Sun, 7 June 2015
One Another Summer
“Members of One Another”
1. A “one another” mindset
“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned” (Romans 12:3).
a. Don’t think too highly of yourself
b. Don’t think too lowly of yourself
c. Do think rightly of yourself
2. A “one another” membership
“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (Romans 12:4-5).
a. There is uniqueness in the body
b. There is unity in the body
3. A “one another” ministry
“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them” (Romans 12:6).
a. Appreciate your giftedness
b. Apply your giftedness
Sun, 31 May 2015
Many have been the inventions that were meant for good but utilized for evil:
· Alfred Nobel created dynamite for constructive purposes, but it was used for explosives and ammunition in war and millions perished.
· Google Earth can help us gain perspective, map journeys, and a thousand other good purposes. At the same time, terrorists can and have used it to plot and carry out sinister strategies.
· The 3-D printer is a new invention that can print out an inexpensive new hand for an amputee or a new part for a broken engine. Criminals have wasted no time in discovering that functioning guns can be printed and exist on no registry.
Amazing that the same thing can be used for better or worse. Even a church gathering. Even the Lord’s Supper. Paul said it this way, “But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse” (I Cor. 11:17). The Corinthians were using God’s good gift in a way that highlighted divisions in the church and selfishness in the members. The end result was that their observance did not make their fellowship better, but worse! What a word for us!
This Sunday we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Leading up to it we will prepare our hearts by hearing afresh the instructions God gave us in 1 Corinthians 11 regarding the Lord’s Supper. It is meant for our good. God forbid that we conduct it in a way that makes things worse!
Pray that God will move in a great way among us. I believe that He will.
Sun, 24 May 2015
Work as Worship
1. Salvation is by grace
“For by grace you have been saved . . .” (Eph. 2:8a).
a. The ground of salvation
b. The glory for salvation
2. Salvation is through faith
“For by grace you have been saved through faith” (Eph. 2:8b).
a. Faith is key
b. Faith is free
3. Salvation is for good works
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10).
a. God’s art
b. God’s aim
Sun, 17 May 2015
Work as Worship
“Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button?”
1. The mandate to obey
“Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters. . .” (Col. 3:22a).
a. An expectation of obedience
b. An exception to obedience
2. The manner to obey
“. . . not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” (Col. 3:22b-23).
a. Eye service
b. Excellent service
3. The motive to obey
“. . . knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality” (Col. 3:24-25).
a. The future can bring rewards
b. The future can bring regrets
Sun, 10 May 2015
Sermon Outline, May 10, 2015 - Istrouma Baptist Church
Perry Hancock, PhD, President & CEO
Mom’s Work as Worship | Redeeming the 24/7
Key Scripture: Proverbs 31
I. Mom’s service as worship
II. Mom’s support as worship
III. Mom’s sacrifices as worship
IV. The reason and results
Mon, 27 April 2015
Work is Worship
“A Big Message from a Little Messenger”
1. Illustration of work
“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise” (Proverbs 6:6).
a. Consider the ant
b. Copy the ant
2. Initiative to work
“Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, 8 she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest” (Proverbs 6:7-8).
a. No leader
b. No laziness
3. Incentive for work
“How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, 11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man” (Proverbs 6:9-11).
a. Avoid poverty
b. Assure plenty
Sun, 12 April 2015
New Orleans Saints Tight End, Benjamin S. Watson, joins Senior Pastor Jeff Ginn to give his testimony and share how he shares the Gospel in his daily walk.
Sun, 12 April 2015
Work as Worship
“Image Is Everything”
Genesis 2:1-3 and 15
Key Verses: Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. . . . The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it (Gen. 2:1-3 and 15).
1. God created work
a. He models work
b. He mandates work
2. God completes work
a. We have his example
b. We have his encouragement
3. God celebrates work
a. He reviews work
b. He rewards work
Fri, 3 April 2015
#JesusSpeaks to Shattered Dreams
1. Come and see
Come and see the place where he lay (Matthew 28:6b).
a. Evidence #1: Empty tomb
b. Evidence #2: Eyewitness accounts
c. Evidence #3: Transformed lives
2. Fall and worship
Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him (Matthew 28:9).
a. We give our worship
b. He gets our worship
3. Go and tell
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell . . .” (Matthew 28:10a)
a. Worship leads to witness
b. Witness leads to worship
Sun, 22 March 2015
#JesusSpeaks to the Outcast
Key Verse. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10)
1. He was restless
a. Despite his position
b. Despite his possessions
2. He was responsive
a. Jesus knew his name
b. Jesus knew his need
3. He was rejoicing
a. You can grumble at grace
b. You can be glad for grace