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Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the grieving family to affirm to others that they must “BE BORN AGAIN” in order to receive eternal life.

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“You Must Be Born Again”

Funeral Sermon for SFC (ret.) Oscar Herndon

John 3:1-3;14-16 (KJV)

U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris

Fort Ord, California

BIG IDEA: THE LATE SFC OSCAR HERNDON’S FAVORITE SCRIPTURE INDICATES THAT GOD HIMSELF MUST WORK A MIRACLE IN OUR HEART AND RENEW IT IN ORDER FOR US TO RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE.

REFERENCES: John 3:1-21 (Nicodemus and the New Birth); John 11:25-26 (I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live…).; John 11:35 (KJV) Jesus Wept.; Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 (Everything has its time: To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven; A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted); Job 14:1 (Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble);

I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: John 3:1-3; 14-16 (KJV)

II. READ THE PERICOPE: John 3:1-3; 14-16 (KJV)

III. READ THE TEXT: John 3:3 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the grieving family to affirm to others that they must “BE BORN AGAIN” in order to receive eternal life.

V. SERMONIC THEME: “YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN”

INTRODUCTION: Please allow me to once again express my deepest sympathy to the family members of SFC (Ret.) Oscar Herndon.

First and foremost, Lisa - you have been a great wife for Oscar and I’m sure he loved you dearly. Thank you for loving him for more than 45 years.

I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you. For when it comes to relationships in the Bible, there is NO RELATIONSHIP more important in the EYES of GOD than the RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A HUSBAND AND A WIFE. FOR IT’S ONLY IN REGARD TO MARRIAGE THAT GOD SAYS “ONE FLESH”. For the Bible says in Genesis 2:24 (KJV) Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

********************TAKE 5 BEATS**********************

MOVE 1: LISA, … A PART OF YOU IS GONE.

a. And we (THOSE OF US THAT ARE IN HERE) don’t REALLY understand what that feels like.

b. Because your LOSS IS DIFFERENT THAN OURS.

c. So I encourage you, MY SISTER, to find comfort in the MIGHTY ARMS OF GOD.

d. THE MARITAL RELATIONSHIP THAT GOD SAYS … Please be encouraged for … For the scripture says (in 2 Corinthian 5:8) for Christians to be absent in the Body is to be present with the Lord.

e. Angelica (his only daughter), Lee (his only son-in-law and angelica’s husband) and Affrrikka (Oscar’s grand-daughter) … my heart goes out to you. Please know that you are in my prayers.

*******************TAKE 5 BEATS********************

MOVE 2: Now, I asked Lee, the other day, what was Oscar’s favorite scripture in the Bible?

a. Yesterday, I was told that Oscar’s favorite scripture (according to his grand-daughter – Affririka) was John 3:16.

b. As you may recall, John 3:16 says and I quote, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


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