Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to affirm others (in the midst of difficulties and tough times) TO CHEER-UP because JESUS HAS RISEN AND HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD.
U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris
Taegu South Korea
BIG IDEA: Although parents, family members, and friends may sometimes ABANDON YOU; GOD – THE FATHER can be trusted never to LEAVE YOU ALONE, AND NEVER TO ABANDON YOU.
REFERENCES: Mark 15:41-47 (MSG); Zech. 13:7 KJV (Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones). Ps. 22:1-12 KJV (David complains in great discouragement); John 16:31-33 (KJV)
III. READ THE TEXT: John 16:33 (These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world).
IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the hearers to affirm to others (in the midst of difficulties and tough times) TO CHEER-UP because JESUS HAS RISEN AND HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD.
SERMONIC THEME: “A Few More Scenes”
INTRODUCTION: Happy Resurrection Sunday 2005 to all. It’s my prayer that this Resurrection Sunday is and will become the most memorable one of all. God bless you and yours is my prayer. Now, I want to take a few minutes to reverberate upon a few things. One of which, is the fact that “this past year, to say the least, has been the most challenging year of my 42 years of living.”
To be honest with you, the CHURCH HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SAFE HAVEN FOR ME. I was raised in the church; and was baptized when I was 12 years old. I’ve always found the church to be a HOUSE OF REFUGE; whenever I needed a shoulder to CRY ON; I could find that shoulder in GOD’S HOUSE. Whenever, I needed SOME LOVE THAT PERHAPS TWO ALCOHOLIC PARENTS WERE TO DIVERTED TO PROVIDE; I COULD ALWAYS GET love THE CHURCH ... in the form of Sunday School Teachers, deacons and other leaders in ministry.
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MOVE 1: It wasn’t until I arrived here that I EXPEREIENCED BIGOTRY FROM a priest, other believers, and chaplains.
a. As an All American “only child” of Kenneth Sr,. and
Doloretha Lucille Harris, I can honestly say that I had never
before ...gotten into in kind of trouble with any regulations
(or law) ...
b. Of course, as an American of African Decent, I had heard,
studied, and read about prejudices, and racism (IN THE
CHURCH) but personally, I had never experienced any real
deep, overt and direct forms of BIGOTRY until I arrived
c. AS A RESULT, to be totally honest with you ... there has
been times that I’ve felt ABANDONED AND GODLESS. Yes,
since I’ve been here, I have had moments when I didn’t
even think God LOVED me.
d. I have SECRETLY felt hurt, hopeless, forgotten, ... so much
so ... that I was overwhelmed with tears ... How could the
LORD that I was raised up on .... allow me to experienced
*********************TAKE 5 BEATS******************
MOVE 2: How could He sit back and watch His Kenny go
through (with fellow believers of the Church 0f Jesus Christ) what I’ve been through ..... since I been here?