Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to challenge believers to encourage the UNCHURCHED to exercise their faith in God.
26 April 2009
Third Sunday of Easter
U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris
Contingency Operation Site (C.O.S.) Sykes
BIG IDEA: Believers are goodhearted people but should be challenged to encourage the UNCHURCHED to exercise their faith in God.
REFERENCES: Acts 3 (The Lame Beggar Healed; Peter Speaks in Solomon’s Portico); Acts 3:2 ESV (And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple,);1 Corinthian 3:6 ESV (I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth); I Corinthian 3:6 KJV (I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase); Psalm 4:4 ESV (Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your bed, and be silent;
Matthew 21:14 ESV (And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them; 2 Samuel 9 ESV (David’s Kindness to Me-phi-bo-sheth); 2 Samuel 4:4 ESV ( Jonathan, the son of Saul had a son who was cripple in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul & Jonathan came from Jezreel and his nurse took him up and fled; Acts 20:35-36 ESV (In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jessus, how he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”; Luke 6:38 (ESV) give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you”;
I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: Acts 3:1-10 (ESV)
II. READ THE PERICOPE: Acts 3:1-10 (ESV)
III. READ THE TEXT: Acts 3:6 (ESV) But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”
IV. PURPOSE: To challenge believers to encourage the UNCHURCHED to exercise their faith in God.
V. SERMONIC THEME: “Not a nickel to my name”
“Not a nickel to my name” implies that a Christian doesn’t have to have “money” in order to be a blessing to others. Time, Talent, and Treasures – God’s Pleasures!
It has been said (in Luke 6:38 ESV) give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.
Christians are known throughout the world for their love and forgiveness. If a strong Christian is having an issue with you or someone; it’s probably really an issue that needs to be lovingly addressed immediately. Because, believers are known for their giving and forgiving.
****** TAKE 5 BEATS ******
MOVE 1: Who can ever forget the story of David and Jonathan’s son – Me-phi-bo-sheth?
a. For don’t you remember, the Good book says – in 2 Samuel 4:4 – …
b. …that Jonathan, the son of Saul, had a son who was 5 years old when Saul and Jonathan (who David Loved like a brother) was killed.
c. When the news about their death came from the city of Jezreel, the little boys nurse picked him up and fled;