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  • The Greatest In The Kingdom

    Contributed by Steve Shepherd on Dec 17, 2006
    based on 88 ratings
     | 12,474 views

    1- the humbled child 2- the welcomed child 3- the sinful child

    INTRO.- Greatness. Who is the greatest person in America? Obviously, that depends on your viewpoint and what you’re talking about. If you are looking at physical beauty many people will name someone in Hollywood. ILL.- Some say, for example, that George Clooney is the sexiest man in ...read more

  • The Good Son...sort Of. Series

    Contributed by Daniel Richter on Oct 10, 2006
    based on 2 ratings
     | 2,504 views

    Parable of the Two Sons.

    The Good Son…Sort of. Matthew 21:28-32 Beartown Road Alliance Church October 8th, 2006 There was a movie out a while back called “My Life” about a man who learns that he is dying and you get a look at the way that it changes his life and his family’s life. He begins to make a series of ...read more

  • The 7 Stages Of The Prodigal Series

    Contributed by Tom Fuller on Oct 12, 2006
    based on 17 ratings
     | 15,813 views

    Do you have ever wonder whatt causes someone to walk away from God or how it could even happen to you? Learn the stages and how to get with God and even stop the Prodigal in his tracks.

    The 7 Stages of the Prodigal We can be a prodigal and not even know it. The young man in this parable "came to himself" when he was slopping with the pigs. But if we are aware of the stages we might come to ourselves much earlier and avoid some of the consequences of being estranged from God, ...read more

  • Able Available & Actively Seeking God Series

    Contributed by Tom Fuller on Nov 12, 2006
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,540 views

    When Jesus comes around your life are you like Zacchaeus who couldn’t wait to see and experience Jesus - or are you like the third servant in Jesus’ parable who wants nothing to do with the family business?

    If you’ve ever been laid off and received unemployment insurance you know the saying "able, available, and actively seeking." It’s what you’ve got to do in order to continue receiving those benefits. You are able to work, you are available to accept work, and you are actively seeking to find ...read more

  • The Stories Of The Kingdom: The Parable Of The Net Series

    Contributed by Daniel Richter on Oct 10, 2006
     | 3,110 views

    A story of the way the Kingdom works.

    The Stories of the Kingdom: The Parable of the Net Sunday, August 6th, 2006 Beartown Road Alliance Church Intro: How many of you like to fish? Now, I would assume, that every one of you that raised your hand has one thing in common besides liking to fish, you all have a good fishing story. ...read more

  • God Loves Us When We Are Uncomfortable Series

    Contributed by David Selleck on Oct 26, 2006
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,795 views

    Michael Yaconelli’s "Messy Spirituality" God’s Annoying Love for Imperfect People

    Template Oct 15, 2006 Messy Spirituality Series 3 Felt Need: Did Jesus have to turn everything upside down to get people like me to listen? Hoped for Results: Jesus was against the status quo, he loved the adventure of the unknown. Message: God loves us when we are ...read more

  • The Kingdom Of Heaven Is Like

    Contributed by Steve Shepherd on Jan 18, 2007
    based on 84 ratings
     | 12,449 views

    1- The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner 2- The kingdom of heaven is like men working 3- The kingdom of heaven is like getting paid

    INTRO.- The kingdom of heaven is a kingdom. It is a country, a domain, an empire. It is similar to our country and yet it is not similar. Heaven is not America and America is not heavenly! ILL.- When Edward Everett Hale was Chaplain of the Senate, someone asked him, “Do you pray for the ...read more

  • Parable Of The Drag-Net Series

    Contributed by Jerry Shirley on Jan 25, 2007
    based on 94 ratings
     | 17,020 views

    We live in the days of ’invitation’, but there is coming a day of ’separation’ as God examines all those pulled up in the net. Link included to entire series with formatted text, audio, and PowerPoint Templates.

