Sermons and Lesson Outlines
Delivered and Set Free!
When developing from a weak, unlearned nescient individual, one soon discovers opposition. At times in life, when others negate your existence or under-emphasize your contribution and presence, it affects one emotionally. It could attack your self-esteem in a way that hampers productivity. However, when your encouraged, it begins to build a positive outlook and a firm foundation to grasp life by the horns.
If fortunate, after living a while, you find Jesus and accept God into your life and begin the journey of salvation. This journey is like no other because of being drawn out. Blessed is the person who has been selected and chosen to take a meaningful walk with God.
One’s life co-authored by God is a custom masterpiece crafted from the master’s hand in this world so full of violence. Enoch was a good example. He walked with God and was not.
Jesus our best example, walked about doing Good healing the sick casting out devils, and preaching and teaching the good news of salvation. One thing history affirms is that examples are in high demand! Once saved, one becomes a candidate for being an example. No one can deny one’s powerful testimony.
Others may doubt one’s validation of being the handiwork of God but fear not just keep living saved; by default, one proves their doubter are fools.
Transformation of a Hater into a Fool
The fool hath said in his heart; There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good (Psalm 14:1).
The fool may say in his heart that there is no God. This foolishness runs rampant, and some may venture to say that there is no God in your heart. Never look for an apology from a fool because even when sought by tears, they can not change.
Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?Psalm 2:1
Like a Flock of Geese
Why does the heathen rage and imagine a vain thing the Psalm writer proposed the question? Why not cut the chase and worship God and recognize the God in others? We serve a God that has enough worship room to spare. God has everything, and everything belongs to Him. He does not fear loss, so why should we. When someone else’s s exalted in the name of Jesus, celebrate their journey and exalt the God of their salvation.
We fight better if we remain in order like a flock of geese. There is one enemy with many cohorts. Please be found serving God when he returns as the body returns to the soil, and one is taken up to meet God beyond the clouds in the sky.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.John 10:10
STICKS AND STONES
He made us, we did not make ourselves. Oh, how good and how pleasant for brethren to dwell together in unity. Build one another up in our most holy faith. We love the Lord and are of like mind yet are a different orientation and have different gifts but are of the same spirit blessing the same God,
A TIME TO BUILD
Come together in the Name of Jesus while in the land of the living. Worship our Christ and grow old gracefully. Gray hairs look better upon one who is devoted to God. Why be as a fool, doubting God, and others whom God has affirmed? Recognize he is the way the truth and the life and no man enters the Father except by him. Love one another children and seek not to benefit from the loss of a brother or sister in Christ. Continue to build up according to God’s agenda according to the righteousness that is of God, the Creator of us all.
Last year marked the Year of the Rat, the first animal on the Chinese zodiac, while 2021 will signify the Year of the Ox, the second in the cycle. Many view the ox as being symbolic of hardworking attitudes and reliability because of its role in agriculture. (1)
Ancient Chinese character representing the number eight.
China Is The oldest continuous civilization in the world. The Chinese use characters to represent words. The word boat is defined with three components: vessel, eight, and people. Why? It reportedly hearkens back to the time of Noah. World Cultural Histories converge to prove that all human genealogies trace back to Noah and his three sons and their wives. Eight souls entered Noah’s Ark. Traditionally this has been the origin of Ancient Chinese character representing the number eight. (2)
God hath made man upright to serve Him infinitely.
Th number eight and the symbol of infinity are the same (except one is verticle and the other horizontal). Even though the Infinity Symbol represents an independent symbol mathematically, theoretically using a rose is a rose paradigm they are the same. “God hath made man upright.” (3)
Unveiling Tricks of Man’s Enemy
This also can be seen in the fact that mankind was created by God to stand upright and to rule forever upon His Creation. (3) Satan tried to destroy this by diluting the seed of man with his culture of demons (Gen. 6). Since Satan has no new tricks this same tactic is happening today. The enemy of mankind seeks to destroy man by diluting manhood and instituting a hybrid man to replace the upright man of God. Stay alert and be diligent to serve God upright and serve how God intended us to serve Him forever.
Finding your Vocation
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
- Wreaked Havoc upon the early believers
- Held the clothes of those who stoned Stephen.
- Shaper of the early church:
- “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” 2 Tim 4:7
Emphasize the Middle (Message Bible Version reads)
The Apostle’s Goal:
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back (Philippians 3:12-14).
To Philippian Church INSPIRE when your down and out.
Beginnings: Reluctant to hear Paul
Additional Scripture: Acts 9:21
Saul spent a few days getting acquainted with the Damascus disciples, but then went right to work, wasting no time, preaching in the meeting places that this Jesus was the Son of God. They were caught off guard by this and, not at all sure they could trust him, they kept saying, “Isn’t this the man who wreaked havoc in Jerusalem among the believers? And didn’t he come here to do the same thing—arrest us and drag us off to jail in Jerusalem for sentencing by the high priests?” 22 But their suspicions didn’t slow Saul down for even a minute. His momentum was up now and he plowed straight into the opposition, disarming the Damascus Jews and trying to show them that this Jesus was the Messiah.
