spring they both entered a horse in a local steeplechase. One of them thought that having a professional rider might give his horse an edge in the race, so he hired a hot-shot jockey. Well, the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 6, 2002
This is the fourth in my SURVIVOR series, focusing upon the qualities that we need to look for in forming our personal friendships (10-06-02).
Opening Comments How many of you have ever been or are part of some sort of alliance? What sorts of alliances are we a part of on a day-by-day basis? (Entertain answers from the congregation.) “Alliance” is an interesting word. Webster’s Dictionary defines an alliance as, “an ...read more
Contributed on Oct 14, 2002
This is the fifth message in my SURVIVOR series, focusing upon protecting our credibility and Christian witness (10-13-02)
Opening *Enter with the “Survivor Torch” and “Survivor” theme music playing. Say: Every week on the Survivor reality series, you can see the tribe members carrying a torch similar to this one. They carry it with them to the “Tribal Council,” where that must vote one person out of their tribe ...read more
Contributed on Oct 21, 2002
This is the sixth message of my SURVIVOR series, focusing upon a proper perspective for personal finances and the ongoing battle against materialism. (10-20-02)
Opening Activity Begin this message with a fun activity. The following items are needed: 1. An empty, old bottle 2. A large key made of cardboard and spray painted gold. The key will have the verses of Matthew 6:19-21 printed and attached to one side. 3. A treasure map with the following ...read more
Contributed on Oct 28, 2002
This is the seventh sermon in my SURVIVOR series, focusing upon Jesus’ formula for bringing peace to interpersonal conflict (10-27-02).
Opening Illustration There were once two men who lived in a small village. They got into a terrible dispute that they could not resolve. So they decided to talk to the town sage … the wise man. The first man went to the home of the old, wise one and told his version of what happened. When he ...read more
Contributed on Nov 4, 2002
This is the eighth message in my SURVIVOR series, focusing upon following Jesus’ pattern for resisting temptation (11-03-02).
Living Illustration Before the sermon, arrange for a helper to make several calls to you as you begin to speak. Carry a cordless phone to the stage, and answer it when it rings. Prepare to ad lib the dialogue as it would relate to dealing with telemarketer calls. Begin the sermon by ...read more
Contributed on Nov 11, 2002
This is the ninth message in my SURVIVOR series, focusing upon staying spiritually healthy by utilizing a balanced spiritual diet (11-10-02).
Preparation Prepare a fill-in-the-blank sheet for worship which contains the message outline. Also, on the back of the sheet, include a section which says “A Believer’s Menu.” List the following items: Malice, Deceit, Hypocrisy, Envy, Slander, God’s Word, Prayer, Fellowship, Worship, Bible ...read more
Contributed on Nov 18, 2002
This is the tenth and final sermon in my SURVIVOR series, focusing upon a practical strategy for sharing one’s faith (11-07-02).
Topical / Instructional Message – Various Scriptures Introduction Did you know that a five-year-old can tell people about Jesus? There was a little girl named Lindsay. Her parents were amazed one day when they heard this five-year-old telling one of her little friends about Jesus. The ...read more