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Summary: God wants Christians off of the couch and into the trenches, working in the Kingdom of God. This sermon is a little different from most that I preach but it does make the point.

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FIRST CHURCH OF THE COUCH POTATO

by Pastor Jim May

1 Peter 2:2-3, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious."

Nothing is more precious in the eyes of a young couple than a newborn baby. It is the same with the Lord as he looks upon a new convert, someone who has just been born again of the Spirit of God and washed in the Blood of the Lamb.

As I look around the church there are some here who would probably come close to qualifying as a newborn babe in Christ. Some would qualify more as toddlers. And some would be a little older.

In every stage of growth, both physically and spiritually, there are a lot of things that change. A newborn baby often can’t communicate very well except to cry if it is hungry, in pain, needs changing, or just wants more attention. A toddler has begun to learn a few words, maybe even putting some sentences together, but he still has communication problems simply because he hasn’t learned what many things are in life.

Sometimes one of those children can really surprise you. I remember when my son was small. He didn’t speak at all for a long time. We wondered if he would ever begin to talk. Then one day, out of the clear blue sky, he spoke a whole sentence. He was riding in a car, stopped at a stop sign, waiting for the intersection to clear when he said, “Well, go ahead stupid!” That kind of tells you what he may have been listening to doesn’t it?

You have to love babies and children. Nothing brings joy like having a few little ones around doing some cutesy things. I love it when they come for a visit, and I love it when I can say to their parents, “It’s time to take them home now.” That is, unless they live with you.

Mr. Art Linkletter once had a program on TV where kids could say what came to their minds and those kids were really funny. Mr. Linkletter isn’t around anymore, but the things kids say are just as funny today. Here’s what just a few of them had to say after some Sunday School classes when the preacher asked what they had learned.

In the first book of the Bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating the world, so He took the Sabbath off. Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree.

Noah’s wife was called Joan of Ark.

Samson was a strongman who let himself be led astray by a Jezebel like Delilah. Samson slayed the Philistines with the axe of the apostles.

Moses led the Hebrews to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients.

The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. Afterwards, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the Ten Amendments.

The First Commandment was when Eve told Adam to eat the apple. The Fifth Commandment is to humor thy father and mother. The seventh Commandment is thou shalt not admit adultery.

Moses died before he ever reached Canada. Then Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of Geritol.

The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.


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