Posts Tagged ‘sermons’

  

Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Yesterday I preached a sermon about the extravagant love of the alabaster box offering. One year ago, I preached an illustrated message of Jesus’ last hours called “The Whip, Hammer & Cross”. Ten years ago, I preached a message entitled “The Prayer of Evangelism”. Fifteen years ago, I preached “The Corruption Of Good Character” to my first church in Hereford, TX. There’s been a lot of sermons I’ve both preached and heard in my lifetime!

As believers, you and I are not the product of a new ministry or a word come lately. We stand firmly on the shoulders of men and women that have preached, taught, and labored to share the Gospel since the days of Jesus Himself. We can trace this hope through history all the way back to then! We stand on the shoulders of a long legacy of faith!

So don’t let this word become dormant in you. Remember that yours is an ancient and strong faith, passed down from generation to generation, all the way to you. Be sure to do you’re part and keep passing it on! Continue the legacy by standing firm! You are loved! 

Give these instructions to the church so that no one will be open to criticism.” (1 Timothy 5:7 NLT)

On March 12, 2005, 44-year old Terry Ratzmann entered the room at the Sheraton Hotel in Brookfield, Wisconsin, where the congregation of the Living Church of God was holding a church service. Ratzmann carried his 9mm handgun and fired 22 rounds into the congregation killing the minister and six others, including the minister’s son. It was reported that a previous sermon had unsettled Ratzmann and led to the shooting.

Not everyone will agree with sermons that are preached. During one sermon from Jesus, a crowd got so angry that they tried to throw Him from a cliff! But if it is a true word from God, it will challenge us on how we are living, convicting us where we fall short. Our response shouldn’t be anger at being convicted, but repentance for being wrong.

As you go to church this weekend, go with an open heart. Make sure that you’re not easily offended when you are taught how to live, for God’s desire isn’t to make you happy, just holy! Be easy to instruct! You are loved today!
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