Contributed on Jan 29, 2009
We need to make sure that our hearts are ready for Jesus coming.
Preparing the Way For The Messiah Text: Matt. 3:1-12 Introduction 1. Illustration: Gene Getz once said of God’s plan for Joseph that: At age thirty, Joseph could never have handled this world-class task without an intensive and experience oriented course in management. It began in ...read more
Contributed on Mar 19, 2009
If we want to truly be followers of Jesus, we must be willing to transcend the standards of an ungodly society.
A Messiah Who Blesses Text: Matt. 5:1-12 Introduction 1. Illustration: Dietrich Bonheoffer in his book, The Cost of Discipleship, begins with "When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die." a. What should we die to? Should we die to self? Should we die to our sin? Should we die to ...read more
Contributed on Mar 19, 2009
As Jesus disciples, we are to influencers not the influenced.
A Messiah of Influence Text: Matt. 5:13-16 Introduction 1. Illustration: Historian Philip Schaff, described the overwhelming influence which Jesus had on subsequent history and culture of the world: “This Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, ...read more
Contributed on Mar 26, 2009
Since the Bible is all about Jesus, we must read it, know it, and strive to obey it.
A Messiah Who Fulfills Text: Matt. 5:17-20 Introduction 1. Illustration: Old Testament scholar Christopher Wright states in his book Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, "I find myself aware that in reading the Hebrew Scriptures I am handling something that gives me a closer link with ...read more
Contributed on Apr 23, 2009
If lust is not dealt with, it can ruin our lives completely.
A Messiah Who Teaches Part 2: Adultery of the Heart Text: Matt. 5:27-30 Introduction 1. Illustration: There are warning signs that we can be aware of when we are being led away by our lust. These signs begin to surface as we begin to give in to temptation and if not checked will lead us to ...read more
Contributed on May 6, 2009
Marriage is sacred institution, ordained and instituted by God, and is to be treated as sacred.
A Messiah Who Teaches Part 3: Honoring Marriage Text: Matt. 5:31-32 Introduction 1. Illustration: Another major contributing factor in our problems as a nation is the decline of the family. In a recent Barna Research study, we find that among those who have said their wedding vows, one out ...read more
Contributed on Jun 13, 2009
Jesus is calling us to a higher standard.
A Messiah Who Teaches Part 5: The Atypical Reaction of the Disciple Text: Matthew 5:38-48 Introduction 1. Illustration: The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is not - Do your duty, but - Do what is not your duty. It is not your duty to go the second mile, to turn the other cheek, but ...read more
Contributed on Jun 29, 2009
Jesus tells us that the secret in giving is the motivation of our heart.
A Messiah Who Gives Text: Matthew 6:1-4 Introduction 1. Illustration: A mother wanted to teach her daughter a moral lesson. She gave the little girl a quarter and a dollar for church "Put whichever one you want in the collection plate and keep the other for yourself," she told the girl. ...read more
Contributed on Jul 14, 2009
We need to make sure that we are not putting up roadblocks that keep our prayers from being answered.
A Messiah Who Prays Part 2: Roadblocks to Prayer Text: Matt. 6:14-18 Introduction 1. Illustration: When I was about 18 years old, I have taken my Mom to work, and on the way home I hit a patch of ice and lost control of the car. The car came to a screeching halt after I hit the concrete ...read more
Contributed on Jul 29, 2009
We need to heed Jesus’ cautions and steer clear of the traps of life.
A Messiah Who Gives Caution Text: Matt. 6:19-24 Introduction 1. Illustration: Several years ago at a Promise Keepers conference, Dennis Rainey placed animal traps on stage. They were big ones too. Bear traps and even an African safari large animal trap that took two men to open. There were ...read more
Contributed on Aug 6, 2009
Instead of worrying we should place our faith and trust in God.
A Messiah Who Provides Text: Matt. 6:25-34 Introduction 1. Illustration: Corrie Ten Boom spoke of the unraveling effects of worry, when she said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but it empties today of it’s strength.” 2. The Mayo Clinic claims that 80-85% of their total ...read more
Contributed on Aug 13, 2009
In dealing with others is treating them the same way we would want to be treated.
A Messiah of Fairness Text: Matt. 7:1-6 Introduction 1. Illustration: “To accept people is to be for them. It is to recognize that it is a very good thing that these people are alive, and to long for the best for them. It does not, of course mean to approve of everything they do. It means ...read more
Contributed on Aug 28, 2009
Since God loves us so much, we can expect that He will answer our prayers.
A Messiah of Expectation Text: Matt. 7:7-11 Introduction 1. Illustration: When I was a little boy, my Mom worked as a nurse at St. Thomas hospital in Akron. She was the head nurse in the nursery on second shift for 25 years. Of course because she worked second shift she wasn’t able to be ...read more
Contributed on Sep 2, 2009
We need to decide if we are going to follow Christ and understand the consequences of our decision.
A Messiah of Decision Text: Matt. 7:13-29 Introduction 1. Illustration: William P. Barker tells of a machinist at Ford Motor Company in Detroit who became a Christian. He responded to the invitation and was baptized. As the Holy Spirit began renewing this man he became convicted of his ...read more
Contributed on Sep 23, 2009
If we want to be people of faith we need to put our faith to work.
