January 6, 2014
We had the largest Sunday School attendance (196) today since the church year began in September!
Keith Chandler began his ministry today as our interim Minister of Music. He did a great job and our church thoroughly enjoyed him leading worship!
I preached 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 in a sermon I entitled, “Glory in the Lord in 2014!”
Main Idea of the Text: Paul urged the Corinthians to glory in the Lord and not themselves.
Main Idea of the Sermon: We should never glory in ourselves but in the Lord.
I.Glory in the Lord in that He saved you despite your social standing (26).
Matthew 11:25: At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.
1 Corinthians 1:24: but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
II.Glory in the Lord in that He saved you despite your worldly status (27-28).
1 Corinthians 1:23: but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness.
Galatians 3:28: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
III.Glory in the Lord in that He saved you despite your human sufficiency (29).
Romans 3:20: Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Galatians 2:16: knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
IV.Glory in the Lord in that He saved you despite your personal selfhood (30-31).
2 Corinthians 5:21: For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 10:17-18: But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.
We resumed Sunday evening services after being off for two weeks due to Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I continued my series through the gospel of Luke, and specifically the Sermon on the Mount. We looked at the “woes” of Luke 6 in a sermon I entitled, “Woe, Woe, Woe, Woe.”
Main Idea of the Text: Jesus warned His disciples not to live for the kingdoms of their world.
Main Idea of the Sermon: Be warned, no follower of Jesus should live for the kingdoms of this world.
Why should not any follower of Jesus live for the kingdoms of this world?
Jesus words give us four warnings about why His follower should never live for the kingdoms of this world.
I.Beware of living for possessions that only this world provides (24).
Luke 6:20-21: But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
James 5:1-3: Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days.
II.Beware of living for plenty that only this world provides (25a).
Isaiah 65:13: Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, My servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry; behold, My servants shall drink, but you shall be thirsty; behold, My servants shall rejoice, but you shall be ashamed.
Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.
Luke 1:53: He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
III.Beware of living for pleasure that only this world provides (25b).
Lamentations 1:7: In the days of her affliction and roaming, Jerusalem remembers all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old. When her people fell into the hand of the enemy, with no one to help her, the adversaries saw her and mocked at her downfall.
James 4:9-10: Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
James 5:5: You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter.
IV.Beware of living for popularity that only this world provides (26).
Jeremiah 5:31: The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?
Isaiah 30:10: Who say to the seers, “Do not see,” and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us right things; speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits.
John 15:19: If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.