Contributed on Jan 5, 2006
Jesus grew in wisdom [MENTALLY], in stature [PHYSICALLY], and in favor with God [SPIRITUALLY] and with man [SOCIALLY]. Link included to formatted text and PowerPoint Template.
Jesus, The Perfect Child Luke 2:40-52 Luke 2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. There is a statement about His body, soul, and Spirit. Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with ...read more
Contributed on Mar 1, 2006
First in series looks at Christ in eternity past. 7 Attributes Jesus possessed long before coming to the Earth, and He still has these qualities today and forever! Link included to free formatted text, handout, and PowerPoint Presentation.
Jesus: Before There Was Time http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/BeforeThereWasTime.html Matthew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. God wants our church to focus more on Jesus…I know this to be a fact! Christ is the One we should lift ...read more
Contributed on Mar 9, 2006
Christ in the Old Testament--Before He walked the earth as the God Man, He was present in types, pictures, prophecies, and in reality! Link included to formatted text and PowerPoint Presentation.
The Gospel of Jesus – B.C. to A.D. Matthew 1:1-17 Matthew 1:1-3 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.  Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;  And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and ...read more
Contributed on Mar 16, 2006
Baptism of Christ--The carpenter trades in His woodworking tools and becomes a rebuilder of human hearts, as He carves out a way of escape for hell bound mankind. Link included to formatted text and PowerPoint Presentation.
The Gospel of Jesus – Life Swap Matthew 3:13-17 In our first 2 messages in this new series we’ve looked at Jesus ‘Before There Was Time’ and ‘BC to AD’ [Jesus in the OT]. Of course, at Christmas each year we look into His birth and this year we studied His childhood with a children’s sermon: ...read more
Contributed on Mar 23, 2006
Jesus didn’t just defeat sin for us on the cross...it started early in His ministry when He was tempted. Link included to formatted text, handout, and PowerPoint Presentation.
The Gospel of Jesus – Swordfight in the Desert Matthew 4:1-11 A three-year-old entered the kitchen when his mother was busy elsewhere in the house. She had told him not to get into the cookies. But in her absence he pulled a kitchen chair over to the counter and climbed up on it. Then he took ...read more
Contributed on Mar 31, 2006
Jesus’ analogy of fishing helps us understand our job as His disciples. Link included to formatted text, handout, and PowerPoint Presentation.
The Gospel of Jesus – Go Fish Matthew 4:12-25 Jesus must have liked fish and fishing, for He spoke of it often…he ate fish several times in the Bible, He called these fishermen to be His disciples, and when it came time to feed a bunch of people, like a true child of God He chose very ...read more
Contributed on Apr 26, 2006
The beatitudes--The opening lines of ’the greatest sermon ever preached by the greatest preacher Who ever lived!’ Link included to formatted text, handout, and PowerPoint Presentation.
When God Shows Thru [The Beatitudes] The Gospel of Jesus Matthew 5:1-5 One Sunday as they drove home from church, a little girl turned to her mother and said, "Mommy, there’s something about the preacher’s message this morning that I don’t understand." The mother said, "Oh? What is it?" The ...read more
Contributed on May 3, 2006
The Beatitudes will give us a new attitude UPWARD, a new attitude OUTWARD, and a new attitude INWARD. Link included to formatted text, handout, and PowerPoint Presentation.
A New Attitude “The Gospel of Jesus” Matthew 5:6-8 --formatted text, audio, and PowerPoint are free at: http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/NewAttitude.html Last time: How do you Enter the Kingdom? A change of attitude toward… • Self – v. 3 – ‘poor in spirit’ • Sin – v. 4 – ...read more
Contributed on May 17, 2006
How to Enjoy the Christian life...from the Beatitudes. We must Eliminate Strife and Endure Spite. Link included to formatted text, handout, and PowerPoint Presentation.
A ‘Peace’ in the Puzzle Matthew 5:9 The 1st 3 Beatitudes dealt w/ how we ENTER the kingdom of God: v. 3 Humbleness [poor in spirit] v. 4 Brokenness [mourn] v. 5 Meekness [meek] The next 3 dealt w/ how we EXPRESS the kingdom of God: v. 6 A New attitude upward [hunger and thirst after ...read more
Contributed on May 18, 2006
Why are the righteous persecuted, and why does Jesus say for us to rejoice when it happens to us? Link included to formatted text version, as well as part 1 and it’s matching PowerPoint.
A ‘Peace’ in the Puzzle, pt. 2 The Gospel of Jesus Matthew 5:9-12 When we are a peacemaker, we are eliminating strife. Tonite, we need to learn how to endure spite. This is the ‘puzzle’ in our title. This sermon on the mount is the greatest sermon ever preached, by the greatest preacher ...read more
Contributed on May 24, 2006
One of the great illustrations used by the greatest preacher as He gave the greatest sermon of all time. Link included to formatted text, handout, and PowerPoint Template.