A Messiah of Faith Text: Matt. 8:1-17 Introduction 1. Illustration: One night, I had a wondrous dream; One set of footprints there was seen. The footprints of my precious Lord, But mine were not along the shore. But then some stranger prints appeared, And I asked the Lord, "What have we ...read more
Contributed on Oct 1, 2009
When we decide to follow Jesus, we are surrenduring everything.
A Messiah Who Will Cost You Everything Text: Matthew 8:18-22 Introduction 1. Illustration: Salvation is free, ... but discipleship will cost you your life. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer 2. Illustration: In The Cost of Discipleship Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote: “The cross is laid on every Christian. ...read more
Contributed on Oct 15, 2009
No matter what the storm may be, Jesus will always be there to see us through it.
A Messiah In the Midst of a Storm Text: Matt. 8:23-27 Introduction 1. Illustration: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a ...read more
Contributed on Oct 28, 2009
We have been given authority over Satan, but we have to choose to use it.
A Warrior Messiah Text: Matthew 8:28-34 Introduction 1. Illustration: In his book Fuzzy Memories, Jack Handey writes: There used to be this bully who would demand my lunch money every day. Since I was smaller, I would give it to him. Then I decided to fight back. I started taking karate ...read more
Contributed on Nov 3, 2009
If we surrender our hearts to him, Jesus has the power to make us completely whole.
A Messiah Who Restores Text: Matt. 9:1-8 Introduction 1. Illustration: Some time ago, Time Magazine ran an article that reported on the benefits of religion and the church, and some of the observations included: 1. Heart-surgery patients who draw comfort from their religious faith have a ...read more
Contributed on Nov 12, 2009
While the Christian life is a process, we need to be making progress.
A Messiah of Transformation Text: Matt. 9:14-17 Introduction 1. Illustration: As you all know by now, my favorite football team is the Cleveland Browns, and may God have mercy upon me! Our current coach, although hopefully not for long, has a favorite saying when ask about why his team is ...read more
Contributed on Dec 2, 2009
The power of Jesus is available to anyone who will tap into it.
A Messiah of Power Text: Matt. 9:18-26 Introduction 1. Illustration: Once there was a lady who had a small house on the seashore of Ireland at the turn of the century was quite wealthy but also quite frugal. The people were surprised, then, when she decided to be among the first to have ...read more
Contributed on Dec 10, 2009
The coming of Jesus was the fulfillment of the promises of God.
A Messiah of Heritage Text: Matt. 1:1-17 Introduction 1. Illustration: A Jewish father was concerned about his son. He had not truly raised him to be grounded in the faith of Judaism… So, hoping to remedy this he sent his son to Israel so the boy could experience his heritage. A year later ...read more
Contributed on Dec 15, 2009
Christmas doesn’t come from a store it comes from God.
Messiah Has Come Text: Matt. 1:18-25 Introduction 1. Illustration: "Fa-who-for-ay; da-who-dor-ay; welcome, Christmas, come this way; Fa-who-for-ay; da-who-dor-ay; welcome, Christmas, Christmas day." They continue, singing, "Christmas day is in our grasp so long as we have hands to ...read more
Contributed on Feb 24, 2010
Jesus gives mercy to anyone who asks.
A Messiah of Mercy Text: Matthew 9:27-34 Introduction 1. Illustration: As Vice President, George Bush represented the U.S. at the funeral of former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Bush was deeply moved by a silent protest carried out by Brezhnev’s widow. She stood motionless by the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 11, 2010
We need to begin to view people through Jesus' eyes.
A Messiah of Compassion Text: Matt. 9:35-38 Introduction 1. Illustration: "Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and ...read more
Contributed on Mar 17, 2010
Jesus gives us everything we need to be successful in ministry.
A Messiah Who Sends Part 1: Preparing For the Journey Text: Matt. 10:1-15 Introduction 1. Illustration: “[Most people] act as if they were simply dropped down in creation and have to entertain [them] selves until [they] die. But we [Christians] were sent into the world by God, just as ...read more
Contributed on Mar 25, 2010
In following Jesus, we sign up for both his suffering and his victory.
A Messiah Who Sends Part 2: Expecting Opposition Text: Matt. 10:16-23 Introduction 1. Illustration: John Stott wrote, “I could never believe in God, if it were not for the cross… In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it? I have entered many ...read more
Contributed on Apr 8, 2010
As followers of Jesus in a world contrary to His Kingdom, we are to focus our attention on Him.
A Messiah Who Sends Part 3: The Attitude of a Messenger Text: Matt. 10:24-42 Introduction 1. Illustration: We need to be like the 84 year old grandmother who fiercely maintained her independence and lived alone in the old family home. Her 4 children lived n the same town, but she rarely ...read more
Contributed on Apr 24, 2010
A sovereign move of God elicits a response from us.
A Messiah Who Elicits A Response Text: Matt. 11:20-24 Introduction 1. Illustration: In the movie The Untouchables, Eliot Ness, played by Kevin Costner, is frustrated because he cannot bring down Al Capone. So he asks for a street wise Irish beat cop, played by Sean Connery, for his help. ...read more
Contributed on Apr 29, 2010
Jesus invitation goes out to everyone, and all who respond to it will be saved.
A Messiah of Invitation Text: Matthew 11:25-30 Introduction 1. Illustration: How do you feel about people? A pastor arranged for a gathering of the women’s auxiliary. It was to be a garden party on the church lawn, under the old oak. At the last moment, the morning of the party, ...read more