Sermon Series
  • 1. Becoming Useful To God

    Contributed on Mar 24, 2022
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    God does not want believers to isolate or insulate themselves from the world and those who are lost. Like salt, Christians are called to make the world tastier; and like light, believers will shine the brightest only in the darkest places.

    Are you useful to God, or are you useless to Him? When we come to know Christ we are transformed into a holy instrument to be used by the Lord. We all have a use and a purpose, but some of us choose to make ourselves useless by not allowing the Lord to touch us with His hand. To put it plain and ...read more

  • 2. The Gardener’s Field

    Contributed on Mar 24, 2022
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    In the church, there will be unbelievers mixed in with God's people; however, Jesus warns us that it is not our place to judge. He also asks us to consider whether or not we are wheat or a tare; a believer or an unbeliever.

    This evening’s message is entitled “The Gardener’s Field,” and it’s taken from what is commonly called “The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares.” In Genesis 2:8-9, we read, “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord ...read more

  • 3. Feeling Small, Walking Tall

    Contributed on Mar 24, 2022
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    Small congregations might feel ineffective at reaching people, but big things come in small packages. Both the parable of "the mustard seed" and "the yeast" show how small, seemingly insignificant things can make a huge impact.

    The passage of Scripture that we will view tonight contains two short parables – “The Mustard Seed” and “The Yeast.” I have entitled our sermon “Feeling Small, Walking Tall,” and the passage that we’ll be studying provides a great opportunity for sharing a motivational message. You are probably ...read more

  • 4. Finding Hidden Treasure

    Contributed on Mar 24, 2022
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    This message looks at a great treasure - the kingdom of heaven. To some people, this treasure is so valuable they will choose to risk their life in finding it. But for others, they just ignore it and let it remain undiscovered.

    Have you ever dreamed of finding buried treasure? When I was a child, I did. I read books on John Swift’s lost silver mine in eastern Kentucky. I panned for gold, and bought a metal detector and waded up and down the creek on our farm. I also hunted arrowheads and Indian artifacts. Why did I ...read more

  • 5. Casting Our Net

    Contributed on Mar 25, 2022
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    Just as the dragnet sweeps in all kinds of creatures, the kingdom will contain all kinds of people; meaning that God isn’t picky about who enters into heaven, so long as they confess Jesus as Lord and are committed to living for Him.

    This evening we will be looking at “The Parable of the Dragnet.” What in the world is a dragnet? William Barclay says, “The dragnet is what we know as the seine net, a large net which has corks at the top and weights at the bottom so that it stands, as it were, upright in the sea. Ropes attached ...read more

  • 6. A Non-Repayable Debt

    Contributed on Mar 25, 2022
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    All people owe a non-repayable debt to the Lord. If He dismisses our debt, then we should extend the same courtesy to any of our debtors. If Jesus forgives us; we should forgive others. Our debt is forgiven through faith in Christ.

    I have entitled our message this evening “A Non-repayable Debt,” and we will be looking at what is commonly called, “The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant.” “John Oglethorpe, in talking to John Wesley, once made the comment, ‘I never forgive.’ Mr. Wesley replied, ‘Then, Sir, I hope that you ...read more

  • 7. A Day’s Wages

    Contributed on Mar 25, 2022
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    Gathering lost souls for the kingdom is considered labor. When Jesus returns, the payment that laborers (believers) receive is eternal life, and that exact same wage goes to all who have been hired, or rather called, by the Lord.

    This evening’s message is entitled “A Day’s Wages,” and it’s taken from what is commonly called “The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard.” This parable speaks of the reward or payment for one’s labor in the kingdom. There is a story among Aesop’s Fables that addresses the reward for one’s ...read more

  • 8. Faith Seen In Action

    Contributed on Mar 25, 2022
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    The first son who "refused" to work, eventually did. The second son who "agreed" to work, later decided not to. Those expected to do great things for God can sometimes fail; whereas, those least expected can be used in a mighty way.

    Have you ever felt God asking you to do some type of ministry that you believed was beyond your capabilities, and then you became reluctant? Did you say to yourself, “I’m never going to do that?” This is the way many people respond to the Lord’s call on their life. I’ve heard it said you should ...read more

  • 9. The Wedding Invitation

    Contributed on Mar 25, 2022
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    The Lord has sent out a wedding invitation. He won't say, "If unable to attend, we ask your presence in thought and prayer.” If we are unable to attend the marriage of the Lamb, God will say, “If unable to attend, you’re out of luck!”

    This evening’s message is entitled “The Wedding Invitation.” We’re going to learn tonight how the Lord delivers a wedding invitation to each and every person in the world, and that He expects our attendance. A traditional wedding invitation might conclude by saying, “If you are unable to attend, ...read more

  • 10. Keep Your Lamps Burning

    Contributed on Mar 25, 2022
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    This message looks at the believer’s responsibility to remain faithful in sharing the light of Jesus and proclaiming the gospel. It also views the horrible fate that awaits those who do not have the light of Christ abiding within them.

