Sunday Morning 2-20-2011

Posted by Sherry

WHAT WE MUST HAVE TO REACH THE UNSAVED?

LUKE 15:1-10

CBC 2/13/11 SN DISCUSSION

ILL: 6 yr old discussing w/ his dad what the preacher does...dad explained preacher does a lot more than preach...how difficult it is to visit/win souls/counsel/study/pray...not easy to preach a sermon...Little boy replied...it ain’t so easy to listen either!

  • Messages are meant to CHANGE & CHALLENGE us...not CONDEMN us.
  • TEXT about seeking & finding things that have been lost...
    • sheep
    • coin (days wages)
    • sinner

1NOW THE tax collectors and [notorious and [a]especially wicked] sinners were all coming near to [Jesus] to listen to Him.

2And the Pharisees and the scribes kept muttering and indignantly complaining, saying, This man accepts and receives and welcomes [[b]preeminently wicked] sinners and eats with them.

3So He told them this parable:

4What man of you, if he has a hundred sheep and should lose one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness (desert) and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?

5And when he has found it, he lays it on his [own] shoulders, rejoicing.

6And when he gets home, he summons together [his] friends and [his] neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep which was lost.

7Thus, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one [[c]especially] wicked person who repents ([d]changes his mind, abhorring his errors and misdeeds, and determines to enter upon a better course of life) than over ninety-nine righteous persons who have no need of repentance.

8Or what woman, having ten [silver] drachmas [each one equal to a day's wages], if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and look carefully and diligently until she finds it?

9And when she has found it, she summons her [women] friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the silver coin which I had lost.

10Even so, I tell you, there is joy among and in the presence of the angels of God over one [[e]especially] wicked person who repents ([f]changes his mind for the better, heartily amending his ways, with abhorrence of his past sins).

  • Is there more concern over lost livestock & finances than LOST PEOPLE???
    • Do we expend more effort looking for a lost check book than an unsaved neighbor?
    • do we take more care in tending to a pet in cold weather than a person who does not know the Savior?
    • we need some things in our life to effectively reach the lost & unsaved

TO REACH THE LOST WE NEED “COMPASSION”

  • Tax collectors & sinners were “coming near” to Jesus to hear him
    • weren’t running “from” Him
    • wasn’t b/c of a ear tickling message
    • Jesus didn’t compromise on sin
    • wasn’t a “sign & wonder” show
    • why did the lost “seek” out Jesus?
      • his compassion
      • loved them w/ a compassionate heart
      • didn’t have a condemning attitude
      • Jesus received them as a “friend”
        • despite their faults

ILL: traffic accident/3 groups of people/1) onlookers, curious w/ little involvement/ 2)Law Enforcement, investigate & assign blame w/ warnings & penalties/ 3) Paramedics, don’t care about who’s @ fault/don’t give lectures about bad driving habits/respond to hurting/bandage wounds/give words of encouragement/...WHICH GROUP ARE YOU IN?

  • What is CBC best known for?
    • standing by while lost go to Hell?
    • judging & assigning blame?
    • responding to the hurting?
  • The Unsaved have never flocked to the church that’s a “bystander” or “judgmental”

TO REACH THE LOST WE NEED “EFFORT”

  • Shepherd didn’t wait for lost sheep to wander home
  • Woman didn’t wait for coin to just “turn up”
    • both executed great EFFORT in the recovery process
    • we must be active not passive
    • we must “bring” them to Christ
  • Lost must be included in our prayers
  • WHAT specific ministry dedicated to reaching lost @ CBC?
  • outreach must be a priority

TO REACH THE LOST WE NEED “PERSISTENCE”

  • Shepherd & woman didn’t quit till they accomplished their goal
    • not easy to reach through the muck of life into a person’s “heart”
    • takes time to build a meaningful relationship with trust
    • we can never quit this effort until Jesus comes & tells us time is up!

CONCLUSION:

  • religious leaders of Jesus’ day were indifferent & antagonistic toward sinners seeking Jesus
  • Jesus highlights the “JOY” factor on earth & in heaven over the lost being found
  • if lost people matter so much to God, why don’t they matter that much to us???

SM 2/13/2011

Posted by Sherry

“TRUE” GRIT (WORSHIP)

GENESIS 22:5

CBC 2/6/11 SM (1st of 2 Services)

Few know about “true” worship

  • We know “elements” of worship
    • go to church
    • sing songs
    • listen to sermons
  • we can do all those & yet, not worship
    • don’t mistake the “means” of worship for worship itself

ILL: Dad asked son what he wanted for his birthday/Son said, “ball”/ What kind?/if U have time 2 play w/ me -football/if U don’t have time 2 play w/ me-soccer ball/kid more interested in “GIVER” than the “GIFT”

  • True worship not interested in “created”
    • it’s interested in the “CREATOR”
  • Not “how did U like the sermon/music/illustrations...?”
    • Rather, “how did God like it?”
  • True worship can’t be limited to 1 hour/wk
    • worshippers are not there to be entertained or to observe
    • don’t “sit back & relax & enjoy the program...this is not a PBS broadcast
  • the line-up
    • many think the pastor & worship leaders are the entertainers & cong. the audience
      • spectator asks “what’s in it for me?”
    • in True Worship (GRIT) audience are the performers, staff are directors & God is the audience
      • God asks, “what’s in it for me?”

FIRST TIME WORD “WORSHIP” OCCURS IN BIBLE

Genesis 22:5 “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”

vv 1-19 give us the INGREDIENTS of Worship

(v1,2) REVELATION

1 Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called.

“Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”

2 “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”

  • God “speaks” to the worshipper
    • true worship based on God revealing Himself to us
    • NOT our “likes & dislikes”
    • NOT our “preferences & priorities”
    • IS based on the BIBLE
  • concerning the “ingredients” to our worship service...R they biblical?
    • music?
    • sermon?
    • prayers?
    • offering?
    • testimonies?
    • baptisms?
  • Why?...should they be biblical?
    • the kind of god we worship is the kind of person we will become
      • god of sports
      • god of sex
      • god of war
      • (Greek mythology...)

(v3) PREPARATION

3 The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about.

  • Appropriate Preparations
    • an unprepared heart can’t worship in a biblical worship service
    • know any Pro Football player taking field today “unprepared??? NO!
    • we “prepare” for WORK
    • we “prepare” for HUNTING
    • we “prepare” for VACATION
    • we “prepare” for EXAMS
  • Preparing for “church” not the same...
    • dressed in Sunday best
    • fixing hair/make-up
    • grabbing a Bible
  • Preparing for “worship” like game day...
    • Eliminate Anything That Distracts You...

(v4,5) SEPARATION

4 On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”

  • @ Certain Point Servants Stayed Behind
    • probably would interfered w/ sacrifice, distracting from worship
    • separate from anything that draws our attention away from God
      • can’t “worship” & text on ur cell phone @ same time!!!
      • Worship not a “multi-tasking” situation
  • Things that can distract us
    • work
    • family
    • finances
    • sitting n back of auditorium w/ all those people moving about N front of U
  • Focus totally on God
    • NOT preacher
    • NOT music
    • NOT version of Bible
    • NOT ushers
    • NOT what someone is/isn’t wearing
  • We’re not here to worship that stuff...
    • Coach establishes a curfew on Sat. to prepare for game on Sun.
    • What’s ur Sat. curfew to prepare to Worship on Sun.????

(v6-10) DEDICATION

6 So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, 7 Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”

8 “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together.

9 When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. 10 And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice.

*Abraham dedicated his Son Isaac to God

    • Abraham dedicated himself totally to God
    • he dedicated all he had & all he was to God
    • True Worship is COSTLY!
      • IT TAKES “GRIT”
  • “COASTING” through a service is “cheap”
    • playing church
    • dedication to true worship is costly
    • “LEAVE IT ALL ON THE FIELD”
      • during game u don’t hold anything back (give 110%)

(v11-14) PROCLAMATION

11 At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!”

12 “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”

13 Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. 14 Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

  • Abraham named the place, “the Lord will provide”
    • proclaiming nature & work of God
    • declaring who God is
    • declaring what God does
    • that’s praise & worship
  • Praise - proclaiming what God has done
  • Worship - proclaiming who God really is
  • ? How do players proclaim their coach is a great one???
    • dump cooler of gator-aide on him after the game
  • ? How do they celebrate their victory in the locker room???
    • spray champaign everywhere

CONCL:

Is our worship to God (figuratively speaking) similar to those two scenes?????

  • IT SHOULD BE! (DOUSE THE COACH (GOD))




Sunday Morning 1/30/2011

Posted by Sherry

DON’T LOSE WHAT YOU’VE WORKED FOR

2 JOHN 1:1-13

CBC 1/30/11 SM

7 I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we[a] have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. 9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. 11 Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.

GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT WHEN WE WORK HARD ON SOMETHING & LOSE IT

  • several hours on a sermon/elect. blinked/didn’t have battery back-up/hadn’t saved it/lost it all in the blink of an eye...
  • stock market...put in money & have less at end of quarter than you invested...

THINGS WE WORK HARD FOR

  • Home
    • lose house to fire/tornado...
    • lose marriage to...
      • nothing in common
      • financial problem
      • physical disfunction
      • spiritual matters
    • children
      • time
      • money
      • baseball/dance
      • college $$$$’s
      • expect them to be something...
  • New Year Resolution...LOSE WEIGHT
    • have to work hard to lose wt
    • easy to eat wrong food
      • b/c it taste good...lol
    • easy to not get up & exercise
    • gain all your weight back
  • Career
  • Central Baptist Church
    • at a growth plateau
    • new methodology being sought
    • worked hard to get here
    • don’t want to lose what we have
  • Life & Life Eternal in Heaven
    • life on earth a “vapor”
    • life after death “eternal”
    • heaven? or hell?
  • longer we work on it /the greater the loss

WATCH OUT (BE ON YOUR GUARD)

  • what are we watching for?
    • “truth” vs “untruth”
    • absolute truth is God’s Word “Bible”
    • Seek the Truth (as it applies to...)
    • Speak the Truth...
    • Walk it, don’t just Talk it

DO NOT LOSE

  • how do we “lose”??
    • applying false information
      • ILL: walk down aisle/tell preacher what he want to hear/get baptized/live like you want to b/c of security of believer/ (IF U HAVEN’T TURNED FROM UR OLD LIFE U HAVE NOTHING!)
    • devil is peddling that everywhere
      • media resources
      • friends w/ no spiritual foundation
    • mental attitude
    • apathy/lack of effort
    • don’t count the cost before beginning
    • not rejecting deception & wrong things

WHAT WE/YOU’VE WORKED FOR

Matt. 16:26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?

  • it’s possible to lose your...
    • house
    • marriage
    • kids
    • self-esteem
    • job
    • church
    • life
    • eternal life

* don’t think it couldn’t ever happen 2 U!

8 Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for,