    Parable of the Drag-Net Matthew 13:47-50 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/DragNet.html Of all of Jesus’ parables He has now given to His disciples, I’m sure this is the one they could relate to the best because it uses an illustration from the fishing world, and most of these guys had ...read more

  • Parable Of The Pearl Series

    Contributed by Jerry Shirley on Jan 24, 2007
    based on 95 ratings
     | 16,526 views

    The church is God’s Pearl of Great Price. How the pearl was WROUGHT, how it was SOUGHT, and how it was BOUGHT. Link included to formatted text for entire series, audio, and PowerPoint Template.

    Parable of the Pearl Matthew 13:45-46 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/Pearl.html This parable is going to sound a whole lot like the previous one we just studied on the hidden treasure, but with a great twist and special illustration that I know will be a blessing to you. Common ...read more

  • 6. What's New With You? Series

    Contributed by Don Jaques on May 29, 2007
    based on 8 ratings
     | 2,532 views

    Jesus came to initiate a New Covenant, not to improve the Old Covenant. Jesus comes to give us new life, not to change our old life.

    INTRO: The first summer we were here (which was 2002) we were driving a 1987 Subaru wagon with about 175,000 miles on it. It started having some problems, and we realized that it needed more money to repair it than the car was worth – so we started to talking to a car dealer friend in Oregon ...read more

  • The Parable Of The Sower And The Seed Series

    Contributed by Warren Lamb on Jun 23, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,743 views

    Today we have the first occasion where Matthew uses the word parable. And, as we have seen in the past, the first time that something occurs in the Bible is very important to note and pay special attention to.

    The Kingdom Of Heaven Is Like… – Part 1 The Parable Of The Sower And The Seed Matthew 13:1-23 The very first phrase of the first verse of our passage today says a great deal about our Lord and His approach to ministry. We have already seen what a full day He has had. We know from the flow ...read more

  • The Parable Of The Wheat And The Tares Series

    Contributed by Warren Lamb on Jun 23, 2007
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,697 views

    We are to be loving, kind and accepting of the people God places in our lives, even though we are to be discerning and unaccepting of their sinful choices. Yet, even in this, we are to do so in love. For we do not know where that person stands with God or

    The Kingdom Of Heaven Is Like… – Part 2 The Parable Of The Wheat And The Tares Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Before we begin today, let’s make sure we are all clear about what a parable is and what the difference is between a parable and an allegory. Anyone care to give me their understanding of ...read more

  • The Parables Of The Mustard Seed And The Leaven Series

    Contributed by Warren Lamb on Jun 24, 2007
    based on 11 ratings
     | 9,434 views

    Learning all of this stuff is just a bunch of stuff if it doesn’t do something to us, change something about us and enrich those around us. If we do not bear the kind of fruit that makes people more aware of Jesus Christ just because we’re around, then a

    The Kingdom Of Heaven Is Like… – Part 3 The Parables Of The Mustard Seed And The Leaven Matthew 13:31-35 Before we begin today, I would like once again to make sure that we are all clear about what a parable is and what the difference is between a parable and an allegory. Let’s go over our ...read more

  • Bad Tenants

    Contributed by Neil Richardson on Mar 12, 2008
     | 1,851 views

    The Master provides, sends and punishes; the tenants rebel and are destroyed; what about us?

    Talk: The Bad Tenants Intro • Homicide, parricide, matricide, fratricide, suicide, genocide… • Deicide "I feel like a walking abomination. I feel like I am the closest thing to Lucifer on this planet, and I feel like that all the time. I feel that things that go wrong (in) my life are a ...read more

  • The Wedding Feast

    Contributed by Neil Richardson on Mar 14, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,655 views

    Five characters- indifferent rebel, violent rebel, hypocrite rebel, responsive guest, loyal servants. Includes children’s talk.

    Children’s talk- Josh’s party  London  Josh, 13th birthday  Dad, who had a big business with lots of workers and a big house in Chelsea, threw a party  Posted invites to his friends: David, Rebecca & Paul (brother and sister), Rachel and James (sister & ...read more