    This evening’s message is entitled, “Keep Your Lamps Burning,” and it’s taken from what is called, “The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.” Back when I was in high school, our choir once sang an old Negro spiritual that went like this: “Keep your lamps trimmed and burning, for the time is ...read more

  • 11. Investing Our Talents

    Contributed on Mar 25, 2022
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    Believers are supposed to invest their spiritual gifts, and multiply them by winning other people to faith in Christ. If we fail to labor in the kingdom, then perhaps we don’t know Christ after all, and we will be cast into outer darkness.

    This evening’s sermon is entitled, “Investing Our Talents,” and it’s taken from what is called “The Parable of the Talents.” In reference to this passage, Donald S. Whitney states, “[God] said in Matthew 25:14-30, that we are accountable for all the talents we have received and how we use them for ...read more

  • 12. Where Do You Stand?

    Contributed on Mar 25, 2022
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    This message looks at how our heart is like soil into which the gospel is planted, and we must be certain that our soil is fertile and ready to receive the Word. Otherwise, we will wither in our relationship with God; or worse, we will perish.

    I have entitled our message, “Where Do You Stand?” This morning, as we look at what’s called the “Parable of the Sower,” we’re going to see how Jesus talks about four different soils, or four different types of spiritual ground, on which people may stand in relation to God. Something challenging ...read more

  • 13. The Word Is Not Void

    Contributed on Mar 26, 2022
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    When we share our faith, we don’t know ahead of time whether or not the soil is fertile; but if we are faithful at broadcasting the seed of God’s Word, then if it happens to land in fertile soil, it will take root and begin growing.

    This evening’s sermon is entitled, “The Word Is Not Void,” and it’s taken from what is called “The Parable of the Growing Seed.” So, what message does this parable speak to believers? It appears to address the fear of failure in evangelism. Allow me to share from the church statistical ...read more

  • 14. The Lord’s Vineyard

    Contributed on Mar 26, 2022
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    The vineyard is symbolic of God’s kingdom on earth, and believers are responsible for tending the vineyard until Christ returns. Those who reject the vineyard owner's Son (Jesus) will be driven out of the vineyard and have no place in it.

    This evening we are going to look at what is called the “Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers.” Our main text will be taken from Mark chapter twelve; however, before we look at Mark, let’s turn to Isaiah chapter five. In Isaiah we find a parable called the “Parable of the Vineyard,” which is ...read more

  • 15. Content And Container

    Contributed on Mar 26, 2022
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    This message looks at the cup (container) and the wine (content). The wine is still wine, no matter what container it’s in. Today's culture has a new cup; yet the content (gospel message) in the container can still be the same.

    How many of you have a favorite glass that you prefer to drink out of? I do. For example, when I drink coffee I like to have a really big cup. My wife, on the other hand, likes to have a little dainty china cup, with a handle just big enough to fit her finger through. Ask either one of us to ...read more

  • 16. A Good Samaritan

    Contributed on Mar 26, 2022
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    Many of us are ready and generous to help others. It's common to help our friends or those in high places. But what about the poor or our enemies? The Good Samaritan was someone who helped even those who hated him.

    This evening’s message will examine what is called the “Parable of the Good Samaritan.” So, what is a Good Samaritan? When we hear the term “Good Samaritan,” we might envision someone who, while driving down the road, spots a wrecked car and pulls over and rescues the person trapped in the ...read more

  • 17. Saved Through Persistence

    Contributed on Mar 26, 2022
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    Jesus loves us so much that He pursues us, and pleads with us to enter the kingdom and seek salvation. He knocks on the door to our heart. Jesus may knock on our heart’s door, but we need to be knocking on heaven’s gates!

    This evening’s message is taken from what is commonly called “A Friend Comes at Midnight.” In this particular passage, Jesus used a parable to relate a certain message about our need to continue knocking on the door. In Revelation 3:20, Jesus declared, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If ...read more

  • 18. Hoarder Or Steward?

    Contributed on Mar 26, 2022
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    This parable illustrates the deceitfulness of guarded wealth. It is a stewardship parable, in the fact that it addresses the issue of our use of resources, both monetary and spiritual. The lesson we will learn is “use it, or lose it.”

    This morning’s message is entitled “Hoarder or Steward?” O. S. Hawkins, who is with GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, asks, “At the end of your life will you be considered a hoarder or a steward?”(1) We’re going to look at a parable this morning; one which is ...read more

  • 19. Always Remain Watchful

    Contributed on Mar 26, 2022
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    The two parables here serve to caution us about slacking off in kingdom work. We need to keep our waist girded and be ready for service; and be alert and watchful at all times, so we don’t miss opportunities to share the love of Christ.

