Recent Sermons

 

Recorded sermons are here!  Listen and follow along with the below outline(s) each week!  There will be several outlines on this page each time for your use; some in recent sermons and the older ones under the archived sermons.  Please take the opportunity to copy/paste/print/save a copy of each outline for yourself to refer back to as often as needed.  That way you will have the chosen outlines at your disposal to follow along with the recorded sermons you choose to listen to; these sermons will be available for an indefinite time to listen to with each outline you decide to keep.

September 9 recorded sermon outline:

Dead Ends Or Divine Destiny

Text: Jas. 1:13-18

I.  The Definition Of Temptation (1 Jn. 2:16)

  • Temptation can be defined as fulfilling
    a natural desire in a sinful way.

II.  All Temptations Are Common (1 Cor. 10:13)

III.  Four Barriers To Temptations

      A.  Consider God’s Barriers (Jas. 1:13-16)

  1. Sin as a Judgment
  • First comes the desire (Emotions) – It looks good to the eyes, to the touch, to the taste, sounds so good
  • Second comes deception (Intellect) – Temptation never appears as temptation
  • Third comes disobedience (Will) – The will approves and we act and the result is sin
  • Fourth comes death (Rom. 3:23)

      2.  Sin always leads to a dead end road

     B.  Consider God’s Goodness (Jas. 1:17)

  • Four Facts about the goodness of God
    1. God only gives good gifts
    2. The way God gives gifts is good
    3. He gives them constantly
    4. God never changes
  • The next time you are tempted meditate on God’s goodness

     C.  Consider God’s Divine Nature In Us (Jas. 1:18)

     D.  Consider God’s Divine Word (2 Tim. 3:16)

Challenges:

What do I struggle with more:

Temptations on the outside

Testing on the inside

Flesh – Emotions

Eyes – Intellect

Pride – Will

What barriers have I put into place to overcome temptations?

What areas tempt me the most?

Lust of the flesh – Fulfilling natural desires in sinful ways

Lust of the eyes – Desire for possessions, power, position, prestige, self-sufficiency, stubbornness, Etc.

Pride of life – Everything we desire to have, to enjoy, or to pride ourselves upon, unteachable, unrebukeable.

Satan knows how to break us down, to bring us down, to make unwise choices that cast doubt upon our testimony, but now we have his playbook in the Bible.

Ephesians 6:11
“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.”

Other verses to study:  2 Cor 4:4; 1 Pet 1:7; Rom 3:23; 1 Cor 11:23; Prov 3:12; 2 Cor 5:17; Jn 8:32

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September 2 recorded sermon outline:

What Are You Workin For?

Text: John 6:27

I.  Two Types Of Food (Isa. 55:2)

  1. Physical Food – Temporal but necessary (Jn. 6:27)
  2. Spiritual Food – Spiritual but essential (Matt. 4:4)

II. Work While You Can (Eccl. 12:1-7)

Challenges:

Am I doing things that are eternal and rewardable!

Am I doing them in a way that is rewardable?

What are they?

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Other verses to study:  Eph 2:8-9; Jn 6:66; Col 1:10

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August 26 recorded sermon outline:

Turning Trials Into Triumphs

Text: James 1:2-12

I. Trials And Troubles Are Normal Experiences For Christians
(1 Cor. 10:13)
II. Four Principles For Overcoming Trials And Tribulations (Job 5:7)
  • Count – Develop A Joyful Attitude In Trials (Jas. 1:2)
  • Know – Develop An Understanding Mind (Jas. 1:3)

          1. Our faith will always be tested

          2. Testing works for us, not against us

  • Let – Develop A Surrender Will (Jas. 1:4, 9-11)
  • Ask – Develop A Believing Heart (Jas. 1:5-8)
III. The Sole Purpose For Trials Is Spiritual Maturity (Jas. 1:4)

Challenges:

Testing is:

* Inevitable

* Continual

* Necessary

* Productive

* Influential

* Crafted or allowed by God

Other verses to study:  Luke 22:32; Phil 4:11; Jn 16:36; 1 Pet 1:6-7; Prov 4:7

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August 19 recorded sermon outline:

Becoming Spiritually Mature – The Book Of James

Text: James 1:1

I.  Introduction To The Book Of James

The book was written to Christians scattered abroad who were facing persecution from Jewish family members, Jewish leaders and the Roman government.  They were facing severe trials and tribulations.  James encourages them to stand strong in the faith, to endure the trial and troubles in a God pleasing and honoring way that will display to people what Christ can do in real life experiences that we face every day.

II.  The Theme And Purpose Of The Book Of James

James develops the theme of the characteristics of true faith.  The theme is spiritual maturityThe purpose of the writing is to challenge believers is to examine the quality of their daily lives in terms of attitudes and actions.  James says faith without works cannot be called faith.

