Pay Attention (Philippians 3:17-4:1)

Choose your friends wisely. Author Greg Trimble wrote an article recently entitled, “The Most Dangerous Temptation That Faces Our Youth.” In it, he admits, “For me, almost every single not-so-holy thing that I was exposed to in my youth came by way of my friends. And if you think back into your past, you’ll likelyContinue reading “Pay Attention (Philippians 3:17-4:1)”

I Will Lead My Family to be Healthy Church Members

(This sermon is based on the book “I Am a Church Member” by Thom Rainer) With 9 out of 10 churches declining or growing at a rate slower than their community, church members must take time for careful examination about themselves and their church. Being connected to a local church is essential (not optional) forContinue reading “I Will Lead My Family to be Healthy Church Members”

What If He Refuses to Listen? (Matthew 18:15-17)

Last week we discussed the first part of Jesus’ process for reconciliation (Matthew 18:15). Today we shall learn what to do if the other person refuses to listen to our concerns. If he refuses to listen to us, we must take one or two other mature Christians to help establish the charges (18:16).  If heContinue reading “What If He Refuses to Listen? (Matthew 18:15-17)”

The Graft and the Gift (Luke 20:45-21:4)

Let us turn our attention in this sermon to Luke 20:45-21:4 and learn about “The Graft and the Gift”.  In 20:45-47, Jesus condemned the scribes (and other hypocritical Jewish religious leaders) for their dishonest gain through their abuse of power.  In 21-1-4, Jesus commended a poor widow for her selfless gift to God of allContinue reading “The Graft and the Gift (Luke 20:45-21:4)”

How to Spot a Hypocrite (Luke 11:29-12:3)

Have you ever heard someone make this statement: “I don’t go to church because of all the hypocrites.”? If so, is it a fair statement? Are there hypocrites in the church?  What is hypocrisy and what does the Bible say about it? This morning we will study Luke 11:29-12:3 and from it learn about howContinue reading “How to Spot a Hypocrite (Luke 11:29-12:3)”