    This evening’s message is entitled “Always Remain Watchful,” and it’s taken from two short parables commonly called “The Parable of the Faithful and Evil Servant” and “The Parable of the Thief.” In these two short parables Jesus spoke a word about faithfulness; the kind of faithfulness that leads ...read more

  • 20. It Bore No Fruit

    Contributed on Mar 26, 2022
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    If a person does not abide in God’s Word, he or she will be cut down. This passage looks at how we need to allow Jesus, the Word made flesh, to penetrate our heart as He penetrated the temple. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

    This evening’s message is entitled “It Bore No Fruit,” and it’s taken from what is commonly called “The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree.” “Die when I may,” said Abraham Lincoln, “I want it said of me that I plucked a weed and planted a flower wherever I thought a flower would grow.”(1) Lincoln ...read more

  • 21. A Head Table Mentality

    Contributed on Mar 26, 2022
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    A leader is not automatically the honored guest. He or she must take the lowest seat at the table and learn to serve others. Only then, will Jesus move that person higher. If someone grabs the best seat, he or she will be moved lower.

    This evening’s message is entitled “A Head Table Mentality,” and it’s taken from a parable that discusses the valued position of the meek and lowly. This parable promotes Christ-like leadership over the worldly model of leadership in which power and control seems to be the normal style. Kenneth ...read more

  • 22. Counting The Cost

    Contributed on Mar 26, 2022
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    Jesus said that if we are thinking about following Him, then we should first add up the cost. If we have not considered the task ahead of time, then we may give up; and when this happens, it is a bad testimony to the world.

    This evening’s message is entitled, “Counting the Cost,” and it’s taken from a passage of Scripture that is sometimes called, “The Cost of Discipleship.” When Jesus spoke about the cost of discipleship He incorporated two parables to illustrate His point. One parable speaks of a tower builder and ...read more

  • 23. All We Like Sheep

    Contributed on Mar 26, 2022
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    We, as Christians, can go astray like sheep. Sin keeps zapping us like an electric fence, but we eventually become numb to it and cross over to enter the dangers of the world. The Shepherd will then react. So, how will He react?

    To begin this evening’s message, I would like to share a verse from the Old Testament. Isaiah 53:6 says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” All of us have gone astray from God at some point in our ...read more

  • 24. A Crown Jewel

    Contributed on Mar 26, 2022
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    When searching for a lost coin (lost person) the Lord gets to work! He lights a lamp and sweeps the house, like using a fine-tooth comb. The lost coin is like a jewel in a wedding headdress. We are to Jesus as a crown jewel!

    I wish to begin our message by first reading through tonight’s parable, and then we’ll take a closer look after I share a brief introduction. Let’s all stand at this time in honor of the reading of God’s Word: 8 What woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, ...read more

  • 25. A Loving Father

    Contributed on Jun 8, 2021
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    Father's Day: The father should be the hero of this parable. He had been watching and waiting with love and patience. Like the father who was looking for his son to return, the Lord is waiting for us to come home to Him.

    Luke chapter fifteen contains three parables. The third parable, which we are going to look at this morning, is sometimes called, “The Parable of the Prodigal Son.” Commentator William Barclay says, “For centuries the third parable has been called ‘The Parable of the Prodigal Son.’ It would be ...read more

  • 26. Shrewd As Serpents

    Contributed on Mar 28, 2022
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    “Be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves” (Mt. 10:16). This verse is not advocating hypocrisy. We are not to employ the methods of the ungodly, but we should posses a similar creative capacity. We need to be clever in our dealings.

    In Matthew 10:16, Jesus advised us to “be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” Was Jesus telling believers to be two-faced hypocrites? Was He saying we need to be unjust in our daily activities and dealings, and then turn right around and act like model Christians on Sunday? No. Jesus was ...read more

  • 27. Receiving Our Reward

    Contributed on Mar 28, 2022
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    This message looks at the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. All of us are going to be rewarded according to our deeds with either heaven or hell. Heaven and hell are real, and this passage shows a detailed description of each place.

    This morning’s sermon is entitled “Receiving Our Reward,” and it’s taken from what is commonly called “The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus.” All of us are going to be rewarded according to our deeds when this life is over. Some will enter into heaven and others will enter into hell. In his ...read more

  • 28. A Measure Of Faith

    Contributed on Mar 28, 2022
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    When asking God for faith, we are correct in identifying that we need faith, or that perhaps we’re experiencing some kind of spiritual problem. However, we don’t need “more” faith. What we need is the faith already allotted to us.

    Our message for this evening is entitled, “A Measure of Faith,” and it’s taken from a passage of Scripture that’s sometimes called, “Faith and Duty.” Have you ever felt inadequate in your relationship with God, or perhaps in your ability to bear spiritual fruit? Have you ever felt that you don’t ...read more

  • 29. Two Revealing Prayers

    Contributed on Mar 28, 2022
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    This passage records two prayers, in which are shown two kinds of hearts, whose contrast is not only seen in the way they make their requests, but also in the way they approach God. Some people trust in themselves; others trust in God.

    This evening’s sermon is entitled “Two Revealing Prayers,” and it’s taken from what is commonly called “The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.” Darrell Bock, in The NIV Application Commentary, says, “This parable is really the parable of the two prayers. In those prayers appear two ...read more