September 22, 2013
I was in my revival preparation series on Sunday morning and preached a message entitled, “Do You Love Jesus First (Revelation 2:1-7)?” God moved in an unusual and unexpected way. I gave a silent invitation where no one sang and our instrumentalists just played. The altar was full as we prayed and sought the Lord.
Main Idea of the Text: Christ called the Ephesian church to return to Him as its first love.
Main Idea of the Sermon: Christ is calling us as a church today to return to Him as our first love.
I. The Church is Characterized by its Protection (1).
Joshua 1:5: No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
Hebrews 13:8: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
II. The Church is Commended for its Purity (2-3, 6).
Ephesians 2:10: For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
1 John 4:1: Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
III. The Church is Criticized for its Passion (4).
Matthew 22:37-39: Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
IV. The Church is Corrected with a Plan (5).
Luke 5:32: I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.
2 Corinthians 7:9-10: Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
V. The Church is Challenged with a Promise (7).
Revelation 22:2, 14: In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
On Sunday evening I continued our series through the gospel of Luke and we looked at the first public sermon of Jesus The initial reaction to the message of Jesus was not positive.
Main Idea of the Text: Luke recounted how people responded to the preaching ministry of Jesus.
Main Idea of the Sermon: This text shows us how people may respond to the preaching ministry of Jesus.
I. The Message of Jesus Praised (14-15).
Matthew 4:24: Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
Isaiah 52:13: Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.
II. The Message of Jesus Questioned (16-22).
(cf. Isaiah 61:1-2)
Matthew 13:55-56: Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?
Matthew 22:46: And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.
III. The Message of Jesus Rejected (23-27).
Matthew 13:57-58: So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Mark 6:4-6: But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.
Matthew 15:21-28: Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
IV. The Message of Jesus Hated (28-30).
Luke 6:11: But they were filled with rage, and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
John 10:31-33: Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”
John 10:17-18: “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”