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  • A Faithful Defense

    Contributed by Thomas Clawser on Oct 6, 2019

    The Big Idea: God wants us to be faithful him in our words and actions, even in difficult situations.

    Of Christians put to death for their faith in the second century, perhaps no account is as striking as the story of Polycarp. Polycarp (A.D. 70-155) is bishop of Smyrna and a godly man who knows the apostle John personally. When urged by the Roman proconsul to renounce Christ, Polycarp responds more

  • Thank God For The First Centuries Atheists

    Contributed by Samuel Fulkerson on Sep 4, 2014

    The Romans consider the Christians of their day to be Atheists. This sermon considers Polycarp and his stand.

    Polycarp Quotes: “Though you do not see Him, you believe, and in believing there is unspeakable joy.” “He who raised Him [Jesus] from the dead will raise us, if we do His will, and walk in His commandments, and love what He loved.” “The person that has love is far more

  • Where Was God? Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jun 3, 2002
    based on 67 ratings

    When persecution and trial attack God’s people, even some of the most faithful ask: "Where Was God?"

    OPEN: Clarence Jordan, author of the "Cotton Patch" New Testament translation and founder of the interracial Koinonia farm in Americus, Georgia, was getting a red-carpet tour of another minister’s church. With pride the minister pointed to the rich, imported pews and luxurious decorations. As more

  • The Great Exchange Series

    Contributed by Johnny Creasong on Feb 16, 2009
    based on 8 ratings

    How would you sell your soul? It may be easier than you think!

    The Great Exchange Mark 8:31-38 Mark 8:31-38 31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law,and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter more

  • Broken Lampstand Series

    Contributed by David Ward on Jan 26, 2005
    based on 6 ratings

    A first-person narrative as Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, whose big idea is "be faithful, not fearful."

    “Broken Lampstand” Revelation 2:8-11 INTRODUCTION Have you ever suffered for your faith? Even a little? To be faithful and be treated badly seems wrong to us—and it is wrong! There is malice in the world, such cruelty that only comes from the evil one, the destroyer. But our Lord more

  • "The Saints Belong To The Soul Keeper”

    Contributed by Clarence Eisberg on Oct 27, 2020

    Theme: All Saints Day. Opening paragraph refers to Luther's reason for posting his thesis on Nov. 1. Jesus has a discussion with the Sadducees about resurrection. A reference to Polycarp & other martyrs. Promise of our own resurrecton.

    In Jesus Holy Name November 1, 2020 Text: Isaiah 26:19, Philippians 3:20 All Saints Day, Redeemer “The Saints Belong to the Soul Keeper” Have you ever wondered by Martin Luther chose to post his 95 Thesis on October 31st? It was not by calendar accident that Martin more

  • That I May Know Him

    Contributed by Mark Roper on Mar 29, 2008
    based on 4 ratings

    Knowing Jesus is life’s greatest privilege and our most urgent need

    That I May Know Him Philippians 3:7-14 The importance of having our priorities in the right order A group of friends went deer hunting and paired off in twos for the day. That night one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under an eight-point buck. "Where’s Harry?" he was more

  • It Is Joy Unspeakable!!

    Contributed by Donnie De Loney on Dec 31, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    A look at Joy, Real Joy in the believer

    IT IS JOY UNSPEAKABLE!! Romans 8:26-28 . Joy a word small in stature but mighty in meaning I.JOY - A FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. One of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is joy (Gal 5:22) Joy is a deep & abiding inner rejoicing which was promised to those who abide in Christ and obey His more

  • God' Expectation For His People.

    Contributed by David Rogers on Jul 12, 2008
    based on 7 ratings

    This is a sermon that shows that one day there will be judgment of the world and that the purpose of God’s people here is to be a light for the world to see.

    God’ Expectation for His people. Isaiah 2:1-22 Central theme of the Message: God expects His children to walk in His light. As children of God we are to be like Him and live a life under the guidance and influence of His Holy Spirit.’ Introduction Mom and Dad how many have you told your more

  • Divine Dynasty

    Contributed by Stephen E. Trail on Jun 16, 2013

    A sermon to challenge men to establish a great spiritual heritage.

    "Divine Dynasty" Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will more

  • Walking Worthy Of God Series

    Contributed by Jason Jones on Aug 11, 2008
    based on 3 ratings

    Fourth in series looking at John Brown Covenant of 1858, New River Baptist Church Covenant, brief exposition of 1 Thess 2:10-12

    Text: Eph 5:15, 1 Thess 2:1-12, Title: Walking Worthy of God, Date/Place: NRBC, 8/10/08, PM A. Opening illustration: Mark Twain expressed similar thoughts about the meaningless of life in view of man’s inevitable death. Shortly before his death, he wrote, “A myriad of men are born; they labor and more

  • Lay Down Your Life

    Contributed by Claud Owens on Aug 6, 2002
    based on 44 ratings

    What does it mean to "Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your mind, and all of your strength"?

    LAY DOWN YOUR LIFE Mark 12: 28 - 31 In the gospel according to Mark, chapter 12, verse 30 Jesus says, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." If you think about it that is a lot of loving. All of your heart. There more

  • For Sale Or Not For Sale?

    Contributed by Jeffrey Sturdivant on Jan 10, 2001
    based on 105 ratings

    Is your soul sold uot to Jesus? Or are you selling out to Satan?

    FOR SALE? Or Not For Sale! Key Text: I Kings 21:1-16(Read) Key Verse : James 4: 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. As more

  • Smyrna: 2nd Church Of Revelation

    Contributed by Ed Mcneely on Aug 7, 2002
    based on 7 ratings

    This is the martyred church. Jesus had no condemnation only encouragement for the suffering they would experience. Many still suffered in and for their faith. Christ is still with us.

    THE 2ND CHURCH OF REVELATION: Smyrna 3-3-02 Revelation 2:8-11 The first letter was to Ephesus … representing Apostolic Church – the church from Pentecost until about 110 a.d. If you recalled … Jesus commended that church highly … but warned it about drifting away from its first love: · The more

  • "I Am The Way, The Truth And The Life"

    Contributed by Glenn Newton on Aug 15, 2009
    based on 6 ratings

    A simple sermon with a powerful message

    The Way, the Truth and the Life… Pastor Glenn Newton August 9, 2009 Text: John 14:6-14 “Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen more