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Sermons on Transformed Living

Avoiding Hypocrisy In Giving

Matthew 6:2-4 Basic Principles of Giving.      1.  Give Regularly – 1 Corinthians 16:1-2.      2.  Give Sacrificially – 2 Corinthians 8:2-4.      3.  Give Cheerfully – 2 Corinthians 9:7.   Needy in the Old Testament – Exodus 23:10-11, Leviticus 19:10, Deuteronomy 15:7-11– .Needy in the New Testament  – Acts 2:44-45, 4:34, 37: James 2:15-16, 1 John 3:17, Matthew 25:31-46…

Warnings Against Hypocrisy

Matthew 6:1 The Dangerous Pattern of Hypocrisy in Scripture.       Cain – Genesis 4:3-5.       Israel – Isaiah 1:10-15, 29:13; Amos 5:21-23, Matthew 7:15.       Judas – Matthew 26:48.       Parables – Matthew 13:21-22, 24-30.       Ananias and Sapphira – Acts 5:1-9 – Hypocrisy is self-love.       Simon – Acts 8:18-23.       1 Timothy 4:1-2,…

Evidence #1 of Authentic Righteousness: Restored Relationships

Matthew 5:21-26 Stages in Church Division1.  Hurt                          4.  Avoidance2.  Bitterness                5.  Collaboration3.  Rationalization      6.  Division The Bible says a lot about relationships.           Psalm 133:1, Romans 12:18, 1 Corinthians 1:10, Ephesians 4:13, Philippians 1:27, 2:1-2, 4:2.     …

Finding Our New Identity in Christ – Part 1

2 Corinthians 5:14-21Paul founded the church in Corinthians – Acts 18 – he needed to instruct them about who we are in Christ.         1 Peter 2:9, Galatians 2:20, John 1:12, 15:15, Ephesians 2:10 Five New Realities of our Identity for our Service of Christ.         1.  A New Motivation – Vs. 14-15.        .   …

The Beatitudes: The Meaning Of True Happiness

Matthew 5:3-12 Blessed – A state of being approved of by God1 Timothy 1:11, 6:15 Being ‘blessed’ is a common theme throughout the Bible.         Psalm 1, Numbers 6:24-26, 1 Peter 3:14, 4:14; Revelation 1:3Being blessed is not the same as being ‘happy’ – Ephesians 4:22 (Lusts of deceit) Implications:1.  The Beatitudes Are True of All Believers.  .     …

The Various Forms of Constructive Speech

Select Scripture Do our words build up or tear down? Proverbs 10:21, 14:3, 20:5  Few Words – calculated, controlled, careful, deliberate.          Proverbs 17:28, 10:8, 10, 19; 11:12, 13:3, 15:28, 21:23, James 1:19  Timely Words – Words that are apt and appropriate for that particular situation.     A.  Words of Encouragement.          Proverbs 12:25, 15:23, 16:24,…

A Spiritual Medical Examination

Proverbs 4:20-27  Check Your Heart – Vs. 23.     People do what they do on  the outside because of what is on the inside.          Proverbs 23:7, 27:19.     Wicked: Genesis 6:5, Jeremiah 17:19, Luke 5:43-45, Matthew 15:17-20, Romans 1:28-32.     Godly:  Ezekiel 36:26, Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Ephesians 4:24, Philippians 4:8 Check Your Mouth – Vs. 24. …

Relationships In The Body Of Christ: An Introduction To The “One-Anothers”

Acts 1:9-15, Acts 4:24, 32; Acts 5:12, Acts 15:25 1.  The Local Church Is The Primary Arena For The Practicing of the “One-Anothers”2.  Fostering A Culture Of Spiritually Intentional Relationships Is Critical To A .          “One-Another” Body Life.              A.    Discipleship.              B.    Hospitality3.  Modeling The…

The Believer’s Responsibility To Governing Authority – Part 4

Previous weeks’ messages: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3This week:#8 – Submission to government promotes a clean conscience – vs. 3-5 We obey the government because we want to honor the Lord. Your conscience is the servant of your value system. 1 Timothy 1:5, 1:19; 2 Timothy 1:3, 1 Peter 3:16, Implications: 1. Christians have a higher motive for obedience 2. We…

The Believer’s Responsibility To Governing Authority – Part 3

Previous sermons in this series: Part 1 Part 21. Believers must submit to governing authorities 2. All Human Governments Are Established By God 3. Opposition To Government Amounts To Opposition To God4. Opposition To Government Will Bring Punishment5. Government Exists To Restrain Evil This week:#6 – Government exists to promote public good – vs. 3-4 Acts 16#7 – Government exists to punish…

The Believer’s Responsibility To Governing Authority – Part 2

Previous sermon in the series: Part 11. Believers must submit to governing authorities – Vs. 1 Today’s sermon:2. All Human Governments Are Established By God – vs. 1-2 Which is why we, as believers, must have an attitude of submission to government. Psalm 115:7, 2 Chronicles 2:6, Proverbs 8:15-16, 21:1; Jeremiah 27:5, Daniel 2, John 9:11, Romans 9:173. Opposition To Government Amounts…

The Believer’s Responsibility To Governing Authority – Part 1

The proper attitude to government is dealt with throughout the Bible, both Old Testament and New. 1 Timothy 2, Titus 3, 1 Peter 2Principles in regard to government:1. Believers must submit to governing authorities – Vs. 1 Jeremiah 29:7, Titus 3:1-5, 1 Peter 2:13-15 The only exception is if the government commands us to do something contrary to the Bible, or not…

Gospel-Shaped Relationships: How Believers Love Others – Part 8

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5  Part 6 Part 7#20 – An Evil Avoidance – vs. 17-18 NEVER – Absolutely no one ever!! Matthew 5:11, John 15:18-19, 16:33; 2 Timothy 3:12, 1 Peter 4:12 Exodus 21:12, Leviticus 24:17-20 A. The punishment is not to be too severe, it must fit the crime B. The community is to administer…

Gospel-Shaped Relationships: How Believers Love Others – Part 7

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5  Part 617. An Impartial Attitude – Continued As Christians we should be easy to get along with – Psalm 133:1 Anatomy of division within the church A. Hurt – Sows a seed of discord B. Bitterness – Dwelling on the issue C. Rationalization D. Avoidance E. Collaboration – Mustering support for yourself…

Gospel-Shaped Relationships: How Believers Love Others – Part 6

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 514. A Friendly Response – vs. 14 Expect opposition if you follow Christ Matthew 10:23, John 15:18-21, 2 Timothy 3:12, 1 Peter 4:12-13, Matthew 5:38-45, 1 Peter 2:21-2315. A Joyful Collaboration – vs. 15a 1 Corinthians 12:2616. A Sympathetic Compassion – vs. 15b Can you look outside your own struggles to see that…