II. Word: Intercessor
We were all called to be intercessors
Scripture: The Apostle begins his ministry
Barnabus brought him under His wing (intercede) (Acts 9 26-7 Message Bible) “Back in Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him. They didn’t trust him one bit. Then Barnabas took him under his wing.”
- Not of Pedigree
He empathized the importance of grace/spiritual edification (building) and placed no confidence in the flesh. (Not of works that any may boast.)
2. Not because of pedigree: (confidence in the flesh). This confidence may include Pedigree may include family background (4th generation COGIC)
………………………. Come from wealth
………………………. Occupation (zealous as Paul persecuting the church)
Able to speak several languages have a certain discernable gift or anything that may cause you to drift away from God as a source placing confidence in the flesh.
a. Circumcised the eighth day,
b. of the stock of Israel,
c. of the tribe of Benjamin,
d. an Hebrew of the Hebrews;
e. as touching the law, a Pharisee (Philippians 3:5).
f. Gifted several languages and also a Roman citizen.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
- High Calling (spiritual endeavor)
- Low Calling (natural endeavor)
For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. I Timothy 4:8
When high calling and low calling merge this is full time ministry or it could be doing what you love getting up for work with joy being a witness for the Lord.
• Make the Main Thing the Main Thing
• Don’t Major in the Minors
• Tripping over dollars chasing pennies
• Vocation = Ministry (purpose)
an emphasis is placed on the calling:
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called” Ephesians 4: 1
• Ministry requires Sympathy/ Compassion
1. feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.
2. understanding between people; common feeling.
For an effective ministry you must sync with God.
Aligning yourself with the wisdom of God
• Gives you a momentum that allows you access to excellence and supernatural happenstances.
• Many times, we want God to conform to us and our desire instead of having sympathy with his desires (the things which are Jesus Christ’s.)
Scripture II: Philippians 3:8
“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.
Revelation I The Personhood of Christ is Excellency
Leadership in Ministry
• Leadership is an action not a position
• True Leadership must be for the benefit of the followers not to enrich the leader.
• Leadership comes and is developed through diligence and a strong work ethic.
Revelation: Leadership is a result of aligning with God as a result excellency is produced.
• You become example/leader by living your life in the will of God. And you teach others by your actions
• Leadership idiom often said in churches made popular by preachers that a man a man who thinks he is a leader without followers is simply a man taking a walk.
Charles Mason in Mason sought a name that would be ‘set apart’ from others. In 1897, while in Little Rock, AR, Mason believed that God had given him the name the Church of God in Christ (COGIC). Mason believed it was divinely revealed and biblically inspired taken from I Thessalonians 2:14, He believed God promised him, “If you take the name that I give you, they would never build a building that would hold all those who would come.”
Word: Vocation/Your calling
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, Ephesians 4: 1
Defined: the special function of an individual or group
Change one letter and vocation can be confused with vacation. not functioning in your divine vocation FRUIT.
Competition breeds haters: when you operate in your divine vocation there is no competition but yourself.
Cain kills Abel “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh”. Hebrews 11:4
Out of the will of God doing it your way not God’s way
Two of the oldest vocations know are that of a farmer and of a shepherd Abel brought of the flock and Cain brought of the fruit of the ground
And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen(Genesis 4-6)?
God gave the key to us in Genesis in order to align with Him. When he told Cain.
If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. Gen 4:7
“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” Rom 11:29
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” Eph. 4:11-12
6. word of wisdom
7. word of knowledge
11. gifts of healing
12. working of miracles
13. discerning of spirits
14. divers kinds of tongues
15. interpretation of tongues
17. then gifts of healings
1. “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.” I Cor 14:1
2. “Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.” I Cor. 14:12
3. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
“Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching.” Rom 12:6-7
4. “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues” I Cor 12:8-10
5. “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” I Cor 12:28
6. “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.” I Cor 14:1
7. “Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.” I Cor. 14:12
Your life is what God gave you to glorify his kingdom upon the earth.
Word: The Press to succeed.
Diligence in your Higher Calling:
Be led by the Holy Spirit then lead others.
Don’t drive others lead them from your higher call.
Press and receive from God a greater grace towards your vocation.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Rom 8:35 def of hell
I press for the prize of the high calling of Christ Jesus.
Scripture: 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I press now to be accepted by God and obtain the goodness of God while in the land of the living.
And yet while here I will seek to merge with my vocation and serve my gift to the world to effect change.
The Law of Reciprocity: you reap what you sow
Receiving what you Give out into the universe teaches you in life to respect boundaries you grow in grace and in humility. Wanting to have knowledge is an admiral thing but there are some things that come with age. As you live and grow in grace picking yourself up and dusting yourself off you learn many things about God and about human nature.
Forgetting those things in the past:
God and he is the only one that you need to please (proof)!
When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Prov 16:7