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  • Buy Oil While The Sun Shines Series

    Contributed by Victor Yap on Dec 24, 2007
    based on 17 ratings
     | 5,402 views

    Parables for Seekers, Pt. 9

    BUY OIL WHILE THE SUN SHINES (MATTHEW 25:1-13) A good friend called me shortly on the Saturday afternoon exactly a week before the day of my wedding. He asked hesitatingly, “What are you doing?” I sensed something was not right and asked him what he meant. After a brief pause, he asked meekly: ...read more

  • Parable Of The Pearl Series

    Contributed by Jerry Shirley on Jan 24, 2007
    based on 95 ratings
     | 15,988 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

  • Parable Of The Drag-Net Series

    Contributed by Jerry Shirley on Jan 25, 2007
    based on 94 ratings
     | 16,497 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

  • The Kingdom Of Heaven Is Like

    Contributed by Steve Shepherd on Jan 18, 2007
    based on 84 ratings
     | 12,257 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

  • Which Type Of Soil Are You? Series

    Contributed by Matthew Stoll on Aug 15, 2007
    based on 8 ratings
     | 3,882 views

    The kingdom begins with us, what will we choose to do with the Good News about the kingdom, which soil will we choose to be?

    What comes to your mind when I say the kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of God (since they are used interchangeably in the gospels)? [Allow the congregation to give their input]. Perhaps pearly gates, gold streets, the throne room of God himself? Most of our thoughts of the kingdom revolve ...read more

  • Guests

    Contributed by Tim Zingale on Oct 9, 2002
    based on 107 ratings
     | 4,656 views

    A sermon for the 21st Sunday after Pentecost Proper23 A srmon about a wedding feast and the guests not coming

    21st Sunday after Pentecost Proper 23 Matthew 22: 1-14 The Guests   1* ¶ And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2* "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, 3* and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage ...read more

  • The Barren Fig Tree Series

    Contributed by Eric Carey-Holt on Feb 18, 2003
    based on 76 ratings
     | 13,408 views

    Jesus was responding to news about a calamity Luke 13:1-5. He was told of how Pilate (the Roman governor) had killed some Galileans (Jews from Galilee, the same region Jesus was from), and had anticipated the thinking of those who brought Him this news.

    THE BARREN FIG TREE—Luke 13:6-9 INTROUDUTION As we were making our way through the parables of Jesus as recorded in Matthew’s gospel, we noticed several that were directed toward the nation of Israel in particular. "The Two Sons", this speaks of the rejection of John the Baptist- Mt 21:28-32. ...read more

  • Another Year Series

    Contributed by Eric Carey-Holt on Feb 18, 2003
    based on 28 ratings
     | 3,706 views

    Traditionally, the New Year is a time of new beginnings. It is a time when we make a commitment to do better this year than we did last year! Out with the old and in with the new. But, isn’t it strange that the same problems and perplexities that we went

    SERMON---ANOTHER YEAR---Luke 13:6-9 Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, `For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree ...read more

  • Prayer Series

    Contributed by Eric Carey-Holt on Feb 18, 2003
    based on 49 ratings
     | 6,956 views

    Personal Application Prayer is one of the strongest and most fundamental aspects of the Christian life and we cannot expect growth in grace, without time in prayer.

    SERMON—PRAYER—Luke 11:1-13 TEXT Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." 2 He said to them, "When you pray, say: " `Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. ...read more

  • The House Holder Series

    Contributed by Eric Carey-Holt on Feb 20, 2003
    based on 35 ratings
     | 2,600 views

    Do we appreciate the great treasure we have available to us? Do we appreciate its greatness because it alone points us to Him who is the centre and theme of its revelation, Jesus Christ?

    THE HOUSE HOLDER—Matt 13:51-52 TEXT "Have you understood all these things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied. 52 He said to them, "Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as ...read more

  • Pearl Of Great Price Series

    Contributed by Eric Carey-Holt on Feb 14, 2003
    based on 54 ratings
     | 16,737 views

    IS THIS FOR YOU He had it all, at least on the surface. He had good business, a fine family, status in the community, he had everything it would appear, but not quite enough. Some men craved after gold or silver or jewels not this man those things were a

    PEARL OF GREAT PRICE—Matt 13:45-46 TEXT "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. INTRODUCTION In The Parable Of The Hidden Treasure, I suggested that Jesus was depicting ...read more

  • Show Me The Fruit! Series

    Contributed by Mitchell Skelton on Jul 7, 2003
    based on 94 ratings
     | 3,882 views

    In the story of the cursed fig tree Jesus is teaching his disciples that he expects more from us than just the ordinary. So what if it wasn’t fig season, if you are showing yourself to have fruit then you should have fruit. The Christian life is more tha

    The Teachings of Christ “Show Me the Fruit!” # 5 in Series Mark 11:12–14; 20–25 INTRODUCTION One of the biggest movies of 1996 was Jerry Maguire. This movie starred Tom Cruise as Jerry, a high powered sports agent who left his firm to go out on his own, and Cuba Gooding Jr. as Rod Tidwell, a ...read more

  • The Greatest Commands Series

    Contributed by David Asch on Feb 18, 2005
    based on 23 ratings
     | 3,287 views

    What is God’s most important command? In this message we will see what is most important to God. You will leave here today knowing what God’s top priority is and how you can do it. You will discover where to start, what comes first, what is most important

    THE GREATEST COMMANDS Mark 12:28-34 INTRO: My kids get frustrated sometimes trying to figure out which of my many commands take priority, which comes first. Ever been frustrated by a boss who gives multiple assignments, all of which are ‘top priority?’ Overwhelmed by all you hear in church? ...read more

  • Responsible Servants

    Contributed by Arulselvam Rayappan on Mar 14, 2005
    based on 25 ratings
     | 3,677 views

    Followers of Jesus cannot be irresponsible. Privilege implies accountability.

    DIOGENES was one day standing on a street corner laughing like a mad man. “Why are you laughing?” He was asked. “Do you see that stone in the middle of the street? More than ten persons have already stumbled on it, then looked at the stone and cursed it but nobody had removed it to prevent ...read more

  • The Yeast Series

    Contributed by Charles Salmon on Mar 7, 2005
    based on 25 ratings
     | 3,185 views

    Evil, symbolized by yeast, permeates our lives and our Churches: an unpopular interpretation of the parable.

    The Yeast Matthew 13:33 INTRO.: As a child, I watched my mother bake bread. She would mix the dough and the yeast and let it sit in a large basin until it rose. Then she would knead it some more and divide it into smaller pans for baking. My brother and I would come around often to see if it had ...read more