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  • Gatekeeper, Gateopener

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Nov 20, 2000
    based on 77 ratings

    The pastor has two roles that must not be reduced -- a gatekeeper to guard against useless ideas and hateful attitudes, and a gateopener to let in God's surprises.

    Do you think the Lord has a sense of humor? I do. I see a delicious little coincidence that God’s word drops in our laps today. Some of us remember a 70’s TV program, the Mary Tyler Moore show. If you remember that program, you will recall that sweet, nice, loveable Mary lived in an apartment more

  • Conscience - The Umpire, The Fire Alarm, And The Gatekeeper

    Contributed by Amy Bickel on Jun 10, 2007
    based on 25 ratings

    Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do? Why do you say the things you say and think the way you think?

    This morning, I want to talk to you about yourself. Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do? Why do you say the things you say and think the way you think? Sometimes, I think the hardest person in the world for us to understand is ourself. Have you ever felt that way? Well, more

  • The Lord Is My Shepherd

    Contributed by David Trexler on May 13, 2011
    based on 4 ratings

    What we have today is a honest gut wrenching Lutheran based message saying “What a Thing Really Is,” by using the 23rd Psalm followed by the words of Christ Jesus.

  • I Stand At The Door

    Contributed by Charles Scott on Jan 16, 2006
    based on 2 ratings

    Christians have an obligation to assist those outside of the Church to find the Door; we are to be doormen not gatekeepers.

    I Stand at the Door Revelation 3__20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Rev 3:20 Friends at Good Shepherd: Sam Shoemaker saw himself as a doorkeeper in the house of the more

  • The Secure Gate Series

    Contributed by Larry Turner on Nov 26, 2013
    based on 1 rating

    In a world where gates gives us a false sense of security, there is only one secure gate.

    We love gates. We boast about living in gated communities. We have gates leading into our fenced yards to keep in what’s ours and to keep what we don’t want in our area. We have locks to reinforce our security with our gates. We feel secure with our gates. But most of us have fences more

  • Awakening To Baptism Series

    Contributed by I. G. Spong on May 10, 2017

    How does entering the sheepfold by the door picture baptism?

    Intro How do we become part of Christ’s flock and what does He do with His sheep? Goal Let’s realize that Jesus brings His sheep together. Plan Let’s look at John 10:1-10 and see how baptism makes us part of the faith community. John 10:1 The Sheepfold We can learn a lot about more

  • Making It Count Series

    Contributed by Shawn Drake on Mar 30, 2015
    based on 1 rating

    This is the 8th sermon in the series "Rebuilding". As you rebuild, do it right.

    Series: Rebuilding [#8] MAKING IT COUNT Nehemiah 7:1-73 Introduction: Have you ever struggled with feelings that your life is not worthwhile? I think we all feel that way at times. I know that I do. Life goes by so quickly. I often think about, “What am I accomplishing that really more

  • Roles Of Ministry - Where Do I Fit In? Series

    Contributed by Bobby Stults on Feb 17, 2013
    based on 1 rating

    There IS a place for you in serving God! He had called us to SERVE and not to sit idly by and watch. Where are you called to serve?

    Sermon Brief Date Written: February 14, 2013 Date Preached: February 17, 2013 Where Preached: OPBC (AM) Sermon Details: Series Title: Building with God Sermon Title: Roles of Ministry – Where do I fit in? Sermon Text: Nehemiah 7:1 [ESV] 1After the wall had been rebuilt and I more

  • Doorkeepers

    Contributed by Wayne Lawson on Aug 20, 2018
    based on 1 rating

    There are many roles of service for persons within the body of Christ. Today, we are focusing on our Ushers and Nurses. Ushers play an important role in our church.

    TITLE: DOORKEEPERS SCRIPTURE: I CHRONICLES 15:24 I recognize and look forward with great anticipation to our celebration this afternoon of our Ushers and Nurses Ministry of this Church. However; I don’t want to miss out on the opportunity as the Pastor to share my appreciation and love for more

  • The Tale Of Two Families

    Contributed by Mark Perryman on May 11, 2006
    based on 11 ratings

    In a tale of two families, we see one blessed and the other cursed. Here are the reasons why.

    INTRO: Did you guys hear about the eleven kids found in cages in their home? It was a few weeks ago. Let me read to you the press release in case you’re not familiar with it. Wakeman, Ohio – Sheriff’s deputies found 11 children locked in cages less than 3 ’/2 feet high inside a home, but a couple more

  • Varieties Of The Way Paul Used Shame, Guilt, Anxiety In Persuading People F

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Aug 21, 2001
    based on 8 ratings


    VARIETIES OF THE WAY PAUL USED SHAME, GUILT, ANXIETY IN PERSUADING PEOPLE FOR CHRIST 1. Innocent Shame Guilt, Anxiety - Tension felt when one’s character is slandered without justification. Someone may be guileless, harmless, and lacking any responsibility for a wrong doing, but be wrongly more

  • God's Power In Our Lives

    Contributed by Donnie De Loney on Apr 11, 2005
    based on 22 ratings

    A look at how the power of God changed a man’s life...and the direction of his life

    “God’s Power in our Lives” 1 Chronicles 13:14 INTRODUCTION: David, the great king of Israel wanted to go and retrieve the Ark of the Covenant which represented the very presence and power of God. The Ark had not been in the midst of the people for some time. It had been more

  • Building Up And Moving On

    Contributed by David Dewitt on Jun 21, 2010
    based on 6 ratings

    One of the greatest accomplishments in the entire Bible was accomplished by Nehemiah when he led the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem.

    Building Up and Moving On Nehemiah 7:1-3 June 6, 2010 Morning Service Introduction There were many great leaders and great tasks accomplished throughout the Bible. Here are just a few reminders. * Noah built the Ark and saved the world * Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and slavery * more

  • Heaven Is Not Like That! - Remembrance Sunday

    Contributed by Simon Rundell on Nov 8, 2001
    based on 128 ratings

    Remembering those who have died in past wars on November 11th, preaching peace, recognising that Heaven is nothing like earth through jokes

    Sermon: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Remembrance Sunday Text: Luke 20:27-38 In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. They had been married for over 30 years. Thirty years of devoted, loving, blessed life together – in fact, a fine example of what Christian more

  • Shutting The Gates Of Hell.

    Contributed by Adeolu Akin-Abraham on Aug 11, 2008
    based on 21 ratings

    The sermon is prepared with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of the blind Christians. It is a deliverance message that is relevant for all situations and valid for life.

    A family of five was desperately in search of a house to buy in a new location following the transfer of the head of the family. It was very difficult for them to find a suitable house at a reasonable price. All the houses they preferred were very expensive. However, they continued to search and more