III.  The Background Of The Book Of James

The recipients of this book were Jewish believers who had been scattered all over the Roman Empire, possibly as a result of Stephen’s martyrdom in Acts 7 by the Jewish leaders and by the Roman leaders under Herod Agrippa I in AD 31-34.  It was addressed to the twelve tribes, and even though they were dispersed God knew exactly where they were located.  James is sometimes referred to as the Proverbs of the New Testament.  Proverbs was a book in the Old Testament, written by King Solomon, filled with numerous wise sayings.  James is a book that is filled with much wisdom and practical thoughts for everyday living.

IV.  About The Author – James (Mk. 6:3)

James is the half brother of Jesus.  Jesus had at least four half brothers and at a minimum of two half sisters.  James was the lead pastor of the church at Jerusalem.  According to Josephus, James was martyred around 62 AD.

V.  The Date Of Writing – 45-50 AD

VI.  The Key Word Is Faith

Faith can be defined as taking God at His Word and leaving all the consequences and benefits to Him.

VII.  The Key Verses (Jas. 1:19-22, Jas. 2:14-17)

VIII.  Some Problems In The Church That James Dealt With

  • Impatience In Difficulties (Jas. 1:1-4)
  • Talking But Not Living The Truth (Jas. 2:14)
  • No Control Over The Tongue (Jas. 3:1)
  • Fighting And Coveting (Jas. 4:1)
  • Collecting Material Toys (Jas. 5:1)

IX.  James Lists Five Marks Of A Mature Christian

  1. He Is Patient In Testing (Chap 1)
  2. He Practices The Truth (Chap 2)
  3. He Has Power Over His Tongue (Chap 3)
  4. He Is A Peacemaker Not A Troublemaker (Chap 4)
  5. He Is Prayerful In Times Of Temptation And Trouble (Chap. 5)

How do I apply this book to my life?

More than any other book in the New Testament, James places the spotlight on the necessity for believers to act in accordance with their faith. How well do your actions mirror the faith that you proclaim?  This is a question that we all struggle to answer well.  We would like to point to all the ways our faith and works overlap but too often we see only gaps and crevices.

As you read the letter from James, focus on those areas that he mentioned: your actions during trials, your treatment of those less fortunate, the way you speak and relate to others and the role that money plays in how you live your life.  Allow James to encourage you to do good works according to the faith you proclaim.

1 Corinthians 4:2

“Moreover it is required in stewards,

that a man be found faithful.”

Other verses to study:  Jam 1:4b; 2 Cor 13:5; Jam 2:19-20; 2 Tim 4:3; 1 Cor 11:19; Phil 4:11

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August 12 recorded sermon outline:

Seven Baptist Distinctives

Text:  Luke 1:1; Jude 3

I.  Biblical Authority (2 Tim 3:16-17)

II.  Autonomy of the Local Church (Phil 1:1)

III.  Separation of Church and State (Mat 22:21)

IV.  Two offices and Two Ordinances

  • Pastor and Deacons (1 Tim 3:1; 8a)
  • Communion and Baptism (Mat 28:19; 26:26-28; 1 Cor 11)

V.  The Priesthood of the Believer (Heb 4:14-16)

VI.  Individual Soul Liberty (Rom 14:5, 12)

VII.  Personal Separation and Ecclesiastical

  • Personal Separation (2 Cor 6:14; 1 Pet 1:16)
  • Ecclesiastical Separation (Rev 2:14-15; Gal 1:6,9)

I’m not a Baptist by birth, I’m not a Baptist because my parents were Baptist, I am a Baptist because after careful study, it is my conviction that Baptists hold closest to the truth of God’s Word.  I am thankful to be a Baptist, and I’m deeply indebted to the millions who have given their lives to preach the truth of Scripture in times when truth was and still is repressed with intense persecution.  Religion hates Christianity and it will persecute you the same way as the Pharisees of Jesus’ day did.  Any church that has deviated away from the Word of God and does not hole to the fundamental of the faith is under the curse of God Almighty according to Gal 1:9.  If you partner or participate with these denominations, you fall under Gal. 1:9.

Other verses to study:  Mat 4:4; 2 Pet 1:20-21; Rom 13:1-6; Heb 13:17

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August 5 no recorded sermon; only the outline:

Love Finds A Way

Text:  Ruth 4:1-22

I.  The Bridegroom (Ruth 4:1-10)

  • The definition of redemption
    • The word redeem means to set free by paying a set price.
  • The marks of a Kinsman Redeemer
    1. He had to be the closest relative (Jesus became a man) John 1:14
    2. He had to be able to pay the price (He gave His love)        1 Peter 1:18-19
    3. He had to be willing to pay the price (He gave His life)  John 15:13
    4. The method of redemption (Heb 9:12)
  • The bride (Ruth 4:11-12)
  • The baby – Obed (Ruth 4:13-17)

II.  Ruth left a godly lineage (Ruth 4:18-22)

Challenges:

Never underestimate the power and blessings of obedience

Never underestimate the impact of my obedience has on others

Never underestimate the power of God’s grace

Never forget that people are watching how you treat others

Never forget God blesses actions not intentions

Trust and Obey

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, What a glory He sheds on our way!  While we do His good will, He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey.  Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Other verses to study:  Eph 2:8-9; John 8:36; Ps 127:3-5a

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