Salty Saints Matthew 5:13 Mark 12:37 And the common people heard him gladly. This was said of Jesus, and was a great compliment. It was said, partly, because He used illustrations, which help us understand. Following the beatitudes, Jesus gives us a couple of illustrations to ...read more
Contributed on Jun 8, 2006
Jesus taught of the POWER of the light, the PLACES of the light, the PUTTING OUT of the light, and the PURPOSE of the light. Link included to formatted text, handout, and PowerPoint Presentation.
The Lights of the World Matthew 5:14-16 Ye ARE the light of the world…Ye ARE the salt of the earth. In the original language these statements are in an emphatic tense, meaning it would not be wrong at all to say “you and you alone are…” [meaning Christians] The beatitudes were all about ...read more
Contributed on Jul 6, 2006
Old becomes new as Jesus explains how He is the fulfillment of the law and prophets...The CULMINATION of the law, APPRECIATION for the law, and INTERPRETATION of the law. [5 mistakes the Pharisees made]. Link included to free PowerPoint.
Jesus’ Bible Matthew 5:17 Think about it: All anyone had was their Old Testament, tho’ they didn’t call it that! God’s Word is under attack today, and we are called to defend it…all of it! And that’s just what Jesus did in our text. We continue looking at the greatest sermon ever ...read more
Contributed on Jul 11, 2006
Superman theme about good things we should do in secret, and secret sins and their demise. [Clark Kent Christians] Link included to formatted text and ’Super’ PowerPoint Presentation.
A Super Secret Message Matthew 6:1-18 Eccles. 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Are you good with secrets? About to bust? Find joy in it? “I know something you don’t know!” [spill the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 12, 2006
The Lord’s model prayer shows us that prayer is just Talking to Him, prayer is Asking, and prayer is Praising. It must begin and end with Him! A free download link is included to formatted text and PowerPoint Template.
The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed Matthew 6:8-13 The sermon on the mount is the greatest sermon ever preached, preached by the greatest preacher who ever lived. And within is this wonderful model of prayer. It’s a misnomer to call this The Lord’s Prayer…it’s actually the disciples prayer ...read more
Contributed on Jul 19, 2006
7 things we find when we are willing to sit at the feet of Jesus. Includes all the places they took Him and things they did. Link included to formatted text, handout, and PowerPoint Template.
SITTING AT JESUS’ FEET Luke 8:35 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/SittingAtJesusFeet.html Christmas finds us in many places: stores, shops, online bargain hunting, parties, family get-togethers, and it is all fine and good, but will Christmas also be a time of humble bowing, kneeling at the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2006
Do you own your possessions or do they own you? "Things" can take a toll on: The Heart-AFFECTIONS, The mind-PERCEPTIONS, The will-DIRECTIONS. Link included to formatted text, handout, and PowerPoint Presentation.
Who Owns You? Matthew 6:19-24 We can divide life into 2 broad categories: the spiritual, and the material. But the Lord Jesus never made that distinction. Matter of fact, He often taught that our attitude toward the material is a mark of your true spirituality. v. 21 ‘Where your ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2006
It’s easy to say, "Don’t Worry," but it’s better to give someone the tools Jesus provided here to win the war over worrying. The FATHER FACTOR, the FOCUS FACTOR, and the FUTURE FACTOR. Link included to formatted text, handout, and PowerPoint Template.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy! Matthew 6:25-34 "Don’t worry about it." Have you ever had those words said to you? Did it work? Probably not! Easy words to say, but hard to put into practice. In essence that is what the Scripture says in verse 25. [read] But it goes on to tell us how not to ...read more
Contributed on Jul 26, 2006
Jesus said "Judge Not." What this means, doesn’t mean, and how the Lord masterfully illustrated the true interpretation of this verse. Link included to formatted text and PowerPoint template.
Jury Duty Matthew 7:1-5 Ever been called to jury duty? Ever been asked to ‘make a judgment’ about a matter? Some Christians seem to feel they are on ‘permanent jury duty’ as they go thru life. And Jesus addresses this fact in this final leg of the Sermon on the Mount. Today 12 members ...read more
Contributed on Aug 10, 2006
2 Men, 2 Foundations, 2 Houses, & 1 Storm. We must heed Jesus’ teachings, not just hear them...that is wise and not foolish. Link included to free MS Word formatted text & PowerPoint downloads.
The Invitation Matthew 7:13-29 Today we preach sermons 13 & 14 from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount… and we finish talking about the greatest sermon ever preached by the greatest preacher who ever lived. Joke--The preacher was shaking hands with the members of his congregation after a service ...read more
Contributed on Aug 18, 2006
Study on the miracles Jesus wants to do in our lives and in our world today, and how our prayers can make all the difference! Link included to formatted MS Word text and PowerPoint Presentation.
