Sunday, July 14, 2013
It was a great day in the Lord at Winterville First Baptist. I am continuing my series in Judges and I preached Judges 3:12-30 in a sermon I entitled, “A Soiled Southpaw and a Rotund Ruler.”
Main Idea of the Text: God used the sinful flaws of Ehud in order to accomplish the salvation of Israel.
Main Idea of the Sermon: God can use any saved sinner in a greater way than he ever used a sinful Ehud.
If God will use a sinful man like Ehud, what can he do with someone who is a follower of Jesus Christ?
I. Ehud’s World (12-15a).
II. Ehud’s Weapons (3:15b-18).
III. Ehud’s Work (3:19-3:26a).
IV. Ehud’s Warfare (3:26b-30).
As I was finishing my sermon all of the electricity failed in the sanctuary and we were in the dark! I made a remark about losing electricity but that I was going to keep preaching. I finished the sermon, we did the invitation in the dark, and then dismissed the service. Apparently a tree fell on some nearby power lines and knocked the electricity out.
I shared with our church family that we were $3,000 from having enough money to remodel our largest playground. Before the morning was over $3,000 had been given to get started on this project! Praise the Lord!
The electricity was back on in time for us to have evening worship. I preached Luke 1:57-80, “What to Do When God Fulfills a Promise.”
Main Idea of the Text: Those who witnessed the birth of John the Baptist were affected because God kept His promise to Elizabeth.
Main Idea of the Sermon: It should affect us when God fulfills a promise in our lives.
How am I to respond when God fulfills a promise in my life?
This text reveals 3 ways we are to respond when God fulfills a promise to us.
I. God’s fulfilled promises should cause us to be joyful (57-58).
II. God’s fulfilled promises should cause us to be obedient (59-66).
III. God’s fulfilled promises should cause us to worship (67-80).