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  • The First Church Business Meeting

    Contributed by David Wilson on Jan 6, 2004
    based on 14 ratings

    Taken from our church’s verse by verse study of the book of Acts, this study covers Acts 6:1-7, the calling of the first deacons. It covers several issues such as the Care of widows, the need for church business meetings and pastoral leadership, as well

    Grant Avenue Baptist Church 2215 Grant Avenue Redondo Beach, CA 90278 Phone 310-376-7890 Fax 877-248-2998 DAVID M. WILSON, Pastor THE FIRST CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING Acts 6:1-7 Verse 1 GROWTH PANGS In the early history of the church we quickly find a division between ...read more

  • The Barrel Of Meal That Failed Not - Provision

    Contributed by Jerry Shirley on Oct 27, 2004
    based on 73 ratings

    It’s ok to live hand to mouth as long as it’s God’s hand and my mouth.

    The Barrel of Meal that Failed Not God’s Provision Scripture: I Kings 17:8-16 Text: Phil. 4.19 My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Lesson Aim: God’s care for the widow and for His servant, and for all who trust Him. The same truth that ...read more

  • "The Might Of The Widow's Mite"

    Contributed by Jerry Depoy on Mar 14, 2005
    based on 21 ratings

    I love people who overcome excuses. If anyone had a reason not to “give,” it was this woman. The widow’s might… she shuts down everyone else’s excuse!

    Title: “The Widow’s Might” Introduction: Jesus had just warned the people about the leaven of the Pharisees. They looked religious on outward appearance, but God looks upon the heart of a man. Thus our text begins. Here the widow woman is used by Christ to illustrate the kind of Christian ...read more

  • Certain Widows Are The Church's Responsibility Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 7, 2001
    based on 51 ratings


    BIG IDEA: HOW TO RELATE PROPERLY TO CERTAIN SPECIAL GROUPS OF PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH -- PART I -- SPECIAL HONOR FOR WIDOWS I. (:1-2) HOW TO RELATE PROPERLY TO THE YOUNG AND THE OLD IN THE CHURCH (based on age and sex distinctions) A. Men 1. Older a. Negative -- "Do not sharply rebuke an ...read more

  • The Small Still Voice

    Contributed by Carl Willis on Apr 14, 2001
    based on 88 ratings

    Even in the midst of despair, we can still hear the small, still voice of God.

    The Small Still Voice 1 Kings 19:1-18 1. Even great men of faith have moments of doubt and fear A. Elijah had seen God do great things - Stood before Ahab and predicted drought 17:1 - Fed by Ravens and drank from the stream 17:2-6 - Cared for by the widow of Zarephath ...read more

  • Serve One Another Series

    Contributed by Rick Stacy on Mar 10, 2002
    based on 43 ratings

    one of a series on Building Community

    Building Community - Serve One Another "A community is a group of people who matter to you, and to whom you matter." I grew up in a community where everyone knew everyone else’s business and no one thought a thing of it - because we cared about each other. I grew up on Cherry Street ...read more

  • We Are The Church

    Contributed by Carla Powell on Apr 20, 2002
    based on 43 ratings

    Explores the four images of church/Christians in 1 Peter 2: infants, living stones, priests, chosen people.

    Lectionary Texts for 5th Sunday of Easter - April 21, 2002 "We Are The Church" - 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14 [Okay-say it with me…]"Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors, and see all the people." That little kids’ rhyme and fingerplay holds some truth to it. The church is ...read more

  • What Ever Happened To...?

    Contributed by Mark Haines on Jun 30, 2001
    based on 45 ratings

    An inductive message using biblical narratives to lead Christians to the conclusion that the church is changed as a result of individual lives being changed by God.

    Purpose: to be the Holy Spirit’s second witness encouraging God’s people in my care to seek real change in their own lives and to watch God change the church as a result. Response: As they receive communion, Christians will ask God to help them change and to become more like Jesus in attitudes and ...read more

  • "Could I Be A Pharisee?

    Contributed by Kenneth Sauer on Nov 10, 2004
    based on 44 ratings

    The Church of the 21st century needs to evaluate itself in terms of Christ’s judgments and demands.

    Matthew 23:1-4, 23-28, 33 “Could I Be A Pharisee?” By: Rev. Kenneth Sauer, Pastor of Parkview UMC, www.parkview-umc.org When Ben was a lot younger, he asked me an intriguing theological question—to which I had no answer. “Why,” he asked, “did God create chiggers, ticks, and ...read more

  • Expansion

    Contributed by Paul Fredericks on Nov 5, 2002
    based on 6 ratings

    God will expand the ministries within a church, when we allow him to determine the priorities.

    EXPANSION fellowship community ¡V 3 Nov 2002 Acts 6:1-7 INTRODUCTION: As we come to God¡¦s precious Word today, I have titled today¡¦s message: ¡§Expansions.¡¨ Now, there are some good types of expansion and some bad. For example, when a business expands that¡¦s a good example, but when ...read more

  • Who Cares Series

    Contributed by Mark Neilly on Nov 22, 2002
    based on 13 ratings

    Who cares about what goes on in our lives and the lives of others? The good news is that Jesus cares and here he shows us why and how much He cares.

    John 17: 6, 7 Who Cares? A Young School girl is kicked and beaten at Ballymena bus station by one of her school mates, whilst other young people stand and watch, some were scared the same would happen to them if they intervened, and others were joining in with the jeering. Who Cares? A crowd of ...read more

  • God's Special Servants: Deacons

    Contributed by Greg Nance on Sep 6, 2003
    based on 126 ratings

    Appointing Deacons reminds us of the challenges God has given to all of us to follow Christ closely and work for his cause.

    God’s Special Servants: Deacons I found this interesting illustration that is appropriate to today’s celebration of our new deacons… **Bruce Larson, in his book "Wind and Fire," points out some interesting facts about Sandhill Cranes: He says: These large birds, who fly great distances ...read more

  • H.a.g.a.r. Series

    Contributed by Thomas Black on Feb 2, 2005
    based on 44 ratings

    Hagar is for us a model representing single mothers everywhere, and her story displays both the problems and the solutions in God’s program for single mothers.

    Genesis 21:145-21 In a time of great rejoicing, when everyone else would have been having a good time; Sarah looked over in the midst of the celebration and saw that Ishmael was making fun of her new son Isaac. Paul tells us in Galatians that he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him ...read more

  • The Importance Of Remembering

    Contributed by Dana Visneskie on Nov 4, 2004
    based on 34 ratings

    Why is it important to remember? I give the reason why it’s important and show 4 areas God remembers in for our benefit. A great Remebrance Day sermon, enjoy!

    Title: The Importance Of Remembering Text: I Chron 16:7-13; Job 36:22-26 Read Text!!! Pray!!! Introduction: - This week is remembrance day. - A day where we remember the sacrifices made for our freedom. - Many people gave there lives so that we could enjoy the freedoms we have ...read more

  • Ministries Of The Home

    Contributed by Steve Miller on Jan 4, 2005
    based on 39 ratings

    Whether you’re homebound, chronically ill, or a stay-at-home caretaker, God’s Word says something about ministering in the home. 1)God places a priority on the home and 2)God has a purpose for every home.

    Ministries of the Home Ecclesiastes 3:1 Steve Miller Nov. 24, 2004 Introduction: So many times we put the super-active people out in front. While they serve us as great examples, there are many Godly people who are not able to relate, because they are humbly working behind the scenes. ...read more