The 7 Prayers of Matthew 8 This series is called “The Gospel of Jesus”, and we are striving to keep Him the focus all the while…and our Lord makes that easy to accomplish all the time. In today’s text His ministry is in full swing as Jesus descends the mount He gave His great sermon upon and ...read more
Contributed on Aug 24, 2006
[Hurricane Katrina--1 year later.] Jesus and His disciples are on a stormy sea, and we can learn much about our voyage thru life by way of this passage. Link included to formatted MS Word text and PowerPoint Presentation.
The Storm Before the Calm Matthew 8:23-27 1 year ago this week a powerful storm and devastating surge came to the Gulf Coast. Though it’s calm now and the waters receded, left in the wake is devastation still to this day. Oft in literature life is compared to a voyage at sea. The same is ...read more
Contributed on Sep 7, 2006
The whole place went thru the roof after this man was let down thru it and met Jesus! The PARDON, the POWER, and the PRAISE. Link included to formatted MS Word text and PowerPoint Presentation.
The Greatest of All Miracles Matthew 9:1-8 In Matthew chapters 1-4 we see the PERSON of Jesus Christ. We are told of His virgin birth, childhood [Luke 2], baptism, and temptation. And it’s a blessing that Christ truly put on human flesh, becoming a real person, to do for all us other people ...read more
Contributed on Sep 14, 2006
Most will never ’Come’ to Jesus until they are ’Brought’ to Jesus. The COMPASSION of the SAVIOR, the CONDITION of the SHEEP, & the COMMISSION of the SAINTS. Link included to formatted text version and PowerPoint Presentation.
Harvest Time Matt. 9:35-38 When Jesus walked this earth 2,000 years ago, it was in a physical body. He laid aside His omnipresence and was only at one place at a time. For this reason He spent His time moving about, going where people were and meeting their needs. v. 35 This is the Messiah ...read more
Contributed on Sep 21, 2006
Forsake the Fears, Forget the Foes, and Follow the Family of Friends that make up this special group. Link included to formatted text and PowerPoint Template.
The Few, the Proud, the Disciples Matthew 10:1-42 In 8th grade I joined Boy Scouts and I received a book…a manual that would guide my journey from the rank of Tenderfoot 2nd class all the way to Tenderfoot 1st class! As a freshman I went out for the football team and just barely made it. ...read more
Contributed on Sep 21, 2006
"Meet the Apostles"--unique message presented in first person. Each one was different, but each was used to make a difference! Link included to formatted text and PowerPoint Template.
Different Men Who Made a Difference Matthew 10:1-4 [To be delivered in 1st person, direct address] Hey you twelve. What a motley crew you were. Not the “Dirty Dozen” necessarily. Just ordinary people. Nothing special. Twelve different men you were…but Jesus chose you to make all the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 13, 2006
He prepared the way of the Lord, pioneered soul winning, and was the greatest man ever born, acc’d to Jesus...but even he had his doubts, which Christ satisfied! Link included to formatted text and PowerPoint Presentation.
JOHN THE BAPTIST John 1:19-37; Matt. 11:1-11 This series is “The Gospel of Jesus”, but no study of Christ is complete without understanding His forerunner, the human who introduced Him to the world. John the Baptist is the first soul winner of whom we read in the New Testament, and he was a ...read more
Contributed on Oct 13, 2006
Jesus said that though many won’t respond, we still need to extend His Great Invitation--Decision leads to Development and Discovery. Link included to formatted text and PowerPoint Template.
A Great Invitation Matthew 11:16-30 Children love to play games. And in vv. 16-17 the Lord gives an illustration of children playing games. v. 16-17 “This generation” is the people of the Lord’s day who rejected Him…but it also speaks of humanity in general, inc. our generation. What ...read more
Contributed on Nov 2, 2006
All sins but one can be forgiven but not all are consistently resisted. Thankfully, the ’unpardonable sin’ is easily avoided. Link included to formatted text and PowerPoint Presentation.
The Sin God Won’t Forgive Matthew 12:22-32 Thank you for all the Pastor appreciation you showed in October, and all year round. When one of our deacons came to the front after the closing prayer last Sun. PM I didn’t know if it was good news or bad news! Good news/bad news for a ...read more
Contributed on Jul 25, 2007
Sadly, many ’boat people’ in the church will never step out in faith and see what God can do thru them, but all can look to Jesus during storms and learn how to rise above. Link included to formatted text, audio, and PowerPoint Template.
Water Walking 101 Matthew 14:22-33 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/WaterWalking.html This is the second storm we’ve come to in our Matthew study. The first was in chapter 8 when Jesus was asleep in the boat and the disciples woke Him up crying, “Master, we perish!” That message was called ...read more